arm candy. aka 2x the wardrobe.

 You might remember THIS DEBATE from some time back...it was about whether or not baby legs were for boys or girls.  I won because not only did Aaron wear them...but when he was done, Moses took them over and used them as sleeves under his short sleeved shirts. 
 It instantly turned his summer shirts into winter shirts. 
Plus it gave him a way to express his Moses self.
 So...this Fall, I sought out some new ones to add to his collection...
 ...and found "mama runs with scissors".  
The cutest sleeves/leggings I have seen anywhere.  
 I chose a few and they came quick in the mail.  
To say Moses was excited to see them come in the mail is a huge understatement.  He was thrilled to now own some with gnomes, monkeys, bikes and more. :) 
So thrilled that he quickly agreed to a quick modeling session.  
Go check them out...mama runs with scissors.  
Excellent quality, great price and quick shipping. 
Fun for boys and girls. :)
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christmas gifts you can make. :)

 I know...I have been a blogging fool lately...but I have SO much I am trying to get in...that I just have to...so just hang in there...I'm sure I will level out eventually.  For now...I thought I would share a couple of Christmas gifts I have finished up. :)  These are for my niece...
 For this first dress...I sorta used a tutorial that I found at Make it and Love it. 
By sorta I mean that I looked at it...and then did it my own way.  But the tutorial is great so use it. :)
 You are basically adding some ruffles to the bottom of a long sleeved t-shirt.  Easy and cute.
This one I made a little differently but used the same general idea...
 This one I just made a 6in wide and a 12in wide piece fabric (length depends on how much ruffle you want...2x the width of the shirt will work well)...ruffled them together and sewed them onto the bottom of the skirt.  Super easy.
 And then hair bows to match of course...
You can find a tutorial for making similar ones HERE.  
 Except I used my machine to sew it into a circle onto a piece of felt. 

And buy extra large buttons to cover HERE.

I hope she loves them...I'm always worried about being the Aunt that does this:
I will try to help with any questions in the comments. :)
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public service announcement...

It's that time of year where I ruin the surprise of all those on my Christmas card list to gush about the creator of my Christmas cards.  Sara has made my cards for the last four Christmases...on top of other card designs here and there.  To say that she is AMAZING is a huge understatement.  
Her service is superior.  She is patient and talented and completely lovely to work with.  And she doesn't ask me to do this for her...but every year I am SO totally blown away by how GREAT my cards are and how much I love them...that I can't help but tell you all about them and how much you are missing out if you don't get your Christmas cards from her.  Honestly, if it wasn't for Sara I wouldn't do photo Christmas cards.  Mostly because I don't like sending something that I know someone else will be sending...and because I always get duplicates of Christmas cards from different families.  And I don't want to be a duplicate.  Snobby of me, I know.       
I don't know about you but I can hardly STAND how cute these Christmas cards are!!

And the best part...if you order from her right now...you will most likely get a proof of your card within about 24hours.  She is super fast!  She fixes it up and sends you a file to print off as much as you would like!!!  OR you can have her print them for you with all sorts of add-on's like front and back(like ours will be) or rounded corners or matte or glossy.   And great prices all around.

Either way getting your cards will be the easiest thing to get done on your list. 
And you will love Sara.  Go visit her at Less Ordinary Designs. 
I promise.

And like I said, she doesn't ask me to do this for her, I just love her that much, but she IS sponsoring a giveaway tomorrow...come back for that then.  :)

P.S.  "God Jul" is Merry Christmas in Norwegian. :)
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haters gonna hate.

 I found this article, via Tim Ferriss, some time ago and read it again today...it's GREAT advice for bloggers and those of us who share via some form of social media.  It reminded me of a few things that I need to keep in mind...I hope you enjoy it too...

1. It doesn’t matter how many people don’t get it. What matters is how many people do.

“It’s critical in social media, as in life, to have a clear objective and not to lose sight of that,” Ferriss says. He argues that if your objective is to do the greatest good for the greatest number of people or to change the world in some small way (be it through a product or service), you only need to pick your first 1,000 fans — and carefully. “As long as you’re accomplishing your objectives, that 1,000 will lead to a cascading effect,” Ferriss explains. “The 10 million that don’t get it don’t matter.”

2. 10% of people will find a way to take anything personally. 

Expect it.

“People are least productive in reactive mode,” Ferriss states, before explaining that if you are expecting resistance and attackers, you can choose your response in advance, as opposed to reacting inappropriately. This, Ferriss says, will only multiply the problem. “Online I see people committing ’social media suicide’ all the time by one of two ways. Firstly by responding to all criticism, meaning you’re never going to find time to complete important milestones of your own, and by responding to things that don’t warrant a response.” This, says Ferriss, lends more credibility by driving traffic.

3. “Trying to get everyone to like you is a sign of mediocrity.” (Colin Powell)

“If you treat everyone the same and respond to everyone by apologizing or agreeing, you’re not going to be recognizing the best performers, and you’re not going to be improving the worst performers,” Ferriss says. “That guarantees you’ll get more behavior you don’t want and less you do.” That doesn’t mean never respond, Ferriss goes on to say, but be “tactical and strategic” when you do.

4. “If you are really effective at what you do, 95% of the things said about you will be negative.” (Scott Boras)

“This principle goes hand-in-hand with number two,” Ferriss says. “I actually keep this quote in my wallet because it is a reminder that the best people in almost any field are almost always the people who get the most criticism.” The bigger your impact, explains Ferriss (whose book is a New York Times, WSJ and BusinessWeek bestseller), and the larger the ambition and scale of your project, the more negativity you’ll encounter. Ferriss jokes he has haters “in about 35 languages.”

5. “If you want to improve, be content to be thought foolish and stupid.” (Epictetus)

“Another way to phrase this is through a more recent quote from Elbert Hubbard,” Ferriss says. “‘To avoid criticism, do nothing, say nothing, and be nothing.” Ferriss, who holds a Guinness World Record for the most consecutive tango spins, says he has learned to enjoy criticism over the years. Ferriss, using Roman philosophy to expand on his point, says: “Cato, who Seneca believed to be the perfect stoic, practiced this by wearing darker robes than was customary and by wearing no tunic. He expected to be ridiculed and he was, he did this to train himself to only be ashamed of those things that are truly worth being ashamed of. To do anything remotely interesting you need to train yourself to be effective at dealing with, responding to, even enjoying criticism… In fact, I would take the quote a step further and encourage people to actively pursue being thought foolish and stupid.”

6. “Living well is the best revenge.” (George Herbert)

“The best way to counter-attack a hater is to make it blatantly obvious that their attack has had no impact on you,” Ferriss advises. “That, and [show] how much fun you’re having!” Ferriss goes on to say that the best revenge is letting haters continue to live with their own resentment and anger, which most of the time has nothing to do with you in particular. “If a vessel contains acid and you pour some on an object, it’s still the vessel that sustains the most damage,” Ferriss says. “Don’t get angry, don’t get even — focus on living well and that will eat at them more than anything you can do.”

7. Keep calm and carry on.

The slogan “Keep Calm and Carry On” was originally produced by the British government during the Second World War as a propaganda message to comfort people in the face of Nazi invasion. Ferriss takes the message and applies it to today’s world. “Focus on impact, not approval. If you believe you can change the world, which I hope you do, do what you believe is right and expect resistance and expect attackers,” Ferriss concludes. “Keep calm and carry on!””
That was enlightening.
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what i wish. num 12.

Welcome to "What I wish I could tell you"...an anonymous platform for bloggers to share what they don't feel free to share on their own blogs.  If you have a story/thought/ache/hurt/feeling/secret/prayer request you want to get out, feel free to email me at ricracandpompoms @ gmail.com.  You will remain anonymous to all but me unless you choose otherwise. 
The author of this entry has chosen to stay anonymous.  Say hello to anon #12: 

~*~
I wish I could tell you my mother has passed away. It may not hurt as much to just have her be dead. I wish I could tell everyone my mother loved me. I wish I could say I have a great relationship with her. Instead when asked about my mom, I get a pit in my stomach. When I happen to see her on the rare occasion my heart drops to my toes. When I had my one and only child I cried for days that I didn't have a mom to show me how to be a mom and do everything just so. I wonder all the time why she doesn't love me. I wonder all the time what I did wrong. Knowing the love I have for my own son, I wonder how a mother could ever hurt her child. EVER. How could a mother ever lay her hands on her own flesh and blood.
I wish I could say I wasn't like her. I try every day to break the cycle. I live my life by her bad example. I try to be the mom she never was, and never will be. I try to not be her daughter.
I wish people could understand. I wish they could understand the reasons without me telling my whole story. I wish they would respect the choices I have made for my own life. I wish they knew I was better off without her.
While my dad has been the best stand-in mother in the world. My heart aches that I didn't have a mom to talk to about my first period. To talk to about the boys I liked. To take me wedding dress shopping. To ask breastfeeding questions to. To be there for my son as a wonderful grandma.
I wish I could tell you my mother was dead. Instead, I live with the pain of her living near, not caring, or loving me.

-anonymous
~*~

Want a turn to share?  Email me at ricracandpompoms @ gmail.com. 
Feel free to comment and encourage or just relate and assure.
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define: ridiculous.

This is around the corner from my house.  
That is a duplex.  The line down the middle goes all the way down to the street.

Almost...but not quite as ridiculous as people insisting that I am not entitled 
to having and sharing my opinion on my very own blog. 

You will never read a purposely hurtful word here.  But that does not mean that I will not share my opinions.  About my life.  And my experiences.  It is after all MY blog. 

Because I share a like doesn't mean that you have to like it.

I am not a blog that tries to paint a picture that EVERYONE will love all the time.  I paint my own.  I paint a real picture because that is what I would want from others.  If I tried to avoid topics that would hurt anyone because of some individual pain then I could never talk about:
my children (because some don't have them), my husband (because some don't have great ones), my successful business, my house, my struggles, my hurt, my dreams, the fun new things I bought or the things I want, the things I make, that I want to move, that I get to stay at home, that my husband has a great job, that people hurt my feelings, that I hate where I live, that I don't want more children, that I want a craft room...I couldn't talk about my experiences or growths ever. 

It would be a pretty boring place to read and visit.  If you want that read the dictionary.

If you like real and sometimes different and sometimes the same...sometimes relate-able and sometimes not...then welcome and know that I would never intentionally be ugly.  I am accountable to too many people to ever be purposefully hurtful here. 

And I stand by my belief, that anything worth saying is worth signing your name to.  

That includes comments.  
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goodness.

 Just wanted to share my current favorite item...coming soon in NON-Christmas fabrics...it's a hand towel and there are a couple available in the shop...custom orders and color requests welcome...
 There are also a couple of my houses in a row towels in the shop...one of my all time best sellers...they make a sweet little gift for a teacher or your mom....or anyone you love enough to buy handmade for. :)
 And I am dying to buy some of this ribbon...
...and this one.  But it is only available in 25 yard spools for $31 each...if you would like to share a spool with me...email me...even if we split it several ways that would be awesome.  
Email me at ricracandpompoms@gmail.com if you are interested and we can work out the details. 

And I have a couple of sponsorship spots open...I try to keep the slots limited in number to keep the exposure high for each of my lovely sponsors.  If you are interested in a spot for a GREAT rate...just email me. :) 
Happy Friday to you! :)
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20 minute crafter. diy pj pants.

 Ok.  Don't freak out.  Making pj pants is way easier than you think.  And it really only takes about twenty minutes from start to finish...make them from fleece to make them extra cozy. 
 You will need:
~yard of fabric (maybe less if you have a non-directional print)
~1/4 yard of fabric for the cuff if you will be adding that.
3/4in elastic (enough for your child's waist)
kraft paper or other paper suitable for pattern making
pair of pants that currently fit your child.
 Start by making a pattern piece...simply fold in half a pair of pants that fits your child...adding a half inch all the way around to allow for seams...and about an inch to the top of the waist...
 Cut out your pattern...
 Fold your fabric in half vertical to the direction of the print...line the long side of the leg pattern piece against the fold...trace and cut out...being sure to pay attention to direction of your print if you have a directional print fabric...
 Turn your pattern wrong side up and cut the inverse...now you have a piece for each leg.
 This is how I made a cuff....I estimated how thick I wanted it to be....and traced the leg of the pants I just cut out directly onto the cuff fabric...
 I laid the pant piece on top of the cuff piece and traced...I made sure that the top edge of the cuff fabric was straight.
 Then to attach I flipped the cuff fabric up...you can pin it if you want...
 Sew it down this way....
 ...then I folded it over and sewed it down this way...
 ...so I ended up with this...
 ...Lay the pieces right sides together on top of each other...and sew the front seam and back seam together...
 ...then fold so that it looks like pants again and sew the inner leg seams together...up one side of the inner lane and down the other...
 ...fold up the cuff about and inch...
 ...and hem...
 ...repeat on the other leg...
...fold down the wait and sew a pocket big enough to feed your elastic through...measure and feed your elastic through...(I measured hoho's waist and cut the elastic an inch and a half smaller than that.) then sew the pocket closed...
And you are done! :) I am making these for my boys this year instead of buying matching pj's for Christmas this year. :) 


Easy peasy and you CAN do it!
I will answer any questions in the comments. :)
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glamour shots anyone?

 Another treasure in the attic.  
I don't even know what to say.  
I guess if I had to choose a photo of myself that least represents who I am...this would be it.
I don't know what I was thinking...or why. 
I don't even know that person.
But...I remember a friend doing A LOT of talking to get me to do it because she was.  
And I'm pretty sure she paid for it, too.
And just to keep to a theme...here's another little treasure...this was my junior high prom. 
I actually still like that dress...

Can I challenge you to now go and find a photo that LEAST describes you and write a post about it?  
If you do...be sure to leave a comment so I can come commiserate. :) 

For now you can just poke fun at me.

xo
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business.

 Just a few things I have been working on...
This is one of the newest items in my shop...an embroidered rendering of your child's drawings!  This one was made into a collage from several different drawings.
 And this one was from one drawing...SO sweet and a super way to preserve your little artist. :) If you want something like this done for Christmas, contact me SOON...because I only have a couple more slots for these available.
 I also added a few new fabric choices for the ornaments...but all except the red dots are super limited in availability...ten or less of each selection available...
And here's one more color...again, only about ten of these available. 

And if you order ornaments TODAY only I will refund your shipping. :)
(be sure to put "blog reader" in the notes to seller)
And in the spirit of cleaning out things...I am including a little extra something with each order from now until Christmas. :) 

I hope your Wednesday is wonderful. :) I challenge you to go through some of the
"What I Wish" postings and say a little prayer for them.

:)

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what i wish. num 11.

Welcome to "What I wish I could tell you"...an anonymous platform for bloggers to share what they don't feel free to share on their own blogs.  If you have a story/thought/ache/hurt/feeling/secret/prayer request you want to get out, feel free to email me at ricracandpompoms @ gmail.com.  You will remain anonymous to all but me unless you choose otherwise. 
The author of this entry has chosen to stay anonymous.  Say hello to anon #11: 

~*~
I wish I could tell you that, sometimes, I question who you are. Sometimes, I wish I had made a different decision seven years ago.

I am still so in love with that eighteen year old boy who was so full of faith and drive and potential. I don't see that faith anymore. It makes me so sad that that part of you seems to have disappeared. I don't know if your education has challenged it or if you simply have grown away from it. I wish I could tell you, it seems like you have lost part of yourself.

You are brilliant. You are the smartest person I know, but in so many ways, you are foolish. You take all of us for granted. You have a wife who loves you more than you will ever know and three beautiful daughters who think you are the most amazing thing in the world. But, you are too busy. Too busy with work and finding time for yourself to see that we are all just waiting. Just sitting here waiting to be important to you again. Your girls are growing so fast. They are learning so much everyday and getting so big.

I wish I could tell you how amazing they are. Your girls. They are so full of life and wonder. I see it being crushed in them, though. Not just by you, by me, too. I am getting burnt out doing so much of this on my own. I wish I could tell you that I pray that they don't marry men like you. I pray they find men who love them just as they are. Just as God made them. Men who will love them and
show them they love them.

I wish I could tell you how much I still hurt over the baby we lost. How much I question if I did something to cause that loss.

I wish I could tell you how isolated I am here. We are finally close to family and, because of you, I am more alone than ever.

I am not perfect. There is no question in my mind about that. I loose my temper, I get upset, I make mistakes. I know I do, you are quick to point them out. Not all of our problems are your fault. I bring my own basket of crazy to the table. I wish I could tell you, though, that when you think I am mad, I am usually just sad and hurt. I wish you knew how much I hate for you to see me vulnerable. Even after all this time and all we've been through.

I wish I could tell you the world is not black and white. No matter how badly you want it to be that way. There are not always clear rights and wrongs. You have to accept the shades of gray.

Most of all, I wish I could tell you how much I miss you. I miss being happy with you. I miss holding your hand. I miss feeling loved by you.
~*~

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remember these?

 Another treasure we uncovered in the attic was the very first cabbage patch doll I ever received.  It hurt a little to admit that I got for Christmas over 25 years ago...sheesh...how is that possible?   
 Hoho immediately took to him...Rodney is is given name, you know, because they all came with one, but hoho calls him Ra-ra and has slept with him ever since I washed him and magic erasered his face.
 And he is naked because...well the clothes didn't hold up as well as the doll...and I cannot believe how much a new outfit is...I'll have to be on the lookout for a good clearance deal. 
 This is the moment where hoho realized that ra-ra has a bum bum.  And he said as much.
And just for fun...here is little me maybe in '89 with my little brother and sister...with all of my cabbage patch dolls.  What?  You didn't have 30?

Remember the craze those things started?
Elmo and the Furbees have nothing on the Cabbage Patch dolls.

xo
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