Friday, March 26, 2010

Chore Chart

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Disclaimer -- we don't use these chore charts anymore.  We've outgrown this system.

Each of the pockets were made using clear envelopes cut in half.   The chore cards were index cards cut in half.  

Each chore card had a visual cue on the front using stickers or diecut letters.  On the reverse side, there was a list of how to complete the chore/expectations for a chore to be considered complete. 

Every morning I would set the cards up in the pocket.  It allowed for some variation of chores based on need, ease, or general rotation.  I always had a stash of blank cards available for new chores.

As the kid completed a chore, she turned it over.  So when ishe asked for afternoon media time, I could tell immediately if all her chores were completed.

Wednesday, March 24, 2010

No Sew Tutu

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If you know me well, you know two things about me:
1.  I love upcycling
2.  I avoid sewing whenever possible.

What does this tutu have to do with these confessions?

1.  I had to ask around if anyone had any tulle because there was no way I was going to BUY tulle to make a fluffy project that no house resident would wear.  Marie and her amazing garage of wonders had some tulle left over from a Anica's baby shower. 

2.  A No-sew project -- yay!  Wait, I lied.  I had to sew the ends of the no-roll elastic together.  A *Mostly* no-sew project!  All you need to know is how to do a lark's head knot (and I bet you do). 

I'm also trying to find cool, usable gifts that the kids can make themselves.  This one can definitely be done for little girl cousins who like fluffy things.

Monday, March 22, 2010

Amigurumi Creations

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(my pattern)

my pattern -- although I really don't want to take credit for it. 
Originally I was trying to make a bear, but ran out of yarn.

(own pattern)
Yoda's vestments are made of felt and ribbon. 

Sticks of Dynamite/Timer holder

Amigurumi Tea Party
(L to R: French Pea from VeggieTales, Hippo, Eaglet, unfinished chicken, piglet)


Saturday, March 13, 2010

Custom Blank Journals -- Centerville Presbyterian Church Women's Retreat

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Acetate cover

Inside with no. 6 coin envelope and ribbon bookmark

half-size journal for Dawn

inside of half-size journal

Graphic supplied by client.  Produced 35 journals for retreat attendees.
Thanks Dawn for the fun project.  It was a pleasure working with you!

DIY Cake Stand

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glass plate and ice cream/parfait glass

Diaper Cakes

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Unbleached Organic Cotton Diapers
3-tier with baby sock rosebuds

Compostable single-use diapers
2-tier with baby sock rosebuds

White Cloth Diapers
2-tier with stuffed Ugly Doll

Compostable single-use diapers
2-tier with Sophie toy

Many thanks to Judy at Tiny Tots Diaper Service & Baby Boutique for the opportunity to make the diaper cakes!  This is a wonderful store filled with delightful baby clothes, toys, and nursing supplies.   

Project Linus Flannel Hooded Blankets

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I think the Disney Give A Day, Get A Day campaign is a conspiracy of some sort.  That said, I signed up the family to make blankets for Project Linus.  We made double-sided flannel receiving blankets with a hood.     Laura R. showed me one she made and it was so cute.

The two pieces of flannel are serged on the edges.  I learned that if you do bad fabric cutting and then serge, things fall apart.  Thanks Faye for helping me fix that mess!

Matchbox Chest of Drawers

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16 matchboxes, brads, ribbons, scrapbooking paper.

Given as a gift with beads and findings.