#MadeItMonday: Snuggle Blanket

Welcome to #MadeItMonday, where I post something I’ve made in the previous week, and where you can join in and post something you made too! The rules are easy: post a pic somewhere of something you’ve made in the last week (ish; let’s say in the last month as the hard-and-fast) and tag it. Sit back and enjoy scrolling through all the beautiful things we’ve collectively created, and celebrate the fact that humans can be awesome! πŸ™‚

This is literally the only thing I have made this week apart from school resources and the occasional bit of uninspiring food with which to feed myself + fam, so you know. Snuggle blanket it is.

And no, I didn’t just randomly decide to make a blanket in the midst of one of the more chaotic weeks of the school year; this was a purchase through the family Etsy shop πŸ˜‰

Close up of sewing machine foot in the process of stitching white or cream satin binding to a baby pink cotton fabric with a darker pink 'classic winnie-the-pooh' print on it. The scene is dark, lit only by the light of the sewing machine.

 

What have you made this week? (It doesn’t have to be fancy!!) Don’t forget to tag your contribution, or even better, leave a link in the comments!! I love seeing what inspiring things other people have made πŸ™‚ πŸ™‚ πŸ™‚

#MadeItMonday: Baby Pretties

Welcome to #MadeItMonday, where I post something I’ve made in the previous week, and where you can join in and post something you made too! The rules are easy: post a pic somewhere of something you’ve made in the last week (ish; let’s say in the last month as the hard-and-fast) and tag it. Sit back and enjoy scrolling through all the beautiful things we’ve collectively created, and celebrate the fact that humans can be awesome! πŸ™‚

Pretty baby things this week, because brain = dead and – confession – I haven’t actually really made anything this week. I mean okay I probably cooked food and made lesson plans and STUFF, but you’re getting baby things. Because I figured you’d prefer that to a powerpoint on how to use quotations, which, while an INCREDIBLY AMAZING RESOURCE, is probably not so interesting to the vast majority of the population.*

So. Pretty baby mat. Rawr.

baby mat drawn up into a sack with dark denim on the outside, a baby pink cotton fabric on the inside, and baby pink twisted rayon cord drawing it all together. baby play mat laid out on floor with edge flipped over to show underside and upper side at once. Upper is baby pink cotton fabric with a classic Winnie-the-Pooh print. Under is dark denim. Pink twisted rayon cord edges the denim. A toy sack (which lies flat as a baby mat) made from dark denim on the outside, a baby pink cotton fabric on the inside, and with a draw-cord of twisted rayon cord in blossom pink.

* If you’re part of the minority who would actually really be *interested* in a powerpoint on the subtleties of quotations and how to use them to prove your point, feel free to shoot me an email through the contact form in the menu, or leave a comment here, or contact me on social media etc etc etc and I’ll share it with you πŸ˜‰ <3Β 

What have you made this week? (It doesn’t have to be fancy!!) Don’t forget to tag your contribution, or even better, leave a link in the comments!! I love seeing what inspiring things other people have made πŸ™‚ πŸ™‚ πŸ™‚

Stop! Hold everything!

Just officially noting that blogging is temporarily on hold due to the following:

Small People Mum & Bub 20150601_082230

Happy upcoming solstice, end of financial year, and whatever else there is to celebrate. I’ll be back at some point, although we are also moving house in 6 weeks, so life is rather chaotic. In the meantime, be good, have fun, and go read all the free stories up on the Darkness & Good site πŸ˜‰ Rah *\o/*

Fact: Gender Stereotypes are Stupid.

Son is 3 years and a double handful of weeks old. He never stops moving, loves throwing balls, kicking balls, catching balls; driving cars, trucks, buses, trains; makes dinosaur noises and squeals like a pig; would live in a sandpit if he could convince adults this was remotely plausible; and his current favourite colour is pink. Pink castle stickers, pink pencils, pink counters when we attempt to play Connect 4.

Gender stereotypes are the stupidest things in the world.

Link-a-Bet Soup ;)

Wow, it’s been forever since I did a link-a-bet. I think maybe not since the blog lived on Blogger! o.O But anyway, tonight: a selection of Things I Have Found.

 

First of all, I am tremendously excited. My writing – I hesitate to say idol, because in my social context that’s a no-no, but you know what I mean πŸ˜› The writer I admire most in the entire world and who I want to BE when I grow up answered an oddly stupid question from me on her Tumblr. Behold, Maggie Stiefvater on whether or not a writing career is fun.

Also in writing-related things, this highly awesome graphic of The Story Coaster (if a book was a roller coaster)! πŸ˜€

In non-writing-related things, this stunningly beautiful post on “What I Won’t Tell You About My Ballet-Dancing Son” prompted a tear or two.

And in popular news, Elizabeth Esther says it best: Miley Cyrus. How predictable of you. She also has wise words about the importance of moderation in parenting, as in all things, reminding us that Princess Excess is just the other side of the Princess Banning coin.

Sarah Bessey agrees: maybe Barbies aren’t so evil after all. πŸ™‚ I’m really feeling these ones. I grew up with Barbies, as well as copious dogs and horses (especially Puppy in my Pockets! The originals, not the scary modern onesΒ [website music warning].), a few dolls that my sister loved and I ignored, a million billion and a half stuff animals, home-made marble mazes, lego houses, books, trampolines, drawing pencils, and more. The Barbies were just one facet of play – exactly how any of these things ought to be. Moderation. Not just for assessment!*

*(Sorry, that was a bad joke only Canberra college [yr 11/12] teachers will get.)

And speaking of teachers, Twitter is the newest ThingΒ for us; have you heard? πŸ˜‰

And finally, should you happen to be a) a teen or teen-at-heart, b) in Canberra the first week of October, and c) at a loose end for entertainment, I have recently discovered that the second (there was a first?!) Festival of Australian Children’s Literature will be on sporadically throughout October, but mostly in the first week.

 

There. Linkage for everyone!Β No, wait. I see one base uncovered.

Here, for the science crowd. I don’t think I’ve linked you yet to the Mars One expedition? Well, watch that space (haha), because if all goes according to plan, people will be living on Mars in a scant decade: the first humans are scheduled to land late in 2022 or early in 2023. And it’s not too late! You can still apply to be one of them! Though this is probably the bit where I mention the fact that it’s a one-way ticket…..

 

Right. Now we have linkage for everyone. /nod. My work here is done. I’m off to bed.

Night!

 

Randomly, Wet Wipes

Another baby-paraphernalia post, but in case anyone is a) interested and b) in Australia, Woolworths Select brand wet wipes are the free-est from chemical nasties. I wouldn’t advise munching on them (much to Small Boy’s intense displeasure – he loves the things and will hunt down the packets with ridiculous focus), and there are a bunch of ingredients listed as skin irritants, but nothing actually toxic in and of itself, and nothing carcinogenic, and nothing listed as an environmental toxin.

 

Double check for yourself at www.ewg.org/skindeep, of course, but I’m happy enough with this as an alternative to flannels and spray (which I do still use, but let’s face it, there are some nappy changes where you really want to be able to just toss everything away >.<).

The Making Of…

We’re nearly out of baby wipes. I went to the supermarket about a week ago, intending to buy some (along with groceries for the week), and came out with none. Every single brand except one was choc full of parabens (emerging research – example – shows that high concentrations of parabens are found in breast cancers, and that they encourage tumour growth; the exact link is as yet unknown, and of course, for every study linking the two, there is a study claiming no link – and bearing in mind the fact that a lot of scientific reserach is funded by companies who have a significantly vested interest in parabens NOT being linked to breast cancers… Well, let’s just say I’d much rather be safe than sorry.), and the one that had no parabens was – yay – the organic brand, but – boo – more expensive than I was willing to pay.

Given I’d read like a year or more ago, when still pregnant, that making your own was dead easy, I figured it was time to give it a try. It’s taken a week and of course I decided to do it on the day when I’m sick and feel like my face is going to explode. Maybe trying to distract myself from how ick I feel? But anyway. I’m quite pleased with the result.

I decided to go with the spray-on method. I’d bought a box of wipes (rather than a packet) relatively recently, half-thinking that I’d use the box to make my own wipes when it was empty, but reading around and thinking about it, there doesn’t seem to be a way to avoid making new batches of wipes pretty frequently with this method – too much liquid in the box, it’ll spill everywhere, and the bottoms ones will be soaked and useless, not enough liquid and the paper towel that is the base of the wipes will dry out, and as a friend pointed out, there is always the potential for mould o.O

So. Another blog I found talked about using cloth wipes, and to do that, you just dampen the cloth before using. Tried that at one point, and it was massively inconvenient, because I’d sit down to nappy-change and realise I haven’t wet the cloth, and kid was now half naked, and it was all just too late.

Enter the spray bottle. Which, once I thought of it, I saw in a bazillion places around the web, so you know. A friend linked me to this page, with some ‘recipes’ on it, and being the person I am I mixed and matched. This is what I ended up doing:

 

  • Boil some water, and make a large mug of chamomile tea. The brand I have also includes citrus peel, rosehip, and liquorice root. Double checked, and all are not only safe but good for the skin, so win there.
  • Add the mucousy pulpy insides of an aloe vera leaf. I think it was probably a little less than a tablespoon of the gunk in the end.
  • 4 drops of lavendar essential oil (remember to go easy on the essential oils as they can irritate the skin otherwise).
  • 2 ish tablespoons of grape seed oil (or any good-for-the-skin oil).
  • Put it all into a spray bottle, top it up with cold water if there’s room, wait for it to cool, and use! Spray it onto cloth wipes or paper towels or whatever else you’d like to use, and change those nappies! :o)

 

Also under the category of ‘making of’, I’m in the middle of making a batch of the world’s most heavenly body butter today – it’s in the fridge cooling. It smells like chocolate, you can spread it on toast, it hydrates without stripping your natural oils, and it really is just amazing. Recipe is from my friend Steph here, but instead of coconut and macadamia oils I used grape seed and apricot kernel (and lessened the amount slightly to compensate for the fact that neither are solid like coconut oil). Can’t wait to see how it turns out!