I have two little busy bees at home! Every now and then we enjoy going out for breakfast or for dinner. As we all know, sometimes it can be challenging to keep them occupied while waiting for food or when we are still eating. Sandy from Frollein S asked me if I could create something out of her chalk fabric and I immediately got the idea of the activity mat which I can take with me when we go out.The mat is reversible! I used jersey fabric on one side and the chalk fabric on the other side. This way the boys play with their cars on the streets or draw on the other side with chalk!The kids are fascinated and entertained for a while. At some point we had about 8-10 cars on the mat and Liam yelled “Crash” all the time 😀Elliott is learning to write his name and the ABC’s, so he prefers the chalk fabric now. He practices writing his name. Liam likes coloring and doing anything his brother is doing– he sits down every day and colors – coloring books, blank pages, not blank pages, walls, himself etc. 🙂 He is the artiste’! I’ve sewn big pockets on the chalk side this way we can add cars, chalk, cards, trains or shapes to them. I also added elastic to the side seam and a button to the mat , hence I can fold the sides and roll it up and use the elastic to close it. Once rolled up it fits in my purse or backpack. The mat is super light even with all the pockets filled and not super bulky. Just a tip when you create your own mat: Add stabilizer to the jersey or at least the corners, this way it doesn’t stretch when sewing. I used a clean kitchen sponge to remove the chalk, you can scrub the fabric no problem.
Let me know if you need some help or send me pictures of yours and I will post it to the blog!
My new favorite crafting material are Shrinky Dinks – draw on a sheet of plastic and put it in the oven and voilà you have your own hard plastic. Whaaat?! 😀 I’ve made my first pairs of earrings for my oldest Star Wars Birthday party. Also made the kids Jedi badges, after they completed the training at the party. I’ve tried them both, the clear and white version. Below you can see the clear version and top is the white version. I just made a pair for Valentine’s Day earrings with simply a red sharpie, again with white Shinky Dink Paper, because it will bring out the colors better. Here are some tips, I learned from my experience with crafting with the 2 different Shrinky Dinks papers (clear and white):
Use sharpies, any water content in your pens will make your plastic wave
The white paper doesn’t shrink as much as the clear. Make sure you test the sizing of your work.
Test the timing on your Shrinky Dinks. It makes a difference if you place your paper on a cool baking sheet or a warm/pre-heated baking sheet.
Keeping white in too long turns them yellow-brownish – I only kept mine in for 1 minute
The white doesn’t take as long as the clear to shrink.
The clear creates a structure one side, white is smooth and shiny on both sides
You will see glue spots on clear Shinky Dinks- I used a double-sided sheet to attach felt on my badges.
Acrylic paint reacts different on clear vs white shrinky dinks.
I hope the tips were useful for you!! Oh the endless possibilities! ❤
I’ve actually sewn these shirts a while ago and haven’t had a chance to show them to you. Here is my cute couple Elsa and Bob. It was so adorable to see the two of them pose together and finally to get Elliott to stand still! Unbelievable what girls can do to boys! 🙂
I’ll first show you Bob the builder. I created the shirt with a tool belt for all of Elliott’s play tools. He loves to pretend building and working on his tool bench. And yes he loves to watch Bob the builder on TV too. 🙂
The belt was made out of scraps which I had left over from a shirt I made for E a long time ago.
And here are the steps on how you can recreate the tool belt on any shirt you sew: It’s hard work posing for pictures and every Builder needs a snack.
Pattern for the T-shirt was provided by Made by Tara (available in German)
Need a quick DIY for Mother’s Day and need to incorporate your toddler?! No problem! Elliott and I made these tassel necklaces one afternoon. They are easy to be made and keep your toddler busy for the right amount of time.
All you need is some string (or ribbon, leather…), tassels (I bought mine at Michaels Craft Store super cheap), beads (plastic or glass) and a pair of scissors. I would put the tassel on first and knot off one side for your toddler, otherwise you are going to spend more time picking up beads than making a necklace. We had a bunch of plastic beads left over from E’s birthday party which matched perfectly our tassels. Elliott decided to go with green and yellow. The whole project might take 20 minutes, because it takes some time for the toddler to get the beads on the string. This is also a great exercise for their fine motoric.
You can either keep the necklaces for yourself or give them away as gift’s to Moms, Grandmas, Friends or even little girlfriends.
And if you feeling more crafty and have small beads at home you can also make tassel bracelets with elastic strings. I wouldn’t recommend toddlers for this one, because the beads are too small for their little fingers.
I was so happy to hear a couple days ago, that I was selected to test a pattern for two awesome gals in Germany. FinnLeys and Trollis Nadelwald worked together on the collaboration Freya meets Wildlife, which is just overly cute.
With this pattern you can create an super comfy costume for boys and girls. You can create a fox, dragon, raccoon, kitty or a bunny. And I just had to create a fox for the boys.
And I have to say we are a bit fanatic with the foxes since Liam was born. As you can see 🙂
Elliott and I have listened to “What does the fox say..” over and over, it just gets stuck in your head and it”s funny, especially for a 3 year old Toddler.