Simple steps to make a mini bow and arrow

mini bow and arrow tutorial from NellieBellie

This mini bow and arrow tutorial is adorable! I adore it. This is one I had done last year. I'm improving the post and pictures and bringing it back. Because, it's just too cool! necessary supplies for the mini bow and arrow: popsicle sticks fishing line (you can use floss, too) q-tips. Tools you need: craft knife or other sharp knife bowl of water Okay. Here we go... You need to soak the popsicle sticks in water for at least an hour...or two. This makes them soft and bendable. At some point during their soaking cut two small slits on each end of the stick. Finish their soaking. Now that they are ...

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Santa hat brownies | tutorial

NellieBellie: santa hat brownies #Christmas #brownies

These Santa Hat Brownies have a great story attached to them, which I just have to share with you.  Before I  do, though, I want to make sure you know they are legitimately good brownies.  They are made from box mix, but they are a great activity to share with your kids (or someone else's) leading up to Christmas.  This is one of those activities that you just go buy the supplies for and wait to create until that time when boredom sets in.  Or there's a snowstorm.  The instructions for their creation is at the end of this post, if you don't want to hear the fun story attached. Now the ...

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Homemade Hazelnut Meringue cookies.

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Have you ever made meringue cookies? I hope so. It is really much easier then it sounds. And they are cute and fancy looking. I made Hazelnut Meringue cookies. And am going to show you how easy peasy. 4 egg whites in a bowl. add 1/2 tsp vanilla (I used Hazelnut. But for the traditional meringue use vanilla) and 1/4 tsp Cream of Tartar Use your blender and whip that all up. For about a minute or so. Until it looks foamy and kinda holds it shape as well as a bubble bath would. You know, for a little bit and then it sinks. Add 1/2 cup of sugar a little at a time. Only ...

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gilded animal bookends.

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 These Quick & Easy gilded animal bookends make my heart beat a little faster and my smile a bit bigger.  They are one of those craft ideas I came up with randomly and didn't realize how much I would love them until they were finished.  But they are absolutely fantastic!  I love how they take something as simple as a few blocks of wood and toy animals and turn them into something that looks classy and intentional. I used Martha Stewart liquid gilding for this craft, and you absolutely want to use it.  This turns everything you touch into gold. Literally. It’s brilliant.  You ...

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Keep Calm and Cook On apron

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This Keep Calm and Cook On apron is just plain fun. And a simple DIY. It would make a great gift for the cook in your family! This cute apron is for Katie. My baker. She already knows she’s getting it. It’s all good. The tutorial for this cute apron: You need a red apron. You can use a different color if you like. But, traditionally the Keep Calm stuff is red. So, I used red.   You’ll need: Stencils, Fabric Paint, a squeegee (not necessary, but helps get a nice clean look).   Set up your stencils. I tape mine to be sure they don’t wiggle while I am working. And…I did 2 letters, waited, and then did the ...

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chocolate Pot de creme.

Chocolate Pot De Creme from nelliebellie.com

Chocolate Pot de creme: We should probably have a really long explanation of what this is, and why it's great, and all that.  And we did think about doing that.  Really, we did. But the truth is...we don't think it's needed.  Just look at the picture.  Look at that!  And read the title.  Are you still questioning the deliciousness?  Fine.  Here's are reasons for having this: It’s chocolate. of the best sort. French. and easy. and beyond rich. and delicious. and…girly. the end. Satisfied?  You should be.  And you should be very excited about trying this ...

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a tale of Thanks.

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I was sitting and planning out my week of posts. I looked at the calendar and realized that Thanksgiving was on the week. And thought and thought. What to post that day? Should I post? Should I take that opportunity to take the day off…with good reason. No. I decided that I would post. But, I would post a little bit of  a different something something. A bit of my heart. A bit of my life. A bit of my experience. of Thanks. Once upon a time there was a little girl. Born into a broken home. Yes, even though she was the first in a young marriage the home was already broken. That little girl didn’t had an easy life. ...

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World Market is my gift go-to!

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My World Market Christmas wish list: NellieBellie's World Market wish list by miznelliebellie on Polyvore Faux Antelope Throw | World Market / Black Campaign Chair-Black Campaign Chair | World Market / Red Large Rectangular Alpine Baker-Red Large Rectangular Alpine Baker... / Moose Hooks, Set of 2-Moose Hooks, Set of 2 | World Market     My Christmas list for my siblings... world market gifts by miznelliebellie on Polyvore Pillows & Throws - Decorative Pillows, Cushions, Decorative Pillows |... / Cake Carrier-Cake Carrier | World Market / Caviar Gift ...

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Simple steps to make a tooth pillow (no-sew)

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Levi has been asking for a tooth pillow for years. I don’t understand why. And, I wouldn’t spend money on a tooth pillow. A tooth pillow?? Really? But, I could certainly make one!! And you can too. Yay you! You need a large piece of white felt. This is easy to find at a craft store. This cost me less then $4.00. A $4.00 tooth pillow. Somehow, I still feel slightly tricked. I’m paying for a tooth pillow. *sigh* This is the length you will get from the package. Cut it to the size you want. I used 18 inches by 18 inches. But, do what works for you. This is the pillow I used to ...

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The giantest, bestest giveaway…ever!

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So, there is this group of ladies I have the pleasure of knowing. They are the bestest, sweetest, most awesomest group of bloggers. On. the. planet. (yes, I made words up...it must be done) And all of them and little ol me got together to throw a giant shinding. Of the giveaway variety. Because with all the stuff that YOU are going to have to do for the holidays. The hub bub, the shopping, the getting ,the cooking, the stuff. We wanted you to have a little something something to make you smile. So, we teamed up to do this... (a big giant thank you to the girls for letting me post this a bit later then I should have. ...

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gift packaging with ConsumerCrafts.com cyber monday sale! #cybermondaycrafts

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I’m in full Christmas prep mode. Yes, I realize fully that there is another holiday coming up. And it will get proper attention. Don’t fret. I'm using consumercrafts.com to help me out! I'm determined to do as many homemade gifts as possible this  year. This means being prepared far ahead of time! One of the gifts that will be gifted often this year is… Can you say yum!! this stuff is just great! In order to make this gift worthy I have a plan…   Yes. I’m going to ConsumerCrafts.com on Cyber Monday for their big sale. I’m hitting up their giftboxes. And bakers twine. And doilies. And little ...

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important matters are afoot!

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I’m supposed to be writing the Dr. Nellie post today. Instead I’m doing this… watching my kids decorate for Christmas. however they want to. without my “input”. In fact, I was given the task of threading the Fruit Loop garland. I had forgotten what a pain those are to do. Forever!! And I bet they don’t survive the night. That darn dog thought they were tasty. #eventhedoglovesfruitloops deer hunting in Wi is coming up. thus the orange hat. in the middle of the day. inside. *sigh*   we took a trip to Goodwill last week for sweaters. see, we were in Urban Outfitters shopping ...

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