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Homemade Liquid Laundry Detergent

 

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Awhile back I posted about how I made DIY powder laundry soap!  And it works amazing.  I had gotten away from it because life was busy and I just went and got Purex since it’s usually on sale but I decided to again try to make my own laundry soap.  This time I decided to try the liquid kind!  I’m not a huge fan of powder laundry soap, because sometimes it leaves residue on dark materials so I thought liquid would be better.  And it is! I followed this recipe and used a 5 gallon Home Depot bucket to store it in our basement.  We will now have soap for a long time!! And it will get the test soon when baseball season starts in full swing and grass stains are coming out of baseball uniforms!  I don’t have essential oils so I didn’t add the fragrance to the soap but the smell isn’t that bad.  I don’t mind it.

I bought all my ingredients at Wal-Mart this past weekend.  You can order stuff on Amazon but the price is deeply inflated so you won’t get as good as a bargain for it.  I also used my Wal-Mart Savings Catcher App to see if any local stores had lower prices and it came back no matching deals found!

Pricing:
Fels Naptha $0.97
Borax $3.97
Arm & Hammer Washing Soda $3.97

Let me know if you decide to make your own soap too and comment below!

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Cups and more cups!

I have sold a LOT of cups lately, so I decided I should probably write a post about them so you can add them to Pinterest!  I have made cups for wedding parties, wine-o weekends and girls’ weekends!  They are so adorable!! I didn’t think they’d be this big of a hit but EVERYONE loves wine these days!!
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Baby Shower Gifts

With a few new babies coming from friends and family, it’s the perfect opportunity for me to use my new multi-needle embroidery machine and make those cute gifts I’d been dying to make for awhile.  With my single needle, it’s not as easy to make these so I had shyed away from making bigger named projects just because it’s so complex.  But no longer will I do that!! I LOVE my new Brother Entrepreneur PE-650e!

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I made this matching set for my old co-worker/friend who is due with a little girl around Thanksgiving.  We are throwing her a little shower today with some co-workers and it will be fun to see all my old friends!DSC_0217-1

The gown was ordered and I appliqued her name onto it.  I found this fabulous fabric at Hobby Lobby, so bright and cheerful!!  I made her a matching bib with the pattern that my aunt mailed me when I was pregnant with my son 9 years ago!  It’s a great pattern and perfect size for babies!!  And homemade is WAY better then store bought!  I also purchased the little knit hat and put her name on it too!  Perfect for hospital pictures!DSC_0221-1

Making this tag blanket was super easy.  Just use a 12″ x 12″ piece of fabric and minky backing, along with various ribbons and stitch it together.  Babies love these things!DSC_0222-1 DSC_0224-1

made her this beautiful gown out of a onsie and fabric.  I saw a few patterns on Pinterest and kinda made up my own.  I didn’t take pictures, but maybe next time.  It has elastic on the bottom just like the regular gowns.  Matching bib with minky on the back and a personalize burp cloth for Miss Sophia!DSC_0226-1 I can’t wait to see her open it today, which is why I set the blog to publish later on so she won’t see it til she opens it at the shower!!!  Congrats Matt & Amanda!

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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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iPhone Charger Decals

Do you have an iPhone? How about an iPad? Almost every family I know has at least one of these items, in our case we have way too many.  And what about those chargers?  Are you always getting them mixed up, saying no this one is mine, this one is his, someone stole mine?  Well I have a solution!!  Decals for your iPhone charger so you can tell who’s is who!!!

Great for kids going off to camp in the summer, making sure they don’t get it mixed up with their friends also!!

Chevron Monogram iPhone Decal Wrap

I mustache you a question?

I have other patterns available also!  I’ve been so busy with orders, I just placed a new order for vinyl tonight! I can’t wait to get more colors.  Also I’m getting in key chains soon, they are going to be so cute and perfect for that little gift you need!

Don’t forget to check out my Etsy Page  http://www.etsy.com/shop/SewWonderfullyJamie

And “LIKE” my Facebook Page  http://www.facebook.com/SewWonderfullyJamie

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Personalized Hand Sanitizer’s

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Get those germs out of your office, classroom or even your own house! I made these cute hand sanitizer bottles with personalized vinyl to make them special! 

 My son is giving them to his teacher’s for Valentine’s Day.  If your interested, you can place an order on my Facebook page Sew Wonderfully Jamie

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