Friday, December 31, 2010

having sew much fun!

This is my day late Crafty Thursday post!! I barely sat down at the computer yesterday and honestly didn't even know what day it was!

I tried to put a little but more thought into some of my Christmas gifts this year. I really am enjoying learning to sew and craft, so I thought I would put my "skills" to work and make a few things for my kiddos and my nieces.

The one I was most excited about was this crayon apron for my niece Halle. I followed a tutorial by Samantha from Bobaloo!, found on Prudent Baby, which are both awesome blogs to follow btw! Halle was getting artsy things for Christmas from "Santa" so I thought it would go along with it perfectly. It wasn't nearly as hard as I thought and I really liked the way it turned out!

Isn't it cute?! I had my eye on this fabric for a while and thought it was perfect for this. And I have to say I was happy when she put it on Christmas day and started coloring. (although she could very well never touch it again once it got home!)

I also made a SUPER cute crayon roll for my niece Kerrigan, but, it is the case of the missing Christmas present. It is NOWHERE to be found. I seriously think it may have gotton thrown away. :( So I owe her one in the near future. And unfortunately I didn't even take a picture of it.
I also made some things for my kiddos but need to take some pics of them! So, stay tuned!

Thursday, December 16, 2010

Crafty Thursday

"...while visions of sugarplums danced in their heads..."

Well, I have failed in keeping up with my Crafty Thursday posts but I'm back and ready to roll! I will make up for my lack of posts with several things I have been working on. I have been super busy with so many projects but haven't actually completed too many. This week it's down to business, I am running out of days before Christmas.

Today was Noah's Christmas party at his playschool. I was signed up to bring goodie bags and had absolutely no idea what to put in a goodie bag for 2-3 year olds. So thanks to the blogging queen Eva, she sent me this great idea, from eighteen25. Super cute marshmallow sugarplums! I actually very much dislike marshmallows, unless they are melted on something, but I figured, what kid wouldn't like this?? Oh my I think they turned out so cute!!!!!!!

 So here's what I did...

Poke plastic lollie pop sticks into the large marshmallows
 Melt chocolate (I used Wilton white chocolate), and dye your desired color. I first tried to do purple, since apparently sugarplums are purple ( I googled this), but it was a fail... 
  so I tried again and just went with a light blue.

now dip the marshmallows into the chocolate...

 then directly into the sprinkles
 stick them into something sturdy to dry , I used styrofoam cups.
 then bag them up, add a cute ribbon and attach the tag provided by eighteen25! (found here) It says "may visions of sugarplums dance in your head." On the back it says from: and I signed Noah's name.
 cute and simple!
I bagged these into a larger gift bag with a candy cane and a few pieces of chocolate. I was very pleased with the end result. I had a few extra so I wrapped them up with a Christmas card and some candy for his teachers as well. They are just too sweet and Noah adores them.

 Also, this week we decided to whip up some Christmas cookies and let Noah decorate. Fair warning to moms with two year olds, while they will thoroughly enjoy this, it will be ridiculously messy!! We had such a blast doing this with Noah though.

And LASTLY, I made this Christmas shirt for Noah last week, this is the best I could get of him modeling it! Ignore the food on the face and the jacket falling off of his shoulders!

He calls it his "sock" shirt. He insisted on looking down at it the almost the entire time I tried taking a picture of him in it!

Wednesday, December 15, 2010


I am loving these fabrics right now! I have to concentrate majorly when I got to Paula's top pick out material. It's so hard deciding! These are just a few that I can see cute things come from!

Monday, December 13, 2010

baby it's COLD outside!!!

Wow! I can't believe Christmas is only 12 days away! We have been very busy, but this week slows down a bit for us. I have SO many handmade Christmas gifts I am working on. A few for Noah and my nieces that I am so excited to show once I finish! 
Today I decided it's way too cold to go anywhere, and I don't feel like cleaning my house at all. So we were staying in our PJ's and doing fun things indoors. We started off the morning playing cars, Noah's absolute favorite thing to do. He is obsessed with matchbox cars, trucks, airplanes and any "vehicle" basically! You should ask him sometime to say bulldozer, it it the cutest word he says! I then decided I wanted to do a craft of some sort with him, but didn't have any great supplies to do anything extravagant. I really want to make this snowman with him this week that my friend Jennifer did with her son, but amazingly, I have no beads or buttons to decorate him with. So it's on the list to get tmrw! So instead I decided to do a make-shift, last minute thing with him.
I drew a Christmas tree for him on green paper, (btw I just realized I am a horrible drawer!).

 I let him color on it for a minutes. Then I just cut out a few circles on my Cricut for ornaments, and a star for the tree, and let him glue them on wherever he wanted.
He decided the star did not need to go on top of the tree, but an ornament did! I also let him smear on some sparkle paint hoping it would look like snow, but you can't really see it too well. We had fun doing this together! He loved that I let him do everything himself, he kept saying, "I did it!".

This is his cheesy, silly smile. That's what I get when I ask him to smile for the camera.

He is now curled up on the couch, winding down watching Santa Paws, (cute Christmas movie btw) and hopefully will take a nice long nap so I can actually clean up my house!

And here is the little lady, being a perfect angel!

Do you have any fun Christmas projects you are working on with your kiddos??

Thursday, December 9, 2010


Can't believe I forgot to share this story in my previous Disney post! Our first morning in Disney, we were almost ready to walk out of our hotel, when I heard Noah coughing. He was congested, but I went over to him to make sure he was ok and his face was super red and he was gasping for air. I screamed to Adam that he was choking, and he quickly picked him up and started beating on his back and checking his mouth. He started crying very quickly, then threw up, which was a good sign because I knew he could at least breath. I asked him if he put something in his mouth and he responded with "I eat penny". And sure enough his little hand had several coins in it. So after calling the pediatrician, and them assuring me he was ok and that the penny would more than likely pass on it's own in 48 hours, I calmed down enough to enjoy the day! Two days later, we had a penny! I could not believe it had happened, and am so thankful for his protection, that he actually swallowed it and it didn't get lodged in his throat. I thought we were well passed the stage of putting things in the mouth, but now I am being super careful with small things around the house again. We made an effort to tell him that he could not eat pennies that they would give him a very bad boo-boo. I think it scared it pretty badly so hopefully he has learned and we will never have a repeat of this!
Here are some humorous pictures of Noah in Disney. So thankful for this boy. He is hilarious to me, and I love his silly personality.

I asked him to smile for me, this is his fake smile.

 then he gave me this face....

 then this! Funny thing is, as soon as I would put the camera down he would start smiling. He thought it was hilarious that he was making faces for the camera.

Monday, December 6, 2010

busy, busy bees

We have had a busy, busy past few weeks. The days leading up to Thanksgiving were crazy, we had so much going on. We had a great Thanksgiving with family, and had the suprise birth of Norah Katherine, the newest Peterson! She is so precious! We spent Thanksgiving day, half at Adam's parents house, half with my family, then the day after with the other side of my family! It was a fun 2 days. I'm very big on, the day after thanksgiving going to get our tree immediately! We did a little bit of shopping that day and took Noah to Target to pick out his annual ornament. We started this tradition when Adam and I got married and then passed the job onto Noah when he was born. (I picked out the first year though!) This year it was no suprise at all that he picked out a truck. He is obsessed with playing with cars and trucks. We also let him pick out one for Naomi, and he picked a sort of random pine cone looking one. It's sparkly and does match the tree though.

 my handsome boy on thanksgiving

 no hands!

 checking out the ornaments in Target
 "I lika dis one"
 getting our tree
putting his ornament on the tree

This past week we headed to Disney for our vacation! We asked for season passes for Christmas, and got them a little early so we could see Disney decorated for Christmas. We ahd so much fun! It was a little chaotic with 2 children, but both kiddos were good and I think Noah had a great time getting to meet all his favorite characters.

 this little girl was an angel the whole trip! was so cold!!

Looking forward to this busy December month! Working on some fun handmade Christmas gifts this week for Noah and my nieces, a surprise for my MIL, and hopefully making one more batch of pumpkin bread to eat all by myself.