Tuesday, January 27, 2015

Rainbow hearts

I spent several hours yesterday punching out 400 odd rainbow hearts at my niece's request.  She has been enjoying browsing Pinterest for rainbow unicorn birthday ideas.  She loves the idea of having a cloud I think like this one with rainbow colored hearts falling from it like rain. As I was taking a picture of some of the hearts to send to her I decided it might be fun to make some art for her bedroom.  What do you think of this arrangement?
It looks like she may have more hearts than she needs.  Do you have any good ideas of other ways to use them? 

Friday, January 23, 2015

Birthday Traditions

Birthday traditions are so much fun!  Every year I like to give my niece and nephew a special gift to be open right before bedtime on their birthdays.  Birthday celebrating often means a later than normal bedtime and a kiddo who has a hard time winding down.  I like to help the transition to birthday dreams with a gift of a new book, pajamas, and a bath surprise to help make the transition to bed an easier one. I like my gifts to match the theme of the birthday.  It's lots of fun to see what I can come up with.   I like it when I can find a tooth brush or bath toy related to the party theme.  I can be sure that even if I don't find an appropriate tooth brush or bath toy that I can make a washcloth to match the theme.  This year Ladybug plans to have a unicorn party so as soon as I saw some unicorn flannel for sale I bought a bit for a washcloth.

I'm still on the look out for pajamas and a book, but I am happy to have her washcloth ready. I would love to hear any unicorn book recommendations that you might have.

I stated making making Bug washcloths with extra bits of fabric leftover from making him receiving blankets.  They are still useful many years later.  The flannel washcloths aren't as thick as terrycloth ones so they are easier to use and dry more quickly.  It can be a fun game guessing which washcloth will be in the tub on any given night. 

They are a super quick project.  I usually make them 9 or 10 inches square.

Cut two squares of material
Place them right sides together
Sew around the perimeter leaving a few inches un-sewn so it can be turned*
Clip corners and iron
Turn right side out and iron again
Top stitch
*I always mark my don't sew here bit with double pins

Tuesday, January 20, 2015

Year of the unicorn

My niece has already decided that she would like to be a unicorn for Halloween and have a unicorn party.  I love supporting her interests so I've decided that this is the year of the unicorn.  I'm excited to see how many unicorn projects I can create.  Amazingly enough the day my sister told me of this news I saw that Simplicity had released a unicorn head pattern.  I've picked up the pattern and am excited about giving it a try. 
I'm procrastinating in getting started because I love to read reviews of patterns before I make them.  I might just have to take a turn being the pattern guinea pig this time.  I'm sure sweet Ladybug would love to have a mounted unicorn head in her bed room and it sure would make for fun party decor. 

In my mind unicorns are white, but I have a sneaking suspicion that my niece would prefer a pink unicorn with a rainbow mane.  I think I need to figure out how to do some mock ups in photo shop and let her choose. 

Do you have any other crafty unicorn ideas?

Friday, January 16, 2015


Hi, my name is Louisa.  I am an auntie to two fabulous kiddos.  Bug who is five and his little sister Ladybug who is three.  I like to play with yarn, fabric, and paper.  I really love creating things for Bug and Ladybug.