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Printable Animal Masks PDF

This is an update of a previous post: Printable Animal Masks

Printable Animal Masks PDF

These animal masks were found on an Angelfire page called “Child’s Play”, and I have compiled them here in a handy PDF that is much more user-friendly for printing.
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Tutorial: Beanbags with Covers

I was super-psyched when I received an email from a Girl Scout Troop leader, inquiring about the Beanbags with removable covers that I had made for my nephew for his birthday. She was interested in making them as a project for her Troop to donate to shelters, and asked if I would be willing to send some instructions. So I took some photos and wrote up some instructions, and decided to make it into a tutorial to post here on the blog!

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Good Noodle Success!

In other Gunner news, he filled his Good Noodle Jar, and got a LEGO tank!

He switched his “prize” several times over the course of the months: LEGO tank, Wolverine Claws, Spider-Man web shooter. He would have ended up with the Wolverine Claws, but they don’t sell them in stores anymore! He decided on the LEGO tank, and to celebrate his accomplishment we also went out to eat at Red Robin (our whole family, and it actually went smoothly)! Now we have reset the jar, and Gunner is already thinking of what he will get with his future points.

Gunner with his Good Noodle Jar (full) and his new LEGO tank!

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Tutorial: Dancing Ribbon Rings

With my niece’s birthday (6 years old!) coming up, I was searching around for something to get her when I discovered these beauties: Dancing Ribbon Rings.

These would make awesome party favors for a little girl’s party! They’re quick and easy, and relatively inexpensive. They would also work great in Easter or May Day baskets, or make them red-white-and-blue for the 4th of July, or Christmas-them-up for stocking stuffers!

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Beanbag Game for DG

Newest MSCE was actually worked on yesterday afternoon/evening. This is a beanbag game for my nephew’s birthday present. He’s 3 years-old! Sooooo cute! and such a little stinker, lol!

Space Cadet Beanbag Game

The beanbags are full of lentils in a self-contained muslin pouch, and the “covers” are removable with a velcro closure (for washability). The game plays like Bocci Ball or Horseshoes and the bags are designed for indoor or outdoor play. I’m mailing them out today, hope he likes them!

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Fabric Scrap Easter Eggs

I recently joined the Dabbled “Make Something Cool Everyday in April” challenge… project… thingie. This is my first project for MSCE! It was easy to choose, as the other day my 4-year-old son colored Easter eggs at Grandma’s house, and brought them home thinking he could “play” with them. (unsure) Of course, by “play” I mean throw them up in the air and let them thud to the floor, crack them and crumble the eggshells all over, and hide them around the house. (annoyed) So I banished the Easter eggs to the refridgerator, and my son pouted and was generally bummed. Then I remembered the Fabric Easter Egg Tutorial I had seen on the Retro Mama blog, and it was a perfect solution!

Fabric Scrap Eggs

I used some of the smaller scraps that I had, so they’re not really coordinated or anything, and I fudged the directions a little to accommodate some of the strange shaped fabric pieces, but Gunner loves them and was so excited that I made him an Easter present! Much success!

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Childhood, Childhood

I finally got around to finding a good use for my old She-Ra toy shields that I’ve been saving and carting around for the last 15-or-so years. For whatever reason I just could not give these up as I sorted through old childhood things. I never knew what to do with them, they’ve been in storage all this time, but I would never part with them, even as I rid myself of so many other adolescent possessions.

She-Ra Shield Magnets

You can also see in the photos a portrait that my son (then 3.5 years-old) drew of his mom, me. (heart) I love it so much, it is easily one of my most cherished things in this world. I plan on framing it one of these days, but until then it will stay on the fridge where I can swoon over it every day.

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