Monday, November 24, 2014

Super Hero Cape

The Little Misters are continually tying their small blankets around their necks for capes. I figured it was about time I sat down and made them one. I had one black pillow case and a bit of red material in the house. My thought was to make a reversible cape. I just love two in one crafts.

With Black and red fabric, what else could I do but to make a Batman/ Superman cape. I grabbed a piece of yellow felt from the craft store and found some velcro in my stash to complete the project.

A little bit of sewing and TA DA... one happy Little Superhero.

Sunday, November 16, 2014

the Eagles have landed

Neither of my boys could figure out what they wanted to be for Halloween this year. I believe they changed their minds about 50 times or more. I was hoping one of them could be convinced to dress up as a griffin using the lion costume I made last year. I just needed to make a pair of eagle wings. So two days before the 31st, I ran to the craft store. That was a bad idea- it was CROWDED. After a crazy long wait to get things cut and paid for, we made it home to start crafting.

I made a template and then cut the felt. I wanted the wings to be easy and fun. I think we got it right.

So I made a second pair of wings. 

Then I used some white fleece to make a eagle head hood. Living in Minnesota, Halloween evening can get down right chilly. These hoods were perfect for keeping everyone warm while trick or treating.

I still had a little felt left over from the 1/2 yard of felt, which was just enough for some tail feathers and eagle masks. 

These two were so excited for the new dress up costumes they easily decided to be eagles for Halloween. Actually one was an eagle, the other decided his costume was a peregrine falcon.

Too bad the Griffin didn't make an appearance for the holiday, but I'm hopeful I will see it in the future now that we have these wings and accessories in our dress up box.  

Saturday, November 8, 2014

making a craft come back

I've spent most of my summer enjoying the outdoors, reading a bunch of books, and playing with my two Little Misters. So my crafting has taken a back seat until my sister asked for a few new pointy elf hats for her misters. We went shopping together to pick out the yarn and then I had a little craft come back. It feels good to be back making stuff again.

That's my godson and nephew modeling his new hat. His older brother wanted nothing to do with the camera or his hat, so my two stepped in to model both hats for me.

Two skeins of yarn (on sale) and she got two hats for $3 each. Can't beat that. Thanks for the motivation sis!

Tuesday, July 1, 2014

Booster Seat Makeover

I bought a used booster seat at a garage sale for 50 cents. It needed a good scrub and the cover wanted washing but after a little work it was quite clean. Of course, I have two boys and I'm not personally a fan of girly material. I'm sure it would have been fine left alone, but then I wouldn't have got to sew.

An hour of cutting, trimming, ironing, sewing and guesswork later I had finished the booster seat transformation. I'm happy to report that my youngest loves his new seat, and I love it too.

Who doesn't love a good polka dot!

Thursday, June 12, 2014

Velcro neckties

Pinterest is fantastic when I want to make something but I'm not sure what to make. The other day I knew I wanted to sew, went on Pinterest and found a project that I had everything on hand to make. A Little Mister necktie!

So I made THREE. The orange ones are for toddlers, the adorable fox tie is infant size. I'm hoping I'll get to use it as a photo prop eventually. In fact I got to use one for a photo prop while taking my nephew's one year photos.

Hooray for Pinterest and so many amazing creative people who put together great tutorials & ideas. 

Monday, May 12, 2014

Scrappy Quilt

I finished this quilt a while ago but hadn't really made the time to share.

Actually, it's not just a quilt... it's a tidal wave of creativity. 
It's a tummy time blanket, a story time spot, a play mat, a road for cars to drive on, a winter lap warmer, the beginning of a fort, the perfect travel pillow, and a whole lot more than "just a quilt". 

Machine quilted, hand stitched satin binding. Super soft fleece backing with swirling "road" to travel along. 
The front squares are a variety of "things that go" cotton prints.
Perfect crib and toddler size blanket. I was hoping I could list it in my Etsy shop soon, but I haven't yet found the time (I know, I know... I should make time). If you'd like to give it a good home, feel free to contact me. 

Monday, May 5, 2014

Make a Mess Monday: Tinkering Table

The Little Misters and I love being outside. I started thinking of all the fun things we'll be able to do this summer and then what kinds of new things to add to that list. One thing I've been meaning to do is gather supplies and tools for the boys to build random stuff. So one afternoon last week I gathered up a bunch of my tools that weren't being used and wouldn't be missed to put in a tinkering toolbox. Then we went on a hunt to find scraps of material that could be made into whatever their imaginations can think of.

We found screws, nuts, hooks, nails and washers...

A saw, wood pieces, plastic canvas scraps, egg crates, screw driver, hammers, scissors, paint and brushes... (As always, I tell my Little Misters that these are tools for helping complete a project, not toys to play with. they will need to ask permission and help with some of the tools.)

PVC pipe connections and pieces, zips ties of various lengths and LOTS of duct tape.  It all fits into a big tub that we can carry from the front yard to the back or where ever we decide to tinker.

After more than an hour of hard work, here's the first tinkering toys that were created. This one does "everything" my six year old told me.

I'm super excited to see what they come up with and they are super happy & proud to be able to make their own "toys"!

What would you or your kids make if they had all these supplies?

Tip: if you're not a DIY person and have no scrap piles or extra tools, ask an elderly neighbor or relative. Dig through the recycling for random objects. Find a remodel contractor in your area and ask for a few scraps from their job sites. Some stores like Home depot, Menards or Lowes have discount wood bins with scraps for less than a couple bucks.