Monday, December 27, 2010


Hello friends!  I hope everyone had a wonderful Holiday.  Ours was filled with family, fun and memories.  We are now enjoying the calm after such a busy few days.  

I made my littlest monster this adorable snowman shirt a couple of weeks ago.

He loves it (if you couldn't tell).  I thought it would be fun to share it with you.  It is the season for giving after all.   I had good intentions of getting it posted to you before Christmas but, well, I ran out of time.  So, here it is now.  A simple and quick snowman shirt tutorial...enjoy!

Things you need:

White shirt
Black cotton fabric scraps
Orange cotton fabric scraps
White cotton fabric scraps
Pellon Wonder-Under  (you can find this at Hobby Lobby or Joann, by-the-yard or in a package as shown in link)
Sharp scissors
Disappearing ink pen
Heat n' Bond fusible stabilizer ( can find this at Hobby Lobby or Joann, by-the-yard or in a package as shown in link)
Coordinating thread (optional)
Free template (below)
Right click, save to computer, then print from saved document.

The big cirlcle is for the eyes (black fabric)
The small circle is for the eyes (white fabric~2) & for the button mouth (black fabric~5)

Now, you can find all of the details on how to make your own by using my Turkey Shirt Tutorial.
I would love to see pics of your snowman shirts when your done!  If you have any questions please don't hesitate to ask.  Have fun!

Saturday, December 25, 2010


Merry Christmas from our family to yours!  May your day be filled with family, fun and great memories!


Monday, December 20, 2010


It's 5 days before Christmas and I am still working on gifts.  I still have at 15 things to make (who needs sleep, right?).  There is a pile of fleece just waiting to become snuggies comfy blankets with sleeves. 

My boys have been asking for one since they came out.  Personally, I think they are silly but I know they will love them.  My sister promises that her boys will love them too (I sure hope so!).  I didn't find much info on how to make them on the internet so I may just have to do a tutorial after the Holidays are over :)  I  have 9 to make.  I am hoping to get at least 4 of them done by days end...wish me luck!

How are you doing with your Christmas projects?  Have you gotten your shopping done yet? Are all of your gifts wrapped (we haven't wrapped 1...yikes!) 


Saturday, December 18, 2010


WOW!  429 comments and lots of new followers!  Thanks to Sew, Mama, Sew for hosting Giveaway Day!  And an even bigger THANKS to everyone that visited, read my post and commented.  I had SO much fun reading each of your favorite Holiday traditions.  I even replied to 99% of you!  Many of you enjoy driving/walking around, with hot chocolate in hand, looking at the beautiful display of lights this time of year, decorating the tree, baking cookies, the Advent calendar and going caroling (I didn't realize so many people still did that!).  Christmas Eve jammies were also a tradition that many of you share (including us!). 

I know, I know, you just really want to know who the winner is.  I let do the work for me.

And the winner is.......#366

 Kylie said... I'm a new GFC follower.

So thrilled to have you as a follower :)  Kylie also commented that her favorite Holiday tradition was getting new jammies on Christmas Eve (along with her 6 brothers & sisters!).  Congrats to Kylie!  She picked the Buzz Lightyear bag for her thoughtful.

So, if any of you happened to read this post you already know that I need to do some destashing.  Since Kylie picked the Buzz Lightyear bag and there were so many of you that really love the American Jane fabric I decided to pick another winner for the fabric.  Yep, that's right, 2 winners!!!  This time I chose the winner (why not?  I did read all of your comments!)

The winner of the fabric is...Karen

K@ren said... This is so generous! Thank you for the chance.  My favorite holiday tradition is from when I was a kid. My mom made us serve dinner at the homeless shelters to remind us what the season is about - giving and sharing and the warmth of the human spirit. Today my daughter and I don't serve dinner every year, but we do give to the community through a service of some kind be it taking donated items to the local nursing home or donating to a family in need. I try to expose her to everything so she remembers what this is about as well, and fosters a love of human kindness and outreach.  Thanks for a great giveaway! All the best to you and yours this season and always. xox

Karen, I just sent you an e-mail. 

Well, this has been fun (really, it has!) but I must get into my disaster of a sewing room and get to sewing some Christmas gifts.  Thanks again for all of your wonderful comments.  I am looking forward to the next Giveaway!


Monday, December 13, 2010


I am so excited to be participating in the Sew Mama Sew giveaway day!  It's so much fun to give stuff away!    I didn't have my own blog last time around but I had SO much fun looking at new blogs and finding inspiration from so many places.

Ok, I won't make you read much more.  I know you all want to know what I am giving away so here it is...

136 charm squares from the Moda line Recess by American Jane
and 2 yards of coordinating fabric from the same line
Don't worry if you don't sew, I have something for you as well...

An adorable Buzz Lightyear bag, perfect for little hands.
(a coloring book fits inside perfectly, along with any
other goodies your little guy may love)
Tutu tote bag for the little princess in your life
The winner can choose which item they want!  All you have to do to enter is make a comment on this post and tell me what your favorite Holiday tradition is (comments that don't include a favorite holiday tradition will not be eligible to win).  I will ship internationally so everyone is welcome.  You have until December 17th to enter my giveway and don't forget to check out the master list to be entered in hundreds more giveaways!  Item of your choice will be mailed no later than December 20th.  Be sure to include your e-mail address if you do not have your e-mail on your profile.  Otherwise I will not be able to contact you if you win and that would be sad. 

Additional entry:
~Become a follower of this blog and comment letting me know you did so.  Already a follower, leave me a comment reminding me.  (if you commented that you are a follower and aren't one then I will have to pick another winner)


Friday, December 10, 2010


I can't believe it's been almost 2 weeks since my last post!  Life sure has been busy around here.  Luckily, noone has been ill.  We are just busy.

This week the hubby and I decided to work on moving the boys downstairs.  2 of them already shared room but the oldest monster always seemed to end up in one of his little monster's brother's beds.  A great friend of mine gave me a great idea (thanks Terra!!)  Why not put all of the boys in the room downstairs (previously a play room/sewing room).  Doing so would give the boys their own play area and me my very own sewing room (oh my, do I have WAY too much fabric).  I should just admit right now that I am an addict.  There, I said it.  I am a fabricholic.  I digress.  Over the past few weeks I have been attempting to clean out the 3 rooms involved in this task.  I took pictures of the process but can't seem to find the card they are on (I really need to find that!).   Anyway, here is a pic of our little monsters sleeping in their new room.  Sorry, the pic is very dark.  They were sleeping afterall and I didn't want to turn the light on.

There is still alot of work to be done like painting the room a more neutral color and hanging things on the walls but they don't seem to mind.  They are just happy to all be in the same room together...who knew?

My sewing room is going to take a while to get into shape.  Here is what it looks like now...YIKES!

I know, I know, it is a disaster area.  The room will stay the light blue it was when Monsters 2 & 3 where in there.  It's kinda relaxing (which I need!).  I will get to the organizing and hopefully destashing over the next few weeks.  For now I am just going to have to try and ignore the mess until after my sister's baby shower and Christmas.  There is just too much other stuff to do (like sew, sew, sew!).  Oh, and finish up my Holiday shopping!

What have you been up to over the past couple of weeks?