DIY Minecraft Creeper Pop-Up Puppet Tutorial

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After several years of the kids playing Minecraft, the love for Creepers is still strong in our house. When I was browsing through some vintage craft books, I saw a pop-up puppet tutorial and instantly thought, "Hey, the kids would love it if these were Minecraft-themed!" I decided to try my hand at it. If people end up loving and using this tutorial, I think I might add an Enderman, a Zombie, a Skeleton, and maybe Steve. Want to see how it's made? Let's get to … [Read more...]

Tutorial: Interchangeable Knitting Needle Case Made from an Old Book

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  I was a terrible knitter in the beginning. Slow and scared. Terrified to make a mistake or take on a project that was anything past garter stitch. Several years later, I've lost my fear. I'll take on lace, colorwork, socks, you name it. Fear no longer keeps me from tackling a project. Because I've actually reached the point where I can both correct mistakes as I go and finish most projects in a reasonable amount of time, I feel alright about splurging on luxurious and quite … [Read more...]

Queen Bean Sphynx Sweater

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We have gained a new family member. She's a beautiful Sphynx that we were fortunate enough to adopt from a pet rescue in the Fort Worth area. Many people cringe at the sight of a hairless cat and even say cruel things, but MAN, if you've ever been loved by a Sphynx you know how special these kitties are. They're not quite like other cats. They crave the affection of humans and want to snuggle 24/7. They're intelligent, loving, curious, and they never really outgrow their kitten-like … [Read more...]

DIY Minecraft shoes

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This past weekend, we took Alex to the Vans store to pick out a new pair of shoes.  He originally chose a brightly colored pair and just when we thought we were done, the Vans employee that was helping get Alex fitted said, "You know, a lot of people like to buy the plain white slip-ons and use fabric markers to create their own design." Alex's eyes got huge and bright.  He was sold on the idea!  So we bought a white pair of shoes and headed home with only a vague idea of how we would paint … [Read more...]

Drawstring Bag Tutorial

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A couple of weeks ago, I posted my heating pad tutorial and at the end, I mentioned that I would like to put together a drawstring bag for attractive gift-giving as well as storage. So...here's the tutorial. Cut a pattern (here's that gridded paper I love so much...in a peppermint stripe) that is a 11.25" x 7.5" rectangle. Pin it to your fabric with one of the short ends on the fold. Cut your fabric, open up the rectangle (should be 22.5" x 7.5") and finish your … [Read more...]