My friends are having babies left and right. While looking for easy handmade baby gift ideas I came across a Sizzix die cut for a baby bib. I have the Sizzix Pro and it will fit the large die. This was the solution to my shower gift dilemma. With this die I could make everyone bibs and any future babies will get bibs too. Win/win. The first baby on my list is a girl and her mom is kind of frilly so I decide to add a flower to her bib. This is one of my go to flowers and it works great with fabric scraps. For a while I put a rosette on everything. Normally I make the flowers and embellish them with gems in the center but since this is for a baby and I thought it would be safer to leave small bits off. Be ready to see several versions of this bib. My creative juices were flowing.
Reusable feminine pads hygiene products – Yes, we are going there. LOL While it might sound odd for a craft site to do a post on reusable feminine hygiene products you will soon see that it is a perfect fit. Our founder Niki Meiners, turned 44 on March 1st and March also happens to be National Craft Month. We saw this as a great opportunity to give back. So in honor of both we decided to do a little something different.
At 365 Days of Crafts we are all about the reusable and recyclable. In many 3rd world countries girls lack hygiene products and have to miss school or work because of this natural occurrence each month. We chose the Days for Girls organization as our charity for this project. They supply the free kits to girls all over the world. We committed to making 4 complete kits. (Niki wanted to do 44 but after we started 4 became the go to number.)
They provide a pattern for the panty sheild and changeable pad. You can get the pattern from them. I will day their method and instructions are not the easiest to follow. But if you want to contribute to them you need to follow their instructions to the T. Going forward, if we decide to make some for our local community there are changes we’ll make.
These are the materials we used from our favorite manufactures who donated the products to us for this event.
Materials for Reusable feminine pads:
Sheild Liner (PUL) It works as a moisture barrier.
The other materials we used following their guidelines were
basic sewing supplies
Air erasable marker and white pencil
You have to follow their instructions when making their pattern. These are some images of our gathering.
We traced the pattern on the Shield lining using pen that disappears after a while.
Make sure your liner is shiny side up for best results.
Use a white pencil for drawing on dark fabrics.
Use a white pencil for drawing on dark fabrics. This is what a reusable panty liner looks like when completed. We used the Dritz snap tool and and snaps. They were very easy to use. Now that we know how to insert the we will be using a lot more snaps.
These are the reusable flannels pad inserts. They fit inside the panty liners. The image below is our little band of merry makers that worked on the good. Thanks to everyone for donating the time and the supplies. Hopefully we make a difference in the lives of 4 girls.
A watercolor succulent makes easy and attractive wall art for your home. You don’t have to spend a lot of money to have cool decorations. The frame was purchased in a 3 pack for half off from a crafts store and watercolor paper and watercolor pencils are not expensive either. I have used the same set of watercolor pencils for 12 years. It is almost time for a few new ones. I have my favorite colors and they are getting tiny.
The most expensive item I used in making the piece was a new paint pen for me. A friend brought over her Posca Pens and after using hers I had to purchase my own because they are AMAZING! I ordered mine off of Amazon. They work so well. I had no problem stopping and starting. Other paint pens don’t seem to work well after a few uses. Not with this pen and the white was really white and solid. I did not have to go over it multiple times for it to show up and now I want to purchase a full range of the pens.
Supplies to make the watercolor succulent wall art:
Make an easy shamrock hair clip using Olyfun and Stickles. If you can draw a heart you can make this project. Yes, you can draw a heart and it is okay if it turns out a little wonky. It is handmade after all. Plus, in all likelihood your child will be wearing it and they really don’t notice if things are not perfect. Also you could make this a pin to wear on clothes or a backpack.
Oly*Fun is available by the 12×12 sheet in the general craft isle at most big box stores. You can find it on the bolt in the fabric section. You can use any fabric glue for Oly*Fun. I like to use the Cool Tool Glue gun. It is low temp and does not burn my fingers or melt through the material. It is also safe for kids to use.
Materials for easy shamrock hair clip:
Olyfun 12×12 craft sheets in Pine, Clover and Kiwi.
Adtech Cool Tool Glue Gun and Glue sticks
Stickles or glitter glue
Instructions for easy shamrock hair clip:
Cut three hearts in small medium and large. This will give you 9 hearts, three of each size.
Cut a thin strip to cover your hair clip. I wrap mine around it completely covering it.
Glue tips together as shown in the image above. (no hot glue it will melt) (fabric glue is fine too)
Add accents of Stickles or glitter glue around the edges in a thin line. Allow the glitter glue to dry or you will have a mess. You can speed up drying with a cool temperature hair dryer. DO not use heat or you can melt the Olyfun.
Glue the hair clip to the back of a heart. Leave room for the strip to cover the clip.
Cover the hair clip with a strip of Olyfun. Secure the strip with glue. Allow to dry.
Glue the stacked hearts on the clip as shown below.
A simple tasty and budget friendly side dish that looks and tastes gourmet. My kids love to dip them in ketchup and the adults like them in bruschetta. If you really want to kick them up another notch you can serve sour cream and chives too. If you have leftovers they are great the next morning with breakfast.
Ingredients for Rosemary & Parmesan Crusted Potato Bites.
2 pounds petite potatoes, halved
2 ½ tablespoons rosemary infused olive oil
1/4 cup grated Parmesan cheese
1/4 Shredded Regiano Cheese
½ teaspoon kosher salt
1 teaspoon chopped fresh thyme
1/2 teaspoon minced fresh rosemary
1/4 teaspoon garlic powder
1/4 teaspoon ground black pepper
Instructions for Rosemary & Parmesan Crusted Potato Bites:
Preheat the oven to 400 degrees F.
Coat the bottom of a 9×9-baking dish with the olive oil, and then evenly distribute the salt, pepper, garlic and thyme over the olive oil. Sprinkle on the cheeses over the seasoned oil.
Place the potato halves, cut side down, on top of the cheese mixture and bake for 45-50 minutes or until the potatoes are tender when pierced. Precise baking time will depend on the thickness of your potatoes. (you can spay oil over the potatoes to keep skin crisp)
I like to serve the potatoes with sour cream my husband likes them with sour cream and chives. The kids like to dip them in ketchup. Gasp, I know ketchup. They are kids, what can I say but it goes on almost everything. Occasionally they get fancy and add salsa. You can accessories them with what ever your family likes.
Please join us and discover new recipes for potatoes this weeks secret ingredient. There are over 40 blogger participating in the potato round up. The cake in the image has me totally intrigued. I think I will try it. If you try my recipe I would love to know what you think.
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Color sort busy activity for children in rainbow colors and in neutrals can both be made in 15 minutes or less. I came up with the popsicle shape, cut, sewed, colored and labeled all 10 colors in 32 minutes from concept, gathering materials, to completion. You can do yours in 15 minutes and make half or take a half hour and make them all. The materials list is very short. The activity will keep little ones busy and it can help them learn too. I colored the bottom of the craft sticks solid. This is to help them learn to match their colors and I also wrote the name on it for when they are ready to learn sounds and letters. The popsicle sticks can also be used for creative play.
OlyFun can be purchased in the craft isle at most big box craft stores in sheets or craft packs. It is also available via bolt in the fabric section. I really like this material because it dos not fray so you can treat it like paper or fabric.
Materials for Color Sort Busy Activity for Children:
OlyFun craft sheet package in 12×12 assorted colors
sewing machine and thread or fabric glue or glue gun (your choice)
Instructions for Color Sort Busy Activity for Children:
Draw a popsicle shape out on the Olyfun or freehand cut the shape. Cut two of each shape for popsicle. Repeat for each color.
Sew or glue the shapes along the outer edge. Repeat for each color.
Lable the popsicle stick with corresponding color. Use a marker to color in bottom half with corresponding color. Repeat for each color.
Pink passion accessories can be carried year round and are perfect for Spring. Why limit the time when you show you care? Show your passion about Breast Cancer Support with accessories you can carry with you around town. Make a few sets to give to your friends. This is also a great girls night in project.
spray bottle with water, craft knife, wooden skewer, wax paper
Instructions for pink passion accessories:
With clay conditioning machine on #2 setting, roll 1/2 package of each color clay into thin sheet. Sandwich thin sheets together and run through clay conditioning machine on #2 setting. Fold sheet in half; return to clay conditioning machine.
Roll clay into sheet on wax paper-covered work surface. Cut long sheet in half using craft knife. Stack two halves together and use acrylic roller to roll layers together, smoothing out air bubbles. Cut stack in half again and restack layers creating mokume gane stack.
Lightly mist the Technique Design Block Tool with water. Press Block Tool into clay stack using moderate pressure. Use flexible blade to remove patterned clay sheets from Block Tool.
Press keychain and purse hanger into patterned clay sheet. Smooth rough edges. Use craft knife to trim away excess clay. Smooth surface of clay with fingertip.
Follow manufacturer’s instructions to bake clay items on parchment-lined baking sheet in oven. Let cool completely.
Carefully remove clay pieces from keychain and purse hanger. Apply glue onto back of clay pieces; reposition in keychain and purse hanger. Let dry completely before using.
Carry your pink passion accessories with pride. You can make them for friends too. The same technique could be used for school colors.