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Tutorial: Easy Yo-Yo Hair Clips

April 5th, 2014  |  Published in Baby, Crafts, Kids, Tutorials  |  2 Comments

Annie Get Your Glue Gun: Easy Yo-Yo Hair Clip Tutorial

Whew, it’s been quite a busy six months! We are settling into our new city, new jobs, and new daycare. I have still been crafting here and there, but haven’t been as good about documenting it on my blog. But I couldn’t resist sharing this super easy hair clip tutorial with you in time for Easter. These are a great non-candy Easter egg filler!

Annie Get Your Glue Gun: Easy Yo-Yo Hair Clip Tutorial

Look how big my little Alice has gotten!


She’s in the growing out bangs stage, so these clips are perfect for keeping her hair out of her face.


Here’s how you can make some for your little cuties!

Supplies for one hair clip:

  • 6″ 3/8″ grosgrain ribbon
  • yo-yo (I use the Clover large yo-yo maker)
  • lighter
  • button
  • hair clip
  • needle and thread
  • glue gun

Step 1: Use a lighter to heat seal the end of your ribbon so that it doesn’t fray.

Step 2: Add a bit of hot glue to the bottom of the hair clip. Glue the heat sealed end of your ribbon in place.

Step 3: Add a short line of hot glue to the ribbon and quickly shape ribbon around end of hair clip.

Step 4: Add hot glue to the solid part of the hair clip and glue ribbon down.

Step 5: Set the hair clip aside for a minute as you sew the button to the yo-yo.

Step 6: Then sew the yo-yo to the hair clip.

Step 7: Cut the ribbon long enough to wrap around the other side. Heat seal the end.

Step 8: Add a line of hot glue along the back side of the ribbon. Sorry for the blurry picture; I was trying to work quickly before the hot glue dried!

Step 9: Wrap the ribbon around the top prong of the hair clip.

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Step 10: And you’re done!

Step 11: Make another one for cutie-pie pig tails.

Let me know if you make them! I’d love to see photos of your cute little ones wearing these clips!



Cooking With Toddlers: Cheese Crackers

September 19th, 2013  |  Published in Cooking, Recipes, Uncategorized  |  14 Comments

Exciting news in my world: I got a job! I have been a stay-at-home mom since we moved to California two months ago, and I’m not a huge fan of it. I love my daughter to pieces, but I think we’re all a lot happier when I am working. I crave being busy and being around adults, Dave wants back in as the equal parent, and we know that Alice misses friends, activities, and the schedule of school (even for a two-year-old!). Huge kudos to all of you stay-at-home moms who somehow stay sane and motivated!

I start my job in three weeks, so now I have this sweet vacation time to enjoy with Alice before everything gets busybusybusy again. Now that I have a job lined up, I have a million projects I want to finish. Why didn’t I just work on them the last two months? Ha!


Today we combined four of Alice’s favorite things: helping in the kitchen, using cookie cutters in play dough, cheese, and crackers. We made homemade animal- and heart-shaped cheese crackers!

I couldn’t believe how easy these were to make! And they really do taste like Cheez-Its! Seriously, give this recipe a try. It’s quick, fun, and super delicious.


Homemade Cheez-Its

(recipe from Shopgirl by way of BHG)


  • 8oz shredded cheddar cheese (or  whatever cheese you like!)
  • 1 cup all-purpose flour
  • 4 tbs unsalted butter, softened
  • Salt
  • 3 – 4 tbs ice water


  1. Mix together the shredded cheese,  1/2 tsp of salt and the softened butter.
  2. Add in the flour and mix until combined.
  3. With the mixer running, begin adding the ice water and mix until a soft dough forms. Use as much ice water as you need for a dough to form.
  4. Divide the dough in two, form each into a disk and wrap in plastic wrap. Refrigerate the dough for about 30 minutes.
  5. Preheat your oven to 375* F and line your baking sheets with parchment paper.
  6. Roll the dough out on a floured surface into about an 1/8 inch thickness. Cut into 1″ squares with a pizza cutter or fluted pastry cutter, or cut into fun shapes using tiny cookie cutters.
  7. Transfer your crackers onto the baking pans and sprinkle them with salt.
  8. Bake for about 7 – 10 minutes, or until they have puffed up and the edges begin to brown. Let cool before eating.


Warning: these will go fast! I swear all I heard Alice say today was “More cracker?”.



Finished Scrappy Row Along Quilt

August 29th, 2013  |  Published in Sewing  |  0 Comments

A lot has happened in the six months since I last checked in with you all! My husband graduated from graduate school and got a job, I left my job, we moved from Oregon to California, Alice turned two, and I finished my quilt!

The quilt is finished!

I followed Bee in my Bonnet‘s row along, and it only took me 8 months (!!).

The whole quilt!

You can see everyone’s quilts on flickr here. It’s so fun to see how different they all look, even with the same pattern.

Close up

I quilted it on my regular sewing machine, just using a wavy stitch and my walking foot. It was the first time I ever used a walking foot, and it was quite an adventure. There are a lot of mistakes (lines not even distance apart, missed stitches, etc.), but even I barely notice them when looking at the finished quilt.

Insects! Dragonfly border, butterfly backing, and bee label

I guess I was on an insect kick with the bee label, butterfly back, and dragonfly border. I am in love with the scrappy binding!

Bee tag and pretty scrappy binding

Sweet dreams little Alice! I’m sure she’ll be sleeping on a twin bed and snuggling beneath this quilt before I know it. For now, she’s sleeps in her crib and uses her quilt for fort building during the day.


Because I had never quilted before, I made an extra bee label into a little practice doll quilt.

Doll Quilt

It looks like Alice is picking her nose here, but really she’s just “shhh”-ing the sleeping teddy bear.

Shhhh, teddy bear is sleeping.

Yay for quilts! I think I will make a much simpler one for my next quilt project.

The quilt is finished!


Sewing with scraps

February 23rd, 2013  |  Published in Crafts, Quilting, Sewing  |  2 Comments

10 rows complete!

I’ve been keeping up with the Bee in my Bonnet Row Along and love watching my quilt grow and grow. Only five more rows to go! I feel much more confident with piecing now, but am very nervous about the next steps of actually quilting and binding. Eeks!


I was all caught up on the quilt, and actually had a few minutes to sew something for me! My iPad usually lives on the front of the kitchen cabinet, but I needed a case for when I travel. I found this tutorial which was just perfect! I love having the zippered pocket in the front for the charger, headphones, etc.


It was so satisfying to start and finish a project within a couple of hours! So I decided to take a break from the quilt for another week and make Alice these adorable little beanbags.


Aren’t they fun?


Dave and Alice think so!


Cutie Valentines

February 12th, 2013  |  Published in Crafts, Gocco, Holidays  |  1 Comment

With Christmas presents and my quilt-in-progress, I have not had much time for more crafting. But how could I resist making Valentines for Alice’s cutie little daycare friends?

I found this idea on Pinterest (of course!) from Tutto Bella Blog. I broke out my gocco and printed up some little cards on blank index cards.

I’m obsessed with Pick Your Plum, but so far I have just bought up a bunch of cute crafty supplies and not used many of them yet. This was the perfect use for these cute polka dot bags and bakers twine. Each bag holds two clementines.

Aren’t they sweet? I hope Alice’s little friends love clementines as much as she does!

Happy Valentine’s Day from my cutie to yours!

Painting Valentines


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My blue-eyed bluebird

October 27th, 2012  |  Published in Baby, Crochet, Sewing  |  4 Comments


I have always loved Halloween, but I’m not much of a scary Halloween person. I’m also not much of a dress my baby as a princess person. I’m sure that one Halloween before I know it, Alice is going to want me to make her a princess or a witch, but until then, I’ll dress her up in cute little forest animal costumes.


I used this super easy tutorial from Prudent Baby. I made the costume a little big on her so that she can use it for dress-up as she grows older. Who doesn’t need a bird costume in their dress up box?


Alice is walking just in time to trick-or-treat! We’ll just visit a few houses of some good friends, but maybe we’ll let her have a taste of candy this year.

Halloween 2011

Last year I crocheted this hat for my bitty bear the night before Halloween following this YouTube tutorial. She was such a grumpy baby back then! It’s so nice to have a cheery 14-month old for Halloween this year!


One-year family photos

October 14th, 2012  |  Published in Baby, Sewing  |  1 Comment

We had family photos taken when Alice turned one, and I couldn’t be happier with them. Alice is quite the serious, skeptical kid in public, so we were nervous that subjecting her to a photo session would be rough. But Alice was in a great mood and the photographer very sweet, so we ended up with some adorable photos.

Who do you think Alice looks like? We can never decide!

I made Alice’s dress from the Butterick See & Sew B5639 pattern which only cost me $2.99 at Joann Fabrics.

On the front of the pattern envelope there is a red box that says “YES! It’s easy.” Luckily, that was true, and I was able to sew the dress and bloomers in less than three hours. Which was useful as I started it the night before and finished it 10 minutes after we were supposed to leave to meet the photographer.

She got to wear her cute summer dress a few more times before the rain set in here in Oregon. It’s officially fall here now!

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Bee in my Bonnet Row Along

October 7th, 2012  |  Published in Sewing  |  1 Comment

I tried to make a quilt once before. I promised my now husband that I would make him a quilt on our first month anniversary. I bought fabric, cut out squares, and sewed them all together on my dorm room floor. I didn’t know the first thing about quilting and definitely did not have any of the right tools. I just sewed the squares together in long wonky lines, then sewed them into a giant, crazy rectangle. And that’s how far I got. I packed that hideous quilt top into a box, and have kept it that way for nine years. My husband still asks me from time to time when he’s getting that quilt I promised him.

Bee In My Bonnet Row Along

I swore off quilting, thinking that it was putzy and took too long for gratification. But I keep seeing so many beautiful quilt tutorials posted on pinterest, I have a growing stash of fabric scraps, and I have an adorable little girl to sew for. So it was only time before I started on a scrap quilt for Alice. Maybe if this one goes well, my next quilt will be for my husband.

Bee In My Bonnet Row Along

I stumbled on Bee in my Bonnet’s row along when she was on the second row. I think that was fate!

Bee In My Bonnet Row Along

She has step-by-step photo instructions that are so clear and easy to follow. I made my first “according to the rules” quilt rows.

Bee In My Bonnet Row Along

She posts a new row every two weeks, so it’s not too overwhelming. The quilt won’t be finished until next spring. Which is fine my me, because this will be for Alice once she moves to a twin bed.

Bee In My Bonnet Row Along

Do you recognize some of the fabrics? I spy Alice’s bonnet, crib rails, fabric beach balls, snuggler, pinafore, and more!

Anyone up to give it a try? The fourth row will be posted this week. You can still catch up! There is also a Flickr group, so you can go check out everyone’s super cute rows.

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Owl Crib Sheet

September 29th, 2012  |  Published in Baby, Sewing  |  1 Comment

I made this adorable crib sheet months ago, and apparently forgot to post it here! The first two photos were taken when I made it, and the last one was taken this week. Alice is growing like a weed!

I used this tutorial from Prudent Baby. Do you all follow Prudent Baby? If not, you should! It’s a great hip, crafty mama blog and they have fantastic fabric giveaways every week.

I was lucky enough to win a $250 gift certificate to Fabric Worm! What will I do with all of that fabric??

Oh, I have plenty of ideas!

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Alice is One!

September 22nd, 2012  |  Published in Amigurumi, Baby, Crafts, Crochet, Sewing  |  1 Comment

Alice had her first birthday in August! I can’t believe it’s been a year already and I don’t have a tiny baby any more. But I have to admit, I much prefer having a one-year old over having a newborn. Sleep is a wonderful thing, and so is watching Alice pick up new skills by the hour. She’s amazing!

My birthday gift to her was this super cute elephant jumper and amigurumi elephant. I grew up with the Ed Emberly drawing books, so I can’t get enough of this elephant fabric. Isn’t it adorable?! I want the rest of the fabric collection! The elephant amigurumi pattern is from the Tiny Yarn Animals book.

The dress is reversible! The pattern is the Jump-N dress from Olive Ann Designs. The dress is a bit too big on her now, but it should fit some time in the next year.

We had a quiet birthday with just the three of us. I promise I’ll throw big, fun parties when Alice gets a bit older. But this time, we just had a picnic in the park and Alice got to eat her first processed sugar. I made homemade funfetti cupcakes and she loved them (of course).


Update with a photo of Alice wearing the elephant dress. It finally fits her now that she is 20 months old. :-)

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