Saturday, April 10, 2010

Come right in and take off your shoes...

I just saw a link for this blog party and thought it would fun.  If you're a regular reader of my blog, there's a sneak peak in here for next week.  If you're a new reader or this is your first time here...WELCOME!  Come right in, take off your shoes introduce yourself and leave some comment love, and if you want to become long time friends, become a follower so you can stay updated.

Ultimate Blog Party 2010

I'm a stay-at-home mom who was a chemistry and math teacher in my life before kids.  I like to do crafts in my spare time...especially if it's something fun for my kids (ages 5, 2 1/2, and 11 months) and/or is inexpensive since the Hubby is finishing up school.

I usually do a couple tutorials a week.  Lately, I've been working through my crafting stash and fixing up a lot of hand-me-downs and thrift store finds in what I call Hand-Me Down Rehab.  (Grab the button in the right sidebar if you're interested. :)  Here are a few of those recent projects.
 All of these skirts were made from some of my old pants.  The tutorial for the toddler skirt can be found here.  The tutorial for the baby's skirt that reuses the waistband is here.  I also have printable patterns for the Very Hungry Caterpillar applique and the First Birthday Cupcake Applique.

This cute outfit was made by resizing a thrift store skirt and using some of the extra fabric for the poodle applique.
And because I just can't resist a little sneak peak, here are a few projects that I'll have tutorials and patterns for in the next week or two.

Fixing up hand-me-downs is only part of what I do at Helping Little Hands, though.  I've got a lot of other fun tutorials. In March and February we had a Felt Food Cook-Along with more than 25 tutorials for different felt foods.  (You can see the full list in the left sidebar.)
In general though, I have a little bit of everything crafty.  A few of my favorite fun tutorials are:
This fun fishing for numbers game that is helping my daughter learn to add, or this cupcake matching game to help your toddler match upper and lower case as well as learn their numbers.
And we do a little cooking too, especially with kids.
 We've got tutorials for how to let your toddler frost a cake and how to make this Very Hungry Caterpillar Cupcake-Cake.

...and there's a lot more!  I hope you'll take a few minutes to look around.  Thanks for visiting today!


  1. Stopping by from the UBP! I enjoyed visiting your site. I love the caterpillar cupcakes.

  2. Hi! I'm here for the party. Your craftiness is amazing!

  3. Wow! Thanks for some great resources for all of us looking for fun activities for grandparents and grandchildren! Enjoyed popping in from the 2010 Ultimate Blog Party! :) :) :)

  4. Happy UBP Party!!! I love your blog honey.....I am now following on Google Friend Connect. Feel free to stop by mine as well at

    This is way fun than I thought, meeting new blogs I didnt even know exist! I will be reading up on archives all night long.

  5. Here for the party!! I am so excited about trying out some of your tutorials. Love the ideas!

  6. How cute. I love the felt "food".
    Love your blog and really enjoyed my visit.
    I think this is my 3rd year. Not sure but really enjoy meeting new bloggers.
    Great prizes this year! I hope you win one..or two.
    I was late too but fashionable late for the UBP 2010.

  7. Hi! Stopping by from UBP10! Nice to meet you. :) Christine from Cute Stuff

  8. Your creations are ADORABLE!! You have quite a talent! :)

    I came by from the UBP...enjoy the party!

  9. Hello I came by to visit from UBP. I am your newest follower.

    Come on over and check out my blog and follow if you like.

  10. Oh I missed the blog party this year! But I'm having a blast looking at everyone's blogs! You have a wonderful blog! LOVE the felt items! I sure hope you'll stop by mine sometime.

    Mom All Day

  11. What great ideas! I'm looking forward to reading more of your posts and will be spotlighting you in an upcoming Ultimate Blog Party post for SandwichINK. Have a blessed day! :)

  12. Hi, Thanks for stopping by SandwichINK. I wanted to ask you - is there a way to sign up for your newsletter? It might be really obvious but I have a mega sinus infection so my brain isn't on all thrusters. I know I'm signed up for comments to this post but that's not the whole blog or is it? :) Figured it was easier to just ask. :) Thanks so much! :)

  13. You have one of my great posts of the week! Here is the link: .


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