Friday, September 30, 2011

The boys new Lego Room

We decided to decorate the boys room in a Lego theme late last year. I Love the browns the walls were already painted so we stuck with those and just added touches of Primary colors. The bedding was from Target early this year in the Back to College section. I Love it because it is thin and holds up to many washings. (It has been washed at least once a week since January.)

I got the boys the car carpet for Easter last year. I Love how the bright colors add to the room plus they can use it for play time. :)

We were blessed to find a projector last year at a yard sale for 5 dollars. We projected Lego men on the walls and traced them in pencil.
Then Justin painted them.
Here is our boombox man. (I also replaced the doors on the closet with a curtain which I love) The doors always broke off and they were hard for them to open and close.
Here you see the Spaceman and The Police officer.
Here is the Hopscotch boy in the back and to the left you see the framed board my Dad made for me. I glued base plates to it so they have a vertical building area. They are loving this so far. I made sure to place a Lego over each gap as they dried so that the spacing would be correct.
Here are some fun initials Auntie Amy made for the boys last Christmas. We finally found them the right home.

The boys love there new room and are having a blast showing it to all of our recent guests.

Friday, September 16, 2011

Sewing Together Half Apron

So I have started a small sewing group with a few momma friends. We had our first get together today and the plan is to meet once a month for a simple sewing project.

Today went so well and we had such a great time. It was such a blessing to visit and let the kids visit while we all got to sew a little something to use or save for A future gift.

Here is a picture tutorial of what we made today. Maybe some of you will sew some up and save them for Christmas gifts.

1- You will need 2 coordinating fat quarters. Or 2 pieces of fabric that measure 18" by 22" for each apron.
 This is how a fabric quarter may be packaged. (sometimes the are available in bundles or rolled up)
 Now you will cut each fabric quarter in half shortways. The fabric you choose for the pocket and straps will need to have one of the halves cut in half as well. So in this picture the cherry fabric will be the apron body and the gingham will be the pocket and straps.
 Fold each small piece in half wrong side out and sew along the side seam.
 Then turn them right side out.
Iron the straps flat with the seam centered.

 Tuck in and sew one end of each strap

Fold the fabric that matches the straps in half. (If you wish to add lace ribbons, ect now is the time to stitch it along the folded side.
Now we make a sandwich. Place one of the main body pieces down - right side facing up. Place the folded in half pocket piece at the bottom - folded side toward the top. Place one strap on each side about an inch down from top (Not even with the top like in this pic sorry- you need enough space above them to sew and turn the fabric) The straps will be seam up and I fold them in a bit and pin them on the ends and in the middle so they won't slide around and get caught as I sew.
Next place the other main body piece on top of the sandwich right side facing down. Pin all around. Make sure all the pins are far enough in that you can sew around the edges without hitting them.

Leaving a 4" opening in the middle of the top side sew all around the edges. Making sure to catch the straps and the pocket all around.
Remove the pins, I leave the opening big enough that I can reach inside and get the pins out. Then reach inside and reverse the entire apron through the opening you left.
Push out the corners and iron it flat making sure to tuck in the opening as you iron so you can close it in the next step.
Top stitch close to the edge all around.
Add a straight line down just the front pocket to make divisions. You can add as many lines as you want. 2 or 3 pockets seems just about right for this apron.
Trim your threads and tie the apron on someone. Then make them smile and take a picture. hehehehe

If this is confusing just let me know in the comments.

Sunday, September 4, 2011

Weekly Wrap up - 9/4/2011

Teaching the 2 little boys Little Hands to Heaven has been such a blessing. They are so excited each day and ready and willing to do there work. :) It makes my heart happy.

Here is an art project that they did making rainbows.

Timothy is doing very well this year and we are finally getting through the work each day. I had to change a few things for him. First I took an index card and cute a small window just large enough for one line of text in a book, this is really helping him at reading time to concentrate and keep his spot. I also ordered him a table top book holder for when he is doing copywork ect. at his desk. He was having a hard time tracking his sentences and keeping his spot with the books laying flat next to what he was writing. It is really helping him so far. He adores the Science, Hymn study, and Art especially and is even reminding me that he needs to do math. Wowser
This Saturday we headed to Bandon to meet Grandma and Grandpa. They were camping and let us join in for a day. :)
Playing with some fun bubble makers
Watching a critter collect nuts and stash them in a tree.
Found a fun balloon man at a yard sale.
Attempted to use an old overgrown path to the beach.
Decided is was far to steep and muddy after a bit. hehehe
Decided to use the stairs.
Ahhhh the Beach
Playing at the park with Cousin Kaylin
Kaylin and her Timmy
Grandma leading the way on the worlds least slippery slide.

Evangeline is also doing well on her curriculum. We are working through some perfectionism so she can get her work done in a timely manner. I will be sure to snap a pic or 2 of her this week.