Sunday, March 13, 2016

February Baby Bundle and Mini-zip mania!

This year has officially been declared by AppleCheeks as the "Year of the Mini-zip", that is the strength of the current interest in Mini-zip sacs. The fan culture has driven the desire to such an extent that we even changed the official name! Once upon a time this size was known as an All-purpose sac, officially, but the fan created colloquial name has now become the official name.

Why this obsession with these sacs? The original name says it all! They really are all-purpose, they are so useful with babies, and outlast the diapering days with their usefulness. I know that I have used them for more things, and more often, than I can possibly list, but I will try!

Lets start with the obvious:
-1 stuffed AppleCheeks diaper
-cloth wipes and AppleCheeks gentle cleansing spray
-1 change of clothes for a baby or 1 change of bottoms for a toddler
-2 learning pants

Slightly more out of the box:
-small toys
-baby shoes
-medicine for the diaper bag

Big kids
-epi pens
-crayons or other art supplies

-mama cloth
-first aid kit
-greeting cards
-thank you cards
-purse essentials, to keep track of them in your diaper bag

Basically they can be used for anything you might throw in a ziploc bag, but without the waste.
Sarah was nice enough to send me a mini-zip and sz 1 sac in the new Kiss n' Teal colour. I like the colour on a diaper, but something about the uninterrupted concentration on a sac really makes it pop, I love it! As always Sarah is quick to tailor requests with her subscription, and knew exactly what I was missing in my collection. I have already received the delightful shipping notice on my March bundle, and a little birdie told me it is something gorgeous and innovative from the awesome creative team!

Wednesday, March 9, 2016

Rapunzel Headdress costume

So I am sure most of you are aware of my two year long project of making Princess dresses for Evie. For her Birthday this year I made her Rapunzel and Merida dresses. Though her hair is fairly long hair, she keeps telling me that she will have "Long Rapunzel hair when I a big girl". So I thought I would speed up the process and give her an artificial braid. I did a similar look on her doll last year, but now it was time to upsize it! You can call me the crazy Pintrest Mom, but it is so fun to make something so beautiful with only $10 in supplies. I was lucky enough to find this yarn on clearance, so it just spoke to me! It really looks almost like real life blonde hair, it is just so perfect! I could have gone with yellow yarn to make it more cartoon-like, but the realistic blonde just seemed to fit the theme better.

-70 yards of chunky yarn
-1 headband
-hot glue

-Cut strands of yarn into double the desired length of the braid
-Tie each strand in a single knot along the headband, until you have reached each end
-Split the center strand and use 1 piece of that and both pieces of the next knot to begin the french braid.
-Braid until you complete a half circle and pin it, and repeat on the other side
-Once they meet in the middle combine the two braids and braid it down to the end.
-Clip any scraggly pieces
-Now it is time to decorate, go crazy!

Well you may notice I definitely didn't go crazy, I let my inner Disney-Geek show and attempted to replicate the flower layout as closely as possible. To attempt this pattern you will need :

-large orange/yellow flowers
-small pink flowers
-tiny white flowers
-small purple flowers
-1 large purple daisy

We have a special event to attend tomorrow night, so I am sure Evie will now be the best dress little princess in the audience! Feel free to leave me any questions in the comments, and happy crafting to you all!