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Perler House Party

Man, I love House Party! Not only is it super fun to host parties with your friends, but I love that they often introduce you to new products that you may not have tried before. The Perler House Party is one such party.

I had seen these little doodads before but never really knew how much fun they were. I have to admit, I may have had as much fun as the kids did with these things.

Depending on the kit you buy, you may receive a square peg board, or a shaped one, as we did for the party. I chose to bring the craft to my Daisy Girl Scout meeting as our opening craft, where the girls were able to choose either a monkey or a lizard.

It’s super easy to put these together. You basically just put the beads on the peg board in whatever way you want, place a piece of wax paper on top, and then iron over it in small circles.

When it cools, flip it over and do the same.

The batch for the party also came with key rings which was fun. Sadly, our meeting wrapped up so quickly that I didn’t get any photos of the girls’ completed projects. Boo. BUT, here are some examples from the Perler gallery that I really liked.

Did you know you can also make 3D crafts?

Some of my favorites are the old game characters.

As you can tell, you are only limited by your imagination.

I can’t recommend this craft enough. It’s saved us many meltdowns during the super cold we had not too long ago. When the kids were pent up inside the house, this would keep them occupied for hours. Definitely check them out!  And don’t forget to check out House Party.  Let me know if you get selected for any parties, yourself!


Happy Blog-iversary to ME!

Oh man, how did I let yesterday go by without updating?!  Yesterday marked one year of blogging for me.  I know how I missed it, though.  The fact that I haven’t been updating as I used to led to that one.  Boo.  I really want to update more frequently, I really do.  I need to try harder.

I’ve got a few projects in the works, and when they are complete I will post them.  I’m almost ready to open my Etsy shop too!  I know you’re just as excited as I am, right?  haha  Before I even had a blog, I wanted to open an Etsy shop, and now that I finally have a blog, it seems like the perfect compliment to open one.  I will be filling it with various goodies ranging from vintage finds, homemade jewelry, maybe knitted goods?  Who knows.  I call myself the Fickle Hobbyist for a reason, you know.  I can’t manage to stick with one art medium for too long before I move on to the next.  I can’t wait to get started!

I hope you’ll stick with me into my second year of blogging.  :D


Personalized Coasters with Your Child’s Art

This is a project that I wanted to do LAST year when everyone was on the whole “homemade coasters made with a tile” kick, but getting the girls to sit down and draw four pictures proved to be difficult.  Luckily this year their attention spans were a little more prepared to handle the task.  I used the same method of transfer as I did in the previous post with the waterslide transfer paper.  I fall more and more in love with this product every time I use it.

These coasters were made specifically for each girl’s teacher.  I have made baskets full of homemade goodies including Christmas coffee (a delicious blend that my family makes every year), sugar/cinnamon almonds, and homemade blackberry jelly.  I think the coasters will look great nestled in with all of that.

So first, I scanned each girl’s photo into the computer, and added a border on Photoshop.  Then, I printed on the waterslide paper and sprayed acrylic over it and let it dry.  Then, following the instructions from the last post, I transferred each drawing onto a plain old, white floor tile.  These were about 4.25″ square.

Once the transfers had dried, I coated each coaster with a generous coat of acrylic to seal it all in.  Then, to finish the backs, I used a roll of cork liner.  (I found mine in the shelf liner section of Home Depot).

Not being one to waste, I used a ribbon that was around the new sheets I just bought to hold the coasters together.  I fashioned the bow out of the excess.  I’m all about using what you have on hand!

I absolutely LOVE how they turned out.  I think they’re adorable.  Of course, I could be bias since my kids made them.  I hope the teachers like them!


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About Me

Hi, I’m Autumn. Welcome to my blog! I created this website because I have always loved to make things whether it was through crafting, photographing, knitting, sewing, scrapbooking, writing. You name it, I’ve tried it! The problem is, I never stick to one thing. I’m constantly jumping from one hobby to another and back again. There are just so many I enjoy that I can’t help but diversify my interests. I hope that by sharing my creativity with you you’ll be inspired to try something new. Maybe you'll find so many things you are interested in that you also become a fickle hobbyist!
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