I’ve already started shopping for Christmas and I know some of you have too. I thought I might make a few suggestions for presents made with natural materials to offset some of the plastic shock that often comes with Christmas. I’m not an Etsy affiliate, so these are just people I love and want other people to love too! This first week of handmade Christmas, here are seven makers who focus on toys and educational materials.
We’ve had a wild, busy month here at casa de la Craftsman. First, the nice camera took a dive and unfortunately had to go in to get fixed. Sadly, this happened before I took loose parts pictures, so the loose parts series is on hold until I can take pictures of all the pretty things!
We also had some good wildness around here. We made an offer on our first house! The inspection is this week and if all goes well (cross your fingers for us) we will be homeowners. The house is a little bit of a fixer upper, so there should be some remodeling post in our future. I’m definitely going to try and paint the bathroom tile, and if I can get the spouse on board, I’m going to do concrete counter tops as well. So check back for remolding posts in a month or two.
We’re also gearing up for our first academic term of homeschooling, and we’re co-hosting a micro boarding gaming convention (i.e. 30ish semi-local people playing games all weekend).
What are you guys up to today? Any one else too busy?
I first became acquainted with the idea of loose pieces from a Reggio facebook group. Loose parts, architect Simon Nicholson argued, let kids engage in open ended, experimental play. These parts can be used to build, be taken apart, carried around, and used to build something totally new and different. They are the ultimate open end toy.
For those of who’ve been wondering where I went. I thought I had a cold. Kai and my husband were both sniffly, and Kai had a rash, so we took her to the doctor. Just a cold, and the very beginning of an ear infection. My husband went to the doctor a few days later. Just a cold.
I didn’t go to the doctor. Everyone felt better but me. That’s sort of normal around these parts, though, so I thought nothing of it. Not until I felt like my head was going to explode.
When I finally went to the doctor, I had a sinus infection, a double ear infection, and walking pneumonia. Yeah.
Thankfully, the drugs are all doing their part and I’m feeling much better. Next time, though, I’m going to the doctor when everyone else does!
It’s the last day of the flats and handwashing diaper challenge hosted by Cloth Diaper Revival.
What did I learn?
- That handwashing is completely viable, but a lot of work.
- That we can definitely diaper in an off grid situation like camping for a longer term if we want to.
- That I love my washer and hate my HOA.
- That flats and handwashing might work for some low income families. I think especially if there is a stay at home parent in the picture, flats and covers would be a good way to save money even if you had to handwash.
- Don’t forget a swim diaper in our list of covers next year! This was the only break from protocol we made, since wool in the pool doesn’t really work.
I’m really looking forward to using my washer again guys, but I’m also looking forward to the challenge next year!
It’s the sixth day of the flats and handwashing diaper challenge hosted by Cloth Diaper Revival.
What’s working and what isn’t?
We pretty much do everything but the handwashing on a regular basis. I love flats and wool covers. They are easy, they are natural and they are so adorable!
Today is the fifth day of the flats and handwashing challenge at Cloth Diaper Revival.
We use all wool covers full time around here. For this challenge I limited myself to six wool covers from One Love Diaper Co. I usually only use three or four a day, but I’m paranoid about having back up.
Today is the third day of the flats and handwashing challenge at Cloth Diaper Revival.
Around here we like to be lazy, and so padfolding is a go to. It’s fast, it’s easy, and with a wiggly toddler that often trumps trimness or elegance. When Kai is in a cooperative mood, however, the Kite fold is my favorite fold.
I couldn’t get Kai to cooperate today, so here’s Bobo Bear in a kite folded hemp jersey flat.
Today is the second day of the flats and handwashing challenge at Cloth Diaper Revival.
For this challenge, I’m using all DIY Stretchy Flats. Most of them are a hemp-cotton jersey blend and a few are bamboo stretch french terry. If you haven’t had a chance yet, go check out my DIY Stretchy Flats mini-tutorial on how I made all my flats.
Since the last Flast and Handwashing Challenge, we moved to all natural fibers for new diapering purchases. All the bamboo flats were actually made for last year’s challenge or right after it and have been in rotation since then and are still going strong. The hemp-cotton flats are newer and have been in rotation anywhere from two to eight months.
We also switched to all wool covers. I’ll admit, I use one of the more expensive options out there when it comes to wool covers and then I put wool pants over them. (Kai can unsnappi a flat if it’s just under wool shorts, so flats always get a cover before the shorts go on here.) Last year we were using Thirsties Duo Wraps which would’ve brought the total budget down to $158, so you can definitely do this very cheaply.
- Hemp-cotton jersey @ $14/yard x 3 yards = 6 toddler sized (29.5″ x 29.5″) flats @ $7/each
- Bamboo stretch terry @ $16/yard x 1 yard = 2 toddler sized (29.5″ x 29.5″) flats @ $8/each
- Bamboo stretch terry @ $16/yard x 1 yard = 4 half-flats (29.5″ x 15″) flats @ $4 each
- $74 total for 12 flats
- Wool Wraps @ $54/each x 6 = $324
- Total = $398
- Wool shorts
- I prefer wool over wool, and so Kai wears a lot of wool bottoms. You don’t have to wear wool over wool, but in the spirit of this challenge, I’m limiting myself to three pairs of Wild Coconut Wear interlock shorts that I purchased used from the b/s/t. They were $20/each, which brings the budget up to $458.
- We usually padfold, but for the challenge we experiment with folds and need a snappi. I don’t think I actually ever paid for a snappi, they all came free with some other purchase or in GCDC giftbags.
How this is different from our usual stash:
- My husband prefers all-in-ones, and so that’s what he uses when he does diaper changes
- I almost always do a cover and flats. My flats stash also includes stretchy flats from Sweet Iris (bamboo) and Truly Charis (hemp).
- Our wool bottoms stash is out-of-control large, and includes machine knit and hand knot wool alongside our interlock.
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