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.

Sunday, April 27, 2014

Patches...

All the wear & tear of life the last few months have been a little harder juggle. Laundry, cleaning, waiting for the snow to melt have been my daily tasks. Not to mention all the holes that are continually appearing in my little misters pants. My husband had the brilliant idea of cutting the bottoms off of all their pj pants and turning them into shorts. Problem solved, now we've got plenty of summer pjs.

Their jeans needed a different solution, since we already have plenty of shorts. I would like to be able to hand down the larger size jeans to my younger son in the Fall so I needed to fix the holes somehow. I've tried the iron on patches, some times they work but recently they've all been coming off after a few washes. (maybe I got a bad batch or didn't follow the directions to the letter). At the fabric store I bought this heat n bond, fray check and a 1/4 of a yard of denim.


Here's a look at just some of the holes we have...


After a little cutting, fray checking, and ironing, I had the knees patched on the inside of the jeans.


Turning them right side out, you can see it closed the hole and will hopefully strengthen the knees that looked close to tearing.


And several pairs later, these jeans were ready to be played in again.


There's still more to patch but I'm going to see how the heat n bond holds up in multiple washes.

Thursday, February 27, 2014

Lego Mini-figure display case

If you have Little People who live in your home, you might have a few Legos here & there. One toy that gets played with every single day in our home are those small colorful building blocks. We haven't spent a lot of time or money "organizing" the actual bricks yet, but we have sectioned out the mini-figures pieces.

My Little Misters LOVE putting together mini-figure mismatched guys. Some of them are very entertaining. I thought it'd be fun to build a display case that they could show off and change out some of their favorite guys.


I found this black shadow box frame on sale at Michaels. I took the glass out of the front so it would be open. A trip to the Lego store was next to get a bunch of the four nubbed white square blocks. 30 bricks for the 30 people who all fit nicely in the 11x14 inch frame.


I had to look through my wood scraps to find a piece of 3/8" MDF (or particle board) to attach the lego bricks to. I wanted to make sure the bricks didn't pop off. The MDF board was perfect because it was stiff, had a smooth surface and took the applied white semi-gloss spray paint really well.


My boys are extremely happy and have been changing their guys out all day today. I love the new "art" on the walls. I have a second one that I'm making (one for each of the boys) and I'm trying a slightly different method to see which will stand the test of time. 






The two methods I tried for attaching the Lego Bricks. Both ways seem to work, but have not yet been heavily kid tested.

(1) I cut 3M command strips to fit on the side of the lego brick. It's like thick double sided tape. I thought if I used the tape- I could eventually take the bricks off the backing board. The bricks stick nicely, but are a little wiggly.

(2) the second frame, I used super glue on the legos to attach them. The bricks are stiff and the mini-figures go on & off these bricks a lot easier than with the tape.

Friday, February 14, 2014

Storybooks

For Valentine's day I made the Little Misters a notebook to make into their very own storybook.



It only took five sheets of 8.5" x 11" white copy paper and one heavier cardstock sheet to make a nice sized book. I folded the six sheets in half and then hand stitched them together through the fold. I also added some scrap book paper for a little pop of fun to the book covers.



I gave it to them first thing this morning and my oldest's face lit up. He told me he'd make three stories in one book. I told him I made extra, so he could make as many stories as he wanted. The youngest actually went straight to the markers and started drawing his story. He's not "writting" anything legible but he did add some "words" above this picture.


I'm excited to hear them read me their storybook when they are complete!