Make This: Amigurumi Pokeballs

After Hello Kitty Crochet got me started on amigurumi, I started looking for easy patterns to make. I found this pattern for Pokeballs and decided to surprise my kids.

Of course, it then became requests for specific types of Pokeballs.

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Can I Have This?: Crayola Light-up Tracing Pad

 

 

While this is technically a “kid’s toy,” it has really come in super handy for crafting. I’ve used it to transfer patterns and designs onto totes and t’s for embroidering as well as for cards and cut-outs. 

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Party Time: The Princess Bride Party

The Princess Bride is a favorite in our home. So what could be more fun than a Princess Bride themed party at Manhattan Fencing Center?20140609-142636-51996725.jpgI used tabletop sign holders to hold medieval birthday banners I made to decorate the entry way.
20140609-143903-52743669.jpgFor the table, I went with blue and gold. Each place setting had a goblet and a “turkey leg,” which was just a paper lunch bag filled with popcorn and closed with a paper frill.
20140609-144627-53187227.jpgThe activity was, of course, fencing. Coach Misha was fantastic and made it so much fun for everyone. After all the bouting, it was time for some homemade R.O.U.S. cake. It was red velvet with gray buttercream.
20140609-145401-53641246.jpgFor the goodie bags, they took home Iocane Powder (pixie stix in a glass vial), Miracle Max’s Miracle Pills (homemade chocolate-covered brownies) and circus peanuts (No More Rhymes…) in stamped cotton bags. It was a fantastic party and everyone left ready to fight the six-fingered man.

Disclaimer: We paid for the party ourselves and weren’t compensated in any way. The kids just had so much fun with Coach Misha that we’d recommend Manhattan Fencing Center for a unique birthday party that the kids will really enjoy.  

Make This: Mini No-bake Blueberry Pies

Blueberries were on sale this weekend and it was hot, so it was perfect for making no-bake blueberry pies. The whole one I made was eaten pretty quickly, but I still had blueberries, so used the leftover graham cracker crumbs to make these mini ones.
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The heart-shaped tins are by Reynolds. The also have star-shaped ones, which would be fun for a July 4th BBQ.

Make It: Bubble Gum Frosted Cupcakes with Gelatin Bubbles

How amazing are these cupcakes?! Heather at SprinkleBakes made these bubbles using balloons and gelatin. There’s a step-by-step tutorial on her site.

These bubbles would look fantastic on an undersea cake in shades of blue.

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Photo: SprinkleBakes

Easy DIY: Paper Gardenias

I followed Lila Griffith’s tutorial to make this amazing paper gardenia. The hardest part is cutting out the pieces. Just print out the template and follow the step-by-step instructions on her site. I can see stringing a bunch together to make an amazing garland.

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Make It: Good Old Fashioned Pancakes

Here’s an easy recipe from Dakota Kelly that turns out great pancakes again and again. The only thing I add are white and dark chocolate chips.

To make mornings easier, I pre measure the dry ingredients into containers so that I have some ready to go. I then tape a list of the wet ingredients to the container so I don’t have to look up the recipe.

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Photo: justamom