Sunday, December 28, 2008
Yesterday my mom came over and we hit up the craft stores. I am already getting ready to make some Valentine's Day stuff to sell because if that law goes through this will be my last holiday to make children's items to sell. I picked up a new scrapbook because the one I had previously purchased didn't have the expandable spine, a frame for Madi's photo with Santa, and some yarn to use for my dolls hair.
Oh yeah, I am making a new kind of doll. It's called a primitive folk art doll. I love them, they are so darn cute. They are kind of a pain because the arms and legs are so skinny and my fingers are too fat to fit in there so I had to use tweezers, but I liked the finished product. I gave the first one to my mom for Christmas. I took it up there and acted like, "Hey, this is my new doll. What do you think?" and she said that she loved it then asked all sheepishly, "Is it mine?" So cute. Of course it's yours mom! She always gets the prototype of my new items.
Here she is:
Well, I better get off here and get some stuff done. I plan on making lasagna tonight and I think I might do it in the crock pot. I'll let you know how it turns out.
I hope everyone had a very Merry Christmas.
Saturday, December 20, 2008
Well Christmas is almost here. 5 days to go and they are going fast. I know some people, just like me, might have some last minute gifts to prepare. Well, I have gathered some great ideas that you can easily throw together and have ready for Christmas.
1: Cookie Care Packages. These days you don't even need to be a good cook. You can get the premade cookie dough at the grocery store, some frosting, sprinkles,a Christmas tin, and viola...a homemade gift from the heart that anyone would love.
2: Library Card. You could go to the local library and give the gift of books. When I was growing up I loved the library but it has lost some of it's charm in this world of technology. I can't think of a better time to revive it.
3: Photo Slide show DVD. You can make this with almost any photo editing software. I did one for my mother-in-law and she really liked it. All you need is some photos, a blank DVD, and the you have a great gift that grandparents love.
Anyway, these are some great last minute gift ideas but you can also check out Family Fun.com for more great ideas. As you can see, I love that site and their magazine.
Hope everyone has a great weekend.
Sunday, December 14, 2008
A Proposal From the handmadetoyalliance. org:
In 2007, large toy manufacturers who outsource their production to China and other developing countries violated the public's trust. They were selling toys with dangerously high lead content, toys with unsafe small parts, toys with improperly secured and easily swallowed small magnets, and toys made from chemicals that made kids sick. Almost every problem toy in 2007 was made in China.
The United States Congress rightly recognized that the Consumer Products Safety Commission (CPSC) lacked the authority and staffing to prevent dangerous toys from being imported into the US. So, they passed the Consumer Product Safety Improvement Act (CPSIA) in August, 2008. Among other things, the CPSIA bans lead and phthalates in toys, mandates third-party testing and certification for all toys and requires toy makers to permanently label each toy with a date and batch number.
All of these changes will be fairly easy for large, multinational toy manufacturers to comply with. Large manufacturers who make thousands of units of each toy have very little incremental cost to pay for testing and update their molds to include batch labels.
For small American, Canadian, and European toymakers, however, the costs of mandatory testing, to the tune of up to $4,000 per toy, will likely drive them out of business. And the handful of larger toy makers who still employ workers in the United States face increased costs to comply with the CPSIA, even though American-made toys had nothing to do with the toy safety problems of 2007. Toy makers won't be the only ones impacted by the CPSIA, the thousands of US businesses who offer clothing, jewelry and other gifts for children, in essence, the entire children's industry will be as well.
The CPSIA simply forgot to exclude the class of toys that have earned and kept the public's trust. The result, unless the law is modified, is that handmade toys will no longer be legal in the US.
Thriving small businesses are crucial to the financial health of our nation.
Let's amend the CPSIA so that all businesses large and small are able to comply and survive!
***Click the bottom widget to get the vote out. If you enjoy ANY handmade children's items then I ask that you please repost this. We keep our individuality and help out the little guy when we purchase handmade. If this law comes into effect there will be no more handmade children's items available because the little guy will not be able to afford the testing costs. Thank you. Hope everyone had a nice weekend.***
Saturday, December 6, 2008
Friday, December 5, 2008
For instance, last year for Christmas my sisters and I got together and made a Christmas memory quilt for my mom. We each picked out 2 holiday fabrics. Then we had each of the kids design their own quilt block. They used everything from finger paints to buttons. When they were all done I sewed them all together to create a beautiful memory quilt. When my mom opened her gift she started to cry, she loved it so much. I know that it is something she will always treasure.
Anyway my project today was found here.
This site has 34 homemade gift ideas but I have to say that I loved this one the most.
*** Teacup candles! You’ll need craft-store wicks, wax (or old candles) that can be melted down, old teacups, and maybe a fragrance or two. Pretty single teacups (with or without saucers) can often be found at thrift stores for less than a dollar. Melt the wax in a double boiler, add fragrance if desired, then support the wick standing in the teacup while carefully filling the cup with wax. As the wax cools, it will contract and form a well. You can add more melted wax of the same color or add a second shade. These are fairly easy to make, but beware cups with obvious cracking; the hot wax may cause them to shatter.***
So cute. I think I will pass this idea onto my sister, the candle maker of the family. Presently, I am working on my mom's present but I will be sure to show a pic of it before I give it to her. Fortunately for me she doesn't read my blog so I can share it with you.
I hope everyone has a great weekend.
Saturday, November 29, 2008
I can't believe some of the sales stores are having. Even groceries are starting to come down. With $1.86 a gallon gas it was inevitable but still a nice surprise.
I picked up a few more presents for Madi and got started on the rest of the family. I even went to Sportsman's Warehouse for my step-dad and brother-in-law's presents. If you know me, you know how odd it is for me to go there. I think we have had that store in this town for 5 years now and I have only been in there twice. Once for work boots and tonight. Anyway, they had a great deal on these Field and Stream watch/leatherman kits. Seriously, I got a great deal. They didn't have a tag on them and there was no record of the item in their store computer so they gave them to me for $10!!! I looked them up on the internet when I got home and they go for $30. I made out like a bandit.
I ran over to Old Navy and got my little sister some shirts for $5 a piece, my older sister her present,and a few more gifts for my nieces and nephews. I still have no idea what to get my mom but I know it will come to me. I thought about getting her a Starbucks coffee set but those things are ridiculously priced.
I put my tree up on Friday and Madi can't seem to leave it alone. It's like a tractor beam just pulling her in. I also got out my other decorations and came across this Winnie the Pooh train that I bought last year on clearance after Christmas. It has Tigger and Pooh on it and they sing some Christmas carols while on a train. Madi loves it and it is now a new toy. I keep trying to show her the difference between a decoration and a toy but I don't think she cares. It lights up and plays music so it's a toy.
Well I think I'm going to call it a night. Hope everyone else is having a great weekend.
Friday, November 21, 2008
For the last week I have been working on a certain outfit that I wanted to sell on eBay. It's candy cane bell bottom pants, with certain adornments, coordinating shirt, and matching hair bows.
Well, I finally got it done and this morning I went outside to take pictures of Madi in it. I need to find a different model. She looks so adorable in it that I can't possibly sell it. Seriously, it's her outfit. She had so much fun wearing it and I got some great pics that I just decided I would hang onto it for her this Christmas and then if it's still in good condition, sell it next year.
Anyway, here are the pics. I think I found the one I want to use for our Christmas cards this year but that's another post.
Hope everyone has a great weekend.
Monday, November 17, 2008
I sold all of my items on eBay so that makes me happy. I won't feel right about these items until I get feedback, so as you can see it's a vicious cycle. I make the item, wonder if it's good enough, hope it sells, yay it sells, then ship it, and await feedback and hope that the person who bought it likes it.
So, as I type this I am waiting for my sitter to come over to watch Madi so I can take my 8 packages to the Post Office and then go get a turkey. My mom said that City Market is having a really good sale on those right now.
Anyway, I went shopping all weekend. So much fun. On Saturday I went with my mom and sister and we hit up all the craft stores. I got some more ribbon and picked up a Christmas present for my sister-in-law. I'm glad I found something for her because I had no idea what to get.
We stopped by Tuesday Morning and I found an Ariel toddler bedding set for Madi for a really good price. I couldn't believe that I found one considering I have never seen one before. It was just out in the open, in the toy department away from bedding, just waiting for me. Madi was really happy when I gave it to her.
Yesterday, I met up with my friend Nicole and we hit up the toy departments at Target and Kohl's, and then headed over to Herberger's. I had so much fun and even found some great deals. I got Madi a couple more presents and found some things for my niece and nephews.
All in all it was a good week. I hope everyone had a nice weekend and remember...
only 38 more days until Christmas.
Wednesday, November 12, 2008
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Hope everyone is having a good week.
Tuesday, November 11, 2008
Last night I tried out a new recipe that was in my Family Fun magazine. Both ZK and Bobby saw this recipe and asked me to make it. I have to say that it made me feel good that they actually do read my parenting magazines, especially ZK.
Well, it was a really easy recipe and it was a big hit so into the recipe box it goes. I thought I would share it with everyone on here.
1 Tablespoon of Vegetable Oil
3/4 cup of minced onion
1 garlic clove minced
2 teaspoons of cumin (I only used one)
2 teaspoons of chili powder (again I only used one)
1 1/2lbs of ground beef
2 Tablespoons of Tomato paste
1/2 teaspoon of salt
1/2 teaspoon of black pepper
12 flour tortillas
Heat the oil in a large skillet over medium heat. Add the onions and garlic and saute until the onion has softened (about 6 mins) Add the cumin and chili powder and cook stirring for another minute. Add the beef and cook (while breaking up any lumps) until the meat is no longer pink. Add the tomato paste, salt, and pepper and cook the mixture for another 5 minutes. Taste and adjust seasoning if necessary. Serve with tortillas and the garnishes of your choice. We used cheddar cheese, feta cheese, lettuce, tomato, sour cream, and a taco sauce (the one made by Taco Bell. You can get it at any grocery store in the mexican food aisle)
They were so good and filling. Plus I had leftovers for me and Madi for lunch today.
Hope everyone has a great day.
Sunday, November 9, 2008
I hope everyone is having a great weekend.
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Anyway, you can check out her store here:
Here's a few of her wreaths that she listed yesterday:
Friday, November 7, 2008
The first real music video I remember seeing was the "Living on a Prayer" one when I was like 8. Ah, memories. My mom had the best taste in music. She was a young single mom and she liked to rock out. I remember watching her and my aunt playing quarters and listening to Fleetwood Mac, Men at Work, Billy Idol,and my favorite, Culture Club.
Over the years I've come to realize that almost all of my favorite memories growing up have music attached to them. You know like when you hear that song, you go back to the time and place you were when you first heard it.
Like Warrant's, "She's My Cherry Pie". I was in my uncle J's room, in my grandparents haunted old farm house rocking out to that song. I think I was 9. Or Garth Brooks, "Ain't Going Down Til The Sun Comes Up". I was at my cousin Erin's rodeo and we were joking that was her song and she was going to run off with her cowboy sweetheart. I was 12 at that time and she ended up marrying him a couple of years later. And how "Cowboy Take Me Away", by the Dixie Chicks always reminds me of my grandpa and Silverton. I don't know why but I always think of him when I hear that song.
Now that I'm older the list has just gotten longer. Like anything by Boys 2 Men was our official 8th grade couples song. "My Heart Will Go On", (the Titanic song) will forever be attached to my 11th grade boyfriend. "How Bizaar" by OMC always makes me think of my high school best friend Heather and that summer after sophomore year when all we did was drive around and wait for that song to come on the radio because it never occurred to us to by the CD.
I could just sit here all night and listen to music. What's great though is that I have a husband who has a very eclectic taste in music and has introduced me to more great songs attached to great memories. Like the Used, "I Caught Fire" was our wedding song, how Madi would only sleep to "Eulogy" by Saves the Day, and when we have a few beers we are always listening to Danzig.
I hope that when Madi is older she will associate memories to music and feel the way the I do right now. Happy. Just happy about the life I have led and what has yet to come.
Thursday, November 6, 2008
I finally found some easy instructions that I could follow. Plus it involved a little sewing and that makes me happy.
Anyway, they are coming along nicely and I will be putting them up on eBay Saturday. I'm not quite sure where to price them at so if other people could tell me how much they would pay for them I would appreciate it. So you know, they are 3 inches in length and have a french clip on the back.
Thanks! I hope everyone has a great day.
Tuesday, November 4, 2008
Today is a great day in our nation. Our voices were heard. Proud, excited, happy, do not even begin to express how I am feeling. When I stood in line to vote today I had a feeling that this was going to turn out well. The change that America so desperately needs is coming.
Barack Obama has become the 44th President of the United States of America. If you listened to his acceptance speech tonight he said so eloquently how he feels about this great nation and her people. He will fight for what is right. He will unite America once more. It's definitely an exciting time.
On a side note I just have to say that John McCain was so gracious and sweet tonight. I believe that he did try his best and 8 years ago he would have made a fantastic president. But America is ready for change.
So my congrats to Obama. You earned it, we earned it, and I believe that we will all prosper because of it.
Saturday, November 1, 2008
Well, last night was Halloween and it was fun. We took the kiddos trick-or-treating and they seemed to have lots of fun. There were kids everywhere. After that we went to my mom's for a low key Halloween party. It was pretty relaxing.
Today, I went back to Delta so that I could help my mom with her eBay listings. I got her hooked up with photobucket and showed her how to use it to make her listings look really professional.
I'll tell you what though. I am so glad to be home. I have drove over 200 miles in a 24 hour period and I am pooped. Tomorrow I plan on working on my Christmas crafts and catching up on some laundry. Hope everyone has a nice quiet weekend and enjoy that extra hour of sleep.
I'll leave you with a few pics from last night...
Friday, October 31, 2008
Thursday, October 30, 2008
A Halloween treat to avoid
Earlier this month, the Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) announced a recall of Sherwood Brands Pirate's Gold Milk Chocolate Coins due to positive test results for melamine.
Sherwood Brands Pirate's Gold Milk Chocolate Coins, is sold in 840 gram containers containing 240 pieces per container bearing UPC 0 36077 11240 7 and lot code 1928S1.
In Canada, this product is sold nationally through Costco stores and may also have been sold in bulk packages or as individual pieces at various dollar and bulk stores.
The U.S. Food and Drug Adminstration hasn't yet issued an advisory.
***This is the same chemical that tainted the milk in China and caused a lot of the infants who drank this milk to have kidney failure.***
Have a safe and fun Halloween!
Tuesday, October 28, 2008
Monday, October 27, 2008
We went to the post office to mail out my latest eBay item and she has everyone in there cracking up. It was around noon so it was packed in there. Anyway, Madi started off by telling me, "Mom, I'm ready," over and over. I told her that we couldn't leave, we had to wait our turn. Then she started singing the wiggle song from Yo Gabba Gabba. I gave her a kiss on the cheek because she was being so sweet and then she covered her face and went, "Oh, mama." Everyone started laughing and then she made me kiss her toy.
After that we went to Walgreen's so I could get some envelopes. She saw the crayons and took off. I caught up to her in the toy aisle where she was sitting on the floor opening them up. It was just funny to see her concentrating so hard on trying to get them out.
She took a nap and remembered that she had crayons. Since about 3:00 she has been coloring and singing softly. Seriously, she is so sweet.
Anyway, I captured some of her craziness on the camera today and they are the funniest pictures I've taken of her in a long time.
I hope everyone had a great weekend.
Saturday, October 25, 2008
Thursday, October 23, 2008
So, I haven't updated in a few but I have a good reason. I have been working on my new Christmas handmade clothes to sell on eBay.
It's my first time making a twirl skirt and I have to say that it came out cute! Also, I have never made my own appliques before but I was pleasantly surprised at how well my little gingerbread girl came out.
OK, so what I did was got two different patterns of fabric that I thought went well together. Then I cut 18; 8 inch by 2 1/2 inch strips and quilted them together. Then I added a 4 inch band at the top with elastic. For the bottom ruffle of the skirt I pieced together 10; 6 inch by 2 inch pieces of fabric and gathered them.
For the shirt I used a "Granimals" brand white t-shirt. I made my applique from brown corduroy, red rick rack, and ultra hold heat-n-bond. I ironed my applique to the shirt and then stitched over it with red thread in a longer length of stitch, (I hope that makes some sense.)
Anyway, it's done and now I just have to figure out how much I want to charge for it on eBay.
I hope everyone is having a great week and if you're not just remember...tomorrow is Friday.
Monday, October 20, 2008
On Saturday we went down the the pumpkin patch/corn maze here in town. We had lots of fun and it would had great picture promise but the batteries in my camera went kaput. Disappointed doesn't even begin to express how I felt. Thank goodness Bobby had his camera to help capture the craziness.
It only cost $3 per person to go through the maze which I didn't think was too bad. Talk about a walk though. I think we were in there for about 45 minutes to an hour and it was hot. Madi tuckered out about 1/4 way through and poor ZK had to pick her up and hike the rest of the way holding her. We got lost a couple of times and Bobby was picking at me with a corn husk but we made it through. The map they gave us to get through was about worthless though. I finally figured out that if we were going the right way we would see a little blue flag on the ground.
Anyway, we made it through the maze and got to pick out our pumpkins. They had a lot to choose from and they started at $5. On our trek back to the truck Madi was about ready to pass out, she was so tired.
All in all it was a great day and Madi had fun. I can't wait to post pics of us carving the pumpkins next weekend.
Hope everyone else had a great weekend.
Thursday, October 16, 2008
Hope everyone has a great evening.
Wednesday, October 15, 2008
Sunday, October 12, 2008
According to our local newspaper we are going to have our first real frost tonight. It has been so chilly today. The wind was pretty wild last night. I woke up and saw that the lid to Madi's sandbox had blown off, her sand toys were scattered all over the back grass, her slide was turned over, and her pool was gone. We found the pool at another complex and just ended up throwing it away. I didn't pay too much for it and it had a hole in the top of it.
I have had a pretty busy day. I went to Madi's room and organized it for winter. I put all of her summer clothes away, moved all of her toys away from the heater vent, and pulled out her winter blankets and footed pajamas that my mom got on clearance last year. I can't believe it is time for this again. It seems that when you have children time goes faster. I can't believe she is almost 2 and a half. Crazy.
If you have children I recommend that you get them their flu shots for the winter. Madi always seems to get really sick in between December and February. I think that if she hadn't always gotten her flu shot it would have been a lot worse. She has an appointment on Thursday to get that done and a check up.
Not too much else going on today. The Raiders lost...again. It's starting to get ridiculous. They're not a bad team, they just have sucked for the last 4 years. Who knows. I'm glad Peyton Manning and the Colts are starting to pull it out. My mom is a major Peyton fan.
Well, that seems to be all folks. Stay warm and have a great Sunday.
Saturday, October 11, 2008
Anyway, I have been up to no good this week and spending hubby's hard earned dough. I went to eBay, yes it's been an eBay week, and purchased a toddler dress form so that my handmade, they call them Boutique, clothes look more professional and complete. I don't know about that but the seller guaranteed that my sales would go up which is a good things since I am trying to get my Christmas stuff up.
I am also working on trying to make my own hair bows for Madi. See, she is finally letting me do her hair. I should be more honest here. She finally has hair for me to play with. Anyway, I got some cute Dora hair clips at Clair's for like 50 cents and they just look aDORAble in her hair, (did you catch the pun, man I'm funny). So, I started looking on eBay for some more bows because I guess they don't sell the kind of bow I want in town and Clair's having it was a fluke. I found some and they are ridiculously priced. Like $20 for a set of "boutique" bows. I figured that I am semi-talented and I would try to make my own. After several attempts I am happy to say that I completed one and it is just cuuuuute! Check it out below:
See, really cute. I am going to make her a couple of Disney Princess ones. Then if I get really good at it, I plan on selling some on eBay.
Well, I think I am going to call it a day. Hope with me that the Raiders win tomorrow. Have a wonderful weekend.
Tuesday, October 7, 2008
My week has been pretty good thus far. Braydon finally decided that she wanted to be Cinderella for Halloween. I went to Joann's to get the fabric so I could get rocking on the costume. They are having some major sales. I got glittered satin in baby blue and white for $2.50 a yard and blue tulle for $1.29 a yard. Yesterday I went back to Joann's to get some deep red crushed velvet so that I can sew a cape for Christine's Belle costume. It was only $3.49 a yard. They really have some great deals.
I went shopping on Sunday afternoon and ended up at Hot Topic. I rarely go there because the music is really loud and it irritates me which must mean that I am getting old. Anyway, they had a Yo Gabba Gabba t-shirt there that I got for Madi. It's the only place I have ever found one.
Today I went to the cleaners to pick up ZK's carharts. The zipper tabs break on him and rather that buying new craharts I opted to call around to see if anyone can replace them. I went to Holiday Cleaners where it cost $6.00 a zipper and they had them done the next day. I was really happy with their service and they are just really nice ladies in there.
I also went over to Target. In case you didn't know Sleeping Beauty came out today. They have really been advertising for it on the Disney channel. When they play the music video for one of the songs Madi just dances around so I figured that this one was a must have. They are having a lot of sales at Target like "buy this item and get a free gift or gift card". When you purchase the Sleeping Beauty DVD and the Sleeping Beauty doll you get the dress up costume for free. The dress is about a $18.00 value so I guess it's a good deal. I didn't do it because Madi doesn't really play with barbie type dolls so it's just a waste of money to me.
All in all this week has been so far so good. It's pretty chilly in my house today so I think I am going to find a sweatshirt and drink some coffee. I hope all is well with everyone and you all have a great day.
Thursday, October 2, 2008
Last week when I was making my grocery list I went to the fridge to see what we needed. Now, we keep a couple of our appliances on top of the fridge like the fry daddy, blender, food processor, and the ill fated crockpot. As I shut the door to the fridge my little crock pot, that I have had for 5 years and was given to me by my mom, fell to the floor. It was like slow motion. It completely shattered. I was in shock I guess until I heard Madi crying because the noise had scared her. Bummed doesn't explain how I felt. I loved that little crock pot.
I went to the computer and decided that I needed to find a new one and I like to do my research. With winter coming and all the soups, stews, and other warm winter meals I liked to cook I needed a good one. I found that Rival crockpots had the best reviews and then tried to decide what size I needed. My old one was a 4 quart. Since we are only growing as a family, with Bobby here all the time, and I like to take stuff to my mom's for holidays I decided on a 6 quart, traveling crockpot.
I went to Target and yay, the had the one that I wanted on sale for $29.99.
So I guess I was meant to get a new one and I can't wait to try all my recipes in it. I will have to double all the ingredients to feed my brood, but at least I have a crockpot that will cook enough to feed my family.
So, here is the recipe that I am making tonight:
1lb of ground beef
1/2 cup of dry breadcrumbs
1 teaspoon of onion powder
1 teaspoon of salt (We use sea salt)
1/2 teaspoon of Worcestershire sauce (I omitted this because it doesn't agree with hubby)
1 tablespoon of Parmesan cheese
1 32 ounce jar of spaghetti sauce
1: Place the first 7 ingredients in a large bowl and mix together with your hands
2: Shape into around 30 1-inch balls
3: Cook over medium heat in a frying pan, turning occasionally, until brown (about 20 mins)
4: While doing this pour the jar of sauce in your crock pot and set it at low heat. (I spiced up my sauce with a tablespoon of garlic, some onion powder, and pepper)
5: When the meatballs are done place them into the crock pot with the sauce and let simmer for about 2 hours. Stir them occasionally.
6: When the meatballs are done you can enjoy them with pasta, on buns with mozzo cheese, or just about any way you like.
Tuesday, September 30, 2008
Monday, September 29, 2008
With everything that is happening this election is very important. Let your voice be heard.
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I was able to pick up all the beanie dolls of the characters at Target. They seem to be the only store that they are available at. The dvd of the first season will be out in October and I think that will be one of Madi's Christmas presents. I put Madi's favorite song on here. What can I do? It makes her smile and dance.