Posted in Crafting, Parenting

Salt Dough Fun

wpid-20150509_143410.jpgThe Saturday before Mother’s Day I decided to buy some Morton’s Iodized Salt (I use nothing but sea salt in cooking anymore) and get our crafting on. Our area has been plagued by high winds and it’s making the place pretty damn inclement weather status.

After watching a few videos on YouTube and starting a Salt Dough exclusive crafting board on Pinterest, we had a few projects we could do with it and since it’s relatively cheap to make, we had a bunch of fun without a whole lot of investment.

I had never thought of the concept of using rubber stamps to make impressions in the dough. I have a few from Scrapbooking, so I pulled them out and we started creating sand dollars, puppies, paw prints, etc.

wpid-20150509_143225.jpgJude was super proud that he got to use a “real knife” to cut the dough. I had to explain the difference between a butter knife and the knives we use to cut things though. He thought they were all the same thing.

wpid-20150509_144930.jpg…And then we started rummaging through my kitchen tool drawer. We used a pot drainer, this potato masher, my metal measuring cups, among some other things.

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Of course we also did the obligatory hand print which I have yet to finish up with painting. I made little ornaments out of the sand dollars pictured above and I’d love to try out this sea star garland I found. I think I found a fun project for all seasons, not just Christmas and Mother’s Day when you normally see it. 🙂

Thanks for reading,
~Katie ☙

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Posted in Crafting, Life, Parenting

Time For A Birthday And Trick-Or-Treating

wpid-img_20141028_141642.jpgFall babies kinda get jipped out of the pool parties my husband and I grew up with as kids since we both have Summer birthdays, but they make up for it in the creativity we get to have with their birthdays! Jude was born on October 28 3 years ago after a LONG day and night of hard labor thanks to having to be induced. Thanks, son! 😉

We celebrated Tuesday evening with a meal out with his grandparents, an evening of gift opening and going to bed late. Yes, he was still awake at the same time the following morning. Mommy can’t ever win with getting him to sleep in. Haha.

wpid-img_20141031_174526.jpg3 days later, it’s Halloween for this youngster! Jude’s request was to be a truck driver since he’s absolutely obsessed with Semis (Tractor Trailers for those of you on the East Coast). Mommy was convinced this costume would be easy, but boy was she wrong! Tracking down the hat was the biggest fiasco I’ve ever seen!!

We found the perfect one on the Mack web page, but didn’t have enough time to have it shipped since my crazy and unexpected stay at the hospital mid-October upset the whole schedule we had going! I ended up finding this children’s size red “trucker’s hat” on Amazon and then used an iron-on transfer sheet to put the emblem on the hat! Jude was thrilled with it and I was happy most people got what we were going for. I was afraid they’d say “lumberjack.” Haha.

I hope everyone had a safe and happy Halloween. I’m looking forward to seeing all the blog posts this week!

Thanks for reading,
Katie ☙

Posted in Crafting

My Son’s Blanket

wpid-IMG_20140114_170048.jpgMy son, as you may have noticed, has a Thomas the Train addiction. Before Christmas, we saw this material at Wal-Mart (which isn’t exactly my most favorite place to shop for many reasons, but I digress) and we decided not to purchase it at that time for the simple reason we had several other kidlets to purchase toys for at that time. We were invited to a baby shower this past weekend and I decided to give the gift of a diaper cake, Wal-Mart had the lowest price on Huggies at the time (my friend wanted size 2 or larger) so I picked up this fabric while I was there having the brightest of ideas that I’d make him a fleece, no sew, tie blanket.

Let’s just say, this is not my craft yet! Lol.

wpid-20140114_203818.jpgI couldn’t find a very straight forward tutorial on how to make these things. I wasn’t really down with the look of the knotted finish. I had to be fancy pancy and tried to mimic the monster pattern blanket that my supreme-sister-in-law made for Jude a year — or was it two years? — ago. So, I dove in. And by dove in, I mean I did it in my post-pregnancy, everything has to be done in a hurry or it’s not going to get done, hastiness.

So, I laid this business out on the floor, trimmed the edges so they’d match and then got to trimming 1-inch strips 2-inches long. Then after that craziness was done, I unfolded a paper clip so it was a nice hook, cut a small slit in the middle horizontally of each strip and started flipping it through like that topsy-turvy pony tail thing from the 90s using the paperclip sort of like a crochet hook. It ended up working out pretty well, except when I was working with the nap (I guess that’s what it’s called — I’m not a professional!) of the fleece that I picked as the backing, it stretched a whole lot. I think this had to do with how narrow I cut the strips more than anything. Next time, thicker strips!

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Either way, it turned out cute and Jude asks for his Thomas blanket at night, so I guess it’s a hit! That’s all I can ever ask for. 🙂