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1  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Completed Projects / Planner-Page-Per-Day Project on: January 06, 2016 10:36:09 AM
I know this project is sort of somewhere between arts, crafts, and design, so I'm not really sure where to put this.

Anyway, I'm designing my own planner pages for my planner, because all of the printable ones I've found are close, but not quite perfect for my needs. I've been enjoying making the planner pages so much, I've been making a new one every day and posting the downloadable PDF on my blog (if you're interested in printing them out for yourself, the link to my blog is down below).

Here are pictures of the ones I've made so far:

Yearly Spread:

Monthly Spread:

4-Section Weekly Spread:

Daily Page:

Goal Planner:

Weekly Meal Plan:

Yearly Habit Tracker:

30 Day Habit Tracker:

Project/Idea Planner:

Special Dates/Birthdays Planner:

Monthly Blog Planner:

Weekly Blog Overview:

Ongoing Craft Swap Organizer:

Big Craft Swap Organizer:

Wish List:

To Do List:

Notes Page:

Books to Read List:

Library Book Tracker:

Debt Tracker:

Movies to Watch List:

Weekly Tot School Planner:

Kid's Party Planner (1 of 3):

Kid's Party Planner (2 of 3):

Kid's Party Planner (3 of 3):

Monthly Date Night Planner:

Weekly Date Night Planner:

Wedding - Guest List Tracker:

2  TOYS, DOLLS AND PLAYTHINGS / Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Completed Projects / Harry Potter and the Felt Play Set on: August 11, 2015 09:50:37 PM
In the One Awesome Harry Potter Thing (Round 2) swap, I paired up with jillybeans, and created this felt play set for her daughter!

Original Swap Link: https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=439516
Original Swap Gallery: https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=439838

Here is the whole felt set:

Pardon the picture dump. Here are close ups of all the pieces.

I made a Hogwarts background:

The Hogwarts grounds, with the forest, the lake, and the Whomping Willow:

The Quidditch pitch:

Harry Potter:

Ron Weasley:

Hermione Granger:


Professor Snape:




Hedwig and the Sorting Hat:

Quidditch Props - Snitch and 2 Broomsticks:

Each of the characters took in the neighborhood of 2 hours. Dobby took about an hour. The rest of the props took about half an hour each. The backgrounds took 4-6 hours.

I had a lot of fun designing all the characters, and even drew up sketches for about a dozen more, but ran out of time and couldn't make them all. I hope you enjoy the felt play set!! Smiley
3  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.

4  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.
5  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

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

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:

6  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!)

7  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...

8  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)
9  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!!
10  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).

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