Thursday, January 27, 2011

I Did It!

Well I finally got my Etsy Shop up and running again. I'm slowly adding new items and trying to come up with more ideas to sell. I don't plan on getting rich with this but my hope is that I will be able to slowly save up some money for Jeff and I go on a vacation. A REAL vacation. Just the 2 of us! We have never had a night away together since we had the kids so I think it's about time we take a break. I don't know when it will happen or where we will go but I'm making it my goal.
Below are some of the items I have listed right now but please keep checking back for more!
You can go to my Etsy Shop by visiting this link:

Yo-Yo Hair Bows

Ribbon Flower Hair Bows

Felt Play Kitchens

Felt Food

Rag Wreaths

Tuesday, January 25, 2011

Bows Up The Wazoo!

Here's a small preview of some of the bows I will be listing on my Etsy shop soon. At this point I have made over 100 bows and I still have more fabric cut and ready to be sewn. I think I will give my fingers a break for a few days though. I swear I could make these in my sleep now.

Sunday, January 23, 2011

"More Diligent and Concerned at Home"

I have been thinking a lot lately about how sad this world is becoming. I cringe everytime I watch the news. It's all so depressing. Rarely ever a good or happy story. I'm sad that this is the world my kids will be growing up in. It makes me sick to imagine what it will be like when they are in highschool. I can't believe how much things have changed since I began highschool 12 years ago. This is all leading me to focus heavily on creating a strong home. Jeff and I have to work together to build a foundation that will not be shaken when we let them out into the world on their own. I know we are not perfect but I am reminded each night that we are on the right track when Kaleb and Andie both kneel down to pray without me telling them to. As soon as I say it's bed time they are on their knees waiting for Jeff and I. That is a wonderful feeling. They may not be able to sit still in church and they probably don't remember the lessons that are taught but they see us praying consistently and they know it is right. I came across a talk by Elder David A. Bednar titled "More Dilligent and Concerned at Home" and wanted to share a part of it with you.

"In my office is a beautiful painting of a wheat field. The painting is a vast collection of individual brushstrokes—none of which in isolation is very interesting or impressive. In fact, if you stand close to the canvas, all you can see is a mass of seemingly unrelated and unattractive streaks of yellow and gold and brown paint. However, as you gradually move away from the canvas, all of the individual brushstrokes combine together and produce a magnificent landscape of a wheat field. Many ordinary, individual brushstrokes work together to create a captivating and beautiful painting.

Each family prayer, each episode of family scripture study, and each family home evening is a brushstroke on the canvas of our souls. No one event may appear to be very impressive or memorable. But just as the yellow and gold and brown strokes of paint complement each other and produce an impressive masterpiece, so our consistency in doing seemingly small things can lead to significant spiritual results. “Wherefore, be not weary in well-doing, for ye are laying the foundation of a great work. And out of small things proceedeth that which is great” (D&C 64:33). Consistency is a key principle as we lay the foundation of a great work in our individual lives and as we become more diligent and concerned in our own homes. "

Thursday, January 13, 2011

Lamp Shade Make Over

I have an awesome friend named Jenny that used to work at Target. She also happens to be an amazing bargain shopper. She was always finding amazing deals at work and being her roommate at the time I would often reap the benefits of her bargaining. One item that sticks out in my mind is an electric griddle that she found for $4 on clearance. I bought it and have used it for the last 7 years. Another thing she found was a floor lamp. I can't remember exactly how much it was but I know it was CHEAP. It isn't anything fancy but it has moved with me 7 times since then and still works like a charm. I was looking at it a few days ago and realized how disgusting the shade was looking. It was dirty and dusty and had tons of cheeto fingerprints on it from my kids. The plastic on the inside was cracking and it just looked downright pitiful. I knew I didn't want to spend any money on a new one so I came up with a plan to cover it and make it cute.

I have a goal to use up all my fabric before I buy anymore so I went through my stash and found a large piece of linen fabric that I got from my mom. I had planned to use it to recover the leather ottoman our cat used as a scratching post but it wasn't quite big enough to cover it.

I measured the top and bottom of the shade and somehow used my little brain to come up with measurements for the fabric pieces. I really didn't know if I had measured it right so I was pleasantly surprised that it turned out exactly how I wanted it to.

I sewed all the pieces together and then ironed down the seams. I then sewed the last 2 pieces together and slipped it over my lamp shade. I pulled the ends around the top and bottom and hot glued them. I didn't take a picture after that step but it looked really plain. So I decided to use the left over fabric to make flowers to go around the bottom.

I cut long strips of the fabric, twisted them and wrapped them around 2 fingers to make my flowers. I then tucked the end of it through the middle and hot glued them together.

I don't like to toot my own horn but I love how it turned out. I also love that I didn't have to spend a dime to make it cute!

Wednesday, January 12, 2011

A Snow Day!

Boy were we surprised to wake up to snow a couple weeks ago! I'm feeling a little guilty that I didn't let the kids go out and play in it but they both had the sniffles and it melted within a couple hours. The weather has warmed up quite a bit here so it looks like we'll have to wait until next year before we see it again. It was fun while it lasted!

Puppet Theater

The kids got this darling puppet theater from their Grandma Randi for Christmas and they absolutely love it. It hangs in a door way and is the perfect size for them. Jeffs mom got them a cute set of hand puppets. One puppet is a little owl so Kaleb has spent the last few days recreating the movie "The Owls of Ga'hoole".

Ironing Board Re-Do

A while ago while searching Etsy I came across these beautiful ironing board covers made by CityChicCountryMouse. They have such an amazing selection of colors and fabrics and I want one soooooooo stinkin bad. Between school uniforms, church clothes, and all the fabric I use for projects, I do a lot of ironing. I want a cover that will make me happy and cheer me up a little because let's be honest, ironing makes me a little grumpy.

{Paisley in Blush ironing board cover by CityChicCountryMouse}

So here is the story of my new ironing board cover. I've had my eye on the cover above for a while now but couldn't justify it as a necessity. My old cover was hideous. I got it when Jeff and I got married 5 years ago. It used to be white with big green polka dots but it was now a yucky yellow. It was hard and crusty from all the starch I use and the padding was coming out the sides of it. I went to Joanns about a week ago to use a gift card I had gotten for Christmas. I looked around for a while but couldn't really find anything I wanted or needed at the moment. Then I spotted an ironing board cover in the clearance for 3.97. It wasn't anything fancy but it was cute and glittery and had a small pocket attached to keep my starch and stuff in. So I grabbed it and went to check out. When I got to the register I realized a mistake had been made and there wasn't any money on the gift card. I could have paid for it but decided it wasn't meant to be. That night I came home and went through my fabric to see if I had something I could make my own cover out of. This is what I came up with.

{Please forgive the dark pictures, I do most of my crafting at night when the kiddos are fast asleep and I can have some peace and quiet}

I had a cute blue fabric with white polka dots that my mom had given me when we visited them in October. I'm not sure what kind of fabric it is but it has some stretch to it so the first thing I did was let the hot iron sit on it for a bit to make sure it wouldn't melt! Once I decided it would work I took my ironing board and laid it on top of some paper. I traced it and created a stencil. I then pinned it to my fabric and cut it leaving about 2 inches all the way around. I then folded the fabric over and sewed all the way around leaving a small opening to thread elastic through. It is quite similar to the way I make crib sheets using the tutorial found here.

The whole project was done in about 30 minutes. It slips right over the ironing board and can be removed easily for cleaning.

Some day when the cash starts flowing again I will treat myself to a lovely cover from CityChicCountryMouse. Until then I will enjoy this one and perhaps smile a little more while I iron.

Sunday, January 2, 2011

Christmas Break 2010

I can't even begin to describe the wonderful Christmas we had this year. The kids loved every moment of it and Jeff and I loved seeing the smiles on their sweet little faces. We spent a week in St. George with Jeff's family. While there we got to catch up with some friends, spent lots of time with family and we celebrated Kaleb's 4th birthday as well. I have hundreds of pictures to sort through but I wanted to share a few of my favorites and show some of the highlights of the trip.

Andie snuggling with Daddy next to the Christmas tree on Christmas Eve

Kaleb and Andie doing the "New Jammie Dance". It is a tradition for Jeff's grandparents to give everyone a new pair of pajamas to wear Christmas Eve.

Andie on Christmas morning wearing the cute tu-tu her Aunt Jessie made.

Christmas night the 4 of us went over to the temple to walk around and look at the lights and nativity. I love this picture of Jeff and Kaleb. It was the perfect ending to a wonderful holiday.

Kaleb turned 4 on the 30th. We had planned to go swimming but woke up to snow! So we changed plans and met some friends at Jumpin Jacks instead. Andie loved it. This was her first time being able to go on the bigger slides and houses.

My big boy blowing out his candle. I can't believe how fast the last 4 years have gone!
This little boy melts my heart. He is a mama's boy through and through and I love it! I am dreading the day that it's no longer cool for him to hug and kiss his mommy so I am soaking up every moment that I possibly can while he is little!