Monday, January 27, 2014

Pin-craft: Wax Paper Crayon Hearts

Oh Pinterest, so many fun ideas and so little time! I am totally guilty of "the pin and run"... stock piling pins and leaving them to rot in the black hole of pin boards. It's not really that bad a crime... inspiration for other projects emerges, and occasionally I try a recipe or make a craft from all this pinning. But lately, I've wanted to dig into these files and do a little more... probably because I'm feeling pathetic about how very little making goes on here these days.

One of my favorite things to search for these days is crafts I can do with the my little girl. This way, we can do something together and both fill a creative itch. What's simple is best with a three year old. With an abundance of broken crayons, we decided to try these wax paper crayon hearts that are everywhere on Pinterest with Valentine's Day just around the corner. 

Oona helped sort the crayons by color and make them into shavings with a pencil sharpener. I originally thought we would do different color hearts with analogous colors, but Oona decided that we needed to make rainbow hearts, and I'm glad we did. She also decided on adding black crayons to the mix, which I knew could make for some muck, but we went with it anyways. I have to admit, sometimes my patience gets tested working on collaborations with my little one. But as soon as I let go of whatever preconceived idea I have, and take into account her ideas too, we can usually come to a course of action we both feel good about.

We decided to add glitter to our crayon mix for some extra "zazz". Good call, I say. Oona helped sprinkle the crayon on a long sheet of wax paper while the iron heated up. If you try this at home, make sure to leave plenty of blank room around the edges and cover your ironing board with paper to protect it. ( I didn't do the latter, but I am skilled at living on the edge). This could get messy or dangerous if you're not very careful, so it's probably best to have an adult do the ironing.

I was amazed that she didn't knock any of our crayon dust on the floor as it balanced uncovered on the ironing board. Then we just placed another sheet of wax paper the same size on top and pressed the iron down carefully on the surface... not really ironing, but just pressing down and picking it up until all the crayons were melted. I melted super fast! 

 And here's our rainbow lake! "Oona Horse" is going for a swim.

Finally, I made a heart pattern and cut out some hearts. Here's another example of our collaborative differences. I had hoped to hang these up in the window as intended, but Miss Oona said a firm and absolute "No" to that. "NO, they are just hearts." Ok, she wins for now. I'll see if I can get her to come around on that point... or maybe I'll just have to make some more on my own. She did a little drawing on the tops of them which you can sort of see in the last photo, which had kind of a neat effect. 

Anyways, I'm hoping to make these pin-crafts a more regular thing around here.

Sunday, January 26, 2014

4/52 My Rainbows in the Winter

"A portrait of my girls, once a week, every week, in 2014."

 Elsa: watching big sister, of course... those baby cheeks starting to get a little thinner each day, but still quite squeezable
Oona: cuddling into "Mama's" bed in her rainbow swirl dress

Funny, the girls were both wearing rainbow dresses for these portraits, but I wanted to play with sepia this week. I love color in just about everything, as I'm sure you can tell if you come here regularly, but every so often it's nice to take things down to a simpler palette so you can really appreciate the details.

Saturday, January 25, 2014

Sunny Weather List

Sunny Weather List: (oh, it's still cold, just hopeful)

- Saturday morning pancakes
- baby clapping and singing along to Daddy's music
- gingerale for sick belly
- vanilla ice cream with peanut butter

- snow on the street
- picnics and beach time in the living room

- ice Valentine's (inspired by Pinterest)
- listening to "Wait Wait Don't Tell Me" with the Mr.
- yarn in my hand

Monday, January 20, 2014

Magic Moon Skirts

 I've been meaning to share these little moon skirts for a while, but as is with everything right now, it's taken me forever to get around to it.  In fact, these simple little rectangle skirts have taken far longer than they any right every step of the way. They were originally suppose to be worn on the Winter Solstice... and then Christmas... and then New Year's Eve... and then New Year's Day. They were actually finally complete New Year's day, but we never bothered to get out of our pjs. So, I believe they were finally worn on "Three King's Day"... what?.... yes, they just sat around for six days before I put them on my girls because I needed to iron them. And, after such delays, they didn't even turn out the way I originally intended because I goofed on the measurements. They were suppose to flare out much more, but instead they hang kind of straight. They're still cute, but it would have been nicer if they had more movement, especially for my little crawler.

I adore this moon fabric. Looking at it now, I think this might have been the inspiration for Oona's "moon lion" picture. The yellow ones do kind of look like lions. Oona really wanted me to make one for myself too. I wonder if I have enough fabric. It is tempting... Expect to see something more made from these silly moons soon.

 Here's the little baby skirt.


And here's the little baby hands! My, how she's grown! 

Oops...  I'm just noticing now that I should have tried to line up the moon faces on the sides. Hopefully my little ones move too fast for anyone to trouble themselves over it.

Oona and Elsa also wore these to visit some friends of ours recently. I don't have a great photo of the skirts in action, but this photo does remind me of a funny conversation.

In regards to the canned food being placed in the bag while playing grocery store:
Oona: It's ice cream!
Her Little Friend: No, it's cat food!
Oona: It's ice cream!
Her Little Friend: No, it's cat food!
(This continued for about five minutes... verdicts still out, but I'm not sending Oona to the grocery store for ice cream! )

Sunday, January 19, 2014


"A portrait of my girls, once a week, every week, in 2014."

 Elsa: Mama's-eye-view.... slumbering through the cold winter walk. 
Oona: Poised and ready... who will be the target?

Sleepy days... sick days... short days... slow days... silly days... these January days are disappearing fast. The Christmas tree is finally down... oh, my, it had a long stint, and day dreams about getting organized or maybe just getting started float through my mind. Tomorrow... tomorrow. Maybe after I pour myself another cup of tea.

Monday, January 13, 2014


"A portrait of my girls, once a week, every week, in 2014."

Elsa: Playing her new favorite instrument, the kazoo.
Oona: Dressed in her finest princess dress... which also happens to serve as a picnic blanket, beach towel, and "sick" blanket.

Joining in with Jodi at "Practicing Simplicity".

Wednesday, January 8, 2014

52 Project 1/52

Elsa: Playing piano after giving standing up a try.
Oona: Filling up every last inch of her new Christmas sketchbook.

This year I thought it would be fun to participate in The 52 Project, "A portrait of my children, once a week, every week, in 2014." I'm joining in a little late, but these photos were taken last week, so I'll have another post on Sunday. It will be so nice to have a week by week look at my girls come years end if I can manage to keep up. They do change so fearful quick!

Also, on Monday Elsa turned eight months old so for my Mama notes, here's what my sweetheart baby girl is up to:

- crawling! yes indeed! and getting around as fast as a motor car
- pulling herself up
- speaking baby-ese with some "mama" and "dada" thrown in for good measure
- eating any paper she can get her hands on
- laughing at big sister, as usual
- trying hard to chew on everything that she should not chew on
- eating lots of solids and had her first glass of water the other day
- much happier being on the floor now that she can get around
- playing the kazoo  
I'm hoping to pop in before Sunday with some recent craft projects...

Friday, January 3, 2014

Make Do

Oona's New Year's Moon Lion Picture
Oh, my word! Fighting off this bitter cold at our door step here in the north land sure slows you down a bit. If it weren't for my little sugar dumplings needing me so, I'd surely tuck myself in for a long winter's nap. I hope you all did something a bit more exciting than the Wildwood's for the New Year. We went about life as usual at a slightly slower pace on account of those negative temperatures outside. I have been working on a few lists for this year's beginnings... I know I will likely forget about them all too soon, but I couldn't resist the temptation to write it down.

- granny sampler (from last year)
- briar rose baby blanket (also started last year)
- red gnome jammies
- waldorf dolls
- doll blankets, clothes, and diapers
- doll carrier (a busy year for doll accessories)
- handmade “thank you” cards to send through out the year as needed
- gifts to stow away for birthdays and next Christmas
- hand painted family portrait
- owl dress
- blouses and dresses for myself

- art calendar
- weekly art
- children’s skirts
- eye pillows

- Yoga
- Take nature walks
- Go camping as a family
- Set up at farmer’s market weekly and at holiday craft shows
- Plant fabulous garden
- Start craft group at store
- Set up new web shop
- Practice ukulele!

Maybe if I actually print this out and put it somewhere I can see, I will do some of these things! May the sun shine bright and warm on your new year!