Katie Feavel

PUNKINS, BOOS & SPIDERS OH MY! October 29, 2015 21:04


Oh hi there Too Rah Loo blog! It's been a while! We knew we had to get back on the blogging bandwagon somehow, and what better way to make that happen than with a fun Halloween craft you can do with your little. 

We have a few new faces here at Too Rah Loo headquarters, Miss Rischelle, our new "utility player" and awesome do-er of all things, and her sweet baby girl, Haylee. Miss Rischelle also just so happens to be a crafting queen, so we asked her to help us come up with some fun projects to share with you all!


Today, we're decorating plates for Halloween using adorable toddler hands and feet! 

What you'll need:

- A couple of ceramic plates to decorate

- Different colors of Enamel Paint 

- A few paint pens, a paint brush & some sponge brushes

Our supplies cost about $15 total at dollar/craft stores if you don't already have any of the items on hand!


Step 1: Make sure you're helpers are awake and ready to go!

"Hey baby! Wake up!"


 Sam just loves his "Baby Hays"... and tickling her belly <3


Step 2: Get your supplies ready! We put an old table cloth upside down on the kitchen table to catch any spills (though oddly none even happened!)

Step 3: Paint your toddler!

We did three different plates... for the first, we used our foam brush to put paint on Sam's feet for two super cute Lil Boos!
Silver paint on ticklish toes!
Black paint and a small paint brush to add some awesome BOO faces!
Orange paint pen to add a finishing touch...


Next came a couple of Lil Punkins! We used orange paint on the palms of Sam's hands...
And a little green on his finger for the stems...
Miss Rischelle added some awesome painted on Jack-O-Lantern faces!
And a little paint pen and fingerprint action to top it off!


We didn't get quite as many shots of our last plate, because a sweet lil babe was hungry, but it was super fun to add to our collection!

Rischelle used a blue paint pen to draw an awesome web on our last plate.
Then we used our black enamel paint and Sam's handprint to make a spider...
 I attempted a little silver smiley face... from now on I'm leaving the faces to Rischelle!


Step 4: Distract toddler while you bake the plates in the over at 350 degrees for about 30 minutes! We gave Sam some Crayola Kids Washable PaintCreativity Street Paint Brush,rolled some paper out on the table and let him go to town!


 Step 5: Remove, let cool, and then either use  to serve your favorite Halloween goodies or put on display!



Next week: Gluten-free, Dairy-free, Pumpkin Spiced Pancakes!

For more Halloween and Fall craft ideas, check out our Pinterest board! 


I decided to make a lighter weight ringsling for the upcoming summer. It turned out exactly how I'd hoped, so I thought I'd share the love with a little tutorial! 
Photo by Jillian Raak

Last time I made a ring sling, I used a bottom weight broadcloth, which ended up being a little too bulky and stiff. This time, I used a nice linen and rayon blend fabric from JoAnn Fabrics (here). It has a beautiful drape, very breathable, adjusts easily even with baby already in it, but also very sturdy and durable. I got my rings from SlingRings.com (here). I'm in love with the way this turned out!

Ringsling tutorial

So, what you'll need: 2.25 yards (81") of linen/rayon blend fabric 2 large aluminum sling rings Sewing machine, thread, pins, seam ripper, scissors ... and of course an assistant (AKA a baby who will be rolling himself up the loose end of fabric while you run the other end threw the sewing machine!)   

Step 1. Cut your fabric to one rectangular piece measuring 81"x43" (As a size reference, I'm relatively petite - 5'3" &  about 115 lbs. - the finished length of 80"x42" leaves me with about 2.5 ft. of tail fabric when baby is in the sling.)    

Step 2. Hem all four sides of the fabric. I used a 1/4" double-turn hem. This basically means you fold the edge over a quarter of an inch, then fold it over on itself another 1/4" - this keeps the frayed edge from being exposed! Sew4Home gives a great explanation of how to do a simple double-turn hem here. I chose a decorative stitch for my hem, but any apparel stitch should do. 

Ringsling tutorial


Step 3. Pin your pleats along the 42" side of the fabric. I did roughly 1.5" pleats and wrapped the top and bottom edges underneath to give it a smooth finish. I did two pin lines, one at about an inch, and one at about 8 inches. 

Ringsling tutorial
Ringsling tutorial
Step 4. Use a basting stitch to set your pleats(see image below for what that looked like in my settings)...
Basting stitch
 Sew to the inside of the first set of pins, roughly 1.5" from the hem. 
Ringsling tutorial
Then sew another line on the inside of the second set of pins, roughly 7.5" from the hem.
Ringsling tutorial
 Remove your pins. You should have two basting lines at 6" apart. 
Basting lines
Step 5. Attach the rings! Fold the pleated edge through the rings and match up the two lines of basting stitches.
Ringsling tutorial
You may want to pin here, but I usually only pin if I'm setting pleats. Use an apparel stitch to sew the fabric together, about an inch past the basting line, away from the rings. This should be about 3.5" away from the rings and 0.5" from the hem of your fabric. I used this kinda funky stitch and like the way it turned out...
Ringsling tutorial
 Step 6. Remove the basting lines and snip any loose threads! 
Ringsling tutorial
There you have it! For great videos on how to use a ring sling, visit Elle Belle Creative's blog here! Here's the finished product! Ringsling tutorialPhoto by Jillian RaakRing sling tutorialPhoto by Jillian RaakRing sling tutorialPhoto by Jillian RaakRing sling tutorialPhoto by Jillian Raak