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.

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!

  • 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

Friday, September 19, 2014

Baby Doll Diapers

Baby dolls an their diapers. DIY doll on left.
As a kid, I toted around a blue and gray plaid doctor bag. It was a zippered pouch filled with little glass viles of potions labeled with scribbles and different colored waters. I had bandages made with felt, ribbon, and puffy paint. Oh my dear brothers - they had so many "ailments" only curable by the perfect mix of colors and silly dances. Thankfully neither of them have turned into purple frogs or polka-dotted monkeys as a result of my treatments.
These memories surfaced as I sat on the floor of the playroom, stuffing cloth diapers with my daughter playing beside me. She brought over her doll, said "purple," and grabbed the purple diaper and tried to put it on her doll. The doll wasn't having it, clearly the diaper was too big. To remedy this predicament, we got out some felt and velcro and made baby some diapers!

This is a great use of leftover felt and Velcro. If you only have the sticky part and not the soft part of the Velcro, the sticky part will work just fine but the felt it adheres to may quickly become pilly and frizzy.

no measurements required, just cut, adjust, and sew

Wednesday, September 17, 2014

Felt Crayon Roll-Ups

This felt crayon roll was such a treat for Little Miss E on our last airplane adventure. It is the perfect activity for the plane ride because not only can it be used for coloring, it's great for counting crayons, learning colors, and working on fine motor skills by putting the crayons into the pockets and taking them out. Also, there are only so many slots for the number of crayons so you know if you're missing one!

After making the first one, I have a slightly tweaked and better version now. I'm thinking of another version where the notepad is in the middle and the crayons are on the sides and they just fold in as flaps and are secured shut with elastic. A button or Velcro fastener would be cute but I don't think it'd last as long with all the pulling. I'll leave that to another day!

love this color combo!
  • 6" x 23" piece of felt for exterior
  • 6" x 23" piece of felt for interior
  • 3" x 23" piece of felt for interior pocket
  • 11" piece of 1/4" elastic
  • pinking shears
  • 24 crayons
  • 3"x5" notepad
sewing together the exterior appliqué

it's ok if the edges don't line up exactly because they'll be trimmed with the pinking shears at the end

  1. Mark interior pocket piece. 1/4" inch in from the left then 3/4", leaving a 1/4" in from the right and then 4" for the notepad. Should end up with space for 24 crayons and a notepad. Note: I ended up cutting 21.5" pieces of felt somehow so we'll only be fitting 22 crayons and a notepad in this one...oops!
  2. Laying the interior pocket felt piece on top of the interior felt piece with the bottom edges lined up. Stitch on marked lines. Cut off loose threads (back ones don't matter much because they'll be in between layers and not visible).
  3. Sew on any applique as desired on outside felt piece.
  4. Pin pieces together, inserting the elastic folded in half on the left end (opposite end of the large pocket for the notepad) with the raw ends sandwiched about an 1/2" in. Straight stich around with 1/4" seam allowance.
  5. Using pinking shears, trim around the edges, be careful around the elastic loop.
  6. Insert crayons and notepad and surprise your creative toddler!

Love this for an easy and lightweight craft for the diaper bag. Great entertainment anywhere!

Monday, September 15, 2014

Sweet Lavender Mary Janes and Sun Hat Set

Going to a baby shower? Have a friend expecting soon? This sweet lavender set is the perfect gift. Made with 100% cotton, it's easy to wash and dry (I prefer putting it in mesh delicate bags to wash so it doesn't catch onto things but you can also hand wash and lay out to dry).


Available on Etsy!

Sunday, September 14, 2014

Sleepy Owl Beanie: "Go Blue!"

2 weeks into September and we're finally getting cooler weather. It's a brisk autumn day and my toddler has fits over putting on clothes. It's going to be a rough transition into winter....


On another note, yay for friends having winter babies! Yay for adorable sleepy owl beanies!

This goes out to a friend who's a die hard Michigan fan. Go Blue!

Inspired by Repeat Crafter Me: http://www.repeatcrafterme.com/2012/04/crochet-owl-hat-pattern.html.

Available on Edible Thoughts Etsy {Sleepy Owl Beanie with Ear Flaps}!

Friday, September 12, 2014

Purple Floral Red Ruffle Pop POP Preppy Top

This top goes out to a little girl whom I've never met but feel like I know already. She's the mini me of a grad school roommate of mine and I cannot wait to meet her and have her meet my little mini me. With their parallel love for putting socks on their hands, spinning on salad spinners, and wearing goggles on their heads, these two have so much to catch up on (I mean, come on, a lot can happen in your first two years of life!). Happy birthday Little Miss Sweet & Silly!


cross over bodice
back view of red ruffle pop collar

Inspired by Sew Easy Being Green's Pop POP Preppy Top Tutorial

  • Must've cut out pattern incorrectly or printed incorrectly because bodice didn't end up as wide as tutorial stated --> added more width to bottom part to have more gathering
  • Looking forward to making another one! So cute!
  • Finishing up this tunic late at night and mailing out in the morning so I apologize for the poor lighting!

Thursday, September 11, 2014

{Inspired By You}: The Lucy

As a former preschool teacher and pastry shop baker, this mama has the best ideas for entertaining toddlers and the best recipes for feeding hungry mamas. Everyday, she effortlessly matches her son in something bold blue, blue gray, and/or baby blue. It was an easy inspiration to do shades of blue for this necklace. Thank you for inspiring me with all your creativity and laughter! You put a smile on my face everyday!

Things that make Lucy smile:
  • a bowl of candy corn and peanuts
  • sparkling coconut water aka "beach in a can"
  • a fresh new notebook
  • her mama tribe
  • the little things that matter
  • Christmas


"The Lucy"

Available on Etsy!

Wednesday, September 10, 2014

{Inspired By You}: The Meghann

Yoga. Night shifts. Play dates. Sewing. Singing. Cooking. This rock star mama and her little mini me one cannot get enough of. She needs to start a blog or podcast of the conversations she has with her toddler. Her little one has an ahhhhh-mazing vocabulary and understanding of everything. I'm always blown away. It's like she absorbs what you say and spits it back out ten times cuter than you could imagine.

Purple goes to this rockin' pair. Purple. Purple's my favorite color, the first color word my daughter said, and is fun and flattering. Rock on Meghann!


A Few Things I Love About Meghann:
  • salted caramel hazelnut spread
  • has a song for everything
  • she's never short of doling out compliments (who doesn't love a pat on the back??)
  • game for almost anything at any moment's notice
  • her contagious smile 

Available on Etsy!

{Inspired By You}: The Erin

I am inspired by people in my life everyday. Some of those people I see daily. Some of those people I see monthly. Some of those people I'm lucky to see annually. Regardless, they play a role in my life and influence me. Certain colors and color combinations remind me of them so I seek to create a collection titled {Inspired By You} to capture those influential people in color. 
"The Erin"

This necklace is inspired by my dear friend Erin. A beautiful independent woman who has conquered so many transitions in her life. She loves earth tones with bright bold accents which speaks to her personality. Very down to earth yet filled with sparkling ideas and a love for life. Erin, you inspire me!

Happy birthday Erin!

Available for custom order at Edible Thoughts on Etsy - "Crocheted Chunky Bead Necklace: The Erin {Made to Order}"!

Monday, September 1, 2014

Fall Floral Mini Brown Polka Dot Toddler Dress with Lined Bodice

Even though there are still 95F days in our forecast with 100% humidity, one can pretend it's autumn with fall-themed floral right???

forever stained blueberry fingers

  • Inspired by The Stitching Scientist: Puff Sleeve Toddler Dress
  • only two exposed seams - serged skirt to bodice, serged bottom band to skirt
  • Sleeveless - changed several steps from tutorial (made adjustments that made it much easier than the first trial). Tutorial to come....
  • 110% of 2T pattern makes closer to 18-24 month sizing (mostly in the arm hole area, maybe my seam allowances aren't big enough?? or maybe it's because there aren't sleeves?? chest circumference is big enough)
  • will try either 120% of 2T pattern next or 100% print of 3T pattern 
  • skirt measurement: 40x12", serged to a bottom band that's 40x3" and topstitched down over the serged part

Roses Toddler Dress with Lined Bodice

After making the Navy Floral Toddler Dress with Lined Bodice, I kept thinking of the little changes I could make to construct the dress in a smoother fashion than the tutorial I was inspired by. At midnight, I just had to work on it so ... I did and left the button hole for the morning.

not afraid of button holes

Trying out the dress with sidewalk chalk and mismatching socks
  • Inspired by The Stitching Scientist: Puff Sleeve Toddler Dress
  • only one exposed seam - serged skirt to bodice
  • Sleeveless - changed several steps from tutorial (made adjustments that made it much easier than the first trial)
  • Initially I thought the first trial I made too large of seam allowances or maybe all the stitching, seam ripping, and re-stitching made it smaller but this time it was really smooth and the 2T pattern still came out closer to 12-18 month sizing, so for the next one I'll try 110% printing of pattern
  • skirt measurement: 40x14", serged and folded up bottom hem once