Find Your Fire Theme MOPS Table Decor and Nametags

Lantern Options

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Table Decor Ideas

Idea 1: Sparkly runner (the way fire is shiney) and Idea lantern and flameless candle for glamorous fire (glamping?) theme.

Rose Gold Sequin Table Runner 12" x 108" Sequin TableCloth Wholesale Sequin Table Runners

Idea 2: Camp fire feel.  Ikea lantern (this is the lantern in the photo or I like this one, but either costs more than Ikea) plus buffalo plaid fabric, wood disc.  I do have plaid fabric already (can’t say all of it is attractive, tho. Hence the reason it’s all sitting in my basement for years.), and each table could have a different color or plaid, and people can know their table by the color.  We have the wood discs already, I can get pinecones from my yard.

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Idea 3:

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Idea 4:

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Idea 5: Will take work to drill holes into wood and shave them into heart shapes.  Flameless candles inside.

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Red Feather Pick

Nametag Options

Option 1: Chevron, but do this in theme colors and write name on it

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Option 2: Free water color printable and add name

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Option 3: Make up something to have the plaid from the table on it, or use wood slices

Option 4: Balsa wood with name stamped on. Could be neat, and go with the campfire looking centerpiece, if we go with that.



Not So Spinach-y Pizza Dough

I love this Spinach Pizza Dough, but I often mix it with my husband’s pizza dough recipe to get more of that bread flavor along with the healthy-ness of the Spinach Pizza Dough.  And since I always want to double the amount of dough anyways.  Here it is combined:

Stir together in bowl or a 2 cup measuring cup like I do:

  • 2 packets active dry yeast (or 5 tsp, or just do 2 tbl.)
  • 1 cup warm, filtered water (the chlorine in regular tap
    water will kill the yeast)
  • 3 tbl honey

Let that 5-10 minutes or until foamy.  In stand mixer bowl, stir together:

  • 5 cups all purpose flour (or a combo of bread flour and AP flour)
  • 2 1/2 tsp. kosher salt

Add to the stand mixer bowl:

  • 10 oz. of frozen spinach that has been thawed and pureed to your liking in a food processor or with immersion blender, including any liquid from the spinach from when it thaws.  Don’t drain it.  (I find the little square pack of spinach that comes in 10 oz. has more liquid after thawing than the loose chopped bag of frozen spinach.)
  • 3 tbl. olive oil
  • yeast mixture

Knead using the stand mixer with the dough hook attachment on speed 2-3 for 10-15 minutes, until the dough is smooth and elastic and pulls away from the sides of the bowl.  Remove the dough and roll it into a tight ball.

Oil the bowl, return the dough ball to the bowl, and coat the top of the dough with oil.  Cover with a towel and allow to rise for 45-90 minutes until approximately doubled in bulk.

Preheat the oven to 500 degrees.  Brush the dough with extra virgin olive oil.  If using a pizza peel and pizza stone, place the pizza stone on the bottom rack of the oven while it preheats.  Dust the peel with cornmeal and carefully move one of the pizzas onto it.  If using a metal pan, carefully move the pizza(s) directly onto the pan. Top as desired- tomato sauce, pesto for more hidden green veggies, cheese, etc.

If using a pizza stone, slide the pizza from the peel onto the stone.  If using a pan, place the pan on the bottom rack of the oven.  Bake for 7-10 minutes until the crust is golden-brown and the cheese is bubbly.  Remove from the pizza stone with a large spatula and onto a plate.  If using a pan, the bottom of the crust will not brown; it may help to remove the pan and cook the pizza directly on the oven rack for the last few minutes of cooking (I’ve never tried this so I don’t know).  Allow to cool for at least 3 minutes before cutting with a pizza cutter.

Extra pizza dough will keep for a few days in the refrigerator or for months in the freezer.

Make your own clock

Looking at the possibility of doing a Mom’s Night Out for our MOPS group where the mom’s make their own clock.  Basically, we’d need to buy pine boards at 3/4″ thick and cut into squares and a set of clock parts.  Drill a hole in the middle, and then moms can decorate the wood.  Could give them some print outs for people to follow to get images onto their clocks.

Ideas for clocks.

Origami Bird Stamp Nursing Scarf


This year’s MOPS theme is freedom, and three origami birds are the theme’s picture.  I love origami, so was super excited to plan crafts around the origami birds.  I saw others stamp onto jersey knit fabric to make scarves, and thought I’d try it for our MOPS craft project.

I bought white jersey knit fabric from for $2.50 per yard!!  For my trial run, I cut off one yard of this fabric (36″) and it was 60″ wide so that it would be a scarf AND a nursing scarf when I sew the ends together.  Most nursing scarves seem to be around 60″ by 28″, so I will eventually cut mine down to that size.


Our library will do 3D printing for us.  Cost is $0.25 per ounce of plastic used.  Can pick from all the basic crayola pack colors (basically).  Primarily, the program Blender was used to design the stamp, based off the first bird in this year’s MOPS theme.

  • With current dimensions, each 3D stamper costs $2.75+tax (so $2.91).
    • If make stamp thinner, to be $2 per plus tax, then could get 25 stampers for $53.  30 stampers for $63.60.  Then each person can also take a stamper home as an ornament or something.

Bought Lumiere 2.25 oz. Fabric Paint-1PK using a 40% off coupon, so this jar of paint cost $3.17 + tax.  The color paint used here is gold.

Dabbed paint onto stamp using a foam brush.  Spreading it on did not let the paint go on thick enough in my opinion.  Having the open stamp design (instead of mounted to a block) allowed me to go back and line up the stamper to put more paint on any birds that did not get enough paint the first time around.

Seeing that the stamping worked, I plan to get the other two birds as stampers and fill in the blank areas with those birds, so I have a nice flock flying across.  DSC05883.JPG

This initial stamping took 10 minutes to do.  Set up took a few minutes, and clean up using dish soap and a brush took 5 minutes.  After about 40 minutes, the paint is dry to the touch, and I feel ok moving it.

The big concerns with doing this project at a MOPS meeting are drying time till the cloths can be moved without messing them up (Takes 24 hours to totally dry and be set.) and the amount of space needed to spread out all the scarves.

After the scarves are allowed to dry to the touch, we will have fabric glue to glue the ends together to make it an infinity scarf, for those who wish to do so.  In between the paint drying and the glue drying, we are looking to have a speaker or show one of the MOPS videos.

Snow white inspired apron for adults

I had made some princess aprons using It’s Always Autumn‘s awesome tutorial.  My friend saw them and asked if I could make her an adult size one.  I used Sew4Home‘s tutorial for guidance on how big to make the top and the bottom of the apron.

Here’s the dimensions for the top:


And for the bottom piece/skirt I made it 18″ x 32″.  I still used the 7/8″ grosgrain ribbon for the ties.  Neck ties were 28″ long each, and the skirt sash was 72″.



Hot cocoa mix by weight

Alton Brown’s Hot Cocoa Mix done by weight, thanks to “Hismusicnme’s” comment, so you can just set a container on the scale and pour directly into it.  No measuring cups needed this way!  I am saving the equation here, so I don’t lose it again.

“240 g.    Powdered Sugar
86 g.      Dutch Cocoa
163 g.    Powdered Milk (non-fat)
75 g.      Powdered Milk (full-fat)
1 tsp.     Salt
2 tsp.     Cornstarch
1 pinch. Cayenne (or, to taste)
Here it is as close as it comes in ounces:
9 oz.   Powdered Sugar
3 oz.   Dutch Cocoa
6 oz.   Powdered Milk (non-fat)
3 oz.   Powdered Milk (full-fat)
….. You know the rest “
Makes about 5 cups of hot cocoa mix in total.  I used about 3 tbl of this mix per mug of hot water.  The better the quality of ingredients, the better the hot cocoa.

Pink poncho:

  • 24″ radius
  • 3″ radius for head hole.  This head hole and hood fit me as an adult, and the hole is just too wide for her little shoulders.
  • Messed this one up a bit.  Next time I will make a paper pattern cause laying the fabrics out on top of each other (in an effort to save time from having to make a pattern) was not good, as the fabrics clung to each other and made it hard to smooth out.

Teal poncho 2T size:

  • Did flannel on outside and fleece on the inside.  This has a nicer, crisper look, but probably not as water resistant as having the fleece on the outside.
  • 2.75″ radius neck hole – I like this neck hole size much better than the 3″ for 2T and bigger kids
  • 21.5″ radius overall, as that’s as big as the flannel allowed to be cut in one piece.  This size seems to work well for my 19 month old and going on 4 year old just as well.  I think this may be the best size combo.
  • Made a new hood pattern, will have to scan it in as I like this better too
  • Need to add a snap or something stronger at the top to hold it all together, and hopefully deter efforts at taking it off.
  • Need to add slits to all ponchos for arms to come through.  img_20161219_120308400Teal poncho shown on going on 4 year old, though I made this for the 19 month old, and it suits him fine as well.

Carseat Poncho

This is the problem with friends finding out you can sew.  You are enlisted to make them the stuff they see on-line.  Though I must say, this was easier than I expected and it is something that would be really useful for my own kids, and even myself.  Ok, and it is fun to learn and make new things.  Poncho making it is.

So many thanks to the Sewing Rabbit for posting the very tutorial I needed for the job!

Notes  on the blue poncho, for my friend’s newly 2 year old son:

  • I used fleece for the outer layer, and flannel for the lining.  It ended up quite heavy, so I am currently glad I did not do double layer fleece.
  • Radius for the main circle: 22.5″     Because that’s as big as the flannel fabric I had allowed to make a full circle in one cut
    • This is smaller than I originally planned, but when I tried it on my 3.5 year old, it still reached her knees.
  • Radius for neck hole: 3″
  • When making the hood pattern, make sure the bottom of the hood ends up being the same measurement as the neck hole.
  • The hood looked MASSIVE when sewing it, but actually turned out not that crazy massive.  I suppose little kids do have big heads (proportionally) anyways?DSC05356.JPG

Now time to make his 7 month old little sister a poncho.  Making this one based on my 18 month old and his clothes.  Red poncho is:

  • 20″ radius for main circle
  • 2.5″ radius for neck hole
  • This ended up fitting my 18 month old perfectly.  Cape hit at the knee, hood was just the right size, though I may make it bigger and neck hole bigger next time to allow for sweatshirts and such to be worn underneath it.  img_20161209_211803576

Now to make one for another friend’s about to turn 4 year old, and one for each of my kids.  It snowed this morning, so no time to waste!