Tuesday, October 14, 2008

more cowboy costume fun and a giveaway!

I didn't get a chance to post the pictures of this adorable stick horse we made to go with the cute cowboy costume yesterday, so here he is. We didn't use a pattern for him, so this isn't a full tutorial, but this way you can make him your own!



Here's what you'll need:

*Dowel (from the home improvement store)
*Felt for the head, mane, and eyes
*Bandanna-print fabric
*Stuffing/Fiberfill
*Rubber band or hair elastic

1. Draw the shapes of the top and bottom of head on felt and cut it out. Cut a strip long enough for the mane. Sandwich the mane between the two pieces of the back of the head. Sew the head pieces together and turn right-side out. Leave bottom open. Clip along mane to make fringe.

2. Draw and cut out ears--one piece in felt and one piece in bandanna fabric for each ear. Sew right-sides together, then turn right-side out. Hand-stitch to head. Cut out eyes and hand stitch them on as well.

3. Stuff head with stuffing.

4. Gather open end of head around one end of the dowel. Secure with rubber band. Tie a piece of bandanna fabric around the neck to hide the elastic.

5. Giddy up!





And for the littlest cowboy or cowgirl, try these bandanna pants, made from two bandannas. We found this tutorial from makesomethingnow, but changed it up a little by adding buttonholes where the ends of the drawstring exit.



Yeehaw! We are so excited that we've almost reached 30,000 hits since we started Little Birdie Secrets at the end of July! To celebrate, we're having another giveaway to help you be a more crafty you in the kitchen. They even go with our cowboy costume theme--can you say "cowboy birthday party"?



One lucky winner will receive this Wild West Ice Cream Sandwich Mold set from Williams Sonoma (a $15 value)! Use any cookie or brownie recipe and any flavor ice cream with the boot, hat, or badge mold to make these sweet treats. You can eat them immediately, or stick them in the freezer for later (if you can resist them that long). To enter our 30,000 hit giveaway, just leave us a comment on this post BEFORE we reach 30,000 hits (see our Sitemeter counter below). We'll draw the winner the day we reach our mark. Good luck!

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108 Responses to “more cowboy costume fun and a giveaway!”

~Kimberly said...

I LOVE that cookie cutter set! How cute! My kids love shaped sandwiches, so my little boy would be ALL OVER the cowboy shapes! And of course, the uses are endless, so I am already thinking of things I could make with them!!

Cortney said...

I would love to win those cute molds!

Heather said...

Ewww - Those are super cute and I would love those little cowboy molds!

I also love that homemade horsie!

mandie said...

Comment for the prize :)

Love all your ideas!!!

Shellbells said...

count me in girls...yeeeha cowgirls...congrats on the milestone being reached at such a quick pace.

michelle @ sweet mady's said...

i love this post! great job.

Danica said...

Super cute and yummy looking!

Fuji Mama said...

Congrats on so many hits in so little time! Definitely cause for celebration. :-) What a cute giveaway!

Bahama Shores Mama said...

Wow~ Congrats on your stats........I'm a new reader and have really enjoyed catching up on you'll these last few weeks.

Lanae Marie said...

Love the bandana pants and love your site. Good luck hitting 30,000!

Cara Kipp said...

I've recently found your site, and I love it! I also happen to love all things Williams-Sonoma. Congrats on 30,000 hits.

MelissaP said...

Congratulations on so many hit! I know tons are from me as I stop by nearly daily to get more ideas from you! Thanks!

mom2three said...

I found your blog a couple weeks ago, and I've been reading it faithfully since then- please keep up the good work- love the fun crafty projects!!
Christine

Tonya said...

I just found your blog not too long, and love it. Thanks for all the creative ideas!

Celia said...

i' m in for the hit~~!!
thanks for sharing all your beautiful makings..

Karlise said...

Oh how cute! You're so creative!

Jessica Sorensen said...

I love everything you post on here and check your blog often for new ideas. You guys are awesome congrats on so many hits.

Rachael said...

well that is really cute! Thanks for all of your creative ideas, I enjoy looking at your blog!

The Parker Family said...

Sign me up! Congrats on all your success!

April said...

WOW, Congrats on all the hits! I know I account for many of them! Keep up the awesome work!!!

Somer said...

I love the stick, but what do the head piece shapes look like? I love the bandana ears. so cute.

The Dopp Family said...

So cute, I would love those.

April, Kevin, Amelia, and Tessa said...

Oh my goodness...these are sooo cute! I'd love to win them!

Audrey said...

These are so fun! I Think I would want to make them all the time!

D said...

Awesome! I love the stick horse tutorial. My son will love it. And Ice cream sandwiches are my favorite!

The Cascio Whirlwind said...

Ohhh, I saw these last week in different shapes from W&S and loved them. How fun! I hope I win. My two girls would think they were a hit!

Shannon said...

How fun! Thanks for the great giveaway!

Angie Maynes said...

How cute! I love those little sandwich shapes. And the horse is darling. My little boy would love both! (Not to mention his little sister :) )

Amanda said...

Hi gals
I'm so in love with your site. It's been an inspiration. I've tried three of the projects. They've turned out wonderful. I'm excited to try the bandana pants. Pete can wear them while we eat the wild west treats! Keep up the good work:)

Amber@MMM said...

These are adorable!

I love the simplicity of the horse . . . I may just have to make this for my girl this week!

:o) Rachel said...

Oh those are so cute! I know of some little cowgirls and cowboys who would love this, too!!!
:o) Rachel

Lori said...

Count me in! I'm crossing my fingers.

Smiles! Becca said...

I have 3 little guys that would go nuts for those. I may have to go get them anyways!

mGk said...

I love those molds! Is there anything better than a homemade icecream sandwich? How about on shaped like a boot! I didn't think so. ~mmg

Stephanie said...

I would love those cute molds and know three little miniature cowboys who would love them just about as much as I would love the ice cream treats!!!

Skye said...

You guys have the greatest ideas!

Christy said...

I love your blog! you are SO creative!

This ice cream mold is adorable!!

Ellen said...

How cute! I love the theme and I would love to win the sandwich molds! I have a feeling it is a treat the whole family will enjoy :) Thanks for all of your tips, I love trying the new projects...you have insprired me to be more crafty :)

ocm said...

I love them! What fun memories from being a kid. I think this will be a fun gift project!
: )

natalie said...

I just found your website a few days ago and it's AMAZING--I keep reading when I should be doing other stuff. But it's so great, I can't stop!
thanks for the opportunity to win those adorable cookie cutters!

Sara said...

if those aren't the cutest little cutters I've ever seen!

I'd loooove to win them!

Princess of Everything (and then some) said...

I am loving that cookie cutter (sandwich mold) set!!

Wish my 16 year old boy would like a stick horse cause I sure do want to make one like that!

Russ and Nic said...

So cute! Congrats on 30000. Look forward to another 30000

Extraordinary Housewife said...

I love Williams and Sonoma and I love little birdie secrets.
-Lana
hondavan at cableone. net

Jennie said...

what a great giveaway!

ApriL said...

I love your site. I'm obbsessed with checking it.
Thanks for all the great ideas.

April

Lori Allison said...

So cute! I love all your tips and fun ideas. Fun giveaway too!

Jay and Mea said...

Hi Mandy! I don't know if you remember me from Stampin' Up. I stumbled upon your blog somehow, and I absolutely LOVE it! You have some fun ideas. The icecream sandwich molds are so dang cute, and I love the mini caramel apples... mmm! Glad to see your doing well, take care :) Mea

Nicole said...

How cute! My family would love that!

greetingarts said...

Congratulations on your number of hits, you guys are a great resource and I'm so glad you found me - because *I* get to benefit! :0) You have the greatest ideas and I'm always coveting those cute baking things they have at Williams-Sonoma.

Emily said...

cool fun ice cream sandwiches!!!!

Christa said...

I can't wait to make them!

Amy said...

Oh how cute! These would be a great alternative to cake for a western birthday bash!

Babyluxe Dana said...

Congrats on all your visitors!
We love ice cream sandwiches!
dana at babyluxedaily dot com

michellejohnnie said...

Please pick me for the ice cream sandwiches. I am the most devout follower of your blog. Several of my friends also follow it. (i'm whining to get the prize.) I'm doing another post with a link to to your blog soon.

Kristie said...

The kids would love these!

khmorgan_00 [at] yahoo [dot] com

Lori said...

Congrats! Aren't you the popular ones? I love this set, it'd be so perfect for a birthday party! Thanks!

lkziegler[at]gmail[dot]com

Treasuresofjoy said...

We are HUGE horse fans!! I would love to win these so me and my daughter could make them!!!

Two Peas In a Pod said...

I love your site, i have been lurking for a while now you have such great ideas. I would love to be included in your giveaway if you will post to Canada. Those molds are super cute!!
Cheers Kyla

smileymom said...

I'm in Montana and we totally dig stuff like this. My kiddos would love this! What a great idea.

AmandaSue said...

Congrats! And what cute molds!

Beth said...

I just discovered your site this morning and have so enjoyed going back through your old posts!!! Such fun and cute ideas!!! :)

tbmroberts at gmail dot com

Shanny said...

I love this site, I found it from a friend's blog and love to come get ideas. Thanks for all you do!

PS said...

What fun shapes! My kids would love to eat boot shaped brownies!

the Jesters Court said...

yee haw, too cute!
who wouldn't love cowboy icecream sandwiches?

jag said...

Congrats on so many hits! The molds are super cute.

NateAndJakesMom said...

Sweets AND Williams-Sonoma? Can life get any better??? Yee ha!

Congrats on the milestone!

nateandjakesmom at gmail dot com

sarahmissw said...

I just found your site a little while ago and have enjoyed the fun ideas since :) Thanks for the inspiration!

Kathleen said...

I've been loving all of your Halloween related posts...your blog is awesome, and even though I've just become a fan a month ago, you're already one of my faves.

jenny said...

wow thay look like a lot of fun and i love to win them so well i can start to make some fun food for my little one this is a grate giveaway thanks for haveing it and i realy love the bandana pants there realy cute

Stef said...

The cutters are super cute! Congrats on almost making it to 30K.

Mary Avinger said...

Umm. Ice sandwiches. Thanks for the giveaway.

M said...

Adorable!! I would love to make these. It would be perfect for a party.

mathbook28 at gmail dot com

Audrey said...

How fun! I love your site. Keep those great ideas comin'!!! I need all the help I can get!

lrbodine said...

What a fun site and who could resist those adorable ice cream sandwiches?

Nancy said...

How darling! I really hope that I can win, but if all the hits make comments, then the odds will be pretty poor. Thanks for the chance to win.

dcala said...

This looks like it would be a lot of fun to use and of course fun to eat.

Heather Brandt said...

I would love to win the set so we could make yummy cowboy themed treats for our little boy we are adopting from Russia :)

heatherlbrandt (at) verizon (dot) net

Kassie said...

How adorable

Mique (as in Mickey) said...

Oh I'd love to win- pick me!

moushka said...

My daughters would enjoy this very much!

busymama said...

Yeehaw! What a fun giveaway! Pick me!!

margelina said...

Wow, those are so cool! margelina@comcast.net

Buki Family said...

these look really cool... and congrats on being so close to 30,000!

megankortepeter said...

How cute!! Love the blog.

Sandy said...

adorable find!mrs.mommyyatgmail.com

Stacy said...

You are at 26512 so you are super close.

hetz-junk(at)hotmail(dot)com

lace said...

How cute is that horse! and yummy cowboy cookies. yes please.

Doty Family said...

I love your sight and rarely comment, but those are the cutest things I have ever seen. My oldest who is 6 is OBSESSED with cowboys. He is being Lane Frost for Halloween. Do you even know who that is?? If I win, I'll tell ya!! Thanks.

Mommyhood is Thankless said...

Those molds are darling :D

Brooke said...

How cute! What a fun giveaway!

gillian said...

very cute! great fun to have with my 4.5 year old son!

gratefulsoul at hotmail.com

Molly said...

My husband is the cook in our family, and he is obsessed with ice cream! This is awesome!
momabr at yahoo dot com

crazigirl80 said...

I feel a cowboy themed 2nd birthday coming on!!!!

mikeysbebe45 said...

yee-haw! Wrangle me up some ice cream!

Alison said...

Hello! What a fun blog this is! I would love to be in your nice drawings for free stuff. :)

saraG said...

Congratulations on almost-30k! Thanks for hosting a fun giveaway :)

Jillinda said...

These are so cute.

P.S. I love all the fun things you did for your boys party. :)

Angela said...

I love those bandanna pants! :) I enjoy your blog - thanks! I love the cookie cutters so count me in please. Congrats on the milestone!

~Angela

* tonya * said...

ooh I love these goodies. How fun.

Bobbie said...

is it still going... they are adorable.. never had icecream sandwhich before (not common here in australia) people will go crazy if I made these for them :)

Micah and Kristine said...

I just came across your site and I love all the ideas! My kids would love those shapes! So fun!

Heather said...

So cute. My little boy would love to help me make something yummy and cute with these molds. :)

Melanie said...

So cute! I hope I win!

Bridget said...

I love the molds- super cute. Thanks for all the great ideas and links!

Kami said...

I just made it.. I am number 29,997. These are so cute, thanks so much!

The Thompson Family said...

What a great idea. Thanks so much.

Andrea said...

This is so great! I'm hosting a Halloween Costume Tutorial link up party all week if you are interested!

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