the “very” series

You may or may not have heard of Eric Carle’s classic childrens book, the very hungry caterpillar. It just happens to be my sons favourite book of all time, at three years old he had it memorized and could read the whole story to us. So when the fat quarter shop had a sale and Eric Carle’s fabric was included, I bit the biscuit and bought the Very series panel. It includes all the different characters from the stories in two different images – a great impact and I didn’t have to buy a whole bunch of different fabric! It’s taken me about a year to decide what to do with it, but I finally decided to make throw pillows for my sons new bed.

Theres one more that I haven’t sewn yet, and it has the actual hungry caterpillar on it. He’s now asking for a hungry caterpillar blanket – sigh.

Have you made anything with the eric carle fabric? I’d love to see it – leave a link!

You can find the eric carle fabric {here}, and his books {here}

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Halloweeny-Pumpkin Seeds

Husband purchased me a kitchen aid food processor as part of my birthday/mothers day present. While we’ve been using it to make salsa and grate cheese – we haven’t done much more than that.

So I dove in and bought a pie pumpkin and made some pumpkin puree – at $1.50 for a pumpkin, it was much cheaper and I got much more than buying a $4 can of puree!

I also dove in and made some really great, seasoned pumpkin seeds for the first time! I got the recipe from Pumpkin Patches and More. I converted the recipe into a 4×6 recipe card for you to save onto your computer 🙂 Enjoy! and please share if you have a seed recipe that you enjoy!

Clifford: 50th Birthday

You’ve heard of Clifford the big red dog, right? It’s an american children’s series first written in 1963 by Norman Birdwell. When Emily Elizabeth chose Clifford from the litter of puppies, he was the runt, and he grew over 25 feet tall – that’s some pretty amazing power that love and care has, isn’t it?! Because Clifford was so huge, Emily Elizabeth and her family had no choice but to move, so off to Birdwell Island they went.

Clifford the big red dog now has over 75 books, a TV series, video games and big screen movie adaption that was announced in May 2012.

Clifford will be 50 on Septmeber 24th, 2012 and there’s various events going on to celebrate Clifford and his birthday. I’ve compiled just a few here for you to get you started. If you have any more links that aren’t shared here – leave me a note in the comment’s, I’d love to hear about them!

 

http://www.scholastic.ca/clifford/parent/arts.htm

http://www.scholastic.ca/clifford/kids/beach.htm

http://schoollibrarybeyondsurvival.wordpress.com/2012/08/28/prepare-for-cliffords-50th-birthday/

http://www.prnewswire.com/news-releases/scholastic-celebrates-50-big-years-of-clifford-the-big-red-dog-162724096.html

http://www.scholastic.com/clifford/webcast/kit.pdf

HAPPY BIRTHDAY CLIFFORD!

 

Cupcakes

I’ve really gotten into baking and cooking a lot over the past couple years (is that a side effect of motherhood?). I’ve also become a fan of the TV show “Cupcake Girls“. Not only is it full of baked goodness, it’s also canadian – and you can’t really beat that combination, now can you?!

My M.I.L. went out to vist my parents on the west coast, and they sent back a couple gifts for me…I just about died when I opened them! (from happiness, of course).ImageImage

This is an official “cupcake girls” mug. official. right from inside the store. pretty snazzy if you ask me, it’s microwave safe even. You can purchase it on the girls website if you’d like one of your very own!

the book is FULL of wonderful, tasty looking, and adorable cupcakes! They lay everything (decorating, baking, tools needed, etc) out really well right from the beginning basics. Lots of tips and trouble shooting are included – I’ll do a more in depth feature on the book in another post…