20 minute crafter. how to make a simple applique.

Ready for another one?
Am I adding too much to your to-do list?
And I apologize that it is just me again this week...I
have just not had enough time to research new crafters.
Today we will learn to make a Crystal applique.
I call it that because I have no idea if this is
how normal people do it...this is what I
came up with. :)
You will need:
Wonder Under
First, print out your template onto card stock.
This is American Typewrite in 850 font.
Second, cut it out.
Third, trace your letter onto Wonder Under-the smooth side.
Be sure to trace it backwards.
Fourth, iron your wonder under onto the wrong side of your fabric.
Fifth, cut it out. :)
Sixth, peel backing and iron onto your item of
choice then run a zig zag stitch around the edges.

Done and done. Now you can make anything cute.


feeling blah.

had to take a mini break.

forced to make some painful decisions about long time issues.
trying to focus on the positive things in my life.
two wonderful boys.
a fabulous husband.
a God who knows when I don't have a clue.

enjoying my boys.
planning our vacation to Boca Raton.
celebrating Aaron's birth this week.
great chats with my in-laws.

resting in the knowledge that God loves
everyone far more than I can.
that He knows the plan.
and letting Him be the savior.
and taking deep breaths. again and again.

hoping to get on my feet again soon.


20 minute crafter. what muffin top? (belt tutorial)

ready for another round of quickie crafting?
how about a SUPER cute belt!?
not only is this a quick craft BUT it is also great camo...
people will say cute belt and won't think twice about your little ol' muffin top. :)
The great part is that you can make as many cute
belts as you want...one for every single
outfit if you really want. You can get the materials
needed in any color and combo you could think of.
Here is what you need:
1in wide webbing (I found mine in the ribbon section at Joanns)
length of the webbing should be your waist size plus 10 in inches or so.
2 d-rings or rectangular ones like I have (I found these in the purse handle section
fabric of choice
sewing machine (or MAYBE iron on adhesive?)
having a cutting mat and guide (shown in photo) will help a lot
First, wrap the webbing around your waist where you wear your belt.
Add about 8-10 inches to that and cut and seal the ends with a lighter.
Like if your waist is 28 cut 38 inches of webbing.
Second, thread the webbing through your
d-rings and sew the end down as shown.
I went over it several times to ensure strength.
Third, cut your fabric 2 1/4 wide by your waist measurement PLUS one inch.
In my 28 inch example I would cut the fabric 2 1/4 by 29 inches.
You could make a patchy belt..that would be cute. :)
Fourth, fold in half and iron with 1/4 guide...then turn it right side out.
Fifth, once you have turned your little
fabric tube right side out...iron it with
the seam in the middle of the back
...as shown...tuck in the ends a half inch or so as well.
Sixth, center your fabric onto your webbing...pin if you would like...be sure to cover your previous stitching with your fabric AND allow room for your sewing foot to get in there.
Sew all around the sides...using 1/4 guide.
Then go flaunt your new sass and leave them saying...what muffin top?
Leave questions in the comments and I will answer them there. :)


20 minute crafter. felt polaroid.

Ready for some funky polaroid fun?
Today's 20 minute crafter is Katie from katie.cupcake.
I first saw this sweet little jewel when Julie forwarded me a link...
...being the mommy sieve that my brain is I promptly forgot.
Happy I stumbled upon it again and thought it would be perfect for this segment.
Katie originally made this as Christmas ornaments...
but I think they could be good for year round crafting.
I added a sweet little heart to mine making it perfect for this time of year.
supplies needed:
white felt. [the 9" x 12" rectangles from craft stores are perfect!]
sewing machine & thread
picture(s) [i used 4x6 inch pictures]

***ETA: if you're making these for small children, i recommend adding a piece of thin chipboard [like a piece cut from a cereal box] to your ornament to prevent it from getting bent as easily. just cut it the same size as your photo, glue it to the back of your photo and slip it into the Polaroid felt sleeve.]
1. cut your felt into a 9 inch by 4 1/4 inch rectangle.

2. fold in half, hamburger way. [lol] and sew a straight line 1/8 inch on two sides, creating a little pocket, with the folded edge at the bottom. [i used dark thread to show you which two sides, but you can just use white.]
3. turn it right side out, and poke out the corners
with a chopstick or the eraser side of a pencil.

4.iron on the lowest setting on your iron.
5. cut out a square on one side for your picture. mine ended up being approximately 2 3/4 inches. set aside the felt polaroid.

6. trim your photo. [mine ended up being approximately 3 3/8 inches by 4 inches, but it will vary on whether or not you have portrait or landscape photos and where your seams ended up.]

7. insert into your felt polaroid sleeve. if it doesn't fit, trim off 1/16 inch pieces until it does. set felt polaroid with picture aside.

8. trim your ribbon to the desired length. [mine ended up being about 8 1/2 inches, laid flat.]
9. start in the upper right corner, and sew a straight line down to corner, making sure to back stitch at the beginning. turn the polaroid, while the needle is still inserted into the felt and the presser foot is raised, sew along the bottom [folded] edge of the polaroid. turn again, and sew up the other side.
10. when you get to the top left corner, stop you sewing machine, and get your ribbon. cross the cut ends, so that it creates a loop for the polaroid to hang from.

11. insert your ribbon, so it is centered on the ornament. be sure to put it behind the picture, but in front of the back layer of felt on the polaroid.
12. sew across the top of the polaroid. back stitch over the ribbon to make sure it is secure. when you get back to the upper right corner, back stitch again.
13. sew a straight line across the bottom of the picture square and hole,
back stitching at the beginning and end.

14. trim strings and enjoy your polaroid ornament!
just remember, that your polaroids don't need to be perfect.
i think that's what gives them their charm, just like real polaroids. :)

wow. or don't assume pt. 2.

forty plus comments?
I am speechless. If the comments that were received are an accurate representation of the folks who read this blog...then awesome! We have some like minded thinkers and though that is not a requirement to be a guest here...it is always nice to know that I am not alone.
Thanks for your support.
I had no idea that this post would receive so much attention...I was just kind of on a rant and I turned it post.

For the other 10% of you...I am a little baffled.
There was no ill intent in that post.
I said not a thing about whether my way of life was for everyone...only that it was right for me.
I wrote that list based on MY experience...I have heard all of those lines more than once and on a semi-regular basis...so YES there are people out there that think those things about stay at home moms. And while once upon a time I did take offense to the kind of comments that prompted the previous post in the first place...now I laugh them off knowing that those people don't have a clue.

And while it is my nature to be defensive...I know that in this case, I have nothing to be defensive about. I was not meaning to start a debate...only sharing the view from my side...which most of you got, related to and hopefully found a little comical...which was part of the point.

I am OK with comments that do not agree with me.

I am NOT OK with ugly anonymous comments.
If you can't sign your name on a hate filled comment, that you feel the need to leave, that has nothing to do with the post...then please keep it to yourself because I will no longer publish them.

I don't care what kind of mom you are...only that you are doing what is right and best for YOUR family. Whether that is working or staying at home, makes no difference to me...there was NO judgment in the previous post...maybe you misread some of my sarcasm...or are as defensive of your mothering choice as I am...I'm sorry if you thought that post was any sort of judgment call. I truly wish that all mothers could come together as a team instead of hen pecking each other. I am actually pretty amazed at women who can work outside the home AND take care of a home...talk about a full time job.

For those of you who were just plain ugly. Shame on you. Now you have bummed ME out.

do not assume.

I remember my first day of class in Earth science in the ninth grade.
My teacher, Mr. Harman, wrote the word "assume" on the board...and proceeded with the old lesson of why not to assume...if you don't know it...ask someone.

The point is...by assuming something you stand to make a fool of yourself.

I have, in my short life as a stay at home mother,
had many people assume some things about me.

Let me just clear some things up for those people out there who may
not know these things about a stay at home mom.
And I only bring them up here because they come up in my life from time to time...leading me to believe there is a large portion of the population that actually believe these assumptions.

1) My job as a stay at home mom will not be done when my kids are both in school...so please don't assume that it will be. I have no intention of ever getting a "real" job again.

2) Do not assume that I am a stay at home mom due to any of the following:
being lazy, being uneducated, being weak willed (ie. my husband makes me), not wanting to get a "real" job, being overprotective, being controlling or that I have no other choice.

3) Please don't assume that I am dying for the day that I can get back into the work world and get a "real" job. I am doing my "real" job.

I told my husband on our first date that I had no intention of being a career woman, and that my calling in life was to be a wife and mom.
Amazingly he took me on a second date. :)

4) Please do not assume that my college education is "going to waste" because I don't have a "real" job. My job is "real" and I use my education on a daily basis.
Imagine that.

5) Please do not assume that because I am a stay at home mom, that my schedule is any more open than yours. No, I cannot run your errands, pick up your kids, watch your kids, etc, because I don't have a "real" job and therefore must be overflowing with free time that I am desperate for you to fill.

6) Please don't assume that part of my reasoning for being a stay at home mom is because I believe that no one else can raise my children as well as I can.

Actually...this one is true.

7) Do not assume that I watch Oprah.

8) Do not assume that your job is more important than mine just because you get a paycheck.
My treasure is in Heaven.

9) Do not assume that I am "so lucky" that I get to stay home.
Luck has nothing to do with it.
We make sacrifices every day to make sure that I am able
to stay home with my kids. We had to work at it.
It is possible for anyone, I believe. When I first became
a stay at home mom my husband was making about $18,000 a year but because we cut out the wants and stuck to the needs (tithe, bills, food and diapers), we made it. Me staying home was a priority so we cut what we needed to to make sure that happened.
And there was never any kind of government assistance.
We made it work because it is important to us.
It took a lot of faith in God and prayer.

10) And lastly, don't assume that I want your pity because I "have to" stay at home with my kids. It is my choice and I LOVE it. I love it. I love it. I feel as though I am fulfilling God's greatest purpose for a woman...being a mom and caring for my family.

Any other assumptions you would care to share?


20 minute crafter. arm candy.

Hey there funky friends!
Ready for some more quick crafting?
Say hello to sweet Shelly from Lemon Tree Studios.
Some of the best eye candy around.
And be sure to check out her shop too!
Lemon Tree Studio is home to some of
THE cutest and most ORIGINAL
goodies you will ever find on Etsy.

Helloooo...wake up!

It's time for a super easy, mega quick, girly-girl fixer-upper!
This is a mini {do it in 20 minutes} makeover.

All you need is an old shirt or a cheapo from a thrift shop. I am using a black velveteen shirt I got at Goodwill for $1.29. Any plain jane will do! And, any sleeve length will work....my plain jane is a 3/4 sleeve. We are going to add some cuteness to each sleeve........some arm candy! Dig through your fabric scraps and find your favorites. I am going to use one of these from this Owl Love bundle.

You will need 2 pieces that are at least 8 X 5 inches... Next, make a cut right up the middle {opposite the seam} of each sleeve. You can go as high up as you like, I cut up about 4 inches....
Fold your 2 fabrics in half and press, then fold under about 1/2 inch on both ends, press again. Sew down to the end.

You should now have a nice 'n neat little "square" of fabric that is double sided and has clean seams. You are going to take that and place it under the slit you made in the sleeve. Say that 3 times, fast! Now.....pin, pin, pin!

{Of course, you want to open the slit so that the cute fabric can shine through!}

Now......sew, sew, sew!
Almost done!
Flip that sleeve inside out and trim around the "triangle". I used a pinking shears to help with fraying, but no worries if you don't have one, just use your regular scissors.....nothin' wrong with a little fraying {it can be quite cute, actually}! Wha-la! You're done pimping the sleeves......super simple. All under 20 minutes......pimp a few more sleeves and you'll see how much quicker it becomes. Once you become obsessed with it, don't stop, use your imagination! Add ruffles, add pleats, extend the sleeves as far as you want, sew on some buttons, add lace.....it's your sleeve, do what you want with it!

If you are really ambitious and want to go another 10 minutes....you can add on a little "apron".

Pick out two more fabrics.... Use something round {I used a plate} to make the corners curved.....And I "layered" my fabrics..... Fold the tops under about a half inch and press.....
OPTIONAL STEP: Add a zig-zag {or other decorative} stitch around the bottom edges.....
Sew it on. Done!

Now you can dress & take your little nugget out to buy more fabric {because you need it, right?}....and she can look cute doing so!

That's all there is to it.....have fun!

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