Archives for July 2010

Cloth Diapering 101: Diaper Covers

If you use flats, prefolds, or fitted diapers, you will also need to use a separate waterproof diaper cover. There are three types of covers: PUL (Polyurethane Laminate), Fleece, and Wool. PUL covers are probably the easiest and least intimidating diaper cover for those new to cloth diapering. PUL is basically laminated polyester. These covers are made to fit right over the diaper and will secure with velcro or snaps. Many covers have added leg gussets to help contain poo. PUL covers can be … [Read more...]

Rainbow Rice

Do you need a new activity to occupy your little one's busy hands? Look no further than your pantry. A bag of rice can be used for lots of fun activities. Here are some ideas:Pour the rice into a plastic dish tub and give your child scoops, spoons, bowls, and cups. They will have so much fun pouring the rice as well as letting it run through their fingers. A little might get on the floor, but it will vacuum right up.Hide small objects like buttons or change in the rice and let your child … [Read more...]

Clothespin Apron

Since my dryer is broken and I have been using my clothesline full-time, I decided to make things a little bit easier for myself. Bending down 100+ times to pick up clothespins out of a basket was getting old. I thought it might be easier to hold them in an apron with a big pocket.Of course, as with every great idea I have, someone has already thought of it before me. After a little Google search, I found this great pattern. The floral fabric I used is actually a sheet (pictured below) that I … [Read more...]

Handmade Bluebird & Nest

I thought I would introduce our new little friend to you...a bluebird I made that Buddy so lovingly named "Tweet Tweet". I knitted the bluebird following this great pattern created by Linda featured on Rhythm of the Home. I just so happened to have all the wool yarn I needed left over from other projects. And every little bluebird needs a home, so I also made a nest using this pattern on The Purl Bee. Both projects were quick and easy knits and I love how they turned out. I found a great … [Read more...]

It’s a wrap!

I finally was able to purchase my "dream wrap". When I had previously talked about babywearing, I said my "dream wrap" was a Neobulle Julie. But that was before I saw this beautiful wrap...the very hard to find Girasol Green Tea.  I didn't think I would ever find one, but I lucked out and was able to buy one used on The Baby Wearer. It is so beautiful and soft like a blanket! There are so many ways to wear a baby in a wrap, but I mainly purchased one so that I could wear Little Man on my … [Read more...]

Cloth Diapering 101: Flats, Prefolds, and Fitteds

As a promised follow up to my previous post on why we use cloth diapers, I am now going to talk about the many different types of cloth diapering options. In every cloth diapering system, you must have two essential things: absorbent fabric and waterproof fabric. There are many types of absorbent fabric. Some examples are natural fibers such as cotton, hemp and bamboo, as well as synthetics like microfiber and microfleece. Examples of waterproof fabric/fibers are fleece, wool and PUL … [Read more...]

Recycled Milk Carton Bird Feeders

Since our biodegradable bird feeders are no more, I thought it was time for another bird feeder project. I took some empty milk cartons and with a box cutter, I cut an square opening on two sides opposite of each other. Then it was time for the kids to decorate them with paint. Buddy's didn't take the paint very well, so I mixed some glue and water, and let him paint with that and then add torn pieces of tissue paper to decorate.I sat them in the sun for a quick dry, then used a hole punch to … [Read more...]

Babies Don’t Keep

In the spirit of mindfulness, I thought it would be fitting to post this sweet poem in its entirety. It reminds me to take every opportunity I can to play with, snuggle, and kiss my sweet babies. I dedicate this post to my grandmother, who lost her first son at a very young age.Mother, O Mother, come shake out your cloth, Empty the dustpan, poison the moth, Hang out the washing, make up the bed, Sew on a button and butter the bread. Where is the mother whose house is so shocking? She's up in … [Read more...]

Fly Like An Angel

I feel I would be dishonest to proceed further in this blog without mentioning something that happened that has forever changed my life, how I think and how I feel. Ten days ago, my father passed away unexpectedly and tragically. I am still reeling in shock, feeling deep sorrow and have a lot of unanswered questions. But this blog is not the place for working through those issues. I do, however, want to reflect on how his life and death have profoundly affected the very core of who I am. His … [Read more...]

Quilted Laptop Sleeve

I took the handmade pledge and decided to start buying handmade gifts for others or making them myself if possible. We have a lot of family birthdays during the summer months. My husband's sister just had a birthday and is headed to college this fall. She purchased a new laptop and I thought it would be cool to make her a padded laptop case to go inside her messenger bag. She is a pretty eclectic girl like myself, so I knew I could have fun with it. I had purchased some quilt squares from Fabric … [Read more...]