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The TeePee 🙂 , originally uploaded by SewLaTea.

I’ve been wanting to make one of these for so long. Now that the playroom is finished (which reminds me, that I still haven’t blogged about the redo!) I had no excuse. Well except maybe a newborn at home, but that’s beside the point 😉 I used a great tutorial to make this, and I could never have done it without! Thank you to Rachel of Smile and Wave for taking the time to write it all down! My teepee did not come out as neat as hers, and I definitely made a couple mistakes. I cut down my poles a foot shorter than hers and then tried to recalculate measurements and angles….math was never my strong suit…so this proved to be challenging. I did my best and though the panels don’t line up as nicely as Rachel’s up on top, it still works! And the kids think its cool 🙂 I think I’ll paint it like Rachel did too…clean and simple 🙂

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Today Jack and I (with a little “help” from Ben), made some Rainbow Cake.  We followed Omnomicon’s tutorial.  (who by the way has AMAZING photos of the whole process.  jealous I must say, because I just am not so good at taking food pics.  but anyway, I digress…)  We had a blast making the cake, mixing up colorful batter, deciding how to layer the colors and watching it bake!  I think Jack’s favorite part was adding the food coloring to the batter.  Like magic!  Cool thing is, the cake tastes as delicious as it looks!  I used the Sprite that Omnomicon suggests which gives the batter a much fluffier texture…which personally I wonder if its what helps keep the layers so perky 🙂  I also liked the moistness of the cake.  A LOOONNNNGGGG time ago, I had a Sunday School teacher named Penny who made THE best cakes I have EVERY to this day tasted…and even back when I was a young girl, I would ask her HOW she did it.  She said it was that she added ginger-ale to the cake.  Hmm.  Who knew?!  The only things I did different were that I only used one cake pan instead of two…I didn’t read ahead…my fault!  But it worked out just fine…I just kept adding the colors on top of one another.  It did change the cooking time quite a bit though….given that I used two boxes of cake as directed…but it worked out, so hey!   Anyhoo…here are some pics.  I wish I could photograph food like Omnomicon can…but I did my best given poor lighting and lots of kids fingerprints and smudges 🙂

Getting ready to make the cake...

Getting ready to make the cake...

Adding food coloring...

Adding food coloring...

Colorful batter all ready to be layered up!

Colorful batter all ready to be layered up!

Looking good I think!  Hope it looks as good when it's done!

Looking good I think! Hope it looks as good when it's done!

And, VOILA!  Time to eat cake!

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to CRAFT HOPE.  This is a wonderful opportunity to give to those less fortunate.  Craft Hope is working on their second project and I’m jumping on board.  The project is for the children of an orphanage in Nicaragua.  

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“The orphanage is called Casa Bernabe and they house children from the ages of 4 to 18, boys and girls.  They are currently working to not only feed and clothe the kids, they are starting to really focus on their psychological and emotional health as well.  When the children arrive at the orphanage, they literally have nothing and we would love to give them something that is “theirs.”

Craft Hope is working with Eren and the ORPHANetwork to provide handmade, soft-bodied dolls for the children.  Many of the children come from abusive situations and the dolls will allow the children to develop the mothering and nurturing instincts that most little girls have.” 

                                               -From Craft Hope

How could I not hop on board?!  I love to sew/craft, and what better than to use my skills to help kids?  If you know how to sew, jump on board!

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My sweet yet tough boy…, originally uploaded by SewLaTea.

I have boys. Two of them. Well, three if you count my husband. And I don’t know boys. I am often mystified and speechless. I think a lot. I wonder. I am constantly in search of balance. I don’t want to wimpify my boys, but yet, sensitivity is my main priority…so how to nurture, create, mold boys that grow to be strong, independent, stand up guys and also sensitive, sweet and thoughtful. I try to encourage both sides I guess. I embrace their “boyness” and their love of physical activity and rough-housing, and yet really encourage and foster their creative sides. So here is Jack, in a moment of balance. His tough boy side in a Batman costume, while painting and being thoughtful and sweet. I had to capture this fabulous moment 🙂

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Jack was here…

Jack was here…, originally uploaded by SewLaTea.

Someone spilled the powder. And hmmm, I wonder who it could have been! That little footprint gave it away quite nicely. Although a mess (and there is a LOT more powder than shown in this picture) it makes me smile. How lucky we are to have a little boy (TWO little boys!) in this house. I know its so easy to get upset over toys lying around, messes made and such, but really, I always try to remember that really, I am so lucky and blessed to have two little boys making messes and noise in my house 🙂 I wouldn’t want it any other way!

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Charlotte’s Pillowcase Dress, originally uploaded by SewLaTea.

I’ve been wanting to make this dress for months now…so while procrastinating the Birdie Sling, I decided it would feel real good to actually COMPLETE a project! I knew this one was waiting for me and wouldn’t take too long, so I decided to tackle it. I used this tutorial by Freshly Picked. It was a great tutorial…very easy to follow and I like how Susan uses elastic in the top. I think it gives it a sweet look 🙂 I had considered adding a little flower broach so I made a yo-yo flower using this tute by Heather Bailey. I used the leftover fabric from the dress to make the flower. It came out a little small, so I didn’t add it. But I still think I might make a couple to embellish…we’ll see! Anyway, its getting late and I have two sick kiddos wanting mom. Night night.

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Crayon roll in use…, originally uploaded by nikkifilo.

Isn’t it so nice to see what you’ve made in action?  So happy that Jack likes his crayon roll!  We took it with us on our trip to Florida this week, and it came in so handy 🙂  Sitting on the balcony or on the airplane…coloring was easy without rollaway crayons!  And it was so neat and tidy…I love these!

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