Wednesday, September 21, 2011

Kids Clothes Week: Fall

The Fall edition of Kids Clothes Week Challenge is coming up...mark your calendars and join in on the fun! I am excited for this round and determined to see it through this time. 


Tuesday, September 20, 2011

Falling for Fall

Fall is by far my favourite season. I met my husband in the Fall and it always brings back feelings of new love and new beginnings.

I always seem to forget about knitting in the summer. I lose touch with my needles...but as soon as I feel a cool breeze, I am drawn to them once again. The nights have been cool here lately and I have enjoyed curling up on the couch with my knitting. My goal for this winter is to knit each of my boys a sweater. The kids' sweaters don't phase me...but knitting one for hubby seems daunting! He is much bigger and much pickier ; )

 Child's Placket-Neck Pullover for D (pattern is free on Ravelry)
Cabled Cardigan with Shawl Collar for K (from Sirdar's Nursery Knits)

{ Amy }

Wednesday, September 14, 2011

French Design {inspired}

I have a new obsession with French children's clothing lines. I love their style...clean lines and simple elegance. Here is one of the designers I have been drooling over.

How about the Eiffel Tower for a photo backdrop?!? Stunning n'est pas?

{ Amy }

Tuesday, September 13, 2011

Clearing the Clutter

Have you ever looked around your house and felt overwhelmed with STUFF? I woke up a few months ago and felt totally claustrophobic....totally overwhelmed by the amount of stuff in this house! It was right after we got back from Mexico, so not sure if it was living out of a suitcase for a week...but I was just suddenly struck by how much we had and how little we actually need. We live in a small two bedroom house so there isn't much room to begin with. Throw in a crafty mama and two car/train/Lego loving boys and you have one full house! I have been on a mission since then to rid my house of clutter. I have been busy purging, organizing, and donating bags and bags of clothing and toys.

I was sick of the toys cluttering our living space so I decided to turn the boys' room into the toy room! First step was making over their closet. I emptied it out and organized their toys & games. We took off the closet doors so the boys could have easy access to their toys. I found these galvanized buckets at Dollorama and printed some free labels (can't find the link now!) onto magnetic paper. These work great! They are easy to carry around and the boys actually enjoy cleaning up because they make quite a racket when you throw stuff back in them...bonus!!

I bought this cute metal mailbox at Walmart and found the perfect spot for it between the closet and the door. I actually just slid it in place...for once the wonky walls of this old house worked in my favor!

We found a great loft bed for our oldest, so next up is organizing some toys under the bed and the room is done. It feels SO good to get organized and cross items off the to-do list! The next major clutter spot to tackle is my sewing is a disaster! You may be seeing a lot of organizing/redecorating posts around here ; )

Anyone else living in a small space? How do you deal with the toys?

{ Amy }

Thursday, September 1, 2011

Light Table

I found some light tables on Pinterest and had to make one for the boys. Such a fun, versatile activity! I found some great instructions HERE but ended up doing mine differently.

I made mine with a Snalis tote from Ikea and two push-on lights from the Dollar Store. The tote works great because the lid has a lip around the edge...making it perfect for adding paint or sand to the light table! The tote is frosted which seems to diffuse the light really well.

I didn't even bother to stick the light to the bottom. I just throw everything in and place the lights inside when we play with it! So simple!

We tried some finger painting and it was a huge hit! K spent a good 30 mins painting (that is huge for my active 3 year old!) I put the washable paint right on the lid and it washed off easily when we were done.

I rounded up some baby blocks and Tupperware and we gave those a try. D (15 months) loved it!

Next I want to try playing with some coloured sand! If you make one let me know how you use it...I would love to learn more ways to play with it!

{ Amy }