Friday, March 29, 2013

Mustached Tooth Fairy Pillow

Remember the preview the other day.  Well I finished it the next day, and now I'm posting.  I love it so much.  The felt tooth is double sided with two pieces of felt, so there is no exposed stitches from my embroidery.  My seven year old still hasn't lost any teeth so the pillow is plenty in time. (Sad day for him, both of his parents lost teeth later than average, plus he didn't get any baby teeth until he was 14 months old, so he'll loose teeth even later than his parents.)

Fits a mini card, with money.
Stay tune, of course my daughter wants a girly one.  Even though she probably has another two years before she loses any teeth.  I'm sure she'll be late too, but not as late, because she grew teeth a good 5 months before her brother.

Love Pillow

I'm slightly pillow obsessed right now.  I wanted a throw pillow for my bed, so here is what I did.
I of course embroidered the pillow, and the fabric rosette I hand sewed instead of glue gunned.

Wednesday, March 27, 2013

Copy Cat Easter Crafts

I found these crafts online, and copied them thinking my kids would like them.

I made this wreath from my cardboard circle.

Originally I used a foam insulator pipe.  Epic Fail! Pinterest Fail. The foam doesn't hold its shape.  I spent a lot of time and energy making the foam insulator a perfect circle, and then with in a week of sitting in my closet all wreathed up, it ended up like this, so I pulled it apart and used cardboard instead.

Pink cookies

I tried to make pink cookies for a baby shower i went to. I read online, to add your food dye with your wet ingredients before you add your dry ingredients. Sounded easy. Before I started I knew it would be a fail, because I use butter flavored crisco, which is yellow. Pink and yellow from beta carotene, do not make pink. I thought about using normal crisco, but I didn't want to to sacrifice flavor for pink cookies. As a result they looked like cookies that went to the tanning salon.
I also wasn't too happy with the cookies, they were dry. I added about a half of cup more flour to give them more volume. I figured if I was experimenting, why not try lots of ideas.

Tuesday, March 26, 2013

Tooth Preview

I made this little guy, while sitting next to my husband as he watched USA vs. Mexico World Cup qualify game. (Apparently it takes a year and a half to qualify for the World Cup. It was a tie.)
I think he is super awesome!
My kid loves mustaches like only a 7 year old boy could find them funny. So I've been waiting to find a mustache craft for him. Other than that I think mustaches being the new put a bird on it is silly. And actual mustaches on men are gross.

Resurrection Eggs

When I was 12 or 13, I made Resurrection Eggs at a church activity.  A few years ago when I demeaned my oldest old enough to understand them, I asked my mom for them. She wanted to keep them, she told me, she use them ever year when grandkids visit.  So I let her keep them, and my made my own set.  Which was actually fine by me, because these are prettier then the ones I made when I was 12.
I painted my egg carton gray so it would look like a normal egg carton.  I borrowed stamps from a friend, and stamped it.  I got the idea from this pin.

Sadly it took me a year to finally gather everything inside the eggs. I printed off this from Sugar Doodle, and just cut them, and rolled them up in the eggs. (I used the second one with the scriptures typed up.)
(I also like this toddler version)

For whatever reason, Moses raising the brazen serpent is one of my favorite scripture stories.  I put it on the back.  "Look and Live"

And since I don't trust the internet.  I'm pasting what I printed out.

1.  And he went a little further, and fell on his face, and prayed, saying, O my Father, if it be possible, let this cup pass from me: nevertheless not as I will, but as thou wilt.  Matthew 26:39;  (Sacrament Cup)

2.  Then one of the twelve, called Judas Iscariot, went unto the chief priests,, And said unto them, what will you give me, and I will deliver him unto you?  And they covenanted with him for thirty pieces of silver.  Matthew 26:14-15  This fulfilled the prophecy in Zechariah 11: 12-14 that Jesus would be sold for 30 pieces of silver.  (3 dimes)

3. When the morning was come, all the chief priests and elders of the people took counsel against Jesus to put him to death:  And when they had bound him, they led him away and delivered him to Pontius Pilate the governor.  Matthew 27: 1-2;  (knotted twine)

4.  When Pilate saw that he could prevail nothing, but that rather a tumult was made, he took water, and washed his hands before the multitude saying, I am innocent of the blood of this just person:  see ye to it.  Then answered all the people, and said, His blood be on us, and on our children.  Then released he Barabbas unto them: and when he had scourged Jesus, he delivered him to be crucified.  Matthew 27: 24-26;  Do we also wash our hands?  (chunk of hand soap)

5.  And they stripped him, and put on him a scarlet robe.  And when they had platted a crown of thorns, they put it upon his head, and a reed in his right hand:  and they bowed the knee before him, and mocked him, saying, Hail, King of the Jews and they spit upon him, and took the reed, and smote him on the head.  Matthew 27: 28-30  (square of red velvet)  I used felt.
6.  And after that they had mocked him, they took the robe off from him, and put his own raiment on him, and led him away to crucify him.  And as they came out, they found a man of Cyrene, Simon by name: him they compelled to bear his cross.  Matthew 27: 31-32 And He was crucified… nailed to the cross.  (Press this nail into your hand … feel how it must have hurt.)  (toothpick cross, tiny nail) For egg #6, I didn't make a toothpick cross, I just found the biggest nails I could find in the garage that would fit in the egg.  I think the point was made, the nails scared my 4 year old. I did not press into anyone's hand.

7.  And they crucified him, and parted his garments, casting lots: that it might be fulfilled which was spoken by the prophet… And sitting down they watch him there:  Matthew 27: 35-36   (small pair of dice)

8.   Jesus, when he had cried again with a loud voice, yielded up the ghost.  And, behold, the veil of the temple was rent in twain from the top to the bottom; and the earth did quake, and the rocks rent:. . . Now when the centurion, and they that were with him, watching Jesus, saw the earthquake, and those things that were done, they feared greatly, saying, Truly this was the Son of God.  Matthew 27: 50-51 & 54 (tiny bag of crushed rock or potting soil)

9.  Then Joseph, a rich man) went to Pilate, and begged the body of Jesus.  Then Pilate commanded the body to be delivered.  And when Joseph had taken the body, the wrapped it in a clean linen cloth, And laid it in his own new tomb, which he had hewn out in the rock.  Matthew 27: 57-60;  (strip of white cloth)

10.  And he rolled a great stone to the door of the sepulcher, and departed.  Pilate said unto them (the chief priests and Pharisees), Ye have a watch; go your way, make it as sure as ye can.  So they went, and made the sepulcher sure, sealing the stone, and setting a watch.  Matthew 27: 60, 65-66;   (a stone)  

11.   And when the Sabbath was past, Mary Magdalene, and Mary, the mother of James, and Salome, had bought sweet spices, that they might come and anoint him. / And, behold, there was a great earthquake; for the angel of the Lord descended from heaven, and came and rolled back the stone from the door, and sat upon it.  And the angel . . . said unto the women, Fear not ye: for I know that ye seek Jesus, which was crucified.  Mark 16:1, Matthew 28: 2 and 5; (bay leaf, cloves or other herb)

12.  Then the angels said unto the women, “Fear no ye; for I know that ye seek Jesus, which was crucified.  He is not here, for he is risen.”  Matthew 28:6; (empty)

Couch Pillows

Remember how I didn't like my last pillow. Well I made new ones.  Everyone just has plain square pillows, with pretty material.  So that was my plan, but then I couldn't do it, instead I put ruffles on one and a bow on the other.  The minute I decided I needed embellishments for my pillows, I knew I needed a bow on one.

They match with the quilt my mom made me.

Wednesday, March 20, 2013

Lazy Leprechaun Treats

I saw a picture of a really cute jar of Leprechaun treats. The bottom was gold coins, then skittles sorted in the rainbow colors, topped with mini marshmallows. I decided I wanted to copy. Instead of chocolate gold coins, I wanted caramels because I wanted to eat caramels. Then the night before, I was too lazy to sort the skittles. Then my laziness topped out with using asparagus rubber bands around the lids. It's the only rubber bands I had, and string seemed super hard to tie. The kids were super excited even with my laziness. As far as visually it was a fail, as far as fun it was a win.

Saturday, March 16, 2013

Winter Baby Blankets

These are the exact same baby blankets I always make but for winter babies.
I knew a lot of people who had girls this past christmas season, and a few that had boys too.

My sister in law had daughter, and I was so looking forward to this baby.  I feel like I was waiting for this baby longer than I was waiting for baby A.  Ok I was, because baby A is four months older.  But seriously I've been waiting years for this niece and my baby, I hope they had fun in heaven laughing at their moms.

I can not tell you how much I love this material.

Like I said, boys too.  A friend up the street had a boy.  When I dropped off the blanket she was very grateful, it made me feel good.  Sometimes I wonder why I make these blankets for people, so its nice to know people appreciate them. I've seen the blanket in a few Facebook pictures, like I said makes me feel good.

My cousin and his wife had their first child.  Based on the material obviously it was a girl.

My good friend also had a baby. I saw this material, and I just thought the yellow was perfect for her. I was very nervous about giving her this blanket, because she knows how to sew, and it seems like the harder I try to do an amazing job the worse I do. Thankfully she likes it too, its always on the carseat. This one and the green hippo have flannel on the back.  I guess since they were christmas babies it put me in a cozy mood to use flannel.


I'm pretty sure I need a chevron pillow.  In the next few weeks we'll see.

Friday, March 15, 2013

Diaper clutch

I needed another diaper clutch, I mean I wanted one. 'Nough said.

It holds a few diapers, wipes and a changing pad.  I love handles lately. It makes everything more useful to put it all on my wrist.

Wednesday, March 13, 2013

Future Halloween

Oh I'm so excited for October. While at the quilt store today, I bought some clearance Halloween material. I'm going to have Halloween covers for my pillows. I think it will be darling.

Chocolate Bunny Easter Wreath

I finished my Easter wreath last night. I love it in fact so much more than my shamrock argyle wreath. I was going to wait until after St. Paddy's day, but I loved it too much. Don't forget to notice the chocolate bunny figurine inside. The wreath form is wrapped in gray yarn then green tulle.

I used these tutorials for the flowers
For the felt flowers

Friday, March 8, 2013


You know how you get a new phone book like once a month? And you wonder why they deliver so many because who actually uses phone book anymore. Well they load the cover with magnets. I save magnets and recycle the rest.
I've use some of those magnets for one of my favorite free crafts. I make magnets from my favorite quotes on Pinterest.
I know it makes my fridge a little white trash but its good to see the reminders to be good. The holy magnet actually came from an "oh holy night" printable, but we are being encouraged at church to be holy women, so I wanted the reminder not to yell at my family while I'm hungry and making dinner.

Green Ruffle

I decided the window needed a ruffle in the girl's room, since I recently took down the curtains. They were too hard for a four year to wielded. (Come summer when the Colorado sun come up at 5:30, we might go back to heavy curtains.)

This tulle ruffle was about the easiest thing to ever make. I bought a roll of tulle and measured 5x the window, the cut two pieces that size. Sewed two straight lines. I didn't even gather, because it bunched on the rod.
In case you couldn't tell the room is pink and green. (The quilt my mom made.)
Here are some other pink and green diy-s for her room.
Thankfully we repainted the room from that awful hot pint.

Thursday, March 7, 2013

Anniversary Card

Long ago, back in December, I made my husband an anniversary card, and put mini snowflakes on it. It was fun to make paper snowflakes the size of half dollars.

While I was doing that, my daughter, drew a picture of her brother.  I love it, he is wearing glasses, then its his nose, then its a big pink mustache.  She knows he loves mustaches.

St Patrick's Day Rectangle Door Wreath

I made a rectangle St. Patrick's Day wreath for my front door. I love my wreath. I also love that I created it myself, instead of imitated something on Pinterest. I've recently realized most of my crafts lately come from what I see on Pinterest-- it feels good to create my own stuff again.  It was quite happenstance that I made it.  My friend wanted to make a moss covered clover for her door, and so we went to Hobby Lobby.  The moss was a few dollars more than I really wanted to spend. But I was so drawn to the green raffia, I had never seen spring green raffia before.  I decided to buy it, and figure out what to do later.  (BTW, Her clover turned out excellent, it was really cool looking.)  That night my husband was fulfilling his scoutmaster duties on a winter campout, so I was left alone with the raffia.  I ended up using my go to craft supply-- cardboard, and made this wreath. I ran out of green raffia, so luckily I already had plain raffia.

I couldn't resist making more rosettes, so I make another shamrock with rosettes.  Everything I already had other than the raffia.  Each package cost $3, perfect price point for my door.

That story has a happy ending, unfortunately I have another wreath with not so happy ending. This story happens before the previous one.  On February 18, my kids didn't have school, and I wanted a St. Patrick's Day wreath.  I thought I surely have enough supplies at home to make a wreath.  I had bought some Pipe Insulation, for just such an event.  I also found an burlap rice sack, and some green felt, what else would I need?! Perfect right?  No, I hated the wreath, luckily it was free.  Also it turns out foam insulator is a terrible wreath form.  Because it has no form!  The longer it hangs on the wreath hook, the more oval it gets.  I'm done with diy wreath forms, if I want a wreath, I'll get a coupon and go to the craft store.  Naturally something this ugly couldn't go on my front door. So I made the raffia wreath. I think if it had a real wreath form, and a different color green felt I wouldn't have hated it.

Monday, March 4, 2013

Fabric Bangles

I've wanted to make fabric bangles for about a year, but I have no old bangles sitting around my house. The other day during cleaning, it clicked! My kids always gets those silly rubber band bracelets (you know those livestrong style bands). They are every where in my house. So I collected a few and pulled out my glue gun, and cut thin stripes of calico scraps.

I have to admit after I finished these I wished I had scraps from all of my kids baby blankets.