I Always Wanted a Twin – Meet My Little Friend, Mayhem

Last weekend I had the pleasure of attending BloggyCon14 at Cedar Point in Sandusky, Ohio.  I was there as a sponsor of my Laura Kelly brand and also as the lucky ambassador for I Love to Create, the greatest crafty and trendy company around.  I got to create with many of the attendees and talk and share and play.   One of these attendees happened to be four years old.  While many know her as the overnight fashion social media viral success ‘Fashion By Mayem‘, I got spend time with her as a regular little girl who just wanted to create.  That is exactly what we did.  She had a ball using the die cut machine (The AllStar SuperStar from Ellison/Sizzix) and getting crazy with the Collage Pauge.  Her creative spirit drives her.  She formulated these visions of what she was up to then glued things to her works without a second thought.  Watching her work was like watching magic.

Through talking and creating we found out that we have a lot in common.  For starters, we both like black olives.  After much discussion and conversation, she said to me, “We are just like twins only you are just a little bit older than me.”  I melted.

When she came back after lunch (bringing me a container of black olives), she saw my stack of Kunin felt and with the most excited and enthusiastic voice she said, “I KNOW, LET’S MAKE A DRESS TOGETHER!”  Thank goodness I had lots of Aleene’s Quick Drying Fabric Adhesive on hand because she was serious about it and we did it.  Her Dad being the amazing and professional photographer that he is was our camera guy.  It took us almost two hours and she NEVER lost focus of her vision for this dress.  She was articulate, determined and very thorough.  I was in awe!  At one point, I tried to make a suggestion for her but she quickly reminded me that she was the “boss” of the dress.  Her process for making dresses amazed me.  She is a natural.  She is passionate and expressive.  I think she remains this way after so much spotlight exposure because her parents don’t pressure her.  She gets to create what she wants, when it comes to her and it works with their family schedule.

We ended up spending time in the park together, skipping and riding rides…being regular friends.  We even created fashion in the park while resting on a bench but we can save that for another day.  She said she was lucky that we were like twin friends.  She has no idea, I am the lucky one!

And about those trucks that grown up friends can ride with kids…they are not really made for comfort.  We had such fun (she drove and I rode in the back seat for bigger sized kids) that we got to ride it TWICE.  We even got to change from the blue to the yellow truck which was good because the honking of the horn the entire way around was way cooler on the second round.

We couldn’t really dress and model in the conference room so Angie took it home to shoot the photography in their usual environment. AMAZING!  Read about on Fashion By Mayhem HERE.

If you would like to win a starter set to create some fashion fun, you can enter here to win this Fashion By Mayhem DIY Sizzix and iLoveToCreate Fashion Starter Pack (Sizzix Die Cut Machine, Laura Kelly Pet Shop Dies, $100 Aleene’s Fabric Adhesives from iLoveToCreate, $50 Kunin Felt, Laura Kelly Buttons from Buttons Galore) – Valued at $350.

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There is so much we can learn from Mayhem and her family.  Here are my top three lessons and they are all about creativity and parenting…

  • Creativity looks lots of different ways.  Whether crafting, making fashion or photography…families that support each other create the best thing of all together and that is love.
  • Letting a famous child simply be a child and protecting them from the media, from stalkerish people and from situations that are beyond their comprehension allows them to be free.
  • Sharing time and talent together as a family with others spreads creativity, connection, joy and happiness.

And so, happy creating to you,

Laura

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Marshmallow Candy Corn Frosting on Schwan’s Sugar Cookies

If you are a candy corn fiend, this is for you!!  One of my favorite grocery items that we get from our  Schwan’s man (Perry) is cookie dough.  I love that they deliver it too.   During the holidays they offer sugar cookie dough and I LOVE it.  It is so easy to bake and the cookies are delicious.

Tonight I got a little silly and decided to experiment with candy corn.  I WAS going to put then in the dough but forgot and baked a batch without thinking…  And so it goes.

While they were baking, I grabbed a few things and mixed them together and created this amazing marshmallow candy corn frosting.

I mixed 1/4 C butter with 1/2 C marshmallow creme and 1/2 C chopped candy corn.  Ta Da!  It is fabulous and perfect to top sugar cookies.  I even stuck little cream pumpkins on top.

And so it all worked out.  They are pretty.  They taste(D) great.  I am totally making a bigger batch of this and creating these again for our Halloween bash.

Happy Baking,

Laura

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Hand Painted Fabric Napkins for Autumn

Last year Zoe painted on newspaper and her creations were awesome.  The sad news is that newspaper doesn’t endure the test of time.  This year we decided to step it up a notch and create autumn artwork on something we could keep, and use to decorate and celebrate and entertain with.  I found these awesome buffet napkins today at World Market (6 for only 9.99) and bought them for her to use to create hand painted autumn napkins.

After school, she aproned up and got busy.  Using Tulip Slick Fabric Paints and round sponge application brushes, she created six different napkins.

I helped a little and used a brush to paint the stems and leaves.

We put them aside to dry for a few hours before washing and ironing them.

I think she did a fabulous job.  They are so autumnly gorgeous for our table and so special because they were “Made by Zoe”!

Happy Supporting Creative Kids,

Laura

 

 

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Doxy’s Amazing Onion Dip

I am a complete sucker when it comes to dips.  French fries would not be edible if there were not many kinds of sauces and dips to submerge in before eating them.   Chips would simply be lonely if there were not dips to keep them company before they get gobbled up, right?  Recently my friend shared this Doxy’s Natural Onion Soup and Dip Mix dip with me and I really excited about it because it is not only gluten free, but also fat free and Non GMO.  Score!  The packaging rocks too so it even works for a little gift add on!

I kept it simple.  I mixed it in 16 ounces of sour cream to make the basic onion dip and let me tell you, it is FABULOUS!

I tried it with veggies and pretzels alike and going both the healthy and not-so-much-healthy routes were super delicious.

There are lots of recipes on the website of ways to use it and things to cook.  I am going to try out the French onion soup and then create a baked meatloaf recipe with ground beef and veggies.

Until then, go get some and try it!  It will make your taste buds happy.

You can follow Doxy’s on Facebook here!

Cheers,

Laura

This post was not sponsored.  I got it from a friend as a gift and all opinions are completely my own.  That means this is authentic and real and all me!!!

 

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Play-Doh Gift to Celebrate the National Day

Yes, today is National Play-Doh Day!  I think that is pretty awesome.  Because I believe that learning happens most through play and that playing something all ages should be doing, I created little Pay-Doh gifts to head out into the world with and spread creative love.

I started at WalMart and wowza kabowza there is some awesome Play-Doh fun happening these days.  Check these products out.I bought the Rainbow Packs and brought them home to create little gifts with simple wrapping and custom little tags (of course) using one of my handwritten fonts. 

Ta-Da!!!

If you love Play-Doh, Play Cloudy With a Chance of Wine has rounded up some free printables that you can download!

I LOVE this Play-Doh sculpture from Grease.  It is such a great movie!

And these guys are like rock stars in my house!

And now I am heading out.  First up is my favorite Starbucks barista.  He is going to LOVE his Play-Doh, I just know it.  And then I will adventure to the porches of a few friends.  Yes, I think I will leave one in the mailbox for our mailman too!

Happy Celebrating the Things That Matter to You,

Laura

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4 Ingredient Gluten Free Hot Apple Oatmeal Crisp

So when I was shopping at Sprouts last week, I found this oatmeal in the most adorable packing EVER from Bakery on Main!  And so I bought it and stuck in the cupboard.  Truth, I forgot about it.  I got home from BloggyCon14 late last night so this morning was a rushed kind of breakfast for the kids.  I opened the cupboard and ta-da, there it was.  We had the Strawberry Shortcake flavor before school and it was DELICIOUS!

I decided to bake something with it after they were all out the door.  With not much (really not ANY) extra time in my morning, I whipped this together in less than 10 minutes with FOUR ingredients.

Here is what I used…

  • 5 Apples, Cored, Peeled and Cut
  • 1/2 C melted Butter
  • 1/4 Cup Heavy Cream
  • 2 Packets of Oatmeal (Whole Multigrain Muffin)

This is what I did…

  • I peeled the apples with my super cool speed apply machine and put them in the bottom of a small baking dish.
  • I poured the melted butter mixed with the cream on top.
  • Then I added the two packets of oatmeal to the top and baked it for 20 minutes while I checked email.  Yes, my house was smelling very autumn and very good!

I added a little whipped cream and cinnamon sugar to the top and ATE it up.

I am pretty excited about finding this brand.  We are very conscientious about what we put in our bodies and this oatmeal passes our standards.  We also care about small businesses and people.  Read about Michael Smulders on the bakery’s website here and find out why it easy to now buy this brand and support yumminess!

Happy Autumn and Happy Cooking!

Cheers,

Laura

PS:  This post is 100% and totally mine, not sponsored, not solicited….as in completely authentic.  Yippee!!!

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Mini Friendship Notebooks

With the launch of the new #LaurasAreCool website, I created this little tokens of friendship to send to the other five Lauras who are joining me on this adventure.  I think they came out super cute and can’t wait to share how easy they were to make!

This is what I used!

I got the mini composition books at Walmart for fifty cents each, score!  I used bright, fun scrapbook paper over the covers with Collage Pauge.  I TOTALLY love Collage Pauge because the consistency is perfect for brushing but doesn’t leave any brush marks.

I put on a couple of layers of papers including a printed out strip that reads #laurasarecool.

Then I added flower cutouts with the Collage Pauge and let them dry before using Aleene’s Max Tacky Adhesive to add bright buttons from my Laura Kelly Brights collection from Buttons Galore.

I packaged them up with colored Sixlets and Jelly Bellies to ship out tomorrow in a little package of happy mail fun-ness.

Cheers to Friendship,

Laura

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