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Latest Projects

Being Creative Every Day
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I am a happier person when I can make the effort to do something creative every day.   It could be knitting, crochet, drawing, painting, helping my kid build a robot out of clay….  anything really.   I don’t think … Read More

ISS Hat!
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What do you do when your kid won’t wear a hat unless it has the International Space Station on it? This of course: I”m pretty happy with how it came out.   The hat was made with leftover black worsted … Read More

Felt Playfood Carrots
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I finally got a few more carrots made and decided to put them up on Etsy as a made to order item.    I have both “regular” orange and multicolored ones you would find at a farm stand.   Check … Read More

Kid’s Popsicle Stick Catapult Building Activity Kit
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My preschooler loves doing science activities.  One of our most recent was a popsicle stick catapult.   The goal was to make one we could do together that worked well enough without needing glue or other messy materials.    At age 4.5, … Read More

DIY Pokeball Storage Pillow with Zipper
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The only Christmas gift I made this year has been a stuffed Pokeball storage pillow with a zipper for my Pokemon obsessed nephew. I found this great free PDF pattern by SewDesuNe on Deviant Art aka https://cholyknight.com The 24″ large … Read More

Dinosaur Angel Christmas Tree Topper
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No Christmas tree is complete without a tree topper.  As a kid, we always had an angel but in my house, that’s a little too standard. I found this Raptor at Toys R Us while Christmas shopping and the idea … Read More

Galaxy Christmas Tree Skirt DIY Sewing Project
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For years I’ve complained that I don’t have a tree skirt that properly fits around the tree stand.  My oldest wants a space themed Christmas Tree and we came up with the idea of making a Galaxy Christmas Tree Skirt. … Read More

Planet Mars Halloween Costume
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This year we decided to go with an outer space inspired theme for our Halloween costumes.   My oldest decided that the baby would need to be the planet Mars. I think this turned out pretty well. (Modeled by the only … Read More

Halloween – Cardboard Space Shuttle
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Halloween is my favorite holiday.  This year I saved myself a lot of trouble by buying my son’s astronaut costume.  Of course that just freed me up to turn the wagon into a space shuttle.   I didn’t write up any … Read More

Viking Hat
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Babies smash things. They make demands.   They stomp about and throw cups.  He NEEDED a viking hat. I could spend days trying to come up with something on my own but never be quite as happy as I am with … Read More

Hexagon Afghan
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Ok, I’ll admit it.   The previous post about a scrap yarn afghan?   It got UGLY and I ripped the whole thing out. Instead, I found a pattern here at Crochet in Color for a hexagon scrap yarn afghan. I’ve altered … Read More

DIY Macrame Patio Chair Before and After
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This summer I finally decided to work on my DIY Macrame Patio Chair.  The plastic woven backing began to deteriorate but the metal frames were fine.  Falling through the back of the chair wasn’t acceptable and I didn’t want to … Read More

Toy Bags with a Window
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Projects are taking me forever to complete these days. My most recent accomplishment is this draw string toy bag with clear vinyl window in the middle.   I’ve been on an organization kick and the cardboard boxes being used for … Read More

Acrylic Painting 101
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I’ve always wanted to learn how to paint but it has taken a back seat to everything else.   Of course the perfect time I decide to start is with a new baby……    15-30 minutes a week happen if I’m … Read More

Scrap Yarn Afghan
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I’m trying to simplify my stash of craft supplies and that means being honest about what I am unlikely to use. I have so many half skeins or less sitting there. Really – how many balls do I need to … Read More

Knit Boobs
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I recently made a pair of knit boobs. Yes they have a purpose and yes, I decided to put a nipple ring in one of them. Check out www.knittedknockers.org to find out more and get the free pattern. These were … Read More

Felt Airplane Runway
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     Apologies for the awful iPhone quality photos.  Here’s a very quickly created airplane runway.   This was all done last minute from felt I had in the house.   You can see that my stripes are not perfect in … Read More

Cigar Gloves
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  Here’s a quick post! I just finished up a pair of “cigar gloves” for myself. No, I don’t smoke but these are ideal for still pulling a card out of a wallet or using a phone. Here’s the free … Read More