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Seven Dwarfs Nursery for One Lucky Baby

25 Oct

After a very long hiatus that can be blamed on house hunting, moving into and decorating said house, and being generally anxious and excited that we are expecting our firstborn, we have a new post!

This room is my favourite in the house, mostly because there will shortly be a baby in it. But also because it is adorable, and we are proud of our rookie decorating skills. We decided before we knew the gender of the baby that we wanted to do a Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs theme, because it’s actually pretty gender neutral for a princess story. If the baby ended up being a girl, we could always play up the princess/castle theme, and if it was a boy, we’d go for a more woodsy look. Plus, I have a ton of Dopey ornaments and collectables from when I was a kid.

Can you tell what we’re having based on the room?

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Mr. C made the felt apples above the changing table. A tutorial is available at Purl Bee: http://www.purlbee.com/apple-coasters/

And I made the bunting above the crib:

The bunting tutorial doesn’t exist, but I mean, come on. They are fabric triangles sewn onto a ribbon.

We also made the wreath on the door full of apples and diamonds (because diamonds aren’t just for girls- the dwarfs seemed to love them). The “I’m Grumpy” throw on the bed is made from one of those cut and tie blanket sets from Joann Fabrics, but unfortunately it looks like the item is no longer available! I’m glad we snatched it up when we did.

Now all we have to do is wait for Baby Arts&Crafts to arrive!

(Mrs. A)

Moose Craft

16 Apr

Since my beaver craft has been so popular, I’ve decided to add a post on one of my other woodland creature crafts. Presenting… a paper moose!

Moose craft

Supplies required: white/grey and two colours of brown construction paper,  white foam (optional), a black marker, 3 strips magnet (optional), scissors and a glue stick.

Step 1: Create a template of the head, antlers, ears, eyes and beard as seen in the picture below.
Step 2: Using the templates, trace and cut out the head and ears from the construction paper that is the lighter of the two browns.  Cut the antlers out of white/grey construction paper, the eyes from white construction paper or foam paper and the beard from the darker brown construction paper.
Step 3:
 Create pupils on the white construction/foam paper using the black marker. 
Step 4: Begin gluing the various pieces together making sure that you glue the ears on before the antlers.
Step 5: Using the black marker, draw details onto the moose’s face.
Step 6: (optional) Finally, make this craft into a fridge magnet by adding three strips of magnet on the back, making sure to put one on the head and one on each antler.

moose template

This is perhaps one of my simplest crafts in terms of how much time it’ll take to put together, but it looks great and there simply isn’t enough moose crafts out there yet. Have fun!

Recommended Reading: Ernest by Catherine Rayner
                                              Moose! by Robert Munsch Illus. by  Michael Martchenko 

(Mr. C)

Happy-a Hallowe’en-a!

31 Oct

Hope you are-a having a happy-a Hallowe’en-a!

There. That is my attempt at writing in an Italian accent. I promise there was a purpose in trying to sound Italian. Mr. C and I dressed up as the most famous Italians in the history of Italians: Mario and Luigi!

But we were not about to be some typical, shiny polyester store-bought Mario and Luigi. So we used some power-ups! A few of our die-hard old-school Nintendo friends were peeved that we used power-ups from the newer Mario games, and not some of the classics like Fire Flower or Tanooki Suit, but I care not! We were the adorable Penguin Suit Mario and Ice Flower Luigi! We forgot to make a big cooler full of ice to hurl at our enemies/fellow bar patrons, but it was probably for the best.

Now, rather than take the easy way out and buy an actual pattern to make our overalls, we decided to figure it out as we went along. If we had found a pattern that resembled overalls, that would have been great. And if I had to do it again, I would probably search a lot harder for a pattern. But it all worked out in the end. And Luigi even made himself a super cute felt ice flower, which he pinned to his overalls. It is now stuffed and in our TV room.

As for directions for the overalls? When I was explaining to Mr. C how to put all the pieces together, I sounded something like this:

I sewed a hood out of an extra blue shirt, and attached eyes, a beak and a white tummy!

“Just take that piece and then sew it to that other piece, kind of, you know, together. Down the middle.”

So that’s why I never became a teacher. But it is pretty easy to see how all of your pieces fit together, once you cut them out. Looking at a pair of your own jeans helps too, in seeing how the crotch pieces are all sewn together. (Also: is there a more seamstress-appropriate word for “crotch?”)

Click on the picture for the tutorial he used for his hat!

Sew the front pieces together at the center seam and back middle pieces together, to the point where the crotch meets the top of the leg only. Do not sew down the entire leg, or you will end up with a deformed overall dress! Then sew the front and back sides to each other. Finally, sew the front inseams to the back inseams and hem all of the raw edges (or use bias tape).

For the straps, fold the pieces in half, sew down one side and one end, leaving one end open. Turn inside out and press. Attach un-hemmed end to the back of the pants, crisscrossing up and over the shoulder. Either make button holes, or sew directly to bib. Attach buttons!

Template (and I use that word loosely)

DISCLAIMER: I am not a professional seamstress, and these pants are pretty unflattering. Sew and wear at your own risk. But I think ours turned out pretty well!

(Mario)

Beaver Paper Bag Craft

1 Aug
Paper Bag Beaver Craft

Beaver Puppet

Are you looking for another woodland creature craft? How about the friendly beaver? This craft is simple and in the end it’ll give the kids a puppet to play with.

Supplies required: lunch sized brown paper bags, black, white and two colours of brown construction paper,  cardboard, a black marker, two large googly eyes, scissors and a glue stick.

Step 1: Create a template of the head, nose, arms, teeth, tail and wood as seen in the picture below.
Step 2: Using the templates, trace and cut out the head and arms from the construction paper that is the lighter of the two browns.  Cut the nose out of black construction paper, the teeth from white and the tail from the darker brown construction paper.
Step 3:
Using the final pattern, cut out the wood from the cardboard.  
Step 4: Draw on the additional detail, such as the space between the teeth, the mouth and ears, as seen on the final example of the craft pictured above.
Step 5: Glue the head onto the folded part of the paper bag. Glue the tail to the back of the paperback and then glue the teeth underneath the fold of the paper bag so that only a small portion of the teeth can be seen.
Step 6: Next glue the googly eyes and the nose onto the head.
Step 7: Finally, glue the cardboard behind the arms and then glue the arms to the front of the paper bag.

Beaver Teeth

Beaver Teeth

Your beaver is now complete. For my sample, instead of using construction paper for the nose and

teeth I used foam paper. You may also be wondering why the beaver’s teeth are so long. Beavers actually have very long teeth partly because their teeth never stop growing. According to Canadian Geographic animal fact sheet (http://www.canadiangeographic.ca/kids/animal-facts/beaver.asp) chewing on tree trunks and branches help prevent a beaver’s teeth from getting too long. It’s a fun fact that you can throw in there while the kids are making their puppets.

Beaver Craft Template

Template

Recommended Reading: Beaver is Lost by Elisha Cooper (wordless picture book)

(Mr. C)

Snitch Skirt

16 Jul

If Harry Potter took place in 1950s America, students at Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry would probably wear something like this on their Butterbeer dates in Hogsmead. At least, I like to think so.

I knew I needed to wear something good to commemorate the very last Harry Potter movie, but a black cloak and house tie just wasn’t going to cut it. So I made yet another circle skirt, this time embellished with a giant golden snitch! I honestly don’t think I’m going to get bored of these circle skirts. They are way too easy, and there are so many ways to embellish them. Just you wait until I finish my Dungeons and Dragons themed green-beaded dice skirt!

People loved this skirt, and even the people who have been living under a rock and don’t know what a snitch is still thought it was “retro cool” (in the words of one crazy old guy at the library). Oh, and if you can’t quite see it, I was sporting a Slytherin badge and a Dark Mark, to show my love for dear Severus Snape. Love him.

And here is my shoddy Microsoft Paint template. One of these days I’m going to remember to actually make a real template before I sew everything together. But you get the idea.

(Mrs. A)

Crazy Hair Craft

12 Jul

Have you ever gone to work with crazy looking hair because you didn’t have enough time to fix it in the morning? Do you need a valid excuse to explain why it might look unkempt? How about a crazy hair themed story time? There are some really good stories about hair out there and you can try this fun craft.

Supplies required: construction paper  in flesh tones, scissors, a pen or a marker, glue, tape and a Popsicle stick, stir stick or straw and something that has a hair-like quality such as feathered thread or yarn. Remember, the more colours you have as an option for the hair the crazier the hairdos can be!

Step 1: Create a template of the head, eyes and mouth as seen below.
Step 2: Trace and cut out the head template on flesh toned pieces of construction paper. Cut the eyes out on white paper and the mouths out on black.
Step 3:
Draw on any additional detail on the cut pieces such as pupils on the eyes and nose on the face.
Step 4: Cut various lengths of hair material.
Step 5: Glue mouth and eyes on a face.
Step 6: Choose however much hair and whatever colours you like and glue them on top of the head. Some creative kids might even choose to add a bit of facial hair as well.
Step 7: Let it dry.
Step 8: Once dry you can attach the head to the stick or straw using tape.

Now you have some puppets with some crazy hair and a reason to mess yours up a bit!

 

Recommended Reading: Crazy Hair by Neil Gaiman Illus. by Dave McKean
Aaron’s Hair by Robert Munsch Illus. by Alan and Lea Daniel

(Mr. C)

Pinch Me!

21 May

I finally made my skirt of the summer- a blue check circle skirt with a giant cooked and delicious lobster. Maybe I should have appliqued some butter on there too….mmmm……

I got a lot of compliments today, and a lot of weird looks. I am proud of both! I even had one woman ask me if I had a crinoline on “under there.” A little personal, but I obliged and said yes. She looked shocked and impressed that a young thing like me would be wearing practical undergarments. But really, a circle skirt needs a bit of poof underneath, otherwise how are you going to see the kitschy applique? (The reason I am holding out my skirt in the picture is because the wind was blowing like mad, and I wanted you to see the actual lobster, and not a red blur).

Again, this is the easiest skirt to make, ever. I posted it before, but here is a very helpful website: http://www.whatthecraft.com/tuts/circ.htm

Oh, and here is the template, for all those wanting to sew a big fat crustacean on something.

(Mrs. A)

Kitty Skirt

20 Apr

Screw poodles.

They are yappy and French. Kitties, on the other hand, are purry and usually not French. Which is why I decided to sew a poodle skirt without any poodles on it. Instead, I graced the obnoxiously orange circle skirt with felt renderings of our two cats, Alistair and Compton. They are named after Alistair MacLeod (Canadian writer) and Bill Compton (fictitious vampire).

Circle skirts are the best and easiest thing to make. Ever. You can buy a pattern or you can just cut two half circles out of fabric, do a bit of math to figure out an appropriate size for the waist hole, sew it all together, throw an elastic in the waist and DONE! You don’t even need to make the waist band perfect and pretty, as you can throw a belt around it, or layer a sweater over top.

I’ve also decided that it is time for the poodle skirt to make a comeback, minus the poodles. I’ve started with a kitty skirt, but I’m not stopping there. By the end of summer, I plan on having a lobster on blue check and some sort of book-themed Miss Frizzle-esque number. I am only bound by the power of my imagination! I hope that one day, I might have a skirt for every day of the year (which is totally feasible, time-wise. This skirt only took me 3 or 4 hours to complete, even with the applique).

For those who want the kitty template, here it is! And a close up of the kitties themselves. Note the very realistic bug-eyed stare on Compton. And the slight chub of Alistair’s tummy.

(Mrs. A)