Involving Your Small Children in Operation Christmas Child

Involving you small child in Operation Christmas Child -- laceandyarn.com

It’s that time of year again.  The leaves are falling, pumpkin flavoring is in everything, winter squash is part of every meal, and we’re buying Christmas gifts – wait, what? Yes! It’s time to collect and make boxes for Operation Christmas Child!

Never heard of Operation Christmas Child (OCC)? Go here to watch some inspiring and informative videos about OCC.
Operation Christmas Child

As you’ll remember from this post, I am in a MOPS (Mother’s of Preschoolers) group.  MOPS International partners with OCC as a service project and OCC is a wonderful way to teach children about giving, thankfulness, and helping others.  While I was looking into how to present OCC to my MOPS group, I wasn’t happy with my internet searches.  So I compiled a list of the resources to involve small children in OCC.  Included are resources (mostly official OCC resources), packing list suggestions and DIY projects, and scripture ideas to use in teaching. Continue reading →

DIY “Where the Wild Things Are” Max Baby Costume

DIY Where the Wild Things Are Max Costume by laceandyarn.com

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Where there is a wild thing, there must be a king of all wild things!  I bought my three year old his costume, but I knew I could easily do a Max for cheap, and I did!  Here’s how: Continue reading →

“Where the Wild Things Are” Costumes

With Halloween being a few days away, costumes and dress up are on everyone’s minds.  Here’s what we’re doing this year.

My three-year-old is obsessed with Where the Wild Things Are by Maurice Sendak.  When we started asking him what he wanted to be for Halloween this year, he would say, “a wild thing!”  And he would point to the striped topped wild thing.

Where the Wild Things Are

Image complements of The Rosenbach of the Free Library of Philadelphia.

I would then ask, “Are you sure? Don’t you want to be Max?”  In which I’d get a quick, “Nope.”

Okay, so that meant the baby, my baby girl, mind you, would be Max.  With our costumes figured out, I started thinking about if I could make them or if I should just buy.  I was really hoping I would just happen to stumble across one at a consignment sale in the sizes I needed.  When that didn’t happen, I found this costume* and decided to give it a try.  And holy smokes, this costume is so freakin’ cute.

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Pumpkin Bow Headband Knit Pattern

Pumpkin Bow Headband Knit Pattern -- laceandyarn.com

As promised, here’s the pattern I used to create this adorable knit pumpkin bow headband.

The base pattern I used is from Blue Sky Alpacas.  You can find the pattern here (Miss Savannah Bow).  I love Blue Sky Alpaca yarn, and they have some pretty awesome free patterns on their site.  Definitely worth checking out.

The Miss Savannah Bow pattern is a newborn pattern (0-6 months), and that headband no longer fits my baby girls head!  Here’s my baby girl wearing it at 4 months. Continue reading →

Toddler Pumpkin Bow Headband

I love fall.  There I said it.  As cliché as it is, it’s always been my favorite season.  I’ve been knitting pumpkin hats for my son since I learned how to knit.  Luckily this year, his hat from last year still fits.  But my new daughter needs one.  I have not touched my knitting stuff since she was born.  Literally haven’t knitted anything this year.  Well that all changed today thanks to an awful tonsil infection, a kid hanging out with his grandparents, and a sleepy baby.

Man, do I love knitting – and – holy smokes – have I missed it!

So, I didn’t quite get to a pumpkin hat today, but we’ve been having warm weather recently anyway.  Instead, I made this freakin’ adorable pumpkin bow headband.

Pumpkin Bow Headband -- laceandyarn.comI know, this baby is just the cutest. Continue reading →

MOPS Promotional Materials for Be You, Bravely Theme (2014-2015)

I recently joined the steering committee for my local MOPS group, Sarver MOPS.  My title within the committee is officially the Special Events Coordinator but I identify myself as the Creative Activities Leader MOPS International leader definition.  And because we don’t have a publicity person, I (with the creative gene) have been making most of our promotional materials.  I’ve said it before, and I’ll say it again, I’m not a graphic designer.  I don’t know how to use fancy software (and it intimidates me — I used Gimp a few times and it generally causes anxiety and frustration).  That being said, I LOVE designing things with PicMonkey*.

If you haven’t read any of my other PicMonkey* posts, I love, love, LOVE, PicMonkey*.  It’s free online photo editing software, and super user friendly.  You can also do some super easy graphic designs (keep reading!).

The MOPS International Website has a great ideas section where leaders share their ideas and resources.  There, I found amazing designs from the MOPS at CCBC group of Puyallup, WA (isn’t their Website awesome!).  It seems everyone is taking their design lead (and borrowing their designs and graphics!).  Well, I have to say, I’m no different.

Small handouts

Take a look at the small 3×4 cards I made (using the MOPS CCBC design as a guide).

Sarver MOPS Be You, Bravely

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Advice for the Love Birds — Add Personalization Using PicMonkey

 

How to personalize this free printable bridal shower advice game using PicMonkey, a tutorial -- laceandyarn.comI shared the template for an advice game I created for my friends small surprise love birds bridal shower.

Get the template.

The template can be simply used as is, but is super cute with added personalization.

Here’s how to do it using PicMonkey* (my favorite free and easy to use online photo editing program). Continue reading →

Advice for the Love Birds — A Bridal Shower Printable

A Free Bridal Shower Printable Game -- laceandyarn.comPeople tend to have strong feelings about bridal shower games, you either love ’em or hate ’em.  I am on the love ’em side, but when I was throwing a small surprise bridal shower recently, I knew I didn’t want to go over the top for several reasons.  First, this was a super small shower.  Like, seven people small.  We all fit around my dining room table with room to spare.  Second, we’ve all been friends since middle school.  It’s not like we needed an ice breaker or something to fill the lull in the conversation.  Also, the bride wasn’t exactly keen on the idea of a shower in the first place, so I didn’t want to overwhelm her with games!

This isn’t even much of a game per se.  More of everyone give advice in a fun format, with the chance to be silly (or not).  It’s also nice because it makes a nice memento for the bride.

 

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DIY Bird Garland

DIY Bird Garland -- laceandyarn.com

Garland adds a certain whimsy to any party, or for that matter, any room.  I love this small threaded bird garland because it adds vertical interest without completely breaking up the space.  I hung these from my dining room chandelier and they hung down right over top of our centerpiece to add height to the centerpiece without obstructing your view to the other side of the table.   Continue reading →