Terra Cotta Wind Chime Project

This afternoon Abby and I had lots of fun making wind chimes. We made one for both of her grandmas and one for her. I had recently seen a photo of similar chimes online, but it didn’t have instructions. I thought that it wouldn’t be too difficult to put together and would be something fun that Abby and I could do together, plus it would be a project that would allow her to work with her motor skills.

In the morning we went to walmart to pick out our supplies. I let Abby pick out all the colors to use.

What you need:

Terra cotta pot

Leather cord or something similar

Washers

Beads

Large buttons (not pictured)

Paint

Acrylic jewels

Hot glue/glue gun

First Abby painted the pots.

We let them dry over lunch and then took a nap. After that, we used the leather cord to make a large loop for hanging. I then knotted the cord through a big button and put the cord through the bottom of the pot. I thread the cord through another button and knotted it again.

I tied two washers to the cord. Abby strung pony beads on the cord and I knotted the ends.

She picked out rainbow colored jewels to place on the outside of the pot for added sparkle. I glued them on around the edges of the pots.

Abby is very excited to give each grandma her chime.

You can change up the design by adding different beads, bells, sea shells, feathers, or other items.

Have fun! If you make a chime I would love to see your project!

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A Baby “Sprinkle”

Photo by Rodion Kustaev.  From www.unsplash.com

Having a baby “sprinkle,” or second baby shower- is it tacky or a fun idea?

A few years ago I was researching ideas for my sister’s baby shower on Pinterest when I first saw pins about baby sprinkles. They are called a “sprinkle” to differentiate them from a “shower.” They are supposed to be given for parents who have previously had a baby shower for a child of another gender or to celebrate a second (or more) pregnancy. Often they are limited to a smaller number of attendees, usually just close family and friends.

Online it seems that opinions are mixes on the appropriateness of having a second baby shower. Many people call it “greedy,” “rude,” and “tacky.” Others thought it was a “fun” or “sweet” idea to show how much you care. I don’t know anyone who has had one, where I live I never seen it done. But, opinions are like belly buttons, everyone has one; some people like to show them off and others keep theirs hidden.

Three years ago I hosted a baby shower for my sister-in-law, Casey, when she was pregnant with her fourth child, Missy. While technically it was her second baby shower, she’d had her last child ten years before and had not planned on having more, so she was basically starting all over again and needed everything.

While pregnant with Abby, I had two showers, one for family and friends given by my sister and one at work put together and attended by my and my husband’s coworkers. They were both very nice and I am very grateful for everyone’s generosity and everything we received, which helped out so much when Abby arrived and as she grew. Being that it was only two years ago, I have much of what I will need for baby boy, except essentials like diapers and clothes.

A couple of weeks ago Casey asked me if I would mind if she threw me a sprinkle next month, since I had given her a shower. I told her that would be lovely, but secretly wondered how many people would come or feel like I thought I was acting entitled and asking for more presents? She seemed so excited about it that I didn’t want to tell her no. She asked me to register online and to give her a list of attendees and their addresses.

I gave her a list with my friends, sister, mom, and aunts. I registered online at Target and Wal-Mart, adding diapers in two sizes, wipes, Diaper Genie refills, and onesies and sleepers in size 0-3 and 3-6 months. I didn’t feel right adding other more “frivolous” feeling items.

I decided not to care what other people think. I know it will be fun. Even if no one but my mom, sister, mother-in-law, and Casey come, we will celebrate my new little man and have a good time.

Have you ever been to a baby shower for someone who is having a second child? What are your thoughts?

Fun Non-candy Easter Basket Ideas

Easter has always been one of my favorite holidays of the year.  Why?  Lots of reasons!  Usually there is spring-like weather.  The church was always filled with the beautiful smell of lillies.  Mom would always buy us a pretty new Easter dress.  Easter candy is the best candy of the year.  And who doesn’t like waking up to an Easter basket and going hunting for eggs?

My mom was great at putting together Easter baskets when I was a kid.  She didn’t add just candy (although, I never complained about chocolate), my favorite memories are of playing for hours with a new jump rope, jacks, and a an activity book.

Now that I get to put together an Easter basket for Abby I have been trying to find fun ideas that are not just candy or sweets.  I will add sweets in as she gets older, but right now I don’t really give her candy, and I am sure that between both grandmas she will have more than plenty.

As I took a walk down the Easter aisle at Walmart I noticed that most of the stuff they had for Easter baskets is either really cheap and breakable or kind of lame.  I decided to skip all of that and try to get creative with my own ideas.  

What did I get? 

  1. Bouncy ball – This bouncy ball has a fish floating in glittery water.  It lights up when it bounces on the ground.  Abby loves Bouncy balls but most are small enough to fit in her mouth and are a choking hazard.  This one is small enough for her to easily hold but not chew on.
  2. Windup walking dinosaur – Thus little pastel dino walks when you wind it up.  Her cousin had a similar toy and Abby enjoyed watching it walk.
  3. Hatching egg – Place the egg in water and after a few hours it will begin to crack and a chick will hatch.  My neices and nephew had a couple of similar eggs in their Christmas stockings and had a great time checking to see if their egg had hatched throughout the day.
  4. Bubbles – What little one doesn’t love blowing bubbles?
  5. Snacks – I did add a few packages of cheddar fish crackers, graham crackers, and fruit snacks.  
  6. Sesame Street sticker/activity book– Abby loves all things Sesame Street.  She also loves stickers and enjoys sharing them or adding to her sticker “collection” in an old notebook.
  7. Necklace and bracelet Set– Abby begged me for this as we were walking through the store and I snuck it in the cart while she wasn’t looking.  She loves wearing jewelry.
  8. Sidewalk chalk- We enjoy drawing on our driveway with chalk and are almost out, so I thought it would be a nice addition to her basket.

    What are you adding to your kids’ Easter baskets this year?