Saturday, March 30, 2013

My Horde of Minion Bunnies and Some Eggs Gone Bad

So Easter time is upon us.  I've always love the joy Easter.  It seems to mark the true beginning of spring.

This year my neighbor's parents graciously invited us to join them for Easter dinner and an egg hunt for the kiddos.  Altogether, there's going to be about 8 little ones (under 4), so the egg hunt should be quite entertaining.

I thought it would be fun to make a little something for each little one.  My first inspiration came from a blog called The Red Kitchen.  Click here for the link to the adorable little funny finger puppet she made called Benny Bunny.  I decided to make them little stuffies instead of puppets and added googly eyes because they make me giggle (not to mention it's just fun to say googly.  Googly googly goolgy!).  The boy bunnies got bow ties and the girl bunnies got hair bows :)

I also cheated and used hot glue on the eyes, noses, and bows.  Just didn't feel like screwing around with all those teeny pieces.  They're just big enough to fit into a plastic egg.  Pretty stinkin' cute if I do say so myself!

Now on to the egg dying flop I had.  I saw this thing on Pinterest (and so begins the story of every great crafty flop), but the directions were really vague.  Like, really vague.  But here was the general idea...

Spray a bunch of shaving cream in to a pan, mix in some food coloring.  Roll the hard boiled eggs in it and let the shaving cream sit on them for about 5 minutes.  Wipe off the extra, rinse, and wha-lah!

So I invited my neighbor and her little girl over to give it a shot.  Here little girl, H, just turned 2 and my boy will be 2 next month.  Here's a shot of cream ready to go:

Rowan immediately stuck his hand in and squished it around.  But when he pulled it out and realized the cream was still on it, he panicked.  "Towel!  Sink!"  And that was the end of that for him.  

H was very happy to gently place the eggs in to the cream, so long as it didn't touch her fingers.  

So it was up to me to dive in and get messy!  Here's the eggs covered and ready:

And yep, there's one in there that's broken.  Actually, three of them got broke.  I just thought we were doing good to have no one eat the eggs or the cream!

Later I washed them off, but only to find this:

Yep.  That's it.  Not very exciting.  & since so many of them got cracked by little excited eggs, I decided we'd better not eat them.  Eating shaving cream might not be much of a good idea.

So Rowan won't have any real eggs to hunt for this year.  There's always next year!

One last fun Easter thing, today I finished making dessert for tomorrow:  Carrot cake whoopee pies!!!!  I found the recipe from a friend last year who got it here on the Jello website.  Sorry there's no picture, but apparently I can't figure out how to embed pins now that Pinterest has updated.  Poopers.  I'll get to work on that!

Hoppy Easter everyone!  Hope your eggs turned out better than mine ;)

Sunday, March 24, 2013

Robot hand & Felt Food

So here's two projects I've been working on:

The first is next page in my Star Wars quiet book.

It's a little robot mitten hand for little people to slip their hands into :)  My husband donated some wire and I chopped up an old cell phone for the real robot bits.

This page marks a big turning point in this project.  From here on out, the pages will be my own design.  I already have the next one underway and it's super cute so far.  I plan on making 3 more to add a bit more to the book.  

Just a hint for the next page, the title is "Rescue Han Solo from the carbonite".

My second project was a birthday present for my neighbor's little girl.

She just turned 2 and had gotten a little kitchen for Christmas.  Her mom was telling me how she didn't want to get wooden food because her daughter is a bit of a thrower, so I thought some felt food would be a good idea!

It was really fun to make and there so many neat ideas out there for food.  I didn't have a pattern.  Just looked at some pictures and gave it a go!  The egg was super easy, the bacon not to bad, but the toast took my two shots to get a decent one.  I think it would have looked better if I would have hand sewn it, but I really didn't want to mess with it.  My favorite part, though, is the jelly on the toast!

I'm considering selling the set on my Etsy store.  & possibly making some more in the future just because it was so much fun to do!  What do you think?

Friday, March 22, 2013

Pintastic Friday

Alrighty ladies and gents!  Here's this weeks Pinterest roundup!

Source: viaLisa on Pinterest

I made these last year, but apparently the recipe moved, so I had to repin it. They're super-duper yummy, but best served chilled :)

My family and I are going to an Easter get-together this year where there will be around 8 little (3 and under) kids and I thought it might be fun to make a small something to give each one as a little present. How fun would this finger puppet be hidden inside an egg?

For those of you who don't know, I also bellydance. (I used to be really deep in it, but it's currently been a bit sidelined.) I've also recently started watching the original Star Trek series. I've seen all the movies, but never the TV show. I ran across this pic posted by another bellydancer and it said something like "So this is how you'd make a Star Trek bellydance costume." Brilliant!

Don't forget that you can follow me on Pinterest here and see all the other fun, random things I find throughout the week!

Sunday, March 17, 2013

Just in Time for St. Patty's Day!

Just in the nick of time, I finished up the little characters for my seasonal tree.  

This time I got them done without incident.  Have I told the story of how I almost lost a finger because of super glue?  It's a good one!

I discovered that I have to use some really strong magnets to get the characters to adhere to the board.  The problem with that is that when I'd peel the characters off the board, the magnets stayed stuck!  I tried all kinds of glue, but finally decided to give super glue a shot, since nothing else seemed to work.  Now, I read the directions:  Avoid direct contact with skin.  If this occurs, wash immediately.  Yeah yeah, yeah.  So as I'm gluing on magnets, of course I get a little on my fingers.  I think to myself, "I'll just finish up then I'll wash my hands".  As I'm working, I start to think, "Gee, my finger kinda hurts".  But I keep going.  Pretty soon I'm thinking, "Ow.  My finger really hurts".  So I decide that maybe I'd better wash my hands.  I wash and wash, and by the time I'm done, my finger still hurts and there's a big red spot.  & my finger hurt and had a red spot for about 3 days!

Moral of the story:  If you get super glue on your finger, wash it off immediately!

Tuesday, March 12, 2013

Stars Wars & A Walk Down Memory Lane

I recently completed the next page in my Star Wars Quiet Book.

I'm not totally satisfied with how the fighters turned out, but not enough so to redo them.  I also would rather have done the blasts in thicker thread.  But it'll do!

While I was talking with some mommy friends the other night, I realized that not everyone was blessed to grow up with homemade quiet books.  Some people *gasp* don't know what they are!  So I decided to post some pictures of the ones my grandma made for me when I was a child.  I've got 3, my brother has at least 3, and who knows how many my cousins have!  My grandma was a busy lady.

Here's the covers of the 3 I have.  One is an alphabet one, one is numbers, and one is fine motor skills.  Basically, quiet books are soft, fabric books that encourage learning and fine motor skills while not making noise.  Great for public outings like church!

The super, insanely tiny and perfect embroidery.  Each page in this book is that awesome.

The number book is farm themed.

Here's a few of the fun pages from the third book.  This one has an airplane with a turnable propeller and flowers than can be buttoned on and off.

The clown face and the clothes on the line are all attached with velcro.

The lady bug is one of my favorites.  You unzip it and can take out the babies.  & you can tie the bow on the kitty.

When I'm done with the Star Wars book, I'm hoping to create a couple of my own.  Maybe pirates, and Wizard of Oz and a princess one.  The goal is to not just make them, but to sell the patterns in my Etsy store.

Why am I going to sell patterns and not the actual quiet books you might ask?  Because I doubt anyone could afford them!  While they're relatively simple to make, they are super-dooper time consuming.  Just a rough estimate, but on this Star Wars book, I'll have put in easily over 30 hours of hand stitching. 30 hours people.  So let's say I charge $10/hour.  That's $300 right now.  Not including supplies.  Hence why my plan is sell detailed instructions and patterns so anybody can make their own!

What kind of quiet book would you like to see?

Friday, March 8, 2013

Pintastic Friday!

Here's another round of fun things I've found this week!  Enjoy!

Maybe Rowan needs one of these in his Easter basket?

& how fun would this be for the little person in your life? Heck, I'd wear it!

This one definitely needs to be saved. I can think of some future projects that might need a little squeaker...

Source: via Lisa on Pinterest

As an avid Pat the Bunny fan, I think I may need to get this for the hubs :P

Friday, March 1, 2013

Pintastic Friday

Okay seriously, how did it get to be Friday already?  This week went by in a whoosh!

Here's this week's roundup of Pinterst faves:

I love this chandelier.  I have no idea where I would put one, but I love it.

This is called Bunny Bait.  I think it would be fun to make & put inside some plastic eggs for the Easter morning hunt.  Yum!

& this one is for when your husband asks you what the heck Pinterest is and why you're always on it :)