Friday, April 30, 2010

Monster Stuffies!

There are so many tutorials out there to help you design your own monster stuffie, I figured "why not"  add another "how I did it"!

My mother likes to remind me how I'd plan birthday parties’ months in advance when I was a little girl. Not much has changed. I still like to plan parties, and now with 4 kiddos added to my mix I can go all out! When my youngest turned 2 & 4 earlier this year I knew we needed something special for their joint party.  As an added bonus I got to deplete my stash of some polar fleece and stuffing. I made 24 polar fleece monster stuffies, with a little design help from my kids of course!

First, I had my kiddos "design" their monsters.  Simple shapes...OK not so simple for them!  Finally I told them to concentrate on half an outline.  I folder each piece of paper in half and had them draw half a monster shape.  This was the cut out result:

Next, I digitzed some "monster eyes" and stitched them out on my embroidery machine.  I didn't want to go to all the effort of embroidering each monster with his/her own face, so I made the eyes various sizes to sew on each monster later.
Then we cut the polar fleece and "designing" their look:
All we did here is pin eyes, felt/fleece pieces for mouth, nose, teeth, etc. After sewing them on (using some zig-zag stitching), we had 24 little monsters on our hands!  Here you can see a sample of what
 was made:
It was a fun project!  My kids had a blast doing it and our party guests all got to take one home!  Whenever I'm at the preschool, some child will come up to me to tell me how their monster is doing.

The best part?  I'm now storing less fabric than I was before!

comment of the day....

"I'm so tired from watching all that tv" said the 4yr old climbing up the stairs to get lunch. :-)

Monday, April 12, 2010

Glitter, Glitter everywhere...

There is glitter on the floor.  It follows a path from my bedroom door down the long hallway, into the living room, across the wine colored carpet to a piece of orange paper on the coffee table.

So I ask the 4 and 2 year old "Where did this glitter come from?"

"I don't know"

"Who made this mess?"

"I don't know"

"Who stacked the chairs, opened the cabinet and took out the glitter?"

"I don't know"

"Are you lying when you say "I don't know"?"


They got sent to their rooms before I laughed.

Saturday, April 10, 2010

why did the chicken cross the road?

The 8, 4 & 2 year old were sitting at the table eating and telling jokes.  "Why did ____ cross the road?  To get to the other side!" (giggles)  After about 5 minutes of everything crossing the road, the 2 year old asks "why did the bottle cross the road"  everyone in the room yells "why?"

"To get to the other side with the chickens!"


Wednesday, April 7, 2010

Raising polite kids...

2 loves to rough house with his dad.  He loves to hang upside down.  There are always screams and giggles.  So we found it amusing when he said: "Could you PLEASE let go of my ankles and put me down?"

We're raising such polite kids!

Sunday, April 4, 2010

4yr old to 2 yr old

D & T were sent to their room after T tattled on D.  While lying in their beds D (the 4 yr old) is overheard telling T:  "Next time I'm going to make sure YOU get into trouble too!"

Saturday, April 3, 2010


In a lesson that I should watch what I say, my oldest (10) uses one of my favorite words when told she should go outside:

"What if it's FRICKEN cold out there mom!"

Dad called her on the language.  I couldn't help it...I laughed.