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We share our block of units with another family who have 4 children, a set of twin boys who are 1 year older than Ruby and 2 girls aged 5 & 7. Ruby adores all of them and I think she’d give her left leg to pack her bags and move into their place. Being an only child, there couldn’t be anything more exciting than the chaos and excitement at their house.

Nothing seems to elicit quite the level of delighted squealing as bubbles! Got grumpy kids? Kids driving you crazy? Whinging? Take them outside and blow some bubbles, trust me the mood will change. If nothing else, they will usually run around like maniacs trying to pop all the bubbles and will blow off some steam so they’re at least getting some exercise. Now that Ruby is finally old enough to start blowing bubbles herself without either drinking them or just tipping the mixture upside down, its even more exciting!

I bought a giant bottle of bubbles and some bubble wands for all the kiddies for Christmas at a dollar store and we finally had a chance to use them yesterday.   Here are a few pictures of the resulting fun…

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I whipped up a fresh batch of no-cook play dough today for Ruby with her ‘help’ (which usually makes the job take twice as long but makes it twice as fun!). Thankfully if you use The Imagination Tree’s no-cook recipe, it’s so quick and easy (less than 5 min) that it doesn’t matter if you double your prep time. If you aren’t already adding glycerine to your play dough, do yourself a favour and buy some from a chemist. A few drops at the end of the process really makes it stretch and shine beautifully!

I started adding glitter to my play dough at Christmas for extra holiday sparkle and now I can’t stop! It’s gorgeous! The kiddies love it, I made a couple of batches for play group last week and it was a massive hit.

If you haven’t already, check out the Imagination Tree for all sorts of play ideas, it’s an awesome site.

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My second attempt at a dress was this ruffled polka dot affair using cherry and polka dot fabric.

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If I were to make this dress again I would definitely make it A-line instead of a rectangle and I would make the straps longer so the ruffle is more pronounced. I didn’t follow a pattern, I just borrowed bits and pieces from various free online tutorials to piece it together.

I still need to take pictures of Ruby wearing her new dresses and post them, she looks rather cute!

My next completed item of clothing for Ruby was far more adventurous. I found, and pinned, this lovely tutorial with free pattern for a peasant dress on Scattered Thoughts of a Crafty Mom ages ago and finally got around to using it a couple of weeks ago.

The tutorial is easy to follow and simple even for a beginner. I added a strip of bias binding near the bottom and made a double bow using this tutorial.

My girl loves anything pink, add butterflies & bows and she’s sold! Its funny that she’s otherwise so at home knee deep in mud…

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Yeah its a really simple skirt, but I finished it! It only took about 45 minutes and I made it while R napped one afternoon.

I used Dana’s wonderfully simple tutorial which made it really easy.

This Christmas I used the same pattern to make gingham skirts for our neighbour’s two girls aged 5 & 7. I added a ruffle along the bottom and a flower embellishment to each (made from an old pair of jeans) with a button centre. I love the way they turned out!

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