28.6.11



Some years ago now I started praying for my husband and kids in a special way.

I knew I should be praying for them each day, but I wasn't sure what to say sometimes... except to ask that God would help them to be good people. That got me to searching for some answers. I figured since I had this question about what to pray for specifically, someone else must have already had the same question.

Low and behold, a couple of Google searches later, I came across a collection of different devotionals for praying each day for your husband and children based on some passages from Scripture. I printed them out and together with a stack of index cards I started to write them out. On one side I wrote out the prayer for my husband, and on the other I wrote out the one for my children. I numbered them for each day of the month, and over the months and years rotated through the cards each morning when I brush my teeth. (Multi-tasking!)

As you can imagine they have seen the wear of time. I thought that with so many amazing people coming up with pretty awesome printable postcards and such that now would be a good time to renew them! Not only does a fresh card give them new life, but it also gives my prayers new life by physically seeing them on something pretty. It tells me, "Yes, these are special. Take time and see the beauty in the passage." I'm a very visual person!

This time I haven't decided if I'm going to punch holes and make them into a flip book, or if I am going to find some sort of "recipe box" type container to hold them in. Either way, my prayers will be getting some new life!

Click on the picture to go to Amy's page to download and print the notecards!

27.6.11

I'd like to share some great tutorials with you!

Homemade by Jill shows you how to use picnik to make printables!



For your organizing needs...



I admit to posting this for selfish reasons. I really REALLY want to make this for my bathroom.




24.6.11

Time has run away from me this week!

Here are some fun things to try out this weekend.

Bed in a Bag


Make a Scroll Mirror! Click the pic for a tutorial!

Check out all sorts of quilting and sewing ideas at Diary of a Quilter~
Diary of a Quilter

Make some of these cute Mason Jar Vases


Check out this Tent Tutorial! My kids would love this!


Wishing you a great weekend!

21.6.11

Announcing my June Everything-Diaper Closeout!


Everything that I have in stock I'm cutting the price on to make room for a fresh start for the month of July. So if you see something you like let me know!

These large wet bags are now $20 (Down from $30 and $35). The large navy blue with retro animal print is a diaper pail size.
All these diapers are $12 each. The side snapping Owl Cover is $8.

These smaller wet bags range in price from $8 to $12, (down from $10-$15).

A clean start is just what I need for next month, and if you can grab something up for a great price that makes me feel good, too!

Do you have experience with a serger? I do. Bad experience, mostly. And that is unfortunate because I've seen some good things happen with a serger! But I've been working on it. And I think I might have it down. (As long as I don't try to change from 4 threads to three, or unthread it and try to adjust the tension, that is.) As some say, "it just takes experience".

I spent a little time practicing my serging on a dipe and I think I've got it down. It definitely makes for much quicker put-together. But I think I prefer the finished look of the turned and top-stitched dipes. I really like how some of goodMama's serged dipes look, but she also uses natural and organic velours. They look so plush and cushy, and the serging is a really nice detail. I'd love to have some like that for my little guy.

Even more so, though, I would love to be able to make some that look so cute!

20.6.11


Happy Monday!
Our Cloth Wipes recipient is ...
Congrats Kendra!
I hope everyone else will continue following along with me, and join in next month for another giveaway!

17.6.11

Here is some great info/sources if you are interested in getting started with cloth diapering:

The Diaper Pin
All About Cloth Diapers
Life More Simply
The Cloth Diaper Whisperer

There are a few to begin.
Here are some great links if you would like to start learning about how to start sewing your own stash of fluff!

Zany Zebra
Free Diaper Patterns
Cheeky Diapers
Mothering
Goodness Gracious Free Diaper Pattern
Diaper Stash - A huge list of free patterns

This is just a small list of what is available for free out there on the web. If you spend enough time looking you can find some great stuff, all for free. There are also some great video tutorials on YouTube that will show you exactly how to make your own cloth diapers using items you might already have around your house.

15.6.11


It's time for another giveaway!
This month one lucky friend will receive this set of cloth monster wipes!

Have you used cloth wipes? I do, and I love them. My first set was cut and sewn from old flannel sheets almost two years ago. They still serve us well.
These are cut 8x8 inches, to fold in half and fit nicely inside a standard wipes container. We even used ours in a wipes warmer when our little guy was a newborn. (In the middle of winter nothing is worse than a cold wipe!)

To enter this giveaway, come be my friend on Facebook, and leave me a comment here that you did! Or, if you don't use Facebook, simply leave me a comment and say hi, and follow me! I'd love for you to follow along, share comments, or ideas, and be a new friend! You have until Monday, June 20th, 8am EST to leave a comment. The winner will be chosen using a random number generator, and will be contacted within 48 hours.


Be sure to check out all the linky parties going on this week! Leave some comment-love for someone. It will totally make their day!

It's a Blog Party






14.6.11

Image found via Love Veggies and Yoga (Love her blog!)

Keep an eye out (the 15th) for another fun giveaway!
This time I'll be giving away a set of 6 cloth wipes!

A few facts about cloth wipes:
1. They are cute!
2. They are reusable!
3. They can be made out of just about any soft material!
4. They can be better for your baby if baby has sensitivities to chemicals found in disposables.
5. Usually 2 will take care of even a really messy diaper (as opposed to 5 or 6 or more disposables).
6. They can save you money in the long run.

Can't wait to share another fun giveaway with you!

13.6.11

This week I'm starting out with a couple of diapers to get me back into the swing of things! It's always so much fun to see a couple of diapers take shape. And when they are super cute it makes me wish I could keep them all for my little guy!

What are you working on this week?

9.6.11

You know when you start a house project and then once you have started you can't stop? You know what I'm talking about....If you stop it will never get done! It's been that way a bit around here lately. I started with spring cleaning and it very quickly morphed into DIY home-improvement projects over the week I took off from sewing.

I'm proud to say I've gotten a lot done, as far as our home. I broke from that last night long enough to fill my sewing/crafting desire. I threw together one dipe, and got three others halfway done.

And then...I went back to installing my bead-board back splash. Gotta keep the momentum going!

8.6.11

Come Here to Dream, (Pen & Watercolor)

This past week, I took time off from sewing diapers so that I could focus on my family and home. It was a great little vacation! I effectively did my "Spring Cleaning", and discovered that I actually love working in my home. I love taking care of my home. I started working on putting up a bead-board back splash in my kitchen, reorganized my laundry room, and made of list of projects that need to be done around the house.

I also rediscovered the whole concept of sitting still, and doing something just for fun. I sat outside and watched my kids swim, without a laptop/phone/book/diaper-work. It was a little traumatizing trying to quiet my inner "gotta-do-something" voice, but I did. And I actually enjoyed it!

I took the time to do a painting "just because" to enter in a little art show at our local community center on base. Sometimes taking the time to do something "just because" can be just what you need to make you feel good about yourself. Try it!

2.6.11

If you haven't noticed already, I'm sort a a DIY'er. I love doing things myself if it's at all possible. It's part frugality and part creativity coming through. I see things and think, "Oh yeah, I can do that!" Sometimes I think that drives me husband bonkers, but I think he also appreciates it as well.

Two years ago, we bought the home we now live in. Before we moved in the previous owner had the old yellow shag carpeting replaced. When we saw the new, we thought it was nice and didn't think much of it. But as time has gone on, I have come to loath this carpeting. It's a light colored, loopy carpet, (I know there is a name for it but that is beyond me at this moment). Having 5 people , and a dog, walking in and out and about probably doesn't help much, either. It's the heavy traffic areas that suffer the most. I admit, we wash our carpet probably about once a month in those heavy traffic areas.

The other day I cleaned the hallway, and was horrified when I emptied the canister. Let's just say, it wasn't pristine and the bathtub needed a good scrub after dumping it. As I was running the vac over it I couldn't help but think that if we had a runner in the hall, the carpet wouldn't get so nasty. And so I set to work!

I had $4 worth of burlap, and a canvas drop cloth.
The canvas would keep the dirt/juice/muck/kidstuff/miscellaneous goop off the carpet, and the burlap...well it's burlap. I like burlap. I think it's rustic and cute. (Think shabby chic/french decor-ish/farmhouse cute.)

I cut each to the length I wanted for the hallway and sewed them together down each side.

Then I taped off some stripes on each side, and painted them with some black acrylic paint I had hanging around. The stripes aren't perfectly filled in, but I think it adds to the charm of it. It's going to get beat up anyway! I let it dry, and applied carpet tape to the underside to keep it in place. And that's it!

Here's the best part...

Because I know how hard my family is on stuff, I get to replace this runner in a couple of months with something else! Next time I was thinking maybe a chevron pattern in bright yellow, or a fleur de lis. The possibilities are endless!


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