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Double Birthday

My adorable niece and nephew celebrated their 5th and 6th birthdays last weekend with an outdoor party, water balloons and two cakes: chocolate with Sleeping Beauty on top for the birthday girl and vanilla with Buzz Light Year on top for the birthday boy. I made my niece two sundresses, one for her and one for […]

Paintbox Pillow

I STILL haven’t finished the Paintbox Quilt I started months ago, but in the meantime, I used half of the little pieces I cut out for the back of the quilt (I’m going to do something more plain on the quilt instead) to make this floor pillow for the reading corner in my son’s classroom. His […]

Freezer Paper Stencils

This was my first attempt at freezer paper stenciling and I’m quite happy with it. I made this shirt for one of my son’s friends who was turning 5. (The party was at a science museum and when we saw someone walking in with a huge silver balloon shaped like an “S,” both my husband and […]

Secret Agent Kit

I put together this gift for my friend’s 7-year-old, who is very into spies and secret agent stuff. The bag is made from an old pair of my husband’s cargo shorts using this tutorial at Noodlehead, though I had to modify the size and shape a bit because I only had shorts to work with instead […]

Napkins to dye for

“Dyeing is eventful in a grand sort of way.” — Martha Stewart’s Encyclopedia of Sewing and Fabric Crafts

This quote made me laugh. What a Martha thing to say. Sure, DYING can be grand and eventful (think Romeo and Juliet). DYEING on the other hand, is more of a tricky, trial-and-error experience, particularly when using the fiber-reactive […]

New-and-improved Story Dice

Back in December, I posted a tutorial for the story dice I made as gifts for some of my son’s friends. The basic idea is that you roll the dice and use whatever picture is facing up to tell a story.  I really liked how they turned out, but the packing tape transfer technique was quite labor-intensive, […]