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Things of Pinterest: Sock Animals

Melissa Bastow

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Things of Pinterest: Sock Animals

I've made things out of socks before, like elephants and cats and pigs and stuff.  And now you all know how to make a beanbag sock octopus, but what other sock animals are out there?  This is what Pinterest had to show me about it: http://homemadebyjill.blogspot.com/2010/05/sock-animal-rattle-tutorial.html This is a sock bunny rattle.  And it has a little jingle bell in it.  And it has no buttons or anything so your baby can suck on it all they want and not even choke to death. http://httpecho.deviantart.com/art/Horse-little-sock-doll-91916750 This horse is so little and cute I just want to squish it!  A sock...


Beanbag Sock Octupus Tutorial

Melissa Bastow

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Beanbag Sock Octupus Tutorial

If you woke up this morning thinking, "Man, I really want to make a beanbag shaped like an octopus, but all I have is this lousy pair of socks," then BOY HOWDY, do I have a project for you! It's a beanbag sock octopus made out of real socks and real beans.  For reals.  And it's not even that hard to make.  Here  I'll show you: (And I'll tell you the steps that go with each picture, because that would be super handy, wouldn't it?) 1- Get a pair of socks (they can be new or old, however they CANNOT...


Chore Wheel Tutorial

Melissa Bastow

Tags early learning, tutorials

Chore Wheel Tutorial

My kids and chores are akin to gazelles and lions.  Because lions attack gazelles and eat them for breakfast.  except that my kids aren't the lions.  My kids are the gazelles, and the chores are what's eating them for breakfast, lunch, and dinner. It's frustrating for all involved.  (Mostly for me.)  So I did something about it. I got all super organized on them and have a list of daily chores for each child, plus chore wheels for rotating tasks, plus I have listed the rules (which includes mostly stuff like "no whining"), and to top it all off I...


Tutorial: Make a Cute Mini Notebook

Melissa Bastow

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Tutorial: Make a Cute Mini Notebook

I am a cheapskate and do not pay for school yearbooks.  My kids are in elementary school - yearbooks are just a stupid idea. But on the last day of school I knew that kids would be passing those books around and wanting "signatures" (as if first graders have signatures- they scribble their name and are lucky to remember all the letters) and I didn't want my kids to feel left out.  So I made them these cute mini notebooks for their friends to sign and scribble in. They were super easy to make.  See: 1- Gather your supplies.  You'll...


Craft Stick Puzzles: Printable and Tutorial

Melissa Bastow

Tags early learning, printables, tutorials

Craft Stick Puzzles: Printable and Tutorial

Craft stick puzzles are one of my new favorite things.  My kids love them, and they're cheap to make, and they don't get destroyed like paper pieces. If you haven't made craft stick puzzles before, let me tell you how tremendously easy it is. First, download this printable (because they're cute and sized right and just all around better than other craft stick puzzles): Just click to download this free printable. Print the pages on cardstock and cut around the whole puzzle (don't cut each piece out yet). This next step is optional, but I highly recommend it.  Cover the...