DIY Yo Gabba Gabba Christmas Decorations

Yep, we have 2 toddlers in the house who are STILL talking about Yo Gabba Gabba Live which they went to go see at the end of the month in November.  So, I decided it was time to make some Yo Gabba Gabba ornaments to add some Gabba cheer to our HUGE Christmas tree.  At first I thought I’s make them as a craft that the kids could help with, but I soon realized that they were a little too complicated for the little ones due to all of the little details and tiny eyes.  I decided to make all of the characters plus DJ Lance and Leslie Hall (Lex ha been OBSESSED with her since Gabba Live).  Here’s the materials that I used in case anyone is interested in making some of their own.  Overall the project was pretty easy and straightforward :)

You will need:

Tacky glue

large popsicle sticks

various colors of tempera paint

clear packaging tape

colored markers

some googly eyes (one large and 4 small)

Glitter to mix with the paint (if you want to make Leslie Hall….we did)

Brown yarn (for Leslie’s hair)

Fine point sharpie

White Sharpie paint pen

String to cut and make the hooks

Hot glue gun+hot glue (to glue to hooks)

The directions are pretty self explanatory.  I basically painted the sticks first, glued on the eyes and then added the final details using a sharpie.  For certain details, I had some white paper and sketched them out.  I then laminated them using the clear tape and glued them onto the characters.  The items I “laminated” were: Foofa, Toodee, Plex and Brobee’s eyes; Brobees mouth and spikes; Foofa’s flower; Leslie’s lips; Plex’s antenae; and Toodee’s ears.  I also glued the googly eyes and hair onto Muno, DJ Lance and Leslie Hall.  After glueing all of these parts on, I went in with the fine point sharpie and drew mouths and other details.  I drew the eyelashes onto Foofa and Toodee as well.  Finally, I went in with the white Sharpie paintpen and touched up the teeth on Muno and Toodee, Leslie Hall’s belt and some of the details on DJ Lance.  The last step when everything is dry is to hot glue some hooks on the back.  I made mine out of yarn.  This was a fun project that yielded some fun results!  The kids LOVE them :)

If anyone has suggestions for making some glasses for Leslie that would be great!

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Yo Gabba Gabba Live with the Kiddos

I’m on Thanksgiving vacation from graduate school and it was so fun to spend some time with the family on Friday night at the San Jose Civic Auditorium to see Yo Gabba Gabba Live!  Lex has been a huge fan of Gabba since day one and she had a great time dancing the night away!  The highlight of the night was when DJ Lance walked through the crowd and stopped at her and held her hand and said “hi, how are you?”  She keeps saying “DJ Lance hold my hand” like a little groupie!!   Check out the video I made….the pictures and video are kinda dark but I did my best :)

Stuffed Animal Hammock DIY Project

I’ve been looking to make something to store all of the stuffed animals that aren’t in bed with the kiddos all the time and I finally had the time and the drive to do it! I found this tutorial from Lemon Squeezy Home. I had to modify a little bit because I didn’t have enough bias tape on hand so I ended up making my own from some scrap fabric. It was definitely a good use of some materials I already had on hand. I made a superman one for baby boy and a pink one with ribbons for baby girl! They came out great and the kids seem to like them!

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Spring Craft Update

So I know it’s been a while since I’ve posted but I really haven’t been crafting so much in the past few months.  I’m finally starting to get back on my feet with knitting and sewing and it’s definitely a good feeling to be creating things again!  I’m almost done with the most intricate fair isle project I’ve ever attempted!  I told my sister to pick a pattern for some fair isle mittens and she chose one with 6 different colors, knit on size 1 needles.  I LOVE the challenge, however it’s been mentally taxing at times.  Here’s a link to the project: Snowflake Fingerless Gloves.  I will hopefully be done with them this week and can move onto something else! yay!!

Next up for knitting projects I’m going to make baby boy a light knit hoodie that he can wear in summer time and as a layer in the winter.  Haven’t decided the color yet but it will probably be blue.  As for baby Lex, I think she’s due for another cardigan or bolero, but I don’t know which pattern I want to use yet.  Still thinking about it but she definitely has one on the way.

I recently bought a sewing pattern to make some capes and masks for the toddlers.  They are getting older and more ready to play dress up.  As imaginitive play is SO important, I highly encourage it and want to make them some fun things to play with.  I have some superman fabric and some vegetable fabric that I’m going to make dress up capes out of for around the house.

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Fall Knitting! Wahoo!

I recently realized that Lex needed a new hat for Fall one day when we were freezing on the playground so I knit this one up really quick using some stash yarn I’d been eyeing for years.  The pattern is called Holly Hat and it’s a great pattern!  It has been difficult finding a pattern that will fit a toddler’s head the right way but this one is great.  I think I’m probably going to make one for myself so get ready for an adorable mother-daughter photo with matching hats!!  I’m so excited for the future embarrassment when she’s a teenager muahahaha!

I’ve also been working on a gorgeous and simple wrap cardigan for myself which should hopefully be done by Thanksgiving.  The pattern is called Kimono Wrap by Joanne Yordanou and it’s in one of the first knitting books I every bought: 12 Months of Knitting.  I’ve been eyeing the pattern for a while and I thought it would be a fun and easy knit.  Loving the fall knitting with this baby cocoon for newborn Ben as well!

 

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Volunteering Update: Services for Brain Injury in San Jose, CA

So a few months ago I began volunteering at an amazing organization in San Jose.  I feel like every new volunteer experience that I have in the field of Communication Disorders is such a wonderful opportunity for me to learn and SBICares.org is certainly no exception. Spending my time here once a week is very motivating to me as I begin preparing to apply to graduate programs.

Check out this video about Services for Brain Injury:

Custom Order Diaper Bags from Well Tempered Designs

So recently I’ve been working away at some custom diaper bags! Please check out the etsy listing for custom diaper bag orders and contact me via WordPress or Etsy if you have any questions.

As a mom, I know that a diaper bag is an essential accessory that is meant to be functional and sturdy.  I can vouch for this style of bag as I use it myself!!  It is made with sturdy cotton fabric with cotton lining.  Additionally, each seam is reinforced so the bag will hold up over time.  It is washable as well: just wash the bag in a cold cycle, reshape, and lay flat to dry.  There are TONS of pockets inside and outside the bag to stack anything and everything you will need to grab quickly for your little one.  I love custom work and I’m happy to work with whatever theme or style you have in mind.  I have some fabric suggestions listed on the etsy listing but I’m willing to do any color, theme or style.

Take a look at the most recent bag with accessories that I’ve made…

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