I’m still crafting… just been busy

Have you been wondering where I have been?  Blogging has had to be pushed to the side thanks to life getting a bit hectic.  I have been working on orders, getting fabrics cut and ready for orders and for my own Christmas presents that need to be created, and just trying to stay on top of homeschooling (one of my sons got a bit behind).

I have still been creating some projects for you.  Here is one that I am STILL working on thanks to a major FAIL.

Foam Wreath FAIL

I have a couple other recent projects to show you but you will have to wait until I can write a post about them!

December will be here on Saturday so stay turned for  my December Celebrating Fun post!!!

Tuesday Tutorial: Crayon Roll

Crayon Roll Tutorial

Mom's Busy Crafting- Crayon Roll

Materials needed:

Materials needed

  •  3 pieces of farbric cut to 13″ x 5″ (I used two pieces of the main fabric and one piece of solid fabric)
  • 1 piece of fusible interfacing cut to 13″ x 5″
  • coordinating thread
  • elastic hair tie
  • ruler
  • disappearing fabric marker or chalk marker
Directions:
1. Iron the interfacing to the inside piece of fabric that will be BEHIND the pocket. This will help stabilize the fabric when you sew all the pockets for the crayons.

Apply interfacing to inside back piece

2. Fold the piece that will be the crayon pockets in half with the folded edge at the top. Fold pocket piece in half and iron

3. Place the pocket along the bottom edge of the inside fabric lining up raw edges on the bottom.Put pocket piece on inside fabric

4. Mark lines for the crayon pocket using a disappearing ink marker or chalk lines.  The first and last marks should be at 1 1/4 inches.  All other marks should be 3/4″ apart.  These will be the lines where you will sew.  Mark lines for crayon pockets

4. Sew along marked lines.  This is great practice for beginners since you are just sewing TONS of straight lines.  Make sure to backstitch at the beginning and end of each line to keep the pockets from ripping apart.

Sew along marked lines

5. Here is what the crayon roll will look like when all your rows are sewn.  Clip threads.Finished lines - front

Backside of rows

6. Attach the elastic hair tie to the left side of the crayon roll where the pocket and back meet.  Sew into place backstitching over it a few times!

Attach elastic band

7. Place right sides of back piece and pocket piece together and sew around the edge with a 1/4″ seam allowance.  Make sure to leave a 2″ opening for turning.Sew around edge

8. Turn right side out and push the corners out.  Press to that it lays flat.Turn the crayon roll right sides out

Pressed crayon roll

9. Top stitch around the edge with a 1/4″ seam allowance.  Make sure you close the hole where you turned the roll.

Topstitch around crayon roll

10.  Now fill it will crayons, roll it up, and you’re ready to go!

Finished roll

Crayon Roll, rolled up

 

These are GREAT gifts for birthdays with a coloring book or two.  Also they are perfect for stocking stuffers.  Once you have it down, you will be able to crank these out in about 20 mins!

Happy Sewing!

 

 

{Celebrating Fun}: Mummy Dogs

We don’t put too much focus around here on Halloween.  The decorations in the stores scare the boys.  But I do like to do some of the more fun things that come along with this sugar filled holiday.  One of those things that has become a quick and easy tradition around here is mummy dogs (aka Pigs in a Blanket).  I “discovered” these a few years ago and I love how quick and easy they are for lunch or dinner (not to mention yummy!) but also I love that they are super simple so the boys can help me make them.

Mummy Dogs

Mummy Dogs

Shopping List (not really much cooking going on here so I just couldn’t put ingredients, haha)

  • tube of crescent rolls
  • hot dogs of choice
  • dipping sauces (ketchup, mustard, etc)

Directions:

1. Open the crescent rolls and instead of pulling them apart into the triangles like usual you are going to roll out the rectangle like they come out of the tube and cut them into long strips about 1/2 inch wide.

2. Take a hot dog and begin wrapping it at the top (pinch the end so it stays together).  Don’t forget to leave a hole for the mummy’s eyes ;)

3. Keep wrapping until you reach the bottom, if you need to add another piece just pinch the ends together and keep wrapping.

4. Place all your mummies (crescent wrapped hot dogs) on a cookie sheet and bake to the directions on the crescent roll tube.

5. When they come out of the oven, use a couple dots of mustard or even diced olives for eyes and then let your little ones eat them up!

There you have it!  A quick and easy lunch or dinner during the month of October.  The boys LOVE making these since they are so simple.  We ALWAYS have them for dinner on Halloween before heading off to the church for Hallelujah Night.  Usually they make it on the menu plan a couple other times as well.

So go make some for your pumpkins and monsters and tell me how they turn out!

Tuesday Tutorial {recipe}: Pumpkin Spice Waffles!

So the other night I had a hankering (yep, I said it) for something fallish for dinner.  Since the cupboard was getting pretty bare, the  best option for dinner was breakfast.  Waffles were sounding yummy but first I wanted to make sure the hubby was OK with pumpkin waffles.

Here is how the conversation went:

Me: “If I said pumpkin spice waffles, what would your reaction be?”

Hubby: “With maple bacon?”

Me: “Maple sausage and regular bacon.”

Hubby: “Sounds good”

 

So off I went in search of a Pinterest recipe for Pumpkin Spice waffles.  I soon realized that I either didn’t have some necessary ingredients OR the recipes were just pumpkin with no spice :(  But instead of getting defeated, I just decided to take one that was the closest to the ingredients I had on hand and “tweak” it a bit.

Here is what I came up with!

Pumpkin Spice Waffles 

Pumpkin Spice Waffles

Ingredients:

  • 2 1/3 cups of pancake mix
  • 2 tbsp brown sugar
  • 1/4 tsp cloves
  • 1/4 tsp nutmeg
  • 1/2 tsp pumpkin pie spice
  • 1/4 tsp cinnamon
  • 1/2 cup canned pumpkin
  • 1/4 cup oil
  • 1 1/3 cup milk
  • 2 eggs

Mix the wet ingredients together.  In another bowl, combine the dry ingredients.  Add the dry ingredients to the wet ingredients.  I put about 3/4 of a cup of the batter in my waffle iron for each waffle and total ended up with about 7 waffles.  My boys gobbled them up and my hubby said the spices were just right: not too strong but enough to taste.  I will definitely be making these a bunch more this fall!

More waffles please!

 

Celebrating Fun: October 2012

October comes with a lot of fun on its own.  I mean any month where you get TONS of candy is a good month.  In our house we have a few traditions that come along in October.  While there aren’t as many “fun” days to celebrate there are still plenty of ways to keep busy in October and I plan on celebrating with my sweet little monsters.

 A few of our yearly traditions in October are:

Making Mummy Dogs – always dinner on Halloween but usually a couple other times in the month!

Family trip to the Pumpkin Patch

Annual Pumpkin Patch Trip

Carving pumpkins with Aunt Darla – though she recently moved to Colorado, we are hoping to visit in October and still carve pumpkins with her.

Pumpkin Carving with Aunt Darla

Family Pumpkin Carving Night – my SIL started a couple years ago having us all come over and carve pumpkins together.  It is a fun and silly time with my hubby’s side of the family that we love!

The 5 older cousins with all the pumpkins

Hallelujah Night – where we celebrate Halloween, our church’s Halloween carnival

 

October Unique Holidays:

3rd – National Techies Day (my hubby is a web developer so I might just have to surprise him with something!)

4th – National Golf Day – for sure a day I won’t have to force my hubby to participate in ;)

Golfers

5th – Do Something Nice Day – sounds like some random acts of kindness will be in order!

14th – National Dessert Day – what to make???

16th – Dictionary Day – a homeschooling mom’s favorite type of holiday, it can fit right into schoolwork!

3rd week in October – Pastoral Care week – do something nice for the pastor of your church

30th – National Candy Corn Day – I am sure my boys will LOVE this one!

31st – Halloween & Carve a Pumpkin Day

 

Here is the complete list of things to celebrate in October!

Which holidays are you going to celebrate???

 

Tuesday Tutorial: Halloween Candy Tote Bag

Do you have those lovely plastic pumpkins that you can get for a $1 at Halloween for your kiddos to collect your their candy in?  I sure do!  Can I just say that I am not a fan of storing those all year long to be used for just a couple hours ONE day a year.

So here is the solution – adorable candy tote bags that are reversible too!!!  Want to make one (or four, like me)?  Well, here’s how…

Mom's Busy Crafting - Halloween Candy Tote Bag Tutorial

Halloween Candy Tote Bags

Halloween Candy Tote Bag

Materials:

Materials

1/3 yard of main fabric

1/3 yard of lining fabric

1/6 yard for straps (I used a remnant I found!)NOTE: I bought a yard of each fabric and this made a total of 6 bags!

 

Cut fabric (from selvage to selvage) into 12″ panels.

Cut fabric in 12" sections

Turn fabric and cut width of each panel to 22″ (pretty much just trim the selvage ends off).

Cut to 22" wide

Open up the fabric and cut along the folded edge – you should now have TWO panels that are 12″ x 22″.

Cut the long panel in half

Fold the right sides together and sew up the sides.  (Sorry for the change in fabric!)
Sew up the sides
Now repeat these steps with the fabric for the lining.
This little guy wanted in on all the picture taking!

Cutie break

 

Turn ONE of the fabrics right side out and place it INSIDE the bag that is inside out.  Turn right sides out

bag inside lining

 

Now let’s make the straps. Cut your strap fabric into 5″ strips (again, selvage to selvage).  Then cut those long pieces in half.  You will now have your two straps.  Press each strap in half.

Fold strap

Open the strap back up and fold the edges into the center and press into place.

Fold sides in

Fold along the center line again and press well.  Strap is almost done!

Fold along center

Sew BOTH sides of the strap (the open side and the fold).

sew strap

Time to pin the straps to the bag and finish it up! I pinned my straps 2″ in from the sides leaving a 3″ space in the center of the straps.

Pin straps

Now sew the bag around the top leaving a 2″-3″ hole for turning.

Sew bag and lining together

Turn fabrics right side out and put lining into the bag.

Turn the bag right side out

Top stitch around the top of the bag making sure to close the hole where you turned the bag.

Top Stitch to finish bag

And there you have it.  Candy collectors that are MUCH smaller to store (and much cuter too, if I do say so myself!).  I can’t wait for the boys to see them (I finished them at 11:30pm so they are sleeping).  Since they chose the fabrics I know they will be very excited to see them complete.

Halloween Candy Tote Bags

 

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Celebrating Fun: Kool-Aid Play-Doh

My boys LOVE to play Play-Doh and while I am not a huge fan of the clean up (tiny bits of dough ground into their jeans, all over the floor, and mushed into the chairs), I do LOVE the HOURS of quiet playtime it brings.  They will sit and play for the entire day if I let them!

Play-Doh Fun

So can you imagine how thrilled I was to discover that September has a National Play-Doh Day!  YAY!  Talk about a great way to spend a Sunday afternoon.

Play-Doh Cutie

Can you tell this cutie just loves to play with Play-Doh (and he does a good job keeping it out of his mouth too!).

PlayDoh

Now we have LOTS of Play-Doh, in fact an entire storage bin of it, but it is always fun to make your own Play-Doh.  Thanks to Pinterest I discovered Kool-Aid Play-Doh!  Not only are the bright colors TONS of fun, but the smell is amazing!!!

Here is the recipe I have used in the past for Kool-Aid Play-Doh.  I actually think I added a bit more flour since the dough was not very firm.  In the end I used about 2 cups of flour to get my dough to the correct consistency.

Master Play-Doh Creator

I will be making some of this up tomorrow!  Might even invite the cousins or some friends over added fun! How about you?

Celebrating Fun: September 2012

Our family LOVES to celebrate fun holidays like National Peanut Butter and Jelly Day, Cousin Day, and World Card Making Day.  One of my friends and fan of my Facebook Page suggested that I post a list of holidays each month that I will be celebrating, that way you can celebrate along with us!  What a fabulous idea!!!

So here is a short list of the fun and unique holidays that my family will be celebrating in September.  This month is a fabulous month to start these posts since there are so many fun holidays to celebrate!  We are really looking forward to all the fun we will have this month!

September Holidays

5th –  Cheese Pizza Day (guess what we had for lunch!)

9th – Grandparents Day – I have some great gift ideas on my Pinterest board, like THIS and THIS!

12th – Chocolate Milkshake Day

16th – Play-Doh Day  - try making some Kool-Aid Play-Doh with the kiddos!  The bright colors are so fun and the smell is AMAZING!

Play-Doh Fun

18th – Cheeseburger Day (can you say In-N-Out for dinner AKA Mama doesn’t have to cook night!)

19th – Talk like a Pirate Day – my boys will LOVE this day. Costumes are a must!

Littlest Pirate

21st – Mini Golf Day – (off to Mulligans we will go!)

23rd – Checkers Day – Perfect game for after church

26th – Johnny Appleseed Day – read a book about Johnny Appleseed and have a yummy snack!

 

Here is the calendar I have gone to for years to tell me what holidays are in each month!

 

Check back in October for more Celebrating Fun ideas!!!

Celebrating Cousin Day

My husband comes from a large family and I love it!  It is wonderful that my boys have 5 Aunts and 4 Uncles as well as 3 cousins on his side (1 Aunt and 2 Uncles and 1 cousin on my side).  It is great when we all get together with the family (all 20 of us).  There are 7 grandsons all 7 and under!  (Don’t worry the family is finally getting a GIRL in September!)  It is so much fun.  With the exception of my oldest, the cousins all came in pairs so they have buddies to play with.

My mom was the youngest of 8 so I have TONS of Aunts, Uncles, Cousins and Second Cousins.  Unfortunately they have always lived quite far away so I don’t see them often at all. In fact I haven’t seen my mom’s side of the family since I was in high school :(

I love to celebrate fun and obscure holidays so when I found a Cousin Day on my calendar I immediately planned a trip with my sisters in law.  We all have passes to SeaWorld so a day of fun was set!  To make it even more fun and excited I wanted to make the boys shirts that matched.  The front design was the same but the sets of siblings each had their own color of shirt so you can see which boy belongs to which family.  On the backs I put the boys’ names as well as the order they were born in.

Cousin Day shirts

Cousins

Here they are smiling for a quick picture before heading off for more fun.  It was at this point when I realized I should have made my sister in law that is expecting a girl a shirt that says #8, finally getting a GIRL.

I have a cute picture of the boys all lined up so you can see the fronts and backs of their shirts but it is on my camera and since I can’t upload those pictures yet, I will have to update this post soon! I can’t wait to celebrate Cousin Day again next year with the “new” cousins that will join the family in 2012-2013!  This is an annual tradition I definitely want to keep!

Father’s Day is almost here!

I have been busy lately working on Father’s Day gifts for my hubby. A while ago I saw an adorable shirt and onesie combo that was probably made for a new daddy. Immediately I knew I just had to craft up something similar for my husband and boys.

So with my Gypsy in hand I began to design up shirts of my very own. I made the front say “I make ADORABLE boys” and then each of the boys had a matching shirt that just says “ADORABLE boy”. For the backs I wanted them to look something like a jersey so I put daddy and the boys names across the back with numbers on the back (1-4 for the boys and 00 for Daddy). The Cricut font cartridges I used were Varsity letter and Cutting Up. For the word adorable I made a layer to make it stand out and cut that in gold. Father's Day shirts teaser

Here is a sneak peek!  What do you think???  Be sure to check back for the after shots with all my boys in their matching shirts!

Also I will have another quick and simple Father’s Day present available for you tomorrow (It’s my present for my dad and for my hubby – from the boys).  It is super easy to throw together yet is always a hit!