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a colorful advent is my fave

November 12, 2012 // 1 Comment

YAMF Holiday Handmade is sponsored by Kollabora, the community for makers.

Well hello, welcome to yamf’s holiday handmade – an entire month of diy projects that are sure to please. I didn’t have quite the buildup I did last year but I hope after reading that first sentence you did an arm pump with an exaggerated yes preferably in an Oprah voice. I’ve teamed up with Kirsten for the whole series so you know it’s going to be good.

This week will be dedicated to the advent calendar because I’m fond of receptacles that offer me a daily treat.
colorful advent calendar from you are my fave
To make your own, you’ll need:
– 25 paper mache boxes in varied shapes and sizes (like these)
– acrylic paint (I’m a big fan of the colors available from the Martha Stewart line)
– paint brush
– white paint pen
– gold foil sheets + adhesive (optional)
advent calendar from you are my fave
Step One: Paint the taupe boxes in a pleasing color palette. For the record – maroon, brick red and forest green is not a pleasing color palette.
advent calendar from you are my fave
Step Two: Number them up with the paint pen and gold foil (you can read about the technique in this post). Preferably have someone with decent handwriting complete this step.
advent calendar from you are my fave
Step Three: Fill with treats that won’t go stale. If this is for your kids, choose things like dum dums then get a box of Godiva truffles for yourself and hide them in a safe. With a key.
advent calendar from you are my fave

this blog has been my fave

July 14, 2016 // 29 Comments

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Here’s my official goodbye to You Are My Fave. I dragged it out so long it’s very anticlimactic, dang.

I have a long list of reasons why it’s time but I won’t make this more dramatic than it needs to be. You’ll still be able to find me regularly on Instagram where I’ll share any updates on projects. And guess what?! My party line is coming soon. Sign up at Hip Hip to be notified at it’s launch.

And to make me feel like something was accomplished over my years of blogging, here are some of my favorite posts. Humor me a little by letting me know one of your faves.

Hanging Fabric Flowers | First Birthday Party | Party Headbands | Thank You Bag Toppers | Name Buttons | Pretzel Party | An Awesome Party | Birthday Cake Poster | Origami Love Notes | Marriage Timeline | Scratch Off Advent Calendar | Letter Bag Toppers | How To Summer | Ice Cream Crawl | 30 Presents | Fruity Valentines | In a Box Series | Cake Hacks | Weather Party | Paper Backdrop | Ice Cream Party | Pinwheel Party | Harvest Party | Modern Cornucopia | Balloon Wall | Girly Baby Shower | Hip Hip Hooray Sign | Confetti Wrap | Paper Scallops | Tubs of Cookies

Thank you, you’ve been good to me. This blog has been good to me.

a birthday countdown is my fave

May 28, 2014 // 17 Comments

I love birthdays and I love advent calendars so it really only made sense to combine the two.


To make your own birthday countdown you’ll need:
birthday advent download
craft matchboxes
– scissors
– double sided tape

All you have to do is print, cut, and adhere the labels to the top of the matchboxes. Then fill with mini prizes such as confetti, balloons, birthday candles, and candy.

PicMonkey Collage

Everybody loves getting attention on their birthday (my dad excluded), give them fifteen days of it.

design: Kirsten Bingham

twenty-five days of surprises are my fave

November 28, 2011 // 1 Comment

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You really can’t go wrong with a calendar that provides a daily treat counting down until the best holiday of the year. I kind of think we should implement this system leading up to every important occasion – birthdays, due dates, the start of the next season of 30 Rock.

I hosted a day of make last week and a few attendees made advent calendars made from burlap covered boards, mini craft boxes and a whole lot of embellishments. This cute one was made by Lis and I wanted to take it home with me when she was finished.

*Today is the unofficial start of Project Holiday 2011, the opening ceremonies per-se.

surprises are my fave

November 18, 2011 // 15 Comments

Today feels like a supercalifrageilisticexpialidocious type of day. First, we get to find out if Baby Blodgett is a boy or girl! I’ll let you know Monday but might not be able to keep it in so long from my Twitter and Facebook followers (total bribery). Then I get to teach my first online class all about Alt with Susan. And then I’ll be finishing up last minute details for an all day craft event with Denverites this weekend. I’m not sure I can handle all the excitement.

YAMF elsewhere this week:
Did you hear Jenna Lyon’s town home is for sale? I want!
Awesome advent calendars! (this one really deserves an exclamation mark)
Nursery inspiration for Baby Blodgett boy version and girl version
I’ve got the golden ticket
If you missed spotted and hearted this week

print from edubarba

The first day of Christmas projects is my fave

December 1, 2010 // 1 Comment

Today I’m kicking off twelve days of Christmas projects that if I can do, you can do. Nothing requiring electric tools or hard to find products. Expect lots of felt, use of a glue gun and metallics.

For today I made an ornament advent calendar and a felt pinecone.


List of supplies:
– cork board
– 1/2 yard felt
– push pins
– ornaments of your choice
– circle punch
– double sided tape
– styrofoam egg
– glue gun
For the advent calendar – cover a cork board in felt, securing in the back with pins or staples. Place 25 push pins in the front and hang ornaments from them. Punch 25 circles out of white paper and label 1 – 25 then use double stick tape to number each ornament. Everyday in the advent you can hang a new ornament on the tree.
For the felt pine cone – Shave off some of the sides from your styrofoam egg to form it more into a pine cone shape. Cut several half ovals (I freehanded this, each was a little different) from the felt. Attach to styrofoam with a hot glue gun, layering as you go. Attach a small piece of twine on top with glue for hanging.

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