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Monday, November 24, 2014

American Girl Doll Clothes - A Homemade Christmas

If you've been reading my latest posts, you'll know that this year for Christmas my kids are making gifts for each other. My youngest two girls are hoping for American Girl-type dolls for Christmas. So my oldest daughter and I made them a couple outfits. I think they turned out darling!

American Girl Doll Clothes

My oldest made the outfit below. She's does a great job at sewing. I was there helping her read the pattern, because according to her "it wasn't in English". There is a certain learning curve to understanding patterns - in fact it's taken me years :)

American Girl Doll Clothes

Although she's good at sewing, she doesn't enjoy it for very long. So I helped her out with the other outfit. The shirt was more complex - so I'm glad I had her start with the easier one.

18" Doll Clothes

We used Simplicity Pattern 3936 and made options E & F.
Thanks to my sister for lending us the pattern!

Simplicity Pattern 3936

 This was a really inexpensive gift. We used my husbands old jeans for the pants. I had the elastic and the fabric for both of the shirts already. So we just had to buy a small amount of white fleece, red knit fabric and some velcro. 

American Girl Doll Clothes

Check out the other handmade items my kids and I have made for Christmas this year:

Farmhouse Doll Bed for American Girl Doll

Easy Painted Canvas Bags

Christmas Jelly Neighbor Gift

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Thursday, November 20, 2014

Eight Fall Crafts

Eight Fall Crafts Collage

I haven't made any fall crafts this year, so I thought I'd do a little roundup with some past projects as well as others that I'd like to eventually do.

Let's start it off with this darling orange sweater embroidery hoop pumpkin by Posed Perfection
I actually have an old orange sweater - so I must do this soon!

Orange Sweater Embroidery Hoop Pumpkin

Last year I made some pinecone flowers. I kept them and put them up again this fall.

How to Make Pinecone Flowers

I love these yarn wrapped fall letters by Repeat Crafter Me. I especially love the embroidered felt embellishments - so cute!

Yarn Wrapped Fall Letters

Turkey Embroidery Hoop Art by Do Small Things with Love - love those colors!

Turkey Embroidery Hoop Art

I love the simplicity of this! And you know I always have canning lids hanging around. Canning Jar Lid Pumpkin by About Family Crafts.

Canning Lid Pumpkin

Last year I made this fall table runner - and I shared a tutorial so you can make your own!

How to Make a Fall Table Runner

I love rustic... and these reclaimed wood pumpkins fit the bill. Head over to Finding Home to see how she made them.

Reclaimed Wood Pumpkins

Another project from last year was our Thankful Journals. We pulled them out a couple weeks ago and the kids had fun reading them. There's still plenty of room, so I plan to encourage them to add more thankful thoughts.

Thankful Journals

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Monday, November 17, 2014

Ooey Gooey Peanut Butter Treats

Ooey Gooey Peanut Butter Treats are one of my favorite recipes. These little peanut butter bites are made with Special K cereal and perfectly ooey gooey peanut butter.

Ooey Gooey Peanut Butter Treats Recipe
I got this recipe from my sister-in-law. They are very similar to O'Henry Bars. I rarely make them because I can.... not.... stop.... eating them when they are around.
I made a batch to stick in the kids lunches. I bagged them and stuck them in the freezer {after we ate a bunch, of course} and then in the morning I just had to grab a few and throw them in their lunch boxes. By lunch time they were thawed and ready to eat.

Ooey Gooey Peanut Butter Treats Recipe
I was hoping that if they were out of sight in the freezer it would prevent me from eating as many. That didn't quite work out - I really need to work on my self control:)

Click here for printable recipe

Ooey Gooey Peanut Butter Treats Recipe

2 c. sugar
2 c. corn syrup
2 c. peanut butter
Special K cereal - most of a large box.

In a pot, combine sugar and corn syrup. Bring to a boil. Remove from heat and stir in peanut butter until smooth.  Pour over cereal and mix well. I used almost all of a large box of cereal. There were about 2 c. of cereal unused. Start with less and keep adding until it's coated how you like it. I like lots of ooey gooey coating, so I don't use the whole box. Drop spoonfuls onto a greased cookie sheet.


Here are a couple other peanut butter treats to try:

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