Saturday, June 30, 2012

Sewing Update

It's been a little while since my last sewing order post, so here's what I've been working on lately!

Small Tote Bag for Hennepin 4th of July Donation

Large Cross-Body Tote Bag for A.P.

Deluxe Coloring Caddy for K.G.

Deluxe Coloring Caddy for K.G.

Large Pleated Tote Bag for K.T.

Bow Zipper Pouch for K.T.

Large Tote Bag for S.W.

Lined with nylon, it's the perfect bag to take to the pool!

I've been super busy sewing, as you can tell. Up next are a boys' wallet, another pleated tote and a pool bag, a wet/dry bag for cloth diapers, and an assortment of coordinating wedding party gifts!

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Friday, June 29, 2012

Miles Playing Choo Choos

I snuck up on Miles playing trains in the dining room (yes, we have a train table in place of a dining room table!). In the beginning you'll have to turn your volume up - I love hearing his high-pitched "choo choos" and the fact that he doesn't know I'm recording. Funny kid. He's wearing his Thomas the Train shirt too!

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Tuesday, June 26, 2012

Blankets for the Boys

The boys are very excited - I made them new blankets for their beds! Miles is actually in the middle of a bedroom transformation, complete with a new race car bed (still in progress - more on that later). His room is going from forest animals (his nursery set) to a transportation theme. Along with the new blanket, I am making a valance and some pillowcases, hanging a new picture or two, and covering a lamp shade with fabric.

And since I was sewing Miles a blanket, I made one for Tyson's sports room too. He picked out the fabric himself!

Both blankets have three different fabrics (cut into simple rectangles - I'm not a quilter, can you tell?!) and backed with soft white minky. It wasn't the most fun to sew with, but man is it soft and cozy! I also "quilted" some large circles on each blanket using a dinner plate as a template. Nothing too exciting, but it will keep the fabric from shifting around.

Miles took to his new blanket right away - I couldn't believe he didn't miss the old one! And Tyson is excited to try his out tonight. I'm glad to have these crossed off the list!

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Tuesday, June 19, 2012

Ice Treasure Chest

I woke up last weekend and read about this great idea for HOT weather. I love the fact that I didn't have to buy anything, so I got started on Saturday and it was ready for the kids on Sunday.

It's an "ice treasure chest"... simply take some small plastic toys and freeze them in a Tupperware container. I colored the water bluish-green and it froze solid in about 12 hours. Take outside and let the kids figure out how to melt it as fast as possible to get to their toys!

Tyson and Miles loved it. I'm sure this won't be the first time we make ice treasure chests this summer! Maybe I will even hit up the dollar store for some new toys to freeze.

Miles was a bit frustrated that he couldn't get to his cars right away

Credit for this great idea goes to Crumb Bums, via Pinterest.

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Sunday, June 17, 2012

Buno Hop

In the words of Miles, here's a "buno hop" spotted in our front yard recently. Glad he decided not to eat any of our plants like other buno hops tend to do!

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Friday, June 15, 2012

Science Experiment

Yesterday the boys had fun figuring out what happens when you mix baking soda with (colored) vinegar. What a mess! They loved it, of course, so I was all for it and we'll probably do it again soon.

Lots of people have posted about this online, but I'll give credit for this idea to Raising the Cameron Clan.

Tyson showing me his hands (not too messy at that point)

Giving the camera a scary growl

Watching the mixture fizz

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Thursday, June 14, 2012

Tyson's Swim Lessons

I"m happy to report that Tyson is thoroughly enjoying swim lessons this summer! He went to swim testing last week and got really nervous and started crying, sending him directly to the "Tadpole" preschool class (last year he was a "Turtle" - pretty sure they're equivalent).

On the first official day he was crying and clinging to the teacher for the first 10 minutes or so, and apparently she told him he could touch his feet on the bottom (he didn't remember this from last year, and probably didn't realize it due to the death grip he had around her neck) and then he was fine. Just like that, he started enjoying class and participating and having a good time. It helps that his good friend Molly is with him again this year.

He'll start his 2nd week of lessons on Monday and then he'll be done for the summer. I'm glad he got over his fear of "big pools", but he really needs to learn how to swim. At this point he's still a little too nervous to put his face under. We need to enroll him in year-round lessons (or at least most of the year) at an indoor pool so he can continue learning at a quicker pace!

Here are some pictures I snapped during today's lesson...

Chicken, Airplane, Soldier!

He LOVES his teacher, Miss Miranda!

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