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Dachshund Plushie

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Another addition to my little plush collection. I say collection now because I hope to continue to try different animals. Also, I had made the owl for my daughter, so I had to make something for my boy as well. Dash was a bit of a challenge, but my little man is worth it.

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Hello, Owl-y.

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Hello, Everyone! It has certainly been too long since my last post. I’ve been a busy bee! A good friend of mine has a love of owls. She has this really cute painting in her son’s room of one. And I’ve since learned that she’s collected a few more and plans on having one in every room in her house. Her love inspired me to do a stuffed owl, since my daughter also loves them. She has a pair of Target jammies and insisted on wearing the shirt all day. “Mom, I LOVE owls! Don’t you know?” she says. I began my search for something that might give me an idea of how to go about it, so naturally I checked etsy. Absolutely love etsy! Of course, this is why I’m not doing a tutorial. I really just looked at the photo and tried to recreate it, because I thought it was SO adorable.

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Flower Headband Tutorial

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Here is the promised tutorial on the flower I created before! I’m really excited about how this one came out. It was a lot of fun! Instead of putting this on a clip, I decided to make a headband out of it to go with a cute little dress my daughter e! 

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Jadyn Makes: Purse

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Last night Lan woke at 2am…yikes. Usually when he does this I rock him a bit and meditate. This particular time I was a bit down because the previous day was filled with procrastination and too much tv. Come on you know you’ve been there. It’s a constant struggle to not waste my day and my kids’ day with tv, computers, iphone, ipad, blah blah blah. So, my meditative efforts were focused in this area of my life, and I was hoping for a little insight on ways to improve here. In the dark, eyes closed…I saw Jadyn sewing. Don’t know if everyone experiences things this way, but I certainly see things with my minds eye. A quick flash of vivid colors, almost electric, arranged to show a perfect image that is either unusual or enlightening. I interpreted this particular image as both unusual and enlightening at first. It had never occurred to me to teach her to sew. Being 3, she can really learn just about anything I’d be willing to spend the time showing her. I’ve always been a bit of an overly nervous parent. It will take me all of 3 seconds to visualize how teaching a 3 year old to sew could go wrong. Everything from a finger prick to the baby swallowing a needle dropped on the floor. I know…CRAZY. Nevertheless, I decided on it being a great idea and managed silencing the “crazies”.

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Homemade Play-dough

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My 3 year old Jadyn had gotten a really fun Play-doh set for Christmas. It had scissors, a sprinkle maker, cookie press, and we also got her a set of cookie cutters to go along with it. Well she loved and played with it so much that it didn’t take long for the Play-doh to dry out. I really got tired of needing to remind her that it was too dry and she would only play with it for a few minutes before she’d be uninterested. So I pulled out my homemade recipe this morning. Homemade play-dough is so easy to make and even if you only bake occasionally, you should have everything you need on hand. By the way, don’t tell a toddler you’re going to make play-dough the night before. Better yet, don’t tell them about anything fun unless you are going to do it right then. You will hear about it until the event takes place!

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Delicate Flower Clip

Silk Flower Blue

Silk Flower Blue

I’ve seen quite a few tutorials on these flowers and had to try it. They are relatively easy. When I have a bit more time, I’ll sit down and do a photo tutorial. This one is made from some silk I had in my big box of  “Never got to that” projects. And I used some seed beads from a discarded necklace my friend Laura gave me. First I made a stencil from an old cereal box by free-handing some flowers of various sizes. Using those as a guide, I cut out the fabric layers and carefully burned the edges with a tea candle. If you use silk, satin, or even organza, the fabric will naturally get a curling effect when near the flame. I stacked the layers on top of each other and stitched the layers together in the center. Then you can add a cluster of beads, a button, or a single larger bead. I’m going to add some felt backing and an alligator clip to this one for a cute hair clip. You could add felt and a pin to make it an embellishment for anything…shirt, purse, headband, or a hat.

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