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Buttercup Purse

I love this purse!

When I saw the pattern for Made By Rae’s Buttercup Purse I just knew I needed to make it!  I had a never worn Man’s black dress shirt that I found at the local thrift shop and had to buy because the fabric felt so nice and I thought it would be perfect for my little sister for Christmas.  Instead of permanently attaching the flower I thought it would be fun to make her a bunch of different flowers that she could pin to the bag to change up the look.  And  I made the pins so the pin  could be slid out and the flower coudl be put on a headband or a hair clip instead.

So… she can make her purse cute with the white lace flower or she can change it up and make it look like this…

or thisor thisor my personal favourite…I hope she enjoys it as much as I  liked playing with it!  Okay, she better like it or she needs to mail it back, tee hee.  Guess what I’m making myself in the new year?


Making Memories


I have a confession to make – my four year old doesn’t know her numbers as well as she should. She can count to 20 but ask her to identify the numbers and she has no clue. Yes, I am Mother of the year!

So, to help remedy the situation I thought a memory game was in order. A memory game she made with her own little hands.  Since I have about 60 lids from concentrated juice kicking around in the drawer I thought we’d use those to make some virtually indestructable “cards” since the napping 2 year old has a tendency to eat anything we don’t nail to the floor.

So, we got our juice lids and some lovely wrapping paper saved from recent birthdays, and printed out our letters and numbers on card stock I had laying around. After completeing number 1 and 2 I decided we’d start with numbers 1-5 or we’d be making memory cards till Cecily’s in University. We’ll save the rest for another day when we need something to fill in nap time.

What we did is cut out a circle using a scrap if card stock and used it as a template to cut out 10 circles from the wrapping paper. I then used my handy dandy square punch to cut out the numbers. Then I got to sit patiently (they tell me it’s a virtue) and watch Cec paint the outside of each lid with glue, glue the circle on, painstakingly cover every square millimeter of the number and slap it in top of the paper. Voilà! 1.5 hours later we had our very own indestructible memory game!

Here’s my pretty little thing with her new game. And sadly that’s not marker. She had an unfortunate altercation with the floor a week ago and the floor won. A concussion, ER trip and xrays later she’s healing great but still looks a mess.