Ken and Barbie: Valentine’s Day

By Libbie Summers 
With David Dempsey

Once a year, on Valentine’s Day, Ken takes one for the team. 
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DIY: Cheerleading Pom Poms (VIDEO)

By Libbie Summers
Assisted by David Dempsey

A true lesson in Holiday Cheer!
I try to give homemade gifts that are a bit unique. This year, for all the people that have cheered me on in life I’m giving a pair of cheerleading pom poms! Because I think everybody should make Varsity this holiday!

Homemade Cheerleading Pom Poms
(makes one pair)
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What you need:
2-3 plastic table cloths (in whatever colors you would like to make the pom poms…we found every color imaginable at Party City), cut into 9″ x 12″ rectangles
Scissors
Duct tape

What to do:
1. Make two stacks of 25-30 layers of the 9″x 12″ cut pieces of table cloth together. For a colorful pom pom, vary the colors as you stack them.
2. Working on one stack at a time, cut strips about 1/2 -3/4″ wide and 4.5 inches long down the entire length of each of the 9 inch sides of the rectangle stack to create a fringe. There should be about 3 inches of un-cut material remaining in the center of the rectangle stack.
3. Scrunch together the uncut center of the pom pom and secure with duct tape.
4. Repeat process with the other pom pom.
5. Nows the time consuming time. I can tell you it took two episodes of Flipping Out to get one pair of pom poms fluffy. Here’s what you do: Working in sections, take two strips at a time and pull the two strips in opposite directions. Repeat on all the strips until the entire pom-pom is full.

Note: Do not pull TOO hard as the plastic is thin and could tear.
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Other gifts to give for the “cheerleaders” in your life from the Yum Yum Smile Shop:
Varsity Sticker Pack
Team Yum Yum Cheerleader Patch
Team Yum Yum Megaphone Patch
Team Smile Enamel Pin

 

A Bandana-Inspired Holiday

By Libbie Summers
Assisted by David Dempsey
Photography byTeresa Earnest Social

When an iconic pattern/print takes over your creative mind, really fun things can happen. Sure they aren’t for everybody, but maybe just a little takeaway from this room of crazy can help you decorate your holiday this year. Maybe just wear one of my Pom Pom Bandanas from the Yum Yum Smile Shop or make a bandana ornament, or wear a vintage bandana print jumpsuit, or make a bandana backdrop, or bandana up the ends of your fireplace logs, or sew festive stockings. It’s not all or nothing here…but all is really kind of great!

1. Bandana-Inspired Holiday Style
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Pom Pom Bandana from Yum Yum Smile Shop
1960’s Vintage Bandana Print Jumpsuit from Birthday Life Vintage on Etsy
Glitter Boots from J Crew
Relaxed Boy Shirt in Crinkle Gingham from J Crew

 

2. Bandana Ornaments

 

3. Bandana Stockings
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More handmade stocking ideas HERE!

4. Bandana Gift Wrapping
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On our packages, we used a bandana printed ribbon and festooned the gifts with blocks of bandana scraps and loose bandana “bows”.

5. Bandana Fireplace Logs
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If you have a non-working fireplace like we do in the studio, have some fun with it. We decoupaged the ends of birch logs with colorful bandana scraps.
Maybe you like gingham better? Check this video out.

6. Bandana Toy Horse Blankets for Stocking Hangers
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Happy Holidays!

DIY: Paper Clouds

By Libbie Summers
Assisted by David Dempsey

We are always looking for fun and inexpensive things to make photo backdrops out of. When we needed a whimsical backdrop for a County Fair photo 3-dimensional clouds made from a stock pile of poster board we had in the studio was just the answer! Try this for a fun party backdrop, hanging over a dinner party table or decorate a kid’s room!

What You Need:
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4 -6 pieces hard cardstock (we used poster board…it just depends on how big you want your clouds)
sharp scissors
1 marker
Fishing line
Masking tape

What To Do:
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Fold a piece of cardstock in half and draw one side of a cloud. Cut along the cloud shape on both sides of your fold to create a complete cloud. Fold the rest of your card stock and trace and cut your cloud shape until you have 4-6 clouds with a fold in the middle.

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Open one cloud and lay flat. Taking another cloud and (keeping it folded) tape along crease onto the cloud laying flat. Flip over and tape along the opposite side. Tape each cloud following this step.

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Make a small hole between two pieces of your card stock, attach fishing line, and hang at desired level for a fun backdrop!
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DIY: Lobster Hair Clip (VIDEO)

By Libbie Summers
Assisted by David Dempsey

I’ve been invited to a private “lobster fest” and I’ve got nothing to wear!

Lobster Hair Clip
makes 1

What You Need:
Glue gun (use the low heat kind for this craft if you’re doing it with kids!)
Hair clip
Plastic lobster (we got ours HERE)
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What To Do:
Using your hot glue gun, glue two daps onto each end of your hair clip. Press your crustacean firmly and wait a few minutes. Thats it! Easy and SUPER adorable!

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