March 24, 2013

our little easter bunny

I love Target.  
I love the dollar section in Target.  
I love these bunny ears found in the dollar section at Target.  
I LOVE this little girl wearing the bunny ears found in the dollar section at Target.  

Thank you Target.  You have inspired most of our photo shoots.

March 21, 2013

5 months

Well it only took me a month to edit these photos but let's be honest, it will probably take another month to edit the 6 months photos.  

Ella at 5 months is SO much fun.
Eating solids.
Rolling. And rolling. And rolling.
Almost sitting.
And we finally figured out how to get past our belly and to our toes. 

I finally feel like she completely understands what is happening around her.  Well almost completely.  We are still a little mystified with the mirror.  She just adores the little girl on the other side.  So much so that she always tries to eat her.  That is what she does to the people she loves.  Nom.  Nom.

Bottom line:  she is just so happy.

I am one lucky mama. 

Oh the rolls.

And to prove she has a neck.
See a neck!

March 12, 2013

Easy, no-sew, 5 minute headbands

It's time to say hello to spring and goodbye to winter and that means saying goodbye to all Ella's knit hats and hello to cute headbands.  Ella is really excited about that.

And fortunately for me it is a lot easier (and faster and cheaper) to make a headband than a hat.  So fast and easy that a busy mom can make one in 5 minutes in the nursery while their baby plays and I can prove it.

Jersey fabric (scrap fabric or old t-shirts)

I made my headband to fit a 6-12 month head, about 16" circumference.  I cut a strip of fabric that measures 18"x4".  Here is a chart to help you with your desired dimensions:

Newborn: 14" (16x4)
3-6 mos.: 15" (17x4)
6-12 mos.: 16" (18x4)
1-3 yrs.: 18" (20x4)
3-10 yrs.: 20" (22x4)
Adult: 22" (24x4)

I made this on Ella's bookcase while she happily played.  And because I said this was easy I did not iron the fabric and I made sloppy, crooked cuts.  It doesn't matter.  

Fold the fabric in half hot dog style.  (Like that elementary school reference?)

Then cut the corners off making a soft curve.  Make sure the folded corner is the point.

Then knot it to make the headband.

You can wear it with a thick band or with it folded in.  
I prefer it folded in - at least on Ella.

See told you.  Easy, fast and cheap (perhaps free).
And best of all - super cute!

Check out my bow tutorial and fabric flower tutorial to make other types of headbands like these.

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