Thursday, June 30, 2011

Soccer Cookies

The end of June is here.  With that marks the end of soccer season.  It has been a great season.  I have 4 little soccer monsters, 3 of them played soccer this year.  They amaze me with their talents, passion and different personalities.  What a lucky Mom I am.

This year I was lucky enough to coach the 8 year old boys along with another Mom.  They were a great bunch of boys and made coaching a joy.

In honour of a great season I made 4 dozen soccer cookies.  One dozen went to my daughter's coach.  He is a great guy with a great family.  The others were given to the boys on my team (with a few, ahem, held back for my family).

 I love making sugar cookies with Royal Icing.  Ever since I figured out my recipes, I cannot get enough.  It is probably a good thing that it takes me so long to decorate, because if it didn't I would be making these all the time!

   This picture shows how I packaged them for my boys team.  Of course, I do realize that cookies are just a little treat.  The big deal was the trophies earned and the friendships made.

Check out this post to find my recipe.

Saturday, June 25, 2011

Lucy Skirt

My oldest daughter is going through a growth spurt.  All of a sudden all of her clothes are too small.  I took a quick trip to the store(s) to buy her some new clothes.  I had one skirt in my hand that looked really cute.  I cannot remember the cost, but I do know it was way too much for what I was getting.  It was a very simple skirt with an elastic waistband.  I had no plans on making her one, but at the same time I knew I couldn't pay for it knowing that I could make one.

A few days later I was at my favourite hangout, the fabric store, and I saw this fabric while I was at the cutting table.  I made a quick decision and purchased it.  I knew my girl would love it, it is her favourite colour!

I had no real plans to make the skirt, but today while I should have been cleaning and organizing I thought that sewing would be more fun, so I did it.  Here is my Lucy Skirt modeled by my daughter.

It was so easy to make.  If anyone is interested I could easily write it up for you.  Thanks for looking:)

Friday, June 24, 2011

Crochet Bracelet

The Purl Bee is a wonderful site full of beautiful projects and tutorials.  I have made more than one thing using patterns/tutorials from the site.  While looking for crocheted "things" I found Wren Handmade: Crocheted Bracelets . I was sold and decided to make one for my little girl.
I worked on the pattern on my lunch hour and quickly decided that since I am still a beginner crocheter and my daughter does not like jewelery, that this would not be for her.  A little too much work.  I am not one to give up easily, so I chose to go ahead and complete it.

I messed up the pattern!  I did one stitch wrong (each time it was in the pattern), plus I lost count a couple times and by the end I had to do whatever stitches worked because the ones in the row before were wrong (Oops).

I finished it yesterday and at first I was not sure how much I liked it.  Overall I was happy, it looked close to the inspiration bracelets.  By the end of the evening  I absolutely loved it!  I wore it out last night to my youngest boy's soccer game.  I wore it while I wrestled with my unhappy little girl.  I wore it all evening.  It is so comfortable and so child friendly.  I, like my daughter, don't love jewelery, but this is more than jewelery, it is a wonderful, comfortable accessory.  I will wear it again and I will try the pattern again.  Hopefully I will get it right next time!

Friday, June 17, 2011

Fleece Diaper Cover

I have been cloth diapering since my first child was born 8 years ago.  I love it, my husband loves it.  We wouldn't have it any other way.  One of the things we like about cloth diapering is saving money.  It is very easy to spend a lot of money on cloth diapers if you choose to.  We do not.  We have bought some, my favourite purchased and longest lasting ones have been the one size cloth diapers from Mother-Ease.  While you can fit these on your infants, they look a little silly with a diaper up to their armpit!  So, I do use smaller ones when they are teeny tiny.  The one size cloth ones have great movement and fit so nicely.  However, because I am frugal (sometimes) I have made some of my own diapers.  I am close to having a pattern that I love, but I have not sewn enough diapers to fully work out the kinks.

Diaper covers, that is where I was heading with this post.  Fleece covers are AWESOME.  They are so easy to use.  They are not 100% waterproof, so it is best not to use them for long car rides or anywhere that might cause compression leaks, because the liquid will go through the fleece.  Around the house or short trips in the car, we love our fleece.  What the fleece does is eliminate the need for pants, and makes the diaper breathable, which makes your baby’s bum happier.  All winter we have used fleece pants on our littlest one, cover and pants all in one.  Perfect.  Now that the weather is warming up and she is still not fully ready to potty train we needed something a little cooler, so I turned to Katrina's soaker patterns.  I use her pattern to make the pants too.

I am sure you want to see my little sweetheart on the catwalk, modeling her new cover.  Here she is:

Perfect for under dresses or as shorty shorts!

Sunday, June 12, 2011

Amigurumi - Lion

I finished the Lion!  I love amigurumi animals, so cute.  I would love to have them sitting in my cubicle area at work to brighten things up, but my kiddies love them too much.  I would feel bad if I did not leave them at home for them to enjoy! 

I think I may make an elephant next!  If you did not catch my giraffe you can find it here:
I used patterns from the book easy crochet CRITTERS.

Back to my office, it is very uninspiring.  Recently (last week) I bought a plant for my area, I hope it lives, we have no natural light.  I thought that if it looks like it needs a little boost I can bring it home for short periods of time.  I am trying to figure out what else I can bring in to brighten things  up.  I have some family photos, but really I do not have a lot of space and I am surrounded by papers, folders and binders.

I did see these crochet gumballs and thought they might be cute:

The picture is from unwind:  crochet patterns and tutorials.  Something about crochet balls make me happy!

Friday, June 10, 2011

Holey Jeans?

Recently I discovered a flattering, albeit old pair of jeans in my closet.  At some point they became unflattering and became painting jeans.  I am not sure when they started fitting again, maybe styles changed or maybe I am just in the right point of my ever changing body (four kids has caused me to be many sizes over the last few years).  Whatever the case may be, I like them! 

I did have one large problem, the growing hole in the knee.  That is not very cool, especially if you want to set a good example for your children.  The good news, worn jeans are stylish, in fact you pay more for worn jeans in stores. 

Another great thing, I have mended many pairs of pants for my children over the past few years so this was an easy task for me.  I did not use a tutorial, but if I you want to see what I did, it was just like this.

The end result:
Much better, worn, yet no knee poking through!

Sunday, June 5, 2011

Amigurumi - Giraffe

With my new found love of yarn I find myself lingering in the yarn section whenever I get the chance.  While there I saw this book of some cute amigurumi critters:  easy crochet CRITTERS.

I made a couple immediately with special requests from two of my darling kiddies.  They turned out cute, however, I did not have the right colour yarn, I decided I better use the right colour next time I tackle one.

Here is the first one I have completed with the right colours!

My youngest is especially attached, and for the moment does not want to share it with anyone .  I am almost done a lion, it looks pretty cute, I will be sure to update you when it is done!

UPDATE: The lion can be found here.
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