Water Bottle Marker/Charm Tutorial using MAM and O-Ring Pacifier Adapters

These adapter rings also can be used as water bottle markers or so you can easily attach your bottle to a clip.  Simply stretch the ring over the neck of a standard sized water bottle (~1”) to easily recognize your drink.  We carry 13 great ring colors to choose from.

*Take 10% our MAM and O-Ring Adapters with coupon code (thru Monday 8/29): RINGLOVE

Supplies:

O-Ring Adapter water bottle marker

1.  Stretch Colored Ring Adapter of your choosing over the mouth of the bottle, just past the lip.

MAM Ring Adapter water bottle marker

2.  So many uses.  Simply:

  • Leave as a water bottle marker.
  • Attach a carabiner clip and hang from your backpack, bag, belt loop or other.
  • Hang from your lanyard for hands free carrying.

MAM rings all colors

O ring all colors angle

3.  Super easy and useful!  To see our Pacifier Clip Tutorials using MAM or O-Rings check them out here.

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How to make a Snow Queen Inspired Costume with KAM Snaps

Last year I made a set of Snow Queen Inspired Costumes for my littlest girls.  My preschool aged daughter is obsessed with Frozen and Elsa as all girls her age.  She told me the other day, “Mama, Elsa and I are good friends because we both LOVE tutus.”  🙂  She, of course, insisted that she needed a Elsa dress for Halloween and her little sister an Anna dress but I, in my wisdom, decided if I had to make 2 dresses they would be full size and mini me sized version of the same dress with KAM Snaps.  I think they turned out great and I made them just big enough that they work this year too.  Yay, me :)!

Supplies:

  • 1 Yard of Snow Queen Snowflake Organza
  • 1 Yard of White Fabric
  • 1 Yard of Tulle (White)
  • 4 Sheets of Felt (White)
  • Silver Sequined Ribbon
  • Teal thread
  • 4 KAM Snap Sets
  • KAM Snap Pliers and Awl
  • Serger Sewing Machine
  • Standard Sewing Machine
  • Long Sleeve T-Shirt (we went with White)

SEE INSTRUCTIONS

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It’s a Crafty Day!!! What are you working on right now?

It’s a crafty day!!!  It’s that time of year again.  I am busy making Soother Blankets for our church’s Operation Christmas Child shoe boxes :).

I am turning clearance winter fleece blankets into 18×18 blankets to wrap a little stuffed animal or dolls in.

What are you working on today?

#operationchristmaschild #samaritanspurse #sootherblankets

Operation Christmas Child pic

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My Family’s Famous Guacamole Recipe

Okay, maybe only famous to my friends and family 🙂 but I haven’t had a single complaint.  Other than from those poor misguided people who don’t love avocados.  What !?!  This is my quick and easy recipe.  I will also give instructions for the full recipe as I learned it but as I often have less than all the ingredients for a proper guacamole, I have adapted it to fit the way I stock my kitchen.

I love guacamole so much, I will eat it alone 😉 but most often I eat it with chips, corn quesadillas, or bacon burgers.

Supplies (for 2-4 servings):

  • 1 Avocado
  • A handful of Grape or Cherry Tomatoes
  • 1 to 2 Tablespoons Dried Onion Flakes
  • 1/4 teaspoon Dried Red Pepper Flake
  • Garlic Salt to taste (not seasoned)

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Instructions:

1.  Cut in half and dice the Avocados in their skin.  Use a spoon to scoop the avocado into a bowl.

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2.  Quarter your tomatoes.  Sometimes, I squish the tomatoes some to remove the excess juice.  The tomato juice can overwhelm the avocado flavor.  I, also, like chunkier guacamole but if you like it finer, you can cut your tomatoes finer.  Add to the bowl of Avocados.

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3.  Add a generous sprinkling of dehydrated onions or onion flakes.  I don’t measure :).  Let’s call it somewhere between 1 to 2 tablespoons.

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4.  Add Crushed Red Pepper Flakes approximately 1/4 of a teaspoon unless you like more heat.  I am more of a mild to medium girl.

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5.  Add Garlic Salt to taste.  You will want to mix everything together and then try it.  If you are having guacamole with chips make sure to test it with the chips as they will add an additional layer of salt.

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6.  Mix with a fork until the guacamole is the texture you desire.  Taste test as suggested above and add more Garlic Salt if necessary.  I usually let it sit 5-10 minutes to let the onions rehydrate some.

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7.  Enjoy!  Below are the substitutions, I made to the original recipe I received.  I make it both ways but my family actually prefers it with the above ingredients.

Substitutes:

  • Cherry Tomatoes = Diced standard Red Tomato
  • Dried Onion Flakes = Diced Red Onion
  • Red Pepper Flakes = 1/2 a Jalapeno Diced

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30 Days of KAM Snaps and Beyond!!! KAM Snap Felt Christmas Ornaments

KAM Snap Felt Christmas Ornaments

Day #41

Today I am making some child-proof Christmas ornaments with KAM Snaps.  With lots of little helpful hands in my house our Christmas tree needs some durable and cute ornaments.  These ornaments remind me of ones my mom and dad had on our tree in our curious stages :).  KAM Snap Felt Christmas Ornaments to the rescue!!!

Supplies

KAM Snap Felt Ornament title pic

KAM Snap Felt Ornament pic 1

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Instructions:

1.  Trace the shapes that you want on your felt.  I used large cookie cutters to give me the general shape.  I folded the felt in half and cut out double of each shape.

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2.  Here is how they turned out.

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3.  Using a standard sewing machine I stitched around the doubled layer of felt with about a 1/8″ seam allowance and then cleaned up the edges of the felt with my scissors.

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4.  Then I added KAM Snap Caps and Sockets or Studs to the front of each ornament in playful colors and patterns.

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5.  Front view.

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6.  View from back.

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7.  Tada!  FWIW, these ornaments have already been stolen off the tree and are being hauled around by one of my youngest :).

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30 Days of KAM Snaps and Beyond!!! How to make a “No Sew” or Sewable Pajama Zipper Cover with KAM Snaps

Day #34

Today I am making a Pajama Zipper Cover with KAM Snaps.  This is a definite “KAM Snaps to the Rescue!” moment if ever there was one!  My toddler has just discovered the sweet freedom that nakedness provides :P.  No less than 3-5 times a day, I find her streaking through the house in her birthday suit.  While, let’s be honest, it is the sweetest thing a mom can see with all her beautiful chubbiness exposed.  It leads to BIG messes!!!  During the day time I can catch her pretty fast and re-dress her but during naptime and bedtime I am blissfully unaware of her adventures until I go to get her up and find her naked dancing in her bed.  So sweet, so naughty :)!

Carter fleece pajamas are a must-have in my house because my children like to sleep on top of their blankets instead of under them.  They are comfy and warm but I have found that at Size 2T they stop adding the zipper cover.  I assume for those kids who are potty trained but my kids are tall so we head into most clothing sizes ahead of schedule.

KAM Snaps to the rescue!  I decided to do something about it.  With a few minutes, some fabric scraps, and a couple snaps I solved a major problem.

Supplies:

Pajama Zipper Cover title page

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Instructions:

Collect your pajamas in need of a Zipper Cover.

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Here is the “No Sew” version:

1.  Add a KAM Snap to the Left and Right Side of pajama, they are spaced a little over 1″ apart.  I did one side with a Socket and one side with a Stud but upon reflection I would have done them both Studs.

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2.  Cut the shape above in Fleece or some other non-fraying material.  It is approximately 2″ by 1″ when folded in half.

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3.  Put Fabric Tac to one side, fold in half and press firmly.  Let dry.

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4.  Add a KAM Snap on the left and right with the same spacing and you used on the pajama.

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5.  Snap into place, tada!  The “No Sew” version is so easy!

Now on to the sewable version:

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1.  Cut the shape above in 2 pieces of material, I had some scraps of Minky that were a nice color match to the pajamas.  Put right sides together and sew a 1/4″ seam allowance from one long side, round the tip carefully lifting and turning the foot ever couple stitches, and to the end of the second long side making a “U” shape.  Leave the narrow end open.  Then turn the Tab piece right side out.  It is approximately 2 1/2″ by 1″ when finished.

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2.  Add a KAM Snap in the end of the Tab.

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3.  Pin the Tab in place on the left side of the pajama.

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4.  Zig-Zag stitch the Tab in place back and forth until it is secure.

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5.  Lay the Tab over and find the placement for the other half of the KAM Snap and install it.

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6.  Snap into place, tada!  I hope this helps out other mamas with busy babes :).

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