Mar 11, 2011

Getting Our Craft On

Guess whose Mommy forgot that Spring pictures were being taken at daycare on Thursday. Yeah, that would be my child's mother, who is so not on top of things these days. Lucky for us, the photographer that shoots their pictures splits the classes up over two days. Although she should have had her photos done Thursday, he agreed to shoot her on Friday. That gave me just enough time to make her a little something to wear that looks Spring-like.

So, Thursday afternoon when I went to Wal-Mart to get her some play clothes to wear to daycare, I also picked up something to modify for her photos. Let me just say here and now, as much as I always thought I'd be the mother that dressed my child in smocked rompers every day, it didn't take me long to learn that the most economical way to dress our girl for daycare is by shopping at consignment stores, Wal-Mart, and Target. I seriously think that she rolls in the dirt at playtime. I know for a fact that she collects rocks. Thursday morning when I dressed her, she noticed she had pockets. She looked at me and said, "Now I can bring home rocks." Then also, the messier the food, the bigger and deeper the stain on her clothes. I've had to throw away so many tops that I now refuse to pay more than just a few dollars per piece for what she wears to daycare. (Now, for pictures and church, my husband will tell you that is not my practice or philosophy.)

Anyway, I went to Wal-Mart and picked up a few tops and pairs of shorts. And then I remembered seeing this tutorial a few days ago. I made several of those for her when she was a newborn. I hadn't really thought about doing any for her now. But while at Wal-Mart I bought a couple extra white t-shirts and came home and whipped this up.

I'll let her wear that with a pair of white tights and white sandals and that should make for some cute Spring photos. Oh, and I couldn't resist adding a few of those rolled flowers I'm so in love with right now.

After making that, SM helped me with dinner. And for those who are wondering about how the Learning Tower is working out for us, here are a couple photos of her while we cooked.

Um, yeah, so, I guess she was so intrigued by those PW Marlboro Man sandwiches in my cookbook that she just had to have a closer look.

Making that little dress got me all craft-minded. So, while dinner was cooking, Sara Madalin and I worked on another little project I've been meaning to do. I can't remember where I saw this done, but it's certainly not my original idea. What we did first was take some scrap fabric I had and cut it into strips the size of clothes pins

Sara Madalin thought we were painting. And rather than explain what I was really doing, I just let her think that. I put some of the Mod Podge on a sponge brush and let her spread it on the white poster board I was working on. It kept her entertained the whole time I was working.

With my sponge brush, I applied Mod Podge to the tops of the plain clothespins. Then, I put the strips of fabric on top of the pins and glue. Here's a picture of the pins in varying stages.

I let the pins sit for about 10-15 minutes, then applied one more coat of Mod Podge on top of the fabric then let that dry.

Once they were dry, I used them to hang some of Sara Madalin's artwork and Sunday school projects from ribbon I had taped onto my pantry room door.

About the time we finished our project, dinner was ready and we enjoyed our sandwiches with some chips. So, even though I felt awful earlier for forgetting picture day, I think we ended our day on a somewhat productive and positive note.

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Melanie said...

That dress is so cute! I'm going to have to remember that one. Have you seen that you can get pre-smocked fabric at Hobby Lobby and Hancocks? I may try to make some easy sundresses for my girls this summer.

Oh, and if you haven't shopped at Kohl's, that is my FAVORITE place for cheap, high quality kids clothes. I love the Jumping Beans brand. And you can usually google to find 30% off coupon codes for shopping online!

adrianne + will said...

The comment about the pockets being the perfect storage compartments for rocks made me LOL! Such cute projects this week! Love them!

Laura said...

How did ya'll like the sandwiches? When I tried them, it was a total flop! Yuck! The Comfort Meatballs are my favorite recipe in that cookbook. Cute dress!!

Their Mommy His Wife said...

very cute dress!!

Pioneer woman announced on her FB page the other day that she had filmed a segment on Paula Deen's show! They haven't said when it's going to air, but I can't wait to see it!!
and,, have you seen the new Third Day music video, "Children of God"??!!!
Right now it's featured on K-Love radio's website on their front page banner, second option.

Ashlee McCrary said...

OMG I'm so in love with that dress you made! I might have to attempt one. And what a cute idea to hang her schoolwork on the pantry door like that!