Baby Unicorn Costume

Introducing the World’s Cutest Baby Unicorn :)

unicorn costume

This year the kids went very easy on me for the Halloween costumes (which I haven’t decided if I like or not yet). The boys wanted store bought costumes but I still have one without an opinion :) She is only 4 months and can’t sit up alone so I wanted something that would look cute in her wagon when we go trick -or-treating. I decided on a unicorn and headed to the fabric store thinking about how I would make my  own pattern. When I walked in I spotted a Simplicity Pattern for animal hats, one of which was a Unicorn! Perfect right??

unicorn costume

I wanted her to be all white so I picked out some soft white fuzzy fleece and some white yarn with silver specks in it. I also got some fabric for holiday girl dresses!

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I used Simplicity Pattern  S0731. I did a little pattern hacking and love how it turned out. I added the yarn all the way down the back before sewing it up so it’s in the seam. I also added the pink felt in the ears and the tie around the neck.

baby unicorn

baby unicorn

Don’t tell anyone but I had to hot glue the horn on. I couldn’t get it to stand up straight by hand stitching, I never have been good at hand stitching. Depending on the temperature she might or might not wear pants with her white onesie. Isn’t it nice to have a pant-less option :) Happy Halloween, I hope it’s as magical as a baby unicorn!

baby unicorn

Wicked Good Witch Hat Cookies

wiched good witch hat cookies

October is here.. my favorite month of the year and the kick-off to all things festive :)

Along with pumpkin patching, trick-or-treating and quilting; fall means it’s time to bake. My boys love helping me in the kitchen… especially my youngest son! We call him the future chef because he is always asking about ingredients and wants to taste every single spice that goes into every dish. When I came across the Wicked Good Witch Hat Cookies from Imperial Sugar I knew the boys would love making them. Imperial has a ton of spooky new recipes and crafts you can do with your kids. So many great ideas that would be great for Halloween parties, favors, neighbor or teacher gifts, etc. They also have free printables, coloring pages and activities for kids!

Ingredients:

  • Oreo cookies
  • Green fondant
  • 1  cup peanut butter
  • 1/2 cup honey
  • 2 cups Imperial Sugar Confectioners Powdered Sugar

Directions: 

  1. To make edible playdough: use your hands to mix peanut butter, honey and powdered sugar in large bowl. The dough should be soft enough to be pliable and not sticky.
  2. Shape dough into cone shape for top of witch hat.
  3. In ziplock bag, crush several Oreo cookies (without the creamy filling) into small pieces.
  4. Empty crushed cookies onto a plate and roll each “playdough” witch hat in the Oreos until coated
  5. Place coated hat on top of Oreo cookies. If the hat doesn’t want to stay, you can use a dollup of canned icing to hold it in place.
  6. Cut thin strip of green fondant to make a band for the hat. Attach to cookie at base of cone-shaped top.

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The recipe starts out with edible play dough! How fun is that? I could just stop there and the boys would be happy :) I really wanted them to try as much of this recipe themselves… brace yourselves moms, this gets kind of messy but they will love it! They mixed Imperial powdered sugar, peanut butter and honey with their HANDS!

imperial sugar

imperial sugar

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witch hat cookies

Can you believe this turns into play dough?!

witch hat cookies

So fun!

witch hat cookies

witch hat cookies

After we made the play dough (and played with it a little :) I let the boys form the dough into little cones.

witch hat cookies

witch hat cookies

Then we made cookie crumbs in the food processor. The boys also loved this part!

witch hat cookies

We rolled the cones in the cookie crumbs and placed them on an oreo. The last step is to add a green fondant ribbon to finish the witch hat!

witch hat cookies

Now… ours aren’t as pretty as the ones on the Imperial Sugar page, but the boys were so proud! And besides a little measuring, they pretty much made them with no help! I love how they turned out!

witch hat cookies

witch hat cookies

witch hat cookies

How cute would these be for a Halloween Party or a Playgroup craft project!? Be sure to check out the Imperial Sugar page for more fun Halloween Ideas!

http://www.imperialsugar.com/halloween

This post was sponsored by Imperial Sugar, all thought and opinion are my own.

16 Handmade Baby Gifts (that every Mom will Love)

Handmade Baby GiftsI get a lot of questions about baby gifts here on my blog and via email. Baby gifts are my favorite gift to give. It’s all so magical… a new mom, a new baby, a new life; and it just makes me feel like making something :) Here are 16 handmade baby gift ideas that every Mom-to-be would love.

Appliqued Onesies. These are so quick and easy but also super custom!onesie refashion

Felt Bunting for the NurseryIMG_3599

Icon Onesies… just use vinyl on a hand dyed onesie for an easy gift

boy onesies

Custom Bibbaby girl set

DIY Baby Leggingsbaby leggings

Diaper Bag Tag… this could be fun to add to the wrapping of another gift too!diaper bag tag

Bandit Bibs… every little boy needs these!bandit bib

Baby Name Blanketbaby name blanket

Baby Bunny Plushiebunny plushie

DIY Gauze Swaddle Blankets

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Baby Bunting for their nurserybaby bunting

My favorite… DIY Burp Clothsburp cloths

One of my favorite things to give… a baby quilt, I love this one!!baby quilt

Diaper Covers… I need this for my own baby, which is the sign of a good gift!diaper covers

Teething Necklace, such a great idea!

teething necklace

Newborn pants… what is cuter?newborn pants

Everything here is tried and true… also handmade gifts are always a hit at a baby shower! Do you have anything else to add to the list?

Union Jack End Table

union jack end tableThis project has been in my head for about two years now. I’m so happy to see it come to life! This piece of furniture because it was a little blah but my main problem (and why I didn’t try it for two years) is that I hate sanding and worried about being able to cover the black. Then, the one and only Martha came out with a new line of paint products… Vintage Decor Paint :)  A Matte Chalk Finish, requires no prep, is self priming, and comes in 22 colors! OK!!

union jack end table

I used 3 colors for my end table: Red Wagon, Wedding Cake and Sailor Blue. I also used the Antique Wax and the Vintage Decor Paintbrush.

union jack end table

union jack end table

I started out by painting the sides, back and top of the table blue. The paint is super thick, almost like a thick gluey consistency.

union jack end table

I was super impressed at how well it covered the table! This is a very thin coat on one side. I could have gotten away with one coat but I waited about 30 minutes and did a second coat just for extra coverage.

union jack table

Next, I taped off the Union Jack. All of the tape lines are where the white parts will be.

union jack table

I also did two coats for the front of the table too. On the left is one coat and on the right is two coats.

union jack table

When I pulled off the tape I had some major bleeding but it was because of my tape job (oops). This shows how I taped off the rest of the table to paint the white parts. I waited about 1-2 hours between each step to make sure I didn’t tape over any wet paint. I used three small paint brushes at the very end for all of the touch ups from the  bleeding and that worked great!

union jack table

I waited for it to dry overnight and the next day I sanded it to look more “antique”. I sanded the corners and edges as well as some flat surfaces.

union jack table

union jack table

The last step was to apply the wax. The instructions said to apply a thin layer and then wipe off the excess with a wet lint free rag. I was nervous about it because it was super thick and very brown but after you wipe, it all makes sense. You can see how it gives it a richer, darker more aged look.

union jack table

On the left I had used the antique wax and I hadn’t on the right yet… it’s more obvious on the white parts.

union jack table

After drying for a few hours you can buff it with another clean rag.

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union jack table

I am pretty much in love with the way it turned out! It looks so at home in our living room! Speaking of at home… I couldn’t get a certain five year old to move from the couch before these pictures were taken :)

union jack table

union jack table

union jack table

union jack table

Here is a video introducing the line and a coupon code for you to get 25% OFF all Vintage Decor Paint that is valid at Micheals Stores through 9-12-14. Be sure to visit Plaid Online and check out their blog for more project ideas. For even more inspiration you can find them on Pinterest, Facebook, Instagram, Twitter and Google+.

I wrote this post as part of a paid campaign with Plaid Crafts and Blueprint Social. The opinions in this post are my own.

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