Monday, November 22, 2010

Lil Gobbler Garland

Happy Monday!!  I can't believe Thanksgiving is THIS WEEK!  Where did this year go?  Since the mantle has been pretty much swagged for every holiday...season...whim this year, obviously I had to make something for Thanksgiving.  And because Mr Gobbleupagus is only 3, I went with a colorful turkey theme:

It was nice and easy to put together - it took me one full Sunday (and if I was faster on the sewing machine, it would've gone a little quicker).  I just cut out my turkey parts pattern from an old file folder:

Bought some felt and a few fat quarters:

And went to town making turkeys :)  The turkey body is two pieces of brown felt, sewn together.  Each of the feathers is a piece of cotton sewn on top of a coordinating piece of felt.  Once all the pieces were sewn, I simply hot-glued everything together (including the little beak) and then hot glued the finished turkey to the ribbon. 

Once all the turkeys were glued on, I just added a little rag strip treatment in between each of the them and viola - gobbler garland.

Thursday, November 18, 2010

Falling Leaves Pillows

Happy Thursday!!  Last week I was wandering around Walmart and saw these awesome leaf placemats on clearance for $1.50.  What else would a crafty girl do, but open a seam and stuff em.

Ahhh, just what the loveseat needed for fall :) 

Wednesday, November 17, 2010

How I Spent My Weekend

Happy Wednesday!  Hip Hip Hooray...I finished my first ever quilt....and I LOVE it.  I started it last Thursday night, sewed through the Karate Kid (new one) on Friday night...all day Saturday...Sunday morning...more Sunday night...and finished the binding Monday evening.  I used the Road Trip pattern from Cluck Cluck Sew and it was the perfect beginner quilt.

Sure, it's a little wonky, but it was made with love for one very Santa-wary little boy.  And he is THRILLED with his special Christmas blanket.

Monday, November 15, 2010

Turkey Time

Happy Monday!  Well it's just about time for turkey :)  This week (and next week's) Munchkin Theme will be all about gobblers and giving thanks.  Here's a list of our turkey-tivities for the next two weeks:

Letter of the Week: T
Creative, Crafty, Sensory Activites:
  • T is for Thanksgiving letter craft
  • Turkey handprints
  • Thanksgiving Sensory Tub
  • Indian Corn Paper Collage
  • Paper Plate Turkey
  • Thanksgiving Matching Game
  • Thankful Tree


Wednesday, November 10, 2010

My Big Boy's Birthday Party

Happy Wednesday!  I just realized that I never posted the few handmade bits from Mr Birthdaypotamus' birthday bash.  Since the little one is obsessed with cars (lets just say I might have the entire Cars movie memorized) he wanted his birthday theme to be Cars.  Since this Mama wanted to be able to reuse the birthday decorations for a few years, we went with a little more vanilla theme for the handmade stuff.  He still had Cars invites and plates and cake (from a local bakery - I do not do cakes!) with a little festive bunting and wreath to use for years to come:

First up the oh-so-popular balloon wreath.  These babies are all over blogland and I wanted one for myself.  I didn't have any floral prong-y things (yep, I'm pretty sure that's the technical term), so I used a combination of straight pin and hot glue to adhere all those balloons on.

And here is the Happy Birthday felt bunting that I am oh-so-proud of.  This was pretty simple - cut out 13 big circles (I used a bowl for the size) and 13 smaller circles (big cup).  Then I printed out a simple Arial font and hand-cut the letters out of dark brown felt.  Another 13 snips of colorful ribbon and I was all ready to hot glue these babies together (sorry mom, no hand stiching here).  I love that I can get it out year after year and just string it across the mantle.

Ok, so I didnt' really make the birthday hat, but I did put it on top of the light post.  Surprisingly, most of the guests didn't even notice it.  How do you not notice a birthday hat on a light post?!?

And finally, one little pic of the birthday boy.  In Elton John glasses... that say Happy Birthday.  Yeah, this picture is going to haunt him later ;)

Oh, and the birthday boy's dirty little secret - he doesn't like birthday cake.  Nope.  Not at all.  So he's eating one of the chocolate 'tire' donuts.  Bought especially for him.  Because he LOVES donuts :)

Tuesday, November 9, 2010

20 Pound Tuesday Update

Happy Tuesday!  Another week, another sad sad scale day.  Nothin new to report - hmmm, maybe this challenge should be for Christmas 2011.  At this rate, I'm not sure if I could even meet that target!  Oh well, onward and fatward ;)

Monday, November 8, 2010

More Robots!

Happy Monday!  Our normal tot activities ended up being put on the back burner last week, so we're going to try Robots again this week :)  Here's a recap of our planned Robot activites:

Letter of the Week: R
Creative, Crafty, Sensory Fun:
  • R is for Robot letter craft
  • Paper roll (TP) Robot
  • Magnetic Build a Robot (found here at No Time for Flashcards)
  • Build a Robot game
  • Robot shape matching

Friday, November 5, 2010

Best Potato Soup Ever

Happy Friday!!  Ok, so maybe I'm a little partial...but I love this loaded potato soup.  It's cheesy, creamy, warm, snuggly, comfort food.  It's even more 'add 5 pounds to your thighs' good in a bread bowl :)  Oh, and did I mention that it only takes about 30 minutes to make?

Loaded Baked Potato Soup

4 cups of cubed potatoes (I usually use russet)
2 1/2 Tablespoons minced celery
2 Tablespoons minced onion
2 cups chicken stock
2 teaspoons Montreal Steak Seasoning (my super secret ingredient)
1 teaspoon salt
2 Tablespoons white wine vinegar
2 Tablespoons flour
1 1/2 cups milk
2 cups shredded cheese (I usually use a fiesta blend)
6 slices of bacon, cooked (crumbled if desired)
fresh chives, chopped

  1. In a large saucepan, combine chicken stock, vegetables, vinegar, salt and seasoning over medium high heat
  2. Bring to a boil, then reduce heat to low, cover and simmer for 20 minutes
  3. Whisk together flour and milk
  4. Add flour-milk mixture to the pot and stir well
  5. Continue to simmer for another 10 minutes uncovered until thickened
  6. Add cheese and stir until melted
  7. To serve, spoon into (bread) bowls and top with bacon and chives

Monday, November 1, 2010


Happy Monday!!  Hope everyone had a frightfully delightful Halloween!  Munchkin has been pretending to be a robot every now and again, and after all the birthday and Halloween festivities, I needed an easy theme ;)  Here's our planned robot fun for this week:

Letter of the Week: R
Creative, Crafty, Sensory Fun:
  • R is for Robot letter craft
  • Paper roll (TP) Robot
  • Magnetic Build a Robot (found here at No Time for Flashcards)
  • Build a Robot game
  • Robot shape matching


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