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Blank Faces Drawing Page – Free Printable

| Kids Fun, Printables

Kids will love drawing in the faces with their own designs.

Kids will love drawing in the faces with their own designs.

Blank Faces Drawing Page – My daughter loves to draw (I wonder where she gets that from). Most of the time she just draws from her imagination but sometimes she asks for pages to colour. She really enjoys drawing faces and experimenting with different styles of eyes, noses and smiles, so I created a page full of various blank faces for her to practice her facial features and expressions on.

Noelle can’t be the only little person out there who loves to draw, so I’m passing this colouring page on so that other kids can share their creative genius too. Have fun!

Blank Faces-download here.

Looking for more fun, check out this super cute Notebook Doodle animal designs that are just waiting to be filled with color – Notebook Doodles Super Cute: Coloring & Activity Book

UPDATE: To get the 2nd edition of my blank faces coloring page go to my post here.

Keep the kids entertained with this blank face printable.

Keep the kids entertained with this blank face printable.

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Simple DIY Key Fob Wristlet

| Crafts & DIY

Simple key fob wristlet anyone can make

Simple key fob wristlet anyone can make

Simple DIY Key Fob Wristlet – At least 3-4 times a year I get to work, and go to open my office door only to look down to see that I’m holding my husband’s keys in my hand instead of my own. After a few choice words come out of my mouth, I turn around, go back to my car and drive back home (thankfully, I live close to my work). Neither of us can get into our offices without our office keys. Our keys look almost exactly the same since we both have identical key fobs and keys for our cars, house, trailer, etc. There are some minor differences but not enough that you’d notice if you just quickly grabbed the keys on the way out the door. So I’ve decided it’s time to put a stop to this frustrating mistake I keep making time and time again (seriously, this has been going on for years and yes, it’s taken me this long to decide to do something about it).

Now that I’m starting to find my way around the sewing machine, I decided to make some really cute key fob wristlets.  Sometimes, like when I’m just popping in to pick up my daughter at school, I don’t want to carry my purse with me so I just grab my keys and go. So a key fob wristlet it is. This is ridiculously easy to make, even for novice sewers. Just get some pretty ribbon, cotton webbing, key fob hardware and you’re ready to go.

Materials:

  • ¾” ribbon ($1/roll at Michael’s)
  • 1.25″ Cotton webbing (bought from Etsy)
  • Fabric glue
  • Scissors
  • 1.25″ Key fob hardware (bought from Etsy)
  • Pliers (I wrapped a piece of masking tape around the ends so it didn’t scratch the key fob hardware)
  • Sewing machine and thread

Instructions:

    1. Cut a strip of cotton webbing as well as a strip of ribbon exactly 11” long (I have small hands and didn’t want the key fob too large so adjust the length if you think you’d want it larger).
    2. Put a moderate amount of glue on the back of the ribbon and then place it onto the cotton webbing so that it’s exactly in the middle.  Allow to dry until it’s securely in place.
    3. Take the cotton webbing with the ribbon glued on to your sewing machine and sew a straight  line approximately ¼” in from the edge of the ribbon from one end to the other. Repeat on the other side of the ribbon. Trim off any long pieces of thread.
    4. Fold in half so that raw ends of the cotton webbing/ribbon are even. Sew the two ends together about ¼” from the edge.
    5. Place the sewn end inside the opening of the key fob hardware making sure that neither side is sticking out the sides of the hardware. Take your pliers and gently squeeze the sides of the hardware together until it clamps firmly over the material.  Give the webbing a tug to make sure it’s securely in place. Add a jumper ring to the hardware and you’re done.
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Easy To Sew Skirt – Great For Newbies!

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Easy to sew skirt - great for newbie sewers.

Easy to sew skirt – great for newbie sewers.

Easy To Sew Skirt – Who knew a sewing machine could be so great (well, lots of people obviously – it just took me longer to figure it out).  After I got over my initial fear of sewing, I actually managed to create a few cute projects.  My second project was a super easy skirt for my daughter.  It turned out pretty well and I thought I’d give it another go with some beautiful new fabric and document the process this time – why not help out a few newbies who may be nervous about sewing too. If I can do it, anyone can. This skirt can be made in child or adult sizes.

I originally found this wonderful sewing tutorial on YouTube by craftyamy93 – what a great job she did explaining everything. To watch this fabulous video tutorial go here.

Materials:

  • Sewing machine with corresponding coloured thread
  • Fabric
  • Elastic (thick width)
  • Measuring tape
  • Scissors
  • Clothing iron
  • Pins
  • Chalk or Fabric Pen/Pencil

Instructions:

  1. To get the size for the elastic, measure the elastic around your waist so that it’s a little snug, cut to size, pin the elastic right sides together and sew – double stitch and finally top stitch.
  2. Measure the length that you want your skirt to be and then add 2″ for seam allowance.
  3. To figure out the measurement for the width of fabric you’ll need, stretch the stitched elastic as far as you can, measure and then double that measurement.
  4. Cut the fabric to the correct measurements.
  5. Turn fabric inside out so that the good sides face each other, pin two edges together and sew with a 1/2″ seam. Iron seam flat. Using a zig-zag stitch, finish the edge of fabric that will be sewn onto the elastic to keep it from fraying.
  6. Create the skirt hem by folding over edge 1/2″, iron and then fold over again, iron, pin and sew.
  7. Take the elastic and mark with 4 pins evenly space out around the elastic (fold in half to find the 4 spots). Do the same for the skirt. Now match up the 4 pins on the elastic to the pins on the skirt and then pin the fabric to the elastic in those 4 spots (fabric about half way down the width of the elastic).
  8. Starting at the first pin, sew using a zig-zag stitch, pulling the elastic taut as you go. Sew all the way around the elastic in this manner. You can also do it a second time around about a 1/2″ down if you choose.
  9. Snip off any stray threads and you’re done.

If you’re up for it, you can add a zipper like craftyamy93 did in her video (I’m just not quite that brave yet although she makes it look super easy).

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Indoor Fairy Garden

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Indoor Fairy Garden

Indoor Fairy Garden

Indoor Fairy Garden – Recently Noelle had 2 weeks off for Spring Break.  That meant coming up with at least a weeks worth of activities to keep her busy. One activity we planned was to make our very own indoor fairy garden.  What little girl doesn’t love fairy gardens!  Here’s the list of what you’ll need to make your own:

Materials:

  • Short/wide pot
  • 2-3 little plants (make sure the plants are suitable for the room you’ll be keeping your garden in – ours was a bright and sunny location)
  • Soil
  • Little bird house or structure
  • Rocks and/or sea glass
  • Moss, ferns or any other interesting plant life you can find outside
  • Sticks/branches
  • Any little toy fairies, princesses, toad stools, or anything else you think would help accessorize the garden

How to put it together:

Paint your bird/fairy house and put it aside to dry. Add soil to your bowl until it’s about 2/3’s full.  Add in your 2-3 plants leaving a spot for the bird house.  Carefully add the birdhouse.  Put a little more soil around the plants and around the birdhouse to make sure it’s anchored in there and won’t fall or get knocked over easily. Create a little walk way to the front of the house with little flat stones or sea glass. Put moss around any exposed soil that you can see. Finally, decorate with sticks, rocks and any little toys that your child would like to have in the garden.

That’s it, your all done!  Don’t forget to water the garden or else it’ll end up being a fairy compost heap!

 

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