Friday, August 29, 2008

Moose A. Moose

I don't know about your toddler but my little girl LOVES Moose A. Moose on Noggin. She runs whenever she hears his voice. After looking all over the Internet I could not find one thing marketed by Noggin for Moose A. Moose and his buddy Zee. However, I did find that many people make their own Moose and Zee. The problem is that they are really expensive.

I figured that since I have some sewing ability that I would try to make my own doll for Madi. I looked on the net and found a pic that I thought would be a good one to sketch a pattern after. Grabbed my paper and off I went.

I decided that I would make him with materials I already had. I had yellow fleece, white fleece, black felt, brown and pink fabric. Here we go. I cut the yellow fleece to fit the shape of my guy with his legs included, (I didn't want to have to sew them on during the stuffing process), I cut out the arms because if I attached the arms then I could use those holes to stuff. I then cut the pattern for his antlers. After I was done I started to work on his facial features.

I used the white fleece and black felt for his eyes, black felt for his nostrils, black felt for his mouth, and pink fabric for his tongue. After I stitched all that together I started to sew my guy up.

I didn't run into too many problems. I attached his antlers and finally his arms. After I finished stuffing him and sewing up the stuffing hole I did a once over on him to see if I missed anything. It looked pretty good if I do say so myself.

When I gave him to Madi I wish everyone could have seen her face. She was so ecstatic. I feel good to have made a toy for my daughter that she loves so much. Plus, it didn't cost me any money. It was made from stuff I already had for other projects. I guess now I should get to work on his pal Zee. Hope everyone has a great Labor Day weekend.

Tuesday, August 26, 2008

Cookie Time

I had a really bad sweet tooth today so I decided to make some cookies. I pulled a chair up to the counter and thought this would be a great time to teach Madi how to help Mommy in the kitchen. We had so much fun making cookies for Daddy. She played in the flour and got a little freaked out by the mixer but all in all it was a fun experience.

I had a box of "Funfetti" cake mix in the cupboard and remembered seeing a cookie recipe on the back. Here's the recipe. I did the high altitude directions.

1pkg of Pilsbury Funfetti cake mix
1/2 cup of flour
1/3 cup of oil
2 eggs
Heat oven to 375 degrees. In a large bowl combine ingredients in order. Shape dough into 1in. balls; place 2in. apart on ungreased cookie sheet. With the bottom of a glass (dipped in flour) flatten dough to 1/4 inch thickness.
Bake at 375 degrees for 6-8 mins. ( I had to bake them for 10 mins) Let them cool for a couple of minutes and then remove them from the cookie sheet.

You can use frosting if you want but I thought they were sweet enough without. They are really tasty and I will definitely be making them again.


Wednesday, August 13, 2008

New Favorites From Etsy

As I was browsing through Etsy this morning, trying to see how my tutus measure up to others, I came across this shop: Babydooda Boutique. She has some beautiful things, just perfect for a little girl. Plus, I think she is right here is Colorado. Anyway I love her stuff and they would make great Halloween costumes or for any kind of occasion. Check her shop out, you won't be disappointed.

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