Archive | Fun For Kids RSS feed for this section

Mitchell Zoo Animals and Zoo Keeper Halloween

26 Oct

Zoo animal and zoo keeper Halloween Costumes

Well, here’s the finished Halloween Costumes that go with the animal trick or treat buckets I made. How awesome are they! My daughter, Katie (the Zoo Keeper), made the elephant, tiger and Zebra masks from patterns she bought from Wintercroft.com.  You need to check them out!

Their decorated campsite won 1st place at the Dayton KOA and Richmond campsites they stayed at!

elephant and tiger costumes

Her husband, Dave’s Elephant costume was a BIG hit and even won 1st Place during their Richmond Halloween event! At the Dayton KOA, little kids ran up to him and hugged him…oh, it was so sweet!

tiger costume and crocodile basket

Here’s my grandson, Kylan’s Tiger Costume. He loved it and never took off the mask!

tiger halloween costume

In fact, he would hide behind a tree at their campsite and peek around it when the hayride drove past. That may have helped them win 1st Place.

pink pumpkin pigs

And don’t you just LOVE these pink pumpkin pigs! I just think they’re sooo cute! Katie worked really hard making all the masks and campsite decorations. Good job Honey!

Cheetah Halloween Costume

Here’s my granddaughter, Kinzley’s Cheetah costume. Isn’t she just a cutie! You should have seen her dancing at the Monster Bash. She could have danced all night, LOL!

Zebra and Zoo Keeper Halloween Costumes

Here’s my grandson’s, Caden’s Zebra costume along with his mom, the Zoo Keeper and dog Rocket, the Lion. Katie used a boa for Caden’s mane, which gently flowed behind him when he walked. Rocket got lots of compliments too and he never tried taking his costume off the whole time we were out walking.

grandkids halloween costumes

Here’s the three grand kids…with Kinzley showing some “attitude”, hahaha!

My husband and I had so much fun walking around the campground with them, looking at all the great costumes and campsite decorations.

Another successful Halloween!

Happy Halloween Everyone!!

2016 Halloween Trick Or Treat Baskets

26 Oct

 

2016-halloween-stuffed-animals

This year my job was to make the grandkids Halloween baskets to go with their Zoo Animal theme.  Their mom, Katie, is making all the Halloween costumes…boy is she doing an awesome job!  I can’t wait to show them to you.

rhino-halloween-basket

This Rhino trick or treat basket is for Caden.  He’s the first one I made and I was very happy with the results.  I kinda just winged it.  The head is a template I found online and increased the size.

crocodile-halloween-basket

This Crocodile trick or treat basket is for Kylan.  He too is made from felt with rick rack teeth and scales down his tail.  He is made from a sewing pattern I downloaded and adjusted for the basket.  

flamingo-halloween-basket

Lastly, this Flamingo trick or treat basket is for Kinzley.  It’s perfect because she just LOVES pink and I found out that her Halloween costume has no pink at all!  Like the other baskets, this one is made from felt.  I made all pattern pieces. 

2016-halloween-stuffed-animals

I also made the Giraffe, Hippo and Moose heads (shown above) to decorate their camper/campsite.  I had the felt and just couldn’t help myself!

Hope you all have a very Happy Halloween!

 

DIY Pet Snake

12 Jun

DIY Pet Snakes

Here’s an easy and fun craft project for the kids. My grandkids and I made these a year ago and they’re still playing with them. I did have to do some mending and re-gluing of an eye or two!

DIY PET SNAKES

cut tee strips

I took an old white t-shirt and cut 2” wide strips, leaving the side seams intact. Then drew the tail and head shape on each end.

stitch_leave opening

Stitch along the edge 1/4”, leaving a 3” opening for turning and stuffing.

turn right side out with dowel

Turn the snake right side out. I used a dowel rod.

stuffing tube

Stuff the snake with batting. I used a plastic tube (cut from an outdoor candy cane decoration) that I inserted into the snake, then stuck in some batting and pushed it through the tube with a dowel rod.

stitch opening closed

Hand stitch the opening closed.

Form head with string

Tie one end to form the head with heavy thread.

glue on eyes and tong

Cut a tongue from red felt. Push in the end of the head with a pencil tip, add some glue and insert the tongue.  Glue on wiggly eyes.  You can also sew on buttons for eyes.

decorate snakes

Cover the work area with an old plastic table cloth or paper, and let the kids decorate their snake with permanent markers.

To make the decorations “bleed”, spray with rubbing alcohol. You can also use a dropper and drip the alcohol onto the marker designs. Let dry.

kids with snakes

Done.  Now it’s play time!

2015 Grandkids Halloween Costumes

21 Oct

This year each of the grandchildren chose their own costumes.

Kylans Astronaut Costume

Kylan wanted to be an Astronaut. His mom found a racing helmet and spray painted it silver and added blue and red tape stripes and foam letters. She also made the backpack from 2 liter pop bottles, cardboard, cups and felt flames. I sewed his jumpsuit and shoe covers and made his rocket trick or treat bag from 2 milk jugs and paper mached it.

Cadens Power Ranger Costume

Caden wanted to be a Green Power Ranger. His mom purchased the outfit. She made his mask from cardboard and black screen and then paper mached and painted it. She did a great job! For his trick or treat bag, his mom spray painted a plastic bucket green and then hot glued on the mask that came with the costume. I only had to make the black and red phone holder for his belt. This was a must along with adding his toy sword. LOL!

Kinzleys Pink Princess Costume

Kinzley wanted to be a Pink Princess…she’s at that stage where everything has to be pink! Her mom found the dress for just a couple of dollars! She found the foam crown and hot glued it to a headband. I made the cape and added the waist addition and front pink section to the dress. I also made her Princess trick or treat bag…

Kinzleys Princess trick or treat bag

Here’s a close up. I glued a foam crown on the inside of a pink bucket she had, sewed, gathered and hot glued on the satin “skirt” and then glued on the rhinestones to the crown and the strip around the bucket.

Mitchell family halloween pic

Here’s the Mitchell family all dressed up to go trick or treating at their campsite.

Camping Shower Totes and Toiletry Lanyards

7 Jul

Shower tote and toiletry lanyard with text

My latest sewing project and Sewing Pattern, was making shower totes and shower lanyards for my daughter and her family for when they go camping.  For the totes, she wanted it large enough to hold a bath towel, flip flops and a change of clothes.  For the lanyard, she found this idea from thepopupprincess.  

Toiletry Lanyard pic

We both loved the idea, but wanted to be able to add more items like a razor, tooth paste and tooth brush, so I designed these clip on mesh bags.  Here’s how they look hanging from the campsite shower.

Katie, the three grandkids and I went fabric shopping and here’s how everyone’s tote bag and lanyard turned out…the kids picked out their own fabric (in their favorite color) and couldn’t wait for me to make them.

Cadens Ninja Turtle Tote and Lanyard

Here’s Caden’s Ninja Turtle Shower Tote bag and lanyard. We found the clip on bottles at Joanns for $1.00 which had hand gel in them that she replaced with her own shampoo, bath gel and cream rinse.  I have to say I liked Caden’s the best…love the vibrant green!

Kylans Super Heros Tote and Lanyard

Here’s Kylan’s Super Hero Shower Tote bag and lanyard.

Kinzleys Pink Princess Tote and Lanyard

Here’s Kinzley’s Pink Princess…had to be pink…Shower Tote bag and lanyard.

Katies Purple Tote and Lanyard

This is Katie’s purple Shower Tote bag and lanyard.  

Daves Blue Tote and Lanyard

Lastly, here’s Dave’s Shower Tote bag and lanyard.

Totes Hanging in camper

Here they all are neatly hanging in their pop up camper, ready to go!  The lanyards are kept in the inside zipper pocket.

Family Off To The Showers

Here’s the Mitchell family at Cedar Point KOA campsite heading for the showers with their new tote bags and shower lanyards.   Katie said they worked out great, having everyone’s shower stuff in one place.

I have to say I really enjoyed sewing these!  They were really easy and each one turned out so nice.  Katie (and the kids) did a great job picking out the fabrics.

You can purchase this Sewing Pattern at my Etsy Shop!

Thank you and Happy Sewing!

Homemade Gifts For Mom

14 May

Natural room scents

I hope all you Mothers had a wonderful Mother’s Day.  Rather than giving my Mom a hanging plant this year, I decided to make her a few things.

Natural Room (Simmering) Scents

I saw these several months ago on The Yummy Life and wanted to give them a try but never got around to it. Then the other day I thought about them when I saw the fruit on my table and decided I’d make them for my Mom for Mother’s Day. They were really easy and fun to make, and I just love how colorful the fresh ingredients look in the jars.

Here’s the scents, from left to right:

Pine twigs, whole bay leaves and whole nutmeg, pine needle essential oil

Sliced oranges, fresh ginger slices and almond extract

Sliced limes, fresh thyme sprigs, peppermint oil and vanilla bean pieces

Sliced Oranges, cinnamon sticks, whole cloves and allspice

Sliced Lemons, fresh rosemary sprigs and vanilla bean pieces

To use, you simply pour the contents in a pan and simmer on the stove, or heat it in the microwave and add it to a crock pot or fondue pot.

simmering scent in fondue pot

Here’s the Lime, thyme, peppermint and vanilla one I made myself simmering in my fondue pot. Mmm, I can really smell the mint and vanilla! For my mom, I had a mini Rival crock pot I gave her because the water doesn’t evaporate as fast as it does simmering.

Tea and water bottle cozy

Tea and Water Bottle Cozy

In addition to the natural room scents, I gave her some “sleepytime” tea, because she says she has a hard time sleeping, and this quilted cozy I made for her water bottles. During my last visit she pointed out the napkin she wraps around her cold water bottle to absorb the moisture when it sweats…lol!

Birthday Gifts From The Grandkids

24 Apr

gifts

For my birthday this year my grandkids, Kylan, Caden and Kinzley, gave me these cute ceramics they painted! It was so cute…they all came running into the house holding up their gift bags for me to open…loved their excitement!

Kylan

Here’s Kylan working on the red bird…

Caden

Caden working on the golf bag…

Kinzley

and Kinzley working on the teapot.

As you can see they took painting their ceramic pieces very seriously.   Katie said they couldn’t wait to pick them up after they were fired.

I really enjoyed receiving (and displaying) their works of art!

Playing Paper Dolls With Kinzley

23 Mar

My granddaughter, Kinzley, was spending the night with us Saturday. Wanting to do something special with her, I thought we would play with some paper dolls.

disney doc mcstuffins paper dolls

I found this cute Doc McStuffins paper doll set from the Disney Junior site. It includes these characters plus several outfits and accessories for Doc. I printed all the pages (7) on card stock (so they would hold up) and cut them out. I liked that you didn’t have to cut so close around the characters.

paper doll stands

There were a few things I did differently than what was instructed. I made these stands rather than the ones provided because they worked better. I also taped a piece of card stock to the back of Doc to reinforce her skinny neck.

Kinzley adding accessories

Rather than cut the flaps on the outfits, I applied repositionable glue (stick) on the back of all the pieces and let them set a few minutes. This made it really easy for Kinzley to dress Doc in whatever outfit and/or accessories she wanted to add…boy did she come up with some doozies!

The last thing I did was after taping the background pieces together, I folded it along the overlapped tape line so it could stand up.

Kinz and I had lots of fun playing with Doc and her friends!

Lego and Candyland Princess Birthday Party

13 Mar

For Kylan and Kinzley’s double birthday party this year, they chose the themes Legos and Princess. My daughter, Katie, added Candyland to Kinzley’s Princess theme so we could use one color scheme for both…primary colors.

INVITATIONS

Lego Candyland Party Invitation front

I made this Lego shaped invitation on my computer and printed them out on yellow card stock. Here’s the outside.

Lego Candyland Party Invitation-inside

For the inside I created a Candyland game board with the pertinent information, cut them out and glued them inside the card.

LEGO DECORATIONS

Kylan's Lego birthday wall

This is Kylan’s Lego wall. Katie made the banner using a Lego font; she covered the two pictures with a plastic tablecloth and added paper plates to make giant Legos; she added paper Ninja eyes to the balloons; built the number 6 (on the table) out of legos; painted the Lego containers, and…

Ninja Lego Lanterns

She made these cute Ninja Lego lanterns…

Kylan in his Lego shirt

and made Kylan (and his brother Caden) Lego shirts!

Lego juice box covers

She made these Lego juice box covers…

Lego and candy decorated cabinets

She decorated her cabinets like Legos and made the giant candies on top. It looked so good!

CANDYLAND PRINCESS DECORATIONS

Kinzley's candyland birthday wall

This is Kinzley’s Candlyland Princess wall. Katie made the banner and I made the giant lollipops from pool noodles and cardboard rolls.

Kinzley's candyland birthday wall2

Katie made the number 3 picture using thumb tacks; she made lace and gem princess crowns for the girls, and added a candyland game board.

Kinzley's In her Candyland Princess Dress

Here’s Kinzley modeling her “new” candlyland princess dress. Katie bought the dress for just 99 cents! She bought the shoes and tights. What a cute little Princess!

Candyland Princess Dress Lollipops

I made the sucker embellishments from felt and ribbon and added opal pearls. Katie added the stripped ribbon.

Candyland Necklace

Katie also made the colorful necklace.

FOOD, DESSERT/GOODIES

Lego food containers

The menu consisted of beef and chicken tacos and burritos, refried beans, savory and sweet cream cheese tortilla roll ups and chips and salsa. She build the plate holder out of Legos, and I made the Lego taco holders.

Easy Lego Themed Taco Holders

Here’s a close up of the Lego themed taco holders.

Dessert and Goodie table

Here’s the dessert/goodie table.

Kylan's Ninja birthday cake

Katie made both cakes. Here’s Kylan’s Ninja Lego cake sitting on a Lego built plate.

Kinzley's giant cupcake cake

Here’s Kinzley’s giant candy cupcake cake. It has a chocolate base filled with cake.

Kinzley's giant cupcake cake INSIDE

Here’s what it looks like inside…how colorful! It was yummy too:)

Blowing out their candles

Kylan and Kinzley blowing out their candles.

Layered Jello dessert

In addition to cake, there was jello and cool whip dessert…

Chocolate princess suckers and Legos

Chocolate Legos and Princess crowns…

Lifesaver candy containers

Assorted candy including these served in lifesaver candy containers Katie made by gluing foam letters onto metal cake pans and spray painting them.

PARTY FAVORS

Favor table

Here’s the party favor table that includes…

Lego Soap

Lego shaped soap…

Lego necklaces

Lego necklaces I made for the boys and purchased Crown bracelets for the girls…

candy filled plastic bear party favors

and these candy filled plastic bear containers. Katie bought and filled the containers and I made the hats and labels.

It was another successful party!

Kylan's Lego Bedroom

Afterwards, Katie used many of the Lego decorations to decorate Kylan’s bedroom…he loves it!

Caden’s Construction Birthday Party

16 Jan

For my grandson, Caden’s 4th birthday this past November, his mom and I put together a Construction Party for him. As always, we went overboard, but hey, it’s just so much fun to do and everyone enjoys it.

construction invitationsKatie made these super cute dump truck invitations from card stock.

construction party front door

For the front door, Katie made this orange extension cord wreath she saw on Pinterest, and the sign was made with her cricut machine.

construction vests_toolbelts_hats

Once inside, each child was given a personalized Construction vest, tool belt and plastic construction hat. I had a lot of pink felt and so I decided to make the girls vests pink. Further down you’ll see the favors we made to put inside the tool belts :)

punch container for the construction crew

We used my husbands orange construction cooler for the kids punch and personalized yellow sippy cups. For the gifts, Katie used a wheel barrel…sorry I didn’t get a picture.

construction party snack table

For the goodie table, we had chocolate donut spare tires, orange jello barricade cups, yellow and orange chocolate hard hats, orange cupcakes, chocolate pudding topped with oreo “dirt” and chocolate rocks (in the dump truck)…

marshmallow paint brushes

Chocolate dipped Marshmallow paint brushes on top of a decorated paint can,

chocolate coins

Chocolate coins (day wages) in a toy bulldozer. Katie bought the large construction vehicles and then gave them to Caden afterwards.

construction birthday cake

and of course this construction birthday cake Katie made…from scratch.

inside the construction cake

Here’s what a slice of it looks like…neat, huh?

construction Food Truck

For the food table, I kinda went over the top. I made this cabinet Construction Food Truck from felt, where we served: Ham and Cheese and Turkey and Cheese sandwiches, hotdogs, pasta cups and variety of chips.

help opening presentsOnce everyone ate, it was time for Caden to open his presents…with a little help from his sister.

Construction Party Tool Belt FavorsWhen the party was over, each child received 2 crayon tools and “construction” coloring cards to put in their tool belts to take home.

Kinzleys construction vest and toolbeltThese tool belts were super easy and no sew!  Here’s the No Sew Kids Construction Tool belt instructions.

Yep, it was another successful and fun birthday party!

 

%d bloggers like this: