Friday, February 20, 2015

family tradition: old fashioned black and white baby photos

My mom's mother had 10 kids (!). Their family had many great traditions that have been passed down to my mom and then to me.

My mom (Melinda)
I clearly remember my grandma's romantic, Victorian style decorating in the living room. There were touches of my grandpa's art everywhere. Along the stairway were 10 oval framed photos of each of my grandparents' children. The pictures were all taken when each child was between one and two years old. My sisters and I liked to go up and guess who was who.

Me (Rachel). I would NOT let my mom curl my hair. Therefore, my photo is the least cute of the group. ;)

My mom had photos taken of each of her children as babies. They are up in the living room with baby photos of my mom and dad at the top.

Of course, I wanted to continue this tradition. I love looking at the little photos of my children when they were younger. We recently took Abram's photo, so we're as up to date as we can be.

birth announcement for Eve

I stayed up way too late last night working on these to send to grandparents.

Eve looks so different now, but I love the newborn photos. I meant to send these out sooner, but was delayed because poor Evie stayed in the hospital for a week because of RSV. It was very scary at first, but she is doing better now. After being conked out for three days because of her breathing tube, Eve awoke all smiles and with eyes twice as big as before! Sweet Eve.

Tuesday, February 3, 2015

Job Chart/Chore Chart

Sometimes I make my kids do lots of jobs. I generally assign the number of small jobs that matches my child's age: Jack is 6, so he is supposed to do 6 small jobs daily. Rose has 4 jobs, Abe has 2 jobs.

Here are some of the jobs we do:
  • get dressed
  • make bed
  • clean bedroom
  • pick up 20 things
  • empty the dishwasher
  • wash the table
  • organize the shoes
  • put clothes away
  • help mommy (they do on-demand things like getting diapers, helping a sibling)
I wish I were more consistent, but this little chart helps! At the beginning of the week, we make a list of daily jobs (for the kids who can't read, we draw a symbol for the job) then the kids can mark off when they have finished their jobs  If they want to make money to earn a toy, we add extra jobs.

You can download the chart here.

Good luck! Teaching kids to work hard is hard work!

Ponyo Felt Christmas Ornament

Anyone fans of Hayao Miyazaki? He is a famous Japanese cartoon movie director. My husband is a die-hard fan and has introduced a bunch of great movies to our family. Ever heard of Kiki's Delivery Service? My Neighbor Totoro? My personal favorite is Ponyo. It is a favorite of Rose's as well. Because Rosie loves it so much, she got a wool felt Ponyo ornament this year. She was very fun to make.

The story of Ponyo is based off of Hans Christian Anderson's The Little Mermaid. In this version, an adorable little orange-haired girl is the main character. Miyazaki illustrates the story beautifully and I LOVE how Ponyo is styled after a goldfish.

Thursday, January 15, 2015

Baby Eve

I'm happy to announce (even after non-regular posts) that a new baby girl joined our family at Christmas time! It was a very different, but very special Christmas. We felt so blessed to have such a sweet angel at such a wonderful time of year!

Little baby Eve Elizabeth

We love her and are so excited she's finally here!

I can't believe I have four kids--big family, right? Weird. I have no idea what I'm doing, but each child has been such a wonderful blessing to our family. Their unique personalities teach us so much.

P.S. Don't you love the stories these photographs capture? My friend, very talented Heather Palmer took these photos. She is so good at storytelling!

stars and moon baby mobile

I've loved working with wool felt lately. It feel so soft and warm. It holds up so well and is so pretty! I've been wanting to make a baby mobile with wool felt and used the fun occasion of my college best friend having a baby to give it a try.

Here's how it turned out!

I used dark pink, warm pink, mustard, buttery yellow, cream and white felt and graduated the colors. I used a large embroidery hoop for the structure and wrapped it in a soft twine. The moon was stabilized with interfacing sandwiched between two felt pieces.

I learned recently that I could sew through the cent of felt or paper shapes to make garlands and applied that to the making of this mobile.

It was fun to make and pretty simple in concept. My kids were pretty much in love with it, so I see more coming in the future. :)

Tuesday, September 23, 2014

Pink Cinderella Dress Pattern

Hey all!

So guess what?! Remember the dress I made a year ago? Well the pattern for it is finished--the Pink Cinderella Dress Pattern!  It's full of detailed instructions, tips, photos and illustrations to help you make the dress and is a good start off for making lots of dresses in the future! This dress pattern comes in child sizes 3T-6X. Available in digital format at my Etsy shop!

If you make it, I'd love to see how it turns out! Email me a picture!

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