Category Archives: Adventures in Parenting

My personal accounts of our day to day encounters, explorations and expeditions in and around the Kamloops area.

Alphabet pillows: an afternoon project

Tuesday morning.
Bored.
Dreaming of my fabric scrap bin…
1) Pull out fabric scraps and heat ‘n bond adhesive and poly-fill.

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Elizabeth is a Kamloops lifer. Born at RIH, she is happy to be raising her family here. Married with four wonderful children, Elizabeth is also teacher and enjoys working with parents as she learns more about this “Mommy gig”. Elizabeth is passionate about parenting and enjoys networking with other parents.

A new play dough!!

The other day, I was browsing some blogs, as I tend to do, and I came across the coolest new (well new to me, anyhow) recipe for play dough!
It’s cornstarch dough!!

My two big kids and I made it and had a great time playing with it (read: it was all over the kitchen floor)!

Here’s the recipe I made:
1 cup cornstarch
1 cup baking powder
1/2 cup salt
1 cup water

Boil on the stove on medium heat (will bubble a lot because of the baking powder and water reacting – so fun!) until it starts to thicken.
Then, I kneaded it until it was a little cooler for the kids to play with.
After we shaped it and smashed it and rolled it and played with it for a while (read: after a while the kids lost interest but I didn’t), I put my littlest man’s footprint in the dough, made a “pizza”, made some animals and then baked them all (300 degrees for an hour) to harden them a little.  I think we’ll paint it tomorrow!

Now, we play with cornstarch and water all the time to create that lovely “thixotropic” (not quite liquid but not quite a solid) muck we all love.  We also love making “goop” with white glue, borax and water.  But this?  This is awesome!  It’s whiteness is totally like snow.  It’s so soft and yet has that gritty cornstarch feel.  I’d love to add some sparkles next time and see what I get! I really really like it.  And the real bonus… it’s a great process to watch as the chemical reaction occurs while you boil it.

Elizabeth is a Kamloops lifer. Born at RIH, she is happy to be raising her family here. Married with four wonderful children, Elizabeth is also teacher and enjoys working with parents as she learns more about this “Mommy gig”. Elizabeth is passionate about parenting and enjoys networking with other parents.

Twirly Skirt Tutorial

The other day I was in the fabric store picking out some fabric for a custom apron that I had been asked to sew.  Well, when I was there I saw the perfect fabric to make a twirly skirt for my 2 yo daughter.  I was reading Captivating, at the time, and thought that a perfect little sparkly twirly skirt would be a great gift for my little woman.  So, I made one up and here is my tutorial.  Please excuse the photos.  I’m afraid that I have not yet had my camera fixed and I am really missing it.  While my Sony was top-of-the-line when I got it… that is now eight years ago!

Without further delay my Rooty-Tute-Tuesday Twirly Skirt!  (Please keep in mind that I just invented this in my head, so I don’t have exact measurements or anything.  If you like it, you might need to figure out your measurements… or just guess, like I did.)

1) I figured that for the length I wanted I could just fold the fabric in half and cut my strips from there.  So, I folded the fabric in half lengthwise and then cut along the fold so that I had two pieces the same size.dsc07263
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Elizabeth is a Kamloops lifer. Born at RIH, she is happy to be raising her family here. Married with four wonderful children, Elizabeth is also teacher and enjoys working with parents as she learns more about this “Mommy gig”. Elizabeth is passionate about parenting and enjoys networking with other parents.

Alex the "Pig": A Tutorial

This morning I was feeling a little sorry for myself and in a bit of a 39-weeks-pregnant-messy-house-fighting-a-cold funk.  After my daughter went down for her nap, my four-year-old and I pulled out some books to read, together.  One of his choices was this:dsc_1703We’ve read it a number of times and had seen that there were instructions, in the back, on how to make your own pig!  H is in a stage where he wants to “make” everything that he sees, and “build” all kinds of diggers after reading our digger books from the library and so this fit perfectly.  I thought I’d break out of my feeling-sorry-for-myself funk by trying a little crafting with him.Here are the instructions to make your own pig (or whatever it ends up being).

1) Cut a 25 cm length of stocking, or a sleeve from an old knit sweater…whatever you have lying around.dsc_1672dsc_16732) Sew one end off with loosely stitched embroidery thread so that it Continue reading Alex the "Pig": A Tutorial

Elizabeth is a Kamloops lifer. Born at RIH, she is happy to be raising her family here. Married with four wonderful children, Elizabeth is also teacher and enjoys working with parents as she learns more about this “Mommy gig”. Elizabeth is passionate about parenting and enjoys networking with other parents.

Ten Minute Tutu: A Timely Tutorial

It was Thursday.  The day of my daughter’s second birthday.  I have no money to spend on a lavish birthday girl and a daughter who doesn’t really “need” anything, but likes a lot of things.  I had a party to prepare for and a nap to take and a bunch of other things on my plate.  I had an idea of what I wanted to get for her, and was planning to make it, but ran out of time (another little tutorial coming, perhaps?).  My daughter loves dress-up.  I mean, LOVES dress-up.  Also, she likes to dance and be girly, so, I went to my scrap fabric cupboard and found some things that would work to make a quick tu-tu.

The ingredients:

1)about 1.5m of tulle (I just happened to have two colours)

2)enough elastic to fit around her waist (about 30cm)

3) scissors

4) my sewing machine (but you could totally sew the elastic by hand)

STEP BY STEP INSTRUCTIONS

1) I sewed the elastic into a circle.

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2) I cut the tulle into strips that were about 10 cm wide and the length of the whole fabric (so about 1m)dsc_1235

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Elizabeth is a Kamloops lifer. Born at RIH, she is happy to be raising her family here. Married with four wonderful children, Elizabeth is also teacher and enjoys working with parents as she learns more about this “Mommy gig”. Elizabeth is passionate about parenting and enjoys networking with other parents.