Archive for November, 2008

Crayon Roll and Wool Felt Blocks

November 30, 2008

Here is the completed crayon roll for my nephew.

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I hope he likes it.  I really wanted to make this for him.  I would have loved it as a child.  Well, I love it now.  I want one.  It is so much fun to take the crayons in and out of their little spaces.  I like to roll and unroll it too.  I hope he gets as much enjoyment out of it as I have. 




I also made my great nephew these wool felt blocks.  I am planning to make some for my next child.  No time soon, but whenever we do decide to have another child, I’ll be making these for the little one while he or she is in the womb. 


What are you making for gifts this year?


Using What We Have

November 30, 2008

I’ve been wanting to find something to make making lunches easier.  Specifically, I wanted to find some little jars with lids on them that I could mix homemade macaroni and cheese sauce base in.  It just takes extra time to get out the flour, salt and dry mustard and measure it all.  I thought it would be nice to have it premeasured into something.  I haven’t been able to find anything in the stores to accommodate this need.

The other night while making supper, I used some small pimento jars.  I was just about to throw them in the recycling when it hit me.  I could use these jars for the macaroni and cheese sauce base.  Finally, something to accomodate the mix and I didn’t have to spend $10 or use any additional resources to get it.

I mixed two jars of the sauce base up that night and put them in the refrigerator.  The next day, we needed a quick meal and it worked out great to just grab a sauce base jar out of the frig. and dump it into the pot.  This was especially helpful because the husband was busy doing bills and our daughter was underfoot in the kitchen.  I was very thankful for the premade jars of sauce base.

Here is a picture of the little jars…so cute too…


This has me thinking of all the other possibilities I could use recycled glass jars for.  I already used some to store homemade soap and my brown sugar body scrub.  What next?

PVC or #3

November 30, 2008

A good way to remember this nasty chemical is to remember that bad things come in threes.  If you see a #3 as the recycling code, step away from the package and don’t buy it.  Try to replace whatever vinyl you have in your home and be a cautious consumer.



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Oh, and that new shower curtain smell I used to love so much…chemicals, dangerous chemicals.  That is what I was smelling.  I can not emphasize how dangerous this all is. 

I know you can’t replace everything, but do what little you can.  Get rid of the plastic toys little by little.  Ask others to respect your views on plastics as gifts.  Get rid of your vinyl shower curtain and blinds.  Research home furnishing before buying. 

Everyone can do something.

Mom’s Blanket

November 30, 2008

I haven’t been posting, because I’ve been busy starting my mom’s blanket I’m making her for Christmas.  Well, it may next Christmas, or the Christmas after when she gets it, but it is the thought that counts.  My mom knows it will be awhile before she actually gets to cover up with it, but I think she is okay with that.

You see, she has been lusting over the blanket I made for myself over ten years ago.  She always comments about how she would like one.  So, with the mostly handmade and thrifted Christmas this year, I thought I could finally find the time somewhere and make her a blanket.  The only problem is that I only know two stitches…the single and double (I think that is what it is at least) crochet stitch and this is going to be a blanket you can cover up with, so it will take me awhile.   

I’ve been working on it during naps and after our daughter goes to bed at night.  I’ve been staying up way too late and not really making much progress on it, although I haven’t been making it to bed until well after 11 p.m.  Which, leaves for a tired mommy.  I even opted for a nap today instead of working on it.  Tonight I will get back to it.  I’ll post some pictures soon on what I have thus far. 

Other than that, we’ve made some super yummy molten lava cookies, finished a fabric crayon roll for my nephew, wrapped Christmas presents, changed out some holiday decorations, and just had a really good time with family at Thanksgiving.

Hope you had a wonderful Thanksgiving as well!!!

Baby Doll Diapers

November 25, 2008

Well, she comes through again for me!  Just love this site!  Here are the baby doll diapers (picture is halfway through making them) I made for our daughter for her birthday (which is six months away).  I’m a planner!


I would have to say that these do take longer than a few minutes, but as I become a better sewer, I’m sure I could whip one of these out in less time.  I did make twelve…maybe a few too many, but I’m sure she will love the stack of diapers for her birthday.  I might even try to make a baby doll for her…we’ll see how ambitious I get.

I was able to get 4 diapers out of a 1/2 yard each of flannel fabric.  I only used one roll of Velcro and used the same light pink thread on all of them.  They turned out really cute. 

When turning the diapers right side out, I found it helpful to use a crochet hook to get the corners pointed again.  Whip stitching took awhile, but I did have 12 diapers. 

Any suggestions on a project you think I should try?  I’d love some more ideas!

Muffin Tin Tuesday

November 25, 2008

Here is our Muffin Tin Tuesday:


Top row:  Five Hour Stew, Crunchin’ Crackers, Colby Cheese

Bottom row:  Five Hour Stew, French Vanilla Yogurt, Lettuce

Well, she ate the crunchin’ crackers, colby cheese and french vanilla yogurt super fast and just placed the lettuce on the table.  She didn’t touch the five hour stew, but she gobbled it up last night for supper. 

She has been super duper cranky today.  These teeth need to come in, and quick!!!


November 24, 2008

Yesterday we went to feed the ducks at a local duck feeding spot.  My husband has been looking forward to feeding the ducks with our daughter for quite some time now.  My Mother-in-law and I actually took my daughter to feed the ducks a few weeks ago when it was a tad warmer here. 

Well, she didn’t want out of our arms, but she did throw the ducks some bread and she even decided that she needed to eat some of the bread too.  She quietly observed for the most part.  It is pretty cold here, so I not sure if that played a role in her enjoyment of the activity or not.  We sure had fun though!  I think I had the most fun.  Just something about feeding those ducks and seeing them up close was thrilling and freeing to me.  Just made me feel like a little kid.

Here are some of the cute ducks we feed yesterday:

There were so many of these cuties and only one loaf of bread!

There were so many of these cuties and only one loaf of bread!

Birthday / Christmas Couldn’t Wait

November 22, 2008

I made these for my mom for her birthday.  They are cute aren’t they?  I got the idea on the Internet, but can’t remember the site.  So adorable.  I’d like to make some for myself too.  Maybe I’ll make some for myself for next year, as I have so many other handmade presents going out for Christmas this year. 


Sorry for the sideways photo…still can’t figure out how to turn it around on here. 

My mom loved them.  Her birthday is still more then a week away, but who could resist giving these little cuties to someone!!!

Home Health Party

November 22, 2008

Well, I just finished hosting a Home Health Party and it went great!  We had 9 people in attendance, including three little cuties. 

Here was the format of our party:

*  Intro Mission:  “Healthy Child Healthy World seeks to promote health and well being by:  Expanding awareness and understanding of environmental hazards to children’s heatlh, helping the public learn about healthier practices, solutions, and products in the marketplace, encouraging daily action and informed lifestyle choices, creating standards and policies for safer products, foods, materials, and chemicals used in the home-promoting safer options and new alternatives, advocating for and supporting corporate policies and governmental legislation that protect children from environmental risks, and engaging communities to make wise choices and responsible decisions so families can flourish.
*  “Creating Healthy Environments for Children”  DVD and discussion
*  Talked about the “5 Easy Steps” and showed products.  Samples were given at this time and guests spoke about experiences they’ve had with similar products.  Guests asked questions as well.
*  I talked about Chlorine and some research I had done on chlorine.
*  Talked about my uses of baking soda and vinegar in my home.
*  Made brown sugar body scrub.  All you do is mix 1 cup brown sugar, 1/2 cup olive oil, and 2 Tbsp. of honey.  I discussed how I use it for my personal body care.
*  Talked about aromatic garland to ‘naturally’ scent homes for the holidays.
*  Recommended guests go to to take Health Home Quiz. 

Here are some pictures from the party:

Some of the samples and coupons

Some of the samples and coupons

Waiting to make brown sugar body scrub

Waiting to make brown sugar body scrub


Holding down the fort

Holding down the fort

Samples, samples, samples!!!

Samples, samples, samples!!!

We all had a good time.  I would personally say that a smaller amount of people worked well for this type of party.  It was nice to be able to field questions as they came up and have some discussion about issues. 

We enjoyed organic smoothies and mostly organic honey bars. 

Hopefully, at least one person will make a change in their environment.  I’m excited just to share all I’ve learned with others and point them to some helpful resources.

Christmas Is Around The Corner

November 19, 2008

So, I thought it was high time to make my online order for thisyesterday.  Yes, it is a little pricey for a toddler for Christmas.  I have already bought her some gifts I found while out thrifting and daddy is going to be buying her some special gifts too.  Not too much more.  I certainly do not think she needs more stuff, but we’d each like to get her something special from both of us. 

So, how do you rationalize such a purchase for a 2nd Christmas?  Easy!  She will get years and years and years of use out of it.  My favorite memories growing up are with my ‘play’ Rainbow Brite kitchen set out on our porch.  I’d set up a whole house and cook, cook, cook.  She shows such an interest in cooking with the wooden vegetables and pots and pans she already has.  She also loves to pull a chair over to the counter while I chop ingredients.  She’ll pour in ingredients and stir for me.  She is well aware that the stove is hot and not to touch anything once I’ve given her the direction.  She’ll also get a cute little apron for Christmas.  Just need to find a pattern for a chef’s hat now.

Oh, and did I mention that the company has been great to work with?  They have answered all of my questions about the product and have given excellent service!!!  Since I spent over $100, I get a free subscription to Cookie magazine, but I already have a subscription to it.  Well, I clicked on the offer and it took me to a page where I printed off two forms and will actually get a $9.97 refund for not taking the subscription.  Are you kidding?  Money back?  Alright!

Anyway, if you are looking for a Christmas present from a small amount to a rather large one and you are a conscious consumer, I would highly recommend this company.  They even sent me a lab report on the glue they use!!

Happy preparing and shopping!  I’m going to be making some of this soon for Christmas!