Saturday, February 27, 2010

Saturday Stories and a Craft: Winter Olympics

Today's Theme is the Winter Olympics.  I was so excited when I found this idea at The Mother Huddle. I can't wait to see how they turn out.  We will also be making Olympic medals and playing a ring toss game.  I cut out the center of five paper plates and painted each the five colors of the olympic rings. 

Here are today's stories:

Friday, February 26, 2010

Feed Me Books Friday

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Dr. Seuss is one of my favorites.  I love the rhythm of reading them aloud.  I have always found kids to be a great audience when reading Dr. Seuss.

Annabelle loves the Dr. Seuss books.  Her favorite is Green Eggs and Ham.  It is one of my favorites as well because it is so much fun to read aloud.  It takes some practice but it's worth it. 

"I would not, could not, in a box.
I could not, would not, with a fox.
I will not eat them with a mouse.
I will not eat them in a house.
I will not eat them here or there.
I will not eat them anywhere.
I do not eat green eggs and ham.
I do not eat them, Sam-I-am."

As a librarian, I read aloud to many students every year.  I always try to read "I Can Read With My Eyes Shut!" by Dr. Seuss.  It has a great literacy message that I like to share with my kids.  Reading takes you places!

"If you read with your eyes shut you're likely to find that the place you are going is far, far behind."  "Young Cat! If you keep your eyes open enough, oh, the stuff you will learn! The most wonderful stuff!





Thursday, February 25, 2010

A Love Affair with Curious George

Annabelle has had a love affair with Curious George for quite sometime.  She loves the books and the movies.  I think we've read all the Curious George books I could find and I just ordered some more through the library. 

At some point I started telling her stories at bedtime.  We read our books together and she would be hyper and not ready for bed.  To get her to listen and settle in for sleep I started telling her stories.  These stories involve her as the main chartacter and a little monkey named George who is a good little monkey but always very curious.

One morning this week George came to our house.  He has not left.  He came through the front door.  She actually went to the front door and let him in.  He sits in the baby's high chair and Annabelle feeds him bananas.  He also sleeps in the baby's crib. 

Sometimes Annabelle will say something like, "is it summer?" and I'll say, "no." And she'll say, "I'm just pretending, Mama."  That line: "I'm just pretending Mama" is repeated a lot.  I thought I was good at pretending but sometimes I can't keep up!

So this week we have been reading a lot of Curious George. Here are some of her favorites.



Wednesday, February 24, 2010

The Funny Things Annabelle Says

Annabelle is not yet potty trained.  She pees really well on the potty but holds on to her poop.  We have been trying to get her to poop on the potty instead of in her diaper.  Well, the other night she was sitting on the potty and she peed.
Annabelle: I'm gonna try to poop.
Mommy: Okay.
Annabelle: (making a face) This is a hard job.
Mommy tries desperately not to laugh.

My favorite thing Annabelle has ever said was right after Dashiell was born.  We were riding in the car.
Annabelle: Remember when we were in your tummy.
Mommy: (somewhat sleep-deprived) Who?
Annabelle: Me and Dashiell.  We were in your tummy then we POPPED out and we played and played.

Oh the funny things kids say!

Dollar Store Picture Frames Re-Do

I bought these picture frames from the Dollar Store. 

They were too plain.  So, I ransacked my craft supplies.  Used a little hot glue and now I have two new frames I actually like!



A butterfly and some pretty flowers are just want they needed, I think. And now they are ready for spring and some beautiful pictures of my two cuties.

Tuesday, February 23, 2010

What's On My Nightstand?

What's On Your Nightstand

Splendor: A Luxe Novel by Anna Godberson
Final book in this series of historical novels.  I love "living" in historical novels.  They are the best nightstand books!

Leviathan by Scott Westerfeld
Historical? Maybe. Fantasty? Sort of.  I'm loving it so far!

Syren by Angie Sage
I am a fan of this series but I am having trouble getting through this one.  It has been on my nightstand for awhile!


First Sewing Project: A T-shirt scarf!

I am so excited to share this! I wrote about my first attempt at the sewing machine here. It didn't go great.

Well the second attempt was awesome and I think I am now addicted to sewing!

Here's what I did.

I began with an old T-shirt of my husbands.  It was huge.  I cut off the bottom and had a lot to work with but I knew I wanted a short scarf so I actually ended up cutting this part too.


Then I attacked the sleeves with my scissors and cut it into strips.



I ironed everything too! Look how wrinkled it was.  It had been sitting at the bottom of my closet for months.  I knew I would use it eventually!

Then I started sewing.  I pinned the strips in pleats on the main part to make ruffles and sewed across.  Perfect little stitces! Nice straight lines!



I made it pretty funky and used different sizes and strips and start the pleats on different ends.  I didn't know how it would turn out and I wasn't seeking perfection.  The stitches are perfect though!



Here's my finished project.  I put three rows of ruffles on each end of my scarf.



And here it is! I think it will be perfect for the spring with a denim coat. 
Let me know what you think! It might be missing something...

Check out the parties on my side bar! Inspiration is everywhere!

Monday, February 22, 2010

Flower Hair Pins from an Old T-shirt

When I saw this idea on the blog Crafty Schemes I loved it! I have been thinking of a way to jazz up hair pins for awhile so I thought I'd take the idea of using an old t-shirt and apply it to my stash of hair pins.

I have a lot of hair and pins are my go to look when I just can't stand the fullness any longer.  I had a couple of my husband's old T-shirts hanging around and I set to work.  I love them! I think they turned out beautifully.  Unfortunately, my pictures didn't!

Making the flower is really easy and you can check out Crafty Schemes for some great pictures of how to do it. I finished the ends by hot gluing it to the back of the flower. 

I attached the hair pin by pulling it through that end piece and adding a little hot glue.

And here I am modeling:



Can you tell I'm not a natural redhead! Off to do my roots!

Check out the parties I'm linking to this week in the sidebar. Some much inspiration, so little time!


Saturday, February 20, 2010

Saturday Stories and a Craft

This weeks theme is the Arctic because up until the sun started shining yesterday I have felt like I lived in the arctic!


We made igloos with a polar bear friend.  The igloos are made out of a styrofoam bowl with a door cut out of it and I provided plenty of "white" to make the snow.  The kids loved this!

These are the books we read:






Sleeping Through the Night

Dashiell is almost ten months and not sleeping through the night.  Not even close.  Last night he was up three times.  Usually he's up 2-3 times and I nurse him to sleep and I'm back in bed in twenty minutes.

This is completely intentional and I was reminded yesterday as to why.

I picked him up from daycare and as soon as I walked through the door he fell on his butt and started crying.  I ran over to him and swooped him up and gave him kisses galore. 

Then he reached his arms out to his teacher.

I won't lie and say this didn't bother me.  It did.  If this wasn't my second child I probably would have driven home in tears.

I told myself that this was a good thing.  He is happy there.  He spends a lot of time there and this particular teacher is wonderful and kind and loving.  We spend a lot of money to give our children the best possible care.

I also told myself that she's not there at midnight to hold him when he cries, I am.

She's not there at 3AM to rub his belly when he has gas, I am.

She can't nurse him to sleep, I can.

I'm not ready to give that up.  I would miss stumbling down the hall and swooping him up out of his crib and comforting him.

I don't get to do that during the day, she does.  I get him all night and I'm not about to let that go. Especially when I saw him reach out to another woman.

I should say I have very strong feelings about "crying it out" and teaching your child to soothe himself.  I don't think it needs to happen in the first year.  When my babies cry, I go to them.  I did the same with Annabelle and I don't regret it at all. 

I would have regretted the torment of letting her cry when there was something I could have done to stop it.  I would have regretted missing out on those middle of the night feedings because it was what I thought I needed or should have done.

I have a couple of months until I will start weaning.  Just a couple more months of pumping in the bathroom at work.  After that I know he won't get up as much and eventually not at all.  I know I'll miss it.

One day he won't need me at all.

Thursday, February 18, 2010

What My Child is Reading




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Oh So much fun! I haven't written enough about children's books here yet and this is giving me a great opportunity to do so.  I am a full time children's librarian who reads and reads and reads and then goes home and reads some more.  I will try to do this each week but I'm gonna keep it simple. 

Here's what Annabelle is reading this week. I love Elephant and Piggie. There is a Bird on Your Head! is one of my favorites.  The sense of humor in these books is unparelled.  I haven't come across a series that is as funny.  Mo Willems is a comic genius, in my opinion.  His latest found its way home too, I am Going! just came out this year.  My husband loves these too which is great because he does a lot of the reading at home!


I am a little embarassed to admit this but I don't read nearly enough to Dashiell.  Annabelle would sit for the longest time and read books.  Part of it is his personality.  He is always on the go! The other part is the fact that we are much busier with two kids than with one.  My husband and I discussed this early this week and we are trying to put in in our routine to read just to him.  Sweet story that has nothing to do with this book but the other night when I was working late, my husband was putting the kids to bed and reading with them on the couch.  He said he was so surprised how quiet Dashiell was being while he was reading then he realized Dash had fallen asleep on Annabelle's shoulder.  So sweet!
Dashiell loves this book for the babies! He gives them kisses.  He sits well for this one.  Last night I read this and two others before he was off my lap. 

Ribbon & Button Necklace

I recently made this necklace from a string of seed beads, ribbon and buttons.  With a little help from my hot glue gun I put it all together in about 10 minutes.  Very easy! Especially since I had the seed beads already strung.  Stringing seed beads is so tedious! I made a flower with strips of ribbon and hot glued them together.  Then glued a button on the middle.  I glued the string of beads to the ribbon and the buttons and flower to necklace to hide where I glued.  It is very dainty and light to wear. 

Wednesday, February 17, 2010

Sewing Machine

Here is the sewing machine.  It is a Kenmore and it's really old.  My husband thinks it's hilarious.  I think my grandmother may have bought it sometime in the 1980s but I'm not sure.  It could be older.

I have been trying to get started using it but was having trouble.  I figured out how to thread it, fill the bobbin and bring the bobbin thread up but it still wasn't working. My mom came over this weekend to help.  She figured out that I had the foot on incorrectly.  It was great watching her sew and she gave me a little lesson on using the machine as best she could. 
When we got the machine working we let out a little yelp!

This is my first attempt at using the machine.  Not bad for the first try.  Sure it's not straight and some of the stitches look funny but ...
this looks bad...this is the back side, the thread coming up from the bottom.  My mom had looked at the bobbin and said, "I think we'll have to work on winding the bobbin next time." Apparently...


Now I am out of thread so I'll have to start all over with threading and winding.  Atleast this time I have a little bit of and idea of what I am doing.  I need a project too. 

What should my first sewing project be?

Tuesday, February 16, 2010

Bad Mommy

So I lied to Annabelle this morning.  I didn't mean too. It just happened.  It was snowing again.  Big surprise there and I had Annabelle in her snow boots.  It was taking us forever to get out the door.  There is a lot for mommy to remember in the morning and I'm known for my forgetfulness. 

We get to school and Annabelle says, "Do I have shoes!?" I muttered a four letter word and said, "Oh, Honey I forgot your shoes.  I'm sorry!" Cue dramatic toddler tantrum in the middle of a snowy parent-filled parking lot while mommy held a stunned silent baby.

So I lied.  I told her I would go home and get her shoes.  There was no way this was going to happen.  No way I was going to drive back home and get her shoes. Not in the snow.  It took us twice as long to drive there going the long way and way under the speed limit.  I was already late.  I wasn't going to brave the snowy roads all the way back home just for shoes.

This little lie got her in the building and off the slippery sidewalk.  It got me to not have drag her into daycare with all eyes on us with her kicking and screaming.

It was just one lie.  I probably feel worse about the lie than actually forgetting the shoes.  I can forgive myself for that.  She can't.  When I go home tonight she'll say to me, "Mommy. Don't ever ever forget my shoes again."

I have a list of things that I have to remember in the morning posted on the refrigerator.  It includes her blanket for naptime.  Something I forgot once and she still brings up.  Milk for Dashiell.  Annabelle's lunch.  Mommy's breast pump.  All things I have been in danger of forgetting.

Do you think "shoes" are on there? No.

I blame the snow.

Beadlicious by Sonya Nimri


I recently finished a new necklace that I displayed here. I also wrote about the process it took to make it here. I got the idea for the necklace from Beadlicious by Sonya Nimri.  The process of making a armature out of wire and then wrapping and beading to make the heart was a process that I had never done before but the instructions were so clearly written it was a breeze.  I am very pleased with the finished project.  There are so many other fun projects in the book as well and many are made with materials the everyday beader has on hand.  There are also a lot of ways to adapt the materials with what you do have at hand.  The book also contains instructions on techniques that are accessible to readers as well.

I am excited to try some of the other ideas from this book!

Sunday, February 14, 2010

Children's Artwork Part 3



Annabelle did a watercolor and I just loved the colors. I thought they would make a beautiful valentine's card. I saw this idea somewhere on a craft blog and I thought it was wonderful.



I bought an exacto knife just for this!


I cut out the heart and then glued a piece of Annabelle's artwork behind it. They turned out really lovely.



HAPPY VALENTINE'S DAY!

Saturday, February 13, 2010

Saturday Stories and a Craft: Valentine's Heart Necklace for Kids

I saw this awesome idea on Flith Wizardry . I had been looking for a different craft to make for Storytime and this was it. The girls in the storytime really liked it. I also made one for Annabelle. I think she will really like it.

Children's Artwork part 2


We had a very fun finger painting day. Annabelle loves hanging up her artwork but I had ran out of room and the baby has been grabbing them off the wall. (He's getting so big!) Anyway, this poster frame had an old poster from our first apartment. I was tired of looking at it so I took it out and arranged the fingerpaintings (Annabelle calls them fingerprints!) in the frame. It really makes for an interesting artwork. I will definitely do this again and maybe if I had more time I would cut them into shapes or do a nicer background.
For any grandparents reading this you may be getting a vey big gift next year!

Friday, February 12, 2010

Children's Artwork

Annabelle loves to color and she brings a ton of scribbles home from daycare. I don't save every one but I do save a lot thinking I might do something with them. And I do. I've used her artwork to cover a soup can to make a marker holder she had on her art table.

More recently, I used her artwork to make Christmas gifts. I used small squares and scraps of paper to decorate notecards for my mom, mother-in-law and aunt. They all loved them.

Stayed tuned for other ways to use your child's artwork.



Thursday, February 11, 2010

My Craft "Room"


During the recent big snow storm our wash tubs (that's what my mom always called them) weren't emptying. My husband was emptying it out after every load of laundry. We called in a plumber and he snaked the drain and that is the end of that interesting story...

In the process of preparing for a plumber, I moved out all of my craft stuff and the sewing machine. Then on day 4 of my snowcation, I cleaned and rearranged the half of the basement that is now my very own craft area.

Nothing fancy but here it is. It really makes me so happy. Sometimes I just go down to look at it. This means that instead of taking all my supplies upstairs and cleaning it all up after I'm done I have it all right there in arms reach. Plus the sewing machine is already to go when I ever get a chance to figure out how to use it.

Wednesday, February 10, 2010

Heart Headband and Martha Stewart Glitter

Oh how I love Martha Stewart glitter! I bought a set before Christmas and glittered everything I could. Apparently, my daughter also loves glitter!



Since we are snowed in again, she had the idea of getting "mommy's glitter" out. So we made some glittered hearts for Valentine's Day. Now glitter is everywhere!

I said in my last post that I was going to make Annabelle a necklace because she admired mine so much. I started to and it just wasn't turning out the way I had hoped. Instead I made a headband for her and thinking about how much she enjoyed the glitter I added a touch of glitter to it. And a bead, of course.







After sewing the bead on and gluing some glitter on the felt heart, I hot glued them onto a headband from the dollar store. I hope she likes it!

I first saw these headbands at Ucreate here. Love that blog!

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