Saturday, January 31, 2009

Egg Carton Counting Game

To make this preschooler counting activity, you simply cut out little pieces of paper (I used a 1/2 inch circle punch) and number them 1-12. Then glue them into the bottom of an empty egg carton. I didn't have any elmer's glue on hand so I tried taping these with scotch tape & they didn't stick at all. Then you use dry beans & have the child place as many beans in each cup as the number says.

Simple, easy, & free. Just how I like it! My 4 year old was really excited to have something new to keep her busy. This game could also be changed up with letters instead of numbers. Label each cup with a letter. Place one dry bean inside & close the lid. Give the egg carton a good shake & open in up to see what letter the bean landed on. Then give the child a category like animals, foods, etc. & they must come up with something in that category that starts with the letter that the bean landed on.

What fun stuff do you do with your empty egg cartons? Please do share!

Friday, January 30, 2009

Craft, Inc.

I first read Craft, Inc. back in June and loved it. It's packed full of information & I'm imagining that it's the most enjoyable 'business' book there is for crafters & creative thinkers. I asked Dylan to pick it up at the library for me again because I've been doing a lot of thinking about my little crafty business & how I'd like to make it better. I definitely recommend this book for any of you looking to or already selling your handmade goods. Check it out sometime.

Wednesday, January 28, 2009


Have you been following the photo project that I'm working on with my sister Heather? If not, I hope you'll check it out.

We are almost finished with the first month. There are days when it's a bit challenging, but here are the things I'm loving about it:

* I am taking way more photos than I normally would
* Heather is so talented & she challenges me to take better shots since my photos are paired with her awesome photos
* I get to be a part of my sister's day...each & every day & vice versa
* The pairings are always a surprise & I still never fail to be delighted with each new combo
* I love knowing that I have a growing collection of photos featuring little tidbits of my daily life
* It's just fun

I also have a flickr set with my own photos & I've been adding them to the awesome group 365 : For the domestic types.

Monday, January 26, 2009

Giveaway Time!

Yes, yes!! Time for a giveaway. You have until midnight on Sunday, February 1st to enter this giveaway for one of our La La Love You Prints in the new light turquoise color & a set of my Vintage Map wooden blocks. More information on both items can be found on their listings in my shop.

To be entered into the drawing, please leave a comment just saying hello or letting me know what you'd like to see more of on my blog. Be sure to leave your name & e-mail address so that I can get in contact with the winner.

To earn an extra entry into the drawing. Post about this giveaway on your blog & include a link back to my blog. This will earn you one more entry into the drawing. If you do this step, be sure to leave one more comment letting me know that you did it.

Thanks so much & good luck!!

Saturday, January 24, 2009

Vegetarian Chili

With a focus on eating more healthy, I am trying to eat less meat & more vegetables. On our menu this week was Vegetarian Chili & cornbread. Soups are always an easy way to get a lot of veggies in & chili is so hearty & filling. With all the strong seasonings, you really don't miss the meat. You're not really tasting it to begin with. Here's what I threw together. My family really liked it.

Vegetarian Chili

1 diced green bell pepper
1 diced onion
1 carrot, peeled & diced
3 cloves garlic, minced
1 can diced green chilies
1 can kidney beans
1 can chili beans
1 can whole kernel corn
2 cans diced tomatoes
1 Tbsp. chili powder
1 tsp. ground cumin

I put all the ingredients in a crock pot on high for about 6 hours. Could also go in a pot on the stove & simmer until all the vegetables are tender. Serve with grated cheese & sour cream.

Tuesday, January 20, 2009

What I Love About This Day & This Man

I just wanted to share a few of my thoughts on this super, awesome day. Obama has impressed me from the beginning because with him I felt like my voice mattered. That what I am doing in my little corner of the world matters. I was shocked with his campaign that he would ask anybody & everybody to join in & become a part of something. To start caring about politics & America again. He didn't require any criteria except that you were an American. He accepted small donations to fund his campaign. Small donations which together became something huge. I'm also happy with the way he's lead his transition time. Still calling upon us to be a part of this movement. Reminding us that small efforts make a difference & together we can change the world we live in.

I hope you will take the time to look at Under "other service opportunities" there is a listing of many organizations that you can get in touch with to help better our communities. I also hope that you will continue to make efforts along with me to live a more "green" lifestyle. Again, every little bit helps & adds up to a huge difference.

I hope you are enjoying this most special day. I took Sadie to school late because I didn't want to miss anything. Oh, we are excited!

Monday, January 19, 2009

Still Going On About Curtains

Yes. More curtains. In the process of making this set of curtains for the living room, I thought for sure I was going to hate them. Turns out that I'm quite fond of them now that they're all hung up.

These windows are the worst. We've now got them equipped with draft snakes, plastic, blinds & now these nice heavy curtains. We could tell a difference in the warmth of that room with the addition of the curtains. Now we're just keeping our fingers crossed that our next heating bill won't be so hard on the pocketbook.

I think I'm taking a break from curtains for just a little bit, but when I come back to them, the girls' room windows are next.

Thursday, January 15, 2009

Stay Out Nasty Cold

We don't like you & we don't want you in here anymore. Also, we really hate what you do to our heating bill.

I am on a serious mission to get all the windows in this house covered. It is consuming me & it's pretty much all I talk about. Right, Dylan? Anyway, I can check off the dining room windows & tonight it's on to the front bay windows. That is the coldest spot in our house. It's also right where our sofa sits. Makes for a not so cozy living room.

I'm confident that these window coverings will help a great deal with keeping our house nice & warm & keeping our heating bill down. Maria & I hit up the sale at Joann's & found some nice heavyweight home decor fabric in the clearance section marked down an additional 50% off. Can't beat it.

Wednesday, January 14, 2009

New Vintage Goodies

I just completed a vintage shop update of some really great finds from a shopping trip earlier this week. Looks like the color for the day was green. :) There are some super cool pieces. I hope you'll check it out.

And a little frugal tip: Be sure to visit Suave today & get a coupon for a free bottle of Suave shampoo, conditioner, hair spray, styling aid, body wash, or body lotion (good up to $3.00). Yippee!

Tuesday, January 13, 2009

Just In Time For Valentine's Day

We are happy to now be offering the La La Love You design in a 8.5 by 11 inch print! We've added a few new fun colors as well. Check them all out in the shop.

I have a really great vintage update planned for the shop tomorrow. So be sure to come back for that. :)

Friday, January 09, 2009

2009 Focus

(Sewing machine cover. Available in the shop.)

Specific goals have not been set this year. I have been doing some reflecting just like everybody else...but I've decided that my focus for 2009 will just be being better. I want to be a better person, better in all my roles...

I want to be a better wife & mother, a better sister & sister-in-law, daughter & daughter-in-law. I want to be a better friend, Christian, crafter, seamstress, etsian, blogger & member of society. I'm remembering also that being better for everyone else means I need to be better to myself and so thoughts of physical improvements & overall wellness have entered my mind as well.

I have high hopes for 2009. :)

Monday, January 05, 2009

New Stuff In The Shop

It's a new year & I'm full of new year energy! I've got big dreams for the shop & with school starting back up again tomorrow, I should be able to find even more time to work. Dylan has designed a new poster called Dream Big. It's available in 4 different colors.

I tried out a new garland idea. You can see it pictured in the photos above & below. These are double sided leaf shapes cut free form & sewn together with a strong, invisible, nylon thread. I hung the finished garland up in the girl's room & just loved it.

With the organizing mindset that comes with the new year, I decided to make a batch of grocery bag dispensers as well. These will be added to the shop over the next few days.

It's good to feel this surge of energy & excitement. What are you focusing on now that the holidays are over?

Saturday, January 03, 2009


My oldest sister Heather and I have started a new photo a day project for 2009. Each of us, living in different parts of the country, will take a photo a day & post them together. Our goal is to do this every day of 2009. Heather's photos are on the left & mine on the right. Because we don't talk at all about the photos we'll take, everyday is a nice surprise. You can follow along with us here.

Friday, January 02, 2009

Handmade Holidays Received

Not only do I love giving handmade, but I love receiving handmade. Take a look at the handmade gifts that we received this year from family.

My Dad got me this scrabble pendant necklace set from my sister. I love it & how cute is the painted game piece holder! Amber & Jen sell their creations at Just Be Jewelry.

My sister-in-law Lilia really spoiled our girls this year. She made Sadie some adorable clothes for her barbies.

She even made a Princess Leia dress & buns! Perfect gift for the Leia obsessed girl.

Lilia also made Claire two sweet little dresses & She made Sadie a polka dot one to match the Barbie outfit she made. I just can't seem to find it. I assume it's in the laundry because Sadie has been wearing that dress all the time! Lilia also keeps a really fun etsy shop.

My mother-in-law made these great hooded towels for the girls. The kids love having their own distinguishable towel. I love how nicely they hang behind their bedroom door. Sadie even wants to play dress up with hers sometimes. :)

We are so lucky. Thanks all for the wonderful gifts. Handmade means so much to me because I know the time that was put into these gifts. Your busy little hands have made us feel loved.

Thursday, January 01, 2009

2008 Sewing

2008 was a really great year of sewing for me. I tried a lot of new things like making clothing for Sadie & myself, machine quilting & double fold bindings. I learned just how much I could produce if I set my mind to it thanks to my involvement in the summer market. I reached over 400 sales in my etsy shop. Not all sales being items that I've sewn (posters, vintage), but acceptance by the etsy community this year has been such a confidence booster for me. I'm ready to keep going in 2009!

I want to wish you all a happy new year! Thanks so much for stopping by & leaving your sweet comments. I'm hoping for the best for all of us in the year to come.
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