Thursday, December 27, 2012

Most Popular Posts from 2012

I love to look back at the end of each year and see what posts were most popular on my blog.

This is the second most popular post from my entire blog, let alone this year:

Saturday, December 22, 2012

Friday, December 21, 2012

Baby Bear Hat

Our church collects hats for the newborns at the local hospital. I'd donated a few I sewed a few months back but most of the women crochet or knit, so I made these two from some yarn.
I used this pattern. They are cute!! 

I made a few without ears, too.

Thursday, December 20, 2012

Matching Coffee Cuff

A few days ago, I wrote about some zippered pouches I'd made as gifts. I gave this one to my brother's girlfriend this weekend along with this matching coffee cuff. (She loves coffee.)
See tutorial here for making the coffee cuff. 

Monday, December 17, 2012

Zippered Pouches: Using a New Pattern

The school shooting last week was awful. I can't imagine how the families living in the small town in CT are grieving right now. One of my young cousins lost a good friend to cancer last week. He was 13 and had been sick for two years. Sometimes I can't understand why these bad things happen. My husband reads about theology a lot. Both of us believe that God is good, regardless of the evil in the world. As we were talking yesterday, he said a book he's reading now says that since we have free will, there will be evil in the world.

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

Upcycled Corbel Shelf

I wanted a shelf for school supplies in our study room. If you recall, I painted a chalkboard-topped desk a few months ago for this same room. 

I wanted a shelf to keep certain items out of the little hands of two little boys. I was able to upcycle the corbels I used for this shelf from the old farmhouse that used to sit on our property. Quick explanation of the old farmhouse can be found here

Wednesday, December 12, 2012

Hot Chocolate Mix (Holiday Gift Idea)

I made these cute little jars of hot chocolate mix for my MOPS friends. I wanted to get my three-year old involved in the mixing and filling of the jars, but he declined. However, these would be a great project if young child was willing to participate. As an added bonus, it uses upcycled baby food jars. You've probably got a ton in your basement, right?

Tuesday, December 11, 2012

Handmade Gifts for Women

Did you see the post I did last week on with handmade gift suggestions for men? Here are some projects I've posted on my blog that would make great gifts for women!

For the outdoor enthusiast:

Fleece Hat Tutorial

Friday, December 7, 2012

Winner of the Fibers & Twigs Slipper Pattern Giveaway

The winner of the Fibers & Twigs Slipper Pattern has been chosen! Using, comment #20 was the winner. 
It was Hueisei, who commented: 
I've emailed you, Hueisei and we'll get you the pattern. Thanks to everyone for entering.

Handmade Gift Ideas for Men

I have loads of trouble thinking of handmade gifts for men. I can think of tons of ideas for women and little kids, but men? They're tough. Maybe you're in the same boat as me? Not wanting to give the men in your life a gift card?

Fleece Hat Tutorial

Wednesday, December 5, 2012

Past Christmas Posts

Here are a few Christmas Posts from past years at the Monkey See, Monkey Do home that could serve as ideas for your own Christmas decor!

I can't wait to put these wreaths up again!

Felt Wreath Tutorial

Tuesday, December 4, 2012

Fire Truck Christmas Ornament: Tutorial & Pattern

fire truck christmas ornament pattern
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.
fire truck ornament (15)
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

Slipper Pattern Giveaway from Fibers & Twigs--Giveaway Closed

I’m super excited that Jan, from Fibers & Twigs is offering one Monkey See, Monkey Do reader a free downloadable PDF slipper pattern!
Wool Sweater Slipper PDF Pattern
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.
2) Let me know what item from Fibers & Twigs is your favorite by leaving a comment on this post.
3) Follow Monkey See, Monkey Do on Pinterest & leave a comment on this post.

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

Teach Your Child at Home: Part 3

I got this idea from a Montessori book. I played a game with my three year-old that helped him learn to distinguish between sounds.
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.
shaking game
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

Blogging Questions: Running out of Picasa Space

If you’re not a blogger or a tech-y person, you may want to skip this post.
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

Five Children's Books We Love: Part 3

Are you looking for some great lesser-known books to add to your home library as or ideas for Christmas gifts? I've compiled another list of some current favorite books we've tested from our local library. (See Children's Books We Love Part 1 or part 2, if you missed those posts.)  Click on each image to get more info from 

This is a cute book--on the shorter side, but the pictures and text appeal to me! 

Monday, November 26, 2012

Long Sleeved Robot Stenciled & Appliqued Shirt

shirt with robot stencil  and applique added - Copy

My 3 year-old really is interested in robots. Maybe concerned about robots is the correct terminology. He's asked a lot of questions about them lately. I described them as 'a computer with a face'. My engineer husband laughed. 

Here’s a close-up of the stencil and applique. I freezer paper stenciled the yellow robot then stitched around it to make it stand out a bit more.

You can see how anxious he was to try it on. 

Tuesday, November 20, 2012

Guest Posting at SYTYC

I'm guest posting at So You Think You're Crafty (SYTYC) today!

I'm showing how to make some nifty zippered pencil cases. Come check them out!

Monday, November 19, 2012

A Wreath Made of … What?!

Wood Shavings. And a coat hanger.
  wood shaving wreath
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.
wood shaving wreath #upcycledwreath
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.
  textured wreath display with blue glass bottles and flowerwood shaving wreath adds texture to glass display
I think I’ll keep it there for now.

Would you like to make one?

Friday, November 16, 2012

Printed Bias Tape

I am working on a project that I needed bias tape. And you might recall I made some bias tape a few weeks ago. And still haven’t used it.

Wednesday, November 14, 2012

Single Loop Infinity Scarf Tutorial

Single Loop Infinity Scarf Tutorial #infinityscarftutorial
I’ve been planning to make an infinity scarf for awhile now. As in planning for two years or so. I finally got around to it. Here's how I did it.

Friday, November 9, 2012

Healthier Macaroni & Cheese (Contains Vegetables!)

healthier macaroni and cheese recipe with vegetables
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

Framed Wreath with Felt Garland

We have nothing decorating the white walls of our downstairs bathroom. Nothing. I decided it was time to change that.
framed wreath with felt garland #easyfeltwreath #redwreath

Tuesday, November 6, 2012

Monday, November 5, 2012

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Thursday, November 1, 2012

Hoot, Hoot! Stuffed Owl Pattern & Tutorial.

owl Stuffie and pattern #owlpattern #owlstuffedanimal
I love owls! I have made large owls, owl hats…I should have a specific board on Pinterest to use solely for owl inspiration. Do you love owls, too?

Tuesday, October 30, 2012

Woven Belt Tutorial

woven belt tutorial made from t-shirts -#DIYbelt #stretchybelt
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.)
woven belt tutorial (2.1)
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

Easy Two Ingredient Pumpkin Bars

Two ingredients. Yummy pumpkin bars. I am not the inventor of these things, but I think they're great. Heard of them? Make some. Read on.

Friday, October 26, 2012

Kid’s Craft Project

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

Bias Tape

I never thought I’d make bias tape. I actually have a really hard time sewing with the stuff! But I’ve got a project I’m thinking of doing…and it requires bias tape.1bias binding (1)
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

Fireman and Firedog Halloween Costumes

Our 3 year-old loves fire trucks. He got a beautiful handmade fire truck from my dad last year for Christmas. I made him fire truck shorts this summer. He also got a fire hat and a hose that my dad made. So this year, despite how I don’t love Halloween, I figured I should step up and make some costumes for my sweet boys.
11fireman and firedog halloween costumes (2)

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.
11fireman and firedog halloween costumes (12)

Thursday, October 18, 2012

Newborn Hats with Buttons

I love using old t-shirts to make something fun and new. I made a whole bunch of baby hats from old t-shirts awhile back; you can use my tutorial to make a knit newborn hat.
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.

Tuesday, October 16, 2012

Business Card Holders: Mass Production.

business card holder

And by mass production, I mean I made seven. If you are interested in making one, you could use my tutorial for ruffled business card holders