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Tuesday, April 22, 2014

Minecraft Kids Craft Idea: Melty Bead Tools #kidscraft #minecraft


This past week my husband was out of town for a business trip.  Whenever he leaves, I like to plan out the week and do fun things with the kids, to help the time go more smoothly.  My kids love melty beads but I don't get them out too often.  Well I got them out last week and it was awesome!  We spent 4 hours (okay, I spent 4 hours, the kids only lasted about 1-2 hours) making things.  Melty beads are PERFECT for Minecraft because they look exactly like the pictures.  The kids had so much fun, that the next morning they did more! 
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They are very simple to make, just a little time consuming.  Here is the creeper I made before melting it with the iron.
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For the tools and swords, I just looked at pictures online.  I found that tweezers are very helpful when it comes to taking them out.
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Here are my boys doing it.  They were able to make the tools all by themselves.  I made them first and then they copied mine.  Or they looked it up online.
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This is what we made.  We actually made several more that didn't make the pictures.  I now know all of my Minecraft tools, are you proud of me? :)
Double emerald sword, gold sword, iron sword and diamond sword.
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Creeper, Steve and TNT.
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Bow and arrow, diamond axe, torch, iron pic axe, iron hoe and gold (butter) shovel.
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My kids even made them into necklaces.  Here is a emerald pic axe that he made and turned into a necklace.  He even got a compliment on it when we went to town that day.
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Sunday, April 20, 2014

9 Quilting Ideas {MMM #221 Block Party}

HAPPY EASTER from our family!!!  I hope that you had a wonderful day!  We sure did :)

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I hope everyone had a great Easter and was able to spend it with family or friends.  With no major crafting holidays right around the corner, I thought I'd highlight some beautiful quilt projects that have been popping up!  If you read my blog, you know I love a good quilt.
 


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Friday, April 18, 2014

Easter Sunday Side Dish: Sour Cream Potatoes


If you are having ham for Easter dinner this Sunday then you HAVE TO make these potatoes as a side dish, they are amazing!!!  Seriously love them! 

Sour Cream Potatoes


This is what you need:
32oz frozen hash browns
16 oz sour cream
1/2 cup butter, melted
1/2 onion
1 1/2 cups sharp cheddar cheese
2 can cream of chicken soup
2 cups corn flakes
2 tbs butter, melted

1) Mix sour cream, 1/2 cup butter, onion, cheese and soup into bowl.
2) Add hashbrowns
3) Pour into greased 9x13 dish
4) Crush corn flakes and mix with 2 tbs butter. Sprinkle on top of potatoes.
5) Bake at 350 for 30 minutes



Thursday, April 17, 2014

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Knit Ruffle Pillow


I have a thing for pillows.  I love making pillows for every room!  They are so much fun and add so much color and personality to a room.  Here is one that I made for my master bedroom.  You can't go wrong with ruffles :)
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This is how I made it:
I took some grey knit fabric, cut it into strips that were 3/4” wide and ruffled them. 
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Using lots and lots of pins, I pinned the ruffles onto a piece of fabric that was 18x18”. 
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Then I sewed the ruffles onto the fabric. 
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I took two pieces of fabric and cut them 18x14 and 18x13 and overlapped them.  I placed them on top of the ruffles and then sewed up the sides. 
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Then I flipped the pillow case inside out.  And that’s it!
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I stuffed a little pillow in it and put it with my two gathered pillows on my bed. 
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