Thursday, August 23, 2012

Being Greedy

T-shirt rug found through Pinterest
Now that fall is approaching, I'm starting to get in the mind set of preparing for Christmas this year.  Yes, you read that right, here we are at the end of August and I'm already talking about Christmas!  Such an improvement from last year when every holiday seemed sneak up on me.  But this year I have a different twist on things.  Right now I'm being a bit greedy and working on some projects for our house instead of making new products to sell. 

I've been fighting the urge to sew and knit for myself for a while and I finally broke down and said, nope right now is going to be me time. There are several sewing projects I would like to do for the family and for myself.  I still plan to chronicle them here, but they just won't be available for sale unless someone makes a custom request.  In the mean time I may sneak a quick project in here or there, but now that we've been in our new house for about a year, there are a few things that I really want to tackle.  One of them being this rug.  I'm debating making it with t-shirts or old sheets.  Feel free to check out this crochet patterns over at Coffee and Vanilla one of my latest Pinterest finds.

Now that I'm taking some time to focus on my house, what are some projects that you've done for yourself or to improve your home of late?  Give me some ideas!

Tuesday, August 21, 2012

Project Failed...

Max Costume from here
Well not really, but sort of.  I had high hopes of getting to the fabric store this past weekend.  Those were quickly dashed when the weekend ended up getting filled with multiple furniture pick ups for the nursery and more outside playing time than I thought was possible.  I guess family fun time can trump making another nap blanket.  We will just have to delay the creation a little longer.  I really want him to be part of the selection process so it may not be until Labor Day weekend. 

I did do some research on some great Halloween costumes and I think this year my son is going to be Max from Where the Wild Things Are.  So while we are there I may start looking at some fabric for that as well.  I found the instructions on  They seem surprisingly easy.  I was worried about his costume this year because I didn't want something hard to get in and out of in case he has go potty while in costume.  This one is pretty nice as I'll make it two pieces so he can slip it on and off as necessary. 

Wednesday, August 15, 2012

Looking Forward to My Lastest Project

Nap Blanket Available for Sale
So this one won't be going into the shop, but I'm excited about it all the same.  My son has not one, not two, but three of his four 2 year molars working their way in right now!  This is reeking havoc on his normal demeanor.  As a result, we are currently having lots of potty accidents, especially at nap time at school.  I feel so bad for him and like any mom I just want to take the pain away from him, but alas it is just part of the growing process that he needs to get through.  That being said, my husband and I are getting tired of the nightly laundry we have to do because he is wetting his only nap daily at the moment.  I don't think our hampers have been this empty continuously, well, ever.  So this weekend, I'm taking my son to the local fabric store (he loves to go shopping with me) and letting him pick out the fabric for a new nap blanket.  My guess if there is a Disney Cars fabric there that will be the choice.  It might be a little more expensive than what I normally would pay for fabric especially since I can find some manufactured nap blankets for what seems like pennies.  I don't know about you, but there is something to be said about a blanket made for you by mommy.  Not to mention some of those manufactured blankets end up looking pretty ragged pretty quickly, at least in my opinion.

My nap blanket design has changed since I first made my son's almost 2 years ago now.  I've sold many of the blankets to his fellow classmates, most of them personalized to the particular child.  The ones the school sells are just solid colors whereas I've made fairy princesses, flowers, all sorts of fun prints.  Much more fun, if you ask me! 

Maybe while we are there we will start thinking about Halloween costumes.  Is it really that time of year already?

Wednesday, August 8, 2012

Latest Pinterest Finds

Photo courtesy of Baking Bites found on Pinterest
I'm not sure about the rest of you, but I'm pretty sure Pinterest is going to be the death of my family and me.  Every time I'm on it, I find some great recipe I want to try.  Some are more healthy than others, but let's be honest, those desserts are really the priority when it comes to food!  Seriously, who can resist a DIY Girl Scout Cookie like this? 

I have managed to find some other great finds that I'm going to try to incorporate sometime soon like this great pancake mix from the Heart, Hands, Home blog. 

This morning I found this great recipe for a crock pot lasagna that I'm just going to have to try!  When it looks this good, how can you not give it a gander.  Stop over and check it out. 

On a non-food side of things, I've actually located a few great ideas I plan to give a try with my son in the near future.  This weekend, we will be doing this recipe for GAK.  I can't wait to give it a try.  I'm sure my son will just LOVE sticking his fingers all through this "mess."  Best of all I can't wait to share this experience with him.  I'll try not to enjoy it too much so I can take a few pictures of the fun. 

If this project goes well, I think the next one we are going to give making some sidewalk chalk a try.  What good finds have you found on Pinterest of late?

Monday, August 6, 2012

Shop Changes

Mod Pod Pillow Case Currently Available from Stitch Silly
As many of you Etsy fanatics have noticed, several months ago they changed how shop owners are charged for multiple listings.  For a while I did not intended on making any changes to reflect the new options available.  I liked the idea of creating pre-made bundles.  Besides, I didn't think anyone would want to buy just one burp cloth.   You need about 500 million burp cloths with a new baby! (A slight exaggeration, but not much!)

After some reflection, I decided that maybe people would want to build their own bundle.  Maybe they want two of one kind and two of another to make a bundle, or something completely different that I hadn't thought about.  Therefore I decided to leave the creativity up to you, my customers!  That being said, if someone decides to purchase multiple products from us, I highly recommend them contacting us before purchasing.  Depending on the product, quantity, and numerous other factors, we may be able to offer a discount.  Hey, it doesn't hurt to ask right!  That's my theory at least when I'm bargain hunting, you never know until you ask. 
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