Jun 27, 2012

Wordless Wednesday-love my kids!

In her new dress mommy made her

Oh he is a cool cat!


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Jun 26, 2012

Messy Monday (late)-Linky

How this works: Each Monday I’m going to post a picture of a room in my home just as it is on Monday morning- no straightening, no organizing, no setting for the camera. It is just how it is. If you want to play along link to your blog/ page so we can all see.  This was started by a friend of mine over at Goodwife Goodmama be sure to head over to her blog to see what new things she has to show this week!


Last week was my kitchen:


This week I chose to take pictures of my crafting/sewing room.  *WARNING* it is BAD!!!  This is also the room where I store some of the kids larger toys and all the items that need fixed are just piled in there waiting for me to have time to fix them.


First up is the view from the door to the left.  You can see the closet (I did not take pictures in there, but it is full of coats, stroller, games, etc and a mess!)  On that little desk in my sewing machine.  I have been playing with yarn crafts recently and they just got stored on my sewing desk.  There are totes beside it that hold my thread, ribbons, and other various sewing stuff.  You see that blank wall above it?  I am hoping to feature my sewing room again with shelving up there and all the totes cleaned up and put away! (Which is why I am showing it now, so hopefully in a few weeks I can show it all improved!

Next we move over to the bookshelf that never stays organized and my yarn tote.  On top of my yarn tote is my fabric, I know sad stash huh?  I am more than willing to accept contributions to add to it! :)  You can also see some of the kids toys and pillows that they always have out!
 Next is the chair I used to read in now full of the clothes that need to be fixed.  Behind the chair is more yarn and a pile of jeans that I plan to take apart and make something with.  On the wall you can see a painting Aaron did in high school, he is talented! :)



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Jun 24, 2012

Art Fair on the Square organizers..Thanks!

 I want to personally send a huge THANK YOU! to the volunteers and people that run the Art Fair on the Square-Bloomington.   (I really wish I would have taken pictures...but we were busy trying to get set up before the show started).  We were put in booth #16, which according to the map was at the very edge of the courthouse lawn.  The people in the booth next to us had to deal with a huge brain statue to set up around:
Their tent went right in front of this statue, our was supposed to be beside them.
The statue is placed in a space right next to ours up on a mound.  So the back of our booth was on this mound then went over 10' which sloped down about another foot and into a flower bed. This was even with our tent pulled forward onto the sidewalk a good couple feet.  If we had not moved forward it would have been such a steep drop in the back part of our tent that we couldn't even put a table there!   If you look in the picture (taken from Google maps) there is a large tree in front of the black car, that is where the brain is now.  Our booth was to be to the left of that, you can actually see the ground sloping.


I went talked with the organizers about what to do and (after moving our tent around the space trying to get it to work) they offered to move us to another location that was better than the one we had. (Really how could anywhere else around there have been worse).  They apologized so many times and said that they didn't realize that it was so sloped and uneven, and pointed out that they are not even going to put anybody in that spot in the future! 

So we looked at the other spaces and decided to move to the corner of 6th and Walnut...on a street!  With the help of a small army of volunteers our tent was taken down and the corner weights were carried over to the new spot (we started off in the Southwest most corner of the festival and moved to the Northeast most corner.  So it was quite a walk!) and then put back up again.  We had people there to help us unload and with that help we were able to be set up and ready with a few minutes to spare before the people started coming to buy!


We had a very good show, and are very impressed with the help and support at our first year at Art Fair on the Square in Bloomington and hope to make it an annual show!  So again Thank you! to the organizers and all the volunteers for helping make the show a great one!





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Messy monday will be late...

We will not be home until Monday evening to take a picture for the Messy Monday post, so I will post on Tuesday...better late than never right!



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Jun 22, 2012

Travel Doodle Case-Tutorial

First let me say, if I can sew this, so can you!  I am just a novice at sewing and making up one of these takes under an hour (start to finish, ironing takes forever!). 
This is what the tutorial is for!
First you need to make up your pattern.  I made mine for a 1/8" sheet flip notebook and with the ability to hold 8-10 crayons (for some reason I could only find 2 crayons in the house...I wonder where the kids hid the rest!).

For the main body you will need to cut 2 pieces (inner and outer).  I made mine 10.5"x3.75" (on a fold, so it will be double that width when all cut out).  The tab is centered and is 2.5"x1".

The pockets are just basic rectangles also cut on a fold (this allows you to fold the material in half and make a lining for the pocket as well, it will be shown later).  For the book pocket make your rectangle 4.5"x3.25" and for the crayon pocket 7.5"x3.25".


 Next pick out and iron your material and cut the pieces.  If you are using a print material make sure to rotate your main body piece 90 degrees so that it will be facing up on the inside and outside.

 Take your book pocket and fold in half with right sides together, along the 4.5" side.  Sew almost all the way around.  Be sure to leave a couple inches open to turn your pocket right-side-out.  Before turning trim the 2 bottom corners to get rid of extra bulk
Turn your book pocket right side out, iron flat, and pin in place.  Fold over your crayon pocket Wrong sides together and pin in place.  Also pin where you crayon pocket dividers are going.  My pockets are approx. 1.5" wide.  Sew the crayon pocket dividers, but not the outer most edges (we will just catch those when we attach the outer piece), Sew on the book pocket along the sides and bottom.

Now, grab your outside piece and lay it out under your inside piece, just like it will be when all sewed up.  This way you can line up where the loop (the smooth fuzzy side) of the hook/loop closure will go.  Pin it in place and the sew it on.  I do not sew on the hook (rough side) to the tab just yet.

Place the outer material on the inner with right sides facing.  Sew together with 3/8"-1/2" seam, make sure to leave a couple inch opening to turn your case right side out.  Before turning make sure to trim all your corners to get rid of any extra bulk there.

 After it is all turned the right way (double check your corners to make sure you got them all poked out as much as possible) iron it flat and topstitch all the way around.

This is when I add my hook part onto the tab.  Sew it on.  That's it!  Not just fill it with a little notebook and crayons and you are ready for some doodling fun while in the car!
all opened up
and closed up.
 It took way more time to write this tutorial than it does to actually make one of these...so what are you waiting for I am sure you can think of some child that would love to have one!  These would make perfect birthday gifts, Christmas gifts, or even party favors!




  Ok, so this is my first tutorial, so please feel free to leave some constructive criticism in the comments to let me know how I did :)


Disclaimer: All posts and opinions are my own. They may not be the same as yours, but being individuals I can't please everybody. However this is my blog :P

Jun 18, 2012

Messy Monday-with Linky

How this works: Each Monday I’m going to post a picture of a room in my home just as it is on Monday morning- no straightening, no organizing, no setting for the camera. It is just how it is. If you want to play along link to your blog/ page so we can all see.  This was started by a friend of mine over at Goodwife Goodmama be sure to head over to her blog to see what new things she has to show this week!

My picture this week is of my kitchen. It is always messy no matter how often I clean it! I made cookies last night for Father's day dessert and apparently didn't put my cooling racks away before going to bed, but I did at least put the cookies in a bag.  The problem with a small kitchen...if you have 1 thing out of place it seems like a mess!  I also still have the cookie sheets in the sink, they are clean...but didn't get put away.  What you can't see is the pantry where Bubby loves to make a mess!  I try and keep the door closed, but as you can see on the right side of the picture, it was left open last night.

My kitchen with Katy (our Siberian Husky) waiting to go outside.




Disclaimer: All posts and opinions are my own. They may not be the same as yours, but being individuals I can't please everybody. However this is my blog :P

Jun 6, 2012

Wordless Wednesday:Working

This is a single order bound for Singapore! 455lbs worth of cutting boards
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