tooth fairy pillow diy

For the past few weeks my little Henrik has had a loose tooth.  It was bitter sweet for me to find out that my boy was going to loose his first tooth.  It’s one more physical sign that he’s  growing up and there is nothing I can do about it.  Of course, I was so excited for him too.

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Henrik’s tooth has been really loose, practically hanging by a thread for the past week.  My husband and I decided we needed to take matters into our own hands and pull the tooth.  One quick pull and it was out.  Henrik was so excited to see his mouth with an empty space where his tooth had been.

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Henrik and I decided that we needed to make a tooth fairy pillow to store his tooth.

If you’d like to make a tooth fairy pillow here’s what you’ll need:

* drafting paper and pencil

* small piece of white or cream felt

* black, pink, and blue thread and needle

* polyester batting

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Step 1.  Draw and cut out a tooth shape out of the drafting paper.

Step 2.  Using the paper template cut two shapes out of the felt.  Cut a small rectangle out of the felt for the pocket.

Step 3.  Hand stitch the pocket onto one side of the felt tooth.

Step 4.  Pin together right sides together, with the pocket facing in.  Sew around the tooth, leaving an opening for the stuffing.

Step 5.  Stuff the pillow with batting and hand stitch it closed.

Step 6.  Hand stitch the eyes and mouth and you’re done!

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Henrik loves his new little tooth pillow as well as showing off his missing tooth.

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That night Henrik put his tooth in the back of his pillow and cuddled next to it.  The next morning he discovered that the tooth fairy had brought him four whole quarters!

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Maja’s third birthday

A little over a week ago on the 4th of January we celebrated Maja’s third Birthday.  I cannot believe that my little girl is getting so big!  She is such a funny little girl and says the funniest things.  She talks and sings much more than her brother ever did at this age.  It is so entertaining listening and communicating with her.

maja's-3rd-birthdayMaja’s favorite color is pink (ironically my least favorite color).  So, we made sure to have a big pink number three balloon as well as pink and white balloons.  As per our tradition we made sure to have her birthday table ready for her the night before.  In the morning we brought her down stairs to see all her surprises.

maja's-3rd-birthday3It was so fun to see the look of excitement on her face.  This year I found her a lot of unique vintage toys, like the tin stove and fridge.  Along with a beautiful 1930′s vintage doll that she accidentally broke a week later.

maja's-3rd-birthday9Maja loves Miffy, and enjoys reading the books with me before nap time.  So, naturally she needed to have a Miffy doll to cuddle.  This crochet version is from Anne Claire Petit.

maja's-3rd-birthday7Maja also loves Tinker Bell.  And will tell me all about Tinker Bell and her friends, especially Terrance.  She calls him Tehwance.   We sprinkled gold confetti around the table to represent Tinker Bell’s pixie dust.

One of my favorite gifts that we got her was this darling wood circus from Janod.  It comes in a circus shaped box with circus performers, animals, and circus accessories.

maja's-3rd-birthday4Three is such a wonderful age and I look forward to seeing more and more of her personality.  It’s so fun to see her discover things for the first time and see her nurturing instincts come out.  Like swaddling her stuffed animals and dressing and undressing her Calico Critters.

maja's-3rd-birthday6Next week I will share more photos of her Birthday along with a fun diy.  Thanks for indulging me.

 

 

 

shadow box portraits and sweet paul magazine offer

Henrik and I have been busy little elves this holiday working on handmade presents for our family.  As most of you may already know Henrik loves making figures with clay.  He has, in the past, made portraits of his family and friends.  This year I thought it would be a nice gift for him to make portraits of his grandparents.

shadow-box-portraitsWhen Sweet Paul Magazine contacted me to work with them I was so excited.  I have been a long time fan of this beautifully styled and photographed magazine.  This year they have produced a Sweet Paul kids Holiday magazine, and everything in it is breathtaking.  There are so many fun ideas and recipes to do with children, and the photography and styling is impeccable.

Inspired by the darling mini shadow box homes in the magazine, I decided to make a little shadow box scene for the portraits that Henrik created.

shadow-box-portraits2Luckily I had two small blank shadow boxes lying around that I could use for each set of grandparents.  I also used colorful patterned paper, some dollhouse accessories, and shish kabob skewers.

shadow-box-portraits3While Henrik worked on making portraits of his Nana, Papa, Mormor, and Resi (Mormor’s dachshund), I glued on the paper, accessories, and skewers.

shadow-box-portraits4This was a really fun and easy collaboration to work on with Henrik.  I love it when we can work on something together and make it a unique piece of art.  Here are the finished shadow boxes with the portraits nestled nicely inside.

shadow-box-portraits5Henrik even had fun playing with his creations.

shadow-box-portraits6Sweet Paul is offering One More Mushroom readers a special offer for their magazine download.  Click here to get your copy of Sweet Paul Kids for only .99¢!  I promise you won’t regret it.  I can’t wait to get started on a few more projects from the magazine.  Thanks Sweet Paul for the offer and the always beautiful inspiration.

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our san francisco trip

Last week during the Thanksgiving holiday our little family took a road trip to San Francisco to visit my sister and her family.

San-Francisco-tripWe took a rest stop and let the kids run and play along the beautiful Bonneville Salt Flats

San-Francisco-trip2It was such a lovely trip and so nice to spend time with both my sisters, and their kids, as well as my mother.   We spent our time lunching in Sausalito, looking at the beautiful views of the Bay bridge, and exploring Muir woods.

San-Francisco-trip3Henrik had so much fun in Muir woods running around with his cousins.  Unfortunately he wasn’t allowed to explore beyond the board walk.  Henrik sat down to pout because “They won’t let me play in the nature.”  And his sister sat down to keep him company.

San-Francisco-trip4We had a wonderful time enjoying the exhibits at The California Palace of the Legion of Honors.  At the moment they have an amazing Anders Zorn exhibit (one of my husbands favorite painters).

San-Francisco-trip5My sister lives close to Mount Diablo State Park.  After our Thanksgiving feast we went exploring around the beautiful rolling hills, and even got to see the sun set.  What a view!

San-Francisco-trip6Henrik and his cousin Ethan are the best of friends,  it’s too bad they live so far away from each other.

San-Francisco-trip7Henrik made sure to bring his suitcase full of clay and armature wire. The cousins had so much fun playing together and spent a lot of their time working on clay figures.

On Thanksgiving day my sister had a table set where everyone could draw and make turkeys and write what they were thankful for.  Maja drew both hands, her head and other doodles.

San-Francisco-trip8I even got a little Christmas shopping in at this darling shop, Tantrum.  While I was in the store they were filming an American Express commercial.  Hopefully I don’t make a cameo in their commercial.

San-Francisco-trip9I think one of the highlights for Henrik was to see the real life Egyptian Sarchophagus.  At the moment he is obsessed with all things Egyptian.

San-Francisco-trip10I hope you had a lovely Thanksgiving.  Thanks for letting me share a bit of ours with you.

henrik’s claymation party part two

Henrik’s claymation Birthday party was really low key this year.  I didn’t stress about anything and did most of the prep work the night before.  I think often times we (or I) can get caught up with everything looking just right, when children don’t really care.  What’s most important to them is that they are happy and have a good time.

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A couple of days before the party Henrik’s dad baked him a cake for the party.  For whatever reason the cake wouldn’t come out of the cake form and we only had half a cake.  I then decided to make a cake from scratch with a special chocolate frosting.  I didn’t calculate for the altitude and it was as flat as a pancake.  So, the morning of the party Nick went out and bought Henrik a cake.  The kids didn’t know the difference and loved how tall it was.

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Instead of giving out party favors in bags to the kids on the way out, we put the prizes on the cake, and the children had to spin for their piece of cake as well as their prize.  I made the spinner with a part of Henrik’s lego helicopter and a handmade arrow.  This was a tradition we did as children growing up and I loved it.  The kids thought this was so much fun and couldn’t wait till it was their turn.

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Henrik has been working on this lanky grey clay fella for a while, and I thought he was a nice addition to our claymation party.

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We set up a mini claymation set in the other room, so that the kids could help animate their own movie. But we soon discovered that they weren’t that interested in making a movie and would rather run around playing with each other and their new clay figures.  So, Nick ended up “helping” them make a group claymation movie.

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Maja enjoyed eating the different variety of cakes.  And even though the first cake didn’t look good, it sure tasted good.

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Henriks-claymation-party14This little guy had so much fun playing with all the new toys and Maja was happy to show him how they all worked.

Henriks-claymation-party15In years past this party would have been a huge stress on me and I would have viewed it as a bit of a failure.  Which is odd, because although the cakes were ruined and the set didn’t turn out how I had envisioned it, the kids had a wonderful time!   But, what I’ve learned this year through my loss, is that all those little things that we worry so much about don’t really matter.  What’s most important is if we’re happy and healthy and alive.  I find myself now hardly phased by much of the day to day stresses at all.  I guess sometimes it takes losing what you love and  hold most dear to gain greater peace and know what’s most important.

To see part one of Henrik’s birthday party click here, or his 6th birthday here.