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Just for Kids: Crayola Virtual Design Pro Review

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A little departure from the usual crafty sewing posts to share this cool little thing we got in the mail recently. Long ago I was a contributor to hdydi.com, which is a blog for and by twin moms. I ended up on a list at Crayola and they sent these kits out to bloggers with kids. Here’s our little review. Full disclosure, I was not paid for my review, though Crayola did send a box with two different products for us. We received the Crayola Color Alive Star Wars Virtual Design Pro and Crayola Frozen Color Alive. (Affiliate links.)

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First of all, this kid would love ANYTHING Star Wars. I know, I have tested it. Soup? Yep. Cereal? Also Yep. Waxy mediocre Valentine chocolate hearts in a Storm Trooper tin? You Betcha! So of course as soon as he saw this he was ecstatic.

He set to work right away coloring and designing his ships. The general idea is you can color the ships and scan them into an app, which transfers your design and you can fly your vehicle through different levels.

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The Star Wars kit came with both markers and colored pencils, and I was happy to see the books had nice thick paper so markers didn’t bleed though to the back.

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When you’re done coloring, you scan your design into the Virtual Design App, which is a free download for iOS and Android devices. I really wish it worked on the boys’ Kindles, since I would love if I didn’t have to hand over my phone for them to play.

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Once scanned, you can see the details of your coloring, wrapped onto the ship you colored. My only real complaint about the whole process is in the scanning. You have to line up all four corners, there are squares you have to match and every time we got three of four and the fourth was tricky, and took a while and I think just dumb luck. I tried different lighting and flattening out the book and I didn’t notice much of a difference. I do know the kids couldn’t do it themselves, we had to help.

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You can see how cool the ships look in the game. The boys loved playing it and designing ships. If it were on their device instead of mine I think they would play with it all the time.

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The other thing in the box was the Frozen Color Alive set, which they weren’t as into as the Star Wars. I decided to try it out myself. I maybe should have picked a picture with more color, since while Olaf is cute, he’s pretty white. I wasn’t sure what to expect, so I colored the castle and snowflakes, but they don’t really do anything for the app. You can see how my Olaf came to life. He was kind of weird though, he seemed to give me the stink eye at one point, or maybe it was my imagination. I think my kids would have been more interested in this one if they were into the characters more. They like Frozen OK, but aren’t huge fans like they are of Star Wars.

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Overall, I think both of the products are cool and I would definitely recommend them to people with kids. They add another level of fun to coloring and my boys liked experimenting with how things would look when they were scanned into the app. If they could use their Kindle Fire instead of my iPhone or iPad, that would be even better!

Thank you to Crayola for including our family!

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Craftingcon Competitor Interview

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I am competing again this month in Craftingcon. You might remember my Avengers entry last year, this time around the theme is Studio Ghibli. (Check back tomorrow to see what I made!) In the meantime if you want to learn more about me and how strong my Geeky Side truly is, check out my interview over at Craftingcon.com

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Boys Can Wear Pink: My Two Adorable Valentines

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Just in time for Valentine’s Day, I present my humble contribution to Boys Can Wear Pink Blog Tour presented by Handmade Boy. If you haven’t already, you should check out all the cute boys in pink posted so far! My duo has become accustomed to special outfits for every special occasion, so when I saw this adorable Conversation Hearts fabric, I knew I wanted to make something for them for Valentine’s Day. The Modkid Dapper Bowite and Suspenders was my first choice. I might be a little addicted to making bowties and suspenders, I think I have made them at least a dozen times since I first made them back in November. I love that they are adjustable so they can wear them this year and for years to come. And I love that they can be dressed up or down. Plus, is there anything cuter than little boys dressed up like old men? I don’t think so.

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The hardest part was getting these two to cooperate for a nice photo together. Individually they shine, but together they make goofy smiles and eventually end up with one in a headlock.

But seriously, I can’t handle this kind of cuteness.

I am so lucky both these little guys call me their Valentine.

Make sure you check out all the other Boys Can Wear Pink contributors and enter to win the giveaway!

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Easy Snowman Tote: 12 Days of Christmas Blogger Challenge

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Way back when it was still warm out and the sun didn’t set at 4:30, I was invited to participate in Sew McCool’s 12-Days of Christmas Blogger Challenge. I had big plans to finally finish the advent calendar I have been “going to make this year” for the past three Christmas seasons. This post is not about the advent calendar I made. Yet again, I didn’t get it made. Instead I did a cute craft with my kids. This was crazy easy, relatively inexpensive and turned out adorable. These would be so cute as teacher gifts, grandparents or even to use as gift bags.

For this project you will need:

  • Plain White tote bag. (I bought a blank one at a craft store but you can find about a bajillion tutorials on Pinterest if you would like to make your own.)
  • Scrap of Orange Felt or Fleece
  • Random Assortment of Black Buttons
  • Some sort of super strong adhesive. (or a sewing machine or needle and thread if you’d rather stitch the face on.)
  • Two Scraps of holiday fabric, cut about 2 inches x the width of the bag. Fleece would work well, I used woven cotton and pinking shears on the edges.
  • Small helpers (Optional.)

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I am not a kids-crafting blogger. Or a kids-crafting expert. Or even a regular kids-crafting participant. I tend to lock myself away for my crafting and sewing projects, it is my time away from my kids. Lately, though, they have been begging to help, keep picking out fabric they want made into various things, and are becoming more curious about my sewing projects. This project is definitely one that requires close supervision due to the glue. You could use a regular child-safe glue stick and then stitch the items where the kids placed them, but I just let them arrange things then made them sit back and did the gluing myself. If your kids are older they might be OK but I definitely advise adult supervision with this project.

The first step was arranging the face. I let them try different arrangements, and they actually worked together to decide where the buttons should go and what direction the nose should point. There was some discussion that the snowman should have a mad face, but I convinced them that he should be happy.

 

Once they had the buttons and nose placed, I glued them down. The adhesive I bought said industrial strength, and should hold well without additional stitching, but if I were going to make several of these I might just stitch the buttons and nose on. The “scarf” was the last part and we just glued the ends of each side of the bag. Once it was dry I tied it in a knot in the middle.

 

And that’s it. Simple and cute. My total cost was under $6, and that included the glue, which you could easily do several bags with one tube. The kids loved making the face and asked if they could make another one.

 

Thank you to Deanna at SewMcCool for inviting me to participate and definitely check out all the other projects in the challenge.

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Don’t forget to visit all of the bloggers who are creating tutorials for the Sew McCool 12 Days of Christmas challenge! Voting will begin on www.sewmccool.com on December 13 and go through 11:59 p.m. U.S. Eastern time on December 20. The blogger with the most votes will win $100 – just in time for Christmas!

December 1

Ren @ The Inspired Wren * Stephanie @ Swoodson Says * Alicia @ Felt With Love Designs

December 2

Natalie @ Sew Outnumbered *Deby @ So-Sew-Easy * Ajaire @ Call Ajaire

December 3

Amy @ Friends Stitched Together * Maris @ Sew Maris * Gemia @ Phat Quarters

December 4

Amy @ How I Make Stuff * Michelle @ Falafel and the Bee

December 5

Beth @ Beth Jarrett * Jen @ Just Joshin

December 6

Lauren @ Molly and Mama * Krista @ Bee Quilted Beauties

December 7

Vicky @ Vicky Myers Creations * Deb @ Sprouting Jube Jube

December 8

Addie @ Addie K * Michelle @ Not My Tree

December 9

Ula @ Lulu & Celeste * Sara @ Made By Sara * Chelsea @ GYCT Designs

December 10

Nichole @ Bluebird & the Boy * Darcy @ Ginger House Designs * Shelly @ Coral & Co.

December 11

Amy @ Britches ‘n Bloomers * Kelly @ Kelly J Designs

December 12

Maegen @ Mae and K * Jess @ Gracious Threads * Jone @ Knot Sew Normal

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Modkid Dapper and Riley Sew-along for the Holidays

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Recently, I was able to team up with Whimsical Fabric to put together these samples for the December Sew-a-long. The patterns called for a brother/sister set so I borrowed a friend’s twins. Another gracious friend took these photos when my own kiddo got sick and we had to cancel our photoshoot last minute. It takes a village, as they say.

This Brother/Sister set is comprised of two Modkid patterns: The Dapper and Riley. Both patterns are available individually or as part of a kit for the Sew-along though Whimsical Fabric. The Sew-Along starts December 1 and includes prizes for participants, so hurry and order before the Thanksgiving break! Use the code MODKIDLOVE when checking out to receive a discount.  The code is good through Sunday, November 30th.

And now for some twin cuteness!

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The Riley Dress was easy to follow and is very cute. The front panel is perfect for showcasing a favorite fabric. The bow allows for some cinching in the pattern so it can be worn for a while, even for growing kids. The dress pattern is size 2T to 10. It can use from 1-3 fabrics for the front/back/sides and has optional hems or ruffles for the bottom and sleeves. The pattern also has short and long sleeve options. I did a hemmed sleeve but added a ruffle to the bottom.

 

 

And the Dapper. OMG I love this. As a boy mom and someone who makes mainly boy clothes I am over the moon about this. (I have already made multiple sets of these!) The suspenders and bowtie are to-die-for cute and all adjustable so they fit nearly anyone. The pattern includes instructions for kids or adults, so everyone can have bow ties and suspenders! The hardware is available from Whimsical Fabric too. I can definitely see lots of these in my future for holidays and birthdays! I mean, seriously, look at how adorable these are!

 

I was invited to participate in sewing up samples for the Whimsical Fabric Sew-Along and received the pattern and fabric at a discount, but I was not compensated for this post. Thoughts and opinions are my own.

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My Little Superheroes Blog Tour

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Calling All Superheroes! This Dynamic Duo is about to turn FIVE. All the fingers on a hand! In a couple more weeks I will be the Mommy to two five year olds. When I got the opportunity to test out the new My Little Superhero Set from EYMM, I knew exactly what to make: Birthday Boy capes! We have a superhero party planned in a couple weeks and though we are the proud owners of several capes and superhero costumes, I loved the idea of special birthday outfits.

I used the cape pattern in the size 4/5 which is plenty long and I was able to make each side from 1 yard of fabric. My boys are different heights, but wear size 4 and 5. The next size up would have been too wide and would require more yardage. Unlike other capes I have made, this one is very wide, maybe even wider than it is long, and has great drape and flow. It has a nice wide neckline that rests on the shoulders more than across the throat, which also makes me feel better as a paranoid my-kids-are-gonna-choke-to-death Mom.

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I took my boys with me to the fabric store to pick fabric, one wanted green and one blue, I even managed to find those colors in the same zigzag pattern. I had planned to use something more superhero-ish for the reverse side but didn’t find anything I loved so I went with grey dots. I used an embroidery frame I had in the keystone shape and text that says “Birthday Boy” on each in the opposing color.

The birthday shirts are the Peekaboo Grand Slam pattern (affiliate link), which I added the appliqué to as well. I was planning to just buy long sleeve tees but couldn’t find any that I loved. I made these from grey jersey knit and the sleeves and collar are blank adult shirts I cut up. These are casual enough they can wear to school on their birthday and beyond, and they have already asked if they can wear their Birthday Boy capes to school for their birthday too.

The cape pattern also includes a mask, belt and wrist cuffs, also. It comes in newborn to size 10 and a bonus doll pattern too. If you buy it before 10/21 you can save 40% with the coupon code HEROSET on EYMM.com. I received a copy of this pattern in exchange for this blog tour.

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