Tuesday, July 26, 2016

Oreo Necklace

We might have a slight Oreo obsession in our house. These delightful chocolate cookies are the perfect treat with a glass of milk, or in my case, a jar of peanut butter. My girls are always delighted when Oreo Cookies make their way into our shopping cart and we all have our favorites. My girls go for Double Stuffed, you are most likely to find me with a package of Golden Lemon Oreo Cookies and my husband with mint. Oreo Cookies are as iconic as they come and my daughter wanted to commemorate her love for her favorite snack with a cute bubble necklace. 

This necklace is really easy to make and comes together so fast. Fizzy Pops is where I get the supplies for all of my bubble necklaces. They have an amazing selection. Here is what I used for these necklaces. 

You will need from Fizzy Pops:


First you will need to cut your wire the desired length of your necklace plus 1.5 inches on each side. My wire is 20 inches long, plus the 1.5 inches on each side, for a total of 23 inches.

Close a 6mm jump ring and slide it on the end of your wire. Loop the wire around the ring and then slide two crimp beads over both sections of wire. Use a pair of pliers to crimp the crimp beads down until they are tight and flat. You can also add an extender chain at this point, if you want to. For detailed instructions on adding an extender chain, check out the Fizzy Pops tutorial here.



After your beads are crimped. you are ready to add your necklace beads. The idea behind this necklace is to make the beads look like little Oreo Cookies with white beads sandwiched in between black ones. Here is my necklace pattern for this necklace:

Spacer Bead
Black Bead
White Bead
Black Bead

(repeated 4x)

Spacer Bead
bottle cap pendant
Spacer Bead

Spacer Bead
Black Bead
White Bead
Black Bead

(repeated 4x)

Slide a lobster clasp onto a 6mm jump ring and then close the jump ring. Slide the jump ring onto the wire and then double back the wire through the crimp beads and a couple extra of the necklace beads. Crimp the crimp beads until they are tight and then trim the excess wire.



You necklace is now ready to add the image to the center! Do a search for an image you love  Pull it into a photo editing program, any program or app should be able to crop it. You want the image to print about 3/4 of an inch high. Use a 1 inch circle hole punch to punch out the image after it is printed.

Place an epoxy sticker on top of the image and rubbed the back to make sure all air bubbles were gone. Add a small amount of a strong glue (like E-6000) to the bottle cap and gently press your image with epoxy sticker to the bottle cap.

Allow the glue to dry completely before wearing.



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Monday, July 25, 2016

Magic School Bus Ms. Frizzle Costume


The Magic School Bus was a fun and wonderful part of my childhood. I was absolutely delighted to find the show on Netflix and I introduced it to my older daughter when she was about 5. Now, a few years later, Ms. Frizzle is as much a part of her childhood as it was apart of mine. When I asked her what she wanted to be for Comic Con this year and she said Ms. Frizzle, I was delighted. We had a lot of fun making this dress and costume together. 


You will need: 


Cricut has a really awesome set of planets in their image library and I used those for all of the major planets. You can find them here. I simplified most of them to be just two layers because I wanted to conserve vinyl. You can turn off a layer in Design Space by clicking on the eye in the layers section on the far right side of the screen. Simply click the eye on what you don't want to cut and it will take it off your screen without completely deleting it.

To make this dress, head over to the Explore site and select the great big blue, Create a New Project button. Hit the Insert Images button and then search for the different planets that you want to add.


Make your images different colors and your Cricut will know that you plan on cutting them out of different colors and place them on different mats when you hit cut. It will separate your planets into two pieces so you can cut them out of different colored heat transfer.

When you make projects with more than on top of each other one color of vinyl is called layering heat transfer and it is surprisingly easy and just needs a little patience. You will need to cut two layers for each of the sun, one in yellow, one in orange. Two layers for the Earth in green and blue and two layers for Mars and Jupiter. The stars are just white heat transfer and only need the one layer. I copied and pasted the stars over and over again on my screen and then enlarged some and shrunk others to have different sized stars.

Heat Transfer goes onto your mat with the shiny side down. Set your machine to iron-on and then hit the go button. Remember when cutting heat transfer with a machine, you always need to be sure to flip/mirror your images or you text will be backwards when you iron it on. For this project is isn't crucial to flip the images, but I do anyways.


Weed the all of the negative parts of the design away, leaving just the pieces you need. Always start with the bottom layer on your shirt with the carrier sheet up. Place the other sheets on top of the bottom design until it is positioned how you want. Peel the other sheets off the shirt leaving just the bottom layer.

Iron directly onto the carrier sheet with the bottom layer in each planet for about 15 seconds. Peel the carrier sheet off, leaving the design on the dress. 

Line up the top of the planet over the the piece already ironed down and  iron down for 15 seconds. Peel the carrier sheet off. Make sure the entire design is always covered by a carrier sheet or a piece of parchment paper. This will keep the black from sticking to your iron.

 Iron over the entire design for about 30 seconds, so the entire design has been ironed for 30 seconds, not 30 seconds total. Flip over and iron from the back for an additional 15-20 seconds.


The planets and some of the stars go on the front of the dress and then stars of all different sizes go on the back as well.


After your dress is done, you can start work on Ms. Frizzle's headpiece. Paint all of the Styrofoam planets as the box directs you. When they are dry, make a circlet of thick wire that fits on the head of the person who is going to wear the costume. Close the circle by twisting the wire together. Stick a piece of wire a couple inches long into each planet. Secure the wire with hot glue. Twist the other end of the wire around the large circle of wire, creating a planet head piece.

It seemed the most comfortable way for the head piece to be worn was with the smallest planets surrounding the face and the larger ones in the back. Finish off the costume with Saturn earrings, and a little Liz for the shoulder.

Since my daughter is going to wearing this at Comic Con, we are buying her a school bus bag to go with the costume so she doesn't have to carry the bus in the photo around. 

What are your memories of The Magic School Bus? 


Navy Blue Dress
Heat Transfer Vinyl
Solar System Kit
Thick Jewelry Wire
Saturn Earrings
School Bus Bag


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Wednesday, July 20, 2016

Game Center Play Kitchen


When my older daughter was little, I really wanted a play kitchen for her. We didn't have much space in our tiny townhouse and so I knew a full sized play kitchen wouldn't work. We also didn't have much disposable income. When I walked passed this game center at a thrift store, it was marked $3 and since it was half off day, it was only $1.50 . I knew it was a match made in heaven and the idea for this little kitchen was born! 

You will need: 
  • A game center
  • a sander
  • paint (a color of your choice and black and gray)
  • 4 -inch wooden plaques 
  • wooden knobs
  • gray vinyl 
  • wood glue
  • a small piece of fabric 
  • Needle and thread


 When you look for a game center, it doesn't matter if it has any of the pieces, but it would be nice if it had the bottom tray to be used a cookie sheet for the oven.

Give the game center a good sanding. I sanded mine with a power sander and it roughed up and ready to go in about 15 minutes. Paint the entire game center in a color of your choice. I used a nice quality paint for the outside but just an acrylic for the cookie sheet.

Allow the game center to dry over night. Paint the wooden plaques and the knobs black.

Hem the bottom and sides of the front "door" to the oven. Hem the top and slightly gather. Glue the fabric under the front lip of the game center.

Cut asterisks out of gray vinyl and adhere them to the wooden plaques. Use the wood glue to glue the plaques and the knobs to the top of the game center. Paint the bottom tray a gray to be the cookie sheet.

My absolute favorite thing about this kitchen is that everything stores inside on the cookie sheet! 

Do your kids love to play kitchen? 


4 Inch Wooden Plaques
Wooden Knobs
Wood Glue


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