Paper Cut-Out Cards

Paper cut-out cards: a heart, a sail boat, and a snowflake

  This is a free tutorial on how to make paper cut-out cards.   This project is suitable for children and grownups alike. The idea of this paper cut-out card is very simple, but I think that the symmetry makes the cards look rather elegant.  And as you can see in the photo above, the […]

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Fabric gift wrap

Fabric gift wrap ideas

Gift wrapping is an opportunity for you to add a personal touch to a gift.  Unfortunately, non-reusable gift wrap creates a lot of waste.  To solve this dilemma, we stopped using paper gift wrap a few years ago and now use reusable fabric gift wrap. Fabric is more flexible than wrapping paper and it does […]

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Muumade’s Dragon and Dinosaur

Dragon close up

Here come Muumade’s dragon and dinosaur, just in time for the holiday gift season! The patterns and tutorial for these huggable dragons and dinosaurs are now available from my online shop, Muumade.etsy.com! For more information and some cute photos of these mighty cute dragons and dinosaur, please visit my blog page! Happy Winter Holidays!

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Friendship Bracelets

DIY colorful braided friendship bracelets

  My daughter wanted to have something special to share with her friends when she invited them over for her birthday party.  So, we decided that the girls would make friendship bracelets for one another. The basic idea is that each child makes a simple braid for every other child and then the braids are […]

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Upcycled Gift Bags

Paper gift bags with collages

  Do you save paper bags and yet find that you do not use them? Here is a simple idea for making upcycled gift bags by transforming used paper shopping bags with a bit of imagination! Selecting an appropriate paper bag is the first step to a successful transformation!  Find a bag that: is sturdy, […]

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Halloween Witch Finger Puppet

  A new arrival, just in time for Halloween! Luna the Halloween Witch is a finger puppet with wild bright orange hair. The patterns and tutorial for Luna the Halloween Witch are now available from my online shop, Muumade.etsy.com! For more information and some cute photos of Luna and her pet cat Sombra, please visit […]

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Woodblock Printmaking

  I have fond memories of working on woodblock printmaking at school.  The usually noisy classroom would become soothingly quiet during art class, while everyone concentrated on their carving.  I think it was in third grade that we first made woodblock prints. So, recently I decided that my daughter was old enough to work with […]

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Princess Crowns

  My daughter’s class celebrated the end of this academic year with a theater production.  It was especially exciting for my daughter because she was chosen for the role of Cinderella.  The play itself was a mix of classic fairy tales with plenty of modern twists, and her character had a snobbish personality.  But that […]

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