Monday, November 30, 2009

The Number Dozen

The Numbers have arrived!!! I finished these number Wall Art cards just in time for my first craft show and they were a HUGE hit so I decided to take some pictures of them and post them in my shop.

As seen in Layla's Room
can be found at
$19.50 for a set of 12

Saturday, November 28, 2009

Goody Goody Gumdrops! Support Handmade

I recently had the great fortune to be featured in Touched Creatively magazine by Jodi Ulschmid. She strives to "encourage creativity and promote the handmade community". I have had the opportunity to look through this season's kid inspired issue and have fallen in love with many of the handmade pieces and artists' stories. I encourage everyone to check out this great initiative at Feel free to purchase a copy for something sweet to peruse. Get inspired by these handmade goodies for the little goobers and gumdrops in your life this holiday season.

From Now until January 1st the printed version is on sale for only $4.89
The downloadable version is available for only $1.89

Friday, November 27, 2009

Free Shipping Black Friday

I'm having a sale in my shop today : Free Shipping Black Friday!! So stay warm and cozy while getting your shopping done for the little ones....shipping on me! :) Enjoy!

Oh, yeah...and check out the cute new holiday banner. No leaves, because it's winter...but Ornaments on the Tree ! :)

Monday, November 23, 2009

Icky Goo!

We made some icky goo - totally simple - totally messy - totally fun.

Cake Pan, 1 Cup Cornstarch, 1/2 Cup Water, Spoons, Cups, Tools for Experimenting


Add More Water
Add More Cornstarch
Add Red, Yellow, or Blue Food Coloring - what happens?
now add a different color - what happens?

Thursday, November 19, 2009

Little Diaper

Found on the Couch 11-18-2009
I Guess the Little People Needed a Diaper Change...

Friday, November 13, 2009

The One and Only Cheerio...

Oh, oh, oh.......Cheerios!

I love these little Cheerio books. (The Cheerio Play Book). They are so portable and I always have some Cheerios around. Great for the car, a restaurant, or at home to practice fine motor skills and yummy nutrition. When Layla was little I would put the Cheerios in their proper places and she would have to "find" and pick them up to eat them. Now that she is a little older I give her a bowl of Cheerios to place properly. It is great for building problem solving and fine motor skills / coordination.

Monday, November 9, 2009

Chalk Board Madness

Layla really seems to enjoy the chalk board door in her new room. Every time we go in there to play she wants to scribble something on the wall. "I draw. I draw." she exclaims. More often than not she wants one of us to draw with her too-so it's a great interactive tool. I make pictures or lines or letters or shapes or scribbles and we talk about what's on the board.

She has tried, on a few different occasions, to write on other surfaces in her room i.e. the carpet, the flannel board, her bed, the pictures hanging on her wall - thankfully all have been pretty forgiving so far.

I am excited because she is all ready enjoying these little stations so much - as she grows she will continue to find more and more uses for them all - and I don't think she will "outgrow" them - I tried to design things that would grow WITH her. Maybe this chalkboard will become a scientific design planner someday. Or a classroom aid. Or a designer's canvas. Or a veterinarian's x-ray chart...there are so many possibilities.

Saturday, November 7, 2009

Potty Pooper

Every Potty Has a Pooper, That's Why We Invited You - Potty, Pooper! Potty, Pooper!....

Little Triumphs: Pooping in the "Big" Potty at IKEA - Yayy!! (and a little train as a reward for being such a big girl.)
My little stinker has been pooping on the potty since she has been about 15 months old. It all started when she would "tell" us she was going potty. She knows the sign for "poop". Because she was aware of the goings on I decided it was time to introduce her to "The Potty". Whenever I saw her going potty or signing potty we would sit on our little Baby Bjorn and read while she went merrily along. It's a funny thing, really - poop.

It doesn't always come with pee. I guess they are used to going in their diapers so they don't ever need to "hold it" like adults do. So when they do go on the potty it could just be "poop".

I have been trying to "teach" her what "tinkle" or "pee" is - but it is a difficult concept, I think.

"You wet in your diaper.
There is tinkle in your diaper.
See, you're going tinkle.
You went pee on floor - see that! Pee! - Pee goes in the potty too, just like poop!"

Needless to say we are well on our way to being "potty-trained". I don't push the issue, though, because I think it's a lot for 20-month old. We just started because she showed an interest. Now I have to try to teach her the pee-concept. Wish it were still Summer - it would be much easier to "catch" her and it would make going around the house diaper-less much more appealing :)

Friday, November 6, 2009

"I Share"

We were at my parents house this week where there is a cat Layla will NOT leave alone. Needless to say she followed (more like chased) him everywhere. Here, she offers a peace offering - friendship - her beloved ducks. She picked them up and set them on the chair next to the cat.

"I share. I share. CAT."

then she tried to snuggle her way onto the chair next to the cat as if a bunch of fake, plastic toys would convince him to play with her. He stayed for a minute while she climbed up onto the chair and began to "Rock Cat", back and forth, back and forth. I guess he gets motion sickness because he would have none of the companion rocking.

Wednesday, November 4, 2009

Number All


The room is starting to really take shape now, and the I am able to work on the fun part: finishing touches. About the Magnet Wall was a large portion of white, blank space. I knew I had to do SOMETHING with it, but wasn't quite sure what it should become. I looked around and it dawned on me that we had the alphabet but no Numbers!! I decided numbers would be a good fit, but didn't find any cute designs I really like that coordinated well with the room. So, like most things in the room, I decided to design and make my own. I was compelled to make the numbers little pieces of artwork - kind of abstract - but they also needed to be legible, even to beginner mathematicians.

I decided 12 would be a good fit (and a perfect fit for the length of that wall) so 12 became the number. I wanted them to be simple but beautiful and I wanted the backs to be used as learning tools, teaching aids, counting helpers. The fronts are simple enough, the numeral and the written word. The backs have large circles as counting place-holders, the numeral, and the word as well. I wanted to be able to take them down off the wall and use them as "flashcards" so they are stuck with Velcro (much like everything else in the room). Once I find out a good way to print these they will be available in my shop at so keep your eyes out for their arrival! :)