nuts and bolts busy bags

Busy Bags Part 2

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It’s funny what memories from our childhood stick with us into adulthood.  When I was little I had a friend whose mom would receive the Oriental Trading magazine.  I remember flipping through the pages and living in a dream world–wishing I could have everything on all of the pages!  Now that I am a mom […]

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zoo

Our Day at the Zoo + Printable

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I’m a little cheesy, but since I was pregnant with baby #1 I have longed to go to the zoo with her.  I would imagine her delightful faces as she looked upon each new animal and I just always knew it would be a magical experience.  When she was only a few months old, I […]

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magnetic quiet book

How to Make a Magnetic Quiet Book

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My inner nerd might just be coming out, but I have been very excited about this little project. I’ve been wanting to making a magnetic version of a quiet book that’s a little bit more fun than the quiet book I made earlier, but I’ve been tossing around a few different ways to do it. […]

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pom pom printables

Magnetic Pom Pom Printables

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I wish I had started doing this before I had kids, but right now I am trying to assemble/put together at least one learning activity/busy bag/file folder game each week.  Hopefully soon I will have a vast collection in my mommy book and filing cabinet.  This week I chose pom pom printables for my collection! […]

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I find my house doesn't clutter up when I follow this simple rule my husband taught me

Keeping a Clean House: The 1-Touch Rule

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As I mentioned in my post on Fighting in Marriage, my husband is a bit…tidier than I am. Keeping a clean house is very, very important to him. I wasn’t aware of all his tidy habits until we got married. Our first week into marriage he sat me down and said, “Hey. Can I teach […]

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Felt Pieces: How to Make Your Own!

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I have fond memories of the felt board and felt pieces that I grew up with and was wanting to buy some flannel board stories recently.  I never knew how expensive felt pieces are!  Even the set I found on Craigslist was over $100!  After doing the iron-on onesie designs, I decided to use the […]

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free applique designs

Onesie Iron-ons: Free Applique Designs

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No-Sew Iron On Onesie Appliques I’ve been really excited this week about these free applique designs that we made for you!  They can be printed from your own computer onto Iron on Fabric Transfers.  So where did the inspiration come from?  I went to a baby shower once where there was a “onesie station.”  We […]

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Simmering Potpourri

Simmering Potpourri

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Simmering Potpourri Supplies: 1 oz. can cinnamon sticks, broken into small pieces 1 (1.12 oz.) can whole cloves 1 (1.25 oz.) can whole allspice Directions:Combine all ingredients. Place 1 heaping teaspoon and 1/2 cup of water in simmer pot and heat. You can also dry orange peels and add these to the mixture.

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Potholders from scrap fabric

Scrap Fabric Potholders

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Potholders from Scrap Fabrics Directions: First cut two 8-inch (21 cm.) squares of fabric to be the front and back of the potholder. Choose coordinating fabrics that match your kitchen for these pieces. To make it easier, you can make an 8-inch square pattern from a piece of cardboard to use as a pattern. Cut […]

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Homemade Refrigerator Magnets

Homemade Refrigerator Magnets

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Homemade Refrigerator Magnets Custom magnets are fun and easy to make. The local craft store (your new best friend when making gifts yourself) will have all the supplies you’ll need: magnets, and clear or lightly colored flat circular glass stones. When you get the glass stones home step one is to customize them. You can […]

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Homemade Bath Salts

Homemade Bath Salts

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Homemade Bath Salts Supplies: 1 cup Epsom salts Measuring cup 2 jars with lids 2 colored of liquid food color 1 pretty 8 oz. jar A few drops of your favorite essential oils Directions: 1. To make these good smelling bath salts, first measure 1/2 cup of Epsom salt into each jar with a lid. […]

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Make a BBQ apron

How to Make a Barbecue Apron

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Make a Barbecue Apron 1. Start with a piece of sturdy fabric suitable for the individual for whom you are making the apron. The fabric needs to be wide enough to wrap 1/2 to 3/4 of the way around them and long enough to cover them from collar bone to just above the knee. For […]

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Foam Sheet Glasses Case

Foam Sheet Glasses Case

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Foam Sheet Glasses Case To make the glasses case, you will need the following simple materials: a square of craft foam plastic or large blunt needles lanyard lace or thick yarn Directions: 1. Cut two rectangles from the foam, each 3-1/2 inches (9 cm.) by 6 inches (15 cm.). 2. With a hole punch, make […]

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Coffee and Tea Mix Recipes

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Coffee and Tea Mix Recipes Mix any of the recipes and place in a pretty jar with a fabric decorated lid. Include a mug or tea cup. To prepare the following coffee recipes: mix in food processor or blender until you have a fine powder. For all the coffee recipes except the cafe’ au lait, […]

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Chocolate Milk Bath BonBons

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Chocolate Milk Bath BonBons Ingredients: 8 Tablespoons powdered milk 1 Tablespoon cocoa butter 2 Tablespoons powdered cocoa Essential oil Directions: Melt cocoa butter, add sifted powdered milk and cocoa. Pack into candy molds of 1 Tablespoon size or bigger & flash freeze for 10 minutes. To make a chocolate orange scent add 2-4 drops of […]

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Clay Wall Ornaments or Letters

Clay Wall Ornaments or Letters

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Clay Wall Ornaments or Letters for Wall Decor Ingredients: 4 cup all-purpose flour 1 cup salt 1 1/2 cup cold water sharp knife for freehand designs, stencils, or cookie cutters Shellac Ribbons for hangers Directions: Mix flour and salt together. Slowly add water while stirring with a fork until soft dough forms. Turn out on […]

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Clay Beads for Jewelry Making

Clay Beads for Jewelry Making

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Making Clay Beads for Jewelry Ingredients: 3/4 cup flour 1/2 cup cornstarch 1/2 cup salt Warm water Directions: 1. Mix dry ingredients in a bowl. Gradually add warm water until mixture can be kneaded into a stiff dough. To reduce stickiness, dust with flour. 2. Roll into balls for beads. Pierce each with a toothpick […]

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Homemade Polar Fleece Scarf

Polar Fleece Scarf

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Polar Fleece Scarf Directions: Purchase a 1/4 of a yard to make polar fleece in the fabric department of your local discount store. Cut up the ends about 2-3 inches up vertically and about 2 inches wide on your sections you cut then just knot each ones end for a fun look.

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Bath Bombs Bath Fizzies

Bath Bombs Bath Fizzies

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Bath Bombs / Bath Fizzies Ingredients: 2 Tablespoons citric acid (you can get this at a pharmacy) 2 Tablespoons cornstarch 1/4 cup baking soda 3 Tablespoons coconut oil (or any other emollient oil like almond, avocado or apricot kernel oil) 1/4 teaspoon fragrance oil 3-6 drops of food coloring (if desired) Paper candy cups Directions: […]

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Bath Crayons

Soap Crayons

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Soap Crayons Supplies: One ice cube tray or silicone tray Liquid food coloring Per Color: 2 Tablespoon hot water 1 cup soap flakes Small bowl Spoon Directions: For each color, put two tablespoons of hot water and one cup of soap flakes into a bowl. Add as many drops of food color to the mixture […]

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homemade play doh

Homemade Playdough

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Homemade Playdough Ingredients: 1 cup flour 1/2 cup salt 1 cup water 1 Tablespoon vegetable oil 2 teaspoons cream of tartar Food coloring by drops Directions:Place contents in a pan and stir. Cook over low heat, stirring until a ball forms. Add food coloring and mix thoroughly until desired color. Cool on foil. Store in […]

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handmade fleece blanket

Handmade Fleece Blanket

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Handmade Fleece Blanket: Directions: Get 2 different patterns of fleece the same size (small enough for baby). Cut slits about 2 inches in and 1 inch apart from one another all the way around the edges and then knot each slit to the other piece. It creates a seam with no sewing and they’re cute […]

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Farmhand Puppets

Farmhand Puppets

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Farmhand Puppets Supplies: Felt Old glove Glue Directions:Cut 5 felt circles. Place an old glove palm side up. Glue felt circle to each finger tip. Cut felt pieces to make animals faces. Glue them to felt circles. Let glue dry. Then put your hand inside glove and make your own puppet play.

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Buckle and Button Bow

Buckle and Button Bow

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A Buckle and Button Bow This is a quick and easy project that babies love! Just one word of caution before the instructions: Babies do love this toy, but they also love to put things in their mouths. To be certain this does not become a choking hazard use very sturdy water resistant thread and […]

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