Just playing with Paints and pumpkins. 🙂
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So It is time to start preparing for Christmas. Well actually it is really early for me but I’d thought I’d get a jump on it because I had a good idea. I wanted to make lowercase letters for my neice. She is learning her letters but most the alphabets you can buy are all uppercase so I went to work trying to figure out what to do. First I thought Crochet because it is kind of my go to, but then I saw this super cute idea somewhere. (don’t remember where now) and had to try it. Crazy but I’ve never really done anything with felt so here it went.
I got 10 peices of felt from walmart. Just paper sized sheets. they were 22 cents each. So pretty cheap. Grabbed some white thread and went to work.
Step 1) Choosing your font.I found a font I liked on the computer. something round and spelt out the alphabet. I changed the font so that I fit 2-3 letters on each page horizontally. (depending on the letters). Print.
Step 2) Cutting out the letters. First I cut out the paper letters, then traced them with a permanent marker onto the felt. for each letter i did one forward and then reversed. ( for the front and the back of the letter). Then I cut the letters out of the felt putting the sides with the marker together.
Step 3) Stitch it up. This was pretty easy although a little time consuming. I tried the sewing machine first but it took way to long. Maybe some would do well this way. Second I tried sewing them up by hand by just looping around the outside.
Step 4) Stuffing. I left a little area to add stuffing before finishing it. I used a pen to get it all the way in and around where it needed to be. Then finished stitching it.
I want to make this so bad. This is darling. I found this dress on http://sarahsweethearts.blogspot.com/2011/04/little-white-dress.html#. She has some way cute crochet patterns and I can’t wait to try this one out.
Little White Dress
Shell (dc, ch1-3 times, dc) (dc, ch1-5 times, dc) (dc, ch1-6 times, dc)
Cluster: Holding back last loop on each, work 3 dc in same st or sp, yo and pull thru all 4 loops on hook.
High calorie but good for you:
1 c coconut oil
1 c. honey
1/2 c coco
Melt chocolate and mix together.
Peanut Butter Filling:
2 c. cooked quinoa
1/2 c. to 1 c. peanut butter
Melt chocolate. Put about a tablespoon in the bottom of a muffin pan with cupcake liners in it. Place in fridge until set. Roll balls of peanut butter mixture. Place in center of cupcake. Pour rest of melted chocolate on top to form peanut butter cups.
Put in fridge and let set.
So I’ve never been one much for crafty stuff. Artsy yes…but crafts and cutsie things I’ve just never had time for. So it is new. However I have had a lot of fun this Halloween getting ready and decorating on a budget of course.
Project number 1:
Spicing up my W Wreath.
step 1: cut the fabric in half hotdog style. Then cut 3 inch strips all thew ay down. Wrap around the W, tying the knot on the outside border of the W. I did just black and then went back and tied smaller peices of orange onto the Black so I didn’t use so much fabric.
Step 2: Cut out paper letters saying whatever: EEk, Boo, Wicked. I sewed them on. Just loop it through the top of the letter and the fabric and tye a knot.
Step 3: use the construction paper to make a witches hat, and shoes and legs. I drew the legs and then added the stripes.
I simplified this tutorial for the shoes:
and used this one for the witches hat:
and then added a ribbon to it. Just taping it and twisting it.
For the witches legs. I drew legs on a paper one black and one green. Cut it out. Black was my base color. then I cut the stripes out of the green legs using every other cut. sewed them all on and wala!
Project number 2: The Bat Tree
This one is super easy. find and tree branch. I was going to head up the canyon with my hubby but found one they had trimmed on my way to the mail box.
Cut out bats from black construction paper. Tape to string and hang from tree or ceiling.
I used this template for the bats. It also has ghosts if you want to add them as well
(this is also a really good site for a lot of fun party ideas.)
Project Number 3:
The Pom Pom Balls
For this one I got tissue paper to make the balls with
The picture about sums it up. Get tissue paper. 8 sheets of 20×30. of course for halloween I got orange and black with a little white.
1. stack the tissue paper and fold like a fan
2. cut the ends to a rounded corner
3. get wire. I used the twisty tyes that come with bags. Tye around the center.
3. Pull paper out one by one from center. and there you go. I attached a string and hung it from the wall
for more of a halloween touch I went back to the dandy construction paper and cut out some words to go along with it. 🙂
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I thought it was time for a little update. I was thinking about how I use this blog as my own personal scrapbook. I post recipes that I want to keep, patterns I don’t want to forget and then of course there is the occasional rant or opinion of the happenings of this world. Today I figured it was time to update ya’all on the going’s on around here.
First of all ever since I quit work it has been a hopping place. I remember saying “When I have the baby, I’ll be able to get this or that done”. 🙂 Well I’m busier than I thought. That’s for sure. But I’m busy with good things. First of all just keeping up with baby and learning how to care for him properly takes a bit but I’m also learning how to cook healthy food. I don’t know how it happened because all my life I have been basically addicted to sugar and craving it all the time. I came across a blog: greenplaterule.com and loved what I saw. The site shows how to cook different types of food that are healthy but good. The girl seems to eat a pretty balanced diet but takes out all the junk food. I loved it. I went to work that first week buying and cutting up my veggies for the week so they wood be easy to snack on. I continued trying her recipes until I’ve completely changed my eating habits. I love it! I’m eating tons of fruits and veggies and healthy grains while cutting out processed sugars and preservatives. And the best part is that her recipes are delicious! Not only that but while I was wasting away some time on pinterest, for the first time in my life I looked at something that would usually of made my mouth water but was disgusted with all the sugar that was in it. I really didn’t want it. It was so cool.
So I’ve been canning, cooking, cleaning, and having tons of fun with Baby K.
He is getting bigger every day. The little guy started out at 5lbs 6 oz and he’s up to 14 lbs now. He has basically caught up to others his age. I love watching him as he learns. He loves to stand up. Whenever he gets fussy and I can’t figure out what it is I know that letting him stand will cheer him up. From the way he’s acting he might walk before he crawls, seeing how much he isn’t particularly fond of tummy time. 🙂 lol. He likes to play with his hanging toys. He will sit there and swing at them to get them to move. It is really cute.
My Hubby is working super hard this year. He has seminary in the mornings for two hours and either work or school the rest the day and squeezing in some time to prep for the next days lesson. Therapy is going really well for him. It is so cool that he can help people sort out their families and marriages. Seminary is getting easier too. He is having fun coming up with new ideas every day to keep their attention and bring in the spirit. 🙂
In short Life is Great!