Wednesday, February 29, 2012

Pirate Eye Patch Tutorial

It's time for a Pirate Party tutorial!

Doodlebop's 3rd birthday is fast approaching. One of the activities we will be doing is some sort of treasure hunt (I don't quite have it all sorted out yet, but I know that 6-year-old Mr. P. would like nothing more than to lead a bunch of 3-year-olds on a treasure hunt.)

I thought that at each step along the way, they could discover something pirate-themed that could be added to their "costume". 

So I made a bunch of pirate patches. 

These were really quite easy to make. 

Pirate Eye Patch Tutorial

Materials Needed:

black elastic (1/4 inch or smaller)
black felt
1. Cut felt into the shape of an eye patch. 

or in my case, cut 20!

2. Cut elastic to about 18 or 19 inches (or measure child's head for more accuracy.)
3. sew elastic to the eye patch. Make sure elastic doesn't twist. It's best to sew elastic in two places (see very blurry picture below. 

And there you have it!

Sunday, February 26, 2012

Pet Month Schedule

In anticipation of Pet month, I thought it would be fun to post the hosting schedule. Things are always subject to change, but this is what we have so far:

March 5    Meremade
March 6    Giveaway #1
March 7    Jerri from Simply Sweet Home
March 8    Carol from Urban Fig
March 9    Giveaway #2
March 11   Announce Giveaway #1 Winner
March 12   Amy from This Heart of Mine
March 13   Announce Giveaway #2 Winner
March 14   Devon from Miss Make
March 15   Carol from Urban Fig
March 17   Giveaway #3
March 19   Meremade
March 20   Tara from Sew Tara
March 21   Meremade
March 22   Meremade
March 23   Announce Giveaway #3 Winner

I can't wait!!

Friday, February 24, 2012

Scrap Giveaway Winners

We have two winners of the scrap giveaway!

First is Robin who said, "Funk it up, please! Thanks for a nice giveaway!"

And next is Gretta (love that name!) who said, "I'd love to win the pink & blue set. I am a beginning sewer and have a cute project I could use these for. Thanks for the chance to win."

I will be contacting you both shortly! 

Thanks for playing everyone! More giveaways in your near future as we approach Pet Month starting the week after next! 

Wednesday, February 22, 2012

wizarding wand tutorial

Both kids are obsessed with Harry Potter

I wanted to make a wand to give Doodlebop for his upcoming third birthday, but I knew that if I made him one, Mr. P had to have one as well. 

Nowadays they're using chopsticks or pencils as wands, so I think they'll be thrilled to have something that actually looks like a wand (and I will be thrilled to stop eating sushi with a fork.)

Wizarding Wands

Materials Needed:
brown paint
card stock
glue gun
rock or gem

Step One:

glue the corner of you card stock with glue

slowly, carefully roll up the paper into a tight tube.

let it dry (I clipped it with a clothespin so I didn't have to sit there holding it.)

once it's dried, take a piece of twine about 12 inches long and begin by placing one end in the tube and gluing it down. The twine will act as a decorative embellishment. 

taking your glue gun, begin wrapping the glue around the wand, wrapping it tightly towards the top of the wand to make a "grip" and then weaving in an out down the wand and back up again. 

Let it dry. 
Using the glue gun, let the glue decoratively drip down the wand. This will give it a more whimsical look. Even though at this point, it just looks messy. 

Place a rock or gem at the top end of the wand and glue well. 

glue the very bottom of the wand to seal off the bottom of the paper roll. 

Once everything is dry, you can begin painting. I ended up painting two layers to get the rustic brown I wanted. 

And there you have it! A magical wand to be proud of!

Tuesday, February 21, 2012

My crazy looking blog

Hey there! Sorry for all the tutorial nonsense!

I wanted to find a way to list all of my tutorials by category so that there would be a visual catalogue for you to peruse. 

This was the only way I could come up with to do so. I know it looks pretty ugly right now, but after a few posts, all of this will dissapear!

You can now always find all of my tutorials by clicking on "List of my Tutorials" on the left sidebar. I will continue to update these pages as I add tutes to my site!

Hope it's now easier to find what you're looking for or peruse tutorials you might have missed!

Monday, February 20, 2012

homemade doughnuts

This weekend I made doughnuts for the first time. 

Instead of frying them, they were baked and they contained a secret, healthy ingredient that made me feel simultaneously better and more disgusted about eating them....sweet potatoes?!?!?!

I found the recipe here if you'd like to check it out. 

They came out of the oven looking a little more like bagels than doughnuts, but once I added the sugar and cinnamon, they morphed back into doughnuts. 

And in case you're wondering...they go magically well with a cup of coffee first thing in the morning. 

Sunday, February 19, 2012

bulgur and roasted vegetable salad

This makes a nice light meal or side salad.

serves 4

12 cherry tomatoes, quartered
1/2 kabocha squash
1 small eggplant, diced
1 small yellow onion, diced
olive oil
1 cup dry bulgur
chopped basil
chopped parsley
1 lemon

Heat oven to 450 degrees.
Place tomatoes, kabocha, eggplant and yellow onion on a baking tray. Drizzle with olive oil and add salt and pepper to taste. Roast for 20 minutes, stirring once, until veggies are soft.
Meanwhile, prepare the bulgur. Add 1 cup pf bulgar to 2 cups of water. Wait for it to boil, then reduce to a simmer. Simmer for 12 minutes.
Place cooked bulgur in a bowl. Top with roasted vegetables. Garnish with basil and parsley. Squeeze contents of a lemon over each serving. Add a splash of olive oil.

Friday, February 17, 2012

Giveaway!! Scrap Happy

I've been working on cleaning out my craft area and have assembled a two bundles of scraps. The largest scraps are about the size of a fat quarter. 

But some fun prints!

The one on the top is called "pink and blue" and the one on the bottom is called "funk it up"

Here are some samples of what's in "pink and blue"

And here's a taste of what's in "funk it up"

To enter the giveaway, simply leave a comment telling me which pile you'd like if you win! "Pink and blue" or "funk it up". And please become a follower!

This giveaway will close on Thursday, February 23rd at 11:59 pm et. This one is open to U.S. mailing addresses only (sorry to all my international friends!!)

Be sure and leave me a way to contact you!!

Wednesday, February 15, 2012

roasted tomato and curry soup

Nothing like a pot of hot soup on a cold day. 

This one is hearty and healthy and easy to make!

Serves 4

1 tablespoon olive oil
10 vine ripe tomatoes
1/2 chopped yellow onion
2 garlic cloves
2 cups vegetable or chicken stock.
3 carrots, chopped
2 tablespoons curry
Parmesan cheese
1 chili

Begin by chopping the tomatoes into large chunks and then roasting for 20 minutes. Heat 1 tablespoon of olive oil on pot. Add garlic. Stir for 2 minutes. Add onions, stir for 5 minutes. While the tomatoes continue to roast, add the stock and chopped carrots and chili, whole. Let the soup boil before lowering the heat to a simmer. Add the tomatoes once they're ready and the curry. Let the soup heat for 30 minutes. 

Remove whole chili before serving! (unless you like things super hot!) Top with shaved Parmesan and a biscuit or homemade roll. 

Monday, February 13, 2012

valentine's day tee

I'm not even calling this a tutorial because this was just about the easiest thing I've ever done in the crafting department. 

I cut out two pieces of fabric: heart shaped. 

Then I applied double sided fusible interfacing and simply ironed it to where Doodlebop's elbows will be. 

I think this tee might have a short shelf life, but that's okay considering it took all of 30 seconds to complete. 

Sunday, February 12, 2012

chore chart

The kids have taken on more responsibilities around the house and I'll find any excuse to use the laminating machine.

I'm embarrassed to admit I went through 4 versions of the chore chart before settling on this one:

The previous versions were all text which was a bad call considering my two-year-old doesn't read.

I will say, I finally feel like I have more command over the silhouette software, although I am still running into things that stump me.

At bedtime, we review the chart and the kids mark which ones they've completed. Their daily tasks include putting away their toys, making their bed, putting their shoes in the shoe basket when they enter the house, bringing their plates to the counter after a meal, flossing and brushing their teeth and putting their clothing in the hamper.

By the end of the project, I got tired of tinkering with the days of the week font so I settled on using my stamp pad to mark the letters of the days of the week. 

We're having a pretty lazy weekend which is just fine by me! Cleaning house, friends over, a birthday party and cooking and baking.

Where's my chore chart (and more importantly, who can find a piece of paper big enough to fit all my chores??)

Thursday, February 9, 2012

Pirate Pants

Doodlebop's 3rd birthday is coming up and he has chosen a pirate theme! I am really excited that the theme is not movie or product related this time (last year was Winnie the Pooh). 

To get into the spirit I made him some Pirate seersucker pants using MADE'S pants pattern. I think of all the patterns I've found on the Internet, I've gotten the most mileage out of this one!

From this baby version....

 To the chicka chicka boom boom version:

Both the dog and ninja pants came from this pattern:

There are loads of other pairs that I never even took photos of! They just outgrow them so quickly! 

And now these pirate pants:

I created a pirate freezer stencil and used some fabric paint. 

From here on out, if you see the image of the skull, there's a pirate-themed tutorial coming your way! Stay tuned!