December 31, 2010

21 Day Organizational Challenge - Denise

Day 1 -  Junk Drawer

Day 2 - Desktop

Day 3 - Tupperware Cabinet

Day 4 - Linen Closet

Day 5 - Under the Sink

Day 6 - Dresser Drawers

Day 7 - Kitchen Pantry

Day 8 - Coat Closet

Day 9 - Toys

Day 10 - Laundry Room

Day 11 - Freezer

Day 12 - Spices

Day 13 - Medicine Cabinet

Day 14 - Under the Bathroom Sink

Day 15 - Medicine/Vitamins

Day 16 -Refrigerator

Day 17 - Mail Center

Day18 - Keepsakes/Momentos

Day 19 - Master Bedroom Closet

Day 20 - Photos

Day 21 -My Choice

Weekly Organizational Challenges

1 - Home Management Binder

2 - Launch Pad (Mud Room)

3 - Recipe Binder

4 - Gift Wrap Center

5 - Kitchen 

6 - Photos (digital and scrapbooking) 

7 - Organize Your Finances

8 - Organize Your Schedule

9 - Purge 

10 - Meal Planning 

December 28, 2010

21 Days to Getting Organized Challenge

I used to be this OCD type person who refolds the clothes in the drawer once a week, because my husband never could keep them the way I wanted.  Well, ever since the kids were born, those OCD tendencies have flown out the window!  So my husband, who used to be totally ANNOYED by my OCD behavior, has done nothing but nag me about why I'm not like that anymore and WHERE IS MY OCD WIFE????? 

So naturally when I came across this on A Bowl Full of Lemons I was intrigued!  I'm not exactly sure all of what it entails, but Denise said she was totally game!  If your interested, check it out, and check back to see pictures and updates of how we're doing with the challenges! 

December 27, 2010

All by Myself Toddler Velcro Belt

My little lovely has the most unique body frame.  She is extremely tall for her age, and skinny skinny skinny!  Every woman’s dream!  I hope it stays with her for the rest of her life.  Anyway, because of this, I cannot find jeans that fit her.  She can wear a 6m waist jean, but needs the length of a 2T.  SOOOOO Difficult!  I bought a belt with D rings and it’s really a big pain to put on and off with a squirming 22 month old!  On the other hand, I bought one for my son who is now potty trained and I constantly have to take the belt off and put it back on every time he has to go potty.  So I went to the store and found some Velcro toddler belts that were like $22!  SERIOUSLY!!!!!  Of course I went right out and bought supplies to make them myself.  So without further adieu…here you go!!!!!!!!!!
1 inch wide belt webbing
1 inch or smaller wide ribbon (I like to use grosgrain)
½ inch sew on Velcro in coordinating color (I usually use white)
Thread in coordinating color
Fray check or lighter
Straight Pins
Sewing Machine

1.       First, measure your child’s waist and hips.  I like to use the middle measurement.  My daughter’s waist is 18”, and her hips are 19.5”.  So I used 19” as my measurements.  Take their measurements and add 4-5”.  That will be the length you cut your webbing. 
19 (Waist/Hip) + 4 = 23 (belt length)
2.       After you have determined the length of the belt, decide on a coordinating ribbon to use.  Add one inch to the overall length of the belt and cut the ribbon.  For example. 
23 (belt) + 1 = 24 Ribbon length

3.       After you have cut, I like to treat the ends of the webbing and ribbon whether with fray check or lighter method. 
4.       Now comes the pinning.  Fold the ribbon ½ inch over the end of the webbing and then turn the webbing over ½ inch, then pin in place.  This will give you a nice edge and wrap the ribbon inside the webbing.

5.       Next pin the ribbon to the webbing all the way down the belt until you reach the other end.  Again, fold the ½ inch extra ribbon over the edge, then fold the webbing over ½ inch and pin. 

6.       Now it’s time to sew.  I use a straight stitch along the edge so you see less of the stitching.  I also like to use a coordinating thread as the ribbon on top and my bobbin color the same as the belt webbing.  In the example, I used black thread on top and pink thread in my bobbin.  I do this so you can’t see the stitching as much on each side.  After you stitch all the way around the entire length of the ribbon and ends, I add the Velcro. 

7.       Cut off 3” of hook and loop, sew on Velcro and pin one to the top side and the other to the bottom side. Make sure you get sew on Velcro.  I didn’t the first time (used sticky), and when the stick came off and I tried to sew it, it messed up my machine!  YUCK!  Sew all the way around the Velcro piece.  Again, I use white thread on top to match my white Velcro and I used invisible thread on bottom so you cannot see it as much in the ribbon.  You can also use the same color thread on bottom as your ribbon or webbing.  Whatever works for you. 

8.       And there you have it!  A toddler Velcro belt that they and do all by themselves!  YA!!!!!

December 13, 2010

From Santa. . . .

Since my daughter is learning to read and can recognize my handwriting I decided to make some "from Santa" tags to use on my kids' presents.  Here's what I designed. . . . . 

There are 14 on a page.  If you'd like to receive a page of these with any name you choose just like us on FB and/or become a follower of our blog.  Once you've done that leave us a comment with the name(s) you want and your e-mail address.  If you already like us on FB or follow us just let us know that too.

I wrapped my packages like Santa's suit (red with a black ribbon belt and gold buckle).  I think these tags will be the perfect finishing touch!

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(¸.·´   Denise 

December 10, 2010

Snowman Wrapped Chocolate Bars

Aren't these TOO cute!  Denise came across a free printable to make these and went right out to get all the materials. They are perfect little gifts for the holidays.  We are giving ours to our kids teachers.  Plus how many times have you had an unexpected guest drop by during the holidays and you wish you had something to just hand them on the way out.  Well, make up a batch of these babies and away they will go!

To begin these are the materials you will need.
cotton holiday fabric (or plain color is fine)
Chocolate Bar
Sewing machine (optional) you can always hand stitch or hot glue if you want

The candy bar wrapper printable was originally found on Laurie Furnell's blog but she no longer has it listed. She has several others on her blog though.

For the snowman, you need to go to the following link and print out your snowman on regular paper. Make sure it is landscape, and take off the internet header too!

Snowman Printable  (however this one was originally designed as a popcorn wrapper which is why we had to adjust the measurements) 

First, Cut off 1.25 inches from the right side and 2.75 inches from the left side of the snowman.  Then use your ruler to mark off the following measurements:  1 inch from bottom, 1.5 inches from top, 2.25 inches from each side, left and right.  Then fold on each of those lines like this.
This is what it looks like all folded.
Now put the Chocolate Bar inside the folded paper, like this: (I rotated the picture, oops) and secure with tape.

Ta-Da! He's naked...gotta clothe this guy before he catches a cold!
For the Hat:
Cut a piece of the felt (4x5) inches - make sure it stretches in the 5 direction
fold 4 inch sides together and sew that edge so you have a tube
now, flip inside out and roll up bottom for a cuff, and stretch it onto the little naked snowman.

slip on hat, tie with a scrap (make sure it stretches), and pull it taught to make the ends curl up.
Now use your scissors to cut fringe in the little guys hat.  Just to make him that much cuter!
and last...cut 15" x 1" piece of cotton fabric and tie on for scarf.
AHHHHH!  He's adorable!  Can't wait to give him out.


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(¸.·´Denise & Jillian

December 6, 2010

Make Grocery Shopping Easier!!

I'm must admit that I'm a list maker.  I make them for everything.  Things I want to sew, crafts I need to make, DIY projects around the house, errands to run. . . . . .

I love any lists that are preprinted so I can just check things off.  They save sooooo much time.  Someday I'll share my Homemakers Binder with you.  In the meantime Jillian and I found this awesome grocery list tutorial here that Beckie at Infarrantly Creative shared. It's perfect because she created the printable list in word so we could customize it.  

Here's what the finished product looks like.  I already have mine hanging on my fridge!
It only took us about an hour to create from start to finish.  Be sure to check out her tutoria!!

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(¸.·´Denise & Jillian

December 3, 2010

Ho! Ho! Ho!

We thought it might be tough to follow up on the success of our turkey hairbow tutorial but here's what we came up with . . . . . a Santa Hairbow.  

It didn't show up real well on a white hat so we'll post another picture as soon as we can pick up a black hat.

These can be found in my Etsy shop.  Just click on the Busy Little Bee  link to the right.

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(¸.·´Denise & Jillian

Flower/Bow Holder

Since I sell the Hair Flowers and Bows, I obviously I have a problem with way too many of them.  I have numerous bow holders all over, but don't really LOVE any of them.  I was surfing the blogs the other day...and I came across this one for a Flower Clip Holder at Patches of Pink.

I fell in love!  This way I can literally FRAME all of my little girls "Pretties" (that's what E calls them).  So Here is my take on it.

I used a frame I had sitting around the basement just waiting to be used. I did a few things different.  I added a piece of batting to the fabric to make it puff out a little more and showcase our "Pretties".  This was super easy and super cute! Now I don't have strands of ribbon everywhere all over my little girls room.  I think I'm going to have to make another one though...Its a little full! OOPS!

December 1, 2010

5 Little Monkeys

My son is obsessed with the 5 Little Monkeys Jumping on the Bed book right now.  We have to read it twice before bed.  He has a million books to choose from yet he picks that one, by name, for both my husband and myself to read.  

Ever since my teaching days I've been a fan of file folder activities.  I recently came across this blog called 1+1+1=1.   They have some awesome file folder activities . . . . including one for the 5 Little Monkey's book.  Of course, I immediately printed the activities and put my file folder together so we can use it tonight (they call them lapbooks and organize them a little differently).  I'm planning on storing mine in hanging file folders in a crate.  Of course I wanted to make mine pretty so I covered the front and inside of the file folder with some scrapbook paper.  Here's what I ended up with . . . . I just need a title for the front  . . . . . need to fire up my cricut . . . . . Jillian, are you free?!?

 I'm off to print some for Eric Carle's books. . .  I'm leaning toward the Hungry Caterpillar.
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November 30, 2010

Matching Dresses

I think it's fair to say that Jillian and myself have become a little obsessed with sewing over the past few months.  It started out innocently enough. . . just a free tutorial for a skirt . . . then one for a cute top. . . . then we progressed to actual purchased patterns.  Out latest focus has been on making clothes for the new baby dolls we bought our daughters for Christmas.  

Our first experience with doll clothes came after we made some cute corduroy jumpers with ruffles for the girls for thanksgiving.
 Unfortunately this is the best picture I have of my daughter wearing hers.  I was so busy with family and all the preparations I forgot to take her picture.  You may recognize the turkey hairbow, though.  She also had a matching one pinned to the front of her jumper  . . . . as did her baby who was wearing the same jumper.  I also made a turkey shirt for my son so he didn't feel left out.  I'll try to add a better picture of her jumper and her babies.  The jumper for the girls was from a pattern (Simplicity, I think) but we created our own pattern for the baby doll.  If you're interested in making one please leave us a comment and we'll try to make a tutorial for it.

Before we made the thanksgiving jumpers we started with something easier . . . .
This matching set was from a panel that was purchased at Hobby Lobby.  So simple.  We just had to cut out the front and back and a lining for each one and then sew them together.  The snowman was already printed and it included a tiny one for her baby.  If you're interested in this one check your local Hobby Lobby.  It was $10 (but of course I used a 40% off coupon) and can be made in sizes 2-6 (I think).  I make the ruffled pony-o's as well and they're in my etsy shop. 

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November 28, 2010

Wine Bottle Cozy (Gift Bag)

 I was reading the paper this weekend and I saw an ad for Christmas gifts and some wine bottle sleeves caught my eye.  They were made from red cotton sweaters.  I have made these lambs in the past . . . 

 . . . . . from wool sweaters.  I decided to use the left over wool to make some wine bottle cozies.
Here are the simple steps. . . 
(*Note - since I had used this wool previously it was already felted.  I used old sweaters and washed them in hot soapy water in the washing machine a couple times.  Once it's properly felted you can cut it and not worry about it fraying)
Wrap the wool around the bottle to determine where to sew.  I used the edge of the sweater for the top so that I had a nice finished edge.  I pinned it along the length of the bottle and trimmed off the excess around the bottom.  You can also see where I cut out a pocket and pinned it to the bottom.
 I stitched on the pocket near the bottom and then I put wrong sides together and stitched up the length of the bottle so the seam would show on the outside. Next, I cut a circle from a scrap piece for the bottom.  Since this wool was thinner and had some stretch to it I cut it pretty close to the size of the bottom of the bottle.
I turned the sleeve inside out so the wrong side was outside and pinned the circle to the bottom and stitched all the way around.
I turned it right side out and slipped my bottle of wine inside.  The pocket can be used for a little note card.  You can also make it larger and add a bottle opener or some chocolate.
For the purple cozy, my wool was less stretchy so I made the bottom a little larger to allow for a seam allowance. 
  I skipped the pocket on this one and instead added some buttons and used a scrap to tie like a scarf.
 If you like the ones I made and don't want to attempt the tutorial these will be in my etsy store soon.  Please let me know if you have any questions about the cozies I made or the tutorial.  
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(¸.·´ (¸.·´ ´♥ ¸¸.·¨¯·♥ Denise