Monday, June 27, 2011

High Chair Remodel

I purchased a used Peg Perego high chair for $15 a few months ago.  Everything works fine, except the seat cushion was all ripped-up.  I pondered what to do as a new seat cushion costs around $50.....hmmmm, instead I bought a plastic tablecloth and attempted to make my own.

I traced the cushion onto the front side of the tablecloth and left an extra inch for some wiggle room. The last thing I did was add the rick-rack to make it look like a custom cover.  I must say this is probably my best sewing remodel EVER!

Monday, June 20, 2011

Easy Sewing For Baby

Our little bundle is due in less than two weeks and we are so excited to meet her.  My nesting started with organizing, then cooking, and now crafting.  Here are some cute and simple projects that I made for our new baby.
This is my first crochet had that I learned how to make from watching a u-tube video. I love the fabric flower that I made for the hat.  I will share how to make these in a later post.  They look adorable on head bands as well.

I used out-grown tights to "baby legs" for a little crawler.

This is my favorite project, but it took me 3 out of 5 onesies to get it right.  I think this skirted onesie is super cute and the directions can be found over at Prudent Baby.

I used thick cloth diapers to make these homemade burp clothes.  Just pick a piece of fabric and embellish with ribbon.

Every baby needs a cute homemade taggie blanket.  Just sew the fabric like a blanket, but insert 2 inch pieces of folded ribbon on three sides.

My first crocheted blanket.

These come in very handy- rice filled love owls. You can make any shape and fill it with rice. We have two in the freezer for bumps and two that I heat up in the microwave for sore muscle and stomachs.

I was surprised how easy these bibs were to make.  You can use this simple pattern found here.
 I can't wait to share some photos of our new baby when she arrives!
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Friday, June 17, 2011

Mommy's Having a Baby- TMI

We have enjoyed selecting books on the topic of being a big sister and mommy's having a baby from the library, but this book is "OVER THE TOP."
My Mom's Having a Baby, By: Dori Hillestad Butler
Jem picked this one right off the library shelf and it looked so innocent with cute cartoon illustrations. Then you read the second paragraph on page five where the man shoots a "white liquid" into the woman's vagina.  I have a 6 and just turned 4 year old and luckily I was able to flip the page with out any notice!  My husband and my friends could not believe it either.  Olive knows that the baby will come out of my uterus,  I even mention sperm and egg,  but for now they are happy knowing that the baby pops out of my belly.

Tuesday, June 14, 2011

End Of Year Testing

We have a very happy 1st grader in our house!  We followed a K-1 mix all year and I used Mrs. Perkins assessment to test her end of year knowledge.

Olive enjoys Math more than Reading, but she does both equally well.

We have also enjoyed Classical Conversations this year.  She has learned a huge amount of History and Geography from taking part in our homeschool group. 

Jem also wanted me to test her on what she learned.

We hope you had a great school year as well.

Sunday, June 12, 2011

Jem's Butterfly Cake

Jem turned 4 and we celebrated at the pool with 6 families.  She wanted a butterfly birthday with a butterfly cake!  She is such a smart, curious, and energetic little girl.

The cake was easy to make using two circle cake pans.
1 circle cake pan for base.
1 circle cake pan for butterfly:  cut this circle in half, place curved halves together, and cut small triangles on the flat side to make wings.

Jem's little sister is due in just 2 weeks, we can't wait!

Wednesday, June 1, 2011

Weaving Loom Purse

Olive is such a crafty 6 year old! She received a weaving loom in her Easter basket and just finished her first project.
I forgot to take a picture of the loom, but it looks something like this.  She loves making patterns and choosing her yarn to weave. After she weaved the correct length, we pulled it off the loom, and she sewed the sides together.  We decided to use the left over yarn threads to make a closure with a button.  She is now working on a little purse for her friend.

***Please be sure to check out some of our other weaving projects:  cardboard loom, and paper weaving.
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