Thursday, December 30, 2010 | By: Brer Rabbit

{Brer Rabbit goes Boho-chic!}

Brer Rabbit had a busy Christmas, but this week he finally has been able to pop out of the rabbit hole and work on some new Spring designs! He's working on something totally not classic, which sort of goes against his grain. It's something that is very trendy and fun, full of Bohemian flair! I guess you could say that Brer Rabbit has gone Boho-chic! 
Some of you might be wondering just what "Boho-chic" is. Well, "Boho" stands for "Bohemian", and "chic" means "up-to-date fashion". Bohemian fashion style is one of the most interesting fashion styles of today. 
Without giving away all of Brer Rabbit's secrets, I did some searching and found a cute little dress that isn't exactly what Brer Rabbit has designed, but it has some similar characteristics.
The Bohemian fashion style or boho for short is characterized by a casual and relaxed wear with a certain hippie style touch that gives a certain allure of vintage. It requires a great fashion sense to be able to put the right pieces together.This style can be absolutely adorable if you combine the right fabrics together. After digging thru the Briar Patch, Brer Rabbit found these fabrics all in his stash...
...and the garment that he has designed makes use of each and every one of these fabrics. I know you may be thinking "crazy", but Brer Rabbit had to use his eye for design, particularly Bohemian design to put these fabrics together.
To add to the Boho-chic fun, Brer Rabbit has added in some pretty nifty machine embroidery!
Don't you just love the funky-fun of these flowers? They almost have a bit of a folk or hippie-look to them! The bohemian fashion style can be considered a combination of folk, punk, hippie and modern chic fashion-style. 
So has Brer Rabbit piqued your curiosity with this little teaser? Please leave your comments and do share this blog with your children's fashion-minded friends!

Saturday, December 25, 2010 | By: Laurie

{Happy Birthday Jesus!}

"For unto you is born in the city of David a Savior, which is Christ the Lord. " Luke 2:10-12

"And there were in the same country shepherds abiding in the field, keeping watch over their flock by night. And lo, the angel of the Lord came upon them, and the glory of the Lord shone around about them; and they were sore afraid. And the angel said unto them, "Fear not: for, behold, I bring you good tidings of great joy, which shall be to all people. For unto to you is born this day in the city of David a Savior, which is Christ the Lord. " Luke 2:10-12
Friday, December 3, 2010 | By: Laurie

{The Gingerbread Man}

As you know, Brer Rabbit is all about the classics! One of my favorite classic folk tales that I enjoyed as a child is "The Gingerbread Man". 
I think just about everybody knows this part of the story best:
"Run, run, as fast as you can!
You can't catch me!
I'm the Gingerbread Man!"
One of the blogs that I frequently visit is Olabelhe and her blog post about Christmas Gingerbread inspired me to spend some crafty time making some Gingerbread Men with my grandson!
The best part about this project is that I had all the supplies I needed right in my sewing room and kitchen! I first grabbed some paper grocery bags, then I gathered up a jar of old buttons and buckles, a spool of string, twine, craft scissors, glue, felt and ribbon. I also dug thru my collection of quilting charm squares in Christmas fabrics to use as scrap fabric. I made a pattern and cut out a stack of gingerbread men from the paper bags and then we were ready to begin our craft time!
I think I can see visions of
Gingerbread Men Dancing in his head!
What child doesn't love anything that
has to do with glue?!
This gingerbread man was getting
a handmade vest!
The winning smile says it all!
The Completed Gingerbread Men
found their place on the Christmas Tree!
This is a craft project that is sure to delight children of all ages! If you would like the free instructions to this project, which includes my gingerbread man template, then click HERE! I would love for you to share the link to my pattern with your crafty friends!
I think maybe next week we just might have to make some homemade gingerbread man cookies! Mmmm! I can almost smell them baking now!

Gingerbread Children
Gingerbread children stand in a row.
Very good children, always, you know.
They never will jump or kick or leap,
Or start to cry when it’s time to sleep.
They never run off or look around.
And no one has heard them make a sound.
Gingerbread children are fine to meet,
But, much better still, they’re good to eat!

Wednesday, December 1, 2010 | By: Laurie

{Hand Puppet Fun}

What do you do when you are cooped up inside on a blustery cold day with an almost 3-year-old? You make Hand Puppets!!!
I am so blessed to get to keep my grandson 2-3 days a week all day long, so sometimes I need to come up with some creative ideas to keep him busy. Today we made Hand Puppets! 
Ok, so I cheated a little - we bought the Hand Puppet kit from Hobby Lobby this morning, but they were still fun to make!
What almost 3-year-old doesn't like anything that has to do with glue?!

This cute kit came with all the supplies to make 4 hand puppets. 
Paxton chose to make the "dawg" first!

 He then decided he wanted to make the frog - maybe because it rhymes with "dawg"!
 I think glueing on the wiggly eyes was the best part of it for him!
This is one happy little boy with his handmade Hand Puppets! You should have seen him and his daddy playing Hand Puppets when his daddy came to pick him up after work! I should have snapped a picture! Paxton already has plans to make the remaining two Hand Puppets in the kit tomorrow!
Brer Rabbit got a few ideas rolling in his head when he saw this Hand Puppet kit, so stayed tuned because some finger puppets are on the design board in the briar patch!