Archive for February, 2009

25
Feb
09

Handmade Natural Beauty

I am in the process of becoming a sales rep for this privately owned company that produces handmade toiletries and cosmetics. I bought some lotion, soaps, foundation and lip balm from them a couple weeks ago. I’ve been using it everyday since and I’m completely addicted. Even Ben keeps stealing my chapstick! The mineral foundation is especially fantastic! I was talking to Betsy about it this morning. It’s really light and has the perfect coverage and I haven’t needed to reapply it. Equally, the soap is made with natural glycerin which has made my sensitive skin quite happy.  I finish my official training next week but in the mean time, feel free to take a look around and let me know if I can help. Cheers!
Handmade Natural Beauty

25
Feb
09

Easy Skirt

I ran across some fabric I loved in the scrap bin at Joanns the other day. It was brown cotton, with a muted red plaid pattern.  I cut it into two rectangles. One was 10″ x 29″ and the other 12″ x 45″. I hemmed under the long side at about a 1/2″ to be the bottom of the skirt and created a seam at about 3/4″ for the elastic casing on the other long side. Then I sewed both the short ends together (make sure not to sew the 3/4″  together). I used 1/2″ elastic and threaded it through the casing and sewed the ends of the elastic together before pulling the fabric over top and sewing it in place.  Then I just turned it right side out. It was really easy and both skirts were made in about an hour. It helped to have the plaid pattern because it made it easier to sew in a straight line (a big challenge for me).

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24
Feb
09

pile o’ goodness

cookies

20
Feb
09

Simple Dress Dilemma

I was inspired to make my daughters little matching dresses since I had such roaring success with Ophelia’s. It took me several hours and several seams ripped before I turned out this little gem.

It was only when I tried the finished product on Miss Mira that I realized in my attempt to keep any loose ribbons from being a hazard that I had made the straps undeniably the wrong size. The fact that she is a mobile little creature who won’t tolerate “beauty takes pain”-ness-straight-jacket-like-sheath-dress also came to light. Looks like Ophelia’s babydoll just inherited a new dress. As you can see, I also made little shorts, but in my haste to turn them out before the end of naptimes, I forgot to make them diaper sized friendly. Pride goeth before the whatsit? Better luck next time.

17
Feb
09

valentine’s “breakfast”

I surprised my husband with a valentine’s “breakfast” at the end of last week in place of the dinner of left-overs that I had promised him. (I tried to post this before Saturday morning but wordpress wasn’t letting me upload my photos…).
bacon
biscuits3
We had scrambled eggs, maple bacon, and heart shaped biscuits with jam. It was a big hit, and it’s always nice when B can finish her dinner in the same time it takes us (there was a night last week where it took her more than two hours to finish her dinner)! I even went so far as to light a few candles and set the table nicely with B’s “Love You Papa” valentine from last year.
love-you-papa

16
Feb
09

Simple Dress

I’ve been eying those cute pillowcase dresses for sometime. The trouble being that I have yet to find a pillowcase that wouldn’t look like a pillowcase to make a dress out of. Yesterday, I decided to try and make one from scratch. I just found this video on youtube and improvised. The fabric is some my mother in law bought for me at Walmart two years ago to make an apron out of. I have the pattern all cut out, I just haven’t gotten around to finishing it yet (I’m notorious for starting projects and not finishing them). I just used what was left over (about a half yard) to make this dress.

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13
Feb
09

Get a Little, Give a Little

If you want to join in the fun and get a little something in return … be one of the first THREE people to leave a comment on this post and you’ll receive a gift from me during this year. There’s a small catch…You knew there would be didn’t you? Post this on your blog or Facebook wall (sorry, no MySpace-ing) referencing this post then come back and leave a comment on this post, telling me you’re in. Fun, huh? And by in, you do know that means you have to pay it forward and give something to three people on your blog or Facebook page. I don’t even care if you make something … just giving something is good with me!

Remember, only the first 3 comments receive the gift from me. When and what will be a surprise.




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