Category Archives: Must Make Lists

Must Make Monday – Fairy Princess

Q will be turning 3 at the beginning of next month. The girl eats, sleeps, and breathes fairy princess so I thought doing a fairy themed party would be the natural thing to do. We’re going with a “tea party”, outside kind of affair (weather permitting) and I’ve been researching all kinds of yummy foods, decorations, crafts, and party favors.

I’m betting more than one of you have a fairy princess that lives in your house, too. If you’ve been searching for some great party ideas, your wish is granted!

Parents magazine has a great diy cupcake stand and an easy toadstool cupcakes idea.

Diane from Becoming Home made these great little fairy peg dolls for her daughter’s fairy party. She has several other cute party ideas in this post, too.

Martha Stewart’s continuous flower petal method

Pick Up Some Creativity‘s Fairy Wand tutorial

My Homespun Thread‘s rock candy tutorial

Mommy Blessings‘ fairy wing tutorial

I got this great egg carton fairy light tutorial from the norske interior blog.

Martha Stewart‘s flower cake

5 Orange Potatoes shows us how to make a portable flower press which I think would be either a great party craft or a fun, handmade party favor.

Mowielicious‘ pink meringue – could this be any prettier?

And if you’re still looking for more great ideas, check out this post for some inspiration.

Must Make Monday – Let’s Do Lunch

 

Here are a few of the yummy lunch ideas I’ve been collecting on my Let’s Do Lunch Pinterest board. I’m looking forward to trying these and I think the kids will like them all, too. Fingers crossed!

the craving chronicles’ broccoli and white cheddar mac & cheese

the cooking photographer’s vegetable fried brown rice

mommy’s kitchen’s pizza sammies 

family fresh cooking’s chicken with coconut-lime peanut sauce

cannelle et vanille’s lentil and root vegetable soup

meet the dubiens’ sweet and salty wrapper

weelicious’ ham and cheese crepes

 

 

 

Must Make Monday – Breakfast

We have two weeks until Quinby’s school year is done and older sister PZ is waffling about just how much school she’d like to have over the summer. However it turns out, we’re looking at a lot of Mama and girls time. This means I need to start thinking about all new routines and coming up with activities that are time consuming and educational as well as being fun.

I’m hoping to experiment with more food projects – cheese making, pasta baking, popsicle freezing, smoothie blending, meat dehydrating, jam preserving, and vegetable pickling. I’d really like to have at least one food project a week.

I know a lot of our summer days will be spent walking the neighborhood and going to the local playgrounds and parks, but I’m hoping to get some regular hiking in as well. And we’ve got a few short trips planned, so I’d like to figure out a fun way to prepare for those adventures as well as preserve the memories once we return.

I’m looking to find some fun science/art projects that we can do outside. And am always on the hunt for great kid’s books. I’ve got a fun boredom buster idea bumping around in my head that you’ll hear more about later. And I’d really like to get myself and my girls more in touch with our household and the joy of homemaking. PZ especially is 5 now and really ready to begin taking on some responsibilities around the house.

It would thrill me to help nurture the creative spark both my girls are exhibiting toward art and painting. Plus I think PZ is probably ready to try her hand at small sewing or yarn projects.

As you can see I have a lot to mull over. Anything you can share would be great! You’ll be benefitting from my research, too, I promise. Like today, I decided to do some research on the supposedly most important meal of the day – breakfast! With the kids at home, I won’t be able to skip it or wait until the brunching hour like I’ve been doing the last few months. I’m sure we will go to restaurants for breakfast on occasion, but I’d like to keep that at a minimum.

Breakfast is probably the one meal of the day where I feel somewhat comfortable. I can make eggs, although the girls haven’t been eating those as much lately. I can make toast, pancakes, muffins, anything that needs baking. Yogurt and granola is a no-brainer. But what I’d really like is to find some recipes that are good, nutritious, interesting, and easy enough that Mama can make breakfast without getting into a funk that messes with our entire day.

Do you know anything that fits the bill? Let me know. In the meantime here’s what I’m looking at…

This peanut butter and banana smoothie recipe from Fitness magazine looks super yummy. Its like starting your day off with a great tasting, good for you milk shake. My girls would love this and would be able to help make them which is a big plus.

This Apple Jack Breakfast Wrap found at Food.com looks scrumptious and easy and we all know what they say about an apple a day…

This carrot cake pancakes recipe found at MyRecipes.com sure looks interesting. Some of the reviews say that more spice was needed. My family loves cinnamon, so I’d make sure to put more of that in. I’m also wondering if cream cheese wouldn’t be the perfect topping for this breakfast cake.

Family Fresh Cooking has this wonderful looking recipe for Peanut Butter Pumpkin Coffee Cake. I am for sure making this one! We LOVE pumpkin year ’round in this household and it is so good for you. The girls and I are old pros by this time at baking breakfast breads and I’m betting this one will become a new favorite.

Maple-Nut Granola from Eating Well magazine would be the first granola we’ve tried making. I’m a big maple-nut fan and this one looks fairly healthy. Do you have a favorite granola recipe?

I’ve had pizza for breakfast before, but never a breakfast pizza. This breakfast mini pizza from Eating Well magazine looks like it would be fun to make and fun to eat. I can imagine we would play with the toppings to make different pizzas for different days. Great idea!

This Sweet Potato Oatmeal Breakfast Casserole from Oh She Glows looks spectacular. I’ve never seen anything like this before and I just know my vegan friends would love it. This would be a great one for the weekend or for those mornings we might have an early play date.

This last week I did the Elsie Marley Kids Clothing Week Challenge and had a lot of fun. I realized that I am a lot happier when I take the time to allow myself creative achievement. Even just an hour a day (which was the challenge) of sewing made me much more patient and glad to see my little ones. So I’m really hoping to be able to find that balance this summer. Wish me luck and send me your ideas. We all need them!

Must Make Monday: Kids Clothes for KCWC

I’m very excited for Elsie Marley’s Kids Clothes Week Challenge. I’m planning on making the bulk of my girls’ spring/summer wardrobes this week. Yay! All last week I’ve been pinning tutorials and inspiration photos and am ready to start sewing. In case you are just hearing about KCWC or are still trying to find that perfect piece to sew, here are a few of the tutorials I’ve been considering.

Schwin & Schwin’s Petal Sleeve TopMakin’ It ImMACKulate’s Summer TopPrudent Baby’s Pillowcase Dress

Everyday Chaos’ Apron Dress

From an Igloo’s Shirred Twirly Dress

Me Sew Crazy’s Old School Shorts

Sewing for Scarlett’s Smock Top

Must Make Monday – El Cinco de Mayo Revisited

El Cinco de Mayo is one of our favorite holidays around here. May 5th, 1995 marks when Hubs and I first got together. 16 years! We’ve been together almost half of our lives. Whew!

Well, if you like to celebrate this fun holiday too, here are some great tutorials to help you out. Make sure to check out the ones I gathered two years ago.

Margarita popsicles from Hostess Blog.

Plantain Chips and Guacamole Dip from The Vegan Stoner

Mini Pinatas from One Charming Party

Annie’s Eats Margarita Cupcakes

No tutorial, but I love the Sweetest Occasions Buenas Noches Fiesta handkerchief garlands. There are a bunch of great diy ideas for a great party on this site.

Must Make Monday – Cardboard

Last week I spotlighted some great tutorials for upcycling your vintage sheets. Now let’s look at your recycling bin for all the cardboard you’ve been tossing and see all the cool things we can make.

LIEr from ikat bag gives a wonderfully detailed tutorial on how to use cardboard as a building material. She then goes on to list 3 dozen different toy ideas to make once you’re ready, the boomerang and car are included. Terrific!

maya*made has some really great cardboard tutorials, too. Check out her cardboard easel and milk carton art caddy, (I’ll have to put that book on my look for list!), and her children’s table and chairs made from her own design.

Robert Maher, whom you may recognize from such greats at MaherDrygoods.com and the Junior Society, has done these wonderful crafts for Cuties mandarin oranges. This doll bed is adorable and now I wish I’d saved more of my Cuties boxes. Next year!

Joel Henriques of madebyjoel is another one of my favorite crafty gentlemen and he does lots of cool cardboard toys, like these cat and dog box pull toys and this imaginative marionette.

If you are still looking for more things to do to reduce that cardboard pile by reusing it into something fantastic, especially for your kiddos, check out The Crafty Crow‘s cardboard section. Pretty grand! Enjoy and try not to get a paper cut, will ya!

 

Make Make Monday – Vintage Sheets Upcycled

To start my Scrappy April off right, I did a little research on one of my favorite materials to see upcycled – vintage sheets. There’s some seriously pretty fabrics in these links, folks. I have a small collection of sheets and pillowcases in my own stash and I just might have to try one or two of these tutorials. If you’ve done any, I’d love to see pictures.

And now… On with our show!

Get Your Martha On shows a better way than just eating in bed to use your sheet as a napkin.

Check the sidebar for all 4 weeks of the “On The Edge” sew along over at You Go Girl. This would be a great project to either make your own pillowcase from vintage sheets or just pretty up an old pillowcase.

Oh, Fransson gives us a pretty way to organize our projects with the Workbasket tutorial. These would be great picnic baskets, too!

Design Sponge posted blogger and etsy shop owner Katherine Jalaty’s folder tutorial. What every crafty business needs for keeping all those pesky receipts neat and pretty.

My five year old has been yearning for a nightgown. gingercake‘s pillowcase nightgown might just be what she gets. I would imagine the cotton would feel SO comfortable. Perfect for summer or you could use flannel ones for winter!

Instead of bringing a book to bed, Emmmy Lizzzy show how to bring a bed to books with this clever tutorial for covering wall shelves with vintage sheets.

Author of Sewing Green, Betz White gives us a shoe bag tutorial using vintage sheets. So practical for traveling or even just keeping your nice shoes from getting banged up in the closet.

The Vintage Sheet Blog has a ton of great tutorials like this market tote one. They are also have a vintage sheet FQs giveaway open until April 7. Hurry, before it becomes just a thing in the past!

Must Make Monday – Easter

We usually celebrate Easter by having the first picnic of the season if weather permits. If its rainy we picnic inside. Hubs makes his famous fried chicken and I make my oh so yummy deviled eggs. We like to color eggs and give some small candy treats. Last year the girls were old enough to have our first hunt. All in all a pretty sweet time that I’m looking forward to doing again this year.

If you are getting excited about Easter too, and want to have some fun crafts/recipes to try, check these out.

Tara from Easy Makes Me Happy made these great looking crocheted and needle felted eggs. Very creative! There’s a crochet egg tutorial here and a needle felting tutorial so between the two you should be able to get hopping! (Sorry. Couldn’t help myself.)

If you’ve got a little boy in your life you might want to check out Jamie from Prudent Baby’s bow tie tutorial. Your little guy will look spiffy on Easter morn.

Nothing says Easter quite like hot cross buns. Perhaps you are like me and have never had this treat homemade or maybe you have a great recipe and make your own every year. Either way, you should check out Maria’s recipe at Scandi Food and see what you’ve been missing.

 

Over at Craft Passion, they’ve got a great pattern and tutorial for these adorable little bunny sachets. I love this kind of gift. Both cute and practical these bunnies can stick around long past Easter.

What would any Easter celebration be without a great Easter basket, or in this case bucket. Make your own adorable bunny bucket using Positively Splendid‘s tutorial and be extra happy to see those kiddos hunting Easter eggs.

If this still isn’t enough Easter crafty goodness for you, I saw Dana over at Made has a whole bunch of tutes, too.  Hoppy Easter! (groan)

Must Make Monday – For the Kids’ Room

I may be a bit biased, but I think this weeks must make list is particularly inventive and creative. Not because of anything I’ve done, but because of the truly inspiring crafty ideas from these wonderful bloggers. Each one makes me want to get crafting and I know they are items my kids, AND YOURS, will love! Enjoy and happy spring to everyone!

People with those unresellable recalled cribs take notice! Notes From a Very Red Kitchen had the great idea for upcycling your old crib into a chalkboard easel.

Part of Ashley’s MISTER Make it and Love it series, she’s put up this great tutorial for a cardboard guitar! Rockin’!

Do you know what happens when I sit on a bunch of cute tutorials? You get three from the same crafty blog! Here are three great tutes from one of my favorite blogs, Giddy Giddy. This first one is her super cool fashion paper dolls. (Note to traveling families: I bought a book of punch out paper dolls for my 2 and 5 year old girls and it kept them busy for a good hour on the airplane back from Hawaii. Think how much longer this little project would take. Just a thought!)


These cool characters are actually coat hooks. How awesome is that! I totally want to create some of these.

Last, but certainly no least, are Giddy Giddy’s beautiful handmade kites. I’m sure these are great for flying on one of these blustery March days, but I think they’d be just as cool hanging from the ceiling above my daughters’ bed.

If your kiddos aren’t into paper dolls, maybe these felt ones would do the trick. Smile and Wave shows us how to make a felt board and gives templates for creating the dolls and clothes.

For even more felt board fun, check out this more toddler friendly wall board and shapes by Red Shoe Girl.

Some folk’s creativity is so inspiring. Matstake and this stuffed fox lamp is a great example. Just think what you could do with an idea like this!

This toadstool stool tutorial from Tao of Craft is adorable and would be a great addition to any kid’s room. Maybe now that it’s spring you could even take this great stool outside for a Tao of Tea party!

Must Make Monday – Spring is Just Around the Corner

Spring! Even the word seems happy. Every year, around this time, I start to feel itchy waiting for spring to arrive. Each newly spotted bloom is a fresh reminder that soon the sun will come back and life will begin again. If you’re like me and ready for spring, then this Must Make Monday should fill you with inspiration.

Whether spring brings to mind thoughts of bunnies and chicks, flowers and fresh produce, floral prints and pastels, or even rain boots and frilly umbrellas, this list has something for everyone.

Make a paper mache boat with Ann Wood and sail it through a spring shower.

 

Let Martha show you how to paint the inside of your vases to make the most of your spring bouquets.

Cami at You Seriously Made That?!? shows us how to crochet a beautiful flower headband that will put us in a spring frame of mind.

She’s Got a Passion for Fashion and she wants to give your wardrobe a lift by showing you how to make a fantastic Peter Pan collar.

Your little rabbit can hop right into spring with these clever dress up ears. Stacy from Hart and Sew will show you how, you just need to bring your imagination.

These pom poms bring cheer to your house while you wait those last few weeks for the flowers to bloom. Clean out your closet and Craftaholics Anonymous can show you how to make them out of old tee shirts.

Speaking of spring cleaning, Macheesmo shows you how to do it the natural way with 4 great cleaning fluid recipes. Add some lavender oil and let the scent whisk you away to a spring meadow.

Craft Knife knows how to get your kids up and out the door this spring. Give’em wings! Make beautiful butterfly wings out of wire hangers and old clothes.

This great dress from Me Sew Crazy is enough to give anyone spring fever! Make one for your little girl and watch her twirl.

Think about refashioning some of your winter wardrobe to beat those winter blues and spring into a fresh new cardigan with help from Ruffles and Stuff.

Even when it feels like you can’t chase those clouds away, just remember that April showers bring May flowers. While we wait for those, wear one of these cute felt rain clouds, from Bugs and Fishes, on your coat and know that spring is just around the corner!