Fun with Kids: Bead Spiders

make a bead spider

The last time we were down visiting Grandparents, Aunt Linda brought her bead supplies, and taught The Boy how to make a bead spider. So I documented the process to share it with you guys! (Now, The Boy’s version reflects how much fun it is for a kid to take all kinds of different beads and put them together, without much regard for symmetry, but The Husband also followed along with the lessons, and the photos below show the more symmetrical and traditional one that he made. But honestly, let the kids go wild. The Boy loves that HIS spider has star shaped front feet and 3 different leg patterns!)

[anything_slides cat=spider-2 width=500 height=350 delay=3000 resume=15000 animation=750 order=ASC orderby=menu_order theme=minimalist-square]

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Halloween Food: The Mummy’s Hand..

yummy sausage mummy hand for halloween dabbled.org

Happy weekend… this is from several years ago, but it was so good, I thought it deserved a repeat!

My dear creative friend, Chad, made this for the Halloween party …  and was kind enough to give us a tutorial, so we can all make our own!

Published on: Oct 3, 2009

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The Skylanders Party Highlights: The Invitation! (free printable)

Kaos Skylanders Party Invitation (printable)

 

Continuing the highlights from yesterday’s Skylander’s Cake, I just realized I never posted the invitation to the Skylanders Party.  I wanted to do something a little different, and most of the invites I’d seen in my travels around the web were just repurposed graphics of a selections of popular skylanders.  And while cute, I figured why not give the Bad Guy a starring role in the invitations?  So here is Kaos, inviting the Skylanders to come to a party.  And really, he promises it’s not a trap.

So, if you’d like to use this yourself, here’s a free download, because Dot is just all kinds of sweet that way!  Here’s the graphic with a more generic “you’re invited to a birthday party” message, that works for anyone child’s name (Click for large):

Just right click and save: http://dabbled.org/wp-content/uploads/2013/06/skylanders-invitation-dabbled.jpg

OR, if you’d prefer to personalize the banner that Kaos holds, you can download this blank printable, add your own text either via a graphics program and print, or by hand, and have the invite color copied.… {Read More}

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Highlights from the Skylander’s Birthday Party: the Cake

Highlights from the Skylander's Birthday Party: the Cake

I’ll get a tutorial up on several of these, including the cake, but here are some of the highlights from The Boy’s 8th Birthday Party – Skylanders!  But if I waited til I got around to doing the tutorials, you’d never see the cake for months.

Here is the Cake.  I decided that I would go relatively simple — a fondant covered floating island… with Candy Clay Chompies.

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This year’s Birthday Cake (Skylanders) is in the works!

instagram cake photos

OK, I know, I’ve been a slacker, don’t shoot me!

But it is June and you know what that means, time for another birthday party for The Boy and another birthday cake.  This year The Boy is turning 8, and he’s all into Skylanders.

So I’ve been working on the cake today.  It’s not going to be as ambitious as last years Dalek cake for the Doctor Who party, but I am trying out a new technique: Candy Clay.

Today I made candy clay, baked 4 cake layers for a 2 tiered cake, frosted the top and bottom tier with a crumb coat, and made up and colored a batch of marshmallow fondant.  whew!  I’m going to go play around with my candy clay now….

So, follow along on Twitter if you like to see pics of the in process stuff.

Pics from Instagram.

Previous The Boy Birthday Cakes (with tutorials):

Dragon Cake, featured on the cover of Amazing Cakes (Instructibles) book.

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Tutorial: Super easy (& inexpensive) french door curtains

Make almost no-sew curtains super quick and easy.

…or (almost) no-sew ‘two seams and you’re done’ curtains you can make in less than an hour.

We have a GREAT sunroom. It’s got a huge vaulted ceiling and french doors on both sides and lots of windows. But, we also have a computer at a desk in the corner, and the light from the windows can cause a glare on the screen. Hence the need to occasionally cover up these gorgeous windows with some sort of curtain. And curtains or shaded on french doors are really a pain in the butt to me. They either get in the way, or they are clunky and unattractive, so I had avoided doing anything about the glaring window til forced to by nagging husband and kiddo.

So, I wanted a solution that would be easy to make, easy to remove, and look nice while it was up there. So what’s the secret? Well, note the 5 lovely buttonholes at the top of each panel.… {Read More}

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April Fools Food!

April Fools Food!

Dinner on April Fools Day (can you believe it’s almost April 1st?) calls for making something unusual, right?  Maybe a bit tricksy.   Here are a few ideas, both sweet and savory, with an April Fool’s Day twist.

Nothing is what it seems…
Top: Sushi? – I made this last year for an April Fool party, and again at halloween (instructions)
Middle: A cupcake?
Eggs and Toast?
Bottom: Veggies and Fish Sticks?
Grilled Cheese and Tomato Soup?

Here are a few more ideas:

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Easter Idea Roundup

easterroundup

Silk Tie Dyed Eggs

Cake Eggs!

Roundup: Easter Sweets

 

Easter Egg Coloring Ideas

Make your Own Peeps!

The Chicken Egg Family

Fabric Easter Basket Tutorial

Chocolate Filled Eggshells from not martha

More great egg ideas at Wisdom of the Moon

 

Click on the photo above for Cool Easter ideas from the past–
And here are some more resources:
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Pretty boiled eggs (so you can tell them apart from the raw ones in the fridge!)

boil eggs with onion skins for a pretty brown egg color

I hesitate to publish this right before Easter, as it’s really a year round egg hack, not an easter egg hack, but I suppose it is extra useful at Easter, where you might want some pretty brown eggs.

If you’re looking for fancier Easter egg ideas, you can find some here, here, .. and an Easter basket here.

So I usually buy a big thing of eggs, and boil a handful of them ahead of time to throw in lunchboxes or to make tuna salad with, or whatever, and I like to be able to tell them apart from the non-boiled at a glance.  I used to take a sharpie and mark the ends (maybe with a little face so it would be cute in kid’s lunch), but this is my new plan, and I love it.

Also, I love the look of brown eggs, but I’m not going to pay extra for them just because they are aesthetically pleasing.… {Read More}

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So Long spammers, and Goodbye to (some) comments

So Long spammers, and Goodbye to (some) comments

Hello all… Dot here. Yes, I still love you guys, but the eternal war with spammers has brought me to a crossroads. Dear spammers: No, none of my readers want to buy your essay, really–And the comments have always be ‘no-follow’, so Google doesn’t even notice your link. But telling them this has been in vain, so I’ve made the decision to get rid of WordPress comments, and have only Facebook comments.

Why now?

If you’ve been around the crafty/bloggy web as long as I have (2007!),  you’ll have noticed that the importance of comments has changed dramatically over the past few years.  I used to only be able to tell how popular a post or project was by either looking at the stats, or getting feedback in the comments.  Comments were the way we all communicated, and I will say between blog comments and Twitter, that was the way I built some great relationships!  … {Read More}

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Fun with Kids: Bead Spiders

Fun with Kids: Bead Spiders

The last time we were down visiting Grandparents, Aunt Linda brought her bead supplies, and taught The Boy how to make a bead spider. So I documented the process to share it with you guys! (Now, The Boy’s version reflects how much fun it is for a kid to take all kinds of different beads and put them together, without much regard for symmetry, but The Husband also followed along with the lessons, and the photos below show the more symmetrical and traditional one that he made. But honestly, let the kids go wild. The Boy loves that HIS spider has star shaped front feet and 3 different leg patterns!)

[anything_slides cat=spider-2 width=500 height=350 delay=3000 resume=15000 animation=750 order=ASC orderby=menu_order theme=minimalist-square]

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Halloween Food: The Mummy’s Hand..

Halloween Food:  The Mummy's Hand..

Happy weekend… this is from several years ago, but it was so good, I thought it deserved a repeat!

My dear creative friend, Chad, made this for the Halloween party …  and was kind enough to give us a tutorial, so we can all make our own!

Published on: Oct 3, 2009

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The Skylanders Party Highlights: The Invitation! (free printable)

The Skylanders Party Highlights: The Invitation! (free printable)

 

Continuing the highlights from yesterday’s Skylander’s Cake, I just realized I never posted the invitation to the Skylanders Party.  I wanted to do something a little different, and most of the invites I’d seen in my travels around the web were just repurposed graphics of a selections of popular skylanders.  And while cute, I figured why not give the Bad Guy a starring role in the invitations?  So here is Kaos, inviting the Skylanders to come to a party.  And really, he promises it’s not a trap.

So, if you’d like to use this yourself, here’s a free download, because Dot is just all kinds of sweet that way!  …

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Highlights from the Skylander’s Birthday Party: the Cake

Highlights from the Skylander's Birthday Party: the Cake

I’ll get a tutorial up on several of these, including the cake, but here are some of the highlights from The Boy’s 8th Birthday Party – Skylanders!  But if I waited til I got around to doing the tutorials, you’d never see the cake for months.

Here is the Cake.  I decided that I would go relatively simple — a fondant covered floating island… with Candy Clay Chompies.

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This year’s Birthday Cake (Skylanders) is in the works!

This year's Birthday Cake (Skylanders) is in the works!

OK, I know, I’ve been a slacker, don’t shoot me!

But it is June and you know what that means, time for another birthday party for The Boy and another birthday cake.  This year The Boy is turning 8, and he’s all into Skylanders.

So I’ve been working on the cake today.  It’s not going to be as ambitious as last years Dalek cake for the Doctor Who party, but I am trying out a new technique: Candy Clay.

Today I made candy clay, baked 4 cake layers for a 2 tiered cake, frosted the top and bottom tier with a crumb coat, and made up and colored a batch of marshmallow fondant.  …

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