Thursday, December 29, 2011

Mama Made Them wooden toy review

I normally don't review products on here, but these wooden toys are so cool that I wanted to share...

Wooden toys from Mama Made Them on Etsy-
We purchased these through a group buy (at a discount) as Christmas gifts for the boys. These are such good quality that I would definitely be willing to pay full price for them.  These toys are big fun for little hands & creative minds!

Bath toys - both boys have lots of fun with these in the bathtub. Good bye plastic bath toys, hello durable wooden toys!


Playground - my oldest LOVES this. The merry-go-round is so cool as is the swing.


Fire truck, bulldozer & flatbed truck - I love that the ladder comes off of the firetruck. The flatbed truck is just awesome.


Gas & Go Set - this one is awesome because it comes with 3 vehicles & lots of wooden people. All around fun.


Not pictured - teething keys. Baby Z really enjoys the sound these make & of course chewing on them.

My oldest son says his favorite toy is the firetruck. He thinks the peg person that is small with a black shirt & dark hair is himself. He has quite the adventures, especially when he replaces the fireman with himself! (And the red person in the back is his cousin Parker who I'm told is also a "good guy")


And here he is rescuing Daddy from the top of the swing...


Mama Made Them has some other great items... more vehicles, tools, storytelling sets, buildings & more. I think the Sun House & Little Kitchen look especially fun.
So if you're on the lookout for well made, durable toys that spark creativity go check out Mama Made Them.

241 Tote

I normally try to find free tutorials/patterns online for the bags I make. However... once I saw the 241 Tote over at Noodlehead I knew it was a pattern I'd like to buy. Apparently I'm not the only one since I've seen many of these online. I used white linen & Modern Meadow fabric by Joel Dewberry for this project. I absolutely LOVE this fabric & have had it tucked away for a little while now. I knew it would be perfect for this project.

Here is my finished bag...
Dogwood Bloom 241 Tote

And the interior...
Dogwood Bloom 241 Tote (inner)

This pattern is written tutorial style (plenty of explanations for each step & lots of photos).  It was super quick & easy - I made the purse in 1 day. I really enjoyed using this pattern & have already cut out the pieces for 3 more! A few notes - this was my first time using linen and I really liked it for the outer pockets & strap. Also, I used lightweight interfacing on the lining pieces, strap & all pockets. I used fusible fleece for the outer pieces. I think this combination gives the bag nice structure. I also added an extra pocket (5" x 7") to the interior of the bag.

I LOVE how it turned out & I can't wait to try out my new bag!

Wooden toys & more

Here are a few more simple wooden toys my husband and I have made for the boys...
Lacing shoe, dragon, robot & spaceship

The dragon is entirely my husband's creation - isn't it amazing!












I also wanted to share the last few Christmas gifts that I couldn't post before...
I made 2 of these fabric baskets for my husband (tutorial)












The finished Across the Sea Quilt for my sister (quilt along) -



Thursday, December 15, 2011

2 more finished quilts

I am not going to have time to finish all of the quilts I've started/planned for this year.... just not enough time in the day. Here are the last 2 quilts I will be working on as gifts:

For my cousin's son (twin size I-spy quilt)-




I made my own pattern for this quilt. It uses disappearing nine patch & sashing, so it's pretty simple. Hopefully I can find my notes and share it one of these days.

And for my mom (lap size Color Brick quilt)-



Wooden toys

My husband recently bought a scroll saw. I don't know much about them, but apparently they can be used to make some pretty awesome stuff (see here, here & here for a few examples). We have some big plans for the scroll saw! Here are our first two super simple projects - the letter A & a giraffe teether...


Baby approved...


Preschooler approved...


They each still need to be sanded down a bit more & finished. I found some really useful info about painting & finishing natural wooden toys that I want to try. We would like to make more wooden animals, a few animal puzzles and maybe even tackle a few neat toys.