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Sewing Machine Giveaway + DIY Gift Ideas

Friday, November 21, 2014

Welcome to any new visitors! Today I’m over at Skip to My Lou as part of the Bake Craft Sew and Crochet Along. I am sharing The 12 Days of Christmas Fabric Gift Bags tutorial, perfect for holiday gift giving to your children, family, friends or teachers.  The bags can be used for a book advent (from books you already own or borrowed from the library or new gifts) or any other special gifts to count down to Christmas. See my tutorial at Skip to My Lou.


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DIY GIFT IDEA:

I also want to share other fun gift idea that even kids can make.
This Truffula Tree elastic bookmark was quick and simple.



  1. All you need is some 3/4 inch white elastic. Cut a strip about 15 inches, stitch it or tie it together.
  2. Then use a yellow colored marker to make the trunk color. Then use a black permanent marker to make the zig zag marks. (I used an elastic that had a pre-printed design. I picked this set up from Pick Your Plum daily deals.)


3.  Then use craft glue or hot glue the Pom Pom onto the elastic. You could also use a small thread and needle to secure the pom pom to the elastic.

Use it to mark your place in a book.

I also found the Cat in the Hat printed elastic on Etsy.  It was only $3.75 for 5 yards.  If you cut lengths of 15 inches to make a bookmark, you can make 10 bookmarks.

PRE-MADE ELASTIC BOOKMARKS/HEADBANDS 

You can buy elastic in a local craft store or search for it online. Search for printed or decorative elastic.
I got the zig zag ones from Pick Your Plum
I also found fun elastic headbands at our dollar store that are the perfect size for bookmarks.  Look how beautiful this flower one looks.


You can also get pre-printed Dr. Seuss elastic bookmarks from Geddes gifts online (not sponsored). They sent me a couple to try out but they are a little small.  They would make cute hair bands.  I wish I could find these patterned elastics to make my own larger bands into bookmarks.
Don't forget to visit my 12 Days of Christmas gift bags over at Skip to My Lou and enter the sewing machine giveaway using the widget above.

Thanks for stopping by.  Take a look around obSEUSSed for more kid and DIY crafts.

New Dr. Seuss Charades Game

Monday, November 17, 2014

My 4-year-old son can play charades! It's easy (and silly) when you play the new Dr. Seuss™ Charades Game.  Wonder Forge, the company that creates a variety of Dr. Seuss games, recently released it, just in time for Christmas. They sent us a game to review. 
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See a short clip on Instagram of us playing the game.

Charades for Kids
I’ve actually never played charades with my kids because I didn’t think they’d be able to act out the words on cards in other games. They often have phrases they wouldn’t recognize (like movies from the past) and my 4-year-old can’t read.  The Dr. Seuss Charades Game is great for kids. With the picture cards it is so simple they can play it by themselves or with parents (which makes my kids get super giggly).  Try acting out Horton, the elephant, or a Yink drinking Pink Ink (guess the word ‘drink’).  This game is for ages 3+.
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How to Play and Our Review:
The charade cards show three pictures from Dr. Seuss books. The actor gets to choose which one they want to try to act out.  The opposite side of the card shows six possible pictures for the guesser to choose from.  This really helped my 4-year-old make a match between the picture and the actions.  It was a little too easy for my older kids so I made them guess without looking at the choice card.  That made it more fair.
 
I really liked that this was not set up to play as teams. It was individual players acting for the player on their left.  Also, you don’t earn a point but if you get the  correct answer you get to roll the die and move so many spaces on the striped board. This helps the game move more quickly.
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We played it in our Dr. Seuss playroom where we also love to Hop on Pop! (See how we made our Hop on Pop trampoline here.
Our family had so much fun playing the Dr. Seuss™ Charades Game. It is perfect to pull out for preschool play dates and family game night.

*Disclosure: I received a Dr. Seuss Charades board game from Wonder Forge for review. I was not paid additional compensation for this review. All opinions and experiences are my own. We previously purchased many of their games because we love them.  Our closet is stacked with them. See our review of What’s in the Cat’s Hat, the Dr. Seuss Fun Machine AppPlay, and the One Fish Two Fish game.

Wonder Forge games can be found online or at local stores like Toys 'R Us, Target and Wal-mart. They also offer many other pre-school and grade school appropriate games such as Richard Scarry's Busy Town, Curious George and Chugginton series.
I am an Amazon affiliate. I earn a small percentage from purchases made using the links below.
These are some of the games we’ve purchased.

Dr. Seuss School Prizes and Party Favors

Thursday, November 13, 2014


I remember back in the day (12 years ago) I was surfing eBay trying to find any vintage Dr. Seuss items to decorate my baby’s nursery.  Dr. Seuss d├ęcor, toys and office supplies were very rare to find.  Then the live-action Cat in the Hat movie came out in 2003 and Dr. Seuss started popping up everywhere. 

One of my favorite places to shop online for Dr. Seuss merchandise is RaymondGeddes.com.  I love that they sell items in bulk (perfect for stocking stuffers, party favor or school prizes) making most items less than a dollar each.  Stock up now for Christmas or Dr. Seuss celebrations in the spring. (Click here to see all of their Dr. Seuss products.)
Current deal (Nov. 2014) Free Shipping On Orders > $79! Use Promo Code: 14FS79 Or use code: SAVE10A to save 10% off your order.

I’ve purchased  Dr. Seuss items from Raymond Geddes for our school carnival prizes before.  They recently sent me a few of their new items to review.  It was so fun to see products I haven’t seen before.  Our very favorite were the Thing 1 and Thing 2 Pop out pens. Here they are popping out of the Cat’s Hat pencil holder my daughter made.
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See instructions how to make this Dr. Seuss pencil can here.

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These pens are a huge hit with my kids! Press the button and their heads pop off!  See the video of my son playing with them on Instagram. 

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My kids keep these pens in their homework area and play with them when they take a break.  (Makes homework time fun!)

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We also have a washi tape (decorative tape) addiction at our house. I have my craft tape collection and my kids all have rolls of their own so you can imagine how excited they were to try these Dr. Seuss mini decorative tape rolls.  They’re already wrapping pencils and adding it to their pencil boxes.  This would be cute to seal envelopes or any variety of crafting.

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Raymond Geddes also has Dr. Seuss elastic bookmarks.  I’ve never seen Dr. Seuss elastic like this.  I’d love to just buy yards of the fabric to make my own crafts.  I would have liked the bookmarks to be a little larger.  It was too tight to actually use on a Dr. Seuss book and pretty tight on my own chapter books.  They would be darling as headbands  but again, they were too tight. We did use the Horton band as a hair band on my niece’s pony tail and I think I’ll keep using it that way.  The elastic bookmarks are a great idea. These just need about 2 more inches added to work well.

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These are my favorite finds at Raymond Geddes: (Click here to see all of their Dr. Seuss products.) Current deal (Nov. 2014) Free Shipping On Orders > $79! Use Promo Code: 14FS79
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1. The Thing 1 &2 Pop Out pens
2. The Grinch pen
3. The mini Dr. Seuss decorative tape rolls
4. The elastic Dr. Seuss bookmarks
5. The fluffy Truffula Tree pens

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I’ve ordered some prizes for our school Dr. Seuss carnival in the past and will again this next spring.  Here are my favorites to use at our Fishing Pond and egg hunt booths. These would be great classroom prizes or party favors too.
1. The Dr. Seuss book erasers (my daughter collects take-apart erasers so she snagged these to add to her collection).
2. Dr. Seuss mini highlighters. They are about 3 inches tall and super cute.
3. A variety of Dr. Seuss bookmarks to encourage kids to keep reading!
4. The mini double sided Dr. Seuss stampers. (Fit perfectly in our Green Eggs & Ham Egg Hunt. A little tricky to get the individual wrappers off).
5. The Dr. Seuss pencil grippers.
6. More Dr. Seuss style erasers.
*Disclosure: Raymond Geddes sent me a few of their new products to review.  I was not paid for this review.  I have purchased Dr. Seuss items from them previously and am impressed with their quality.
As an Amazon Affiliate I receive a small percentage of sales made from Amazon links. I am not a Raymond Geddes affiliate but some of their items are sold on Amazon so I'm sharing them below (my favorites are only available at the Raymond Geddes site).

Dr. Seuss Deals on Zulily for 2 days

Wednesday, November 5, 2014

I came across some amazing deals for Dr. Seuss and Grinch items on Zulily today and had to share it with my readers. 
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There are some unique items I haven’t seen before. I counted 300+ items!! I can’t make up my mind.
I’m sharing this with you because I think if you like Dr. Seuss like I do, you’ll probably find a great gift for yourself or others on Zulily. Here is a screen shot:  I love that Grinch bag and Bingo set!
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I’m in love with all the Dr. Seuss fabric styles they have too!  Find them on page 2 of the Seuss Deals!
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This is not a sponsored post. I’ve shopped Zuily before and love all their deals throughout the year (clothes, toys and more!).  They give anyone a credit if you refer a new person that signs up and makes a purchase.  So if you buy using this link I’ll earn some credit with them. If you refer a friend you’ll earn credit too.  FREE Dr. Seuss stuff?  That can’t be bad.
I’ve noticed Zulily offers Dr. Seuss merchandise about 2-3 times a year. And it is only for a few days when they do it. This sale ends Saturday morning (Nov. 8, 2014) so Grab It Now!

Dr. Seuss Inspired Pumpkin Template

Tuesday, October 28, 2014

A couple of years ago I carved my pumpkin as the Cat in the Hat’s face and added the striped stove pipe hat on top.
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I created this template for my obSEUSSed readers.  You can print it out. Then use a pen to draw over the lines and cut through the paper to draw onto the pumpkin. This will tell you where to use your carving knife. 
The black is where to use your carving knife to cut all the way through leaving a large enough cut that light can show through from the inside out.
The orange is where you scrape the top layer of the pumpkin off to expose the next layer.  There are special scraping tools to help you do this.  It still lets some light through the pumpkin, but not as bright so it has a softer effect.
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Copy or save jpg file and print on 8.5 x 11 paper.  Free printable template for personal home use only.  Please link to this post and give credit if you share it online. 

Be careful to leave spaces where there are spaces so the entire head or bow tie don't fall out.

I used craft paint to paint the bow tie red on the pumpkin.  You can order a striped hat like the one below or use one you already have or make a construction paper one.

As an Amazon affiliate I make a small percentage of sales if purchased through this link. Thanks!
 

There are so many fun ideas to create a Dr. Seuss inspired pumpkin.
Dr Seuss inspired pumpkins obSEUSSed
Grinch & yellow Sneetch Pumpkin from Tropical Texana
Cat with the Hat, right here on obSEUSSed
Lorax Pumpkin by Miss Nelson's got the camera
Full Glowing Cat in the Hat by Xtreme Carvers

See more Dr. Seuss inspired pumpkins on my Pinterest board.  I love the Lorax ones with fuzzy mustaches and eyebrows.


Follow all my boards to see all the Dr. Seuss ideas.
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If you make a Dr. Seuss inspired pumpkin you can share it in the comments below or email me a photo and I’ll add it to this post.  I’d love to see other’s creations.

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