Archive for February, 2014



Lucy is the latest crochet kitty I’ve made – I chose to do a gray and yellow kitty, adding the white on the face, paws and ears for a little more interest since her dress was just one color.¬† I also added the buttons since I felt it needed a little something ūüôā¬† She is now with her new adopted mother, the almost-2-year-old daughter of a friend of mine, who has since named her “James”, hahaha.






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Every time we use the last egg, I can’t bring myself to throw away the carton – they are just so useful! ¬†There are about a gazillion things you can do/make with them, so I always chuck them into my bin of “random packaging I might use for a craft”, which is embarrassingly large (old tuna can, anyone?). ¬†This past Sunday, though, I’d seen something on Pinterest (of course) that had given me an idea and I just happened to use the last egg that morning, so egg-crate-monsters it was!


Just cut them out in pairs, and decorate however you want to look like eyes – we did ours quickly with just marker, but you could totally glue googly eyes on these. ¬†Then we stuck in pipe cleaners to add crazy “lashes” and attached them to our fingers. ¬†Quick and oh-so-easy crafty fun.


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I luuuuuuuuv me a good, healthy smoothie. ¬†It’s the best way to relieve all dietary guilt I feel associated with not eating enough fruits and veggies – both for me, and my kids. ¬†If they have one of these as a mid-morning snack or with their lunch, I sleep a bit better even if they don’t eat their veggies at dinner time, or I’m all out of fruit at breakfast. ¬†Mind you, all smoothies are not created equal – many run the risk of too much sugar when they have too much juice in them, or (Heaven forbid) frozen yogurt. ¬†My go-to mix has just 5 ingredients (6 if you count water).


I only use a 1/4 cup of OJ and then use water to get it liquidy enough to blend easily (is liquidy a word?).  Anyway, my 2 year old and 5 year old gobble these up РI probably make them 4-5 times a week.  I usually eye-ball the ingredients, but generally, I use:

  • 1 cup loosely packed frozen baby kale (I find the taste of baby kale milder and I can stuff in more without my kids objecting. ¬†I just buy it fresh and then put it in a freezer bag myself)
  • 1/4 cup frozen blueberries
  • 1/4 cup frozen mango
  • 1/4 cup OJ
  • 1/4 cup water (if it doesn’t blend easily enough, add more water)
  • 1 or 2 tbsp chia seeds

Then I whip it all up in my Bullet for about a minute.  Yummers.


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Something I’ve discovered with some surprise is that, for a younger child, the appeal of putting beads onto a pipe cleaner Never. Gets. Old. ¬†Whenever I am at my whits end and can’t think of anything for them to do to save my life, I break out the pipe cleaners and beads. ¬†You can bend them into shapes (like the hearts below), use them to form letters and numbers, make bracelets, crowns… you name it, we’ve made it.


The beauty is that you can re-use all the supplies with a few un-twists of the pipe cleaners a few days later (they won’t miss them what with the HUNDREDS of pipe-cleaner bead thingies they’ve made) – it’s a self-replenishing craft!! ¬†For valentine’s we got a little more crafty than usual and attached them to some leftover lollipop sticks I had from a party and voila! ¬†Heart wands.


My 2 year old and 5 year old both enjoy doing this for what seems like hours, and the bonus is that it’s good for their little fine motor skills to put them on. ¬†I get to cook dinner AND feel good about their little brain development – win, win!

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Even in California, it gets cold enough to stay indoors for a good portion of the winter. ¬†Especially where we are near San Francisco, the wind can be bitterly cold some days. ¬†I do the usual things to keep them entertained – bored games, coloring, painting, etc., and those work okay, but also get old day after day. ¬†Now and then I stumble upon something that’s new and engaging enough to last quite a bit of time before the novelty wears off, the latest of which is sink bubbles.


Many of you may have already discovered this, but for us, it’s new and it’s GREAT! ¬†It gives the girls the joy of a bubble bath, but without the full-on production of a bath, and as long as you throw a few towels on the floor, the clean-up is relatively simple. ¬†We’ve been doing this daily for about a week and they are STILL begging to do it every afternoon. ¬†A tiny bit of water and bubbles followed by some vigorous mixing and you barely even need to use any of each to get a sink full of bubbles (which means the ability to make large puddles on the floor is minimized). ¬†Give them a couple of cups and they happily make bubble cappuccinos and lattes for a good 30 minutes (do I take them to Starbucks too much?).


I’m going to milk this one for all it’s worth – if your kids can be trusted not to make too much of a mess, definitely give this one a go!

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Here’s another of my recent crochet dolls I got around to photographing – this one I made for my younger daughter, so she’s a keeper too. ¬†I tested out attaching a flower headband with this one and I think she turned out pretty cute – I’ll need to work on the technique a bit though before using it on one I give away. ¬†Anyway, hope you like her!


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What is amigurumi you ask? ¬†It’s basically japanese crochet doll making – usually little dolls, using a little crochet hook. ¬†For some unexplainable reason I decided about 6 months ago that I MUST learn to do this, and so here we are… meet, June:


I’ve really loved learning to make these – it took some trial and error using patterns I found around the web and mixing and matching and adjusting to get to the specific look I was going for with these dolls, but once I perfected it, I’ve been making them as much as I can (which really is only about one per month).


I’ve only photographed this one, but more will be coming! ¬†I decided I should start taking their pictures since I really do love them all, but, let’s be honest, what do I need these for? ¬†They make great gifts, so off they go, with just their photos to remember them by. ¬†This one I made for one of my daughter’s, though, so she’s a keeper. ¬†I’ve given a few away and have about three in progress for friends having babies this year, so I’ve got plenty to keep me busy.


I love trying new colors and styles for the clothes – it really is a great creative outlet and I love making something with my hands. ¬†Graphic design is fun, but it’s different than REALLY making something, ya know? ¬†Anyway, I hope you enjoy the pics and if you’d like any tips or technique info, give me a shout!


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