Wednesday, December 22, 2010

Free Pattern!

I'm way too busy to be sitting at a computer right now (3 days til Christmas - yikes!), but I wanted to tell y'all that Lil Blue Boo is offering a free download of her beret pattern. Just go to her Facebook page and click on the Exclusive tab to download. You can click "skip" if you don't want it to publish to your wall and then it will let you download. I'm totally in love with her Sienna dress pattern, so I can't wait to make a matching hat and dress!

I finally got some good pictures of K wearing her Christmas dress (from the Lil Blue Boo pattern) and I'll share as soon as I can. It really is an awesome, easy pattern.


Sunday, December 19, 2010

My Little Artist

My girl has an artistic nature about her. She loves to color and draw, both on paper and the magna doodle. So I bought a pack of washable Crayola paints and let her try her hand at fingerpainting. My husband looked at me like I was crazy when I told him I was going to do it (totally justified), but I wanted a new activity for her. Doing the same old things day in and day out is going to get boring to her at some point. And even though she's young, I want to help her explore her interests.

So I put her in one of Nick's old shirts and let her have at it.

It was fun.

She made a huge mess.

And she was totally into it until she realized that her hands were dirty.

And then it was game over.

Total meltdown.

So I cleaned her up and we went and found a paintbrush.

All was right with the world again.

Until this happened:

The finished masterpiece (I have no idea why blogger is flipping this vertical)

Despite the "Ohmygoshmyhandsaredirty" meltdown and licking paint off her hands, it was a fun experience. She's done one more painting since this one and I was smart enough to give her a paintbrush from the start (and she didn't eat paint this time, either). Both were done on thin canvases that I bought for cheap at Michaels, but I think we're going to buy her a sketchbook-type thing so we can keep all of her paintings together in one place.

Any suggestions for other fun activities to do with an almost 15 month old?

Friday, December 10, 2010

Friday Memories

A few things I'd like to remember about today:
1. K started say "wo-wo" when we ask her what a dog says
2. She quit saying "mmmm" for a cow and started saying "mmmoooooooo." Don't get me wrong, I'm very proud of her...but it made me SO sad. She's growing up so quickly. Am I the only one who thinks that way?
3. We had Christmas pictures made today. K and her big cousin, P, wore adorable matching dresses (made by my mother-in-law!), just like my mom used to do with me and my big cousin. The photographer was amazing. She's posted a preview on her facebook page if you're interested in seeing them. I know I'm biased, but they're just incredible!
4. I finally got around to buying the Lil Blue Boo Sienna Dress pattern. I got everything but the neckline done on K's Christmas dress. I'll hold judgment until I'm completely finished, but I think it's going to be really cute!
5. I made a facebook page for my business. I don't have a whole lot up yet, but I'm working on it.

It's been a good Friday. Now time to go curl up under blanket and go to sleep :) Night!

Saturday, December 4, 2010


It started snowing big, fat snowflakes around lunchtime today. It was so beautiful.

For a little while, I actually forgot what a pain snow is and just enjoyed it. The first snow of the season is always good for that.

We let K look out the window at it for a while and she kept pointing and smiling, so we took her outside for a few minutes. She was in awe, but loved it.

Watching it snow makes me want to turn on the Christmas music and put up our tree. But then I think of having to chase K away from it 15,497 times a day and I change my mind.

Tuesday, November 30, 2010

My Cute Kid, Craft Fair Ramblings, and New Hats

It's been awhile, huh? Life is busy, that's all I have to say for myself. Moving on!

My child gets more and more amazing every day. Seriously, she learns something new every day and it's incredible to watch. She talks nonstop. I only understand about 5% of it, but it is the sweetest sound. She has taken an interest in animals over the past month and can tell you that a cow says "mmmm", duck says "cackcack" (she seems to have forgotten this one lately, though), monkey says "hehe", cat says "yow", lion says "aagghhh" and horse says "nnnneeh". This video is from a few weeks ago when she only knew the first three.

I participated in my third and final craft fair a couple of weeks ago. It was a two day event, which was tiring. I didn't feel like such a rookie this time and organizing and setting up went a lot smoother. I tried to create levels on my tables to mix it up a bit, but it still needs more. I got a lot of ideas from looking at other booths and plan try some new things at the next one.

My Dad was in charge of the signs...

I've been working on some new hat designs lately that I'm pretty excited about. My two favorite people make good models :)

The pictures aren't at the best angle to show off the hat, but K loves her new sock monkey hat. I was putting on my shoes yesterday to go out and get the mail and she pointed to her hat laying on the counter and patted her head. She did it again later that day, so I know it wasn't a coincidence. She's such a smart little thing!

Thursday, October 28, 2010

Wonder Woman Costume

I finally finished K's Halloween costume. I would like to tell you that it was fun and easy and quick, but I'd be lying. In theory, it should have been all of those things, but I had to redo almost every part of this costume due to some small problem or another. I'm just really relieved that it's done and I'm super proud of how it turned out!

Warning to all family members...if you want to see her in her costume for the first time in person, don't read any further!

Here it is!!

I could just die from the cuteness.

 I made the headband like the Cinderella one on Make It and Love It here.

I made the wrist bands and belt using the same concept, except that they attach with metal snaps so she can't rip them off :)

The top was a "make it up as I go along" project for sure. I cut a rectangular piece out of a knit shirt and used stitch witchery to hide the raw edges. I put 3 metal snaps on the back so it would be easy to get on. Then I tried it on her and it fell off. Oops. So I went back in and put a piece of elastic along the top seam to make it tighter. Perfect!

I printed the Wonder Woman symbol off the internet, traced it onto Heat-n-Bond, and ironed it onto the shirt. I sewed clear bra straps onto it to make sure it stayed up when she's crawling.

I made the bottom part from a diaper cover that came with a skirt and appliqued white stars all over it. The "boots" are a pair of socks from Target. I cut about an inch off the top, then added a strip of white knit fabric along the top and a stripe along the front.

I made her golden lasso (that makes men tell the truth, apparently) by braiding several strands of gold yarn together.

And there you have it - the cutest Wonder Woman ever!

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Wednesday, October 27, 2010

Wordless Wednesday: Crazy-haired Artist

In case you're wondering where she gets her uncontrollable hair and squinty-eyed, cheesy grin from, here's a picture of Nick at her age (13 months):