Owl Tag Toy Pattern and Tutorial

I was going to make a tag blanket for my new little one, but I then I decided to create this owl tag toy instead.  It’s small enough to take anywhere and made out of super soft fleece and flannel (or anything you choose).  You can attach toys or teething rings to the ribbons or add a rattle inside to customize.  They are easy to make and would make a great handmade baby gift.  They are also a great way to use up fabric scraps.

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Hidden Veggie Mac & Cheese

Determined to come up with something relatively healthy when my 2-year-old was having a particularly picky week, I came up with this recipe for Hidden Veggie Mac & Cheese.  Of course, it had to have the right orange color and the right shape pasta.  The verdict…  it was a hit!  The adults had this as a side dish the same night and everyone liked it.  The veggies I used all had a mild but slightly sweet flavor, so they blended right in and my daughter ate it, so it was a win.

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DIY Glass Etching

I have been wanting to try glass etching for a while and I finally had the perfect motivation.  I wanted to make some custom glasses for a gift, but I thought I would do a trial run with a Target martini glass first, just in case!  It was really easy and I was happy with the results.  I used the Martha Stewart Etching Cream that you can find in most craft stores.

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Superhero Cape – Pattern and Tutorial

Embarrassed that my daughter would run around the house with a dishtowel tucked into her shirt shouting “Super Amanda to the rescue!”, I decided to make her a cape.  I created this pattern from one of her bibs.  I wanted to keep it really simple.  You can download the pattern here: Superhero Cape.  If you want to make a similar logo applique, you can see how I made it here: Printable Fabric Appliques.  This size worked for my daughter who is 2 years old and just under 3′ tall.

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Fireplace Makeover

When we moved into our new house, I wanted to redo the fireplace.  I had an idea of what I wanted to do, but everyone looked at me like I was crazy.  I figured if I didn’t do it while we were doing some other projects in the house it would never get done.  I wasn’t a fan of the brick and didn’t have a real mantel to decorate.  My goal was a nice clean fireplace that served as a blank canvas to decorate seasonally.

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