I’m big on tradition and memorabilia. I have fond memories of hunting though boxes in the basement looking for relics of the past. Toys from my Dad’s childhood, pictures from when my parents first met, a 1970′s Pyrex juice craft, crochet baby blankets that could have belonged to any one of my sisters or me. Sometimes I save things just so that my girls can find it one day, I call it organized hording. They probably won’t remember being a part of this project, but it’s one that when they are grown and it has been put away for a decade or so. I’ll pull it out and we will look at the dates and the tiny numbers, they’ll laugh at the though that they were ever under two feet tall and I’ll blink back the tears thinking how I couldn’t always tell them apart by only seeing the tops of their heads.
I did, and here’s how. I went to home depot and bought a pre – cut 6′ tall and 10″ wide board, a 220 grit sanding block, Minwax wood stain in Honey and a spray polyurethane top coat. At Micheal’s I got a large black paint pen.
It took me three evenings to complete it, about two hours each evening. You can read a full tutorial on the project from the blogger who created it first here.
I love how it turned out.
I must say, this is one that I wish I had finished before they learn to stand on their own. According to their 9 month appointment they were 27 1/2inches, I could mark the chart but that would be lying and I would remember that I cheated every time I looked at it. So the first mark is from January 17th, 2012. the girls were 15 months old and 30 1/2 inches tall. Getting them to stand thier long enough to make the mark was quite a challenge, getting them to stand there long enough to take a picture in front of the chart, impossible. Heance the lack of the picture.
A quick background, I am a designer for Carters, the baby clothes company. Which means I draw tops and bottoms then I color them in. Specifically little boys swim trunks and matching rash guards, the coordinating hats, sunglasses and flip flops.
Then for the winter season I do the same with coats and cold weather accessories and shoes.
Yes, I have a really fun job. I color all day. Ok, it’s a little more complicated than that, but only a little. I’m sure you are imagining me like this…
Part of my job is to research new ideas and inspirations, in magazines, in stores, but mostly on line. Sometime I stumble across things that I love not just for inspiration for work but for being a great idea! The designer in me is always looking for fun ways to get my girls to think creatively and to create on their own.
I love getting ideas from two of my favorite bloggers who I follow Ashley Ann, who has five kids and created a whole studio just for creating and crafting with her kids.
Today I stumbled upon Gio Kit. It’s DIY clothes for kids. A garment with an outlined drawing and fabric markers. How fun!
It will be a little while before my girls are old enough to tackle this art project, but in the mean time they can practice on plain white t-shirts.
I’m ordering these markers and shirts from amazon today and will share their masterpieces with you soon
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Some include coloring, finger painting (with paints or pudding), tracing, flash cards, stacking and sorting are a popular one. But five activities is about 20 minutes of playing, then what? Sit and watch TV, nope, don’t think so. Even that only lasts about five minutes. This is where Pinterest comes in. Enter “keep toddlers busy” into the Pinterest search bar or click here, and walla dozens of ideas for keeping toddlers busy. Here are some of my favorites I have come across recently and as these activities become appropriate for the girls we will do each one. And I will keep checking Pintrest and and my Toddler Busy Book for new ideas.
This next activity was created by one of my favorite bloggers Young House love for their three year old. This can easily be homemade for about $20, just requires a trip to the hardware store. I do really like the neon touch they added to this one.
Have fun playing!
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Toddlers are busy little people, they move from activity to activity in a blink of an eye and then back again. They get bored and fussy quickly so having a pocket full of activities to do on a moments notice is a must.
There are great go to activities like stacking blocks or the shape sorter that hold their interest for a few minutes, but to keep them occupied for a little longer try a yummy and fun new activity like finger painting with chocolate pudding.
This activity was introduced to me by my good friend who also has a one year old little girl.
I like to have the girls do really messy activities like this one in their highchair a, it helps to keep the mess contained.
Mix the pudding according to the package directions. Remove all clothing from your baby or toddler or clothe them in stuff that can get dirty. This is a very messy project. Tape a large piece of construction paper to the highchair tray.
I love it for several reasons, since its not a religious holiday there are no services to attend. It’s not that I mind the services, it’s just nice to get to spend the whole day off enjoying free time with family. And it’s a great excuse to dress babies up in their fancy dresses from Safta. They are from Zara (similar here).Another reason Thanksgiving is a favorite of mine is because we spend it out in the country at my sister lake house, which is beautiful and relaxing and always one of my favorite places to be. OK, its not exactly out in the country, its more like a country club, but the town is far away from a big city.
Then there is the fact that Thanksgiving is always within a week of my birthday, so I always get to celebrate my birthday with my family.
And last is the deserts! I love pumpkin and pecan pie, whip cream in anything is perfect and there is always enough chocolate left over to last for days. The actual meal is always tasty too, but it’s the deserts that keep bringing me back each year.
So that’s a wrap for thanksgiving 2012, let the games be watched.
I hope you enjoyed your Thanksgiving and spent it in company that you enjoyed. I hope you ate enough gravy to last you until next year and I hope that each day you remember that you can be thankful for the people who make your life special.
We celebrated the girls 1st birthday with a big party at our home yesterday with lot of family and friends. I worked really hard to create a beautiful scene for the party and my husband worked really hard to creat a beautiful and tasty food spread. Everything was great and I am really happy with how it turned out. The girls had a great time and our new deck proved to be the ultimate party place, save for a few black and yellow striped friends that we could have done without it was a great afternoon.
I stumbles across this adorable photo and just couldn’t help but think “how perfect for twins!” Although it could be just as perfect for siblings of any ages as well. I’m not going to use this idea this year so if you like it too feel free to send your R2D2 and Princess Leia out candy hunting this year!
I read or heard somewhere along the way that babies “need” something to gaze at in order to calm themselves to go to sleep. Preferably on their right side. really? This must be why mobiles over cribs are so popular.
Babies spend a lot of time staring at the ceiling, while they are lying on the floor, being held in your arms or lying in their cribs, they are forced to look up. How often do you look up? Check it out. Pretty boring right? There are some really cute painted ceiling ideas on Pinterest,
but we have popcorn ceilings, so painting the ceiling in a lovely fun pattern was not an option. I wanted to have a few different elements hanging from the ceiling for my babies to look at and discover. The first hanging object I put in their room was their pretty bushed silver chandelier.
They like it, they would stare at it, especially when the lights were on. The second hanging object is the lamp over the couch in their room.
It started out with a red light bulb, which according to my husband is the easiest color on the eyes.
I believe this except for the fact that red is the only color that babies can see therefore are incredibly attracted to it. They would stare at it with eyes wide open. They especially liked it if they could see the actual bulb and the bright filament in the center of it. They never blinked, not once while looking at that red light. Recently I switched it to a regular white bulb and spruced it up by adding some of the left over white eyelet fabric that thier crib skirts are made from.
Next was the cute barn yard animal mobile I bought from gilt for over the changing table.
I had this grand plan for a DIY mobile that I invented in my head after being inspired by Nate Burkus and a mobile I found on a nursery design blog.
I started the project when I was in my second trimester. Then the carpal tunnel set in and there was no way any mobile was getting made any time soon. So I found this cute musical mobile that matched their room well enough for now.
It played a sweet little lullaby for about 90 seconds. It was pretty much useless as far as the musical element was concerned but it looked cute and I think the girls enjoyed gazing at it. I would give it a twirl before I left the room, otherwise it hung perfectly still. Eventually I found the time and the energy to complete my DIY mobile project and I created the rest of the yarn orbs needed.
Here’s how I did it.
I hung them using thread over the changing table, but they didn’t move at all and I really hated it.
I wanted an actual mobile that turned over their cribs. So down came the yarn orb solar system and up when the barn yard animals.
The musical mobile is back in it’s box in storage waiting for it’s yard sale debut. It took me several tries to get the balance right to make the mobile actual work.
Although it’s small I like how it looks and I think it’s really an interesting thing for the girls to look at. I hope to one day make another one just like it and connect both of them to a longer hanging stick (my brilliant husbands idea) but these things will all get done in time. I promise I’ll update you when they do.
Do you have a DIY home decor that you are proud of? Share a picture of it in the comments!