Tuesday, June 26, 2012

Matching elf hats

I decided to make new baby an elf hat for a few reasons. First it's super cute, second I needed to learn how to switch colors, and third because I have a friend starting a photography business and I thought she might like it when my boy out grows it :) Once I started making it, Daphne decided she wanted one too. I used this pattern by Carrie Piper. And you can see the project details over at my Ravelry.

Thanks for looking!

Sunday, June 24, 2012

Helping a toddler with gift giving

It is hard to explain to a child that the present you just bought is not for them! Especially when it is for a birthday party. Birthday parties are for friends and friends have common interests so a present for a friend is usually a want for my daughter. We had this issue this week and sure enough she did want the present when she saw it. I did the usual reassuring of  "you will get presents on your birthday", "you are going to chuck e cheese for your birthday", and "this is for friend because it's her birthday and she wants you to come play at her party". She continued to ask to open the gift but never got to tantrum mode or worked up about it. The day of the party I unrolled enough wrapping paper to wrap the gift in. I used old Christmas paper and flipped it over to the blank side. Then I gave my daughter stamps and highlighters and let her color the paper for her friend's present. She. Loved. It. Pictures follow :)

Friday, June 22, 2012

Bake sale cookie fun!

We made cookies today! I found them on pinterest and combined 2 pins. I used the actual cookie idea (but just used a bag of sugar cookie mix) and I used the tip I found on putting a box of instant pudding in your cookie dough to make them chewy! Here is what we did in picture form, enjoy!

Thursday, June 21, 2012

Helping a Toddler understand "soon"

The baby is coming. Not today or tomorrow but before your birthday. This is what I tell my almost 3yr old. Now that there is less than a month until his eviction date (hoping he beats it) and a bit more than a month until her birthday I did a fun little craft to help her understand when it will be time. I saw this when my husband deployed and I had heard of it from some friends who used it to get their children through deployment. It's a tear chain, one loop for everyday that needs to pass before it is that very special day. One friend's husband wrote a message on each loop so that his boys had encouragement from him everyday. My version is much simpler and much less profound but serves it's purpose of helping a toddler visualize when a future event will occur. I even added a blue loop for baby brother's eviction date and ended with a pink loop for her birthday!

Sunday, June 17, 2012

Cloth shoes!

I found a free pattern for cloth infant shoes via Pinterest. It led me to Stardust Shoes, a blog that has a pdf pattern and instructions available to download free. Here is my final product..
And I have been making things here and there for my daughter to give her as a big sister present when baby brother arrives (and she is bored in the hospital). I found this on pinterest as well. It is a makeup container (eye makeup containers work nicely) with the makeup removed and nail polish poured in it's place. The polish hardens and you have a neat play makeup made from extra stuff you already have!
Thanks for stopping by!

Saturday, June 16, 2012

June Citrus Lane unboxing!

I love Citrus Lane! For $25 a month, I get a box filled with products recommended by moms in the know. I think you're going to love it, too.

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This month's theme was Little Artist. I was wondering how they would pull that off for a newborn since my boxes are for my unborn baby boy due next month. Well I forgot how many kinds of "art" there are! This month's box would retail for $73.13 if you bought the items separately or without this awesome subscription!

Included this month was:
2 Hohner Kids Musical Instruments, a shaker and a bell. (My almost 3yr old stole these immediately!)
A $35 voucher to Minted.com where I can get an art print, announcement, invites, etc.
A Pop & Lolli Decal, these are fabric whimsical decals. Ours is a super cute Owl and I think my daughter might steal that too!
Putumayo 2012 Playground Sampler CD which has 8 fun kids songs!
Wee Gallery Art Cards. These are thick like a board book and high contrast for infant eyes.
*Not pictured* Babyganics Stain Eraser on the go! I forgot to include this in the picture but it is a travel stain remover that is safe and non-toxic for baby.

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Thursday, June 14, 2012

I have been crafting ;)

I really have! LOL I am just so exhausted and overly pregnant I craft then pass out from the exhaustion of concentrating! I am also helping teach a VBS class this week and we have 23 very rambunctious 4 year olds! So here is what I have been doing!

I learned how to make this cute headband from a link on Pinterest. I used my daughter's smaller shirt to make her a bracelet. The tutorial can be found at Make It and Love It. That blog is full of fun projects!

I also crocheted a pair of wool shorties (wool diaper cover). You can see all the details on my Ravelry project page.  Here is the finished project..
Thanks for stopping by!

Tuesday, June 5, 2012

I'm addicted!

I am so addicted to crocheting! I am so happy that I switched from knitting! My second project was a sleepsack and cap. It was a lot of triple crochet and took about 2 days. Well maybe a day, I started last night and finished tonight. If you go to my RAVELRY you can see the pattern I used as well as what hook and yarn. Here is a picture!
Thanks for looking!

Monday, June 4, 2012

I quit one and took up another :)

I think I posted on here that I was attempting to learn to knit. Well knitting is haaaaaaard! LOL! I hated it, it wasn't fun and I just could not get it! So I quit and took up crocheting! Crocheting is soooo much easier for me! My friend Melody got me started by introducing me to an awesome youtube channel. The Crochet Geek on youtube has helped me along the way! I would crochet, watch tutorial, crochet, watch tutorial!

My first project was a Little Fire Soaker. I posted it on my RAVELRY and you can get the free pattern and all the specifics there. I messed up and didn't attach the front to the back in the center so one leg is way bigger than the other! LOL! I learned quite a few stitches doing this project though, and I am very grateful to those who make patterns and post them for free.
Thanks for looking! I plan on starting another crochet project tonight :)