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Tuesday, November 25, 2014

Fun Ideas for Thanksgiving Day Entertainment!

The first pin was this darling printable.  Guess why I loved it so much?  It was FREE and EASY!  Just print it out, cut the pieces and stick them on a stick (or a straw, which is what I had). 

Here is the link to the original pin!
The second pin was a fun craft you can make with the kids.  When making it, I thought it was a little more complicated but then seeing how much my son LOVED to play with it after it was done, this craft is totally worth it.  


Items Needed:
Parachute cording or any thicker cord
3” styrofoam ball
2.5” styrofoam ball
Orange craft Foam
Yellow craft Foam
Red Felt
Feathers
Googly Eyes
Embroidery Floss
Glue Gun
Skewer
Chopsticks or wooden dowels for the marionette.

Instructions:
For the body, poke a hole through the middle for the legs using the skewer.  Thread the cord through and cut it to be as long as you would like the legs to be.  I used about 18”.  
Put Beads on the bottom of the feet and tie a knot.  These beads add weight so the feet stay on the floor when you are playing with the marionette.  
I am a ding bat and bought beads that were to small for the parachute cording so I had to tie a knot at the end of my cording and then just glue it to the bead.  
Cut feet from the orange foam and glue them to the beads.  
For the neck, put a hole through the top of the body.  Thread the cording through and tie a knot where the bum of the turkey is to keep it in place.  
Tie a knot in the end of the neck and tie some embroidery floss through the knot.  Put a hole through the 2.5” styrofoam ball  (from top to bottom).  Thread the floss through the head (the knot will keep the head in place). 

Tie embroidery floss on the sticks as shown.
 Add feathers to the bum and head, and add the google eyes, beak and waddle.  

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Wednesday, November 19, 2014

Good Things Utah Segment - Felt Turkeys

If you missed it, HERE is the link for the segment on Good Things Utah tutorial for these fun felt turkeys!

Don't forget we are giving away 5 of these turkeys to those who comment on my blog or Facebook letting me know you would like them!

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Tuesday, November 18, 2014

Felt Turkey Crayon Holder

First off...I'm having a Give Away (Cuz I'm grateful for you)!
I made 5 extra Turkeys to give away!  If you would like them, comment on this blog and for an extra entry, comment on my Facebook Page!  I will chose a random winner at midnight Friday night, November 21.
I LOVE Thanksgiving.  Probably no surprise to all my friends because I LOVE FOOD.  But even more than that, I love the long dinner table and “I am grateful for” conversations!  Unfortunately, if you have little ones, this part of the dinner could be dreadful.  This darling Felt Turkey Crayon Holder would go along great with some fun Turkey coloring pages to keep the little ones entertained!
You can find the original pin here 
Items needed:
Dark brown felt (I could get 3 cut from one sheet of 8.5x11 felt) 
Light brown felt (I could get 3 sets of feather bases and a body from each sheet)
red felt
yellow felt
Sewing machine
googly eyes
glue gun or tacky glue
Directions:
Download the template and cut out felt according to the pattern.  I did the feathers with the dark brown, then I used light brown for the smaller feathers and the body.  In looking at her original pin she used dark for both of the feathers and only light on the body.  I would probably go with what she did.  She is the expert.   I did change the red felt for the wattle a little bit.  I cut it according to the template and it seemed to short for me so mine are about twice as long as the template.
Put your smaller feathers on top of the large feathers and sew your crayon pockets.  And no... for those of you who know me well.... I did not hire a seamstress hahaha I actually did sew this myself.  
And.. I had brown thread to use.  I used this orange for my sample so I could show the stitching but then I kinda decided I love the orange and kept it for all the turkeys I made. 
Add your crayons  (Don't you LOVE the smell of crayons)!
Glue your wattle, beak and eyes to your turkey body and then glue it on top like the picture! 

LOVE THIS PIN!  And to be honest, I kinda fell in love with the blog of the original pin.  She has endless things on there.  I bet I use her way more often.  Check it out!

Here are some links for some fun coloring pages you could use:
Didn't you always love these types of coloring pages?  I did!  Here is the link for this one!

This blog has a ton of printable links!  I think she will get you totally taken care of with just her blog post.
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