Friday, September 10, 2010

Lego Star Wars Birthday Party Favors

I can't believe my baby is 8 years old. He wanted ANOTHER lego party this year (had one two years ago), and he wanted to do it at home! Coming up with a new set of ideas was difficult, but I think we did ok considering the time constraints. Last time, I sent out lego invitations that were handmade to look like bricks (just rectangle cardstock with circle punches stuck on with raised dot glue). For party favors, I bought those little minifigure sets online and wrapped them in solid colored papers and then added dots the same way. It was a hit. We had great games, so I have to top that now!
I'm a big fan of anything handmade and unique, but I also didn't want to go overboard. I started by making personalized notecards in Microsoft Publisher with clipart I found online. I cut those out with my paper trimmer. Then, I decided I needed lego crayons (but didn't know these were even possible until 2 days before the party so it was too late to order from Etsy. So off to Hobby Lobby for a mold making solution (oh yeah, the lego store is completely out of ice molds so I decided I would make my own.) Unfortunately, I couldn't find the mold making solution I wanted, so I settled for something called Amazing Putty. Instead of doing a large mold, I had to make individual molds, but the stuff is cool. It sets in 20 minutes! It isn't oven safe though so we had to melt the crayons in the microwave and then pour that liquid into the molds. I wasn't 100% happy, but they are cute nonetheless.I also made soaps, and these were my favorite. Because the lego store doesn't have any molds in stock, I used what I had which was a minifigure popsicle mold that we bought at California Legoland a couple of years ago. I just bought glycerine and dye and melted in the microwave - so super easy and cute! I had to experiment with colors - wish I had more glycerine and time, but these will do. The goodie bags came together nicely (topped off with a personalized tag bought on Etsy and printed myself).
I marked the soap just in case they thought it was chocolate - lol . . . mmmmm.

Friday, August 20, 2010

New CUSTOMIZED dolls for your Princess!

Here is the first doll in my new line of customized dollies. For $40, you can get a doll similar (remember, they are handmade) to this with your choice of hair color, dress color (I will take pattern requests too), banner with embroidered name/saying, and bloomers with embroidered year or date).
Imagine how cute this gift would be for a little girl on her birthday or a newborn baby with the birth date! It's a truly unique gift that will be cherished forever!
Email me today to order yours! I'll be happy to answer any questions.

Tuesday, July 13, 2010

And the winner is . . . . . . . . .

The winner of the Party Pooper Doll Giveaway is:
The winner of the Party Pooper E-Pattern (plus two of your choice) is:

Please contact me at so I can get mailing information and choices.

Thursday, July 8, 2010

Happy Birthday to Me Give Away - Free Doll!!!

Because it's my birthday (seriously, it's my 32nd birthday), I am having my first ever dolly give-away through my blog. This dolly is a party pooper because she's a brat (not a representation of myself) and she wants the world to stop and revolve around her for the day (and it's not because she's watching 9 kids - again not representing myself here - lol).

To enter, leave a *nice* comment on this blog between now and July 12th at midnight, and I will randomly draw a winner on July 13th (to be announced on my blog). U.S. only for the dolly, but since I know there are some international gals, I will also have an e-pattern giveaway for this dolly plus two others of your choice. Be sure to comment in the blog that you are international so I can pull names from separate drawings.

To see this e-pattern and details on the dolly, go to and view Frogs to Fairy Dust patterns. Thank you everyone!

Thursday, June 3, 2010

PrImiTiVe PiG - HaMmY

It's been a while since I have sewn anything because of my schoolwork, but I found a few free hours (over a matter of a week or so) to create a dolly. I will be turning this into a pattern and selling the original as well. I've missed the prim world and hope I can manage to fit in some patterns this summer! I hope Hammy makes you smile

Monday, February 15, 2010


Somtimes you just have to make something for yourself. The large local craft show was this weekend, and I went two of the days. Yesterday was Valentine's Day, and my 8th wedding anniversary. Hubby was so sweet and made reservations for us at a great restaurant and got us a jacuzzi suite Saturday night. He surprised me by agreeing to go to the craft show during the day on Saturday. That was soooo sweet, but I prefer to shop with the girls. There are very few things I don't like to do with my husband (get your mind out of the gutter), but shopping is DEFINITELY one of them. He can't help it that he hates the stuff, so I feel guilty the whole time. On the other hand, we were able to make it through all of the buildings in record time, and I felt like I had a decent idea of what I wanted to see when I went back out there with my mom, sister, and daughter yesterday. Still, I didn't spend as much as usual or get anything too exciting. I got a few knick knack things. I bought an old rusty looking lantern, a small hanging stitchery, and some letters to spell out my last name across a shelf. I was sorta disappointed. Still though, I have some things I want to do around the house, and these gals were the first.
There's never enough (if any) primitive decor to purchase, and it's very difficult to find uglee stuff (maybe that's because people think it's ugly!) I just find old stuff so charming . . . . can't help it. They fit well on my little tiny shelves. Each girl is probably 8 inches tall. One is holding some flowers and the other has her crow. They are mounted on stained candlesticks.

Tuesday, February 9, 2010

Robot Valentine Box for School Party

I just had to share these adorable robot Valentine boxes with you all! My kids had to make their own this year at home (as a family project), and they both decided on robots. Thankfully, these were made with supplies we already had (except for the rhinestones - and I actually probably had some of those in my stash, but I was too lazy to look for them - lol.

Tuesday, February 2, 2010


Ok, so I sorta finished the window coffee table project this morning. School is STILL out, so I only have my kids and my nephew. I was supposed to have two others (whose mother is not a teacher), but there's a stomach bug on the loose - EWWWWWWWW! That gave me a little free time (that I really should be using to clean or do homework, but where's the fun in that?) I am not completely satisfied with this finished product. I know there are some things I will change, but here is an idea of what can be done with your shadow box. I am a photo freak, so naturally, I wanted our memories in the glass. I added some scrapbook paper, buttons, and a few domino dolls (from Kirrily in Australia). I'm sure I will add more of my treasured items as I find them around the house (as long as they fit).


Just a quick update on the coffee table . . . . it's been sanded, primed, painted, sanded, distressed, and sanded again. I am very happy with the ALMOST finished product, but these darn pictures aren't showing the distressing at all. The snow and ice are barely melting away here, and I can't get outside for good pics so here it is . . . . try to imagine it more distressed! Remember, the part that shows through the glass is going to be covered with pictures and other stuff - just can't seem to figure out - I'm sure that will always be a work in progress. I thought about painting that a different color, but I can't decide . . . . this is why I am always doing home improvement - INDECISIVE AMY!

Saturday, January 30, 2010

New Pattern Release - Puppy Love

I love Valentine's Day . . . always have! The colors just make me happy. In fact, I love it so much that I got married on Valentine's Day 8 years ago! Of course, now I realize how dumb that was because HE THINKS he can get away with one gift!!! lol

Above is my newest pattern (and dolly) . . . Primitive Puppy Love! The doll is up for auction on ebay, and so is the paper pattern Click to go there. The e-pattern is available on under Frogs to Fairy Dust.

I am typing this as I wait for the paint to dry on my coffee table . . . can't wait to get it finished so I can show you all! My 50 cent can of OOPS paint from The Home Depot is a great almond color . . . love those good buys!

Monday, January 25, 2010

Old Window Coffee Table Project - Tutorial

So, hubby decided to get started on the old window coffee table without me, and I didn't get to take pics before, but this project was honestly one of the easiest we have done. (He thinks I am silly when I take pics of half-done projects - so he gave us a little extra to look at!) Find an old window (I was lucky enough to have my FIL give me two of them for Christmas a couple of years ago). I have seriously been dreaming about this table since then, and hubby finally agreed and found some free time to help me. I'm not kidding when I say I have the best husband - he's so good to me - he puts up with my crazy whims and tries to make me happy. Anyway, he used some wood we had in the shed already. I don't know if it was plywood or what, but it was NOT MDF. I love MDF because it's so soft and smooth - lol. It doesn't matter what you use, but measure your window and cut a piece of 3/4 wood exactly the same size. Your window will sit on top of this base piece. You will also want to buy or make some legs. Hubby chose these for me, and I'm happy with them. You can use old porch posts if you know where to find them. Nail the base piece to the legs being sure to match up the corners. Set aside the window until later.

Next, you will want to measure between the legs. Using 1x3 or 1x4, cut your frame pieces to fit between the legs. We set ours back in the middle of the legs. Nail these in place. Hubby used the air nail gun and went from the bottom up.

And this is the way it looks after you put those pieces on . . .

Now, you lay your window on top of your table base (and hopefully it matches up perfectly). The purpose of this part is so that I can put pictures or other items on the base of the table that will show through the glass. I wanted the ability to change those from time to time, so we put hinges on the back side of the table.

And then add some trim. Measure the width of your window. Mine was about 2 inches, so I got 2 inch trim, and I needed 9 feet of it because I went around the three sides. I would love to go around all 4, but I wanted those hinges, so . . . . it is what it is. Measure and miter the edges of your trim to fit around the window edge. Nail in place. It is also recommended that you use a piece of twine and staple one side to the base and the other to the window to ensure that the window doesn't break off the hinges by accident.

It's cold and very windy here today, so there will not be any more work done until the weather gets better. I need to sand, paint, sand, distress, stain . . . . I will keep you updated on this project!

Tuesday, January 19, 2010

Primitive Panda Bear - Valentine Doll

I have been sketching pandas for the past year or so, and I wanted to create something for Valentine's Day, so here he is . . . . My Primitive Panda!

This dolly is sold, but the e-pattern is available on, and the paper pattern is up for auction on

Monday, January 11, 2010

Ellyphant Pattern Released - First of 2010

Here is Prim ELLYphant and her little mouse pal. This pattern is available on or email me at