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A look back – First birthday

Sassy Little Miss E is turning 3 in just over a month. It seems like just yesterday we brought her tiny little self home from the hospital and here she is, talking, counting and being so so very mouthy. This girl knows what she wants!

As I never blogged her previous birthdays I thought I would. I take a lot of pride in making most things myself, my mum says I took after my dad and his personality of doing everything as cheap as possible but in all honestly it is something I truly enjoy. I love crafting.

For her first birthday Little Miss E had a Bumble Bee theme. Choosing a theme is always the first step in my little party planning. I tried choosing something easy to color coordinate. Step 2 is to take her photos and work on an invite on Photoshop.

Look at her sweet little face ๐Ÿ™‚

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Living away from family means that our parties are always just small get togethers with a couple of sweet friends and we decorate accordingly.

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Bumble bee cake. It was a hit!

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A look at how she had grown. Man they grown fast in the first year!

I painted some clothes pins to match the theme and used them to hang the photos:

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My next post will cover her second birthday, in preparation for her third.

Thanks for reading ๐Ÿ™‚

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Crochet Stuffed toy solution

Little Miss E is obsessed with stuffed toys. No matter how quietly I try to sneak them out of her room she always catches on. As a result her room was a stuffed toy mess. Bears, ponies, dogs… everywhere…

I remember having a net to hold my stuffed toys when I was a child so I decided to recreate it for her.

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I will try to explain how as well as I can.

I used a size K crochet hook and Red heart yarn.

I made mine with a double strand to make it more durable.

Chain 8 and join with a slip stitch. This will be one of your ‘handles’. Chain 80 (or however many you need for the size you have in mind.) This will be one of the sides. Chain 8 more and join 8 stitches back with a slip stitch. Another ‘handle’. So now you should have a handle on each side and a long chain in between. Now you are ready to work back.

Chain 4, skip 2 of your long chain and double crochet on the next.

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Chain 2, skip 2 of the main chain and double crochet on the third. All the way to your ‘handle’ and turn.

Slip stitch on your first big space, chain 4 and double crochet in the next big space.

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Chain 2 and double crochet in the next. Repeat until the end of the row. Turn.

Slip stitch in the first big space, chain 4, double crochet in the next. Chain 2 and double crochet in the next big space. Repeat until the end of the row. Turn. You will repeat this until you have a triangle.

Turn and slip stitch in the last space.

(My little model. Yours should look like this but much bigger)

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Chain 8 and slip stitch on the first to make your last little ‘handle’.

Hang up in a corner and enjoy ๐Ÿ™‚

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I hung them up low enough for her to enjoy them. They were a hit ๐Ÿ™‚ And no more stuffed toys everywhere.


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Decorate-a-bunny template

ย I recently made a bunny head template for the littles to decorate with yarn, markers and construction paper.

I added a creative writing opportunity on Little J’s, we are trying to get him to use his imagination. For an extremely literal child like him this can be difficult task.

Little Miss E’s:

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Little J’s:

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And for you, just save, print and let the creativity begin:

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Homechooling Doctor Who style – Pt 2

A couple of months ago I wrote a post called Homeschooling Doctor who style.

Lately Little J has been struggling to focus more than usual. He has been banging his head on the table a lot, no matter what we are doing: reading, writing, math, coloring, nothing has made a difference. I felt that maybe it was a good time to bring Doctor Who back into the schooling part of our days. It worked amazingly! He finished his work for the day in record time with no head banging or grunting and hardly any chewing, just some happy humming. Even asked me to take a photo when he was done. I regret not having thought of it earlier. Once again, thank you Doctor Who!

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Can you hear the humming from where you are standing? ๐Ÿ™‚

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I don’t know if there is any interest in these, nor do I know if WordPress resizes, but here they are just in case (I added some older ones that we did a little while back too):

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Toodles for now ๐Ÿ™‚


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10 things I love about raising a child on the Spectrum

Raising a child on the Spectrum is a challenge. Most ‘parenting’ techniques we read about do not work and we ASD parents have to really think outside of the box. Some days nothing works. Yesterday was one of those days. The smallest changes in routine are sometimes the worst. Not being able to turn the TV off (becauseย  I was watching something) immediately after his quiet time in his room had Little J on edge for the rest of the day. During one of his meltdowns, in an attempt to keep me focused and calm, I started jotting down some reasons why I love raising him just as he is, so here they are:

1. ‘Mama, look what I made!’ – While a lot of parents may find it annoying this is a huge sign of progress for us. Little J has started seeking us and sharing things with us. It is right now more of a routine but it makes me so happy.

2. His enormous attention to detail. Little details do not escape him ever!

3. His curious little mind! When he gets interested in something there is no stopping him. He is known for googling his answers, last weekend he googled ‘How Earthquakes happen’ and then carefully explained to me exactly how.

4. He will not judge you even if you are judging him. This is a big one.

5. How much happiness he gets out of his interests.ย Anything to do with his interests makes him so happy. A scribble of the Tardis on someone’s notebook will send him screeching and jumping up and down immediately. I wish I was that happy about ANYTHING.

6. How protective he is. He gets very worried about the ones he loves when they are sick or when they hurt, especially his sister.

7. His honesty. Kids are honest, we know that. A child on the Spectrum takes honesty to a whole other level.

8. His innocence. He is 6 years old on the outside, but on the inside he is much younger. While this sometimes makes life harder and brings on a lot of judgement I have learned to accept that he will be younger for longer. Maybe it will keep me young too ๐Ÿ™‚

9. He goes at his own pace. He isn’t bothered that most kids his age can ride a bike, tie their shoes, play sports or successfully put their clothes on, he follows his own curve! And that is absolutely ok with him!

10.How much he loves. If he loves you, he REALLY TRULY loves you.

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To wrap this up I will leave you with my FAVORITE Little J quote:

‘It’s ok to be different. Vincent Van Gogh was different and he was the most brilliant painter of all times.’

Until next time


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2 and a half

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It happened… I blinked again and my kids grew a little more. Little miss E is now 2 and a half. That means she is closer to 3 than she is to 2… YIKES!

At 2 and a half she is:

Stubborn

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ย This girl will do WHAT she wants WHEN she wants. There is no ‘Oh let me get that on video so I can show family’ in this house because she will not cooperate ever. And do not ask her if she is a princess or a pretty girl, even if she just said she was. She will deny it and claim she is a sheep, or a puppy or a monkey and then attempt to convince you with her sound effects.

Sweet

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So many ‘I love you’s andย  ‘You’re my best friend’ making my heart melt. She is so very loving.

Mischievous

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Do not be fooled, she is trouble! Lock your fridges and your toilets!

Vain

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She enjoys digging in the boxes of next season’s clothes and trying everything on while saying ‘I’m a princess!’

Smart

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But she will purposely count out of order or tell you the wrong letters if you ask her (refer to stubborn).

Loved

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So very loved…

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So yesterday we had our usual half cake as it is tradition.

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And then I took some photos. Photographing a toddler is hard! Photographing a stubborn toddler even more so. Most of our photos turned out like this:

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But I did get a keeper or 2 ๐Ÿ™‚

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We love you more than you can comprehend little lady… Can’t imagine life without you sassy smile and contagious giggles.


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Minion inspired scarf – a crochet pattern for you

Recently I was asked to make scarves to match the minion hats I had crocheted before Christmas. I had never made a scarf before but I can never turn down a challenge. I looked for inspiration and in the end they turned out ADORABLE! As in I-want-one-for-myself adorable! Each has their own little personality and they are just too cute for words! I would love to share how I made it with you all ๐Ÿ™‚ I haveย  never written a pattern before, I struggle just FOLLOWING patterns, so bear with me ๐Ÿ˜‰

So here’s what they look like

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Materials I used:

5.5mm hook

Yellow, blue, black yarn for the scarf and white, brown and grey for the eyes/mouth. I used Red heart ‘with love’ yellow yarn, it is so soft, it is my favorite. The rest was Bernat brand.

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And I can’t forget the ridiculous amount of coffee I consume while crocheting ๐Ÿ˜‰

NOTE: These are child sized scarves, they measured about 7” by 48-50”. I am slightly over 5′ tall and they would have worked for me ๐Ÿ™‚

How to:

SCARF:

Start with blue and chain 22

1: Double crochet on the second chain from hook and in every chain (20); turn

2-10: Double crochet accross

11:Switch to yellow and double crochet across

12-20:Double crochet accross

21: Switch to black and double crochet accross

22: Double crochet accross

23: Switch back to yellow and double crochet across

24-68: Double crochet across

69:Switch to black and double crochet across

70: double crochet across

71:Switch to yellow and double crochet across

72 to 80: Double crochet across

81: Switch to blue and double crochet across

82 to 90: Double crochet across and fasten off.

(please use your judgement as my math may be wrong)

OVERALLS (optional):

1: With blue yarn attach on the 5th blue stitch (look at the photo for reference)ย  and double crochet 12. Turn.

2: Double crochet 12 and chain 6 at the end. Sew on as show in the photo. With blue yarn chain 6 on the other side. attach as shown in the photo.

EYES:

The eyes will depend on the size/whether you want 1 or 2

(with black yarn)

1: Make a magic ring and single crochet 6 in the circle. Join.

2:Switch to brown and do 2 double crochet in each single crochet. Join.

3: Switch to white and do 2 double crochet in each stitch. Join.

(if doing 1 big eye do another round with white, 1 double crochet in 1 stitch and 2 in the next all the way around)

4: Switch to grey and do 1 single crochet in each stitch. Join and fasten off.

PATCH:

1: Make a magic circle. (double crochet 2, chain 1) x6. Join and sew on a G (for Gru).

Now all you have to do is make a mouth (however you would like, I also made a smile), attach some black yarn for hair and sew on every piece where they belong.

You can give both sides the same expression or different ones, completely up to you ๐Ÿ™‚

Hopefully this all made sense, please share any errors you may find so i can fix them or any concerns regarding this pattern.

Enjoy ๐Ÿ™‚