plush racoon.

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We looked after milo’s friend and his big sister on sunday for a bit – so I wanted to get some crafting in to keep her occupied. I showed her my pinterest boards and asked her to find something that looked fun – she loved the idea of making her own plushie, and decided that this is the one we would make.

We made ours out of felt, printed and cut all the pieces and sewed away. She was  big help with cutting and trimming, while I did all the major sewing. She was so tickled with her pink raccoon and couldn’t believe we made our own stuffed animal! It took us a little less than two hours start to finish. I think hes rather cute, don’t you?!

Pattern and instructions found here.

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sunburst painting.

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Milo had been gifted with some new watercolors from santa this past christmas so I scoured pinterest to find some uses for them. I came across these DIY Sunburst paintings and I thought this could be a fun little project for him.  When I showed it to him, he frowned and said “oh, that’s hard.” But then I told him its kind of just like coloring in the lines, but with paint! He agreed to work on one and we went to town on it.

I took a look at the drawing on the blog, and tried to replicate something like that using a pencil. I outlined the edge with washi tape, so he didn’t paint onto the table. Our version is a bit bigger than the ones she made because I thought it would be easier for Milo to paint.  I showed him how to use the watercolors and how to paint within the lines. We had fun picking all the colors and seeing how the blend together. The blending part was VERY cool to him!

We let it dry, then I erased all the pencil lines and removed the washi tape.  I hung it up with milo’s other works of art – and every time I would pass it I would smile…After one day of staring at it, I knew it needed a frame. This was too pretty!  Now its hanging in our kitchen and I’m super proud of my little guy’s beautiful painting.  I definitely see some more of these in our future.

jedi valentines.

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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!

dog sweater, take 2.

Stella gets a new sweater!
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And its a much better fit than last time.

I used Lion Brand Yarn’s Flower Garden Dog Sweater, only modifying it to fit my dog. I used the 1x pattern for stella, even though shes only 42 lbs. I didnt crochet the flowers, and I made mine a little bit shorter than in the photo.

But overall this was really easy. It took me about 2 hours total. I used bulky yarn and my trusty 10 hook. I stopped often and measured it against stella to make sure it would fit in the end; this was a big help and she was always willing to come over to me and oblige.

This pattern is two pieces – you crochet the back piece first, and then crochet the underside and sew them together, leaving spaces for the arms. When it was all done, I crocheted brown trim on the edge, armholes and neck to give it a more finished look.

Happy to report that miss stella loves it. I believe you have to enter a password/username in order to view the pattern above, but the pattern is free, so check it out!

suncatcher.

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It has been brutally cold here in Chicago for the past few days. We’ve been snowed in and hit with record low temperatures. I thought making this little sun catcher would help bring some color to this dreary winter. It was pretty fun to make for milo, since he got to use his very own scissors and do essentially most of the work. I love the little burst of color it brings to my cold, snowy window.

You will need:

tissue paper of various colors
scissors
Embroidery hoop (we used a 6 inch hoop)clear contact paper
suction cup hanger

Measure two sheets of contact paper to be about 1 1/2 inches bigger than your embroidery hoop. Cut out various shapes of the tissue paper. Peel away one of the sheets of contact paper and apply the shapes to the sticky side. When finished, peel away the other piece of contact paper and place sticky sides together to protect the tissue paper pieces. Place within the embroidery hoop and use a suction cup hook to hang in the window.

paint chip halloween decorations.

IMG_1484We’ve had a crazy month, but we’re doing all we can to make time for Halloween! This project is perfect, since it coincides with some home rennovation projects. Those projects have led us to multiple trips to home depot, menards, etc. So access to paint chips a plenty!

This was a great project for milo and I to work on together. I cut out all the pieces and he was able to glue them on, transforming paint chips into halloween decorations!

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!

coffee filter butterflies.

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I don’t know about you, but I’m definitely starting to get over winter and am ready for spring…Don’t get me wrong, I LOVE the winter, I’m just ready for warmer days ahead. That being said, Milo and I worked on making these simple coffee filter butterflies in anticipitation of the first day of spring ahead. They are super easy to make and will keep your toddler or preschooler entertained for a bit.

You need
Coffee filters
Watercolor paints
Pipe cleaners

Lay the coffee filters flat, and paint the whole thing with different colors using the water color paints. Make sure to let the paint absorb the filters. Let them dry, and then accoridan fold the filter, about 1/2 an inch, each fold, and then secure with half a pipe cleaner. Display and hope that spring is on its way…

dinosaur hoodie.

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Every kid needs a dinosaur hoodie! These are so easy to whip up! All you need is a hoodie and some felt, and a sewing machine (although you could probably easily do this by hand, it would just take a little bit longer). I had this thrifted hoodie sitting in milo’s closet, and I dug into my felt stash to make the spikes.

I glanced at this tutorial, and then I went to work. You can download a template for the spikes here, or you can just wing it. Fold on a seam, and cut enough spikes to cover the back of your hoodie. ( I ended up using only one sheet of felt for this 3T hoodie)

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1. Fold your hoodie in half. You can iron it to make a nice crease – you will be using this as your guide to pin the spikes.
2. Pin the spikes to your hoodie – the middle of the spike should line up with the crease.

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3. Once all your spikes are pinned, sew each one down the middle of the spike.
4. Once all your spikes are attached to the hoodie, then fold the spikes in half and sew up the sides of the felt.

milo’s blanket!

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Well, one of the benefits of being so sick this week, is I had some extra time to work on this blanket I started for milo a few weeks ago. After he saw me making the baby blanket, he decided he needed to have one his size. He wanted it EXACTLY like that blanket, but I couldn’t stomach making the exact same thing again, so I changed it up a bit. I used “Loops and threads” Charisma yarn, which is also a bulky yarn and my N crochet hook. I started with 72 chains, and double crocheted until the end. I used five skeins of the grey yarn. I changed the stripes too – he insited on green stripes, but I was able to convince him to let throw in the blue stripe as well.  I feel like this yarn has more give than the previous yarn which is nice, but on the other hand, it looks alot cheaper, and seems like it will shed a bit. Its all acrylic and its nice and soft.

I don’t know what it is with this blanket, but i had to redo it three times, which is part of what took me so long. On one it kept getting narrower, and the other it kept getting wider. Third times the charm I guess because I got this one to work out. Its not perfect, but it works for milo! He is thrilled with it, so i guess thats all that matters. And since Milo is recovering from being sick, I finished it in perfect time for him to snuggle with it all day! Now I can spend some time on the granny stripe blanket.