Wednesday, October 31, 2012
(Sorry about the iphone pics....well not really that sorry but I didn't want to lug out my DSLR so...moving on.)
Happy Halloween from a bunch of ponies! Rainbow Dash and Applejack to be more specific. We had our church trunk or treat party last Saturday so the girls got to wear their costumes-they loved it! Surprisingly a lot of people knew who they were ( I should have known the parents of little girls would, but an 11 year old brother of a little girl knew their names, lol! so cute)
I made some quick trick or treat bags out of the leftovers from their costumes-and I'm so glad I did! They turned out really cute, and what else would I have used that fleece for anyways? I am also glad I made some cutie marks for the bags, the girls went bananas for that! (and bananas is good)
They are basically large rectangles folded in half with the sides sewn together and top hemmed over. Then I serged two strips together for each handle, and sewed each end to the inside of the bag. Easy and pretty quick too!
Charlotte never escapes without a Sadie hug, whether she likes it or not.
I made some cupcakes for the cupcake walk at the party and piped some pumpkin-esque frosting on top. Quick and cute.
Have a safe and fun Halloween!
Tuesday, October 30, 2012
I did a little refashion the other week and it turned into this little square necked top! It's made from a thrifted tee (I always forget to take a before pic, just imagine a really boxy tee and pretend I did), and I decided to play with the stripes a bit! Taking my cues from this fab tutorial...this tee was created.
The knit I was working with was kind of odd, so it doesn't lay as nicely as I'd hoped, but oh well. It's also a bit big on her...Sadie is in the awkward in between sizes stage.
My favorite part is the back yokey thing. It was a total accident. I cut out both shirt pieces with the front neckline. Whoops! Too low for the back. So I cut out a piece to fit, with stripes going the other way for fun, and serged it in. It worked great and I love all the stripes going every which way! It's a big dizzying, but in a good way? Eh, I like it.
Oh yeah and then I added a little fabric flower on front. Just chopped off the bottom of an old tee, gathered the raw edge, and sewed it into a circle flower. Easy peasy! Have you refashioned anything lately?
Monday, October 29, 2012
We tried out this new oval bento this week and Sadie loved it! (she is all about the pink...and new stuff) Charlotte was helping me arrange it, hehe! On the top tier I rolled up some turkey around cheese sticks and skewered them, then sliced apples and alternated the way they laid...easy but it looks fun! On the bottom a cute bunny egg (using this mold), some crackers and yogurt raisins finished the bento off! Sadie loves hard boiled eggs (but just the white part), and Charlotte so far won't even try them. She is normally an egg-aholic but I can understand that since they're cold it would throw her off. I don't mind finishing hers off, yum!
This bento had some kiwi, pirate's booty, and strawberries with a few sprinkles (per Sadie's request) on top, then on bottom had half of a turkey and provolone bagel thin sandwich, some yogurt raisins, and a sliced baby carrot. The carrots didn't get eaten (of course...that's about standard right now), but everything else did! Even C's bagel sandwich...I was kind of surprised about that! One of the main reasons I love doing lunches like this now is all the different ways you can present the same foods. Keeps 'em on their toes.
Bo-ring bento alert. (I needed to go grocery shopping-bad!) This one had some sliced apples, a few PB&J flower sandwiches with a yogurt raisin center, some flower cheese and pirates booty. Also an organic little candy my mom gave the girls. (she's way healthier than we are lol) The box is new-one of those Lock & Lock boxes. I will have to try a few more lunches in it, but I think I like it so far! It's deeper than the traditional bento boxes I usually use.
Another pretty simple bento-a hard boiled egg, yogurt raisins and panda cookie, strawberries, carrots and ranch, and some turkey and cheese sandwich skewers. These are the girls new favorite way to eat sandwiches! They love it!
We had some fun animal themed bentos this week too! Sadie chose a kitty cat for her lunch, so I used my cool new cutter to make her a jam sandwich...also added some sliced peaches, kiwis (with a kitty pick), cat shaped cheese and turkey pepperoni. She loved it!
Charlotte got a little piggy lunch! With a piggy sandwich, and basically all the same stuff as Sadie's above, only with a piggy pick and piggy cheese. (have I said piggy enough yet?) My Grandma gave me this fun farm animal cookie cutter set awhile ago, and while they're too small for cookies-they're perfect for bentos!
This last one is from just the other day, but I wanted to share it before Halloween! I made a little turkey, cheese, and mustard candy corn sandwich (The girls just flipped the top layer over to eat), carrots, fall colored M&M's, vampire goldfish (fangs drawn on with a food safe marker), and grapes with a little orange cat pick. The girls loved this-admittedly it's not very spooky but that's the kind of Halloween we like. :)
Friday, October 26, 2012
***This giveaway is now closed! See the winner below!***
Hey guys! It's been awhile since the last giveaway! I've got a fun one for you today-from the Petite Kids Boutique pattern shop! She's got some adorable and simple patterns available in her shop. I've picked out some of my faves below, but make sure to check them all out!
So onto the fun part: the giveaway!
They are giving away a 3-pattern pack from their shop!
How to enter:
1. Visit their shop, take a look around, then come back and leave a comment on this post telling me some of your fav patterns!
2. "Like" them on Facebook. Leave a comment telling me you did so on this post.
Please leave your email address with one of your comments so I can contact you if you win!
The giveaway will run until Friday the 2nd! (Unless I'm having this baby, lol then you get an extra few days)
The winner is...Christina!
Tuesday, October 23, 2012
Hooray! With only days to spare I finally made Charlotte's Halloween costume. Slacker much? I only say that because I made Sadie's a whole like....2 months ago. I've told you before I don't like making most things twice, right? Anyways...I finally buckled down and love how it turned out...so does Miss C, which is what really matters right?! She kept saying, "Mom! Cute! Cute! Apple-gack!"....which was of course freaking adorable.
This was pretty much the only picture of the hood and hat on...it's quite heavy with the hat pinned to the hood, so I have a feeling it will be hanging down most of the time. Which is fine, it looks cute that way, too.
Apples! and a cute pony-tail! She's supposed to have a ribbon/ ponytail in her mane, too, but I forgot to make it long and can you blame me for not wanting to rip it open to redo it? lol. Sadie made sure to point that out to me though. If that show ever needs a continuity specialist....my Sadie is your gal!
I made the costume the same way I did Sadie's Rainbow Dash costume, leaving off the wings of course. Cutie mark, pants, tail, etc...everything else made using that tute! I added a little ribbon pull to the front because it was a bit boring and needed a little color!
Oh and I made a hat! Basically fleece held together with hot glue and a prayer....and some of that plastic mesh stuff. No tute for that because...well like I said, it's not made very well...lol! Just for looks. It looks just like the real Applejack's though, right? Minus the hot glue streaks.
I didn't manage to get any pics of the two of them that weren't blurry as heck. They were having quite the good time ponying around! (har har)
Woohoo! Time to kick my legs up! Halloween costumes are done!
Monday, October 22, 2012
Hey guys! Have you heard of Megan Nielsen patterns? For our last Belly+Baby post (yeah I know we're a little late oops), Kate, Shauna and I got to try out some of her patterns! I love this ruched maternity top-I only wish I'd got my hands on it sooner in this pregnancy! The fit is perfect and it's so comfortable yet flattering. (as flattering as anything can be at 37 weeks pregnant hehe)
I think I got this fabric from fabric.com a long time ago, and although it's a bit busy I like how it turned out! The only thing I did differently from the pattern was I used bias tape to finish off the neckline. It's a great pattern and I really liked how simple it was to make.
And see all our previous belly+baby projects linked up below!
Thursday, October 18, 2012
Have you guys heard of Kiwi Crate? It's a really unique and fun company! They send you a box of crafting goodies for your kids (best for ages 3-7) each month, and every month has a fun theme. They sent us the Flying Fairy crate to check out, and suffice it to say, the girls had a blast with it! (I did as well!)
It came with three different fairy themed dress up crafts to make, and they were so, so adorable.
A fairy wand, skirt, and wings made up the crate.
Simple instruction booklets are included, and I LOVE that they give you everything you need in the box. I mean, everything! I didn't have to get up for tape or scissors at all. That was really nice. (especially for this preggo mama for whom getting up takes about 20 minutes)
I loved that the girls were able to get crafty together, and they had so much fun with all the girly aspects of the crate! aka glitter, stickers, ribbons, etc!
The wings are still going strong, too...I don't know what kind of paper it is made of, but it's sturdy stuff!
You can tell lots of fun was being had since this was the only shot I got of the skirt. She loved it!
Subscriptions are $19.95 per month...(plus you can gift it to a family or friend!)..and check out more adorable ideas at the Kiwi Crate blog, www.kiwicrate.com/blog.
Disclaimer: I received product in exchange for an honest review-I will only recommend products if I truly love them!
Tuesday, October 16, 2012
This bento was super simple but went over well with the girls. I cut some turkey and cheddar sandwiches into triangles, and added some Pirate's Booty....always a hit! On the bottom some sliced peaches (chopped up for Charlotte's), and grapes with an elephant pick finished it off. This one strangely only had a few grapes leftover!
On the top tier of this bento we have some kiwi and grapes, yogurt raisins and ranch dip, and a few carrots and cherry tomatoes. On the bottom, a PB&J with Sadie's name on it in cheese (obvs), and a babybel cheese with some star cutouts. Funny story, when they took off the cover to the bottom tier, both of their cheese names were stuck to the lid. They both had a little giggle about that! (Charlotte's name didn't fit very well...poor thing I feel so bad for when she has to learn how to write her name! It's so long!)
This one was for breakfast, and it got refilled a few times actually! Charlotte LOVED dipping her mini pancakes (leftover from the weekend heck no I don't make pancakes during the week) in the container of syrup! Added some strawberries and they were both in heaven.
This box is from Target-Ziploc brand, and it has some whole wheat Ritz crackers, leftover pasta salad, rolled up turkey skewers, and a babybel cheese with a star cut out in the large section. In the small sections are some strawberries, carrots, and cherry tomatoes with ranch dip in the container. This one was a hit! Only some crackers and tomatoes left over for both girls!
Sadie actually requested an all-pink bento, so we went with a semi Valentines Day/Love theme because....well, why the heck not? On the top tier are some strawberries with a flower pick, a chocolate coin, and some rolled up turkey skewers. On the bottom tier are a few little PB&J heart sandwiches with fruit leather on top and some provolone letters, along with some heart cheese next to them. Charlotte usually doesn't eat much of her sandwiches but she loved these teensy ones. I'll have to do more of those for her, I guess!
This bento was for a playdate at our house-bento fever is spreading and so a few other kids had bento style lunches, too! It's addicting. ;)
This one had some cut up pears, a cookie and yogurt raisins, and some pirates booty on top. On bottom I cut up some PB&J's into tiny squares and skewered them on some picks. Both Sadie and Charlotte LOVED this so I'll definitely do it again! Oh and some grapes, too. Anti climactic ending there. ;)
This one almost has a circus theme...ok, ALMOST. It has a lion and popcorn (ok that's a stretch....pirates booty), and circusy colored sprinkles. Now I'm brainstorming circus bento ideas! lol. Anyways I made a mini sandwich with some leftover dinner rolls with turkey and cheese, added some cut up string cheese and yogurt raisins...then more yogurt and some grapes. yum!