A Perler Bead Easter Card (printable)

Not long ago, the kiddo picked out this huge bag of perler beads at Goodwill. And a few other things… I told him he had to pick one thing, so he picked the Hulk gloves and put the perler beads back…. Then I put the perler beads back in the cart. A huge bag of Easter colored and another bag of neon? For less than 3 bucks? How can you pass that up?

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I knew there was an Easter project in there somewhere! Yep, it turned into a Easter egg card!

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We ended up making a bunch of Easter eggs and a bunny.

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Here’s a close up in case you want to make your own. We used a square template for the eggs.

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And the bunny! I used a hexagon template for the bunny.

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Then we made the cards. You can print the card here. It’s a three page PDF. You have to print the front. Then flip over your paper and print page 2. The third page is the address labels. The inside says, ‘Hope you’re having an Eggcelent Day!’ Somehow I didn’t take a picture…

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Trace your egg.

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Draw a real egg shape.

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Cut out the egg.

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Poke holes on the inside. I used two, then switched to one. Either way, string the egg, then through the holes (or hole) and lastly, tie the knot!

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Hang your egg. I used a bit of double sided tape to keep the egg from flopping around in transit.

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Sign, label, and mail!

Have you played with perler beads in a while? I love them! Maybe even more than the kiddo…

 

 

The Eared Earflap Hat! a tutorial

Bringing another tutorial home today! Things are crazy here! I’ve missed sharing with you this week! I’ll be back to normal soon, I hope! But while I’m doing too much at once, why don’t you make a fun hat!!

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It’s a quick one that you can do with some larger fleece scraps you might have around the house! All you need is two pieces of fleece (or you could use just one color too) and cutting tools! And you can download the pattern here.

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Step 2: Cut out the pieces. You’ll need 2 of each color/print for the main pieces and the little ears. And a 3 inch strip about 15″ long (you’ll trim this later, so it doesn’t need to be exact!)

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Step 3: Cut the slit in the outside fabric. You can do it on the inside pieces, but I’ve found with fleece that it doesn’t really need the darts on the inside.

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Step 4: Make your ears. Sew the ears together and then turn right side out.

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Step 5: Place the ears in the hat.

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Step 6: Sew it together! First sew the ear slit closed. Then sew the middle 3″ slit between the two side pieces. And sew the middle strip and side pieces of the inside pieces together too.

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Step 7: Trim the excess of the middle piece off. I trim it in a slight curve between the two sides.

Step 8: Put the inside and outside together, one inside the other, with right sides facing.

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Step 9: Sew along the side edge. You do need to leave a hole, about 2 inches.

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Step 10: Optional, but you can trim the curved pieces. With fleece it’s not quite as critical, but if you were sewing it with a different fabric, this really helps to get the fabric to lay flat. Since the fleece kinda stretches around, it’s not as critical.

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Step 11: Pull through the hole.

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Step 12: Hand sew the hole.

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And you’ve got a hat! Pretty easy! It would also be fun to recycle a sweater for this project!

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And what about in green?? Do you see it? A frog hat? hehehe!

A Crazy Crown Tutorial with Sculpey

Not long ago I received the opportunity to receive some fun Sculpey projects if I will make something with them. Um…. Trust me, this family can make things with just about anything and clay was a super hit!  Sculpey-Main-ImFeelinCrafty

The day the mail came was such a surprise!

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I hadn’t told my son that we were getting the package. And it turns out that they had been making things with clay st school and he had just asked Dad for clay to have at home! And viola… Sculpey Clay appears at our house!

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We got right to work! We’ve made quite a few creatures since we’ve had the clay, but these are the creatures we made the first night. Unfortunately, I’m not writing a tutorial on making creatures, because I’ve still got a lot to learn on that subject. Most of these guys have brown sense we made them!! Oops! I know there is a trick….. But we haven’t figured it out yet! The two end creatures are the kiddos, mine’s the blue one and Dad made the penguin!

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So since we haven’t mastered figures, wanna make a crazy crown with me???

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Basically, I used the clay, the Sculpey tools, a glass, wax paper and some elastic!

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The little glass I have was the perfect size for me. It might have been a little big for the kiddo, but it worked! I wrapped the glass in the wax paper.

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Then we got to work rolling out the stripes. You kinda knead the clay for a while, then roll it into a worm and then flatten.

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Wrap the clay around the glass. And repeat for however many layers you want to do.

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I was pretty into moving along, while my partner was more into chatting and singing and movin’ like a turtle and sculpting with his feet in his Hulk costume!

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And roll it out! One thing I did learn with my creatures is that the clay needs to be worked together, not just pushed together! You might be saying, how did she not know that??? Remember, sewing is more my thing than clay… Don’t get me wrong, I’m loving the clay, I just don’t know as much about it!!!

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And emblish! I used the carving tool for the points, a rolling stamp for the texture and the fun little cookie cutter like pieces for the sea stars.

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The tricky part…. Removing the glass is easy, but removing the wax paper is a bit trickier! The clay will stick to the wax paper, but just move slowly and pull it away to retain the shape of the crown!

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Poke holes in the side. I poked two on each side. Then bake per directions!

 

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Thread your elastic through the holes. I used a 33″ piece of elastic. I ran it through two holes on each side, just to give it a bit more stability on the noggin’.

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And viola! The Crazy Crown! The kiddo also made a rolled clay crown. We love our crowns! Which one is your favorite?

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What a fun time! We’ve really had some great family crafting with this project! And I know we’ll have more! What would you make if you got a box full of Sculpey fun???

 

I have been compensated with either payment or product for this post. All opinions are my own, honest opinions!

 

 

A Super Simple (reusable) Sandwich Sack Tutorial

Or you could just call it a Lunch bag, or a snack sack, a baggie… Gotta come up with something catchy for a title you know!

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At our house we try to use as little throw away stuff as possible. Our recycling bin fills up much faster than the trash can. A while back the city was talking about stopping trash every week and only coming every other week like they currently do with our recycling. Which would be fine with me, if the recycling would be picked up every week!  So if anyone out there can make that happen at my house, I owe ya! Anyway…

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For my son’s lunch I don’t think I’ve ever used disposable packaging in his lunch. My husband has been using those plastic baggies that I hate. He does recycle them a few times before they get thrown away. And he’s starting to move over to my boxes… I use a bunch of plastic boxes. Which sometimes make getting the kiddos lunch into his lunch box a big puzzle. So bags are my answer!

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First you need to gather your materials. I’ve been wanting to make these for ages, but have been hesitant because I couldn’t find the right material to use. You can search for articles about food safe materials all over the place, but I finally decided to go with the Eco-PUL from Diaper Sewing Supplies. The reason is that is solvent-free, environmentally friendly, releases no volatile organics, machine washable and is food safe! Cool.

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So here’s how I made my sacks, or bags, or pouches! First, obviously, you need to cut them down to size. For the sandwich size, I cut a piece 8 inches by 16 inches. I ordered the Diaper Cut Pack to get more colors. So I cut two sandwich sized bags, then divided the rest into smaller snack sized bags. I got about 6 bags per piece of Eco-PUL.

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Secondly, I used a plate to round off the top. Trim.

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With the pieces right sides together, sew around the edge. I used a 1/4 inch seam allowance. And don’t forget to leave a hole! Trim the corners.

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Turn the bag right side out. And then I ironed the seams, but use a low heat and iron on the fabric side, not the PUL side!

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Sew on the Velcro. Yep, had to make a Star Wars bag!

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Topstitch. First topstitch across the top. Next, fold over the bag, start at one corner and top stitch all the way around to the other corner!

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And before you know it, you’ll have a bunch of bags!

My husband and son are already asking for more!

Have you made sandwich bags before??

A Quilted Pouch Tutorial

I’m obsessively sewing on a quilt, so I’m using today to bring home another project I made for Go To Sew!

I recently made this pouch as a pouch for pinking shears. Then the other day I bought a pencil box for my son. As we were walking out of the store, I was struck by a moment of confusion…. Um, why did I just buy that when I could make one, super fast and for the same price (if not less, since this only uses scraps)???? No clue! I just kept on walking….

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So not only can this be a pinking shears pouch, but it can be an eyeglass case, a marker pouch, a credit card holder, a cash holder…. Basically anything you want to hold…. Ok, maybe not ANYTHING, like it probably wouldn’t work for a puppy. You’d need something else for that. But small things, this will work!

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Ready? It’s simple!

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Materials:

Scraps!

a small piece of batting

Cutting devices

Thread

Snap (or you could use buttons or magnets)

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Step 1: Sew the scraps together. But, before you can start sewing you need to determine the size you need! For my pinking shears I decided that the pouch needed to by 11 inches wide. That’s about 5 ” for the front and back, plus your seam allowances. Then the shears are about 10 inches tall, so the pouch needed to be 20″ plus the flap, which I made 5″. So for this pouch I needed a pieced piece 11″ x 25″. Once you figure the size you need, just start sewing those scraps together!

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Step 2: Trim your piece to the exactly dimensions that you need.

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Step 3: Fold the piece in half.

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Step 4: Sew together one end, right sides together. It’s hard to see in this picture, but I really did sew the end together there along the line I drew! Then turn it back, wrong sides together.

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Step 5: Trim the batting to the same length and width of your folded piece.

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Step 6: Insert the batting between the folded pieces.

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Step 7: Quilt the pieces together!

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Step 8: Cut the binding. 2.5 inches by the perimeter of your pouch. Mine was 5.5 + 10 + 5 + 5.5 + 10 + 5 = 41 inches, plus extra.

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Step 9. Fold over the pouch so that the sewn end is the exposed end under the flap. Sew on the binding.

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Step 10: Add the snap.

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Step 11: Add the pinking shears! You’re done!

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What would you use your for???

Spiderman, Spiderman, Spidey wears a Hat on his Head!

I realized that there are a couple of Christmas presents I never showed ya! And since we’re on the subject of Super Hero’s again (did you see the Batman tee), how about a Spiderman Hat?

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Ok, this is not one of my best projects… Since it doesn’t fit very well… But the fun is still there! And that’s what matters, right?

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So I was wandering around Target, waiting on my husband to look at tee shirts, and I saw this plain old red hat on sale. Yeah, it was an adult size, btu it was on sale! And it was plain! How often can you find plain hats for kids? They always seem to have something on them! Anyway… I threw the hat in the cart and away we went!

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So for about 3 bucks and ten minutes, we have a Spiderman Hat!

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I used his doll as inspiration and cut out two Spidey eyes from a bit of white fleece.

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THen using a super tight zigzag stitch, I appliqued the eyes on. I’m not an applique expert by any means (so don’t look too closely!).

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And viola! A Spidey hat that you can wear sideways…

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and backwards…

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Have you made a project that you aren’t in love with, but the person you made it for does???

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It’s a Kid! In a T-shirt! No! It’s a Super Hero! In a Cape!

Does this look familiar? This is a tutorial I did for Go To Sew and I’m bringing it home today!

Every time we go to the Gap outlet my son begs for one of those t-shirts with the capes Velcro-ed to the back. And it’s not just the Gap, they have them other places too. It doesn’t matter where he sees them, but he BEGS for one wherever we are. And I always same the same thing, ‘I can make that for a lot less than 30 bucks!’ We’re kinda like a broken record. Please, I can make that, Please, I can make that, Please… Get the idea?

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So I finally sat down and made him one and he wore it all over town!

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OK, this is super simple and can be done with old t-shirts you have around the house! My son decided he wanted Bat Man with a black t-shirt and yellow symbol and blue cape. Honestly, I didn’t know Bat Man’s cape was actually blue. Yes, my then 4 four-year old son convinced me that he knew what he was talking about. I think he loved saying, ‘See, I told you so!’ when we googled images of Bat Man online!

This tutorial is a two part-er. First we did a freezer paper stencil and then we made the cape.

Materials:

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A blank t-shirt, color corresponding to your super hero of choice.

Fabric for the cape. About a 1/2 yard, or another adult t-shirt.

Freezer Paper

Your Super Hero Icon

Fabric Paint

Spongy Paint brush

Xacto Knife

Paper for making a pattern.

Velcro

Part 1: The Freezer Paper Stencil. I’m going to go over this quick, since it’s easy and I’ve already done a tutorials here

Step 1: Cut your image out of the freezer paper.

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Step 2: Iron it on the shirt with the shiny side down (touching the t-shirt)

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Step 3: Paint! Mine took a few (or more) coats of paint.

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Step 4: Remove the freezer paper!

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Part 2: Make the cape!

Step 1: Make the pattern. Trace the neck and shoulders. The cape will sit up along the neck of the shirt, so we want this shape along the top. Then you decide the length and width! The t-shirts I ‘knocked off’ keep the cape the same length as the t-shirt. We decided to make ours about 3 inches longer. And about 5 inches wider than the back of the shirt.  After a few patterns, I ended up going straight from the shoulder to the edge of the shirt. As in no curves!

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Step 2: Cut the cape.

Step 3: Hem each side of the cape.

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Step 4: Cut your Velcro. I just happened to have color coordinated Velcro! How cool is that??? You don’t need it, but they do have all sorts of colored Velcro out there! Can you tell how excited I was when I found the blue? I already had the black. Ok, OK, OK! Back to the superheroes! Cut your Velcro in 1 1/2″ pieces. Position the Velcro and sew it on both the t-shirt and the cape.

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Step 5: Turn your kid into a Super Hero! Or you, if it’s for you!

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So remember how I said I knew I could do it for less than 30 bucks? Well, the t-shirt was 4, the paint was 1 and the blue Velcro was 1 and I had everything else on hand. So it ended up being 6 bucks! Oh, yeah!

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Which Super Hero would you be??

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The ‘Eared’ Earflap Hat Tutorial at Go To Sew!

For the last year, typically every second Friday you can find me over at Go To Sew with a fun and typically pretty quick and easy tutorial! This month I was way behind with the whole holiday thing and Project Run and Play starting up! So here I am with my Go To Sew tutorial, just a tad bit late this month!

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If you are following along this season of Project Run and Play, this hat might look familiar… It’s my ‘Eared’ Earflap hat for the kiddos! It made a more ‘fluffy’ apearance in my Project Run and Play Arctic Wolf Outfit!

It’s a quick one that you can do with some larger fleece scraps you might have around the house! Be sure to head over to Go To Sew for the tutorial!

 

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The Arctic Fox Stencil

It’s the last day to vote and I still need support! So please don’t forget to Vote (for me (hint hint)) now (please), click here! I’m still in last place and still kinda depressed about it… Trying to stay optimistic! If you haven’t voted for me, please do! In case you missed it, you can read about the whole outfit here.

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Today I’m sharing my stencil! It’s not an easy one! Well, it’s not that it’s not easy, it’s just a lot of detailed cutting. You need a sharp exacto blade! Start with a new one, for sure!

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So you’ll need to print the stencil, which you can download here (and vote while it’s downloading!). Then cut it onto the freezer paper. Cut out the white triangles. You can follow the Freezer Paper Stencil Tutorial here for how to use the freezer paper.

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I’m thinking I want to blow it up huge and make a quilt. A quilt with just this face! What do you think??? I think it would be cool! hmmm….

Happy New Year!

I hope yall all had a wonderful New Years Eve! We have a tradition of always going to Tacoma’s zoo and seeing the zoolights, so that’s what we did! Do you have a favorite NYE tradition???

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I thought I’d welcome in 2014 with a look back at my favorite projects from 2013! I’ve been reading a lot of other blogs and it seems like I’m not the only one that gets into a mood thinking that I didn’t create too much… But once you sit and look at your whole blog from the past year, I’m reminded that I made A LOT! Yeah!

And my favorites are….

The crazy colorful outfit the kiddo and I made in January for the Project Run and Play Sew Along.

The I Love You Jacket I made for the kiddo in February.

The Super Hero Cape t-shirt tutorial (you’ll see a superhero theme throughout this year!) I made for the kiddo and Go To Sew in March!

One of my all time favorite projects was the Fox Skirt in April (for my friend April’s daughter!).

The wonky star quilt I made, with the help of my Nurture Circle, in May.

The low volume, ‘Lone Star’ pillowcase I made for a swap partner in June.

The little overalls I designed for a friend’s son adoption in July.

I really loved how this needle book turned out that I made for another swap in August.

The Flash costume in September! I didn’t blog about it until October, but technically I made it in September….

And the Hulk Costume in October!

The kiddo and I really loved our melted bead necklaces we made in November.

And last but not least, I loved our Jack and Jill pj’s I made in December!

What was your favorite project that you made last year??? Or do you have a favorite that I made? I’d love to hear about it!!

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