Wednesday, December 30, 2009

A new project!!

I found this on Craigslist for $20. The drawers are off track a little and it needs knobs but it's sturdy otherwise.

I'm going to have the Hubby fix the drawers and tracks (he says it's easy to do). And then we're going to sand it and repaint it. Then I want to decoupage (modge podge) the top with fun scrapbook papers and get funky knobs.

It's going to be fabric storage!

So here's the BEFORE: (excuse the stuff around and inside it, this is the original owner's picture)

And I'll update with progress pics and "AFTER" when it's all done. I can't wait!!

Monday, December 28, 2009

Woohoo! I won!

A while back I entered a contest on Heather's blog for a Thirsties Duo Diaper. Well I won! I'm pretty thrilled.

We've been cloth diapering for almost a year now. I love it. I will admit we do use disposable diapers sometimes, mostly at DH's choice not mine, but I prefer the cloth. We started out using pocket diapers - diapers that have a "pocket" for you to stuff an absorbent insert inside. Then we switched to fitted diapers with covers. And then we switched to prefolds, pins, and covers. Yeah I do it the old fashioned way now. But I'm excited to try out the Duo Diaper. We selected a Size 2 in Storm Cloud. If we like it, I may just get a few more.

Wednesday, December 23, 2009

Happy Holidays!

I made our holiday card a while ago but hadn't thought to post it until just now.

I used Val's Holly Jolly kit. You can find it in her shops at GDS and Elemental Scraps. It's currently on sale, along with a lot of other things in her shop, so if you're in need of cute digi scrap stuff, definitely check there!

Please forgive me, I forgot what fonts I used! It's been so long since I really scrapped anything.

Saturday, December 19, 2009

Our stockings

I thought I'd post a closer picture of the girls' stockings. As I said before, these are handmade. My mother in law and I had made two in 2007, one for Brianna and one for Caylee. We picked out the fabrics and sewed them together and cut out the stocking shape for the front. Then I picked out what pieces I wanted for the appliques, traced, cut, steam-a-seamed, ironed forever and ever (at least it felt like it). Then I handed it off to my mother in law who put it all together. I wish I had a picture of the inside (I'll try to get one today). It's this nice soft cream colored flannel with little stars on it. The backs are green wool felt.

When Lillian was born, my mother in law helped me make another for her. Luckily she still had some of the fabrics we used so they pretty much coordinate. I love them.

Although next year I might make some using this fabric:

photo courtesy sewlovechristmas on etsy

If only the Hubby would let me do a pink, aqua, lime, red, and white Christmas! How fun would that be!

Tuesday, December 15, 2009

Holiday Decorating

I love decorating for Christmas. Pulling out all the things we've been collecting over the last 5 years, seeing things we've made or the kids have made, it makes me happy.

We don't have much in the way of decorations just now. Mostly we have inherited things from the inlaws, received gifts from friends, or made and purchased them on our own.

This is pretty much the gist of what we have.

Our (fake) tree. We can't have a real one in our townhouse, so we make do with this. The balls are blue and silver and they're SUPPOSED to be shatterproof (my 20 month old has proved they are not, as we're now down to 10 or so balls). There's my hubby's Hallmark Crayola ornaments on there too. These were his growing up. He got a new one every year. We have a few other ornaments, the girls' first ornaments (Lilly doesn't have one, hers broke :( so sad!), a family one, a military one from when Hubby was in the Army. Some paper ones the girls have made, along with playdough ornaments we made in 2008.

The stockings are handmade. My mother in law made Hubby's when he was younger and then she made one for me that "sort of" matches. The girls each have those large quilted stockings. I helped with this one, cutting and ironing and steam-a-seaming the different appliques. I love them.

The santa was a handmedown from my mother in law, as was that little basket thing. The gold tree I found somewhere, the candle holder was on the table at my stepsisters wedding, and the frame was a gift last year from Hubby's grandmother.

That's pretty much it. We did get a cute snowman figurine, a candle, some holiday kitchen towels, and a snowman on a metal star from my secret santa on BAM but they weren't here when I took these pics.

I can't wait for the post-holiday sales. I'm hoping to scoop up some cute decor for next year at a good price (and maybe replace some of those broken ornaments too).

Monday, December 14, 2009

Bags, rolls, and more

Finally I have pictures to post! I've been busy sewing along and crafting.

In November, my big girls went to Florida with my mom and stepfather to visit my sister, brother-in-law, and nephew. The girls also got to see my brother, dad, and stepmother too. Since they were driving the entire way from New Hampshire to the panhandle, we were worried about keeping the girls entertained. I whipped up a few things for them to take along.

First I made these tote bags for them to carry their supplies in. I used this tutorial from Skip to My Lou. They came together so easily and so quickly using this tutorial, I highly recommend it.

I thought they might like some crayon rolls to go along with the notepads and coloring books they'd be bringing along. I followed this tute, another from Skip to My Lou. Sewing felt can be a bit difficult, as it gets bulky but these turned out okay for my first time. I don't own pinking shears, but I'd like to get some, I think I like the decorative edge much nicer than my straight one.

The girls really wanted chalkmats too. I wasn't truly up for making them, but my stepfather said he'd pickup some chalk for the girls if I put them together. So here's one of the ones I made (I can't seem to find Cay's monkey one). I rushed, this is sloppy, I'm hoping my next ones come out much better but the girls love it no matter how messy it looks. I didn't really use a tutorial for this one. I just sort of looked at other chalkmats online and guessed.

I made a few other things, but I have to wait to share them till after the holidays because they're gifts for people who checkout my blog.

We have, however, done quite a bit of baking. I dug out the "New Betty Crocker Cookbook", which once belonged to my mother in law and is not so new anymore. We got the recipes for gingerbread and sugar cookies, so we could make them all from scratch. Let me just say molasses smells really gross but in the end the gingerbread cookies came out really yummy. They smell like Christmas!

We didn't have any regular cookie cutters (I thought we did but they disappeared). So we used play-doh cutters! Haha! Not very festive, but we have more of a zoo in cookies than holiday cheer. Check out the alligator, dolphin, and giraffe!

And when we made the sugar cookies, we thought to try using our food coloring. It's the gel kind and it didn't work out so good. Next time we'll have to figure something else out. Of course Caylee wanted green cookies (which look a little weird) and the red ones came out more like marbled than anything else. But they're yummy!

That's about it! I hope you're having fun getting ready for the holidays and enjoying your family too!

Sunday, December 13, 2009

Lovin' on Etsy #2

*I think I like doing this lovin' on etsy thing. So we're keeping up with it this Sunday too*

1. Snow White Scarf by KitFig

2. Adult Size Cloche Hat with Removable Flower- Avocado Green and Black by MelsBellsClocheHats

3. Berry Stripes Cabled Wristwarmers by funkisockmunki

4. Headwrap - Salt and Pepper by scarfcity

I have the hardest time buying things for me. I think that's something that comes with being a mama. But it is nice to look. We've had some pretty chilly weather here lately and so I've been browsing, looking for cute and warm knitted things. Those wristwarmers would be perfect for when I'm on my laptop. And I'm in love with the idea of a white cable knit scarf. How cute would that one be with that headwarmer? And I have to say that I love the avocado green in that hat. I'm not typically a green fan but that color I love.

Tuesday, December 8, 2009

A new layout!

How lovely is this?! My wonderful friend, Val, created this beautiful layout for me. I had been so sad looking at the bland background, and completely disappointed at my pictures getting chopped in half. Look at it now! She used "Hoo Girl", a digiscrap kit created by herself and Kimi of Kimi's Kreations.

Be sure to check out Val's shops at GDS and Elemental Scraps

Thank you, thank you VAL for brightening my blog (and my day)!

Sunday, December 6, 2009

Lovin' on Etsy

1. Lacing Tree with Apple and Pear Wooden Toy by linenkids

2. Soft Cloth Ball by willowbaus

3. Custom cloth baby girl or boy doll by justplainbeckyw

4. Nadia's Sweet Shop Collection by NadiasPlace

I adore looking at all the fun little things the creative people on etsy make. I especially love handmade children's toys and games. I'd love to fill my girls' room with toys just like these.

Saturday, December 5, 2009

Hooray for FABRIC!!

I love getting pretty mail. It brightens my day. I ordered some fabric from a co-op and it arrived today. I thought it'd be here Monday so it was definitely a pleasant surprise.

I got yardage of a couple from this line

Amy Butler Lotus - 14 - Linen/Morning Glory

Amy Butler Lotus - 17 - Sky

And some from this line

Amy Butler Lotus - 17 - Cherry WallFlower

Amy Butler Lotus - 13 - Cherry Full Moon Polka Dot

Now I just need to figure out what I want to make with them....

Friday, December 4, 2009

I'm terrible

I know. I'm a terrible, terrible blogger. I just, get busy. And I'm addicted to facebook. Everyone I know (nearly) is on FB. So I keep updating on there and then I feel redundant when I come along to here. Not to mention between myself and my girls, someone has constantly been sick. Mostly me. Including today. So please, please excuse me, if you happen to follow my blog, for the delay.

Anyway! So I've been busy with different craftiness over the past couple months.
I have:

Made some bowholders and bows for some wonderful ladies:

And a few iSpy bags:

The iSpy bags are so fun. You push the pellets around until you find the items inside by bringing them up to the vinyl window. These are double stitched and reinforced as much as possible. I tossed these around my house with the hubby to make sure they wouldn't bust open.

I also made a gift for my sister (which I cannot post until after the holidays), a couple tote bags for my girls, chalk mats, and about a half dozen crayon rolls. I need to get pictures of the girls things up here. I keep losing either my camera or my camera cord, which really puts a damper on posting pictures doesn't it?

And so I'm going to leave you, I will be back, I don't know when but it'll be soon!

For now, here's a picture of my ladies, all dressed up in an attempt to get a good holiday picture.