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).

Baby Gift Set Tutorial

After having 5 girls (in a row) my good friend from high school was recently blessed with a beautiful baby boy! In honor of this lucky baby # 6, I made 6 baby gifts especially for him. Check out these tutorials on how to make baby blankets, bibs, burp clothes, soft block toys, pacifier leashes and crib shoes.

The gift set included…

1. Baby Blanket. Made with super soft minky and light-weight cotton, this blankie is perfect to snuggle up with. Check out this easy tutorial for a baby blanket.

2. Bib. To catch all the dribble and preserve that cute outfit you just bought, this bib does the trick.  I roughly followed this tutorial, but used velcro instead of a snaps.

3. Burp Cloth. To preserve your clothes from babies mishaps, this burpie gets the job done. Here’s a simple tutorial for this..

4. Pacifier Leash. Never use the 5 second rule for the pacifier again. This tutorial is from one of my favorite blogs.

5. Soft Block Toy. I think it’s hilarious how babies love tags/ribbons so much, why not make a toy full of them?! I followed this tutorial and even added some crunchy plastic inside for added fun.

6. Crib Shoes. Perfect for new walkers! I made these from a pattern I purchased and added buttons extra flare.

4 Ways to Turn Pants into Shorts

If you’re anything like me, you have a surplus of pants and a shortage of shorts. Not ideal for summer at all.

In a few easy steps, you too, can turn pants you don’t wear much anymore into shorts you’ll love. It’s a win-win-win situation. You make the most of your current wardrobe, save the cash for something else, and they’ll fit perfectly because they were your pants to begin with.

Hemmed:
1. Turn pants inside out
2. Mark desired length with a line
3. Cut 1 inch below ‘desired length line’
4. Serge both pant legs so they don’t fray (optional)
5. Fold and iron at ‘desired length line’
6. Sew all around both pant legs

Cut & Fold:
1. Mark desired length with a line
2. Cut 1 inch below ‘desired length line’
3. Fold (toward outside of pants so raw edge is showing) and iron at ‘desired length line’
4. Tack (sew a few stitches back and forth) so it won’t unfold. Tack along the sides and front and back (4 total) – Example below

Rolled:
1. Turn pants inside out
2. Mark desired length with a line
3. Cut 2 inches below ‘desired length line’
4. Turn pants right-side out
5. Fold 1 inch and iron
6. Fold 1 inch again and iron
7. Tack (sew a few stitches back and forth) so it won’t unfold. Tack along the sides and front and back (4 total) – Example below

Cut:
1. All in the name… cut it and you’re done! Edges will fray naturally after wearing and washing.

 Example of tacking:

Baby Shoes with Reversible Insole

These shoes were made especially for Zander’s little friend in the neighborhood. He’s just learning to walk so I wanted to make him something cute and comfy. I purchased this pattern on Etsy and altered it to fit his narrow feet. I also added a foam insole for more cushion as he walks and soon enough, runs. For added fun, I made the insole reversible. Hope this inspires you to make your own version of these cute shoes for the kiddos in your life!

Faucet Extender How-to

Who cut the cheese? We did, of course!

After a couple visits to Target and Babies-R-Us looking for a faucet extender without much luck, we decided to make our own.  By “we”, I mean my husband – Chris. He’s much more innovative and handy with tools than I am so I let him have this one.

We looked high and low around the house for something that was the right size and safe for Zander to touch and consume water from (because he will drink this water at some point). Since the parmesan container is food grade, it was the perfect candidate. And no, your hands will not smell like cheese after using it. One good wash did the trick for us.

The steps are simple:

Cut and drill 3 holes on the bottom of the container. Large square hole is where the faucet will be inserted. 2 smaller holes are for the rubber band. We used a 4 inch rubber band.

Drill a small hole on the bottom of the container to drain any excess water.

Next two steps are pretty self explanatory. Insert the rubber band and attach it to your faucet. And in the words of my hubby… you’re DONEZO!

Here’s the little monster in action using his new gadget made by his macgyver Daddy

It may not be fancy but it sure is functional! Hope this inspires you to make your own “cheesy” creations.