In my current thoughts of airplane travel I saw a tray table play mat on a blog. I decided it was a wonderful idea! I took it and ran with it! I had all sorts of extra fabric and scraps lying around so I didn't even need to take a trip to the fabric store. I may be a bit biased, but I think I improved a bit on the original design I found. I am really happy with how things turned out!
I put little "taggies" along the sides for Elise to tug and play at. The white ribbon you see tied in a bow is so it will stay attached to the tray table. The side seam is left open so you can slide the cover on and then secure it with the ties. The pumpkin face and counting beads are the side you will see when the tray is in the "upright position". I realize that not every activity is something that Elise can really do right now, but give her two years and she'll be there!
I had a lot of fun with this project because other than the dimensions I got from the other blog, I had total creative liberty! I could pick the activities and the size and placement of everything. It took me most of yesterday but I did finish it in one day :) The above photo shows you the opening so it can fit around the tray. I put a small cookie sheet in it to test it out! I can't wait to try it out for real!
And while I'm sharing craft projects, I also started working on the party favors for Elise's birthday. It will be a circus theme. I found a candy mold with circus animals and then bought a big box of crayola crayons and melted them away until they turned into these awesome animal crayons! They aren't the colors I was hoping for, but I love them all the same! Can't wait to give them to the kids!
And finally this is my marble maze I am making in part of a busy bag swap. It was a simple project and I'm almost done with all of them to send away! I don't know if you can tell but in this picture the marble is in the bottom right corner and you move it along the sewed lines to get to the other side. Simple and easy! The best kind of craft!
We met each other in high school and have been married since 2008. At the end of 2010 we welcomed our little girl, Elise and in 2013 we were joined by James. We are currently living in Milwaukee, Wisconsin while Zack attends The Medical College of Wisconsin. He is in his 4th and final year of medical school and works very hard for all of us! Emily is lucky enough to stay home and take care of Elise and James.