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Wednesday, September 28, 2016

toddler art, wait no, wilder kid art!

Toddler Art Tuesday has been a true lost art lately. Maybe it's feeling a bit weird since this kiddo isn't a toddler anymore. In fact, he's basically 4 going on forty. So in the spirit of keeping it real, I think we're going to officially change the name over to Wilder Kid Art. That also gets me out of that pesky, only Tuesday business. 

Shew, now that the housekeeping is over...
I don't think it's a secret that my preschooler Jake is obsessed with all things space. Planets, rockets, stars, he loves them all! He's even been filming his own space show this week! Links at the bottom of the post!

So any craft about the solar system is in immediate shoe-in for him. And since the supplies were basically minimal, I was a happy mama with this idea. 

Keep in mind, this is a craft that can be modified! Not into space? Make some other shapes and designs! 

Solar System Suncatchers!

:: Supplies ::

Coffee filters
Magic markers 
Spray bottle 
Contact paper 

I cut out the general shapes of each of the planets myself. Jake was standing by, nitpicking over which ones looked correct. Clearly I'm raises a tiny version of my own self. 

Then I let him loose. He colored each of the planets with magic markers. Neatness definitely doesn't count on this one either since the next step gives any clean lines

Next we laid them out on a cutting board and headed outside with a spray bottle. I gently sprayed our planets. You don't want them sopping wet, but make sure that there is a layer of water on them.  
Clear as mud, no?

They dried pretty quickly, and Jake and I (ok, so just me) placed them within two sides of contact paper to ensure their survival from tiny hands.

We attached them to the window with some simple Scotch tape. He arranged them to his liking because neurotic space kid.
And now he is obsessed!

Recreate this with whatever design suits your fancy! Maybe even just some simple shapes with your favorite designs and colors!

Interested in seeing Jake's Planet Show?
Here is Episode 1 and Episode 2

Thursday, September 22, 2016

new fall prints!

Happy first day of fall!
 What a beautiful season!

I've been slowly adding some fall decor around the house and decided to include some new prints in the shop!

Fall feels crisp and clean and thoughtful. 
It is is a season that always offers renewed perspective for me. 
It reminds me of God's goodness and grace. And most especially His faithfulness in the hard times. 
  Gosh, who wouldn't look forward to a season like that?

To snag one of these beauties, head over to the print shop today! 

Wednesday, September 7, 2016

a diy personalized tote bag {tutorial}

So here was my situation...
When I'm headed out to therapies with my gal pal, my hands are full. Really full. A crazy wiggly baby, a diaper bag, a bulky gait trainer and her HKAFO braces. While my Michelle Obama arm muscles have yet to arrive, I can definitely say I am owning the patience level of a three year old amidst my awkward load. Insert mad faced emoji... 

I thought a bag for her braces might help. Then I could have two bags on my shoulder and two big items in my hands. So I searched high and low for a bag for homegirl's braces (btw, you can read more about those braces HERE!), but I came up with nada that was tall enough for them. Insert mad faces emoji again. 

So what does a mama do? A mama improvises.

I found this great tutorial and made my own tote bag. My own! I just feel completely inadequate at a sewing machine most of the time so, seriously, I'm so proud!! Obviously it needed some jazzing up so that's where this little how-to comes in. 

I decided I wanted to personalize it for her with a letter out of some cool vintage style fabric. So I nabbed a quarter of a yard and some HeatBond.

Cut out a section of each that is big enough to hold your design. Then iron them together - reverse side of the fabric sticking to the waxy side of the HeatBond. 

Flip your piece over to the HeatBond's paper side and trace your design. Make sure to do it backwards! You can draw or print out your design in transverse or even just flip the design backwards before you trace it, like I did. 

Cut out the design and peel off the HeatBond paper. There should be a glossy coat on the backside of your design.

Iron it down in place! 

You can be finished at this point. Or you can jazz it up a bit! I decided to add some hand stitching around the outside of the letter.

After making the custom bag for Eliza's braces, I decided to whip up a library book bag for each of the kids too. These bags were plain grey ones I grabbed from Hobby Lobby for a couple bucks each. Adding both letters took me about ten minutes! 

Feel free to tack on a pompom, some fun ribbon, or even a tassel too! Have fun with it!