Thursday, January 29, 2009

Getting My Creative On

I have a couple of things to share with you....

My hubby's birthday was this past Monday, so I decided to make him a fun birthday cake. Hubby is very much into the tech world. He is an Apple loving man, so in honor of his love for all things Apple, I made him his very own iPod birthday cake.
Happy Birthday Daddy
I was very happy with how it turned out. He got quite a kick out of it.

My daughter who is 2 1/2 has been needing some work when it comes to color recognition. Now being a 3 year old preschool teacher, I tend to analyze everything and am a bit concerned that we are not getting the colors down. (The teacher in me also says, "It's fine...she will get it, just keep plugging away!) I decided to make color bean bags for us to use to work on the colors. I used the tutorial that I found here. I did change the measurements just a bit and didn't use quite as much rice. I busted a needle on my sewing machine due to using too much rice. They turned out cute and we have had fun with them. In fact tonight the bean bags were used as cupcakes while my daughter had an imaginary birthday party for her and I.
Bean Bags
And I have to share this picture of my little one measuring her own fabric while I worked away on the bean bags. It was a proud moment.

Monday, January 12, 2009

Some More Things to Share..

I wanted to share some pictures with you of the other item that I made for my daughter for Christmas. My mom passed away this past October after a VERY long battle with Alzheimer's Disease...over 10 years. My dad wasn't sure what to do with all of her nightgowns, so I took them. I decided I wanted to make a quilt for my little girl...Mimi's quilt. Now having just taken up sewing a few months ago, I went basic. I just cut out squares from the nightgowns and sewed those together. And instead of quilting it, I knotted it. My mother-in-law helped me with the binding which seemed a bid foreboding to me. She is an avid sewer and quilter and to whom I owe my new hobby of sewing to. I think the quilt turned out very nice. I even got a bit creative and cut out some of the pockets from her nightgowns to use on the quilt. Peanut, my daughter's nickname, can stick her little stuffed animals or other treasures in there.

I also wanted to show you something that my mother-in-law made for her younger grandchildren that have baby dolls. She found a website with patterns for American Girl doll quilts and made them. Isn't it adorable? I love it so much as does Peanut who likes to wrap her babies in it.

And just for is a picture of the snowman that my daughter and I made together today before naptime. She had fun learning about big, medium, and small. Her favorite part was adding the fun shape stickers to Mr. Snowman's body. He is proudly displayed on our fridge now.

Monday, January 5, 2009

Homemade Journals

I made journals for my daughter's cousins for Christmas this year. (Ummm...I still have a couple to make and send yet. Oops! I need to get busy!)

I just used one of those black and white steno books from the school supply aisle, a glue stick and some scrapbooking supplies. I think these turned out cute.
Family Journals
Family Journals

Family Journals
For my sisters-in-law and mother-in-law, instead of making journals, I made them family recipe books. I had them email me some family favorite recipes with a snippet of why the recipe is special to them. I then printed these out and glued them inside the book. I divided the book into sections like appetizers, main dishes, desserts and sweets, and misc. using cardstock tabs that I stapled to the first page of each section. Then I just covered the front, back and inside covers with scrapbook paper and supplies. Then the recipients can add more recipes over the years to pass on to their children.

Family Journals Family Journals

I wish you could see them better. I was happy with how they turned out.