Who's Hiding? is a lift-the-flap book that Zoe just doesn't get tired of reading together. She also reads it to her circle of animals and tolls during her own pretend story telling time.
The baby owls I made from a template/tutorial at Hobby di Stoffa. The tutorial (LINK) is in Italian, but the pictures make it very easy to follow. I didn't print the owls full size -- they are 70% scale, FYI.
For the mama owl, I found this great tutorial (LINK) on the Sew Little Fabric blog. PLEASE NOTE: I changed the design of the owl a bit: I made the wings larger and DID NOT fully sew them to the body. I added a small Velcro patch as well, so that the mama owl could hold her owlets like in the book. You're welcome to my PDF of the altered wing design (LINK.)
Here he is, the first stuffed animal I've made EVER! Is he perfect? Heck, no! But is he still cute? Ab-so-lute-ly. I got the pattern and instructions from Ashley Johnston at Make It Love It.
You can find the pattern here:
Zoe has really been grooving on turtles and tortoises lately. They are always her favorite at the zoos we've visited, and the Shelley the Turtle character is her favorite in the book we're reading a lot lately, Happy and Sad, Grouchy and Glad. Shelley has also been featured on several Sesame Street episodes.
I'm so excited to be setting up a new home office and studio upstairs. I've been collecting ideas on my Pinterest boards for quite some time, and here are the critical elements I have been considering: color, whimsy, order, inspiration, comfort, and multifunctional. Please feel free to send me your ideas and suggestions!
Your favorite cookie recipe -- I used Martha Stewart's gingerbread cookie recipe
Chocolate covered pretzels
Red jelly beans
Prepare cookie dough as directed. Roll into balls, flatten and gently pinch the shape into a rounded triangle. Bake as directed -- I baked mine about 11 minutes on 350 degrees.
While still warm, press the antlers, nose and eyes into the cookies. Let cool on pan until set, about 2 minutes. Remove to cooling rack and let cool completely.
Thought I might share my favorite household products made from scratch. These all link to my Pinterest board, "Frugality." Note: These are the only pins I have personally tested AND recommend.
Steam cleaner solution and all-around great cleaner
Laundry stain remover
Liquid fabric softener
*** Update: New calendar uploaded. Download our Dec 2013 calendar (Word) ***
Original Post: November 10, 2012: An Advent calendar is a special calendar which is used to count or celebrate the days of Advent in anticipation of Christmas. Some calendars are strictly religious, whereas others are secular in content. Despite the name, most commercially available Advent calendars begin on December 1, regardless of when Advent begins, which can be as early as November 27 and as late as December 3. Many take the form of a large rectangular card with "windows" of which there are often 24; one for each day of December leading up to Christmas Day. One is opened every day during Advent.
This year, I started this tradition in our family with our 2 year old daughter, Zoe. We focused more on activities with family and the family tradition of thinking of others. And, since we have multiple families to visit, we extended the calendar to include a few days after advent.
Download advent present labels below. They are sized to fit Avery® 22807 Easy Peel® Print-to-the-Edge in White Round Labels, Glossy, 2" Diameter. The EPS can also be reformatted to fit Worldlabel WL-5375.
I made these simple treat bags for Zoe's classmates the Tuesday before Thanksgiving. My hope was that they would be useful if families were traveling for the holidays, so the bags included snacks, activities, and stickers. Feel free to jump to the activities I pinned and download the labels I created (below).
Labels in Illustrator, EPS or PDF format.
Free vector image was found here.
Fonts: Chunk Five, Ekologie Hand
Formatted 12-up to fit Avery® Easy Peel® Square Labels 22806, 2" x 2"
Photos and graphics (http://www.dryicons.com has great, free images)
Scissors or cutting board
Loose leaf ring (I found mine here)
Arrange photos and graphics 4-up on an 8.5 x 11 inch sized document. Print graphics on one side of the cardstock, and photos on the other side. Cut into 4.25 x 5.5 inch fourths. Punch hole in top corner and fasten with ring binder.
You're welcome to use my graphic files, below.