Friday Favorites–Shark Week

So, sharks.  I can’t say it’s likely I’d be talking about them right now if there weren’t a popular television channel that has been dedicating an entire week to them, but here we are.  There are some great crafts and DIYs on the subject, but personally, they freak me out a little.  Thankfully, I’m not likely to ever come face to face with one of these toothy guys, because I am completely incapable of swimming.  Not even to save myself from a shark.

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Some of the footage shown throughout the week might be a little too much for some of the little ones.  Okay, maybe some of us *ahem* not-so-little-ones too.  Let them play along anyway with this shark memory game from Molly Moo.

Shark Matching Game by Molly Moo Crafts

This Shark Fin Shirt from Dollar Store Crafts is just the kind of thing my son would have found hilarious at that age.

Shark Fin Shirt by Dollar Store Crafts

This Shark Bag from Small and Friendly reminds me of a cartoon that was on when I was a kid.

Shark Bag by Small Friendly

What could be more perfect than a Shark Hoodie Towel, like this one from Just Crafty Enough, for hanging out at the beach?

Shark Hoodie Towel from Just Crafty Enough

I’m not sure how I’d cope with these guys looking up at me, but if you’re intrigued you can find the crochet pattern at stacie71’s Etsy shop.  She also has a few made up for those of us who are crochet-challenged.

Shark Slipper Socks Crochet Pattern from stacie71 on Etsy

Rather have the shark eat your head than your feet?  Check out this Shark Attack Hat from pie popper on Instructables.

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You can also go all in with this Shark Costume from Create Craft Love.

Shark Costume by Create Craft Love

Okay, even I have to admit this Shark Pencil Case from Patchwork Posse is pretty adorable.

Shark Pencil Case by Patchwork Posse

And this Watermelon Shark from Spoonful is pretty amazing.

Watermelon Shark by Spoonful

But I think it’s this Shark Trick-or-Treat Bag from Stitched by Crystal that’s finally lured me into shark infested waters.

Shark Trick or Treat Bag by Stitched by Crystal

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Star Wars Hair Clips or Shoe Toppers

As you probably know by now, every couple of months I write an article for Undercover Tourist’s blog.  If you’re not familiar with them, Undercover Tourist sells tickets for Disney World and other amusement parks at a better rate than you’re likely to find anywhere else.  They also like to share Disney crafts with their readers, which is where I come in.

With Star Wars weekends coming up in the park, and my not-so-secret happiness that Disney and Star Wars are a thing, my craft had to have the Force behind it.  Like my Yoda bag from last year, I wanted it to be something wearable that a fan could take to the park.  I also decided there should be options to make these appeal to both boys and girls.  Or men and women – I don’t judge.  I’d wear these in a heartbeat.

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These are made in such a way that they can slide onto a headband or hair clip –

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Or they can be slipped onto a shoe lace to show your Padawan pride.

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Take a trip over to Undercover Tourist to see the full instructions and download the pattern.  May the force be with you!

Friday Favorites–Now I Know my ABCs

I love typography.  I can spend half the day just looking at fonts.  There are words and letters as décor throughout my house, and not even as much as I would like.  There’s something beautiful and powerful about the written word.  But in order to get there, we have to start by teaching the basics to the kidlets.  Fortunately, there are SO many creative ways to do that.

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I want to print and assemble this entire set of letters from Digitprop.  I don’t know what I would do with them after that, but they’re so cute it just doesn’t matter.

Alphabet from Digitprop

Since we’re on the subject of paper letters, how about this 3D version from Mr. Printables?

3D Alphabet Templates from Mr Printables

Refrigerator magnet letters are traditional, but that doesn’t mean they have to be day-glow plastic.  Try these Alphabet Magnets from Neon Fresh instead.

Alphabet Fridge Magnets from Neon Fresh

I’m finding myself drawn to embroidery lately, so I had to include these Flowered Monogram patterns from Needle ‘N Thread.

Floral Monogram from Needle N Thread

Turn learning the alphabet into a game with this ABC Bingo from Seven Thirty Three.

ABC Preschool Bingo from 733 Blog

With teacher appreciation events coming up, this Crayon Monogram from Chic & Cheap Nursery is a great idea for the classroom.

Crayon Monogram from Chic Cheap Nursery

These Fabric Letters from Little Things Bring Smiles start out with just a few supplies from the craft store.

Fabric Letters from Little Things Bring Smiles

This Alphabet Match from Coffee Cups and Crayons would be a fun activity for the little ones.

ABC Match Busy Bag from Coffee Cups and Crayons

Hands on is always a great way to learn, so encourage those little alphabet newbies with these Felt Stuffed Letters from Buggy and Buddy.

Felt Stuffed Toy Letters from Buggy and Buddy

When I set out to write this, I wanted to include some alphabet cookies.  Not the kind cut from cookie cutters, but some made by making dough snakes and forming those into letters.  Thanks to The Bucket Woman and her Alphabet Cookies for coming through for me.

Book Review: Happy Homemade Sew Chic Kids

I’m going to start this off with full disclosure.  Tuttle Publishing contacted me and asked if I would review some of their sewing books here on my blog.  Having flipped through a couple of them in the past, I was happy to do so.  The books were given to me by Tuttle, but the opinions here are completely my own.

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I’m starting off this week with the first title that caught my attention, Happy Homemade: Sew Chic Kids by Ruriko Yamada.  Put a cute kid on the cover and that’s all the marketing strategy you need for me.  Three of them, wearing my current favorite color palette, and I’m all in.  Fortunately, the rest of the book didn’t disappoint either.

If a beginning sewer were to pick up this book and flip through it, they might assume it was for a more intermediate skill level.  The sheer amount of information and diagrams could be intimidating at first glance.  But that’s exactly why this book would be great for anyone.  The sections on basic tools, needles and thread and sewing machine tips bring a newbie up to speed on what they need to know to get started, then the explanations on how to deal with the pattern pieces and fabric bring it home.  My advice is to read it through before deciding whether it fits into your skill level.

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The book starts out with some basic information on sizing, then dives right into the simple, clean photos of each garment.  I’m not just saying this – I love every single project.  I kept deciding on a favorite, then turning the page to find another.  I did finally narrow it down to four.

This sweet little dress could be made in so many fabrics and worn with leggings, with a top underneath or all by itself.

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This top is really my absolute favorite thing in the whole book.  There’s just something so fun about it.

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The author didn’t forget about the boys either.  I remember when my son was small it was always tough to find things to make for him.  These shorts are simple but easy to customize.

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This shirt is classic, and yet just a little different with the stand-up collar.

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There are 20 projects included in this book.  Needless to say, in order to provide full-sized patterns for each one they needed to be printed in such a way that they would all fit in one envelope.  That means they are overlapped and printed on both sides, so you need to plan on tracing all of the pieces.  If you’ve ever tried to use one size from a multi-size pattern, you know that’s probably going to make your life easier in the end anyway.  You also need to add a seam allowance, which is easy enough since you’re already tracing and is detailed in the book.  The one thing I found odd was that the suggested seam allowance was 3/8”.  I’ve always been told to use 5/8” with garments, but since you’re adding it yourself you can do whatever is comfortable for you.

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I’ll admit, I was a bit puzzled when I read the instructions for the first project.  Steps 2 and 4 are on the page, but no others.  It wasn’t until I spotted the guide telling me make it according to the instructions on another project, substituting the two steps, that it all made sense.  Rather than repeat they just redirect.  Again, it cuts down on what would otherwise be an enormous book.  There are handy flip-outs on the inside of the front and back covers to help keep your place when you need to go back and forth.

The layouts for cutting the pattern pieces are very clear and the diagrams for how to complete each step are very helpful.  Like my cookbooks, I want my sewing books to have lots of pictures.

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Overall, I really love this book.  The garments fit kids sizes 2 through 8, and I don’t currently have anyone to sew for that fits that demographic.  However, all of the projects are so simple and classic, I feel like it’s a book I can pull off the shelf a few years from now and none of it will be outdated. 

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Next week I’ll be reviewing Happy Homemade: Sew Chic by Yoshiko Tsukiori.  Have you sewn with any of the Happy Homemade books?

Friday Favorites–Meet the Muppets

After working on my Kermit bookmark earlier in the week, I’ve been having flashbacks to the Muppet Show.  I remember when it premiered.  I had spent my young years watching Sesame Street, and then it was as if someone had recognized I was not a little kid anymore and made a grown-up version of my show.  Yep, I was quite sophisticated for a seven-year-old.

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There are no instructions for these Muppet Show Cookies at 1 Fine Cookie, but if you’re talented with one of those frosting-squisher-outer-thingies you could probably pull these off.

The Muppet Show Cookies from 1 Fine Cookie

If you’re a knitter, you might want to give these Jim Henson Muppet Charts from Robin Barnhill on Ravelry a spin.

Jim Henson Muppet Charts on Ravelry

There is some debate about whether the creatures from Sesame Street are technically Muppets.  I’m not here to debate.  Jim Henson was a genius, no matter which camp you’re in and I will be referring to all his creations as Muppets today.  That said, I just love this Yip Yip Alien from WikiHow.

Yip Yip Alien from Wikihow

The best thing about these Sesame Street Hats from Girl in Air is that they’re available not only in kid sizes, but adult as well.

Sesame Street Hats from Girl in Air

Can you imagine a more fun way to hold your glasses than a Muppet?  Check out these Muppet Glasses Holders from djonesgirl on Craftster.

Muppet Glasses Holder from djonesgirl on Craftster

Did you see the Muppet commercial during the Super Bowl?  You can print your own Muppet-jacked car from Spoonful.

Muppet Car from Spoonful

With a little shrink paper you can have your own Muppet charm bracelet.  You can find the template on Disney Family.

Muppet Charms from Disney Family

For a quick, easy Muppet fix, try these Muppet Hand Puppets from Spoonful.

Muppet Hand Puppets from Spoonful

Who hasn’t wished at some point they could be a Muppet?  Rad Megan shows you how you can be Kermit for a day.

Kermit from Rad Megan

You guys, you can design and buy your own Muppet!  They’re called Muppet Whatnot Puppets, and they run just under $100 from Fao Schwarz.  So tempting…

The Muppet Whatnot Workshop at Fao Schwarz

Are you going to see the new Muppet movie tonight?

Kermit the Frog Magnetic Bookmark

I just finished booking a family trip to Disneyland for the fall, so I’m definitely in a Disney mood.  With that and the new Muppet movie coming out this week, it seemed like the perfect time to create a craft around my favorite little frog:  Kermit.

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This bookmark is made from cardstock and has magnets on the inside so it can hold your place in any book.  For the full instructions and pattern, come visit me over at Undercover Tourist!

Disney Princess Printable Valentine Cards

It’s been several years since my kids were the age to hand out Valentines to all their friends at school.  I actually remember when it ended.  I was sad I’d lost the excuse to go pick out cute, themed little cards.  Yeah, I could say it was about the kids, but lets be honest – it was fun for me too.  And here’s the proof I never really got over it .

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Now, at first glance you may be asking yourself what these are.  It started with Disney princess skirts.  Does that help?  And just in case you’re a little stumped on the who’s-who:

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These are simply print, cut and fold, but I glued on a few embellishments and liked those too.

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You can find the printable to download and more tips on how I made these over at Undercover Tourist today!

Friday Favorites–Super Bowl

I have a confession to make.  I only watch the Super Bowl for the commercials.  We usually play board games while the football part is happening.  I’ve been known to choose which team I’m rooting for by the color of their uniforms.  This year, though, I’m going with Seattle.  Not because I know anything about them as a team, but because I like Seattle, the city.  I haven’t visited Denver yet, but I’m sure it’s a great place as well.  I know I just made some of you football fan grit your teeth, so how about some Super Bowl crafts and recipes to make up for it?

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One of the most important parts of any Super Bowl party is the food.  These Pizza Bites from Somewhat Simple would be a great addition to the buffet.

Pizza Bites from Somewhat Simple

Right up there with the food are the beverages.  This Super Bowl Dessert Cocktail from She Knows is such a great decoration it would almost be a shame to drink it.  Almost.

Super Bowl Dessert Cocktail from She Knows

To protect your furniture and make those drinks look even better, whip up these Burlap Football Coasters from Snap.

Football Coasters from Snap

If you have little ones who might have an even shorter attention span for football than I do, let them play along with these Football Player Peg Dolls from Boy, Oh Boy, Oh Boy.

Football Peg Dolls from Boy Oh Boy Oh Boy

I love pickles, so I think this Dill Pickle Dip from Foodie with Family would be a perfect Super Bowl addition.  In fact, if you use low fat or fat free cream cheese, it’s also a pretty healthy one.  Don’t tell anyone.

Dill Pickle Dip from Foodie with Family

Thanks to the chalk-on-green on this Football Field Serving Tray from 504 Main, it could transition right into St. Patrick’s Day after the big game.

DIY Football Field Tray from 504 Main

You’ve got to have some sweets, so my vote is for these Football Macarons from Creative Juice.  They taste like Snickers.  Mmmmm.

Football Macarons from Creative Juice

There are plenty of snacks and utensils that need to be stored on Super Bowl Sunday, so you’ll need a few of these Football and Field Party Cans from Mom on Timeout.

Football and Field Party Cans from Mom on Timeout

Show your team spirit with these Sports Jersey Beverage Holders from Positively Splendid.

I seriously want a pair of these Kids Fan Fingers from Every Day is a Crafting Day.  I guess I’ll have to find out what color Seattle wears.

Fan Fingers from Every Day is a Crafting Day

Good luck to your favorite team (or your favorite commercials)!

Friday Favorites–DIY Gifts for Kids

As I’ve mentioned before, technically I have no kids left in my house.  If I keep saying it over and over again, eventually I might believe it.  Now that my last one turned 18, there’s nothing but adults around here, but I still enjoy browsing fun kid projects.  The day will come again when I get to make things for little ones, but by then I’ll have so many ideas saved up that I’ll never be able to finish them all.  Crafter problems, right?

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This set of Old MacDonald Puppets from Just Another Day in Paradise is adorable, and if you look at each individually they look like they’re pretty easy to make.

Old MacDonald Puppets from Just Another Day in Paradise

A Lego Puzzle Book like this one from Kids Activities Blog would be a great gift for a variety of ages, just vary the difficulty based on the recipient.  I want one.

Lego Puzzle Book by Kids Activities Blog

There are all kinds out outfits and accessories to make for dolls, but this Mermaid Tail from Lil Blue Boo is something I’ve never seen before. 

Mermaid Tail for a Doll by Lil Blue Boo

If you have a future chef on your shopping list, this Apron and Chef Hat from Making it Fun is a perfect gift.  Imagine all the fabric combining possibilities.

Kids' Apron and Chef Hat from Making It Fun

What kid wouldn’t love this Magnetic Me Doll from Creative Juice?  For even more fun, add in some friends and family member dolls.

Magnetic Me Doll from Get Creative Juice

Shopping is boring, especially when you’re small and cart-bound.  Liven things up with this Kids Shopping Book from She Wears Flowers.

Kids' Shopping Book by She Wears Flowers

To really get a feel for how cute and tiny The Penny Coat from Shwin and Shwin is, click through to see it on a little bitty person.

The Penny Coat from Shwin and Shwin

I love the idea of this memory game from The Purl Bee.  All you need are a bunch of fabric scraps.  Not exactly hard to come by.  I could make about a million of these.

Memory Game from The Purl Bee

All the kids on your list might not be small, but there are some great ideas out there for the older crowd too, like these Bias Tape Shoelaces from Clothworks.

Bias Tape Shoelaces from Clothworks

This Acoustic Guitar Bag from Bored and Crafty would work all the way up into the teens and even beyond.

DIY Acoustic Guitar Bag from Bored and Crafty

If none of these work for you, there’s always the classic pajama bottoms – for every age, gender, color preference and climate.  Just ask my not-kid kids.

Friday Favorites–Halloween Costumes

One of these years, I’m either going to host a Halloween party or find one to attend, just so I can wear a costume.  I’ve had an excuse to dress up exactly twice in all the years I’ve been married and I’m feeling way overdue.  I’m not sure what kind of costume it will be, but it will definitely involve a cape.  I mean seriously, how many excuses do you get in life to wear a cape?

Halloween Costumes

If you have any doubts about the awesomeness of a cape, check out this Little Red Riding Hood Tutu Costume from TrinitysTutus on Etsy.

TrinitysTutus on Etsy

I just watched my first-ever episode of Dr. Who a couple of weeks ago.  How have I been missing this?  I don’t even know where to begin to catch up, but I’ll be figuring it out.  I can’t believe I didn’t understand the importance of this Tardis Costume from Southern Fried Northern Chic.

Southern Fried Northern Chic

One of those two costumes I mentioned I’ve worn was a witch, but my cape wasn’t nearly as fancy as this No-Sew Halloween Spiderweb Cape from Delia Creates.

Delia Creates

This Giggly-Wiggly Octopus Costume shown on Costume Works is so cute, easy to make, and shouldn’t cost much.  Perfect!

Costume Works

I love a Halloween costume that can be used for something after the holiday is over.  These Princess Play Aprons from Gluesticks certainly fit the bill.


While we’re on the subject, check out these Princess Peasant Dresses from UCreate.  For extra fun, watch the video in the post.  I’ve watched it three times and can’t stop laughing.


This couples costume made to look like stick people from Team Ibrahim is funny, but that little stick baby just takes it up a notch.

Team Ibrahim

This great Airplane Costume from Oh Happy Day is actually much easier than it looks, but you’ve got to find the hat and goggles.

Oh Happy Day

There’s something I really love about the feathers on this Peacock Tutu from The Train to Crazy.

The Train to Crazy

Since we’ve already gone to the birds (wha-wha), I’ll show you this cute-but-easy Last Minute Kids Owl Costume from Alpha Mom.

Alpha Mom

When is the last time you dressed up for Halloween?