Saturday, October 18, 2014

2014/10 {Parkers}

Smile with the Parkers!
 
 
So sweet, loving, and happy.

When I grow up, I want to be like daddy!

Grandma, the Baby Whisperer


Thank you for being part of our lives and for making us smile everyday!


Mommy & Me

 

 
The Parkers are full of love for food, family, and fun. Always ready with a good story over buttered biscuits and tea with a splash of milk, you'll wish they were your neighbors! Thank you for being part of our lives for letting me capture your beautiful smiles!

 
 

Tuesday, October 14, 2014

T-Shirt Leggings for Toddlers: Children's Blue



Nearly a decade ago, my husband and I (before we were husband and wife) spent our Friday afternoons at our local children's hospital. My husband and I became dragons and wizards as we read stories of adventure to children who were bed-bound. I convinced children to play "connect the dots" with the moles on my husband's arm. We drew murals on the windows and shrieked in surprised fright as window washers came by.




My blue volunteer t-shirt became a pair of t-shirt leggings for Little Miss E today. She ran in them. Danced in the rain in them. Sat on wet steps in them.



Thank you children at the hospital for playing with us so many years ago. We wish you the best of health and the happiest of memories for years to come!







How to create your own pattern: {Sugar Tart Crafts: Pants Pattern}
How to sew your own leggings or pants: {Sugar Tart Crafts: Pants Tutorial}

Monday, October 13, 2014

T-Shirt Leggings for Toddlers: Dada's Red T


It's hard finding pants to fit Little Miss E. About average in height but smaller in weight, she swims out of most pants in "her size" and if we size down, they might as well be capris. For me, most DIY projects come out of the need. My husband and I had a pile of old t-shirts that NEEDED to go and Little Miss E NEEDED pants that fit her properly.

Guess what happened next??



No tutorial shown because I traced a pair of leggings as a guide and extended the length and cut elastic to fit her on her waist. The beauty of using knits (which I had been scared to venture into for years) is that you don't have to hem anything if you don't mind a raw edge. The plus of using old t-shirts (aside from glorious upcycling!) is you can line up the bottom hem of the leggings to the bottom hem of the t-shirt and basically re-use the t-shirt hem (didn't do that for the red leggings but did do that for the second and third pairs not photographed here).

 
 
I was looking for a pair of leggings that had a smaller and higher waist so she could bend, squat, jump, and play comfortably.


I was looking for a pair of leggings that were long enough in the legs that her ankles wouldn't get cold when climbing the stairs or when she was being worn in a carrier.

 
Made out of dada's old and loved t-shirt, I found those perfect leggings for Little Miss E.  


 

How to create your own pattern: {Sugar Tart Crafts: Pants Pattern}
How to sew your own leggings or pants: {Sugar Tart Crafts: Pants Tutorial}

Tuesday, October 7, 2014

Fabric Doll: Little Miss E

Little Miss E now has her own mini me. 


Red felt Peter Pan collar over purple floral body with matching hair bow and slippers
 
 
She doesn't seem very impressed.

 

Red felt slippers over brown mini polka dotted tights



 

Future Variations:
  • body longer into triangular shape
  • leggings
  • sleeves onto arms
  • pigtails
  • ribbon sewn onto pigtails
  • yarn hair
  • doll clothing

Inspired by http://www.makeit-loveit.com/2013/02/girl-boy-fabric-dolls-pattern-pieces-included.html.

Tuesday, September 23, 2014

Toddler Book Club: Harold and the Purple Crayon

I don't know the latest books out. I don't know the latest movies out. I'm lucky if I know the headlines on CNN. However, I can recite Llama Llama Nighty Night by Anna Dewdney and I Love You All the Time by Jessica Elin Hirschman and Jennifer Elin Cole in a moment's notice and I'm proud of that.


http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Harold_and_the_Purple_Crayon
There are so many children's classics out there to make toddler book club so much fun! This was our second round and we choose Little Miss E's favorite color, purple. Because I couldn't find a box of crayons with just shades of purple, we went with purple and white paint instead so the little ones could make their own shades of purple!

Sir Bubs hard at play

painting is serious business

a full body experience

Little Miss E's purple foot

toes are for painting

purple pedicure

uhhhh...mama, I have something on my feet!

Materials:
  • purple and white non-toxic paint
  • sponge shapes
  • foam brushes
  • purple feathers
  • poster board
  • over-sized purple t-shirts as smocks
  • wash cloths for clean-up (if warm enough out, end activity with a pool party to hose off babies)
  • water bin for babies to wash off themselves, sponges, and brushes


E's purple masterpiece