New Pieces for the Felt Board

I realized the other day when Ellie brought me a felt Christmas tree off her felt board that it was time to make some new felt characters. I wasn’t sure what I wanted to make for the New Year until she continually brought Jeff and I the book Mommy! Mommy! by Taro Gomi, to read to her. I thought it would be so much fun to make her, her very own “Mommy” and “chickies” to play out the story on her board.  So this week I went to work and last night I finished the “Mommy” and one of the “chickies”. They were super easy to make and turned out completely adorable. Ellie has been putting them on the felt board and taking them off all day. I’m still working on the grumpy dog critter and would like to make the barn, the sun and some rocks for the “Mommy” to hide behind. If you don’t have this board book, you have to check it out. It’s quite adorable. And obviously a favorite around here.

mommy mommy

the mommy and chickie

a work in progress

And playing along with Dawn’s MAKE + LISTEN today, we’ve been listening to a lot of RAFFI, (specifically this one) and we have this playing while we clean up after dinner to put everyone in a relaxed mood before bed.

 

Getting Creative

watercolor beginnings

thank you card

cards galore

The new year has brought a sense of renewal and redefinition for me. I’m wanting to try things out and get more creative. I’m wanting to make more and buy less, I’m wanting to create and craft. This weekend I started a journal. I used to keep journals for years and then I started scrap booking in high school and my journaling ended up part of the scrap books. And of course like many things, as I got older I just stopped journaling as much until it got thrown completely by the wayside. This blog is a journal of sorts, I guess you could say, but I missed putting pen to paper. I stumbled upon this amazing lady’s blog a couple of days ago and fell in love with her art and her ways of journaling. She’s inspired me to start  journaling again as well as practice adding some extra creative elements to the mix like stamping and watercolors (things I’ve dappled in here and there but never really practiced). I stopped by the arts and crafts store this weekend and picked up a few things and went to work in my little bursts of free time (during Ellie’s nap-time, while Jeff played or read to Ellie or while Ellie was engrossed in an activity, which is happening more and more these days). I worked on my new journal and I made Thank you cards with ink and watercolors. And not only was it was so much fun but the cards turned out lovely. It feels really good being creative. I’m learning new ways to express myself and I’m discovering that fine art of practice. Practicing a new skill, especially a creative one is always good for the heart and soul.

Lambie-Pie

My Mom and Dad got Ellie this adorable lamb dress for Christmas but sadly it was too small and none of the local Gap’s had it in her size. So when I realized I needed a present for my friend’s baby shower last Sunday, I knew exactly what I was getting her. That dress (in a teeny tiny size, because that just makes it even more adorable) and a matching sheepie shirt (which we ended up trading Ellie’s dress in for as well). I had been working on a little doll softie for the baby shower too but late into the evening last week, I looked at those sheepie clothes and realized what I should be making. I put the doll away and went straight to work on the lambie softie. I had never made a lamb before and used the shirt and dress as a template of sorts. It turned out quite adorable and even Ellie couldn’t let it go after she saw me taking photos of it. (I think I’m going to have to make her one as well, don’t you think?). The lambie was a hit at the baby shower and I can’t wait to see what other animals I can try my hand at.

lambie heart

the whole sha-bang

lambie close up

lambie pie

lambie pie 2

* Lambie-Pie was made with upcycled chenille, wool felt, regular felt and fabric from my scraps bin. She was all hand sewn and embroidered. And… I’ve been going back and forth for months now. I’m thinking of starting a little etsy shop with my softies, should I take the plunge?

Weekending!

shower

 

pink champange

 

cupcakes

 

cookies!

 

lambie present

 

mead

 

seeds

 

 

 

 

 

 

oranges

 

pho

 

roses

 

shadow of the moon

 

walk

 

daddy walk

 

Oh January… I love you so,  for letting me get excited about goals and gardens and new recipes of the year and projects I want to accomplish and books I want to start and lists I continually make throughout the month….

It was another slow weekend, so I tried to take advantage and get some crafting done and some planning done, as well as some organizing and cleaning. Saturday I went to a lovely baby sprinkle for a lovely Mama friend having her second baby. It was so much fun sipping pink champagne and talking about babies and birth and all that goodness with some lovely, beautiful friends (I made the baby a Lambie softie and I’m excited to share it with you in more detail this week). Sunday Jeff worked on bottling some home-brew and fermenting Mead. It’s his first time making Mead and he’s very excited about it. My kitchen has certainly seen cleaner days however. We have been picking so many oranges and lemons off our tree lately. I’ve been giving them away by the bushel. Jeff made PHO for dinner and we took a lovely little walk around the block in the late afternoon, looking at flowers and spotting the moon in the early evening sky. Ellie insisted on holding her Daddy’s hand the whole way. How was your weekend?

-joining the lovely Amanda for Weekending!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

A Winter-Time Treat

I really wanted to make Rice pudding for Thanksgiving. Never got around to it (I did get my Sweet Potato Pie done though). Then I thought I’d make rice pudding for Christmas. Never happened. I thought for sure I would get it done in time to ring in the New Year. And yet, somehow, I couldn’t get it made. The other day, Ellie was playing in her own play kitchen. She had been playing independently for quite some time and I realized, now is my chance. I collected my ingredients and although we did not have real Vanilla bean’s, which this recipe called for, I substituted Vanilla extract instead and voila, we had rice pudding on a Tuesday. And what’s more special than that.

rice pudding

 

close up rice pudding

 

Maple Ginger Rice Pudding adapted from Joy The Baker

1 cup arborio rice

4 cups whole milk (I used non fat milk because it’s what I had on hand)

1/3 cup light brown sugar

1 tablespoon vanilla extract (or 1 vanilla bean split and seeds scraped)

3/4 teaspoon ground ginger

1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon

pinch of salt

maple syrup to taste

ginger snaps, crumbled

Place the rice, milk, sugar, vanilla, spices and salt into a medium saucepan over high heat and bring to a boil. Reduce heat to low, cover and cook, stirring occasionally for 25 to 30 minutes or until rice is tender. Drizzle maple syrup over the cooked pudding and top with ginger snap cookie crumbles to serve. Serve warm or cool.

Weekending

Another lazy weekend…

dinos

 

Dinosaurs showing up in unexpected corners.

kitchen helper

 

Helping to cook and clean in the kitchen.

walk w gparents

 

Lunch and a walk downtown with the Grandparents.

rocks

 

And a short stint checking out rocks down by the beach.

beachy girl

 

A quick, lazy, windy and warmish January weekend. (Oh and I finally finished this and I got to start this today. Already enjoying it)!

 

Happy Weekend to you friends!

-joining in with Amanda over at The Habit.