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Thursday, October 31, 2013

Family Fingerprint Ornament

Quote of the Day:
My purpose is to teach and demonstrate what is possible. To demonstrate love of God and good. Remember what my role is as a woman: to be... good. My role as a mother: to teach, support and nurture my offspring. My role as a grandmother: to remind everybody - right where you are, God is.
Iyanla Vanzant

This is a very clever idea for little ones. You can see the recipe for the salt dough on this picture. It is very easy to make. I had my daughter, Emily and her husband Brian and their son Luke put their thumb prints on the salt dough that I made. It feels like play dough when it done. I added the year in the center. It came out really good. I bought the silver spray paint at Michael's Craft Store. I might suggest that maybe you will want to get a little one's thumb print while they are asleep. Luke jammed his thumb in and it made a big mark. But it's his mark so I kept it. These will be given to my mother and David's mother for Christmas. I have used salt dough in the paste to spend an afternoon with my grandchildren that live here in the states making Christmas ornaments using cookie cutters or just plain designing if you are able. My sister has made the 12 days of Christmas using salt dough before as well. She's very good at it. Enjoy and have fun.


Wednesday, October 30, 2013

Jeans Purse

Quote of the Day:
A conservative is someone who makes no changes and consults his grandmother when in doubt.
Woodrow Wilson
Hailey's Jeans Purse
My granddaughter is getting this purse for Christmas. Again, I got the idea off of the internet. I have to say that if you don't want to make one, there is one for sale on This one is done up in purple because that is her favorite color. I went to one of the area thrift stores and bought the jeans and the tie. My daughter-in-law almost didn't let me use the jeans because they were so cute. But they were not Hailey's size. I also bought a yard of the purple pom-poms.  I cut off the legs and put the pom-poms in for decoration and sewed straight across the bottom. It is bunched up a little near the crotch area. I'm guessing that's why the tie was used. I cut a strip from the leg of the jeans to create the strap. I didn't finish anything. I personally like the fraying. I think it will make it look cute. I had trouble tying the tie. If you want to make this yourself, I suggest a tie that is not so big at the bottom.  I had to adjust. I cut the bottom of the tie to fit from the top to the bottom and stitched it to the top. I took the rest of the tie and put it through the loops and tucked it under the tie and stitched them down. I hand tacked the tie down so that it doesn't flop about when she is carrying it.
I have entered the Jet Pack that I made for my grandsons in a photo contest. If you click on the widget you can add your vote. His prize is $500 which he will share with his sister and brother.

Breast Cancer - Open in Front-  I have a second blog that you or someone you know may be interested in seeing.

Tuesday, October 29, 2013

Visiting Area Fun Places with our Grandchildren

Quote of the Day:
A mother becomes a true grandmother the day she stops noticing the terrible things her children do because she is so enchanted with the wonderful things her grandchildren do.
Lois Wyse
As I mentioned yesterday, we watch our grandchildren that live here while their mom and dad take a weekend to celebrate their anniversary in April. This year our treasured moments took place at the Living Museum and at Mt. Trashmore. We had  such a wonderful time and they got to see some really cool. things. The museum had activities for children as well as so many things to look at. Mt. Trashmore is a park here in Virginia Beach that was created from a previous trash dump. It is a big local playground and we spent some time there as well. Hailey, Evan Michael, and Jacob had a ball. Then we went back to the house and made our No Bake Cheesecake.
Always look at it as a treasure to be able to spend quality time with your grandchildren. I have never been anywhere where there wasn't something that we couldn't take our children or grandchildren for something fun to do, even if it's just walk through the woods.
Breast Cancer - Open In Front  -  I have a second blog that you or someone you know may be interested in seeing.

Monday, October 28, 2013

Making Pineapple No Bake Cheesecake with our Grandchildren

Quote of the Day:
Grandmothers hold our hands for just a little while, but our hearts forever.
 Every April we keep our 3 Grandchildren that live here in the states, Hailey, Evan Michael and Jacob, while their parents go away for the weekend to celebrate their anniversary.  We always try to do something special when they are there. This weekend we made Pineapple No Bake Cheesecake. We used strawberries instead, since not all of us will eat pineapple. It worked just as well.  I collect depression glass or just glass that I like. I got these little glasses in Belgium when I went to Germany to visit my daughter. We put our cheesecake in these pretty glasses and the kids were so excited to show them of to Mom and Dad when they got home to pick them up.  They were very careful with my little glasses and encourages me to do it again. We had so much fun. The recipe is below and I got it off of facebook. It was very good. The M&M that is on top of the desert was just our little addition to decorate it up a little. It was definitely a hit.
Pineapple No Bake Cheesecake
 Prep Time: 15 minutes

3/4 cup graham cracker crumbs
 1 tablespoon granulated sugar
 2 tablespoons unsalted butter, melted
1 (8 ounce) package cream cheese, softened
 3 tablespoons granulated sugar (see note below)
 12 ounces fresh pineapple, pureed
1/2 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
 1 (8 ounce) tub frozen whipped topping, thawed
 In a medium bowl, stir together the graham cracker crumbs, sugar and melted butter. Evenly divide the crumbs between your individual serving dishes and press into the bottoms of the dishes to form a crust layer. In a large bowl, with an electric mixer, beat the cream cheese and sugar on medium-high speed until smooth and creamy, about 3 minutes. Add in pineapple and vanilla and mix to combine, scraping down the sides of the bowl as needed. Using a rubber spatula, fold in the whipped topping until well combined. Evenly pipe or spoon the filling into prepared individual serving dishes. Cover with plastic wrap and refrigerate for at least 3 hours before serving. If desired, garnish with additional whipped topping and fresh pineapple.

Friday, October 25, 2013

Take time and make something for yourself

Quote of the Day:
I never knew how much live my heart could hold until someone called me Grandma.

I decided to take a break from making things for my grandchildren and make something for me. If I haven't mentioned before, I am a breast cancer survivor. I have made boppy covers with this fleece. I wanted to make something for myself with "Fight like a Girl" in mind. This pattern was very simple. The pattern I used is called New Look 0949. I made the image labeled B. Once it was all cut out, it only took me 3 to 3 1/2 hours to make this. It has instructions for pockets and I can still add those, I just haven't decided if I want to or not. I created cuffs rather than just hemming the sleeves. I have to tell you that this pattern runs large. If you wish to use this pattern, I would go with a size smaller than what  you like. Part of that 3 1/2 hours included cutting it down to something smaller.

Thanks for letting me share and enjoy your day.
Teeny Tots Treasures
Breast Cancer - Open in Front  I maintain two blogs. Please visit my breast cancer blog. It is a journal of my journey to healing. You may know someone that may benefit from my journey.

Thursday, October 24, 2013

Firefighter Airtank for costume

Quote of the Day: 
Grandmother has ears that truly listen, arms that always hold, love that is never ending, and a heart that is made of gold.
My husband actually came up with this idea. This is very similar to the Jet Pack I showed earlier. We took two 2-liter bottles to make this. The "tank" we spray painted with white first and then with the gray. The second bottle was cut to imitate an air mask. He cut a whole in the lids of the bottles and inserted the hose. What we didn't do, was cut air holes in the "mask". When our grandsons held it to their faces, it was hard to breath. We haven't done this but if it were actually going to be used you can find what we used to mount it so that it would hang from their back in my earlier blog about the Jet Pack. They are going to use the jet pack for their Halloween costume this year. They just took this one home to play with. They benefit from some of our projects. Thank you for letting me share and enjoy your day.
Breast Cancer - Open in Front I maintain two blogs. Please visit my breast cancer blog. It is a journal of my journey to healing. You may know someone that may benefit from my journey.

Wednesday, October 23, 2013

Little Jeans Pocket Purse

Quote of the Day:
It’s grand thing to be the mother of a mother – that’s why the world calls her grandmother  (anonymous)

This is such a great idea. My husband and I went to a country church bazaar this weekend and that is where I got this idea. It is just to easy to do. I made it as a Christmas gift for my 10 year old granddaughter, Hailey. Her Uncle Mark, my brother donated the jeans for me to use on projects.

I cut the pockets off of the pair of jeans. I bought a 7 inch zipper and stitched the zipper to the two pieces first cutting off the left over zipper. Don't forget to stitch the zipper where you cut it off or the zipper pull will come right on off. Then I folded it so the outside was together. That turned out not to be a good idea. Once I had it stitched, I couldn't turn it back to the right side being out. It looked awful. So I took it apart and then stitched it again with the insides together. The H is simply a black sharpie. I didn't add straps to this one because I see it being a kind of change purse that she can put in the jeans purse that I will be making for her that has straps. This is an item that I see me doing more than once. It was just too easy to do.

Thank you for letting me share and enjoy your day.
Teeny Tots Treasures
Breast Cancer - Open in Front is my 2nd blog that you may be interested in.

Tuesday, October 22, 2013

How to Make a Card Table Fort

Quote of the Day:
A grandmother is like an angel, who takes you under her wings. She watches over you
 and would give you anything.
 (Martinella Cartoons.)

This is one more project that my daughter asked me to make for Luke. She is keeping me very busy. This came out so well that I'll be making one for my state-side grandsons for Christmas and now she would like one for her elementary classroom. It really isn't that hard to make. I got the "how to" from the internet:
Card Table Fort Tutorial
This one is a little more elaborate and done a little differently. Her windows are round instead of square, for example. What I like to do is show the projects that I find as a finished product that I do. Then decide if it's worth doing again. In this case, it is.

I cut the top piece directly from laying it on top of the card table. I measured the other pieces to be about a half inch more on the 3 sides to allow me a seam. You should measure your own, but my particular table was 33 inches square on the top and 33X29 from leg to leg and top to bottom. So I cut 33 1/2 X 29 1/2 inch pieces and I cut 4. One of the four I cut in half and added the green bias tape to finish it. I pinned each side and stitched them on to the top. When I got to the front I also bought a screen door that you can hang in an open door that closes with magnets. I cut that down to match the door front and stitched both of them together to the top. Then I stitched all of the sides.

I decided how big I wanted my windows and then cut them out of two sides opposite of each other. I cut the left over screen to match that and finished it with bias tape and then stitched it to the open window space. My windows are a little closer to the bottom. Luke loved the kids house toys at Toys R Us in Germany and I wanted them to be lower to him while he's sitting inside.

I added a pocket inside that Luke could put things in. My next step was to finish the bottom edge. I did this with black bias tape. My final step was to embroider Luke's name on a brown piece of material and attach it to the door. This whole evolution took me about 3 days and I only worked a couple of hours a sitting. I am happy to do it again for my daughter's classroom and I have a friend that wants one in pink camouflage for her granddaughters and of course Evan Michael and Jacob will love it too..

For my version you will need 5 yards of material, bias tape (on  the doors are double width folded bias tape, the hem is single width double fold bias tape) and some form of mesh material. The screen door I bought only cost me $5 and I have enough for two forts with that. I got that at Roses. If you don't have a Roses you might try Dollar General or Family Dollar. I'm sure they can be ordered online as well.

Thanks for letting me share and compare. If you have some thing that you would like me to try out, let me know. I'm happy to try. Happy stitching and enjoy your day.


Monday, October 21, 2013

Changing Table Pads

Quote of the Day:
A Grandmother: a bit of parent, a bit of teacher.
My grandson Luke's crib has the changing table attached to the crib with drawers and spaces under it for the things used to change the baby. However, it didn't come with a pad and has weird measurements so that the standard changing pad does not fit. So, I made a couple to fit it.  The top one was pre-quilted and all I had to do was finish the edges with bias tape and using my embroidery machine I added the caterpillar that is the theme in Luke's room. The bottom one, I had to quilt. They didn't have any pre-quilted in this color which is  the theme color in Luke's room. I did this by using a ruler and drawing the lines that I would sew with my sewing machine. They are approximately an inch square. It wasn't so hard to do, since what I was making wasn't all that big. Then I finished it with bias tape like I did the ivory pad. I put the plane on it because his dad is in the Air Force. It was stored in my machine and I wish it had been a little larger. Of course, I added Luke's name to this one.
If you cannot sew or don't have the time, please visit my shop on Etsy to see if there's anything there that would interest you. Just click on the link.
Thank you for letting me share with you and Enjoy your day.

Friday, October 18, 2013

How to Make a Mason Jar Frame

Quote of the Day:
I don't spoil my grandchildren.
I'm just very accommodating.
Mason Jar Frame
This was another project that was just too easy. But I did make a couple of mistakes anyway. The first attempt, I used a jar that had just too much things embedded in the glass and caused distortion in the picture, such as the "Ball" that indicates the type of jar it is. I also had too much of the flower I chose and it covered the picture. This is a "Golden Harvest" jar and has at least one side with nothing on it as you can see. I also tried the original with a color picture. I just took the jar and put my black and white picture inside. That choice is up to you whether you use color or black and white. I cut the flower that I got at Michael's down a bit and dropped it in the jar and just filled it with vegetable oil. I have to say that I used a almost clear oil and, personally, I may have wanted something with a little more color. Again, this is a matter of choice. I used one of our wedding pictures, but obviously, it would also look great with your children or grandchildren.
I'm not selling this on my Etsy Shop, but if you have infants, babies or toddlers, my shop may be of interest to you if you don't craft or sew, or don't have the time.
Enjoy your day.

Thursday, October 17, 2013

How to make a boppy cover.

Quote of the Day:
Grandma! You have to come and get me. Your daughter is going crazy!!
(saw on facebook with a little girl on the phone)

This is just about the easiest thing to make of all my projects. I found the pattern on the internet, but if you have a boppy or a nursing pillow, you can draw the outline you need onto paper. Just fold it in half and draw your template. When you cut it out, lay it on the fold for the first cut. For the back, make it a little longer at the straight edge and this one is not on the fold. Hem the pieces of the back and then pin to the front that is now unfolded. Make sure the pieces are pinned front to front. The back pieces should overlap. When you've sewn them together around the outer edge, turn right side out. With the overlap, you know have a cover that works like a pillow sham. There are no zippers, snaps, or Velcro that could scratch or pinch you baby. That's what I love about this pattern. I usually make them out of fleece on minky, really soft materials. I've also made them using college, NFL and baseball teams for friends that wanted that team support. If you can't sew and would like one of these please see my Teeny Tots Treasures shop on Etsy:
If I don't have what you want, I can get the right material and make it for you.

Please if you have any questions, I'm happy to help if I can. Just let me know through a comment.
Enjoy your day


Wednesday, October 16, 2013

Infant, Baby and Toddler Leg Warmers and a Onesie

Quote of the Day:
Grandmother: I was about your age when I fell in love for the first time.
Granddaughter: Were you really creepy about it.

I made several things for Luke before we went to Germany to celebrate his 1st birthday. As I said before, I have a embroidery sewing machine that I just love. I found this flannel onesie in the olive green at a thrift store. It was such a great color because our son-in-law is in the air force and stationed in Germany. The material and being long-sleeved was great because it's colder where they live than it is here. If you can't read it, it says..."My daddy is a soldier. What super powers does your daddy have?" I also have the software to make one that says "My mommy is a teacher. What super power does your mommy have?" My daughter is a teacher and teaches the air force children on base.

The leg warmers were so easy to make using women's knee socks. I found out how to do them online by accident one day. As a teacher, one of the things that identified me to my students was the teacher with the crazy knee socks. So I had a lot that I don't wear any more and used them to start with.  I cut off the foot part at the heel as low as I can get and cut  90 ° straight across. I did the same thing with the rest of the foot, cutting off the heal and the toes.  Turn the long section inside out. Fold the shorter part so that the inside of the sock is together. Then you take the shorter part and put it in the cut edge of the long section and line all the cut edges together. Sew these all together and turn back right side out and you have made 1/2 of you set of leggings. If there is any confusion about how to do this, the following is a great link to see how it's done in pictures:
The above leggings were from knee socks I bought especially for Luke. Below is an example of the socks that I wore:

My Angry Bird socks were a hit and school and became to first pair of socks that I converted to leggings for Luke. I also found software to create an angry bird embroidery for his onesie.

If you're seeing this and you don't sew, I have several different kind in my shop on Etsy that you can purchase, including Sports type such as Philadelphia Eagles. I even have one pair of the camouflage leggings available there:
Enjoy your day and happy crafting.

Tuesday, October 15, 2013

Saying of the Day:
Bless his heart. Jacob doesn't understand that he has to have us read to him the whole month before he can be eligible for the pizza party. So here we are first day reading and Jacob is saying urgently "we gotta hurry and read! I'm gonna be late for my pizza party, dad!!" funny boy. (Jacob is our five year old grandchild in kindergarten.)
This is Luke in his sleeping bag. This project idea began as most of mine do..."Mom, can you make this for Luke?" You know I'm gonna try. With this one I took measurements of one of the sleeping bags we have here for the other grandchildren. As you can see, this is the same print and design as the quilt I mentioned in an earlier post and the directions are the same. Although, I see I left out the antenna when giving directions for the quilt. The antenna is the same cording as the feet and the top is the same little pom poms as the eyes. I started with the top of the bag, with the caterpillar and embroidering Luke's name on it. I have an embroidery machine that I just love and am having so much fun with. The top measured the same as the bottom and then I just folded it down. The color you see where "Luke" is embroidered is just the color on the back of the pre-quilted material. I laid it out over the bottom and put all that over some extra batting to make it really cushioned to lay on. Then I laid a section of plain green material over all of it and stitched together on 3 sides. I turned it all and stitched the bottom side and Luke appears to like it. So I guess I did pretty good.

Monday, October 14, 2013

Daily Saying:
A house needs a grandma in it.
You will find, at least for a little while that most of my crafts are my youngest grandson, Luke.  He is the reason that I got back into crafting, so I hope you understand. But I have some great ideas for the other grandkids too.

This is matching t-shirts for daddy and baby. I used poster paper to make my templates. I made 2 sides of the vest and the tie and then just stitched them to a t-shirt. This one was done with cotton. I did another with felt. I believe it looked better, but the problem with felt is that you have to be careful how you wash that. I'm all for quick and easy.

This is the one made with felt.


Sunday, October 13, 2013

Learning to Sign the Word "More".

Saying of the Day:

 Always and forever is a grandmother’s love.




Being a grandmother who signs some, I started teaching my granddaughter a few word when she was a baby. I just taught her how to sign eat, drink, more and cookie. It made life so much easier when she could communicate with us some. I taught cookie as a fun word, but we ended up using for anything that was treat. She didn't always get cookies.


My daughter and I have been working with Luke to teach him the word "more". I know I'm blocking some of the video, but you can see that he is getting it.

If your child or grandchild can tell you what they want, it solves a lot of problems and makes other easier.

Saturday, October 12, 2013

October 12, 2013

The pregnancy and birth of my youngest grandson and my retirement is the reason I started crafting again. The theme for his room is the caterpillar. So I made him a quilt to go with it. It's green because that is my daughter's favorite color, so that is the prominent color in Luke's room. I bought a yard of pre-quilted material and used double wide biased tape to trim the outer edges. I chose different materials to make the caterpillar. I used a plate as a template and cut each of the caterpillar sections.  Before I  did any thing with the yellow I put the face on it. The eye is just a fuzzy dot that came in a package of a lot. The lips are just a cording that I also go at the fabric store. Each of these circles are also trimmed in the same biased tape. Then all I had to do was put them on the quilt. The last thing that I did was add the legs using the same cord as the smile. They are not any specific length, just what I thought looked good.

Friday, October 11, 2013

October 11, 2013

I was able to finish the costumes for my grandsons, Evan Michael and Jacob. They were so excited when they saw them.

Evan Michael is 6 about to turn 7 and Jacob is 5 and just starting kindergarten. Now I need to get to the fort that my daughter wants for our grandson, Luke.
Evan Michael is about to turn 7 and is in the 2nd grade. He is the sweetest, most gentle child you'd ever want to meet.

This is Jacob and he is 5 and started school this year. He is so proud of himself. Again I sneaked into on of the photos we had taken of Jacob. He also goes by Jay or Jake. I don't have one of Evan and I yet as I just started this tradition.
This is Luke, our youngest grandchild. He is so energetic, it's hard to keep up with him. He lives in Germany so it is difficult to get portraits made of the two of us. He just turned one years old and is into everything.


Thursday, October 10, 2013

October 10, 2013

I have 4 grandchildren that I love so much. The Etsy shop I started is because of them. Our oldest grandchild is Hailey. She recently turned 10. She is growing into a beautiful young lady.
I have a habit of getting photos made on their birthday. I sneak in on a few of the poses.

I am trying to make a lot of Hailey's Christmas Presents this year. I make a lot of fleece nursing pillow covers for my little shop. I have a lot of left over fleece. So one of the things that she is getting is a fleece hat and a boa.

The second hat is for our budding St. Louis fan, Luke. What I did was take what I call a toboggan hat and you might call a watch cap. I folded it into 1/4 and created a template from that. I keep a lot of poster paper for templates. I sewed the four pieces together and measured around the edge. I cut a trim 6 inches wide and a little more than the measured edge. After cutting the trim to fit the hat, I sewed the trim to the hat. Then I hemmed the hat to be the approximately 3 inch trim. I took 4 strips of each of the colors I used here and cut 6 inch strips about as wide as my little finger. I stitched them together and took two and tied them together to hide the stitching. I had hand stitched them to the hats. The boa measures about 57 inches. There are 3 strips about 4 inches wide and 57 inches long. I sewed them together straight down the center and then cut the strips about as far apart as my finger. Then you just shake it and it comes out as your see.

Wednesday, October 9, 2013

October 9, 2013

I have been working on cute little costumes for my grandchildren. They are coming out really cute. I can't wait for Jacob and Evan Michael to try them on. I added little stickers that say flammable to make them look real.

David came up with another great idea. He suggested making the bottle into an "scuba tank" and the child could go as a scuba diver. We are working on that project and I'll posts as soon as I have it.
This project was easy. We first painted the bottles with a white primer spray paint and then with gray metallic spray paint. The "flames" are made of felt and I just pulled some flame templates I found on the internet to use to make them. They are attached to cardboard and the straps are just a black ribbon. Unlike this picture, we did spray the cardboard red. I'll share as soon as the boys are here to try them on.