Archives for May 2010
From Knits and Reads, we have Lulu sharing some sweet baby mama thoughts and offering a fabulous giveaway!! Just check out some of her fabulous crafts. This is pure talent:
First, I would like to thank Alison for inviting me to do a guest post on her blog for Baby Week! I am greatly honored and excited that she invited me! I've started to think of some of the funny things I've heard kids say.
...my daughter and I used to go bargain hunting, one day she said, "Mommy, I don't like bargains, I'm afraid of them" ...I think she thought they were monsters!
...my daughter was sitting in the living room with a cup of water, I went into the next room, when I came back there was water everywhere, my daughter said, "Mom, I don't know what happened, all of the sudden the cup just jumped into the air, all by itself, and the water came out!" hmm, kind of iffy, don't you think!
...my son was about 3 and we were at a small quaint pizza restaurant with my parents, grandparents and in-laws. We were sitting right next to the single bathroom so my son went in to do his 'stuff' and came out butt naked, yelling, "Mommy, I did it, I pooped!" everyone in the restaurant laughed so hard, and my grandparents still talk about it.
Babies are so sweet and innocent, they grow up so fast...take the time to spend time with your children and enjoy them. I know so many people who never really talk to their kids, or have their kids spend more time in daycare than they do at home, I know this is not always avoidable, but cherish the time you do have with them! Find the time to laugh until tears run from your eyes, let the bathroom get a little wet and bubbly on the floor during bath time, don't sweat the small stuff because before you know it they'll be teens and you'll have an entirely new way of looking at life. Accidents will happen, and some moments may not seem funny until years later, but savor every moment with your children, take hundred's of photos, trace those little hands and feet, just enjoy them!
Hello Oopsey Daisy Readers!
I am so excited to be here guest posting for Baby Week.
Today, I am going to share with you how to make these fun Cloth Baby Blocks.
Each Saturday I have a link party where everyone is welcome to link up what they have been working on. It is called Check ME Out Saturday. I hope you can stop by and share something.
I also have anEtsy shop where I sell lots of different patterns:
Like this flower pattern
And these rag quilts and car seat tent patterns.
I also sell many rag quilts and blankets there.
Now onto the tutorial:
This is a fun I Spy Baby Block that I whipped up in just a few minutes (ok maybe 1/2 hour)
You will need 6 square pieces of fabric. Mine are 5 inches. Also, if you are wanting to to add the appliques you can find them here.
I used 4 appliques.
Raw edge applique the animals onto the squares that you would like them on. Sew about 1/4 inch away from the edge of the applique.
Sew the squares together like in the picture above. Repeat with the 3 remaining squares.
Then sew the squares together as above
Now sew the 2 separate 3 square sections together. Notice that I sewed the sections together wrong. 2 of the animals ended up being upside down...
Sew them together all the way around so that you have a block. Make sure to leave a small hole to turn the block right side out.
Turn the block right side out:
Now stuff the block with batting or really small fabric scraps.
Sew the hole closed with a needle and thread. I hate doing this part, but remember that the smaller hole you leave open the less you have to sew back together
Now you have a really fun I spy block.
Make sure to stop by and tell me hi!
Hi, my name is Heather from over at Smallfry and Co. I am a stay at home mom of two girls ages 6 months and 2 years old. Life is pretty much a combination of insanity and laughter with a tantrum thrown in here and there. I have loved crafting since I was in High School but didn't know that my love for making things was incomplete until I fell in love with blogging as well-it just became a perfect combination for me (like Oreo's and milk) and a wonderful way to express myself. My blog is a place for me to share crafts, sewing projects, recipes, tidbits, vent, share experiences about my kids and sometimes just ramble. Each post seems to go in a different direction (kind of like my brain sometimes). Here is a small sampling of some of my baby related tutorials.
I stumbled across the blog Tales From the Cottage Cheese Cottage, and I knew Heather was the perfect guest author for Baby Week!! This girl knows her baby stuff!
Heather is the mother of two-- a basketball obsessed toddler and a charming, opinionated nursling. She started considering cloth diapers when she realized there was no way their small budget could afford buying diapers for two babies. Spurred on by economic reasons she started researching cloth diapers, liked what she discovered, and made the change. She hasn't looked back since. When she isn't changing diapers, chasing chickens, or snuggling babies she works as a doula and blogs at Tales From the Cottage Cheese Cottage and Women in the Scriptures.
On average he has used about 5 diapers a day since he was born
(He used ALOT more than that when he was an infant but tapered down to two or three at the end, so 5 a day is a pretty conservative average)
That means he has gone through at least 4,413 diapers.
The disposable diapers I buy cost about $11 a package and contain, on average, about 50 diapers.
This means if I'd used only disposable diapers for him I would have bought at least 89 packages of diapers and spent more than $971 in the last two and half years.
I want you just to take a minute and try to imagine what 4,413 diapers and $971 looks like.
That is one big pile of expensive poop.
I've been using cloth diapers now for over a year and I can confidently say that I love them. I started with this great tutorial about the basics of cloth diapering and tried out Jillian's Drawers trial program where you can try out a variety of different cloth diapers for only $10. After using the diapers for several weeks I was hooked. I loved that they worked better than disposables, especially for newborns (my little girl has only "blown out" a cloth diaper 3 or 4 times in her entire life). I loved how cute they were and the great variety in styles. I loved how easy they were to take care of and wash. I loved that I would be able to use them for multiple children (the companies claim they will survive six children). I loved that my children had less diaper rash... but mostly I really loved how much money they were saving me.
It is true that cloth diapers are a bit of an investment up front, anywhere from $200-600 depending on what brand you buy and if you get them new or used. Yet if you are handy with a sewing machine, which I assume most of you are seeing this is a crafting blog, then you can make your own for much cheaper.
The most popular type (also my personal favorite) of diaper is called a pocket diaper. They are usually made with fleece insides, PUL or fleece outsides, and snap or Velcro closures. This wonderful site has a variety of patterns for seeing cloth diapers and cloth "pull-ups" for toddlers. The challenging thing about making your own diapers in finding PUL material because most stores don't carry it. You can buy it by the yard (one yard makes around 4 diapers) or in "diaper cuts" which is usually around 21" x 20" and is enough to make one diaper. Diapershop and Diaper Cuts usually have a good selection and good prices, or if you are willing to wait a few months to get your order you can join a PUL buying co-op to get very cheap material. Another option is to make the outsides and the inside out of fleece or wool which are fairly waterproof.
For pocket diapers you also need inserts (sometimes called pre-folds) to go inside of them. You can buy them at most baby stores (even Wal-mart), sew them, or small microfiber towels, usually sold in the auto section of super markets, make really wonderful inserts that are easy to clean.
I make and store my cloth wipes in a large mouthed disposable wipe container.
To make them I mix:
2 cups of warm water
1 TBSP of baby oil
1 TBSP of baby wash
20-25 cloth wipes
I squish the wipes around in the mix until they are all covered and all about the same wetness. They usually last about 2 or 3 days before they start to smell mildewy. I've found that keeping them in a diaper container rather than a Tupperware container keeps them from getting rancid as fast. If you have trouble with your wipes smelling rancid you can also make the above mixture and put it in a spray bottle. Then you just spray the baby down with the solution and wipe them with a dry wipe.
You can also use cloth wipes with disposable diapers. You just have to discard them in a diaper pail and then wash them like you would cloth diapers. Personally I really LOVE using cloth wipes because they are thicker and more moist than disposable ones. It also brings me great peace of mind knowing that if there were ever a disaster in our lives, natural or economic, that I wouldn't have to worry about how to diaper my children. I usually suggest to friends that even if they don't want to do cloth diapers they should think about getting a small stash of cloth diapers and wipes to put in their emergency preparedness kits... just in case.
In all honesty, cloth diapering isn't as intimidating, hard, or gross as it may seem. Once you get use to them they are just as easy as using disposables but with all the added bonuses of being eco-friendly, cheap and down right adorable. Besides it is sheer glee to be able to walk past the baby aisle at the grocery store and not have to buy anything.
If I've piqued your interest here are some more cloth diaper sites you might want to check out.
The Diaper Jungle
Wow! Heather, you have really done your research!! I love that this is a green and economic alternative to regular old diapers and wipes! Thank you so much!
A bit of blogging news...
Do you tweet? If so, join me on Twitter!! I swore I would never do it, but I started up an account yesterday. I am still learning the in's and out's.
Have you noticed my sidebar lately? All of the link parties I participate in are organized in cute little categories sorted by day. Now, I won't have to clutter the ends of my post with link party buttons any more!! I used this fabulous tutorial by my gal, Sweet Little Smoothie. We all know I am not an HTML expert at all, so this tutorial was perfect for me! It walks you through everything so you can resize your buttons and organize them. No more button clutter! So if you're in need of some bloggy organization, check it out. Thank you, Sweet Little Smoothie!!