Thursday, August 2, 2012

Sew Much Fun!

Crafting is something that I have always enjoyed doing.  Sure, you can buy just about anything you could ever want/need at a store these days, but there is something so satisfying about creating something out of nothing!  I guess I get this from my mom.  Throughout the years we have gone through all types of crafting phases ~ candle making, soap making, basket weaving, latch-hook rugs, (all of which were pretty big "flops" by the way), scrapbooking, knitting, and crocheting (these last 3 are still pretty popular with us).  The past few months though, I have been learning how to sew on a machine and I LOVE it!  There is something so relaxing about it.  I sit down at my sewing table and I instantly feel the stress of the day melting away.  I don't know about you, but I really like to see pictures of how people set up their crafting spaces.  I decided to snap a few pictures of my sewing area to post here.  I'm sure it will change as I get more into sewing, but for now it is perfect for my needs!

Sewing tray: scissors and fabric pens are in the cup, extra bobbins are in the drawers, misc. sewing notions are in the big glass jar (it makes it easier to see what I have, and it adds a decorative flair), snaps and buttons are in the snap-n-lock containers.
My sewing table in the corner of my craft room.  Fabric is organized by type in the bins.  All of my supplies are on the wooden tray.

As many of you know, I use cloth diapers on my baby girl, so I have recently been really into making cloth wipes out of super-soft flannel. Even if you don't cloth diaper, these wipes are great for sticky hands and faces! I keep a basket of them by my kitchen sink to use for after mealtime clean-up. I just throw them in with my daily laundry. Simple as can be! Softer than paper towels, and better for the environment (and your wallet!). Here is a picture of some adorable puppy-print wipes that I made for a lady today. These were my first official "special order" for a paying customer. Yay for a new side-business! :)

Wednesday, August 1, 2012

It's a Girl! ;)

So, I'm guessing my regular followers will have noticed that my blog has a different look!  No, a bottle of Pepto Bismol didn't explode on your computer screen, there is a LOT of pink on my new blog template!  Why?  That's simple.  Because it represents me and my life.  Being a single woman and having 2 little girls, we have a ton of pink in our house, but that's okay with me because pink is my favorite color.  Sure, some guys can pull off pink, but overall it screams "GIRLY," which is totally me!  The girlier the better! :)  What color represents you?

Wordless Wednesday

How she was napping yesterday.  The stuffed animals got tucked in :)

My Little Fashionista! :)

And just for fun, a pic of the girls about this time last year :)

Happy Wednesday!!!

Tuesday, July 31, 2012

Tuesday Tidbits

*  I broke the handle on my Swiffer Wetjet mop today.  Bummer :(  Guess that's why I shouldn't do housework.
*  Tomorrow is August 1st.  Where has the summer gone?!?
*  I am so in love with my baby girls!  I can't imagine my life without them.
*  I went on a date last night! :)
*  Must get working on sewing projects.
*  I have my first custom order for cloth wipes!  Woo hoo!
*  So, so, excited for dinner and blog talk tomorrow evening with some of my favorite friends and fellow blogging mommies!  If you get a chance, check out their blogs: Krystle at Life Revolves Around Them, Melanie at Now a Queen, and Mia at The Chronicles of Chaos !

Monday, July 30, 2012

Just Another Manic Monday!

Hello blog world!  I hope everyone had an enjoyable weekend.  We went to a friend's 1st birthday party on Saturday, then went swimming and to Carl's ice cream yesterday.  Fun times.  So far today I have gotten in my first workout in at least 2 weeks (yes, I realize that for exercise to actually work you must do it more often than once every 2 weeks), taken the girls outside to play, cleaned up (a.k.a. threw away) my flowers dead carcasses of flowers from the pots on my deck, and attempted to read a few blogs that I follow while being used as a human jungle gym by my 17 month old!  And it's not even 11a.m.!  Well, I'm pretty sure the screams I'm hearing from the other room mean my kids are killing one another, so I guess I better wrap it up for now!  Happy monday! :)

Saturday, July 28, 2012

Dessert anyone?

Why is it that you always crave something at the most inconvenient times?  Right now, for instance, it's raining, Sophia is already in bed, and Emma and I are in our jammies, and I am CRAVING chocolate cake/brownie/cookie... something!  I've raided the pantry, but nothing is really jumping out at me.  There should be a dessert delivery company for single moms who are stuck at home on a rainy Saturday night.  Just saying... :)

Monday, July 16, 2012

My New Retreat

Ever since moving into my house in March 2011, my bedroom has been the only room that I haven't really done anything to.  My priority was the girls' bedrooms and the main rooms that are seen in the house.  My room tends to be where everything gets put when I don't know what else to do with it or I don't want anyone to see it.  When I do a super quick "clean-up," things tend to get thrown in my room and the door is usually kept shut to hide the clutter.  I also have had the same bedroom furniture, which was hand-me-downs from a family friend, ever since moving out of my childhood bedroom.  Needless to say, I was WAY overdue for some new stuff!  I had been trying to decide what I wanted to do for a while now.  I have always really like the super-girly "Shabby Chic" look, but could never do that when I was married because, well, it was too girly.  Now that it is MY room, I figured I should go for it!  Pretty much my whole house is full of girly stuff so as the queen of this castle it just seems right that my bedroom should be the girliest of all! :)  My biggest problem was the lack of a very big budget to spend on my room.  I ended up finding my bed on for a very reasonable price.  I purchased the chest, night stands, and bench used from a friend who is moving overseas, and made all of the decor out of stuff I already had or purchased from Joann's or Hobby Lobby on sale.  I already had the bedding, which I purchased from Kohl's when I first bought my house.  Overall I am very pleased with my new retreat!  If I close the door and block out the sounds of children bickering, I can almost pretend I'm in a fancy hotel room... ALMOST. :)

My major D.I.Y. project in the room.  I wanted a place to hang necklaces to keep them from getting tangled.  I bought an unfinished shelf from Hobby Lobby for $15.  Put a coat of spray paint in "Ballet Slipper" on it, and then glued some girly scrapbook paper onto the front to give it that "Shabby Chic" feel I was going for.  Overall I'm pretty impressed with how it turned out!

So in love with my new bed!!! :)

Love this wall decal that I got from Joann's!  It's kind of hard to see, but it says "In the gentle depths of the soul, everyone deserves to feel beautiful."