I'm Hosting a Giveaway!

I'm quite delighted to be hosting a very special Valentines Giveaway this year. 
Shabby Apple is an online boutique offering women's to little girl clothing and accessories
specially made for the modern girl, but with all the flare of our favorite vintage classics.
 Shabby Apple has generously offered my readers
 10% off all orders made in the next 30 days,
and one very lucky winner will receive their very own sunny yellow Lighthouse dress
that yours truly is modeling. 

In addition to the yellow version I'm wearing,
this cotton summer dress also comes in a very pretty hue of turquoise
The Set Sail collection at ShabbyApple.com 
is most defiantly my personal favorite. 

If one or two of the collections catch your fancy,
and you think you may want to make a purchase in the very near future...
please do not forget to use "ittybittybirdy10off" upon checkout.

Entry rules:

1st. entry - Like Shabby Apple on facebook
(come back and leave comment)

2nd. entry - Leave me a comment letting me know 
what Shabby Apple collection is your favorite.

3rd. entry - Like ittybittybirdy - yoyo creations on facebook
(come back and leave comment)
(p.s) I will also be giving away a $20 custom yoyo creation
on Valentines day to one of my Facebook followers

I will (randomly) pick a winner Valentines Day!

Best of luck!!!

Play Theater: DIY

I've been pondering quite a bit lately my responsibilities as a foster parent.
Because the children in my home are not my own, 
I sometimes let myself be anything but the perfect parent.
I put the kiddos in front of the television far more
 than I should like to think I would ever do with my own little pumpkins. 
I'm not proud of this, and I believe more than anything
that I'm fooling myself if I think 
one day I will wake up to my perfect dream life
and hence become the person I truly wish to be. 
If I'm going to be the type of parent that turns the tv off 
and instead tunes into what's going on in "my" kids lives
I've got to start now - before this rut gets too deep.

So for the last few weeks I've started to try doing at least one special thing 
with our kiddo's each day. 
We've been going to story time at the library, 
drawing in our sketchbooks together at the kitchen table, 
and this week I embarked on a little project of my own.

It started out as a puppet theater but I soon discovered my design 
had much more to offer. 

Beside a puppet theater, you can turn it around and enjoy your own 
personal show.

Or upside down

where little one's can hide and play inside

or up on a table 
you can give a show with plenty of room for props.
Actually the more I think about it, this is the perfect little theater for finger puppets,
or perhaps hang some paper and play with shadow puppets.

But I think the traditional hand puppets are my favorite,
but as you can see if I can think of all these other uses
a child'd imagination can surely find even more!
And so I think it's more appropriate to call my project
a play theater. 

If you think your kiddos 
would also like a play theater of their own
I've put together some step by step instructors 

What you will need:
3 square moving boxes
one twin sheet
glue gun, and lots of glue sticks
 kitchen scissors 
Trims (optional)

At this point your theater is pretty sturdy with 2 layers of cardboard

but once you start covering up the inside you will add a 3rd,
which is pretty dang important when you have little ones.
You could certainly get really fancy with your inside covers -
on the panels you could add batting and tufted buttons,
and your curtain swag could be much more elaborate if you chose. 

I kept mine rather simple, but added a bit of ruffly trim here and there to finish up some 
unpleasant looking seems
and then adorned the outside corners and center of the swag 
by making fabric flowers out of my remaining sheet fabric. 

So I guess my next project should be making puppets -
how I wish I had a working sewing machine. Sigh!

It's All in the Packaging.

I have a friend who once told me that I was a sucker for anything with eyes.
Thank goodness this statement applied only to random objects and not men,
but she was right. 
When I first started to thrift I was always drawn to objects with beady little eyes,
there was something about them that just said
"take me home!"
Well I still have plenty of little chats with plenty of little faces
but I don't feel the need to take quite so many of them home.
This is of coarse a great relief to my husband.
So all that said, the old me would have purchased 
the mates to these friendly little bear clips. 
Believe it or not these kawaii Bag clips came from WINCO!
If you live in Washington, Idaho, Nebraska, California, or Oregon
you know that this grocery store is for bargain shoppers.
It's the type of place that has bins of candy, grains, beans and such,
and where you can find your favorite brands for typically less than Wally World.
I'm not quite regretting that I held myself back from purchasing the kitty cats and frog clips,
but then again when on earth are you ever so lucky to find such a score at the grocery store?

I'm also a sucker for vintage packaging.
I almost didn't pick up these cookie molds,
telling myself it was ridiculous to buy something you will never use
just because you like the graphics.
(I say "lightbulb" in my head just like in Despicable Me.
If you haven't seen Despicable Me, well shame on you! j/k - kind of)
anyways my idea is that the kiddos can use these as molds for their play dough.

I can't even recall when or where I picked up this 
Basket Liner - it's sat in a box for at least a few years.
I searched and searched on-line for info on the Dora May company 
but didn't come across anything. 
What a shame, I think it's rather sad that we manage to loose the histories 
of Companies that made such fun and useful items. 
I wouldn't mind having a few more of these liners 
- especially with this style of basket being so inexpensive. 
i found mine at Hobby Lobby for around $6.