Handmade Baby Toys (Part 2)

nolanbed

I wish I had made this baby mobile when Nolan was first born, I think he would have really liked seeing the colors and movement early on. He has been enjoying it now, and  I even caught him rolling over from his tummy to look up at it during nap time one day. 😀 🙂

This project was very simple and low cost. I had everything already on hand, but the materials I used were:

  • various colors yarn
  • bakers twine (like this)
  • old wooden hoop (I probably got it at a thrift store for 25 cents a while ago)
  • pom pom maker like this one but you can also make pom poms with a fork or even your fingers.

pompom

mobileside

bakerstwine

verticalbed

Handmade Baby Toys (Part One)

animalgym

Randy and I both love working with our hands, so when it comes to baby toys we think, we could make that! I saw a wooden baby gym online and I thought it was so unique and cute and then I thought, how hard could it be?? 😉 Of course projects always seem to take longer than expected, but it is definitely fun too! Something we have to remind ourselves when it comes to handmade is, it’s not always cheaper to DIY. This project cost around $25-$35. But we made it so it can easily come apart to store it if we don’t want it taking up space in the trailer all of the time. So customization is definitely an upside of doing it yourself. And though I’ve seen baby gyms in the $25-$35 range, a wooden one like this would cost over $100! So in that sense, we saved money. 🙂animals

babygym

I realized after taking these photos that we have a lot of different wood shades going on in the trailer. Oops. 🙂

nolanclose

Homemade Bug Spray

 Mosquitoes are pretty bad here (in Mississippi).  So I did a little research, gathered a few basic supplies and essential oils and decided to make my own bug spray.

Here’s how I made it:

1.5 oz Distilled Water

1.5 oz Witch Hazel

4 drops Thieves Essential Oils (it’s a blend by Young Living)

4 drops Purification (another Young Living Essential oils blend)

4 drops Peppermint Essential Oil

Shake it all up in a 3-4 oz spray bottle and it smells great and works great!