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.