Chalk on the Wild side review with Valentine Chalk printable PDF

I was given Chalk on the Wild Side to review (*affiliate link*), so the first thing I did was hand it over to my youngest! I knew she would be the perfect judge of what this book had to offer.  I told her to look in it to see if there was anything she wanted to make.

Chalk on the Wild Side Review with free printable PDF


DIY Valentine Chalk with Free Printable PDF tag

We settled on a few projects to start with. The first we made was the multi-colored chalk. It turned out to be perfect to use for Falafel’s classroom valentines! I came up with a free PDF printable for those of you who want to do the same.

DIY Valentine Chalk with Free Printable PDF tag

The chalk was super easy to whip up, and the only thing we didn’t already have in the house was plaster of paris.

DIY Valentine Chalk with Free Printable PDF tag

We packaged them individually in these tiny cello bags, and stapled the tent card on the top.

DIY Valentine Chalk with Free Printable PDF tag

The directions in the book are very clear with great photos. Our 10 year old had no problem following them. We did it together, but let her lead. That makes all the difference, sometimes.

DIY Valentine Chalk with Free Printable PDF tag

There are more than 25 different projects to make and multiple recipes to follow. My child was ecstatic reading the possibilities.

DIY Valentine Chalk with Free Printable PDF tag

Her classroom doesn’t allow sweets to be passed out with the Valentines, so this is a perfect alternative!

DIY Valentine Chalk with Free Printable PDF tag

The next project we tried out was the chalk dough.

Chalk on the Wild Side Book review: making chalk dough

This one was also right up my girl’s alley. She LOVES getting her hands into it!  Messy?? Then YES.

Chalk on the Wild Side Book review: making chalk dough

She got to make this one all by herself, and she was beyond thrilled.

Chalk on the Wild Side Book review: making chalk dough

Even though it was not warm out, she played outside with this stuff for a good long time. It is crumbly, but if you press it together, it sticks.

Chalk on the Wild Side Book review: making chalk dough

The projects in here are not just for Summertime! There are some indoor chalk projects, bathtub chalk, as well as some that you can even use in the snow.

DIY Valentine Chalk with Free Printable PDF tag

This book is definitely one that we will keep as a boredom buster and a reference. A great addition to our crafty library.

DIY Valentine Chalk with Free Printable PDF tag

*Even though I recieved a copy of this book in exchange for a review, all opinions are mine, mine, mine.

Making Books with Kids review


I had the pleasure of reviewing this book: Making Books with Kids (*affiliate link*), recently.

My youngest (who is 10) and I picked out a few types of books to make, and played around with them.


The instructions are written clearly, and the books are easy enough for my daughter to make on her own. There are even pages to cut out to make pop-up books, which she can’t wait to try.


I was interested in doing a stitched binding book (of course) and I chose to use all recycled materials, which was a creative choice on my part.


We have a special book of Fairy Tales that I rip up and use for crafts (like these and these), and thought they would make a great art book…or two.


I folded each page in half with the folded crease facing the edge, so paints and markers would be less likely to bleed through to the back.


My girl had so much fun painting and drawing on these. So did I.

For the covers, I used old paper bags we had.


These books were quick and easy to whip up, and we only needed a few tools! A bone folder is helpful, scissors (or paper cutter), awl, needle and embroidery thread.


We used a permanent marker and watercolors, but you really can embellish with anything, depending how thick your paper is.


This book is one we have gladly added to our personal library as it will be sure to get lots of use! I love the verstility of these crafts and that it inspired us to sit down and create. Anything that does that is a big thumbs up in my book.

*I did recieve a free copy of this book to review, but as always all opinions are mine, mine, mine*

Walking the red carpet with King Fu Panda 3

About a week ago, my Falafel and I (and her friend and friend’s Mom) had the privilege of attending the pre-screening red carpet event for Kung Fu Panda 3!


We all had a blast!


We were at Lincoln cinemas in Bellevue (which was a bit of a hike for us), and there was an actual red carpet for us to walk down! We even had our photos taken. We felt like celebrities.


There was a lot to look at outside the theater.


The girls were given panda ears and popcorn.


Did I mention we saw it in 3D??!


These two didn’t want to take off the glasses even after the film.

Kung Fu Panda 3 comes out January 29th in the theaters. If you don’t know what it is about, here is a little summary:


Directors: Jennifer Yuh Nelson and Alessandro Carloni

Producer: Melissa Cobb

Cast:  Jack Black, Bryan Cranston, Dustin Hoffman, Angelina Jolie, J.K. Simmons, Jackie Chan, Seth Rogen, Lucy Liu, David Cross, Kate Hudson, James Hong, Randall Duk Kim


In 2016, one of the most successful animated franchises in the world returns with its biggest comedy adventure yet, KUNG FU PANDA 3. When Po’s long-lost panda father suddenly reappears, the reunited duo travels to a secret panda paradise to meet scores of hilarious new panda characters.  But when the supernatural villain Kai begins to sweep across China defeating all the kung fu masters, Po must do the impossible—learn to train a village full of his fun-loving, clumsy brethren to become the ultimate band of Kung Fu Pandas!

I cannot say anything, yet, about the film, but I am so happy we went to see it! I love these films, and this one did not disappoint. I am actually excited about seeing it again!

Color Me Tote

I had more of the fabulous Color Me fabric from the heart bag I made, so I whipped up a tote!

#colormefabric triangle tote

I whipped up a triangle pocket tote (self drafted) like the one I made here.

#colormefabric triangle tote

I am running and Adult coloring class through our local library in February, so I wanted to make up an appropriate tote for me to carry my supplies in.

#colormefabric triangle tote

This is so perfect. I may actually color this one in!


#colormefabric triangle tote


I actually still have some of this incredible fabric left (how is that for using every scrap of a yard?!), so you can expect to see another project made from it very soon.


What haveYOU made today?

Sewing up a Heart bag

One of my favorite bloggers, Abby, over at Sew Much Ado just released a FREE pattern for a heart-shaped backpack, here.

Since my husband and  I will be going out on Valentine’s Day to celebrate our 20th wedding anniversary, I thought that a heart purse would be a fantastic addition to my outfit.

Free pattern Heart Bag with #colormefabric

I did alter the pattern to make the backpack a purse, but it really wasn’t hard to do.

Free pattern Heart Bag with #colormefabric

Instead of one continuous loop, I cut it on both sides and inserted a strap. Then I sewed it back into a loop. I also added a bit of piping. I love how it makes the fabric pop!

Free pattern Heart Bag with #colormefabric

And that fabric? That is one of Hayley’s from Mouse House Creations new Color Me Fabric line by Michael Miller! I haven’t decided if I want to color it in yet, even though that is what it is intended for. I think it is pretty great even black and white.

Free pattern Heart Bag with #colormefabric

Free pattern Heart Bag with #colormefabric

Free pattern Heart Bag with #colormefabric

That is the dress that my 16 year old bought me for our wedding anniversary (here *affiliate link*). I love it. I think the bag goes well with it too.

Free pattern Heart Bag with #colormefabric

Free pattern Heart Bag with #colormefabric

The inside is fully lined and all edges are finished nicely.

Free pattern Heart Bag with #colormefabric

I think this is going to be my new favorite bag!

A Merry Minted Holiday

It is that time again! The time for the mandatory family photo and holiday card (like here, here, and here)!

I love that time.


Every year I have my family take a photo, because you know what? Time really flies, and I like to pause every now and then and capture a snippet of how we were. We also have lots of friends and family that live far away, and it is our way of staying connected to them, once a year.


This year I have teamed up with Minted, to get our Holiday cards done. The most challenging thing was actually making a decision (well, that and getting everyone to smile and look at the camera)! There are so many choices, and then choices within the choices that I took a whole day just to narrow it all down.


This was one of the designs that we absolutely loved. There are different shapes of cards to choose from, different color schemes, and different backer/inside options. Not to mention personalizing the text, size and style of font, and layout design. You can even choose to make your holiday cards into postcards. My head was spinning!


When we finally chose which cards we wanted (not any of the outtakes above), I uploaded a few of our photos, and then we had to choose which one we liked best. A nice feature of is you can upload a photo and then see how it would look on multiple cards. That is so very helpful, especially for folks who have trouble making up their minds (*ahem* that would be me)!


Then they came like magic (or you know, like mail)! Really prompt delivery. I always love getting packages from Minted, because of the presentation.


Ultimately, we went with a simple design (I changed the text to “Happy Everything” because it made me giggle) with a blank back (so I can write messages to people). The paper is lovely and heavier, so I can write and not worry that it will bleed through, or even slip off since it is a matte finish. They are pricier than some, but the quality is higher too.


I did choose a fancy rounded corner shape. Got to have a little fancy, right?


We literally glow. Can you tell we live in the PNW and are aptly named? When ordering you also have the option of waiting for a proof, and approving any changes, but I skipped that. There is nothing you can do to change how we radiate. Believe me.


Thank YOU, Minted for a great holiday card and the opportunity to work with you again.

*I did receive the cards in exchange for a review but you know as always all opinions are MINE MINE MINE*

Merry Modkid Pattern Tour and a Giveaway


I was invited to join these lovely ladies on a fun Holiday-themed tour for Modkid patterns. Such cute patterns, how could I say no?


My Falafel berry chose the Olivia Portrait dress. She is drawn to classic styles, and this dress fits that so perfectly.


There are such lovely details in this pattern. The first is the lace at the collar and the sleeves. That was a must for my girl. Those grommets with the lace up is simply sweet and adds a nice touch.


My favorite part of this dress, though, is the pleated skirt. She is wearing a crinoline under it to make it puff, but it could easily be worn without.


I did have a little trouble with the sizing. I really have no idea why. I originally sewed up a size 7 for my girl who wears a 7 in RTW clothing, and it was in line with the measurements in the pattern. But when I sewed it up, it was way too small. I really should muslin first (I do know better), and I have no excuse. Just in a rush. So I scrapped the bodice, and made a size 10, instead which worked very well. I kept the skirt, but added panels, and then a strip at the bottom to lengthen it, since I had a finite amount of this fabric to work with.


Speaking of this fabric, both are Michael Miller fabrics (AKA absolutely dreamy cottons): Corny Cane and Krystal.


They have such a beautiful collection of fabric, I was having a hard time narrowing it down. I was glad to let my daughter choose which fabric she wanted for this dress (since it will be her holiday dress), and it was a no brainer for her. Old fashioned candy cane wrapping paper looking fabric??!! Perfect. Although, I thought for a minute she was going to choose this vintage cat fabric instead. Either way, it is Michael Miller, so I knew the quality would be high, and we both love that.


Back to the pattern. This dress has an excellent “Twirl Factor“.


The back closes with a zip, and the sleeves have a little gathering at the top. I also chose to lengthen them to full sleeves, even though the pattern has short and 3/4 sleeve options. My girl is all about warmth in the winter, and that is an easy change to do.


She loves her new dress, and I love how it looks on her. It has elements of “little girl” without being babyish. She is turning 10 next week!


Oh and BTW, handing this child a handful of mini candy canes made this go very smoothly, let me tell you. I need to remember that for future photo sessions for sure.


Thank you Modkid patterns for inviting me on Tour!

If you would like to enter to win your very own copy of any Modkid pattern, you can right below!

*I did recieve a copy of this pattern for review, as well as the fabric. As always, all opinions are mine mine mine*

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Or you can use the coupon code MERRYMODKID25 gets 25% off an entire order on the Modkid Etsy store, valid Monday 11/30 through Friday 12/04 at midnight EST

Be sure to check out the other fabulous bloggers on this tour!

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Sharing the sale

We have been without power the last day or so. I am so thankful it came on just in time to share this with you…

 Blank Slate Patterns is having a Black Friday Sale November 27th until the 30th!


I am a huge fan of Blank Slate patterns, and this year, I not only became an affiliate, I am on the Blank Slate Pattern Team!


The clean slate pants are one of my favorite go-to patterns.


As you can see.


And I have recently discovered the Bookworm Button-up!


And I lined this one to make it even cozier.


Any pattern you get, I am confident it would be one that is thorough with great details. I always learn some new technique or new skill from these patterns.


*All my links on this post are affiliate links. If you order through my special link, I get a little something too.

Happy Thanksgiving!

Bookworm Button Up, but Warmer

Remember the Bookworm Button Up I made for my youngest? Well, I sewed up another, only this time I made it in super soft, thick, flannel and lined it in fleece!


Talk about cozy!! She hasn’t wanted to take it off. It has gotten quite cold here, suddenly, and all we feel like wearing is fleece and flannel which is great because that is all I feel like sewing!


It was much like a puzzle figuring out how to line it with fleece, while keeping all the seams neat and enclosed. Not too difficult though, once I figured it out.


She has been wearing it with her thumb through the hole above the cuff. It’s like a built in fingerless glove.


This pattern is easy to follow and easy to customize!


I added a little lace to the back to fancy it up a bit.


I tried my best to pattern match, but this flannel made my eyes cross. Sometimes, I find I just need to not make myself crazy. In the end, she will love it anyway. I mean, what’s not to love about cozy fabric, right?


We’ve already lost power twice, this season, so our wood stove is getting a workout. Carrying in firewood is her favorite. Having a warm shirt to do it in…even better!

What have YOU made today?

Abilene Skirt on Tour

If you are stopping here from the Momma Quail Patterns Tour, then- Welcome! If you are a regular round these parts, then Welcome back!


I had the pleasure of sewing up this cute little skirt for my girl. You may recognize that fabric from this project and this one.


Pattern Details: There are two vents (kickpleats) on the back, that I had never done before sewing this up. There are belt loops (I made the simple tie belt myself), different panels, a flat front waist with elastic in the back. There is an option for a working zip fly, but my girl likes the ease of the faux fly. I think the pockets are her favorite part.


We couldn’t decide whether the practical boots or the impractical dress shoes look better, so we photographed both.


I love all the tiny details and flexibility with this one. Definitely a lot of options!


I also cannot get enough of this color combination! Can you tell?

You can purchase your very own copy of this pattern from Momma Quail Etsy Shop. Use the coupon code “MQPATTERNTOUR” for 30% off through 11/21/15. This is going to be the biggest Momma  Quail Pattern sale in November – don’t wait til Black Friday!

You can also enter to win in the Rafflecopter below!

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Check out the other fabulous patterns being sewn up on this tour:


Sew ThriftyWillow and StitchThe Wholesome Mama


Create 3.5Lulu & CelestePear Berry Lane


The Berry BunchPaisley RootsCall AjaireFalafel and the Bee


House of EstrelaAdventures with Bubba and BugSwoodson Says


Rebel & MaliceKnot Sew NormalSew Thrifty