May 13, 2010
One Red, Ripe Strawberry! (& free applique pattern)
It's strawberry picking season! I'll suffer through 11 months of dry, tasteless California strawberries for this one month of perfectly ripe, sweet, juicy, hand-picked Virginia berries! My sister came in town for the occasion, so we were able to go picking with the cousins.
Such a special outing deserves special attire, don't you think? Last year I found this adorable onesie for A from Carters.
Now that I've conquered my fear of the sewing machine - and learned the magic of stitch witchery - I knew I could recreate that applique myself! First I designed the applique on the computer. If you're interested, you can download it here. Then it was a simple matter of cutting out the fabric, stitch-witching it onto the shirt, and then sewing around the edges. Easy as strawberry pie.
Appliques are a great way to spruce up a simple shirt for cheap. I bought the t-shirt at Walmart for a few dollars and used scraps of fabric I already had lying around. E loved her new shirt and I loved how adorable the pictures turned out!
The Little Mouse, The Red Ripe Strawberry, and The Big Hungry Bear by Don Wood
You knew I had to feature this book! Those of you who've been with this blog from the beginning (all 5 of you) know this is one of the very first books I ever reviewed. And for good reason! Like Mary Poppins, it's practically perfect in every way.
Little Mouse is about to pick that red ripe strawberry until you, the reader, stop him. You ask: hasn't he heard about the Big Hungry Bear? The Big Hungry Bear just loves red ripe strawberries! This gentle ruse to get the mouse to share his strawberry continues through page after page of gorgeous - and hilarious - illustrations. While the humor is too advanced for toddlers, the large pictures and short sentences are perfect for little ones. It was one of the first non-board books I ever read to E and it remains a favorite years later. It certainly deserves to be on the top of all strawberry-picking picks!
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- Show Off Your Stuff @ Fireflies & Jellybeans
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