Saturday, October 25, 2014

Halloween 2x4 craft

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With Halloween being next Friday I thought I would finally get around to a Halloween post!
Back at the beginning of October I thought to myself, 'I don't want to start decorating now, it's way too early'...and then the month snuck by without me even knowing! Oops.
I know I'm not the only one this has happened to...right? :)
Anyways, back to our craft.
A couple of weeks ago there were some guys finishing the basement in the house next to ours. I had come home from picking my son up from school and I noticed a huge pile of 2x4 and plywood scraps lying on the driveway.
I went to the basement window and called down to the workers to see what their plans were for the wood. They told me it was all to be thrown away, but if I wanted to I could take any of it.
I ran to the other few homes on our street and told the other moms about our awesome opportunity, you should have seen us, we were like vultures buzzing around picking out what we wanted. We all had our kids loading up their arms with little piles of wood, and ideas were racing through my mind of what we would should make.
This is our first project.
We looked through our stash and picked out some pieces that we thought would work.
We started out by painting our base piece a charcoal grey color.
We just used acrylic craft paint that you can get at Wal-mart for .50 a bottle.
Of course my son got to help with all of the painting :).
We painted all of the solid colors first,
and once they were dry we added the details.
I lightly drew the details with a pencil first so I could see how it would look finished, and then I painted.
My oldest son is going to be a vampire this year for Halloween, so I made this block specifically with him in mind.
He loved it :)
I debated if I should round out the grave stone block, but I ended up just leaving it.
I like the way it turned out.
The blocks have just been placed on the base piece, they are not screwed in.
I wanted to keep it that way for when we put the decorations away, I feel like they will store better if they are separate pieces.

Wednesday, October 22, 2014

Priority Chef Garlic Press Review

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I have a review for you that I am super excited about!
This is a garlic press from Priority Chef.
And it is my new best friend :)
 I don't know how I have been cooking for so long and have never had one of these, I love it!
I haven't ever minded mincing garlic with a knife, but I can never get the pieces small enough, well this press sure takes care of that for me.
Just place the whole clove in the press, 
 give it a good squeeze,
 and there you have it, minced garlic!
My son loved this part :)
I am not a big fan of using a lot of dishes when I cook, but since this press easily rinses out and is dishwasher safe, I now use it every time I need to mince garlic.
Priority Chef has provided a $5 off code for all of my readers, so make sure to pick one up for yourself, check it out Garlic press on Amazon and use coupon code DK123YFT.

I received one or more of the products mentioned above for free using Regardless, I only recommend products or services I use personally and believe will be good for my readers.

Monday, October 13, 2014

Mickey Mouse Hooded Towel

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One of my sweet little nephews celebrated his first birthday not too long ago, and his birthday was Mickey Mouse Clubhouse themed.
My baby has a hooded towel, and I love that I can wrap him up all snug and warm after a bath, so that's what I wanted to make for my nephew.
At first I thought about making a cute animal towel, but as soon as I saw some black and red towels at the store one day I knew I wanted to try and make him a Mickey Mouse hooded towel to go along with his birthday theme.
I searched online for some ideas, but I wanted to make something different than what I had seen, so this is what I came up with.
To get an idea of the finished size here we have my 14 month old modeling for you.
(This towel also fit my almost 6 year old, it went down to his calf).
I started out with regular sized bath towels.
 Cut both of the towels in half, lengthwise.
 Pin the black towel and red towel together along the cut edge.
 Sew the towels together giving yourself about a 1/2" seam.
Open the towel up and you will have two small 'flaps'.
Take the 'flaps' and roll it under itself...if that makes sense, 
 and then sew along so you don't have any raw towel edges.
This will keep it from fraying,
 All sewn up!
 Cut out 2 oval shapes.
I had a leftover towel from when I made burp cloths, so I was able to use those scraps,
 I then ironed the ovals on to some Heat n' Bond, I thought it would be a good way to keep the edges from fraying,
 Place the ovals on the towel and pin them in place.
 Sew around the edges.
I used a zigzag stitch,
You could be done with the towel there and have it look like this, or you can continue on and add the hood.
For the hood, cut out a half circle. You will want to try and cut the hood so the straight part is the edge of the towel. It just gives it a nice clean edge.
The straight part is about 14" across and about 9" tall at the middle part.
You will then cut out another half circle that is 16" across and about 7" tall.
Fold the raw edge over and sew around the whole thing so you don't have any raw edges.
 Next, cut out the ears. It won't be a complete circle, you will leave a small part sticking out at the bottom that is straight. Cut out 4 pieces.
 Sew 2 pieces together and leave the bottom open.
Turn the ears inside out.
They should look something like this, and then repeat for the other ear.

 Place the hood pieces together and line up along the top.
Place the ears inside and line the straight part up with the edge of the hood pieces.

Pin it all together, and then sew around the whole thing.

 Turn it inside out and you have a hood!
 Then next step is to just attach the hood to the towel.
 and sew!
 And that's it!
 A hooded Mickey towel to keep you little one all snug and warm after a bath :)

Tuesday, October 7, 2014

Avengers Super Hero Capes

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Do you remember from my last post I mentioned that I had been designing and crafting?
Well, I am here now to show you what I was up to!
I had someone place an order for some super hero masks, and she then asked if I could do capes as well.
I have made capes in the past, but nothing like this.
 I told her I could make some, and I was so excited to come up with these templates!
Here are the symbols closer up so you can see them a little bit better.

I will show you a couple of step-by step pictures so you can see how it all came together.
I started by cutting a simple cape shape out of fabric.
The cape measured about 13" across at the shoulders and it was about 20" long from the neck.
Then fold under the edges and sew around the whole thing so there aren't any raw edges.
I sewed on velcro at the neck to make it easy for little ones to get on and off.
Print and cut out the template shapes and trace them on to the paper side of Heat n' Bond (I used the one in the red pack. The one you don't sew on).
Iron the Heat n' Bond (shiny side down) on to the fabric.

Then cut the shape out.

For the Hulk fist, before you print it out make sure you 'mirror' the image. I wanted the fist to face the other way, but I forgot it would be backwards.
Also, labeling the parts of the hand is helpful to make sure the fingers and everything are in the right spot.

For Hulk, Iron on the black circle first,
then iron on the pieces of the hand.

All complete!
For Captain America iron on the red circle first,
then the white ring,
the blue circle,
and finish off with the star.
For Thor iron on the white circle first,
then the black ring,
then the hammer pieces.
For Iron Man iron on the white circle first,
then the black chest blaster piece.

For the Captain America shield template click here.
For the Iron Man blaster template click here.
For the Hulk fist click here.
For Thor's hammer click here.
To check out the tutorial for the masks click here.
(The masks are not my design, there is a link in the post to the original post to download the free templates).
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