Fruity Princess Wands

Fruity Princess Wands  @Joy in These Moments
My daughter loves fruit, a fact for which I’m very thankful. However, she can also get a bit creative with her fruit. And, while I’m all for creativity, sometimes I need to gently direct that creativity into something less messy.

She has also started developing an interest in makeup, high heels, tiaras, and Tinkerbell. So, what better way to incorporate her new loves than with a princess wand made of fruit? They’re super easy, incredibly yummy, and fun for any mommy and princess, magician, fairy, or fruit lover. Perfect for a summer day by the pool, a princess tea party, or as my sister suggest, a treat for the 4th of July!

Fruity Princess Wands

1 pt strawberries
1 pt blueberries
2 bananas
2 starfruit
(or whatever fruit you so desire!)
1 package bamboo skewers

Clean your fruit and cut to your preference. Layer onto the bamboo skewers – use your imagination and create all sorts of fun combos.
Top the skewer with a slice of star fruit.
Watch your little enjoy their new fruity wand!

Linking up today with Time Warp Wife and Mandy’s Recipe Box

Rainbow Spaghetti Sensory Play

Rainbow Spaghetti Sensory Play @joyinthesemoments.com

I love my daughter; but during dinner prep, she turns into something other than my daughter.
I haven’t quite placed the species, but I’m pretty sure it’s not earthly.
She’s whiny, clingy, bursts into tears at any given moment, and then throws the world’s worst tantrums.
And, as much as I’d like to have dinner ready by the time the husband gets home, with this miniature storm cloud in my way, it’s nigh unto impossible.

**Edit….My friends just informed me that she’s still human. She’s just a pre-2. This scares me…it’s like practice for the teen years, just 10 years too early!
They also laugh and say to wait until 3. Not sure I appreciate the laughs when I’m in a fetal position in the corner of my kitchen, though.

Anyway, in the midst of these tears and laughs, my kiddo LOVES to help cook. She’s always cooking in her play kitchen and taking out my pots and pans while I’m cooking. So, last night, I decided to give her some real food to explore and to “cook” while Mommy cooked.

I’ve seen the rainbow spaghetti all over Pinterest, but have just never made it. I don’t know why though! It’s so cheap and incredibly easy to create.

Rainbow Spaghetti:
1 16oz box of spaghetti (cooked)
Ziploc bags (one for each color you choose to create)
food dye

After I had cooked the spaghetti, I separated it into 4 bags, then added the food coloring.
I wanted my noodles to be pretty bright, so I added 10 drops of each color.
Close the bag and shake it up until the noodles are the color you desire.

When the noodles are dyed, choose some fun kitchen bowls, muffin tins, cups, etc for your child to use.
Evie loved moving the noodles back and forth, between the different kitchen supplies.

Rainbow Spaghetti Sensory Play @joyinthesemoments.com

Rainbow Spaghetti Sensory Play @joyinthesemoments.com
She also really loved eating the spaghetti. Not quite how I envisioned the sensory play going, but whatchya gonna do?

Rainbow Spaghetti Sensory Play @joyinthesemoments.com
One thing I will note….There was still some water on some of the noodles. This made for some staining on the kitchen floor. It came up easily, but I was also trying to keep on top of the stains as well.

This post is linking up at Living Well, Spending Less: Thrifty Thursday

No Ugly Christmas Sweaters This Year!

Oh my holy cow!

I actually completed a project. Like, completed it weeks in advance.

This is an amazing accomplishment. I mean, really. I still have material to make curtains for my classroom. I started teaching at this school 3 years ago.

So that fact that my nephew and daughter will have a Christmas shirt is amazing. And not only a Christmas shirt, but TWO!! Earth shattering, folks.
Of course, Riverlyn still needs a matching hair bow, so I do have something to procrastinate on.

Anyway, enough about my crafting issues.

Last month, my sister and I decided to save a bit of money this year and make our kids’ holiday shirts. So, Mandy would make a Thanksgiving shirt for each of them and I would make the Christmas shirts.

For these shirts, I wanted a cute applique, but I’m not the best at sewing. So, I needed something fairly fool proof.

Enter Wonder-Under.

Have you ever tried this stuff? It’s a fusible web that is applied to the back of material, essentially turning your material into an iron-on applique. I’ve used other types of iron-on transfer paper, but this was my favorite to date.
It made my life complete – at least for this crafting experience.

After searching on Pinterest for some ideas, I had decided to make a boy and girl reindeer for Zeke and Rivy.
Then, I found an adorable truck for Zeke. This boy LOVES his “kuks”.
Then, I found an adorable Christmas tree made from ribbons. A definite need for my daughter.
I was stuck. I couldn’t choose between them. They were all so darn cute!

What’s a girl to do?
Make all four, of course!

After a glorious trip to Hobby Lobby  (It’s an hour away. I relish my trips there!), I started working on the reindeer faces.

Step 1: Wash and iron the fabric and shirts.
This is very important so that you can avoid warped material/designs in later washings.

Step 2: Draw a pattern for the face and antlers.
(I just looked at a sampling of reindeer faces on Etsy and Pinterest until I found one that I liked. From there, I free handed until it was close to what I was wanting.)

Step 3: Iron Wunder-Under onto the back of the fabric.
The Wunder-Under comes with an instruction panel. But, it’s really easy. Place the rough side of the W-U on the wrong side of the material. Place a dry, hot iron the W-U and hold for 15-20 seconds. Continue to seal with heat until your whole section is secured.
I measured the approximate amount I would need for 2 reindeer heads before cutting the material and W-U. That helped eliminate a lot of wasted material and transfer paper.

Step 4: Trace your pattern for the head, antlers, and nose onto the back of the Wunder-Under and cut out the designs. (I used a large button as the guide for my reindeer nose.)
tracing on wunder under

Step 5: Remove the backing to the Wunder-Under and place the applique onto the shirt in the desired location.
I laid out the whole face and ironed at the same time, but I assume it could be done piece by piece as well.
removing wunder under laying out applique

Step 6: Place a damp cloth over the applique. Use a hot, dry iron to seal, pressing down for 15-20 seconds. Check to see that the applique is firmly secured. If it is not, apply more heat until firmly in place.
ironing with damp cloth
**Due to time restraints, I waited a couple of days between applying the Wunder-Under  to the material and then sealing the applique to the shirt. This made sealing the applique a bit more difficult. I started using the damp cloth, but it would not adhere properly. Eventually, I used straight heat to the applique and it worked fine.

Step 7: Apply googly eyes. (I saw a lot of patterns that had cloth eyes. That is certainly an option. But, as I said before, I wanted easy. Plus, who doesn’t love googly eyes??)
I used Liquid Stitch to glue these on. I had it on hand and I figured if it works for material, it should work to adhere something to material.
Liquid Stitch Googly Eyes and glue

Step 8: For Evie’s reindeer, I sewed on the bows, which I found in a pkg of 3 at Hobby Lobby.

And ta-da! Easy, breezy Reindeer faces!
Boy Reindeer Girl Reindeer
Oh my word. I die from the cuteness!

For Zeke’s “kuk” shirt, I used the same process. I found a Christmas tree and truck coloring sheet online. From those, I took the basic outline to create his truck and tree. For the wheels, I sewed on two black buttons.
Christmas Truck