Tuesday, January 17, 2017

Crochet Pizza Blanket

I mentioned in a previous post (Crochet Mermaid Blanket), about procrastinating on making these blankets for my big kids. I made my oldest two daughters mermaid tail blankets but I didn't know what I should make my oldest son. 

It got me thinking...does he want to be a mermaid? Well, he likes the water but he doesn't love it. That one's out. Just kidding! How about a shark? Hmmm looks like a lot more work than I'd like to do and it brings me back to the same reasons for the mermaid blanket. I searched [Pinterest] and then I came across this. Perfect! A pizza slice, love it! It turned out pretty damn awesome too! Pattern I used is below. For this one, I left an opening on the right side of the crust for him to climb in and out of since its so long. I didn't pay for this pattern, nor do I know if there even is a free version out there but all I did was count the stitches in the photo and just kind of went from there. Personally, I think it depends on the size of your child or whomever your making it for. Take into consideration their height and width and always go wider than they are so that it doesn't end up being a suffocating cocoon-like-swaddling-stray blanket.

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Crochet Mermaid Blanket

I had crocheted my two oldest daughters some mermaid tail blankets this past Christmas. It was one of those things I've wanted to make for quite some time and then life just kind of kept getting in the way and I'd forget. Well, I set the goal this past year to finally buckle down and make them. As usual, when I follow a crochet pattern, I tend to slightly alter it to my liking or I'll use it as a basic guideline and just wing it.

I made these blankets using a couple of different patterns which I linked below. My oldest daughters blanket is the exact same but instead of a multi-coloured blue, I used a multi-coloured purple.

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Monday, January 16, 2017

DIY Monsters Inc Boo Costume

This year for Halloween I felt quite ambitious. I wanted my two youngest to have matching costumes but I couldn't decide what they should be. I went to Value Village to get some ideas and I found a super cute and warm Sully from Monsters Inc costume for my toddler that I had to get. I couldn't find anything that resembled Boo for Isabella so I took matters into my own hands.

I searched the used costume section at Value Village and I found this weird yet cool purple scaley-looking shirt that would be perfect for the body of the costume.

Here are the materials that I used:

  • Purple shirt
  • Batting (or the inside of an extra pillow)
  • Velcro strips
  • Styrofoam balls
  • Pipe cleaners
  • Black marker
  • Yarn
  • Purple hat

I started by laying the shirt out. Then, I took one of her shirts for measurements and laid it on top of the purple shirt. Depending on the size of the shirt and the size of your child, make sure you plan it out before cutting! I traced and cut two times on an x-large mens shirt so that I ended up with 4 pieces in total. I traced around it, and then cut probably about 2 1/2" from my trace line. If your shirt isn't big enough, make sure you grab another one (or one thats similar) to use at the inside fabric.

I made this quick visual chart to show the steps I did. Mind you, I messed up alot! I don't sew very often [at all] so I really just winged this! Hopefully its somewhat easy to follow. It's just a rough guide to show you the basics on how I made it and hopefully it can help you in your endeavours if your planning on making one yourself.

For the hat:

I cut up some longish pieces of yarn and ran a quick stitch over them through the top of the hat. I placed the pipe cleaners inside the ears of my hat and stitched them shut so they stayed in. I stabbed the styrofoam balls with the pipe cleaners and drew eyes on them.

Here's the family Halloween photo. Kate-lynn was a greek goddess (far right), Mekenzie was a zombie cheerleader (beside her sister) and Isaiah was Pikachu (behind his Aunt in the stripped prisoner costume). Hubby and I didn't dress up this year but it was still a fun evening with the family.

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Origami Pikachu

Lately, my oldest son has been super interested in Pokemon. I quite enjoy this interest of his, well because, I was interested in Pokemon at his age too. It can be so much fun being a parent and seeing what interests your children go through as they grow, especially when it's things you liked as a kid!

My son is almost 10 years old and he has autism. I have a hard time finding things that him and I can do together that we can both focus on and enjoy. I jumped onto Pinterest for some ideas (as usual) and I came across this super easy and cute origami Pikachu craft. I showed him and he actually was excited to do it! I gathered all our materials that we would need:

-Yellow paper (I used construction but you can use any kind)
-Black and red markers

Here is the finished Pikachu! Isn't he adorable? My son wanted to mimic the tutorial photo using his tablet. 

Here is his little Pokemon figure display in his room. There's more characters you can make too (link below). But that's for another time!

And here is the original tutorial link that we followed for this craft. (Below)

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DIY Galaxy Nails

My daughters love painting their nails, but they like me painting their nails a lot more (and I do too!). Not too long ago, my two oldest girls were asking me to paint them "galaxy" nails. I jumped right onto Pinterest and found some cool tutorials on how to achieve that look. I've never done them before and they were surprising quite easy. It's ok if you mess up a bit because they don't have to be perfect to look amazing!

I wish I got photos of both girls' nails. My other daughter has super short nails (she's a nail biter like her mama). She had the dark galaxy nails with the deep blue and purple. They both turned out super cool!

This was the tutorial that I followed and it was super easy. I'm thinking though that next time, I will do some nails the dark galaxy and some nails the light galaxy. It just looks so cool! 

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Sunday, January 15, 2017

Bella's First Birthday

I can't believe its been over a year since I've posted anything! Life has gotten so busy: I had another baby (number 5!), we moved, my oldest starting middle school, life happenings and my husband trying to find his career passion. Well, I'm thrilled to say he has, we love our new house, our kids are happy and healthy and our youngest turned one on December 16, 2016!

Time flies so fast, if you dont sit down to watch it and enjoy, it'll just pass you by. That's the absolute most important thing in life; time. You can't buy it, you can't get it back and you can't touch it. All you can do is take each day minute by minute and enjoy every little thing that life throws at you.

It's the smaller things that you may not think are important (to you) but mean everything to someone else. My kids are constantly coming up to me, "Mom! Come look at this!" or "Mom! Do you wanna see my dance?" Use these moments as opportunities to make them feel important. You may have already seen your daughters dance to that radio song you hear every day that drives you nuts but you watch it again because it makes her feel special. You may have dishes piling up on your counter that you need to reload into your dishwasher and your toddler wants you to pick him up, the dishes aren't going anywhere but your toddler is growing up quicker than you think. You take these seemingly small unprioritized life moments and you make them a priority. Later in life, your kids will look back and remember how often you were there for them, whether it was truly important or not.

Anyways, back to the purpose of this post - My baby girl turned 1!! So exciting but I cannot believe how fast her first year flew by!

This cake turned out so perfect! A good friend of mine made it for her and she put m&ms inside of it to peak Bella's interest in digging them up! She was so hilarious, she was being so careful and trying not to get messy. The funniest part of it - when she's eating meals in her high chair, she makes the biggest mess and doesn't have a care in the world!

I totally forgot to mention, I made her 'ONE' banner. The letters are from Michaels ($1.50 each!), the twine rope I had on hand and then some tissue paper. I even made her pom-poms too!

I loved this Hot Cocoa Bar we had! Marshmallows and strawberry candy canes to add even MORE sweetness to an already hot sweet treat. The chalkboard I got on clearance from Michaels (love that store!)

Yes, this is the same chalkboard I made for Caleb's first birthday. It has become my famous birthday announcement board I make up for all my kids birthdays.

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Mekenzie Turns 10!

Every year when my children's birthdays are coming up, I ask them what theme they would like for their birthday but I always make sure that they are positive on their choice. This year was a big one for Mekenzie (my second oldest) because she turns the big double digits - 10! Of course, she chose what every 10 year old girl loves - SHOPKINS!

Mekenzie's 10th Birthday - Shopkin style!

The table set up - Wish I had gotten some better photos but it was all planned out from the "Miss Twist" Twizzlers to "Poppy Corn" popcorn and even "Cooky Cookie" cookies. So much fun!

Classic silly birthday girl! Has to spear icing on her face every year!

And her big sister too!

And even Caleb too! That's a yummy cupcake!

The Shopkins purse I crocheted for her. She absolutely loved it. I custom made it with using her favourite colours. She had an awesome birthday!

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