Double Birthday Party

We are heading to a birthday party at the metroparks tomorrow for two of the kids’ friends.  I made gifts again, trying to see if we can keep up the effort to give handmade stuff.

For the 8 yo boy, I made a fabric covered drawing book with built in pencil holders.  I know he likes to draw and he digs video games, so I went with Mario for the front.  I used fabric markers to draw the Mario on white fabric and used Steam-a-Seam to iron it on.  He usually uses pencil for his drawings. I found colored pencils that have erasers on them, so I included them.

As usual, my son covets the stuff I design for others, so I will probably be making one for him.  He has moved into a phase of being concerned with his drawing “mistakes”, so he thinks that being able to erase will help.

For the 4 yo boy, I had a bit more trouble coming up with something homemade that I thought he might like.  I finally decided to make him a microwave heating pad/beanbag shaped like Jigglypuff since he likes Pokemon.  We have been using rice heating pads for years here to cuddle up with when we go to bed.  They really help get things cozy, especially in our faux-temperpedic beds.  I just used pink cotton fabric and fabric paint/markers to draw Jigglypuff, then sewed around him and stuffed him with rice.

It came out so much cuter than I expected that I decided to make new ones for us.  Most of ours were just plain socks filled with rice and then stitched straight across the opening.  (Kinda like really ugly draft dodgers)

Here are the new ones in our house.  I give you Pikachu and Pichu 🙂

The kids like them and played Pokemon today with them.  My son walked around with Pichu on his shoulder while they played.  Now they are sitting on them watching a movie.

Paper Dolls

I found this neat website, “Making Friends“, where you can print out outlines for paper dolls and animals and LOTS of clothes for them.  Here they are in use.

That last one is my daughter pretending to be a giant paper doll!

I think I am going to print out a bunch of these to take to the Unschoolers’ Waterpark Gathering next week.  There will be a craft area for the kids and I think other kids might like ’em too.


I picked up a “Geosafari” learning toy at the thrift store a few months ago, but didn’t spring for the “D” batteries until recently.  Both kids seem to be enjoying it, my daughter most of all.  I decided to learn how to make our own cards for it, so I could make some tailored to the kids’ interests.  I joined a Yahoo group, got a template, and have been creating some 🙂

Here are my first tries (Pokemon, of course, and Cuisenaire Rods):