Archive for March, 2010

Foam Swords

Foam Noodle Swords

Foam Noodle Swords

Call me crazy but I made swords with pools noodles today for the kids and their friends. We have had minimum days all week due to parent conferences and I have been trying to keep the kids busy for the extra three hours they have at home. The weather has been wonderful so I wanted to get them outside as much as possible after homework was complete so I made these swords using pool noodles, PVC pipe and Felt handles. I already had the PVC and felt at home from a previous projects so all I had to pick up was three noodles and the PVC end caps I made six swords for $7 and 20 minutes, the kids played outside for just about an hour with no one complaining about being hurt. That makes a pretty good day in my book.

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Quite Book – Busy Book

First two Pages

First two Pages

I have just started on Edward’s birthday present, I hope no one tells him. I am making him a Quite Book also called a Busy Book. I have read several blogs about these books and seen some great ideas, I think I will put several of these ideas together and add a couple of pages of my own.  I am using the principle I saw on one blog that each page should teach something. I have just completed my first two pages. The first page has a street light and the color velcro on teaching color matching and the meaning of the street light colors. The second page is a pot of flowers, the felt flowers button on to coordinating color buttons teaching both color matching and buttoning.  I am hoping that if I start now I will have it completed in time. If anyone has any suggestions for pages to add to this book I would love to hear them.

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Edward’s Toybox

I have decided to keep a running post of the new toys I make for Edward here are my newest additions (per request from Nikki) Hand Puppets Mortimer the Mouse and Mickey Monkey. I hope to have several more before my trip to Arizona in April. This two are being sent in the mail today that will arrive next week enjoy your playtime.                                                                    
Mortimer the Mouse and Mickey Monkey

Mortimer the Mouse and Mickey Monkey

 

 
E is for Edward – Ribbon Blanket

Edwards Ribbon Blanket
Edwards Ribbon Blanket

I made this ribbon blanket for Edward, they are made commercially by “Taggies” and are designed to keep a child’s interest by the different textures of the ribbons. If this is the hot infant toy and it is super easy to make you can bet I will have one for Edward. 

One side of this blanket has bright stripes and the other has adorable elephants. I personalized the blanket just for our little guy. I actually made two because the “Taggie” website recommends having a spare because children become so attached that losing one at bedtime might be a challenge, not a bad company recommendation when the 12″ blanket sells for around $20. 

It is sure fun having a new baby in the family and parents who welcome my little crafts. I hope Edward will enjoy his new blankie. 

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And the race is on!

I am thankful that I have a boy and girl along with many nieces and nephews, this allows me the opportunity to create adorable crafts for any gender. I saw something similar to this on another blog this week and expanded the idea to include an oval track for racing on and handles. The completed car caddy hold 5 matchbox type cars and folds down to about 4″ square for easy carrying. This would be great for the boy on the go. It can be used at restaurants or while waiting for an appointment.

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Another Crafty Woman

Baby Gown

Baby Gown

 

Not only do I come from a long line of crafty women but I have been blessed by my brothers bringing equally amazing women into our family. Two of them are crafters and live close enough that we can share some of our fun. Here are samples of my sister Karen’s work. She is celebrating the pending birth of her first granddaughter.  

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Western Baby Duds

Western Bibs

Denim, flannel and bandana bibs

 

I have just finished making a bunch of baby items for a little girl and now I am focused and things for a baby boy. All of this is western using several different fun prints. As a short cut I have been using my serger with complementing thread, this saves me the time of turning under and ironing the edges before sewing them. Just today I was able to complete 2 blankets, 2 bibs, 2 burp cloths and a changing pad. All of this plus the normal things like dinner and homework help. 

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