A homemade loom and some baby things

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homemade-loom-starthomemade-loomAfter all of Dorothy’s enthusiasm for her rubber band loom and her potholder loom I thought maybe we should branch out. Santa brought a wooden loom, but packaged in its box with its big book of instructions it seemed a little intimidating so we hadn’t gotten it out yet. Then an opportunity arose during one of our homeschool lessons to do a supplemental activity that involved making our own loom out of corrugated cardboard. To my surprise, the “doll rug” Dorothy made on our homemade loom actually turned out pretty well, and the experience we gained following the directions for it gave us the confidence to unbox the Christmas loom, so now Dorothy is hard at work on a whole collection of woven doll bedding.

green-sweaterAnd here’s Miss Daphne, now three months old, sporting the green sweater I made for her before she was born, and yet another pair of my ubiquitous crocheted booties. She’s growing so much! Unfortunately this particular growth spurt seems to involve waking to eat in the night during periods through which we were previously sleeping, but if there is anything that motherhood-times-three has taught me, it’s that it all goes by so quickly–if she wants to start eating more at night, I’ll feed her more at night. And cuddle her, and enjoy the way she smells, and the way she fits in my arms, and the cute little slurpy noises she makes. Because we’re both lucky to have each other.

red-hatAnd speaking of growth spurts. The little red hat, which was too big for her in the hospital because her head was so much smaller than her brother’s at birth, is now almost too tiny. She’s laying on one of several flannel blankets I’ve made recently. Daphne still wants to be swaddled but is now too large for standard receiving blankets. I bought several 1.5 yard lengths of nice-quality flannel from Fabric.com (here’s a link to the hedgehog one) and just hemmed up the edges.

rainbow-loom-beltAnd last but never least, Dorothy has requested that I share her most recent rubber band creation on my blog. She’ll have her own website before you know it. 🙂 She got a book of new rubber band loom patterns for Christmas and just completed this belt, which has adorable loops in the front and a simple chain in the back. Very cute. Nice job, Daughter. Blog accomplished.

The project currently strewn all over my craft table is embroidered t-shirts for the kids to wear while watching the Olympics next month. Team USA will have finely-attired sofa spectators in my three (I hope).

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5 responses »

  1. Dorothy’s looms look like lots of fun. She is going to be a busy weaver by the sounds of things. Wow olympic t-shirts, what a great idea. I love the hedgehog fabric so cute and colourful. Daphne makes a gorgeous model.

  2. Hi Renata, I love reading your blog and following all of the fun you’re having with your children. I wasn’t a home schooler, but I did stay at home with my three kids for twelve years. I enjoyed every minute of it. I crafted a lot and made mostly crochet things so I didn’t do all the things that you do, but I did a lot of homemade kid and home stuff. We even had a camper briefly, until our second child came along with severe allergies and asthma. Our open air pop-up camper was doom for him. Thanks for sharing your beautiful life. I taught for years with your mom at SRS. I still work part time teaching special needs middle and high school students. Have a wonderful new year and I look forward to seeing what you’ll be up to next. Fondly, Donna Krieger, nana 25

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