Category Archives: Crafts

Happy Halloween

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This year I undertook the huge task of making the girls costumes. I gave myself a month, and still procrastinated until the last days to finish everything…when will I learn? After asking the girls what they wanted to be for Halloween, and not getting very much input, I decided to pick their current movies of choice: Tangled and Tinkerbell. After telling the girls this week what they would be dressed as, I knew I made the right choice.

I started with Tinkerbell, I found this wonderful homemade costume on Prudent Baby, and copied it almost exactly. The design was easy enough, the fabric I choose, however was not. After several frustrating tries, I was happy with the result. (Even though it already started to fall apart prior to pictures….oh well!)

I found some wings at Michaels, the shoes I painted green and glued a pom pom onto, and the wand was a dowel covered in ribbon and topped with a pom pom. All in all, one very happy Tinkerbell!

The next project had me a bit worried, I didn’t have a pattern and I had to make sleeves (something I’ve never done before). The first thing I did was go back to the fabric store and grab some better fabric, I wasn’t going to go through that again! I found some other Rapunzel creations online and decided to pick and choose what elements to incorporate. The dress came together very easily, the corset jacket was another story. After redoing the sleeves four times, I finally got it right…just in time (an hour prior to trick or treating)!

Of course I had to give my girl some accessories: a little hair extension and a frying pan!

Hope all your little ones had fun, Happy Halloween!

Mummy Pops

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I put together some halloween treats today, and surprisingly quickly. I love how they turned out! These came together using oreos, vanilla chips, and candy eyes (all the supplies can be found a Joanns except for the oreos).

Take a bag of Wilton vanilla candy melts, pour into a microwave safe bowl and microwave for 30 seconds. Take out and stir, then microwave for another 30 seconds. Mix again, if needed microwave another 10-20 seconds to finish melting, don’t overcook. Once the candy is smooth move to a hot pad (I like to use my rice bag after heating it for 1 minute) to keep warm.

Take the oreos and split in half. Dip the tip of a lollipop stick in the melted candy then stick in the frosting side of the oreo. Sandwich the cookie back together and set on a piece of wax or freezer paper. Continue with all the cookies (18-20), then take one cookie by the stick and dip in the melted candy. Use a spatula or spoon to coat the cookie completely, then gently tap the stick against the edge of the bowl to shake off the excess candy. Place two eyeballs on the oreo, then set the pop down on the paper to cool. Repeat this with remaining oreos.

Spoon the leftover melted chips into a sandwich baggie, cut off a small corner of the bag. Use this to create the bandages on your mummy, gently squeezing the candy out. If the candy is too hot it will come out too fast, just let it cool for a minute before trying to frost. Let everything dry, then package them up!

Flower Quilt #1

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Well, it only took several months, but I finally finished the quilt for Bug. I was hoping to finish it prior to moving her into the big girl bed, but she really needed to get out of that crib. Thankfully, she was a champ and made the transition with a less than stellar blanket. A week later when I finished the quilt and placed it on her bed, the smile on her face made all the late nights worth it.

I brought the lovely border print around to the back of the quilt, it is such a little detail, but I love how it turned out.

The quilting pattern was a bit challenging at first (especially since I have never done it before), but after a while I was doing those loops and corners with ease. I love the flowers on the white blocks, even though they were a pain to sew and don’t show up without a closer look.

I found the pattern here, and feel in love with the Holly Holderman fabric, so it came out very similar. I have another flower quilt in the making for Peanut, but I don’t think it will get finished until after the holidays. Until then, she is happy using my old quilt.

Puppet Washclothes

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I found a cute tutorial to make some puppet washcloths, and decided to try my hand at making them as some gifts for all the little kids in our family. I originally planned to make one each for my girls, but alas…I underestimated the “love” that went into them, and decided to stop at three. Just look at these cuties from sewing.org:

I purchased all the supplies I needed, printed out the templates and went to work, expecting to crank out an army of cute puppet washcloths in an afternoon. Needless to say, several hours later only five puppets were started, and it took me another afternoon to embroider them all. Oh well, they turned out absolutely adorable. Maybe I’ll pull out the remaining supplies and make some more….maybe next year!