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Tutorial: Fridge Dry-Erase Board

12 Jul

Luke and I have been trying to find a solution to our grocery list for awhile. We find Post-It notes are perfect to jot down what we need and take with us as we go in and out of stores. However leaving the little sticky pieces of paper all over the fridge to write down what we need as we notice, wasn’t really working for us.

So I turned to my old friend raffia (which you might remember from the Raffia Bowl Tutorial). While I was at the Dollar Store stocking up on more raffia I found a package of three sheets of dry-erase board. There were 3 11×14” pieces. Now these were much too big to be putting on the fridge, but once I cut them in half they were perfect!

Looking at the 5 left over pieces I decided to make a frame for the dry-erase board that I could slide them in and out of. That way once one board is past its prime and no longer looking very nice I can easily replace it with another one.

I love the bright colours the board adds to my kitchen, I even made a little holder for the post-it-notes so that we never have to go searching for them. Now as we notice we are low or out of things we can quickly jot it down on the dry-erase board and when we go out to run our errands it only takes a moment to write out what we need to get on the post-it-notes.

Materials:

1. Mod Podge

2. Play-Dough

3. Raffia

4. Baloons

5. Wooden Dowels

6. Post-It Notes (for size reference).

7. Dry-Erase Boards

In case anyone uses the Post-It Note system that I do here’s the instructions on how to make the little holder for them.

Let it dry completely, you can add another coat of Mod Podge to stiffen it up. Add some magnets on the back and call it a day. Wax paper works great for drying anything covered in Mod Podge, its easy to peel off.

I didn’t cover some of the basic parts involved in using raffia in this way. If you’d like a little more direction check out the Raffia Bowl tutorial, it’ll tell you all you need to know.

Anyone else use Post-It notes for their errand runs? Different methods? What works for you?

Tutorial: Upcycled Craft Storage

6 Jul

As promised in the On The List post from Sunday here is the great tutorial I was talking about. I`m so excited to share this with all you other crafters out there. I know how quickly supplies can get out of hand. I can`t stand working in a mess, not being able to find the ribbon I want!

Here is a great way to upcycle any old bookshelf hanging around (or you can find one in a thrift store for super cheap). By adding tilting bins you can keep stuff tidy and out of site, but still have quick access to all your supplies. A couple of dowels helps to keep all those pretty ribbon organized while still showcasing your collection.

Lets get started.

Materials and Tools

  • Old Book Shelf (any size, you can easily customize the bins to work with what you have).
  • Sheet of Pressboard (very, very cheap. $20 will get you enough to do 10+ bins)
  • Finishing Nails
  • Hinges (two per bin)
  • Primer
  • Paint
  • Scrap Book Paper
  • Mod Podge
  • Dowels
  • Rod Brackets (two per dowel)
  • Jig Saw (we used a skill saw, but PLEASE do not try this unless you spend a lot of time working with one, like Luke)
  • Palm Sander/Sand Paper
  • Hammer/ Brad Nailer
  • Paint Brush/ Roller/ Sprayer

The measurements will vary depending on your shelf. You will need 4 pieces for each bin.

This little bookshelf has a long history.

It was originally a nightstand in my sister’s room growing up. Than I commandeered it and used it for storage in my bathroom when I moved out. When I grew tired of that  I added some brackets, mounted it on the wall and used it to show case my (large, large) collection of sprinkles. I had almost thrown it out before I started looking for ways to add storage to the craft room.

I love that pieces of furniture which normally have such short lifespans can be kept out of landfills with some paint and creativity.

I know you are itching to get started on your own  so I’ll stop distracting you. Go and reincarnate that ugly bookshelf you’ve got lying around! Be sure to come back and tell me all about it, I can’t wait to hear from you.


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Tutorial: Vanilla Extract and Sugar

28 Jun

It’s flaming hot and humid here but my mind is already thinking of snow banks and holiday gifts.

Which really turns out to be pretty handy, because making vanilla extract takes some time. Not much effort, but lots of time.

Vanilla extract is a great gift to give to anyone on your holiday list who excels or even dabbles in baking. The flavor is much nicer than store bought extract (which often has water or additives). And the best part is you can get two gifts for the price of one. Once you are done using the beans in the extract you can use them to make some vanilla sugar.

You can use any alcohol you want to make vanilla extract. As long as it is at least 40% proof. The most used alcohol is Vodka, because it has no flavor of its own.

I like to use Rum. It brings its own flavor to the mix, which adds another level of complexity to the extract. Plus the sugar from the molasses helps to speed up the extraction process.

A good ratio of beans to alcohol for single fold vanilla is 3/4 pound of beans to 1 gallon of alcohol. You can of course make your extract stronger. Double fold (which is used by bakers) is twice that (duh). I usually make mine somewhere in the middle.

Split each vanilla bean down the middle.

Open up the bean and scrape out the seeds.

You want to sterilize the jars you will be using by putting them in a large pot filled with water and bringing it to a boil. Boil for 10 minutes and you are good to go. I find large  Mason jars work perfectly.

Place the beans and seeds in the jar. Top up with the alcohol of your choice (a shot or two for you is always good too).

Shake the jars really well and then place in a cool dark spot. Take them out each day or so and give them a good shake. After around a month you can switch to only shaking them around once a week.

After a while you will start to see the colour deepen. Take off the lid and smell the developing vanilla flavor. How awesome is it that you are the one responsible for this process? And how much better is it that all it took was 5 minutes of work on your part!

After three months the extract will be full of flavor and ready to go. You can always leave the beans in and keep topping up with alcohol and new beans. This is great to keep for yourself, it’s a never ending supply of vanilla extract.

If you are making them up as gifts bottle them up into cute little individual bottles. Mine are from the dollar store.

Don’t throw away the beans, they have got plenty of flavor left in them. Dry them off and grab some sugar and another Mason jar.

Toss the beans and sugar in the jar, give it a shake. After a month you will have another gift to pass along to the bakers on your list. But make sure you keep some for yourself.

Vanilla sugar is a popular ingredient in some old European recipes. I have a great Apple Cake recipe that I picked up from a co-worker’s Oma that just isn’t the same without it.

But really you can use it in any number of ways. Sprinkled over fresh berries, in whipped cream, any where you want that delicate vanilla flavor to add a little something special.

Take a few minutes now and come December you’ll be thrilled to have these great gifts to give out. All you have to do is have some fun decorating them for the season and watching the smiles bloom on your loved one’s faces.

Trust me, everyone loves hand made gifts. And hand made gifts you can bake with are just that much better.


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FYI: Strawberry Freezing, Pureeing and Jamming.

21 Jun

Today I’ll continue with our adventure into preserving local strawberries to enjoy year round. Now that we’ve made it home from our trip to the pick-your-own berry farm we need to start processing the strawberries.

Freezing

Freezing berries is one of the easiest ways to preserve them. No need to buy overpriced strawberries from the grocery store in January when you have some sitting in your own freezer at home that you picked yourself locally.

Step 1: Wash the berries in a colander. Use a plate under the colander to catch water while you work.

Step 2: Cut up strawberries. First slice off the top, lay flat and slice in half, slice in half again.

Step 3: Spread out in a single layer on a parchment lined pan.

Step 4: Place pans in the freezer.

Step 5: Once berries are frozen package into freezer bags and place back in the freezer.

Have you seen the label IQF on berries in the grocery isle? It stands for Individually Quick Frozen. By freezing the berries spread out on a pan they stay separate from each other and freezer quicker, which helps to maintain the quality.

Pureeing

Step 1: Wash and core strawberries. To core slide a paring knife into the top of the berry, twist the berry around until the top and core are seperated from the rest of the berry.

Step 2: Puree the berries in a food processor or blender.

Step 3: Place berries in a pot, bring to a boil. Skim foam. Allow to boil for 1 minute. Remove from heat.

Step 4: Pass puree through a fine mesh strainer to remove seeds. You can also use cheese cloth if you do not have a fine mesh strainer.

Step 5: Return to pot and reduce over low heat for 30 minutes or until reduced by 1/2.

I like to call the result of this process Strawberry Essence. It’s full of compacted flavor with no additives or chemicals. You can freeze it and defrost as needed. I use this in cakes, icings, mouse, anything I want to give a fresh summer time strawberry flavor. I use the puree to make the strawberry mouse in my Strawberry Shortcake Cookie Cup.

Jamming

Jams are the traditional preserve. It’s a practice that had fallen out of favor for awhile, thankfully it’s starting to become more and more common. Once you make your own jam you will never want to buy grocery store imitations again.

That and anyone you give the jam to will make such pitiful pleas for more that you’ll pretty much be obligated to making some each year.  I always keep some extra around in case I need an emergency gift for someone. It makes a great hostess present.

Heres a list of the basic equipment you will need. You can buy kits that have most of this already. At the end of the summer the jars, lids and pectin go on sale for dirt cheap. Be sure to stock up for next year’s canning season.

Strawberry Jam

Yield: 7 x 250 or 236 ml Jars

3 3/4 Cups Crushed Strawberries (about 2 liters/quarts)

1/4 Cup Bottled Lemon Juice

7 Cups Granulated Sugar

1 Pouch (85 ml) Liquid Pectin

This reipce is from my Bernardin Guide to Home Preserving, it works great. Just be sure to measure the strawberries after you have crushed/pureed them.  I usually make this in a 3 x batch. Did I mention you will have LOTS of people begging or some of your homemade jam?

You want to be sure to put a label on the jams with the date they were made. You can buy canning labels that are premade. They look a little too…. grandmotherly for me. So I make my own using address labels.

You can copy and paste this into a template for address labels and print out using Avery White Mailing Labels 8161 or 5161. Easy, modern, non grandmotherly jam labels!

Next I’ll show you one of the many ways you can use that puree to add amazing flavor, chemical and preservative free, to whip up an impressive dessert (in a cookie cup!) Plus details on Off the List’s one month of blogging giveaway.


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On the List: Blogging Tips to Puppy Drips

20 Jun

I’ve got a wide variety of projects to add to the list this week. As I go into my third week of blogging I’m starting to wonder how I can make Off the List a little more legit and maybe (just maybe)  increase traffic. My second sewing project has me looking to learn professional tricks and techniques. And as always I’m looking for ways to minimize the mess and craziness of living in a household where the people are outnumbered by the pets two to one.

Build a Better Blog

Creature Comforts has an amazing blog series that recently started up that is all about how to build a better blog. Boy do I ever need the advice. And judging from the comments I’m not the only novice blogger that is worshiping the kindness of our more advanced counterparts. Marketing, Advertising, Domain Names… Who knew there was so much to it all?

Twitter Following and Followers

I joined Twitter…and that’s pretty much as far as I have gotten. I’m still trying to figure out how this social-network-mini-posting thing works. I need to hunker down and search around to see which of my favorite crafty bloggers have Twitter accounts I can follow, maybe I can even gain some of my own followers. I currently have two, one of which I’m fairly certain is the Twitter equivalent to spam.

Vintage Sign

Little Blue Boo posted a tutorial featuring an unexpected way to make a very genuine looking vintage sign.  I have a huge canvas left from a failed painting years ago that I couldn’t bring myself to throw out. Now Little Blue Boo have given me a reason to justify carting it around from place to place.

Finishing Touches for Garment Sewing

Sew, Mama, Sew! Is an amazing resource for any aspect of sewing. But I really appreciate this post about Finishing Touches. It’s these little tips and tricks that make me want to sew. I hate finishing a project only to step back at it and feel like its lacking something, there’s no finesse, it looks TOO homemade. I’ll be absorbing as many of these techniques as I can fill my brain with.

Vinyl Table Cloth Turned Drop Cloth

Larissa over at Just Another Day in Paradise shared a tutorial for a High Chair Drop Cloth. I love the idea, but havn’t any use for a high chair yet (one day). But I do need to protect my wood floors around my dog’s water dish. Mason and Roxy are incapable of not spilling half of the water they drink. Especially Roxy, must be something to do with the puppyness. So this is On the List to transform into a puppy mat.

Happy Sunday Everyone, I hope in the next week you find some time to cross a few things Off Your list.


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Tutorial: Nap Time Blanket

18 Jun

I’m a napper. I believe that naps are the key to happiness, energy and immortality.  When I first started living with Luke he would suggest that I go to the bed to nap, instead of taking up the whole couch. I quickly set him straight; going to the bedroom would mean I was going to sleep, staying on the couch meant I was taking a nap. Yes even at 1 in the morning.

After being an eye witness to the awesomeness of my naps for a few years Luke started to pick up the habit himself. Unfortunately the one nap blanket we keep on the couch was very short. I’m 5 foot 2 and even I find that my toes become exposed if I’m not curled up just right. So after we set up my craft room (a birthday gift from Luke) and I no longer ran in fear at the sight of my sewing machine Luke asked if I could make him a nap time blanket.

So we picked up some fleece, which is the same material as my nap time blanket. I find it breathes in the heat and keeps you warm in the cold. I took a look at the original blanket and noticed that the corners are rounded. This spoke to my inner hatred of mitering of any kind (I had a traumatizing experience with trying to miter some baseboard trim) and decided to copy the detail.

Materials and Tools:

  • Fleece Fabric- 2 Yards (this was the perfect height and width, no cutting or scrap)
  • Quilt Binding or Double Fold Bias Tape- 9 Yards
  • Fabric for Lettering
  • Thread
  • Heat n Bond Iron on Adhesive
  • Scissors/Rotary Cutter and Mat
  • Sewing Machine
  • Iron
  • Ironing Board
  • Pins

I love the word detail. I think I just might have to give the same treatment to the original nap blanket, maybe even add a Mr. and Mrs.

Ignore the paint on my hands in the pics, I’m in the middle of a couple of projects (arn’t we all). Oh and anyone who laughs at my consistently imperfect stitching gets their nap time rights revoked. As the Queen of Napping I can do that.

Here are the pattern for the words, all inversed and ready to go. Just for you, from me. Feeling the love?

It feels so good to have tackled a second session of sewing (ahahaha oh accidental alliteration). And I love that I can now say that this project is officially Off the List.


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Tutorial: Dollar Store Raffia Bowl

14 Jun

I love the Dollar Store, but really who doesn’t? But I know exactly why I love the Dollar Store.

Raffia.

Oh sure there are lots of other great craft supplies and random treasures that help fill my shopping basket, or two or three, but it’s the irresistible raffia that draws me back time and time again. The colours! The versitility! I could wax poetic about this string all day long.

Instead I’ll give you a tutorial on one of my favorite creations to craft this amazing raffia into.

Materials:

  • Balloons (round shaped)
  • 2 Colours of Raffia- you will need about 1/2 a roll for each 8 inch diameter bowl.
  • Glue or Modge Podge
  • A bowl to put the glue/modge podge in
  • Scissors
  • Something to protect your work surface- I use a piece of poster board
  • A very patient husband to take pictures while your hands are covered in goppyness

1. Blow up the balloon until it has a diameter of about 8 inches. Fill up the bowl with a good amount of glue/modge podge. You will be using alot of it. Smear a 2 inch wide strip of glue starting about 1/4 of the way down the balloon.

2. Unwind 8-10 inches of raffia at a time. Run it through the bowl and cover with glue, wipe off the excess with your fingers.

3. Start to wrap around your balloon, making sure the rows are tight together. Keep a hold of the balloon, it will roll away if you let go! Try and tidy up your rows as you go. Keep unwinding the raffia in 8-10 inch lengths and running it through the glue as you wind it around the balloon.

4. Continue with the first color of raffia until you have a band 2 inches wide or so. Cut off the string of raffia and unwind 8-10 inches of the second colour of raffia. Run the new raffia through the bowl of glue. Twist about 1 inch of each colour together, tuck the tail under the row above.

5. Continue with the second colour until you have a band about 3 inches wide. Change back to the first colour, twisting the ends together and tucking the tail in under the previous row. Continue with the first colour all the way around the balloon. The bottom can be a bit tricky, it helps it you hold down the rows with your fingers as you wind the next one.

6. Smear a generous layer of glue over all of the raffia. Lightly go over it with your finger to remove excess.

7. Tighten up the lines, try to make sure you get glue into any holes left between the rows.

8.  Use a wire hanger to create a hanging device. Poke one end of the hanger through the nipple of the balloon, wrap the middle of the hanger around a curtain rod and tack the other end to the ceiling.  Ignore the looks of disbelief your husband will cast your way.

9. Wait 6-8 hours, and the outside will have mostly dried. You will be able to tell because it will look clear instead of white. Take the bowl down.

10. Pull the balloon out. Sometimes you have to pop them, sometimes they will have started to deflate (like mine). Tidy up any extra bit of dried glue. You will be able to see that the inside is till wet.

11. The weight of the raffia will have pulled down the shape of the bowl. This works perfect for our project. Rest the bowl on a work surface and press down gently. Your aim is to flatten the bottom so that the bowl will sit nicely when dried. Leave it a few days to fully cure and then enjoy your gorgeous new bowl!

I use mine in my craft room as a little catch all. When I’m in the middle of a project I like to throw all of the stuff I’m using in one place and put it back into its proper home later. That way I don’t have to stop what I’m doing and loose my crafting mojo, plus if I need it again (which is usually likely to happen) it’s right at hand.

You can also use the same method to create a simple fun mobile. I made this one for my niece when she came to visit.

Blow up three balloons of different sizes. Cover the whole balloon with the raffia. To keep the shape dry these resting on their side on a garbage bag at first, be sure to turn every now and then to stop it from sticking. String together and secure to the ceiling.

Kimmy loved watching this above her crib. I keep it in my craft room now, it matches the colours and looks like a mini art piece.

Here’s another great project tutorial using Raffia to add colour and texture to a magnetic Dry-Erase board.

You’ll find tons of crafts to use the raffia in. It does just as well as a supporting character. I used in it my Party Favor Baskets to add a bit of colour and texture.

What is your favorite Dollar Store find? Do you love the raffia as much as I do? Can you think of any other great crafts to use it in?

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On the List: Redoing the Old and New

13 Jun

It’s going to be a shorter On the list post this week. Which is really a good thing isn’t it?

Guest blogger Abby Matthews did a post on Crafty Nest (one of my favorite blogs) awhile ago.  Ever since I’ve seen it I’ve been dying to refinish a piece of furniture, using wallpaper to add some graphic detail and colour. I’ve even got the perfect side table, banged up and longing for some love.

I recently ordered the Ultimate Embroidery Kit from Sublime Stitching. I love the spunk Jenny Hart has put into her company: a banner at the top of the website reads ‘This ain’t your gramma’s embroidery’. I think so many of the traditional crafts get overlooked because there hasn’t been anyone to freshen them up. Embroidery is one of the many (many) skills I want to learn and a  kit that includes all of the essentials makes it too easy. Now all I need to do is find the time.

I spotted this beauty on a One Pretty Thing (a favorite site of crafters everywhere) Round Up. It was the fabric that caught my eye at first but once I got over to Living with Punks Susan’s great tutorial for a reusable shopping bag had me hooked. I’ve got a ton of cloth grocery bags from different stores, all they do is clutter up my closet. What I need (want) is a nice set of them made to last in gorgeous fabric of my choosing (instead of being covered in obnoxious company logos).

A short post, but these projects are great ones. I can’t wait to get started.

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Tutorial: Puzzle Cookies for Canada Day

12 Jun

It was grey and rainy today. Not a very good day to continue working on my next garden project. So I was stuck in doors and decided it was time to execute a cookie idea I have been bouncing around for awhile.

To start with you need to make a batch of shortbread or sugar cookies.  I’m going to have to tell you a secret. When I was a kid and teenager I could not bake. Or cook actually. I was a disaster in the kitchen. I only started to really get it together in my late teens when I was determined to make cookies that would hold their shape and taste as good as they look.

To this day I swear by the recipe I pieced together from that journey to the perfect shortbread cookie. Here it is:

While the dough is chilling cut out templates for the puzzles. Here are the patterns I used to save you some time.

Lay a piece of wax paper or parchment paper down on your counter/ work surface. After your dough has finished chilling roll it out to about 1/8-1/4 inch thick, depending on how you like your cookies. Place each template on the dough and cut the shapes out carefully.

Place the cookies, on the wax paper, onto a cookie sheet and into the freezer for 5-10 minutes to chill.

Carefully peel off the excess dough around the cookies.

Take the wax paper, with the cookies, off the cookie sheet. Place a piece of parchment paper on it and flip the cookies onto the parchment paper. Make sure the side that was touching the wax paper is now the top (it will give the cookies a smoother finish).

If you feel that the cookies are soft place them in the fridge or freezer to chill. The cooler they are when you put them in the oven the more they will retain their shape. Bake according to directions.

Roll out fondant of your colour choice onto wax paper. Using the same template cut out the puzzle pieces. Flip them onto the cookies. Be sure to cut the template the same side up as you did the cookies and flip the fondant so that the side that was on the wax paper is now on the top. As long as the cookies are still warm the sugar in the fondant will melt and it will adhere itself to the cookies. If the cookies have cooled brush a bit of water onto the fondant before placing it on the cookies.

Repeat with the rest of your cookies.

How great would these be as Canada Day Party Favors? Or you could do them up for a child’s birthday.

Not a fondant fan? You can also do these in royal icing.

If you decide you like making these cookies enough you could always consider making actual cookie cutters of the puzzle shapes to save yourself time. I’ll be doing a tutorial on making your own custom cookie cutters in the future, be sure to check in often.

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Show & Tell: Birthday Bunting Banner and Party Hats

7 Jun

I’m excited and flustered…. and embaressed.

My basket tutorial was posted over at whip up (yay!) and people are stopping over to my humble little blog. But I’m so ashamed at how empty it is! It’s like moving into a new home and inviting the neighbors over, only I don’t have anywhere for them to sit because the furniture hasn’t arrived yet.

So to everyone who has come to welcome me to the neighborhood I appreciate your patience. As a new blogger it’s going to take me ages before my online home has any of the substance and finesse of you other fine folks.


In the mean time I’m going to finish up the subject of the Birthday Package that I sent for my neice’s birthday. The baskets were the last part, before them I tackled making a Bunting Banner and Party Hats.  Both of which I followed amazing tutorials from other bloggers, with a few changes of my own.

I have a confession… the Bunting Banner= my first sewing project. It took me about 10 minutes to thread the machine when I started, by the end I could do it with my eyes closed. Maybe with a little peeking.

When my sister was just starting to think of planning Kimmy’s birthday I had come across an amazing tutorial for a birthday banner at Pickup Some Creativity. I quickly swindled her into NEEDING a bunting banner for the party and offered to make it.

Follow the tutorial and anyone (I’m proof) can have a super cute bunting banner in no time.

I took my very first trip to the fabric store (Luke was very patient as I owwed and awwwed over all the options) and picked out some coordinating fabrics.

Then I got to work sewing all of the triangles.

Here is where I deviated a little. I wanted the letters to really pop (and I had found the cutest black and white fabric on a second trip to the store). So I cut 2 1/2 inch circles out of fabric and sewed those onto the triangles first.

And then I sewed on the letters exactly as instructed in the tutorial.
After completing all of the letters (I might have adhered the a’s on backwards the first time, which might be a warning to not try and do sewing projects late at night with out the appropriate amount of caffeine).
I started sewing them all onto the Bias Tape. Which I found after a third trip… or was it a fourth?… to the fabric store. In the tutorial all of the triangles are sewn onto one piece of bias tape, I decided to divide mine in two. I measured 12 inches of my bias tape, started laying out the triangles and measured another 12 inches at the other end for each piece.
I also didn’t do the basting stitch recomended in the tutorial. I did a regular old stitch on the inside as well as the outside of the bias tape. I just don’t like having to rip out all those stitches. It looks fine this way, really you can’t notice.
This was a great first sewing project. It was straightforward and so clear with the great instructions from Pickup Some Creativity. And so rewarding, look how cute it is hanging on my wall. I can’t wait to see pictures of it in all it’s glory set up for the party.
The party hat tutorial came from Crap I’ve Made. I didn’t have the party hat mojo flowing and I had an illogically difficult time with these. I ended up having to make my own templates, one for the fabric and one to cut out cardstock for the hats. I could have bought the hats premade like Char at Crap I’ve Made… but making them was faster than a trip out for me.

I added a special detail for the birthday girl’s hat with a 2 1/2” felt circle and 2 made out of the same fabric from the banner. The little party hat on the 2 is simply a small triangle of the pink fabric sewn onto the hat and a small tuft of green yarn glued on with Fabri-Tac.

The pom poms were made using this tutorial from Kids Craft Central. Simple enough, repetitive, but simple. Ignore the squashed nature of the pom pom in the upper left corner, that was from the 2 hat sitting on top of it.

Hopefully my small additions will make Kimmy’s 2nd birthday a fun filled day for her.

Thank you for stopping by and taking a look at what I have to offer so far.

Please come by and check out all the new Tutorials, Show & Tells, FYIs and On the Lists posts as the blog grows. I’ll do my very best to fill my home with lots of interesting and useful material for everyone.

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