May 31, 2010

Guest Posting at Oopsey Daisy

Hey, today (well actually it started yesterday-I am just a day behind) I am guest posting at Oopsey Daisy. Thanks to Alison for the invitation to share my carseat cover tutorial. And while you pop over there check out her blog and all the fun stuff she has going on for baby week. She has a really cute blog.
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May 29, 2010

Bountiful Basket

Hey GR readers-I am ordering a Bountiful Basket this week to pick up on Sat the 5th. If anyone else wants to order and have me pick it up let me know. You have to order Mon-Tuesday. Check website for times. Send me an e-mail.
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May 26, 2010

Summer Dress for Pumpkin

My baby is getting old-almost 7 months old in fact. I have boxes and boxes of baby girl cloths from those given to us and bought for smallfry but unfortunately my little pumpkin is in the summer season when small fry was in fall at the same age so I am running short on summery clothes so I just had to get my sewing machine out and get something made. I had this pattern that my MIL gave me a while ago for a summer dress and it was so simple to make-it was just what I needed. To top it off I made a little head band to match and a ruffle butt onesie to wear underneath instead of the little bloomers that the pattern suggested.

I saw the idea for the ruffle butt onesie on Crap I've Made. I didn't follow her tutorial (I didn't have time to stop and check the computer-kids were napping-time was scarce) but if you are looking for a great tutorial on how to make one go here.
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May 25, 2010

Readers week tutorial submission

Do you ever read Craftaholics Anonymous? If so you will see me this week. My tutorial for my carry all change pad will be featured as part of her readers week. Yay!!!!!
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Homemade Granola Bar Update

Recently I brought you this post sharing a recipe for allergy free homemade granola bars that I saw on Martha Stewart. I have been making these things like made and recently decided to add a 1/4 cup of peanut butter to them (obviously you wouldn't do this if you had a peanut allergy) but HOLY COW- totally kicks them up a notch and makes them a bit chewier. You have to try them. I eat an average of 3 of these a day. Just add the peanut butter to the oil, sugar, honey mixture after you have boiled it for 1 minute and removed it from the heat. These are seriously sooooooo good.
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May 15, 2010

Stitching Bee Pattern May

This is our stitching bee pattern for the month of May. It could be framed or turned into a wall hanging. I made mine into a pillow.
If you live in my town stitching bee is on May 21st (2-4) (Invites are on their way-I am behind once again). If you read this blog (and I know there are plenty of you that do that haven't made yourselves known) and haven't come to stitching bee before but would like to please let me know-the more the merrier. If you don't live in my town but like this idea feel free to steal it-just scraps of fabric put together with a running stitch.
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May 14, 2010

Folding Change Pad with a Pocket

As promised I am back with my third installment in my folding change pad series. When you look at it-it looks just like a normal folded change pad...but wait there is a surprise inside.....(the suspense is killing you I know)
It has a pocket!!!!! Yippy (oohs and ahhs from the crowd). Just one more way I am trying to make a moms life a little easier. This change pad can be combined with the carry all version and you will be set. This pocket is the perfect place to store diaper rash cream, baby lotion and hand sanitizer. Pretty much you could eliminate the need for a diaper bag if you wanted (if that is all you carried in it, with a combination of my folded change pad styles. I could not personally eliminate my diaper bag as it is like Mr. Dress-ups tickle trunk and carrys much more than diapers and wipes but I do know of mothers who are that efficient).
Here is how to make the pocket. The actual change pad is made the same way as in my first tutorial seen
Materials Needed:
2 pieces of fabric (one for outside and one for pocket lining) 16 x 7 1/2"
1 zipper 7" long
Step 1 Start by pressing a 1/2 inch on the short sides of each piece of fabric toward the wrong side of the fabric.
Step 2 Place the pieces of fabric together wrong sides together and sandwich the zipper in between the two layers on one end.
The top side of the zipper should be facing the piece of fabric that is going to be on the outside of your pocket.
Pin the zipper in place.
Step 3 Now sew the zipper down. This is best done with a zipper foot but can be done with the regular foot on your sewing machine (you just don't get as close to the zipper). Start by unzipping the zipper part way. Start sewing at the top (do a little backstitch to secure).
Then stop and make sure your needle is down in the fabric. Lift your presser foot and zip the zipper back up to the top.
Put your presser foot back down and continue sewing down to the bottom.
Should look like this.
Repeat on the opposite side. It is a bit trickier on the second side but you will figure it out.
Step 4 Turn the pocket wrong side out. You will want to unzip the zipper part way first. Pin your sides together. Sew your side seams. I used my serger for this but you could sew a 1/4" seam and then pink off the excess material or zig zag the edge.
This is how the finished pocket looks from the inside.
Turned right side out.
Step 5 Now center it on the bottom of the change pad (on the towel side). You want it to be right in the middle. Zipper side is up.
Pin it in place.
Sew across the top edge.
Now when you are changing your baby on one of those change tables you have this convenient little pocket that will hang from the side of your change pad to store any extra bum changing items you may need.
Like these!!!
Tuck em inside...
and fold the pocket toward the towel layer...
Then fold your change pad in half as normal and then in thirds. I used a ribbon tie on this one. Like I said before this would be really handy combined with the carry all band from my first version.
You wouldn't even know it is such a handy little change pad!!! I think this one is my favorite. Make and enjoy.
Please feel free to use these tutorials-just remember and acknowledge who you got them from okay!!!!
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May 9, 2010

Oh to be an NBA athlete

My husband is a huge Utah Jazz basketball fan. The other night he was telling me about a player who might be coming back after being unable to play for like the last 20 some games. I asked, "what happened to him?" My husband said he was out with a strained calf muscle. SERIOUSLY??? Listen, I think I have had a strained calf muscle, a strained shoulder muscle, I have woken up more than once without feeling in my shoulder (after tackling, wrestling, lifting and swinging a toddler day after day, who wouldn't), I have had a stiff neck from falling asleep while rocking a child, I nearly twisted my ankle the other day while taking my kids for a walk when I stepped in a hole because our streets are about as smooth as a cobblestone street after an earthquake, and any women who has had a baby knows a lot about pain more serious than a strained calf muscle (try having your milk come in and hold a wiggly toddler-pain beyond words!!!) And yet we have NBA basketball players who get paid millions to sit on the bench with a strained calf or shoulder muscle. I mean put them to work in the concessions stand or something. Please guys-I think I know a few women who could give you a lesson or two in toughening up.
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Look what 15 bucks can get you...

in Arizona, Idaho, Utah, Nevada, Wyoming and Washington. Have you heard of Bountiful Baskets? My neighbor and friend told me about them and said that she has gotten some from time to time when she visits her daughters and she has always been really impressed with what she has gotten. Then recently there was an article about them in our local paper so my husband and I checked out their website and found that they had a pick up site near our town (1 hour away) so we decided we would give it a try. So here is the deal-you pay $15.00 to contribute to a food co-op that buys produce that is available to restaurants and grocery stores and then on the pick up day you go and get your produce. You don't know ahead of time what you will be getting. My husband went today to pick up our first basket. SERIOUSLY people we got everything in the picture for $15.00. Talk about a steal. We got: roma tomatoes, oranges, a bag of apples, a small watermelon, 6 mangos, 6 ears of corn, a head of romaine lettuce, brociflower, spinach and 5 green peppers, oh and bananas too. This is a godsend for us in this podunk town because there is such a limited selection of produce during the winter months (well during most of the months actually) and at all times it is usually so expensive. I am just giddy about the whole thing. Even if you live in a big city this is still a deal that you can't get really any place else. They also offer bread baskets and organic baskets (if that is how you roll). You can order only when you want-there is no requirement for how often you have to order (like a movie or book club or something). Check them out. They get a major thumbs up from me.
Now if you live in my little town and you are interested in starting a Bountiful Baskets group (one where we can take turns going to get the produce, trading produce if desired, splitting baskets or large offerings) then send me an e-mail and lets set something up. I don't think we will get baskets all through the summer when we have stuff from our garden but they do offer boxes of fruit or vegetables that would be good for canning from time to time so I would want to keep my eye on those, but we could set up an e-mail list to keep tabs on who is interested and when. Spread the word!!!
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May 8, 2010

Folding Change Pad style #2

I am back with my second installment of folding change pad ideas-the compact change pad.

Here is a tutorial for making the compact change pad. This is to make the pink one shown with the casing over the elastic. You can also make it without the casing and just plain elastic like the other two shown.
To make the actual change pad you want to follow the same instructions from my first folding change pad tutorial. Go here for those. The change pad size is the same 22x15 but instead of needing an extra 3 inch strip of fabric this time you will need a 1 1/2 inch by 22 inch strip plus elastic. Lets review those materials one more time:
Fabric for change pad 22x15
Terry towel for under side of change pad 22x15 (i used a bath towel that I cut up)
Tutorial to make change pad-go here
Strip of matching fabric 1 1/2" x 22"
elastic-no more than 1/4 inch wide (the measurement will depend on your folding-see below).

Step 1 This is to make the casing for the elastic. If you are a child of the 80's it is like making a scrunchie (you remember those?? I was a scrunchieaholic). Press the strip of fabric flat with your iron.
Fold in half lengthwise and press again.
Step 2 Sew down the open edge on your machine. Since this is a thin strip you want to sew as close to the edge as possible. Turn right side out and press with your iron.
Step 3 Folding the change pad.
Fold in in half lengthwise
Now beginning at one end, fold the change pad in a 1/4 of the way.
Repeat (try and keep it tight)
And again
Final fold
Flipped over it will look like this.
Step 4 Measure the elastic. To measure I hold my elastic like this (around the change pad-snug but not too tight) and then cut the desired amount. If you were not going to make a casing for the elastic you could sew it on at this step. You just sew the two pieces together to the top front flap. Then the elastic slips over and around the change pad. You will see where I mean to sew it in a couple of steps.
Step 5 Thread the elastic through the casing. Here is a quick lesson how. Put a pin in one end.
Stick it inside the casing and scrunch the fabric up over the pin.
The hold the pin between your fingers and pull the fabric back over the elastic behind your fingers. Then repeat. When you get to the end of the elastic pin it to the fabric so that you don't pull it into the casing.
Once through you should be left with the two unfinished ends of the casing like this.
Put a pin through both ends to hold the elastic in place and tuck the end of the fabric down into the casing. This is kind of tricky and you may need to pull the fabric a bit longer than the elastic to get it to fit inside.
I ended up pulling my fabric longer to tuck in both ends and therefore my elastic was no longer right to the end of my casing so I sewed over the end of where my elastic was inside the casing to keep it from moving.
Step 6 Pin the casing to the change pad. You want to center it half way down the change pad. Only pin through the top layer. This is where you would pin if you were just using elastic without the casing. Pin the casing layers or elastic layers one over top of the other.
Step 7 Sew through both layers. I stitched back and forth a couple of times to make it extra secure.
Step 8 Now refold, making sure that the casing is on the underneath side when you fold the change pad in half. (I am giving folding instructions because I have seen a few people who I have given this change pads too just wad them up in a ball because they can't figure out how to fold them).
TADA!!!!  The perfect size if you want to carry a small diaper bag.

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