Thursday, December 27, 2012
Saturday, December 22, 2012
Friday, December 21, 2012
I made a few without ears, too.
Thursday, December 20, 2012
Monday, December 17, 2012
I hope that you have the love of Christ in your heart. That you have the hope of eternal life with Jesus. I couldn't face life's sometimes extreme hills and valleys without placing my eyes on Him and remembering that we live in a fallen world. I am thankful that we can choose to love despite what others may do or say to us.
And sometimes there's just nothing to say that could make the situation better.
Friday, December 14, 2012
Wednesday, December 12, 2012
Tuesday, December 11, 2012
Friday, December 7, 2012
Fleece Hat Tutorial
Wednesday, December 5, 2012
Tuesday, December 4, 2012
If you’ve read my blog for awhile, you know that my three year-old son loves fire trucks. I decided we’d better have some fire trucks on our Christmas tree this year.
So I cut up some felt scraps and sewed them into some trucks. Don't worry, I traced them before I sewed them together to share with you. Here’s the pattern link. It’s a very rough sketch, but it’s just a Christmas ornament. You get the idea.
Monday, December 3, 2012
Her pattern allows you to make slippers from old sweaters or fleece fabric and is available in a range of sizes for men, women & children. (I love those pink and brown striped slippers!)
She has other patterns and items available in her shop, which you should check out!
If you’d like to win you should be a follower of Monkey See, Monkey Do and may leave up to three comments:
1) Let me know if you would make slippers for by leaving a comment on this post.
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Good luck! Contest will end at 9 pm on December 7th.
And if you're new, perhaps visiting from the Sew Mama, Sew Giveaway Day list, please check out these posts you may like:
Yoga Skirt with Flat Front
Upcycled Pants with Flannel Lining
Refashioning with Shirring
Disclaimer: I did not receive goods nor monetary compensation for hosting this giveaway. All opinions are my own.
Thursday, November 29, 2012
Just fill four same-sized containers with items that sound different when shaken. We used what we had in the pantry: rice, beans, corn kernels, and sugar.
Let your kid shake them and test how they sound different. Then blindfold him and see if he can tell which is which.
Another game to help your child with tactile learning is putting items in a bag (we used a ball, a small pumpkin, a hairbrush, a washcloth, and a pencil), blindfolding him, and telling him to figure out what the objects are without looking.
Two more and easy games to play with your child.
Oh, and my Monkey See, Monkey Do shop is being spotlighted over at So You Think You're Crafty today. Go check it out. And if you're a considering becoming an Etsy user, check out ShopLocket while you're at it.
Wednesday, November 28, 2012
I blog using the Blogger platform. I keep thinking of getting my own domain, but haven’t decided to take the leap just yet. However, I ran out of Picasa space. I knew that blogger stores all my photos for my blog in Picasa, but I didn’t know that it was limited on space.
Tuesday, November 27, 2012
Monday, November 26, 2012
Tuesday, November 20, 2012
Monday, November 19, 2012
My dad uses a plane to smooth wood in his shop. And the plane makes these curly wood shavings which he felt were rather decorative. And he was trying to think of a way to use them. Because he (like me) can’t bear to throw away scraps of anything.
So he challenged me to use them.
And maybe by itself, it isn’t that great of a wreath. But behind some glass jars, it looks decent and adds some texture to my shelf.
I think I’ll keep it there for now.
Would you like to make one?
Friday, November 16, 2012
Wednesday, November 14, 2012
Friday, November 9, 2012
My boys love their mac and cheese. And my oldest loves vegetables in most any form. He’s truly an amazing eater. But my youngest won’t touch vegetables except the occasional (fresh, in-season) green bean. Not frozen. So…I have started hiding vegetables in our macaroni and cheese. And it isn’t really ‘hiding’. I don’t lie to my family. I tell them what’s in it. But they eat it anyway. And the one who turns up his nose at most veggies is only 15 months old. And so far, he thinks it’s just mac-n-cheese and eats it with no complaint.
So. Let me tell you how I hide veggies. Specifically cauliflower, butternut squash or carrots.
Thursday, November 8, 2012
Tuesday, November 6, 2012
Monday, November 5, 2012
I used to think giving someone a gift card was sort of a cop-out gift. Then I realized that I really enjoy receiving a gift card for a gift. Not offended at all. So if I like getting them, they must be fun for others to get, too. GiftCard.com has all the gift card options you could ever need.
The men on my gift list are the hardest for me to shop for. I often decide to give gift cards to men since I have a hard time coming up with gift ideas for men. They're hard to craft/sew for (though I do have some ideas for craft or sewing projects in the archives of my blog) and it is challenging to buy gifts they really need or want. I often end up getting my dad a Lowe's gift card (which he loves). Giftcard.com would be great for coordinating the purchase of various gift cards.
You can even use the personalized feature to make the gift cards from Giftcard.com more thoughtful. That means you can upload your own personal image that will be displayed on the card. That makes your gift card far more meaningful! It shows you put prior thought and effort into the gift for the recipient and it wasn't just a last-minute gift card you picked up at the grocery store.
What gift card would you choose? How would you personalize it? Leave me a comment letting me know! You can follow Giftcard.com on Twitter (@GiftCardLab) @GiftCardLab
Thursday, November 1, 2012
Tuesday, October 30, 2012
This tutorial is for a nifty belt. It’s made out of t-shirt yarn! If you don’t know how to make t-shirt yarn, see my tutorial. (You’ll need yarn from 1-2 t-shirts for a belt like this. My belt is 38” long.)
I have several ‘swing’ type cardigans and I wanted a belt to make them look more fitted.
Want to get started?
Monday, October 29, 2012
Friday, October 26, 2012
Do you get Family Fun magazine? We do. I always like their craft ideas. So I decided to make the owl that appeared in their October issue. I saved a few TP rolls and we went to work.
As you can see, ours didn’t look tremendously similar to the original (well, mine sort of resembled an owl). But it made me laugh how my son’s turned out. Love it.
And no, this post is in no way sponsored. Happy Friday. Thanks for reading.
Wednesday, October 24, 2012
Being the frugal crafter that I am, I wouldn’t actually buy bias tape. At least, not since I’ve seen so many bloggers swear how easy it is to make. So I’ve made some. I used the continuous bias tape tutorial found here. It was time-consuming, but worked pretty well. I did 1/2 yard of the blue fabric (above).
Monday, October 22, 2012
Note: Please don’t pin the photo of my kids! If you would like to pin a photo of these costumes, I’m honored, but use one without them. Thanks.
Thursday, October 18, 2012
However, I ran across a tutorial on this website and liked the way the pattern had a different seam on the top. So I tried a few using it. My church collects hats for new babies at the local hospital (where I had my younger child) and I decided I’d make a few of these hats to donate.