Wednesday, November 30, 2011

Corn Husk/Cob Family

 You can find mommy and daddy corn husk directions  here

To make the corn cob baby I cut the kernals of a corn cob

Then threw the corn to our chickens.

I waited a couple days for the cob to dry out. Then painted on a baby face and wrapped it in a fabric scrap blanket, keeping it secure tith a hot glue gun.

Friday, November 18, 2011

Rain Puddles

Ever since L got this cute book for her birthday.....

She started asking for us to by her some rain booots so she can jump in puddles too.  We bought her some sparkly pink rain boots. Then we waited and waited for some rain

Then! we finnaly got some last weekend and spent the sfternoon playing in the rain

Tasting the rain drops!

sitting in puddles

Smelling the flowers

Playing with ants

even gardening

We haid "hi" to the nieghbor's dog who watched us from underneath the fence, but
L informed me tit was "NOT a dog it's a pig snout oink oink" lol.

Monday, November 14, 2011

Pretend Baking

L's latest sensory activity was playing with flour and cinnamon. She made "waffles, cookies, and pumpkin pie" 

She even enjoyed taking some real bites of her masterpieces!

Wednesday, October 26, 2011

Apples and blackberries!

We recently had a wonderful Saturday afternoon picking apples and blackberries. I look forward to this every year! This year L was old enough to enjoy it too.

When we got home I made us all apple juice using the juicer. I LOVE our juicer it gives me instant energy in the morning when I make fruit and veggie juices
I also made 3 apple pies, applesause, and apple doughnuts. We  just ate the blackberries by itself and I also used it to flavor our water kefir (healthy soda)

Tuesday, October 18, 2011

Birthday part 3 (cake and dinner)

On our summer vacation L fell in love with fish and chips. So that is what she had for her birthday dinner. We try to make most of our meals from scratch, but this one ended up being frozen premade stuff.  Thankfully I found organic fries and ketchup!

Her birthday cake came from the Festivels Family and Food book. We used the apple cake recipe and I just made up a maple cream frosting..  It took some thinking to figure out the apple cake recipe because I needed to double it, and it was written in the metric system so the flour  sugar, and butter were by weight. Luckily I had a mail scale.  Im not sure if I did it the right way...  but the cake turned out very rich and yummy, but from what I
remember it came out to 1 1/2 cups of sugar! and 1 1/2 sticks of butter!

Saturday, October 8, 2011

Birthday part two (the birthday ring)

This was our first year using the birthday ring. I decided to have L pick out a new ornament every year to place on the ring. Some people buy them all at once and just move the ornaments to the center as the ring gets filled up with candles. The ring and ornaments came from Nova Naturals . I went ahead and picked a baby carrige to represent L's first year. L had no trouble deciding what she wanted for her second year She said very quickly, "oh mommmy I want the star" (it's really a sun) I think they even sell a actual star but this is the one she pointed to.

We lit the first candle and told her that when she was one years old she liked
  • airplane
  • sun, moon, and stars
  • all animals
  • her da and neigh
  • hummus, mangos, apples, and peanut butter
  • nature walks
  • beach
  •  jumping (pretending to be a bunny)
  • making food for mommy and daddy in her pretend kitchen
we talked about what she disliked
  • oatmeal
  • spiders
  • having her hair brushed
  • naptime
Then we let the second candle and told her now she is two! and she got to blow them out

Sunday, September 18, 2011

Wee's birthday part 1 (Birthday table/ crown and presents)

Little "Wee" is already 2! I can't believe how fast she has grown.

I set up her fall themed birthday table the night before, while she was asleep. She was so happy and surprised when she saw it the next morning

I bought this beautiful crown on Etsy from a shop called Bumblina. I was going to make her one, but just didn't have the time with all the other projects I was making for her birthday. I'm so glad I ended up purchasing one, because she did a much better/detailed job than I would have done

I let L open up one present in the morning. It was this moon and star dress that she immediately wanted to put on ( she currently loves anything  to do with moon, stars, and suns) The rest of the presents had to wait to be opened when daddy got home from work.

Here are some of the presents she received

Some homemade outfits made by me
  • The polka dot skirt used to be a dress that her paternal grandma wore to her 50th high school reunion!
  • a colorful skirt from some fabric Wee picked out during the summer
  • a apple themed outfit to wear on our upcoming apple picking trip

  • beeswax crayons
  • I made a felted play mat for her little animals
  • homemade felt cinnamon rolls
  • a couple books

  • some light up shoes and finger puppets from Ama and Pa Pa
  • and a dolly from great grandma ( you can tell by the dirty nose she has already received lot of love
That's all for now. Stay tuned for the apple cake, dinner, and the birthday ring

Saturday, September 10, 2011

needle felted tree part 2

Here is the tutorial for how I added the bird to the tree   

So Easy!!!!!!!!!   

First I drew a bird on a piece of paper and cut it out        

Then put the bird on the needle felting brush. I put some blue roving on the bird and punched the roving in with my needle felting tool until I could no longer see any paper.

Then I cut out a wee triangle from some leftover yellow acrylic felt and needle punched it where the beak should be. I place the bird on the tree notch put the brush under the tree and bird and gave it a few needle punches. That's all

Friday, September 2, 2011

Needle Felted Tree

This week I've been working on a needle felted tree to hang uo in my pre-school classroom.
I started off by cutting out a tree shape from some leftover brown fleece I had. Then I took some dark brown and light brown roving and blended the colors together by hand.  Then I spread layers of the roving on the fleece tree. Next I needle punched the roving into the fleece using a needle punching tool until it was felted   under the fleece you lay a felting needle mat which allows allows the roving to mesh with the base fabric. 

I added some extra dark brown roving to one area to it can resemble a hole in the tree that I will put a felted bird in. (That will be in another post)

for the leaves I blended dark and light green roving together. L helped with this 

I needle felted it onto some green felt that I cut out into cloud like shapes.
When school starts, the children will wet felt apples to add to the tree

like L always says "Tah Daaah!!!"

In the fall I'll remove the green roving ansd save it for Spring and I'll have my class blend red, yellow, and orange roving that I will needle felt onto some yellow felt  for the winter there will be no leaves just some strips of white roving lying on the branches.

Saturday, August 27, 2011

sewing and some wet on wet watercolor

The other day L and I took a trip to the fabric store. They were having a 40% off sale and I wanted to buy cheap fabric to practice making her some pajama pants before I buy some pricy Ana Maria Horner (folksy flannel) fabric to make her winter pajamas. I got the free tutorial from here They turned out great! and  it was very easy. I finished them in less than 1/2 hour


While I was choosing some pajama fabric, L brought this fat quarter fabric to me and said "ooh, pretty mommy"

The fabric reminded me of her wet on wet watercolor paintings, So I bought it for her to make a skirt for her upcoming birthday