Friday, March 30, 2012

rainy day activities

We had a couple rainy, dreary days last week, which called for some indoor activities for the girls.

Homemade Play Dough - my first time making this and I love it!  So much softer than the store bought stuff and doesn't have that icky smell.  Here's the recipe I used:

1 cup flour
1/2 cup salt
2 Tbsp cream of tartar
1 cup water
1 Tbsp canola oil

Mix everything together in a pot and cook over medium heat until it congeals.
Separate into however many colors you want.  Knead colorant in.

homemade play dough

The play dough storage container.  Found this great idea here.

playdough storage

We also made some nest cookies.  Growing up we called these unbaked cookies.

nest cookies

Unbaked Cookies

2 cups sugar
1/2 cup butter
1/4 cup cocoa
1/2 cup milk
1/2 cup peanut butter
3 cups oatmeal
1 tsp vanilla

Combine first four ingredients in a pot and bring to a full boil.  Boil for 1 minute.  Remove from heat and stir in peanut butter, vanilla and oatmeal.  Drop onto wax paper.  Press mini eggs into the nest.  Cool.  Enjoy!  

nest cookies

Have a wonderful weekend!

Wednesday, March 28, 2012

picnic quilt

The picnic quilt is complete!
I started this a couple months back so it feels good to have this one finished!

There wasn't much rhyme or reason to the fabric choice in this all came from my scrap bins except for the it has a complete scrappy look to it, which I love!

picnic quilt

I used a thrifted sheet for the back.



patchwork quilt

scrap quilt

The girls have been enjoying including this quilt in their play and I have been enjoying working on other projects without this calling out to be finished. :)

Linking up to Festival of Scrappiness.

Monday, March 26, 2012

another bunny rabbit

 This little rabbit is on her way to SK.
An Easter surprise for a special little niece!


tutorial found here

Friday, March 23, 2012

reversible baby dress

Littlest sister couldn't be left out...she needs some summer clothes too.
Another quick and easy pattern (this one reversible!).
There is something so satisfying about sitting down at the sewing machine and a few minutes later (well maybe closer to an hour or two) have a new outfit for the little one!

I did a button closure on the back instead of doing a loop closure like the pattern shows.

I love that this can be worn with a shirt underneath and a pair of jeggings for those cooler days! 

And the reverse side... with the little diaper cover for when the days really heat up!

summer baby outfit

Wednesday, March 21, 2012

summer sewing

I've been having fun making the girls some summer clothes.
With this lovely weather we have been having, they were able to wear these tops this past weekend!

peasant top

peasant top

A lovely little pattern...easy...quick to make.  Just how I like it!


Aren't sisters just the best!

Friday, March 16, 2012

baby jacket

Another project completed from Handmade Beginnings.
A little spring jacket for my youngest daughter made just in time for the beautiful weather we are having.

baby jacket


I am really enjoying the patterns in this book! (if you hadn't noticed)  :)


Have a lovely weekend!

Monday, March 12, 2012

quick change trousers

I've been busy sewing some spring/summer clothes for my girls.
These pants are made using the quick change trouser pattern from Anna Maria Horner's book


quick change trousers

They are fully lined and reversible!  Two pairs of pants in one!

toddler's pants

This is a great pattern and very easy to follow!  The hardest thing for me was sewing the elastic in the waistband without getting it all twisted.

quick change trousers

reverse side

It's so fun to find a quick, easy pattern...especially one that is so cute!

Friday, March 9, 2012


I fell in love with this pattern and had to make my girls some dolls.


These are now their favorite dolls to cuddle with at bedtime.


I also have one to put in the shop...I hope to get it added sometime today.

Have a great weekend!

Monday, March 5, 2012

ironing board cover

My ironing board cover had seen better days so I whipped up a new cover for it the other day.

ironing board

Ahh...much better!

Friday, March 2, 2012

kids crafts/activities

My oldest daughter loves to do little crafts and activities.  My middle daughter does too but she's still pretty young (just turned 2) and usually just creates a mess more than anything.
Here are a couple things we've done lately to keep little hands busy.

perler beads
perler beads

paper dolls - I saw this idea somewhere online but can't remember where.  I printed these paper dolls on card stock, then put the card stock onto an adhesive magnetic sheet, and cut the dolls and clothes out.  Keeps the girls busy at the fridge dressing, undressing, and redressing the dolls.

paper dolls

So now my fridge looks like this...lovely kitchen decor! :)

paper dolls

And a little peek at what I've been up to.


Have a great weekend!