November 15, 2010

Christmas Workshop: Felt Tree Bottle Covers

Don’t miss this funny christmas Workshop that we have found at Martha Stewart’s Web!!!

Next time you give a bottle of wine as a gift, dress it up with these lovely felt tree bottle covers.

Tools and Materials
Tree template one or two
1/2 yard (or 2 packs) felt
Sewing machine and thread
Pinking shears or straightedge shears
Decorative embellishments (bells, rhinestones, garland)
Fabri-tac glue
Wine bottle

Bottle Cover How-To
1. Download and print tree template one or two. Pin together two pieces of felt. Place tree template on top of pinned-together felt pieces. Trace tree onto felt.

2. Using sewing machine, sew sides of tree together, leaving the bottom portion open. Then, use pinking shears or straightedge shears to cut tree out of felt.

3. Decorate the felt tree by gluing or sewing on embellishments of your choosing, such as bells, rhinestones, and garland.

4. Place felt tree cover over wine bottle.


October 28, 2010

Halloween Party!!!

The nights are getting cooler, the days are getting shorter, and Halloween is just around the corner!!!….

Please, don’t miss the following website!!!

We love it! Plenty of ideas, full of recipes!!!

October 22, 2010

Halloween Recipes: let’s keep it simple

Orange Jack-o’-Lanterns with Sorbet


Invite a crew of frozen friends for dessert. Cut off the top quarter of an orange. Scoop out flesh with a spoon, then carve eyes, noses, and grins with a utility knife.


  • 4 navel oranges
  • 2 pints mango, passion-fruit, or orange sorbet, softened



  1. Slice off the top quarter of each orange, and reserve for lid. Using a grapefruit spoon or paring knife, scoop or cut out interior of oranges. Reserve flesh for another use, such as fresh orange juice.
  2. Use our templates or draw a jack-o’-lantern face freehand. Tape paper to hollowed orange, and cut out features with a craft knife or other small, sharp knife.
  3. Pack each orange with sorbet, and top it with a “lid.” Bend floral wire, and poke it in — not through — top of orange for tendrils. Transfer to a parchment-lined baking sheet, and place in the freezer until firm, about 30 minutes. Oranges with sorbet can be frozen for up to 3 days.

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September 28, 2010

Halloween Painted Jar Luminaries

If you are thinking on how to celebrate this Halloween with your kids, keep an eye to these funny handicrafts. Your children enjoy with the preps!!!

Have a look to these pictures…

Do you like it? Do you want to get the “How to”?  Then , click on the following link!!!

Love it!!!

September 9, 2010

Back to School Prep: Brown-Bag It in Style

Make lunchtime even more appetizing by decorating kids’ lunch bags or boxes with cheery stickers and labels. Some can serve a purpose — personalizing plain containers or sealing sacks shut — others are purely for fun.

And they’re quick and simple to make with a computer and printer, a scanner, or a color copier, plus easy-to-find supplies. With the same tools, you can make a chart that lets kids help plan what to pack.

Find out how to make Lunch Labels at Martha Stewart website

August 27, 2010

Back to school prep III: Label to Avoid Lost Items

We carry on with the back to school prep. And today we have found out another useful Marta Stewart’s idea! Label to avoid lost items!!!

Keep better track of children’s clothing, school supplies, and gym equipment with a personalized rubber stamp and permanent ink pad made for fabric. Iron-on fabric tape can be stamped, then affixed to the inside of clothing. Personalized ribbons work well as bookmarks or tags. If the name is visible, use pale ink and small type to protect your child’s identity.

July 13, 2010

Summer Kids Beach Party

Planning a do-it-yourself children’s beach party? Sun, sand, water, kids – the perfect recipe for summer fun. At  NECK & NECK we think it will be worth the effort!!

Look! we have found a great site – you will find all the details to plan a summer kids beach party!!!

The nice thing about a beach party is it doesn’t require access to a golden sandy beach or seashore. You can plan a kid’s beach party for the backyard and not worry about cleaning up sand. It’s also easy to keep the party budget small and easy on the pocket.

Guest List

Keep the guest list small. A general rule of thumb is: one guest per year of age of the hosting youngster. A seven year old child should have a maximum of seven guests. Ask parents to send a beach towel, sunscreen*, and a change of clothes with their children.


Get your kids involved in the party by letting them design their own handmade invitations. Free beach theme printables that are unique can be found online here

Party Favors

They can also help make party favors for guests. Buy some inexpensive cellophane bags, ribbons, and aquatic themed trinkets at a discount or dollar store. Use items like plastic seahorses, seashells, flip-flop key rings, and ocean colors like blue and white with a punch of neon colors for emphasis to make the beach party bags original and memorable.


Creating an atmosphere for a beach party for kids is simple. Position a plastic kiddy pool in a shady location and fill with sand. Provide some pails, shovels, and sand toys, and watch the kids add the right touch of imagination.

Set up another pool in a sunny area, fill with water, and let the sun warm the water. Be sure to keep an eye on the pool to keep kids from playing in the water unsupervised.

Have toys like hula hoops, beach balls, and Frisbees ready for play. Beach towels work great when kids need a place to sit and rest or eat lunch.


Games are fun, but optional. Have one or two planned, like hula hoop competitions or beach ball volleyball. Be flexible, and let the youngsters indulge in their own creative play. Kids have a sense of wonder and an eagerness to explore and discover things on their own. Self-paced activity combined with group games is a good balance.


Simple refreshments are best: hot dogs, pizza, or hamburgers with chips and a drink. Finish up with an icy cold, juicy watermelon or frosty ice cream. Just have the kids sit on a beach towel, and if they accidentally spill something, clean up is fast and easy. Some paper towels, plates, and cups are the only necessary supplies for this stage of the festivities.

Water Fun

Do water activities last to let the beach party kids cool off and wind down. Let half the group play in the pool, and half in a water sprinkler, and then alternate as needed. Parents can towel them off and have them change prior to leaving the party. Remember to give each guest a party favor bag as they depart.

Clean up

Clean up is a cinch! The kids who are waiting for rides can help gather up toys, fold beach towels, and pick up trash. Viola! Your kids beach party has been a fun in the sun success, and you have enjoyed it just as much as your guests.


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July 8, 2010

Summer kids’ handicrafts: sponge ball

And for today NECK & NECK has chosen the most funny kids’ handicraft – play for this summer! It’s about the “sponge ball”!!! Great for a game of tag on a scorching hot day, squishy sponge balls (made from kitchen sponges) are summer’s alternative to snowballs. They also make a family chore like car-washing more fun.

A great idea that we have found on Martha Stewart’s website. Click here to get how to.

June 25, 2010

Crafts for kids: Seashell Koalas!!!

Have a look to this picture!!! Isn’t it adorable and funny?! A Seashell Koalas kid’s craft!


NECK & NECK carries on looking for the most originals ideas and funny crafts for kids. This one we found it out at the Martha Stewart’s website. Click here to see Koala how to.


April 30, 2010

To mom, with love!

Looking for a present to give your mum? Don’t miss  Martha Stewart’s website, is full of ideas to give your mum! Here is our NECK & NECK selection, which one do you prefer?!


Special Delivery for Jewelry
Are you giving Mom earrings on her big day? For an unusual presentation, pin them through a beautiful, fresh green leaf that can double as your gift card.
Choose a large, dark variety — one from a hosta (shown), a lily of the valley, or an iris, for example — and write your note with a thin-tipped paint pen in a light color.


Flower-Arranging Gift Kit
Your favorite gardener will appreciate a kit for arranging flowers that she can use again and again. Pack all the essentials inside a jar that’s attractive enough to double as a vase. Include a floral frog to keep stems in place, floral clay to anchor the frog, shears, a floral preservative, and a stem stripper for removing leaves from woody stems.


Teacup Lights

Antique teacups that have lost their saucers still make sweet gifts when fitted with candles.

Tools and Materials
Nested pans
Partially burned candles
Candy or candle thermometer
New wicking
Wick sustainers
Wooden skewers

Teacup Lights How-To
1. In a small pan set over a larger pan of simmering water, melt down old candles; clip the thermometer to the upper pot, and keep temperature at about 185 degrees. Remove old wicks with tongs.

 2. Cut a piece of wicking to the cup’s height plus 2 inches. Clamp one end to a wick sustainer; tie the other end around a skewer. Dip wicking and sustainer into melted wax to coat them. Remove and stick sustainer to cup’s bottom.

 3. Pour in the wax, stopping 1/2 inch below the cup’s rim. Allow wax to set, about 1 hour. The candle will harden with a well in the center. To even it out, use another skewer to prick a circle of holes about 1/16 inch deep around the wick. Pour in melted wax until surface is 1/4 inch below rim. Cut wick.

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