DIY Big Kid Bibs

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Zander loves to eat soup. Soup is messy. Solution = big kid bib.  I made this little soup lover an assortment of reversible bibs so he could eat to his hearts content. It’s a win-win. He loves to wear them and I love NOT pretreating stained clothes.

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To make this, I followed this tutorial and modified it a bit by using velcro instead of snaps.

Hope this inspires you to make it for your own little messy eaters!

DIY Days of the Week Learning Game

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Gotta love simple games that will keep your kids quiet and entertained – even for a short while.

This game may be simple but it’s chalked full of goodness. It’ll help teach the order of the days of the week, spelling, color matching and fine motor skills of opening and closing the clothes pins.

What I used to make this:

- White card stock for the paper underneath the days

- I used paint chips (from the hardware store) for the colored paper

- Colored the clothes pins using markers

There you have it, an easy to make, fun and inexpensive game for the preschooler in your life.

Ripped Jeans

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Finally, some custom made clothing for my baby girl.  I actually made these a couple years ago for Zander but his thighs were too chunky to squeeze into them.  Needless to say, I was thrilled that they fit my petit little Zoey so well.

I felt like a proud mama today seeing my little girl play and take her first few wobbly steps in the jeans I worked so hard on. This was one of the first pairs of pants I made so it was a huge accomplishment for me.

For those interested, I followed this tutorial from Dana Made It to make the pants. To achieve the ripped effect, I watched this you tube video.

Hope this inspires you to make something for your little one – or yourself!

Scrambled Eggs – Spelling Game

 

Scrambled Egg Spelling Game

If you’re anything like us, you still have tons of Easter eggs floating around the house, many of which don’t have matching halves. Here’s a great way to recycle those mismatched eggs into a fun learning game for your kids.  There’s not much to this, as you can tell. Use a permanent black marker to write a letter on each egg and…your done. Easy peasy, took all of 1 minute. This is an example of his name but you could write the whole alphabet to encourage them to spell all kinds of words – go crazy.

Let me know if you’d like to see more ideas on how to use Easter eggs for learning – there are a ton. If you make this game or use them in another fun way, let me know, I’d love to hear from you!

Hope this motivates you to get creative and make something fun for your kiddos!

Car Seat Canopy Convertible Baby Blanket

I’mmmm baaaaaack! After a long break, I’m finally spending some quality time on my blog. Baby girl, Zoey is nearly a year old and finally sleeping through the night (well, most nights) so I am getting more rest these days, which means, more time for ROO! I’ve made quite a few things during this time away but just haven’t had any time (or energy) to post. Excited to be back. Without further adieu…

I made this sweet car seat canopy that doubles as a blanket for a sweet baby girl.  As a mommy of two now, I always look for ways to tackle the overflowing diaper bag. Instead of stuffing an extra blanket in the bag, I decided to give this canopy removable straps so it could be used as a baby blanket on the fly. The pink minky material is super soft and perfect for cuddling, too.

Let me know what you think in the comments. Wanna see a tutorial?  If I get enough requests for one in the comments, I will definitely get my act together and post it.

Thrilled to be back!

Mary

 

 

Happy Halloween

We look forward to Halloween every year simply because it gives us an excuse to be creative and silly – well, okay, we need no excuse for that do we?

Every year, we think of a theme and costumes that aren’t terribly hard to make/assemble.  Here’s a look at us over the years – all decked out.

Made:

  • Goldfish: I used felt for the entire costume except for the bulging eyes where I used jersey for stretch. Also used jersey (old shirts) for the top fin. Sewed the hood and cape and used the hot glue gun for almost everything else. Gotta love the got glue gun.
  • Turtle shell: Sewed the green, glued the brown and used a sharpie for the black shell pattern.
  • Stingray: Sewed the body and glued the remaining.
  • Shark: Sewed the majority and glued the eyes and fin.

Made:

  • Luke Skywalker and Yoda jackets
  • Yoda headpiece (complete with receding hairline) – this is a hat that covers his baseball cap, which he loves to wear and never takes off (perfect!)
  • Princess Leia dress, belt and hair buns (made using ear warmers – perfect for the chilly walk around the neighborhood)
  • Lightsabers – wrapping paper rolls, electrical tape and tin foil

Made:

  • Sushi Chef – Jacket and headwrap
  • California Roll – Entire roll, front and back
  • Shrimp Sushi
  • Soy Sauce Packet – Felt (by the yard) and printed paper for writing

Made:

  • I purchased Z’s lil man outfit and altered it to fit him.

Made:

  • Dress and skirt
  • Headpiece
  • Accessories
  • Pharaoh staff

Made:

  • Box – complete with animated toy caterpillar inside

Made:

  • Dodgeball protective padding & unibrow (no, this is not real)
  • Snakes on a plane t-shirt, airplane wings and body

Made:

  • Fat suit
  • Woopie cushion

There you have it. Halloween at it’s best.  Hope this inspires you to make your next costume!

DIY Romper

As with most of my projects, this one too, stemmed from a problem.  Zander’s birthday party this year was Hawaiian themed and of course, I had nothing to wear.

With the Fall and Winter months ahead, it was pretty hard to find anything “Summery”, much less Hawaiian – and so my mission began… I needed something that was:

1. Hawaiian themed
2. Breathable, since it was a hot day and the party was outside
3. Easy to maneuver in, since I’d be running around hosting, carrying Z and of course, jumping in the bounce house

I actually picked up this fabric months ago in an LA fabric store in the rummage pile. Coincidentally,  I bought it with full intention of making a romper – one day. Z’s birthday was  the kick-in-the-butt I needed to make it happen.

I gave myself 1 night to complete the outfit, start to finish. It took me 3hrs and costs $3 in materials – score!

The pattern is actually fairly simple. The top is 2 square pieces, front and back – elastic around the top. Bottom, I used my loose fitting pajama pants as a pattern. Top and bottom are sewn together and the seam is covered by the belt. And there you have it. A summer outfit that’s cute AND practical. Hope this inspires you to take on those projects you’ve been putting off, too!

 

Girls Summer Dress

I know what you’re thinking… finally, something for a girl!  Most of what I’ve made revolves around Zander, which means tees, jackets, pants and shoes. It was nice to finally make something cute for a little girl.

I followed this tutorial for the most part, but added a second layer underneath to match the material used around the neckline and straps. Made of light-weight cottons it’ll keep her feeling and looking cool all summer long.

Roll-up Pants

I like to call these Zander’s ‘fancy pants’ because I made them for a wedding we went to recently.

Knowing the wedding would be held outside in possibly 100 degree humid weather, I wanted to make something both comfy and fashionable for him. I followed this tutorial to make the flat front linen pant and added the buttons and tabs myself to convert them into shorts. Perfect for fancy weddings or for lounging barefoot around the house (or at the beach).