a little bit of fun | sewing and such

So, I’ve had quite a few deep, introspective posts lately, and I was feeling in the mood for a fun one!

So here’s a random, things I love right now post, ps, these are all iphone pics, so they are just so-so, sorry.


Made this dinosaur tail from an old flight suit for the bitty. He loves it. He runs around and roars like a dinosaur. It’s awesome.
  
I love sewing. I love the accomplishment of making something adorable and practical. Plus, I have a fabric addiction, and sewing is a perfect cover-up… This is a minky blanket for a brand-new little baby boy…

Seriously, as much as having a girl scares me (think teenagers, ahhh!), I think I need one. I love ruffles. And bum ruffles are even better. This sweet onesie has a pink polka-dot Huey (helicopter) on the front.

Just when did he grow up on me??? Playing like a big boy. He walked up to the table and had no doubt what to do with those cars on the roads. I think it’s ingrained. Trucks, cars, and tractors, we love anything loud and with wheels right now!! (And that includes the vacuum, he LOVES how loud it is and throws a fit when I get done… silly boy)


I am a part of this amazing group, Mothers of Preschoolers (MOPS), and it has been my lifeline here in ND. They are amazing Christian women who gather to fellowship, grow, learn and become better wives, mothers and friends. I have been in charge of the creative activities this past year, however next year I will be stepping up to be a co-coordinator in charge of the group. Jen, our current coordinator, worked with our other group in town and arranged for us to be a part of an international Leadership Summit put on by MOPS. Here are the 8 ladies from our group that attended. It was a wonderful experience and we are very excited about what next year will hold!


Be still before the LORD and wait patiently for him; do not fret when men succeed in their ways, when they carry out their wicked schemes. Psalm 37:7

So there’s a big bucket of random… Happy Sunday!

DIY | A Manly Play Kitchen

I believe toys shouldn’t have gender roles. There’s absolutely nothing wrong with boys playing with dolls or girls playing with legos. Did your husband change diapers, give bottles and  rock babies to sleep?? I know mine did! And can girls be architects when they grow up?? I know one of my good high school friends is an amazing one.


Imaginative play is one of the most stimulating types of play for children, and is essential for proper development. So some of the best toys you can get your toddler are ones that aren’t limited to a specific use and allow them to create their own worlds.


This type of play is still a bit beyond Jarvis (some posts on types of developmental play in toddlers coming up soon!) but I like to be proactive. I’ve come across all sorts of DIY play kitchens on ohdeedoh, and wanted to make one of our own! We found an old entertainment center on a yardsale page and got right to work! 


Although this was primarily my project, hubby helped out quite a bit with some of the woodworking! Thanks, hubby!

AFTER:
Sink, stove, fridge/freezer on the left and oven to the right, pantry around on the left side.

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BEFORE:

missing the doors and shelves (sorry, bad iphone picture)                  
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 painting the magnetic layers on the doors and then the chalkboard paint
(the smaller door was on the entertainment center to begin with, the longer door we cut from plywood to fit)
(sorry, bad iphone picture)
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Added a hardy board backing to the whole thing, wood glued the shelves in, the ‘countertop’ is covered and ready for painting
(Do you like how we turned our front mud-room into a paint booth??? It’s too cold to paint in the garage!)
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Blue finished, painted the countertop and backsplash, then covered in a poly layer for protection. (sorry, bad iphone picture!)
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And onto the details…. It cost us about $150, which ended up being more because I decided to outfit it with some cute acessories. The basic entertainment center, paint, trim, and necessary accessories ran about $80, then the cute orange accents and other add ons cost a bit more! But it is still well under the $300- $500 you would pay for most wooden kitchens of this size! One of our good friends made a trip to Ikea in Minneapolis (8 hours away!) and took my list of supplies with them, THANKS VanDycks!!
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The burners are silicone coasters from Ikea and the knobs are pulls from Ikea as well. The orange spoon rest is from a local kitchen store. The pots and pans sets and all the metal tools are from a Target Christmas sale set. We added wooden trim along the painted counter to simulate a backsplash.
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Towel rack and hooks from Ikea.
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Freezer and refigerator are all stocked! Both the doors are magnetic chalkboards. The hinges are reused from the original center and the pull handles are from Ikea.
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The oven door was original to the center, although we added a new hinge at the bottom. Hubby cut a hole in the center and we added a piece of plexiglass. The handle and baking set are from Ikea, the towel from a local kitchen store. We have plans to add an ‘oven rack’ but are having trouble finding a metal rack thin enough… I will update once we figure that out!
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The towel rack along the front is Ikea and the towels and measuring cups are from a local kitchen store. I have not be able to find a basket to fit this bottom shelf, so I have plans to make a fabric one myself, I’ll update when I get it done!
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The faucet is a garage hook from Ikea and the knobs are from there too. The sink is a little metal bowl that removes so he can play with water for real. The utensil holder we already had and the orange utensils are from a local kitchen store.
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The side shelves we turned into a pantry. It’s somewhat bare right now, but thanks to a great-grandma, there are some wooden pantry boxes headed this way. I also have two small wire baskets in the mail for pantry storage. The broom is from Hobby Lobby.
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So that’s about it!! We are super proud of it and hope that Jarvis enjoys it for many years to come.
 
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****UPDATE****
 
Forgot to add this adorable picture of the bit helping daddy work!
 
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itty bitty crafts | labels

I have been in the process of revamping my business. Reworking product and price lists. Finding ways to streamline and be efficient. I’m trying to bring it back to what I enjoy and be reasonable about what I have time for. Since being Jarvis’ mommy is my first priority!


Part of this business make-over are these adorable little labels that I can now add to all my products!



I have quite a few of these… 300 to be exact, haha…. time to get sewing!!




And this one cracked me up…. someone thought these looked like the PERFECT toy!



More business info coming soon, restructuring is almost completely done!

For now, check out my facebook page.

DIY | Play Workbench **Update**

Yes, I know, I’m crazy….

After looking at the pictures, I decided I couldn’t stand the green toolbox on the cute little workbench… so a few coats of spray paint later…. it’s blue!! Except now I wish it was orange. But I don’t have orange spray paint, so it’s staying blue. Crazy, I know.


But seriously… it’s cuter…

He loves this thing…







The hooks are particularly fascinating…




Wanna see more?? Check out the DIY workbench first post


Check back for Project 52 tomorrow!

DIY | Play Workbench

 
Creativity is my sanity. It’s what keeps me grounded, it’s my outlet. And no matter what I am creating with… paper, fabric, wood, I love seeing something come out of nothing. 
 
Hubby and I love working on any type of project together. It’s bonding time. Thanks to my awesome Dad, who had no qualms over taking his daughter out into the garage with him, I have a fair amount of woodworking knowledge. Hubby learned plenty from his dad and grandfather too, so between the two of us, we have happily acquired many tools, and have big plans for them. 
 
When I told hubs I wanted to make a play kitchen (under progress!) for Jarvis, he jokingly suggested we make a play workbench. What an excellent idea! It’s actually absurdly easy! So with a babysitter Valentine’s evening, we hit up our local hardware store, Menards and finished the majority of the base in one hour that evening!
 
Taa-daa!
 
 
It is 3ft tall, with the workspace hitting at 1.5ft. Perfect for him right now. If we need to raise it later, we have plans to add risers or wheels to the bottom.
 
 
Supplies list:
2x4s: $8.00 (used 3.5 boards)
Nails: $1.00 (lots extra)
Peg board: $2.79 (only used half)
Spray paint: $3.44 (lots left over!)
Large snaps: $3.99
Canvas scraps: $1.00
 
Total:  $20.22 
(with nearly enough material left over to make another one!)
 
The peg board accessories are leftover from Daddy’s workbench in the garage as is the tool box.
All the tools were one of Target’s red ‘Christmas Packs’ and were on sale for $7.99!
 
 
 
So here’s the only ‘process’ picture I took- partway done! Our only mistake was using 2.5 inch nails instead of 3. They were pulling out too easily with the normal pull of the bench, so we had to use a little wood glue to help stabilize them (that’s why you see the clamps below). But now that thing is very very sturdy!
Sorry- taken on my iphone!
 
 
 
It is sanded very, very well with an electric sander, and all nails are finished flush with the wood.
 
We painted the peg board blue to add a little pop against the orange tools. But left the rest of the wood natural.
 
 
 
I used canvas scraps I had laying around (from some Christmas present dop kits) to create little pouches to hang on the side to store his tools.

 
 
We didn’t want to attach them by hanging them on extended nails (talk about toddler hazard!!) so I used heavy duty sew-on-snaps for the canvas side, and nailed the other side into the wood. They are easily removable but completely toddler safe.
And a slightly smaller one for the other side.
And of course, a little brand so we have no doubt who it belongs to!


Here’s to hoping my little boy will enjoy working out in the garage with his Daddy (and Mommy) and will have a little creative gene of his own!
 
 
***Measurements have been posted HERE! ***
 
**Yesterday, while browsing Ikea, I found that they are now offering a play workbench as well… it’s cute, but 4 times as much as our, and I think ours looks more authentic!!**
 
**I featured this project on Today’s Creative Blog… check out all the other projects featured!
 
Up next… the DIY play kitchen, fit for a boy! Can’t wait to get started on it!
 
Hugs,
C