Archive of ‘Fairy Friday’ category

National Girlfriends Day

Take today to hold those special girls in your life a little closer. So often we see girls tearing each other down, so here’s a little reminder to treat all the women in your life with an extra dash of kindness. Lord knows, we all need it!

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princess star It’s National Girlfriends Day! Where would you be without your girlfriends and gal pals? Today, take a moment to step back and appreciate these lifelong friends.

Girlfriends are the women who you can always depend on. Whether you call on them to share exciting news, to have a shoulder to cry on, or to just hang out, your girlfriends are always there for you. That’s why there is an entire day dedicated to these friends, sisters, mothers, and daughters. They are all essential parts of our lives! Source

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Wilton Cake Class at Michael’s: Week Four (Finale)

chocolate covered strawberries

I finally completed the last class in the Wilton Course 1 series. I started back in November, but had to miss our final class because of a holiday gala. Turns out I was blessed to have missed that class and make it up later, because my teacher this time was the cutest thing ever.

Dana, at the Christiansburg Michael’s, has such an encouraging spirit and uplifting energy about her. She made time just for me to make up my class… I was the only student there, and she even brought snacks, including chocolate covered strawberries. She really went out of her way.

We love flower fairies here in Azuria, so I had to go fairy themed this time! I used the gel tracing technique we learned in my previous class when I made the tiara cake. I have decided that this is my favorite decorating technique of all.Its sooo easy to find coloring pages of any theme online to use as your guide. How I wish this had been the case in my childhood, when I used to ration the pages in my coloring books on road trips!

Most of cake decorating is using your own creativity. Only your imagination is the limit. Below I’ve included some tips to get you started on the gel tracing technique, but then you’re free .

Well here she is! The strawberry-lemonade fairy cake finale:

Fairy Cake WiltonFairy Cake

 

Hooray! Here’s my teacher, Dana, after presenting me with my certificate of completion. Maybe I’ll frame it for my kitchen. hehe.

WIlton Cake Class Michael's

Free Printable: Butterfly Word Search

Lady Libbie Marie’s 1st grade classroom at Signal Hill Elementary School is learning about butterflies this spring. The best part of this is that they are raising real butterflies and watching them grow in their classroom.

I can’t tell you how much I love this idea! We did this in my second grade classroom when Prince Liam and I were little and it is still such a fond memory that I remember naming my butterfly, a monarch, Rainbow.

Since then I have loved attracting butterflies to our garden. I believe when you spot one floating around you, that it is the sweet spirit of a loved one passed on wishing you well.

Since I visited the children in January for story time, I created this word search for them to correspond with their lessons in the ways of butterflies. Hope you might use it in your classroom, too.

Butterfly Word Search by KingdomofAzuria

What a great learning experience for these young children. Taking care of something living and sooo fragile.

Happy Spring!

DIY: Repurposed Egg Carton Flower Wreath Craft

Lady Kathleen and I have been beating out winter’s gray with a weekly craft date. I saw this idea over at Homemade Serenity.

Here’s  tutorial of now one of my favorite crafts of all time. Who knew that egg cartons could be SO gorgeous!

egg crate flower wreath pink

Love the vivid colors and the sweet little petals. This is just perfect for spring!

 

Allow time for cutting with some sharp scissors.  This project took us longer than expected because we did not prepare for the cutting time.

Allow time for cutting with some sharp scissors. This project took us longer than expected because we did not prepare for the cutting time.

paints and supplies

The original design used tempera paint, but I had acrylic on hand. Kathleen used tempera, but I think the hues in the acrylic paints show up nicer on the cardboard cups.

egg crate flowers

We used a box to cut the wreath shape.

painting egg crate flowers

Little flowers drying.

egg crate flowers for wreath

Notice the little green leaves? They were cut from the flat tops of the egg crates.

Egg Crate Wreath Flowers

Doesn’t it just pop?

Egg Crate floral wreath

Tie a pretty ribbon to hang.

This would be a great craft for summer camp, but might take almost the week’s course. Day 1: Cutting Day 2: Painting/Drying Day 3: Glueing! Very cost effective, too – really only the paint needs to be bought.

egg crate flower wreath spring

I want to make one for every season now. I can see poinsettias for Christmas or red, white, and blue, for July. What colors would you use?

Fairy Friday: Summer Lemonade Recipe

There’s something entirely refreshing about lemons in the summer. Even just a lemon squeezed into a glass of ice water quenches my thirst on these hot summer days.

Here’s a recipe for lemonade to cool you off this summer. I usually cut the sugar down though, because I like tart lemonade!

Ingredients

  • 1 3/4 cups white sugar
  • 8 cups water
  • 1 1/2 cups lemon juice

Directions

  1. In a small saucepan, combine sugar and 1 cup water. Bring to boil and stir to dissolve sugar. Allow to cool to room temperature, then cover and refrigerate until chilled.
  2. Remove seeds from lemon juice, but leave pulp. In pitcher, stir together chilled syrup, lemon juice and remaining 7 cups water.

You could even make some extra spending money by organizing a neighborhood lemonade stand! Enjoy!

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