Filed under: Curtains/Sewing Projects
My neighbor had some flag design curtains from her old house that she still really liked, but her new kitchen windows are bigger and she didn’t have enough flags for the new windows. She had tried contacting the company that she bought the curtains from to see about getting some more, but they no longer carried that pattern. She asked if I had any ideas and I came up with adding a solid color flag to “extend” what she already had.
I think they turned out great! We ended up with one extra printed flag so I turned it into a table runner using scrap fabric from the curtains! I think the table runner really pulls it all together!
One of the things I wanted for my preschool class was a felt board to use during story time. I knew I could make one fairly easily, so I started digging around the house to see what I could find. I found an 11×14″ frame that we weren’t using anymore! I spray painted the frame white and then cover the mat with blue felt on one side and green felt on the other. This way I can use the blue felt background to look like the sky or water and the green felt side to look like grass.
I also hot glued a plastic sheet protector to the back of the frame to hold felt board story pieces and the story itself. This keeps the pieces together and easy to grab during story time. Felt board stories are some of my preschoolers favorite stories!
Filed under: Craft Ideas
Aren’t these coasters cute!? I saw this idea in Family Fun magazine a month or two ago! These would make great last minute gifts and would work for Christmas or any other holiday.
First gather your supplies.
You will need 2-3 colors of felt, scissors, pencil or fabric marking pen, ruler, binder clips, cork board (I found precut circle coasters at hobby lobby) and glue. Family Fun magazine used sticky backed felt to make theirs, but I only had regular felt pieces on hand. Instead of running out to the store, I pulled out my bottle of liquid spray glue, 3M Super 777 . It is extra strong and bonds felt really well. You can find it at your local craft store.
Next, use the binder clips to hold your felt pieces together and cut out a 4 1/2 x 4 1/2 inch square (if you use 3 colors of felt then one square will make 3 coasters). Then, use your pencil to draw wiggle lines on your felt and cut along your lines.
Now you are ready to spray your coasters. Be sure to spray your coasters outside and place newspaper down – the spray will stick to anything it touches! Next place your cut wavy pieces across your coaster and allow to dry.
After the glue has dried, you can cut off the excess felt.
Lastly, stack the coasters up and tie together with a pretty ribbon for a nice presentation!
Filed under: Recipes
When our first son was about to celebrate his first birthday, I decided that I should make his cake. My mother in law and I signed up for cake classes at our local craft store and we learned the ins and outs of cake decorating. I have since made almost all our children’s birthday cakes!
After learning some basic techniques, this is a really frugal way to celebrate a birthday. I use a box cake mix and stock up with I can find them for around .40-.50 a box. I make my own icing which uses just a few ingredients and I think it tastes much better than the caned icing. I have used character cake pans in the past and these can be expensive if you buy them at the store; however, you can commonly find them at garage sales and we’ve had great luck reselling old character cake pans on ebay – usually making back all of our money!
This year Nick requested a race car cake. After some searching online, I decided I could make a race car cake and speed up the decorating process by using candies to help decorate it. I used 2 round cake pans baking one with chocolate cake and one with yellow. I then cut a small section off each cake to fit the 2 round pieces together. The road was edged with m&m’s and Oreos finished off the bottom border. I topped it off with a few of birthday boy’s toy cars and the cake was complete!
Here’s how it turned out:
Filed under: Parenting
Raising children is hard work. Days, weeks and months go by and you wonder if you’re doing a “good” job raising them. (I’ve heard that in when they hit the teenage stage, years can go by where you wonder what kind of job you’re doing, but since our oldest is only 7 I can’t comment on that stage!)
Occasionally you witness one of your children do something without being asked or reminded and you think to yourself “hey, we are doing a decent job!” In the toddler years it could be the first time your child says “thank you” without being reminded! In the preschool years it could be watching them share a toy with another child! As a parent you just beam at these special moments!
I recently experienced such a moment with our oldest son. We recently sold a ton of stuff on ebay and had over 20+ packages being picked up by our mailman in one day! It happen to be cold and raining the day the pick up was scheduled, so when I saw the mailman drive up I put on my coat and went outside to help load up all the boxes. A few minutes later our oldest son comes out WITH HIS COAT ON (he hates putting on his coat so this in itself was a proud moment!) and then helps me and the mailman load up all the packages! I didn’t ask, he saw an opportunity to help and just jumped right in! I was so proud and I’m still beaming from the moment!
Filed under: Knitting
My neighbor recently (okay, actually it’s been a few months but I’m just now getting around to posting the pictures so just play along with me 🙂 had a new baby boy! She enjoys walking and I knew it wouldn’t be long before she and the new baby would be out walking in the neighborhood. I thought a stroller blanket would be nice. Because I had made the curtains for the new baby’s room, I was able to perfectly match the green she used in the room! A stroller blanket is made longer than a typical baby blanket, but skinner so that it fits better in a stroller. Here’s out it turned out:
A closer look at the knit pattern:
Filed under: Uncategorized
I know it’s been a LONG time since I’ve posted anything and I have a lot of excuses I could give you but my absence in the blog world has been due mostly to the fact that going back to work part time after being at home with our kids for 7 years has been a big change. I am enjoying my job as a preschool teacher but finding time to do all those pesky things around the house, like laundry, has meant figuring out a new routine for our family. It’s been hard to find a time to fit in blogging, but I think our family has mostly adjusted now so I’m going to give blogging a chance again!
As I am coming to the end of my first semester as a preschool teacher, I’ve realized that teachers are really not given enough credit. I know that we all “say” that teachers aren’t paid enough and deserve more credit for all the work they do; however, I truly didn’t realize how much until I’ve experienced it first hand. Teachers do so much more than what you see in the class or receive home in your child’s folder. There are hours and hours and HOURS spent preparing material, researching and making schedules! Oddly enough, I really enjoy the prepping part, it allows me use my administrative skills 🙂
I thought you might be interested to see what the hands (or in this case one hand) of a preschool teacher looks like at the end of the day – yes my hands usually look like this at the end of everyday!