Wednesday, December 19, 2012

Felt Mistletoe Look-alike

Did you see West Elm's felt mistletoe*? Did you fall in love with it, only to see it sold out when you were about to buy it? Well, me too! And since I had promised Aunt S that I was going to get one for her as well, I had no choice but to make them myself. But as I said in my last post, I can never find the time to do the hard work for felting; so instead, I bought some green fleece (I could not find any nice green felt at the store) and some white pompoms (medium size, very compact, not those fluffy ones) and went to town with the scissors.
I used E-6000 to glue the pompoms, just because I was in a hurry, but you can also sew them if you prefer.
Then just arrange as you like, add a bow and find someone to kiss!
I was actually so happy with the outcome, that I decided to trace it onto a piece of paper, so it would be even easier for you to make them. You can just drag it to your desktop, print it, and cut it to use as template (forgive the shaky lines, it was late and I am sleep deprived).
Please let me know how yours turn out.
Happy Kissing and Happy Holidays!
Cheers,

Gaby

* By the way, now they have it back, and it's on sale, but I quite like mine :)

Monday, December 17, 2012

Teacher's Presents: Felted Wool Necklaces

For a while now, I have been obsessed with anything felt: felted animals, felted toadstools, felted vegetables, you name it. I just never find the time to do all the hard work. That is why, when I was thinking of Christmas presents for Sophie's teachers, I decided to buy some felted wool beads and braiding cord (from Jo-Ann), and together we made some pretty cute necklaces.
And she was happy to do this even when she was feeling so sick she could not get up from the floor.
Could not be simpler.
And prettier.
Go make some.
Cheers,

Gaby

Sunday, December 16, 2012

All the Little Reindeer

A few weeks ago we received our copy of 'Olive the Other Reindeer', and we all fell in love with it. So much so that I decided to go to Sophie's preschool and read it to all the kids.
And I made reindeer hats for all of them, just because I wanted to see them wear them.
This is what 44 reindeer hats look like (I got a bit carried away):
This is me with a big smile, reading to the kids:
And this is what the little reindeer looked like:
I had a blast. The kids were super excited, and it made me so happy to be there that I am hoping I can turn this into a monthly thing.
... The last few days, every time I think of these sweet kids, I inevitably think of those other kids in that other school, that won't be able to smile anymore. I cry and hug my babies and pray in my own way for their parents and for the World to heal. Love and light, joy and hope...
Cheers,

Gaby

Sunday, December 9, 2012

Happy Hanukkah

(Linda Brown)

Twinkle, twinkle,
Candle bright, 
Burning on this 
Special night.

Add another, 
Tall and straight, 
Every night 'til 
There are eight.

Twinkle, twinkle, 
Candles eight, 
Hanukkah we 
Celebrate.    
May all the lights in your lives shine bright.
Cheers,

Gaby

Tuesday, November 27, 2012

Happy and Thankful and Turkey Empanadas

Happy belated Thanksgiving to everyone! I sure am thankful for all the blessings I have in my life. We had a wonderful dinner with lots of family and some good friends, but there was still some leftover turkey. So what is an Argentinian to do with leftover Thanksgiving dinner, you may ask... well, TURKEY EMPANADAS, of course!

Tuesday, October 30, 2012

Halloween Raisin Bugs

Just a quick post to see if any of you can see the bugs here, since Sophie, the hubs and my sister do not seem to. I thought they were cool. We will have to wait until tomorrow to see what the other kids at preschool think about them...
Cheers,

Gaby

P.S. I used some Wilton sparkle gel to glue the "eyes".

Saturday, October 27, 2012

My Version of a Princess Costume


I wanted us all to be clowns for Halloween, but Sophie decided she wanted to be a princess. Well, above is what she gets from me; and I am all giddy about it :)
Then she said she actually wanted to be a Fairy Princess. Simple: just add wings. And she gets to wear her flower girl dress one more time. Works for me.
Happy dressing up.
Cheers,

Gaby

Monday, October 22, 2012

Bag girl

I was just looking at these cool pictures, when Sophie saw this and said she wanted to be one too.

Not five seconds later, she came back like this:
Love it.
Oh, yeah, then I made her some holes for the eyes, so she would stop tripping over the dog!
Cheers,

Gaby

Sunday, October 14, 2012

Happenings

Someone is sitting up.
Someone is dancing.
Someone is flying away.
Someone is baking pao de queijo with her sister (easiest and most awesomest recipe found here. Gluten free cheesy goodness).
Someone is going to the farm and playing with corn, cotton and pumpkins.
Hope you are enjoying your days too.
Cheers,

Gaby

Saturday, October 6, 2012

It is Almost Halloween Again

Sophie was excited checking out all of our old Halloween stash, unsuspecting that right behind her...
Booooo!

Gaby

Thursday, October 4, 2012

One Dollar Shoes + Elastic = Love!

The other day I found these awesome shoes for $1 at a yard sale, but they had no laces. Then I thought of the teachers, who would not be thrilled to have to tie them all the time. So I had a genius idea: elastic! Sophie can put them on by herself, so she loves them, and for the same reason, the teachers love them as well. Funny how even the doctor was impressed by this trick. And it is so simple! So if you want to score some points with your child and with his teachers, go and get one of these:
And in other shoes news, guess who has just started taking dance lessons...
Cheers,

Gaby


Monday, September 17, 2012

Cocoon Garland for a Very Butterfly-y Birthday

Happy Birthday to our sweet, sweet Sophie! You became a big sister this year, and every day that goes by you show us what an awesome big sister you are. You can jump really high, and if you keep eating and growing, you might even reach the sky, or so you say. You can twirl and dance and stand on one tippy toe, and just want to dance and dance all the time (when you are not jumping). You woke up to the house full of butterflies and kept touching each one of them and saying How beauuuuuutiful... this is my favorite, and this is my favorite, and THIS is my favorite! We love you so much, it hurts! Hasta el infinito, ida y vuelta, ida y vuelta, ida y vuelta!
When I asked Sophie what she wanted for her birthday party she said: ice cream cake and butterflies. The ice cream cake was a great find from Ben & Jerry's. As for the butterflies, you can see below some of the things I made.
Butterfly/caterpillar sock puppets (inspired by these).
 
Some super simple butterfly wings.
Some cocoons for a garland, made from some very long brown packing paper triangles. To make these, wrap around the straight end of the triangle all the way to the pointy end, and glue it with E6000 glue, then spray paint with your favorite color (or in my case, whatever color you have left) and decorate with big dots made with a back Sharpie.
 Then just make two holes with a pointy object (metal skewer).
 Pass the string through them and hang in the most prominent spot of the house.
Add butterflies around it to make it prettier (I used these butterfly decals and put them all around the house. They were totally worth it).
I bought this book by Thomas Marent, for the adults at the party to enjoy the artsy side of butterflies. It is gorgeous.
We did some painting and butterfly decorating.
We even used the left over paint (a lot, since squeezing the paint out of the tubes is half the fun in painting!) to give Sophie's cardboard house a new paint job.
We had a great time, with great friends. And after everyone had left, we had a photo shoot.
And theeeen, Sophie (well, really all of us) received the most unexpected, awesome and sweet birthday present of all: a family music video. I could not help but cry when I saw it. Thanks so very much to our families, we love you so much and it literally means the World to us.
Cheers,

Gaby