A New Arrival: The Simply Simple Cat

Simply Simple Cat - sewing pattern - a pair of cats, black and white

  I just finished a new pattern & tutorial for a Simply Simple Cat.  Its name says it all – it is simple to make, and the finished cat is simply simple! This download item is now available from my esty shop, Muumade.etsy.com. Please also check out my blog page for more details and some […]

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The Making of the Little Felt Bunny

A green bunny and a blue floppy eared bunny looking at each other

  The Little Felt Bunny is a small stuffed animal, which began as a play companion that I made for my daughter some years ago.  I was inspired to make a bunny because we were reading Watership Down by Richard Adams at the time.  (It is a beautiful book, by the way!) I always begin […]

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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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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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Free Halloween Paper Chain Templates

Halloween paper chain and garland templates: ghost and Jack O'Lantern

I just posted some free Halloween paper chain templates to help you make creepy ghost and Jack O’Lantern paper chains.  They are ready to print and come with easy instructions for a great Halloween activity. Please visit my new Freebie page Halloween Paper Chains and get started on your Halloween preparations! Happy Halloween! Muu  

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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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