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New Camera, Computer, Router and Catching Up


We’ve had a busy year, and I can hardly believe it’s almost over.  First, my camera finally gave out, and I lost many pictures, including ones of my son’s awesome Lego Star Wars party.   That was pretty darned depressing.  I lost an entire series of “how-to” photos.  Then, my computer and modem got fried when we had a power surge.  I have had that computer for years, and apparently never backed it up (I know, I know!), so I lost even more pictures.

I bought myself a shiny new camera as a birthday/Christmas gift, so I hope to be posting new blogs soon.

I have so many things I want to share, but in order to do that I’ll have to re-do a lot of projects so I can take new pictures.

I’ve already started on nexr year’s constume for J.  I’m making a Jack Sparrow costume out of muslin (which I will dye to match Jack’s costume colors).  I made my own frock coat pattern from a photograph, and it actually worked!

I even made the dreadlocks out of wool and attached them to a plain brown wig.

We also made Jack Sparrow’s compass out of milk jugs and other assorted plastic bottles.

E. Would also like me to tell you that we made a fairy dollhouse out of silk flowers, craft sticks and a plastic cake container, and of course fairies for the house made out of yarn,  craft wire, pipe cleaners, silk flowers and wooden beads.  It was a perfect rainy-day craft, and she still plays with them more than any of her other toys.

I’ll post all of these and more after the holiday…and hopefully the pictures will be better than the yucky ones from my camera phone!


Welcome to Make Stuff 4 Kids!


I am a stay at home mom with two kids, my son J. is 7 and my daughter E. will turn 5 this week.  We live in the beautiful mountains of West Virginia, and we love to make all things crafty.

I hope to share recipes, baking tips, cake decorating ideas, sewing projects and whatever miscellaneous crafts the kids and I come up with.   Since we usually do at least two crafts a week, I have to be frugal or else most of my husband’s paycheck would go to the local craft stores!  Re-purposing everyday items is very important to me, since it cuts costs dramatically and also helps to teach the kids about the importance of recycling.

Since this week is my daughter’s birthday, I’ll be making a Princess and the Frog doll cake, and I’ll share with you the method for baking it without the pricey “skirt” cake pan, which is too short to use with a real doll anyway.  After all, what is the point of a doll cake if the birthday girl can’t play with the doll after the cake is cut?

Some other highlights I’ll be posting are:

My recipe for Vegetarian Marshmallow Fondant (yes, really!).

An overview (with printable pattern pieces) and basic construction tips for sewing a Princess Tiana gown for your own little princess!

A Little Princess (or prince!) sewing double instructions.

A tutorial and instructions for making a gumpaste frog, which will hopefully resemble (at least somewhat) Prince Naveen as a frog when it is finished.

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