“Amelia Fang and the Barbaric Ball” : DIY Squashy Pumpkin Craft

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I’ve been following author/illustrator Laura Ellen Anderson on Instagram for awhile now, and I was extremely excited to hear that her book, Amelia Fang and the Barbaric Ball, was coming out in the UK.

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Harry Potter-Themed Baby Shower! Part Three. The Big Day!

Monsters. Photo Credit: J.H. Winter

The Big Magic-Filled Day!

Aaron and Jenny’s Baby Shower was going to begin at noon and there was a lot of setting up to do! Jenny’s mom, sisters, and I got to work before the expectant couple arrived.

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Harry Potter-Themed Baby Shower! Part Two

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What would a Harry Potter-themed Baby Shower be without decorations?

After I had finished all of the prizes for the “Adopt A Magical Creature” table (See Part One for what Harry Potter creatures I made and where to get the DIY patterns/instructions), it was time to get to work on my portion of the decorations!

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FREE PATTERN Amigurumi: Happy Sunflower

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Updated: 6/14/17

I’ve had several of my followers express a bit of confusion with Rows 9 and 10 of the Happy Sunflower’s head piece. I went ahead and created a new YouTube video on my Ink & Stitches channel working through those two rows together to clarify the directions and make things easier. Hope this helps!

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Craft for Kids: Finger Painting

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When my son was only about a year old, we went to a birthday party where my friend had organized a craft for the kids. She’d provided small (8×10) canvases and Crayola washable paint, and had lined her entire living room floor with butcher paper. Her hope was that the kids would use their hands to make paintings and there would be minimal mess afterward.

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Dragon Craft Project : Fun with Kids

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When this book, Fun Things to Do with Paper Cups and Plates by Kara L. Laughlin, came through the library where I work, I had to take a minute to thumb through the pages. The cover was too cute to let it slip through my fingers without a glance!

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New Video: Adeline Doll Reveal!

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In order to change her destiny and the barren, colorless world, ten-year-old Adeline will have to unleash the last bit of magic.

Adeline Picot, is the main protagonist from my Middle Grade Fantasy story, Adeline and the Mystic Berries.

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A to Z Challenge: V is for Video (Ink & Stitches YouTube Channel)

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It’s time. If you are here for writing advice but enjoy the posts about amigurumi and just don’t know how to make one, or if you just want to learn crochet anyway, today is the day where class begins!

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A to Z Challenge: S is for Sock Puppet

Photo Credit: J.H. Winter

Since I began working at the library over six years ago, I have been involved in several side projects along the way. I’ve made posters for Bike to Work Day and Earth Day events; created a shadowbox fish tank with illustrations that fit over a book cart (a future post to come on this project) for Staff Development Day; and my most recent venture which had me creating a video for another Staff Day where I created sock puppets to be the actors for the story.

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A to Z Challenge: P is for Popsicle Stick Picture Frame Craft

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I was asked by the library where I work, to come up with some craft projects for kids. These were to be done at a “Crafts” booth for a local event the city was putting on.

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