Sunday, December 16, 2012

Handmade Christmas: Wooden Popsicles

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Christmas is coming up fast! I finished these wooden popsicle treats before Finn made his appearance. It's probably one of those things I'm more excited about than she will be, but I just love this idea. Ana White posted these Popsicles a couple of weeks ago. I had my mother-in-law cut out the Popsicle portions out of some scrap wood. I used my Silhouette to cut out the letters. I'm pretty excited to see my daughter open up this present on Christmas day!

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Saturday, December 15, 2012

Hunting Lodge Nursery


We are home with our little bundle of joy, Finn! Big sister is in love, and mommy and daddy are pretty smitten too. Thought I would finally share our "Hunting Lodge Nursery." Click on the images for a larger picture.

Our nursery! The DIY projects in this picture are: the cardboard deer head, curtains, game board frame, and rug.

The other side of the nursery. As I've said in the past, we were dividing two rooms, so the curtains separate the master bedroom and the nursery. I got the curtain wire and curtains from Ikea for close to nothing.

The pictures above the changing table. The "f" alphabet letter is vintage as well as the Huckleberry Finn cover.

The bed skirt was a DIY project. Very very easy. I used hem tape to hem all four sides of the fabric panel and then attached the fabric to the crib with velcro. The fabric is a bark pattern.


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Sunday, December 2, 2012

Handmade Christmas: Dinosaur Tail


It's time for another handmade Christmas present. This one was completely free to me. I had the fabric, felt and stuffing sitting around. I made a dress up dinosaur tail!

I just winged it. I cut the purple fabric in the triangle shape and with the right sides touching, put the felt spikes in. To make sure the spikes stuck up, each spike is two pieces of felt hot glued together. (hot glued after don't want to gunk up the needle!)

I left the big side open, and turned it so it was right side out. I stuffed it pretty full and sewed up in the big end. I made sure the waistband was sewn into the big end when I was closing it up. (zig zag stitched over and over to make sure it holds) I was going to make a strap for the waist, but I decided that I had some fold over elastic (in a fun pink color) sitting around, so I may as well use that.

I'm pretty excited about how it turned out! I'm sure there will be a ton of "Rawr"-ing in our house.

This might be my last post until I have Baby B! I am scheduled to be induced Tuesday morning. Wish me luck!

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Wednesday, November 28, 2012

Handmade Christmas: Name Puzzle

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I have a really fun gift I made over Thanksgiving. My mother-in-law came up with the idea, and I did the execution of it. We made a wooden puzzle out of the name of my daughter!

This project was pretty easy. I should have taken step-by-step pictures, but it's so simple, I didn't. 

1. The first step was cutting two pieces of wood (about a quarter inch thick) to the same size. One will be the back ("back piece") and one will be the piece you cut ("puzzle piece"). The size doesn't matter as long as they are the same, so use whatever you would have sitting around, or buy some precut wood at Hobby Lobby.

2. Using a pencil, I drew out my daughter's name. I decided I'd paint on the "i" dot rather than cut it out. 

3. This is the "tricky" step. I used a tool called a Roto Zip to cut out the letters. This is what it looks like: 

If you didn't have a Roto Zip saw available, you could also use carefully use a band saw. Now, my lines aren't completely straight, but I figured for a kids puzzle that was fine. It also makes so there is only one "right" way to put the piece in..otherwise there would be two ways on the "l" and "i." Since I'm a weak pregnant lady, I also struggled getting the bit in right away when I started a letter. After screwing up a few boards, my father-in-law brought over a drill and had me drill pilot holes and start the Roto Zip while it was in the hole. That worked much better.

4. So, now I have cut out letters, a cut out puzzle piece and a back piece. I primed everything up really good, and then gave it a funky paint job with some acrylic paint.

5. After painting each piece, I glued the puzzle piece to the back piece. I used some wood glue and clamps. You could do this before painting if you wanted to make sure you painted any glue that seeped out. I chose not to since I didn't want my back piece to get paint on it.

6. Now that I have everything painted and glued, I sprayed everything with a clear coat/glaze. (I used a spray glaze to get an ultra shiny finish) Now, you'll want to think about if you want to do this. I don't have a child that puts everything in her mouth, but if you do, you will want to be aware of the paint you pick and if it's safe for children.

7. After the clear coat dried, I have a finished puzzle! I thought about putting knobs on each piece, but decided I'd wait. There is a bit of a gap between the letters and the puzzle piece since the Roto Zip won't cut completely flush.

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Tuesday, November 27, 2012

Handmade Christmas: Felt Food

I am just a little over a week away from having Baby B. I can hardly believe it. I have been hard at work to finish all the Christmas presents I had planned. Pretty much every night has been craft-a-thon. I'm walking like a 90 year old woman, because I'm so sore. 

Last year my daughter got a play kitchen and has finally took a real interest in pretending to play cook. I decided to make her some fake felt food to play with. I made a few "sets" to wrap up.

The Junk Food Set: donuts and cotton candy. Color is a bit wonky, but the cotton candy is actually bright pink.

Veggie and Fruit set: Strawberries, Head of Lettuce, Corn on the Cob, Banana, Eggplant, Squash and a Carrot

Sandwich and Pasta Set: Bread slices, cheese, bacon, tomato slices and lettuce leaf with some pasta.

Okay, it's not felt food, but it's felt at least! I made a headband with some fold over elastic and purple bow.

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