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1  QUILTING / Quilting: Completed Projects / Quilted Hexie Coasters on: May 26, 2015 11:14:19 PM
With a 15-month-old running around the place, I didn't think tile coasters were a safe idea. I also think hexies are so cute, but didn't want to commit to a huge hexie project like a quilt until I knew whether I was going to like making them or not. Turns out, I LOVE THEM! They are so quick and easy to whip up, and perfect for carrying around to make when I'm out and about.

I hand-stitched the hexies, and hand-stitched them together. Then I whip stitched all the way around them (the backs are also hexies, and match the fronts). Last, I quilted the coasters with a sewing machine in matching thread.

Anyway, here are my quilted hexie coasters. This is my first time quilting anything, so I probably didn't do it "right," but I don't really care.



Closeups of the pairs.



2  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / Mommy and Me Knotted Headbands on: May 18, 2015 01:35:42 PM
I've been seeing some super cute knotted headbands for little girls lately, but haven't had the money to spend on any for my toddler. I decided to whip up some of my own using this pattern: http://www.howdoesshe.com/wp-content/uploads/2014/03/Headtie-Pattern.pdf

The original pattern size made a 13" headband - good for newborn sized heads, but too small for my toddler. I'll probably keep it fr now, and pass it on to someone having a baby girl.



I still wanted one for my girl and the headband is super easy to make larger. I added 2.5" to the "fold" side of the pattern to make an 18" headband for my daughter (because it's folded over, adding 2.5" actually makes it 5" longer).



After seeing how cute it was on my little girl, I wanted one for myself! I had enough of the same fabric, so I whipped one up for myself, too! For mine, I added 4.5" to the original template to make a 22" headband.



I made these out of plain cotton fabric, but next time I think I'm going to try to use a jersey knit so it has a little bit of stretch/give.
3  COOKING / Vegetarian / Vegan / Toddler Teething Cookies on: April 30, 2015 09:55:34 PM
I've been really disappointed with the ingredient lists in traditional toddler teething biscuits, particularly because so many of them have sugar! Who wants to feed their toddler sugar?! They've got enough energy as it is!

So then I started looking up recipes for healthy toddler teething biscuits, and once again all I could find were tons of recipes with up to a 1/4 CUP OF SUGAR!

Finally I decided to wing it, mash a couple of recipes together, and then put my own spin on it, since I have tons of baby cereal and baby food left over (my kiddo never wanted baby food. Ever.).

I've tried them, and they're a little bland (you know, no sugar...), but my toddler and her best friend absolutely love these! Here's what I came up with:



Apple-Blueberry Teething Cookies

Ingredients:
1 cup wheat flour
1 cup baby cereal
2 Tbsp coconut oil
1 container of Apple-Blueberry baby food
2-4 Tbsp of water

Directions:
1. Preheat the oven at 425 degrees. Line a cookie sheet.
2. Combine all ingredients (start with 2 Tbsp of water), and mix well. The dough should be soft but not super sticky. You may need to add more water or a little more cereal/flour to get the right consistency).
3. On a floured surface, roll out the dough to 1/4"-1/2" thick (younger babies need thicker cookies so they are less likely to chomp through them. Older babies that know how to chew can have thinner cookies).
4. Cut out fun shapes that are
 large enough that the baby can't fit the entire thing in their mouth (rule of thumb is it shouldn't be able to fit through a toilet paper tube).
5. Place on cookie sheet and bake for 15-18 minutes (thicker cookies may need more time).
6. Allow to cool completely before giving to baby. These can be frozen for later, or stored in an air-tight container.

What I love about these cookies is that they are so easy to change up! I made a second batch and swapped the Apple-Blueberry baby food for Sweet Potato, and added 1/4 tsp of cinnamon to the mix for a fall taste. Other good flavors would be Banana with a dash of vanilla, Banana-Mixed Berry, Apple and cinnamon, etc. Have fun with it! And I would LOVE to hear any other flavors and combinations you try!!

Here's a picture of the Sweet Potato ones:

4  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Completed Projects / Reusable Diaper Liners on: April 28, 2015 12:44:03 AM
This thread mentions diapers, poop, diaper rash, etc. If that's gunna bug you... you were warned.

We have been using cloth diapers on my 14 month old for over a year now. We've never really had any problems with diaper rash or anything until a couple of weeks ago. She got a rash from something she ate (we're still trying to figure out what she's allergic to), that triggered a rash so bad her poor bum was bleeding! We took her to the pediatrician who prescribed us some fancy medicated bum cream to help clear it up.

Problem! Bum cream + cloth diapers = BIG NO NO! (Unless it's a special cloth-diaper-safe cream, it causes the cloth diapers to repel water (pee) instead of absorb... No bueno). The normal solution is to put the baby in disposable diapers until the rash clears up. Well, after 3 hours in a disposable diaper, baby girl's butt was not only still bloody, but also chapped because the disposable diapers suck all of the moisture out of her skin... -sigh-

Solution! Fleece liners laid on top of the cloth will keep the cream from touching the diaper, wick pee away from the baby's skin (keeping her rashy area dry) without pulling out SO much moisture that her bum gets chapped.



It took me about 45 minutes to cut down some fleece I had into the right size liners for her diapers. I made enough to line every one of her (30) diapers, plus a couple of extras - I just went til I ran out of fabric.



They are roughly 6"x9" and so far they are working great!

Here is a picture of it sitting in the diaper. It actually goes a little bit lower than I placed it for the picture, but you get the idea. (And yes, we use the old-fashioned flats with a diaper cover. LOVE MY CLOTH DIAPERS!)

5  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Completed Projects / Charlotte's Hoops on: April 28, 2015 12:32:47 AM
I have been idea crazy about all these hoops I want to make for my baby girl's nursery wall, and here are two more to add to the pile, haha. These ones I actually finished the backing of today, so they will be going on her wall tomorrow! Smiley



Here is a closeup of the bunting embroidery. I wish I have done a chain stitch for the "string" holding the flags.



For the wreath embroidery, I actually painted the design in watercolors, scanned it into my computer, printed it out, transferred the image to the hoop, and then stitched it. A long process, but I really like how it turned out. I tried to do some different kinds of stitches on this one. The only thing I don't like is the chain stitch under her name... meh...

6  MORE ART, LESS CRAFT / More Art, Less Craft: Completed Works / 365 Days of Flora on: April 01, 2015 02:35:54 PM
Haven't posted anything in a while, so this is a big picture dump (sorry in advance).

I've challenged myself to work on my watercolor skills (as in, I've never done watercolor before, though I have done other painting) this year, and am painting 365 Flora Watercolors. I started on March 12th, and am 20 days in. Here are my first 20. Smiley I will update this as I paint more.

1. Pink Puffy Flowers: This was my first watercolor painting. My mom used to paint with watercolors, and they are some of my favorite things she's ever made.


2. Blue-Green Sea Coral: First of a set of 3, with the other two blue-green sea plants.


3. Dandelions: I tried using the salt trick on the dandelion puffs. It didn't work out like I wanted...


4. Chili Peppers: I want to do some other foods/fruits/vegetables and make a kitchen series.


5. Blue-Green Sea Fern: Second of a set of 3, with numbers 2 and 8.


6. Clovers: Inspired by St. Patrick's Day, and my puppy dog, Clover.


7. Cherry Blossom Tree: This was a trial in a new technique for me. I actually really like how it turned out, even if it took forEVER to make (I have no patience).


8. Blue-Green Seaweed: Third of a set of 3, with numbers 2 and 5.


9. Yellow Lotus: Inspired by my friend Lizzi, who just got her yoga trainers certificate and needed a pick-me-up, so I painted a bright flower to cheer her up.


10. Purple Lotus: Same as the yellow but in a different color scheme.


11. Cactus Trio: Three different cacti, wanted to try mixing ink with watercolors.


12. Fire Stick Plant: We had a fire stick plant when I was growing up, and for as long as we had that thing, it never turned red like it was supposed to. My mom could never figure out what we were doing wrong. But they are so pretty when they turn red on the tips.


13. eat Tree: Trying out a different style and going bold and abstract. I like it, but I kind of like my normal style better.


14. Sunflowers: Bright and sunny.


15. Lavender: I'm allergic to lavender pollen, but I like the color purple and wanted to paint some purple flowers.


16. Thistle: More purple. Plus I got stung by stinging nettle the day I painted this, so I had weeds on my mind.


17. Daffodils: I was inspired by daffodils covering the hills, front yards, and street corners up in the mountains and the mountain town we went to visit this past weekend.


18. Red Poppies: Feeling a little wistful, and remembering my trip to France where the cliffs of Normandy were covered with red poppies.


19. Rose pile of flesh: Jeremy (my fiance) requested roses, so I decided to try making a rose print pile of flesh. Ignore the silly messed up one in the top right corner. He's special... But Jeremy actually said he likes it better with the mistake. He wants to hang it in our bedroom, even!


20. Chrysanthemums: Just feeling the bright colors today and wanted to play with orange. Smiley


21. Hummingbird: This one is for my great-grandma, Nonnie. She loves hummingbirds, and even though my animals are a little... funny shaped, I think she'll still like it. I plan to give it to her the next time I go out to see her. Smiley


22. Happy Birthday: I decided to try a floral wreath, inspired by my brother's birthday!


23. Soar: I liked the wreath idea, so I decided to run with it for a couple days. This one had a quote.


24. Thank You: I wanted to make a thank you card design for the next time I need to send out thank you cards.


25. Congrats: And also a Congrats card design. Smiley


26. Charlotte Wreath: I painted this one, and then scanned it into my computer, printed it again, and then traced the image onto fabric to embroider for my baby's room.


27. C Monogram: Wanted to play with some freestyle letting/plants.


28. Mushroom and Snitch ATCs: Mushroom and Golden Snitch ATCs I sent out in the April ATC Swap. THe Snitch isn't floral, but it is shiny and metallic. Smiley


29. Stained Glass Flowers: I hate this one...


30. Lemonade Flowers: Pretty swirly flowers that remind me of lemonade.


31. Hibiscus: We went to the desert to visit my Great-Grandma, and I was inspired by the very Hawaiian bedspread in the room we stayed in.


32. Nature's Fertilizer: I'm going to be donating this one to a local guinea pig rescue that I used to work with so they can auction it off at their annual Pignic.


33. Clover and Blueberry: Clover is my dog, and Blueberry is my baby's nickname. Playing with some designs.


34. Pink Circle Roses: Just wanted to paint something quick and easy.


35. Blossom Branches: Jeremy really likes this one, and I'm inclined to agree. Smiley


36. Hyacinth: I like purple. What can I say?


37. Fuchsia: When I was a kid, I used to love these flowers. Pink and purple and upside down.


Sorry for so many photos! I hope you all like them as much as I've enjoyed painting them! (There are a couple currently missing because they are being sent out in swaps and haven't been received yet)
7  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Completed Projects / N is for Narwhal! on: January 20, 2015 10:42:38 PM
I am making a set of mythical creature embroidery hoops for my baby girl's wall (all on gray chevron fabric, with green and purple accents).

N is for Narwhal is actually an inside joke in our family. When we were having a discussion about narwhals, Jeremy said they were mythical creatures. He would not believe me when I told him they were real until I showed him actual pictures of them. There's no way we COULDN'T include them on our mythical creature wall for baby Charlotte.



I still need to add his button eye (I like adding 3D elements to my embroidery hoops), but I need to pick some up from the store.





3 down, 23 to go!!
8  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Completed Projects / D is for Dragon Embroidery on: January 16, 2015 12:54:15 PM
The next in my "A is for... B is for..." embroidery hoop series for my baby girl's bedroom wall.



This one has some 3D elements. I didn't fully tack down the smoke coming out of his nostrils, the wing, or the spikes on his back, so that they add just a little bit of a 3D effect.



I still need to add his button eye (all the ones I have are too big, so I need to stop by the store and grab some tiny ones).

9  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Completed Projects / Zombear Embroidery on: January 15, 2015 08:53:17 PM
This hoop was made partially to fulfill the Nerd Games Craftalong Challenge - Flash Mob: January. They challenged us to create an item inspired by something that gives us the chills. Zombies definitely fit the bill for me! Every time I watch anything with zombies in it (even movies like Shaun of the Dead that are supposed to be funny), I have TERRIBLE nightmares for weeks afterward.

I also wanted to create a wall of hoops for my baby that follow the "A is for... B is for..." train of thought, but with mythical creatures and made up things (A is for Aliens, B is for Bigfoot, etc). So Z is for Zombie!

I found this zombie teddy bear image from Urban Threads, and thought that he fit the bill. Then I decided that instead of brains showing on top, and his ribs showing on the side, it would be much more kid-friendly (and me-friendly, if I'm being honest) if I had stuffing coming out instead. I named him Zombear.



He has actual stuffing coming out of the hole in his head, and out of the hole in his side. His eye is an actual button.



He is in a 5" hoop (I will be switching him over into either a purple hoop or a green one, once I get them. Baby's room is all green and purple and grey).

Hope you like him!

10  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Completed Projects / Carousel Steampunk Seahorse Embroidery on: January 14, 2015 07:53:32 PM
I want to cover my whole house in embroidery hoops. They make me so happy. When I was looking for some new designs to make for our living room, Jeremy saw the carousel steampunk animals from Urban Threads, and really liked them, so I decided I'm going to make a set of them for him.

This is the first of the set (and was his favorite of the options I showed him). The fabric is one of a kind. The sailboat and the anchor are stamps that I hand carved, and then used fabric paint to stamp the images onto white muslin. I used carbon paper to transfer the image, and then re-traced with pencil, because the carbon didn't stick well.

Here is the finished embroidery (the back isn't finished off yet):



(I can't figure out why the picture is tipped on its side, it isn't on my computer, and I can't figure out how to rotate it Sad )
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