Draw a Dinosaur Day

Last year, in February I think it was, I stumbled across Draw a Dinosaur Day. It's an annual event on January 30th where you draw a dinosaur of course. Dylan and I started on our dinosaur fun last week as we stayed in from the cold and recovering from colds. Must do something to entertain.

I started our projects by handing Dylan a sheet of yellow construction paper and his box of crayons. I simply instructed him to draw a dinosaur. We talked about whether his dinosaur would be tall, have big teeth, have spikes, etc. I loved the result ...

He helped explain it to me. The top right is, of course, the face. Notice the eyes, nose and smile. To the left are a series of spikes. As we discussed his drawing, an idea hit me. I had seen a number of pins on Pinterest regarding turning your child's art into a stuffed toy. At first I thought I might try that and then the idea quickly switched to a pillow.

Dylan helped me pick the fabric and trace his drawing onto freezer paper which I used to create a template. I cut out the design and sewed the outline & face. Then created the pillow sham to fit an existing pillow form I had.

Truthfully, I think I'm more in love with it than he is and that's ok. I put it in our family room to photograph (better lighting than his room) and it has stayed. It actually goes well with the color scheme and is a fun little conversational piece.

Supplies: all from stash - freezer paper, cotton fabrics, iron on adhesive and stabilizer, Coats & Clark thread


Roll A Snowman

On cold days stuck inside, new entertainment is a plus. This project kept Dylan & me busy for quite a while between picking the fabrics, sketching & cutting the pieces, constructing it and then playing.

I came across the idea of Roll a Snowman on Pinterest last year. Find the instructions and printable on this post at Funky Polkadot Giraffe blog. I followed her general idea, but substituted blue dotted flannel for the background as I was purely using my stash and somehow didn't have any blue felt. Actually, I liked how it turned out since the flannel looks sort of snowy with all the dots.

Everything stores in the back pocket when not in use (including our missing button that reappeared after I finished taking pictures, of course).


Friday Freebie: In a Tree

January weather in the middle of NC can be anywhere from cold to hot. At the moment, it's cold with a chance of freezing something later today (sleet, ice, who knows?), but last weekend it was sunny and in the 60s. Perfect for a bit of outdoor time. Dylan tried his skills at climbing one of the trees in our front yard. Naturally, I snapped a few photos which inspired this layout ...

Supplies: In a Tree template; Woodsong papers by Deena Rutter; Woodsy Animals embellishments by Audrey Neal; rober font.

In creating it, I also made a template to share. It contains 8 layers including 3 to mask photos (or papers) and is free for personal use only.

Click here to download the In a Tree template


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Give Thanks

As usual, I scrap in whatever order I'm inspired which brought me all the way back to Thanksgiving 2010 in the middle of January. Amazing how much my little guy has grown in those 2+ years! Kept this layout simple - one template, one kit, one font and done.

Supplies: 13th Collection templates by Tiffany Tillman; Give Thanks kit by Sara Schmutz; Just the Way You Are font.


Cowboy Ribbon Blanket

I love this adorable print from Michael Miller Fabrics (C1486_Retro Yippee). I bought a little over a yard of it from a neighbor having a moving sale last year. No plans for it. Just liked it so into the stash pile it went. As soon as I learned a friend was expecting her second boy, I pulled it out to create a ribbon blanket with.

The print and colors are so fun. I backed it with soft dark brown minky dot fabric.

And added a coordinating plastic ring. Perfect for teething or clipping to car seat or stroller.


Giant Ruler Growth Chart

Having left the vinyl giraffe growth chart in our old house, we were in need of a new one. I had eyed a fun oversized ruler style in the PBK catalog well before our move and had it on my future 'to do' list. Thanks to help from my friend, Stacey, who rocked some stencil creations with her Silhouette and shopped for the boards, we now have one!

Sunbathing while the sealer dried (yay for unexpected 70 degree Jan days!)
Stacey & I spent a few hours together on a Saturday afternoon while our boys played and husbands watched football. I forgot to take photos, but the idea is pretty straight forward and if you google "giant ruler tutorial" there are plenty of examples. Basically, after deciding on a stencil for the lines (thickness and lengths) and a font size/style (Century Schoolbook), we used Sharpies to trace and color them in. Next we stained the boards using Minwax American Walnut stain. Having run out of time, we each sealed ours separately later. I used Minwax Polycrylic spray leftover from painting my bedroom furniture.

To hang the ruler, I purchased a pack of keyhole picture hangers. The wood was soft enough that I was easily able to attach the hangers to the back of the board using the included screws without pulling out the drill.

Help from my little assistant in positioning the hangers.
Honestly, the hardest part of this project was choosing the spot to hang it. I finally selected a wall in the playroom that's also visible when you enter the house through the front door and it has great natural lighting for photos.

After measuring and placing the screws, Trent helped me get it on the wall. Lining it up with both keyholes at once took some effort - I kept hitting one and missing the other. Then he watched the level at the top while I added heavy duty velcro under the bottom. This assured it was straight (I'm a tad OCD like that) and keeps the ruler secure. I don't want an accidental bump during play to knock it off the wall.

Firmly attached, we're ready to start measuring just in time for Dylan's "half birthday" tomorrow.


Valentine Crafts

A month out from Valentine's Day, I thought I'd share a few of my favorite past crafts to help inspire ideas for the next few weeks ...

Valentine Envelope Chair Backers

Watercolor Valentines

Handprint Heart

You Spin Me mini album


Horse Coat Rack

Dylan received a special gift from Trent's aunt, uncle and cousins - a horse coat rack that has been in the family for years. I need to ask around a bit, but we think he's the 4th in three generations to own it. The rack quickly found a spot in our foyer.

As you can see, Dylan is already hanging his belongings on it. On the weekends his school bag & nap mat reside here as well so we remember to take them on our way out the door on Monday mornings.

I can already picture it loaded down during future playdates with his friends' coats too. A treasure for sure.


Christmas Elf 2012 - the Book

After Christmas I spent some time on Shutterfly putting together a photo book of our Christmas Elf's adventures this year. Dylan was sad to see Christopher Pop-In-Kins leave. Our photo book arrived a few days ago and now he has a fun reminder to enjoy year round.

Front Cover

Page 1 - the arrival of Christopher Pop-In-Kins

Hanging out in the playroom and emailing Santa.

Snow and Magic Elf Dust recipe (credits to Joni at Six Cherries on Top for the idea!)

Christmas Day - Christopher left a photo & note with Dylan's stocking

Back Cover



Dylan (right) and his buddy Grant working together to build a Lego fire truck. They both have gotten really good at following the instructions and making all sorts of creations.

Supplies: Rocketman papers by Deena Rutter; Nautical papers by Celeste Knight; Oceanside papers and Cut It Out masks by Robyn Meierotto; Just the Basics - Paint Splatters by Erica Coombs; This Week brushes by Karla Dudley; Blossom elements by Karen Funk; Olive You mini kit by Audrey Neal; DHD National Scrapbooking Day 2011 collaboration kit; Legothick, Courier Std, and Porcelain fonts. Scraplift of Forget by Celeste Smith.


New Years Eve 2012

Fun at our friends' annual family friendly New Years Eve party. We ring in the New Year at midnight GMT (7pm ET) so the toddlers can join in the fun. And, honestly, it's nice to get to bed at a reasonable hour. :)

Supplies: DHD January Blueprint by Sarah Sullivan; Cozy patterned papers by Robyn Meierotto; Delight papers by Sara Schmutz; All American Elements by Karen Funk; Cool Britannia elements by Angie Hinksman; New Years Eve kit by Miss Mint; Angelina font.


accomplished. twenty 12

I finished this page on Monday for a December challenge at Design House Digital to document your accomplishments in 2012. I came up with several for our family:

Supplies: Protectors Set 1 by Karla Dudley; Orange Crush mini kit by Audrey Neal; One Year Older elements, Plum Pretty kit and Be Unique elements by Karen Funk; Back to Basics bundle by Sara Schmutz; Janda Everyday Casual, Another Typewriter and QuigleyWiggly fonts.


Wordless Wednesday: Ringing in the New Year

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