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Angry Birds Luke Skywalker clay figure made by Caden

Caden loves watching this YouTube channel called Evantube. This kids reviews toys and does all sorts of fun stuff.  Well his dad helps him make clay figures and Caden asked if we could get some clay to try it out.  

So after Brody’s baseball tournament this weekend, we ran to Michaels to grab some clay.  It was cheaper there than it was at JoAnns.   We got red, white, grey, orange, yellow and black.  Just enough colors for this one project. 

Caden got all his supplies ready since he’s watched the video a few times and then we started the video.  http://youtu.be/UoicTu7OR2g

   
             

We heated up the clay and made it hard so it’s done! He was so excited that it looked so close to the one he was trying to copy.  I’m sure there will be more of these in our future.  

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A glue gun and a lacrosse stick 

Summer has just begun but my son is already thinking of things he can do/make to things around the house.  He saw a video on YouTube about customizing your lacrosse head and asked me if he could go to the store and get dye.  So we headed to Meijer and for a bottle of black RIT dye for his experiment.   

First he had to take his lacrosse head off his stick.  Then he used my hot glue gun and randomly put glue all over it.   

The we went and got the big pot of dye ready to submerse this into.  We brought water to a boil, added the black dye and then turned the heat off.  We put the lacrosse head into the pot and checked on it after 30 minutes.  It still looked greenish so we waited another 15 minutes and checked it again. We decided an hour was probably as good as it was going to get for his impatient self so we went ahead and took it out of the pot and rinsed it off.  

Brody started to take the hot glue off the head and you could see the color underneath the glue was still the old stick color and then black was over it.  It turned out pretty cool.  If we did it next time we’d add more glue so it was more color swirles but it still turned out awesome! Score one for his first summer project!  

     

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Jo-Ann Fabrics Waverize It! Challenge- Floor Cushion/Pillows

I was given the opportunity to partner up with Jo-Ann Fabrics and Crafts again to show you Wavery Fabrics 90th anniversary with some new fabrics they came out with!  I was given a sample to make something with for part of the Waverize It! challenge.

The following review is a part of the Jo-Ann Fabric and Craft Stores Waverly campaign. I received fabric from Jo-Ann Fabric and Craft Stores for this project, however, this is my personal, honest opinion based on my experience.

I searched through Pinterest for ideas on what to make and came up with floor pillows!  My son’s like to play video games in the basement and since we don’t have anything for them to sit on to play, I thought this fabric was the perfect opportunity for me to use it and give them a seat to use!

I was inspired by the blog Living with Punks. She made 2 of the cutest little pillows for her children and I was excited to follow along with her easy steps to make them too!

DSC_0990-1If you’d like to make your own, here’s what you’ll need:

  • 1 yard Home Dec Fabric
  • 2 pkgs. 1/2 ” pre-made piping
  • Contrasting Thread
  • 16-24oz. Fiberfill, depending on how lofty you want it

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Since I didn’t have a compass to draw a straight circle (which would be easier by the way) I just took my measuring tape and fabric marker and measured out 17″ acrossed.  I marked a dot on each side of the tape and then found the center of that.  I just rotated around the center mark, marking around until I had enough dots around the fabric to connect the circle.

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This is what my circle looked like on the pattern.  I then cut it out.  I was able to cut 2 at the same time because I had the fabric folded in half and that way they’d be measured the same.

You will need:
 2 of the 17″ circles (top and bottom)
1 piece cut at 9″x51.5″ (side) **you will have to piece this together if your fabric is 45″**
2 pieces cut at 3″ x 12″ (handle)

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Then you attached the bias tape around the circle, matching up with the edges so it forms a circle.  Make sure your lining up the raw edges, as when your sewing, you want the piping to be towards the middle.DSC_0994-1With contrasting thread, sew around the circle stitching the binding to the fabric.  Do this for both circles, making sure your sewing close enough to the edge to grab both the fabric and the binding with no spaces.  Don’t forget to sew up the long edge of the fabric once you get to that point.  Don’t want to leave a big hole on the side of your pillow!

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Next you’d make the handle, but I guess I didn’t take any in depth pictures of this.  You take the one piece of fabric, add the binding like you were on the circle, but add a piece of piping on both sides.  Sew this onto the fabric.  When this is done, put the other piece of the handle upside down on top of the piping and sew on each side matching the same stitching you just sewed on.  Fold the fabric inside out and iron down flat.  Fold the ends in to hide the raw edges and stitch the ends closed. DSC_0998-1

Adding the handle was fairly easy.  Just pick a side of the pillow and pin the handle to the middle of the side.  Remember to leave a little give room as you want to make sure there is spacing in the handle to put your hand through.  Stitch on each side of the handle and sew a cross through each side to add support and strength to the handle.DSC_0999-1Pin around the other edge of the circle to finish making the pillow.  Pin around all bout a couple inches of the circle so you can leave that open to turn the pillow the right way, and leave a spot to fill with stuffing.

DSC_1000-1 Picture with hole before flipping pillow outside in.DSC_1001-1Pillow before I added any stuffing. DSC_1002-1 I stuffed the pillow with as much stuffing as I thought it would need.  With having boys, I overstuffed it because I know it will break down fast as they are rough and tough kids! I’m sure it will be used as a weapon against each other at some point.  Fill it up with as much cushion as you’d think it will need.DSC_1003-1 Hand sew the opening shut.  I’m not very good at doing this, or hiding the thread but do the best that you can.  DSC_1004-1Tada!! Finished pillow!!!  It turned out so cute! 🙂  I just need to make another one now to match it so they both have a place to sit. DSC_1006-1Standing on it’s side. DSC_1007-1My youngest son modeling the size to show you how big it is.  He’s 4 so it’s perfect size for him! DSC_1008-1He’s even modeling that you can carry it, as he says “no mom, I want to carry it on my arm like this”

Now if you like the fabric you see, you can go onto Facebook and be entered to win the grand price of $1,000 in Wavery fabric or a $250 Jo-Ann gift card!!! Head on over to JoAnn’s Website to enter the contest!  Make something unique of your own with some of Waverly’s amazing fabrics and post it on their site for a chance to win!  You can enter the contest from Sept 1-22!  Winners will be chosen after that date.

I’ve used Waverly fabrics on purses, tote bags and pillows before.  I love that they have so many cute patterns and designs to choose from!!  And for a purse, the fabric is much sturdier then just a normal cotton fabric you might use.  If you enter the contest, don’t forget to come back here and show me what you made!

 

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WAHM vs Working Mom

I know that there are tons of discussions and posts about the benefits of a working mom, or the benefits of a stay at home mom out there.  I’d just like to take a few minutes and tell you what I feel like is going on in our household.  After moving back from Arizona last year, I finally found a job that was great.  But after 6 months I was laid off, and left without a job right before Christmas.  I had been crafting on the side for a few years now and decided, well, I’m gonna get unemployment for awhile, so why not PUSH sales to my Etsy Shop.  This started to grow and grow, and I decided that it was finally time to purchase the cutting machine that I knew would help me be successful at home too. Since I already had a Brother PE-770 Embroidery Machine, I purchased a Silhouette Cameo and never looked back again! silhouette-cameo

It has been a constant flow of sales from then on.  I finally registered as a business, have a Sales Tax ID # and buy things wholesale.  But deep down I still want to work out of the home.  I want to meet new friends, I don’t want to sit in my craft room all day and I want to find other mommies that like to do the same stuff as I do.  My youngest was pulled out of daycare when I was laid off, simply because we couldn’t afford it at the time.  But as time is wearing on, I’m thinking about sending him to 2-3 day part time preschool just for him to be able to interact with more kids and get him out of the house when I’m crafting.  He gets so bored, but I can’t really do much if I’m “working” at home too.

This is my struggle.  I went to school, got my Bachelors and I know that I’m using it with my own business, but it’s scary having your own business.  Your at the mercy of other people wanting or needing your products!  Just like last year in November, I did a craft show and I didn’t make anything.  But here on Etsy, I can sell like crazy.  I guess people want certain things at craft shows and I wasn’t what they were interested in.  But now I’m wanting to do more this year, just to get my name out there again in the local areas.

And then there is blogging.  I’d love to be a successful blogger.  I see so many mommies that blog about their daily lives, their DIY projects, they get sponsors to help them do giveaways and I am like, I can do that! I can write, post about DIY stuff and talk about my Etsy Shop too!  And then I see all these conferences that I’d love to go to.  One in particular is the Snap!Conference next year in April.  After hearing about it a couple years ago, I just want to go!  I think I’d learn so much stuff, but then again, it’s spending money on admission, plane ticket, and hotel, and what if???

For right now I guess I am content, working from home, doing things around the house to save on money, help us out in the long run, and maybe in a year when my youngest is ready for Kindergarten, things will change?  But then again, maybe not? 😉

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JoAnn Fabric and Craft Stores "Cape Discovery" Summer Crafting Challenge

I was asked by JoAnn Fabrics if I’d like to participate in a summer crafting project with my kids and add it to by blog.  My response “YES!”, I frequent JoAnn Fabrics at least once a week lately so with my kids home and in tow all the time, it was easy to get them to pick out something to do crafty!  Although a lot of the crafts are more on the girly side and I have 2 boys, we managed to find something to do!  Tie Dye Shirts! 🙂 If you’d like to sign up for a 20% off coupon, go to the link to do so!  www.joann.com/discover-­‐connect 

 So we started the project with 2 shirts and the package of tie-dye.

 The package had 5 colors of dye (Red, Orange, Blue, Green and Yellow) and 10 pairs of gloves and instruction guide.
 We looked up patterns in the booklet and we tried to do one of them.  I’m not so sure how well it looks like the pattern, but hey, it worked!
 Ready, Set, TIE-DYE!

 We didn’t read the directions as good as we should of because the shirts were supposed to be wet to start, so we had trouble getting the color to stick but it worked out in the end! Lesson learned for next time!

 You have to let the shirts sit til they dry, so we left them outside on the table to soak up the sun!
Time to see what they look like!
Caden wasn’t very happy with his, he wanted his to look like Brody’s and it had too much white he said.  I told him, it’s really hard to make 2 shirts look exactly the same, so we can try another time.  🙂
After they were dry, we washed them in the machine and they tried them on, they loved them!!  I think we are going to do more shirts this year at family camping!! Along with a few other patterns with our cousins 🙂


To view more projects to do with your kids this summer, visit the Summer of Fun Catalog at JoAnn’s website!  http://joann.shoplocal.com/Joann/BrowseByPage?StoreID=2412048&PromotionCode=JoAnnStores-130331CC&PromotionViewMode=2

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Memorial Day Weekend

Summer is officially here and we started it off by heading to the lake house.  The weather could of been warmer but the boy’s done seem to care!
 Caden had fun fishing, he’s been talking about it since last year!
Brody played baseball with the kids next door.
Bring on SUMMER!!!  We can’t wait to go on our annual family camping trips, this year to Lake Charlevoix (Boyne City) and Ludington, MI.  
What kind of fun summer trips do you take as a family?

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House Party NERF Super Soaker Block Party

So I’m not sure if you’ve heard about the website
 But it’s pretty awesome.  We’ve won a few of these parties in the past and they are ALWAYS a good time.  You sign up to win on their website and if your selected, they give you the things you need to have a party.  Well I signed up for the Nerf Super Soaker Block Party and I WON! 🙂
I got all these amazing products to have our party this weekend.  My boys are going to be so excited and to be able to play with friends is gonna be even better!  What a perfect end of the school year party to have!  Go Apply and see what you can win! I know I’m gonna keep applying, we love to HOUSE PARTY!

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Minecraft Valentines- DIY

Valentine’s Day is coming up this week and since my oldest son, Brody, is really into playing Minecraft on the computer lately I figured I’d do an internet search and find some images and see if we can make our own cards this year. 

Using my new Silhouette Cameo, I figured it would be super easy to do!  And it was! 🙂 

I searched on the internet and found an image, made it our own and valentine’s cards via at home! 

Using the print and cut method, I set up my program to print out the paper, and then you put it on the machine and it cuts them out individually.  Pretty easy!

I bought him some Fun Dip’s to tape on to the cards so he could give out some candy too. 

Someone’s 3rd grade class is gonna have a very Happy Valentine’s Day!  What kind of cards are your kids using this year?? Did you make them yourself?  Comment below and let me know!

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Project 365 Day 4

My mom bought fabric to help me make the boy’s matching quilts for their beds.  Well the colors and fabric will be matching but we were gonna make them 2 different quilt patterns.  Since they are in the same room and stuff.  And then I’ll make them a pillowcase with their initials on it or something also. 

Here’s what we got so far: 

Gonna take awhile to make them since they are gonna be twin size but their rooms will look nice once done.

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