Friday, May 29, 2015

Fabric Baby Gate DIY

I dug out (literally) my sewing machine again a few days ago. My little ZuZu has been on the move lately. She hasn't quite got the hang of crawling on hands and knees, but she's getting to be a pro at the Army crawl. She's been moving herself around like that for about a month, and she's not quite 6-months-old!!!! Too soon, baby. Too soon.

With my curious little mover, I needed to find a way to keep her contained, namely, from crawling into the kitchen/craft room. It's dangerous, even to adults. So a gate was much needed. I wanted something that could come down easily, be washed easily, and would be inexpensive. 

I did a search on Pinterest for DIY baby gates and came across some FABULOUS fabric baby gates. It's important to remember that these gates aren't as sturdy as the plastic ones, so please don't use for the top of stairs. However, I think they would be fine for doorways, or even the bottom of stairs. They likely aren't completely childproof, but they should slow them down a bit. Be sure to keep little ones supervised to prevent any accidents. 

I wanted something to slow her down and keep her out of the kitchen, and I think this will work quite nicely. I just used some fabric and ribbon I already had on hand, and I bought the Command Cable Hooks to adhere to the wall and baseboard.

I think it should work well. Now I need to make a cover for my bike tire...

What creative solutions did you (do you) use when your kids were small?

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Tuesday, May 26, 2015

Transformable Crocheted Flower Pencil Holder

I have been making so many socks (long projects) that I wanted something quick this past weekend. I wanted the joy of finishing something.

As I was listening to a knitting podcast, I heard about this pattern on Ravelry for a Mini Transformable Flower Doll. It was so darn cute that I had to try it.

I had to make it in three different colors! It's a really quick project with super cute results! These would make fun party favors for a girl's birthday party!!

Here's more pics of the ones I made, minus the blue one.

Aren't they adorable?!

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Monday, May 18, 2015

A Miracle Restless Legs Syndrome Cure!

Okay, so it may not be a cure, but it sure does help. 

I'm sure you clicked on this, saw the photo, and wondered what in the world soap has to do with Restless Legs Syndrome. I had wondered the same thing, so don't feel too nutty. 

While I was pregnant this last time and after my baby was born I had terrible pains in my legs at night. I tossed and turned and tossed again. It seemed that as soon as I got comfortable my leg started aching again. I'm generally a side sleeper, so it bummed me out that the only position my legs didn't hurt in was when I was lying on my back.

I would wake up in the night and massage my legs. Mine tended to hurt mostly in my outer thighs. It was so bad some nights that I couldn't hardly sleep or would wake way earlier than I wanted to. 

So, I did what most of us do when desperate, I looked to Google for at-home remedies. There are a lot, just so ya know, but the easiest one I found said it's an old wives' tale that putting a bar of soap under your fitted sheet, down by your feet, will take away restless legs while you sleep. 

I tried it for the first time about 3 months ago and have slept with soap ever since. I don't know why or how it works, but it does. And it worked the first night. 

Last night my legs were giving me problems again, and I woke up to find that my bar of soap had slipped off the mattress. That could be why!

I did a little research on why this might work. Some say it's magnesium in the soap, and some say it's in our heads. Whatever it is, I've been able to sleep without pain in my legs. I also read that the soap needs to stay fresh, so it needs to either be replaced about every 6 months or shaved or cut into to release new moisture or something.

If you're dealing with restless, fidgety, or achy legs at night, I definitely recommend giving this a try. All it costs you is a bar of soap!

Have you tried this before? Did it work for you?

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Wednesday, May 13, 2015

WIP Wednesday: Custom Made Socks

Today's Work In Progress (WIP) is my first custom made sock order!!! This is the first pair that isn't for me or for a gift from me. Yay! I love how this colorway by Knit Picks is knitting up. I have about a dozen skeins of yarn that I'm anxious to knit up.

Here are the socks I made for my mom and sister for Mother's Day. They LOVE them!!!

What are YOU working on?

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