Things in my life have been changing fast this year. Some changes are small some are large, some were planned, some were not. Change is just a part of life so we will roll with it and make the best of things that have come.
That said, I have a dear friend who recently started using more natural methods for just about everything. Normally I would politely listen to her ideas and be supportive because she was so excited about it, but this time, I actually started to think….that makes sense. Now, don’t get me wrong, I am not going vegan, I am not 100% organic, and I am not going to turn my back on modern western medicine… BUT I am willing to give some of it a try. 1 small change at a time I will take you through my journey.
So here we go….
Today I made my own Fresh Orange Cleaning Spray. It was so simple that is is actually sad that I have been paying for it! First I made my little one her favorite after dinner snack… oranges! This time though, instead of throwing away a big bowl full of peels, I took them and stuffed them into a spray bottle I got for $1 then poured some vinegar over top and closed it up! All you gotta do now is give it a shake and wait…. in a few days it will be ready to to use! REALLY, that’s all it takes! It smells great, is virtually free and takes so little effort it is laughable… not to mention there are no chemicals so even the kiddo can help around the house without having to worry about her berating it in!
The other new thing I started today is just as simple, I promise! I started saving my used k-cups instead of tossing them in the trash! First off…why would I want to do this? Well there are a ton of things you can do with them if you check out this blog you can get some more ideas… For me, I am going to use them as seed starter cups. So first you will want to get a bowl or bucket with a lid. Now starting at the puncture hole pull off and discard the foil top, then dump the used grounds into your bowl and reach in with your fingers to pull out the filter paper…toss that into your bowl as well. Now just wash your hands and give that little plastic cup a rinse and you are done! See, I told you it was easy! You have now accomplished 2 things: 1 you have a cup that you can fill with soil and start yours seeds in, and 2 you have also started a compost pile and you haven’t spent a penny to do it!! Y ou will eventually need to transfer the contents of your bowl to a compost bin, pile, or container outside in some fashion, but that is a blog entry for a warmer day… for now we will just keep the bowl going! 🙂
Cigar Box or similar (most tobacco shops will give you one free of charge if you ask!)
Pretty Duct Tape or Contact Paper
Foam Stickers (or normal stickers)
What to do:
Cover the lid inside and out and the sides of the box with your duct tape or contact paper. I Used a beautiful butterfly print duct tape, but after all the stickers were on, it looked a bit busy so a simpler base might be better, but she still loves it! 🙂
Now let your little on go nuts peeling and sticking all over to make it their own. They will work on their fine motor skills while making something that is just for them.
Now fill it up with all your little one’s treasures and have a blast!
Today I want to share with you a GREAT pattern set for making toddler and kid size shorts for playtime. My girl is between a 2T-3T right now and the toddler pattern fits her very well (shortened the elastic just slightly but it has LOTS of stretch so she will get the full use out of them still!) they fall right below her knee when standing and above when sitting – pretty much perfect for playing outside!
Here you will find the tutorials for the various styles:
I made a few small modifications to the basic pattern and here they are:
Instead of using jersey/knit material I used a 100% Cotton.
Instead of a “ribbed band” for the pocket outline I used a coordinating grosgrain ribbon (1/8″ wide)
Instead of a direct sewn elastic waist band, I made a casing out of the same material as the shorts with the waist band pattern piece then folded it in 1/2 right sides out turning the unfinished sides under on the front and back and attached that to the unfinished top of the shorts leaving just enough of a gap in my stitches to insert the elastic and seal it back up.
Added a coordinating button to the front center of the waist band/ elastic casing purely for decorative purposes. (no actual button hole sewn!)
There you have it, in about 2 hours you will have an adorable and very comfortable pair of shorts for your little one! Feel free to play with the patterns, after all no one is going to yell at you if you do it a little differently- that is the beauty of making your own pieces – they are what YOU want them to be!
Ok, so this one is not mine, and I haven’t done it yet but wanted to share this idea with you as part of my Easter Egg Collection! 🙂 How cute are they?!?! I wish I may have to learn how to crochet so I can do this one… 🙂 Enjoy guys!
Sew down each side parallel to the original hems to take the bodice in to the appropriate size of your child.
Trim the excess fabric away
Remove the shoulder straps with a seam ripper and shorten to the correct length and reattach a 1/2 inch or so in from each side.
For a long dress you are done. For a short dress, once again sew a hem that mirrors the original at the length you want and trim. The excess fabric and then be gathered and attached at the bottom as a ruffle if you like or keep it simple.