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Wednesday, July 5, 2017

Bath Towel

The day before Leif was born I realized that he didn't have a towel yet. For some reason this truly bothered me. So off to Wal-Mart I went to pick out supplies for a towel. I had determined that I was going to make him a fox towel, I was pretty excited about it but when we arrived there were NO orange towels. SO back to the drawing board.

 At this point I decided to start looking for towels on clearance. Then I came across these brown ones. Perfect for a bear! I was totally in love with the texture. I came home and in 15 minutes, we had a towel! I love quick projects like that. 

I used one bath towel, one hand towel, and one off white face cloth. For the eyes I used felt and for the nose I used a piece of leather. I {love} the little nose. 

 At this point I was so in love! I asked Duke if he wanted me to make him one too since we call him Bear but he is pretty attached to his Dinosaur one. 

It's obviously too big for Leif right now, but he'll grow into it. 

What a cute little man!!!!

Tuesday, May 2, 2017

DIY Easter Baskets

I have been wanting to make the kids collapsible Easter baskets for awhile now. The big ones while beautiful are a pain to store every year, so I headed to Pinterest for some pinspiration. I found this little bag and I was super excited about it.  It even had a free tutorial. I decided to forgo her instructions and just make it up as I went with her original photo as my inspiration. 

I knew that I wanted them lined and I also wanted them to coordinate. Thankfully I had all the the supplies accept for the pink gingham on hand. So I began to sew. I didn't want to take credit for this project and create my own tutorial since the original link had free tutorial, but I did make a few changes such as the happier face, embroidered names on the back of each bag and adding a little bunny tail to Leif's bag. I was planning on adding pom poms to all of them for tails, but then I realized they would get squished when I packed them away. So I appliqued on a tail onto Leif's and I just love it!

The face was a bit trial and error as were the length of the ears.

I am totally in love with the gingham! 

I really wanted to have the kids names on the bags. I just makes everything seem so personal, but I didn't want it to be loud and in your face. I think we found he perfect balance with the subtle name hand embroidered on the back. 

I did a more masculine font for the boys.

So happy with how they turned out and the kids really enjoyed using them at their egg hunt! After 2 years I can finally check another project off of my list!

Thursday, April 6, 2017

Super Hero Pegs

I have been wanting to make super hero pegs for Duke for the longest time. So this month I finally got around to doing it. I would have to admit I think my painting has come a long way from when I first started making these things.

Designing the super hero's was a ton of fun. I used some pictures from Pinterest for inspiration but I also went from actual pictures of the characters which was neat.

These pegs were slightly wider than the pegs I used for E's doll so I was only able to fit four across. I also wanted the Hulk to be bigger than everyone else and I just love how he turned out. My favorite one is Captain America though, while Batman is my favorite super hero I loved painting Captain America, I am really pleased with how he turned out.

The box was such a challenge for me. I knew I wanted the inside to be all "secret hideout" but I had no idea what to paint. I figured while most of the super hero's don't use guns, Daddy would appreciate a few firearms, an American flag (even though I'm Canadian), and a computer.

The outside had me baffled, and finally after staring at the box for more than a week I decided to just paint it as though it were hidden in the forest. I don't love it, but Duke was pleased as punch and that is what mattered!

So glad to FINALLY have this project off of my list!

Tuesday, March 14, 2017

Self Binding Minky Blanket

Being that this is baby number three and that we already have so many boy things, we don't really need much of anything. But I wanted this little man to feel special all wrapped up in something that Mama made. Plus I have decided that the nursery will be "outdoors" themed with grey and navy. Super simple, and clean! 

So I bought the fabric to make a baby quilt. I never know how much fabric to buy and always end up with WAY too much. So this time around we went with 1/4 yrd per color and It was still too much! I honestly could have gotten two regular sized baby quilts out of this! I also wanted to try self binding the blanket which was fun but I shouldn't have done my first attempt with minky.

Even with pinning literally every 1/2" it still stretched. Such a pain in the bootie!

But in the end I am happy with it. It is warm and snuggly and best of all it's pretty big which is super nice especially at the stage Duke and E are in and their "baby" blankets no longer cover thier toes at night because they are so tall.

I had left over fabric so I decided to make a little lap quilt for the car seat. I was super happy with the grey but then I went to a different Jo-Ann's and found the navy minky and I love it SO. MUCH. MORE! It just adds a richness to the blanket. 

All in all it was a fun and super quick project. It took about 36 hours from start to finish for both quilts. Not to shabby. Can't wait to wrap our little man up in them!

Wednesday, March 8, 2017

Peppa Pig Party

It's time to party!!! I started working on this party about a month ago. Peppa was a really easy character but I found it a bit difficult to really bring the theme to the party.  So I decided to go with simple touches here and there and I think it turned out well. 

 
 I made these little foam characters inspired by this link. They were insanely time consuming (about an hour and a half per pig) but I really loved how they turned out! 

 
These little guys sat at the front entry way table with the kids piggy ears and crafts. 

I saw these adorable pig ears on Etsy and I knew I could make them. They were super quick to stitch together and would have been even faster if I would have glued them. The kids really enjoyed them.

I ordered these little piggy banks on Amazon here. They were a huge hit, but more on that later!

To bring color to the room, I made some tissue pom poms and reused a few from previous parties. The little Peppa and George characters  are from Party City. They were cute but I wish they were a bit bigger. 

In the kitchen we had more pom poms over the table and a grass table cloth which I loved!!

The cake! I am so in love with it! For a more detailed look at the cake click here.

 For the food we had Piggy rolls, which were cute. Mom tried so hard to make them like what we saw on Pinterest, but they just weren't cooperating. I think they ended up looking just fine!

 Jello for our Duck Pond.

 Muddy Puddles, Curly Pig Tails (Curly fries), and Mr. Potato Fries.

Grampa Pig fruit and Veggies, and George's Dinosaurs. 

When the kids first arrived, we started out with crafts. They really got into decorating their piggies. I had sharpie markers for them to color on the piggies and then I provided gems to add some sparkle.

They were so focused!

Such beautiful Masterpieces!!

Then I painted their faces while they got some food.

Delicious!

Then we did some dancing and jumping in Muddy Puddles!

I really need to work on my facial expressions! Of course we did magic cupcake, but instead of cupcakes we made cookies this time. The kids always enjoy the magic. 

Tada!! 

Then it was Pinata time! I loved how Peppa turned out! She was just darling. (For the creative process click here.)

Camryn's face was hilarious!

E has really gotten into Pinata's over the years. Way to go birthday girl!!

Then we made some balloons! 

Group Shot!

Our sweet little piggies!

Time for cake!

Happy Birthday my sweet girl! We are so blessed to call you ours and you bring so much love, laughter and joy into our home! You are so loved sweet girl!
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