Monday, December 24, 2012

What's new

Working on some cute stuffies. They are not perfect. But they are cute.











Saturday, December 22, 2012

Owls!!

Just finished 2 owl stuffies. They are not perfect and I think in going to change a bit. I did this all with my own pattern. Will post pictures soon.

Thursday, December 20, 2012

My child is scared of Santa!

Yesterday I wanted to take my three kids to see Santa at the mall. Well, that did not happen.
When we got there santa was right there sitting in his rather large throne. Lit up Christmas trees all around, and pillows of fake snow. This did not go over well with my children and the hurried off in the other direction.

I figured that if I let them calm down that maybe they will change their mind. We walked around for a bit and went to the play area. I love this mall. Their were a few kids their age, so they had a lot of fun. Baby girl was fast asleep in my baby wrap .
When we went back to Santa they still wanted no part in it. I had them watch the other kids, but no luck.

Maybe next year I guess. Can't say that we didn't give it our all.

Saturday, December 15, 2012

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Radiator Springs Playset


Friday, December 14, 2012

Such a sad sad day

I was going to wrap presents tonight but it almost seems selfish. I think I will take this time to just mourn the lost little souls. Those poor parents who only wanted to give their children a great life. My heart aches for you. I cannot imagine such a horrible loss.
I will be praying.

Did you kiss your children goodnight?

Thursday, December 13, 2012

Blooming Bath

These baths are just so stinkin cute!! I seriously want one of these adorable flowers! I'm sure baby girl would love it as well. They fit snugly into most sinks and cushion the baby with its pedals. So adorable. Right now you can enter a giveaway for a chance to win one for yourself or another momma. Just click the ling below for Mommy Pr Blooming Bath Giveaway! Ends at 11:59 pm on 12/14/2012. Hurry over!


There it is!



Nap Mat and Pillow Tutorial


So as I said before, I finished the nap mat. It was a success in my eyes. I want to share how I did it with you. I have to be honest, I had a little help. I did not come up with the idea but I used some points from another blog. Simple Dimples. I changed a few things but overall it worked great. Here is a tutorial for what I did. I'm sorry if there isn't enough pictures. I am new to this. I did my best, not too bad for a first time.
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Supplies List:

2 yards of fabric for the front and back of the mat
1 yard of fleece or minky fabric for attached blanket
1/2 yard white cotton fabric
8 ounces of fiberfill to stuff pillow
All purpose thread
A piece of 1” thick foam cut to 20” width by 40” length. You can find this at a store like Joann.
40” sew-on velcro ( or whatever you prefer)
pins

Fabric for Applique Letters

Heat and Bond ( I prefer heat and bond lite, purple package)
Fabric Adhesive



Directions:

Wash your fabrics. Keep in mind that they will shrink.

Making the Blanket:

Cut a 36"x 36" piece from fleece. (I chose a double sided fleece) If not double sided, you may need two pieces or a coordinated fabric for the other side.

Making the Mat:

Cut two approximately 20"x 52" rectangles from your mat fabric to make the front and back.

Cut four 4"x 6" rectangles for straps.

Using your 4"x 6" rectangles place them right sides together with a 1/4" seam allowance.
Sew the two long sides and one short side. Turn right side out and Iron flat.

Sew 3 inches of velcro to each strap. See picture for how I chose to do it.
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The velcro goes across the other 20″ end on each piece. So fold it over 1.5″ and iron.
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(sew your velcro onto each piece at one 20" end.)
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I suggest placing the foam in and rolling it up as you would when it's done.
This step can also be done before or after sewing the entire thing together. I did not do that.
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Then mark where your velcro needs to go on the back of the mat. For the straps.
Unfold and remove foam. Sew on the velcro.

Attaching the Blanket:


Lay out the 20"x 52" rectangle.
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Lay the blanket on top (right sides together) line up edges leaving a gap on the bottom of the mat rectangle (see pictures).

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Fold and tuck the rest of blanket inside of mat to keep it out of the way of the needle. Place the other rectangle right side down on top of it. Pin the pieces together (make sure blanket and straps are tucked inside). It will be inside out.  It will be rather bulky.
Pin straps to bottom, tuck INSIDE mat.
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Pin PIN PIN and stitch with 1/2" seam allowance.
Stitch bottom and LONG sides ONLY.
Leave the other end open for velcro and foam insert.


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Turn Right side out.


Making the Pillow:

cut two 12'' by 18'' pieces of your white cotton. You could even use old sheets for this. I love to reuse and re-purpose.
Put right sides together and pin down all sides.
Sew down all sides leaving a small hole for your fiberfill and to turn right side out.
Turn right side out and stuff. hand stitch the hole.

To make the pillowcase I cut the fabric 9″ by 24.5″ and the fleece 18″ by 24.5″

Fold the print fabric in half and sew across the back of the 9″ end.
Iron the seam down.
Then fold the fabric in half and iron all the way around. It will be a circle.

Then take the fleece, and fold your 24.5″ sides together, and sew down the side and one end.

Take your print fabric and with right sides together, line it up with the open end of the fleece case and sew all the way around with a 1/4″ seam allowance.
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You can top stitch but I didn't see a need.
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Making the Letters:

Find a Design or Letters you want to applique.
Place the heat and bond on top of your design, paper side up, and trace your design. You'll need to flip the paper over so when you trace, the letters are backwards.

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(backwards letters)

Heat your iron according to the directions that came with the heat and bond. When the iron is hot, place the fabric right (front) side down on your ironing surface and press to remove any wrinkles. Be sure to put the side you want to use face down so you’re looking at the back of the fabric. Double check before ironing!

Now you can cut out your letters, or design.


Carefully peel the paper backing from the iron-on adhesive. If the backing is difficult to separate from the adhesive, tear the edge of the paper a little to get things started, or use a fingernail to separate the paper from the fabric.



Now the letters are cut. I used some fabric adhesive and glued them (Used Fabric-Tac to glue them) onto the mat where I wanted them. Removed foam and zig zag stitched the letter edges.
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Replace foam and you're done. Use "Fray Check" if you notice any fraying on the Applique letters. ( used scrap fleece so I did not have a problem)

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Easy to roll up, and tuck the pillow and blanket in.
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Monday, December 10, 2012

Homemade baby cereal

As you know, I have 3 kids. I have made baby food in the past but never cereal. I dislike those box brands. So I'm making my own. I figured we would start with this. It has worked in the past. My son was 8 months when he wanted solids and by then the only purée he had was cereal.
Do what works for your baby.


Brown rice cereal

1/2 cup finely ground brown rice
2 cups water
Some breast milk or formula

Simmer about 10 minutes. Add breastmilk to get your desired consistency. All done. Freeze the extra in ice cube tray and then store in freezer bag up to 3 months.







Sunday, December 9, 2012

DIY nap mat.

I completed the nap mat I was working on for my oldest daughter. I will be posting a tutorial soon. Life is just hectic right now. I'm almost done the nap mat for my son. Check out these pictures I took. I think it came out great. I can't wait for Christmas.


















Thursday, December 6, 2012

Free shipping at Joann's Fabric!!

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I know I just went but its a 40 minute drive. Maybe I can convince my husband. Haha.


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Wednesday, December 5, 2012

Fa la la la love egg nog

It's that great time of year when the days become shorter. Snow sticks to the ground. My heating bills grow enormous and egg nog hits shelves. Well it's been out since thanksgiving but who's counting. I love sugar cookie egg nog. It's by far the best. I have to limit how much I consume now though because of baby girl. Not sure how much her tummy would like it. Some babies don't like dairy. But so far a glass now and then hasn't hurt. So I'm going to sit here and enjoy a glass before making the kiddos lunch.



Tuesday, December 4, 2012

Sew cute!

Yesterday I tool all three kids to Joann's fabrics. I've never stepped foot in their and man is it huge. It wasn't easy to navigate. But I'm pretty sure I got all my supplies for the nap mats. Lets check.

•2 yards butterfly snuggle flannel @ 2.49 a yard
•2 yards monkey snuggle flannel same price
•1 yard hot pink fleece 4.99
•1 yard green fleece 4.99
•Velcro
•thread to match fabrics
•fiber fill
•heat and bond
•foam

Pretty sure I'm set. I wanted minky but its just too expensive. I bought a fleece that is good on both sides. I wanted a solid fabric too but I couldn't decide so I just got 2 yards of print. Very cute prints. Hopefully I can start them today. I already cut my pieces. I got extra pink fleece for baby girl. Not sure what I'm making with it yet. Any ideas? Anyone?





Sunday, December 2, 2012

New projects

I have a couple projects I'm going to be starting. I'm making 2 nap mats for the kids and a car seat slipcover for baby girl. My warranty is expired on the carseat anyway and I'm making sure to take proper precautions. no worries. I'm also going to tackle a playroom project. Which will be adding a reading nook to our closet. Hoping to get them done this month since the semester starts in January. I want it all done and the nap mats will be Christmas presents. Maybe I will post my very first tutorial soon. Stoping at Joanns tomorrow.

Saturday, December 1, 2012

Egg bake

This recipe can easily be changed to suite your needs. You can add mushrooms, onions, peppers. Etc.
I usually make this once a week.


Egg Bake

6 large eggs
2 cups milk
1 cup bisquick or pancake mix
1 cup cheddar cheese
2 cups baby spinach. ( honestly I do it by the handful)
1 cup chopped tomato
2 cups chopped sausage or ham (more or less depending on how much meat you want)
1/2 tsp nutmeg ( trust me you'll miss it)
Dash of salt and pepper
( I also add onion and garlic powder to taste. The choice of spice or not is there. )

Pre heat oven to 350. Grease 2 qt casserole dish.


  1. In a medium-large bowl wisk eggs add milk and Bisquick. Mix. 
  2. Add your spices and cheese. And mix. 
  3. Mix in sausage and meat. Add spinach.
  4. Pour into your baking dish. 
  5. Cook on 350 for about 45 minutes. 
  6. Let cool and cut. 
Enjoy. 




    Do you like snow?

    Just wanted to share the view. It's snowing and it just so happens that we are going to decorate for Christmas today.
    Personally I love being warm. But living in New England does have its perks.
    Do you like the snow?
    Think of all that shoveling I will have to do.