movie monday: sibling fun

my baby sister from carissaabc on Vimeo.

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tutorial: refreshing the elastic in best bottom diapers

IMGP8068-002it’s been awhile since i’ve done a tutorial and this one is fairly specific, but i didn’t find any other tutorials quite like this online, so i thought i’d share my solution to saggy elastic on cloth diaper covers.  although we use best bottom diapers, this tutorial would work on any similar diaper covers.  so… if your diapers look like the brown one below:

IMGP8067-001then your diapers could use some fresh elastic.

you’ll need these supplies:

IMGP8072the ball point bodkin is optional–you could use safety pins–but it’s a really handy tool that makes this job soooooo much easier.

step one:

IMGP8075make a tiny perpendicular incision in each end of the bindings on the legs and the back center of the diaper cover.

step two:

IMGP8077thread a 3-4″ piece of elastic through the end of the bodkin, then insert the ball-end into one of the incisions and pull it through.

IMGP8079IMGP8082IMGP8086step three:

when you get the elastic to the end, sew it with a compact zig-zag stitch both perpendicularly across and then parallel to the elastic.

IMGP8087 IMGP8090step four:

pull the bodkin all the way out and adjust the elastic to the tightness you desire, then zig-zag both directions again and trim any remaining elastic away.

IMGP8089IMGP8097that’s a little perkier!  just to be clear, in the brown diaper cover above, the inner gussets had 4″ elastics and the outer gussets had 5″ lengths.  when i compared the finished diaper to the brand new diaper (the green one above), i decided to change the lengths to 3″ and 4″ for subsequent diaper repairs.

that’s it!  i’d love to hear if this tutorial is helpful to you.  i’ve also replaced the velcro on these covers in the past, so if you’d like instructions on how to do that, let me know and i can try to put together a tutorial.


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movie mmmmwednesday: gabriel writes

i really tried to post this on monday, but there were technical difficulties. i considered waiting until next monday, but this is a timely topic, so here it is today. fair warning…. you may get bored or impatient in the middle if you’re not as fascinated with the development of kids’ writing skills as i (the librarian and early literacy nut) am. i humbly suggest that you at least skip to about the 4 minute mark for some of the cutest little soulful eyes you’ve ever seen.

Gabriel writes from carissaabc on Vimeo.

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movie monday: one more from our trip to texas

Gabriel’s First Driving Lesson from carissaabc on Vimeo.

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movie monday: cow chicken 8

Cow Chicken meets Isadora from carissaabc on Vimeo.

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fashion chronicles: every once in awhile i get dressed

mostly these days i’m wearing pajamas and “stretchy pants” as i putter around the house and fend off spit-up from sweet happy baby, but every once in awhile i do actually get dressed.  this was what i wore to church last week.  the necklace was made for me by the happy little dude.  the scarf was another infinity bias-cut scarf that i made with fabric that i couldn’t decide whether it was hideous or gorgeous and i’ve definitely settled on the latter.  this dress is definitely more teal than royal blue in real life, but i can’t be bothered to fiddle with the color balance, so just use your imaginations.

IMGP7810 IMGP7815sneaky little ghost, photo-bombing my picture…

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it’s spring!

in the original spirit of my blog (posting little things that bring me joy throughout the day), here are two things i recently discovered in the hedges outside our bedroom windows (look closely!):


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movie monday: a day in the park

on our recent trip to texas, we were able to spend some time with gabriel’s birthfamily.  here’s a sneak peek:


Slides and Swings from carissaabc on Vimeo.

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big boy bed

the happy little dude has been sleeping on a mattress on the floor for a very long time now (since he was little enough that i was worried he’d roll out of a taller bed and be hurt) and so when my parents visited last month, i asked my dad if he’d build a bed for my boy.  i poked around on pinterest and was inspired by this photo.  happy little dude always wants us to “make him a tent” when he goes to bed (he likes to hide under the covers with a flashlight), so i thought he might enjoy having a whole “house” over his head.IMGP7526i added stars–both painted and glow-in-the-dark stickers — and a night sky to the inside, along with an LED taplight.  i love that he now sleeps on a pillow made for him by one grandma, under a quilt made by another grandma, on top of a bed made by a grandpa!


and after this photo shoot, we added a little bookshelf beside the “window” that can hold all the bedtime necessities.  i have to admit that i’m a little jealous.  i’ve always wanted glow-in-the-dark stars above my bed.  i love reading stories here every night!IMGP7536

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