Kids Clothes Week – Quick Change Trousers

I struggled with Kids Clothes Week this year as my kiddo is at the age where he has very strong opinions on his outfits.  There must be jeans, there must be t-shirts.  No other clothes are acceptable.  It took lovely Ms. Mucho to remind me that there is nothing that says the clothes have to be for your child. So I decided to make a favorite from my own child’s past for a new little one.  These are the Quick Change Trousers from Handmade Beginnings.  I made the 12-18 month size for my friend whose little Z is just about 1.

Giraffe Pants

The really awesome part of these pants is that they are reversible.  Which makes them a bit stronger for that walking/crawling stage.  Also, gives you more chances to use cute fabric.  For one side I used a giraffe print for the main part of the legs and an olive green panel for extra diaper space.  The other side is a ombre blue leg with a mustache bum.

Mustache Back

What I really like here is that the fabric is left over from a blanket made for this exact same baby way back.

Front side

How cute is the giraffe print peaking out when the cuffs are turned?

New Toy!

My new machine is here and I love her.  She has so many tricks and is such a good girl. She knows how to cut her own thread

cuts thread

and she has a clear bobbin cover so you can see when the thread is running out – which is brilliant.

bobbin cover

and she can take on big old quilting projects without complaint.  She is oh so quiet.  The boy even said so. My husband is now regretting he didn’t get me one back when we lived in a loft (sewing is rather loud in a shared space).

quilting

She still needs a name, though. I’m taking suggestions so feel free to post them.

April Fools Pranks Played on My Son

The boy has feeling about “eating green things”.  They are not good feelings. He has also just discovered April Fools Day this year.  His joke was “Mom, something happened today. I dropped my Darth Maul lego guy in the toilet and accidentally flushed. APRIL FOOLS DAY!!!!!”  If there had been even a slight pause between the story and the punch line, it would have been a great prank on me.

Clearly, I had to show him how it’s done.

april fools plants

I had seen this on Pinterest and put a plan into action.  I came home, made pudding (with the boy watching the whole time), and sent him downstairs to play with daddy.  I put the pudding in some ceramic cups, the closest to a flower pot I could find.  While that cooled, I crushed some Thin Mint-like cookies and crumbled them on top.  Finally, I added a sprig of mint to each pot.

april fools plants all

I took the plants downstairs and told a nice story about how I had picked these up at the Ferry Building farmers market.  The guy had said the dirt was edible. Do you think we should try it?

“Noooooooo, grossssss”

“Really?  I have a spoon.  I think it might be kind of fun to eat dirt”

I took a bite.  He looked shocked.  I offered one to him.  He said no.  Daddy took mercy and said the dirt kind of smelled like chocolate.  He put it together. APRIL FOOLS!!

Victory is mine.

final reward