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1  Templar Knight Costume in Halloween Costumes by Moshua on: November 05, 2012 09:27:01 PM
Every year I sew a costume for my 3.5 year old son and usually it's a superhero of some sort.  This year we deviated from action figure superhero and he trick or treated as a Templar Knight.  I found a really cool tutorial for a Knight's costume (http://bit.ly/PzAhvh) but unfortunately it was in Dutch and I ended up winging it.   

We decided on Templar Knight because I knew it would look awesome on the shield.

The best part is that we can use this costume again!  Yippee!

Thanks for stopping by!
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2  Scary Well from the Movie "The Ring" in Halloween Decor and Parties by Moshua on: November 05, 2012 09:15:56 PM
This is how our family decorated our well for Halloween.  We love the movie "the Ring" for being scary as all you-know-what.  We watch it several times a year and it's still so awesome!

Here's what we used to make her:  wig, kid's batman face candy bucket, long sleeve shirt, long dress, plastic bags, floral foam, 2 hockey sticks, 2 halloween hands, and white masking tape

First, we had to empty out our well and say goodbye to our fall flowers.  The dress was thrifted but torn so I used my trusty sewing machine to fix any problems and to sew in some plastic to make the arms a bit puffier.  Then two hockey sticks went in the arms to ensure that she looked like she was crawling out of the well.   We then stuffed more plastic bags into the dress and half buried it under the soil.  Last but not least, Batman's head was taped with white masking tape so the face doesn't look like Batman.  Then we nailed floral foam to the wig and then placed the foam into the Batman bucket opening.  

We really liked having something a little different than the norm.  We pulled it out on Nov 1 but the kids kind of miss it.

Thanks for looking!
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3  Pretend Mailbox made from Pampers Diaper Box in Paper Crafts: Completed Projects: Reconstructed by Moshua on: September 27, 2012 07:41:58 PM
With 2 kids still in diapers, we go through many many diaper boxes.  I hate to send them to the recycling bin before making something so hubby and I constructed a pretend Canada Post Mail Box for the kiddies.

Diaper boxes are so good because they are super sturdy

It started off as a fun thing

Here's what it looked like after it was covered with red poster board

We even made sure the logo was included

What goes in must go out so we never lose anything too important

So much fun!

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4  Milky Jello Jigglers - My ode to Jell-O week in Dessert by Moshua on: February 17, 2012 11:26:12 AM

This week is jello week.  Yes, it's true!  It's a nice holiday to celebrate, especially when you have kids.  In an effort to try to make it a wee bit healthier, I used milk to make some Milk Jello Jigglers!

What do you think?  Would you like to see a tutorial?

Have a nice day!
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5  How to make Valentine's Jello Jigglers using an ice cube tray in Dessert by Moshua on: February 02, 2012 08:43:23 PM

When I used to live with my sister CT, we used to throw a lot of parties in our little home.  One of our favourite things to serve were jello shots.   We made all kinds of shapes:  hearts, stars, circles, flowers and made them in all kinds of flavours:  cherry, grape, blueberry, lime, lemon...

Now that we are older and wiser (haha), we make these for the kids (alcohol free of course!)

Here's what you need:
1 pkg Jello
1 flexible ice cube tray
1/2 cup boiling water
1/4 cup cold water
Pam cooking spray

I used a flexible ice cube tray from Ikea and cherry flavoured jell-o (le yum!)

Spray Pam cooking spray into your tray.   Make sure you blot the tray and remove any excess cooking spray.  You just need enough so that it doesn't stick.  

Combine 1/2 cup of boiling water with jell-o.  Stir until the crystals have melted.
Next add 1/4 cup of cold water and stir.

Pour into your tray and let it set for approx 2 hours.  

Turn out and enjoy!

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6  Sick/Fever Pops in Recipes and Cooking Tips by Moshua on: January 12, 2012 08:08:45 PM

Tis the season to get sick and when you have two little ones, getting sick is the norm.  So today's recipe/tute is for all the little sick kiddies who have a throat infection, sore throat, or a fever.  My son calls these "sick pops!"

These are so easy to make and require very little time or effort!  I love these because these are sized for little hands and little mouths.   Toddlers just can't eat the store bought popsicles fast enough (they do try very hard though!!).

Here's what you need:

Pour the Kool-Aid into the little cups.  Try not to spill it!

Fold a piece of tin foil in half and make a tiny cut crosswise.  Wrap the foil around the cup.

Insert a popsicle stick into the cut you made.  The tin foil helps to keep the stick straight.

Freeze for about 3-4 hours.  Remove and give to sick kid.  
Tip:  Make different flavours in case sick kids get picky

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7  Toddler Apron in CHALLENGE 69 ENTRIES by Moshua on: December 03, 2011 08:00:41 PM
I made this toddler apron from scratch.  It's so hard to find an apron that actual fits a tiny toddler.  Most times the body is too wide or too long.  I sewed the apron using 100% cotton and bound the whole thing with bias tape.  I used D rings for the neck strap to get a really good fit.  

This past summer, my son and his little friend took a cooking class.  My son came to class with an apron but his little friend didn't have one and she always commented on his apron.  So, this is a gift for her so she now has an apron to cook with too!

I used felt for the applique and sewed it to the bottom corner:

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8  Gingy's Mansion in CHALLENGE 46 ENTRIES by Moshua on: January 05, 2010 07:34:14 PM
This Gingy Mansion measures 3ft x 4 ft. This ended up being a massive project for us as we didn't originally intend for it to be so big.

This was a complete family effort...
My mother in law helped me bake the walls and roof
My father in law helped me rig up the lights
My hubby helped decorate.

After loads of icing sugar enough to last a lifetime, we decorated it and it's one solid house.  

Here are some pics and thanks for looking!

Chimney Detail

Front Entrance - the door was perpetually open!

In the Dark

Snowmen near the skating rink (one of the snowmen looks a little sickly)

Hard at work

Side of House

Other side of House

Back of house (alien Gingy was my hubby's touch)

This was so much fun to make!  
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9  Dust Covers for Closet (tutorial included) in Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: General by Moshua on: April 16, 2009 06:35:16 PM
There's nothing worse than dusty clothes.  I haven't worn my dress pants in a year due to my pregnancy and there are dust lines on all of them.  I decided to make dust covers to minimize the damage and to keep my closet tidy.


1.  Measure your hanger and decide how wide you want the cover to be.  Cut 2 pieces for the hanger size and one panel

2.  Cut a hole like you are making a zipper and sew down the flaps

3.  Attach the pieces

4.  Hem the bottom

Voila!  You're done. 
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10  Shoulder Bag in Purses, Bags, Wallets: Completed Projects: General by Moshua on: April 07, 2009 06:41:06 PM
I made this bag that my sister is now using.  It's like a messenger but without the flap.
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