Sunday, September 25, 2011

Project Run and Play Update

I had FULLY intended to play along with Project Run and Play this go around. So far that hasn't really happened. But this weeks theme was upcycling. Well if there's one thing I am good at it's taking one thing and turning it into something else!
I didn't take pictures of the process, but I did take pictures of the finished product!
I used a pajama top for the front, a vintage shirt for the back, a blue sheet and a red and pink duvet cover for the layered peekaboo skirt, and a ribbed t-shirt for the neck and arm bands. The only thing new on this adorable dress is the ribbon tie. (more after the pictures)
Such a cute little girl...I think she looks like a pixie.

The unicorns are my favorite part of this whole dress!!

Originally this was made for my youngest daughter...mostly because I love unicorns and really wanted to make something for her with them. However after looking in her closet, and seeing all of the clothes she already has, I think I would be better off selling it. She really doesn't wear all of the clothes she already owns enough! So into my shop it goes...
Sometime in the near future will be a tutorial on how to make a peekaboo skirt. Maybe I should instill Tutorial Tuesday?

Thursday, September 22, 2011

Adventures in Adi-Land

Having an active 1.5 year old is an adventure every day! Especially when she is super active and inquisitive.
All decked out with a hat, backpack, and baby in a stroller. She also had a purse a few minutes beforehand.
 The other day we went on an adventure around the yard. We saw all kinds of things at both her height, and the height I could lift her up to. A sensory learning adventure is wonderful done in your own backyard.
The bark of a palm tree has a very interesting shape and texture to a 1 year old.
Sometimes adventures can be great for learning numbers too. Counting the number of points on a leaf for example.

Being able to see things blow in the wind can also help with learning about weather.
Colors contrasting against each other make it easier to point out.

She just loves flowers. :)
Pretty purple berries are fun to look at. But since I have no idea what they are we don't touch!

This is about as "fall" as it gets around here, so we have to enjoy every bit of it we can!
The dog's fur is so fun to pet!

Gravity can be defied! And she tries to defy it herself by climbing on everything just like this vine.
Some things are smooth and prickly at the same time. An individual pine needle is smooth, but all together they are prickly. Pine also has a very distinct smell to it.
Different natural textures are nice to experience firsthand.

Sometimes beauty isn't healthy. I'm assuming this is a beautiful fungus.
Watching nature change in an instant while feeling the air shift and hearing the thunder rumble.
Sometimes the weeds get out of hand (when the rain won't quit!) and hide secret treasures - like bird baths.
Spiderwebs capture the light and feel very strange in your hand.
It's neat to see vines grow through lattice.

Skylights are captivating. Especially during a storm.

If you haven't documented a toddler's learning adventure in pictures before, you might want to give it a shot. It not only serves as a learning experience the first time around, but later the pictures can be looked at and you can remember what things felt like, smelled like, and all of the colors you saw. Give it a try! An adventure doesn't have to travel far and wide geographically, but in your child's mind. One of the definitions of adventure: an exciting or remarkable experience. You can have an adventure every day.

Friday, September 2, 2011

Chocolate Croissants

Chocolate filled croissants are super simple and very tasty. I made them for the first time the other night because I wanted to make something sweet and warm that the whole family could enjoy. I used a package of generic brand croissants.
Take them out of the package and lay them open on a baking sheet. Lightly sprinkle powdered, unsweetened baking chocolate onto the croissant and spread it out. Sprinkle sugar on top and spread out.

Put a single rectangle of Hershey's milk chocolate (or a piece of whatever kind of chocolate you prefer!) onto the larger end.

Roll up the croissant like you normally would. The chocolate powder and sugar will probably spill out some, but that's ok! Not a big deal, I promise!

Once the croissant is completely rolled up squish the edges together a little to help keep the chocolate trapped inside. Follow the directions on the croissant package for temperature and time. Check on the progress about halfway through the baking time to make sure they are looking good.

Once they are done let them cool down a little bit because the melted chocolate inside will be HOT.

Then gobble them down!

On a separate note, the first entries for Project Run and Play are up!! Those ladies are doing wonderful things already. :) I didn't get a chance to try my hand at this week's theme, but I'm going to definitely try to participate when I can! I just voted for my favorite (but really there are a few I'd like to vote for!), now it's your turn!!