Embellished Cactus Purse

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Hello there makers and welcome back! Have you noticed the cactus trend lately? We are from Arizona… home of allllllllll the cactus ever. Not really, but we see our fair share of desert life. I thought it would be fun to make my daughter something that can carry her hiking nature notebook and mini first aid kit when we go hiking and exploring. How cute did this Embellished Cactus Purse turn out?

My daughter loves it and it’s the perfect size for her couple of hiking things. It was pretty easy to make too! 

I used a blank canvas purse (found at Hobby Lobby), felt, pom poms, embroidery thread, and my Spellbinders Platinum 6 and my new cactus steel rule die. 

I used the Platinum 6 and the die to cut out a felt cactus. 

Made it so quick and easy and look at those clean cut lines!

Then, using green embroidery thread, I stitched X’s on the felt cactus to secure it to the canvas purse. Plus, it looks like cactus needles!

I added blooms to the cactus using pom poms and embroidery thread.

Then I hand stitched more pom poms to the bottom of the purse. I really love pom poms, y’all.

The zipper needed a little something special too, so I used embroidery thread to make a tassel to hang from it.

The cute little cactus notebook that my daughter uses for her nature journal was made at SNAP conference in the Spellbinders room. It’s so cute and fits just right in her cactus purse. 

Ready for our next hike! 

Do you love the cactus trend too?

Summer Wine Cups

Hello makers! If you don’t already know, I am pretty mermaid obsessed and I have been since I was girl. So naturally, when it starts to warm up and summer starts making it’s way to Arizona, I have a creative urge to make something mermaidesque. Check out these Summer Wine Cups I made!

Aren’t they fun?! The wine cups are plastic (found at Dollar Tree) which makes them the perfect cup for by the pool. I used a pretty, glittery coral vinyl from Expressions Vinyl and designed the images in the Silhouette Design Studio. I used my new Silhouette Cameo that I won at SNAP conference (WOOHOO!) to cut the vinyl images. 

Next I weeded the vinyl and added transfer paper so that I could rub them onto the wine cups. I just love the tiny shell and mermaid on the base of the cups, don’t you?! 

I thought the sayings were fun… Drink like a fish and Shell Yeah! And that glitter… it makes everything better!

I think they turned out so cute… perfect for a lemonade, a watermelon slush, or even wine! 

Be sure to wash these cute cups by hand to preserve the vinyl. 

What summer projects do you have coming up?

DIY Makers Camp for Kids

Hello there makers! It’s been a HOT summer here in Arizona and I’ve been having fun finding things for us to do to not only keep us busy but keep us cool. When I found out about Pinspiration’s DIY Makers Camp for Kids, I knew that my daughter would LOVE to attend.


The summer camp is a week long for 3 hours a day and each day the kids are creating something new.



Lots of active participation and engagement in a studio full of craft and art supplies. Talk about the perfect place to let your kids creative juices flow!



A few of the projects my daughter made and came home with were: a teepee, an art caddy, a magnetic dancing doll, shaving cream art, a Tic-Tac-Toe game, and a painted tile.



Each day/week the projects change, so you can register your children for multiple weeks if you want! And we loved the camp teachers… they were so sweet and helpful and patient with all of the kids.



They also listened to a story, did science experiments, colored, painted, played games, and made new friends.


Have you been to Pinspiration yet? It’s a DIY, art and craft studio that has rotational, Pinterest-inspired crafts and projects. I tell you about the top 3 reasons you should visit Pinspiration HERE and we also had a Back To School Party at Pinspiration last year that you can check out HERE.


Be sure to follow me on Facebook and Snapchat (@mineforthemakin) so you can catch the behind the scenes of all the fun things we do! Here’s our Facebook Live of our first day at camp at Pinspiration in case you missed it!



Posted by Mine for the Making on Tuesday, July 5, 2016


Chinese Chicken Salad Recipe

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Hello friends! Today I am sharing an easy recipe that’s perfect to bring to summer potlucks, snack on by the pool at a BBQ, or have as an appetizer before dinner. Once you try it, you’ll want to share this Chinese Chicken Salad Recipe with your family and friends!

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It’s light and refreshing, but full of flavor. Want to know the best part? It only takes a few ingredients and few minutes to make. 

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I purchased all of the ingredients for this delicious summer recipe at Smart & Final. All of the First Street products were perfect for this side dish. 

  • canned chicken (2)
  • Chinese Chicken salad dressing (1/4 cup)
  • almonds (1/4 cup, chopped)
  • crackers
  • carrot (1, shredded) 
  • green onion (1/8 cup, chopped) 
  • cream cheese (about 1/4 cup) 
  • pepper (to taste)
  • garlic powder (to taste)

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In a warm pan on the stove, saute everything except the crackers, almonds and cream cheese. This only takes about 5-10 minutes on the stove top. Remove and let cool. 

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Smear cream cheese onto the crackers. 

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Scoop the Chinese Chicken Salad onto the cream cheese and crackers. Sprinkle chopped almonds on top and it’s ready to share at your next summer potluck!

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You could also dump the Chinese Chicken Salad over a block of cream cheese, sprinkle the chopped almonds on top with a cheese knife and set the crackers to the side. This recipe is also yummy in lettuce cups too. 

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Head to Smart & Final for all of the ingredients to make this delicious summer recipe! 

Smart & Final has announced the launch of its new branding campaign which will place the ampersand (“&”) – already in the 144-year old company’s name – front and center to showcase the company’s relationship with both its customers and the communities it serves. The roll out will include print, radio, television and outdoor advertising in select markets and digital outreach now through July 3rd. The new campaign aims to tell the story of what the value-oriented food and staples retailer has become through its growth initiatives and will highlight the company’s heritage.

“Smart & Final has a rich history and commitment of inclusion. The ampersand signifies many different components of our company including the partnership between our founders Mr. Smart & Mr. Final, treating our customers like friends & neighbors and serving as a warehouse & market,” said Smart & Final Chief Marketing Officer, Eleanor Hong. “We are rebranding to ensure customers know who we are, what we offer and what we stand for so that they can choose Smart & Final as their primary shopping destination.”

With the new branding campaign, Smart & Final is also launching the use of their newest feature- Instacart! You will get $5 off and free delivery with promo code: SMART5! Super convenient! 

Keep up to date with Smart & Final on Facebook and Twitter too!


What is your favorite dish to bring to a summer potluck? Tell us in the comments!



DIY Sidewalk Chalk Paint

Hi makers! It is Michelle from Delicate Construction and I am back with another fun kids craft! This is a great activity to have in your back pocket on those long summer days. Most of us have all these things in our cupboard as we speak and this is a fun way to keep the kids busy but still having a blast! Check out this DIY Sidewalk Chalk Paint!

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This paint is so simple to put together, all you need is cornstarch, water and food coloring or liquid water color (both work, sometimes at the school we have more color options when using the watercolors, but at home I use the food coloring and it works great!).

I do a one to one ratio so if I throw in a cup of cornstarch, I put about a cup of water. There is really no science to this, you just want it to be kind of a milky liquid. After it was all mixed, I poured it into a variety of bowls. Old plastic ones are best.

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Lastly, I added colors to each bowl. One thing I should mention is that while both are non toxic, the food coloring mixtures stained hands much more than the water color mixtures. All of it did com out for Avery in the bath that night but I thought it was worth mentioning. 

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Then you pass out some brushes, older ones if you have them, and let them go to town!

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The kids can of course paint the concrete or driveway, but Avery and her friends also had a blast painting a textured wall nearby as well. I love how bright the colors were and how much fun they all had!

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The pictures were great and it was such a fun change up from ordinary paint and brush on paper!

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I hope you and your kids have fun with this idea this summer!! What is one of your favorite summer activities to do with the kids?

Easy Party Drinks

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It’s almost summertime, friends, and you know what that means… pool parties, picnics and BBQs! I’ve got a super cute idea for some Easy Party Drinks that your friends and family are sure to love. It’s perfect to display at your next house party or easy enough to take with you to the next BBQ you’re invited to!

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You just need a few things to put these easy party drinks together! First, head to your local SAM’S CLUB and grab yourself a 32 or 35 pack of Diet Coke (because you know I love my DC!). Super cost effective for a party plus the cans have fun names printed on them like BFF, Rockstar, Trendsetter, and more!

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You’ll also want to dive into your craft supplies or head to your local craft store to pick up cute paper straws, washi tape, chalk marker, scrapbook pinwheels, and chalkboard tags. I also love to put chalkboard signs at parties or get togethers…plus I can use them over and over again!

First you want to tape a paper straw to each Diet Coke can…

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Then add a paper pinwheel to the paper straw…

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Using your chalk marker, write names on the chalkboard tags and clip or tie them to the cans…

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Put them all in a cute wire basket (I snuck an ice pack underneath the cans to keep them cool and I had them in the fridge beforehand) and they are easy to transport and display.

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Then I set out the chalkboard easel with a cheesy message written on it… because it’s better to be cheesy than to be boring, am I right?

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Your friends and family will get a kick out of the fun names on the cans.

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And how convenient to have a straw ready to go?! Simply peal off the washi tape, remove the straw, crack open the can, insert the straw, and sip sip sip…

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Are you ready to #shareitforward at those summer parties, picnics, and BBQs? Yeah. Me too. 

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When you head to your local SAM’S CLUB to get your 32 or 35 pack of Diet Coke, SAM’S CLUB Demo (on May 17th from 11AM-4PM) will be sharing full cans of Coca Cola, Diet Coke, and Coke Zero while supplies last. 

Be sure to check out more fun ideas at the Share it Forward website. I’d love to hear your favorite!

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Tie Dye Pool Tote

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The other day we had a swim play date over at our good friends’ house and had SO much fun. We chatted, laughed, snacked, kept cool, and enjoyed each other’s company. I even brought over Tulip Tie Dye kits so that the kids could have a little Tie Dye Your Summer fun! Some of the kiddos made shirts and my daughter made a Tie Dye Pool Tote to carry her pool essentials in over the summer. 

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I love how easy and kid-friendly the Tulip Dye kits are. The kits come with dye, squeeze bottles, gloves, rubber bands, and a plastic sheet for your work space. All you need is the items you will be tie dying like totes, towels, socks, pillowcases, clothing, etc. We used the large kit and it had a ton of fun colors in it!

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We set up the work area for the kids and got the tie dye squeeze bottles ready. We helped the kids bunch up their shirts and tote to rubber band and then we let the kids go to town tie dying, with gloves on of course. They squeezed and squirted the tie dyes all over their material. Lots of fun colors to pick from and the kids loved picking and choosing which colors they wanted to use. 

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When the kids were done, we bagged up the shirts and tote to allow 6-8 hours of dry/set time. Then we washed them according to the directions on the Tulip Tie Dye kit. A seriously FUN afternoon. The kids thanked us and thanked us for the fun they had; it was so sweet how much they loved it. 

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Such sweet friends! We are so very grateful to be making these sweet summer memories with such special friends. 

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And my daughter loves her new pool tote…it turned out cute, didn’t it?! She did such a good job. 


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Happy Summer Wreath

It’s summertime!! We are loving the sunshine, swimming, splash pad playing, and sprinkler dancing! Summertime is just plain fun. I hope you are enjoying your summer so far too!

I needed something fun and summery for my front door that would match my Bandana Pillows. Here’s the Happy Summer Wreath I put together one night after a busy summer’s day.

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It’s so happy! I smile every time I see it. The colors, the vintage sheet and felt flowers, the pin wheel, the chalkboard frame, the polka dots, and the pom poms…they all make me happy! 

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All the materials used to make this wreath I had on hand, which is always awesome. I wrapped a wreath form in yarn and then I used felt and vintage floral sheets to make flowers. I used a piece of felt and a polka dot button to make a pin wheel. The frame, felt bird, and pom pom garland came from Michael’s several month back. Everything is attached with hot glue, so it was very easy to put together.

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See how cute it looks with the Bandana Pillows? Don’t mind the mismatched door knob and lock…it’s on the to-do list. 

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Thanks so much for stopping by today! Have a happy weekend!

Wooden Display Board + 2 Summer Prints

How’s it going today, my friends?

We are enjoying the pool with friends today and honestly it’s the best place to be in this Arizona heat. Speaking of the summer heat, today’s project is inspired by just that! I’m excited to share the Wooden Display Board + 2 Summer Prints I designed with you.

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This Wooden Display Board measures 8 inches by 9 inches and works really well with 5×7 prints and photos. Feel free to change the dimensions to suit your needs.

Are you ready to make one of your own?


8in x 9 in piece of wood (sanded)

White spray paint (I used Rustoleum)

Primer paint

Burlap (slightly smaller than the wood)

Mod Podge

Mini clothes pin

Hot Glue Gun and sticks


Summer prints (below)

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How To:

For this project, you can either purchase a plaque or piece of wood that is already cut and sanded to the desired dimensions, or you can DIY it with your own tools.

Prime your wood and allow dry time.

Spray paint your wood with two coats of paint and allow dry time.

Using your foam brush, apply Mod Podge to the wood.

Apply the piece of burlap that is slightly smaller than the wood and allow dry time.

Flip the wood over to the back and attach the hook to the top center (you will need a drill or screw driver for this).

Hot glue the mini clothes pin the the top center of the burlap.

Print out a 5×7 of one of the summer prints (below).

Cut off the excess paper and clip your print to the Wooden Display Board.

Hang on your wall and switch out the print and/photo whenever you desire.

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I hung mine on my favorite wall in my craft room. I love how it turned out, don’t you?

Here are the two summer chalkboard prints I created. Do you know what songs inspired these summer prints?

  Summer Lovin Chalkboard Sign {Download HERE}

  Summertime Chalkboard Print {Download HERE}

Remember that these prints are free to you, but for personal use only. I would love for you to pin and share them with your friends!

I’m so glad you could come by today. Let me know if you make this project or use the prints! It would totally make my day. Have a good one, friends!

Summer Fun Camp: Play-Doh Volcano Experiment + a GIVEAWAY

Hi there!

I’m so excited to be a summer camp counselor for Summer Fun Camp 2013!  I’m so excited to share the Play-Doh Volcano Experiment my daughter and I made! This week’s theme is all things SCIENCE and each counselor is sharing a science themed activity to do with your kiddos this week. Visit the link at the end of the post to see all of the other camp counselor’s posts.



For today’s Summer Fun Camp science activity, you probably have all the necessary materials for. Are you ready to get started?

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Play-Doh (about 4-7 containers)

Small glass jar

Baking sheet

1-2 teaspoons of baking soda

1 cup of vinegar


Place the small glass jar in the center of the baking sheet.

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Apply and add the play-doh to the jar…smoothing and mushing it to form a “mountain” shape around the jar. Be sure to add play-doh to the base of the jar so that it will stay in place on the baking sheet.

Pour 1-2 teaspoons of baking soda into the jar when your play-doh mountain is complete.

Slowly pour the cup of vinegar into the jar and watch what happens!

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Only a little less dramatic…but still super fun!

We talked about solids (the powder) and liquids (the vinegar) and how they reacted when they were combined. We also watched this Bill Nye clip about volcanoes (HERE) and the Magic School Bus: Blows the Top Off is one of my favorites. We also checked out volcano books from the library.

Such fun we had making our volcano and learning about them. I hope you enjoy doing this experiment with your kids!

You can visit the Summer Fun Camp 2013 site to catch more of the summer fun you can have with you kiddos. Four themed weeks packed full of camp fun. Click HERE after you enter today’s giveaway.

What? Did you forget we have a giveaway today too??

Enter to win a $30 credit to The Hair Bow Company! Such adorable hair accessories for girls!


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Thanks so much for hanging out at Summer Fun Camp today!

Visit the Summer Fun Camp 2013 site HERE for more summer fun!