Craft on the Go!

I love little kids birthdays!  Especially when I can get my craft on!  Another special little girl just had her 1st birthday.  Isabel is the most awesome little kid I know.  Well, one of them at least. 🙂  I’m usually the one to send a card with a picture of what I will be making the child since I can’t ever seem to get gifts done on time.  This time, I was determined to have the gift finished and wrapped in time for the party!  For Isa, I decided to make her an “Art Book.” I recently discovered the existence of “chalk cloth” and “iron on vinyl.”  Chalk cloth?!?  Yes!  It is was it seems to be….fabric that can be used as a chalkboard! SO COOL, right!?!  And Iron on vinyl- can be used as a dry erase board!  With some fabric and some stabilization and a little personalization, I came up with this:

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chalk side

chalk side

dry erase side

dry erase side

Isn’t is cool!?!  It also includes a pocket to store dry erase markers and chalk as well as a cloth eraser.  🙂

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A great gift for a one year old that will grow with her for a long time!  As I was in the process of listing this item for sale in my Etsy Shop, I was having some trouble coming up with more than one name that would be easy to search and find.  I asked for help from my “Etsy Team” members.  I also mentioned that I had a plan for a “Deluxe” version too.

cover of Deluxe in the works

cover of Deluxe in the works

This version will include more pages: one to hold 12 crayons, a page to hold a 5×7 paper pad, a pocket page to store used paper, dry erase page, chalk board page, and a felt art page with felt shapes and items to create pictures!  I’m so excited about this deluxe version as well as the original art book. Here is my sketch draft so you can see some layout.

IMAG1252Here are the completed pages so far:

Pocket Page for Crayons and Dry Erase Page

Pocket Page for Crayons (fits 12 crayons) and Dry Erase Page

Pre-Cut for the boyz!

Pre-Cut for the boyz!

I’m in the process of making the “Art Book Deluxe” and am finding that it is taking a lot more time than planned!  That’s why I’m writing this post.  If you want the “Art Book” or the “Art Book Deluxe” for your children (or yourself. 😀 ) for Christmas, please, pre-order now.  With moving to a new home in a month and holiday orders, right after Thankgiving, I want to make sure everyone receives their items by Christmas Day.  You can also order any other item in my shop now and have it guaranteed to be there by Christmas.  Remember, all items can be custom made with different fabrics and sizes. Just contact me for more samples 🙂

“Time to Play!”

This is the phrase most commonly heard out of my daughter’s mouth these days.  What a great phrase!  Play is nice, play is fun, play means relax in an adult’s mind.  Erin LOVES to play (as most kids do).  But when it comes to play getting in the way of things that are necessary, it becomes a bit of a struggle for us.

Today, I had my last official counseling session with my counselor I have been seeing for 2.5 years due to post partum depression.  We talked about how far I’ve come since I first saw her when Erin was 5 weeks old.  We talked about my marriage, our future home, etc.  Mostly, we talked about the now. Erin. What she is engrossed in…..play.  I expressed how frustrating it is.  She is so engrossed in playing, that the very things I prided myself on that she loved to do are now the lowest of her priorities.

Eating:

Erin LOVES to eat.  She is adventurous (she still is- she ate octopus leg at the grocery store a few weeks ago), and not afraid to taste most foods.  Now, when we say it’s time to eat, she says, “no! still playing!”

Sleeping:

Erin LOVES to sleep.  She highly values her nap!  She was always excited to take one!  Always excited to go to bed at night.  Never really had a problem.  Now, when we say it’s time to get ready for bed, she says, “no! still playing!”

Potty:

Erin was potty trained at 15 months and took well to it from the beginning.  Rarely any accidents!  Now, she’d rather pee her pants than take her toy to the potty with her.  Now, when we suggest she use the potty (because she’s busting out some really good moves), she says, “no! still playing!”

I ranted for most of my last session about how challenging Erin has become because of her play. Linda reminded me of something that I think I will remember for a really long time: Play is really good right now.  Play is how Erin learns and develops.  Play is how Erin is becoming a smart, mature, beautiful girl that brings you such joy everyday.

Yes, that is it.  Play….Time to play!

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