suncatcher.

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It has been brutally cold here in Chicago for the past few days. We’ve been snowed in and hit with record low temperatures. I thought making this little sun catcher would help bring some color to this dreary winter. It was pretty fun to make for milo, since he got to use his very own scissors and do essentially most of the work. I love the little burst of color it brings to my cold, snowy window.

You will need:

tissue paper of various colors
scissors
Embroidery hoop (we used a 6 inch hoop)clear contact paper
suction cup hanger

Measure two sheets of contact paper to be about 1 1/2 inches bigger than your embroidery hoop. Cut out various shapes of the tissue paper. Peel away one of the sheets of contact paper and apply the shapes to the sticky side. When finished, peel away the other piece of contact paper and place sticky sides together to protect the tissue paper pieces. Place within the embroidery hoop and use a suction cup hook to hang in the window.

dinosaur hoodie.

dinohoodie
Every kid needs a dinosaur hoodie! These are so easy to whip up! All you need is a hoodie and some felt, and a sewing machine (although you could probably easily do this by hand, it would just take a little bit longer). I had this thrifted hoodie sitting in milo’s closet, and I dug into my felt stash to make the spikes.

I glanced at this tutorial, and then I went to work. You can download a template for the spikes here, or you can just wing it. Fold on a seam, and cut enough spikes to cover the back of your hoodie. ( I ended up using only one sheet of felt for this 3T hoodie)

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1. Fold your hoodie in half. You can iron it to make a nice crease – you will be using this as your guide to pin the spikes.
2. Pin the spikes to your hoodie – the middle of the spike should line up with the crease.

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3. Once all your spikes are pinned, sew each one down the middle of the spike.
4. Once all your spikes are attached to the hoodie, then fold the spikes in half and sew up the sides of the felt.

358. clay ornaments.

ornaments

Milo and I made these clay ornaments using a recipe I found on pinterest. We rolled out the dough, cut them out using cookie cutters, and then baked them and let them dry. We painted them, used sharpies and glittered them. We had alot of fun doing it, and are giving some as christmas gifts.

1/2 cup cornstarch
1 cup baking soda
3/4 cup water
In a medium sized pot combine the cornstarch, baking soda, and water. Stir this mixture over medium-low heat. You are going to stir this mixture until it is smooth and no longer feels stuck to the bottom of the pot. Stir constantly, after a couple of minutes, the mixture will begin to thicken. When it looks like smooth, thick mashed potatoes, remove the pot from the heat. Spoon the ball of dough into a bowl. Cover it with a damp cloth until it’s cool.

When the clay has cooled, knead it on a smooth surface dusted with cornstarch. To avoid cracking you need to make sure the clay is well kneaded before rolling. Knead in a little more cornstarch if it feels sticky. Store the clay in a sealed bowl or bag. It will keep for a couple of weeks in the fridge. Bring it to room temperature before you use it.


Line the baking sheet with waxed paper if you want to let them dry naturally. Turn them every day to avoid curling. This just takes longer than drying them in a low temperature oven.

Preheat oven to 175 degrees F. Line baking sheet with parchment paper. Roll out clay to 1/4 inch thick on a surface lightly dusted with cornstarch. Use cookie cutters to cut out shapes. Transfer shapes to the prepared baking sheet. Use a straw to poke a hole in the center top of each decoration Place them in the oven for about an hour, turning them over halfway through cooking.

289. DIY angry birds game.

A rainy day (complete with tornado sirens) kept us locked up in the house all day…so I made this angry birds game for milo.

I found a super easy tutorial on how to make yarn pom poms and created them to look like the angry birds. (milo pointed out the the green was NOT the same green that the pigs actually are, but this is what I had on hand) A quick trip to walgreens for dixie cups, and our game is complete. This kept milo busy for quite some time!

286. milo, the superhero.

Trying to recreate an idea I saw on pinterest. Wouldn’t say it was the best execution, but we had fun trying.

274. adult sized shark pants.

As promised, the adult size shark pants are ready. Now milo and his dad can match!

263. shark pants.

I found these shark sheets at the thrift store a few weeks ago and today milo requested I make him some shark pants.  When Dj got home milo suggested we make a pair for him too, so be on the look out: daddy sized coming up soon!

259. dylan and zachary.

Took some quick photos of zachary and his new brother dylan today!

226. rainy day.

It was a rainy dreary monday, so we brightened our day by putting on rainboots and jumping in puddles!