Wishful Wednesday: Monster Skin Rug

Image of Monster Skin Rug

I found this monster rug on Pinterest last spring and fell in love. I want one for Wallaby’s room to put right in front of his crib, but for the $2,500 that Longoland is charging for it I am finally getting around to making my own, for probably $10 in supplies and paying myself nothing for the hours in labor, but I love how it is turning out. I still need to stuff the head and figure out how I want to make a slightly less creepy mouth, but right now I am sewing on row after row of felt triangles.

Monster Rug phase 1 I Wildfire Kisses

Here is the outline, I just drew a monster outline onto my large piece of felt (I went for the cheap felt plus 50% coupon at Joann’s making it $2.50 a yard instead of the wool felt the other rug uses which runs closer to $10 a yard) and cut it out and then started cutting triangles, and more triangles, and have had to go back and cut more triangles. I cut my triangles in two sizes to give it a less uniform feel and have been sewing them on for the past couple of days, finally working my way into the third row—progress.


I’ll be sure to take better, non-phone pictures once it is all finished and placed in Wallaby’s room. The Grizzly Kid gets excited every time he sees and will probably be asking for one in our room next. His excitement makes it even more fun to keep working on it, plus it is one of those rare projects where I am so excited to see the finished product that it makes me more motivated to finish it! Let’s hope that enthusiasm doesn’t fade.


Wishful Wednesday: Winter Playtime

We love to play outside. Wallaby and I  go on walks and trips to the park every day—sometimes more than once—and then when The Grizzly Kid gets home he often takes Wallaby out to play while I get dinner started. Being outside is the number one way to turn grumpy Mandrake Wallaby back into cute Cabbage Patch Wallaby, which means that we are loving the fall weather and I am dreading, dreading, dreading being stuck inside most of the winter. I know we can and will bundle Wallaby up and still go outside, but it won’t be as often, so I am dreaming of an indoor play space to help expel extra energy and that can be collapsed and put away—for my sanity, our apartment does not have space for big toys. I think one of these tunnels would be the perfect compromise.

Amazon tunnel

Amazon / 6 Foot Multi-Color Children’s Exploration Pop-Up Tunnel by K-Roo Sports

target tunnelTarget / Peek-A-Boo I See You 6’ Tunnel

walmart fort

Walmart / Playhut Crawl ‘N Play

Walmart tunnel

Walmart / GigaTent Hide and Seek “Queenie” Play Tunnel, 6′

The bumble bee definitely wins the cuteness points, but the the fort is cool because you can make different combinations of the pieces. I love that these tunnels are easily cleaned and sanitized, collapse and most come with a storage bag for when they fold flat. Also, none of these are made with PVC because, as I am just finding out, apparently that stuff can kill you with its fumes according to some heated reviews I read on other similar products. My favorite part about the reviews I read on these tunnels is that half of the reviews are about how much their cat loves running through them and the other half are from parents of humans who also love playing in them. So apparently cats and toddlers are on the same developmental level—I joke! Please don’t write me hate mail about how your child is much smarter than a cat—I’m sure your child is a genius—or to tell me that your cat is smarter than some kids you’ve met—because that  is probably also true.

For all you parents out there, how do you survive long winters stuck inside?


Wishful Wednesday: Ankle Boots

Ankle boots are a trend that I have always liked on other people, but never really thought I could pull off. Just check out Jessi of Haircut and General Attitude in her perfect ankle boots here.

When or if I decide to take the fashion plunge here are my top picks, and I really can’t decide if I like the dressed-up or dressed-down styles more, but I would definitely want suede. What’s your opinion?

Women's Mossimo® Vonnie Shootie Ankle Boot - Black

Target / Mossimo® Vonnie Shootie Ankle Boot – Black

Zappos / Steve Madden Jayson – Taupe suede

Zappos / Blowfish.

Boden / Sold Out

As usual, Boden delivers exactly what I want, but out of my budget. I think the Boden navy wedges are my favorite, but the polk-a-dots are very hard to beat. However, when it comes to customer service Zappos is truly the best. At my brother’s wedding last year they sent my sister the right color shoes in the wrong style, but the wedding was in two days—no time to get the right pair—so after a short phone call to a super nice customer service rep he told us they’d mail the right pair overnight and let us keep the wrong style for free so she’d have shoes for the wedding in case the others didn’t come in time! You can’t beat that.

Wishful Wednesday: Keeping Warm

We are dying for some cooler weather around this desert of ours, because 90+ degrees in September is not so great. To help beat the heat I have been browsing cold weather clothing and I even watch a Christmas movie the other day just so I could look at the snow and trick myself into thinking it isn’t so hot outside. Now Wallaby has a few hand-me-down coats that should get us at least through fall, but it sure is fun to look at these adorable little coats and picture him in the snow. Which is your favorite?

Collage of coats

Gap / Warmest puff peacoat

The Children’s Place / 3-in-1 jacket

OshKosh / Fleece Jacket 

H&M / Anorak

Carter’s / Parka Snowsuit

Boden / Fleece Duffle

Wishful Wednesday

Many bloggers do a Wishful Wednesday type format, and here is why—

1. There are so many good things in the world to buy—completely frivolous, wonderful things.

2. We all have our budgets and this is a lovely way to go crazy without breaking the bank.

3. Um, my birthday is next month and Christmas is only 4 months after that.

So, without further ado here are my top picks from essentially every category of the new-to-me online heaven of Sammy Dress, which is a lot like Forever 21 or H&M in that you have to dig a bit to find what you want, and it probably, most definitely won’t be high-end quality, but good gracious look at those prices!

Let’s start with the neon sporty watch that I would never be able to tell time on, but it’d look good on my wrist.

Continuing with accessories, how cute is this bow belt.

Lacey, white shirts simply scream summer to me.

Polka dots, big collar, and embroidery—call me an old lady, but I love this.

I have a serious jacket/cardigan fetish, but look at these stripes and try to say no.

Perfectly simple, with the discreet little flower detail on the side is what makes these sandals great.

And last, but not least, this bag in that dark blue. I mean sure, I am generally toting around a diaper bag these days, but this bag is a great size for short outings with Wallaby where I just need an emergency diaper and wipes. Plus it is canvas, which is a workhouse of a fabric—durable and easily cleaned.

Also, Happy Pioneer Day to those of us in Utah! I realize the irony in writing such a greedy post on this the day of celebration for those who did so much with so little—what proud ancestors I have.