Jacy thought it might be fun to build some things using some scrap wool and nails we had lying around in the garage. Great idea I think. Plus it is keeping him awful busy outside during the last few nice days of the season before it gets cold and nasty.
First, he build a TV and a chair. They are solid pieces of furniture. He did a great job.
- Jacy building
After Jacy was done building for a bit, Gabriel had an idea to nail boards to the tree. What a great way to make a ladder into the tree. They already loved climbing the tree, but this allows them to get up there without using my deck chair. They were even clever enough to use two nails per board so the board doesn’t spin on the trunk. Maybe one of these days soon I can talk Daddy into teaching them how to use a saw properly.
Lincoln has been up to all kinds of growing. He has figured out how to pull himself up onto his knees in various places, like along my desk chair, holding onto a magazine rack and onto the dishwasher.
He also is cutting his first tooth. You’d hardly know it. Thank goodness for Baltic Amber Teething necklaces. Lincoln’s is from Hazelaid, but Israel wears one from Inspired by Finn. Both seem to work equally well. The only difference is that the beads on the Hazelaid are graduated larger in the front and smaller in the back. The one from Inspired by Finn, all the beads are the same larger size.
I finally put together Lincoln’s Halloween costume. He is Link, from The Legend of Zelda. Appropriate I think.
The hat is made using The Hudson Hat! by Lindsay Baker . The yarn is Plymouth Worsted wool
His cardigan is the Seamless Infant Kimono by Carina Spencer. The yarn is a really soft acrylic I harvested from a thrift store sweater.
His pants are a pair I made for Israel a couple of years ago. The pattern I used was Perfection Pants by Pamela Grossman. The yarn is a 100% wool I harvested from another thrift store sweater.
I used a button band pulled off a sweater for his sheath belt.
I haven’t had a knitting post lately. I think it’s about time. I’ve been busy knitting all kinds of fun things.
First up is a pair of gauntlets. I only took a picture of one, but you get the idea. The pattern is Toast by Leslie Friend. The yarn is from one of my Stash Menagerie Club shipments from Three Irish Girls. How I love the 3IG yarns. The yarn that month was Glenhaven Cashmerino worsted dyed in the “Parisienne” colorway. So soft and silky. I will probably make more of gauntlets like this because they are cute, easy to knit and keep my arms and hands pretty warm.
With the leftovers, I made a super cute skirt for one of Promise’s dolls for Christmas. The pattern is Lacy Flouncy Skirt by Kristen Renneker.
Once again, another yarn from 3IG: organic cotton/bamboo in “hug’o’war”. Oh so soft. I wish I would have ordered more because the yarn would have made a great tank top. The pattern I used was Wedding Washcloths by Purl Soho. I ended up being able to make 3 1/2 dishcloths. The last one was only a 1/2 but still a good side for a dishcloth. In hindsight, I think I should have made a bib for Lincoln. Maybe next time.
Last up is another gift for Promise for Christmas. This time I made a cute little dolly cape for her new doll that is coming in the mail. Shhhhhh! Dont tell. The yarn is cheapy Red Heart Super Saver and the pattern is Kit’s Christmas Cape by Cathy Bird. I think I’d like to make her another one, but in a more drape-y yarn and make it a longer length. It would be really cute if I could make one for each of her dolls so they could be warm this winter 😉
A couple of weeks ago, Jacy requested that I make black playdoh. I think he wanted to make some character that needed black. We had made playdoh previously using a recipe for a Playdohrecipe.org, but had made it using colors I already had on hand. Like pink and blue. Our local grocery store didn’t have black food coloring, but Amazon did!
I love the way it turned out. The black color was so rich and vibrant (for black) and we used Root Beer flavoring to give it a nice smell. After they get bored with the plain black, my plan is to add some glitter to it so we can have some sparkly playdoh.
Izzy showing me his new playdoh
Zion making something
Jacy making some kind of monster while he talks to papa on the phone
My kids love to craft. They have a giant box of craftable things in their toy room that they are free to use whenever they want to. Most of the stuff is recyclable or things we’d ordinarily toss out. I keep a small bin in the kitchen to catch smaller items like bottle caps, twist ties, bread clips, etc. Sometimes I purchase a few goodies to toss in the box as well, like pom-poms or pipe-cleaners. I am constantly on the look out for “treasures” at the thrift store or while out shopping. I’d like the kids to start adding more organic materials to their box like pinecones, seeds, leaves, nuts and so on.
Gabriel showing off his airplane. Made 100% from "garbage"
Promise made some butterfly wings from paper and yarn
So they say mother is the necessity of invention. This was one of those days. I had two really bored, really cranky little boys in my house. And they needed a new project. I gave one of them a bowl of rolled oats (uncooked) and the other a bowl of white flour that we had bought for playdoh making and two spoons. Oh they fun they had with their new “toy.” At first, they played independently, and then they started mixing the oatmeal and the flour together. After a while, to my dismay, Zion got the idea to add water. Oh the mess they made, but they had a fun time and it all washed away easily the next time it rained.
Boredom had set upon us and we needed something fun to do. Thank goodness for the Play At Home Mom blog. I love their ideas. If you have kids ages 3 months and older. Moms like the activities too. Recently, they had posted on their site about Fizzy Paint. I knew sooner or later we needed to do this fun idea and that day had come. The basic recipe is baking soda, cornstarch, water and food coloring. Then fill a spray bottle with vinegar to make the paintings fizz.
Here is the fizzy paint set up. The spray bottle has the vinegar in it. I didn’t tell them what it was, other than sidewalk paint and let them have at it.
Zion made his pink paint fizz
This was a whole lot of fun and got us outside in the sunshine for nearly an hour without any complaints. I even needed to refill their paints once. They probably would have painted long had I made more paint and if they wouldn’t have filled the whole drive way with paint.
Promise paint dancing
After being sprayed with the vinegar. Fizzy fun.
I have no idea where I saw this idea. If I remember, I will give proper credit to the idea maker. The idea is simple: Dip scraps of yarn in school glue and paste on a bowl sort of like making a pinata. After the bowl is covered well, set out to dry. You can put them in a low oven to dry the glue faster, but I wasn’t sure if our bowl was oven safe. After the glue is all dry, peel the yarn bowl away from the cereal bowl. It hold its shape pretty good. Promise has hers setting on her dresser holding some knickknacks.
Making her yarn bowl
Promise has been very interested in completing everything from our Fall Bucket List, so she decided she needed to make “leaf art.” I didn’t give her any instruction on how to do leaf art. She decided on gluing pretty leaves to paper. Leaf art completed!
We also made applesauce in the crock pot. Super duper easy. This is my “recipe”:
- Peel, core and slice some apples, put them into crock pot
- add some water and cinnamon
- cook on high for a bit. stirring occasionally. I think it took about 1 – 2 hours for the apples to get soft. I really wasn’t paying much attention.
- use immersion blender until consistency of your choice
- add a splash of vanilla and serve hot or cold.
You can add a bit of lemon juice at the beginning to help it from browning too much. I prefer my applesauce hot right out of the crock pot, but it’s just as good cold. It makes the house smell like autumn while it is cooking.
Promise and Zion peeling the apples
I am shamelessly behind in my blogging. We’ve just been so busy with life lately. Anyhow, on to the blogging…
Earlier in the fall I came across this really cute Fall Bucket List on Pinterest. I backtracked it to its creator and found that here Loves of Life. We’ve been checking stuff off one by one slowly throughout the season. So far we have done :
*Pumpkin Patch (times 2)
Most recently, we made caramel apples. Yum yum! Next year I am going to try to make our own caramel because the store-bought stuff is always too sticky and just falls right off the apple. Must be that milkmaid brand.
Our yummy, super unhealthy toppings
Promise's finished apple
Israel preferred the toppings over the actual apples
Here are some of our pictures from our apple picking. This was so much fun. I cannot wait to go back again. The apples were delicious. We went to the TS&M Apple Orchard here in Bellevue, NE. If you are close by, I highly recommend the Jon-a-red apples. So good. Even Zion, my non-fruit/veg eating child, loved these.
After we picked our 3 apples apiece, we got to watch a cider press demonstration. Unfortunately, cider has to be pasteurized before it is sold, but all the adults got to sneak a sip of the yummy fresh cider. The kids got to try some pre-bottled pasteurized cider. I need to get us a press so we can make real, unpasteurized cider. It was amazingly fresh and tasty.
Gabriel at the orchard
The trees were really neat. They were all dwarf varieties so they won’t get much taller. I think they said these trees were either 5 or 6 years old already. Their short size makes it easy for people to pick on their own without trucks. I think I want a grove for our front yard.