Thursday, February 28, 2013

Dr. Seuss' The Lorax Snack


Dr. Seuss' birthday is March 2nd so I have seen a lot of fun Dr. Seuss inspired crafts and snack ideas pop up in my newsfeed over the past couple days. I was especially inspired by THIS adorable Lorax snack from Little Nummies and THIS Lorax snack idea from one of my favorite fun food blogs Kitchen Fun with My 3 Sons. So I set out to make my own version!

For the tree trunks I used the rind of watermelon and for the tree tops I used cut up watermelon and mandarin orange slices. As you can see from the picture, I used a small circle cookie cutter to cut into the watermelon and then sliced it in half.


The Lorax is made from cheddar cheese and mozzarella cheese. I wish I could give you more direction on how to cut it out, but I really just did it all freehand with a small knife. I was going to use candy eyes for the eyes but couldn't find them so I cut a mini marshmallow in half and put a sprinkle in the middle for the pupil. Not sure how good a marshmallow will taste with cheese and fruit, but oh well :) And obviously the watermelon rind should not be eaten. The text was also cut freehand from a slice of cheddar cheese.


I hope this inspires you to make your own fun Dr. Seuss snack in honor of his day!


Tuesday, February 26, 2013

Simple Spring Crocheted Flowers


Spring is just around the corner and its a great time to start crocheting for the new season! I came with a simple little spring flower pattern that I think you will like. It starts with the Magic Ring which a lot of you frequently ask me about. There is a wonderful tutorial on how to make a magic ring over at Petals to Picots blog. You can find the tutorial HERE.

I decided to change colors to make the middle a different color, but you could crochet this entire pattern in one color and add a colorful button to make the center as well.

Materials:
-Worsted weight yarn (I recommend Vanna's Choice)
-Size H Crochet Hook
-Tapestry needle

Abbreviations:
Magic Ring: HERE is the tutorial
DC = Double Crochet
Sl St = Slip Stitch


Spring Flower Pattern

Magic Ring, chain 2 in ring, make 6 DC in ring, pull tight (change color if you wish) join to first DC, chain 3.
Round 2: 2 DC in same stitch as your chain 3, Chain 3 and slip stitch in the same stitch as your first chain 3 and 2 DC's, Chain 3, 2 DC in next stitch, Chain 3 and sl st in same stitch, repeat around.

So you should have *Chain 3, 2 DC, Chain 3* in each stitch all the way around making 6 petals.
Fasten off and weave in all ends but one long one to sew onto your hat, purse, or other project.

Looking forward to seeing how you use your spring flowers!



I have created a video tutorial on how to crochet this flower! It really is simple :) I hope this helps any of you who may be confused by the way I wrote the pattern.


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Monday, February 25, 2013

Timeline Ticket - For Annoying Facebook Users

I was talking with a friend the other day and we couldn't help but gossip about a couple of our mutual friends who are driving us crazy on Facebook. Some of the offenses were over-sharing too much personal information and posting cryptic messages such as "OMG, I can't believe that just happened!"  I am sure we aren't the only ones that see these annoying Facebook habits and many others pop up in our newsfeeds on a daily basis. But if you are anything like me, you don't really want to cause a scene and confront the offenders. So I have made a list of the most common Facebook faux pas and made them into a "Timeline Ticket." This is a fun, silly way to let a friend or family member know they are being slightly annoying on their social media page. Oh, and I should mention, I am sure I have violated a couple of these on occasion as well :)

Please check all that apply:



You can download a printable PDF HERE

Keep in mind that this is all in good fun. Thank you Facebook for always entertaining me and keeping me in touch with friends old and new.

Thursday, February 21, 2013

Easy Peanut Butter Oat Bars


A couple of my blogging buddies have been sharing some fabulous looking peanut butter bars over the past couple of days. Like these Peanut Butter Bars from Artsy-Fartsy Mama and these yummy looking Peanut Butter Bars from Happy Hour Projects. I couldn't resist any longer, I HAD to have some for myself! But you know me, I love my crock pot and thought, hey maybe I can bake some bars in the crock pot?! I altered a recipe for baked oatmeal that I found over at A Year of Slow Cooking
Everything was looking good. I mixed all my ingredients in the crock pot. And cooked it for about 3 hours. Let it cool and cut it into squares. So far so good...



They didn't look too bad, but when I took a bite... YUCK! They were dry and tasted like plain oatmeal. I actually contemplated faking it and writing up a tutorial anyway, pretending that they were good. But I couldn't do that to you. So I came to the conclusion that not everything can be made in the crock pot :( Although I am sure if follow her recipe the way it was originally written, you will have some fabulous baked oatmeal. But I didn't want oatmeal. I wanted peanut butter oat bars. I then found a great recipe over at Cooks.com and it was perfect! And very simple. I had all the ingredients in my house.

Ingredients:
1 1/4 cup all-purpose flour
1 cup brown sugar
1/2 tsp. baking soda
1/2 tsp. salt
1/2 cup butter, softened
1 tsp. vanilla
1 egg
1/2 cup peanut butter (I was a little short on butter so I added a little extra peanut butter)
1 cup quick oats
1/2 cup chocolate chips

Mix all ingredients except for oats and chocolate chips with mixer. 
Stir in oats and chocolate chips and press into greased 9x13 pan.
Bake for 20 minutes at 350 degrees.



The result? FABULOUS!! These bars are so tasty with the perfect mix of oats, peanut butter and chocolate chips. The boys loved them too (of course!).


Excuse me while I go have another :)





Tuesday, February 19, 2013

Barn Card for Sprout TV

For the past 3 years I have been making and submitting handmade birthday cards to the Sprout Channel. If you aren't familiar with Sprout, it's a channel devoted to Preschoolers. They have a lot of great educational shows and every morning on the "Sunny Side Up Show" they feature a handful of birthday cards. Unfortunately we have yet to have our card make it on air, but hopefully this year will be our year! I know the boys would be sooo excited to see their birthday cards on TV. Here is a look at the card I made for little brother this year. It features Chica (the chicken) in her barn and the gang from The Chica Show.



Using a piece of red poster board, I folded it in half (crease is on the left side) and loosely traced a picture of a barn.

I cut it out along with a two barn doors that pop open


I cut strips of white paper to use on the boarder and doors. And printed out the character pictures from sprout online.com. I created the text (you can use WORD) and printed that out as well.


This card came together pretty easily! Crossing our fingers that we see it on air at the end of March! Now I am working on Big Brothers card. His birthday is also at the end of March :)

Update 3/27/2013
Well, Little Brothers barn card didn't make it on the Sunny Side Up Show, but we were very excited to see Big Brothers birthday card on TV this morning! I made him a Superhero/ Super Sproutlet card. Here is what it looked like and here is the video of Sean and Chica reading it!








Here is the card I submitted for little brother last year





Tuesday, February 12, 2013

Candy Bar Card


Need a last minute Valentine's Day idea for your honey? How about a candy bar card! I remember doing these when I was younger. There are so many different candy bars you could include in your note and this doesn't necessarily have to be for Valentine's Day. You could make one for graduation, Father's Day, Birthdays or many other occasions! If you Google "Candy Bar Card" you will see lots of different ideas :) I especially love THIS ONE.

My boys had fun helping me raid the candy bar aisle at Walgreens. We also picked up a piece of white poster board and a black sharpie pen. The candy is stuck on using packing tape. That is all you need!

I wanted it to start by saying "To my Big Hunk" but I couldn't find a Big Hunk candy bar :( And I was going to end it with "I hope you find this card funny, love always your Bit-O-Honey" but I couldn't find a Bit-O-Honey bar either.

Some other ideas would be:

"Our life is a Symphony" (using chocolate Symphony bar)
"There are many Riesens why I love you" (using Riesen candies)
"I love you Now and Later" (using Now and Laters)
"There is no one on Earth, Mars or in the Milky Way that is better than you!" (using Mars and Milky Way bars)
"Your a Life Saver" (using Life Saver candies)

Feel free to list some of your ideas in the comments!



Monday, February 11, 2013

Crochet Carrot Pouch Pattern



With Easter around the corner, I thought it would be fun to make a little crochet carrot pouch that you could fill with a special treat! This would also make a cute prop accessory for those of you who are making my crochet bunny hat and diaper cover set :)

Materials:
- Worsted weight yarn in orange and green (I used Loops & Threads Impeccable for the orange part and Vanna's Choice in Fern for the green. www.LionBrand.com)
- Size J Hook
- Tapestry Needle

Abbreviations:
Magic Ring - Tutorial HERE
Sl St = Slip Stitch
SC = Single Crochet
HDC = Half Double Crochet
DC = Double Crochet
Ch = Chain
SC decrease = Single Crochet Decrease

Crochet Carrot Pouch Pattern:

Magic ring, chain 1 in ring, 4 SC in magic ring
You will work in continues rounds (do not join each round). Use a stitch marker if needed.
Round 2: 2 SC in first stitch, SC in next, repeat around (6 SC)
Round 3: SC in each stitch around (6 SC)
Round 4: 2 SC in first stitch, SC in next 2, repeat around (8 SC)
Round 5: SC in each stitch around (8 SC)
Round 6: 2 SC in first stitch, SC in next, repeat around (12 SC)
Round 7: SC in each stitch around (12 SC)
Round 8: 2 SC in first stitch, SC in next 2, repeat around (16 SC)
Round 9-19: SC in each stitch around (16 SC)
Round 20: SC decrease, SC in next 6, repeat around
Round 21: SC in each stitch around (14 SC)
Change color to green
Round 22: SC in each stitch around around, join to first SC, chain 2 (14 SC) 
You will now be joining each round
Round 23: DC in each stitch around, join to first DC, chain 1 (14 DC)
Round 24-25: SC in each stitch around, join, chain 2 (14 SC)
Round 26: DC in first stitch, HDC in next, SC in next, Sl St in next, SC in next, HDC in next, repeat around. (At the end you will SC at the bottom of the chain 2 and fasten off since you won't be able to make the last slip stitch).
Weave in all ends.

Fill carrot with a treat. I used orange jelly beans but you could put in goldfish, gummy bears or anything you'd like! I recommend packaging food items in a plastic bag first.

Thread green ribbon or a couple strands of yarn between the DC stitches in round 23. Tie tightly in a bow!


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Thursday, February 7, 2013

DIY Fishing Game with Felt Fish


I've been meaning to make this little game for my boys for awhile. They love to pretend to fish and I've even seen big brother use pieces of scrap paper as his fish. It was time to make him a proper fishing set! I wanted to make this fun and simple for little brother too. I tried use a variety of colors and labeled each fish with a number so we could practice easy counting and color recognition.

Here are the materials I used:


- 8.5x11 Felt sheets in a variety of colors (Found at Michaels or any craft store)
- Round Magnets like these ones: Craft and Hobby Ceramic Disk Disc Magnets 3/8 Inch Diameter (15)  
- Fish template (see link below)
- Round Dowels from CraftProjectIdeas.com
- Wiggly Eyes from CraftProjectIdeas.com
- Small amount of twine or string
- Hot glue gun
- Scissors

Here is the template I made for the fish. Cut a heart for the mouth. The numbers I cut out freehand.




1. Use the template to cut out your fish shapes from the felt. Be sure to cut out two body pieces.
2. Hot glue the fins to the inside of the body portion and the number and tail fin to the top piece.
3. Hot glue the top body and bottom body together. Be sure to put a magnet in the middle.
4. Attach one end of string to dowel and tie the other end to a magnet.
5. Use a blue piece of felt or washcloth as your pond and go fishing!




I would ask big brother to fish for them in order from 1-5 or backwards from 5-1. and then I would ask little brother to find a specific number or color. For instance "find the green fish with the #2."

They both had fun hanging out around the fishing hole this morning... right up until their fishing rods got tangled and big brother decided he wanted the game all to himself. Never a dull moment in this house :)

*Items from CraftProjecIdeas.com were given to me for free. CraftProjectIdeas.com is dedicated to kids' arts and crafts projects for preschool children to tweens. Products featured on their site are all available in the Kids' Crafts aisle at popular retailers.

Wednesday, February 6, 2013

Crochet Ladybug Applique



This sweet little ladybug would make a great appliqué for a hat and a cute embellishment on a headband, but could also become a pin, magnet and more! Whatever you make with it, it is perfect for your love bug!

Crochet Ladybug Appliqué

Materials:
- Size F crochet hook
- Red worsted weight yarn
- Black worsted weight yarn
- 6 small black buttons for wings
- 2 small white buttons for eyes
- Tapestry needle

Abbreviations:
ch = chain
SC = single crochet
DC = double crochet

Ladybug should measure approximately 3x3 inches.

Wings (make 2):
Magic ring, 8 DC in magic ring. Do not join, ch 2, turn
Row 2: 2 DC in each stitch, pull magic ring tight. You should now have a half circle. (16 DC)
Sew buttons on wings.

Head:
Magic ring,8 DC in magic ring. Do not join, ch 1, turn.
Row 2: 2 SC in each stitch, pull magic ring tight. (16 SC)

Body:
Magic ring, 12 DC in ring, join to first DC, chain 2
Round 2: 2 DC in each stitch around, join, fasten off, weave in ends. (24 DC)

Sew head and body together. Then sew wings on so they are slightly spread apart onto the body portion.






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Monday, February 4, 2013

Crochet-Along with One Dog Woof

I am excited to be helping out with a Crochet-Along that my friend and fellow crocheter ChiWei of One Dog Woof  put together! What is a Crochet-Along you ask? Well, this is a chance for all you crocheters AND those of you who have always wanted to learn how to crochet, to follow along, step-by-step, from the start to finish, on a beginner crochet project. There will be tutorials on basic stitches and we will be here to help you with any questions you may have along the way. The first order of business is to vote on the crochet project that we will be working on. To do this, head over to One Dog Woof blog (www.1dogwoof.com) and vote on one of 8 projects that you would like to complete. She has laid out the basic schedule for the Crochet-Along as well. I hope to see many of you take part in this! And at the end there will be a winner and prizes for the 3 best projects!!


 

Happy Crocheting!!