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Thursday, March 28, 2013

Magnetic Paper Dolls

I have a great project for a rainy day. You and your little girl can have a blast making and playing with these magnetic paper dolls!

Supply list:
Betsy McCall Paper Dolls
Sticky backed magnetic sheet (any craft store)
Paper (thick paper is best)

With the above Betsy McCall link you can download as many paper dolls and from whatever era of fashion you want! It is super fun to look at all of the funky paper dolls from the 50s and 60s.
I put mine into paint and cut and pasted them closer together and then printed the off on cardstock paper.
Once you have them printed off cut them out with a nice thick white boarder and stick them to your magnetic sheet.

Then, cut them out creating a thinner white boarder. It is alot easier to cut if you cut on both paper and magnetic sheet, and I think having a white boarder on the finished look looks the best.

You can use them on the fridge, an old mint canister or get creative on a thin sheet of metel. I am planning some kind of framed metal sheet so I can incorperate a bed and other household items.


Letter Eggs

Easter themed learning activity!
James is doing really well with the sounds of the letters but is still having trouble recognizing the uppers and lowers as the same letter.
This activity is great for learning which letters go together, patience, and a dash of color matching! 

Lillian has a better idea as to how to play this game!
Tuesday, March 26, 2013

Egg Carton Counting

I found a great use for an old egg carton! I added numbers to the bottom, 1-12, and gave James a pile of Cheerios. He loved it and really loved getting to eat the cherries as we finished the rest of our school work!

Wednesday, March 20, 2013

Miss-matched painted toddler shoes

Oh what a little creativity and a cheep mommy can do!

I love the Chooze brand of miss-matched kids shoes but I am so not paying 45.00 bucks for kids shoes! Yes, yes I know I am cheep!

Anyway! I ran across some white canvas Mary Jane style shoes at hobby lobby and decided to get crafty with my bad self and make some!
Cut to an hour later and a paint pen fume headache, and "voila!" fabulous shoes!!

All you need are some canvas shoes (hobby lobby), paint pens, and some clear spray paint sealer.

As a side note the paint pens can bless so watch that and don't get the spray on the soles, it makes them super sticky

Thursday, March 7, 2013

Baby leggings

I love me some baby legs, the brand that is. Unfortunately, I want more colors and patterns than they have, I also am really really cheep so I don't want to pay for them!
They are super cute under a skirt and are the bomb for potty training.
I also really want some with legs but you can't find them! So i am making my own new and Tiffany improved baby legs!

You need:
-Knee high women's socks (I find them 3 for around 6 bucks at walmart)
-sewing machine
-needle and thread
and a roll of tulle if you want to make the tutu legs

Cut out the middle (use a current sock for measure) and then sew the toe and body of the sock together. Easy peasy!

Another fun one is a Tutu baby leg!
I am seriously it love with these bad boys!

Get the women's knee high sock of your choice and cut off the foot. If you want to leave it with out the tutu sew along the edge with a zig-zag stitch pulling as you go. It makes a nice wavy edge and is really cute.
If you wan the Tutu edge leave it raw and sew together two elastic loops your kids approximate ankle size.

Then just like if you were making a full size tutu loop strips of tulle until the elastic is covered.
Last, but not least, hand sew the tutu to the bottom of the sock.
I suggest sewing from the bottom as apposed to down the middle of the tutu. It hides the stitches and keeps the tulle out of your way.