Archive for April, 2012

Party Forks and Ice Cream Spoons

Eco Spoons

Eco Spoons

Party Forks

I embellished these party forks and spoons that are made out of eco-friendly wood (pressed birch to be exact), and are compostable. I made a few different sets because it was kind of addictive, and put a few sets up for sale in my Etsy shop.

p.s. If you felt like pinning these, I would be appreciative!!

Add comment April 30th, 2012

Stitching a Helicopter

Helicopter shirt

Helicopter shirt

I’ve been slowly paging through the Japanese embroidery books I got myself for my birthday this year. There are a number of the kid-inspired designs I’ve been wanting to try. This one looked simple enough and the right size for a pocket, so on it went. It hardly took any time, so I decided to add a few stitches to the bottom, too. I love it when projects turn out in no time.

We’ve had brief and glorious encounters with the sun here in Seattle. It’s starting to warm up and I’m debating whether I should pull out the summer wardrobe or if that would jinx us with another Junuary (what we call June around here most years). I am busy planning my little’s THIRD birthday party. Wow. I can’t believe he’s so grown up already. He moves into the preschool room at school next month and I’m adding another day at work. Happy sigh. How I love that little guy so.

Add comment April 25th, 2012

Alphabet Scraps

Fabric Letters

I saw these around somewhere and thought they would be perfect for my little who is obsessed with letters and numbers. Ever heard of such a thing! He can count to 100 and knows all the sounds letters make and can read a few simple words. He can spell many words and likes to tell you what letters words begin with. This was all inspired by Chicka Chicka Boom Boom, followed by Chicka Chicka 1-2-3. There are songs that go with the books, too, which was enough to send little over the moon! Anyhow, these are made from scraps I couldn’t part with. I traced a set of scrapbooking letters he’s been playing with and put a layer of batting in between. These are not finished, so they have started to look a little rough, but he still likes them.

4 comments April 16th, 2012

Easter Egg Dyeing Party

Easter Egg Dyeing

Easter Egg Dyeing

Easter Egg Dyeing

Easter Egg Dyeing


Easter Egg Dyeing

Easter Egg Dyeing


I hosted a little toddler egg dyeing party this Saturday. We had so much fun! We had eight kids and their parents here for egg dyeing, an egg hunt, and lunch. The kids are so cute together and play so well; everyone seemed to have a great time. I’ve been saving rain and spring party ideas for a while, so it was fun to put them all to good use. My favorite are the tissue puffs with the rain drops, and the umbrellas as take-homes. I really wished I gotten a pic of the kids with their umbrellas, but I was so busy having a good time I didn’t snap many pictures!

Here are the tag printables and bag printables. And if you still want more ideas, here’s my Easter pinterest board.

I served egg salad and beet salad sandwiches along with homemade pickles, some snacks and PB&J for the kids; and the chocolate egg nests for dessert. This is my tried and true egg salad recipe I dice the onion and red pepper and add it to the mix. And here’s my beet salad recipe (if you like beets, you must try it!):

Beet Salad Sandwich Recipe
serves 4

8 small roasted or marinated beets (I get the prepackaged kind from Trader Joe’s), diced
6 oz crumbled feta
1 T mayo
1 t dijon
1 T diced onion
2T fresh chopped parsley
pepper to taste (the feta makes it plenty salty)

Combine all and serve on toasted bread.

4 comments April 10th, 2012

Felted Mushroom Terrarium

Mushroom Terrarium

I finally found one of these domes at the thrift store. I’ve had my eye out for these suckers for a long while now so I was very excited when I spotted it. I brought it home and tried a number of things in it and finally decided it was meant to be a felted mushroom terrarium–obvious, right? I had made a few of these needle-felted mushrooms before and whipped up the bee out of clay, glitter and some wire for the wings. I think they make a cute pair, although sometimes I wonder if they don’t feel a wee bit trapped.

In other news, we have been enjoying Lillet around our house. Have you ever had it? We’ve been drinking it chilled with a slip of tangerine rind. Oh it’s so yummy. I’d also like to try this cocktail out, Lillet Rose Spring Cocktail. We’ve had a number of sunny and mildly warm days here, which makes all of us Seattlites rife with joy, which is followed by days of doom and gloom when the rain and clouds roll back in. It’s a roller coaster, here. But I’ll take it, if it means sun! How I need those warm rays to warm my bones. It’s a bit like this song by Lightning Love, Warmer Days Ahead.

1 comment April 2nd, 2012



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