Sunday, February 19, 2012

It's a Turtle!

This was a quick breakfast my mom made for my youngest daughter this morning as we are in town visiting.  Super fast and creative!

It's made from a strawberry head, blueberry detail, waffle body, and sausage legs.  

Wednesday, February 15, 2012

Gift Idea: Homemade Rice Bags

The last of the homemade gifts: a rice bag. My 6 year old can use a sewing machine (with supervision!) so this was easy. It's basically making a pillow (cut squares, front to front, sew 3 sides, turn right-side out) and filling with rice instead of stuffing. (Then sew closed).

She gave these as gifts to relatives. If you are 2, like her sister, these are great for playing catch inside. Everyone else appreciates that you can microwave them about 30 seconds and have a nice hot pack to put on ailments.

Wednesday, February 8, 2012

Gift Idea: Personalized Hat

This idea came from an old issue of Family Fun magazine and my 6 year old made it for one of her BFFs. You take a store bought hat $1, use embroidery floss for one eye and attach felt and a button for another eye. The teeth are fleece glued onto the rim. Important note: Do not use iron set glue!!! (As you can see, it messes up the knit).

Monday, February 6, 2012

I Made This! Matching Skirts

This was another of the girls' Christmas presents: matching skirts. I always dreamed of being one of those moms who sees matching pajamas for their kids Christmas Eve, but my skill level just isn't there. I decided to go with skirts. I found this wonderful lightweight corduroy on sale and followed a tutorial on (simple skirt). I loved that it had no pattern! I also found it interesting girls 4 years apart have the same exact waist size. The only suggestion I would make, is to do a zigzag stitch instead of ironing down the edges (substitute for surging since I don't have one). I ironed down, and it didn't work so well, but a more experienced seamstress friend of mine said I should've zigzagged.
These two skirts probably took about 1.5 hours and cost about $6 total.

Saturday, February 4, 2012

Preschool Project Idea: Snowman

G making her snowman
"Mom, can we do a project?" I love hearing those words, and it's even cuter from my toddler. We have a bunch of art project kits that we've collected so I quickly scanned them for one appropriate for her skill level. Not seeing one we already hadn't used recently, I gave our art supplies a quick glance. We have a lot of art supplies. Then I had the idea: the snowman. Everyone has probably made this in art class sometime. You paint a paper with glue, pull apart cotton balls for snow and stick. We used beads for eyes and construction paper for a hat. Buttons and felt would also be good additions.

My six-year-old's completed snowman