i had plans to sew from scratch this cool mattress that accordian folded up so it could be a chair too. well, i decided i did not have time for that, and remembered seeing the pillow mattress idea on pinterest. first, i looked thru all our linens actually thinking that i might have enough old pillow cases and pillows to make this for free. but alas, i could not find any two pillow cases that were the same size and no extra pillows. so i found the cheapest pillow cases i could on amazon - plus i love how these ones zipper, keeping more dirt out and the cheapest pillows i could find. i used 4 pillow cases and pillows to make this mattress and it's more than enough for our tall girl. i prewashed the pillow cases and simply sewed the sides together - being careful to have all the zippers on the same side of the mattress and in the same direction (not that it matters for functioning, but still, why not.) and that's it, it's done. and it's great being able to fold up two of the pillows making it into a pseudo lounge chair as well. and it can get dirty and easily thrown into the washing machine.
here are the shirts i made last year for father's day gifts. i designed them in photoshop and used my yudu to create the screen and print them. i have to give credit for the idea to my sister-in-law: she didn't come up with the saying, but the idea to put them on shirts for gifts. the saying...well, my husband started that one. i'm not sure when it started exactly, but when tooting his own horn he liked to joke and say "busy being right." he thinks he's hilarious, and of course his brother thought it was great too. somehow it started turning into a thing. then, one day on vacation, my husband did something really nice (not sure if he caught a fish or fixed the causeway or what exactly) and my daughter responded by saying "daddy is busy being best." haha, so cute, but of course that sealed the deal on that phrase. so then my sister-in-law thought it would be a fun idea to give our husbands shirts that say "busy being right." and give the kids shirts that say "my daddy is busy being best." it was a great idea and really sweet for the kids' shirts. now, i should think of a good one for the women :)
i'm just now getting around to showing you the ornaments that alex made for gifts this past christmas. these actually aren't the finished snowmen, i can't seem to find a picture of a finished one. after this shot, we glued on some red gingham or red satin bows above the buttons and tied red twine to hang. i love these little natural wood peg people for crafting. alex painted the bodies, it's a winter white color. i added the metal screws in the top to hang. alex and i both did the eyes and noses and buttons - she'd do some and get a little too creative with them when she got tired so i'd help do some. i thought these made for such cute little handmade gifts from alex for the holidays.