Sunday, March 22, 2015

Disney Crafts

We are headed to Disney later this year so the crazy crafting has started.



Back of easy tie blanket.


BLANKET

Today my toddler found some Mickey and Pooh fleece he just loved - so we grabbed a yard of each and threw together some tie blankets. He has been super excited about learning to use scissors so I let him cut a few of the strips too. We had fun and now have two small (read perfect for travel) Mickey/Pooh blankets.

SHIRT

Before we head to Disneyworld the Toddler is headed to Disney on Ice, with one of his best buds for his birthday. I saw some cute t-shirts made with dots from an eraser so I thought I would give it a try with a Mickey silhouette. I have not taken the wax paper stencil off yet because I'm too scared. I'm going to let it dry overnight to prevent any leakage. 




AUTOGRAPH BOOK  


 I found some blank spiral bound books at Hobby Lobby. I painted them red and then with some painters tape painted the rest of them black. (I used Martha Stuart craft paint.) I had some white buttons laying around that I glued onto the book. Then I coated the whole thing in some modge podge. I used some sticker letters to put the kiddos names on the back.

I have no idea how these will hold up, but my kids are toddlers so I think the chance of getting autographs is about the same as these being used for their drawings or stickers while they ride around in the stroller.


WALKING STRAP 


I've seen these straps you attach to your stroller all over Pinterest and Etsy. They loop over your stroller handle and give your toddler a handle to hold when they don't feel like riding. Its a nice alternative to my kiddo holding my hand while I try to push the stroller and (typically) hold the baby. I know, I know.. why have a stroller? To hold my stuff of course :)

I made a different type of handle for a friend who is currently at Disney. She wanted something a little shorter so I used elastic for the part that hooks to her stroller. Again, there are a ton of patterns on Pinterst - they even have long ones that hook to your purse. Could have used one of those today when I took both kids to Old Navy on my own... what was I thinking! 

More crafts to come... 

Friday, October 10, 2014

Preparing for Toddlers in Yellowstone



Before heading out on our summer adventure to Yellowstone, I knocked out some simple crafts to make all our outdoor time a bit more fun, and dare I say, educational. 

This is an egg crate that I painted.
Within minutes of it drying, our little guy was already on the hunt for matching items. Plus, you probably have everything you need for the craft in your house right now! 


I also found a few printables for our walks and car ride. (A quick Pinterest search if "nature hunt" or "car bingo" will give you plenty of options.) I printed them back to front and laminated them. I embellished a few with cutout color circles, my own little drawings and some ribbon. 

Our little guy got to pick them for hikes or when we needed something to do in the car. He was able to draw on them with the crayola window crayons and it wiped right off. 

The clear favorite was a map of Yellowstone that I found online. Our two year old loved giving us "directions" both on the road and trail. 

Friday, May 2, 2014

Purple Quilt



Can you believe it? I have finished all the projects that were started and sort of sitting in my craft area just waiting! The next few posts will be covering those - probably not in much detail since my goal is to get the posts done before this baby comes. 

The purple and blue quilt is done! I can't even remember what the pattern name or fabric line is - I'll have to do some digging. It's an oversized lap quilt. And I'm obsessed with the backing fabric. 


Saturday, April 26, 2014

Outdoor Dining Chairs.

We found two new chairs today at an antique market that we ducked into after the March of Dimes.


The two thrift store chairs have been painted and are ready for use. Oh summer...I am so ready for you!


Saturday, April 19, 2014

Nautical Quilt



I promised myself I would finish Little Peach's Nautical Quilt for his big boy room before Baby Peach made his arrival. I'm happy to say that the quilt is done and in the room. 

The pattern is Garden Path and the fabric is Land Ho! 


Back to Quilting

I think it has been over a year since I finished a quilt!



Two of my dear friends from Little Peach's playgroup just found out they are having little girls. I had partially pieced this "Lawn Chair" quilt, but did not have plans for it. I snipped it in half and found backing to for the ladies personalities and  "Tada" two baby quilts ready for their summer baby showers! 


Spring Nesting


Just a few weeks to go before Baby Peach makes an appearance. Spring has also finally, hopefully, come to Colorado. The combination means we are spring cleaning and nesting all at once.
Projects abound! 

Music Wall 

We wanted to make the backyard a place little peach could really enjoy this spring/summer. What kid doesn't love to make noise. The husband built this little holder and a few thrift store trips later it is ready to be moved into the yard. I'm sure we will attract the attention of the neighbors but our little one is bound to love the freedom to make noise! 

Outdoor Dining Table 

I have pinned several of those "make this Pottery Barn Table for $100." The husband finally caved and built a beautiful outdoor dining table. We are still working on the bench and chair situation, but the table looks lovely upstairs on the deck. 

Little Picnic Table (picture above) 

In addition to the adult table, the husband threw together a picnic table for the littles. It is another Pinterest find, but Little Peach wants to eat out there every night since we moved it to the deck. 

Under Porch Seating Area 

Little Peach's play area is accessible under the deck so we decided to move the outdoor furniture we already had down there. Using drop cloths for curtains we eliminated the sun problem and cerated a nice area to both sit and play. 

*My Rug finally arrived! I love the punch of color it adds! 




Growth Chart 


I asked the husband to pick up a piece if wood for me to make into a growth chart - I figured I should participate in the wood based crafting. There are so manycute growth  charts out there, but I'm obsessed with this Mary Popins themed one.  I had yellow paint left over from the tiny playroom under the stairs for my background color. After marking off the measurements I started playing around with wording. 




Craft Area Clean Out 

The craft area had gotten a bit out of control. I had put things away when we moved in a year ago, but never really reorganized. My sister and I pulled everything out, categorized it and thought about how to store it. We went to ikea for boxes and jars and got everything into a well labeled home.