Super M!

My son wants his own island playmat. And he’s been after me everyday asking about his playmat….

Yesterday was a rough day. I needed to make something (for my own sanity) and I need to make my son something to occupy him while the play mat is getting made.

And wha-la it’s Super M!

The other day I saw this tutorial for a cape from Southern Institute for Domestic Arts and Crafts and loved it! I added it to my to do list right away. I must have been so excited that I added it twice….

It was amazingly simple. It took all of about 30 minutes. And if i hadn’t had to keep running upstairs, it might have been even quicker!

I started with a t-shirt from Dad’s ‘to Goodwill’ bag and a half hour later had a cape.


A little no sew velcro and a little no sew heat n’bond for the applique = no sewing machine required!

I love how the star and the M turned out! He wasn’t quite as excited. I asked if he wanted to go outside and fly like the other superheros and he said, ‘No, I can’t fly. I don’t have wings.’

And back to the play mat…. I got the backing fabric last night and the sand fabric. I have run out of pieces from my recycled stash for the sand. I still have water fabric from the others I had made. He loves it. We had to take the fabric into the bed for our before bed book reading…. Here’s a peek… Now I want more so I can cut the bubbles out and make bubble pillows….


What projects are your kids waiting on????

‘For Today is Your Day of All Days!’

In honor of our very favorite author, link love is today instead of Friday this week.

Happy Birthday, Dr. Seuss!

March 2nd is Dr. Seuss’s Birthday!

We love Dr. Seuss! My son LOVES the Cat in the Hat and especially the ‘The Cat in the Hat Knows a lot About That’ PBS series. Our birthday planning hasn’t quite started, we’ve got a few months to go before we pick a theme. After finding some of these great Dr. Seuss party ideas and crafts, I’m thinking that we might have a theme in the works!

Check out these ideas!

1. As you might have noticed, I’m a fan of cute buntings! Check out this tutorial for the Dr Seuss bunting from 1PureHeart.

2. The Dr. Seuss printable by 74 Lime Lane is lovely. My son is only 2.5, but this week, we’ve read ‘Oh, The Places You’ll Go’ every night!

3. This Dr. Seuss printable by also from Kellie at 74 Lime Lane, but is from a guest post on Kind over Matter. I’ve printed this one for my son’s new playroom. One day I’ll get all the art hung!

4. This is another project that I wanted to do, but never did. Handmade Building Blocks! Brandi at Brandibug did an awesome job and did the blocks with Dr. Seuss pages. Great Tutorial!

5. I’m not sure if it’s the crazy blue ‘hair’ or the red velvet that I like most about these Thing 1 and Thing 2 cupcakes from Kitchen Doughdough! I’m already wondering how to do the cupcakes without loosing the hair!

6. A grouping of Dr. Seuss tutorials would not be complete without a Cat in the Hat hat tutorial. This is a great one from Mama Lusco. 

7. I love cup cake toppers. I was talked out of doing any for the Dragon Party, but not again this year!! Check out these with all the Dr. Seuss toppers from DesignDreamEtsy.

And to celebrate, we’re reading a book along with NEA’s Read Across America Day.

What is NEA’s Read Across America?

NEA’s Read Across America is an annual reading motivation and awareness program that calls for every child in every community to celebrate reading on March 2, the birthday of beloved children’s author Dr. Seuss.

NEA’s Read Across America also provides NEA members, parents, caregivers, and children the resources and activities they need to keep reading on the calendar 365 days a year.


What is your favorite book Dr. Seuss Book? Hope you’ll celebrate with us and read your favorite book too!

Play Mat 2 with Rock Pillow Tutorial

This week and weekend I was at it again. Another playmat! Pretty much the same as the one before, you can find the tutorial to make your own here, but with a different background and different accessories. I’m really trying to play along with CTB, but this one was actually for our friend Kathryn. This desert island is meant to go under her palm tree and what inspired the whole desert island play mat thing in the first place. Her island included a monkey for the palm tree, a turtle, a lizard to sun on the rocks.

As soon as my son saw it he was very excited about the rock pillows! So I promised him that after the birthday party I’d make him a rock pillow for his very own. Since the very special nap seemed to elude us after the party, the rock pillow wasn’t made until after bedtime. But he was very excited to wake up and find his own rock pillow. Although he did ask for another one the size of a giraffe. And he was concerned because he didn’t have an island for his rocks… Desert island 3 will be on its way very, very soon!

Rock Pillow Tutorial

Ok, this has got to be the easiest thing I’ve ever made with a sewing machine…



Stuffing, I used polyfill, but with the irregular nature of this project this could be a good way to recycle a pile of old t-shirts or something like that for the stuffing.



Step 1: Cut 2 ovalish shapes. One larger than the other. Precision? Measuring Tape? Through it out the window for this project!

Step 2. Pin the larger circle to the smaller at the top, bottom, and 2 sides.

Step 3: Pin the rest of the fabric together, gathering between the 4 quadrants.

Step 4: Sew the two pieces of fabric together leaving a hole big enough to pull the fabric through. I left about 1.5 inches.

Step 5: Pull the fabric through the hole. Do not iron…

Step 6: Stuff the rock.

Step 7: Pin together the hole. I also pin the rock together a bit further back. It helps to  move it through the sewing machine. And stitch the hole closed.

Step 8: Can you pick which rock is the fabric one and which one is the real one???