Over the last few weeks, the big monster has shown a real interest in cooking. Besides watching me in the kitchen, stirring his building blocks and making lego soup have been some of the first activities that would keep him busy on his own for (somewhat) extended periods of time. So after he had transferred the armrest of our couch into his counter top/stove using more and more of our kitchen equipment, I decided to make him an apron for his birthday and give him his first own utensils.
I found the scribbled grey and white pin stripes were perfect for a little mister’s kitchen gear and added a red pocket and straps as color accents. And, as I simply couldn’t resist, I also made him a little chef hat… 😛
Just as I had expected, he instantly liked the apron but really didn’t want to wear the hat when we first tried everything on. To my big surprise though, he didn’t mind wearing it during our last pizza making session. And even better: daddy had the camera ready! 😉
Today’s post is dedicated to my amazing husband. He made some new furniture for the kids room and I just LOVE it!
It’s already been a little while that we felt the need for some storage cabinets for all the kids’ toys and because we both like our high chair so much, we decided to once again combine maple and white elements. We wanted some open shelves for books etc and a low cabinet that could double as a bench. We discussed a few different layout ideas and ended up with these two pieces that we placed on either side of the little monster’s crib:
The color of the frames and fronts is a very light shade of creme which matches the cover of the kids’ chairs, the tops and shelves are natural maple.
Paul started cutting the pieces about two weeks ago and finished spraying everything earlier this week. So we could bring them in and fill them just in time for the big monster’s birthday. And he was really excited and immediately started to rearrange all the toys, and again, and again… 😉
Now the room feels a lot more complete. Before, there were only the two beds, a changing table, a kids chair and some toy bags.
And, I’m not going to lie, I also really like the fact that we were able to reclaim some of the shelf space in our living room! 😉
The two monsters have kept me quite busy lately and simultaneous daytime naps are a rather rare treat. Hence there has not been much to show here… But at least I managed to make a few more toy bags and I’m happy that this is not going to be the first month without any blog posts as I was fearing!
The first one is for the big monster’s brand new racing cars, …
… the second one is for the big vehicle fleet, …
… and finally, I added a little pouch for the small train accessories to keep them separate from the bulky tracks.
I’m amazed how well they actually work – Yannick knows exactly where everything belongs. Just operating the drawstrings is still a bit of a challenge for him, but I’m sure he’ll figure it out soon.
And a last picture of the entire collection:
Ever since I can remember I have loved to dress up. Carnival, Christmas, Easter, birthday parties (except Halloween which wasn’t a “thing” in Germany at the time)… you name it – my sisters and I would dress up or paint our faces. There’s plenty of photo evidence. 😉 And while I don’t think that dressing up is only for kids, I do think it is even more fun with kids. I had such a great time with our little monkey a year ago and was already getting excited about Halloween… But then we were too busy with the second monster’s arrival and didn’t get a check to dress up. But now that it’s carnival time in Germany again, here we are with our next chance!
So we just needed to figure out the costumes… During our trip to Germany a few weeks ago, Yannick got all excited about the ponies and goats at a little pet zoo and wouldn’t stop neighing for a long time. Since we’ve been back, we’ve been watching Heartland with him and it is so funny to see him point at every single horse in the show. So I decided that the little monsters should be cowboys! I made a horse head out of extra thick brown felt and Paul cut the stick off an old mop I didn’t even know we had in our garage. I added some bias tape reins and two little bells (clearly the best feature!) – and here we go!
Both monsters are proud owners of a plaid shirt and good thing every real cowboy has a hat in his closet, eh Paul? (It is not easy to take a picture of a running toddler with props, so it turned out a little blurry, but at least the stick horse is in focus… 😜)
And the little monster even has real boots! They were a gift from his uncle.
He usually kicks them off within three and a half seconds though, so his picture was no easier. But we also got a nice shot of him and his horsie, one of the treasures from my own childhood that survived! 🙂
So proud of the two, yeehaw! 😀
These days, our living room looks much more like a kids’ room and you really have to watch your step… So I have started to make drawstring bags to organize some of these toys in a nicer way. I still had quite a bit of that heavy grey fabric left from the teepee because I overestimated how much I would need for the floor mat, and I also had some lime green leftovers. For now there is a smaller bag for the kids’ wooden blocks and a fairly big one for the trains. In order to “label” them I appliqued symbols of the respective content on the front. There is still enough material for one or two more bags, depending on their size, so I’ll see what other toys I can find to organize in one of them. Maybe the legos…?
In order to continue the tradition that we started last year, the little monster also had to have his own bowtie. So at Christmas I made a third one from the same red and navy plaid fabric.
I am not sure yet when my three misters will have the occasion to wear their matching accessories for the first time. But for about two weeks the little monster wants to stand on his feet all the time and he does it with such pride that I thought this would be the perfect moment to try his little bowtie on and to take some pictures. And here they are! Looking good, eh?! 🙂
Our little cold-blooded monster got another really warm sweater. After some alterations the fit is much better than the panda which turned out quite boxy with giant sleeves.
I decided for a striped design this time and I really like how it turned out. I would totally wear it myself! 😉
Everybody knows that babies grow quickly… and yet it still strikes me HOW quickly. It seems that I am constantly sorting the clothes out that the little monster has outgrown after wearing them only a few times. The latest one was his little snowflake toque. While it fit perfectly for the first few weeks, it now doesn’t cover his ears any more.
So, this time he got a navy colored one. And I went for two simple red stripes rather than another fancy pattern since he’s only going to wear it for another three months or so… 😛
Our little monster quickly feels cold. Especially at night he really seems to appreciate all these layers to keep him warm, usually two shirts, a sleeping bag and a flannel blanket. And our house is really not cold… I wanted to knit something different than toques for once anyways, so I decided to make him a little sweater. As I was getting a bitq tired of all those snowflakes, I wanted to put a kids motif on the front. I found a panda illustration that I liked and that I thought was simple enough to be transferred into a knitting pattern.
It turned out a little shorter and wider than I intended, but hey, it’s my first sweater, so I think I should be happy with the result… 😜 The monster’s hands were nice and warm for the last few hours though, so I guess he likes it!
Yeehaw! I made a teepee! 😀
Well, I actually made it back in October, but now the big monster finally moved in. The reason why I hid it in the basement for two months is that I didn’t want it to experience the same cruel fate as his cardboard box house earlier this year. Even though I was really close to throwing it out a few times because it was battered so badly, I ended up keeping it until it literally fell apart. It was just so invaluable during those moments where I was cooking and just needed to know the monster was not climbing onto the dining table or living room shelves. And I also thought that the teepee would make for a great Christmas gift, especially to give us more inside playing options for the winter.
I got the fabric at Ikea. I wanted something stable and durable and was happy to find a selection of heavy quality fabrics there. While I don’t love most of their patterns, they also have a few nice solids, so I decided to combine white and dark grey. I chose a hexagonal shape, sewed wide white and grey fabric strips together as walls and cut windows in two of these walls and a long slot in another to be the door. For the dowels I added fabric tunnels along the sides and in order to add some color accents, I trimmed the edges with lime green bias tape.
Because I wanted the teepee to be as cosy as possible, it also got a floor mat that can be tied to the posts to also give the teepee a little more stability. And the monster was lucky: his new home comes fully furnished with a bunch of pilows. 🙂
So yesterday, we set up the teepee in our living room. The big monster didn’t try to climb through the windows as I expected… but through the gap between the wall and the floor mat and still almost managed to throw the whole thing over. Oh well…
This morning we finally succeeded in reading the first book together in there, sitting on the pillows. I hope this will become the main (peaceful!) use of the teepee and it will live a long and healthy life!
And exceptionally a picture of the proud builder… 😉
Paul made these house shelves for my last birthday that we hung up above my sewing desk. He could not decide between two different designs at first though and simply made one of each. I hate to admit that one of them has been sitting in the basement until now, just because I could not decide on where to hang it… 😐
But now I finally found the perfect spot! I have been keeping a few diapers, wipes and spare outfits beside my bed for our nightly adventures with the little monster, because using our normal changing table in the kids room would mean disrupting the big monster’s sleep. So Paul mounted it to the wall beside my bed today and I filled it with all the mentioned goodies – plus some midnight snacks for mommy… 😉
And doesn’t the shelf look so nice with our co-sleeper?! Thanks again, Paul!
I almost feel like I should set up a production line for sleeping bags… 😛
Not that I was actually planning on making any more of them for a while, but after a number of the little monster’s nightly diaper explosions I just wanted to have another spare one. So there we go… some more owls, bunnies and raccoons – and little hedgehogs and mushrooms for the lining.
But I promise, my next project will be something completely different!
I’m so excited that the co-sleeper that we already used with the big monster is finally back in use!
As these balcony style co-sleepers don’t seem to be very common here, my wonderful husband Paul just built one for us. He made the dimensions to fit the little mattress that I had bought, then attached two brackets that hook onto our bed frame. I for my part made some fitted sheets and tadah, the little bed was complete! 🙂
I really enjoy being on one level with the little monster, especially for nighttime feedings. And I really like the oval holes that Paul added as handles. They also came in handy to attach the little bunting that I just added this time around to make the bed look a little more inviting. And of course the little monster also got his own little music bear! 🙂
Now we just need to work on our sleeping rhythm. But last night he already made me the wonderful gift of sleeping straight through from 9 pm to 4 am! So let’s hope he repeats that tonight… Good night!
Last month a little girl named Lara was born in Kiel, Germany and when I asked her mom what they still needed, she chose a sleeping bag. I still had some of the owl fabric that I used for the new cover of my small ironing board and I thought it was just perfect for a little girl’s sleeping bag. And I find it looks quite nice with the navy lining and zipper that I also found among my supply treasures. So yeah, more owls and sleeping bags… 😉
As it happens, it was also Lara’s older sister Mila’s third birthday two weeks ago, so I thought she might like a sleeping bag too for her baby doll. Just hoping she doesn’t have one yet – and also likes white flannel bunnies… 😉 I definitely had a lot of fun with my very first doll project ever and I particularly like the dark burgundy shade and how the bias tape around the arm and neck holes matches the bunny’s floral dress.
And after a record time of three weeks, the parcel was finally delivered today… 😛
Congratulations again to the whole family! 💛
The big monster also got a new warm toque last week, I just didn’t get a chance to upload the pictures earlier…
A few weeks ago, I had found some orange micro fleece that perfectly matches the lining of Yannick’s winter jacket and since I didn’t make it to dress him up for Halloween this year, I decided to make him a monster toque at least. His dad and grandma were a bit concerned about the horns at first, but after they saw its friendly smile they now like it, too. And so does Yannick, I think… 😉