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Chocolate Birthday Wishes

It just isn’t a birthday without some form of cake…my boys know this as a golden rule. So when it was daddy’s birthday and I was sick they tried hard to understand why there was no cake. Sorry guys. Not wanting to disappoint anyone, least of all my kids, the next day, I dragged my sick little self to the kitchen and with the help of my super “maker” we prepared cupcakes (no not from scratch) but they turned out delicious none the less. It’s a fun activity to do withyour kids since cupcakes are hard to mess up.


Box of cake mix
Chocolate Chips (optional:other things to jazz it up: marshmellows, coconut, marichino cherries, nuts or all the above)
Frosting (from a can for this one)
Frosting applicator
A dash of patience and a heaping spoonful of fun!

1. Follow cake mix directions adding oil, water and eggs. Mix. Pour batter into cupcake pan with liners in place. Fill each no more than 1/2 full. For this we used chocolate cake mix and then sprinkled chocolate chips on top of the batter before baking.

Note: If you run out of liners as we did, you can cut 5″x5″ squares of parchment paper (the kind intended for baking). Place the parchment squares in the cupcake pan and add the batter.  These parchment cupcakes give a gourmet spin on a very simple dessert.

2. Bake as directed. Be sure to thoroughly clean all items that came into contact with the batter, preferably with your tongue! Mom taught me this little cleaning trick and I’m passing it on to the boys.

When done, remove from oven, let cool completely. Okay who am I kidding, you’ll need to cut into one hot delicious cupcake and eat it right away to make sure they are not aweful 🙂 Mom taught me that baking secret too.

3. Once cupcakes are cool, frost to your hearts content. I used a Wilton Cupcake decorator tube with interchangable decorating tips. Super easy to fill and clean up. Reausable too!

I added a simple little swirl top of frosting and then my little “maker” went to town dousing the tops of the cupcakes with sugary sprinkles.  He later made sure to point out to each of us that he “sprinkled that one” as we each devoured our chocolately goodness and thanked daddy for being born!  Happy birthday love of my life….I love you more than chocolate!


Stack-em Up Fabric Cubes

I have 4 friends that are all preggers right now! It is such a fun time with babies arriving soon!  I’m a little inspired by all the baby-mania and here is a fun way to use up some scraps and create lasting toys for those little ones in your life!

Level: If you can sew a straight line-you got this one!

Time: about 30 minutes


Scrap fabric – 3 prints (A, B, C) , 2 pieces of each print cut to 4″ x 4″ square for a total of 6 pieces

Light weight iron on interfacing (Pellon 911FF)


Stuffing (poly-fill works well)

1.  Cut out 6 4″ x 4″ squares of fabric and interfacing.  You should have 2 pieces of each print (A, B, C)

2. Iron interfacing to Wrong side of each piece of fabric.

3. Using this diagram, stitch squares together to form block.  Stitch fabric A-B-A-B. Then stitch fabric C to end piece A, stitch second piece of C to the bottom of the same end piece A.  Stitch end piece A to end piece B to form main square of the block. Then stitch pieces C to A then to pieces B. Leave a small opening for turning and stuffing when you stitch the last 2 pieces together.

Download the template here http://www.scribd.com/doc/97938721/Fabric-Cube-Template#fullscreen

4. Turn right side out. Stuff with batting.

Play Ball!

With 2 boys in the house I know that things can get, well, rough, to say the least. They are 200% boy. Each boy has recently earned their own set of stitches and I’m simply amazed we haven’t had the need for stitches sooner than this!

So moms of boys and of course girls, you will definitely appreciate these soft balls perfect for playing with inside the house, bedrooms, etc. They are soft, squishy and when Son A chucks it full force at Son B’s head, it won’t hurt (as bad.) Oh and it probably won’t even break the living room window! Bonus!

Level-Beyond Easy Peazy

Time: Seriously about 15 minutes


Scrap fabric measuring at least 10″ x 5″ – I chose 3 different fabrics here but you could do 6 different fabrics too

Lightweight Iron-on interfacing (I used Pellon 911FF)

Poly fiber stuffing (what you find inside pillows)

Hand sewing needle and coordinating thread

1. Print template. The template should print on a 81/2″ x 11″ paper. The template itself should measure approximately 9.5″ tall (top to bottom).   Click on this link (or copy and paste to your search bar), download template and print. http://www.scribd.com/doc/97350448/Scrappy-Ball-Template

Template Print on 81/2″ x 11″ paper

2. Cut out template. Trace template onto scrap fabric. Cut out fabric along traced lines. Do the same for interfacing. You should have 6 pieces of fabric and 6 pieces of interfacing.

3. Iron interfacing to the wrong side of fabric. Do this for all 6 pieces.

4. Arrange the pieces as you  like. Sew two pieces, right sides together, back stitch at beginning and end of stitch, along the long side

5. Stitch a third piece to these joined pieces. You now have 1/2 of the ball.

6. Repeat 4-5 for the other side of ball.

7. Join both halves of the ball by lining up the top and bottom (where the three pieces come together) with right sides together. Stitch all the way around the ball leaving a 3-4″ opening for turning and stuffing.

8. Turn right side out. Stuff the ball so it is firm or desired squishy-ness.  Stitch the opening closed using a needle and thread. (or if you’re less patient, use a zipper foot on your sewing machine to stitch)

Garland – Not just for Judy

This garland is fun for any occasion or to dress up a bedroom, Christmas tree,  Birthday party, etc. It’s so fun and festive you’ll probably never take it down.

Level: Easy Peezy

Time: 1/2 hour-1 hour (longer if you make a longer strand)


5 1/2″ x 5 1/2″ squares (larger squares will make larger triangles)

Bias Tape – https://justcutthescrap.com/2012/03/07/scrappy-bias-tape/



1. Create bias tape using scrap fabric. Directions shown here https://justcutthescrap.com/2012/03/07/scrappy-bias-tape/

2. With wrong side facing up, fold 5 1/2″ square in half. Fold short edge down to meet the long raw edge. Do this with the other side. You now have a triangle!  Do this for all squares need for your garland.

3. Place the raw edge of the triangle inside the bias tape. Pin in place.  Add another triangle in the same manner. Here I have spaced the triangles about 1″ apart. You can space them farther apart of place them closer together depending on the look you want.

4. Topstitch 1/8″-1/4″ along the folded edge of the bias tape catching both sides of the bias tape and the triangle in the stitch.

4. Fold the raw ends in towards the wrong side then fold to finish the raw edge. Or you may choose to leave it raw for a fun detail.

Sha-bam – garland done!  You may consider using coordinating colors, you kids favorite colors, their school colors, etc. This makes a fun accent to any party or celebration!  Have fun with it!

Baby, you are 1!

The youngest little dude in our family (my nephew Baby Carter) is turning 1 which inspired me to create his very own bragging shirt!

Level: Super Easy

Time: 1/2 hour or less


Scrap fabric

Wonder Under double sided iron on stabilizer

A Number template (I used WordArt in Microsoft Word to create the number 1)


1. Create your number template (I used my computer but you could draw it freehand), print on paper and cut out.

2. Select scrap fabric big enough to fit the number.

3. Iron Wonder Under fusible webbing on the WRONG side of the scrap fabric-leave the paper backing on

4. Place number on the RIGHT side of fabric and trace with disappearing ink fabric marking pen  (another option is to place number on the paper side, use a pencil or pen for marking then cut…be careful to have the number “reversed” so that when you cut it out the number is not backwards….makes sense? clear as mud, right?)

5. Cut out number, remove paper backing, position number with fusible side down on your t-shirt, iron in place

6. I used a contrasting color thread here to give the number some pop. Select a narrow and tight zig zag stitch on your machine. Stitch all the way around the number. Clip threads.

Sha-Bam you are done and  your little one has some bragging power!