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Saturday, July 31, 2010

One Lovely Blog Award!

I love getting awards, who doesn't? This is my second and I just feel so honored that there are people out there that read my little blog. I'm working hard to make it BIGGER!
There are a few rules that come with receiving this award:

1. Thank and link back to the person that gave you the award.

2. Share 7 things about yourself.

3. Pass the award to at least 4 fellow bloggers who inspire you.

4. Let them know about the award.

Let's see...7 things about Me:
1. I am extremely shy
2. My husband and I will be celebrating our 5th August 19th
3. I have a little boy who I love more than words
4. I just "retired" as a magazine writer to be home with my little guy :)
5. I played soccer in college and my team won Nationals
6. I am a true New Yorker just transplanted in Idaho for awhile
7. I lived in Hong Kong (my second favorite place)

And these are fellow bloggers that I'm passing this award to:
I heart naptime

Everyday I can't wait to get up and read so many nice comments on project naptime. Thanks to everybody who spends a little bit of time to write me.

An Award... For me? Yay!

So I've had my family blog for a few years now and would post little projects I did hear and there, but just recently I've decided to begin a blog strictly for crafts, sewing, organizing ideas and mom stuff. I was really surprised and thrilled to receive an award after being here a short time.

The rules for accepting this award are...
•Thank the blogger who awarded it to you.
•Sum up your blogging philosophy, motivation, and experience using five (5) words.
•Pass it on to 10 other blogs which you feel have real substance.

I most definitely thank Vanessa for believing in me! She has so many awesome ideas go check her out at the Sewer, the Caker, the Copycat Maker.

My 5 words:
Inspire.... create.... improve....happiness....passion

10 Blogs with real substance: i love the ideas for little boys especially! :)
The Crafty Cupboard
So Wonderful So Marvelous
Make the Best of Things
homemade mamas
pony tails & fish scales
just sew sassy
what I live for
a girl and a glue gun
dilly dally & flitter
threaded together

Friday, July 30, 2010

Key Leash

So a few month ago I was walking on the greenbelt (a walking/biking path around a river) and I lost my keys. I was so mad for not only the hassle but my cute I love NY key chain- I'm a proud New Yorker, transplanted in Idaho. Anyways, luckily I had my library card attached to the keys and an hour after I realized I lost them I got a call from the library telling me to go to the police station because somebody turned them in! Yayy! It was very humiliating to walk in there and ask the police man for my keys back, and I never lose things. Now I'm paranoid I'll lose them again and was trying to figure out a way to make them easier not to lose. I found a tutorial on the idea room, an awesome blog to check out!

two fabrics, unless you just want to make it one color
fusible interfacing
1 purse strap clip- found mine at JoAnn's
matching thread

Cut your fabric 2 3/4" x 13"
fusible interfacing 3/4" x 12"

Iron each edge lengthwise about 1/4"

Next fold your fabric in half lengthwise and iron again. Your fabric should look like this. Put the interfacing in between the fabric and sew as close to the edge as you can.

After it is sewn it is sewn it should look like this.

Sew the two edges together, overlapping one end.

Fold the raw edges of the ribbon between the fabric making sure the ribbon is even before you sew it to the fabric

The final outcome! I may make it a little different next time, but for the first time it was pretty simple.

Wednesday, July 28, 2010

Menu Board

It's 4:30 and I have no idea what's for dinner... I came up with a plan to help me be organized. I write on my menu board at night so I know what's for dinner the next day.

This board was so simple to make and takes just under an hour (that includes drying time).

I purchased a small chalkboard at Robert's going out of business sale :(. My favorite craft store here. I was so sad but did take advantage and bought $300 worth of stuff for just $30!

First I painted the board, which I got for .25! You can leave it plain if you prefer, but i wanted to brighten my white walls so I chose red.

Next I picked some ribbon- polka dots all the way! I just hot glued it to the back.

I also made a little loop for a piece of chalk. I have since moved to the dark side and purchased some Chalk Ink. I love that stuff! You can use it on almost anything and it wipes off with some water. It comes about $12 for a four pack but if you use your 40% off coupon at Michael's that helps!

I love the board not only because its cute, but because now my husband just looks on the board instead of asking me whats for dinner.

Saturday, July 24, 2010

Homemade Christmas

Christmas Countdowns at

It's about that time to start thinking about Christmas and gift giving for your loved ones. My goal this year and moving forward is to make my husband and son a homemade gift each year for as long as I'm living. I think homemade gifts are so meaningful and fun to think up and make! I'll also plan to make it for as many family members as I can. For the next few months I will post what I come up with! I'd love to visit your blogs as well and see what you're all up to!

Friday, July 23, 2010

Booboo Bunnies & Fish

My sister made these for her babies years ago and I never got around to making them until now! I have many friends who will be having babies this fall and wanted to add one of these little guys to their bag-o-gifts. These are so simple to make.


Wash clothes. I used the baby ones from Target on clearance. Regular ones will work as well.

2 rubber bands

googly eyes

pom poms

Begin by rolling up one side to the center.

Roll up the second side so it looks like this.

After you roll the cloth attach the first rubber band, leaving enough room for your ice cube or reusable cube like I found at Bed Bath and Beyond. That way you can throw it back in the freezer and it's already for the next boo boo.

Fold the cloth back and secure it with the second rubber band right over the first one.

The final project. I think it is rather darling.

Here is the back of the bunny with his pom pom tail. You can add one for his nose too but I didn't have any small ones, I'm sure the big one would have looked ridiculous.

Since this cloth has fish I decided to make my son a boo boo fish. He loves the big googly eye.

Front view of the bunnies.

I made a bunch so when a baby arrives all
I have to do is pop one in a bag! I love the glittery tails.

Wednesday, July 21, 2010

Quiet Book Pages

In preparation for our trip to New York to see my family I'm scrounging for ideas to keep the little man happy on the long plane ride. He's just started walking so any ideas out there would be greatly appreciated!
I've been working on this book forever, other projects keep getting in the way :). These are the pages I've completed so far with help from some of you! Thank you for your ideas on your fabulous blogs!

Car Mat: This is my newest page. I saw this over at it's good for the heart. This is missing a few details, but wanted to post it in here as well.

Apple Picking: I think most of us know where this one came from, homemade by Jill. She has some great ideas! Here he cane pick the apples and put them in the bucket and also the birds snap off.

Mailbox: This idea also came from homemade by Jill. She is awesome! I never would have come up with this idea!

Gone Camping: I still need to make Ian sleeping in a sleeping bag but for the most part this page is done. We love camping so this one was a must!

Match the Shapes:
pieces have magnets where he can match the shapes.

Caterpillar: Here the dots have magnets and you match the colors. The sun also comes off

Fish Bowl: eventually I want to add a fishing pole so Ian can fish the little guys out of the bowl, but for now they aren't attached so he can lift the vinyl and pull the fish out. He loves to shake them because the eyes make noise.

The Changeable Car. I will have a picture of my son to put in the driver's seat so he can see himself driving the cars. All the accessories will velcro onto the car; bumper, lights, wheels, taxi sign, etc. There is a taxi, police car, ambulance, convertible, truck and car. I outlined the car shape so the little guy knows where to place the car and then he can just go to town making his car!

I'll be sure to post the final book when all is said and done. Man this takes a long time, hope he likes it on the plane and of course for church.


Saturday, July 10, 2010

Luggage Taglets

In preparation for our trip to New York I thought I'd make some luggage tags to make it easier to spot my bag at the baggage carousel. I brought in reinforcements from Fun to Craft for help. After the second or third time I had this down and was in my groove. I didn't spend any money on these either. Just used what I had lying around the house.

***Note: sewing vinyl is a pain. It moves around or sticks to the machine as you're trying to sew. Put paper on top of the vinyl and it moves like butter and doesn't pull or stretch the fabric!

First cut out your fabric. I used the dimensions found in the tutorial, next time I may make them a bit smaller.
Main Fabric Cuts:
(1) 4 x 5 1/2 inches
(1) 4 x 4 1/2 inches

Coordinating Fabric Cuts:
(1) 4 x 5 1/2 inches
(1) 2 x 12 inches

Fusible Interfacing
(whatever thickness of interfacing you prefer)
(2) 3 1/2 x 5 inches

Vinyl (if desired)
About a 3 x 3 1/2 inch piece

I assembled all the separate parts first and then I was ready to
assemble the end product. It was nice to have all the parts ready to be sewed. So first do the straps. Fold your long piece in half, lengthwise and iron. Unfold and iron each end into the fold line . Then fold down your already pressed middle again so the raw edges are tucked in and iron. You now should have a 1/2" piece that is 4 layers thick. Sew straight down the handle

Next: iron interfacing to the wrong sides of your 4 x 5 1/2 pieces. Be sure to iron the fabric side, not the interfacing side- it will ruin your iron.

Next: Vinyl
Center the vinyl piece to the right side of your 4 x 4 1/2 inch piece. (I followed the directions the first time on the tutorial but the frays annoyed me, when I sewed on the right side of the fabric the frays will be under the vinyl and less noticeable.)

Use a zig zag stitch all the way around the vinyl. then carefully cut a slit into the fabric center directly under the vinyl as close to the stitch as you can. Do not cut the vinyl!
Next: Piecing together. Do as I say: lay right side up your main piece, next lay right side up your vinyl piece, then put your coordinating piece right side down. Sew three sides, leaving top open to slip in your address paper.

Next: Trim the corners and turn right sides out Next: Fold raw edges under and put your handle in the middle. Sew the whole open edge and Voila! You are done!I made 5, more than enough and hardly any time at all to make!

Friday, July 2, 2010

Birthday Onesie

So simple to make and just under $1.50!

Simply pick a shirt or onesie and cut out you number. I just printed a "1" on the printer and traced it on my fabric and also on the double sided fusible webbing.

Iron the number to the shirt and then I zig zagged to clean the edges up and that's it!