Toddler Fun: Rainbow Rice

Rainbow Rice

Ava and I are in Florida visiting my family. My sister is out-of-town this week and my mom went to prom this weekend (as a chaperone, not a date) and Ava and I needed to find something to entertain ourselves for a few hours.  I’ve wanted to experiment with some sort of rice sensory activity, so we got to work. (Please excuse the horrible pictures.  My mother’s kitchen has NO natural light.)

I decided on making some rainbow rice. It couldn’t be too different from dying Easter eggs, right? Before we left for Alaska, I gave my mom a half-full 50 pound bag of rice that I had. I knew there was no way that they had eaten 25 pounds of rice in 7 months. Sure enough, I found a giant container of rice. You will also need white vinegar and food coloring. I used gel food coloring since that’s what mom uses when she makes cakes. You could definitely use the liquid kind too. So here’s what you need for each color.

  • 1/2 cup uncooked white rice
  • 1 tablespoon white vinegar
  • food coloring (to your desired shade)

Sensory Rice

I decided on 5 colors to get us started.  First, pre-heat your oven to 175 degrees.  In 5 small bowls, I poured in the 1/2 cup of rice and 1 tablespoon of vinegar.  I then picked my 5 colors and added a bit of food coloring into each bowl.  Stir with a spoon until all of the food coloring is incorporated.  You can add more food coloring if the color is not dark enough for your taste.

Carefully spoon each color into a thin layer on a cookie sheet and smash into a flat layer.  Repeat with each color.  You will end up with a pan that looks like this.

Rainbow Rice

Bake the rice at 175 degrees for 10 minutes.  Remove from the oven and gently stir each color with a fork.  You will see that there may still be some moisture on the bottom of the pan.  Return the pan to the oven for an additional 10 minutes, or until all of the rice is dry.

Remove your rainbow rice from the oven and you’re ready to play!  I poured each color (as best I could) into different size measuring cups and bowls.

Toddler Rice Play

I also set her up with a few different scoops, spoons, and even a small funnel.  She had a blast!

Sensory Rice Play

I definitely plan on doing this on a larger scale once we get back to Texas.  Think: rainbow rice sandbox (ricebox?), but something with a lid.  Oh, and be prepared for a mess.  I think we will keep this as an outdoor activity.

Toddler Sensory Play

Even I had fun playing with the rainbow rice.  Do you think you will make some?

How to Repair Cloth Diapers

I mentioned that I got 5 FREE cloth diapers when I talked about cloth diaper basics.  I got the diapers on Freecycle.  If you don’t know anything about Freecycle, it is a community where people give things away so they stay out of the landfill.  It is a really great concept and there are individual communities in most cities.  I have been Freecycling since 2007.  I have received (and given away) tons of really awesome stuff, everything from a sofa, to cross-country skis, to these 5 bumGenius cloth diapers.

The woman who offered these diapers up did say that they needed a bit of work, but for free, I was willing to accept the challenge.  Turns out that they really only needed new hook and loop (Velcro).  After many washes, the hook and loop on cloth diapers can wear out and eventually, no longer stick.

After doing some research, I found out that bumGenius sells refresher kits for $1 each.  All it said was that it would include the hook and loop and new elastic.  The elastic in my diapers was perfectly fine, so I only needed to replace the hook and loop.

bumGenius repair kit

Once my refresher kits arrived, I realized that the hook and loop was nothing special and I could have spent the same or less buying Velcro at the fabric store, but whatever.  (I had to pay shipping because I live in Alaska.  If you live in the lower 48, shipping is free, so it might be worth ordering from them.)

bumGenius diaper repair

You can see how worn the hook and loop is.  The first step is to carefully take a seam ripper and remove both wash tabs from the back of the diaper and both sides of the closure tabs.

bumGenius diaper repair

Take your time!  You do not want to rip the waterproof fabric (the pink fabric on my diapers).  I worked on this whenever I had a bit of free time.  You could probably take all the old hook and loop off one diaper in about an hour.

bumGenius cloth diaper repair

This is what your diaper will look like after you remove all of the old hook and loop.  Remember, you WILL NOT remove the Velcro that runs along the front of your diaper.  Your new hook and loop will stick to this old piece just fine.  The front piece of Velcro was coming off of one of my diapers along the bottom.  I decided it was best to hand stitch this back on.  Once I stitched it back on, it held perfectly!

bumGenius cloth diaper repair velcro

To sew your new hook and loop on, I recommend using a sewing machine.  You could hand sew it on if you do not have access to a machine, but the machine will result in less swear words. =)  For the wash tabs, just place them over the spot where the old one was.  I stitched around the outside and once across on a diagonal for extra support.

cloth diaper repair velcro

Somehow I didn’t manage to get a picture of sewing the tabs.  Basically, you want to create a sandwich with hook part on the inside and the loop part on the outside.  The elastic tab of your diaper will be the middle of your sandwich, just use the holes from the old tabs as your guide.  Sew around the outside of your sandwich.

Once you have your new tabs on, take it for a test drive.  Good as new!  These diapers cost me $1.47.  Definitely a bargain!

cloth diaper repair

Have you had to repair any cloth diapers?  Have you ever used Freecycle?

Cloth Diaper Basics

Let me start by saying that I am no cloth diaper expert.  When Ava was about 2 months old, I was interested in cloth diapering.  I searched all around the internet and everything I found used all kinds of lingo that I didn’t know.  I want this to be a guide to cloth diapering that you can actually understand.

How did I begin cloth diapering?

I knew I wanted to try cloth diapers.  I didn’t know anything about them and I honestly didn’t even know if I would like them.  I didn’t want to invest a bunch of money we didn’t really have to end up hating them.  I decided that  I would find the cheapest way to get started.  This is what I found.

I purchased 10 of these Babyland pocket diapers with inserts on eBay for $38.00.

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Basically, a pocket diaper is a waterproof cover with “pocket” that you put some type of insert in.  These came with microfiber inserts.  I found out quickly that this one insert was not enough (after pee leaked on me a few times) and I needed to double up.  I chose to wrap the microfiber insert with a cotton pre-fold that I found at a garage sale.  You can buy them just about anywhere.  A lot of people use them burp cloths.  If I am short on microfiber inserts, I will just fold up two pre-folds and stuff the pocket with that.

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So, would I recommend these cheap Babyland diapers?  It depends.  You definitely get what you pay for with cloth diapers.  These diapers are one size.  This means that there are snaps all over the front to make the size grow with your baby.  I actually like these diapers better now that Ava is bigger.  They fit her better now.  They don’t quite have enough elastic to hug a small baby, which explains why we had so many leaks in the beginning.  If you like the idea of a pocket diaper, try Bum Genius.  I recently acquired 5 of these on Freecycle.  They are very used and need some work.  I will post more about those later.

When Ava was about 6 months old, Tony’s mom sent a huge package of random cloth diapers and covers.  It was awesome!  It gave me the opportunity to try a few different styles without having to spend a fortune.  This is where most of my stash came from.

Here is a picture of our entire stash (minus a few of the pockets that were in the wash and the 5 new Bum Genius I just got).  Our stash consists of:

Cloth Diaper Stash

  • 10 Babyland pocket diapers with inserts
  • 4 Snap to Fit all-in-one diapers
  • 2 Kushies all-in-one diapers
  • 2 Gerber covers
  • 3 Nikky covers
  • 6 Bottoms diapers
  • 8 cotton pre-folds
  • 5 Bum Genius pocket diapers with inserts
  • 26 cloth wipes

Don’t be overwhelmed.  I will explain.

What exactly is an “all-in-one”???

An all-in-one is a cloth diaper that has an insert attached.  You have to use a cover with an all-in-one.  This is a Snap to Fit brand all-in-one.  This style has adjustable snaps to fit your baby as it grows and has a velcro closure.  I find this particular brand hard to fit just right because it does not have any elastic in the legs or back.  They work, I just prefer the next brand better.

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The other all-in-one diaper brand we have is Kushies.  These are very similar to the Snap to Fit diapers except that they have elastic for a better fit and they are only one size.  I think these are a medium or large.  We had a few smaller ones that we have already retired and put into storage for baby #2 (maybe).

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Again, you need to use a waterproof cover with an all-in-one.  Here is what it looks like with one of our Nikky covers.

Cloth Diapers

We have 6 Bottoms brand diapers.  Some companies call this style an all-in-two, because you need a separate liner.  I actually like to use our Babyland microfiber inserts in our Bottom diapers.  These diapers have a velcro closure and are not adjustable, but they have fit Ava great since the day we got them and we still use them daily.  This has a lot to do with the elastic around the legs and the ability to fold down the back of the diaper if it’s too tall.  In this style, the insert just sits on top of the diaper.  You need a cover over this style.

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We have a few covers.  Currently we have 3 Nikky covers.  I have retired a few Bummis covers (I loved them!) that Ava grew out of and I just retired our Gerber covers last week.  I think I’m going to sew a few covers myself.

A diaper cover is made of waterproof material and has either snap or velcro closures.  All of mine currently have velcro closures.  When I’m in a pinch, I will use one of my Babyland pockets without an insert as a cover.  Be creative!

My number one piece of advice?  Just go with it!  Don’t be afraid to mix and match.  I found cloth diapering very intimidating when I began, but it shouldn’t be.  The rules are… there really are no rules!

What “equipment” do I need to cloth diaper?

You really don’t need much.  We use cloth wipes.  I made our wipes.  They are just two flannel squares that I ran through the sewing machine.  Nothing fancy.  For my wipe solution, I just use water mixed with a pea size amount of natural baby wash.  To hold our wipe solution I use a spray bottle for the diaper bag and that peri bottle they gave you after you delivered your baby.  Yes, that bottle.

Cloth Wipe Spray

You will also need cloth diaper safe rash cream.  Some mothers notice that their baby has less diaper rash with cloth diapers.  We use California Baby that we get at Target.  It smells nice!  There are many other brands that are cloth diaper safe.

California Baby Diaper Rash Cream

You will also need some sort of diaper pail and a wet bag.  We use this Thirsties wet bag that I got on Amazon recently.  Before that, we just used a plastic bag in the diaper bag.  You really just need something to put the soiled diapers in when you are on the go.  Do what works for you.

Thirsties Diaper Wet Bag

When we lived in Florida, I used our washing machine as our diaper pail.  I just tossed our wet diapers into the washer and washed whatever was in there at the end of the night.  Since moving to Alaska, I made this diaper pail liner to put inside of a trashcan I bought.  I would recommend this, it makes washing them so much easier.

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How do I care for my cloth diapers?

I read so many websites that said I needed to soak, pre-wash, soak again, etc.  It’s all a load of…. laundry.  I thought I was being a rebel, but after talking to a few other cloth diapering moms, I’m not the only one.  I don’t follow any special steps when caring for my diapers.  You should read your manufacturer’s instructions, but most of them are the same.  Here is what I do.

  1. After your child soils a diaper, place wet diapers in your pail.  If the diaper contains solids, shake and swish in the toilet.  Some people have diaper sprayers, but I have found this unnecessary.  Some people put the poopy diapers right in the washing machine after shaking, but I like to get off as much as possible.  Again, do what works for you.
  2. This is where the rebellion begins.  I do not soak or pre-wash my diapers.  I take my bag out of my diaper pail and shake all of the diapers out into the washer.  The pail liner goes in with them.  I wash them in warm water with a simple detergent.  In Florida, I used my homemade detergent, which worked great.  I haven’t made any up here yet.  Right now I’m using BabyGanics 3x concentrated laundry detergent.  It was BOGO at Babies R Us.  I have no complaints.  You really don’t need special detergent.  The only problem you may encounter with regular detergent would be some buildup on the diapers.
  3. In Florida, I would have line-dried my diapers.  The sun will help remove any stains that remain on the diapers.  I don’t really want frozen diapers, so I put them in the dryer now.  DO NOT use any fabric softener on your cloth diapers or wipes!  If you do, they will repel moisture.  I dry them on normal heat.  Sometimes I will air dry the covers.  Also, try to velcro the diapers to themselves, otherwise you may end up with a big tangled mess.

I try to take a very informal approach to cloth diapering.  If you are interested, don’t be afraid to dive in.  Also, don’t be afraid to look for used diapers on Craigslist or eBay.

I hope this helped.  Do you have any questions?

How to Potty Train an Infant

My grandmother told me that my aunt was potty trained at 9 months old. I couldn’t believe it! A lady I once worked with told me that her son was potty trained before he could walk. So if it can be done, why are people telling you to not even introduce the potty until 2 1/2 or 3?

Our daughter Ava is now 13 months old and goes on the potty regularly with help. She just began walking in the past week and now she walks to the potty when she needs to go. I’m going to break down a few steps to set your infant or young toddler up for successful potty training.

  • Buy a potty!  This may sound like a no brainer.  Don’t start your baby on the adult toilet.  This is the potty we had in Florida, which I loved.  I couldn’t find the same potty here in Alaska without paying a crazy amount for shipping, so we have a different style now.  Check out garage sales or consignment shops!
  • Put your baby on the potty. Don’t wait until your child is almost 3 to introduce the potty, at which time they may find it scary. As soon as Ava could sit up on her own (around 6 months), she began using the potty.  They will use the potty if you put them on it!
  • Take your child to the potty.  If you hear your child pooping, pick them up and run to the potty. This helps them realize that they can go on the potty. It’s easier for them to go in the potty than in a diaper, and easier for you to clean up too!
  • Make a big deal out of it. Sing songs, clap, and talk about how awesome the potty is when your child is on it. Make the potty fun.
  • Don’t make a big deal out of it. I’m not contradicting myself. If your child doesn’t go, put their diaper back on and move on. Positive reinforcement only!
  • Give a treat! Your child will react to a treat. We have a small Tupperware container of milk chocolate chips in the medicine cabinet. If your child goes, give them a potty treat! And don’t forget to clap, dance around, and cheer. Get them excited about using the potty.
  • Try sign language. Since your child is most likely non-verbal, try teaching your child the sign for potty. Use the sign any time you say the word potty or they are using the potty.
  • Take your child to the potty as soon as they wake up. They will go, almost every time.  At about 7 months old, Ava would wake up dry.
  • Be consistent and don’t get discouraged. Keep at it, there will be good days and bad. As long as you keep taking your child to the potty, they will succeed.

I have had a lot of naysayers. I have even had people tell me it’s not good to potty train that young (explain that one!). Talk to your grandmother, she will say otherwise!

Ava has tried to go in a big potty at church or wherever, but I think she’s scared of falling in. I’m going to pick up one of those travel potty seats.

We use cloth diapers, so Ava knows when she’s wet. She hates being wet and hates getting her diaper changed, so that has been a huge helper.

I hope you find these tips helpful.  Your child CAN be potty trained before age 2 (and maybe even 18 months)!

Do you have any potty training tips?

Ava’s 1st Birthday

Wednesday was Ava’s 1st birthday.  I can’t believe it has been a year.  I made her cupcakes, which were supposed to match her Very Hungry Caterpillar dress that my mom order her from an Etsy shop.  The dress didn’t make it here in time.  It finally made it here on Saturday.  It will still make for some super cute pictures.  We decided not to do anything crazy for her birthday, because really, her first birthday is more for us.  We made it through the first year… none of us are dead!  Woo Hoo.

I’m probably the worst mom ever.  I scheduled her 12 month doctor appointment on her birthday.  Yes, that means shots, at 9am.  I know, what was I thinking?  She’s a trooper and only cried for a few minutes and then she was back to her happy self.

I made jumbo cupcakes, which didn’t turn out exactly as planned, but they still taste great.

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We didn’t have a big party.  It was just Ava, Tony, and myself.  Oh yeah, and we Skyped my mom.   We sang her happy birthday and she blew the candle out on her own, which was super cute.

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All day we passed the cupcakes on the counter in the kitchen and she actually said “cu-cake”.  This girl loves her cupcakes!  She decided that her cupcake wasn’t enough, she needed to try Mommy’s cupcake too.

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She shared her cupcake with Daddy too!

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Happy Birthday to our baby girl!

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DIY Toy Wallet

Ava’s new favorite thing to do is empty everything out of my wallet.  Since moving to Alaska, I have stopped carrying a purse, I just put my wallet in her diaper bag.  This puts my wallet right at her fingertips most of the time.  It’s not good when we are out somewhere and I look down, only to find the contents of my wallet littered across the floor.  That’s the fastest way to a stolen debit card.

You noticed here that I picked up a wallet at The Salvation Army thrift store for 50 cents.  Why can’t Ava have her own wallet, with her own stuff to lose?

The wallet I found is made from soft brown leather and has places for cards, a driver’s license, coins, and a checkbook.  I brought it home and cleaned it up a bit.  Tony and I then cleaned out our wallets.  I had some old insurance cards and random business cards.  Tony had a room key from a hotel and two Canadian $2 bills that his grandfather gave him when he was a kid.  He donated these to Ava’s wallet.  (Please note that Ava has never put paper money in her mouth.  I’m not sure why, but she doesn’t.  Watch your child to see if they put money in their mouth, or use fake money.)  I wanted her to have some coins for the zippered coin purse compartment, but putting actual coins in it would be a choking hazard.  We’re not trying to entice trips to the emergency room.  I found two plastic coins that go with Ava’s toy piggy bank.  They fit perfectly.

The last compartment that was empty was the space for her driver’s license.  I thought for a minute and then remembered that I had a few extra copies of her passport photo that the guy at the post office gave me.  I dug them out and cut one the exact size of my driver’s license.  Perfect fit!  Don’t you just love her passport photo?

She’s all set to go.  The only thing missing is a check book.  I’m still thinking about that one.  She loves playing with her new wallet.  She can pull everything out of it without Mommy worrying about things getting lost.

Do you have any ideas for the checkbook?

DIY High Chair Splat Mat

I found a project even easier than the diaper pail liner.  Ava’s new favorite thing to do it toss her food over the edge of her high chair when she is finished/bored/mad or really anytime she feels like it.  If you could only see the mess on the carpet.

I knew I had to make something make cleanup a little bit easier.  Off to the fabric store we went.  I knew that oilcloth would be a good option because:

  1. It would be easy to wipe clean
  2. The edges don’t fray, so this could be a “no-sew” project!

I went to Joann and found the oilcloth.  The Joann closest to the house is very small, so their selection is limited.  There is a larger, “full-size” Joann here in Anchorage, but it’s all the way across town.  Another day.  It turned out that my choices were: brown owl print, old granny floral, or this cute circle pattern on a brown background.  It was $17.99/yard… ouch!  I knew I didn’t need a whole yard, and I had a coupon.  My oilcloth is 54″ wide (on the big rolls next to the home decor fabrics) and I had her cut me 2/3 of a yard.  This was the perfect amount and would actually leave me a little extra that I would trim from the edge.  2/3 of a yard @ $17.99 = $12.00 – 50% coupon = $6.00.  That’s much more my style.

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At home, I placed the fabric on the floor where her high chair normally sits to get a feel for the size.  Just as I thought, it was too long. Easily fixed!

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I took my scissors (my new “fabric only” scissors) and made a little notch in the oilcloth where I wanted to make the cut.  I then pulled the fabric into a more workable area of the room.

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 I turned the fabric upside down to make the cut.  I didn’t have a straight edge, so I folded over the clean edge from the manufacturer that I was going to be cutting off and used it as a guide.

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Once cut, I then placed it back under the table where its new home would be.  Perfect fit!

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That’s it, you’re finished! It took me about 10 minutes to complete the project and it only cost $6.00 for the fabric.  It’s probably more like $5.00 if you discount the scrap.

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I actually have a decent size scrap left over.  I will definitely be saving this for another project.

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Don’t you love no-sew projects! Enjoy!

The Search for a High Chair

One thing that obviously wasn’t going to fit in my suitcase, Ava’s high chair. I knew I would have to buy a new one once we got here. Not new, but new to us.

Oma, Ava, and I went out shopping to find one. Oma and I both have a love of thrift stores and garage sales, so we set out to check out the local shops here in Anchorage.

The first place we stopped was The Salvation Army. I crossed my fingers that they would have any baby stuff. The first thing I spot inside the door was an infant sled. What is an infant sled, you ask? I had no idea they existed either. It’s a baby sized sled that has straps to buckle baby in and a rope to pull her around. FUN! It had no price, but I knew Ava had to have it.

I was getting bummed out because I didn’t see any more baby items. Just as we were about to find out how much the sled was, I spotted them. Two Ikea high chairs, one blue, one red. Perfect! I originally was looking for one of those space-saving high chairs that sit in the dining room chair, but the Ikea high chairs have a very small footprint, so it would work. Again, no price.

We asked the cashier how much. $5 each for the sled and the high chair. That’s right in my budget! Of course then I asked about their discount days. It just happened to be Senior Citizen Day! Yay for bringing Oma, we got an extra 15% off!20121103-183621.jpg

So for $8.50 (no sales tax, remember!), Ava has a new high chair AND a sled. Woo Hoo! Our search didn’t take very long at all.

After I got home, I looked up both of the items to see how much they were new. I found the sled here at Amazon for $23.02! The high chair and the little support pillow that we got with it are right at $30.00 new. I think I made out like a bandit!

Have you found any awesome deals recently?

DIY Cloth Diaper Pail Liner

We have used cloth diapers on Ava since she was about 3 months old. I love it and avoid using disposable diapers as much as possible. We did use a pack of disposable diapers while we traveled from Florida to Alaska for convenience. We have been here for 2 weeks and she has been back in cloth for the past week.

As much as Tony says he hates cloth diapers, I caught him telling a guy at the bank all about them when he asked if we used cloth. Who can argue with the savings?

In Florida, we never had a diaper pail. We used our washing machine as our diaper pail. Here in Alaska, that’s not really a possibility.  So, I decided that we needed a diaper pail.

I went to Lowe’s to find a trashcan with a lid since I had a gift card. Of course, the only one they didn’t have was the size I wanted. So I drove across town to the other Lowe’s. Woo hoo! They had the one I was looking for. It’s a 7.5 gallon trashcan with a pop open lid from Hefty. It was $9.97 (no sales tax in Alaska, yay!), which is a little more than I wanted to spend, but whatever. I will get over it.

Next I needed a liner for it. I looked on Amazon since I had recently ordered a new wet bag for the diaper bag. I have always used a grocery bag for a wet bag, but I decided it was time for the real deal. I ordered the Thirsties Deluxe Diaper Duffle from Amazon and paid for it with my Mechanical Turk earnings. And to sweeten the deal, I’m still in my trial period of Amazon Prime. Yay for free shipping! Tony picked it up from the Post Office today on his way to work.

So I looked for a pail liner on Amazon and wasn’t in love with the $15-$30 price tag. How hard could it really be to make my own? Not hard at all!

I found this tutorial over at The Cloth Diaper Whisperer. Seemed simple enough. Some of her instructions were a little unclear to me, so I just figured it out as I went along.

I bought 23″ of white PUL at Joann Fabrics at $12.99/yard. It came to $4.15 after my 50% off coupon. My PUL was 64″ wide and looking back, I could have made 2 liners for the size trashcan I bought. Lessons learned, right?  I also bought 26″ of 1″ wide elastic at $2.39/yard. I had a second 50% off coupon, so it was only $1.73 for the elastic. I already had thread, so no need to buy more.  The entire liner cost only $5.88!

Now, you are probably wondering if I packed my sewing machine in my suitcase. As much as I wanted to, the answer is no. Oma (our adopted Grandmother here in Alaska) has a very nice sewing machine that Opa bought her for Christmas last year. The funny thing is, Oma doesn’t know how to sew. So, she let me borrow her machine as long as I would show her how to use it, which I was more than happy to do. Please keep in mind, I am no master seamstress.

The actual sewing of the bag didn’t take that long. I finished it in about an hour, which included stopping to fix my stitching every time Ava decided she would press the pedal for me, which was often. I made one straight stitch along the side, about 1/2″ in from the edge. Then, I did a zigzag stitch right next to it on the outside. This will make the stitch stronger. I then cut off the excess fabric on the edge and it looks like this.  Ignore my crooked cut.

I sewed my seams with the shiny waterproof side facing out. If I were to do it again, I would sew it the other way. You will see why when it’s finished. I then did the same thing on the other side.

I sewed the elastic around the top about 1″ from the top. This was no scientific measurement, I just guessed. This was my first time sewing with elastic. Oma was worried that I didn’t buy enough. The key to sewing elastic is to pull it as you sew. This is what it looks like after the elastic is sewn in. At this point you are finished!

The shiny waterproof side of the fabric goes on the inside of the bag. See the seam showing now, this is why I would do it the opposite was next time. It really doesn’t matter. It’s just a bag for soiled diapers. My bag is larger than my trashcan, which is why I could have made two. It will fit a standard 13 gallon kitchen trashcan. When I put the liner on, I folded the elastic edge under to give it a finished look.

This bag was a very simple project and much less expensive than buying one. Have you ever attempted a new sewing project that was easier than expected?DIY Diaper Pail Liner 3

Afternoon at the Park

The weather was absolutely beautiful this afternoon in Eagle River.  It has been sunny and clear ever since Ava and I got here.  Today was sunny and 38 degrees.  We took advantage of the good weather and went for a walk to the park.  I love living in a place that is so pedestrian friendly.

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Then she went down by herself.  She likes the slide, but only if you hold her hand.

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She found a little pine cone.  She then decided that it looked like a good snack.  Yuck.

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The park has these nice big boulders all around the perimeter.  I love her little beanie!

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We went to the swings next.  Ava hasn’t been on the swings in the park for quite a while.  She loved it!

Have you been to the park recently?