April 30, 2009
April 28, 2009
The best website I have found for information on local pick your own farms is: www.pickyourown.org. So, go out there and support your local farmers (call first, some places may have gone out of business).
My family very much so enjoys going a picking fruits and veggies. The little ones don't quite get it yet, but we all have lots of fun! And, we get to come home and can or freeze everything we won't eat that week or so. Honestly, this is the most rewarding part of our adventures. We end up with things like: homemade jams, sauces, drink mixes, and much more!
My book that I live by as far as canning goes is:
April 27, 2009
My kids LOVE the kitchen. They love to cook, play with boxes and cans of food, help set the table and clean up. Sometimes I can't get them out of the kitchen!
I only have the top pieced, and all the layers pinned right now. So, all that's left is to quilt and bind. I think it turned out quite well. I used the pattern "and baby Takes '3'!" by Deirdre K. Brown. All I had to do was pick 3 fabrics, cut squares and rectangles according to the size block, and sew. SOO EASY!!
The block on the front I actually decided to rotate instead of keeping them all the same way. I ended up with somewhat of a heart pattern. Here's a close-up:
April 22, 2009
And, of course, I couldn't wait to play with it!! Since I always like to do at least one trial run with new toys, I decided to make one of my son's velcro diapers into a snap one. He knows how to take off the velcro ones anyway, so we kinda needed a solution for that one.... :) So, onto the chopping block went a Blueberry dipe, I love love these (http://www.blueberrydiapers.com/) I just wasn't feelin the velcro anymore.It turned out rather well, and, it fits great! The little Pooka can't even get it off now!! Score 1 for Mom :)
April 13, 2009
Since I try to make at least 3 holiday-specific items/outfits for my kids throughout the year (Easter, Halloween, and Christmas), what better to try out than a sweater vest for one of my boys? (I went with the older one, just incase I didn't finish it soon enough the younger could always grow into it :)
I SUCCEED in making this vest, and IN TIME!! YEA!! I just love how it turned out! Even though this is a little advanced (with the color-changing to create the argyle), I could have easily made it with just a solid color or stripe. (lots of options included in pattern, I did create my own argyle pattern).
So, I started with a book I have had for quite a while, but never made anything from. I love books that give you a basic, basic pattern and advise you to make it your own. The book is called "Style Your Own Kids Knits" by Kate Buller: image. This book gives patterns for kids sweaters, hats, bags, and motifs from size baby up to about 8 years! SO MANY OPTIONS!!!!
April 7, 2009
Check it out!!!
She's giving away a super-cute apron, and 2 onsie/shoe sets!
April 4, 2009
It was only with #3 that I discovered the wonderfulness of washable nursing pads. I bought a few brands that I was able to find at local stores, and they worked wonderfully for me.
As I was browsing on Etsy today, I came across the cutest, most adorable washable nursing pads ever! Even though I have quite a few, I am SERIOUSLY considering buying some of these!!! The shop is: southernbellesandbow.etsy.com. They are simply ADORABLE!!!
April 2, 2009
I will send a hand made gift to the first three people who leave a comment to this post on my blog requesting to join the PIF exchange. All the gifts will be made and posted out 'sometime within the next year'. How exciting to not know when your surprise package will arrive! What you need to do in return, is pay it forward by making the same promise on your blog. This Exchange is only open to those with active websites or blogs.
I'd love for you to join me! Will you be one of first three? Other comments are welcome, but only the first three will be my Pay It Forward recipients.