January 13, 2016

Fun with photo gels

This is a relatively quick and easy toddler art project that makes a burst of color for your windows.

 Materials needed:

Photo color gels -- I bought mine inexpensively on Ebay. They can be had all over the Internet at various price points. This would also be a good project for a swatchbook. Photo gels are nice for their durability in small hands, but tissue paper will do in a pinch.
Contact paper
Cutting tool and straight edge, or scissors
Masking tape

Cut your shapes. We went with triangles. Whatever's clever.

Peel your contact paper and place adhesive side up on your work surface. Ours has a faint traced pencil circle because I originally planned to affix the triangled contact paper in a wood embroidery hoop. I later abandoned that plan as unnecessary. Also, the decorated contact paper didn't really have the give to go in the hoop cooperatively.

Hand proceedings over to your small artist for decoration. 

After things are arranged to suit everyone, affix another sheet of contact paper to the exposed adhesive side, sandwiching your gel shapes in between. Trim the edges as desired and enjoy your beautiful stained glass-esque masterpiece.

July 29, 2015

Everyday partying

Made by Rae's Geranium dress in Birch Organic Everyday Party. Size 3. Strawberry buttons. Lined in cotton voile.

Toddler tops for summer

Oliver + S Class Picnic blouse. Size 3, in Heather Ross Briar Rose Strawberry.

Oliver + S Ice Cream dress. Size 3, in lightweight cotton found at a garage sale. Strawberry button.

Ice cream for summer

Another always good Oliver + S Ice cream dress. Size 3. Kona red and Moda Ruby for the middle. 

October 30, 2014

Milk jug skeleton

There are a lot of milk jug skeletons rattling around the internet for Halloween. This one is mine.

Some tutorials recommended saving eight milk jugs for this project, I think I could have gotten by with six.

One for your skeleton's head, one for the rib cage. Turn one upside down for the hip bone. Two handles make the shoulders, two jug necks form the waist, and the arm and leg bones are all cut out of jug corners. Secure neck and waist with hot glue, use fishing line everywhere else.

Hang up somewhere where the wind won't cause too much clattering -- or do, if that's what you're into.

I do think he would benefit from the addition of a bow tie and a heart.

October 27, 2014

Halloween Peach

Rockford Peach costume for the little. Home-drafted pattern in Kona cotton Iced Peach. Patches purchased from Etsy.

Freezer paper stenciled numbers and velcro belt.

Rabbit Skins ball cap and home-drafted red shorts.

April 8, 2014

One more, in lilac

Oliver + S Family Reunion dress in Kaffe Fassett shot cotton. 2T, cut-out buttons.

Button close-up. I love pintucks.