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Easy Pumpkin Crochet Hat Pattern

Melissa Bastow

Tags Thanksgiving, tutorials

Easy Pumpkin Crochet Hat Pattern

It's getting pretty chilly outside - what better way to keep your little person's head warm than a fun autumn pumpkin hat perfect for the weeks leading up to Thanksgiving?  This hat is great for beginner crocheters and it's stretchiness will make it a good fit for toddlers to big kids! This is what you'll need: Some "pumpkin" Caron Simply Soft yarn (doesn't take a whole skein) A small amount of "taupe" Caron Simply Soft yarn green felt (light or dark green - it's up to you) needle and thread scissors J hook (6 mm) This hat uses mainly Half Double...


Monster Cupcake Tutorial

Melissa Bastow

Tags birthdays, halloween, snacks, tutorials

Monster Cupcake Tutorial

These monster cupcakes are awesome.  AWESOME.  They are perfect for class parties, birthday parties, family parties, Halloween parties, the kind of party where you just want to eat a cupcake for no reason (that totally counts as a party).  They're not too hard to put together and they'll impress anyone who sees them - because they're awesome (did I mention that before?) This is what you'll need: Prepared Chocolate Cupcakes, unfrosted 1 Can Vanilla Frosting Food Coloring—orange, purple, green Toothpicks Tacky Glue Googly Eyes, multi-colored Plastic Vampire Teeth Make some cupcakes (using a cake mix is easiest) and let them...


Printing on Burlap - a Meh Review

Melissa Bastow

Tags halloween, tutorials

Printing on Burlap - a Meh Review

I was really excited about this project and had already planned multiple holiday burlap prints in my head, but then the whole thing came out kind of blech and now I'm not sure I'll be doing it again.  Here's what I did, so you can either repeat or avoid my mistakes. I ran across these laminated burlap sheets while I was at Walmart one day (we live in a small Walmart-only town, so I'm not sure where else these would be available) and I couldn't wait to use them.  I was already planning on painting on some burlap for Halloween...


Halloween Mason Jar Craft Tutorial

Melissa Bastow

Tags halloween, tutorials

Halloween Mason Jar Craft Tutorial

If you're looking for a super easy Halloween craft to use as decor or gifts, then this is the tutorial for you.  This mason jar craft is cute and fun, super easy to do, and only takes a few minutes to complete.  And the process could be applied for any holiday, which is awesome. The first thing you need to do for this project is to pick the Halloween scene that you want to have on your jar.  It needs to be something simple that can be done in one color.  Here are some options I came up with.  If...


Ham and Cheese "Sushi" Lunch Tutorial

Melissa Bastow

Tags back to school, snacks, tutorials

Ham and Cheese "Sushi" Lunch Tutorial

Get creative with school lunches with this easy to make Ham and Cheese sushi roll up.  It's fake sushi and safe to send to school!  The best part though is that it's super fun and will make your child's day a little happier when they open their lunch box to find these! This is what you'll need to make these ham and cheese sushi roll ups: 9 oz. Thin Smoked Ham 1 Pkg. Spinach Tortillas 1-2 Cups Shredded Mozzarella ½ -1 Cup Sour Cream 1-2 Small Pickle Cucumbers ½ -1 Cup Carrots ½ -1 Cup Shredded Cabbage Dice the cheese...