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Our Christmas Tree 2011 – Making our own decorations

This year is my first year as a stay-at-home working Mom.  Since my daughter is a bit older and the twins are still infants I thought it would be best to make ornaments for the tree.

We made stars, and snowflakes from paper.  Doodle had a great time cutting out different shapes and we talked about each of them.  We cut out diamonds, triangles,squares and circles.   We hung up some plastic icicles and wooden red garland that I had from our Christmas stash.

For years I’ve wanted to make an Avent Calender that we could use every year.  The chocolate ones are yummy and the germany ones are so sweet but the last couple of years we kept forgetting the days.  Plus Doodle would tear the paper.  Oops!  Instead I wanted to make an Avent calendar with my embroidery machine.   The best part is I found an Avent Calender Pockets embroidery file from Hang to Dry Applique.    Check out how perfect they came out as decorations for the tree.  I’ve been trying to make one or two a day.  The best part is we can use these year after year.  They have a pocket that I can put sweets, or treats in.   Or next year I can give these to someone as a gift or use it for another purpose.

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Chantilly, VA – Sewing Expo – Thursday, 9/29/11- Saturday, 10/1/11

Do you like to sew?  Do you like to create crafts?   Have you heard of the Sewing Expo?

If you haven’t read my posts about this before I wanted to share with you that on Thursday, September 29 – Saturday,  October 1, 2011 is the Chantilly Original Sewing and Quilt Expo located at the Chantilly Expo Center.

I just recently signed up for my classes and I can’t wait to go this year.  Last year I attended the expo feeling bad due to my pregnancy but got a super gift from my hubby a new embroidery machine!  Saving does pay off!  I plan to share some of my creative pieces soon.

If you are interested in attending to see the merchants or to take classes I highly recommend signing up now before September 20, 2011 because that is the deadline for pre-registration.  Click HERE for more information.

Have you attended before?  Will you be attending?  What crafts do you like to do?

I’m just sharing my knowledge and opinions there are no affiliate links in this post.

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Looking for something to carry your Halloween Candy in?

I love reusing items especially old T-shirts! What a creative way to go trick or treating.  Create a trick or treat bag out of an old t-shirt.   If you have a solid color you can have your little one color on it or help you glue different things related to their costume on it.  The possibilities are endless.

Click HERE for the full set of instructions that takes minutes to do.

What other creative Halloween ideas are you up to this year? Please share.

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Newseum ‘Family Fun Deal’: Kids Get in for Free

I just came across this and thought I should share it since we are heading into August and you might want to find a “cool” place to take your kids.   The cost is normally $12.95 for kids and adults it is $19.95.  Children 6 and under are always FREE.

The Newseum is located at Pennsylvania Avenue and Sixth Street, N.W., Washington, D.C.

Hours of Operation
The Newseum is open from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily and is closed on Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Year’s Day.

Beginning July 1 through Labor Day, the Newseum will waive its admission price for all youth visitors age 18 and younger. (Up to 10 free kids with each paid adult admission.)

“Family Fun Deal” tickets, like all Newseum tickets, are valid for two consecutive days.

More information can be found HERE.