Teething Toys | Etsy

I am so happy about a new item up in Oliver’s Treasure Chest.. teething toys! I made up a batch of them last night and got them listed.

I even got one made up for Oliver

Baby tested, mother approved!


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DIY Natural Air Freshener

Now, I love me some Scentsy. That stuff is yummy and the warmers sure do spice up the home. Plus, those scents don’t make me feel like I am inhaling a chemical factory. But I do refuse to use sprays like Febreeze or those plug ins that spray stuff in your face seemingly every time you walk by. So since I can’t afford to adorn every room in our home with a Scentsy warmer {we have 8 rooms!}, I decided to just make my own air freshener.. naturally!

Supplies:

-baking soda

masor jar {I used a half pint} with just the ring

-fabric or scrapbook paper {I used fabric circles already cut out for the jar already}

-scented oil; I used some essential oil in vanilla that I purchased at Bath & Body Works a while back

-pen

-scissors

-tapestry needle 

Procedure:

Take your fabric or paper and pen and trace a circle with the metal mason jar canning lid {not the ring, the metal circle that usually goes in the ring} and cut that out.

Take the tapestry needle and poke holes through out the fabric or paper. This is to aerate it so the yummy scent will come through.

Measure out half a cup of baking soda and pour into the jar.

Put in about 10-15 drops of the oil. The amount will depend on how large your room is. If you want to put this in the bathroom, I would do less drops. If you want this in your living room, more drops would be better. I would suggest dropping in the least amount, wait a couple hours to see if you can smell it. If not, add more.

Put the lid on the jar with the cut out aerated circle and gently shake the jar, mixing together the oil and baking soda.

Place where you want and enjoy the scent; naturally!

No harsh chemicals in the air filling up your nostrils.

I put mine on the bar top in the kitchen next to our Lunchbox Love. Smells yummy!


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Seersucker Baby Shorts

On my awesome visit to JoAnns, I purchased come cute blue and white seersucker for a ridiculously cheap price. I have always wanted to make Oliver a pair of shorts out of seersucker; I just love the look! So nautical.

I took a pair of Olivers pants that are my fave and have the perfect fit for a cloth diapered bum and traced out a pattern. I hemmed and serged them up, adding one of my little cheesy labels, then added the elastic and finished them off. Oh I was so excited about them! They looked cute, they looked right, and then I tried to put them on him. The waist was too small! Oh darn it! First piece of clothing I have ever attempted to make and they weren’t right! I felt deflated! Then I figured out my problem; I didn’t widen the waist at all when I traced around those pants! So the waist was about 2 inches too small. Unfortunately I do not have anymore seersucker so once I get some more, I will definitely fix my mistake and have Oliver strut his stuff in them. I hope. Ill even make some cute pants too.. maybe out of red and white seersucker!

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But aren’t these just super cute!?! I will be gifting these to someone who recently had their first baby boy.

Back to the drawing board!

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DIY Fringe Top

While Bry and I were hanging out she mentioned she wanted to make a fringe top. She is a little too young for a belly top {like by 8 years!} but I agreed to help her make one if she wore a tank under it while she was out. The shirt turned out real cute and we had a lot of fun doing it. So grab a shirt you don’t mind cutting up and a pair of scissors and lets create a fun fashion statement!

Put your shirt on and figure out where you want the fringe to start. Usually its just below the bust, but you may want yours lower, like what we did for Bry. We decided just above the word ‘LOVE’ was a good spot.

Cut hem off bottom of shirt. If you want to do the sleeves too, cut the hem off of those as well.

{the rope was a guideline for her}

Start cutting slits up the shirt to the guideline you made. Its best to cut both the front and back of the shirt at the same time to keep the slits even. Try to make the slits around the same size and not too thick.

It should look something like this

Grab the front and back of each strand, hold down the shirt at the top and pull down to stretch the strand out. Be careful to not pull too hard.

Now it should look something like this

Put it on and be fashionable!

Hello Kitty; nice makeover!


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Nursing Pad Set | Etsy

New nursing pad set up in Oliver’s Treasure Chest; my favorite set so far. Im trying everything in my power to not snatch these up for myself. And theyre my softest yet; made from gorgeous Anna Maria Horner Voile!

So pretty!

Available now and can do custom orders.


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Sewing With Laminate; Impossible?

When I first started making things I immediately fell in love with some laminates and oil cloths; until I sewed with them. My machine didn’t have a teflon foot so I was getting so frustrated I wanted to throw my new machine out the window! So I stopped sewing with those materials for the longest time.

So need one of these! Anyone have one they don’t need?!

Then I found somewhere online to use wax paper. Just pin a strip of the wax paper where you are going to sew and you won’t have that horrid gathering problem. I tried it and it worked great! But I was wasting so much wax paper. So I stopped sewing with it again.

Then I found this tutorial on how to make a something or other with some laminate cotton {can’t remember what I was trying to make} and she threw in a helpful tip – use painters tape on the bottom of your presser foot!

Duh.

I do not know why I didn’t think of this before. But I tried it and I love it! So easy, you’re not wasting {a ton} and its super easy to do. So I thought I would show you!

Take presser foot on machine off. My machine makes it where I can snap on and off feet with a release.

bare bottom {hehe} of presser foot

Take your painters tape {I used washi tape; works the same} and put a small strip over the bottom of the foot

Cut out little slits so your needle can sew

Replace foot and start sewing. You will be amazed at how the laminate or oil cloth glide right through! It totally makes sewing with those materials possible!

Great on PUL too!

Do you have any tips on sewing with laminate cotton or oil cloth? Leave a comment! I’d love to hear ’em!

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Sewn Projects Week 4

Fourth and final week of Sewn Projects for National Sewing Month!

1. a tissue holder that my bestie Jamie showed me how to make

2. a tote bag I sewed up for said bestie

3. a set of my fave nursing pad set thus far with cotton voile

4. a vintage lace key ring fob

5. another i spy seek and find game

6. another raccoon plushie

7. a tooth fairy pillow for Bry

What have you been sewing?

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Mini Sewing Sesh

This past weekend was my brother’s wedding and I got to stay with the bestie Jaime! She’s new to sewing so I took this opportunity to show her how to construct a tote bag. We headed over to Hobby Lobby {holy moly I have never been there before, wow what the heck?! Why don’t we have one here?!}, got some lovely ikat and chevron home dec fabric, took it home and got to work.

I had decided that I would show her how to make the tote and that one would be hers. Then she would have to make the same bag for me!

She did a super good job! All the seams are straight and it hasn’t even fallen apart! Haha.

Love this stitch!

Im using it for all of Oliver’s Toys when we go out and about.

And in return, she showed me how to make something! Which I am in love with!

Are you new to sewing? Have you taken any classes or perhaps you’ve taught someone? I’d love to hear your experience!

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Thankful Thursday Coffee Date with Mustache Mamma

Need some coffee? Well go make some and join us for Thankful Thursdays with Mustache Mama! {Thank you for hosting mama!}

This week I am thankful for my best friends, Jaime and Cora.

I met Cora first day of Kindergarten. Ever since then, we have been friends. We hung out a lot {she lived down the street from me}, stayed over at each others house a lot, stuck by each other when kids at school got lame. I think we were together almost every day, even outside of school all through our elementary years. We had lost touch years back when I went off to private school and have just recently reconnected and to me, I consider her one of my best friends. She helps me a lot with sewing questions, we bounce tons of ideas off of each other, keep one another motivated, and can confide in the deepest of things with each other. And because we go way back there isn’t one thing we can’t talk about. I love knowing that I can honestly rely on her no matter what. I am so thankful she is {back} in my life. 24 years of friendship. Ewww, Im that old to have a friend for 24 years?

I met Jaime when I was {dating her brother} back in my Sophomore year of high school. They lived down the street with their mom. I honestly don’t think she liked me very much at first, lol. But eventually she warmed up to me and started carting me around in her little white two door hatchback, picking me up from work, taking me to get food, driving me to see her brother. She even helped me get a… wait for it… BEEPER so she could get a hold of me. Hahahahahaha. Oh man, the memories I have with her. I wouldn’t say we were great friends when her brother and I were together, but we sure hung out a lot. We lost touch after I broke her brother’s heart and it wasn’t until about 5 years ago that we reconnected. Once we did, we grew incredibly close. We talk almost every day about anything and everything. We share a lot of the same views in raising our children {though I would say Im more of a hippie than she is haha}, have a lot in common, and understand and know the value of a friendship. She has been there for me through thick and thin – and there has been a ton of both.

Both of these ladies know what its like to have a lot of ‘friends’ and be incredibly friendless. It seems like everyone is only friends with you when its convenient for them. That is one rule we definitely don’t live by.

Girls, I am so very thankful for you and the unique friendship I have with you both. ❤



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Currently…

I am currently…

achieving… mastering new designs for items in my shops. I have about 5 or 6 things on the drawing board, which Im making and remaking to get it right. I’ve never really achieved this kind of goal I set for myself. When I first started sewing I just did, with out planning or goals. At the time that worked for me. But since my transition from a full-time working mom, to a SAHM, and into a WAHM, I have needed to take a look at my business I have been slowly building and set goals for them. One of those goals, first and foremost, was making original designs. I am slowly achieving that. It feels good!

building… a tent/fort for the back yard. Well, I haven’t actually built it yet, but we are gathering materials and should have it done soon. It will be a fantastic addition to the yard.

collecting… fabric. I know, I know.. I already have a huge amount, but when I have shopped before, I usually only shop for myself. Wow, Im selfish! LOL. Another goal that I am trying to achieve is focusing more on what everyone would like with out compromising my taste. So its off fabric shopping I go!

dealing with… PMS, puberty, tween crap. Bry has been dealing with puberty for the past two years and this year her emotions have definitely been affected. She hasn’t started her cycle, yet, but I swear it will be soon. She comes home every other day with a new bff cause the other bff took her bff necklace back or called her a name. And god forbid I ask her to take care of her room or pick up after herself. Lots of ‘ughs’ and stomping offs happen. Heh, and forget me even saying ‘no friends over today’. “You’re ruining my life’ is bound to slip right out one of these days. Im staying patient, and 100% understanding. I know how hard it is to go through puberty and hit all of these milestones – and I did it with out my mother around. I feel so grateful that I am here to answer her questions and be someone to lean on. Even if she hated me about 3 seconds ago. Ha.

enjoying… time with my kids. Yeah, I know, I just complained about Bry, but being able to be home with them is really awesome. I get to hang out with my little man during the day watching him hit new milestones and grow like a weed while big sister is at school. Then spend the afternoons drudging through 6th grade homework that makes me feel like I need to go back to school just to help and giggling over the show Pretty Little Liars that Bry and I watch together. I’ve been a full-time working mom for 11 years so being a SAHM now is so incredibly enjoyable.

Harvesting Kale

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