Wednesday, July 30, 2014

MOPS Feather Key Chain Tutorial

After sharing our welcome gifts with fellow MOPS Leaders I've been asked to make a tutorial on how to make them. Below in the supply list I also have links to where I bought our Feather Key Chain supplies. 
-Supplies Needed-
Key Rings:
Split Rings 7mm:
Feather Charms Lg:
Aquamarine Gem Beads:
Spacer Beads (Can be Found at any craft store.)

-Tools Needed-
Paper Piercer
Small Round Nose Pliers
Wire Cutters
Chain Nose Pliers
Split Ring Pliers
The Split Ring Pliers are not necessary but they help quite a bit.
Open the split ring enough to get the loop of the key ring on.
Once the key ring is on I move to a pair of chain pliers for a better grip. 
From there you can attach the feather charm.
All Linked.
Add your beads to the head pin.
Using your fingers as your guide, put your thumb just above
the top bead and right above your thumb cut the wire. 
After being cut.

Next loop the wire using the Small Round Nose Pliers.
Hook on the the split ring of the key chain.
Close the gap using the Chain Nose Pliers.
(I apologize for the blurry photo.)

I made my image on
Printed it out on card stock at 3.75" x 5.75".
I placed a key chain on top to measure
where the key chain should be attached.
I poked two holes and used floral
wire to twist tie the key chain on.
The back.
The finished card and key chain fit
perfectly into a 4" x 6" jewelry zip lock.
Most craft stores including Walmart sell these bags.
You should be able to save this photo if you right click. 
to add text with your MOPS Name.
Please comment or contact me if you have questions.
Happy Crafting!

Sunday, July 20, 2014

Nest Center Pieces

This years logo and theme for MOPS is beautiful and inspiring.
Our Co-Coordinator and I first started talking about eggs and
birds nest in April though our complete idea was not quite there.  
Mommy alone time is VERY rare
for me, especially in a craft store.  
If I am alone it means I'm on a mommy mission,
groceries or other toddler supplies for the house.
But I finally had that rare moment and went to a
local craft store to let my mind wonder and hopefully
find some inspiration for our MOPS center pieces.
I had an idea of what I was looking for in terms
of supplies and inspiration struck pretty quickly
once I saw what was available..  
Soon I had text messages going back
and forth with our co-coordinator and we had a plan.
I painted the rims of terracotta pots in the colors of our groups.
I pour plaster into each one to keep the branches up and give
our pots weight as we didn't want them to tip over easily.  
Later in the week a few of our Steering Team
Members came over to help me assemble them.
We lined the inside of the pots with moss and greenery.
We pleated burlap on the outside each
planter and embellished with ribbon.
We added eggs and birds to the nests in colors to match the
pot rims and arranged and glued them on to branches.

We are so pleased with the final centerpieces and
can't wait for our MOPS group to see them in August.
Happy Crafting!

Thursday, July 17, 2014

Busy Bag Activities

The girls are growing so fast.
I'm having trouble keep up, 
keeping them busy and helping 
them progress to the next 
stage of learning.

Wednesday, July 16, 2014

Be You Bravely

MOPS - Mothers of Preschoolers has been a true blessing over the last two years. Not only have I a found a group of women that are supportive, but also share the same ups and downs of being a mother. It is my second year as the Creative Activities Coordinator and I'm getting excited about our upcoming projects.
This year our theme is "Be you bravely".
Isaiah 43:18-19 says, Forget the former things; do not dwell on the past. See, I am doing a new thing! Now it springs up; do you not perceive it? I am making a way in the wilderness and streams in the wasteland.
I wanted to surprise our leadership with a gift to help boost our excitment for the up coming year. Our retreat is this weekend and I would like to present them to everyone then.
Our groups have already been determined so each leaders necklace has a pearl of thier group color and a burlap bag with their initial ribbon also in their group color. 

In our MOPS welcome kit this year each of us are sent a Courage Key so an extra jump ring has been added for the learship memebers to attach thier keys. My complete necklace is below. 

You can find the bottle cap tutorial here.
I'm hoping to share more this year.   I have some amazing projects lined up. 

*Where did I find my supplies?*

The bottle cap tutorial is here:

I found 100" inch chain at Joann's on sale.   Each necklace is 25".   I found the feather charms, medallions and findings (head pins, lobster claws, jump rings, decorative thick chain) at hobby lobby.   Hobby Lobby carries burlap bags in the jewelry section but they also carry same in the wedding section.    I found mine in the wedding section much cheaper & on sale.   

I bought the bottle caps years ago on ebay and they now sell a tool to punch a hole in the bottle caps.   Sadly I'm not sure what it's called but it was around $10 or so.   

In the tutorial link I used glossy accents, but I used Diamond Glaze this time.   Same idea.   

I have plenty of left over supplies for future projects:).