Thursday, July 29, 2010

Oh So Sweet and Easy Baby Gift

Hi Friends!
Did you miss us? It's been a little while since our last post. We've been super busy with baby showers, husband in Haiti and getting ready to show our sweet stuff to a boutique in AH. We're showing it today so we'll post on it soon! Hopefully we'll have good news.
My "work station" getting ready for the shop. See how organized I am?I don't know about you, but I feel like it's raining babies around here lately.
I have two friends who JUST had babies. One had a boy, one had a girl. I wanted to come up with something cute to give them post-delivery. I've seen adorable personalized onesies and thought that it would be something easy and fun. And guess what? It is! With little sewing skills you too can make a personalized onesie. Don't have a sewing machine? You can easily use a needle and thread and do this by hand, too.
Time: 25 minutes
Materials Needed:
Onesies (I used 3-6 mo)
Cute fabric
Coordinating Thread
Heat n' Bond

For the boy onesie, I decided to go with a tie. I drew a tie onto the Heat n' Bond and then cut it out.

Cut out a piece of fabric a bit larger. Iron the heat n' bond with the paper side UP onto the WRONG side of the fabric.

Cut the fabric to the Heat n' Bond. Peel the paper off.
Place onto the onesie where you want it. Iron on.

Now you can use your machine, or hand-stitch the edges of your fabric.
Voila! You have an adorable, inexpensive and easy gift to give ;)

I haven't sewn the "J" onto the tie yet. It was an idea that I had after I was done... Should it stay or should it go? Do you think it's cute, or too much?

Here's the "H" onesie I made for the little baby girl. So sweet.

Letters are a little more complicated. You have to trace the letter onto the Heat n' Bond BACKWARDS. Then follow the instructions above.
What do you think?
PS: If I didn't convince you that this was easy or you just don't feel like doing it but would like one, let us know. We'd be happy to whip one up for you.

Saturday, July 17, 2010

Today's post brought to you by the letter E

My friend sent me an email yesterday with a link to fabric covered letters from PB kids.
She wondered if it was something that could be done at home instead of paying the $12 per letter that pb was selling them for.I'm always up for a good challenge.
This morning I headed to Joann fabrics for some misc. items.
I happened to pass an aisle with letters galore. They were on sale, too!
For $2 I purchased a paper mache' letter E.

I bought some Mod Podge fabric glue with my 50% off coupon (total: $3.50).

I knew that I had my cute bird fabric at home.
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The E is not the easiest letter to get fabric around, but I made it work. First, I traced the letter on the wrong side of the fabric adding a couple of inches off of the left so that I could fold it and glue it to the side of the letter first.
I then cut one long strip of fabric and glued it to the inside of the letter. The glue is great. I used the sponge stick to lightly spread the glue on the fabric. You then place the fabric on and smooth it in place with your finger. For the edges that are sticking off of the letter, you clip the corners, then fold them down and glue them to the letter.
Here's a pic of the back so that you have an idea of what I'm talking about. Hey, it's the back, no one's gonna see it :)

Fold the tops and bottom loose fabric like you're wrapping a present.

After this step, you cut out the letter you traced, but add approx. 1/4 to 1/3 inch around the whole tracing so that you can fold it under and glue it so that no seams are showing. The tricky party is when you get to the inside "leg" of the letter. Just keep cutting and folding until no raw edge shows. Like I said, the glue is very forgiving. You can peel the fabric away and re-tuck it if you still have a lot of edge left.
Here is a close up of the front. You can see that the fabric is folded. Don't worry about getting glue on the fabric front. It dries clear.

I think that it turned out pretty cute for $5.50. Half the price of pb kids and I can use the glue on a number of other projects.

If you want to do this project, here's what you'll need:
A paper mache' letter
Fabric Mod Podge
1/3 yard of fabric
Sponge brush

Time: One hour

That's it!
It's hard to write a tutorial for this since I only did the letter E, and each letter will require different cutting/ shaping. Please feel free to email if you have any questions. The glue works wonders.


Monday, July 12, 2010

Hi Everyone! It's Gina again. Remember me? Gina?? The other half of Sweet Floweret?


Okay then. Well, it's me. Didn't want you to be confused and think that I was Tina. Even though she is Gina with a T and I am Tina with a G, we are definitely not the same person. For one thing, she is at least 6 feet tall and I am short enough to apply for a handicapped sticker for my car. (It's true! I learned that at a doctors appointment last year!) For another thing, her children would never do anything so mischievous as what I am about to describe. They are too sweet for that.

My story starts with the fact that Nick has been out of town for the last 6 days. You know what that means. I've been wearing my ugliest and comfiest sweatpants outfits for 6 days straight. I've only worn makeup once and may have skipped a shower or two. It also means I've had the kids by myself, non-stop for 6 whole days and nights. Which means...I've had to plan a lot of activities to keep us all busy and tire us out so we were ready to go to bed early every night. And by us, I mean Anthony.

Today I got all crazy and decided to take the kids to "The Park with the Sand." That is its official name. It's the one that I go out of my way to avoid because I don't want to deal with the sand and the sand toys and the sand in my car. I love it that he loves to sit there and dig and play for an hour or so. But have you ever noticed how sand just sticks to their little hands and legs and feet? No matter how much you brush and rub, you cannot get it off! But last year, I learned, thanks to my friend Kate, that you can use baby powder and rub it all over their sandy parts and it just falls right off! It's a sandbox miracle! So we went to "The Park with the Sand" and Anthony played and Lucy sat in her stroller and ate and at the end, I rubbed him down with baby powder and just like that...clean as a whistle. (a whistle covered in baby powder)

Later in the afternoon, I was in the kitchen thinking to myself "Wow, Anthony sure is being quiet." Which every mom knows means "He is definitely into something!"

I called his name and he came running. And as he rounded the corner it was like a cloud of baby powder was following him through the house. You know that messy kid on Charlie Brown who has a dirt cloud around him all the time? That was Anthony, only it was a baby powder cloud.

My heart sank and I ran out to where I knew I had left the bottle. Sure enough. Baby powder was covering the stairs. And the phone that was on the stairs. And the banister.

Just like that, I went from singing the praises of the power of baby powder to wishing it had never been invented. These pictures don't do justice to the mess that he made on the stairs. He said he had sand on his feet and he was just trying to get it off. That is amazing because we'd been home for about four hours when this happened but it's okay. It was surprisingly easy to clean up and I'm pretty sure I'm friends again with baby powder.

So the next time you go to the beach or "The Park with the Sand" make sure you bring along the powder. Just don't forget to put away as soon as you get home!

One more thing. This is the face of Baby Powder Boy. Can't you just see the mischief in his eyes?

Sunday, July 11, 2010

The Gift Bag that keeps on Giving

Today is my nieces birthday party. They are turning 9 and 10.
I wasn't quite sure what to make a 9 and 10 year old since I'm not "cool like that" so I went to Target' and hunted around for something fun.
My sister in law told me they liked gum. They spend their allowance on it, chew it all of the time and blow their big ol' bubbles. Easy enough. Bought them a big 3 pack of BUBBLICIOUS each. Yep, the most sugary gum I could find. Remember when you were young and sticking it in your mouth, almost gagging because the pieces are so gargantuan? In school, it was also a test of your friendship if you asked someone for gum and they gave it to you (or not). Usually, when you'd ask, they'd direct you to someone else, till you pretty much asked your whole class and then finally realized that someone had misled you along the way. Sniffle. Oh the memories.

Moving on... I found the Hello Kitty section. So much fun stuff... Nail polish, mini journals, a wallet, lip balm, pencil case for school... Found the book "Beezus and Ramona." LOVED that series as a kid, and because I was oh, so, cool, I'm sure my niece would love it 20 years later. OK, 21 years later, but who's counting?

Also got them some Silly Bands. Have you seen these things? They're rubber bands that are made in different shapes and colors (princesses, animals, dinosaurs, etc). I guess they're super popular. You wear them on your wrist and trade them. Last week my younger cousins gave me a star, a pig and an LOL. Yea, I'm pretty much the coolest 30 year old cousin around.
Moving on again, take 2... Got home and searched for gift wrapping. I like a gift to look nice. I DON'T however, like paying more for the wrap than I did for the gift.
Thought about making a quick tote for each girl... Checked out my fabric shelf and found a couple of yards of the cute bubble fabric below. I bought it for baby burp cloths a couple years back but Joe made fun of it and said he was going to get a headache from looking at it. Whatever. 2 years later and I'm over it.

Whipped up a couple of these babies. They turned out even cuter than I thought they would. Of COURSE I had to add a sweet floweret to them. I will be adding a tutorial for this bag one of these days. For anyone who wants an easy sewing project, try it out!

Every family party, my sister-in-law requests the recipe below. It is DELICIOUS and is a great thing to bring if you're out of ideas or want something new to bring. Relatively easy to make (a lot of chopping, so I use my food processor). I could eat it with a spoon, but normal people use tortilla chips.

Cowboy Caviar
3 Roma tomatoes
1 small red onion
1 small bunch of cilantro
1 red pepper
1 jalapeno
1 can of black eyed peas (drained and rinsed)
1 can of corn
1/4 cup of Zesty Italian dressing (add more to taste)
1/4 cup of Catalina dressing (add more to taste)

Dice all of the fresh ingredients, add the canned ones, then add the dressing

Word of warning. Wash your hands really well after cutting up the jalapeno. My nostrils and lips are burning because I touched them after cutting the jalapeno up... It's been like an hour since I cut it. No, i wasn't picking my nose or anything. I had an itch. Geesh.

Time to go party. Check out my party dress. $1 at Plato's Closet. Yea Yea!

Tuesday, July 6, 2010

The Great Wallet Debacle-Or Whatever You Want to Call It

We were looking forward to a fun weekend with our extended family at the lodge in Wisconsin. Packed our bags (or in our case, laundry baskets), loaded up the car, and made a stop at Dunkin' Donuts for breakfast.
We were in and out in a flash and on our way. About 45 minutes into our 2 hr drive, Joe and I were talking about Napoleon Dynamite. We had just finished watching it the night before and were reciting funny lines making each other laugh. Gina let me borrow the movie, so I was going to send her a one word text, "Lafawndah." As I searched for my purse, it hit me... I left it at the Dunkin' Donuts. NUTS. My hands went a little weak and I felt a bit of panic run through me. I said many silent prayers asking that it still be there. I called the DD on Joe's cell and the manager picked up. I asked if my purse was there, then got disconnected. Called again. "Is your purse flowery?" "YES" "I have it. It will be right behind the counter."
Phew. I still wasn't completely content with that answer. I didn't know if everything was in there. The 45 minute drive felt like FOREVER. I just kept reciting Romans 8:28 in my mind.
"And we know that for those who love God all things work together for good, for those who are called according to his purpose."
I ran into the shop and the manager handed me my bag. I immediately knew my wallet was not there. The bag was too light. I looked inside and sure enough, it was gone.
My heart sank.
I searched the garbage cans. Nothing.We got to the car, and I started crying. I felt like such an idiot for leaving my bag. I've never done that before. The poor kids were so excited to go to Wisconsin and I knew that it was going to be a long morning dealing with this then the holiday traffic back out to WI.
We went home and called all of the credit card companies to report the cards stolen. We decided to file a police report, mainly because you don't have to pay the $30 fee at the dmv for a new license if you have one. I thought I should have some sort of ID with me. Joe went to find my passport.
Side bar: Joe is going to Haiti this month.
As I looked at my passport, I realized, it was expired. "UM, Joe? Our passports are expired." They had JUST expired a couple of months ago.
Passports expire after 10 years. It's one of those things that you just think you have forever to think about. 10 years? Joe needed his passport for his trip to Haiti.
He got online and started figuring out how he was going to get his passport in time for the trip. Long story short, he's gotta go downtown and work it out. Pain, HOWEVER, if we hadn't have looked at them when we did, he may not have even been able to go to Haiti, so if my wallet wouldn't have been taken, we likely wouldn't have looked at our passports till it was too late. Thank you Lord! There's my Romans 8:28.

We filed the police report, came home, ate a quick lunch and went on our road trip, take 2. It took forever. Traffic was awful, but we made it all in one piece.
When we arrived, most people we ran into knew about my debacle. Here are the adjectives people used to apologize for my wallet... "sorry for your ordeal, mishap, drama, incident, fiasco (and my personal favorites) oversight and absentmindedness."
Yea, I deserved those last two I guess.
I really wasn't worried at all about my wallet after we arrived. I attribute that to another of Gods promises, Philippians 4:6-7:
6Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. 7And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.

Our afternoon ended up being pretty fun...
Ethan and my mom on my Aunts boat
Getting splashed!
Ella didn't like the splashes so much...Just thought this was really funny

Sunday evening at 11pm, I decided to call into my home answering machine to see if there were any messages. Much to my delight, the Arlington Heights PD left a message saying that someone had turned my wallet in that morning. I cried again. I was so thankful to the Lord that my wallet wasn't floating around out there. I knew that my credit cards were probably gone, but that my license was there.
The odds of someone finding a stolen wallet are probably pretty slim, I would imagine. I thought that it was pretty miraculous.

In the grand scheme of life, a stolen wallet is really not a huge deal. There are so many people dealing with so many things that affect their lives every day.
The world does not revolve around me.
I'm so glad for the Lords faithfulness. I can trust in His Word.

Lessons to be learned...
  • When you're going on a trip out of the country, check your passport BEFORE making plans ;)
  • In a safe place at home, write down all of your account numbers and the 800 numbers that go with those cards. If something happens, it will be a lot easier to cancel stuff.
  • Make sure your SSN is NOT in your wallet (mine wasn't, thank heavens)
  • Only keep in your wallet what you use regularly. I had a few credit cards in there that I rarely use.
  • If your wallet is stolen, file a police report no matter what. Kind of a pain, but is necessary for dmv and if someone steals $ from your credit cards.
  • And most importantly, no matter what the circumstance, trust in the Lord. His promises are true from the smallest "mishap" to the biggest deals in life.
Now that everything is pretty much straightened out, I'm gonna pop D-Qwons Dance Grooves into the VHS. Are you ready to get your groove on?
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