Thursday, June 24, 2010

Reclaiming Naptime: Patriotic Pom-poms

I've been very lucky lately and granted couple of days this past week with ALL 3 kids napping (well, Elyette was having "quiet" time) at the SAME time!!! Did I get the laundry folded or clean the bathrooms... NAH! I blew off the responsible thing and CREATED instead. And this time even you get to benefit from my hour of freedom.

I give you:


Super easy, fast, and cheap... free actually(just use scraps). Now, obviously you can use any colors you want, but we made our for the 4th of July cause we thought they resembled fireworks.

Make them any size and fullness you'd like and put them on hair clips, headbands, T-shirts, flip flops, bags, ANYTHING.

Here's how to make 'em:

-Scrap fabric (you don't need much)

Yep, that's it!

Step 1: Select Fabric

You can use any old fabric that won't horribly unravel on you. I used a lightweight denim (blue), quilter's cotton and broadcloth (red), and a linen blend- from an old skirt (white). Next time I think I might try to make some from an old T-shirt.

Step 2: Cut Strips
Cut 1/2" strips on the bias* however long you can. The bias is basically on the diagonal where the there is the most stretch. This makes it so that if and when the fabric frays on the edges it will do so uniformly on either side and won't twist (we do want some fraying for interest and character).

*You can also cut strips straight on the selvage (its the side that doesn't fray much) if you want a little twisting action (but you may want to fray check the tips- the edge that isn't on the selvage if you do it this way)

Step 3: Wrapping
Once you have all your strips cut, begin wrapping them around a stable flat object (like a notecard) that is about the width you'd like you pom-pom to be. For example, I used a 5" wide tupperware lid for my largest one and 3 1/2" wide notepad for my slightly smaller ones.
If you are mixing fabrics like I did, alternate them as you warp them on. You strips of fabric are likely all different lengths and may not wrap many time. Don't worry about that. Just try to hold them all together as you wrap. You can trim it up later.

Step 4: Tie it off

After wrapping as many strips as you'd like for fullness its time to tie it up in the center. Thread a needle. At least double up the thread, I would recommend quadrupling it for more strength, or use a thicker floss. Before removing the wrapped strips, tightly wrap the thread around one side of the strip bundle in the center and tie (this will help keep it from falling apart when you pull it off). Gently slide the whole bundle off the object you wrapped it around. As tightly as you possibly can, wrap the remaining thread around the center of your bundle and tie off.

Step 5: Cut Loops
Once secured, take your scissors and cut the loops (several at a time works fine). Trim it up and even it out as much as you'd like and VIOLA, a pom-pom.

Step 6: Wet and Dry (optional)
They're cute without this step, so its up to you... First, spray the pom-pom with water to dampen it. Then throw it in the dryer (with other things if possible, so it doesn't flatten oddly). Promptly remove from dryer when done. This with fray up the edges and give a little interest to the fabric. I personally liked this "messy" look and ended up doing it to all of my pom-poms.

Attach pom poms to whatever you'd like. Enjoy!

Wednesday, June 23, 2010

3 months

Can you believe it?
Clearly I was lazy snapping some pics this morning, but it works. She really just wanted to eat the bear the whole time anyway.

She looks especially big when the kids hold her.
He's a good helper :)

And ta da!My first pics of all three together. Obviously not planned. Elyette's wild hair and of course, Jack's wearing... well another "Jack ensemble".
Not sure why I haven't gotten many with all three... oh wait... I do know why,
Got to love them.

Tuesday, June 15, 2010

Charlotte's Blessing

Sunday, June 6th, we blessed Charlotte. Priesthood blessing are the special times we get to hear Daddy say our actually given names :). Otherwise we're Mom or "the wife", Slim, Dude and Baby Stink. Yep, so far thats what has stuck for Charlotte. Jack even now calls her "Stink" most of the time. So she pukes or poops all over herself and others regularily and a bath freshness lasts less an hour, big deal...poor baby. I hope that one fades fast for her sake. Anyway, here are some pics from the joyous day :).
Getting the white fluff ready. A little while back, my mom gave each of us kids some "keep-sake" clothes that specifically belonged to us. Mine included my blessing dress. I had no idea she had made one for me (I just assumed with 5 older sisters, I shared the same). It was a VERY pleasant surprise and I now Charlotte gets her very own keep sake dress. (My mom made Elyette's for leftover fabric from my wedding dress- so was Jack's outfit. There must have been a lot of leftovers :))
With Great Grandma Rae --Oh and if you're wonder what in the world Jack is wearing, its his sister's tights. Don't ask. The boy's obsession with putting on anything and everything he finds cannot be helped. All the attendees.

Monday, June 7, 2010

Disney Report

DISNEYLAND that is!!! Are we spoiled?...YES! Especially Miss Charlotte. How many kids do you know that get to go at just 8 weeks old :). Ha, it really was a blast.

Elyette's favorites:

Soaring Over California (she was really enchanted by this. It absolutely was a real for her)
Haunted Mansion (she loved the dancing ghosts and the widow bride- naturally)
Space Mountain
Tower of Terror ( Yes, folks... she's tall enough and went 3 times! She's a maniac)
Cotton Candy
Minnie Mouse
The Princesses (of course)

Jack's Favorites:

Matterhorn (so he says- he had his eyes closed every time :))
Pirates of the Caribbean
Winnie the Pooh ride (calls it the bee ride)
His Mickey ears (still wears them daily)
WOODY! (He was really excited to see him)
Snow White (He didn't care for the other princesses much, but he sure blushed for her)

Charlotte's Favorites:

Being held ALL DAY! (via front pack or sling)
I think Disneyland is almost more fun as a parent. Its seriously the best to watch your kids take in the magic. Elyette and I decided we want to live there!