Thursday, November 29, 2012

Teach Your Child at Home: Part 3

I got this idea from a Montessori book. I played a game with my three year-old that helped him learn to distinguish between sounds.
Just fill four same-sized containers with items that sound different when shaken. We used what we had in the pantry: rice, beans, corn kernels, and sugar.
shaking game
Let your kid shake them and test how they sound different. Then blindfold him and see if he can tell which is which.
Another game to help your child with tactile learning is putting items in a bag (we used a ball, a small pumpkin, a hairbrush, a washcloth, and a pencil), blindfolding him, and telling him to figure out what the objects are without looking.
Two more and easy games to play with your child.
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Wednesday, November 28, 2012

Blogging Questions: Running out of Picasa Space

If you’re not a blogger or a tech-y person, you may want to skip this post.
I blog using the Blogger platform. I keep thinking of getting my own domain, but haven’t decided to take the leap just yet. However, I ran out of Picasa space. I knew that blogger stores all my photos for my blog in Picasa, but I didn’t know that it was limited on space.

Tuesday, November 27, 2012

Five Children's Books We Love: Part 3

Are you looking for some great lesser-known books to add to your home library as or ideas for Christmas gifts? I've compiled another list of some current favorite books we've tested from our local library. (See Children's Books We Love Part 1 or part 2, if you missed those posts.)  Click on each image to get more info from 

This is a cute book--on the shorter side, but the pictures and text appeal to me! 

Monday, November 26, 2012

Long Sleeved Robot Stenciled & Appliqued Shirt

shirt with robot stencil  and applique added - Copy

My 3 year-old really is interested in robots. Maybe concerned about robots is the correct terminology. He's asked a lot of questions about them lately. I described them as 'a computer with a face'. My engineer husband laughed. 

Here’s a close-up of the stencil and applique. I freezer paper stenciled the yellow robot then stitched around it to make it stand out a bit more.

You can see how anxious he was to try it on. 

Tuesday, November 20, 2012

Guest Posting at SYTYC

I'm guest posting at So You Think You're Crafty (SYTYC) today!

I'm showing how to make some nifty zippered pencil cases. Come check them out!

Monday, November 19, 2012

A Wreath Made of … What?!

Wood Shavings. And a coat hanger.
  wood shaving wreath
My dad uses a plane to smooth wood in his shop. And the plane makes these curly wood shavings which he felt were rather decorative. And he was trying to think of a way to use them. Because he (like me) can’t bear to throw away scraps of anything.

So he challenged me to use them.
wood shaving wreath #upcycledwreath
And maybe by itself, it isn’t that great of a wreath. But behind some glass jars, it looks decent and adds some texture to my shelf.
  textured wreath display with blue glass bottles and flowerwood shaving wreath adds texture to glass display
I think I’ll keep it there for now.

Would you like to make one?

Friday, November 16, 2012

Printed Bias Tape

I am working on a project that I needed bias tape. And you might recall I made some bias tape a few weeks ago. And still haven’t used it.

Wednesday, November 14, 2012

Single Loop Infinity Scarf Tutorial

Single Loop Infinity Scarf Tutorial #infinityscarftutorial
I’ve been planning to make an infinity scarf for awhile now. As in planning for two years or so. I finally got around to it. Here's how I did it.

Friday, November 9, 2012

Healthier Macaroni & Cheese (Contains Vegetables!)

healthier macaroni and cheese recipe with vegetables
My boys love their mac and cheese. And my oldest loves vegetables in most any form. He’s truly an amazing eater. But my youngest won’t touch vegetables except the occasional (fresh, in-season) green bean. Not frozen. So…I have started hiding vegetables in our macaroni and cheese. And it isn’t really ‘hiding’. I don’t lie to my family. I tell them what’s in it. But they eat it anyway. And the one who turns up his nose at most veggies is only 15 months old.  And so far, he thinks it’s just mac-n-cheese and eats it with no complaint.
So. Let me tell you how I hide veggies. Specifically cauliflower, butternut squash or carrots.

Thursday, November 8, 2012

Framed Wreath with Felt Garland

We have nothing decorating the white walls of our downstairs bathroom. Nothing. I decided it was time to change that.
framed wreath with felt garland #easyfeltwreath #redwreath

Tuesday, November 6, 2012

Monday, November 5, 2012

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Thursday, November 1, 2012

Hoot, Hoot! Stuffed Owl Pattern & Tutorial.

owl Stuffie and pattern #owlpattern #owlstuffedanimal
I love owls! I have made large owls, owl hats…I should have a specific board on Pinterest to use solely for owl inspiration. Do you love owls, too?