Monday, December 9, 2013
Growing up, my family would spend every Sunday afternoon at my grandparent's house. It was on those afternoons that my grandmother taught me to sew, but that's not the only thing that I remember from those days.
My grandmother, who we all call Nana, use to have a cookie jar that never seemed to be empty. My grandfather used to always ask me to get him a cookie, and then he'd wink and say, "And don't forget to grab one for yourself!" Of all the cookies my grandmother made Persimmon cookies were my favorite.
Perhaps, it's because I always saw the persimmons sitting out on the counter, and it always amazed me that my grandmother could turn something that looked like a tomato into something as delicious as a cookie.
Keep reading for the full disclosure, and the recipe!
Thursday, December 5, 2013
When I was unpacking my Christmas decorations this year, I came across a box that my grandmother had packed for me with some of her old vintage ornaments. As I was showing the kids them, Lu spotted a little handmade reindeer in the box, a gift I'd apparently made my grandmother. Lu was totally thrilled with the idea of making her own Rudolf. She however, was not feeling in the painting mood, so we had to change things up a bit.
Here's the 1986 edition:
and here's my kids' edition:
Here's the 1986 edition:
and here's my kids' edition:
Keep reading for a quick tutorial and template to make your own reindeer.
Monday, December 2, 2013
Last week I shared with you some of the things that I've made for kids over the past year on the blog. Those of you who have followed this blog for a bit know that I love to create things, often trying to come up with my own pattern or template.
What you might not know though is that one of the main reasons I decided to start my blog last year was that I was so inspired by what amazing things people share on their own blogs. I wanted to pay it forward a bit, sharing things that I made, since other people so willingly share their own projects. For some people, blogging is a significant source of income, but for many (including me), it's not. I appreciate now, more than ever, the time commitment other bloggers make by sharing their projects on the web, often times without even knowing if anyone found the information useful.
I love pinterest, and I love making things. I love that if I'm not feeling particularly creative one day, I can type in a few keywords and find a project that my kids will love. I love living vicariously through pinning. I can pin a whole bunch of crafts that I'll never make and still feel creatively engaged. Or recipes. Pinning a whole bunch of brownie recipes is almost as good as making them, right?
So anyway, enough rambling. I'd like to share with you a couple of my favorite things that I've made for my kids based off of the work of others.
Ana White's play kitchen plan is one of my favorites. Hubby and I made it for my daughter's second Christmas, and it's one of the few toys that I can say gets used EVERY SINGLE day. By BOTH of my kids. Now that's a good toy, and I couldn't recommend the plans more.
I made these dolls for my daughter's third birthday, which was a dress up princess theme. I made each girl a felt doll that looked like each girl and they were able to decorate an outfit for their doll. I made my daughter a few dolls, with extra clothes. I was inspired by this shop, and blog although I didn't buy the pattern because it actually wasn't available yet when I made mine.
However, if you're looking for something to make for a little girl, I'd recommend this pattern. Charla Anne's blog is pure eye candy with it's beautiful photography, and I imagine that her patterns are just as beautiful. These felt dolls, along with the other felt dolls that I have made, have been well loved in our house.
I'm sure there are plenty others who have inspired me to make projects as well, many of which you can find on my pinterest boards. For those bloggers that have inspired me....Thank you. I appreciate all the time you put into creating and sharing your beautiful and fun projects.
Friday, November 29, 2013
I can't believe it, but this blog has actually been around for 1 year! Thank you so much for those of you who have and continue to follow this blog, and those of you who have taken the time to leave comments and tell me what you think. I really appreciate it!
I thought it might be fun to go through and take a look back at some of the fun projects I've made for kids during this past year, especially since it is almost Christmas time and some of you might be looking for projects to make for the special kids in your life. Almost all of these have completely free tutorials and templates. So in case you missed them the first time around....Enjoy!
And since this blog has been around a year, I'd also like to ask what it is that you'd like to see more of on this blog. less off? Give-aways? More tutorials? I'm curious!
Monday, November 25, 2013
I know, I know. Chalkboard, babies and leaves? If the title doesn't already give it away, I've been all over the place lately. But I still thought maybe you'd like to hear about all these random different projects we've been working on.
First....I've always really liked chalkboard doors/walls, etc. but have never gotten around to actually making one. I saw on craftgawker a post where someone had used chalkboard contact paper (I can't find the link now...if someone knows it let me know and I will add the reference here). Genius! A quick search on amazon revealed that I could get 6 feet of contact paper for under $8. Sold! It took all of 10 minutes to install it, and my kids love it and I love it for grocery lists, notes, etc.
In preparation for Thanksgiving, we've been making lots of fall crafts. We've painted leaves and made leaf prints:
and made these watercolor/marker coffee filter leaves, which we laminated and made into a mobile. Thanks Pinterest! My kids wanted to be creative, and I was all out of ideas.
Finally, the last, but most exciting thing I've been working on for our (extended) family's newest addition. Hooray! I'm excited to become an aunt and excited for my little girls to have another little girl to play with! We'll be having a shower soon, so that means....
cute fabric that makes my ovaries hurt....
and promises for lots of cute baby things to come. I look forward to sharing those with you in the weeks to come, along with a few of my favorite baby gift tutorials from around the web.
Until then, we'll be counting our blessings over and over this week, and I hope you all have a special time with the people you care most about. Happy Thanksgiving, everyone!
Monday, November 18, 2013
I thought it would be fun for Lu and I to make something together for Ellie. Ellie's really into the felt board lately, and she also loves Mr. Potato head. I drew up all the face and accessories and made them into felt board pieces. Then Lu put them all together in different combinations and we photographed them and made them into printable cards. I think Ellie will like trying to "match" the cards. Lu had a lot of fun putting them together with me, and hopefully Ellie will like them a lot too.
Would you like to make your own faces? You can make your own with my free template! Of course you don't need to make them into a felt board pieces. They could easily be used for a magnetic board, a quiet book page, or even just paper pieces to put together. Or what about as a stocking stuffer?
Keep reading for the full tutorial.