Tuesday, September 19, 2017

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King Richard's Faire 2017: Old & New Favorites

King Richard's Faire - Joust to the Death | 3 Garnets & 2 Sapphires
We received passes for our family to attend King Richard's Faire 2017.  All opinions expressed are my own.

This was our 6th year returning to King Richard's Faire, a favorite tradition for our family, located in Carver, Massachusetts.  Through the years, we've come to accept that we will never be able to see everything this Renaissance faire has to offer in one visit.  Take a look at which favorites we just could not miss this year, and which new favorites we discovered . . .

Our Favorite Attractions at King Richard's Faire:

JACQUES ZE WHIPPER: He's been one of my family's favorites since our very first visit to King Richard's Faire.  Now, 6 years later, I think my oldest is starting to get some of Jacques' jokes.  My younger son dressed up like Jacques Ze Whipper last year, and was thrilled to death that the performer remembered him this year.
King Richard's Faire - Jacques Ze Whipper | 3 Garnets & 2 Sapphires

King Richard's Faire - Jacques Ze Whipper's Flaming Whip | 3 Garnets & 2 Sapphires

GREAT CATS OF THE WORLD SHOW: We missed this show last year, so we had to make sure we caught it this year.  We are a family of animal-lovers, my daughter especially.  She loves seeing all the great cats and how they share some similar behaviors with our own beloved cat.
King Richard's Faire - Great Cats of the World | 3 Garnets & 2 Sapphires

M'LADY'S SHADY MAZE: Going through this maze and down the slide is a MUST for my children.  Some years, they even insist on going through multiple times.  I have a feeling it will still be so when they are all teenagers.  After all, it's tradition!  This year, we were able to enjoy part of the faire with good friends who have a 5 year old.  It was wonderful seeing the faire through his young eyes.  I bet if you asked him, he would say his favorite things about the faire were this slide and the kettle corn.
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New Favorites Discovered at King Richard's Faire:

KETTLE CORN: Speaking of kettle corn, we bought a bag for the first time ever this year.  Oh my goodness!  Was it delicious!!  One large bag was enough to share with family and friends for nearly the whole day.  This is going to be our first stop next year.

PIRATE SHIPS RIDE: This ride is not new to my children, however, they used to complain that it hurt their hands to pull on the ropes to make the ship swing to and fro.  Now that they are older, it's like a brand new ride to them.  They were able to ride with their friends, even the little 5 year old, without having a grown up along to power the ship for them.
King Richard's Faire - Pirate Ships Ride | 3 Garnets & 2 Sapphires

SNORKEL THE TRAINED PIG!: As previously mentioned, we are a family of animal-lovers.  This addition to the King Richard's Faire line-up is a new favorite of ours, as Snorkel quickly won our hearts.  The husband/wife duo, Rick and Jan, offered an entertaining juggling act in addition to this charming pig showing the audience what he can do.  If you want to catch Snorkel at King Richard's Faire 2017, he will only be there this year through September 24th.
King Richard's Faire - Snorkel the Trained Pig | 3 Garnets & 2 Sapphires

King Richard's Faire - Snorkel the Trained Dancing Pig | 3 Garnets & 2 Sapphires

JOUST TO THE DEATH:  The joust at King Richard's Faire was not new to us, but this year is the first time our children were not too tired to stay for the last joust of the day, the 'Joust to the Death.'  If you can only catch one joust during your visit to the Faire, the 5pm joust is the one to watch.  The crowds were cheering enthusiastically for their brave knights as they waited to see which would be the last knight standing and the one to wake the sleeping princess.
King Richard's Faire - Four Knights at the Joust | 3 Garnets & 2 Sapphires

King Richard's Faire - The Joust | 3 Garnets & 2 Sapphires

King Richard's Faire - The 5pm Joust to the Death | 3 Garnets & 2 Sapphires

Which attractions at King Richard's Faire are your family's favorites?
Tell us in a comment here.

Did you know you can buy your tickets online to King Richard's Faire and have them emailed to you?  Tickets can be used any weekend through October 22nd, so you can adjust your plans based on the weather.  Admission for children 3 and under is free, and group discounts are available.

Wednesday, August 30, 2017

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Dress Up School Gear and Favorite Books with DIY Bag Tags, Bag Charms & Bookmarks

DIY Glitter Bag Tags for Back-to-School  |  3 Garnets & 2 Sapphires

Thank you to Oriental Trading Company for providing some of the beads and craft supplies for our back-to-school craft project.  All opinions expressed are my own.

Our children returned to school today!  My daughter, in particular, was super-excited for her first day of 5th grade.  She had her first day outfit all picked out, along with new shoes, a new lunch bag, and a new backpack.  She certainly loves to express herself with what she wears, so I didn't have to ask her twice when I invited her to create some bag tags, bag charms, and bookmarks with the assortment of colorful supplies from Oriental Trading.


For inspiration, here are some of the supplies we used . . . 

Patterned Paper
Mod Podge
Sponge Brush
Scissors

Back-to-School Craft Ideas  |  3 Garnets & 2 Sapphires

TIP #1:  To make the bag tags more decorative, we decoupaged a piece of printed origami paper face-down, added another layer of Mod Podge, layed down the bag tag graphic face-up, and finished with another layer of Mod Podge.  That way, the back of the bag tag looks just as nice as the front.
DIY Bag Tags & Bag Charms for Back-to-School  |  3 Garnets & 2 Sapphires

TO PRINT:  Check that your printer is on and ready to go. Click the image below to enlarge.  Then right-click and select print.  Use your browser's back button to return to this page.
Free Printable Photo Keychain Blank Templates  |  3 Garnets & 2 Sapphires
 TIP #2: You can save the blank template sheet to your computer to add text and graphics digitally or have your child decorate them with permanent marker by hand.  We did both to see which my daughter would prefer.  She liked the ones she drew by hand better.
DIY Bag Tag Graphics Examples  |  3 Garnets & 2 Sapphires

TIP #3:  The bag charms can hang alone on a backpack, tote bag, or handbag, or be paired with a bag tag.  We tried it both ways and couldn't decide which we liked best.
Tote bag decorated with glitter fabric paint & a DIY bag charm  |  3 Garnets & 2 Sapphires

TIP #4: Alternating large and small beads will make your bag tags and bookmarks look more interesting.  My 13 year old son made this bookmark for a special young lady in his life.
DIY Beaded Bookmark  |  3 Garnets & 2 Sapphires

My daughter's favorite craft was the bag tags.  She just loves personalized items and being able to draw her own bag tag designs made her super-happy.  She proudly showed them off today on her backpack and lunch bag.

Personally, I liked the bookmark craft the best.  They are easy to make and the possibilities are endless.  I also think they would make wonderful teachers' gifts, party favors, and handmade holiday gifts.


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DIY Bag Tags & Beaded Bag Charms  |  3 Garnets & 2 Sapphires

What would your child draw on his or her personalized bag tag?
Share your ideas with us in a comment here.

Tuesday, August 8, 2017

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Craft with Glitter Fabric Paint Pens on Denim for DIY Back-to-School Fashion Fun

DIY Personalized Denim Jacket "Peace, Love, TKD"  |  3 Garnets & 2 Sapphires
Thank you to Oriental Trading Company for providing some of the supplies used for this DIY back-to-school fashion craft.  All opinions expressed are my own.

In some parts of the country, the first day of school has already arrived, but where we live, we still have a few weeks of summer vacation left.  This is usually around the time our children start to get bored.  Well, a fun craft is always a great boredom-buster.  Check out our latest craft idea and see how easy it is to get creative!

My 10 year old daughter is very much into bling.  She loves graphic tees, emojis, and expressing herself with what she wears.  That's what inspired me to turn this basic denim jacket (that's been hanging on the same coat hook since last fall) into something she'll reach for first when choosing a jacket to wear to school.


Decorating Denim with Glitter Fabric Paint (and Charms) . . .

SUPPLIES NEEDED:
plain denim clothing item
round cans, cups, bowls of varying sizes
sewing needle
clear or invisible thread
scissors
craft sticks (optional)

Decorate denim for fall with Glitter Fabric Paint Pens  |  3 Garnets & 2 Sapphires

THINK about what you want to put on your denim item.  Then decide where each design will go.

Want to add an EMOJI?  Lay your item of clothing out smoothly on a flat surface.  Then place a can or a cup down where you would like to add the emoji.  Use the glitter fabric paint pen in the desired color and carefully add dots around the can or cup to create a perfect circle.
How to make emojis with Glitter Fabric Paint Pens  |  3 Garnets & 2 Sapphires

What kind of EMOJI?  You can find all sorts of examples of emojis online.  My daughter requested a cat and a girl with sunglasses.

TIP #1: Keep in mind that the glitter paint looks much lighter when first applied.  The glue that looks white now will dry clear, leaving only the color of the glitter behind.
Easy cat emoji on denim made with Glitter Fabric Paint Pens  |  3 Garnets & 2 Sapphires

Want to add a PEACE SIGN?  Again, use a stencil to create your circle based on the size you want your peace sign to be.  We used a large bowl to create the design on the back of my daughter's denim jacket.
How to create a peace sign with Glitter Fabric Paint Pens  |  3 Garnets & 2 Sapphires

Use more than one color!  To make your designs pop, use more than one color.  You can create your design with double lines, like we did with our peace sign pictured below.

TIP #2:  It's okay to create your design freehand.  My daughter thinks it adds an artsy look to her jacket.
"Peace, Love, TKD" Glitter Fabric Paint on denim  |  3 Garnets & 2 Sapphires

Express yourself!  My daughter loves art, so I added a pencil doodling a heart on one of the jacket sleeves.  My daughter also loves Taekwondo.  That's where the "Peace - Love- TKD" came from.
How to create a pencil and a doodle with Glitter Fabric Paint on denim  |  3 Garnets & 2 Sapphires

Say it with WORDS!  In addition to the words on the back of the jacket, I also added my daughter's name down one sleeve.  I also added the word "art" on one shoulder above the pencil.  Again, I used two colors for all the text.  Simply choose your main color to dot out your words.  Then go back and use a contrasting color to add dots in between the existing dots.

TIP #3:  I found that the silver glitter fabric paint did a great job offsetting almost any color, so I used it as my secondary color throughout many of the designs.
Ideas for personalizing denim with emojis, a name, and more with Glitter Fabric Paint  |  3 Garnets & 2 Sapphires

What happens if you GOOF?  If you make a mistake with these glitter fabric paint pens, you can carefully lift the paint off with a tiny piece of paper towel.  There may be a hint of glitter left behind, but it usually isn't noticeable.  If it is, then you can always paint over it.

Add paint effects!  Since my daughter is very artsy, I thought I'd add an abstract paint effect to the back of her jacket.  This was super-easy!  I just put 3 or 4 dots of paint on the end of a craft stick (as shown below).  Then I would tap the paint around on the fabric.  Next, I used the craft stick to spread and smear the paint around.  I repeated these steps using red, silver, and blue glitter fabric paint until I was satisfied with the way it looked.
Adding painted abstract background effect on denim with Glitter Fabric Paint  |  3 Garnets & 2 Sapphires

Artsy painted abstract background effect on denim with Glitter Fabric Paint  |  3 Garnets & 2 Sapphires

Add some BLING!  If you'd like to add a touch of hardware to your denim item, you can sew a few charms on by hand.  I chose to add 3 heart charms to the points of each chest pocket on my daughter's denim jacket.  I let her pick the colors of the charms.
Add some bling to denim with cute sew-on charms  |  3 Garnets & 2 Sapphires

Check it out!  My daughter can't wait to wear her new and improved jacket to school this fall!

What designs do you think would look awesome on denim?
Let us know in a comment here.
DIY back-to-school fashion craft project  |  3 Garnets & 2 Sapphires

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