Friday, August 26, 2011

Toddler Apron

Hello all, Sara here!  I have been crafting a lot lately, but with the lack of internet due to our current temporary housing situation I have not had the chance to post all my projects.  This is a quick post about an apron I made for a toddler.  A friend's daughter was turning 3 and I wanted to make something for her and thought an apron would be a good idea.  DJ Ark and her always play kitchen when we get together so I knew she would get good use out of it.  After some googling I found the perfect tutorial.  I made a couple of changes to the tutorial because I wanted to use adorable cupcake ribbon that I found at Hobby Lobby.

The perfect sized arpon!
I just love making things for girls since I don't get to do it that often so I had a lot of fun making this.  It was quick project and I think I will have to make more.

Wednesday, August 24, 2011

Fun Baby Projects

A friend and former co-worker of mine is going to have a baby soon and I was excited to create some homemade baby items as a gift for her and her cute little bundle of joy!

After browsing my favorite blogs and Pinterest I decided on embellishing some onesies and creating some cute burp rags. I found a great series on the Handmade Baby Clothes website called Embellish Your Onesie. It had so many ideas on how to fancy up a plain onesies! There were so many cute ideas, I had a hard time choosing, but I finally did. I picked up a pack of white onesies from Target and went with the applique, ruffle butt, inspired, and heart stamp ideas. Some of you who are familiar with onesie packs, yes you are right, they do usually come in a 5 pack. I tried to create the button-down one but messed it up and couldn't figure out a way to fix it so I just tossed it aside. I was really happy with how they turned out, check them out!

Ruffle Butt, Inspired, Heart Stamp, & Applique
Ruffle Butt

Heart Stamped (with buttons for the centers)

Front and Back of the Applique onesie. I used the same fabric I used for some of the burp rags!

I then moved on to creating the Burp Rags. I used a butterfly fabric since that was the theme of the baby's nursery. I also used a soft cuddly fleece fabric with hearts, because who doesn't like hearts for a little baby girl? I used the tutorial I found on Craftaholics Anonymous. The description was that they were "super duper easy," and after looking at the tutorial, they definitely seemed super duper easy, so I was ready to go for it! I used some soft cuddly fabric for the back to catch all of that yummy spit up and drool the sweet baby will get all over them.

I was happy with all these cute baby items I created, but then I was browsing Pinterest again and came across this little cutie! I saw that it was an item on Etsy, not a tutorial, but after studying it I figured I could create it myself! After about a half an hour, I created my last little baby treasure.

With the links, I added it the front of the gift bag. Such a cute addition!

What are your go-to homemade baby gift items?

Wednesday, August 10, 2011

Back To School

My older daughter is going to kindergarten this year. Although she does not need to pack a lunch this year (half day kindergarten), I did have to pack her school lunches the last 2 years while in preschool. Getting your kids to eat healthy can be difficult so here is an idea for a cute and creative lunch that will hopefully entice even a picky eater to enjoy!

You will need the following:

Sandwich size tupperware, even better if it has a favorite character on it
Colorful cupcake papers
Wax Paper, cut just slightly smaller than the container

1. Open tupperware and arrange 4 of the cupcake papers in the bottom. Fill these with healthy foods, such as cut up fruit, veggies, or cheese.

2. Lay down wax paper.

3. Put in a sandwich, tortilla roll-up, etc. Close lid tightly.

4. Stick in thermos of water and a note to your child for their first day. My daughter also always appreciated it when I put in toothpicks as a fun way to pick up and eat her food.

Here is ours:

Ready for a healthy and fun lunch!