Crafty How-To: Cereal Specimen Chart

Guest Blogger
I am thrilled to welcome a guest blogger today-- my sweet friend Sara! You will LOVE the tutorial she is going to share with us! :)

 Sara and I have been friends since we met at our daughter's gymnastics class over 3 years ago.  Over that time, she and I have done a lot  together- everything from running to being soccer moms on the sidelines, church events and lots of Girls Nights Out. Not to mention she is probably my best headband customer!

 Sara also happens to be a crafty girl too! Last Christmas, she made a fantastic handmade gift for a few family members- a "Cereal Specimen Chart". I gushed over her work and begged her to share the tutorial with me. And then on my birthday, she surprised me with my own "Cereal Specimen Chart".

Today, Sara joins us to show you just how to make your own "Cereal Specimen Chart", which is quite possibly the cutest kitchen art ever!

Now onto the craft...

DIY Cereal Specimen Chart

I found my original cereal picture at Z Gallerie over 15 years ago and loved it so much, though never found it again so I decided to create one myself.

You will need 12 different kinds of cereal, preferably brands that have been around more than 5 years.
Mod Podge
Small Paint Brush
Paper Plate
Wax Paper

Choose your cereal pieces, choose ones with good shape, color, different colors, so your picture has some diversity.

Cover cereal pieces with Mod Podge, painting it on with a paint brush and place on wax paper to dry over night.

Make your cereal page on the computer with the name of the cereal, company that makes it and the year it came to market...or any combination of information that you prefer.
To print the chart I used, click below to download it for free. 

Cereal Centered

Print on a cream colored card stock.  Choose a frame that has a space between the glass and the back of the frame to allow space for the cereal, the one I chose from Hobby Lobby has a ledge that the paper rests nicely on.

Hot glue the cereal pieces to your page and you are finished!


Thank you Sara for sharing your craft with us today. I think the "Cereal Specimen Chart" would be a great housewarming or wedding gift. Or it might inspire you to think of another collection to display- candy, pasta, buttons, fabric, jewelry, stamps... 

What is the best handmade gift you have ever received?   

-Want to be a "Guest Blogger" on Crafty Texas Girls? Email me at craftytexasgirls@gmail.com
-Sharing the "Cereal Specimen Chart" here: Too Much Time on My Hands, Home Stories A to Z , Tatertots and Jello, The 36th AvenueSerenity Now, Be Different Act Normal


Top 10 Projects of Summer

Well, summer is officially over for us. We got most everything checked off our list and I can honestly say, we had fun doing it! (The secret... set realistic plans!)

Real Summer Fun
Afton started back to school on Monday and we are now back in the swing of things. It was a great break, full of relaxation and of course, some great crafty projects too. Here is a look at my favorite projects from Summer 2012 and ideas how to use them for crafting all the way into Fall and Winter!

1. The Cupcake Wreath- I made mine in patriotic colors. But how cute would this be done in orange and black for Halloween?!

2. DIY Canvas Wrapped Photo/ Father's Day Photo- Our chalk photo was so fun for Father's Day. You could use the same idea to create an image for your Christmas card. And then follow the tutorial to create canvas wrapped photos that can be given as Christmas gifts!

3. Sharpie Plates- Turn a simple plate into a gift or wall decor with a sharpie. I am going to make a few of these for neighbor gifts during the holidays.

4. Crafty Frame (And Free Printables!)- I love this frame project that Afton and I did together. These would make great holiday gifts. Don't forget to check out the free printables for "mom" and  "teachers" too. 

5. Rose Petal Cake- This yummy cake didn't last long in our house. Print out your free recipe and bake it this fall!

6. Party Perfection- Stress less and enjoy that special day, my personal tips for throwing a party to remember.

7. DIY Silhouettes- Save those sweet little faces forever, with a simple twist on creating your own silhouettes.

8. Lamp Shade Make-Overs- Add some interest and dress-up your lamps with these inexpensive ideas. Now that kiddos are back in school, it's time for some home decor fun right?!

9. Free Printable "I am Child of the King"- Give your child the tools he or she really needs to start the year off right- love! I created three versions of this printable for you to use for free. Frame it and give it as a gift at a baby shower, birthday or even Christmas!

10. Promote your page on Facebook- Whether you have a blog, your own business, or a charity that you love- find out how to get the most of your FB page. (An interesting read for anyone who has started seeing lots of ads in their newsfeeds!)

Although I miss having both my girls at home with me. I do believe there is a season for everything. So we are embracing 'back to school' and getting to back to our routine. I think we are ready for fall-- and all the fun crafts it will bring.

How about you? Did you try any new crafts over the past three months? 
What was your favorite project this summer? 

Looking for some fall inspiration? Check out my sidebar-- my favorite fall projects are now featured on the left side of the blog. (So if you are reading this via an email or Google Reader, click over to the blog and take a look!) 

Linking up here: Too Much Time on My Hands, Home Stories A to Z , Tatertots and Jello, The 36th Avenue, Serenity Now, Under the Table and Dreaming,  Be Different, Act Normal , 
It's Overflowing


Cowgirl Up #30

Welcome to Week 30 of
Cowgirl Up! Link Party . . .

the party with a cowgirl can-do spirit!

1 Party, 4 Blogs

This week's host is Amanda @ The Ivy Cottage Blog!

For those of you who do not know, I run a wedding decor design business in my spare time . . . I do about 50 weddings a year, so a little more than spare time!  I am smack dab in the middle of wedding season and am also being mobbed by 2013 clients . . . my job rocks!  Here is my latest custom bouquet for a client . . . she loved it!

With that said, I am all about weddings right now, so I selected this week's features with this in mind.  Enjoy!

I was immediately attracted to this bouquet by
What Meegan Makes!

What?!?!?!  You can iron fabric onto your walls?!?!?!  Check out The Creek Line House's tutorial!  I am totally invisioning a silhouette of the happy couple in a fun mod fabric at the wedding reception . . . how original!

Over at Swede Dreams, there is a great post of inspiration for Alfresco Dining!  The lovely colors and crystals easily translated into wedding decor in my mind.

Check out this lovely set of bookpage crafts from Town and Country Living . . . these heart shaped cutouts just call to my romantic side!

How sweet would these Pink Lemonade Pie In A Jars be served at backyard wedding?
Love it, Cherished Bliss!
Pink Lemonade Pie in a Jar

How about having this cheescake gracing your cake table at the reception?
The recipe can be found over at Fresh Eggs Daily.

Are you a DIY bride?  How about making these simple burlap flowers by
Where I Gather My Thoughts?

And last, but certainly not least . . . . I LOVE ANNE OF GREEN GABLES!  I think Anne and Gilbert are so romantic . . . sigh.  When I saw this dresser, I had to add it to my list . . . okay, so it isn't exactly wedding inspiration, but it is romantic inspiration to me.
Way to go, Simply Vintageous!

Please grab the button below if you were featured!

Now about the party
You link up on my blog and your link shows up on four blogs. 
Click below for the link party!

Winner, winner...

Thank you to everyone who entered the "Kelly's Kids" Giveaway hosted by Jennifer Anderson!

 And the winner of the $35 gift certificate is 


Congrats on your win! 
Be on the look out for an email from me with the details on how to claim your prize.

Stop by and shop Kelly's Kids by clicking here. 
Special thanks to Jennifer Anderson for sponsoring Crafty Texas Girls!

PS- Thank you for all your sweet comments and emails about my mom. Happily she was discharged on Saturday afternoon. The antibiotics appear to be working and she is on the mend at home!


No Time for Crafting

Things have been a little different for us this week. My sweet mom has been in the hospital since Monday morning with a bad infection resulting from a surgery she had 3 weeks ago. It has been really scary to say the least. But it looks like the doctors have found the right course of treatment and she is improving. Fingers crossed and lots of prayers that she continues to recover and is discharged sometime this weekend.

Drawing Afton made of "Grammy" in the hospital. Notice Grammy is still smiling, despite her IV.
Artwork the girls made to cheer up the room. The swirly bottom left one is by Maisy- she calls it "Chicken Pox"

 I have been spending as much time as I can with my mom. Luckily we have family close by to help watch the girls.

And on a happy note, my sister Amanda is in town with my new nephew. (He's the one we threw the "Little Man" baby shower for a few months ago.) I just love him! Can you tell my girls adore having this little guy around?

And on another happy, happy note, look what my sister Becka sent out in the mail. Eeeeek! One more new baby will be joining our family soon--I am so excited for Becka and Josh! Isn't that the cutest 'baby on the way' announcement you've ever seen?

So, no time for crafting this week. But sometimes that's how it goes. Now I'm off to the hospital to visit my momma! Have a good weekend.

 ** Kelly's Kids Giveaway ends Sunday night at 8pm CST, so please stop by and enter to win a $35 gift certificate- click here to enter!


8 "Must Have" Fall Fashion Pieces

Shopping isn't always easy. My "Wear It" Pinterest board is full of amazing outfits, but sadly most of them never make it to my real-life closet! Recently I went through my board and made a little list of "Fall Clothes I Wish I Had".  I am hoping my list will help keep me on track when I head out to the stores. 
Here are some of the things I have my eye on for fall.

1. Anything burgundy

2. Animal print shoes


3. Statement Necklace

4. Denim vest

5. Boots


6. Stripes

7. A New Coat

8. Denim Shirt


Looking for some really good Style Inspiration?
Head on over to "I Love That"- it is a fantastic blog full of make-up, fashion, and home decor tips. Plus lots of real 'what I wore' outfits made up of affordable pieces!  While you are there, make sure you check out the "I Love That" Ebay Shop, great name-brand clothing at discount prices :)

What pieces are you wanting to add to your wardrobe this fall?
Shopping for your little ones just got easier. 
I am hosting a Giveaway for Kelly's Kids Clothing
Enter for a chance to win a $35 gift certificate to Kelly's Kids.  
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