Thursday, May 26, 2011


WOW!  A whopping 437 comments!  A big thank you to Sew, Mama, Sew for hosting this wonderful day of fun.  Also, thank you to all of my followers, new & old.  I read each and every comment, thanks to those of you that played along and posted your favorite song.  It looks like Rolling In The Deep by Adele got the most nods.  You can watch the video here.

Now, on to the winner.  I let the True Random Number Generator do the honors.  And, the winner is...
True Random Number Generator
240Powered by RANDOM.ORG

Who is #240, you ask.  It's Alice!  Which is totally coincidence (the charms are called Alice's Garden...weird!).
My favorite song right now is "Hey Soul Sister". Great giveaway.

Monday, May 23, 2011


Welcome to all of you visiting from Sew, Mama, Sew!   It's so nice of you to come by :)   Hope you are enjoying all of the great blogs out there participating in Giveaway Day.

Ok, enough chit chat.  Here is what is up for grabs...

Included in the Giveaway is 3 Alice's Garden charm packs by Marti Michell and a 1/3 yard of one of the prints.  (I package is open).

Just for fun I am adding this great new bag (made by me) to the giveaway.  Perfect for every day use or as a diaper bag.  Has lots of pockets :)

The winner will receive both items if you want them.  If the winner only wants one of them then I will randomly choose a 2nd winner. That way there is something for those of you that don't sew :)

If you want a chance to win these little pretties all you have to do is leave me a comment telling me what your favorite song is (comments that don't include a favorite song will not be eligible to win).  I will ship internationally so everyone is welcome.  You have until May 25th to enter my giveway and don't forget to check out the master list to be entered in hundreds more giveaways!  Item will be mailed no later than May 30th.  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. 

You may earn an additional entry by becoming a follower of this blog and leave me a separate 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).



Sunday, May 22, 2011


I am so excited to show some pictures of the progress that has been going on in my sewing room.

Unfortunately there hasn't been as much sewing progress going on as I would like but it is baseball season after all ;-)  Instead, I have been busy trying to make the room presentable for all of the guests we had at our house over the weekend (I love family reunions...lots of work but So MuCh FuN!!!).  Remember when it looked like this not too long ago?  YIKES!

You can see more pics here and here...if you dare ;-)
Well, here it is now...

 I still have some things to be hung on the walls but I am more than happy with it for now.  Plus, I finally have a design board...thanks to my hubby for helping!!!  I LOVE it!  (Idea for design board found here).

Come back tomorrow.  I am hoping to be part of Sew, Mama, Sew's Giveaway Day and I should have something fun up for grabs.

Hope everyone had a great weekend!


Thursday, May 19, 2011


It's that time again!  The Bloggers' Quilt Festival:: Spring 2011 is in full swing over at Amy's Creative SideIf you don't know what the BQF is you really should go over and check it out.  Just be sure to have a comfy seat so you can enjoy all of the beautiful quilts. 

For those of you that are visiting from the BQF, WELCOME!  I don't have a new quilt to show you this time around (I had good intentions but time ran out on me!).  Instead I am featuring the first quilt I ever made (I even did the simple quilting and hand stitched binding!).

 I made this quilt for my cousin's first baby, Owen.  Being my first quilt, I was very worried about making something that my cousin would like and also use.  I wanted it to be special for them.  I decided to order some of the bedding that she had picked for the nursery, put my seam ripper to good use and cut it up.  I used 2 crib sheets and 1 valance for the squares (big and small).  I was able to find some coordinating fabrics for the sashing, binding and backing at my local quilt store. 

I truly fell in love with this quilt (despite the many imperfections!).  The finished product and especially the process were so rewarding for me.  I was officially hooked.

Even their kitty, Olive, likes it :)
 A big thanks to Amy for hosting the Bloggers' Quilt Festival.  You inspire me everyday (seriously, she does. have you seen her book?).

Thanks for stopping by.  I hope you visit again soon.


Wednesday, May 11, 2011


Recently, my 2nd-grader was learning about bartering at school.  I wondered if people still bartered.  After all, it's a great idea.  A couple of weeks later I took my boys to get their pictures taken by Jennifer @ Moments and Memories.  She really loved the ties I made for my boys to wear during their photo session.
my handsome little guys
 She asked if I would make her some ties in exchange for some prints of my boys.  Umm, yes!!!  So I made these ties...
Tutorial by Very Homemade, found here.

I just LOVE all those dots!
 And I got some fabulous pics of my boys in return.  Here are a few of my favorites.

A big thanks to Jennifer!  I couldn't be happier with the shots you captured of my little guys!

Do you barter?


Sunday, May 8, 2011


I always knew I wanted to be a Mother.  I looked forward to cuddling a newborn in my arms, staring into my child's eyes, hearing "mama" for the first time and kissing boo~boos away.  The thought of getting up at night, changing diapers and getting peed on occasionally (with 3 boys, it's inevitable!) didn't bother me at all.  What I didn't know then was that I would fall in love with each of children.  Not the way I fell in love with their Dad but in a way I can't explain with words (if you are a Mom, I am sure you know what I mean).  Over the last (almost) 11 years I have realized that being a Mom is both the hardest and most rewarding role I will ever play in my life.  It hasn't always been as easy as just kissing the boo~boos away and there have definately been some challenges along the way but being a Mother is best feeling in the world (well, for me it is)!

Thanks to my wonderful husband for making me a Mother, to my Mom for showing me the way it's done and to my 3 little men for being the 3 biggest accomplishments of my life!

We wish all the Mothers reading this a very happy Mother's Day!


Friday, May 6, 2011


Today is the last day of Teacher Appreciation week gifts.  The boys were asked to write a letter or draw a picture to their teacher.  Nathan wrote a poem to his teacher which will be compiled into a book (made by a fellow 5th-grade parent) and Sam made a top 5 list of why his teacher ROCKS.   They both did a great job expressing their appreciation.  I am so proud of them!

I wanted to give the Teachers a little something too.  I think these sum up how I feel about them...

I had this free download printed at Wal-Mart (You could easily make one yourself using any photoshop program and print it at home, I was just being lazy & I am almost out of ink!).  While I was there I picked up a couple simple wood frames and then spray painted them red (Be sure to allow yourself enough drying time)

Well, this concludes the gifts but definately doesn't end our appreciation for the wonderful Teachers in our lives.  Thanks to all of the Teachers out there!  You deserve so much more!


Thursday, May 5, 2011


Happy Thursday!  We are still celebrating our Teachers!  Today's theme is "donate a book for the classroom".  Such a great idea!  I wasn't sure what kinds of books the teachers needed to I was going to get them gift cards.  The boys weren't happy about that idea so we headed to the book store and I let each of them pick a new book to donate.  It was so much fun watching them pick out books for their classrooms.  They were so excited.  You woulda thought I took them to the candy store! 

Although I really LOVE the idea of giving a book to the class I still wanted to do a little something just for the teachers.  I have also been wanting to try my hand at etching glass.  I put both thoughts together and came up with this...

I had to put some fabric in the glass so you could see the monogram better.

I bought a 4-pack of glass tumblers at Target, grabbed some glass etching cream at Michael's and put my Silhouette to work for me once again.

Paired with a favorite drink, I think the boys' teachers will enjoy this little something.

You could also make these for each member of your family or give a full set as a wedding/shower gift.  Oh, the possibilities!


Wednesday, May 4, 2011


Today the boys were asked to wear their teacher's favorite color to 

A fellow 5th-grade parent came up with the idea of making a shirt for Mrs. T to wear as well (thanks, Patsy!).  I absolutely loved the idea and happily offered to make a shirt for her.

I loved the way it turned out so I made one for all of the boys' teachers!

I purchased the shirts at Hobby Lobby and prewashed them before I got started.  I used heat transfer t-shirt vinyl that I had on hand (ordered from Expressions Vinyl).  And, of course, I use my Silhouette to cut the vinyl shapes.  I hope they like them as much as I do!

Don't worry if you don't have a Silhouette, you can still easily make a shirt like this by using printable heat transfer sheets (also found at your local craft store), scissors and some clip art. 

Hope everyone has a wonderful Wednesday!


*So happy to have received an e-mail from Sam's 2nd grade teacher this morning saying "I have to tell you - I LOVE my t-shirt.  It is my favorite shirt of all time.  I am changing into it my first chance today and I will wear it until I wear it out!  Thank you so much!".  You're welcome, Mrs. W!  You deserve SO much more!

Tuesday, May 3, 2011


Today's idea for Teacher Appreciation Week was to send some supplies the teacher could use in the classroom.  

I completely stole this idea from Eighteen25....thanks girls!!  All items came from Wal-Mart (even the box).  You gotta love 1-stop shopping! 

One of my readers shared this great idea with me yesterday.  Very cute, you should definately check it out.  Thanks, Jamie!

If you haven't had a chance to pick up your child's teacher a gift this week or just don't have the funds, don't worry, it's only Tuesday & teachers enjoy a homemade card just as much :)  Grab some paper, crayons, scissors and a glue stick to see what magic your child can create!


Monday, May 2, 2011


There are lots of great gift ideas out in blogland for Teacher appreciation week like this, this and this.

The head room rep from our Elementary School sent out some ideas for each day of the week.  Monday is "bring your teacher a flower" day.

Very simple to put together.  I got the Gerbera daisies and cute striped pots at Wal-Mart.  I had the ribbon and colored card stock on hand.  I used a 3" hole punch for the circles and my Silhouette for the "thank you".

I will be back tomorrow to share gift #2.  Do you have any fun, easy Teacher appreciation gift ideas?

I hope everyone is enjoying their Monday!