Monday, December 8, 2008
Friday, December 5, 2008
Part of what I love about this book is that it's not just a book filled with craft projects. There are lots of projects, but she also talks a lot about her philosophy and why her family does things the way they do. The book has a very gentle tone, and I feel calmer when I read it. Even though it is largely a craft book, I read it just for inspiration.
Some of my favorite ideas from The Creative Family:
- the banging wall - I wish sound didn't carry so well in our neighborhood. I'm trying to figure out a way to talk my parents into making one for the grandkids. Amanda has discussed the banging wall on her blog.
- the hand-made fabric story book
- the nature table
- hand-made sewing cards
- stuffed art - transferring kids' drawings to fabric and making 3D objects for them
- freezer paper stencils - which I tried months ago
I like the discussions of natural toys for children, and simple activities to do with kids to bring families closer together. This book has actually led me on a quest to learn sewing, to pick up my crochet hooks again, to seek natural materials, to think more intentionally about my parenting and to start my own blog.
I am grateful to Amanda for writing this book, and my way of thanking her is to let you know how much I've loved it. I hope that you will seek out a copy of this book, and encourage your library to stock it too.
Wednesday, December 3, 2008
I started searching the internet looking for similar costumes or patterns for what I wanted, but I could not find the right costume for a toddler (a sandwich board is great, but I needed something that would work in a stroller, too). There were many ideas for how to make this work over the course of several weeks, but in the end we whipped the whole thing out in 3 hours on a Saturday afternoon (just in time for the zoo's Halloween party).
We had Abigail lie down on a folded out newspaper, then traced around her from her shoulders to her knees. Fortunately, we had enough muslin for two tries, because the first one was WAY too small. The costume is made out of muslin (for the cookie) and brown felt hot-glued on for chocolate chips. If I'd wanted a more durable costume, though, sewing the chips on would have been much better. Underneath, Abigail wore a pair of brown pants, and a long-sleeved shirt that I dyed using tea to make the right shade of brown (it was a hand-me-down that was badly stained - she may never have worn it otherwise).
Her tote bag says "Got Cookies." I hoped that would give a clue about her costume. I've been surprised by the number of people who thought this was a ladybug costume. If I had to do it over, I'd use a darker muslin or tea dye the muslin I had, or perhaps even use dark tan felt.
These are some of the ideas I found online that didn't work for me, but might for someone else: