Board Game Review: Robot Turtles

Board Game Review: Robot Turtles from Hugs are Fun

I wanted to make sure to get this review posted before Christmas in case anyone needs a last minute gift idea. I have been singing this game’s praises, I know of at least three lucky children who will be opening their own copy of Robot Turtles on Christmas morning because I won’t shut up about it.

Board Game Review: Robot Turtles from Hugs are Fun
Robot Turtles is the most backed board game in Kickstarter history, it raised over $630,000. It boasts that it introduces basic coding concepts to preschoolers as young as 3. The basic gameplay is simple and easy to pick up with additional elements that can be incorporated to increase the difficulty.

Board Game Review: Robot Turtles from Hugs are Fun

The game is a really fun way for kids to learn about cause and effect and basic logic. When we play it, I can see Evie working out the moves in her head and figuring out how she needs to go. Kids issue commands in a logical order to achieve a goal.

Board Game Review: Robot Turtles from Hugs are Fun
The game isn’t intended to be competitive and can have multiple winners. But Evie told me “You know what’s the really fun part? When I win!”

Board Game Review: Robot Turtles from Hugs are Fun

Eventually you add obstacles and ways to overcome these obstacles. In it’s most advanced state the child maps out all the moves beforehand and executes them all at once, like programming.

Board Game Review: Robot Turtles from Hugs are Fun

Robot Turtles is a lot of fun and Evie asks to play it a lot. I love the additional obstacles and other elements that can be introduced to increase the difficulty level for older children, I know this will be a game we will be playing for a long time. I highly recommend picking up a copy for your kids and start working on your turtle sound effects and your turtle dance!

Robot Turtles Game is available on Amazon and is also sold at Target. Check out the Robot Turtles website for a quick how to play video.

Please note: My husband received a copy of Robot Turtles from Thinkfun for review and this post contains affiliate links.

Embroidery Floss Ornaments

Embroidery Floss Ornaments from Hugs are Fun

Embroidery Floss Ornaments from Hugs are Fun
I have two big mason jars full of embroidery thread, this is the one from last year and I’m keeping one this year as well. I was doing monthly posts about my ORT jars but that kind of fell by the wayside, though I am still filling mine up. I’ve been wanting to do something with the threads so I’ve been keeping these jars around.

Embroidery Floss Ornaments from Hugs are Fun

I got some fillable plastic ornaments from Michael’s. There are also glass ones available and I actually think they might be cheaper, but Mira tends to take ornaments off the tree so I wanted to stick with plastic. You can get them on Amazon as well – Darice 1105-96 Plastic Ball Ornament, 70mm, Clear , Pack of 12

Embroidery Floss Ornaments from Hugs are Fun

Just take the top off and fill it with the embroidery threads. The larger ornament I was able to get my finger into easily enough to push it around, but the smaller one I needed to use a chopstick to pack it in.

Embroidery Floss Ornaments from Hugs are Fun

I really loved making these because I could identify specific projects when I would get to a layer of threads, so it was a trip down a stitchy memory lane!

Embroidery Floss Ornaments from Hugs are Fun

Embroidery Floss Ornaments from Hugs are Fun

I really love how they look on the tree, but it didn’t make much of a dent in my ORT jar from last year. I still have a ton of thread left, plus all the thread from this year. Thankfully I have another project in mind, though it’ll have to wait until after Christmas!

More Free Christmas Ornament Cross Stitch Patterns!

Six Free Christmas Ornament Cross Stitch Patterns from Hugs are Fun!

I released the Christmas ornament cross stitch pattern for the last Free Pattern Friday and I had so much fun making it that I put together some more variations! Switch up the colors and there are endless possibilities!

If you stitch any of these up, I’d love to see! Either tag me on Instagram, @hugsarefun or send me an email with a picture! rebecca at hugsarefun dot com

Enjoy!

Download the PDF here – Ornament Cross Stitch Patterns

There are more free patterns to download here, and patterns to purchase here at my Etsy.

Book Review – Present Perfect

Book Review - Present Perfect from Hugs are Fun
I first found out about Betz White from the While She Naps podcast and I began following her blog and her work is amazing. She is so incredibly multitalented and her new book Present Perfect does a great job displaying all her different skills into a series of projects.

Book Review - Present Perfect from Hugs are Fun
The projects in Present Perfect 25 Gifts to Sew & Bestow are a bit more complicated so Betz White suggests starting off as a “confident beginner.” There are 25 really great and well laid out projects in the book, but don’t get it if you’re looking for a resource on how to sew. You should definitely have some basic knowledge going into it.

Book Review - Present Perfect from Hugs are Fun

Book Review - Present Perfect from Hugs are Fun

Since this book is full of projects that are intended to be gifts, Betz also has little sections called “stitched with meaning.” She gives suggestions on ways to make a project more meaningful by using vintage fabrics, upcycling old dresses or baby clothes. I love these suggestions because you could use these patterns to transform a cherished fabric item into a truly special gift.

Book Review - Present Perfect from Hugs are Fun

Betz has such an amazing variety of projects and uses so many different techniques. One of the things that constantly impresses me about her work is her eye for blending different textures and fabrics. The reverse appliqué of the cosmos infinity scarf creates such a unique look.

Book Review - Present Perfect from Hugs are Fun

The book has present ideas for everyone; babies, adults, men, women. The projects are so diverse that you will be able to find something no matter who you’re making something for. This hexie turtle is adorable. It’s no secret that I have a bit of a hexie addiction, so I instantly fell in love with this turtle.

Book Review - Present Perfect from Hugs are Fun

Here’s another great example of Betz’s ability to combine techniques. This super cute coffee cash coin purse has a flex frame that pops open and has a quarter attached using an Indian embroidery method called shisha or mirror work. I love the details like this, it’s all so well thought out.

Book Review - Present Perfect from Hugs are Fun
It can be so hard to find good handmade project ideas for men, but Present Perfect has several really great ones. I love this cargo tablet sleeve, it’s made of waxed canvas fabric and has such a great look to it. The instructions in the book are all extremely clear and easy to follow and paper patterns are included as well.

Present Perfect has so many really amazing projects and if you’re still struggling to come up with Christmas gifts, do yourself a favor and get a copy! With such a great variety and so many different techniques, I’m sure you’ll be able to find the perfect gift for everyone on your list!

Present Perfect
By Betz White
Interweave/F+W; $26.99

Please note: I was sent a copy of Present Perfect for review by the publisher and there are affiliate links in this post.

FlowerPOW Mug Rug Gift Set

FlowerPOW Mug Rug Gift Set from Hugs are Fun
I wanted to show off a little gift set I put together using CraftyPod’s FlowerPOW mug rug pattern! I’ve discussed my love for these mug rugs in the past, which is evident by the fact that I’ve made 6 so far…

FlowerPOW Mug Rug Gift Set from Hugs are Fun

I put together a little gift set with a coffee cozy that I made using the same fabrics as the mug rug. I used this great free tutorial from Skip to My Lou. I’m not a super confident machine sewer but it was really easy to follow and came together really quickly.

FlowerPOW Mug Rug Gift Set from Hugs are Fun

I added one of those cool reusable Starbucks mugs they have at the counter and ended up with a super cute gift set. There’s still plenty of time to whip up some of these sets before Christmas!

Another Trip to Renegade!

On Saturday we went to the Chicago Renegade December Market, I think this was the fourth year we’ve gone. This year there was a venue change to the Bridgeport Art Center, I was not a fan. The building is gorgeous and I’m sure it’s great for other events, but Renegade has such huge crowd that it was just too much for the building. The vendors were all on the 5th floor and you had to take an elevator to get up there, so we had to wait outside in the cold for the elevator to take groups up. I also didn’t feel like there was a good flow for walking through the event. Despite the disappointing venue change, there were some really fantastic vendors. Here are a few of my favorites.

Another Trip to Renegade! by Hugs are Fun

I loved the merit badges from Fox and Hammer.

Another Trip to Renegade! by Hugs are Fun

Another Trip to Renegade! by Hugs are Fun

My favorite is that narwhal!

Another Trip to Renegade! by Hugs are Fun

I’m always super excited to see needlework vendors, Gulush Threads sells gorgeous hoops and necklaces, her stitching is beautiful and I love her color choices!

Another Trip to Renegade! by Hugs are Fun

Another Trip to Renegade! by Hugs are Fun

The necklaces are seriously amazing!

Another Trip to Renegade! by Hugs are Fun

I’ve seen Uncommon Handmade at other Renegade shows before and I’ve always loved their work. I picked up something from them, but it’s a Christmas gift so I can’t show it off!

Another Trip to Renegade! by Hugs are Fun

These laser etched birds from JCR are so cool! There were also some amazing whales but none of my photos turned out well. So go to his website and look at the photos!

Another Trip to Renegade! by Hugs are Fun

I’ve been a fan of Tiny Hands for awhile but have been nervous to buy anything without smelling it first so I was so excited when I found out they would be there! It’s even more amazing in person than the photos, I am madly in love with my waffle necklace. And in case you’re worried, the smells aren’t overpowering at all. I’m pretty sensitive to smell and it didn’t bother me! She also sells unscented versions of her jewelry as well though!

Despite my gripes with the new location, I did consider this trip a success. We got some artisanal beef jerky, a handmade Christmas gift, and a waffle necklace. Could it get any better?