Glitter Snowflake Ornaments

Okay these turned out really nice considering they’re made from glue and glitter. I found this tutorial on pinterest, glanced over it and dove in. The problem with glancing is that I forgot the really important part about rubbing dish soap on the wax paper so the hot glue doesn’t stick to it. Oops! I ended up cutting the wax paper off and it was very time consuming because of all the edges but they still turned out great.
Just follow the directions in the link and yours will turn out, too. I just used school glue instead of mod podge and did an extra coat of glue on top of the glitter after it had dried because it was shedding everywhere. And I mean everywhere! I even found a piece of glitter on the inside of Madison’s soother, like inside the part she sucks on. How it got in there will forever be a mystery. Anyway, here’s some pictures:
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I want to make some with silver glitter yet but, I’m still cleaning up the glitter from making these last week. So if you’re willing to find glitter in the weirdest places, feel free to try making these snowflakes. And while you have the glitter out, make a few of these:
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It’s paper towel tubes cut in pieces, glued in the center and glittered the same way as the snowflakes. Easy peasy!

Fabric Ornaments

This is the first year we’re having a Christmas tree after being tree-less for over 9 years. We had a makeshift tree out of a plant stand and poinsettias when I worked at a greenhouse that grew poinsettias and I got them at a discount. But since Rachel was born we haven’t had anything but a few simple decorations. So when some friends moved across the country and gave their tree to us, I decided to come up with some unique ornaments.
I wanted it full but didn’t want to spend too much. I bought some ornaments and tinsel from dollarama along with some Styrofoam balls, glitter, ribbons and tulle. I got some dress maker pins from Wal-Mart and the rest was stuff I already had at home; like fabric, sequins, scrapbooking paper, paper towel tubes, more ribbons and some pine cones from the park.
Let’s start with the easy ones:
Wrap a Styrofoam ball in fabric, tie with a ribbon and trim the extra fabric. Add a ribbon for hanging with a pin or hot glue. You can pre-cut the fabric if you want, just cut circles about 4 times the diameter of the Styrofoam ball or wrap a ball, trim it and use it as a template. I used ice cream and margarine lids and traced around them. This is what mine looked like:

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The best part of these is you can use fabric with sentimental value like leftover fabric from wedding dresses and bridesmaid gowns. Or a favorite outfit that your baby outgrew. The star fabric was leftover from my son’s swaddling blanket and the white was from the sashes for our dresses from my brothers wedding. I’ll post more ornaments in a few days!

Taggie blanket

Okay. I know this has been done like a thousand times but, they all have unnecessary steps like topstitching and turning it inside out and close up the opening, blah blah.
Why not just start with something that already has finished edges, is made of cotton so it’s hypoallergenic, is pre-cut and it’s something you probably have if it’s your baby you’re making it for? What is this mysterious thing? Wait for it… a washcloth. That’s it. It comes in a rainbow of colors you have more than you need from your baby shower.
Start by pinning loops and straight pieces of ribbons to the back of a washcloth.

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Then sew them all on in one shot by sewing around the edge.

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Then pin another washcloth on top and sew around the edge again.

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Now your done. Wow! That was easy!

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Birthday Cake

Somehow home made cake tastes better than the pre-made cakes from the grocery store, even when you use a boxed cake mix. For this reason I make our kids’ birthday cakes. I usually rent a cake pan from bulk barn for $2 a day which is a great price. But if they don’t have your daughter’s favourite princess you have to resort to other methods.
I saw this technique on pinterest(again with the pinterest) but can’t find it now so I’m sorry for not giving you credit whoever came up with this. So if you want to make a cake like this:

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Follow these steps…first print off a coloring page of whatever character you’d like. The less details, the better. Then tape it to something flat like a smooth cutting board or a picture frame glass.

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Then tape a piece of parchment paper to the picture. You tape it so it doesn’t shift around when you trace it.

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Then with black icing, trace all the lines. Tip: use chocolate icing to make black because it doesn’t work really well with white. It just gets a weird purplish grey and uses a ton of icing coloring. That’s right, icing coloring. NOT food coloring! It thins the icing too much and you don’t get the vibrant colors as with the icing coloring. It’s a gel and comes in tiny little jars. Use a Wilton #2 or smaller tip for tracing.

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Now color it in with icing. Fill it in once and then go over the top once more. The layer of icing should be between half a centimeter to a centimeter thick. If it’s too thin it won’t come off the paper very well (I speak from experience here).

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I also iced a rectangle shape around the picture. It’s a more finished look and any oddly shaped edges are a bit more difficult to get off the paper. TIP! if you want a number on it somewhere write it in reverse or put it on when the cake is  done! (Again, experience). Now put it in the freezer overnight or till it’s hard and bake your cake while you wait. Then put a thin layer of icing on the cake just so the picture has something to stick to.

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Take the picture out of the freezer and remove it from the board. Then flip it onto the cake and carefully peel off the paper. Do this as quickly as possible because the icing warms up and it won’t come off the paper then.

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Notice how she’s looking the other way? Any numbers or letters will be backward unless you wrote them in reverse or print the picture out with the mirror image setting. Now ice the rest of the cake. I used a Wilton #1M for the chocolate stars and a #18 star for the pink.

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Add a number and some candles and a birthday girl and you’re done!

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Peg Board

Sure, you can buy one of these but, once again, it’s cheaper to make your own. All you need is a .75 inch thick piece of MDF(particle board) 18 inches wide and 4ft long.
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A big sheet of MDF is 4x8ft and costs between $11 and $15. Most places will cut it up for you for free. And you can make something else out of the leftovers. We put up shelves in our basement with this stuff and I had some pieces left and this was one of them. Buy some 5/8 inch and 3/8 inch dowels.I got 4 of each but I didn’t have enough. I should have gotten 1more 5/8 and 2 more 3/8. I saw some at Dollarama after I bought mine at the hardware store. Three dollars for a container of various widths and there’s enough in there to finish the board. Figure out the spacing for whatever you’re going to use it for and mark where to drill the holes. I’m using it for thread and ribbons so I have 3 rows of holes 3inches apart and 3 rows 2inches apart.
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Drill out the holes holding the drill as level as possible. You don’t want your pegs pointing every which way. Some of mine were a bit crooked. Make sure you use a drill bit that’s exactly the same width as the dowels.
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Cut the dowels to the length you need. I made the thicker dowels 5.5 inches long and the thinner ones 4 inches long. Remember the board is .75 inch thick so once you stick them in the holes they’ll be that much shorter. Tap them in with a hammer.
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Do this GENTLY!  Or you’ll get this…
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It broke off level with the board. If that happens just drill it out again. Once all the pegs are in place, get someone to help you mount it onto the wall. Make sure it’s attached to the studs cause it’s pretty heavy.
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Load it up and then you’re done. I didn’t think I had this much thread. I thought I’d have room for some of my scrapbooking things but I might have to make another one.

Portable High Chair

I always needed one of these with my kids when they were small. Not everyone you visit has a high chair and those that do use it for their own child. And some restaurants only have a few and if it’s a busy evening they might be taken. So quite often I ended up tying my kids to a chair with a kitchen towel, daddy’s belt, or my nursing wrap. Cause let’s face it, if you hold them in your lap you’re going to get food dumped on you and we always have a change of clothes for the baby but not ourselves. So we end up looking like the slob.
I found this tutorial on pinterest( yeah I finally figured out how to post a link without typing the entire URL) and I made some small changes to the measurements and didn’t use quilted fabric cause I wanted to save space in my diaper bag. Here goes…
Cut 1 piece of 2 different fabrics or 2 of the same fabric in these measurements; 6×36  18×10  4.25×3
These are inches. It should look like this
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Now with right sides together sew the smallest rectangles together on the long sides
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and turn right side out and sew a reinforcement stitch close to the edge. Now mark the middle of the other pieces and use the smallest rectangle as a guide to mark where it will go.
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Sew the other 2 rectangles together all the way around except between the marks. You can round or cut across the corners to give it a softer appearance.
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Cut the corners and turn right side out.
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Stick the smallest rectangle into the space you left and sew in place. I sewed 2 seams to reinforce it and sewed reinforcement stitch all around.
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You can see the dark thread. That’s what I mean by reinforcement stitch. Once the pieces are together sew 2 strips of Velcro 6 inches long onto the longest piece.
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Make sure the hook pieces are sewed on one side and the loops on the other.
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Now weave it through the slats of the chair
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Insert child and pull up the seat piece and then close the belt part.
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Ok this is my 3year-old so it’s almost too small for him but it’s for baby #3 that I made it. Also if the child is smaller you just fold down the seat piece.
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It folds up nicely so you can tuck it beside the change pad in your diaper bag.
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There you go! High chair problems solved. And if you want him a little higher just sit him on top of some sears catalogues or a box. Also if the restaurant only has those booster seats that don’t strap to the chair, this will help keep them in place.
Disclaimer: never leave child unattended. Always keep a close eye on them cause the Velcro may give way if they decide to lunge out of the chair.

Frilly Fleece Scarf

I got some fleece scraps from a friend who makes the no-sew tied fleece blankets. She gave them to me cause she didn’t know what to make out of them, but neither did I. My daughter has been begging for a scarf this winter and my son thinks he has to have whatever she has. So I went to my fabric stash and found the scraps that have been sitting there since last year. Rachel has mild eczema so polyester can make an outbreak worse but she promised to take it off if she was itchy. If your child has eczema I don’t recommend using fleece. Get cotton jersey or something. But I didn’t have any on hand so I just went with it.
Cut 2 strips of fabric 4 to 5 inches wide and about 4 feet long.
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Lay them on top of each other with right sides facing out. If you’re using scraps cut squares or rectangles and sew them together like this.
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Then sew down the middle 3 times like this.
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Cut the fringes about 1cm wide on both sides.
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Be careful not to cut through the seams.   Fluff it up and it’s ready to wear!
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By the way,  hot pink and zebra stripes are very ‘fashionable’ to a 4 year-old girl.