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Blog Swap with Truly Lovely

Hey everyone! I know I’ve been neglecting the blog a little over the last few weeks…but we are officially back in the United States and job hunting, so hopefully, soon life will get back to normal over here!

Today Kassi from Truly Lovely and I are blog swapping – you’re going to love Kassi’s post on a simple, but adorable Christmas present…don’t forget to stop by and read my post over at her blog as well!
Well hello there lovely Creative Paige readers!!
My name is Kassi and I blog over at Truly Lovely!
I am THRILLED to be here blog swapping with the lovely Paige! 
She’s our Bloggie Bestie over on Truly Lovely this week, so when you’re finished here you can find her guest posting over at our place!!!

Truly Lovely

Truly Lovely is an ‘all things lovely’ blog written by myself and my younger sister, Kayli!
Miss Kayli and I are very close and we enjoy sharing all the lovelies in our lives including (but not limited to) crafts, recipes, stories, photos and more with our fun readers!!! 🙂 

Kassi and Kayli

You can click that picture to learn more about us but in the meantime, I have a SUPER easy, SUPER quick crafty project to share with you all!


 

Looking for a fairly easy sewing project/Christmas gift idea?
How about a personalized initial tote bag???


I made two of these for my sisters in law so far and each one was fairly easy to put together. 
(They were birthday gifts that they’ve already received… so no worries on a spoiler alert! haha)
Each one was also completed in just about half an hour. 
You could easily whip up several of these for your loved ones this Christmas!

First, I used some of the sew-able interfacing from Silhouette America, cut it down to the size of my fabric and ironed them together per the instructions on the interfacing package. 


Then you can use your Silhouette SD, Cameo, or other cutting machine to cut out your fabric initial. Or if you don’t have a cutting machine, you can trace then cut an initial with scissors. 


Once it cuts the initial out and you peel away the extra fabric, you’ll have your letter to sew on to your tote.


The interfacing is meant to be ironed on to hold down whatever you are planning to sew on, until it’s sewn of course.
So… you’ll need to iron the initial to the tote, then you can start sewing. 


Be careful while sewing not to sew one side of the tote to the other… Not that I’m speaking from experience or anything… I may or may not have done that with a pillow cover recently… 😉


Once your initial is sewn on you can add some pretty embellishments like rolled fabric rosettes or ribbon around the top. For the ribbon I just hot glued one end on to hold it in place, then sewed around the top and bottom of the ribbon. 

I used this method for my rosettes, but here’s a little tip I just figured out…


If you want an idea of how the rosettes look before gluing or sewing them on… Pin them to your tote first, then you can rearrange them to your liking BEFORE affixing them! 😉 
That may sound silly to some of you, but to me that was monumental! haha


There you go! 🙂 
You can now stuff with goodies or gift as is for a fun personalized gift your recipient can use all year round! 

Thanks SO much to Paige for having me over today and for being the Truly Lovely Bloggie Bestie over at our place this week! She is SO fun, right!?!?
To learn more about becoming a Bloggie Bestie, click here.
Until then… Hope to see you dolls around Truly Lovely sometime!

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Guest Post – Blissful and Domestic – Homemade Bread!

I’m so excited to have Danielle from Blissful & Domestic here today…
hope you enjoy her blog as much as I do! 
Hello Lovelies! I am so excited to be here at The Creative Paige! I am a follower of all of Paige’s cuteness and am excited to be a part of it today. Thanks for having me Paige!
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Before I get started…let me introduce myself. I am Danielle and my home is over at Blissful and Domestic. I love to blog about sewing, crafts, recipes,home-school, etc. Basically anything that allows me to use my creative gene. I love thrift stores and re-purposing, which is mainly what you will see from me. I love taking some one’s cast offs and make them into something fantastic. So in a nutshell I am a crafting Mom, who loves to blog and share with all my blogging friends.
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Today I am sharing a family favorite secret with you…
well maybe not so much a secret, but a family favorite.

 

This is seriously the yummiest bread ever! This is our go-to bread during the week. Last Thursday I was particularly in a baking bread kind of mood. I baked 2 loaves, which was good thing. We had company over and we all gobbled up one of the loaves. This is a bread machine recipe, which of course is always the easiest and yummiest.

 

Here Is What You Need:
1/3 cup Water
1 cup buttermilk
2 tbl of butter or vegetable oil
1 1/2 tsp salt
4 tbl brown sugar
3 cups flour
2 1/4 tsp yeast
4 tbl gluten (optional)

 

Here Is What You Do:
Put all ingredients in your bread machine, according to your manufacturers settings. Mine go in the exact order listed above.

 

Select dough setting. Mine takes about 1 hr 30mins

 

Once your dough cycle is finished, punch down the dough and place it in a greased loaf pan. I like to use Pam. I spray it all over the loaf pan, place in my bread dough and then spray the top with more Pam. I then put plastic wrap over the top and wait for it to rise. It should rise up and above the edges of the pan.

 

Once doubled in size, bake at 350′ for 15 minutes or until lightly brown on top.

 

Take out of the oven and immediately rub a cold stick of butter over the top.
I do enough so that my bread has a light coating of butter on top.

 

Let cool a few minutes and then remove from pan and onto a plate,
where it will completely cool.

 

This bread is so yummy, when served warm with butter and jelly. It also makes some of THE best sandwiches! You will not be sorry when you make this.

 

It is Divine!

 

Just seeing the picture above makes me want  to go get a slice.
Hey maybe I will…
Enjoy this bread!

 

Thanks again for having me Paige
Happy Baking!

 

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Guest Post from My Sister’s Suitcase – Lil’ Monster Art Gallery

Today’s guest post is from Holly at My Sister’s Suitcase…and are you in for a treat!

You must, must head over to this blog…seriously…it’s new but already filled with fabulous ideas. I love that it’s two sisters writing a blog together – that just makes it even more fun. I knew as soon as I saw this site for the first time that I wanted them to share here at The Creative Paige.

Hi! I’m Holly, visiting here from My Sister’s Suitcase. My sister, Nat, and I just started our blog last month and Paige has been really sweet and supportive! She is helping us learn the “blogging ropes” 🙂 So I was super excited when she asked us to do a guest post for her.

With Halloween quickly approaching, I’ve been trying to fit in a few fun projects with the kids. They love this time of year, and I like to have them help create some of our Halloween decor. If you haven’t seen this post, last month I decided to create a HUGE magnetic chalkboard/wall art for my dining room {from an old canvas painting.} With the help of my “little monsters” we updated it for Halloween with some custom art and fun glitter frames.

Today I’m going to show you how we created the frames and our ‘Lil Monster Art Gallery 🙂

Here are the materials we gathered up for this project:

 

What you’ll need:

1. Glitter foam sheets with sticky back {8.5 x11} – (I got mine at Michael’s for $1.49 each)

2. Roll of adhesive magnets – ($1.00)

3. Scissors

4. Felt, craft foam, material, feathers… whatever you have leftover in your craft supplies 🙂

5. Frame templates – (I hand sketched some designs, you can download the pdf here, or draw your own!)

6. Free monster printables from Family Fun {the individual pdfs are linked later in this post}, and moustaches from The Paper Doll Shoppe

I had the idea of making an art gallery that my kids could customize and switch around whenever they want 🙂 That is the beauty of magnets… everything is moveable! I started with my frames. I wanted some blingy frames for our art, without the mess of glue and glitter all over my kitchen 🙂 Enter glitter foam…

I LOVE these adhesive-backed glitter foam sheets:

I have used them for several projects, one of my favorites is my glittericious birthday crown. But there are SO many ways you can use this stuff, it is great for kids too. We used 3 different colors of foam for our frames… turquoise, black, and citron green {my fav!}
Start by drawing your frame templates (or just print mine.)

 

Then, peel the backing paper off your foam sheet (I got some help with this part!)

 

Adhere your choice of template to the sticky side of the foam.
Now, you are all ready to cut out your frame! Easy peezy! Here’s what you have when you are done cutting out your frames:
Just add a few strips of your adhesive magnets to the back, and your frames are done! I love that this is a glueless project 🙂
Now, for our monsters…. whaa aaahaahaa! When I found these free printable monsters on Family Fun, I knew their little faces would be perfect! You can download all the printables I used here:
I wanted the kids to be able to “accessorize” their monsters and make them a bit more silly 🙂 I am kinda crushing on the moustache trend right now, and I found these adorable moustache and lip printables that I had to use!
Besides those, I let the kids pick what else they wanted to create. My 4-year-old wanted a crown on his “lion” {werewolf} and my 6-year-old did everything himself… some scary teeth, blood drops (really?) funky hat, and his favorite… green hair sticking out of his Dracula’s ears 🙂 It was really easy to make the accessories… we just cut out the pattern (moustache, etc) stuck it to the back of the foam (or pinned it on some felt, etc) and then cut it out. So simple.
We figured out where we wanted all of the “extras” on the monster faces, and then just attached magnet strips to the back of the face in the correct spots. Then, each “extra” was backed with a small magnet strip and now it stuck right on where we wanted it to be!
Finally, we were ready to put our monsters in the frames, and add the the silly accessories to their faces. My kids had so much fun seeing their creations. I think my favorite look is the mustache on the Frankenstein 🙂
If you don’t want to go to the trouble of making the monsters, the frames are SO easy to do, and make a great place to display artwork, special papers from school, etc. Here are a few of our frames on the fridge:
I hope you enjoyed this idea for an easy art project… I know my kids did!
Oh, and I almost forgot, one of my very favorite parts of the final “gallery” is the black sign I hung at the top… I got it last week at Michael’s, on clearance for $1.99! I think it is a seasonal item for Halloween, so it may be even cheaper now. The best part is, you can use a Chalk Marker to write on it, and it wipes completely clean! I’ve tested it a few times 🙂
You could use it as a countdown for various holidays, or just switch it out with your favorite quote or love note for your kids. Seriously, go get one today!
Thanks Paige for having me as your guest today 🙂 I hope everyone has a safe and SPOOKY Halloween!
Super cute, right? Goes right along with all of these “Monster-y” Halloween ideas we’ve had. Now you can build a monster face, keep away the monsters with monster spray and make a monster art gallery!

 

And I love the idea of having a big magnetic wall – think of the possibilities! Thanks, Holly for sharing and we are definitely going to keep up with all of the fun things happening at My Sister’s Suitcase!
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I’m Guest Posting for the 1st Time Ever!

Can you tell I’m excited!?

I’m guest posting over at A Turtle’s Life for Me.

Natalie has had some serious flood damage to her home and was looking for people to guest post so she could focus on getting her house back into working condition.

Just looking at the pictures makes me sad…furniture and carpet can be repaired, but I hate the thought of losing photos and memories.

When she asked for guest bloggers, I had this crazy thought that maybe I should send her something. I stepped out and sent it and…she’s posting it today.

So, hurry, head over and read my guest post, “Grandma’s Mushroom Soup”!

 

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Also, don’t forget to enter my Custom Holiday Card Giveaway over at Our Military Home…it ends soon and there haven’t been too many entries. Your odds are looking pretty good!