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.
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?
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!
In March I received the biggest shock of my life. I found out that I was expecting not just one baby, but TWO! There is no history of twins on my side or my husbands side of the family, so it was quite the surprise. After dealing with the shock and stress of it all I have the sewing bug. I want to make quilts, a diaper bag, car-seat canopies and stroller blankets and get the nursery ready. As always, I want to do way more than I can (and I've got less energy than normal to do it all)!
Here is a list of things I've found that I really like, with links to the tutorials.
Hushabye Tote Bag by Pleasant Home. The tutorial is found here.
A fun decorating idea with license plates.
Do it yourself!
The Polka Dot Chair made this for a transportation themed boys room. What a fabulous idea. Check it out!
I love to be organized - or, I love the idea of organization (I just can't keep up with it!). So, I also love these little "Ouch Pouches" by PillowSewCute on Etsy. Such a great idea, and such fun fabric at a great price! What a great gift for a baby shower - cute and practical!