Wednesday, November 17, 2010

Handwarmer Tutorial

This Mom-Of-Four thing is killin' me.
And I mean that figuratively,
of course.

My craft time is close to extinct these days
but my mamatime is through the roof.
Through. The. Roof. I tell ya.

So hang tight.
I'm planning on a homemade Christmas.
I've got the materials
now I need the time.

Here are some handwarmers
that I whipped up
out of necessity
during One's soccer season.

Cut four pieces of fabric (mine are 4x5)
I did two cotton and two something-fuzzy

Put front and back pieces right sides together
and stitch around all four sides
leaving a hole for turning

Turn inside out and stitch around outside again
still leaving the hole open (this time for filling)

Fill (I filled mine with rice) and sew opening shut.

(I will probably fill with something bigger than rice next time.
Maybe lentils? I'm hoping they might hold the heat longer.)

That's it!
I used scrap fabric.
It took about 10 minutes.
Super easy and would make a great gift
for teachers or any number of other people.

Just microwave and enjoy!

Sunday, October 10, 2010

Sunday, September 12, 2010


After One's first soccer game
where they "didn't keep score":

but we won, 5-1.

Friday, August 27, 2010

Two's Crafty Gift

A crafty girl needs a crafty gift!
And at 5yrs old, it needed to be "big girl".
I picked out an embroidery hoop
and loosely woven embroidery fabric
needles, needle threader, and needle holder,
embroidery thread in her favorite colors,
and her own pair of craft scissors

and packaged it in a cute carrying case.

It was a total hit!!!

She loved it and very much appreciated
what a big deal it was to get real crafting materials.
She's already asking for a sewing machine!

Thursday, August 26, 2010

Two's Birthday Party

Two had a ballet party this year.
Her friends wore dance clothes to the party
and I hired a teen from our church
to come as "a real ballerina"
and teach them all a dance.

They had so much fun!

They even put on a performance at the end.

For party favors, I made each girl
a monogrammed bag.
The bags were $1 each from Joann's
and a quick test told me I could not applique
directly to the bag, (the bag totally melted!)
so instead I ironed on the letter to some coordinating fabric
and then hand-stitched that fabric to the bag.

Although in all honestly, they weren't all done
when guests started arriving,
so several of the moms helped me
tack the fabric onto the bags!
ha! What're friends for?!?
I think they turned out really cute!

Monday, August 23, 2010

Not Quite One Million Pillowcases

These are my pillowcases
for CraftHope's Project 9.

Not even close to one million,
but if everyone pitches in...
Three pillowcases is
three more than zero!

There was a special request
to remember boys and teens.
These flew together,
took me 30 minutes tops for all three.

Sew a few yourself, would you?

For more info on CraftHope Project 9, click here.
Find where to send pillowcases
to your local ConKerr Cancer chapter, here.

Sunday, August 22, 2010

Air Show Sunday

DaddyMan took the big kids to the airshow.
He managed to get one (yes, only one)
picture of them.

One *loved* it.
Two thought it was boring.
When Three got home,
he would point to the jet pictures
and then point to ears and say "loud"
and then look for ear plugs in my ears.
(Don't worry, they all wore ear plugs.
I definitely want to make sure they can hear me
when they are teenagers. :o) )

I stayed home with this cutie.

Friday, August 20, 2010

Master Muffin Mix

Awhile back I found this site
that looked like Muffin Heaven!

A Master Muffin Mix
with just about every option possible
for add-ins to make different muffins.

Lemon poppy seed muffins? You betcha!
Cranberry orange muffins? Yes!
(Those will run you a few bucks each at Dutch Bros!)

But wait! There's more!

Peanut butter banana muffins?
Kisses and Hugs muffins?

Here are the ingredients:
(oops, plus sugar - I used splenda...)

Warning: If you are going to make these,
you will need a BIG bowl!

(Two, with my biggest Tupperware, a 32 Cup bowl!)

We made the lemon muffins this first time around.

Pretty sure something with chocolate will be next!

I don't want to step on any toes,
so head on over here for the recipe
and let me know which one you try first!

Wednesday, August 18, 2010

Helping Hands

I thought this was so cute,
Three "helping" One tie his shoes

Monday, August 16, 2010

What's for lunch?

Whatever you're taking for lunch,
why not take it in a cute
reusable snack/lunch bag?

You'll need:
clear vinyl
sew-on velcro

To make this sandwich bag
I cut my fabric approx 7 inches x 14 inches
and also some clear vinyl the same size.

1 - Sew fabric and vinyl together
right sides together
leaving a hole for turning

2 - Turn inside out

3 - Sew on velcro -
fuzzy velcro on vinyl side of one end
scratchy velcro on fabric side of the other end

I opted for the fuzzy side to be on top
and the scratchy side to be on the lower outside piece
(look at the picture above)
so it wouldn't scratch any hands
reaching into the bag.
That's also why I chose to do
a fold-over type bag
as opposed to a ziploc style.

So now that I've completely confused you...

4 - Sew up the sides of the bag

5 - Pack your lunch and enjoy
all the nice comments you'll receive!

To make a snack size bag,
cut your fabric approx 7 inches x 10 inches

Sunday, August 15, 2010


It happened slowly.

Four sleeps with us.

Then the other morning,
Three crawled in.
Then One.
Then Two....

Then Mama got the camera:

Anyone else feel like singing
"There were four in the bed
and the little one said,
roll over, roll over!
So they all roll over
(what? without any fighting or whining?)
and one fell out...

We're getting back in the swing of things.

Little belly's are healing:

Little girls are growing up
and having birthdays:

We're having fun in the sun:

And crafty things are in the works!

Check out CraftHope's latest project here,
pillowcases for your local little ones with cancer.
I committed to make at least two,
maybe you could too?

Monday, July 19, 2010

Catch Up

Just checking in from a blogging break.

We've been doing lots of hanging out.

Playing in the sprinklers:

Getting our entire floors replaced:

Turning 3 mos old:

Taking youth groups to the Lion King:

Notice the smile on my face?
This is me before they told me
I had to have a ticket for Four as well.


(Don't worry, they comped it.)

Then this one gave us quite the health scare:

(He has taken to drawing on his face....markers, lipstick, name it.)

He's now scheduled for kidney surgery this week.
Ironically, so is our neighbor.
Same day, same hospital.

So the blogging break is going to continue
because my babies come first!

Happy Summer!