Thursday, May 19, 2011

Be Back?????

Packing, organizing, getting ready...
The big move is this Saturday.
I'll be back when I can.

Friday, May 13, 2011

Doll for Evelyn...

I finished up the last present for Evelyn's birthday.  It will be tucked away with the other things I made for her until August when she turns 3.
I would have adored this doll when I was a little girl.  It is along the same lines as a paper doll, but with fabric. It is a pattern from the incomparable Wee Wonderfuls book that I have blogged about before.
I made several outfits for the doll to be able to change as mood strikes and there is a pocket in the back to store all of the outfits when play is done.  Each outfit is backed with felt, the doll silhouette on the pillow is made from felt...and since felt sticks to felt, it works!  As long as Evelyn doesn't sprint through the house while carrying it that is.
I enjoyed making the outfits so much that I really could have kept going and going.  But, with the move about to happen, I wanted to finish it up so that the pillow could be tucked away safe and sound. There is everything however, that any stylish doll must have at this point: 2 t-shirts, 2 blouses, 1 pair of cords, 1 pair of jeans, a swimsuit, an understated dress, a party dress, a rain jacket and hat, 2 clutches, 2 purses, and 1 tote bag.  The basics really. I think that if Evelyn really likes playing with it, I will make more clothes for her for Christmas.
I had to of course test the doll and all of her outfits first...just to make sure everything worked.  It's all about quality control. ;)

Wednesday, May 11, 2011

Taking a step back...

Today I packed up Evelyn's dress-up basket, the kid's bedding, and the rest of my paired down sewing and crafting supplies.  I still have much to do, but I had to stop and spend some uninterrupted time with my babies.  We played outside, read books, ate chocolate chip cookies, and did puzzles.
I began to feel a bit blue at leaving this little house of ours and I needed to just "be" with my babies for awhile.  So many memories have happened here, so much growing and changing in the lives of my little ones...walking, talking, playing.
I thought of all of the meals I have cooked, and all of the times I have begrudgingly cleaned the bathrooms (my least favorite chore).  We have grown and changed as a family and while David and I are ready to move on to what is next, I think back to our years here with fondness.
So while I looked back a bit today, the to-do list will wait for no-one.  Next weekend and the move will be here fast and furious, so organizing and crossing things off of my list continues tomorrow.

Thursday, May 5, 2011

Elijah's projects...

Elijah gave up naps a couple of months ago.  At first I was sad to see my alone time go, but now I see it as time that he and I get to spend with him one on one.  Sometimes we do a little, sometimes we do a lot, or sometimes we each do our own thing.  I find myself forgetting that he is only 4 years old sometimes.  He is one smart cookie and we have the best conversations.  Plus, he is a capable kid that is able to do a great deal for himeself and on his own. 
I have mentioned the magazine Family Fun before.  Over the last couple of days he and I have made one of the projects found in a speciual Spring issue of the magazine.  He spotted the tube racer and asked if we could make one.  I like to keep recycled materials on hand, I never know when I might need something for a project or activity.
Some of my favorite things to stash away are:
good pieces of cardboard
cardboard tubes
plastic bottle caps
styrofoam food trays for painting (from veggies, not meat)
glass jars of all sizes
oatmeal canisters
spice shakers
Other things I like to have on hand are:
coffee filters
and of course the usual art supplies as well.
Anyway I digress...
Elijah and I raided the supplies and while I helped him at certain points he did most of the work in making that tube racer up there.  While a fun project for us to do, it is not something that held up very well during the active play of a 4 year old.  The wheels had to be re-attached several times before he gave up and started pretending that it was a crashed car that had fallen off a cliff. 
Oh well.  I hope that these kinds of activities help him see that with a little imagination something fun can come from what would seem to be junk.
Tomorrow we might make a magic fish aquarium.
Note:  I tried to find these projects on the website so as to link, but they don't have them listed...frustrating.

Wednesday, May 4, 2011

Scenes from a day...

Much going on here...
A Daddy on the road,
Recovering from a wicked virus,
Wishing for warmer days
and knowing they will come.

Monday, May 2, 2011

Easter Basket Loot...

I enjoy making things by hand for my kiddies and this Easter was no exception.  I made them each a set of wooden bead critters...a bunny, duck, and caterpillar.  I got the idea from Family Fun Magazine (love that magazine!).  I worked on them while the kids were around and they kept trying to get me to spill what I was working on...I love building the anticipation.
I also made them each their own zippered pouch.  Each pouch is fully lined in a fun fabric and I stamped each child's name on the front.  I then tucked in fresh new pencils to complete the package.  These were then tucked into their baskets with chocolates and a few other little surprises.  The best part (for me) is the fact that everything I used to make the bead animals and the pouches came from my stash...I didn't have to make a craft store run...even once.  I love that, but not as much as my kiddies faces when I get to spoil them just a wee bit with Mama-handmade goodness.