Last week, the fabulous Jennifer from http://www.playmemamacrafts.com dropped off some spare fabric scraps.
Today D and I finally had some time to go through it. Well, okay, we were getting ready to go out and D was looking in the bag while I was getting everything together.
D pulled out a t-shirt sleeve.
Because everyone laughs when D walks around with his hat over his eyes, he tried that joke with the sleeve. Admit it. You chuckled.
Then he pulled it down.
Check it out: a t-shirt scarf. Solves my worries about using a long scarf. If I get over my laziness, I may decorate a few even!
Yesterday was not a fun day in my house. I have an exhausting cold and it got the better of me. The weather was crappy, so I kept my toddler and myself inside. By 3:00, he was getting into everything he’s not supposed to. Usually when that happens I give him a bath. He can splash and swim and use up some of that energy in a contained space. But he didn’t want a bath. He was adament. So, during a time out, I desperately looked around for a way to entice D into bath.
Boats! Boat races. Aha!
I don’t have any boats.
What can I use to make boats?
Time out was over, so D helped look around his room. There was an empty pacifier container. (I admit to sloppy housekeeping. One of the many things on my list to improve)
We chose ribbon. Got glue. Wrapped the ribbon around the top of our boats:
For the sails, I had some scraps of cardstock. In retrospect this was not the best choice. You may prefer a straw or chopstick with a triangle fabric sail. I was in a hurry and couldn’t think of how to make that work. I cut the paper to about 4″ x 2″. Folded down the middle. Cut about 1″ along the fold line.
Fold the edges up.
Glue the inside folds.
Press down into the middle of the boat.
Let them dry.
Run a bath and pop them in.
It only took a minute for D to come
play. He even brought captains!
My son has a thing for birds right now. Being nearly 2, D isn’t drawing actual pictures yet. More like very pretty scribbles. But he does know how to get other people to draw pictures for him. He is frequently asking us to draw birds for him. So, I figured it was time to make him a bird family he could play with. Which meant making a nest.To make your own, you will need:
Large margarine tub, fabric scraps, mod podge
For the “mod podge” I used a mix of half white glue and half water. I mixed it right in the glue bottle because I was almost out of glue anyways. That’s why you see the chopstick sticking out the top of the bottle here.
Lay out some newspaper on the table. Choose your fabric scraps and get them ready.
You’ll want to pour out some of the glue mixture into a bowl. I used the lid of the margarine tub. Draw the wrong side of the fabric through the glue, then gently push the excess glue off by running the fabric between two fingers, top to bottom.
Cover the outside and inside of the nest.You may want to add some texture by using found (cleaned) outdoor items such as small twigs. Since it’s January, and we finally got some snow, I didn’t have any twigs and it was too cold to go digging. Instead, I used some bits of thread and yarn. I knew I was keeping those bits for a reason!Ta-Da!Now, if you’d like you can cut some newspaper into strips to create a full nest. Really though, you could use anything. As D has been playing with this, he’s found that pinecones work well. Which is good, because we were collecting pinecones all autumn. Now I know why.Finally, here’s a picture of our bird family in their nest: If you would like to make your own bird family, the kits are available for purchase on my website: www.butterfly-tree.com
>These are so easy to make and unmake, you may find yourself having a different one for every outfit! Go through your stash of ribbon and interesting yarn, as well as long strips of your no or little-fray fabric (fleece works well in the winter, but be careful because it can be bulky). Select about 3 – 4 different kinds. I usually like to stick to either 2 very contrasting colours, or a few slightly different colours and textures within the same colour scheme. Today I’ve chosen to use up some ends of yarn, as well as a textured yarn to create a more interesting look:
Now, drape your yarn or fabric around your neck:
and cut a little longer than you want because you’ll be tying knots and losing some length.
You’ll probably want to have one or some of your selections repeating, so that you end up with between 5 - 8 strands. If you’re using all thin ribbons and yarn, you can add a couple more but don’t overdo it or it’ll become too heavy and you might not be able to see the uniqueness of each strand. Once you’ve cut all of your strands, knot them together.
You can make your knots random or symmetrical, as many or as few as you like. Well, you’ll need at least three in my experience, to hold it all together. You can use fancy knots too, if you know any. Or add beads, even!
All done, now you just have to decide how you’d like to wear it.
I gave these to a few friends. One wears hers as a belt, and another uses hers to tie her hair up.
If you make some yourself, send me pictures, I’d love to see how everyone else’s turn out!