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3 Magnet Clips with Yo Yo Decor

3 DIY Yo Yo Magnet Clothespins

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3 Magnet Clips with Yo Yo Decor

3 Craft Magnet Clips

Blogging has opened a wonderful world of new friends, including other bloggers. One of these very special gals is Barbara, who has a beautiful blog Bits of Ivory.com   She makes yo yos, and it’s been years since I whipped up a few. We teamed up to bring you these little throw-back gems.  Barbara made up some very clever yo yo clothes pins for Teacher Appreciation that you can see HERE.  Mine can be for Mother’s Day, Thinking of You or for any old reason.  You’re going to love these!  These fabric yo yo magnets are useful, economical gifts for Mother’s Day, Teacher Appreciation, Birthdays – just because!  So easy and quick you make up a bunch while watching your favorite program. I’d love to see what you create!


Double layer Clothespin MagnetFabric Yo Yo 1Supplies:

Clothes pin

4″ x 4″ cotton fabric

1  3/4″ wide netting – approx.

14″ long Thread

Needle

Scissors

All purpose glue Mod Podge & sponge brush

Optional 1″ button or embellishment Decorative paper

Magnets – use strong ones so the clip can actually hold things without sliding down the fridge.

Hot Glue OR E6000 Glue (follow instructions on the package) Fabric Yo Yo 2


Directions:

Cut the decorative paper 5/16″ wide the length of the clothes pin; or adjust for width of clothes pin.

With the all purpose glue, paste the paper strip onto the clothespin. Fabric Yo Yo 3Use the mod podge to secure and protect the paper, if desired.  Allow to dryFabric Yo Yo 4

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Cut the netting to 1 3/4″ wide to 13″-14″ long (I cut several at a time as you can see here)Fabric Yo Yo 6Using TWO layers, thread the needle to about a 16″ double length with an approx. 3″ tail after the knot. 

With short stitches, hand sew the length of the netting.Fabric Yo Yo 7Gather by pulling together.

Tie the tail and the end with the needle together to form a tight circle.Fabric Yo Yo 9Use a cup, bowl or compass to draw an approximate 3″ diameter circle.Yo Yo Tote 3Cut   (ok, ok, the picture is odd, but I couldn’t cut with my left hand and take the pic with my right, so here’s what ya get)Yo Yo Tote 4Thread the needle again with 16″ thread, leaving a 3″ tail after the knot.Yo Yo Tote 6Hand stitch with short stitches around the circle.Yo Yo Tote 7Gather and pull gently tight.  Tie the tail and the other end together tightly.Yo Yo Tote 8Cut threadsFabric Yo Yo 10


Glue the netting to the clothespin, then the yo yo, finish with the button.Fabric Yo Yo 11

Fabric Yo Yo 12Glue the magnet on the back.   Fabric Yo Yo 13

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Fabric Yo Yo 2

Puffy Fabric Flower Clothespin Magnet

Supplies:

Clothes pin

5″ x 5″  fabric such as a seer sucker

5/8″ wide ribbon

Thread

Needle

Scissors

1″ flat embellishment

Magnets – use strong ones so the clip can actually hold things without sliding down the fridge.

Hot Glue OR E6000 Glue Puffy Fabric Flower Clothespin Magnet 1


Directions:

Measure the ribbon to be about 1″ longer than the clothespin.

Tuck under the ends and glue as shown. Using a glue gun, apply a small amount of glue and attach ribbon.Puffy Fabric Flower Clothespin Magnet 2Make the yo yo using a 4″ circle as shown above.

Attach the embellishment with the hot glue.

Glue the magnet to the back.Puffy Fabric Flower Clothespin Magnet 3


Fabric Yo Yo 4

Yo Yo Bow Magnet

Supplies:

Clothes pin

5″ x 5″ cotton fabric

Thread

Needle

Scissors

1″ flat button or embellishment

5/8″ wide ribbon Magnets – use strong ones so the clip can actually hold things without sliding down the fridge.

Hot Glue OR E6000 GlueFabric Yo Yo 6


Directions:

Cut a 4″ diameter circle in fabric and gather as shown above to form a yo yo.

Measure the ribbon and cut the same length as the clothespin.Fabric Yo Yo 7Hot glue the ribbon onto the clothespin.  Then attach the fabric yo yo, the embellishment and magnet.Fabric Yo Yo 4Tie a bow in 1/4″ ribbon and glue onto the clothespin.

Now you can get creative and make your own fabulous magnets for yourself and gifts.

Copyright Carrie Groneman, A Mother’s Shadow, 2014

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Easy DIY Tissue Paper Flower & Poms

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Homemade Paper Pom Poms

How to make your own tissue paper pom poms


My daughter-in-law Ashley made tissue paper flowers, or poms, to decorate for Tawni’s baby shower, my other daughter-in-law. Click HERE to see the post.  Ashley did this tutorial with me so you can make them too.

 These poms are so easy and a very inexpensive way to decorate for many occasions. They could be used for bridal or baby showers, a birthday party, a mom and daughter or daddy daughter activity, a bedroom, or even made up using school colors for the dinner or get-together before or after a high school dance!
The sky is the limit!


Easy DIY Tissue Paper Flower & Poms

Supplies:
10 sheets of tissue paper per pom/flower
Thin wire
Wire cutters
Scissors

Directions:
Lay all 10 pieces of tissue paper on top of each other.
Fold up, all sheets together, about 1″Tissue Poms 1


Fold accordion style, back and forth; again at about 1″ per fold.Tissue Poms 2Continue folding accordion style all the way to the end of the tissue paper.Tissue Poms 4Cut a piece of wire about 12″Tissue Poms 5Wrap the wire around the folded tissue paper, keeping it flat, do not bunch.Tissue Poms 6


Twist the wire, then fold it on top of itself to tuck in ends of wire and to secure tissue paper together.Tissue Poms 7Cut end into a ‘V’Tissue Poms 8
Tissue Poms 9Cut other end so both are a ‘V’ shape.Tissue Poms 10


Fan out sides.Tissue Poms 11Pull ONE sheet of tissue up to the middle.
Pull ONE sheet of tissue on the OPPOSITE side up to the middle.Tissue Poms 12Continue this step, gently pulling up one side; then alternating to the other side.Tissue Poms 13

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When all the sides are lifted and pulled up, shape and form it to even out any open spots.Tissue Poms 15For a smaller pom, again use 10 sheets of tissue and cut it in half.Tissue Poms 16As directed above make 1/2″ folds, accordion styleTissue Poms 17Secure with wire, trim the ends to a ‘v’, then begin to pull the tissue to the center, alternating sides.Tissue Poms 18And there you have a small flower or pom!Tissue Poms 19Tissue Poms 20Copyright Carrie Groneman, A Mother’s Shadow, 2014

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Brownie Fudge Cake

Easiest BEST Brownie Cake

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Brownie Fudge Cake

Brownie Fudge Cake

Love Brownies AND Cake?  Here it is, all-in-ONE!  This simple delicious toss together cake is a family favorite of ours, is tender, fudgy and just down right good. 

It’s inexpensive, and easily made in sheet cake or jelly roll pans that you can make it for parties or large gatherings with hardly any effort at all. 

Easiest BEST Brownie Cake

Cake Ingredients & Directions:

Coat a 9×13″ cake pan or a jelly roll pan with sides, very well with spray release.  *If you use a cake pan, you will have a thicker cake more traditional type of cake. If you use a jelly roll pan you will have a thinner but dense cake.

Heat oven to 400 degrees.  

In a large bowl mix together:

2 cups flour

2 cups granulated sugar fudge cake

 

In a pan bring to a boil:

½ cup (1 stick) butter

1/2 cup butter flavor shortening

1/4 cup cocoa

1 cup waterfudge cake

Pour hot mixture over flour and sugar mixture in bowl until well blended.  

To the bowl add:

1/2 cup buttermilk

1 tsp. baking soda

2 eggs

1 tsp. vanilla

Beat well and pour into prepared pan. fudge cake

Bake at 400 degrees for 15-20 minutes, or until toothpick tests done.

Frost cake while still warm -see next step fudge cake

When the cake comes out of the oven, make the frosting.  

Frosting:

In a pan boil together:

1 stick butter

5 Tbs. buttermilk

1/3 cup cocoa powder

1 tsp. vanilla

fudge cake

 Take off heat and slowly add enough powdered sugar to make spread-able and frost warm cake. 

Approximately 1 ½ – 2 cups powdered sugar.fudge cake

 While cake is still warm pour frosting evenly over the cake, spreading lightly with a spatula as needed.fudge cake

 Allow frosting to set  just enough that you will be able to lightly touch it and it won’t disturb the frosting. fudge cake

Cover with saran wrap and cool completely. This step allows the cake to maintain it’s moistness.

Serve with a dusting of powdered sugar or alone.

Brownie Fudge Cake

Brownie Fudge Cake

Carrie Groneman – old family recipe Copyright Carrie Groneman, A Mother’s Shadow, 2014

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Homemade Shrimp Coctail Sauce

Best Ever Shrimp Cocktail Sauce

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Homemade Shrimp Coctail Sauce

Easy four ingredient homemade shrimp sauce

I have used this recipe for years and it’s perfect for shrimp or whatever your taste buds desire.  Much less expensive to make than store bought, and SO MUCH better!   You will love this recipe and it makes up super quick with ingredients on hand. Terrific for an appetizer or a date night in.



Cocktail & Shrimp Sauce

Ingredients:

1 cup ketchup

1 Tbl. Lemon juice

1 Tbl. Worchestershire sauce

1 Tbl. horseradish, or as desired

Dash of hot sauce  (my favorite is “Texas Champagne” from Jardine Foods)





Directions:

Mix together well and chill for at least 1 hour for best flavor – if you can wait.Cocktail & Shrimp Sauce 2Carrie Groneman’s recipe, Copyright Carrie Groneman, A Mother’s Shadow, 2013

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Lemon Pasta

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Lemon Pasta

Lemon Pasta

I came up with this quick, inexpensive side dish which will compliment meat or fish. You could even add in some cooked chicken, pork or shrimp, a bag of stir fry vegetables and you have a meal.  Make it with high fiber – high protein pasta and it is very healthy too!



Lemon Pasta

Ingredients:

8 oz. uncooked spaghetti

4 Tbl. Butter

1 tsp. garlic or 2 small-med. Shallots, minced

1/2 cup water

1/2 tsp. chicken boullion

1 large egg, beaten well

1/3 cup fresh parmesan, shredded

2-3 Tbl. fresh lemon juice, or to taste

2 tsp. lemon zest, or to taste

1/2 tsp. salt, or to taste



Directions:

Cook noodles in salted water according to package instructions. Drain and set aside.

Add butter to pasta pot; melt over medium low heat. Add in garlic or shallot and cook, stirring constantly for 3-5 minutes until golden brown, but n0t burnt.Lemon Pasta 1Remove pot from heat, add in the pasta, egg and cheese; toss well so egg coats pasta (this step cooks the egg).Lemon Pasta 2Add water, bouillon, lemon juice and zest; toss well.  Season with salt if desired.Lemon Pasta 3Stir gently, but combine all ingredients well. Serve warm.

Carrie Groneman’s recipe,  Copyright Carrie Groneman, A Mother’s Shadow, 2013

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Milk Chocolate Nut Clusters

No Fail Easy Chocolate Covered Nut Clusters

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Milk Chocolate Nut Clusters

Chocolate Covered Nut Clusters

These No Fail Easy Chocolate Covered Nut Clusters are always a crowd pleaser and SO easy to make!

Use any type of nut, but I use peanuts since everyone seems to like those and they are best priced. 

You can use milk, dark or white chocolate.  

A great treat, dessert or gift anytime of the year, but for a holiday gift they are perfect!

 





 

No Fail Easy Chocolate Covered Nut Clusters

 Ingredients:

12 oz. Candy Melts (Wilton) OR chocolate chips OR bark – dark, milk or white chocolate

12-14 oz. nuts of your choice

Sprinkles if desired



 

Directions:

Line a cookie sheet with parchment paper

Chocolate Covered Nut Clusters

No Fail Easy Chocolate Covered Nut Clusters

Heat chocolate in a microwaveable safe bowl at 20 second intervals

Chocolate Covered Nut Clusters

Stirring well to prevent burning.

Chocolate Covered Nut Clusters




Continue this process until the chocolate is completely smooth and it is the temperature of a baby bath.

This is important so that when you add the nuts, it will not cool down too quickly before you are able to make the clusters.

Chocolate Covered Nut Clusters

No Fail Easy Chocolate Covered Nut Clusters

Add in the desired amount of nuts, but be sure to allow enough chocolate to cover the nuts completely.

Chocolate Covered Nut Clusters

No Fail Easy Chocolate Covered Nut Clusters

Stir well.

Chocolate Covered Nut Clusters

No Fail Easy Chocolate Covered Nut Clusters

Form clusters by filling a teaspoon and push off with the back of another teaspoon.Chocolate Covered Nut Clusters

No Fail Easy Chocolate Covered Nut Clusters

If the chocolate happens to begin to harden up by cooling quicker than the clusters are formed, simply put the bowl in the microwave and heat for a few seconds, stir, repeat until warm as a baby bath.

Chocolate Covered Nut Clusters

No Fail Easy Chocolate Covered Nut Clusters

Continue forming clusters. Allow the candy set up and store in a covered container.

Carrie Groneman’s recipe, Copyright Carrie Groneman, A Mother’s Shadow 2013, 2018

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Here’s another GREAT candy to make – White Chocolate Covered Corn Pops, click HERE

Hair Bows

Homemade Hair Bow Clips

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Tu Tu 2, Ornamen, hair bow 3Hair Bows

These are the cutest hair bows!  They are adorable for babies, little girls and even big girls.  You say you can’t sew? No worries, this is a no-sew tutorial.  If you can handle a glue gun you will be just fine.  Also, this is a perfect way to get rid of all that scrap fabric.


Hair Bows

Supplies:

Fabric

Scissors

Hair Clip

Glue Gun Hair Bows 1



Directions:

Step #1 –    Cut one piece  of fabric 6″ x 10″, which will be the bowHair Bows 2

 

Step #2 –    Cut a piece of fabric 1  1/2″ x 4″, which will be the strip in the middle of the bow

Step #3 –   Fold the 6″ x 10″ fabric over 2″, then fold it again so its three layers thick, 2″ total.Hair Bows 3Step #4 –   Glue it down and cut off the extra so the edges look nice.

Step #5 –   Fold each end into the middle with one overlapping the other so you can glue it in place. This will help the outside edges look finished.Hair Bows 4


Step #6 –   Now pinch the middle of the fabric so you create three little folds. Place a small dot of glue in between each fold to hold them in place.Hair Bows 5Step #7-   Using the small strip of fabric, repeat steps above. Your strip will now be 1/2″ x 4″.Hair Bows 6Step #8 –  Use this skinny strip to wrap around the middle of the bow. Cut off the excess and glue it in place.Hair Bows 7

Hair Bows 8Step #9 – Glue the hair clip to the back of the bow. Gluing both ends of the clip to the bow with give it more stability and help it to not flop around. Hair Bows 9Step #10 –  Clip off all excess threads.  Be sure to remove all excess glue strings for a nice hair clip.

TIPS: Do not use too much glue, just small drops of glue as it doesn’t take much to hold the fabric together, and too much glue will result in a sloppy looking bow.

Copyright Carrie Groneman, A Mother’s Shadow, 2013

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Homemade Gift Tags

Homemade Gift Tags

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Homemade Gift Tags

Homemade Gift Tags

 

I have TWO FUN tags that will make your gifts extra special.

First up, an easy, quick and charming gift tag for anyone on your gift giving list.  Thank you Dorthy for this inexpensive, but very festive idea!


Santa Belt Tag

Supplies:

1 – 3” x3” white sparkly cardstock

1 – 2 ½” x 2 ½” red cardstock (green if you want elf tags)

3 ½” of 3/8” black grosgrain ribbon

8” – string or ribbon

1 – aluminum can pull tab

Scissors

Paper glue

Ruler

Mini hole punch

Wire cutters  

Directions:

Step #1   Cut out all pieces. Pull the tab off an aluminum can. Cut off the ring that held it to the can or bend it back on itself. Be careful not to cut yourself as the edge will be sharp. Thread grosgrain ribbon through pull tab centering it.Homemade Gift Tags 1Step #2   Glue to the center of red cardstock horizontally. Tuck ends under and glue down on back of red cardstock.Homemade Gift Tags 2Step #3   Glue onto sparkly white cardstock centering it all around. Punch hole in top corner then thread string through and tie in a knot. Tada!Homemade Gift Tags 3

 

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Dorthy has this other very creative idea.   This clever tag is quick, inexpensive and can easily be made to match your wrapping paper.Homemade Gift Tags 4

Present Tag

 Supplies:

1 – 3” x 3” cardstock (if you are using a dark color, you will want to glue a piece of white paper on the back to write on).

Sequins or contrasting paper and regular hole punch to make polka dots

12” – 3/8” ribbon to match polka dots

8” – string or ribbon

Scissors

Paper glue

Mini hole punch  

White glue (I like Allene’s original tacky glue)  Home Made Tags 6


Directions:

Step #1   Cut out cardstock piece

Step #2   Glue sequins or hole punched circles on to cardstock. Home Made Tags 7Step #3  Cut off any dots that hang over the edges.

Step #4  Cut 3” of ribbon and glue down the center vertically.Home Made Tags 8Step #5 –  Using remaining ribbon tie a bow and glue to the top of the tag.Home Made Tags 9Step #6  Punch a hole in the top corner then thread string or ribbon through and tie in a knot.Home Made Tags 10Tada!

TIP:   You can make tags to match the Christmas cards or you can glue wrapping paper on your 3 x 3 cardstock so your tags and paper will match! Go wild and Use your imagination!

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