Friday, July 4, 2014

Berry Cherry Ice

Happy 4th of July everyone! Hope you are celebrating with some cool tasty treats. Hayden wanted to share her Berry Cherry Ice, which is her version of Italian ice. She actually prefers frozen fruit that is pureed in a food processor to the sugary-flavored ice version. This one is just frozen cherries and strawberries, blended into an icy consistency, and topped with some blueberries, a strawberry and a cherry. Yum!

Enjoy the rest of your day :-)

Saturday, May 31, 2014

Tails doll

My son is growing up so fast. I can't believe he'll be in middle school next year. I'm lucky that he still considers me to be a cool mom on occasion (gotta cherish those moments, as they are few and far between), like when I made him this Tails doll.

Jacob is a huge fan of video games, especially the classics. One of his faves is Sonic the Hedgehog, along with the other Sonic games that followed, which is why he had me make him a Tails doll (not to be confused with the original Tails character; confusing, I know).

After drawing multiple sketches of Tails doll, showing me the character on screen and dropping many more hints, he finally convinced me to construct one out of old t-shirt scraps, cotton balls and pipe cleaners (that's how he ended up being poseable). Although our finished Tails doll doesn't look exactly like the one from the game/comic (I think ours looks more like the Fantastic Mr. Fox, but with two tails), Jacob says it is perfect, which is the best compliment ever.

To my surprise, I was able to make the whole Tails doll, using only material from the sleeves of the old shirts. I guess that means I can sew Hayden some more dresses.

Speaking of Hayden, I thought this picture of her and Jacob walking at yesterday's mini Relay for Life was so sweet. I hope they stay close forever.

But back to the t-shirt Tails doll, what do you make with old t-shirts?

Monday, May 26, 2014

Berry Patch

In my mind, this weekend is the start to summer, although the calendar says it's not for another few weeks. We've been enjoying the beautiful weather with various outdoor activities, such as Hayden's end-of-the-year preschool beach picnic/graduation, Jacob's field day, swimming and a day at the berry patch.

Growing up, I was lucky to have a strawberry patch in my own backyard, but since that is no longer the case, it was such a treat to go berry picking today. Hayden was quite the natural at finding the best of the bunch. I wonder what we'll do with all those berries. Any ideas?

Hope you are having a lovely weekend, as well. Happy almost summer!

Thursday, April 10, 2014

A "warm & fuzzy" t-shirt transformation

Hi everyone! Hope all is well. I just wanted to share this simple "warm & fuzzy" t-shirt transformation from the other day. It's a fun way to pass down old t-shirts from a big brother to a little sister.

My son Jacob likes to wear basic white tees to bed at night, etc., and recently moved up to the next size. Rather than tossing them, I pass the tees down to my daughter Hayden by putting our own unique spin on them, as seen in the photo above. She's wearing a "warm & fuzzy" t-shirt dress, polka-dotted with "warm & fuzzies" (brightly colored poms poms from the "warm & fuzzy" jar; you've gotta earn those pom poms by being a good girl ... or boy).

To turn a basic white tee (I've used boy's size medium or large) into a girl's dress (Hayden is a 4T or 5T), I trace the outline of another dress onto the t-shirt (make sure to turn the shirt inside out first; I forgot to do that in the mock demo pics, as I had already completed the dress at the time).

Then, I pin it in place, sew along the lines for the sides (you don't want to sew the arm holes shut), cut off the excess and sew around the arm holes to finish).

This is how the seams of the dress look from the inside (I couldn't get Hayden to take the dress off after I put it on her ... actually, she is still wearing it).

To decorate the dress and make it special, I tied ribbons on the shoulders and sewed them in place. I also sewed on a bunch of "warm and fuzzies" (pom poms) in a polka-dot pattern.

Hayden was so happy with the final design that she wanted to do a photo shoot (I still don't know how I feel about posting clear views on her face on the Internet anymore, which is why I tend to crop out her eyes or post pics of her looking down/to the side), while blowing bubbles in the dress.

I can't believe I caught some bubbles in this shot.

Enjoy your weekend!

Monday, March 10, 2014

The unconventional challenge

As you know, I'm a big fan of "Project Runway" and any spinoff of the show, such as "Project Runway All Stars," "Project Accessory" (I once posted a Q&A with one of the finalists), and now "Project Runway: Under the Gunn."

My favorite challenge is the unconventional challenge (I tend to be a bit unconventional myself sometimes), so I was excited to see the contestants making designs completely out of items found at the beach in last week's episode. Hayden and I were quite found of Sam's winning design, which we replicated with recycled paper (old wrapping paper scraps and a brown paper shipping bag) and blue painter's tape.

We also cut out a bunch of construction paper circles to create a paper dress similar to Oscar's runner-up design, but unfortunately, it didn't come out quite as tailored and sophisticated. At least we had fun making it, while watching "Team Umizoomi" and singing about our "super shapes."

Speaking of "super shapes," Hayden made this "Katy Perry Roar Dress" (as she calls it, since it looks like something she would have worn in that video) all by herself. She even put it on without any help from me.

We also made a fluffy pink Katy Perry-inspired dress together. Hayden was quite proud of the color-scheme she suggested (the original dress is either a cream or pale pink color), as well as her paper cutting skills.

Later, we made a paper flower ring to match.

Anyway, we just wanted to share with anyone who is still reading. I know we haven't been blogging much in the past couple months, but it's nice to check in with all of you every once and a while when we are inspired.

Is anyone else watching "Project Runway: Under the Gunn?" Does it inspire you?

Wednesday, March 5, 2014

Obsessed with the paper dress

As you know, Hayden and I have become a bit obsessed with the whole paper dress thing (don't worry; we won't post too many of them), as seen in our last post and the one prior. Here is another one we made today. It is our interpretation of the Giambattista Valli dress Emma Watson wore to the 2014 Elle Style Awards. Hayden thought her hairstyle was perfect with the dress. I think so, too :-)

Thanks again to Mayhem for the inspiration. #FashionbyMayhem #InspiredbyMayhem

Monday, March 3, 2014

Let It Go, Let It Snow

We are so "Happy" (although that is a good song, too) that "Let It Go" from "Frozen" won Best Original Song at the Oscars last night, as well as being named Best Animated Feature Film. Hayden loves to sing it, as you can see in the photo above. I haven't been showing her face online lately, but since I knew she'd be seen in the following group shot, I made an exception (not to mention the fact that the one I tweeted with her face hidden looked a bit too much like something from "The Blair Witch Project").

#inspiredbyMayhem (the 4-year-old who makes paper dresses with her mom/posts them on Instagram), Hayden and I made this paper dress from "Frozen." Unfortunately, she opted to stay in her "Frozen" pajamas last night, due to the rain (which has turned into a ton of snow; yes, we are all snowed in today). At least she was still representing her favorite flick in our annual Oscar photo, while the rest of us dressed in character.

I dressed as Amy Adam's character from "American Hustle" and posed next to my Clark Kent hubby, who went with the hero theme of the evening (he is my "Man of Steel"). My son Jacob wasn't as psyched about wearing a costume, so he held a guitar and a cat (don't worry; it's a stuffed animal) like Llewyn Davis, while my dad opted to be Bruce Dern from "Nebraska" and Jack was Joaquin Phoenix from "Her."

My sister April and nephew Colin were also representing "Frozen." Colin found a way to make the snowman even cooler, while April took a more glam approach to her character.

My nephew Cameron had the whole Matthew McConaughey thing down, including his "alright, alright, alright." Here he is with his mom (my sister) Lori, who dressed as "Blue Jasmine."

Here is Lori again with her husband Darren, who took the group photo, rather than getting dressed up. He is a behind-the-scenes man.

My mom drew in some darker skinny eyebrows to be "Philomena."

My hubby and I posed for a pic ...

... but later I gave away his true superhero identity.

Oops! We forgot to use the red carpet, but Hayden and Colin made up for it.

As for the food, I brought freeze-dried strawberries in honor of "Gravity," as well as some "The Wolf of Wall Street"-inspired sushi (actually, I made California rolls, minus the rice, by filling hollowed out cucumbers with avocado, carrot and more cucumber) and raw vegan mini "burgers" (almonds, flax, beets, carrots, EVOO, balsamic vinegar, garlic, sea salt and other seasonings) on mushroom buns. Yum!

We also voted on who we thought would win the awards. Since we left before the end, I don't know who got the most correct (that's who gets to pick next week's Sunday dinner). Somehow I don't think it was me, but it still was a fun evening. How did you celebrate the Oscars?


Since posting this morning, Hayden and I made another paper dress that we liked from the Oscar's red carpet. Lupita Nyong'o always looks amazing this awards season, and last night was no exception. She made our best dressed list.

Here is our paper interpretation of her look. It even moves well.

This is how we secured the paper with some ribbon, so she can wear it again. Have you tried making a paper dress? Who was your best dressed of the night?