National Craft Month…

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March is National Craft month, so the kids and I have been busy being crafty.

I’ve finally started a new quilt, one for a very special person in my life.  This particular quilt is for my Nanny.  Not the babysitting kind of nanny, the British Grandmother kind.   I’ve wanted to sew a quilt for her for a while now, and I’ve been looking for just the right fabric and pattern.  Something beautiful, classic and elegant just like Nanny.

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The Princess and I took a trip out to the fabric store and scoured the isles searching for the perfect selection of fabrics.  I must have looked at every single quilting fabric they had in stock with the help of my Princess.  She had a lot of suggestions.  A lot!  Slowly, the painting came together and we choose 4 beautiful fabrics with a very classic, vintage feel to them.  Standing alone they had a bit of a farmhouse feel to them but paired up with a beautiful white fabric they took on an elegant feel.  The contrast is delightful.

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I know they’re the right fabrics when I fall in love with them!

Such wonderful fabrics required an equally pretty pattern to display them properly and I decided on the double pinwheel.

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It’s a lovely pattern.

I plan on finishing the quilt off with scalloped edges and quilt it with beautiful flowers throughout the whole quilt.

Hopefully, it’ll be finished by the time we head out to Canada in the next couple weeks.  I would love to surprise Nanny with the quilt and spend some time with her.

For those of you who have the pleasure of knowing Nanny, please do not mention the quilt to her!

Homemade Bath Finger Paints…

The other day someone posted a picture on my Facebook page that had a recipe for bathtub finger paints.

It was the perfect thing to spice up our uneventful evening!

I gathered all the ingredients and the kids and got busy.

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I had some egg cartons that I thought would work well as little containers.  I decided to mix up four colours for each child so they could all have a try.  It didn’t go so well at first..

The Official Recipe

1 tbsp of cornstarch

4-6 pumps of baby shampoo

2-3 drops of food colouring

1-2 teaspoons of water

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Our recipe was more like:

1 tbsp of cornstarch in each egg cup

1 medium squirt of children’s shampoo

Realized it wasn’t going to work mixing it in the little egg cartons.

Dumped it all into a bowl, and added a really, really big squirt of shampoo,

then added some water until it seemed like a nice consistency.

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At that point I poured them into the little egg cups and let the kids choose their colours (I chose the Monkey’s).

We ended up putting way too much food colouring in.  We only had the gel type so drops were more like squirts.  It was still ok, even with all the dye it only left marks on the kids, not on the tub.

The paints were great!  Everyone enjoyed themselves, especially the little Monkey who was completely into it.

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They didn’t look as fancy as the picture on Facebook, but they worked really well.  We will definitely do this often.  In fact, there was some of the pre-dyed mix left in the bowl so I left it out overnight to see what would happen.  I was surprised to see it stayed the same.  I’m going to look for some containers so that next time I can mix up a big batch and store them for quick and easy bath time fun!

The only downside to the paint was a very upset little guy who didn’t want the fun to end!

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