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Thursday, September 29, 2011

Guest Post- B is for Boy

We have another fabulous guest with us today.  I was so thrilled when Erica agreed to guest post during my "moving" break.  On a side note, we've heard through the grapevine that some of our stuff may be arriving early next week.  Keep your fingers crossed for us.  Sadly, the first shipment has very few crafty items in it.  It's mostly toys, though, which would bring a whole lot of stress relief.  You've never met kids who missed their toys so much.  

Anyway . . . .  I'm dying for you to see this adorable project. Off you go to Craftland.


Hi, I'm Erica from B is for Boy and I am one lady living with 3 males... so I started my blog as my creative outlet.  I love creating things for my boys & for my home.  Recently, I even ventured out into the Etsy scene too so check me out there at B is for Boy, I've got some rockin Halloween costumes! 

Today I am going to show you how to fabric stamp.  It's super easy but adds a really cute little touch to your project.  This is a baby gift set that I added fabric stamping to.

Wednesday, September 28, 2011

Settling In and Apple Crisp

Hi there, you beautiful bloggers. Things are kinda getting back to normal around here.  I'm thinking we're in a pretty good place considering the stress that was involved during our last two weeks in the States and that we're basically living with what was in our suitcases.  We're very blessed to be given a welcome kit with enough dishes and pots/pans to allow us to feel at home until our things arrive, but even so we miss our stuff.

When I say normal, what I mean is "what's going to be normal here".  Since our car won't arrive until somewhere near Christmas (and this is much more of a bike culture than a car culture which means our car won't fit into the parking lot), Mr. Wonderful purchased this fabulous bike to help me get around town.  Considering I'm hauling around 90 extra pounds, and I haven't ridden a bike for at least 15 years, I'm pretty pleased with my progress.  I can even make it up the hills without having to get off and push.  Don't laugh, I had to get off the first two days.

We're loving our backyard and we've been thrilled with the unseasonably dry, rather warmish weather that allows us to be outside.  We have a great, little apple tree which has provided us with fresh apples for the last two weeks.  I made some apple crisp this weekend.  All I can say is ---YUM!  Here's the recipe if you're hankering for a piece of Autumn in your tummy.

Apple Crisp:

6-8 apples (peeled, cored, and sliced)
1/2 cup white sugar
2 tsp. cinnamon
1 tsp. nutmeg

Place the above ingredients directly into a 9 X 13 inch baking dish.  Once the apples are peeled and cored, I slice them right into the pan.  Then sprinkle the sugar, cinnamon and nutmeg over top.

1 cup all-purpose flour
1 cup rolled oats
3/4 cup brown sugar
1/2 cup cold butter
pinch of salt

Place each of the above ingredients in a mixing bowel.  Use 2 butter knives to cut the butter into the dry ingredience to make small, pea sized pieces.  Pour mixture, evenly over the apples and press down to even out the crust.

Bake for 45 minutes or until top is golden brown and apples are soft.

We like to serve ours hot with vanilla ice cream on top but I have to confess, I'm not above eating it out of the serving dish.

Friday, September 23, 2011

Guest Post- Everywhere Orange

Hi there, my lovely readers. Today we have another special guest. Please welcome, Kris. I'm so glad that Kris offered to write a guest post for us! I'll let her do the talking crafting today.

Hello Boy, Oh Boy, Oh Boy! readers, my name is Kris and I blog over at everywhere orange.

I am a wife and stay at home mom to a 2 year old boy.  I gave up my job as a high school art teacher to stay at home with my son.  Everywhere orange is my space.  One that is just for me to share crafts, cooking and a little orange.  Every Friday I share an orange item in my house.  You would be shocked at how much orange is in this house!! I am a long time reader and super fan of Boy, Oh Boy, Oh Boy! and I am beyond excited to be here today to share my weather board complete with weather friends.

My son is obsessed with telling me the weather.  He usually tells me it is sunny no matter what the weather really is.  I decided he needed a fun way to learn the weather so I made this weather board complete with weather friends!

Peanut Butter says, "today's weather is sunny!"  
This time he was actually right :)

here are the weather friends:

PB likes to pet the rainy beard.

The weather friends are velcro so they are easy to take on and off.

I hope the weather is never all these things at once!!

I had all this stuff in my house except for one piece of felt so this whole project only cost me 34 cents!! i love stash busting :) Okay, let's get started!!

scraps of felt- white, yellow, grey, black and a full sheet of light blue
embroidery floss
8X10 picture frame
peel and stick velcro
white glue
card stock

Cut all the shapes.  You can find the templates for the weather friends and text here, print it onto cardstock:

Making the Weather Friends 
1.  split the floss in half.  tie a knot and stitch up where you want the eye.
2.  stitch down next to your stitch up.
3.  leave a loop hanging.
4.  stitch up and wrap your needle around the loop 3-4 times. then stitch back down pulling the knot tight.
5.  repeat the knot for a thicker eye. repeat 1-5 for the 2nd eye.
6.  start the mouth with a stitch.
7.  this is a chain stitch so you go up in the center of your last stitch between the thread.
8.  make your next stitch and repeat.
9.  continue chain stitch until you create the desired smile.

Making the Rain Beard

1. split the thread. tie a knot and stitch up through and stitch down close.
2. stitch back up in between the last stitch.
3.  tie a knot about 1 inch down from your stitch to make the rain beard.  and cut.

Closing the cloud
1.  stitch the sun in between the clouds.  do a straight stitch.
2.  whip stitch around the outside of the cloud.  stuff with  stuffing, felt scraps or even tissue.
3.  whip stitch the cloud closed and knot.

Cut squares from the rough side of the sticky velcro and put on the back of the weather friends.

Making the Weather Board

Take apart the picture frame and keep only the back board.  turn over so the inside is facing up.

squirt glue all over the back of the picture frame.  spread glue with your finger.

smooth out the felt onto the back of the picture frame  cut off the excess felt.

lay out the text and your weather icons.  Cut a strip of black felt that is about 1/2 inch wide and 8 inches long.

place glue on the back of the black felt.  glue it down and cut the excess.

put it back into the picture frame.

lay out your letters any way you like.  glue them down.  weigh them down with something heavy while they dry.  

I hung my board with those 3M sticky strips that come with the 3M hooks.  I put one at each top corner.

Now you're ready to learn the weather with the weather friends.

Stacey, thank you so much for letting me guest host! I had such a great time :)
 Stop on by everywhere orange and say hi!! I am doing a giveaway right now, check it out!!

Thank you, Kris, for sharing such a wonderful project.  With my oldest starting Kindergarten today, I know the middle guy is going to be lonely and asking why he doesn't get to go as well.  Once we get out things, I'll be making one of these for sure!

Thursday, September 22, 2011

Wednesdays Wickedly Awesome Made By Joel

It's been such a long time since I've done a Wednesday feature. I just haven't had the time to go searching around for amazing boy themed blogs. Since we were living in a hotel last week during the East Coast monsoon week, doing a LOT of waiting around while my husband used the car to get back and forth to meetings, I had some time to sit and surf.  Which means . . . . a Wednesday feature.

Made By Joel

Yep, you betcha', there's a man out there in crafting world and he's producing some fabulous stuff for our kids.  I stumbled upon Joel's site, attracted by his Paper City printouts and was thrilled by what else I found.

My boys just love Joel's printable cities and coloring pages.   I love the fact that the kids get to explore Paris and Sydney and would love to see him continue on the world city tours.

 Joel often includes new printable sheets on his blog, like this Halloween scene.

He often writes about spontaneous crafts he's done with/for his children.  This wooden city "block" is just great.

 And . . . the man embroiders.  And sews.  I mean, is this a well rounded guy or what?  My guys would flip over the embroidered t-shirts he made for his nephews this Christmas.

And a fun little, recycled denim ball to practice tossing with.

Another great printable.  An Easter version of the tumbling toy made from this adorable paper print-out and some marbles.

And low and behold, he's got a book coming out October 11th.   It's all about handmade toys.  I don't think I can wait.  Boy would I LOVE to get my hands on an early copy of that.

Monday, September 19, 2011

Glue Gun Tie Dye Tutorial

Glue Gun Tie Dye Tutorial

This is not your typical tie dye project and here's why:  I love the look of tie die.  I hate all that boiling and soaking.  I hate the endless moments of twisting and untwisting or cutting rubber bands.  I hate the fact that so often all of this tedious work results in a muddy looking mess instead of what was expected.

Which lead me to the question, is there a way to get around the parts I hate to get to the look I want. Which lead me back to my trusty glue gun.  She's held true during countless hours of affixing dried beans, recycled wine corks, and felt circles but could she do the impossible and create a tie dyed t-shirt effect?

Tie Dye Tutorial

The answer is a resounding yes.  Here's how to put your own glue gun to work.


Glue Gun and glue
A Cold Dye Kit (I used this one by Tulip)
White cotton T-shirt/onsie

1.  Simply heat your gun and use it to draw on the design/pattern of your choice.  In my first trial I went with the traditional swirl. You'll want to place a piece of cardboard between the layers of the shirt so the glue doesn't fuse the cotton together.

2.  Let the glue set for at least 10 minutes to ensure cooling and then get to work dying the shirt per the kits advice. Don't panic if the dye bleeds under the hot glue.

3.  Once the shirt is dyed as wanted, cover with plastic wrap and let sit for at least 6 to 8 hours.  I let mine go over night.  The longer it sits the more vibrant the colors.

4.  Fill your sink with a solution of cold water and white vinegar and let soak for 10 minutes.  Wring out and rinse until the color no longer bleeds.

5. Start from one corner of your glue and peel back from the fabric.

The areas of hot glue should be white.

6.  Wash your shirt ALONE with white vinegar added to the water.  Then machine dry.

Glue Gun Tie Dye Effect

7.  Stand back and admire your work.

One of the things I love about the glue gun factor, is that it provides the opportunity to play with shapes.  I love how the swirl effect turned out, especially because this one begins with a heart.

And here's an example that was chevron inspired.

Thanks for hanging with me stop in today. Let me know if you have any questions and if you give this a try I'd love to see how they turn out so if you give it a go, be sure to share over on our Facebook page.