Friday, November 29, 2013

Friday, November 22, 2013

Monday, November 11, 2013

Lil' Boy Car Caddy...

The hubs and I are purchasing presents for 31 people this year for Christmas. Not even kidding. That number includes each other, our parents, the kids, the kids-in-law, the girlfriend, and the grandkids. Ordinarily I might feel a little overwhelmed, but I actually feel really good because I'm almost done with my Christmas shopping. Most years I scurry around at the last minute, but I plan on having everything bought and mailed before Thanksgiving.

On Friday I made two Lil' Boy Car Caddies for my two-year-old grandsons. I'd made these a couple of years ago for some of the older grands...

This little caddy (16" x 9") is a case for hot wheel cars. It's the perfect gift to help a little guy keep busy when he's out and about. There's a little "garage" for each car and a road for the cars to travel on...

To make this Car Caddy I followed the instructions at "Homemade by Jill," but I made a few alterations. I used a snap closure instead of Velcro. In addition, I didn't use felt because I wanted it to be washable, and I lined all the pieces (except the "garage" pockets) with fusible fleece to give it more durability. If there's one thing I know after raising five boys, it's that little-boy-toys need to be durable!

To store this caddy, tuck each car in a "garage" (pocket) and fold in half lengthwise...

Then fold the length in thirds and snap shut. I use a closure with a center release snapping buckle. When folded up the caddy is only 4.5" x 5".

Hopefully these Lil' Boy Car Caddies will be miles of fun for our two-year-old grandsons!

FYI: Fabrics used for this project:

Sunday, November 10, 2013

Thankful Thoughts...

 "A grateful heart... comes through expressing gratitude to our Heavenly Father for His blessings
 and to those around us for all that they bring into our lives."   ~Thomas S. Monson

Feeling grateful. 

Friday, November 08, 2013

Tuesday, November 05, 2013

Manfred Tooth Pillow Pattern...

My fourth grandchild lost his first tooth last week. I got a call and picture a few minutes later...

He was very excited, but I noticed a "deer in the headlights" expression on his little face. It's both thrilling and perplexing to have teeth fall out of your mouth. I'd made Brunhilda and Manfred Tooth Pillows for his cousins a couple of years ago, so I figured a "Manfred the Monster" tooth pillow was in order for this soon to be toothless kiddo. Here's the pillow I made for him:

Here's how this tooth pillow works. Before your toothless wonder goes to bed, his "lost" tooth is placed in the pillow (Manfred's mouth) for safe keeping until the tooth fairy visits.

The next morning when he awakens the tooth fairy has visited and left a little something in its place.

Usually that "little something" is cold, hard cash. Which makes little hearts go pitter-patter. If this little 10-inch pillow is reserved and only used when a tooth has been lost, it makes the occasion all the more special!

This pillow is getting shipped off today to my grandson.
Hopefully the little guy won't loose two more teeth before it gets there!


To receive the PDF pattern and instructions for 
"Manfred the Monster" Tooth Pillow,
simply email me with a request for the pattern!

My email address is located on my sidebar under "Contact Information."
In the subject line of your email write "Manfred Tooth Pillow Pattern."
 It is free of charge, however, if you request this pattern please be so kind as to leave a comment below. I'd love to hear you!  By requesting this copyrighted document you agree not to sell this document or sell any products using this pattern. It is for personal use or gifts only.

Friday, November 01, 2013