Wednesday, November 14, 2012

Birthday Traditions & Candy cake

Wee One turned 3 years old in October, and we started a new birthday tradition to celebrate. The night before his birthday I decorated the house with balloons and a banner, and when he woke up on his birthday he got a balloon with a dollar in it for each year old he is.

Score! He thought it was pretty cool to get all those dollars! It was a nice start to a special day.

Later that morning we had a simple brunch birthday party with his friends. The boy loves chocolate and candy, so I made him this chocolate cake with chocolate frosting, Kit Kats and M&Ms. Needless to say, it was a big hit with the kids. 

I got the idea from Recipe Girl

Does your family celebrate with any special birthday traditions?

Pants Upcycle

My husband came home from work last week with a lovely rip in the crotch of his Dockers. I couldn't repair them because of where the tear was, so I threw them away. 


I remembered that I have a sewing machine, and a toddler that could use more pants, so out of the garbage they came. I used the same concept from this post, and in less than an hour, the wee one had a new pair of pants.

I bribed him with a balloon and candy to try to get him to stand still for a picture.

Clearly, it didn't work.

For these pants I used the thigh areas of the ripped adult pants (because there was little wear to the fabric there), and instead of a cuff, I hemmed the bottom. I also added two pockets to the back, and one on the side of each leg. Save yourself some grief, and remember to sew the pockets on before you assemble the pants!

They are a bit boring, so I used brighter blue thread around the pockets to add some interest.

Apparently they're comfy play pants, and have plenty of pockets for treasures.

Cost: Free 

I used up-cycled fabric, and left-over thread and elastic from previous projects.