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Friday, December 21, 2012

Tutorial: Reindeer Cocoa Cones

I wanted to share this little take-home treat that I sent with Tyson for his preschool Christmas party. These cute Reindeer Cocoa Cones were found via Pinterest and are quick, fun, and easy to assemble.

Who doesn't love a little hot cocoa this time of year?!

Reindeer Cocoa Cones by Mom-Made

To make your own, here's what you'll need:

  • Powdered hot chocolate mix
  • Mini marshmallows
  • Mini chocolate chips
  • Sprinkles
  • 12-inch disposable decorating bags
  • Brown or black pipe cleaners
  • Googly eyes
  • Small red pom poms
  • Instruction labels (optional - see below)

Fill each decorating bag with 1/3 cup of dry hot chocolate mix, followed by a generous 1/4 cup of mini marshmallows, 1 Tablespoon mini chocolate chips, and 1 teaspoon sprinkles (I used chocolate, but rainbow would've been more fun).

Twist each bag and secure with a brown pipe cleaner. Turn several times and then make the ends into the shape of antlers (or just give it your best attempt!).

Use hot glue or craft glue to attach the googly eyes and red pom pom nose.

The original version didn't include instruction labels, but I thought it would be a nice addition to the back. So here's what I added...

Feel free to download the JPEG file I created below (right click, Save Image As...) and paste it into your favorite label-making program. I used Microsoft Word to create labels using the Avery 5160 template.

Trim the excess plastic off the bags if you want (I used pinking shears), and you're done! Or go make 17 more, like I did. :-)

Enjoy your festive creations. The countdown to Christmas is ON!

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Saturday, December 8, 2012

Holiday Orders

I'm back from vacation and getting back into the sewing groove again. It feels good to be making a dent in these Christmas orders! Not too many left to go...

Here's what I've wrapped up recently:

Car Caddy for W.H.

Large Snack Bag for J.L.

Large Snack Bag for J.L.

Large Snack Bag for J.L.

Deluxe Coloring Caddy & Crayon Roll for A.H.

Car Caddy for C.L.

Large Snack Bags for C.L.

Have a great weekend!

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Monday, November 26, 2012

Latest Mom-Made Orders

Lots of great orders going out the door lately! Here's a quick rundown of what I've been sewing up...

Sandwich Wrap Placemat for M.R.

Sandwich Wrap Placemat for M.R.

Deluxe Coloring Caddy for J.T.

Car Caddy for C.B.

Bow Zipper Pouch for B.E.

Large Snack Bag for B.E.

Crayon Roll

Crayon Roll for M.A.

Crayon Roll

Deluxe Coloring Caddies for C.S.

Crayon Roll for B.S.

Large Cross-Body Tote Bag for S.B.

Baby Doll Diaper Bag, Changing Pad, & 2 Diapers for J.C.

Bow Zipper Pouch

Jeremy and I are very excited to be going on vacation this week, so the blog will be somewhat quiet... but I'm sure I'll have plenty to say when we get back! :-)

Have a great week!!

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Thursday, October 18, 2012

Sewing Update

Well, it's been awhile since I posted any sewing-related projects! I've had a few Christmas orders coming in, but haven't been too terribly busy. I've got a new item in the works but I am still (slowly) working out the kinks and getting all the details ironed out.

Right now I am getting ready for my first craft show of the holiday season this Saturday! That's only two days away, eeek.

And here are some orders that I have been tardy on posting. Hopefully after this weekend there will be plenty more to post!

Large Cross-Body Tote Bag for M.J.

Medium Tote Bag for M.J.

Baby Doll Diaper Bag & 2 Diapers for C.S.

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Monday, October 15, 2012

Cozy Coupe Makeover

I wanted to share with you a fun little project that I worked on over the past week, with Tyson "helping" me in the afternoons while Miles napped.

Little Tikes Cozy Coupe to John Deere Tractor Makeover

We had an old faded Little Tikes Cozy Coupe, like many other families with toddlers, that had a couple broken parts and needed a bit of revitalization.

Enter Pinterest, with all of its cool Cozy Coupe makeovers, and the seed was firmly planted in my head to "upcycle" ours.

It looked more faded in person, I promise you

I hadn't seen any that were made-over to look like a John Deere tractor, but I thought that would be perfect for Miles, our tractor lover. Tyson also loves the color green, so even though he is almost too big for the Cozy Coupe, it's a win-win situation for both kids!

This past week was warm enough but windy, so we had to pick and choose our days to work on this spray painting project. I chose the Rust-Oleum colors Meadow Green and Sun Yellow (in gloss), which are suitable for plastic/outdoor use, along with a clear gloss top coat.

First I took everything apart - there are only two screws, so it was simple enough. Tyson and I took buckets of dish soap and water outside and scrubbed it all down.

The next day, I tied grocery bags around the tires to cover them, laid down my drop cloth, and got to spray painting. After doing a couple coats, I ended up using the whole can of green and most of the yellow.

After spraying on the top coat, putting it back together, and adding the John Deere decals that I found on Etsy, it was complete!

The paint is already chipping in a few places, like where the door opens, but I'm happy with the finished product and more importantly, so are the boys.

What a good model!

 When Miles woke up and saw it, he yelled, "YOU MADE ME A TRACTOR!!"

And there you have it, the simple Cozy Coupe to John Deere Tractor Makeover.

It sure is worth it making these little people happy. ;-)

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