Toddler Nap Mat

napIf my recent posts about shopping and exercise have left you wondering, “What happened to the crafting and sewing?!” look no further. I’m still at it;) Last night, I finally finished a travel nap mat for my daughter. I started it months ago, first aiming to complete it in time for Christmas, then later for her birthday. It wasn’t that it was a difficult or overly time-consuming project, but simply that I lost interest and/or got distracted by other projects when I was about 3/4 finished.

The nap mat features an attached blanket and built in pillow, so you don’t have to worry about losing them. The mat rolls and buttons up for easy travel, and has a strap to carry it on your shoulder. Surprise surprise, I chose a purple unicorn fabric;) The body of the mat has a piece of 1″ foam inserted inside, and the pillow is made nice and “poufy” with polyfil stuffing.

When I completed the project, Kay was already asleep for the night. Fortuitously, she woke a short time later and was calling for me. It was like she knew I had made something for her, and she wanted to see it right away! She loved it so much that she went to sleep in her new nap mat on her bedroom floor:)

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If you would like to try this project for yourself, you can find the tutorial I used here:
http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=221179.0#axzz2TTQ9OuuM

Happy napping everyone!

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A 1950s Birthday Extravaganza!

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After much planning and great anticipation, my daughter’s second birthday party was a fun-filled blast from the past! I chose the theme carefully, knowing full well that this was likely my last year to have free reign over her party planning. For that reason, I wanted to choose a theme that adults and kids alike would enjoy. Like any good mom, I will throw a Dora the Explorer party should my little one desire, but it certainly isn’t something I’m going to offer up as a suggestion;)

Now that K and all her friends are rambunctious toddlers, I made the decision to rent a hall for the party, rather than host another party in our home. This was probably one of the single best decisions I have made all year! Words cannot describe how wonderful it was not to fret over spilled popcorn, cupcake crumbs, and sticky fingerprints. Bliss I tell you, pure bliss.

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Guests entered the hall to upbeat 1950s classics, such as “Rockin’ Robin,” “Hound Dog,” and “Stand by Me.” A candy shoppe was set up where guests could help themselves and fill their own bag of treats. Party favours included a record with each child’s name on it, a jar of 1950s party mix, and for the girls, a custom made poodle hair clip. For lunch and snacks we served hot dogs, veggies and dip, deviled eggs, chips, and popcorn in little theatre-style boxes. I purchased Coca-Cola six packs in the retro glass bottles. Dessert included an ice cream cake with a poodle on it and cupcakes.

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Throughout the hall, I displayed several of K’s baby photos in frames. Two large posters were hung on the walls- one was from K’s first birthday “cake smash” and the second was a picture of K in front of a jukebox. I made a large Happy Birthday sign using coroplast and old records. We hired a photographer (Courtney Hawkins Photography) who set up a photo booth for families to have their pictures taken. Photo props included hula hoops, an inflatable guitar, and cateye glasses. K and I dressed in the full 1950s attire- poodle skirts and all. I found my skirt at Value Village and K’s on a Facebook Swap and Shop group, then added poodle appliques. We were delighted that friends and family got right into the theme, with many of them dressing up as well.

Overwhelmed with gifts from her first birthday, we decided to make this year a “Toonie Party.” Guests brought one toonie for K’s piggy bank and one for charity. Of course, some guests couldn’t resist bringing a gift as well. Our talented friend Marcy sewed matching dresses for K and her American Girl doll. In keeping with the theme, Mommy and Daddy bought K a pink retro play kitchen from Costo and her Grammy stocked it with play food, pots and pans, and utensils.

All in all, I think everyone had a great time. We were so happy to share K’s special day with good friends and family. Looking forward to seeing what the year will bring for her:)

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