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Friday, July 30, 2010

Yet Another Princess Book

Every time I get finished with one of these books, I say, "Never Again!" And yet, I keep making them. And I have another book idea (a boyish one) nudging just waiting to be created. I think most of the time spent in these books is just thinking about how to make them work and trying to use things I have on hand rather than purchase fun new things which is most tempting! This one is very similar to the one I have posted previously but here it is:

It is so satisfying to have finished!

Thursday, July 15, 2010


My daughter wanted a Checker's game for Christmas. I thought it would be fun to make our own unique set (which the kids have loved)! The one I made for the kids is an over-sized floor mat that I pieced together with fleece and felt. It has wooden stars for the game pieces and the whole thing was way too much work! :) However, I've made several sets since then after finding checkerboard fabric. Here are a few:
Alien invasion!
Mickey Mouse :)
Princess and the Frog!

Wednesday, July 7, 2010

The Play House

My daughter begged for a tree house, but there are not trees here that would support much of a tree house. The alternative? We found that there was dead space just through a wall in one of the bedrooms and thought that it would be fun to make a little play house in it. Luckily my hubby was just as excited about it as I was and he made it all happen. We cut a small hole in the wall to see what we were dealing with. It was workable space however smallish it was! My daughter wanted it to look like a sea cave from the bedroom.
Come look inside! The green and red walls have magnetic paint on them so they can be used for magnets. I sewed some magnets into a piece of flannel so it can hang on the wall and be used for flannel board stories. I cut up practice, stitched-out embroideries as story board pieces.

We painted chalkboard paint on the wall through the opening. We painted glow-in-the-dark stars on the ceiling too. Originally I'd hung seaweed looking fleece streamers in the opening but it repeatedly came down so I put them away.

It's a great reading spot too. I often escape to this play house to read at night after the kids are in bed.