Sep 14, 2013

DIY desk drawer organizer

Ok, so I admit that I love Pinterest! So, of course, when I want to organize my new desk drawer in a crafty/cheap way, it is the first place I go for ideas.  Sadly many of the ideas were not feasible from items I had around the house and I did NOT want to buy anything.  So I set out to make up my own organizers.  I would love to say that they are fantastic and super cute and so on, but really...they are just practical.  I grabbed what I had on hand that would work.

My supplies:
Boxes (in this case mac and cheese boxes out of our recycling bin)
Glue (glue sticks, because I couldn't find the white glue
Tape (because glue sticks don't always hold forever)
Scissors (to cut the boxes)
and of course...the messy desk drawer!

 Notice the glue sticks, tape dispensers, and scissors in this messy desk drawer...the only thing not in here that I needed was my boxes!

So this is really quite simple!  Take your boxes:

Cut one long side (front or back) off and then glue the tabs back into place (I also taped them just to reinforce the stick glue).  Viola! A nice desk drawer organizer!  Now all you need to do is empty out the drawer so that is space to put your new organizers!  Really I just moved most of my stuff to the boxes then shoved the rest of out the way so I could arrange them.

I used the cut off front/backs of the boxes as little dividers until we get more empty boxes to use.
Overall, much better and easier to find things (like the stamps that kept getting lots under all the pens!)

There you have it simple and cheap (I didn't spend anything extra on this!). 
Now to work on the desk top! 

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

Jul 8, 2013

My birthday (and sale!)

 I know it is a little late in the day to be posting, but it was a spur of the moment type thing.  BUT it is my 28th birthday today (I know probably one of the few females that openly admits my age and my weight if you ask, I really don't care) and while I really enjoyed my steak and potato dinner on Saturday with my in-laws, and I am sure I will enjoy my breakfast buffet dinner at my parent's house this evening, I wanted to share a little something with my readers!  So, I posted on facebook as well but here it is for my readers...

SALE TODAY ONLY : Well for my blog readers you can have until 10pm eastern time tomorrow 7/9/13 since you all don't get the email update of a new post until late in the day or the next morning, but you MUST comment on the blog AND tell me when you order that it is from the blog or I will not give the discount.

I am 28 yrs old today.  So I am offering my handmade all natural hard maple nursing necklace/teethers for $2.80 off!

So for the US readers that would make them $12.20 shipped, and for any Canadian readers it would be $17.20. 

Below are some that I have made.  I can and will make custom designs and run them by you before cutting to make sure you like it :)  (the whale was a custom order).  My contact information is in the "Contact Me" tab at the top of the page.

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 23, 2013

Work Stuff- Some new and custom items

A custom order (there were several of each size) for the Siena Restaurant in Rhode Island

32oz Cherry Stein, stainless steel liner

Knife block with bamboo skewers 
(we made a few of these a little while ago, but sold them pretty quickly, 
and need to make more) 

Noodle cutting rolling pin.  Made to your specifications (depth and width of noodles) 
This one is hard maple and sold for $60

Bent laminated spatula turners!  
We have a short one (like these) and a long handles one (below) and love them both!
I use the short one for in the house and Aaron uses the long one on our wood burning grill

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 13, 2013

Work stuff-Newsletter

So right now the new thing we are (as in I am) working on right now is thinking about setting up a newsletter that will be emailed to subscribers once a month. 

I plan on including new items we have recently made, "where you can find us" craft show and market schedule, new business happenings, and possibly coupon codes every once in a while :)

I really have no idea where to start or really how to make this happen, but I have been doing some research and hope to get one out in the next month or so, but definitely before our big show time of the fall!

So, if anyone out there has any hints, tips, etc to get me started I will be more than happy to listen :)

I will try and keep up with the newsletters better than I do on this blog, since I am pretty sure I can come up with a short something to share once a month and I know I will have new/updated show schedule to add.

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

May 30, 2013

You're not a terrible parent!

I found this article shared on facebook and thought it was good enough to share on my blog!  I have 2 children (4 and 2) and I know I feel overwhelmed and at my wits end many days (or many times a day).  Especially now with Miles being able to go potty on his own, but not wanting to and Audrey wanting everything perfect (at least what perfect is in her mind, which she can't always convey in a way we can understand).  So without further ado here is a great article originally posted by The Actual Pastor here.

To parents of small children: Let me be the one who says it out loud

March 12, 2013

I am in a season of my life right now where I feel bone tired almost all of the time. Ragged, how-am-I-going-to-make-it-to-the-end-of-the-day, eyes burning exhausted.
I have three boys ages 5 and under. I’m not complaining about that. Well, maybe I am a little bit. But I know that there are people who would give anything for a house full of laughter & chaos. I was that person for years and years; the pain of infertility is stabbing and throbbing and constant. I remember allowing hope to rise and then seeing it crash all around me, month after month, for seven years. I am working on another post about infertility that will come at a later date.

But right now, in my actual life, I have three boys ages five and under. There are many moments where they are utterly delightful, like last week when Isaac told my sister-in-law that “My daddy has hair all over.” Or when Elijah put a green washcloth over his chin and cheeks, and proudly declared, “Daddy! I have a beard just like you!” Or when Ben sneaks downstairs in the morning before the other boys do, smiles at me, and says, “Daddy and Ben time.”

But there are also many moments when I have no idea how I’m going to make it until their bedtime. The constant demands, the needs, and the fighting are fingernails across the chalkboard every single day.  
One of my children is for sure going to be the next Steve Jobs. I now have immense empathy for his parents. He has a precise vision of what he wants — exactly that way and no other way. Sometimes it’s the way his plate needs to be centered exactly to his chair, or how his socks go on, or exactly how the picture of the pink dolphin needs to look – with brave eyes, not sad eyes, daddy! He is a laser beam, and he is not satisfied until it’s exactly right.

I have to confess that sometimes the sound of his screaming drives me to hide in the pantry. And I will neither confirm nor deny that while in there, I compulsively eat chips and/or dark chocolate. 
There are people who say this to me:
“You should enjoy every moment now! They grow up so fast!”
I usually smile and give some sort of guffaw, but inside, I secretly want to hold them under water. Just for a minute or so. Just until they panic a little.

If you have friends with small children — especially if your children are now teenagers or if they’re grown – please vow to me right now that you will never say this to them. Not because it’s not true, but because it really, really doesn’t help.

We know it’s true that they grow up too fast. But feeling like I have to enjoy every moment doesn’t feel like a gift, it feels like one more thing that is impossible to do, and right now, that list is way too long. Not every moment is enjoyable as a parent; it wasn’t for you, and it isn’t for me. You just have obviously forgotten. I can forgive you for that. But if you tell me to enjoy every moment one more time, I will need to break up with you.

If you are a parent of small children, you know that there are moments of spectacular delight, and you can’t believe you get to be around these little people. But let me be the one who says the following things out loud:

You are not a terrible parent if you can’t figure out a way for your children to eat as healthy as your friend’s children do.
She’s obviously using a bizarre and probably illegal form of hypnotism.

You are not a terrible parent if you yell at your kids sometimes. You have little dictators living in your house. If someone else talked to you like that, they’d be put in prison.

You are not a terrible parent if you can’t figure out how to calmly give them appropriate consequences in real time for every single act of terrorism that they so creatively devise.

You are not a terrible parent if you’d rather be at work.

You are not a terrible parent if you just can’t wait for them to go to bed.

You are not a terrible parent if the sound of their voices sometimes makes you want to drink and never stop.

You’re not a terrible parent.

You’re an actual parent with limits. You cannot do it all. We all need to admit that one of the casualties specific to our information saturated culture is that we have sky-scraper standards for parenting, where we feel like we’re failing horribly if we feed our children chicken nuggets and we let them watch TV in the morning.

One of the reasons we are so exhausted is that we are oversaturated with information about the kind of parents we should be.

So maybe it’s time to stop reading the blogs that tell you how to raise the next President who knows how to read when she’s three and who cooks, not only eats, her vegetables. Maybe it’s time to embrace being the kind of parent who says sorry when you yell. Who models what it’s like to take time for yourself. Who asks God to help you to be a better version of the person that you actually are, not for more strength to be an ideal parent.

So the next time you see your friends with small children with that foggy and desperate look in their eyes, order them a pizza and send it to their house that night. Volunteer to take their kids for a few hours so they can be alone in their own house and have sex when they’re not so tired, for heaven’s sake. Put your hand on their shoulder, look them in the eyes, and tell them that they’re doing a good job. Just don’t freak out if they start weeping uncontrollably. Most of the time, we feel like we’re botching the whole deal and our kids will turn into horrible criminals who hate us and will never want to be around us when they’re older.

You’re bone tired. I’m not sure when it’s going to get better. Today might be a good day or it might be the day that you lost it in a way that surprised even yourself.

Breathe in. Breathe out.

You’re not alone. 

Disclaimer: I did not write the blog above, I copied it from another blog to pass on a great message!

Apr 29, 2013

Tackling the craft room!

Since moving in with my in-laws things have been a bit crowded.  Well, not that we have so much stuff, mostly that the kids get into everything and they have lots of stuff.  Sadly, the mess you are about to see is not totally their fault.  They aren't supposed to play in this room, but they do when I am working in there.  Most of this is my fault, this is my crafting space and where I package cutting boards and our other kitchenware orders, since it is one of the few places that has a decent empty floor space that I can take over a few hours at a time, and it is also my workout space!

Now on to the tour of the disaster room! This is looking into the room from the door.  On the back wall are the sewing machines and a BIG monkey that needed his arm fixed. On the right is the design and cutting table.
 Here we have the design/cutting table and some fabric storage and lots of stuff on the floor.  Aaron made the rocking chair!  Super comfy, the bag is a goodwill/donation bag of stuff.

Now on to it cleaned up a bit, not perfect, but I don't have time to make every room perfect and I am sure this one will be a mess again.  I am hoping to keep up with it, but with two kids that like to get into everything...yeah right!

Same view from the doorway.  Big monkey has been fixed and put back in the kids room.  After we buy the house, I think I will work on putting shelving up so I can empty out my totes (it has my thread and elastic and other crafting stuff).
 This corner did pretty good!  That bag is now gone too, I dropped it off later that day :) 

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

Apr 22, 2013

Great cloth diaper change

This past Saturday was the world's attempt at setting a new guiness book of world records for the most cloth diapers changed at the same time. Different from last year when it was simultaneously, which meant some people were getting up extra early to go change a diaper at a registered location.  This year at 11am local time, people all over the world gathered to change their baby into a cloth diaper!  This was my second year participating, and probably my last, as Bubby is 2 and potty learning now.  We had 18 babies changed at our event (there were 2 in the Indy area this year, last year we were all together).  The official numbers aren't in yet, but I will update when they do come in :)

I went to the GCDC-downtown Indianapolis again this year sponsored by Little Green Bean Boutique and Nurture.  Great companies ran by some nice ladies.  We even have some of our toys and now some nursing necklaces and baby spoons at Little Green Bean.  If you are around Indianapolis any time I recommend checking them both out.

Here are the nursing necklaces I made and the baby spoons Aaron made on the Little Green Bean Boutique table (I love thess wet bags by Lillies and Jasmine, the prints are so cute!)

 Bubby and I helped with set up :)
Bubby before the change, in his Lovely pocket diaper
 Part of the group (the picture with me in it).  I didn't take the pictures since I was participating, and don't want to post pictures of others without permission if I don't have to, but this one has me and Bubby in his Nykibaby diaper from Monkey Toe diapers (he is the only BIG kid in the back)

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

Apr 3, 2013

Wordless Wednesday-Easter


Not very bright but the kids didn't want them to sit, so the coloring got wiped off early

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

Apr 2, 2013

Visiting family out of state

Last week the kids and I took a 12 hour trip to Kansas to visit Yoyo and Yaya (grandpa and grandma) and my sister and her new twins.  I made some outfits for my new niece and nephew to take and even gave them some of the kids outgrown clothes.  So I got to visit family, clean out some clutter, and make cute outfits :)   So really this blog post is going to be a photo bomb of family fun in Kansas.

First here are the outfit I made for them:
Newsie hats made from THIS pattern on Ravelry

These hats were made with THIS pattern on Ravelry
I made up the pants patterns and the skirt on this outfit.
This is one of my favorites! It is made from a brown cordouroy type material that was a zip up sweater.  The pants were the sleeves, the vest the the front panels, and the skirt was the back.  I used a scrap piece for the center of the flower.  I found THIS tutorial for the vest over at B is for Boy (So cute and EASY to do!)

Now for a few family pictures!
These are my new niece and nephew in their hats I made them :)

Bubby loved holding his baby cousin.  He held and hugged her and she fell asleep on him!

Little Missy was a big helper in taking care of her too.

The family at Yoyo and Yaya's house (grandpa and grandmas house)
The gang visiting the zoo :)

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

Mar 22, 2013

Bubby is growing up!

I can not believe that a Bubby turned 2 just over a week ago!  We had his party and he had a blast with the kids that came.  It is crazy thinking that next year, if he wants, he can go to pre-school!  We are still potty learning, overall he is doing very well.  Most days we just have a couple accidents, but he is in big boy undies or trainers almost full time now.  His biggest issue is waking up and needing to pee, most nights it seems he will wake up and start gettig out of bed and then end up peeing on the floor...I guess it is nice that I don't have to change his bedding most nights, but I have a nice nap pad that makes cleaning up his bed easy (you can read my review of it HERE). 

I received a swing that the seat could come off of and turning to an infant seat (with kickstand) then a toddler rocking chair as a baby gift when I was pregnant with Little Missy (who is 4.5 years old now).  It is probably the most used piece of baby gear that I have gotten.  Starting right after birth I took Bubby's picture every month/3months/6months/year (since as they age they don't grow/change quite as much) to see how much he has grown.  Looking back I am very glad I did this!  I remember my baby boy being little (though he was large, nearly 10 lbs at birth, so not tiny!), but my remembering is a bit skewed since I watch him grow and learn everyday.    So without further writing, here is Bubby growing up!

And some birthday party pictures:
Bubby's cake, not fancy but then it was going to be eaten by a 2 year old

Before his party, he wanted his birthday crown on upside down and backwards. Silly boy :)

Balloons with friends!

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

Mar 6, 2013

Wordless wednesday-Snow!

Freezing rain outside...make rainbow angel food cake to brighten day :)
 What we woke up to this morning

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

Feb 25, 2013

FluffyRumps Nap/lap pad review

FluffyRumps is a WAHM based business run by Rhonda.  I have purchased a couple fleece covers from her a little over a year ago and still use them on occasion.  You can read my review of them HERE.  Now that Bubby is potty learning I decided that I needed to get a nap pad or something similar to help keep the bed mattress safe and dry if/when he has accidents during the night (especially since many nights he spends a part of the night in bed with me).  Rhonda sent me one of her nap/lap pads to try out and review.   *These are not available in her shop/page yet as they are still being tested*
The pad itself is made of 3 layers: Top is a nice print cotton, middle is zorb, and bottom is PUL.  My pade measures 22.75"x19.5" after several washes.  I forgot to measure the initial size, but it only seems to have obviously shrunk in the width (or shortest dimension), but not a lot.
First received it

on the bed
I have used it constantly for a few months now.  It works so well that it actually took Bubby sleeping half on and half off the pade soaking through everything for me to notice how well it worked.  I went in when he woke up and the bed was soaked.  The nap pad was wet on a good portion, but I could barely tell (it was obvious because of the weight).  I then used it to help dry the bed.  There were several nights where Bubby was wet through his pajamas, but his nap pad still felt dry.  The zorb inner did a great job of absorbing the pee and keeping me from having to change his sheets.  I did take the pad out though, just because it didn't feel wet, doesn't mean he should still sleep on it!  That just seems gross to me.   

Since I don't know how much Bubby pees at night I did another test on the nap pad to see just how well it could hold up.  I took 2 cups warm water and dumped it on the nap pad.  (Rhonda uses hers as a dish drainer, I had thought about trying that as well, but I decided that I would rather keep it on the bed just in case Bubby got tired).

 As I poured the water I would occasionally check to see if any water was leaking out anywhere.  After 2 cups and me pressing and rubbing it around, it was still dry on the bottom.  You can see where most of the water is settling but how the PUL back is more stuck to the pad.  The pad is also hanging over the edge of the counter and not leaking onto the floor!

 Since I dumped 2 cups in I wanted to see how much I could squeeze out.  I know that my toddler is not going to pick up and squeeze out the pad if it gets wet, so I am confident that it would not leak out even with all the pressure of him laying on it.  So I picked it up and was able to squeeze out 1/4 cup of water (in a couple minutes of sqeezing and working the water out).  It was only after I did that water started wicking over the edge and on the back.
There are a couple things I noted as problems.  Since it is narrower than the width of the mattress, Bubby can scoot over to the edge of the bed and be off the pad.  It is also very smooth with the PUL back so Bubby is able to scoot it all over the place and out from under him fairly easily.  Bubby is a mover (I mean really he is ALL over the bed at night) so to fix his kicking the pad out from under him, I put a fleece blanket over it and tucked it around his mattress.  Other than these 2 fairly minor issues, this nap pad is great! 
*These are not available on her page yet, as they are still in the testing phase.*

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