for you.

in the shop now. :)
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julia project num. 2

i hated these.
sorry to say it...but i hope to never make these again.
a lot of ironing and prep for these.
they were a lot of work for...well, potholders. :)

what i learned: 
-making potholders is totally annoying.
but I DID get to practice my binding corners. :) 

want to claim them?  shoot me an email. 
now...what to make next?
:)
 new in the shop is this lovely little hoop...

 ...and TWO new wreaths will be listed later on today...I'll update
 this post when they are available.

happy Friday to you!
is it heavenly and spring like where you are too?
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crafty math.

this mess of trims and ribbons.
plus a tiny fraction of my empty thread spools.
equals some pretty craft math.
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20 minute crafter. easy peasy silhouettes.


Hellooooo!  It's crafty time!
Today's 20 minute crafter is 
Chrissie Grace...artist, author, mommy and more. :) 
You can visit her HERE.
Enjoy and think Mother's day...

 Hello! Welcome to my edition of "20 minute crafter."




Like many of you, Little Bit Funky is one of my very favorite blogs, so I am so honored to be sharing one of my projects over here with you!



This has got to be one of the easiest craft projects I've ever done...

Everyone knows that silhouettes are still super hot decor. 
If you haven't done one for your kids yet, you have no excuse now!:)


Supplies that you'll need:
~camera and a printer
~wooden plaque (I bought mine at Michaels for 79 cents)
~white paper (I prefer cardstock)
~Modge Podge
~scissors
~black paint and a paintbrush
~ribbon
~hot glue gun


The first thing you need to do is take your picture. I have four little ones, so I put them on the same white wall one at a time, backed up about 2 feet, and got on my knees so that I was at their level. Don't worry about shadows or anything like that. Then just snap a few...


The plaques that I bought measure about 4 x 6, so I printed my photos at 3 1/2 x 5. I prefer to use cardstock, but if you only have regular printer paper it will work.


Cut out the profiles. I think it's much more interesting to get in all those pesky hairs! 
Cut away from the shadows if you have any...


Turn your silhouette over and paint it black. As you can see in my photo, the paper will curl a little, but after it dries, it should lay back down. Let it dry completely.

Using a thin layer of modge podge, glue your silhouette down. Go slowly to prevent bubbles. Use your finger to smoosh out any bubbles and to get it nice and flat. I also put a coat of modge podge on the top as well. Let it dry.



Cut a piece of ribbon about 8 inches long. Using hot glue, adhere it to the back.
Voila! You are done! Now hang it!




You may have noticed that I never painted my wooden plaques. I preferred the look of the light wood. You could vary this project by painting the background different colors, painting your silhouette a different color, or incorporating scrapbooking papers into the mix. I hung ours above our bed, but I think it would be a great idea to make them for scrapbooks too. 
Wouldn't it be cool to make one at the same time every year to document change?
Thanks for joining me on this little crafting adventure. I hope you have fun making some:)
xo, Chrissie
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julia project num. 1

i finished my first julie project!
 this one was for four picnic placemats.
but as i made them i thought about how great they would
be for eating out...that is if you are one
of those moms like me who wipe down every
surface in reach of your kids in a public restaurant.

what i did different: i added a ribbon tie to the side, so 
when you roll them up, you can tie them up. :)

what i learned: ironing really DOES make the sewing
easier.  i can't believe i just typed that.  i hate to iron.

if you would like to claim one before i add them to the
shop they will be $6 each plus $2 shipping.
just email me. :)

they measure approx 15 1/2in by 10 1/2in.  washable.
there is a pocket for the utensils and napkin. 

Also this weekend I made my first :

Chocolate Cream Pie

ingredients:
  • 3/4 cup white sugar
  • 1/3 cup all-purpose flour
  • 2 cups milk
  • 2 (1 ounce) squares unsweetened chocolate
  • 3 egg yolks
  • 2 tablespoons butter
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 (9 inch) pie shell, baked
  1. Combine sugar, flour, milk, and chopped up chocolate in 2 quart saucepan. Stirring constantly, cook over medium heat until mixture begins to bubble. Continue stirring for 2 minutes.
  2. Mix a little of the hot mixture into the egg yolks, beating rapidly to avoid cooking the yolks. Stir the warm yolk mixture into the remainder of the chocolate mixture, and cook for an additional 90 seconds. Remove from heat, and stir in butter or margarine and vanilla.
  3. Pour filling into pie shell, and chill until set. Top with whipped topping, and a little grated chocolate.


Totally indulgent...and yummy...and pretty easy too. :)

xo



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finished!


finally.  months ago my sister in law sent me some fabric to make
a curtain for her bathroom.  she sent me some photos for 
inspiration but pretty much left the design up to me.

i took months because...well i wanted to have the design figured out 
before i cut into the fabric...and i am so glad i waited. 

i love it!  so much so that i now want to make one...in brighter tones of course, 
for my kitchen window.  all i needed from her was how wide she
needed it and her fabric choices.  the result is adjustable...made stable
by some dowel rods inserted into pockets along the front. 

check being intimidated by curtains off of my list. :)
and, as promised...one more wreath in the shop...this one
with a sweet little bird nesting in it.  :)

I am overwhelmed by the number of you lovelies who 
want to send me a yard...i tried to email who i could, but for 
some of you i couldn't find an email...if you didn't hear
from me, could you send me an email? 

thanks and happy weekend!
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#2

in case you haven't seen...
...there is another wreath in the shop!
this one is aqua with a sweet little deer embellishment.
and to answer some questions:
for the blog book:
i used "standard portrait" and did not print the comments.
i did have to go in and check to be sure that all the photos
were positioned correctly and that there were no heads
cut off. the style i used was vivid.
i just ordered my vol. 2 and it was 160 pages and cost about $43.
it will have a yellow cover. :)

and as for the Julia project. yes! if you send me a yard i WILL
send you the finished project. BUT you can't choose the
project BUT you can send me a list of the top five you would
like me to use your yard on.

sound fair?

thanks for all of your wonderful feedback and comments
on both of the previous posts.

i LOVE to hear from you all and do my best to visit
every blogger that stops by.

your comment make my day!
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my julia project.

While we were in Baltimore, hiding under the blankets after the boys went
to sleep on the second night, Doug and I watched Julie and Julia on our laptop.
Since then my little brain has been reeling about how
I could do my own Julia project somehow...
and Doug would never go for a year of French cooking.
So instead I bought this book...One Yard Wonders.
It contains 106 projects that use a yard of fabric or less.
My hope is to sew my way through this book, make at least one of each
and sell it to cover the cost of the project.
If it is something that I love...I'll have to try
to find a way to make the design my own.
What do you think? Will you be a supporter?
Know anyone who wants to donate some yardage? :)
Here is one of the first on the list...oven mitts and potholders.
These could be REALLY cute with the right fabrics.
But I think these will be the very first...wouldn't these
be great for this spring and summer?
Pop them in a purse or diaper bag and you
have a clean place to eat or picnic.

So whatcha think? Will you be here to cheer me on...good or bad?

:)
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vol. 1-blog printing.

for almost a year now i have been researching ways to get my blog printed.
a huge reason that continue to blog is to document the lives of my kids...
not just on the special days but on the day to day.
to me, it will be so cool for my kids to get to read these
entries when THEY are 30.
i am not a scrapbooker, nor a diligent journaler...this blog has
been the best way for me to document all the things i want to remember.
many of the ways that i had found were either unnecessarily
difficult, too expensive or did not work with blogger.
i can't tell you the number of hours that i spent
researching and trying to find the best way to do it...
in a way that would be nice, durable and affordable.
and then i was sent to Blurb.
from step one it was easy...worked with my MAC and blogger.
included color photos and looked like a REAL book.
the pages are glossy and thick.
you can even add a photo to the cover.
this is my first volume. it is 275 pages and cost me approx $60.
at first that number may seem high, but believe me that is a great deal.
other places, this exact book could run me more the $200 and up.
and if you think about it...this is like our scrapbook...
and imagine the cost for all the supplies i would spend on that?

because my blog is so wordy and has so many photos,
i plan on doing a new volume every six month/two per year.

so if you are looking to print your blog,
i did the research for you and
Blurb may be the best bet for you.

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we lived to tell about it.

we lived, we lived!
here is a photo from the set up where i wrote this post.
aaron ended up taking a two hour nap...which
meant a two hour recuperation time for me.
the trip to the aquarium went pretty well considering that
both boys ended up with symptoms of sickness...
Moses loved seeing the sharks and enjoyed
pointing out all of the characters from Nemo.
the next night, while much improved, was still mostly bad.
aaron's fever spiked pretty high and he cried off
and on through the night...though mercifully moses
slept through it all...even ANOTHER late night call to our hotel room.

in the end though,
the hassle and nightmarish nights were worth
it for the few precious hours we got to see
our family.
i came away from this weekend with two blaring thoughts:
1) i am SO thankful that my boys can each have their own rooms. i don't know how we would do if i had to worry about them waking each other up every night...though i assume they would eventually get used to it...i am thankful that for now, at this age, we don't have to worry about it.

2) i have NO IDEA how anyone can survive having a family bed...you know, where everyone in the family sleeps in the same bed. i need my sleep and space...on the second night we brought aaron into the bed with us in order to get the few minutes of sleep that we could. he was SO wiggly and squirming and SO demanding of space for a guy so little. more than once i woke up to a kick in the ribs or a tiny bum in my face.
since we are still getting our act together, there will be no 20 minute crafter post.
so sorry...we will resume next tuesday. :)
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convo FAIL.

A couple of weeks or so ago WE were bathing the boys.
Something I never have to do thanks to my awesome husband.
Somehow it seemed like a good time to talk to Moses
about privacy and how no one is ever allowed to touch his boy parts
and what he is to do if someone does.
For the sake of this story you have to know that Moses
refers to his boy part as his "nool"...a derivative of noodle.
Don't ask.

I felt like we had as thorough of a discussion as you can with a
three year old. This kind of discussion
is important to me and I wanted to be sure he understood.

So I said "Moses, what did mommy just tell you?"

He stands up, puts his hands on his hips, shoulders back and
states..."EVERYONE can touch my nool!"

FAIL.
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helllllllo.

would it amuse you to know that as i write this i am hiding in between queen beds on our hotel room while aaron is on the other side napping in a pack and play that i am thankful to have brought? I'll take a photo for you when aaron wakes up.

the first part of our trip has been possibly one of the worst segments of my adult life.

it started when we checked in and was told that they do not have cribs "and i don't know who would have told you that ma'am, we cater to business folks". Thankfully, I had listened to my mommy gut and brought the pack and play anyway.

in the last 24 hours or so the following has occurred:
crying, screaming, screaming because of nightmares, crying from being awoken by screaming due to nightmares, coughing, puking because of said coughing, fever, a 2am call to our hotel room, no sleep, abdominal pains, the worst case of motion sickness i have ever had, no sleep, no sleep. not to mention the joys that come from having weaned aaron earlier in the week...nursing moms you KNOW what i mean.

not to mention that baltimore is way more ghetto than i remembered. and we went to THE most ghetto target in the world...complete with TWO armed guards and doug be solicited for drugs WHILE holding our three year old. awesome awesome time.

i am praying real hard and am trying to be determined to have a good TIME. i am desperate for moses to LOVE the aquarium!

so if you read this PRAY!!!!!

please and thank you!


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cuddle.

this is how we start each day.
this kid is a hard core cuddler.
15- 20 minutes every morning...
...and at the end of each nap...
...and here and there when he needs it.

when he needs a cuddle you stop what
you're doing and give that baby his cuddle.

:)
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p.s.


Be sure to check out Oh My! today for a post from yours truly! :)

AND

I've added some mix tape iron on's to the shop!
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keeping his cool.

moses is 3 1/2 but has to wear a 5t pants and a boys xs shirts.
sadly (for me) the boys xs shirts are meant for boys much older
than 3 1/2. for the most part all I have been able to find, or at least the
bulk of what I have found are either anime (hideous),
tacky characters or have some sassy saying on them.
blech.
I want CUTE three year old clothes...LITTLE boys stuff...
firetrucks and guitars and baseball.
my first shopping experience for these new sizes
had me walking out of the store with nothing.
I nearly cried.
Then I found some great ringers at Old Navy for a few bucks each.
And decided I would make my three year old, three year old
type shirts...in a big boys size.
Both are done with the simple applique technique.

the mix tape one I actually just cut out of the
fabric and arranged in a way that made me happy.
anytime I find a great boys fabric I grab some...
...they just don't seem to come around as much
as all the cute stuff for girls.

problem solved.
I spent less, made original AND my three year old
gets to dress like he is three.

:)





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good news bad news.

good news-there will still be a shop update today!
bad news- i did not get the wreaths done.
good news-when i DO get the wreaths done there will be
two of them...a medium and a small!
good news-these cute new towels WILL be in the update!
good news-i had enough leftover lovey materials to make a couple for the shop!
bad news-i have A LOT to get done before we can
head to Baltimore tomorrow!
good news-all these cute new belts will be there!

bad news-i didn't get done nearly as much as i wanted to this week...i must
have confused my schedule with someone else's.

shop update will be around 8pm or so Virginia time!
See you there!
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he's funny.

So long as Moses has known about sharks we have told him that
they say "doo doot, doo doot"...you know, like the music in Jaws.

That's cute right?

Add to that, the fact that Moses is being raised in the south...
and you get "deww dewt, deww dewt".
Which is what it sounds like when Moses makes the shark noise.

Whenever I hear him do it I add in my own "ya'll" and imagine a shark with
teeth like Mater from Cars.

Dew dewt, ya'll.
So at MOPS last week a friend was sharing how her 18month old knows
his alphabet...or can at least identify all his letters when he see's a photo of them.

Someone else at the table said "Well, you and your husband are both lawyers so it would make sense that reading is high on your kid's ability list"

Another friend was saying that her child was really into science stuff...the planets and what not.
And someone said "Well that DOES make sense with the degree that you have".

All I could say was "Well, what does it say about me if Moses can beat box and break dance?"

I raise cool kids?

After that discussion I bought Moses the post it note flash cards in the photo above.
I laughed out loud at the first four I pulled off. In that order.
I left them there are a good reminder.

Please, woman, think right!

:)


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