January 27, 2015

Paw Patrol Inspired Painting

Painting a Paw Patrol Inspired Painting with the Look Out TowerI wanted to make some art for my 3 year old's bedroom. We've got some Paw Patrol decals in there, as well as a comforter, but the walls are pretty blank.

I've done a couple painting classes so I figured I could attempt a Paw Patrol painting. It came out okay! It's really not too bad if you think about what order to paint everything in- although of course there's some talent involved. I'm not the best painter/artist ever.

My son request the "Look Out Tower" for his painting so that's what I did.

January 26, 2015

Upcycled Shower Curtain to Fitted Table Cover

Upcycling a shower curtain to use as a fitted table cover to protect your table from children.My friend was tossing an old shower curtain so I stole it from her and have had it since July with this project in mind. I wanted to make a cover for our table to reuse whenever the kids are doing crafts. They can't seem to color within the boundaries of a piece of paper so I didn't want crayon and marker all over my table.

The shower curtain was a good match because it also would help keep wet from paint or water or spilled sippy cups etc from reaching my table top.

January 22, 2015

Underwear with FOE

I recently wrote another post on my first attempts at underwear using scrap knit that I received. I was really digging my "custom" underwear so I decided to make some more! I had some knit fabric I was dying to use and I decided to use it. Be sure to check out the post to get instructions on how to sew your own underwear. It's definitely easier as you sew more pairs- adding the FOE is the hardest part. They're pretty fast to put together and affordable. 

The main thing that I've learned is to make sure you use a wide zig zag stitch and get over the edge of the FOE onto the fabric. It keeps the FOE from curling. 

How to sew your own underwear.
Dr. Who Underwear!

January 19, 2015

Women's underwear from scrap knit and FOE

Sewing your own underwear easily and affordably.I received a small cut of "My Little Dalek" fabric from the Knits and Giggles fabric co-op that I participate in as a birthday gift which was super awesome. I was trying to figure out what to do with it because it's a bit girly for the boys to have and I wanted something for me.

January 16, 2015

Learning on the Go: Part II {Grocery List}

Learning on the Go: Part II {Grocery List}I've been working on some learning on the go activities for my son, 3 years old, because he seems to learn best when we do mundane activities like grocery shopping and it's easier to get his undivided attention when we are out. If you haven't had a chance to read the first part of my post, check out Learning on the Go: Part I

The first post covers the map that I "made" for him. The post is about our grocery list. This has been on my to do list for a while because he loves to help and it's a great opportunity to work on counting. The grocery store has small carts for children which he absolutely loves and he likes to count out fruit for me when we go. Right now he's great at counting up to 10, but he can't always identify the numbers if they're written out. This activity is meant to help with that.

January 15, 2015

Learning on the Go: Part I {Map}

Using maps to play and learn.I have a hard time getting my oldest son, G, to focus at times when we are at home. He's a very active 3 year old. Sometimes I find that the best time to learn is when we are out doing mundane chores. The grocery store and talking to him while we are driving are generally good opportunities for learning. 

While driving, his recent interests have included finding all of the construction vehicles and naming them, pointing out bridges, and I've also been counting with him (having him repeat numbers). We talk about the bridges, ie. "we are UNDER the bridge" or "we are OVER the river!" And I have him count things that we see. He knows when we are turning onto "our road" now so I repeat the name of the road we are on a LOT because I feel it's good for him to learn this. We talk about green means go and red means stop. 

January 13, 2015

Laminating Fun!

I received a laminator for Christmas so I figured I'd put it to work. The first items I worked on was some more train tickets because ours ended up ripping after extensive use. I made some new ones to replace the ones that were ripped and I laminated a couple than I managed to salvage from the wreckage. We use tickets a lot at home in our pretend play.

This is the laminator that my husband got me and it goes on sale here and there which is nice. It's a good idea to pick up some pouches as well because this came with only two pouches which STINKS when you're just so excited to get going on projects. I use 5 mil for thicker items and 3 mil for regular paper.