Music Activities for Babies, Infants and Toddlers

You’ve probably heard the saying, “Music is a Universal Language”.  While not exactly true (Indian classical music’s rhythm system, tala, is conceptually very different than Western classical music’s rhythm system, meter, for example), this common saying leads to a very important point: in many ways, music is like a language.

Researchers have found that kids learn music a lot like they learn a language.  Just like talking and reading to your child provides the phonation and inflection patterns they need for speech, singing and playing music for your child provides the pitch, rhythm and expression patterns they need to make music.  Amazing, isn’t it?

Enough talk, let’s get to fun music stuff you can do with your kid!

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Project Runway Card – Working Woman


This week on Project Runway the designers had to make clothes for the working woman.  You know, easy to wear, professional, conservative.

I made this to thank a co-worker for giving us her breadmaker.  So nice!

I was too lazy to find scissors so I cut the strips with nail clippers.  I like how it rounded off the corners just a little, and when cutting down the strips on the right it naturally made kind of a circular effect.


I’m entering this card in the following challenges:




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Crocheted Love for Cousin-Babies

I celebrated turning in my final paper for school (yay!) by making a toy and a hat for two beautiful cousin-babies:


The Thomas the Train ball was made with this pattern (16 rows).  I made a blue ball with the 16 row pattern, then made a few rows of the same ball pattern out of gray for the face and embroidered the details and attached two safety eyes.  The ball pattern is from this blogger who mathematically figured out how to crochet perfect spheres.  She’s amazing!  I want to be her friend!



The hat was made with a light weight yard and 3.5 hook using this pattern.  The pattern was found on, which is a super helpful site for finding, saving, altering and sharing patterns.

The flower was crocheted and hand felted–thanks for introducing me to Ravelry and teaching me how to felt, Sarah!

Thanks for stopping by : )


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Card for Dentist

Another challenge over at the Runway Inspired Challenge Blog!


This week’s outfit:


I liked the way the watercolory fabric layered over itself.  I watercolored some pages, cut them into strips, and iris folded them behind the cutout sentiment.  I thought the dress looked so pretty with the model’s black hair, so I put my card on a black background.

Gonna give this to my dentist, Dr. Kuljic, and his team–they really have made us smile!







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Love Card for Brian

Love you, Brian! You’re the best husband EVER!


This card was made out of pieces of envelopes.  The three gray squares were from security envelopes, and the bottom right square is designed like an art journal page.

I’m entering this card in these (fun!) challenges (You should play along too!):

Moxie Fab World – Minty Fresh Challenge

Cas-ual Fridays – Square-shaped card

Lessology – Fun With Envelopes

CASE Study – Out of the Box


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Project Runway – Woman on the Go

This week’s episode on Project Runway the designers had to create an outfit that would suit a woman on the go–day to evening, work to dinner.  I figured a card version of this would be one that isn’t too bulkly, but could easily be tucked away anywhere.

It just so happens that the woman I’ve been wanting to thank can also be easily be described as a “woman on the go”!  I’m so thankful to Katie for our chats over coffee–she’s always willing to lend an ear and is one of the most compassionate people around.  Thanks for our heart-to-heart talks, Katie!

The watercolor effect of this card was inspired by the outfit for the current Runway Inspired Challenge.  The colors were chosen from the Dynamic Duo color challenge, and the square-shape fits the Cas-ual Fridays Challenge.  I’d also like to point out the watercolor/silhouette inspiration that keeps on inspiring here and here.

Thanks for visiting!



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To My Beautiful Sister


Congratulations Danielle and Justin on your engagement!  Love you!

This card was inspired by the beautiful love between my sister and her fiance, and the bloggers over at Connect Shore who are exploring all things beauty throughout the month of August.

I’m entering this card in the following challenges:

Moxie Fab World

CASE Study Challenge

365 Cards


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Project Runway Card – Looking Back

Making cards is so much fun!  I made 7 others this week, but totally forgot to take pictures before giving them away.  Oops!

Here’s a card I remembered to take a picture of.  It’s a 7-year anniversary card for a couple of great people who are so cute together.  Happy Anniversary, Sarah and Joe!

These guys are very conscientious, so I’m sure they’ll appreciate the recycled bubble wrap and electrical tape heart.


Notice the SEVEN dots?  ; )

I’m making a series of cards based on this week’s Project Runway episode: The Lexus Challenge.  The designers were paired up and each had a Lexus (the color of which had to be incorporated into the outfit) that brought them to their client (a former Project Runway designer).  The Bartley’s Anniversary card was inspired by the gray Lexus with April as the client.

I’m entering this card in these challenges:


A Blog Named Hero

CASE Study

Thanks for stopping by!



Oh hey!  This card made top three!  Thanks Lessology!


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Interactive Baby Cards

I used a couple of square carpet samples that fit the Dynamic Duo Monochromatic Color Challenge color scheme to make this card:




It was so soft and sweet, I thought it would be nice to turn it into a card for a baby.  I like the idea of a card that a one year old can touch and interact with a bit for both him and his mom, Beth, to enjoy.  I’m sure Ethan would love to walk all over a whole house covered with this carpet all day!

I made another with the opposite pieces and it struck me as a little more feminine, for a baby girl.  I think it fits the Baby Shower Runway Inspired Baby Girl Challenge, so I’m sending it that way.  I loved thinking about my sweet little first cousin once removed while making this card.  Love you “M”!






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Sew Grateful For Neighbors-Card



Cutesy card with trees using a Papersmooches digi stamp and paper buttons.

Entered in these challenges (come play along!):

Display our button

Paper Smooches:

CAS-ual Fridays:

Young Crafters Unite:


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