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There is an excellent tutorial posted by bethany at the Vermillion Rules blog that describes precisely how to make a little girl’s tutu with only some elastic strap, a few yards of inexpensive and easy-to-find tulle, and no sewing. (I didn’t sew the elastic together as the author suggested; I just tied it into a knot instead.)

Check out the full tutorial here: An Extremely Detailed Tutu Tutorial.

The end result: A very happy little girl!

Tutu

Tutu

Here’s a recording from an old reel-to-reel tape of a little boy singing. It’s cute. 🙂

Singing Boy

This flashcard set includes the 52 Dolch primer words (the second set of words) formatted for printing in portrait orientation on 3×5 index cards in both PDF and MS Word (*.docx) format. (They are among the most used words in the English language and are a great started set if your child is learning to read. Many are true “sight words” which cannot be sounded out and must simply be memorized.)

Print all 52 words onto 13 index cards by loading 13 index cards into your printer in portrait orientation, then printing pages 1-13. Re-load the 10 cards facing the other direction and print pages 14-26. Turn the cards over and print pages 27-39. Turn then around again and print pages 40-52.

The title of the set and the word number (alphabetically ordered) are printed in gray, small text above each word. The words themselves are printed in large Comic Sans font, which looks a lot like handwriting and dones’t have many confusing characters. (For example, the lower case “L” doesn’t look like an upper case “I”, or the number “1”.)

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Here are the 40 Dolch pre-primer words formatted for printing in portrait orientation on 10, 20 or 40 3×5 index cards in both PDF and MS Word (*.docx) format. These are among the most used words in the English language and are a great started set if your child is learning to read. Many are true “sight words” which cannot be sounded out and must simply be memorized.

Print all 40 words onto 10 index cards by loading 10 index cards into your printer in portrait orientation, then printing pages 1-10. Re-load the 10 cards facing the other direction and print pages 11-20. Turn the cards over and print pages 21-30. Turn then around again and print pages 31-40.

The title of the set and the word number (alphabetically ordered) are printed in gray, small text above each word. The words themselves are printed in large Comic Sans font, which looks a lot like handwriting and dones’t have many confusing characters. (For example, the lower case “L” doesn’t look like an upper case “I”, or the number “1”.)

Download here:

I came home today and my son had created a suit of armor and a sword out of cardboard and paper bags. But his sword was badly damaged — dented and bent — by the kid down the street who had a fancy plastic sword. Well, that cardboard sword just wasn’t going to cut it (pun intended ) so I grabbed some scrap hard maple and sharpened it up nicely. The rematch is tomorrow… MOOA-HAHAHA!

Next came the shield — with peep holes so he can keep an eye on the enemy, and emblazoned with the family coat of arms! I love that he’s able to see how quick and easy it can be to create cool wooden toys. (Click for a larger view.)

And after it’s painted, plus the other side so you can see the handle… (Click for larger views.)

I was working on another rocking horse in the shop today and my son kept picking up a horse leg and pretending it was a violin. I didn’t want the leg to get damaged, but I also wanted him to be able to “play” violin so I banged out this little toy.

He loves it — even took it to bed with him! So I thought I’d share it. (He gets the hair from me.) Click for a larger picture.

And no, I did not glue the bridge on. 🙂

Here’s a rocking horse I built for my son.

I used plans from a book called The Family Handyman: Toys, Games, and Furniture (ISBN: 0895777908), published September 1, 1995. It looks like it might be out of print now, but Amazon shows a bunch listed used and new for as little as about $5. Great deal, considering the plans sell separately for nearly $14!

It’s cherry & hard maple. The eyes are walnut. Let me know what you think!

Maple and Cherry Rocking Horse

Maple and Cherry Rocking Horse

This makes a great gift, t-shirt, mug, etc. for any computer or math geek, friend, child or baby! Write you name or message in up to 100,000 of the infinitely non-repeating digits of pi. PiShop is a free online application that allows you to generate customized image to use as a t-shirt transfer, banner, or whatever else you want to use it for. It’s free for personal use, but if you like it, I encourage you to make a little donation for my kids’ college funds! 😉

PiShop: Your Name with Digits of Pi

PiShop: Your Name with Digits of Pi

The application is available on my CodeCreations.com site where I keep programming-related content. Here is the direct link: http://www.codecreations.com/site/software/38-applications/60-pishop-your-name-with-digits-of-pi. The introduction is on Page 1, the application itself on Page 2, and tips on making the shirt on page 3.

This makes a great gift for any baby who knows a programmer or who just wants to act like one! CodeOnesie is a free online application that allows you to generate customized image to use as a t-shirt transfer. It’s free for personal use, but if you like it, I encourage you to make a little donation for my kids’ college funds! 😉

CodeOnesie: Personalized programming baby clothes!

CodeOnesie: Personalized programming baby clothes!

The application is available on my CodeCreations.com site where I keep programming-related content. Here is the direct link: http://www.codecreations.com/site/software/38-applications/61-codeonesie. The introduction is on Page 1, the application itself on Page 2, and a description of what it means and other information on pages 3 & 4.

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