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Trace the Snail: Handwriting and Pencil Control Practice

Melissa Bastow

Tags back to school, early learning

Trace the Snail: Handwriting and Pencil Control Practice

My son participated in a great online preschool this past year.  He has learned a TON.  But one thing that it lacked was letter making and handwriting practice.  So that's what we'll be working on this summer before he heads off to Kindergarten. He gets bored with just practicing letters though, so I threw together this fun snail tracing page and he enjoyed it MUCH more than writing the letter E, which is what he was refusing to do before this. He had so much fun that I thought I would share the page.  I hope your kids enjoy it as...


Wooden Mason Jar Halloween Decor Tutorial

Melissa Bastow

Tags halloween, tutorials

Wooden Mason Jar Halloween Decor Tutorial

Heat transfers aren't just for fabric!  You can print and press all sorts of things - like this wooden mason jar Halloween decoration.  This tutorial will show go through the steps of how I made this one (but you can make one for any season, holiday, or occasion)! Things you'll need: • PNG design (like the DBJJ watercolor printables!) • inkjet printer and heat press • opaque heat transfer paper (I like 3G Jet Opaque) • wooden mason jar • small clay pot • styrofoam • small wooden dowel • paint, chalk markers, string, pot filler, brushes, scissors - -...


Watercolor Halloween Towel Tutorial - For Beginners

Melissa Bastow

Tags halloween, tutorials

Watercolor Halloween Towel Tutorial - For Beginners

Have you wanted to try using watercolor designs but you don't want to invest in sublimation equipment?  You can make these Halloween towels with just a few simple and cheap products in just a few minutes! What you'll need: • The digital watercolor files and a computer (try my Halloween designs at DBJJ!) • An Inkjet printer (most regular home printers are inkjet) • Heat transfer paper, I suggest Red Grid 2.0 or Jet Pro SS • Scissors • A ruler • A heat press (I have a cheap fancier heat press and it works great) • Parchment paper and/or teflon sheet  • Kitchen towels...


How to Add a Name in Silhouette Studio on a Curve

Melissa Bastow

Tags tutorials

How to Add a Name in Silhouette Studio on a Curve

Adding a name on a curve can seem daunting, but it's actually pretty easy!  I usually use photoshop, because it's the program I'm most familiar with.  But not everyone needs it on a daily basis like I do, and the cost is quite high for the casual user.  So this is how you can achieve the name-on-a-curve look in Silhouette Studio. I did this in version v3, so it's possible that your version has a few different options, but it should be similar. First of all, open up the design you want to print.  Make it the right size for whatever...


Turkey Mini Cheeseball Recipe

Melissa Bastow

Tags recipes, snacks, Thanksgiving

Turkey Mini Cheeseball Recipe

These mini turkey cheeseball crackers will be the biggest hit at your Thanksgiving dinner!  They are the perfect size for appetizers, and are so much fun to look at and eat.  And they taste good - which, you know, is also important. Here's what you'll need: 5 oz Veggie Garden Cream Cheese 1 ½ Cup Shredded Cheddar Cheese Crushed Pecans Slivered Almonds Red Bell Pepper Sliced Cheddar Cheese Whole Peppercorns Edible Food Coloring Markers Your Favorite Crackers These turkeys are quick and easy to make.  First mix the cream cheese and shredded cheddar cheese in a medium size bowl.  With a...