So I guess anybody who has a little girl should be prepared for a ton of headbands. I found myself in this predicament and decided I need to find a way to make them more organized. After making this simple do it yourself headband organizer, now my daughter is able to find any have been she wants much more easily. I love that she got to choose the fabric and design and it was something that we already had in our pantry.
To make this all you need is a large oatmeal container, A scrap size of fabric to cover the oatmeal container, some paint to paint the top cap and a hot glue gun.
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:
large popsicle sticks
various colors of tempera paint
clear packaging tape
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!
Posted in Design / DIY, Parenthood
Tagged Brobee, children, children's television, Christmas, craft project, DIY, DIY Christmas, DJ Lance, Do it yourself, Foofa, Gabba Live, Leslie Hall, Muno, Ornaments, Plex, toddlers, Toodee, Yo Gabba Gabba
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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Tagged Animal Net, DIY, Kid's Room, Lemon Squeezy Home, Net, Organizing, Stuffed Animal, Stuffed Animal Storage, Teddys
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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Tagged baby, baby girl, cape, capes, craft, DIY, DIY Baby, DIY Capes, fair isle, fair isle knitting, Family, fingerless gloves, gloves, knit, knitting, San Jose, Snowflake Fingerless Gloves
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!
Lately I’ve been getting ready for my first craft fair!! It’s with a group called Cottage Creations and it’s will be held on July 27th in Long Beach. I’m pretty excited just to get Well Tempered Designs out there and experience selling my items face to face. I’ve been having fun with some new fabrics -particularly polka dots and random combos of floral, gingham, chevron and damask for some of the basket liners. I’ve also made lots of flannel and terry cloth burp cloths as well as a TON of little girl’s hair accessories-including bows, flowers and headbands. I’m planning on putting some sample knit cardigans out and taking custom orders if anyone’s interested as well. It will be nice to spend the day with other crafters and friends! Looking forward to some of the food offerings as well-there will be $1 cupcakes and $1 tacos! If anyone is local and would like to come by all are welcome! Here’s a link to the group page on Facebook: Cottage Creations. Login and join the group to get updates about items for sale from some of the wonderful food and craft sellers. The event on Saturday will be from 4-7 at 3762 San Anseline Avenue. Long Beach, CA.
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Tagged baby accessories, baby boy, baby girl, baby wipes, bicycle accessories, bicycle basket liners, Burp Cloths, chevron, Cottage Creations, craft boutique, craft fair, craft fair long beach, craft group, crafting, DIY, flannel baby wipes, Flannel Burp Cloths, floral, gingham, July 27, Long Beach, polka dot, Terry Cloth Burp Cloths
This has been a productive month as far as crafting goes! I got my first sale from my Etsy Shop, Well Tempered Designs, and I’ve been building up my inventory of basket liners and children’s accessories getting ready for the approaching craft fair season. This will be my first go at craft fairs and I couldn’t be more excited! In addition to Etsy projects, I’ve done some pretty cool personal projects as well.
Aleksa’s shortage of diaper covers, as well as her ability to rapidly unhook velcro, has led me to make her some more wool covers. This one is just in time for fourth of July and is ready to go! Next up, I’ll make a few for the twins. Today, I finally finished a cowl that has been in the works for almost 2 years! Cameron bought me some beautiful cream colored frog tree merino wool for Christmas in 2011. After looking at cowl patterns for months, I decided to knit the Casu Cowl by Galia Lael. The pattern is written beautifully! I finally got around to making the cowl in December 2012 and had to put it on hold for a while because I ran out of yarn (I wanted it to be super long)…also I got kinda bored knitting it so I needed a break. After finding another ball of the merino at Alamitos Bay Yarn Company, I finally finished it! Here’s a link to the project in ravelry.
This month, I got to make a few bears for twins as well! They were way overdue for a knit a stuffed animal from me and I was so excited to knit the Laura Long Three Hungry Bears pattern again from Knitted Toy Tales.
For the next few days, I’ll be working on some headbands, flowers and bows for Etsy! Yahoo!
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Tagged baby, baby girl, basket liners, bicycle basket liners, Casu Cowl, craft, DIY, etsy, Galia Lael, knit, Knitted Toy Tales, knitted toys, knitting, Laura Long, Long Beach, sewing, Three Hungry Bears, welltempereddesigns