We've been getting into the fabric flower thing around our house.
I wear this necklace and ring several times a week.
Or, you can purchase some similar ready-made jewelry at Allora Handmade.
Anne and my niece Lexy helped make several of these flower hair clips the other day. (The girls cut out the circles and I did the sewing and hot gluing.) I recommend this tutorial. Except we modified it a bit and added buttons.
Today was Anne's last day of preschool. In the fall, she will begin kindergarten. Wow! Where has the time gone? There was little program and lunch today to celebrate.
Reciting the days of the week.
Here she is receiving her certificate from Mrs. Probst.
We made Mrs. Probst some thank-you gifts. I made a little quilted cover for this mason jar arrangement.
Home-grown and canned bread and butter pickles.
And with the Golden book material, I also made a bookmark. See the tutorial here.
My mom's birthday was in March, but I forgot to post the gift I made for her...
For years, my mom has collected the Russian nesting dolls called matryoshkas.
Camping two summers ago, I collected these matryoshka-shaped stones that ranged in size. I wanted to paint a picture/pattern of a matryoshka on each. It only a took a few seconds at attempting to paint that I realized the project was quickly headed toward disaster.
So I dug out some material in my stash. I had used this matryoshka-print fabric to make mom an apron and a zippy bag in the past.
I brushed a thin layer of matte Mod Podge on the stone, applied the cut-out piece of fabric and then covered it again in a thin layer of Mod Podge. I let it dry completely and then put on a second top coat.
Whoa-la! Handcrafted birthday gift disaster averted. Actually, I like the end result much better than my original idea.
Check out these sweet knitted bunnies my mama sent to us. She is a super-talented knitter. There are five of them--one representing each member of our family.
I love mama bunny with her apron and hands on hips.
And the baby bunny with the little nest...
If you are knitter, the pattern for the bunnies is here.
Anne turned 5 years old this Monday. So fun! We had a wonderful day at home celebrating and then a birthday dinner with family.
As you may recall, she "celebrated" this birthday a bit early with a surprise trip to the American Girl store.
She just adores Miss Betsy and plays with her practically every moment of the day.
Monday morning, Anne woke up to find this T-shirt lying on her bed. I recycled a fall T-shirt we had.
I used Wonder Under iron-on interfacing and stitched it for cuteness.
I also made her some cute bracelets to match.
I used pages from the American Girl catalog for gift wrap.
During the day, Anne made a beaded bracelet for Betsy.
I came up with several crafty ideas for American Girl dolls as we decorated and crafted on Monday. Anyone interested? I'm thinking about doing a tutorial series on craft ideas for you and your doll.
We did lots of talking on the couches looking out to the beautiful mountains. And while we talked, I did quite a bit of work with my needles. I had a lot these hats made, but not "finished." I worked on making cute crotcheted flowers and such to "complete" them.
These three will be Christmas gifts....thank you Miss Beth for modeling...one for me, one for Anne, one for Anne's doll...
Beth--of course--did not get to model HER hat. She needs to be surprised on Christmas morning, afterall.
More pictures from this weekend to come.
P.S. It has been VERY hard to pull back into full mothering and wife mode now that I am home. I have freelance work to do, laundry, children to love one...and I am flat exhausted. Miss Beth is growing again and woke up THREE times for meals in the middle of the night. I think I'm going to avoid "work" for today and head out to enjoy fall with the kids. I think we need to collect some acorns to make these guys sometime in the future (not today, definitely not today.)
This year, we participated in Faith Christian's homecoming parade, which is one lap around the track at half-time. But it was a TON of fun. I organized the "Coaches's Kids" float, which wasn't technically a float, but really a cluster of fancyily decorated bikes and wagons.
I also did some fancy face-painting....check out this butterfly face.
Found these lovely butterflies in the Christmas aisle at Hobby Lobby. They are actually those clips that you put on the tree branches. I converted them into headbands for the all the coaches' daughters.
These sweet blondies aren't mine, but oh-my-goodness, arent' they sweet. I wanted to take them home to join the Widdifield clan.
And...guess what?! We won the "CROWD FAVORITE" award. Woo-hoo! I gotta admit, it would be pretty hard to deny all these tot-sized fans some kind of award.
When my college roommate, Keli, came to visit last week, she brought these lovely alphabet stones for Anne. There are lowercase letters on the reverse side. Aren't they fun? She made them from smooth stones gathering on the California shore.
You can get your own set at her Etsy shop, California Cottage.
She also gave us this wonderful drift wood to craft with. Looking for some fun ideas, so please feel free to leave a comment with project suggestions. You can also buy bundles of driftwood in her shop.
So we are still in the process/tinkering with the idea of selling our house. Therefore, instead of completely rearranging all the kid's rooms to make room for Beth, we decided to just create a small little "nook room" for her for the time being. After all, at this point, she won't care, and, let's be honest, she doesn't need much space.
In our bedroom, we have this weird little section between the two closets (I think because the people before us made two rooms into one). During the day, her bassinet is in our room and then we roll it out the door at night. (I've never slept with my babies in my room because all their noises keep me up).
Love the vintage Mary Poppins record on the wall. It's "practically perfect in every way."
Dress and outfits hang on shower curtain rod above.
My dad's baby quilt covers the wall.
I didn't have a dresser for her, so I used the old metal drawers from our 1960s refrigerator, which went to refrigerator heaven some months ago. I couldn't bear to part with the cute turquoise drawers. At some point, I want to put casters on the bottom of them all so that they can roll under beds as storage for toys and odd and ends.
Finally, when we want to "hide" her room, we simply close the curtains.