jedi valentines.

jedi

Valentines day is a week away! But we got a head start on making these valentines for Milo’s class.  I found a template online here; but being the design-nerd I used that as my starting point and created my own. I just cut out the jedi guy and pasted into my own template in Illustrator, then used this font to type out the message. I put four on a 8.x5x11 page, print and cut them out. We found the glowsticks at target in the dollar section. I cut a hole with my x-acto blade to accomodate for the glow stick and use a piece of washi tape on the backside to hold it down.  We put these in a little gift bag (also from the dollar section at target) with some fruit snacks and now Milo has a sweet little, homeade valentine to give to all his friends!

star wars sugar cookies.

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These may not be my prettiest cookies, but it was an attempt at vegan royal icing and it actually wasn’t TOO bad. Williams sonoma had these cookie cutters more half off a few weeks ago, (they still are!) so we bought some and I wanted to see how hard decorating cookies really is. I’m definitely no pro and have some work to do, but they definitely made my 4 year old happy. I used pastry bags to pipe; would like to try the squeeze bottle route if I can get my hands on some.

I used the sugar recipe from vegan cookies invade your cookie jar.

The royal icing recipe I used is here:

1 cup organic powdered sugar
2 tbsp of non-dairy milk
2 tsp of light corn syrup
1/2 tspn vanilla extract

Place sugar in bowl, add non-dairy milk and whisk until smooth.  Add in vanilla and corn syrup.  Whisk some more.  Icing will be smooth, shiny, and a little runny.  You don’t want it really runny or the icing won’t stick to the cookies.  Icing will be hard with a shiny finish once dry.  You can either dip cookies into icing, or use this icing in a pastry bag.

gingerbread cut out cookies.

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Milo got together with a friend and decorated cookies. I couldn’t go over there empty handed, so I made the gingerbread cut out cookies from vegan cookies invade your cookie jar. These are so delicious, especially if you cut them a little on the thicker side. …and yes, those are millenium falcons, in case you were wondering ;)

1/3 cup canola oil
3/4 cup sugar
1/4 cup molasses
1/4 cup non dairy milk
2 cups flour
1/2 tspn baking soda
1/2 tspn baking powder
1/2 tspn salt

Whisk together the oil and sugar for about three minutes. Add molasses and non dairy milk. Sift in all the other dry ingredients and mix until a stiff dough is formed (I needed to add a little bit more milk and mix with my hands).  Flatten the dough into a disk and wrap in plastic wrap and chill for an hour.

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Prepare your cookie sheets with parchment paper.
On lightly floured surface, roll the dough out and make shapes with your cookie cutter. Move to prepared pan and bake for 8 minutes. Remove cookies and let them cool for two minutes on the baking sheet. Wait until they are completely cool before icing.

Icing:
2 cups sifted powdered sugar
2-4 Tablespoon non dairy milk
vanilla

Whisk all the ingredients using a fork or wire whisk until smooth. Add the milk one tablespoon at a time….Combine to form a glaze that can easily be spread with knife or piped from a pastry bag.

wookie birdhouse.

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After a little hiatus from crafting – We finally had time to make a project! Milo and I made a chewbacca birdhouse. Save that almond milk container and make one yourself!

You will need:
Popsicle sticks
Empty Juice or Milk container (we used an almond milk container)
Brown, White and Black Paint
Foam Paintbrush (for painting all over) and small paintbrush (for details)
Hot Glue Gun
Googly Eyes
Xacto Knife

1. Clean out your juice container and cut out a large opening in front.  Paint the inside of your birdhouse and the cap (nose) black.
2. I found my popsicle sticks were too long, so I had to snap the ends of just about all of them to get them to fit. In the smaller areas you will need to snap them in half or so.
3. Glue them to the carton using hot glue. Be careful if you have little hands helping! Milo doesnt go near the glue gun because hes scared of getting burned (as he should be!)
4. Paint your birdhouse brown. THIS was a great step for little hands.
5. When its all dry, paint the black and white details.
6. Affix the eyes with hot glue, screw the cap on, and you are good to go!

257. ewok plushie.

I found this pattern here and made one in no time for milo. Hoping to hang on to this and put it in his christmas stocking but well see if i cave and give it to him earlier. Pretty cute I must say!

214. c3po coffee cozy.

I made this coffee cozy for dj. Its supposed to be c3po.

Milo said it looks like plex.
Dj asked why he had a moustache.

It’s made out of felt, and lined with some fabric on the inside. I sewed it all up by hand too!

 

 

205. house update: milo’s room!

Milo’s room is painted and just about ready. We’re still trying to find a nightstand but other than that everything is in place. We opted not to hang anything framed around his bed since he’ll probably end up knocking it on top of himself. He got a full size bed from his grandma for his birthday and I got him the star wars sheets from pottery barn since I had an unused gift card from our wedding (um…that was almost ten years ago! )

My friend kristen came over and helped me map out the wall with the book shelf. I’m so happy how this turned out!

I hope to eventually finish this dresser for him, but I’m not sure that is going to happen anytime soon unfortunately.

I chose a grey color for his room, but it actually looks more blue than grey. Oops. But overall I’m really happy with how it turned out and so is milo! His words were “wow! It looks really cool!”

193. chewbacca.

A chewbacca embroidery to go with the wicket one I made a while back. These were both inspired by this post, which are way cuter…I might take another stab at this, not sure I love how it turned out, and I know a toddler who is going to be convinced this needs to be hung next to wicket when his room is ready!

 

118. r2d2.

I saw something like this on etsy and thought about ordering a print for milo’s new room, but then I realized, I could probably make something similar myself….And get it printed at alphagraphics for like $4. So I made one using Illustrator and once his room gets together, might print and frame it for him.

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