Tuesday, July 22, 2014

KCW: Day 1 Fairy Skirt

Yesterday was the first day of Kids Clothes Week, and it took me by surprise just like every other time.  I knew that if I didn't jump right in with something simple to get myself started I'd probably just skip out on the whole week and I really didn't want to do that this time.  The theme for this week is "kid art" and I knew that was the perfect theme for us to really jump into.  We really love art around here!  

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I started out with making this very basic skirt while the kiddos were napping yesterday.  A simple linen rectangle with a solid white border at the bottom, an elastic waistband and done!  It couldn't have been easier.  I had such grand ideas for what we could do with this skirt to embellish it, thinking wholly towards hand embroidering some of her awesome artwork along the white band. 

Of course the second she saw the skirt she had other plans.  Crafting with children really is the ultimate exercise in learning to let go of control.  Very rarely do my children have the same vision for a project as I do and sometimes it can be hard for me to step back and let them take over and create their own vision.  Hesitantly I handed her the skirt and told her to have at it - create whatever you think would be perfect.  Immediately she gathered up her sketch book, pencil, and fabric markers to get to work, drawing out her designs before transferring them to her skirt.

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I'm so thankful I was able to get out of her way on this project as I watched this simple skirt transform into the canvas for her art.  She spent a great deal of time working on each detail, coming alive as new ideas popped into her head as she worked.  In the end she created this amazing one of a kind fairy skirt that she (and I) are both so very proud of.  

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A beautiful world of fairies represented on her skirt hem, even the back is full of them.  Such a simple project, and yet, I feel this might be one of the most important pieces we've created together.  I cannot wait for the rest of this week!

Saturday, July 19, 2014

Kiddie Park

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My nephews are staying with us for a few days and we're trying to make the most out of their visit with us. The majority of their visit is simply spent running wild and getting incredibly muddy but last night we took them to the Kiddie Park to ride some fun rides.  I had attempted to take our Girl Scout troop several weeks ago and the event got rained out so we just divided up all the tickets between the girls so everyone could go back whenever they had a chance this summer.  We saved our tickets until now and I'm so glad that we did.  The kids had an absolute blast riding everything together, though I do think Braeden might have had the most fun of anyone.  He was all smiles through the whole night.  Thank goodness for the 3 hour nap they decided to take yesterday afternoon because it was so late when we got back home, even with that nap they all happily climbed into bed and were asleep in seconds.  That is a good day for everyone.

Thursday, July 17, 2014

Coral Reef

Ever since the mermaid birthday party we've been on mermaid overload. When the opportunity to join an ocean themed swap came about I knew that I needed to take the chance to add to our underwater pretend play.

We're still waiting for our box full of goodies to arrive but for my part of the swap I decided to branch out from my normal crafting supplies and try something new. I used a scroll saw to create these cute little wooden coral reef toys. They are going to be perfect for playscapes and pretend play.

I have to say I was a little nervous to try and make them but I had so much fun with the process.  I've already started a couple more woodworking projects since finishing these.  I might just have to ask Santa for my own new saw for Christmas.  And perhaps and extra large supply of spare blades.  Ahem.
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I wanted to add a little something extra just for fun so I included some hand sewn wool felt starfish. I used wool roving that we picked up at a local sheep farm recently to stuff them and did a simple blanket stitch around the outside.

I hope these pieces will be as well loved at their new homes as they are in ours.  I'm always so nervous whenever I mail something out because I'm just sure they're going to be hated.  I know it's ridiculous but I just can't seem to help it.  I always tell the girls to do their best and be proud of their work but it doesn't seem to be a lesson that I've quite learned yet.  Someday...

Tuesday, July 15, 2014


It has been a while since I've made any stuffies or dolls but I had a request for a turtle for a new baby gift and I knew the perfect one to make.  I've had this pattern from Make it & Love it saved for ages and was excited to have a good excuse to finally make one.  

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The pattern went together incredibly easily and in no time I had a sweet little turtle!  Of course I couldn't stop at just one (have you noticed that about me yet?) and so I had to make him a little friend to keep him company.  They're just too fun!

Monday, July 14, 2014


It's amazing how a small (missing) piece of technology can cause such big problems. Thankfully it was an inexpensive small piece of technology and now I can once again upload pictures off of my camera to share with everyone. It did give me quite a bit of time to write out blog posts for all the waiting pictures and I think I have posts scheduled through the end of the month now. Except this post, this is just a last minute addition because I can't resist sharing some of these pictures from our holiday weekend. It's so much fun for everyone when the girls get to spend time with their cousins and we're really trying to make it happen as often as possible. I just wish I had gotten a picture of all of them together where you could actually see their faces - next time for sure.

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Wednesday, July 2, 2014

Summer Swimming

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There are few things better than these sweet and simple joys of summertime.  As the temperature rises on these oh so long days of summer we're finding it harder and harder to pull ourselves outside.  It's a bit of a weird phenomenon really.  While many people look forward to summer weather and the opportunity to spend a bit more time outside, we tend to do our hibernating during this time.  The humidity of an Oklahoma Summer has a tendency to do that to us.  Really you'd think that we'd be used to it after all of these years but that simply hasn't been the case.  

There does seem to be one exception that bring all of us out even on the hottest of days...water.  These days they are practically living in their swimsuits - putting them on first thing in the morning just in case there is time for a quick swim or run through the sprinkler at any point during our day.  And to their great enjoyment we've managed to find many opportunities for just those very things these past several days.  It's hard to say no when I know just how much fun the yes will be.  

So for now we ignore the laundry still waiting in the dryer and the to-do list begging for attention.  Summer already seems to be slipping away and I know that soon we'll be packing up the swimsuits and beach towels, trading them in for longer pants and light jackets.  So for now, while we can, we are going to soak up all the Summer time sweetness we can.  

Tuesday, July 1, 2014

Food for bartering

Recently I found myself with a chance to barter with a spectacularly lovely mama whose work I've coveted for a while now.  Of course I was happy to jump at the chance, I love bartering.  Love it.  It's such a lovely way to do business really and I wish it were more popular.  For me especially it's so much fun because I always have a ton of craft supplies on hand (don't we all?) and it's a great chance to use some supplies to make something lovely for someone and get something wonderful in return.

For my part in this exchange I was put to the task of making an assortment of play food for her daughter's imaginative play.  My girls play with their kitchen and play food absolutely every day, without fail, so I was excited to provide that outlet for creativity for someone else's little girl.  It was a fun excuse to try out a few things I haven't done before and I made a few old favorites as well.

The only downside is that now my girls are expecting me to make them every piece that they didn't already have in their own kitchen.  I suppose that isn't a horrible problem to have.  As long as they still love mama-made creations I'm beyond happy to make for them.  Though they'll have to wait a bit to give my hands just a bit of a break.  All this crochet and hand sewing is hard on my hands after a while.

I really had to keep a close eye on these donuts to make sure they didn't disappear while I wasn't looking.

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They were probably the favorite around here and I know they'll be the very first thing I remake.  I also made a couple small stacks of pancakes.  One traditional set and one with strawberry syrup as that's a new favorite topping around here.

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Aren't the little fresh strawberries adorable?  I also got to work with my new favorite crafting supplies, needle felting.  I am having so much fun with it so I wanted to try a couple of felted fried eggs instead of the normal felt eggs I usually make.  These were so much fun and are the perfect completion to a pretend breakfast.  

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I also made an assortment of crochet and felt fruits and veggies to complete the set. 

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The pattern for these lovely mushrooms were on Ravelry - the little brown topped ones from here and the other from this pattern.  They were so much fun!

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 The grapes were a special request and I was happy to give them a try.  I think they turned out pretty fantastic even if I do have to say so myself.  Really it would be hard to pick a favorite and so many of these were new ideas so it really kept the project fresh and interesting.  I hope she has as much fun pretending and playing as I was able to have creating for her.