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Happy Birthday Ned-or-Evan

Two of my son’s best buddies are a pair of identical twins named Ned and Evan. For a good six months after meeting them, he (and I) were unable to tell them apart. (I’m a twin myself, but look nothing like my sister). So Parker was always telling me stories about his adventures with his pals [...]

The Birthday From Outer Space

handmade birthday party stuffed cat [...]

Farewell Friends

paper cutout shadowbox frame [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]

Ticker Tape Doll Quilt

As my son gets invited to more and more birthday parties, I’ve noticed the trend of kids NOT opening their gifts during the party. I understand the reasons for it, but I also think it’s nice for my son to see his friend open the gift he brought, rather than have it squirreled away to be [...]

Robot Memory Game

I don’t generally go crazy with my son’s Easter basket, and especially so this year given that our house looks like the day after Christmas thanks to generous friends and family who showered him with gifts after his recent surgery. But I did make him this little memory game featuring his current obsession: robots.

My first thought [...]

Stuffed Robot

I made this plush robot for my 5-year-old son, who is getting his tonsils and adenoids out tomorrow in hopes of solving sleep apnea and other related problems. He has been crazy about robots lately, and loves to make his own with cardboard boxes and various craft supplies. My father-in-law, an electrical engineer, has promised to [...]

Be My Valentine (but keep your germs to yourself)

I have no idea what we’ll do this year yet, but last year I made 20 tissue cozies for my son’s preschool classmates. I’m sure the kids would’ve preferred candy but figured the parents would appreciate the tissues during cold and flu season.

Depending on how far you want to carry the theme, attach a [...]