Sunday, 31 March 2013

Red Nose Day and Alphablocks, as promised..

Happy Easter.
I thought you'd like to see our healthy Easter breakfast table before we get started on the published agenda...

..moving swiftly on!

Friday 15 March was red nose day, an occasion when I'm very happy to buy rather than make as the money goes to good causes. Unfortunately our local TKMaxx couldn't furnish us with the correct sizes of t-shirts so... my good friends photoshop and t-shirt transfer paper came to the rescue!

I also decided to make a sweatshirt inspired by one of this year's noses (dino-mite!) using fabric paint and home made stencils.
Unfortunately Chicken was off school ill so didn't wear his t-shirt, but Pickle wore his sweatshirt to nursery and we gave a donation in lieu of buying the official t-shirts.

Pickle has, of late, become obsessed with Alphablocks on CBeebies! He now reads everything in sight; food packets, van signage, books... and wants to write words all time. What do you think? Does he need his own Alphablock to cuddle up to?

Oh yes!!!

Here's how I did it...

First I did a google image search, then with my best pal photoshop removed all the features of the face and the letter to make the back of the toy (as you can see below).
I printed the images straight onto fabric which, consider yourself clearly warned, may well jam or destroy your printer. Mine gets very upset, I get very upset, say rude words, talk nicely to it, plead and finally beg and then sometimes it works! Seriously though you can buy specialist printable fabric if you have any respect for your electrical equipment or sanity! Onwards..

At this point someone else decided they needed an Alphablock as well, hence there are now two!

Next I carefully lined up the two sides and pinned them right sides together, I also drew around the outline as it can be quite tricky to see it when the sewing machine light is shining on it.

Stitched around, leaving the top open for turning and stuffing. You may also notice that I didn't follow every little curve, it won't matter once it's stuffed!

Cut off the excess fabric and carefully snipped into the corners.

Turned it right sides out, pushed out the smaller features with a pair of scissors and stuffed. I pinned the top to hold it in place while stitching the opening closed.

And there you have it .. Alphablock "h"

and Alphablock "d".

I realise that it may have come as a monumental shocking surprise to see that the Alphablocks I made do not have the letters c and p on them and that therefore I did not, in real life, name my children Chicken and Pickle!!!!!!!!!

To help you over the shock may I offer you our St. Patrick's Day dessert?...

with golden food colouring-ed(!) yoghurt, and made with the help of Pickle..

who only snaffled a few pieces of fruit along the way!!

Or the kids' decorated boiled eggs they took to school?...

Elmer the elephant and a pineapple (just in case you didn't know!)

A lego wii controller made by Chicken?..

As I draw this epic to a close, you may be pleased to know that those teeth are out!!!! and the Tooth Fairy has done her deed!

(yes he had just eaten some of that golden yoghurt.. how can you tell?!!)

Until next time, don't make yourself sick with Easter eggs!

Thursday, 14 March 2013

World Book Day, cards and cards

In case you aren't aware of such things, last Thursday was World Book Day (the day for which parents try to get their offspring to decide which book character they're going to dress up as, preferably in advance of the day itself!)
Chicken decided on the Monday to be Origami Yoda...

and Pickle was still being persuaded up to the Wednesday night that he would like to be Captain Flinn...

 I know you know what's coming next!
Without further ado...

 I did consider trying to actually origami the hat but in the end decided to scrunch and applique on a layer of felt instead. The cloak was made by pretty much wrapping the fabric around Chicken, pinning and wiggling!
I cut two slits for the armholes and sewed the sleeves in. Then I severely ironed the whole thing to make it look a bit more like folded paper...ta-da!

As Pickle already had a pirate costume (phew!) I decided to make him a couple of accessories..

 a squishy pirate T-rex with appropriate quote from the book on the back and...

 a bag to keep him in! Both of these I scanned from the book itself, adjusted the sizes and printed onto t shirt paper (remembering to reverse the images first or you get backwards writing!). Iron 'em on and sew 'em up, "Pirate Dinosaurs Go! Go! Go!"

Do you want to see what they looked like? No? Hard luck!

Watch out, he's using the Force on you!

I went in to Chicken's class that day with some other parents to help make puppets and one of his classmates said, "You made that costume? You're very talented!".. what a sweetheart! Conversely Pickle refused to take his bag out of his backpack when we got to nursery, so there it sat for the whole three hours!

Sunday was Mothers Day and the boys had each chosen a small gift from the Secret Room at school (they take in a pound, choose and wrap a gift that's been donated and the money goes to school funds) and made cards...


and Pickle's (it had a tea bag inside!)

Obviously they had written who it was from, I've photoshopped them!

Oh and Pickle also made something else at nursery..

how cute??! It's hanging in the kitchen, unfortunately you don't get to see his grinning little face but I do!

I made a card for my Mummy too!..

It's from a Rod Stewart album cover, she does like Rod but the title was the reason I chose this. My parents are currently celebrating their 40th wedding anniversary on a cruise from South America to Venice... see what I did? and you thought this was just thrown together...erm.. yeah!

Anyway.. on that note ( the anniversary not the haphazardness of my ramblings!) I also packed another card for the two of them...

It's a Polaroided (!) photo of them on their wedding day popping out of a Polaroid camera (and it only took me three attempts to make it, aaarrrgh!!)  I totally stole this idea from here.

Well that's that then.

Next time... Alphablocks and Red Nose Day!

Bet ya can't wait!