November 10 ~ Gifts for Elementary Kids

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We had a great time selecting our Gifts for Elementary Kids today! It’s so exciting to see a child’s anticipation during the holidays; today’s tutorials, patterns, recipe and products will lead to lots of fun this season.

Make It

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Larissa from mmmcrafts has a cute Molly Monkey Pattern for you and the little monkeys in your life.
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We love Liesl’s patterns, and we were so excited when she offered this Lazy Days Skirt Pattern on the Oliver + S blog (perfect for any lazy day of the year).
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Last year we fell in love with Dawn’s barn, and this year we’re thrilled she created a Fabric Doll House Tutorial on her UK lass in US blog.
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Make the (friendly) monster of your favorite kid’s imagination with a little help from Stacy. Check out her Kids’ Drawings Brought to Life Tutorial on the Little Birdie Secrets blog.
spacer Matyroshka Doll Tooth Fairy Pillow
This pillow would be fun even if you weren’t expecting a visit from the Tooth Fairy! Enjoy Lauren’s Matyroshka Doll Tooth Fairy Pillow Tutorial from the goody-goody blog.

Don’t miss these related tutorials from the SMS archives: Soft Toys & Games, Fun for Hair, Dress the Kids and Whimsy.

Here are just a handful of fabrics we love for some of these projects. Click on the fabric images to visit the Sew,Mama,Sew! shop:

Kristin’s choice Beth’s choice Meg’s choice
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Buy It

spacer Robot Crayons from My Kangaroo
On any given day we might fall in love with the Robot Crayons at My Kangaroo, or the train crayons, space crayons, the pirate crayons… The shop specializes in “children’s toys that focus on education, creativity and imagination.”
spacer Drive-Thru Sweater Pattern from Knit and Tonic
We think this Drive-Thru Sweater Pattern from Wendy at Knit and Tonic looks like a lot of fun to knit (and wear). Wendy says it’s also known as the “Quicko-Cheapo” sweater!

Mix It

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Meg from elsie marley (and our current board!) shares a fun and easy Popcorn Ball Recipe. It’s a nice holiday treat, a fun gift, and a great activity for kids… All in one!

Share It

Holidays at Home and the Handmade Holidays photo pool!

Win It

Amy Butler’s Little Stitches for Little Ones: 20 Keepsake Sewing Projects for Baby and More

By Amy Butler
Photographs by Colin McGuire
Published in July, 2008
ISBN 9780811861281 ISBN10 0811861287

7-1/2 x 9 in; 176 pp ; 7 pattern sheets, color images throughout, semi-concealed Wire-O binding

From the publisher:

Amy Butler’s Little Stitches for Little Ones — In this lavishly illustrated collection, designer Amy Butler presents 20 charming, contemporary projects for the nursery and beyond. There’s a snuggly wrap blanket, imaginative plush toys, bright diaper bags, handy travel bibs, and much more. Our innovative packaging makes for easy use—7 pattern sheets are neatly tucked into a folder on the inside cover while lay-flat, spiral binding makes for easy reference while sewing. Beautiful photos inspire, while illustrations and simple instructions explain the techniques. Amy also shares tips on choosing baby-friendly fabrics and includes a comprehensive techniques section, glossary, and resource guide. With her eye for detail and her signature fine craftsmanship, Amy has created a delightful offering of handcrafted keepsakes sure to be cherished by generations to come.

A big thank you to Chronicle for sending us this great book! It goes without saying that the projects are amazing. If you have a little one in your life, you need this book! Visit Chronicle Books for more information. Comment below for your chance to win. The winner will be announced Friday. Check out our growing Handmade Holidays 2008 Prize List.

More Handmade Holiday Ideas
9 ~ Snow Fiends
8 ~ Teachers
7 ~ Holidays at Home
6 ~ Pet Lovers
5 ~ Crafters
4 ~ Music Lovers
3 ~ Babies & Toddlers
2 ~ Travelers
1 ~ Tweens & Teens

We respect the copyright of all crafters. All links and photos from blogs on our Handmade Holidays posts are used with permission.

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383 Responses to November 10 ~ Gifts for Elementary Kids

  1. stacie laird says:

    the fabric house is going to be perfect for those quiet times like church and doctors visit I think some fun embroidery stiches around the out side will really make this a enchanted cottage!!!stacie

  2. janna says:

    I’m not sure which one I’m starting first. They are such great ideas!

  3. Leslie says:

    Love all the ideas…would love to win the book! Thanks!

  4. mary says:

    I love the fabric doll house tutorial! I made the barn for my nephew! Thank you!

  5. Stephanie says:

    What a cute post! I want to make all of these for my nieces and nephews (if only there were more time in a day)! 🙂

  6. kelli says:

    Oh, that Molly Monkey is TDF!

  7. Melissa says:

    I have the best intentions to make some of these projects – starting with the fabric dollhouse!

  8. Alicia Jacobs says:

    I am really enjoying this blog, with all the great ideas. I am going to make some headbands for my niece, her hair hasn’t grown in very well and she is very much into looking gorgeous!

  9. Genevieve says:

    We were at Fao Schwarz and my daughter loved this soft little fold up dollhouse they had. Now I can make her one! What a perfect Chirstmas present.

  10. Terri says:

    would love this book! love those awesome gift ideas!

  11. Farah says:

    I love all of these creative ideas for gifts!

  12. Alisa says:

    The Molly Monkey pattern is amazing! This would be a fun one for my 4 year old.

  13. Christen says:

    The barn/dollhouse is a great project, easy to do. Looking forward to trying the monkey doll.

  14. jesica says:

    i love all these ideas! how can i choose..

  15. Jane says:

    I love the lazy day skirt…

  16. Brenda says:

    lazy days here i come!

  17. Bailey says:

    These are some great ideas! There are so many little birthdays coming up, let alone Christmas, so this is a big help. Thanks again SMS people!

  18. nadyezhda says:

    I have two little boys– an 11 week old and a 18 month old– and my friends are all just starting to have children. The book looks great!

  19. I don’t know which I love more, the Molly Monkey or the fabric house. Both are so cute!

  20. Nicolle says:

    Great list of ideas! I love the Molly Monkey. I have a pattern by Melly and Me for a Magoo monkey that’s nice too. I think Molly and Magoo would get along nicely! Thanks for all the wonderful ideas.

  21. Leanne says:

    The Amy Butler book looks like so much fun. I love her stuff. It’s very inspiring. Midwest Modern inspired me to look at my fabrics, my home, and my environment for inspiration in putting everything together for projects.

  22. Emily says:

    Yow, I miss one day and the perfect category pops up! I have a child and I know many! lol!

    The tooth doll is perfect, we’ve lostthe tooth faiy bag I made (it is packed in a box somewhere) and her teeth are soo loose.

    I have a running list going of projects to start (and hopefully finish!)

    Thank you!

  23. Celeste says:

    Oh my, it’s all so adorable. So little time, hmmmm

  24. Megan says:

    Would love to win this book. I can’t get enough of Amy Butler!

  25. holly says:

    I can’t wait to try the doll house and the monkey! they’re so cute! thank you so much for the links

  26. Brookie J says:

    I think this is my favorite day yet…that tooth fairy pillow is so on my ‘to do’ list! 🙂

  27. ratty says:

    kids drawings brought to life, what a WONDERFUL idea!

  28. Holly says:

    Even if I don’t win the Amy Butler book, I may have to go buy it. We have baby #3 (surprise!) coming in June. I didn’t know how to sew with the other two.

  29. Sarah says:

    Wonderful project ideas! Thanks!

  30. Serafina says:

    I love! LOVE the making kids drawings into dolls idea! So cute! also that lazy days skirt is to die for!

  31. Erin says:

    I love this Amy Butler book! Also, the lazy days skirt is so great and easy to whip up. Thanks for the link to it.

  32. Jessica says:

    love the doll house

  33. ran says:

    Great Book! Would love to see what all it holds.

  34. Anja says:

    I think I’ll try to make a simple matrioshka dolls with my kids in school. We have several sewing projects behind us, and I think, they are ready for dolls :o)

    And that book… oh my, I would do enything to get it… ok, leaving a comment is as much as I can do right now. And keeping my fingers crossed.

  35. I Love that little monkey…..

  36. missknitta says:

    Oooh, I may have to make the lazy days skirt… for myself!

  37. Hazel says:

    I love your selection of projects! I made the lazy day skirt for my daughter in corduroy and she wears it with her favorite tights. It was so easy and unbelievably cute!

  38. Trina says:

    I’m saving that little house tutorial for when I have a little girl! I would have loved one of those as a child…

  39. amy says:

    My little one always says, “Great balls of popcorn.” I don’t know why, he’s never had a popcorn ball. Those look so good and easy. I’ll have to try them

  40. Sandy says:

    That monkey is adorable!

  41. DawnMarie says:

    I am definitely going to make the dollhouse for my daughter and neice for Christmas!!

  42. Laura says:

    Molly Monkey will be perfect for the little ones on my list! ooohh, I would love that Amy Butler book! thanks for all the wonderful ideas – you guys are awesome!

  43. Pamela says:

    Thanks for the great ideas! I’ll be starting on that super cute fabric doll house this weekend!

  44. Mama K says:

    Great inspiration. Love that sweater pattern.

  45. Lorene says:

    These are some great projects that kids are sure to love!

  46. Rebecca S says:

    Oh I love this collection of tutorials! I have a thing for Matryoshka dolls, and I’m definitely making some popcorn balls soon!!

  47. Cass H says:


  48. Anna says:

    Thanks for these links, they are fantastic! I don’t know about elementary school though – I’d like to make some of these for myself 🙂 I might have to make my little girl the doll house though even though she’s only 4 months old, and I love love love the monkey. I need to buy that Amy Butler book too, definitely adding that to my wish list!

  49. So much inspiration on this site! Thank-you!

  50. Fuji Mama says:

    I have GOT to make a Molly Monkey for my little girl!

  51. Sarah Lee says:

    I love the lazy skirt! I just made one and it did not take very long at all! So cute! I cannot wait to give it to the special little girl in my life! YAY! Thank you!

  52. Monica says:

    I have already made several of the Lazy Days Skirt Pattern. It is versatile and wonderful and using different lengths/materials can completely change the look! Thanks for sharing the other wonderful handmade ideas!

  53. Shannon says:

    my nephew would LOVE those robot crayons!! coolest auntie ever? check, check, and double check!

  54. Lalli says:

    Oh I really need to make this Matyroshka Doll Tooth Fairy Pillow. I have an elementary school girl too and two of her teeth have just started wiggling. They may just come out any time. 🙂

  55. Rebecca says:

    I love that Molly Monkey pattern. I bought Amy Butlers InStitches and would love this book for little ones too!

  56. Monica says:

    Looooooooving the monkey pattern! My daughter’s love to make new little friends like these over store bought! Love the fact that my girl’s know that we can make something together and that running out to buy the newest toy is not always an option! Thank you for sharing your great ideas!
    Tootles, Monica

  57. Pam says:

    My niece will be getting one of those precious Molly Monkey’s in her stocking this year!

  58. Lisa C says:

    I love the tooth fairy pillows from Goody-Goody…they even have ones for boys. I know what I’m giving my sons….

  59. Jennifer B says:

    Yahooooo! Love these ideas! Now I need the courage to make them!

  60. Teresa says:

    Mmm. Those popcorn balls look good.

  61. Dawn says:

    I don’t know if this whole series of posts is good or bad for me! I do know that I am continually adding more and more to my want to make/need to make lists!!! Thank you so much for helping to give me ideas for Christmas gifts, birthday gifts, and all kinds of other gifts year round!!!

  62. Alyssa says:

    Quick-O Cheap-O sweater? I am there!

  63. Jennifer says:

    The monkey is so cute and well-done. Plus, I just love Amy Butler, but living in the midwest I can relate to her style.

  64. Heather says:

    I find so much inspiration on your blog. This book looks like fun. I am expecting our nineth in the next tree weeks! Heather

  65. Michelle says:

    I’d seen that skirt tutorial posted somewhere else previously, and I couldn’t find it again! It drove me absolutely batty, so thank you thank you thank you for linking to it here. Hurrah!

  66. Anary says:

    I love the lazy skirt! I think I got an ideas to make something for me…sorry kiddos!

  67. Stacy T says:

    Wow that dollhouse is fab!!

  68. Jenn S says:

    MMM…popcorn balls! What fun.

  69. Jess says:

    I love that monkey. I might have to make her for my little monkeys. And the Lazy Days skirts, too. The possibilities are endless with that!

  70. Laura says:

    The baby on the cover of that Amy Butler book is possibly the cutest ever. All my cousins are having kids, and I’m sure it’s filled with great projects!

  71. kristine hanson says:

    love the Matyroshka doll

  72. Stacy says:

    Thanks so much for that monkey tute! My little one is definately getting one of those for Christmas. Her current lovie is being loved to pieces….

  73. Kimberly says:

    Oh, I love everything on this list! The skirt, the monkey, the popcorn balls! Great list!

  74. Christine says:

    Have got to try making the “Popcorn Balls”!

  75. Bridget B. says:

    I love each of these tutorials! I just blogged yesterday about making some of these for Christmas, I love them!

  76. Joanne says:

    I love the skirt. Looking forward to sewing one for my neice.

  77. Helen Brown says:

    What a great gift you are giving us for the holidays with these fabulous ideas! Thank you so much!

  78. brooke says:

    That sweater is really cute! Love the fabric doll house too!

  79. Laine Odle says:

    I think the drawing dolls are fabulous!

  80. Holly says:

    I love the dollhouse! I’m trying to figure out a way to modify it into a pirate treasure chest for my nephew.

  81. Ashley says:

    Love that skirt! I might have to try that one. Keeping my fingers crossed that I win the Amy Butler book!

  82. Carrie says:

    Oooh, I’ve been eying that book for some time now!

  83. Jodie says:

    Oooohhhh…… love these, too! Outstanding collection of projects!

  84. Katy says:

    Molly Monkey!!! I am making you right now!

  85. Alison says:

    I’m trying to do a handmade christmas too! Thanks for all of your great ideas!

  86. MichelleB says:

    Wow, Thanks Sew mama ladies for sharing your creativity with everyone. I can’t wait to make that monkey!

  87. bess says:

    i made the lazy days skirt for my daughter to go with her halloween costume and she LOVES it! it’s such an easy-to-follow pattern and is really satisfying!

  88. Betsy M says:

    That skirt is going to the top of my “TO DO” pile. Thanks!

  89. Mary says:

    I love the skirts! I always have a hard time finding holiday outfits that I like for my girls. I’m seeing funky tights paired with this skirt and a sweater for this year. Thanks!

  90. LisaW says:

    I can’t wait to try the Matyroshka Doll pattern! I’ve been dreaming of trying to come up with a pattern for something like this on my own, but now I don’t have to! Thanks!

  91. whitney says:

    What fun ideas! Now that I have a little nephew, I can’t wait to make kids stuff!!

  92. Teddi says:

    Absolutely adorable! All of them are just what I needed for inspiration today and for the holidays! The monkey, the doll house, the skirt, the tooth fairy doll – ‘WOWEEEEEE!!!’

  93. Debbie says:

    You offer so many great projects that I don’t know where to begin!

  94. brittany says:

    i adore that skirt! and the any butler book! oh my!

  95. Cheryl says:

    Cute! Cute! Cute!

  96. Rita Engard says:

    Wow, Thank you for the gift ideas – especially the doll house and the skirt pattern.
    Rita E in AZ

  97. I think I’ll make them all!!

  98. Heather B says:

    The fabric doll house looks like a wonderful gift! I can see many of these in the future!

  99. Judy says:

    I love the dollhouse! So cute.

  100. Becsta says:

    Love your handmade holidays… last year and this year… thanks heaps…

  101. Troye says:

    I love the dollhouse!!! I just wish I had a little girl in my life to make it for. Maybe I’ll make it and just find someone to give it to. 🙂

  102. Lori says:

    My niece is a very “girly girl” and loves skirts. Another project for my to-do list.

  103. Toebi R says:

    These gifts are great! They inspire me to do so much more for my kids and gifts for all of their friends. The fabric dollhouse has definitely made it on my to do list.

  104. Anna says:

    Oh, I’d love to be in the drawing of an Amy Butler book!

  105. Shelly says:

    The fabric doll house is adorable! Too bad my girls are far too old for it.

  106. Tera says:

    The tooth fairy doll is really cute! We’ll be needing one soon.

  107. Liz says:

    I’ve thumbed through this book many times at B&N. I would love a copy!

  108. Liberty says:

    I love this book! And I adore the tooth fairy pillow. Too bad I only have boys to sew for. =)

  109. Michelle says:

    I liked the lazy day skirt tutorial, saved that pattern and plan to make one! Thanks for sharing that. And I’d LOVE to win that Amy Butler book!

  110. Sue Goodin says:

    I do so enjoy your blog. Such awsome ideas.

  111. Katy says:

    Awesome ideas! And such a cute book–looks like it has lots of great ideas for baby gifts inside…

  112. Jenny says:

    Oooh…I’ve had my eye on this book for a bit. It’d be great to not even have to put it on my Chrismtas list!

  113. Darcy says:

    Ohhh. I’d love to win this book. It’s been on my wish list for awhile. I suppose if I don’t win it here I can start dropping “subtle” hit for Christmas.


  114. Janice says:

    I’ve made that skirt…it is fabulous!!

  115. Marie says:

    lovely skirt and easy too. Perfect for little ones and mommies too

  116. Alana says:

    Oh wow, I am definitely going to have to try the lazy days skirt — wonder if I could make one in adult size, too…it just looks so comfortable and cute!

  117. Angela says:

    Oh, please, please, please enter me in the drawing! I would love to have that book! I love the monkey, the skirt, fabric doll house and barn and the drive-thru sweater pattern sounds awesome!
    Hopefully I can order it later tonight. Thanks for all the awesome stuff and hard work it takes to pull it off.

  118. Viv says:

    Amy Butler! Awesome prize.

  119. aimee says:

    I love all things Amy Butler and would love the book!! Thanks for posting so many great gift ideas!

  120. Karie says:

    OMG… I totally have to make that Molly Monkey for my son, I will have to make molly a boy maybe Mark or something, but he will totally flip out for that… Way TOO CUTE!!

  121. Colleen says:

    Another awesome collection of ideas! Thanks so much for your work in putting this super fun month together!

  122. Lia says:

    Thank you so much for including my robot crayons in this list. I am so touched by all the sweet comments about them. I have had my eye on that Amy Butler book and would be thrilled to win. Looking forward to tomorrows list.

  123. Audrey says:

    I love these gifts for the kiddos! The fabric doll house is akin to the old fabric books from when I was young — except in 3D!
    I always see things on this site I would love to make and bookmark them – I must have enough stored up to keep me busy for years now!

  124. Myam says:

    ooooh, softies for kiddies!
    those are awesome links. thanks! i will definitely be making some for my cousins’ kids this year.

  125. Mary Beth says:

    I love the Sugar City dress patterns!

  126. April says:

    I’ve been looking at making that Lazy Day skirt for a while now. It look so easy and so cute. And I love Amy Butler’s books!

  127. Janet says:

    What great ideas! I want to make the house and a monster and popcorn balls.

  128. Alana Jo says:

    That Monkey is sooooo cute!

  129. Whistlepea says:

    I’ve been wanting this book for so long!

  130. Susan says:

    I will be trying the sweater pattern for sure!

  131. Suzi says:

    My oldest actually was designing little monsters like those a few weeks ago.
    I have been looking at that Amy Butler book recently it looks so nice.

  132. rebecca says:

    once again awesome projects!

  133. Emilee says:

    I made a doghouse out of that fabric dollhouse tutorial, and it turned out great. Definitely a versatile idea.

  134. Libby says:

    So many cool ideas and so little time to make things. I love the simplicity of the lazy day skirt.

  135. Ramona says:

    I am love with Molly the monkey. Must have one.

  136. Dawn says:

    I love the doll tooth fairy pillow! It is just lovely…thank you for the idea!

  137. Karen says:

    I love that dollhouse!!!! I can’t wait to try all these wonderful ideas. Thanks for them all!

  138. Christy says:

    My kids love popcorn balls, but I’ve never attempted to make them! I may have to give it a shot. And I’ve had the fabric dollhouse bookmarked for a while so I think it’s time to get off my hiney and get one made!!!

  139. Leigh Eberhart says:

    The fabric doll house and those robot crayons are going on my Christmas list!

  140. Caitlin says:

    What great pattern tutorials! I am so excited to try them out!

  141. Hannah says:

    All are soo cute!

  142. Jeannette says:

    I love that doll house! (if only I could convince my boys that doll houses that I give them are not garages. *sigh*

  143. anna says:

    oooh, how fun! I want to win! 🙂

  144. christa says:

    I love the drive thru sweater. So cute.

  145. Emily says:

    Love the Matyroshka doll pillow – and just finished some Lazy Day skirts! The ribbon hem was easy and adorable!

  146. Julie says:

    I have 2 nephews now! I have been wanting this book.

  147. betsy says:

    what great ideas. Thank you for sharing.

  148. Amy says:

    Ok- Molly Monkey is just great! I am always looking for new gift ideas for little ones!

  149. Holly says:

    I love that you gather so many projects in one place. Thanks!

  150. Leslie says:

    Great links today. With 4 kids I’m always on the look out for new ideas of things to make.

  151. Beth G. says:

    Lazy day skirt … awesome!

  152. Lauren Elliott says:

    I love the little doll house tutorial – can’t wait to try making that one!

  153. Leanna says:

    The little monkey is really too much fun. Could be perfect for a little boy sans the skirt! Little kids are the greatest…they really appreciate something nifty and new and made with love!

  154. Yetta says:

    I am making monsters for a birthday party. The Little Birdie Secrets tutorial came just in time!

  155. Sara D. says:

    Goodness, so many of those projects listed were already on my to-do list – now it’s grown even longer!

  156. mmm…i sooooo want that amy butler book!! 🙂

  157. Ms. Cleaver says:

    those robot crayons are so amazing!

  158. shelle says:

    I love the drive through sweater pattern! Thanks for putting this together 🙂

  159. Mary says:

    i LOVE November at Sewmamasew!

  160. Julie says:

    Yum…. the popcorn balls look soooooo good! That just brought back an amazing memory of my grandma and me making all different flavored popcorn balls every fall 🙂

  161. stacy says:

    I love it all, thanks for all of the inspiration!

  162. quenna says:

    Thanks for the great ideas!

  163. Kate says:

    Oh, Molly Monkey is so cute. And I love Amy Butler.

  164. Jennifer Burdick says:

    Beyond adorable! Thank you!

  165. Beth says:

    These are great, but more boy crafts please!

  166. Bloom says:

    Fantastic projects yet again! How do you do it? Thank you for taking the time to search for all these wonderful ideas & sharing them with us.

  167. Junglewife says:

    Oh boy! Wonderful ideas! And the Amy Butler book is on my Christmas wish list!!!

  168. Jessica H says:

    Love the Amy Butler pattern book I’m always looking for new patterns for my little one. I also love the little robot crayons!

  169. Sarah says:

    I’m loving this year’s Handmade Holidays! The Lazy Days skirt tute is so easy and the skirts are fun to make. I can’t wait to make the dollhouse for my neice. I was one who coveted the barn last year. 😉 Can’t wait to see what else you have in store for us!

  170. Molly Webb says:

    The lazy days skirt is adorable and simple. Any have a recipe for healthy popcorn balls?

  171. Amber says:

    LOVE that skirt – I am gonna have to make that for my girls!

  172. Bethany says:

    My little girls would look great in the lazy day skirt!

  173. Jenn M says:

    I like the Lazy Days skirt tutorial and the Molly Monkey tutorial!

  174. Andi says:

    I love the kids drawings brought to life! They’d be a great gift, but they would also be fun for the kids to make too!

  175. Joanna says:

    My best girlfriend is having her first baby. This would come in handy for the gazillion things I’m going to make for her!

  176. Rebecca says:

    The kid drawing’s creatures are so adorable and so is drive thru sweater. Oh, I wish I had more time!

  177. Stacey Boyne says:

    OH my gosh, I am so excited you’re doing this again this year. I made several of my girls’ gifts from this blog last year. I’m sure I’ll mark many a names off the list with all these ideas! Yay!

  178. pam says:

    i am making the doll house into a garage for my boys.

  179. Sarah Kaeck says:

    I am completely enjoying Home for the Holidays. There are some really great ideas. The playground mittens are going to be my next knitting project.

  180. julia says:

    I already have the fabulous Molly Monkey pattern in my “want to sew soon” pile!!!
    The fabric dollhouse? Adorable!!

  181. Sarah L says:

    The only thing is now, I dont know it your making it easier or harder, I see lots of things that our people would love, but my to do list is rolling out the door!
    Love popcorn balls, thanks for adding all these recipies as well, they are a delight!

  182. Jocelyn says:

    Adorable skirt and toys! Definitely gotta try one!

  183. Love those robot crayons!

    The kids drawings brought to life are wonderful! What a great idea.

  184. Rachel says:

    Love the monkey!!!

  185. I love the monster tutorial and the little house they are so cute

  186. Line says:

    Oooh that monkey is soo cute! I love the fabric doll house too

  187. Shannon says:

    My mom used to make different colored popcorn balls for every party we had as kids. 🙂 Love the fabric dollhouse!

  188. Amy says:

    Fun ideas! Hooray for handmade!

  189. Erin says:

    Amy Butler stuff is so great. I’d love the book for little ones, since I have two little ones myself!

  190. Carrie says:

    The fabric dollhouse might be the perfect gift for my nieces! Thanks for the great idea.

  191. Sarah says:

    Thanks for the great links – I love that skirt pattern!

  192. Anna says:

    Oh we haven’t had any popcorn in a long time either!

  193. Leslie says:

    I love the fabric doll house. It would be so fun to make for my daughters. I also would like to make the fabric barn for my nephew. SO Cute!!

  194. Sam E. says:

    The dollhouse is fabulous – and I want a lazy day skirt for myself!

  195. Katherine says:

    Too cute! The fabric dollhouse and molly monkey are my favourites from this line up of great gifts for kids.

  196. Coralee says:

    absolutely delightful! I have to try that monkey!

  197. Elizabeth says:

    The doll house is such a neat idea, and the farmhouse version would be great for my nephew.

  198. oh my, that monkey pattern is just adorable…that is definately going on the list of “to makes” for gifts for a certain neice of mine!

  199. Mary says:

    Those robot crayons are too cute to color with!

  200. mojoandco says:

    I love that dollhouse. It’s already on my list of things to make for Christmas. That list is just getting longer and longer!

  201. Amy says:

    I love the kid’s drawings come to life. What a great idea!

  202. Amy says:

    Love the lazy days skirt and the fabric doll house.

  203. Annie says:

    I love the Amy Butler patterns. You have so much great fabric that would be perfect for these little stitches!

  204. Tammy says:

    Oh, the little house is adorable! I had something similar when I was little and had such fun playing with it! 🙂

  205. Melanie O. says:

    Wow, really great ideas. I love the fabric doll house and the Molly Monkey. Now, if only I had the time…

  206. Sarah AJ says:

    I already have the fabric dollhouse on my list and now the tooth fairy pillow’s going on there, too. Great stuff once again!

  207. Katie Mitchell says:

    Thanks for the popcorn ball recipe. That will be a fun activity to do with my kids!

  208. ellen says:

    Love the photo of the popcorn balls with the little dog peering over the edge of the table!

  209. amanda says:

    I love the tooth fairy pillow. What a cute idea! And the robot crayons…well, don’t get me started. I just wish I’d thought of those guys myself.

  210. Kim says:

    Love them all. I might have to try the dollhouse someday!

  211. Lauranie says:

    My girls will love the fabric dollhouse! Thanks!

  212. Not only am I enjoying this post and the last week or so but I JUST discovered you did a similar thing last November!!!!! Ack, I’ll have to set the kids down to a long movie and a big bowl of popcorn 🙂

    My goal this year is to use up my stash instead of my cash and your making it so much easier! I will link to you any projects I complete and thank you so much for all the tutorials and gift ideas in one spot.

  213. Kelly says:

    Love the doll house.

  214. Maggie says:

    That dollhouse is already on my list for my 3 year old. I am now also adding that monkey!

  215. Doris says:

    Cute stuff! How ’bout gifts for the age 10-12 boy set?

  216. Wendy says:

    That little monkey is so cute. Not sure my boys would love it though. I need to find a little girl to sew something for!

  217. Bree says:

    love love love the tooth fairy pillow. this would be cute at any time.

  218. Laurie says:

    I have 5 grandbabies I love to make things for. This book would be a great help for my sewing habit.

  219. Mrs. H. says:

    I am going to make two lazy days skirts for my girls this afternoon. Thanks for the pattern, it is precious. Oh, and we definitely need a tooth fairy pillow.

  220. Michelle says:

    Ooo found the present I’m going to make for my little niece. That fabric dollhouse is too cute!

  221. Suzette says:

    That skirt pattern looks just darling!

  222. I love this holiday series of craft ideas (though the reality of how much time I DON’T have is always a bummer!)

    I would love this book, for sure. My second little one just joined our family. He needs some little stutches! 🙂

  223. mommymae says:

    the dollhouse is exactly what my girls would love!

  224. Victoria says:

    I sooooo want to win this book! I have been eyeing it ever since it came out! Thanks again for all the great ideas and giveaways!

  225. NanaSewn says:

    My grandson will love those litle “man” crayons! :o)

  226. Teresa says:

    Love the kids drawings bought to life!

  227. Bonnie says:

    Yum! Popcorn balls are so good! And I love the little dollhouse idea – something for when my little one(currently 9 months) gets older.

  228. Krista says:

    I’m adopting a little boy – and would love to make him some keepsakes! Don’t worry – if I don’t win – I will still buy the book! Love your blog, thank you for the inspiration.

  229. Tara H. says:

    I love the skirt and think I will make some for my daughters. Thanks!

  230. Hilary T says:

    The book looks great. Projects perfect for my little ones!

  231. Christy says:

    I can’t wait to make the fabric doll house and the skirt. Thank you so much for the inspiration!!

  232. sonja says:

    The fabric dollhouse is just too cute for words. And of course…we LOVE Amy Butler…..

  233. Julie says:

    Those popcorn balls look scrumptious!

    I love this month of fantastic ideas!

  234. Amy says:

    I want to make all of these!

  235. Amy Shroyer says:

    Thanks for all the great ideas! Can’t wait to get started.

  236. Betsy says:

    I’ve been wanting this book!

  237. Alissa says:

    So many cute choices here!! Where to begin?!?

  238. Megan says:

    Mmm I’m going to have to try those popcorn balls!

  239. Debbie says:

    I love Amy Butler designs! This is going to be a geat book

  240. Samantha says:

    Forget elementary kids- I’m making a Molly Monkey for ME for Christmas!!!! I’m in love………

  241. Carrie says:

    I’m loving ALL the tutorials today…know several little ones who would love some of these as gifts!!!

  242. Jayme Lane says:

    Thanks for the ideas. I’m going to try the felt monsters. Really cute!

  243. JenO says:

    I HAVE a little one! Let me make stuff please.

  244. Vanessa says:

    I love the lazy day skirt! CUTE! I also love checking Sew Mama Sew blog everyday to see what new ideas I will find!

  245. Bethany says:

    I DO have a little one and I DO need this book! Such cute ideas!

  246. Michelle says:

    Does anyone remember their Spirograph set from the late 70’s/early 80’s? Isn’t that what Kristen’s fabric choice looks like? (Dang, I loved my Spirograph! Off to scour ebay…)

  247. erin says:


  248. Clara says:

    I would have loved the fabric dollhouse when I was little. Now I just need to find a little girl who would appreciate it too.

  249. Julie says:

    Oh my goodness, that book looks adorable! 🙂

  250. Anne says:

    What great ideas and Amy Butlers book sounds terrific!!

  251. Julie says:

    There are some great projects here. It will be a few years before I have anyone elementary aged to make for but I still love the inspiration.

  252. Jonatha says:

    Please enter me to win the book! It would be huge blessing with all the babies around this house!

    I am trying to do an entirely handmade Christmas this year and your blog posts have been so inspiring! Thank you all so much!

  253. Sam says:

    Oh my! I want that lazy skirt for myself, i WISH I could knit, that sweater is amazing, and I’m gonna buy those robot crayons just for me. They are too awesome!!

  254. My * yr old daughter is a big monkey nut. She would love the Molly Monkey!

  255. Julie says:

    I love all these projects. Thank you!

  256. tammy bowser says:

    I am having so much fun checking out this every day. I love some of the things you have posted and can`t wait to give a few a try. Keep up the good ideas!

  257. Josiane says:

    Oh, bringing kids drawings to life is an awesome idea! Thanks for linking to that tutorial!

  258. Shelley says:

    what great ideas today I have 2 little ones and they would love the ideas! I think Molly Monkey is a must 🙂

  259. Tanya says:

    Love the fabric doll house. I will definetly be making it soon!!

  260. Bean Paulson says:

    I can’t decide which tutorial to try first!! Love the popcorn balls recipe, too!! I wish people would start accepting homemade candies and such @ Halloween again! My favorites were always the popcorn balls that the woman down the street from my grandparents used to make 🙂

  261. Kirsten says:

    Love it! That dollhouse is adorable…and those popcorn balls look delectable.

  262. Karmela says:

    The crayons are great! I love your addition of crafted items we can buy, and tasty treats to make. Of course, my favorites are still the tutorials!

  263. Lori says:

    I love that fabric doll house! I am adding it to my to-do list!

  264. Mary says:

    So many cute ideas. I get excited to check in every day!

  265. Rebecca says:

    I love the creative crayons! Thanks for all of the great links and ideas this November!

  266. kim baratta-mowers says:

    I have a 6yr. old nephew and a 5day old nephew!! I would LOVE these craft instructions for holiday crafts, I’ve always been a fan of amy butler!

  267. Robin says:

    Awesome ideas! The drawings come to life are charming and such a unique way to preserve memories. Thanks for all of your creative inspiration!

  268. indywriter says:

    I’m lucky that my 8-year-old daughter still thinks it’s cool to wear/get stuff that Mom handmade for her. She used to hate going to the fabric store, but now she really can see the possibilities. And she’s learning to sew too… I am blessed!

  269. Virginia says:

    I just have to try the little dollhouse. It is so cute and I thunk I will make a barn version too for my son.

  270. Cindy Rutledge says:

    I can’t wait to try the fabric doll house. Thank you for coordinating Holidays at Home.


  271. I love the fabric doll house! Definitely making that for my daughter! Thank you so much!

  272. Elizabeth says:

    Another day of fabulous ideas.
    I think my daughter would love a lazy day skirt.
    And robot crayons are a must for my sons stocking.

  273. CodeCrafter says:

    I love the barn version of the fabric doll house on the tutorial site! My son would go crazy over one of those 🙂

  274. Rita says:

    I just got a new neice and I would love to make her some things from this book!

  275. Lynne in NC says:

    Oooooh! so sweet and something good to eat, too.
    Another fabulous day of entries! Thanks so much.
    Lynne in NC

  276. Julia in MI says:

    I love this post. My favorites are the mololy monkey and the fabric dollhouse. These are so cute. Thanks for the great gift ideas and know how.

  277. Kelli says:

    THANK YOU! That’s all I can say after all these great ideas. I’ll run out of time and people before I run out of all the great ideas you’ve given us!

  278. Erin Hibshman says:

    I cannot wait to make the Molly Monkey for my own little girl Molly – thanks for the wonderful, inspiring ideas!

  279. georgia says:

    Oh Little Stitches, how I have been wanting you!

    I love the crayons–what a great idea! And affordable, too!

  280. Lily says:

    That fabric doll house is AMAZING. I have to give it a try (along with a few lazy days skirts…what a wonderfully clear pattern/tutorial). Hope I win that book I’ve been coveting!

  281. Trina says:

    I love each and every one!

  282. Hannah says:

    What adorable ideas!

  283. Teresa says:

    I love those robot crayons! I have been thinking about getting them!

  284. debra says:

    What great gifts! I can truly say that I want to make each one for my little girls. How amazing it will be to watch their eyes see their very own images come to life!! Thanks for all the great ideas!

  285. Hannah says:

    I have 10 month old twin girls and another on the way! I NEED THIS BOOK! 🙂

  286. Deanne says:

    Another wonderful looking book! I definitely would like to add that to my library! 😀

  287. Stephanie says:

    Amy Butler’s book looks amazing! I have seen a lot of adorable projects from other crafty people come from this book. So sweet!

  288. Julia says:

    LOVE the sweater pattern…do you think it would look good for a boy as well? Browns and blues maybe?

  289. Aileen W says:

    i can’t wait to try out the lazy days skirt for my twirly girl! and those robot crayons are so cool!

  290. melissa p. says:

    count me in for a fabric doll house AND farm! i also love the drive thru sweater…we’ll see if i can handle all of that!

  291. Feather says:

    Oh I can’t wait to try the doll house! How exciting!

  292. alisha says:

    I love the monkey! I think my nieces may get an extra gift this year. 🙂

  293. min says:

    Ooh…a skirt that I think I can actually sew! yay!!!

  294. craftytammie says:

    yay! popcorn balls! twirly skirts! tooth fairy pillows and monkeys! I’ve been dying to check out her new book, what a great giveaway!

  295. Deb says:

    wow what elementary kids wouldn’t love these. Awesome

  296. Bunny says:

    Lovely!! Every year at my son’s school, they draw boy / girl out of a hat for their Christmas party. The kids have to give a gift that values between $8 and $10. I think that I can make something on your lists for about that price! Thank you for Handmade Holidays! 🙂

  297. Samantha S. says:

    Oh my gosh, I love the monsters! I can’t wait until my 11 month old son is old enough to draw so that I can bring his monsters to life too! And, of course, I’ve had my eye on Amy Butler’s book for a while now… please let me be the winner of it! 🙂

  298. Somer says:

    I made the fabric dollhouse and love it! I think Molly Monkey might be next. I need more for this age, maybe an extra post on this age-group?

  299. thanks for the shout out! I’m really enjoying the Handmade Holidays series. That Amy Butler book looks great!

  300. joy newman says:

    The lazy days skirt is so cute. I may need one for myself!

  301. Jennifer N. says:

    I’d better not let my elementary school kid see this page – she’ll want it all. Thank you for some great links. The fabric doll house reminds me of a toy dog house I saw my daughter playing with this weekend. I think Grandma must have given it to her. She would love something to go with it. I think I cold do the lazy day skirt in a quiet afternoon (quiet, around here??). Wonderful ideas, again.

  302. Rachel R. says:

    Oooo! I’d LOVE to have that book! And the little monkey is tooo cute.

  303. Jessica says:

    Can’t wait to make a monkey for the kids! And the fabric doll house is just too cute, that’s definitely on my list to make as well!

  304. Amelia says:

    Monkeys are a theme in our family. Molly will be perfect for the cousins!

  305. Linda says:

    Thanks so much for all of your ideas. I love that you are including knitting and cooking projects along with the sewing.

  306. AllisonK says:

    Oh, I would love to win the book. Great projects today too. Thanks.

  307. jenni says:

    I love the barn/doll house. I am currently making the barn for my girl’s Christmas!

  308. Anne says:

    Oooh, little stitches is on my Christmas list, I would love to win it. The lazy days skirt is very sweet, thanks for the tutorials.

  309. Jessica says:

    Todays fun project…popcorn balls! A great idea!

  310. joey says:

    I must make some of those monkeys. I know quite a few elementary aged kids who would love them. I would LOVE to win Amy Butler’s book.

  311. Tara says:

    I love these ideas! As cute as the girly things are, I’d really love to see more ideas for boys. I have little brothers that are 8 & 9 and I just don’t think they’d appreciate a plush toy….any suggestions?

  312. Heidi says:

    Wow! All of these ideas are wonderful!
    And, Kristin’s choice of fabric is the prettiest thing I’ve seen!!
    As always, I am amazed!!

  313. Kendall says:

    I am in love with Molly Monkey, and will hopefully be making the fabric doll house too!

  314. Meredith says:

    Thanks so much for your wonderful site. I am inspired every day by your contributions and my Christimas list of things to make for my loved ones keeps getting longer! I’ve been using Amy Butler’s book In Stiches, recently and love her patterns, so I’m excited about this new one. It’s actually on my Christmas wish list!

  315. Celia says:

    These gifts are wonderful! That book by Amy Butler looks absolutely fabulous!

  316. Aison says:

    Oooh, I love Knit and Tonic’s patterns! That sweater’s been on my to-knit list for ages. And I can’t wait to make my little one a Lazy Days skirt. All those Oliver + S patterns are great!

  317. Harley says:

    Aww, that Lazy Days skirt pattern is adorable. And what little boy wouldn’t love to color with robot crayons?! 😀

  318. Sara says:

    I am loving all the ideas, and since today’s my daughter’s tenth birthday, I think I should make her the skirt as an after-school surprise. Maybe one will find its way to her stocking come Christmas morn. Thank you, thank you!!

  319. Lisa says:

    I Love the Molly monkey and the monsters… I have a few monsters and monkeys I can make these for Christmas…
    Thanks for posting them..

  320. Celeste says:

    With lots of children to sew for, I’m loving these project ideas–thanks! I already have one Molly Monkey made and am working on a “Mikey Monkey” right now. I think I’ll have to add some of these other tutorials to the to-do list now too!

  321. Rane says:

    oooh gotta love all of this cuteness! I am gonna scoot on over and check out that
    super fabric house! It is great! Thanks and love the little stitches for little ones…. hope I

  322. MelissaB says:

    That sweater is gorgeous – I wish I knew how to knit! And yummy, I love popcorn balls!

  323. Grand dad says:

    AH the popcorn balls , my Mom and Grandma made them > used Kayro but the food coloring is a nice twist! They wrapped theirs in Saran or Cling, to put into Christmas stockings.

  324. kara says:

    Love, love, love the little house!!!!

  325. Amy Rhodes says:

    Love the doll house idea!

  326. Elle Doughty says:

    I love today’s gifts! My favs are the lazy days skirt, matroyshka tooth fairy doll, kids drawings dolls which my son will LOVE…and how about those robot crayons…what a perfect stocking stuffer 🙂 Thanks for sharing all these amazing ideas

  327. Christina says:

    ooo I am going to have to make that skirt.. it is way too cute! My daughter will love it!

  328. tooticky says:

    Oh! I’ve been eyeing this book for ages now!!

    Can’t wait to make some of those popcorn balls too…

  329. Lyn says:

    Molly Monkey is so cute. My son loved his sock monkey when he was a tot and this reminds me of it. I will keep this in mind if our daughter has a baby girl in the Spring!

  330. Tammy Wittig says:

    Oh, I had forgotten that I printed out the tutorial for the Lazy Days skirt! I’ll have to go whip one up now, thanks for the reminder. 🙂

  331. kim3timemom says:

    What an adorable skirt…and that monkey…so stinkin’ cute!! TFs

  332. Amanda says:

    I’ve had my eye on this book since it was published. Thanks for the opportunity to win it!

  333. MegVS says:

    I love the doll! Thanks!

  334. Cathy says:

    The robot crayons are the best!

  335. stephanie says:

    Loooove the monkey pattern – how adorable!! And I’m coveting the Little Stitches book!

  336. Kerri says:

    These are great. My kids would love the popcorn balls too! Thanks so much

  337. Natalie says:

    What a post… this could be an agenda for my entire week. Thank you for gathering all of this good stuff in one place!

  338. Tina says:

    Those monster stuffies are adorable! And I really like the take-along dollhouse.

  339. Shanna says:

    Those popcorn balls are DELICIOUS! At work a co-worker recived a batch of them from a close friend and she brought them in to share. We REALLY enjoyed them the popcorn balls listed above are the EXACT ONES we ate!!!

  340. Paula Gipson says:

    I worry that being the first one to comment on the two posts I want to earn prizes for the MOSt, I won’t earn them. LOL!! But oh well. Thanks for such cute tutorials!!!

  341. Robyn says:

    I love that dollhouse! I can’t wait till my little one is big enough for it… probably just a year or so!

  342. Kristin says:

    I love those crayons!!! The sweater is adorable also, wish I could knit!

  343. Michele says:

    The doll house tutorial is fabulous! Have I mentioned that I LOVE Handmade Holidays?! Thank you so much for the great posts!

  344. Samantha says:

    That tooth fairy pillow is adorable!

  345. Lil' d says:

    Thank you for linking to my house tutorial – I hope that people like it. I’m wondering if I’ll have time to try out some of those other ideas for my kids Christmas presents.

  346. Alex says:

    The Amy Butler book is already on my Christmas wishlist!!

  347. Carol says:

    I love the skirt. They are SO EASY to make. I made a couple of skirts with old t-shirt that did not fit me anymore.

  348. Samantha says:

    I love Kristin’s fabric choice! And thanks for the link to the skirt pattern. My elementary aged child is in love with skirts. The more the better!

  349. Geri says:

    Can’t wait to make my grand-daughter one of these skirts

  350. marie says:

    What great ideas!! I’ve been eyeing that fabric dollhouse…maybe nows the time to finally commit and make it!

  351. Tammy :) says:

    Molly Monkey is so cute! And I really want Amy Butler book!!!

  352. mary says:

    Theose robot crayons might just have to be a stocking stuffer! Too cute!

  353. Susan says:

    I love the fabric dollhouse. I’ll try it as a fabric doghouse (complete with puppy) as a gift for a very special little girl.

  354. Margie says:

    Wow these projects just keep getting better & better. I have to make a monkey-I must!!
    I really love todays. My to do list is growing everyday.

  355. Emily says:

    I love these, but they seem to be aimed more at girls. My little girl would love these, but I need more ideas for boyish projects. The girl ones are so much fun to make that he often gets left out. More ideas, please!

  356. JLu says:

    all the lil ones in my life will love these gifts. i’d love to win amy’s book. thank you!

  357. Julie says:

    I have two neices that the lazy days skirt would be perfect for. Thanks for all the great ideas

  358. jen says:

    I will definitely be making one of those monkeys for my girl. Thanks for all the great info!

  359. susan says:

    so much cuteness on this page — i can barely stand it. i think the monkey may be my favorite though. the robot crayons have inspired me to hatch a plan involving broken down, melted crayons and plastic candy molds….hmmm….wonder if it will work.

  360. Jennifer says:

    those popcorn balls are going on my list to make

  361. alison says:

    If only I had a little girl!

  362. Debra says:

    Great tutorials!!
    I love the popcorn balls photo…..the dog looking over the table like “Are those for me?” too cute.

  363. Sunny says:

    Hot Dog! I am first! I “sew” need this book! I have a lot of little wee ones to make gifts for! And I am new to sewing in general! Thanks for hosting such a fabulous giveaway SMS!

  364. Molly says:

    LOVE the Molly Monkey!

  365. Kathryn says:

    Thanks so much for doing Handmade Holidays again this year! Love it!

  366. molly says:

    The Molly Monkey is so sweet!

  367. Kristen says:

    Oh! I can’t wait to try the lazy day skirt. And I’m pondering the drive through sweater… since I’m not a great knitter, it might be better to wait until after Christmas!

    And I’d love to have the Amy Butler book!

  368. Stacey C. says:

    This book looks amazing. Thanks for the giveaway!

  369. Jodie says:

    That monkey is so very cute!!

  370. Jessy Roos says:

    I love the Molly Monkey and Lazy day skirt! I believe I have a couple of beautiful little nieces that would enjoy those for Christmas. Another great addition to Handmade Holidays!

  371. Amy says:

    Awesome! I was tickled to find the free pattern for the lazy days skirt, and I know just the 5-year-old who’d love one.

  372. Deb says:

    Wonderful patterns for wee ones!!! Thank you so much!!

  373. britt says:

    I miss making popcorn balls, that was one of my favorite fall activities

  374. Marsha says:

    Space crayons! Pirate crayons!

    Ooooh…the joy of satisfying three obsessions (space, pirates, coloring) at a go is just too much. I may have to lie down for a spell…

  375. Sarah says:

    oh, that monkey. so, so cute!

  376. Andrea says:

    I love that fabric doll house but as I only have 2 little boys, I am trying to think of how I can turn it into something they need….maybe a garage for their cars….

  377. Pam says:

    I just LOVE the Molly Monkey it is the Cutest!!

  378. jill m says:

    I waas just at my local quilt store this last weekend and absolutely drooled over this book! I’ve “perused” on Amy Butler’s site, but didn’t realize how much I wanted it ’til I had it in-hand. I immediately came home and put it on my Christmas wish-list.

  379. Margaret says:

    Thanks for all of the goodies this year! I love all of the great ideas you share.

  380. Katie B. says:

    Cute things! And looks like a great book. 🙂

  381. Lauren says:

    Those robot crayons are too cute!! And I think I’m going to try my hand at the fabric dollhouse…. Even though I have boys!

  382. Kacy says:

    I can’t wait to try that fabric dollhouse & the lazy day skirt! Thanks for the great ideas!

  383. Shalimar says:

    I’m all about trying anything with “lazy” in the title.

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