Monday, May 25, 2009

Anti-Skid Socks & new PJ's

I spent some time last week working on new things for my daughter.

First she needed some new Pj's for summer and I could not find any I liked. So I made them myself. 3 new pairs of Pj's which she loves :)



Next - she has had a growth spurt and outgrown most of her "little girl" socks. I looked all over to find bigger anti-skid socks for her but could only find them in small sizes.
I decided to try making my own "grippy socks". I read somewhere that it was possible to do it with fabric paint. I tried it and am sharing the results. I hope that many of you can make good use of the very easy instructions.
Materials needed:
Fabric paint (I used the clear dimensional kind that kinda sticks up)
(I got a tube on sale for $1 - I have made 35 pairs of socks so far and have not used the whole tube up - this is WAY less expensive than buying pre-made "grippy socks")
Socks (pre washed)
Directions:
Fold the socks so that the entire bottom is facing up.
Paint or Dab little dots of paint over the bottom of the socks. I tried several different patterns (squiggles, dots, straight lines) and the dots seemed to work the best. I made my dots in lines but you could use any design or pattern you like. You can make the dots bigger or flatter depending on your preference as well.
FYI the dots did not "lift off" after washing several times but the straight lines & squiggles did.
Allow paint to dry according to package directions.

Enjoy!!
They are not quite the same as store bought ones but they have definitely kept my daughter from sliding all over the tile & lino.
She thinks that they are fabulous because now she can wear some of her favourite socks during the day to run around, instead of only wearing them to bed at night.
I made 25 pairs of her non-"grippy socks" into "grippy socks" this weekend. I ran out of room on the table so there are only 20 pairs shown in the picture.
Leave me a comment and let me know how it works out for you.

Sunday, May 17, 2009

Polly-wolly Polliwogs!!!

Ok - I have had lots of requests to see the bucket full of polliwogs so I took some pics this morning after they had warmed up in the sunshine!

The cloudy part in the middle is the egg bunch that they came out of - not all of them have hatched so I am leaving it in the bucket.

I really do not know what we are going to do if they ALL turn into frogs!!! It will be A LOT of little froggies.








Saturday, May 16, 2009

Sunny Afternoons ..... & tadpoles

It is a beautiful, warm sunny afternoon here in Red Deer and we are loving it.

Been for a little drive around town this morning and checked out some parks in other neighborhoods - my daughter had LOTS of fun trying them all out.

Last weekend we acquired am ice cream bucket of tadpoles from the farm and have been watching them grow all week. My daughter thinks that they are her pets and greets them every morning, talks with them and then says goodnight before bed time every night. They are sunning themselves on the front step now. I am hoping that they do not get too big yet ....... I do not think that I want a bunch of baby frogs all over my step. We will have to take them back out to the farm and let them back into the pond.

Here are some pics of the project that I just finished for some very nice people (some family members). They are a gag type gift for some messy sisters :) Personalized, adult sized bibs with a fun embroidered saying. I hope that they like them and get a giggle!!


Next project is to photograph the new diaper bag that I made last week. It is fabulous!!!

Friday, May 8, 2009

Another Day - another project

Well the Alberta Team May Madness sale is officially over now. I think that most of us did OK - but I also think that some of us may have bought more than we sold!!!

I have a project on the go for some family members - pretty neat. I will post pictures when it is finished - if I can.

I also have several ideas running around in my head for a new all-purpose bag. I am tired of carrying around a boring black diaper bag everywhere and am craving something with a little more color and style. I am thinking bright colors, lots of pockets and total fabulousness of course. I will have to see how the design translates from my head - to paper and then to my sewing machine.

If it works out I will post some pictures - if not ....... I guess I will have to keep trying.

Happy Mother's day to all the Mom's out there.

Hope you have a great day!