Friday, November 23, 2012
We're at a point (with our three year old) where it seems that everything we say to him is either a threat or a bribe. We can't just ask him to do anything, because he just won't listen if he doesn't have an incentive. Whether it's something important, or something as simple as getting dressed. Everyday, a battle. The flip side to this is I just don't know which way to go with him. I'm not opposed to changing my strategy. I just don't know where to go. He has grown into an extremely strong willed individual, so I never know whether I need to be more patient, or more strict.
In short, I've decided to try something different. Not usually my style, but like I said, I'm willing to change. Simply, we picked up a few packages of bingo chips and a jar. Blue for good, and yellow for bad. Every time he does something good, a blue one goes into the jar, and every time he misbehaves or doesn't listen, a yellow. The idea is that we don't threaten with them, or bribe with them, they just happen.
"Time to get dressed bud," "No!" - Yellow.
"Please can I have some crackers?" "Sure thing, nice manners bud" - Blue
The point, is that when he then is asking for treats or to watch TV or something else special, we can look at the jar, and he knows that if there are more yellows than blues, the answer is going to be 'no'.
That's the general outline. My other hope is that it will help us be more consistent, not having to always threaten things we don't really want to have to follow through with ("be good or we're going home" is the worst). We've started this tonight (oh, and the jar gets emptied out in he evening, fresh start to every day) and hopefully it will last the week.
And on that note, I have a little hooligan to put to bed. Night night.
Wednesday, July 4, 2012
Oooh, and because I can't just get dishcloth yarn, here's a project I have lined up for my little guy.
Monday, June 11, 2012
Firstly, I bring you a little piece I like to call my Peony Sweater Dress!
(in actuality, it's the sweater from the Sweetie-Pie Kit)
It was something I had my eye on ever since I first stumbled across it on Pickles website. They do this fantastic thing where they offer one free version of their patterns, and it just so happened that this was available for a 6 month old, and I knew it was meant to be.
Ok, so while I was knitting it up and stumbling over the fisherman's rib, I was a little less certain, but eventually I opened my eyes and really read the pattern (for any interested parties, you have to alternate between knit one, knit one below and purl, knit one below when knitting it in a round, silly me) and BAM, there I had a lovely little sweater dress.
Man, that's one cute baby, eh?
Oh, and to take you even farther back in time, back to the days when I didn't even know if I was having a little baby girl or a little baby boy, behold, the Stripey Baby Lap Blanket!
Not bad eh?
Oh, and if you promise not to tell anyone on ravelry, the glow-bug is actually covering a tiny little hole where I dropped a stitch. tsk tsk.
Alright then, now maybe I can get something new put together. Maybe.
Thursday, April 26, 2012
However, that's all surface stuff; a name and a reputation, and anyone who has been exposed to pretty much any type of children's programing knows that that's not the stuff to base opinions on.
Besides, you only have to look at the pretty little things to see what the fuss is all about.
So, the natural progression for a crafty-schmafty such as myself: I can make some! I had heard of the difficulties involved, how it's a delicate recipe with tricky little steps like not closing the oven door all the way when they cook, but I was willing to give it a try. I found this recipe from Martha Stewart, and checked the reviews. Some positive and some negative, I figured it was a safe place to start. Most the ingredients are stuff I had around the house anyways, so it wasn't too far out of my comfort zone.
Well, to skip to the end, my results were twofold, which I'll explin later.
My batter worked well, but I made a mess when trying to pipe out the cookies. Some comments complained that the recipe didn't allow the cookies to set long enough before baking, so I left them for a while longer to be on the safe side. The recipe doesn't say where in the oven to cook them (it should be in the centre, if they're too close to either element they rise to fast and this cracks the shell). When I took out the ones on the bottom that were cracking, I forgot to put the spoon back into the door to hold it open so I lost the little feet that were forming on the good ones. And a few in the middle didn't quite cook through and wouldn't come off the sheet. So yeah, they're pretty delicate.
Here'a what I got out of this: success, in a sense. From a recipe that was for a dozen cookies, I had six turn out, which is not to bad all things considering. The recipe took six egg whites (although it made way to much icing so some could be cut back there). I didn't realize that the cracked macaron shells would just crumble (I figured I'd just use them anyway, but couldn't). Plus, having to bake with the oven open means that the kids have to be elsewhere. So with the cost of half a dozen eggs (with leftover yolks), a few hours of your time, finding someone to watch the kids, and all the wasted food, yes, you can make your own macarons, but $2.50 at the bakery is a better deal. Besides, they don't really last well and even six macarons is a lot to eat in just a few days.
So, I will continue to love the little French cookies, and knowing me, yes, I will try to make them again, even in different flavors, but I certainly won't feel guilty about treating myself to a perfectly formed, just the right mix of crisp and soft, chocolaty, light and crumbly delight from the bakery.
Tuesday, April 17, 2012
However, despite the urge to do otherwise, I am finishing up a project that I had meant to give a friend at her baby shower last weekend (whoops). I'll let you know how it turns out.
Thursday, March 22, 2012
Thursday, January 26, 2012
My point being that while I have a new baby and am on vacation and my creations are slow by any means to begin with, I'm also finding that I am having to go back a re-do a lot.
Firstly Baby's sweater dress, on take 3 and am trucking along well (finally). It will be fabulous.
Secondly, Baby's quilt. Well, while it's not called frogging when you rip a quilt, yeah it's in the same boat. I hodge-podge mashed a wild selection of prints together...wait, I'll start further back. I ordered a bunch of fabric off of Spoonflower. You can have too much of a good thing. With so many beautiful and wild fabrics to choose between, I eventually settled for just taking whatever I wanted instead of trying to co-ordinate it. Interestingly enough, A fair amount of the fabric worked, so I went down to fabricville and found a few pieces to tie it together. I'm using the Speedy Baby-2 from Quilt Taffy (which works really well with a handful of fat quarters). However, as I placed the last panels in place, I decided they were too much (too bright and crazy and colourful), so I've ripped them off and am putting in plain grey panels that match the little elephants instead.
Lastly, I realize that I've never properly shown off our train table. We finished it this summer. Every time anyone comes to the house Bugaboo takes them over to show it to them saying "My daddy maked me that". It's fabulous. We do have plans to expand and better paint the scenery and add a big red H for a heli-pad. I also want to state that the only things we paid full price for was the train 'Emily'. All the other trains were bought second hand from value village, or on sale, or were birthday gifts. The tracks were also found at value village ($5) except for the bridge which was also on sale. It's not fine art, but it's very fun.
(nice hat eh?)
Well, my little girl is hungry, so I'm off to do some mothering. :)