At just two years of age, my first daughter could "read" books to me. In reality, she had them memorized word-for-word. It was amazing and so cute to listen to her read. Now that she is five and in preschool, we've been working on teaching her to read "for real".
I love this literacy tip from Usborne Books:
Ask your child to read a page from a familiar book backwards. It's a great way to test if your child is actually reading, and it's really funny because it makes no sense at all.
I LOVE this idea, because her little mind is so good at memorizing, that I always wonder if what she is reading is just memorized or if she is actually reading.
My little pony, polly pocket, tinkerbell, strawberry shortcake, barbie.... and ALL their cute little accessories.
After finding them all over the house, in the carpet and under my feet, I made my daughter a little pouch to keep them together and somewhat organized.
I can't believe I've let so much time pass without any updates! I've neglected my blog, but on the flip side, I've been trying not to neglect my kids. So, in a way, it's a good thing. A really good thing.
I've still been finding a little time for my hobbies and for crafting. So I'll try to fill you in on some projects over the next couple of posts. Here's one to get us going....
I spent a lot of time in December trying to come up with a gift idea for my daughter (age 5) to give to her grandparents. One set of grandparents lives in our same neighborhood and she gets to see them almost daily. The other set of grandparents is about a 40 minute drive, but still close enough to see regularly.
I wanted her to be able to give them something truly from herself and not something that I took her to the store to buy.
December 20th, the idea finally came to me! I bought a set of flour sack dishtowels and acrylic paint.
Last October, my little guy had just turned one and had just learned to walk. He was toddling all over the place and reminded me of Frankenstein or a mummy. I had planned on him wearing a cute little dalmatian costume for Halloween, but after realizing that he had the perfect walk for one of these other little monsters, I had to come up with something that was a better fit.
I started searching for a Frankenstein costume online. They were popular at the time, but not made small enough for a one-year-old. So, I decided that I had to make him a costume. I decided that a mummy would be easier than Frankenstein, so I went ahead with it.
I took some muslin and ripped up a bunch of one inch strips. Silly me, I thought I could just sew these onto a shirt and a pair of pants.
When I had my first child, my most favorite gift that I received at the baby shower was children's books. It is never too early to start reading to babies and infants. Now whenever I give a gift to a new mother, I always include at least one book for her new baby. Researchers have found that babies and infants prefer:
Books with high contrast illustrations or simple photos
To look at people and familiar things
About a week after purchasing these shoes for my four year olds dance class, one of the bows fell off.
For just a moment I thought about sewing it back on, then I thought about how easy it would be to do something cuter.
I took 20 minutes to make these little flowers out of ribbon (working on a tutorial for you)
and sew them and a button on each shoe.
What do you think?
My four year-old daughter has a friend with Type 1 Diabetes. She was diagnosed with it shortly after her third birthday. Having a daughter the same age, I couldn't imagine how difficult that was for her family. After some major lifestyle changes, they have adapted wonderfully and she is doing great at managing her diabetes.
Today I had the privilege of making her a medical ID bracelet.
Since it is something she needs to wear daily, I tried to make it as fun and colorful as I could. I wanted it to be something she enjoys wearing. Something a little more fun than just a silver chain.
All the beads are Magnesite "turquoise", that have been dyed these fun colors. I included a yellow teddy bear, pink heart and purple star. The medical ID tag is the one she has been wearing for a while. I hope she likes the new look!
My brother-in-law will be cycling in the American Diabetes Association's Tour de Cure fundraising event this June. All money raised is for the fight to prevent and cure diabetes. Last year he was able to raise $750 dollars and this year his goal is to raise $1000.00. You can learn more and donate to the cause here.
Really, they are for "trouble-maker Two and Trouble-maker three" rather than "thing one and thing two". I began sewing these quilts back in January. I finished the tops within a couple weeks, but wanted to get more practice with machine quilting before I attempted it with these. I finally got around to finishing them in June. Fast forward to now, I finally got around to photographing / blogging about them. My boy / girl twins are now just over a year old. I decorated their room with a Dr. Seuss theme (another project that I just haven't gotten around to photographing - that is the kind of thing I do while they are napping, so I just haven't had the opportunity yet).
I didn't want the quilts to be different, so I mixed up the fabric placement. I found the pattern in the ModaBakeShop. It was designed by Amanda Jean of Crazymomquilts. When I saw the design with the funky blocks, I knew it was the one for my Dr. Seuss fabric.
Fabric is Celebrate Seuss by Robert Kaufman. A few months before this came out (fall 2010), I had spent hours searching for Dr. Seuss fabric. The only thing I could find was small bits of vintage fabric that was out of my price range. I was so excited when I discovered this new line by Kaufman.
I love how they turned out. My trouble makers enjoy looking at all the fun characters. I would love to hear what you think!
My 3 year old is a girly girl! If she had her way, she would wear a skirt or dress everyday. But they must be pink. As skirts are pretty easy to make, I've wanted to make her a few more that she will be able to wear once the weather gets a little nicer.
I found this tutorial for an adorable tiered skirt for young girls by Char at Crap I've Made.
The fabric is "Spring Fling" by David Walker. I had lots left over from the blanket I made for my daughters bed last summer.
The skirt comes together quickly. I did add a lining to the skirt, which I had never done before. It was really easy to add. Before sewing the seam to make the channel for the elastic, I pinned the lining in. This gave it a really nice finish. My daughter loves it!
I like the skirt so much that I am looking for some cute fabric to make one of these for myself. Thanks Char!