Wednesday, July 29, 2009

New Backpacks!




Tired of those cheap character backpacks that don't hold up? Well, I just added these great new personalized backpacks to my site! All of them have a double zipper for the main compartment, a zipper for the front pocket, a mesh side pocket for holding a water bottle, adjustable and padded shoulder straps, and a padded back panel for for extra cushioning! The backpacks measure 18x13x6. There are many great styles to choose from for both boys and girls, so come check them out.

Friday, July 24, 2009

Refreshing Cucumber Salad

One of my favorite side dishes on a hot summer day is cucumber salad. I have fond memories of my grandma preparing a traditional vinegar based cucumber salad with vegetables fresh from the garden. I recently found an excellent recipe from Better Homes and Gardens and had to share it. One of the things that I love about this recipe is the ginger flavor. In my opinion, this recipe is perfect for a backyard BBQ!


{recipe and photo courtesy of Better Homes and Gardens}

Check out Better Homes and Gardens' recipe for Spiky Cucumber Salad here!

Monday, July 20, 2009

Fickle Feet

This summer I have been living in my SwitchFlops. These flip flops have interchangeable decorative straps which give you the opportunity to create numerous looks from just one pair of shoes. Attached with Velcro, the straps are really easy to change and the Velcro is super strong so the straps stay on no matter how active you are.

I think that these flip flops are perfect to take on vacations. With only one pair of shoes, you can go from a casual look to a more dressy look just by changing the strap. Also, SwitchFlops come in a couple different heel heights so it’s easy to find the perfect shoe for every occasion. My next purchase is going to the cute kitten heel flip flops, called the Lily. I am dreading when winter comes and I have to stop wearing my SwitchFlops.

Wednesday, July 15, 2009

Announcing...

Cute Clips & More is now offering new products for the home and office. Our new monogrammed wine glasses are perfect for bridesmaid gifts or to commemorate a special birthday or anniversary. Other glassware, such as martini and highball glasses, can also be monongrammed. Just contact us for pricing.
Besides glassware, we are also offering super chic monogrammed clipboards, pencil holders and foam koozies. For detailed information, check out our website at www.cuteclipsandmore.com










Wednesday, July 8, 2009

Stamp of Approval


{All photos courtesy of Purple Lemon Designs}

I am absolutely in love with Kelly's new stamps from Purple Lemon Designs! Her adorable birthday address stamp is the perfect way to dress up any party invitation. Besides address stamps, she carries note cards, super chic wedding stamps and custom stationery. The best deal around has to be her printable stationery. For $10 you get a custom designed PDF file that allows you to print out as much stationery as you need from your home printer. Go check out her Etsy shop and blog at http://purplelemondesigns.com/

Monday, July 6, 2009

It's That Time of Year Again

Hope everyone had a great 4th of July! Can you believe that it's already time to think about school supplies? Where has the summer gone? Cute Clips & More now offers two different kinds of lunch boxes- a trendy personalized metal lunchbox and an insulated, monogrammed lunch bag.






The personalized metal lunch box is perfect for school lunches or for storing crafts and toys that have a million little pieces. I have had customers order these lunchboxes specifically for storing Lego's and matchbox cars. The inside of the lunch box has a dry erase sheet attached to it and is perfect for adding a special note. Wouldn’t this be a great idea on exam days or birthdays? As always, if you don't see a specific design that reflects your little one's personal style, please contact us and we can create a custom design for you.


Our insulated, monogrammed lunch bag measures 5.5” x 5.5” x 6” and easily fits a sandwich, juice box and fruit cup. I think they are the perfect size because they are small enough to fit in a backpack, but large enough to hold a hearty lunch.



Wednesday, July 1, 2009

Soapsicle Tutorial- Good Clean Fun!


Today my daughter and I made soapsicles! They were so easy to make and I loved seeing her expressive her creativity by layering different colors. I thought these would be an adorable summer party favor if you wrapped them in plastic and tied a ribbon at the base. These soapsicles look good enough to eat, so warn little ones that they don't taste as good as they look!

Supplies
Popsicle mold
Craft sticks
Pour and melt soap base
Soap coloring
Rubbing alcohol in a spray bottle
4-cup glass measuring cup
Fragrance (optional)

1) To begin, I purchased a cheap popsicle mold from the dollar store and the rest of the supplies I was able to find at a local craft store.

2)Melt the pour-and-melt soap base in the measuring cup following the manufactures instructions. When the soap base comes out of the microwave it will be hot so make sure younger kids don't burn themselves. Next, add a few drops of the soap coloring and stir. Just like food coloring, the more you add the darker the color will become. You can also add a few drops of fragrance, if desired, at this time.

3) To make a single color soapsicles, pour the melted soap base into the popsicle mold and spray the surface with a little rubbing alcohol. This will eliminate any air bubbles that might have formed while pouring it into the mold. After about 10 seconds, add the craft stick and put the popsical mold into the freezer for a couple of minutes until it sets. FYI, I decided to go with jumbo craft sticks instead of skinny popsicle sticks because they were easier for little hands to grab onto.

4) If you want to achieve the layered look, start by pouring the first color about a third of the way up and spray it with rubbing alcohol. Not only will the rubbing alcohol get rid of any surface bubbles, it will also help the second layer adhere to the first layer. Wait until a skin forms on the first layer and then add your next color and the craft stick. Remember, to add a spritz of rubbing alcohol between all of your layers. Finally add the third layer.

5) To remove the soap, pop it in the freezer for a few minutes, then run a butter knife between the soap and the mold. Gently pull on the craft stick and pull the soapsicle out.