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Week 6 – Trying a name change.

Little E’ or “bub” what do you think? I’ve switched them around a bit- tell me which you prefer
Hello all. Yes, this should be a part two post- I know.

But Little E had her immunizations this week and I don’t want to judge relaxation activities for a baby  on a slightly grumpy and off colour one.  So that can wait until next week.

Plus alll the stuff from last week.

Plus we had our (unexpected ) first Airbnb guests (go here for blatant self promotion)

I’ve been keeping up with the baby massage though and even though bub is not quite up to par it seems to help soothe and calm. If nothing else she likes the routine and having her feet rubbed.

One tiny thing though- I’ve been using doterra lavander oil (Which I adore as does bub) but we are racing through it. Does anyone have any suggestions on how to make it stretch further? Carrier oil maybe? If so which one?

So- sensory activities (like the glitter bottles from last week) led me to reading about all the different ‘styles’ of education

Yup- screenshot

I didn’t get much further that that infographic (Oh I adore Reggio -sigh- so hard to find. Undecided on anything else as yet) before I stumbled across this

Yup- another screenshot

A home made colours book from paint samples.

I loved this idea so much I didn’t get past the pin- just took the idea and ran with it. But here’s the link : http://craftulate.com/homemade-colour-book/

Apparently it was homemade with free colour samples (read on yet another “travel games for toddlers” pin).

I googled “free colour chips paint au” expecting either

a) nothing

b) come into such and such hardware store or

c) (at best) one of those fold out pamphlets with 100s of tiny squares.

But I found that most, if not all, paint brands offer free chips. I  went with British Paints (ah Rolf Harris before he was evil, Sheepdogs and jelly beans (or was that Dulux?) )

They have this amazing site with billions of colours which, if you grew up with renovating parents and a passion for those free paint booklets and cards in hardware stores while you were hanging around waiting planning what colours to paint your future house (yellow and white- god knows what I was thinking- probably just over Heritage Green and Mission Brown ) is paradise

I decided to try for a rainbow plus black and white.

I clicked and clicked and clicked and expected any second to see a box pop up with “you’re not really painting a house are you?” Or more realistically “you have exceeded the number of items you can select”. That never happened. However because I felt so furtive we ended up with two reds, two purples and No orange and No black but a brown.

Because of my current adoration of India I couldn’t click past this

 either. So we ended up with two greens. Or blue green as we’re calling it.

The paint chips arrived. They are huge. Like almost phone size but square. You know what I mean. I’m enormously impressed. Well done British Paints. If I’m ever painting a house or a wall (instead if making a book with my bub) you will be my first port of call. Free postage too!

I thought this would be a nice family activity so I showed little e the chips and explained what we were doing & she got very excited and threw them all on the floor . As bubs do.

For making the book I thought I’d simply stitch some pages together as I have done in the past but when I went to Pintrest looking for reminders on how to do the stitching I came across this brilliantly simple idea,  and Little E loved the video. (Of course now I can’t find the original pin. Something learnt here. Pin the pins. You’d think it would be obvious. Apparently not. Anyway- good simple tute – just no video)

So using some 220gsm Drawing Paper (think thin cardboard but way more flexible- benifit of living with an artist) we made two booklets. Or I made two booklets and bub kept changing the screen at exactly the wrong moment.

Then came the fun part- GLUE!. We put a small amount of kids craft glue into a little pot and found a paintbrush.

Having mummy glue the first colour down did not a happy little e make. Nor did being in charge of the paint chips. It was glue or nothing.

For a while she happily dabbled glue on the back of the chips and the pages and the table and the chair and my arm then she decided to try eating it.

As a rule “It should be it’s made for kids” is not a wise reply to give when asked “is it toxic”?

Especially not when faced with a freaked- out -child -just -ate- something- not -food mummy.

It obviously wasn’t toxic. Thank God. Knock on wood. Praise relevant dieties. She’s fine.

Somewhere during the dabbing and sticking and the ‘Not on where the colours are we don’t want them to stick together “ of it all I thought of adding some ribbons.

I’d bought a bulk bag of ribbon offcuts from ebay a month ago because

1. I was sewing again

2. I have a little girl

and 3. I like wearing ribbons too.

Kind of irrelevant except it meant we could get all the colours we needed plus some extra (a black ribbon to go on the white page).
Asking a child under two to pick specific colours of ribbon from a bag as big as their body is for want of something not sweary a tad foolhardy.

All they will want to do is dump the ribbon on the bed, lie in ribbon, swim in ribbon, throw ribbon on the floor, put ribbon in any bag and pocket available saying “pretty”.

There were tears when ribbon alllll went away.
I should have decanted 3 or 4 of the right colour into an open container and had bub choose colour by colour.

You live, you learn.
Anyway. After bub had had the extra glue washed off (while I furtively added glue to some chips, stuck the folded pages together to be thicker and more board like & stuck the two pamphlets together) we sat down and colour by colour added ribbons.

Little E insisted on gluing again and did a good job. Didn’t try to eat the glue again and only minimal amounts went on hair/clothes/table/not ribbon.

By now it was late afternoon so I put the book on the mantlepiece to dry and with only minor upset got on with our evening routine such as it is.
The next morning Little E asked for “My Book” & after going through all of her reading book titles only to be met with a no and shake of head we realised she meant the colour book.
She looked so happy holding it- was lovely.
Since then we’ve been through it together and added the colours names.
It’s currently bubs book of choice to “hold” or read to us, and very often get read to her and she fiddles with the ribbons and calls many colours “green” or “pink” depending on the day.

Beautiful idea and not something I would ever have thought of otherwise. Something precious and useful. I’d highly recommend doing it.

(Obviously I plan on adding a ‘proper’ cover and cutting the trailing ends of ribbon. Will I? Probably not. Does it matter? Not one iota)

I think it’s the kind of activity I’ll repeat as they’re bound to fall apart or be surpassed in knowledge – simple colour names could become spelling or the light spectrum (ROYGBIV anyone?). 

When bub is older she can even pick the colours online & hey, brilliant school project resource (If, say, you picked mosaic art as a topic or just want multicoloured title letters).
So that was kind of lovely.

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 Fourth Week – hmmm

Wow. Okay. I’ve made it to my fourth week.

I’m quietly a little bit happy with myself.

So, life has been a bit, well un-brilliant since my last post. Very messy and torrid and stressful and tortured with past issues like my ED creeping back (in a totally nasty ‘it’s behind you’ kind of way). As well as this there’s been parent-y stuff going on and I mean, god, you’d think by thirty – mumph I’d be over parent issues but nup…still doing the same old routine .
Anyway- 

one thing I have learnt so far with this experiment is that I quite like sewing. 

Especially for bub. 

Although I miss the time with her.

I’m still very much a beginner so each project takes probably at least twice as long as it should and I make mistakes. 

Loads of them. 

That is why I wrote about not one but two pin activities this week. 

Because if anyone else out there is like me I want them to know the mistakes are ok. It works out….or maybe just don’t make the same ones I did.

 I’m going to call this ‘The Bedtime Set’ Because it feels like it needs some tenuous connection other than ‘I sewed them both’

My middlest child wanted a sock monkey for  years and we could never find one or when we did we couldnt afford one (at the time Frank was really the only brand in Australia making them) so when I  found about twenty pins for DIY sock monkeys I knew I had to make one (there are also so many other sock animals- after middlest saw the monkey I now owe him a sloth. Or a dachund. Or an elephant).

I went with this pin because it seemed easy and beginner friendly. It probably would have been if this beginner had actual fabric scissors and a pencil or chopstick for the turning-narrow-things-in-the-right-way bit. A bamboo skewer just doesn’t cut it. Nor do the kids old school scissors  (ba-doom-ch?).

So I marked, and sewed, and hacked and then realised I didn’t have to cut both layers of sock together- so that helped.

Then I spent twenty minutes trying to turn it’s arm in the right way. I gave up. Turned everything except that arm and the far too thin tail inside in and then just unpicked the disobliging limbs and sewed them up on the outside. Bub isn’t two yet. She doesn’t care.

Then I used the template from the tutorial to cut a monkey face and eyes from some left over tshirt fabric. Stuffed and sewed and stuffed and sewed as bub bedtime hurtled at me until we had a monkey. 

A bit Frankensteins monstery but definitely a monkey. 

Handstitched his mouth (thank you years of embroidery and especially my grade 6 teacher Mrs Scott).

Bub loves him and he hasn’t fallen apart yet. I’m impressed and he is wonky in a loveable and totally fits in with the rest of us way.

I’d wanted to make bub a flanelette nightie for weeks. It’s been freezing in Geelong (-2 last night) & a thin onesie just isn’t enough for my little blanket kicker off-er-er. 

 I finally asked eldest to pick up some flanelette and elastic from Lincraft,  and bub was happy playing in the clean washing mountain so I thought I’d give it a go.

 

This pinned tutorial is easy. Really. Just if you haven’t sewn clothes before- be careful.

Something went a bit awry and I cut out the pattern backwards I think…either way I had to cut the front and back pieces in half and sew them up the middle.

NB with sewing always look at the shape of things in photos instead of assuming a curve means neckline.

After that it came together well. There was an instruction about sewing elastic onto the sleeves that I couldn’t work out- so I just made a pocket and threaded some through.

One thing I am going to add is a couple of press studs above the hem in the middle so that bub doesn’t end up with that ‘nightie twisted around you, is trying to strangle you and has exposed 80% of your body’ thing. If they don’t work I might use press studs on a pair of leggings and the nightie…or I could make flannel pants…hmmm.

(Also, always double fold hems. I washed the nightie pre wear and I had to re hem it due to fraying. Lesson learned. )

Bub tried it on this morning and didn’t want to take it off. 

Yay.

Happy Mum.

Also it is huge so -longer life- Yay!

There. A cuddly toy and a nighty. Bedtime set.

The practice with these meant that I felt confident enough to take last winters pjs – two size 0 thick weight onesies by pumpkin patch and sew them into one bigger bub sized onesie- it’s actually kind of cute. Plus warm and comfy. Bonus- it was my idea. Not a Pin in sight. (If you wanted to pin it though that’d be kind of cool :))

 

Have a happy and warm week everyone.

P.S. I’ve got a couple of pin based long term projects coming along- one for next week that might be especially good for parents of little ones, one for bigger kids. Nothing to do with sewing. Or cooking. Well not much.