I made this ribbon yo yo headband for Maya to go with her Candy Corn Onesie. There were some ribbon yo yo's left over so I attached them to her onesie for some added flare. These are so easy to make and look great on hairclips, bows, headbands, or ponytail elastics. Great way to make some cute handmade holiday hair accessories for your little ones.

Ribbon Yo Yo Headband

- Grosgrain Ribbon (4-6 inches)
- Needle & Thread (color matched to ribbon)
- Scissors
- Lighter

1. Cut your ribbon to your desired length, doesn't need to be very long.
2. Using the lighter quickly run along the ends of your ribbon. This will seal the ends and prevent them from fraying.
3. Thread your needle and knot the end.
4. Starting with the designed side of your ribbon weave the needle in and out of the ribbon along one side.
5. Scrunch the ribbon together tightly.
6. Turn your yo yo over, take your needle through the other end of the ribbon to attach both ends together, you should now have a circle.
7. Pull tight and knot off your thread.
8. Cut any extra thread off.

Now using hot glue you can attach this to a lined alligator clip, for instructions on lined clips see our tutorial here, or attach to a head band. For a double yo yo, create a second yo yo using a smaller width ribbon and the two yo yo's together.

This past weekend my two favorite little ladies, Maecy & Maddie, were busy working on Halloween projects. What a fun, cute, and mess free Halloween project for kids these turned out to be! Bonus, you probably have most of the materials needed in your house already. The girls also made a few extras to give away as gifts, the grandparents were of course excited.

Below are some instructions and tips from Candi;

Tissue Paper, Stained Glass Ghosts
- Clear Contact Paper (we found ours at the local hardware store, Ace)
- White & Black Card Stock (12 x 12 white for a larger ghost)
- White tissue paper, cut into small squares.

1. Cut out your ghost outline using the white cardstock. The cut out the inside of your ghost.
2. Cut out your ghost face using the black cardstock.
3. Lay a piece of contact paper (big enough to fit your ghost with room for cutting on sides) on a flat surface and remove the back, sticky side up.
4. Place your ghost onto the contact paper, then position your face where you would like.
5. Fill in the ghost using the tissue paper squares.
6. Cut a second piece of contact paper to cover the back of your ghost. Remove the backing and attach to the back of your ghost, sticky side down. This works best by starting in the center and smoothing outward in both directions.
7. Finish by cutting along the outline of the ghost to remove extra contact paper.

Tips from Candi:

The first time, I put cut up tissue paper on Maecy's tray with her ... thennnnn.... to try and get more of the ghost covered (because in our house - I don't just do the art for her!) I filled up one of her small bowls with the tissue paper squares. What toddler doesn't love dumping stuff? She loved tossing handfuls on there and then dumping the entire bowl, it filled up the ghost nicely! She even helped me sweep the floor after with all the extras that had dropped. We are going to do some bats and pumpkins next.
I love to make chocolate covered popcorn around the holidays. Things have been so hectic around here lately I feel like I haven't been able to do any crafting or baking in awhile. Today was a rare day where I only had one job to go to, which in my book is considered a day off! After I was done teaching this morning I decided to come home and make this for Scott's pd. It was a quick and easy recipe with very little mess, a winner in my eyes. It was quick even considering that due to an incident last year where I melted the blender...that's right MELTED...and I haven't broke down and bought a food processor yet...I crushed the 24 Oreos into a fine dust by hand. :)  It was so addicting, I was happy to package it up and get it out of the house instead of buying new pants!  The white and black from the popcorn looked so cute with an orange and black ribbon, great for Halloween.

Oreo Popcorn
1 bag white popcorn
12 Oreos crushed - some larger pieces are ok
6 oz. white chocolate or vanilla candy coating

1. Pop popcorn and tap the bag when finished, causing un-popped kernels to fall to the bottom of the bag.
2. Transfer popcorn to a bowl, making sure to avoid un-popped kernels.
3. Mix in crushed Oreos.
4. Melt chocolate or candy coating. (Stovetop, microwave, or oven)
5. Using a rubber spatula mix chocolate with the popcorn/Oreo mixture.
6. Once the chocolate is evenly distributed lay popcorn on a sheet of wax paper in a single layer.
7. Be sure to move your popcorn around every 5-10 minutes to prevent big popcorn clumps.
8. Once the chocolate is hard....Enjoy!
Naturally I made Scott take these to work in a bat bowl...only to embarrass him further!  But it was so cute!
These past three weeks have been amazing!  I've been working on a musical called Loving the Silent Tears, it's truly one of the best jobs I've ever been apart of.  Working with Vince & Bonnie has been a dream come true.  To be in a room with such a diverse group of people all uniting for the same cause is a once in a lifetime experience.  Here's some info, clips, and pictures from the show.  

Loving the Silent Tears:
Loving the Silent Tears is a musical journey of the spirit that traverses the seas and continents in a timeless search for inner peace. An unprecedented musical experience, the show will combine the magic of theatre, the mystical beauty of traditional dances, the soul-stirring realm of poetry – and more. Travel the globe through 16 countries, represented by a dazzling array of ancient and modern music styles, songs sung in many languages, vibrant choreography across the cultures, and of course, a diverse star-filled cast.



Clips & Interviews from rehearsal.
Article & Photo in the LA Times.
If you've been on pinterest lately you couldn't miss the adorable Candy Corn Onesie by The Swell Life that has been pinned a thousand times.  As soon as I saw it I knew that it was a must for Maddie's fall wardrobe.  I made a t-shirt for Maddie and a onesie for her little friend Maya along with a cute headband, directions coming soon.  I only ruined one onesie before I was able to figure it out.  For the instructions click here.

Katie's Tips:
*Make sure to ring out your shirt or onesie.  If it's too wet the dye is more likely to spread quicker and father.
*The dye is going to travel, make your orange band first and wait a few minutes before dying your yellow band.  Start off with a smaller band, you can always add more dye. 
*Buy the one step dye kits, they are so easy and there is no mess to clean up!
*When drying lay flat....do not hang over a sink like I did.  The dye will continue to travel and ruin yet another shirt or onesie.  
*Buy an extra shirt/onesie :)

Finally!!!  The pumpkin wreath kits are ready and available through our store.  Typically I'm not really a huge fan of cheesy holiday decor but I must say these are fun without looking corny.  Create your own Poly Mesh Pumpkin wreath just in time for fall.  The kits have all the supplies you need to create a 20" x 20" pumpkin wreath, including instructions.  Click here to visit our store.

Kit List:
Orange Mesh
Green Mesh (3 shades)
Wire Wreath Frame (with custom center)
Chenille Stems (orange & green) 
Glitter Sticks
Step by Step Instructions

Here's a photo from a recent Ladies Craft Night hosted party in Michigan.  The ladies had a great time and their wreaths turned out beautiful.  Great idea for a Ladies Craft Night of your own!  
Is there anything better than sleeping in on a Saturday morning, waking up with a house full of family, your beautiful niece, and sitting around the table eating breakfast together?  Not much!  We've got family in town visiting and it's been so nice to finally have a house of our own for them to stay.  I of course saw an opportunity to try out a new recipe I've been dying to make, pumpkin cream cheese by Pinch My Salt.  For breakfast this morning it was pumpkin bagels, pumpkin cream cheese, turkey bacon, fruit, and of course coffee.  The cream cheese was a hit and was very simple to make.  I managed to pull it together by 8am after a long work week and before my first cup of coffee...success!!!  if your looking for some fun food ideas check out their blog, click here.

Pumpkin Spice Cream Cheese Spread by Pinch My Salt

4 oz. cream cheese, softened
3 tablespoons brown sugar
2 tablespoons pure maple syrup
1/4 cup canned pumpkin
1/2 teaspoon pumpkin pie spice
1/4 teaspoon cinnamon
1/4 teaspoon vanilla extract

1. In a small bowl, beat softened cream cheese, sugar, and syrup til creamy.
2. Add pumpkin, spices and vanilla and beat til smooth.
3. Refrigerate for at least an hour.
4. Enjoy!

Finally it started cooling off in California and the boxes that have filled our home since we moved in are slowly being unpacked and put away.  This was the first week I was able to actually go in the kitchen and cook.  I was feeling inspired by fall so I decided on macaroni, bonus it's one of Scott's favorite meals!  Lately I've been trying to find ways to incorporate more fruits and vegetables into our meals.  The idea of taking an old classic and putting a healthy twist on it really makes me happy. 

When I fell across this recipe for Butternut Squash Macaroni with Apple & Caramelized Onions from Pinch of Yum, I was a bit skeptical.  However I am now a changed women, it's to die for!!!  I'm not sure I can ever look at regular mac & cheese the same.  There was so much flavor from the squash to the caramelized onions and the apple added great texture.  The lack of cheese in the whole dish also got me excited since I've been trying to stay away from dairy.

Click here for the recipe and directions!

Notes from Katie:
I had a hard time finding canned butternut squash puree, instead I used froze squash from the freezer section.  Bacon....skipped it completely!  Not a huge fan of pork so we typically eat turkey bacon, and I just didn't feel like it needed it.  

I spent the last week teaching & choreographing in Michigan, where it actually feels like fall.  Of course while I was home my mother and I had to get in some crafting.  Back in June I found this wreath and as soon as I saw it I thought it would look adorable on my grandma's door.  So naturally I sent the link to my mother, she tracked it down to the company that sells the polymesh.  They were not able to give her directions but could of course sell her the supplies.  Finally in September we were able to sit down together and make it.  

We actually ended up making two, one that was so large it wouldn't fit on the front door but looks great hanging on the side of my grandma's house.  After we brought it to her house the first thing she said is "Ohhhh now everyone will want one after they see it on my house!", needless to say she was excited about it.  The second one we made is smaller in size and fits perfectly on my mom's front door.  Now I have an obsession with polymesh, Scott will be thrilled to store all the colors I started ordering. 

I'm excited to announce that LCN will soon start carrying a polymesh pumpkin kit!  This kit will include all of the supplies needed along with step by step instructions!  Check back soon and we'll keep you updated!