Chicken Nuggets with Ketchup – Felt Food

Since the baked potato sold, my next item that I’m putting on sale is my chicken nuggets.  Regularly they are $6, but I’m taking a dollar off and make them $5.

Felt Food Sweet Potato

This is a yummy-looking baked sweet potato (yam) to add to your child’s play food collection. (Or yours… I know about you!)

On sale for $5 at Felt Gourmet.

Gift Idea for Downton Abbey Fans

Set of 6 magnets at Etsy for $10

Our pumpkins!

Ooobama, misery, ruby gloom
Goofy, Starfall pumpkin
Big scary toothpick pumpkin



Couldn’t find a Misery pattern/stencil, so I had to wing it.






First attempt at homemade Montessori beads


Halloween Events in Central Ohio


Places to take costumed children to get free candy have a fun Halloween experience:

Thursday OCTOBER 25
Dublin Community Recreation Center
5600 Post Rd.
3:30-8:30 p.m. Rain or Shine
• Pumpkin carving demonstration
• Fortune Tellers
•Haunted Trail
•COSI Demonstrations
•Trunk-or-Treat Trail Local businesses and groups distribute candy
•Bug Man
• Entertainment Magicians, Dancers, and more
•Pumpkin Carving Contest
•Monster Mash Middle School Student Dance


Trunk or Treat
Saturday, Oct. 27, 2012
5 p.m. – 7 p.m.
Village Green parking lot – 47 Hall Street
The Village Green parking lot will again be transformed into a trick-or-treater’s treasure chest as local businesses and organizations will set up booths and car trunks filled with candy, toys and other Halloween goodies. Hundreds of young costumed characters are invited to fill their bags with treats!

Sunday, October 28 – Halloween at the Conservatory
Franklin Park Conservatory
1-4pm Come in costume and enjoy this afternoon of fun! Free with admission
• Visit seven trick-or-treat stations throughout the Conservatory
• Get a Halloween temporary tattoo
• Scary storytelling with James Flanagan at 2 & 3pm

Crazy hair day!

Kids at Quinn’s school have been bribed to come to school this week with a fun week. Today is crazy hair day


Mail Bag for a Junior Postal Worker

finished bag smaller


My son’s school just got a mail box last week, complete with mail bag and letters.  The kids loved it, but I heard that there was going to be a knock-down, drag-out over the mail bag.

Megan asked if I could make another bag for the room.  I was told that the only requirement was that it said MAIL on it in big letters.  I decided to do the label in felt, as I have a TON of it (shocking, huh?) and because I am pretty comfortable working with it.  I was going to write out MAIL in Word in a big font, print it, cut it out and use the letters as a template…but I got lazy and just free-handed it with chalk on the felt and cut it out.

I sketched out the front as a half oval and the back/flap as a full oval.   The picture is of the full oval.











I decided to do the handle and sides/bottom in one continuous loop.  I didn’t do any measuring.  I just know I wanted it about 3 inches wide, so I sewed a tube and flipped it inside out to hide the seam allowance.

Speaking of sewing, I used both my sewing machine and my serger.  If you don’t have a serger, you could use a zig zag stitch.  The fabric I selected was some green canvas that I already had around the house.  I chose it because it was stiff enough to hold its shape.



Here are the pieces cut out and laid out  without the edge piece.  It gives you an idea of the shape.

Ignore my chalk note.  I just wanted to make sure that I got the bottoms to line up together.

When I started sewing, I started with the half oval and the tube and just serged all the way around the curved part.  Once the front was done, I attached the back the same way.  I attached the bottom part to the other side of the side strap and just serged the top flap part to keep it from fraying.

As you can see, I used some wacky colors, but since it was going to be exposed anyway, I thought I’d go for “I knew you were going to look, so I made it pretty.”









Once the front and back were on, I cut the handle to the right length and sewed the start to the finish, thereby making the edge a complete circle.  I then serged any remaining unfinished edges and went over stress points again.

I was hoping that I could just be done then, but the strap was kind of wimpy-feeling, so I did a row of stitching with the regular machine down each side of it to make it stronger.

Once I was done, I flipped it to put the sewing on the inside and sewed the MAIL sign on (although I seriously considered leaving all of the seams on the outside since the colors were so cute).  I used the machine to sew it on so that it would be neater on the inside.







Here is Jude with the bag that he is taking to school tomorrow.

Mermaid Costume


20120918-140624.jpgMy kids were invited to a mermaid party and so we decided to put a costume together.  My son wanted to be a crab.  That was a lot easier and I hopefully will get that put together soon to show you,too.  This took about 4ish hours in total to get done.







I searched the web and pinterest for some tutorials and settled on this one at ikatbag as my favorite:

I took my daughter shopping and we were thrilled to find that JoAnn’s had the exact same fishy fabric.  We decided to go with a sparkly tail fin fabric that had more substance to it than the original called for.  For the accents, Quinn picked pink and gold lame.  The green, pink and gold are all the same fabric.  It is a stretch knit that has been painted.  The downside of this fabric is that when it stretches, it gets the appearance of a “run” like in panty hose.  A little disappointing, but you can’t tell from a distance.

Here are the pieces cut out.  I followed the instructions pretty closely, but I made the fish hips so that they curved out more.  It seemed fishier and I thought it would give her more mobility.


I took the picture below after she went to the party.  You can see on the waistband a couple of the “runs.”  They really aren’t runs, the fabric is fine, it’s just the fabric’s paint/coating cracks along the stretch lines.



For the bottom fabric, I doubled it in half and sewed through the two cut edges and left the folded part at the bottom to give more poofiness.


The original plan was that she was going to wear a tank top that we already owned that had fish on it.  Once this tail was all done and sparkly, the shirt looked drab.  I decided that I had enough of a remnant left to make a little shirt to match.

I traced around a tank that she already had.  I didn’t want it to be skin-tight or showing her midriff like most of the typical mermaid costumes.  I was going to have it tuck straight in, but  I ended up liking it bloused out a bit.

I sewed a little elastic in the top and just let the shirt hand down from there.  I used a remnant of the pink to make the straps.  This was a terrible idea.  My sewing machine was crying with multiple layers of that sticky fabric.  After breaking thread and getting loop monsters on the back for the zillionth time, I managed to get something held together enough to make straps.


She loved it!


I’m really hoping that she wants to be a mermaid for Halloween.

Places Offering Art Classes for Kids in Columbus, Ohio

Our daughter is obsessed with art and we are trying to find some classes for her that are “good” (whatever that means), but not astonishingly expensive.  If you are doing the same thing, I thought I’d save you some time by putting the ones that I have found in the Columbus area here.  You may find this useful or helpful, but honestly I just wanted to have a place to keep all of this in one place.

Perhaps I will add some notes once I know more about each program.  Please leave a comment if you have any details or if you know of something that I missed.




Columbus Music and Art Academy – Upper Arlington


The pARTy Studio – Worthington




Creative Minds in Westerville


Creation Nation


King Arts Complex


Children’s Art Studio

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