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Pencil Roll February 15, 2016

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Like many adults, I got an adult coloring book for Christmas this year.  There was, however, a shortage of colored pencils in town after Christmas.  I was able to check my reserves and found an old box of Crayola colored pencils from who knows when to get me by until I could find some new ones.  I quickly found out 1) I needed more shades of colors and 2) I needed to be able to see all my pencils at once outside of the box.

I found a pattern for a fabric pencil roll on Pintrest here and had to make one for myself and one for my mom.  I love how it turned out and it is the perfect home to my new palate of 50 colored pencils.



2 coordinating patterned fabrics (cut 12″ x 18″)

Coordinating Thread

Coordinating Ribbon


                       Start by placing the right sides (pretty sides) of the two fabrics together.  Pin them in place.


        Sew around the rectangle, but leaving about a 4 inch opening to turn it right side out.

After sewing around the rectangle, pull the fabric through the opening so that the right side of the fabric is showing.

Iron your fabric rectangle.  Next, use a decorative stitch to sew around the rectangle and to secure the opening.

It is hard to see in my picture, but I used a wavy line decorative stitch.


Now fold up the bottom about 4 inches or so to create the pencil holder pockets.

Using disappearing ink, make line guides about every inch or so.


Sew the vertical lines using a straight stitch.  Be sure to stop at the top of the folded fabric.  Also sew the ends of the fabric to create pockets at each end.  This is where you may want to add a ribbon to one end before sewing it closed.  That way you can wrap up your roll with a tie.


Add your pencils and roll it up!  When I got more pencils I was able to fit two pencils in each slot so my roll holds about 50 colored pencils.  It makes it easy to store and to carry with me.  Bring on the stress relief of coloring!

I am loving it especially while watching the latest episode of Downton Abbey!



Car Garage February 1, 2015

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Car Garage

My two-year-old just love Disney’s Cars cars.  When I saw this cute idea for a Cars garage, I knew I had to make it for Bennett.  I found the original post here.  It was an easy project that took a couple of afternoons to put together.


Wood Crate

Toilet Paper Tubes (approx 50)

Spray Paint

Craft Glue

Modge Podge

Computer Printout as decoration


Craft Tubes

I did have a stash of toilet paper tubes I’ve been collecting for a rainy day, but then I found these craft tubes on the 80% off Christmas clearance at Michael’s.  They were cheap and a little sturdier.  I snatched them up.


Since they were Christmas designs I needed to spray paint them.  I chose to use grey spray paint.  Luckily, I got a nice day in January in South Dakota to spray them outside without freezing!  I had to put about 3 coats of paint on them.


Once the paint is dry you can glue them into your wooden crate.  I found this crate at Michael’s as well and it was the perfect size.  I dipped one end of each tube in Tacky Glue and pressed it in the bottom of the crate.  After all the tubes were placed in the crate I set several large textbooks on top of it to make sure they dried securely.  (I knew my husband’s gazillion textbooks we’ve moved so many times would come in handy).


I printed out a couple of labels that said “Benny’s Garage” with stars in a word processing program on my computer.  Then I printed it out in color and used Modge Podge to adhere it to the wood crate.  Add the cars and enjoy the fun of taking them in and out of the garage.  The tubes are just large enough for the Cars cars to fit since they are a little larger than matchbox cars.


A few of the vehicles are too large to fit in the tubes, so we just put them on top of the garage.


Elmo Birthday Party ~ Part 4 ~ Party Favors! July 18, 2014

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Here are the party favors we gave out at Bennett’s birthday.  Actually, the Elmo party theme was born when I found those cute little Elmo tin boxes at our local DollarTree store.  I bought up a bunch of them and tucked them away.  When I found the visors on sale at Michael’s I threw those in as favors, too.

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There were two different styles of Elmo tins.  They were just the right size for a little vial of bubbles and some candy!

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red foam visors

large orange pom-poms

large wiggly eyes

craft glue

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Just glue the pieces to the visor using craft glue!  Simple!

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We can’t end this birthday party series of posts without telling the rest of the story of what happened that day….

Birthday Excitment Collage

Thankfully, it was after the party and no one was in the backyard at the time.  Around 4:00 we heard a gigantic BOOM!  It sounded like a gun shot or terrible car accident.  Little did I know that it was our tree branch that cracked and fell on the power-line.  It caused quite the uproar in the neighborhood.  It actually took out the power in nearly 60 homes in the area.  At first it popped, sizzled and smoked.  The neighbors called the fire department.  By the time they got there it had quit smoking.  We just had to wait for the power company to come restore the power.  What excitement!


Elmo Birthday Party ~ Part 3 ~ The Cake & Brunch! July 17, 2014

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I usually like to go “all-out” with my kids’ birthday cakes, so “just” doing cupcakes was a stretch for me.  It actually turned out to be perfect since we ended up having a morning party and serving brunch.  Besides, these Elmo cupcakes were just too cute for words.

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Cupcakes made from box mix

Red Frosting

Oreo Cookies

Reese’s Pieces

Wilton Candy Eyes

Decorating tips

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In a circular pattern frost each cupcake with the red frosting making small stars.

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Next, pull apart each Oreo Cookie, scrape off the creme (I won’t judge if you eat it) and cut the cookies in half to make Elmo’s mouth.  Just push it gently into the frosting to secure it.

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Use an orange Reese’s’ Pieces candy for the nose and two Wilton candy eyes.  Viola!  Be sure to wait until right before the party to put the eyes on or the black color will bleed.

Brunch Collage

Since we had a morning party we served a breakfast/brunch.  It was so fun to do something a little different.  We served crock pot egg bake, fruit (Elmo-style), muffins, caramel rolls, banana bread, chocolate milk and coffee.  The fruit trays were a hit.  They were made with strawberries/watermelon  (head), Cutie orange (nose), blueberries (mouth), marshmallow with edible marker (eyes).  I found the mini milk bottles at Hobby Lobby.  They came with lock lids, but I just took those off.  Michael’s had true milk bottles, but they weren’t on sale 😉

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I think the Birthday Boy enjoyed his Elmo Cupcake!  What do you think?



Elmo Birthday Party ~ Part 2 ~ Decorations July 16, 2014

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I found this birthday banner on Pintrest.  Turned out that there were no directions on how to make it, but I was able to recreate it.  I think it will definitely be able  to be used for future parties as well.  In fact, it is going to be used for my friend’s Mickey Mouse party in a couple of weeks!


Black Cardstock

White Cardstock

4 or 5 Coordinated Patterned Papers

Orange Ribbon

Red Tulle

Cricut Machine

Art Philosophy Cartridge

Disney Pooh Font Set Cartridge

2 Elmo Invitations

Masking Tape

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First, put your Circut machine back to work.  I used the Art Philosophy Cartridge to cut out the scalloped squares at 5 inches.  The patterned paper is used to cut the inside part and the black cardstock is the frame piece.  Adhere those pieces together.  Next, use the Disney – Pooh Font Set to cut out the letters.  I used the Marker  and Marker Shadow function for the letters.  Adhere the letter and shadow together and place them on the squares.

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Next, simply turn each square over, lay the orange ribbon across and tape the ribbon to each square using masking tape.  Not pretty, but the back won’t show anyway.  I added one of my Elmo invitation {here} to each end of the “Happy” ribbon.  Now do the same for the “Birthday” piece.

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Now flip each piece over and tie a piece of red tulle between each letter square and at each end.


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I also found this cute fishbowl centerpiece on Pintrest.  We know that Elmo adores his pet goldfish, Dorothy.

(Thanks to a friend for loaning me the fishbowl! )


Black Cardstock

Red Cardstock

Orange Cardstock

White Cardstock

Patterned Paper (polka dot)

Cricut Machine

Art Philosophy Cartridge

Sesame Street Font Cartridge

Plantin’ Schoolbook Cartridge

Cuttin’ Up Cartridge

Red Tulle

Bamboo Skewers


Goldfish Crackers

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I cut all the pieces out on my Cricut.  I used the Art Philosophy Cartridge to cut the shape w/ frame with Bennett’s name on it.  I used Plantin’ Schoolbook to cut out the letters of his name.  I used black paper for the shadow of the letters.

The Elmo was cut from the Sesame Street Font cartridge (the same cartridge I used for the invitation).

The “B” and “2” were cut out using the Cuttin’ Up cartridge.  I added another background of black paper to help them stand out.  I just used scissors to cut around the shape.

Attach a bamboo skewer to the back of each piece using tape and tie a couple of pieces of red tulle.

Fill the fishbowl with Goldfish Crackers and stick the skewers in.

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I added a few of our stuffed Elmos to the table.  I found a red paper lantern in the $1 bin at Michael’s and cut out the Elmo face pieces from the Sesame Street Font Cartridge and glued them to the lantern.  Add a piece of red tulle to hang it.



Elmo Birthday Party ~ Part 1 ~ Invitations July 15, 2014

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I think Bennett loved these Elmo Birthday Invitations best of all.  He still likes to look at them a whole month later. They were so easy to make thanks to the Cricut Machine!


Red Cardstock

Black Cardstock

White Cardstock

Orange Cardstock

Cricut Machine

Sesame Street Cricut Cartridge


Computer printed invite info

washi tape

Sesame Street Font


The Sesame Street Font Cricut cartridge does all the work for you!


Cut all the pieces and simply adhere them together.  I cut them to fit in a 5 x 7 envelope.  I cut them out at 5 inches.

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Last, I used Microsoft Word to type the party information and printed it out on regular copy paper.  I attached the information to the back of each Elmo cut-out using a piece of washi tape in opposite corners.

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Elmo Birthday Party!

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Last month we celebrated Bennett’s 2nd Birthday with an Elmo celebration.  I’m going to share with you some of the fun Elmo creations I made for the party.  Bennett seemed to adore it.


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