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I like all these suggestions, but would also add - playsilks and those big kid-friendly clothespins to go with them, I also second the dress-up clothes suggestion, musical instruments, and art supplies! (you could buy some gorgeous watercolor paper, Stockmar crayons - block and stick, paint, brushes, an art caddy... but here I am spending all your money on things I want :)). I do like your idea about a play treehouse or something open ended. We absolutely do minimalist...
Thank you! I decided to go with my original head, though it's a bit soft. I've decided to update here in case anyone else has the same question - I did have the wrong wool - I was using roving and not batting. I think I could have acheived a much firmer head with batting. Ah well, next time!
I was thinking about this today... my dd has a felt nativity set she plays with and it's made of poleyester or acrylic felt, and I noticed it doesn't hold up as well as her wool felt playthings - I think maybe wool binds better in the felting process? Anyway, I remember seeing wool/acrylic felt blends at JoAnn's, which would be cheaper, but it maybe only in big bolts. I don't remember.
I think a lot has to do with feel. I've always been pretty sensitive, and I really don't like the feel of acrylic felt, but wool felt feels nice. B/c I don't like the feel, I'm not as motivated to work on projects with acrylic felt, or play with them with my child. A highly sensitive child would probably enjoy the feel of wool felt more, but if your child isn't terribly sensitive and the cost is prohibitive, then go right ahead with viscose or acrylic. There's also the...
I'm working on my dd's xmas gift - a sack doll (her first doll). I've tried forming the head now about 5 times and it's still too soft! Am I missing something? Any tips on how to get a really firm head? I've tried stuffing the tubing, I've tried prerolling a ball and forming the cross of wool over it - always too soft! Could it be my wool?
that's a good way to put it. I'm learning that. Last night she only woke up 3 times, which is down from 7! Could be a fluke... we'll see, but it was so nice to get a longer stretch of sleep finally. I was a much nicer mama today :)
thank you. I did end up getting pantley's book, and tonight is night #1 of giving it a go! I already weaned my girl off of being carried by daddy, which was not hard at all, as it turned out. Just took a little patience. I do think you're right about the light sleep awakenings. Sleep is as bad as it's ever been, but I feel hopeful. Thanks for your thoughts!
Well, here I am, one more of the countless mamas who really really wants more sleep about now. My 10mo dd has never slept more than 5 hours at a stretch (and those nights are rare and ended at about 6mo), but for the past couple of months she's been waking to nurse every 1.5-2 hours all night long. She usually only nurses for a minute or two and then is out again, but I'm not doing well on the lack of deep sleep. Am having lots of trouble with memory and with fine motor...
My daughter's first birthday is coming up, and I'd love to make a cake for her that is pretty healthy (some sugar is okay, but sugar substitutes like bananas, etc. are even better), preferably chocolate, vanilla or coconut (no applesauce or carrot cakes) and tastes quite good. Any favorite recipes?
I just moved here, too (from Vancouver) and left all my AP mamas behind! I'd love to meet other AP, etc. moms and babies here. Will be on the lookout for any meet ups!
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