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Hand painted Personalized Wooden Easter Egg Ornaments

I will personalize these hand painted Easter Egg ornaments with your child’s first name and the year. Each egg has a different hand painted scene including a bunny and a variety of chicks, flowers, birds, sometimes a tree, cattails, carrots, Easter eggs and more!

You can purchase one of these eggs on my etsy shop:  https://www.etsy.com/shop/coffeycreations?ref=hdr_shop_menu

Or convo or email me about having me hand paint a custom Easter egg that coordinates with your custom Easter Basket Liner! Shannon@coffeycreationsforkids.com

 

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Dental visits

Have you ever wondered why the American Dental Association and your dentist recommend you come back every six months? It’s because regular dental visits are essential for the maintenance of healthy teeth and gums. And in between those examinations, it’s important that you work to keep your teeth and gums clean and healthy, just as important as it is to take care of any ear disorders by following the tonaki tinnitus protocol. If you need additional help, your dentist may even suggest more frequent visits.

Checking your teeth for tooth decay is just one part of a thorough dental examination. During your checkup appointment, your dentist (or dental hygienist) will likely evaluate the health of your gums, perform a head and neck examination (to look for anything out of the ordinary) and examine your mouth for any indications of oral cancer, diabetes or vitamin deficiencies. Don’t be surprised if your dentist also examines your face, bite, saliva and movement of your lower jaw joints (TMJs). Your dentist or dental hygienist will then clean your teeth and stress the importance of you maintaining good oral hygiene at home between visits.

Many dentists like the dentist yonge eglinton will pay special attention to plaque and tartar. This is because plaque and tartar can build up in a very short time if good oral hygiene is not practiced between visits. Food, beverages and tobacco can stain teeth as well. If not removed, soft plaque can harden on the teeth and irritate the gum tissue. If not treated, plaque can lead to gum disease.

During your regularly scheduled dental appointments, your dentist will likely look at your gums, mouth, tongue and throat. There are several routine parts to a dental examination.

Once your examination and cleaning have been performed, they’ll tell you about the health of your teeth and gums and then make any additional recommendations. It’s important that you see your dentist every six months and that they give you routine examination and cleaning. Remember, by seeing your dentist on a regular basis and following daily good oral hygiene practices at home, you are more likely to keep your teeth and gums healthy

David’s Fingerprint Snowman Jar (votive holder!)

My little 8 year old artist, David, used his finger tip to create these sweet snowmen! He did his own red scarves, black hats, orange noses and eyes and buttons. I used a frost effect to coat the jar ahead of time, after he was finished with his snowmen we added “snow” in the form of paint with glitter! Next I will add a battery operated votive, but it is already on display on my windowsill in the kitchen! See below for fun ideas making snowmen with a little one’s fingerprints. You can also check out my Etsy shop for premade kits!

Email me at shannon@coffeycreations for your own custom children’s items or check out my Etsy shop for fun premade items!

 

Fingerprint/Handprint Snowmen!

I  just love being able to preserve little fingerprints in a way that I can enjoy again and again! The fingerprint snowmen shown in the pictures are made from my 2year old niece’s little hand print. I used a sharpie to write the date and her name on the bottom of the jar for her Daddy to keep and bring out every year-my boys always love comparing how their hands have grown with their fingerprint/keepsake items!

I added a little pink scarf to each snowperson, a black hat, an orange nose, blue eyes (like Sophie’s!), stick arms, and even put little snowballs in some of the snowgirls hands! I dotted some white paint “snow” throughout the background of the jar, swirled some on the bottom and then sprinkled white glitter all over the jar so that it would stick to the white paint to make it even more snow like.

I also love to be able to recycle and reuse, this jar was actually a pasta sauce jar. I put a little battery operated votive inside of it and it is ready to go for holiday decorating!

There are so many variations on this theme you could do, too. My 8 year old just used his fingertip to create his snowmen and he loved making the scarves, hats, and the rest of the snowmen himself. I thought how fun it would be to get a fingerprint from each member of the family and have a snowperson represent everyone! We’ll see if we can get everyone to cooperate with that one!

And, I’m thinking as a teacher gift to have all of the kids put their own fingerprint on a jar with their name above the snowman. We can fill the jar with homemade white chocolate pretzels! One of my favorite treats to make with the kids!

Make this craft on your own or purchase my premade kit-for yourself, a new mom, or a mom who loves to do fun things like this with her kids! Click on this link to view the kit from my Etsy shop!

Check out some of my other fun holiday crafts and fun things to do with kids! Click on the Thanksgiving link on the left or here, and the Christmas link or here.

Email me at shannon@coffeycreationsforkids.com for your own custom items, or check out my Etsy shop for lots of fun premade items!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Christmas Fun!

So, I just made about 17 of these little Gingerbread houses yesterday for a cub scout project for my 7 year old and had to share them! They were so easy to do and I can’t wait for us to decorate them! I plan to use the puffy paint for the “icing” on the  houses! We have fake “snow” to sprinkle on it after putting on glue in fun designs…green paint for the grass, who knows what else we may add? You may note that mine has a little snowman and a pine tree out front.

All you need to make the house are scissors, a cardboard box, and a glue gun! I cut the “house shape” first, two square shapes with a triangle shape on top. Then two small rectangles for the sides, hot glue these four pieces together for the base of the house. Then cut out the two larger rectangles for the roof-I liked mine a bit long to have some overhang. Hot glue the roof on. Cut out a door shape, windows, pine trees, bushes, mini “wreaths” for the door, whatever you want! I also added a half circle for the platform or “front yard” of the house and a couple of little half circle strips for the “Gingerbread” along the edge of the roof. The red and white striped additions are cut paper straws.

I love to be able to have fun decorations that are homemade, that the kids themselves can decorate, and that I can bring out again year after year! Have fun!

Have fun and check back to see our finished houses!

 

Happy Thanksgiving! Door Sign revisited 2012

I just love bringing this door sign out every year! Look how big my little guys are getting! This year I had a smidge of extra time and put together several for some friends and family. Here are some tips to make your own:

You will need preferably a thick rectangular piece of fabric-a denim weight or a twill would work well, brown,yellow, red and orange medium point sharpies, fabric pen (the blue kind that blots off with water), an ultra fine black sharpie, trim of your choice, a ribbon for hanging and about 3 of those popsicle kid craft sticks.

I just love the look of the khaki/sand color mixed with the dark browns and oranges of Thanksgiving and fall! I used scrap fabric I had laying around (waiting for just such a use!) and cut it in a rectangular shape-long enough to include all three of my boys hand prints.

First, I used my fabric pen to mark on the “Happy Thanksgiving”. I love the look of the curlz MT font from MS word. You can print it out and then just do your best to copy it as closely as you can. Choose whatever font you like, of course, but it looks so much neater if you can pick a specific font! Or if your child is learning to write it would look adorable in their cute handwriting! Let them use the fabric pen then you can go over it with the other markers. The great thing about using a fabric pen is that if you don’t like how it looks-blot it off with a damp paper towel, wait for it to dry and just redo it!

Once you’ve got your writing on the way you want it go over your letters with a medium or dark brown, highlight parts of the letters with the orange then outline the letters with the fine point black. Be careful not to hold the pens down for too long or they will bleed into the fabric and leave a big spot! Use a “light hand” when doing your lettering!

Don’t forget to put the date somewhere on your sign as well, I chose the bottom right corner.

Put your child or children’s names below where you intend to put their handprints.

Attach your trim of choice with fabric glue.

To do the hanging ribbon, attach the ribbon about say 1 inch down on the back on each side with fabric glue. Fold the fabric over top of the ribbon on the back and secure with fabric glue. Here is where you also use fabric glue to attach the popsicle sticks. I had to cut one in half then attach another over top of the two. That way the sign hangs straight and doesn’t curve inward in the middle.

Then the handprints!!!! Get several wet paper towels ready for after the printing. Squeeze a bit of oranges, reds, browns, yellows on a paper plate. Get a sponge brush and sponge the different colors on different parts of the little hand. Gently place the hand on the sign where you want it to go! Don’t panic if it doesn’t look perfect! That is part of the charm!

After the handprints have dried take your ultra fine sharpie and outline the turkey, add his feet in brown, use red for the comb above and below the head, add the eye and beak with some yellow. Be sure to outline the comb, beak and feet as well. Not sure exactly how you want to do these parts? Check out my silly turkeys!

For more fun Thanksgiving hand print ideas and more check out the rest of my Thanksgiving items here or click on the Thanksgiving link to the left! Check out the Felt Handprint Turkeys, Turkey handprint bibs, Thanksgiving food toss game including food bean bags and more! Have fun!

Not up to doing this by yourself? Want to give a one of a kind gift? Just email me at shannon@coffeycreationsforkids.com and I will make you a Turkey Handprint Door Sign kit! Including the sign made and ready to go with little pots of paint and even a spongebrush for the recipient!

Olivia and Rhys’s name paintings

These two name paintings were a give away for Missy K Photography in Naples, Florida. I sure hope Olivia and Rhys enjoy them, Norma! Thanks so much!

Olivia loves horses and all things purple and pink. At 8 years old, she wanted something a little sophisticated, not too little girlie! These horse sillhouettes are framed by pink and purple flowers and show off Olivia’s name in a fancy french font.

Rhys loves fire trucks and has fun bright red, yellows and blues in his room. Rhys’s painting shows off a fire truck with some fire in the background and his name on the road underneath. Rhys’s name is done in an Andalus font by MS word-much more masculine for this little guy!

These paintings were done with acrylic paints with a watercolor effect on watercolor paper and set on two layers of cardstock backgrounds, ready for framing!

For your own custom children’s or babies artwork or other coffey creations  e-mail me at shannon@coffeycreationsforkids.com  or check out my Etsy shop for premade items (click on the link to the right).

Sam’s Stepstool-Artwork by David!

This fun bright stepstool is unique in many ways-first and foremost the artistry is done by my 6 year old David! He drew Uncle Mel and Aunt Kathy “dreaming” of having a little boy on one side of the step stool, and on the other side he drew Uncle Mel, and Aunt Kathy with little Sam himself! Also on the step stool are a variety of trees, birds, mushrooms, a sun, a rainbow, and their house-all drawn by David himself! Mommy (that’s me) was mainly the colorist-I painted David’s drawings and even consulted him on whether or not to add stripes and dots to the brightly colored color blocked areas. Aunt Kathy wanted bright fun colors for Sam’s step stool-I think we have accomplished that for her!

The steps of the step stool were left mainly solid colors to allow for good visibility of adding in Sam’s actual footprints! Kathy liked the double wide step stool that we made for ourselves with my boys footprints-and both cats paw prints as well! Click here to see our step stool, and here to see little baby Natalie’s Mad about Madeline one as well!

For your own hand painted custom children and babies items e-mail me at shannon@coffeycreationsforkids.com or check out my Etsy shop. I can reproduce your own child’s artwork onto a step stool, or pick a theme and colors and let me do it for you. The options are endless!

A collection of stories

When Todd Tewksbury set out for his routine daily jog back in August of 2014, everything about it felt normal
from lacing up his cross-trainers to the feel of his old t-shirt, nothing stood out as odd to him as he said goodbye to his
mother and set out along his route. He couldn’t have known that in just a few minutes and a few miles, his life was
about to change forever and if not for some quick thinking onlookers, he may have lost it entirely. Of course, how could
he have known? There was no reason to consider that as he approached JFK by the art museum on his typical path, he
would suffer joggerfrom cardiac arrest and fall to his knees. After all, Todd, a 27-year-old athlete, had no reason to consider
something like heart failure could even happen to him, let alone that it would find himself suddenly slumped on all fours
that summer day along the waterfront.
According to the Mayo Clinic, “Cardiac Arrest is the unexpected loss of heart function, breathing and
consciousness. Sudden cardiac arrest usually results from an electrical disturbance in your heart that disrupts its
pumping action, stopping blood flow to the rest of your body.” Although there is potential to survive an attack it
becomes incredibly minimal if emergency medical treatment is not performed immediately. Because the heart is no
longer pumping blood and vital organs are deprived of oxygen, it is imperative that the individual suffering the attack
receives CPR or treatment with a defibrillator within seconds. Although only 11% of people survive an attack nationally,
that number could greatly improve to 38% if more people to knew CPR from Toronto Coast2Coast First Aid/CPR. Lucky for Tewksbury, he fell into the 11%
survival rate thanks to a group of strangers who also had a mind to enjoy the Schuylkill River Trail that day.

Dr. Aaron Mendelson and his wife were a few yards away when they rushed to Todd’s side upon seeing him fall to
the ground, they assumed he was having a seizure given that he was a fairly young and athletic man. Once they reached
him however, it became evident that he did not have a pulse and they knew it had to be a heart issue. Arron, a resident
at the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania, and his wife, an ER doctor were very well trained in the emergency
care of Cardiac Arrest and began to administer CPR in attempt to provide Tewksbury’s vital organs the oxygen they
desperately needed. Meanwhile, another concerned individual, part of the small crowd that had gathered around, used
Todd’s phone to call his mother Louis, alerting her to what was happening to her son. As Louis and her family rushed to
the hospital to meet Todd upon his arrival, the group with him on the waterfront administered CPR for a total of 11
minutes at which point two women brought over a defibrillator from a nearby recreational center, delivering a lifesaving
dose of electric current in order to start his heart back up.
Todd is alive and well today and he along with his family are incredibly grateful to the Mendelson’s and others that
stepped in and took action that day. It was incredibly lucky that there were trained medical professionals within the
general vicinity of where the incident occurred, however, Dr. Mendelson says that anyone could have done what he did
to save Todd’s life. The doctors treating him in the days following the attack, noted that CRP was the main factor in his
survival and his ability to walk out of the hospital, without it Todd surely would have died. No small detail to Tewksbury
who noted he would be learning CRP and educating himself in emergency care in the hope that should he ever find
himself on the other end of this situation, he would be able to pay it forward and save another’s life.

Thanksgiving fun!

Oh, my little boys are getting so big! These Felt Turkey Handprints are a joy to bring out year after year-my boys love comparing how their hands have grown and I love looking at how little they were!

Thanks to Craftgossip.com for putting my little Turkey’s on their site! I love to be able to share my fun creations with all! Click on this link Felt Turkey Handprints for the original post with the directions for how to make them for your own lovies!

Also, check out my other fun Thanksgiving ideas-Take a Feather From Tom Turkey (hide and seek game), Turkey Pancakes, Turkey handprint bib, Thanksgiving Kid Art, Thanksgiving Handprint Door Banner, and the Thanksgiving food toss game! Click on “Thanksgiving” here or on the left under “Categories” to view them all!