Posts Tagged ‘Crafts’

This is what’s on my working table right now:


1) My Minoru Jacket. I’m almost done!

2) Fabric to make a sweet newborn a Sweet Little Dress.

3) Finger puppets for my nephew. These were a valentine’s day present…

4) My knit socks. This project is fun, but a lot of work. At the moment, I only knit while we travel, so it does not get a lot of love…

Not pictured: mittens for my girls, from Little Things to Sew.

Does anybody own Sewing for Boys? I have a few boys in my life who will be needing presents soon and I am wondering if I should get this book.

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I made these lovely felt flowers, following this awesome tutorial from Jess at Craftiness is Not Optional. The only thing I made differently was adding a little tulle to the back, since it matched my girls’ Christmas dresses. Thanks, Jess, the tutorial was fabulous!


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Thanksgiving Countdown

I had bought these branches/twigs from HobbyLobby to use as a Halloween Countdown, and we decided to go ahead and repurpose them as a Thanksgiving Countdown.


We write down a blessing we are grateful for on each leaf and my daughter hangs it up. It’s been fun!

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Pumpkin Faces


I love those games where the kids get to put different faces on a blank head, but the pieces are usually magnets and I am very paranoid about magnets.

So… I thought to make my own felt game! The pieces stick well and I get to make as many as I want for as many combinations as I can think of.

I loved putting this one together and watching my girls make faces for their pumpkins.

Happy Halloween!

Linking at Passionately Artistic.

I Can Teach My Child!

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Halloween Countdown

My eldest daughter is entering that stage where she wonders about time, but doesn’t understand it. When we started putting up Fall decorations, she thought that Halloween was coming “today.” I figured it was time for a countdown.

This is what we did:


We got the branches at Hobby Lobby (with the 40%off coupon they were about $4. Had we a backyard, they could have been free, hehehe) Anyway, I drew a sheet of Halloween figures. At first, they were going to be made into felt figures; then watercolor since that would be faster. Finally, I just handed the sheet to my child who promptly colored it (I thought it was hilarious that she made most of them orange. She gets seasonal color, I guess!) Then, I made copies, laminated them, and each night we put one up and read a Halloween/Fall-related book. Easy and Fun!


I tried to get up a download of the files, in case anybody was interested, but I don’t have all the blogging shortcuts figured out yet– this is the best I could manage:


It may be too late for a countdown, but the kids would have fun coloring it 🙂

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Linking at Passionately Artistic.

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Easy Burlap Wreath

Loving thisawesome burlap wreath from Where the Heart Is. Here is a picture of mine:


It is one of the easiest crafts ever, and such great results! (Please, excuse the Ariel sticker and art– my daughter “decorated” my door and I did not have the heart to take it down.)

Linking at Skip to My Lou’s Made By You Mondays.

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My eldest daughter, who is three (though she is sure she is my contemporary), announced that she wanted a “pink polka-dotty nightgown.” Blown away by the specificity of her request, I decided that I had to make it happen!

It was very easy to put together. I’m not exactly sure what the fabric is (some cotton I found at the fabric store). It wrinkles very easily, but it was the only pink polka dot fabric in the place.

The bodice is lined with the same fabric. It has three white buttons on the back. My favorite detail, though, are the ribbons in the sleeves– so girly and playful!

She loved it. (sigh) Mission accomplished!



Linking at Skip to My Lou Made by you Monday

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Ducky Hooded Towel

I made this to give to a baby boy as a shower present, but it works great for older kids. I used this tutorial from Make Baby Stuff.com for the construction, but made mine a duck rather than a frog. It’s a great tutorial. Think of the possibilities!


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Toddler Birthday Gift

We have a special friend who just turned one, and we made her a farm of felt finger puppets. I’ll have the pattern available soon.


I’m linking up at Passionately Artistic

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Paper Pumpkins

This was last year’s fall centerpiece. I used a tutorial from The Knack (Michael’s) but cannot find it now to give the link. They were something similar to this from Craftaholics Anonymous. Very easy. My toddler loved them.


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