Posts Tagged ‘For Kids’

Sewing This & That

November 7th, 2011 by zoe No Comments

I have been puttering around sewing a few random things here and there. The shift of seasons always throws me for a loop. Getting into the groove of low light, shorter days and more time indoors. That cold weather groove.

I made a quilted laptop sleeve for my computer last week from pink waterproof pack cloth. The inside is a funky vintage canvas and it’s padded with batting scraps from this quilt project. I could have bought one but where’s the fun in that!

I sewed this cute cap, pattern found here. Oliver is modeling it but it became a birthday gift for an adorable little friend of ours.I used recycled fabric reclaimed from a pair of old corduroys which made the hat nice and soft and we lined it with hot pink cotton from the scrap pile.

Lastly we have been doing lots of freezer paper stenciling. Now I thought pretty much everyone had heard of this technique but everywhere the kids go wearing their newly customized shirts folks are asking. So if you havent tried this super fun stenciling technique —– check out tutorials here and here for the how to. So much fun!

ps. I don’t use fabric paint, just straight acrylic paint because that is what I have on hand and it seems to work just fine.

Oh and I don’t let the paint dry because I am too impatient, we just carefully peel the paper stencil off after painting and it always seems to come off just fine.

Oh and you know that freezer paper is kind of hard to find, just ask the local butcher for a bit of it, they are usually happy to oblige. A little goes a long way!

 

 

 

Cozy Your Castle

November 2nd, 2011 by zoe No Comments

Welcome to our castle.

We made this castle, in the boy’s room, from plywood and paint. It sits back in a nook created by the roof of our house. Sadly it always seemed a little neglected and unused. This week I decided that I would give it another go by actually furnishing it – duh!

Now that it has a curtain, soft rug, lighting, toys and CD player it is now a crazy popular place to hang out.
Come on in, that is if you can handle the music they are playing FULL blast in there!

The big favorite right now is  BeBop Your Best by Red Grammer
A really wonderful CD for kids with its marching band like sound and songs titled after virtues like truthfulness, respect, patience and fairness.

Some mornings they are happily dancing around the room listening to music in their castle at 6 am – which is actually quite adorable.

 

Making Masks

October 24th, 2011 by zoe 6 Comments

Halloween is just a week away!

I spent a morning at preschool making and decorating animal masks with 20 plus children. I cut the shapes below from recycled cardboard the night before and the kids painted, glued and glittered to their heart’s content. I somehow got a teensy bit busy and didn’t manage to snap any pictures of the wee artist mayhem. The theme was animal masks and I had several different shapes for the children to choose from. Secretly I am hoping the masks will inspire homemade Halloween costumes that aren’t princess and super hero based… doubtful, I know.  We make and decorate cardboard masks a lot around here and I am sometimes shocked by their popularity and longevity. I’d call it good clean fun but as you can see from the glitterfest below we didn’t quite hit the clean mark on this latest decorating project!!

Here are the patterns I made for 3D masks.

With these four templates you can make owls, cats, tigers, bears, dogs and butterflies.

Print pattern pieces and cut desired shapes out of cardboard.

Tape the nose  V shape together to get your masks to pop out.

Punch out holes and thread with elastic.

Decorate and have lots of FUN!!!

Click mask templates and save to file, print and use as a guide to make your own animal masks from cardboard.

 

 

House Cozy

October 20th, 2011 by zoe 2 Comments

The kids room is a constant work in progress. I tend to shift things around pretty often to reflect their latest passions.

Trains seem to be OUT but music is WAY IN.

Baby dolls sometimes, books all the time.

I had been wanting to make some forward facing book shelves for quite awhile but got lazy and bought these Bekvam IKEA spice racks everyone is talking about instead. Installing them proved to be a giant pain in the ass and of course they are not all level (Virgo’s avert your eyes)! If they actually manage to stay on the wall, as I have asked them quite politely to do – I like them.

If they fall off – I hate them!

But IKEA I forgive you because you invented this most wonderful fabulous toy —- that we L O V E! And I do mean love. Swinging indoors is oh so fun.

 

Rainbow Race Coloring Sheet

October 15th, 2011 by zoe No Comments

When out hiking, biking and adventuring with my girlfriends the mishmash of children can get into major competition battles. You know what I mean — “ME FIRST”!

One of the tricks we found that manages to quell the heartbreak of not being first all the time is creating a team for the kids. We call the kid team “The Rainbow Racers” and we do our best to convince them to all work together to win the race again the “Momma Team”.  Many “ME FIRST MELTDOWNS” have been averted by tricking the herd of little folk to work together!

Ah, the marvels of working together — life long goodness can come from this life lesson!!!!

To get your own Captain Crafty Rainbow Racer Coloring Sheet

Click the photo, save to file and print.

For the best sized image allow your printer to “rotate and size to best fit the page”.

Story Blocks & Stones

October 13th, 2011 by zoe No Comments

These past weeks have been hectic and exhausting but now …. with some rest and relaxation I am feeling the happy groove of fall. My craft fair was a sparkly success, thanks to all those who came out and bought ALL my wares.

Ah… now I can relax by the fire, enjoy the fall colors and party under the big full moon.

Now I can get back to fun little projects with my boys!  We cut down a few small trees to make some natural log blocks. All I did is cut slices of wood and sand the edges. I have read here and there that a bit of bee’s wax makes for a nice finishing touch.

With all our gathered stones and the fabric scraps on the studio floor we made some story stones following the tutorial over at Red Bird Crafts.Then, we mixed it all up and made story blocks too.

With a handful of stones or wood slices you can easily make these too!

Simply cut little fabric or paper scraps into shapes.
With a brush coat your rock or wood slice in a layer of goop. Lay your story inspiration image,on and brush with another layer of goop.  You can use the real deal Mod Podge or make your own goop by mixing one part Elmers glue to one part water.After your story blocks and stones dry gather some folks together and tell  tales of the fox and snake on their way to get ice cream cones.

With the cozy indoor days ahead we are planning to make lots of story blocks and stones – nothing is quite as fun as building stories.