4th of July Fare – Skillet Peach Blueberry Cobbler

Earlier this year Mr. Steam and I made a skillet rhubarb cobbler from Seasons and Suppers. It. Was. Delicious!

Unfortunately, I couldn’t make it for 4th of July as our rhubarb is done for the season, and we didn’t get a chance to freeze any. I really wanted to use this recipe, but needed to use a different fruit. As a kid we had a ton of peach and blueberry cobbler. So I thought I’d give it a try.

Ingredients:

  • 2 c blueberries (I used frozen and thawed them 1st)
  • 2 c sliced peaches (I used frozen and thawed them 1st)
  • 1/2c brown sugar
  • 3 t butter melted and cooled
  • 2 eggs beaten
  • 1/2 c milk
  • 1 t vanila
  • 1 1/2 c flour
  • 2 t baking powder
  • 1 c white sugar
  • Baking spray
  1. Preheat the oven to 350 and  spray the cast iron skillet
  2. In a bowl toss the fruit and brown sugar and set aside
  3. In a separate bowl whisk together the eggs, milk, butter and vanilla.
  4. Add the remaining ingredients to the milk and egg mixture and stir until just combined. It will be a thick batter.
  5. Pour the batter into the skillet and spread out to the edges.
  6. Sprinkle the fruit evenly on top of the batter don’t forget to also include any accumulated juices.  It will look like this. Don’t worry, the batter will raise and come up around the fruit.Skillet Peach Blueberry Cobble NotYourNormalSteam.wordpress.com
  7. Bake the cobbler for 40-45 minutes until the edges are crispy and golden.
  8. Serve warm or room temperature.

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Inspiration for this recipe was from Season and Suppers Rhubarb cobbler.

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4th of July Fare

On 4th of July Mr. Steam takes the Jeep to participate in one of our local parades.

4th of July Parade

After the parade all the grandparents come over for a BBQ.
4th of July Food - NotYourNormalSteam.wordpress.comFor such a small gathering I kept everything super simple for appetizers we had:

  • Star watermelon and blueberries
  • Caprese salad
  • Artichoke and spinach stuffed mushrooms
  • Strawberry Limeade

Dinner had to mostly be able to be prepped the night before since we were going to be starving following the parade.

  • Grilled pork chops with bourbon jalapeno cranberry BBQ sauce
  • Stuffed onions
  • Grilled corn
  • Baked beans
  • Broccoli salad (my mother in law brought this – MY FAV)

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Dessert was a skillet peach and blueberry cobbler. Soooo easy!

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Diggin’ the Dino Birthday Party – Part 5: Games

By far Ms M’s favorite part of the party were the games. The party attendees were either 4 (almost 4) or 6 to 6 1/2. So The games had to work for both age groups, not to hard for the 4 year olds and not to babyish for the 6 year olds. I am pretty sure we found the right mix because the kids all had a BLAST.

DINO NECKLACE

First up was the crafting. I like to do the craft first for many reasons:

  1. It gives the kids something to do while waiting for all the party guests to arrive.
  2. It give the kids time to warm up to each other
  3. The kids are still willing to sit still and do a craft because they haven’t started running around like crazy dinosaurs yet.

For the craft we decided to do dinosaur necklaces. We used air dry clay that I rolled out between two zip top bags. I cut out the pendant with a biscut cutter and the hole with a straw. The kids used tiny dinosaurs to make imprints of the dinos feet and some used the side of the dino too.

I used REALLY large jump rings (I actually think they were for chain mail.) to put the pendants on rainbow cording. The ends of the cording were sealed by an adult with a flame. The kids added a few colored beads and then we just tied a square knot. Each necklace was put in a zip top bag with their name and added to their goodie bag.

The parents were given instructions to take them out when they got home and leave them over night to dry. Ours actually took a few days to dry out. But they turned out really cool.
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Dino Dig

Next up was a dinosaur dig. I asked the kids if they knew what a scientist who looks for dinosaur bones was called. It took a couple of tries but they did come up with paleontologist.

Each child got their own bin with sand and dinos. That way each child got the same number of dino finds and the quick kids didn’t get everything. Each bin had one dinosaur skeleton and 3 little toy dinosaurs. Once the dinos were brushed off they were added to the kids goodie bags.
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Dinosaur Expedition

I had the kids put their goodie bags away and we started the next game. I told them, “Since you guys are such good paleontologists I have another challenge for you. We need to find more dinosaurs. But this time instead of finding dinosaur bones, we need to find dinosaur parts.”
Dinosaur Party Games - NotYourNormalSteam.wordpress.com“The first thing you need to find are some dinosaur feet. You will be able to find them where the dinos have their nest.”

I tried to find the wildest spots in the yard to hide the dinosaur parts. And the flowering rhubarb plant was perfect.
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The feet (and the rest of the dino costume) were made from felt and elastic. The feet had elastic across the back and a loop on the bottom so they would slide right over the top of the kids shoes.
Dinosaur Party Games - NotYourNormalSteam.wordpress.com“Now you must travel to the Jurassic jungle to find what every dinosaur needs… a tail” This guy was so adorable. He was so excited about his dinosaur tail that he started to do a dinosaur dance and kept trying to turn around and see his tail wiggling.
Dinosaur Party Games - NotYourNormalSteam.wordpress.com“The last dinosaur part that you need is a mask. For this you must travel to the cretaceous caverns”

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“OH NO! I don’t think you are paleontologists any more! I think you have turned into DINOSAURS!!!!!!” Here are the kids giving me their best dinosaur roar.Dinosaur Party Games - NotYourNormalSteam.wordpress.com

Feed the T Rex

“Now that you are dinosaurs there is one thing that is VERY important. Keeping T Rex fed. But you don’t want to get too close or he’ll eat you instead of the food we have for him.” The kids were given felt T bone steak bean bags to try and toss them in T Rex’s mouth. Dinosaur Party Games - NotYourNormalSteam.wordpress.comDinosaur Party Games - NotYourNormalSteam.wordpress.com

Save the Dinosaur Egg

“The second thing that is important to dinosaurs is to protect the eggs. These dinosaur eggs are in a dangerous volcano and earthquake area. The eggs needed to be transported to a more safe location.”
Dinosaur Party Games - NotYourNormalSteam.wordpress.comEach kid was given a plastic spoon and a dino egg. They were shown where the safe zone was.

Dinosaur Party Games - NotYourNormalSteam.wordpress.comThey took their mission VERY seriously. It was so adorable.

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Herbivores and Carnivores

The last game was simply a dinosaur version of tag. We talked about what both herbivore and carnivores eat and the type of teeth each have. Then I explained the game was just like tag. There would be one carnivore and everyone else was a herbivore. The carnivore had to catch the herbivores and the herbivores needed to run away. Dinosaur Party Games - NotYourNormalSteam.wordpress.comThe kids has a blast playing all the games and were all ready for some dino food. I know Ms M loved her party because almost every day she asks if we can have the party again this weekend.

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Diggin’ the Dino Birthday Party – Part 4: Food

I think the best part of this party was the food. It was a lot of fun coming up with dinosaur themed food. Everyone helped in coming up with the ideas. But I had final say, because the one thing I try to make sure is that almost EVERYTHING can be done in advance.

The food labels were more of the dinosaurs from the Paper Doll Dress Up cartridge. I used some brown and blue glimer mist to make the eggs speckled and some red stickles to make the lava.

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Appetizers:
I try to make sure that we always have lots of fruit, veggies and cheese for appetizers. That way I know the kids will have things to eat even if they won’t eat dinner. Plus the dip, veggies, deviled eggs, and fruit salad could all be made the day before. The only thing that I did the day of the party for appetizers was carve the T-rex head and make the palm tree from a green pepper, carrot and 1/2 a potato.

  • Coprolite (Fossilized Dinosaur Poop) – Black Olives
  • Dinosaur Bones – Stick pretzels
  • Dinosaur Claws – Bugles
  • Carnivore Cravings – Cheese & Sausage tray
  • Herbivore Heaven – Veggie & Dip
  • Prehistoric Eggs – Deviled Eggs
  • Dino Head – Carved Watermelon with fruit salad

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Drinks:

  • Pterodactyl Ptea – Iced Tea
  • Swamp Water – Punch
  • Lemon Juiceratops – Lemonade

Dinosaur Party Food - NotYourNormalSteam.wordpress.comDinner:
BBQ ribs are one of Miss M’s favorite things to eat (mine too), plus with the dino theme it seemed like a no brainer. But I know lots of kids won’t eat them which is why I also did chicken wings. The ribs and wings were cooked in the oven the day before, and Mr Steam just finished them off on the grill the day of the party.  The potato casserole was assembled the day before and baked at the time of the party. I cheated on the cole slaw and got that from the deli. I don’t what my problem is, I can cook almost anything, but I have yet to make cole slaw that I like.

  • Brontosaurs Ribs (yea, yea I know there is no such thing, but it’s a hold over from my Fred Flinstone watching childhood) – Baby back ribs
  • Pteriyaki Pterodactyl Wings – Teriyaki chicken wings
  • Le Brea Tar Pit Beans – Baked beans
  • Tasty Triasic Cheesy Potatoes – Cheesy potato casserole
  • Cretaceious Cruciferous Salad – Cole Slaw
  • Lava Pools – Raspberry jello

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Dessert:

There were so many great ideas for dinosaur themed cupcakes it was really hard to pick one. So, I picked two. It worked out for the best anyway, because Ms M loves chocolate frosting and N will NOT eat it.

Cupcake 1: Volcanoes

I used red candy melts to make the erupting lava, and then red gel frosting to make the lava flow.

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Cupcake 2: Dinosaur Nests

I purchased speckled malted milk balls at Easter for the dinosaur eggs. Then used green butter cream frosting with a grass tip to make the nests. Then little dinosaurs finished off the cupcake.

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The important part was the birthday girl thought all the food was delicious and loved her volcano cupcake.cupcakes 3

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Diggin’ the Dino Birthday Party – Part 3: Shirts

Starting with N’s superhero birthday it has become a tradition for our whole family to dress up according to the theme of the party. I hunted for shirts and found plenty for Mr. Steam and I, but I didn’t like the kids shirts that I found.

So off to the craft store for some iron on material and some shirts. The kids got to help design their shirts. And we made sure each shirt fit our personalities as best we could.
N thought this was the funniest joke EVER. So he got this as his shirt.Dinosaur T-shirt - NotYourNormalSteam.wordpress.com

Since it WAS Miss M’s party and it IS a big deal, she and I thought this shirt was perfect for the birthday girl.Dinosaur T-shirt - NotYourNormalSteam.wordpress.com

And since I used to be a competitive smallbore rifle shooter, it was only fitting that this was my shirt.Dinosaur T-shirt - NotYourNormalSteam.wordpress.com
Mr. Steam is the romantic one out of the thwo of us, so I thought this was the perfect shirt for him. Grin.Dinosaur T-shirt - NotYourNormalSteam.wordpress.com

Here’s the whole crew in their finery.Dinosaur T-shirt - NotYourNormalSteam.wordpress.com

I was pretty happy with how the shirts turned out. This was the first time I used the iron transfer vinyl. It was pretty easy to use as long as you remembered to flip all your text. We’ll see over time if the vinyl holds up in the wash. I hope so, this was a lot easier than all the applique work I did for previous shirts.

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Diggin’ the Dino Birthday Party – Part 2: Decorations

Now that I had the invitations done it was time to start working on decorations.  M loved her invitations, but after looking at them we had this conversation:

M: Mom, my dinosaur party can NOT be pink and purple. It needs to be different colors.

Me (Surprised, pink and purple are her favorite colors): Oh? Well then what colors should it be?

M: Ummmmm…….

Me: How about blue, green and orange?

M (eyes lighting up): YEAH! That’s perfect. Let’s do that!

Why blue, green and orange you may ask. Well, I just so happened to have blue, green and orange dinosaur fabric left over from N’s first birthday party. So I’d be all set for table cloths! BONUS!!!!

With the color scheme set, it was time to get rocking! The first place I went to see what I could do for decorations was my stash of Cricut cartridges. I really wanted to use realistic dinosaurs, rather than cartoon dinosaurs. Unfortunately all I had were cartoon ones from the Paper Doll Dress Up cartridge. Eh well. Ms M would love them regardless. I cut out dinosaurs in two sizes 12″ and about 3″.

The 12″ cutouts were used to decorate doors and the refrigerator.

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The smaller cutouts were used to make banners that hung over the appetizer table and above the stove. These same banners were used to make the favor bags as well.
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Besides the paper cutouts, I raided M’s toy box for all her play dinos and placed those around the house.
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And, lo, here is the orange, green, and blue fabric! NICE! Also at Easter time I picked up some cool speckled eggs.Dinosaur Party Decorations - NotYourNormalSteam.wordpress.com

To me decorations really set the mood for the party right from the start. So I really like to decorate the front walk to set the scene from the very beginning. Dino foot prints and a dino crossing sign fit the bill perfectly.Dinosaur Party Decorations - NotYourNormalSteam.wordpress.com

We also got really lucky and found these fantastic window clings. On one side of the cling is the dino skeleton, and on the other side is the fleshy dino. M loved these!Dinosaur Party Decorations - NotYourNormalSteam.wordpress.com

Finally, I found this awesome idea on Pinterest.

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Diggin’ the Dino Birthday Party – Part 1: Invitation

I was so excited when Ms M decided she wanted a dinosaur birthday party. My brain went into overload at the options that we had.

Should it be a paleontology party where the kids dressed up for a dig, and we would search for dinosaur bones?

Should it be a “live” dinosaur party with dino costumes and dino games?

Oh, but even better, what if I could convince N to have a dino party too. It could be the best of both worlds. M could have the “live” dino party and at the end of the party we could have an (fake) asteroid crash. Then 6 months (or millions of years) later N could have the palaeontology party. Eeeek! How awesome would that be?!

Alas, I could not convince N that this was the best idea ever. His heart was set on Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles. Sigh.

So, back to M’s party. Since I couldn’t decide between paleontology and “live” dinos, I’d just have to do both!

I wanted the invitation to have both “live” dinosaurs and fossil dinos. But I couldn’t find a realistic dino stamp anywhere. So I used some clip art printed on card stock instead. Then I cut them out using Patertrey Ink’s Slider die.
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When you opened the slider there was the triceratops skeleton.Dinosaur Birthday Invitation - NotYourNormalSteam.wordpress.comDinosaur Birthday Invitation - NotYourNormalSteam.wordpress.com
Mr Steam and I had a lot of fun coming up with the text for the invitation.

The dinosaurs are all in a roar
Because NAME-a-saur
is turning four!
Help us make history on
DATE HERE
TIME HERE

If you dig dinosaurs,
stomp on over to NAME-a-saur’s house
ADDRESS HERE

It’s going to be a DINO-MITE time,
but it will soon be extinct.
So be sure to RSVP to XXXX.
PHONE HERE
EMAIL HERE

** please leave your large asteroids at home

Since the invitations were hand delivered by Ms M herself we decided to have a little fun with the names on the envelopes as well.
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With the invitations done it was time to move on to the party decorations.

 

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Italian Meatball Heaven

I was sooooo close to trying 52 new recipes in just 4 months. I was just one recipe shy and then work intruded. Alas, someone has to pay the bills. So new recipe 52 was delayed almost a month.

Mid April I made Swedish Meatballs and the Mini-steams went crazy for them. So I asked if I should make spaghetti and meatballs some night. Both of them started dancing with glee and shouting to the heavens the joy they would find if I made such a meal. (Ok, it didn’t really go down like that. But it was close!)

Which I find funny because they can’t stand meat loaf and really, its just about the same thing. Oh well. If they are exited to eat garlicky balls of  ground beef I am sure not going to stop them!!!

So Saturday I found some energy from somewhere and made both a batch of homemade spaghetti sauce and some homemade meatballs. The spaghetti sauce is pretty much 100% how my mom made it when I was growing up. And the meat ball recipe is a combination of an Alton Brown and Anne Burrell recipe. I added more garlic and egg, and used a different meat combination than the Anne Burrell recipe. I also used dried herbs as our herb garden is not ready for picking yet.

Spaghetti Sauce Ingredients:

  • Extra virgin olive oil (EVOO)
  • 4 large garlic cloves minced or thru a garlic press
  • pinch crushed red pepper
  • 2 lg (28 oz) cans petite diced tomatoes
  • 1 lg (28 oz) can tomato sauce
  • 1 small (6 oz) can tomato paste
  • 1 T dried parsley
  • 2 t dried basil
  • 1 1/2 t dried oregano
  • 2 T agave or honey or white sugar
  • 1 t Salt and pepper

Spaghetti Sauce Instructions:

  1. Sautee the onions in a large dutch oven or stock pot with the EVOO until translucent. You don’t want brown on the edge of the onion.
  2. Add the garlic and red pepper flakes and cook 1 min more, or until you can smell the garlic.
  3. Add all the remaining ingredients and bring to a simmer.
  4. You want the sauce to cook for at least 20 on a low simmer.
  5. While the sauce simmers make the meatballs.

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Meatball Ingredients:

  • Extra virgin olive oil (EVOO)
  • 1 large onion finely diced (almost minced)
  • 4 large garlic cloves minced or thru a garlic press
  • pinch crushed red pepper
  • 1 lb ground chuck
  • 1 lb ground pork
  • 3 lg eggs beaten
  • 1 c grated Romano
  • 1 1/2 T dried parsley or 1/4 c fresh chopped
  • 1/2 T dried basil
  • 1 c breadcrumbs
  • 1/2 c water

Meatball Instructions:

  1. Preheat the oven to 400 deg F.
  2. Sautee the onions in a large skillet with the EVOO until translucent. You don’t want brown on the edge of the onion.
  3. Add the garlic and red pepper flakes and cook 1 min more, or until you can smell the garlic.
  4. Take off the heat and allow to cool.
  5. In a large bowl combine the meat, eggs, cheese, seasonings and bread crumbs. Use your hands to mix.
  6. Add the onion mixture and the water and give a final mix. The mixture will be very wet.
  7. At this point if you are worried about flavor or seasoning level take a little bit and make it into a patty. Cook it in the onion skillet and taste. Adjust seasonings accordingly.
  8. Portion your meatballs to 1 – 1 1/2 oz. I used a cookie dough scoop to keep them the same size for even cooking.
  9. Place meatballs on a cookie sheet and place in the oven for 20 min or until they read an internal temperature of 160 deg F.
  10. Put your meat balls in the sauce, or serve on the side.

Spaghetti and Meatballs - Not Your Normal SteamNow if I had been really thinking ahead I would have made homemade pasta too. That is something I REALLY want to learn how to do.

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Experiments with Coloring Fabric

Don’t ask me where it started, because I sure can’t remember. But recently I saw some quilts that were colored. Some were dyed, some were painted, some used colored pencil. This was sooo intriguing to me. Starting out with white (or black) fabric and ending up with a colored beauty.

Was it hard? What supplies did I need? Was I going to need to spend a fortune in chemicals to make this work? Was I going to need a well ventilated area? (the craft cave is anything but!) Was the color washable? Could I get the supplies local? ** Side rant: Yes you can buy things cheaper on the internet. But, your local quilt and art shops are a resource, you can go there and ask questions, get help, take classes. You can show off your work and get appreciative Ohs and Ahs. If you don’t shop at your local shops they won’t be there. Keep your local shop in business! Rant over **

While I was on vacation I stumbled upon an awesome art store. They were closed when we walked by, but I was sure they would have what I was looking for.

That night after the minis were in bed I spent a few hours on the internet looking at different videos and blog sites trying to educate myself as much as I could before going to the back to the store the next day.

I decided that while dying looked totally fun, it also looked supply and time intensive. I still want to try it, but I decided to leave that for another day.

But, painting? I can paint! Heck I painted a whole Chirstmas village worth of houses for my mom. If I can paint all those dang little bricks and adorable shop signs, then I can sure as heck paint some fabric.

Coloring with colored pencils? It’s one of my favorite methods for adding colors to my cards. How different can it be on fabric? I can do that! Sign me up!

So after a little bit of shopping, and some help from the great ladies at Art Supply in Sturgeon Bay. I walked away with a traveling case of 24 Derwent Inktense pencils. I was so excited I could hardly wait until I got home to try them out!

1st trial – Inktense pencils and water. The inktense pencils have to be wetted in order for them to become permanent. Quite a few of the videos showed using aloe vera gel as a medium. But I wanted to see how it looked with water. (Mostly because I didn’t have any clear aloe vera jel, the stores were closed, and I wanted to try it NOW!) I didn’t want to take the time to quilt anything, but I had some practice swatches that I had just laying there. PERFECT!

Inktense and WaterAnd well. I wasn’t very happy. The water caused the pencil to bleed A LOT! It kind of looked like I spilled juice on the fabric. However, I could see a time where I want a look like this. Like if I were doing a full scene like a sunset. The way the colors blend out would be fine. But it was not the look I wanted for now. I wanted the colors to stay inside the lines.

So, back out to the drug store to find some clear aloe vera gel. And since I was out I stopped by my local quilt and craftshop and picked up fabric paintbrushes, and an exciter pack of Lumiere fabric paint.

2nd Trial – Fabric wetted with aloe vera gel, colored, then more gel applied.

Here’s the gel I got. I only used about 1/2 teaspoon to color both flowers. I think this bottle may last me a while!
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WOW!!!! What a difference. First of all the colors stayed put! WAHOOO! And INTENSE? I’d say so! Now I know why the pencils are called InkTENSE! I barely touched the pencil to the wetted fabric and got this bright of a color. Seriously I used next to no pressure on the pencil.
Inktense and Aloe wet

3rd Trial – Dry fabric, colored, then gel applied

Several quilters used the pencils on dry fabric and only applied the gel after the fabric was colored. I wondered what kind of look that would achieve. And I like it. A much subtler coloring. EEEK! The projects that I could use this are shooting off like fireworks in my head!
Inktense and Aloe dry

I am glad I tried all three methods. I think they all will have their place in some of my future projects.Three methods

4th Trial – Lumiere paint on white fabric

Oh, but we aren’t done yet! I still had to try out the paint. And holy cow was it easy to apply. And the shimmer? AMAZING! The paint is completely opaque and the thinnest coat covered the fabric easily. Now my head is starting to hurt with the number of ideas that are pouring out!
Lumiere on white

Trial 5 – Lumiere paint on black fabric

Lea Day had used these paints on black fabric. I wanted to see for myself how they reacted. Really, how can you paint on a black surface and have it show up? Use these paints that’s how!!!! The paint looked wonderful on the white fabric, but on the black it was spectacular. Even Mr. Steam was flabbergasted!
Lumiere on blackSo I have to say that I am super excited about both the pencils and the paints. I have several different mini whole cloth quilt ideas in my head and using these to embellish them is going to be just the thing!

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Easter Crafting Craziness – Character Eggs

Right now Ms M is totally into Sesame Street and Minions, while N is all about the Ninjas, both the Teenage Mutant Turtle and regular varieties. I searched several different stores and couldn’t find plastic eggs in any of these varieties.

So what’s a mom to do but make some!!! So a little vinyl, some electrical tape, a black sharpie, some googly eyes and I was set!

For Ms M – Both good and evil minions. The purple minions really need some hair, but I haven’t found anything in my stash that I can use yet.

Minion Eggs
Materials

  • Electrical tape for the goggle bands
  • Silver paper attached using terrifically tacky tape and cut using Nestabilities dies
  • Googly eyes attached with E6000 glue
  • Sharpie for the hair and evil minon teeth

For Ms M – Sesame street characters
Sesame Street EggsMaterials:

  • Characters were cut using the Cricut Sesame Street Friends cartridge
  • Black, white, brown, orange, and red vinyl
  • Black sharpie for the eyes and Ernie and Bert’s hair

For N – Some Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles
Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtle EggsMaterials:

  • Masks cut using the Cricut Paper Doll Dress Up cartridge – superhero mask and then welded to some curved shapes for the knot
  • Red, orange, and blue and purple vinyl

For N – Some Standard Ninjas

Ninja Eggs

Materials:

  • Square and 2 circles from Cricut craft room basic welded
  • White vinyl
  • Sharpie to draw eyes and eye brows

I can’t wait to put these in the kids baskets and see their reaction on the “Easter Bunny” knowing just what kind of eggs they wanted.

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