• Gifts to make

    Thoughtful Gifts for Teachers or Any Dog Lover

    Gifts should be chosen or made with the recipient in mind. Personally, I would rather receive a small item the giver has put a lot of thought into over a more expensive one-size-fits-all generic gift.  I feel the same way about giving gifts. Teachers put a lot of thought into helping students grow and develop, so I like to put a lot of thought into a teacher gift.  I personally know quite a few teachers that are dog lovers as well, so this idea is perfect for them. I confess, I made these for my own dogs, but they would definitely make great gifts for a teacher or a friend…

  • Crafts with Kids

    Doug & Melissa No Sew Quilt for Kids

    My daughter doesn’t spend much time playing with any of the thousands of toys she has accumulated over the past six years.  She likes making crafts though.  This Doug & Melissa no-sew quilt was the perfect project for her. She received this Melissa & Doug No-Sew kit for Christmas. A similar one is available on Amazon. Now, this was not an afternoon project.  We worked on this blanket for several weeks a little at a time (and this one is much smaller than the one I linked to on Amazon).  The kit comes with instructions for making several different designs.  My daughter decided on the Northern Lights pattern. After I…

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    Easy Easter Craft to Make with Kids

    Easy Crafts using Cricut Design Space I always keep a generous supply of colored cardstock on hand for those boredom emergencies such as Spring Break.  My daughter actually got tired of endless hours of Spongebob and begged to make a craft.  Cricut Design Space to the rescue!  It’s easy to make simple cut files using just the shapes included with Design Space.  I’ll show you how I made a bunny using mostly circles and a couple of harts. I started by inserting four circles.  When the shape is selected (like the white oval in the picture) click on the lock symbol on the lower left corner.  This unlocks the shape…

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    How to Make Bottle Cap Necklaces

      Bottle Cap Necklaces are a Fun and Easy Craft Bottle cap necklaces are a fun favor for a little girl’s birthday party.  My six-year-old helped me make these for her party this year. You can make this a simple project by using stickers for the pictures and epoxy clear stickers for the top.  For this project, I wanted my daughter to be able to help, so I kept it as simple as possible.  I used round stickers that came with her Disney Princess party invitations.  I just used my I” punch to ensure the image fit nicely into the bottle cap. I had the ribbon necklaces left over from…