Bama Pillow and How to Quilt with Old Clothes!

Roll Tide Roll! I thought it would be fitting to post this on the night of another National Championship game for ‘Bama! Whether we win or loose, Roll Tide Roll!

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My mom moved recently and as we were cleaning the house ot put it on the market, we came across this old sweatshirt from the 1985 50th Iron Bowl. She wasn’t ready to let it go, so we decided to make it new again! And she just happened to leave this houndstooth fabric at my house on one of her visits!

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So we’ve got some fabric, an old sweatshirt (this works with t-shirts too) and some featherweight fusible interfacing.

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Iron on the interfacing and it then cut it down to the right size. The interfacing gives the sweatshirt or t-shirt a stability that knit doesn’t have on it’s own. It makes it much easier to sew without distortion.

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Then I pieced the top and quilted in the the shape of a football! After I was loving along, I realized my football started to tilt and got off. So don’t look too closely at that detail…

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Then I started to wonder, what’s the big deal about this 50th Iron Bowl anyway…. Just in case you aren’t from the South and don’t know what the Iron Bowl is… It’s the biggest state rivalry there is! Well, that is coming from a ‘Bama fan, anyway! It is the biggest anticipated game in the state of Alabama between Alabama and Auburn. And this particular game in 1985, seems to have been an awesome game!

‘Imagine how lucky you’d be to get introduced to the greatest rivalry in the country at the height of its unparalleled powers.

Alf Van Hoose, longtime Birmingham News sports editor, called it “Legion Field’s greatest game,” and no one would know better.

Alabama 25, Auburn 23 on Nov. 30, 1985, will always be the greatest Iron Bowl to me. It was two heavyweight champions taking the other’s best punch and refusing to stay down, getting up and punching back until the Crimson Tide landed the final, crushing blow at the bell of the 15th and final round.’

-from Kevin Scarbinsky, My First Iron Bowl

The article lays it all out and is a fun read!

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The pillow was supposed to be a Christmas gift, and it was, just a little late! But just in time to help cheer them on tonight!

Rice Crispy Turkeys

We like to make turkeys out of food around here! First (and my favorite) we made the Salad Spinner Turkeys….

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And now we made them out of Rice Crispy Treats!

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These are a silly little project we did! I kinda laugh every time I look at them, actually! I had the idea, but in my head they weren’t quite so silly looking! But I think the silly works for a rice crispy turkey, huh?

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You need rice crispy treats, red tic tacs, chocolate chips and candy corn!

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They are super simple to make! A bit sticky, but easy. Make a rice crispy ball and then stick the candy corn tail feathers in. I had to keep squeezing the ball while I inserted the candy corn, just to help keep the tail feathers in tight.

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Now make a smaller ball and add the chocolate chips and the red tic tac beak.

Then put them together! You do have to kinda squeeze and squish the two together keeping the round shape. Or, in hindsight, I would probably add a toothpick to hold the head on the body. It works without, too!

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And I hate to say it, but… These silly little guys taste good too! Do you have a favorite Thanksgiving craft?

 

 

Pinterest Try Tuesday- Ghost Night Lights

This Pinterest Try is super easy and I don’t think anyone could turn this one into a fail! These little ghosts are adorable.

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This project I saw on the Family Chic website! I love her projects! They are usually those wonderfully simple projects that you see and think to yourself, How did I not think of that?? But she does! I’ve ‘pinned’ quite a few things from her blog. I saw these ghosts and ‘pinned’ again!

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Easy Peasy! You just need stuffing, balloons, tea lights and a sharpie. Cut off the end of the balloon, stuff it, then stuff in the tea light. I then trimmed the balloon down again on the bottom. Lastly we made thier faces! The kiddo thinks these are just adorable!

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I think they are adorable even when they aren’t lit up! I can’t tell if the originals from Family Chic are bigger than mine or not. These are only about 2 inches tall. Which adds to the ‘cute’ factor!

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5 little ghosts all in a row!

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I’m not sure what you can do with them, except as fun little night lights. I guess if you had enough, you could line a walkway with them. That would be awesome, but you’d need A LOT! Or maybe just a little ambiance at the dinner table!

 

Pinterest Try Tuesday (kinda) Bobble Head Ghosts

So this is kinda a pinterest try, but it’s an old fashioned kinda pinterest! I saw this in a magazine and tore out the page months ago… Remember doing that way back before Pinterest??? And I’ve held on to this project from the Family Fun Magazine since I think this past Easter!

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But as you can see, it’s not an Easter project! I took their Easter project and turned it into a Halloween project!

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The original project was for bobble head chicks. But, nope, not chicks here! Cute little ghosts in our house!

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Using the directions they had in the magazine, you just need sculpey,  some wire and glass beads. I used the sculpey and the wire, but I added a few extra materials. I also included a meat thermometer and glass top quilting pins!

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Why a meat thermometer you ask? To wind the wire around, of course! A pencil was too thick, so I went looking for something else and the meat thermometer was the perfect diameter!  First off you shape your head and body of the ghosts. Then wind your wire. I used about 2 inches of wire. You’ll want to keep the ends straight to push into the head and body. Then put the three pieces together, the head, the wire and the body. I also used the thermometer to shape the bottom.

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On this little guy I used some quilting pins with glass heads for the eyes and mouths. I cut the pins short and stuck them in!

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The wire needs to be heavy enough to hold up the head, but thin enough to wobble! In this picture I’m trying to show you that his head actually bobbles! Not an easy thing to take a picture of!

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Ok, so my first try wasn’t exactly a fail, but it wasn’t a real win either! I tried to make them with soft clay and perler beads…. I couldn’t get a smooth finish with the soft clay. I could make it larger, but not smooth… I also used pretty thick wire and didn’t get the bobble action. Then I started to make the eyes in the sculpey with the perler beads but realized they’d melt! That would have been bad!

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I’m pretty happy with them! I didn’t actually make these with the kiddo, but he was pretty excited about them after he saw them. So now I’m out to get more sculpey!

Pinterest Try Tuesday- Eraser Dot Halloween Shirts DIY

I am so excited that it’s October! And that means Halloween!! We love Halloween around here! AND… It’s been a while since I did my Pinterest Try Tuesday projects. So this month we’re doing Halloween themed Pinterest Tries. Starting with the eraser dot tshirts.

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Have you seen these around? WAY back, before my blogging days, I had a baby shower for a friend and I used erasers and paint to make the invitations and envelopes and all sorts of things. So when I saw these bat shirts, I knew I had to make some with the kiddo! Looking more into Cutesy Crafts, where my ‘pin’ originated, it appears she does these for every season! Be sure to check out her page! This would also make cute tote bags, too!

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This pinterest try was a real win! It’s quick and easy. Doesn’t require many materials. Fun!

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So you start with a freezer paper stencil. Since I got an orange shirt, my son said it had to be a pumpkin! So a pumpkin we made! We actually picked pieces for the pumpkin from online then put it together in photoshop to be exactly how he wanted it!

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Then you just need fabric paint and a pencil or two.

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Here’s how easy it is. Dip the pencil eraser in the paint and then on the shirt! Let it dry and remove the freezer paper!

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What design would you make? I was also thinking of a ghost in glow in the dark paint! Yep!

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The kiddo really like it. He was quite curious why we didn’t just use a paintbrush, though. But once we started he got into it! It got worn to school today and the plan is to wear it on Halloween FOR SURE! At least before trick or treating anyway!

 

Sew Ready to Play 2015 Recap!

Wow! What a great way to celebrate 5 years of Sew Ready to Play!! A huge thank you to everyone that participated in, what I think is, a super fun sewing series!
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It’s been so fun seeing what everyone came up with and what your favorite games are! In case you missed a day, here’s a recap of all the great tutorials!
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Thanks again everyone!!!!

Pinterest Try Tuesdays (or Wednesday..)- Homemade Sand Art

Well, I guess it’s Pinterest Try Wednesday this week! And sorry I missed last week’s Pinterest Try Tuesday!

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This week we tried to make Homemade Sand for a Sand Art project! Did you make these as kids? I loved making sand art! When my son decided to have an art party birthday party this year, I knew we had to make sand art, but he had no idea what I was talking about.

I just happened to have a little sand art kit from the Dollar Tree that I had been holding onto for a Stocking stuffer. So I pulled that out and he fell in love too! Yea! I knew he’d love it!

So this week’s Try isn’t from one particular blog pinned to Pinterest. I read a bunch of How-To’s here and there. I need to make ALOT, so I decided I didn’t want to try the using food coloring and drying it out. I wanted more instant results.

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There are a lot of tutorials out there that say to use sand and sidewalk chalk.

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Well, I got what looks like sand and sidewalk chalk…. Not the colored sand look I was going for…

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But most tutorials online seem to think that grating the sidewalk chalk into salt is the best idea. So we did that! The results were actually pretty good! I grated it using the fine side of the grater. And the day we did it, it looked great.

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After it sat while you can see the two different textures between the salt and the ground sidewalk chalk.

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You can see how after a few days the salt/chalk starts to separate a bit.

I even found a box of 52 pieces of chalk for 4 bucks! I was ready to go with it! I was ready to grind a bunch of chalk with salt for hours on end to prepare for the birthday party activity. But in the end, we’re buying colored sand for the sand art birthday party activity!

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The bought sand is, of course, easier. But it’s brighter and the right texture for the project!

The homemade sand would be perfect on a day were the kiddos are bored, you have bottles, sidewalk chalk and salt! You whip some up and there you go!

Pinterest Try Tuesday- Super Balls…

We were very sad… Today I present another installment of Pinterest Try Tuesday, but this week we have a Pinterest Fail… Sad….

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This week we decided to make super balls. Which I think are the plastic balls that bounce. We weren’t completely sure, but we decided to try it anyway.

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We followed the tutorial from Making Memories with Your Kids. Check out the original tutorial for the details (because you don’t want to follow mine if it’s super balls you are looking for!!) Her’s look amazing! Ours…. Not so much!

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The tutorial calls for glue, food coloring, borax, cornstarch and water. All the materials we had at home, so luckily this was a free one for us!

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We seemed to follow the directions correctly. First we mixed the glue and food coloring.

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Then we mixed the cornstarch, borax and water.

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And we mixed the two concoctions together. Still following the directions to a tee!

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We pulled out our goo. Looks pretty much exactly like Making Memories goo….

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Then we started to roll them into a ball. And we rolled. And we rolled some more. But they never really changed into a ball. Now if you are looking for a way to make brains for your halloween party… This would be great prop! It even felt kinda like brains. Or how I imagine brains to feel like, since I’ve never actually rolled brains around in my hands….

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So we called this a fail and cleaned up the mess!

I saw this done on another blog, following the same tutorial, and it worked for them. I have no idea what I am doing wrong. I want to give it another try, but I’m on my own. The kiddo is done with it. For a little boy that loves making art, he does not like to get very gooey! If I have better luck next time, I’ll let you know!

Have you ever tried this? Did it work? If you see I did something wrong, please let me know!

 

 

 

Pinterest Try Tuesday- Handmade Geodes

This week I gave the boys a choice. We skimmed through my pinterest board, Fun For the Kids, and they decided to try the Handmade Geodes!

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The original tutorial for this project is from the Dollar Store Crafts blog. And it’s a pretty good tutorial! We followed it pretty closely on the first round, but had to make some alterations for the second round!

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It’s a great and easy project! It only takes a few minutes to get it set up. Then the waiting and the watching begins! We made one batch and another friend wanted to try, so we made batch two!

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I had all the materials except for the Borax. We used regular pipe cleaners, but supposedly it works with metallic pipe cleaners even better. I also got nervous about using our drinking glasses for the Borax mixture, so I used plastic cups. If you use plastic cups, make sure it’s a pretty heavy plastic, because you will be pouring boiling water into them! Then you’ll also need some sort of string, I used clear thread, skewers, wash clothes and boiling water.

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To start, we tied the thread around the ppe cleaner and then balled up the pipe cleaners. The boys had way too much fun with this! Although our friend did wonder why we were doing this outside with my white background and why I was taking soooo many pictures!

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This is the parent step! Boil water. Once it’s boiling add the borax. The original directions called for about 3 tablespoons per cup of water. I recommend about 5 tablespoons of borax per cup of water! Then pour the water into the cups to cover the pipe cleaner balls.

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Cover and wait! In about 5 hours they will start to crystal. But we left overnight. Some we left even longer than that!

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We ended up with more crystals on the cup than on our geode, but the second batch with the extra Borax totally helped getting more crystallization!

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Our favorite geode is the very rare donut geode!

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The blue and the green are the best. The results of the 5 tablespoons to one cup batch!

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This is the result from batch one, 3 tablespoons to 1 cup. Not a very good coverage of crystals….

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They look good from one side. But the other???? Well…. Not so much….

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I don’t know about you, but we’re having a great time with this little Tuesday series! It’s been fun seeing if these projects really work (I’ve seen those Pinterest Fail photos!)! I wonder what we’ll do for next week??? hmmmm….

If you have a project you want us to try, let me know!

Pinterest Try Tuesday- Balloon Balls

I’m starting a new thing! Pinterest Try Tuesday! You might have already figured it out…. My goal is to try a new ‘pin’ each week. I don’t know about you, but I ‘pin’ a lot of things. Then I never look at most of them again. Wellll…. I pinned them for a reason, and typically that reason is that I want to try to make it.

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So I’m going through my ‘pins’ and picking one to try each week. Then on Tuesday, I’ll let you know how they turn out! I thought for the summer that I’d start with ‘pins’ for the kiddos! And we decided to start with these cool balloon balls! The link associated with the pin is now gone….

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You can google sensory balls for other people’s how to’s, but I went on memory.

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We decided to try it with both playdoh as a filler and rice as a filler! To give it a try you’ll need either/or rice and play dough, balloons (two different sizes is key), and a funnel.

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First, the play dough ones! For these I cut the balloons first!

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Then load them with play dough. I’d recommend dollar store play dough, instead of the more expensive ‘real’ stuff. Or you can make it yourself! Then stuff the stuffed balloon into another empty balloon. You can keep adding more balloons if you’d like!

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And for the rice ones… These take more patience! Put the balloon around the funnel. Getting the rice through the funnel can be frustrating! It does pour in as quickly as we thought it would. I almost lost my helper during this step! You just have to take it slow and pour small amounts of rice at once!

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Then tie it off and trim the end. And again, now you stuff the full one into an empty one.

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KEY! The key for the balloons, at least for us, was to have two sizes of balloons. Fill the larger one and then wrap it with the smaller one to get the really cool looking tight fit.

RESULTS:

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The results make for one happy kiddo! And if your kiddo juggles, I bet they would be even happier with these! We’ve had fun with them! If you are looking for a bouncy ball, this is not it!

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The rice one…. It doesn’t squeeze down quite as much. It’s lighter than the play dough one. It keeps it’s round shape better than the play dough version. He likes it.

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The play dough version… Despite his expression, this is his favorite! It makes for a really cool squeeze! More like the stress balls that you can find in stores.

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But, it doesn’t keep the round shape. You have to work it back into a round ball….

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All in all, I’m glad we finally made these!

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And I’m pretty sure this guy is too! I say it’s a YES pinterest project!

You can follow me on pinterest! And this project was in my Fun For the Kids pinterest board!

 

 

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