26 Being Slick

Prep for Easter was happening today, along with us going out to an Easter egg hunt this afternoon. In other words, family fun time with the “Easter Bunny”.

I did craft today, I put the finishing touches on NewLittleMan’s TNBC hat for his gift set.

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The hat was started and finished in one evening but today I did the eyes up, attached them, and then stitched on his mouth. The eyes were surprisingly fun to do. The only tutorials I could find for tear drop or rain drop shapes were in foreign languages (picture tutorials). I had to wing it, I think they came out pretty good and I didn’t get frustrated by my lack of pattern which was very nice. I’m going to thank the Easter Bunny Spirit for that, his jelly beans must have given me a bit of extra patience. 😉 Thank you EB.

I have started on the jacket and can hardly wait to see NewLittleMan in his ensemble.

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Twenty Five HE is Alive

This weekend is Easter! A celebration of the rise of Christ from the grave. He is risen for our sins. In celebration, among the services and egg hunts, we will be continuing to do crafts together.

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The view with the door closed.

I made this small stained glass window using plastic wrap, tissue paper circles, Popsicle sticks, paint and glue. It didn’t take long. I hung it to our side door with some tape.

Happy Easter everyone!

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Twenty Two Part Two on Three

Okay, on three let’s finish up the Mermaid tails from Tuesday. Ready?

One…

Two…

Wait!! Do we say three and then start or do we start as soon as we say three? I never did understand how that was supposed to work so let’s just get to the post shall we? Yes we shall!

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Littlest on Tuesday doing the tracing.

We didn’t finish this project last night because I was down for the count. I had the migraine from Hades and basically slept all evening after work so tonight we got it finished instead. Which worked out well, Littlest was feeling a bit down and craft time cheered her right up! Ten points for Mommy!

On to the project…We left off Tuesday night at having added the Velcro strips. I was supposed to mention that the first part of the Velcro piece should be placed where I marked the black line in the template: Here’s the photo again for reference, ps. My bad Folks!

Exhibit A: Add Velcro where the black mark is on upper left.

Exhibit A: Add Velcro where the black mark is on upper left.

Once the glue is set (use HGG for this) glue the scales onto the main part of the tail. I suggest the wiggly type glittered ribbon as shown in my photos, sequins (which we didn’t have in our stash), pearl ribbon, or anything your heart desires. This was the most time consuming part. The ribbon wouldn’t stay with regular glue so the HGG was used. I let each of the girls put their ribbon on the tail then slide it to me and glued the pieces down where they placed them.

Here’s Middle doing her decorating prep by cutting pieces of pearl ribbon.

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Once this part is done the last step is to glue the fins to the back side of the bottom. We also decorated the fins cause, well why not? More shiny! The girls had to go to bed when we were finished so they were not allowed to play with the dolls tonight. However, they are super excited to play with their new Mer-People, yes Mer-People. I made a tail for one of their Ken dolls as well as for a Barbie. How do you think we did?

My Barbie Model

My Barbie Model

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Our Mer-People; (from l-r) Middle’s Doll, both of mine, and Littlest’s Doll 

Two for Twenty-Two

Today is World Water Day! Where would we all be without the wonder of H2o? I don’t know but I’d like to avoid it. In honor of the occasion today we had a water themed craft night, sort of.

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Exhibit A: tails and supplies

I didn’t want to do a project that would use up water to be honest, seemed kind of counter-productive to the theme. Instead, while scrolling the Pin site the light bulb went off. Not because I saw my intended project but because I was trying to figure out if I had any coffee filters to make these adorable Ocean Animal Suncatchers. I don’t by the way.

Mermaids live in the ocean so yeah, it makes sense to randomly think of that. Tonight we begun what will be a two night (and two post) project: BARBIE TAILS!

As shown in Exhibit A above the Littles have tails already, but as soon as I whispered in my “we’re gonna do something awesome and super fun” -type voice to them that we would make more tails they squealed with excitement and abandoned the toys they were playing with. Yes, on the floor, directly in the path of my feet. Don’t worry I didn’t fall…hard.

Supplies Needed:

  • Felt Squares
  • Scissors
  • Craft Glue or Hot Glue Gun (parental supervision required)
  • Velcro Dots/Strips
  • Sequins or Shiny Wiggle Ribbon
  • Pearl Ribbon
  • Barbie &/or Ken doll

Tonight started by me making a stencil out of a piece of Green felt for the main body of the tail. There were two options for this: with the fins attached and without. Without the the fins was easier for the girls to trace (especially Littlest) and cut out.  The dotted line across the green felt represents where to cut straight across if you don’t want the fins attached.  Then I made a cut out stencil of the fin. You will need to make two of the same fin with the one template.

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Shown Large for Details

Step One: With the black sharpie trace the tail stencil onto a chosen color of felt. Also trace two fins. We chose a separate color for each, fish many times have different color fins from their scales. 🙂

Cut out all three pieces carefully.

Step Two: We attached a 1″ piece of sticky Velcro{soft side} to the back side of the felt (the side with the black markings) along the top straight edge. The other piece of the Velcro (the hook side) was attached to the front of the felt (non-black marked side). You should lay the Barbie onto the felt to ensure you are placing the front piece in the proper spot. You’ll want the tail to start at the hips so it may not lay completely flat, as shown below in Exhibit B

 

That was as far as we got tonight. Our next steps will be to decorate the front of the main part of the tail. It should be noted that due to the fact I only have heavy duty Velcro I had to use the HGG to keep the Velcro pieces attached to the felt. Otherwise when you pull them apart they come right off one side or the other. They can also be sewn on with a quick straight stitch.

We had fun doing just this part and only got frustrated trying to peel the back from the Velcro. We made a note to self to get less duty stuff next time we need to buy it. lol

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Exhibit B: Littlest measuring where to place the front piece of Velcro

The tail is open in back on purpose, Barbie and Ken will need to walk in their tails you know. 😉

Twenty-One Finally Done

Please note this was uploaded via mobile app and did not post when it should have (last night) so you get two posts tonight. Dang app! Grrr…

Today’s project was one that I had decided to make a while ago but never got around to. Have you seen those “idea jar” posts on the internet? I’ve seen them for all kinds of ideas of course. A few would be:

  • Boredom Busters for Kids
  • Family Meal Plan Options
  • Exercise Choices
  • Lunch Choices (at school)

The version I’ve seen that I wanted to do was the Date Night Jar! A date night jar can be filled with ideas for a specific theme (like sexy dates, free dates, unusual dates, bucket list dates, etc.) or with random ideas that fit all the categories you can think of.

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Supplies Galore!

My HH and I have been married for 10 years. We make sure to carve time out of our very busy family life for just us. The kids have gotten used to it, even if they do give us an “awe, I wanna go too” when we tell them. Date night is usually spontaneous as far as availability goes so most times we do dinner and movie. Which is fine since we like most of the same kinds of movies and we can only afford it when it’s a big movie we both want to see anyway. Yep we’re a “blockbusters” kinda movie couple, otherwise we Redbox or Netflix it. 🙂

In order to gather up a few more date nights without necessarily hurting the family funds and still keeping the movie & meal option open I chose to make my selection for date night ideas more wallet friendly and picked 27 free or low cost ideas. Our official “coupling” was on the 27th so that is why I chose that many. Next, out came the supplies.

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My Wooden Rainbow

I used my kids markers to color the back and front of the 27 Popsicle sticks. We both love art and color is more representative of that for us, me specifically. There are three of each color of the rainbow, although since I was coloring rather than painting the sticks the Red, Orange, and Pink look pretty much the same…but they aren’t. You’ll just have to trust me on that.

This can of course be done with paints. If using paint there are a few ways of coloring the sticks:

    • Dip one end into the paint and set it into a Styrofoam stand to dry (laying it would ruin the paint on that side). Repeat on other end.
    • Dip the stick only half way (as noted above), only paint the one half.
    • Lay them on newspaper and paint one side with tempra or acrylic water based paint, let dry. Repeat on the other side. Use different colors or all one color.
    • Lay them on  newspaper and paint them all one color with spray paint, let dry. Flip over and repeat.
    • Only paint one side in any of the above methods.

I did all the coloring while HH and I were watching a movie on TV. Then I used a fine tip felt pen to write one idea on each stick. I used markers to color in the “Mr & Mrs” wooden cut out that was in my craft stuff too. I bought that at Michael’s Arts & Crafts a while ago and it’s been waiting to be used for this exact project. 🙂

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That’s one way to do it

My trusty HGG came out to attached the two colors of ribbon to the dowel rod. I wanted a blooming flower of ideas theme to the look of my “jar”. Marriage takes work, just like a garden. The idea sticks are the “ideas”, the wooden cut out is the bloom of our marriage and then of course there is the vessel we plant it into. Which is also special.

The vase was hand-made by HH himself back when we were dating.

I’ve used the vase over and over for various things through our 10 years together, last was a candle holder. When I saw it sitting on the shelf it occurred to me that this was the perfect vessel for our Mr & Mrs Date night container so I had to scrape out the remaining melted wax inside with a spoon. I used the HGG to drop a ton of glue into the bottom of that small vase so the “flower” would stand upright. I had to hold the dowel in place till the glue cooled enough for the sign not to tip over; maybe three minutes tops. Then I tied a lace ribbon around it, cause why not…

The project took me the entire movie time, granted I wasn’t completely focused only on the project…the movie was better than I was expecting it to be. I showed it to HH and he loved it. He did ask about the suggestions but I told him he’d have to wait for our dates to find out. Now to schedule our next date…who wants to babysit?!

 

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Flower Pot made by Mr J. Webb, Coloring & Ideas composed by Mrs A. Webb

 

Almost There Twentieth

March is almost over already! Where has the month gone to so quickly?! Time flies when you’re having fun making messes…I mean being crafty. 😉

Today I worked on more crochet. In fact I started the squares for the summer blanket. I set it aside when my fingers started to cramp from holding the size 2 cotton yarn. I have small fat stubby fingers so the thinner yarns make my left hand cramp. Holding the tail end, the end that controls the tension, is awkward because I have to wrap it between my ring finger and pinky finger. However, since it’s so thin getting a consistent grip for doing that is sketchy.

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Yep I’m a nail bitter…disregard that.

This issue with my hands and tension control is exactly why I have yet to venture into the awesome world of thread crochet. My mother used to make us clothes for our Barbie dolls and our baby dolls using those skinny threads/yarns.  After I set it aside I grabbed my skein of Red Heart Super Saver white yarn to make the -first hat for the TNBC baby set for NewLittleMan and NewLittleOne. I’ve gotten most of this first one done today. Crampy hands though so I set it aside also and did the Mom thing for a while. After that I had some ice cream and watched the Caps game with HH.

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Four more rows and it’ll be ready for details!

It’s all SC’s done in the round, coming along quick enough. Somewhere in all that I wrote this post up of course but it’s been a pretty lazy feet up in Muppet slippers kind of day for me. Which is good because every now and again you should take a feet up in Muppet slippers kind of day for sanity’s sake. And, again, I took time for Mommying and Wifeying. Yes, those are real words…cause I said so.

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Warm N Fuzzy Animals!

 

Side Note: Thanks to Gwendolyn I feed the need to make note of having missed a calendar day being spoken about here. Luckily, it’s just one. I think the only day I haven’t commented on was the 14th and we did do a small craft that day. We made cards for my mother’s birthday. Hand-made cards are more likely to be kept, at least for a little while, than store bought. They also have lots of Little People imagination in them, something that can not be bought. My mom still has a few select ones that my siblings and I had made her when we were Littles ourselves. She saved them all this time. 💖

Bonus points for the fact that it’s more economical to make them yourself. Especially when, like us, you already have plenty of supplies on hand. Each of the two girls made one. I had to help Littlest with spelling for hers but she signed it herself, as did Middle. I signed the one I made for HH and I. Eldest made one too, a couple days later. Twelve year olds, right?! 😁

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Littlest crafting a card.

The box with our hand-madecards and the gifts for Abuela will be mailed out tomorrow, there’s no post on Sundays. Ten points if you know that reference!

A Nice Nineteen

There is a fan page for The Nightmare Before Christmas on FB that I follow. Not too long ago they posted a picture of a crocheted baby suit made to honor Mr Jack Skellington himself. I scoured the internet in search of the pattern to purchase, because naturally I must have such a thing and make it for babies of my life. Yes MUST!

I found the picture that had been shared as a listing on etsy!! Yay!

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Outfit made by DustyCrochetProps on Etsy.com

 

No pattern for it sadly, just the item itself. But hell, that is awesome too! I want to make one though so I am just going to have to do it myself. I’m sure it won’t be as amazing as this person’s creation but I’m going to give it my best shot. I started with the diaper cover. I’ve made these before so I didn’t have much trouble with making up this part of the pattern. It isn’t finished. My plan is to add the white pin stripes Jack has via DMC floss. However I don’t currently have any, nor do I have buttons. I do like that her pattern overlaps the waste, there is no size on the listing and I want to make a 3-6m size. I decided to make mine with non-overlapped waste. I’ll need extra buttons, especially because I have zero of the same size black or white buttons big enough for this diaper cover.

I will be making two of the same set. One going to the same little man, NewLittleMan, that received the Eagle Sleeping Cocoon. The other will be going to an ex-coworker of mine, T’s NewLittleOne. I shared the picture on Facebook and asked who wanted one and they both said they did…ask and you shall receive! lol

Here’s my progress so far:

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I’ll be making both sets at the same time so tonight I’ll be getting the second diaper cover done. Both families know about the gift so I have no problem sharing.