Boredom Busters #3

Well, it snowed on us this weekend.  Of course what would Easter in CO be without snow?  If the weather is bad in your neck of the woods, or  you are just staying inside for safety’s sake and you need more fun stuff to keep you busy, we are back with another Boredom Busters post.

Let’s start here:

I posted this coloring page a couple of weeks ago, and suggested some fun projects to do with it when you were done.  After spending hours coloring it, I decided some folks might like to just skip to the craft part, although the coloring was fun.  If you are impatient, refer back to my projects, print this, and have a blast.  It should make amazing beads if nothing else.  Here is my  switch plate cover made with a copied version.  Decided I wanted to do more with it than just one thing:

We decided that it just might be fun to have a coloring contest, so here is your challenge:

Print this and go to town coloring.  Send us a photo or scan of your finished page and we will share the results (unless you don’t want them up here, just let us know) and our impartial hubbies will pick a winner who will receive a “mystery prize”.  The deadline for sending in your finished pages is April 28th.  That gives you two weeks to be a coloring fiend.

Here is another paper project for fun.  Didn’t you just love paper dolls as a kid?  I know I did.  I found this slightly crazy lady in an old ’70s magazine:

Try printing her and coloring her and her clothes for fun.  Want a harder challenge?  Use the basic outline of her dress and design her some new duds.  We would love to see the results.

This may not be a fun thing to do, but it is an ideal time to get it done.  How about showing your sewing machine a little love?  Whether you are working it overtime sewing masks for others, or haven’t used it in ages and want to get it out, most of our machines haven’t had any maintenance in far too long.  Dig out that manual, or if you can’t find it, look up your model on line.  Most instruction manuals are available on the web.  Remove the bobbin and foot plate, clean out those years of lint, and then carefully oil the joints shown in your instructions.  Your machine will thank you.

Now that is done, how about a sewing pattern for your dolls?

The same magazine in which I found the paper doll had a bunch of Fashion Doll patterns.  I tweaked this one to fit some of the smaller-busted dolls, as I didn’t like the fit on the larger-busted dolls.  Felt like it needed darts to make it look nice, and that messed up the fact that this is reversible.  Here is the original pattern, if you would like to work with that instead:

The finished results are a cute cover-up or dress that can be worn front to back, or reversed.

With the stiffer fabric, it hangs pretty straight, but it might be cool with one layer of light filmy fabric too.  Go to town, get crazy.  I used snaps instead of buttons, as I was not about to make teeny tiny button holes, but hey, go for it.  This is fun, and as it is so simple, kids can do it too, and it can be sewn by hand, if you like.

Last up, a couple of movie recommendations and a recipe for noshing while you watch.

Here are a couple more of my go-to movies:

This one gets your feet taping, and a big old grin on your face.  The John Travolta Christopher Walken number is about as funny as it gets.


This movie was set in the exact same year as the previous one and couldn’t be any different.  If you love fashion, this is super fun, and it’s just plain delightful on any level:

Down With Love

And here is a super tasty easy peasy cookie recipe.  This has been my emergency cookie for years, as I pretty much always have the ingredients on hand, and it whips up quickly.

Oatmeal Raspberry Bar Cookies:

1/2 cup room temperature butter  (I have substituted margarine with fine results.)

1/2 cup light brown sugar

1 cup flour

1/4 teaspoon baking soda

1/8 teaspoon salt

1 cup rolled oats

3/4 cup fruit only seedless raspberry jam (I have substituted any old jam or jelly in my cupboard, it’s awesome with apple butter; I have even used fruit topping for sundaes.  It all works.)

Heat the over to 350°F.  Butter an 8 inch square pan and line with aluminum foil.  Butter the foil. (I skip the foil and am fine—there is a lot of butter here already.)  Mix all the ingredients together except for the jam.  Press 2 cups of the mixture into the bottom of the prepared pan.  Spread the jam to within 1/4 inch of the edge.  Sprinkle the remaining crumb mixture over the top and lightly press it into the jam.  Bake 35 to 40 minutes and allow to cool on a wire rack before cutting.

That’s it for this week.  Don’t forget to try and exercise a bit, connect with a friend or family member, and take care of yourself!

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4 Responses to Boredom Busters #3

  1. Sandi Magle says:

    I remember my mom making those pars with peanut butter and jelly—NUM! I never found the recipe, she probably had it in her head, Thanks, Sandi

    • kathy & deb says:

      That sounds sooooo goood! Glad Kathy put the recipe up; I might make the pb&j version for a treat. Glad to reunite you with a good memory!

  2. Stephanie Gazell says:

    Love Auntie Gwendolyn! Thank you!

    • kathy & deb says:

      Isn’t she fun? Hope folks have some fun with her! Hugs to you Steph, hope you’re having fun with your dolls!

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