Last week I subbed for 3rd and 4th grade for two days. It went smoothly, and I know EJ had a good time. These fourth graders are the same kids I taught in kindergarten! I had 8 in kindergarten, and now these are the only three left (and EJ makes 4).
A couple months ago, I attended a baby shower for three ladies. I wanted to take something unusual, so I made a diaper cake! It was fun, but so "in the box" as far as diaper cakes go. Last week I had another shower to go to, so I typed in "diaper cake" in the Pinterest search box and scrolled until I found something a little more creative. This is what I found (click the picture to go to her website!)
Isn't it absolutely the cutest thing??? Well, I took that idea and did what I could. Here's mine:
I realize now that it looks less of a bathtub and more of a laundry basket, and why would you have diapers in a laundry basket (my husband interjected here--why would you have diapers in the bathtub--which, okay, makes sense too), but I couldn't find a nice blanket to wrap everything in plus this basket will be handy. Either way, the girl it was for loved it. (The animal's tail pulls and sings a tune as it winds back up.) Included are:
one package size 3 diapers
three small bottles
one each: travel size shampoo and body wash
three 6-12 month onesies
two 6-12 month matching pants
one adorable stuffed bear/monkey
It was fun, although maybe next time I'll nix the diapers and just have clothes and blankets and etc. tossed in there, so it really does look like a baby playing in the hamper. The thrift store has a lot of nice baby clothes so it shouldn't be too expensive.
Here is the recipe I used. I don't remember where I got it, because I searched multiple sites. 2 cups soap (like Fels Naptha or similar), 1 cup washing soda, and 1 cup borax. All three can be found at select Walmarts in the laundry detergent aisle.
I have been wanting to try making my own laundry soap for a while now. I looked on pinterest and a million people have a million recipes. I felt a little overwhelmed, but then last month I ran out of fabric softener so I made a small batch of my own. I used what I had on hand, and the recipe itself turned out fine, but I learned some things to do differently next time. Well, this is next time. I buckled down and picked a simple ratio recipe, and I stuck to it!
To see part one, click here. I talked all about how I made each page. In this post, I will show you how I made the binding and covers. Here it is, 100% finished! (Click on any picture to see it full sized.) The words are pipe cleaners, hand sewn with the ends hot glued for safety.
I've been wanting to make one of these for forever, and when my sister asked me if I would make one for her daughter, I jumped at the chance. I'd never made a quiet book before, so I really learned a lot here. I knew to sew a quiet book, layers were very important. I also knew if I sewed onto the top of a felt piece, I needed a back to sew onto it so the threads wouldn't show. I cut everything out, then I realized that I couldn't sew a hem around a single piece of felt. I went back through and cut out a second piece to everything I hadn't already. By this time, I had no yellow felt left, so I used orange for the other side of the ice cream and fall leaves.
Here are all the individual pages. The button is the size of a quarter. Click on any picture to see it full sized.
I bought a plain wreath and wrapped it in some patriotic ribbon.
I can't believe it took me SO long to make this! After I finished, I was like, now what? Surely that isn't IT? But it was. I think it took me about 90 seconds. Of course, I made a tiny little batch, because I don't like coconut, but even this tiny little batch should last us a while.
There are a million recipes on pinterest, with a million different ingredients and amounts. A bunch use vinegar AND baking soda (my husband was NOT impressed with those people's science). Some use just one or the other with another cleaning agent that smells nice (like Purex crystals). And some use hair conditioner, which to me was like, if you're gonna buy store bought stuff, why not just buy store bought softener and avoid all this trouble?!
Well, I didn't have another cleaning agent that smells nice, so guess what I paired with my vinegar and water? My husband's hair conditioner. (Mine is a nice, name brand, ie: expensive, and his is dollar tree cheap.) Here's my list of ingredients and directions:
A long-time friend of my family's passed through the area recently and left several large bags of yarn for my mom and me. What do you think? Will I have enough yarn to keep me occupied for a while? :-)
I needed a rain jacket, so I got this at the thrift store. I didn't notice until I got home that it had "Ingrid's" bedazzled onto the back.
Who am I, you ask?
In 2006 I had a stroke, and every day my husband encourages me to use my remaining brain cells to the best of my ability. I love to organize, make crafts, and go on adventures (safe ones). I hope that through my blog posts, you will be encouraged to accept and make the best of challenges God throws at your life.