I Can Get You A Doctor's Note..

Seriously, if you need a note from an actual licensed doctor, I can get you one! I should explain I'm not sick and I haven't stopped crafting everyday either! I still do and LOVE it! It's the only thing that keeps me sane these days! You see, we are secluded. We have literally withdrawn into solitude and removed ourselves from face-to-face social contact with others! (Well except for doctors visits, tests and me at the store in gloves and a mask! People stare a lot?) It's to keep my 9 year old daughter well and away from the flu. Her doctor strongly recommended it the Friday before Christmas! It threw me for a huge loop and sent me rushing to get Christmas over so I could look into homeschooling!

This isn't the first time to home school either. We did it when she was in first grade (she is third grade now). First grade was also because she was sick A LOT! In kindergarten, she missed 41 days of school, all doctor excused! Now before you get all crazy imagining me as one of those moms, I'm not! Don't get me wrong, I wish I could be like that! All strict and sticking to schedules and co-oping, blah, blah, blah! Not ME! I suck at homeschooling. How could I the female version of MacGyver really suck at anything?!! I don't know but I do!! 

Let's not dwell on the negative! Just so you know where I am coming from, here is just an example not from the beginning just from August 2012 to the end of the year: She has been on 8 different antibiotics including one for a staph infection (She did not have staph it was the ONLY other antibiotic they hadn't tried), she has been on Prednisone 4 times about once a month (Prednisone is a steroid used to help reduce inflammation), she missed over 50 days of school including the WHOLE month of November, when she is what we call sick (running a fever over 101 for over 24 hours) she has a nebulizer for  Pulmicort every 2 hours more if needed and she has, she has ran a constant fever for months, she wakes up everyday her throat hurts, her stomach hurts and her energy levels are not always high. (I know all of this to be true because I have a "special" day planner that goes with us to every doctor's visit. Everyday her temperature, energy levels, medications currently taking, any new symptom is written down in this Holy Grail of disease!)

We have done lots of blood work, x-rays, CT scans, Cystic Fibrous tests, did I say blood work?! It's a lot for her but we keep on the positive side of it. It's not poor me but aren't we lucky! We are at home and not at the hospital! At this point, they know it's not allergies, it's not because of adenoids, tonsils, needing tubes in her ears or deviated septum, or Cystic Fibrous the list goes on for awhile, I'll spare you. We are now checking her Immune System, they think possibly an Autoimmune Disease which one I have no idea!

So for now our lives consist of homeschooling, crafting, avoiding germs, and doctors visits! This past week was a week full of doctor's visits, blood work and other tests! On top of home schooling, regular duties and trying to craft, I didn't have time for computer or Internet. That's not true I could have made time but I thought sleep was best to prevent a complete meltdown! We've adapt somewhat to this but that's just because we see a light at the end of the tunnel. On the brighter side, I have found a new friend to talk to, her name is Dyson! We talk a lot!

Soap Box Rant: If you are sick could you please stay home! Especially if it's the flu! There are so many people in this world that you affect by not taking the precautions to prevent spreading your germs! I understand that you may have to work or whatever reason you think can justify the fact that you are putting other people in serious harm of being infected with germs they may not be able to fight off but seriously stay away! And another thing...wash your hands! (It's sad and gross if someone has to tell you that!?!) Cover your mouth with your arm if you sneeze or cough. I don't want your germs, I have NO idea where they have been!

Having said ALL of that, here's what my week was full of besides the medical stuff!

Valentine's Day Wreath!! Did I tell you that I only spent $3 on this craft!! That's right!!

This pom-pom or puff ball as my girls call it, is made from a t-shirt!! I'll share more later this week! No doctor's visit and nobody seems sick...yet?! 

That wasn't my only craft made from a t-shirt!! So was this dog pull toy! It was for my friend Roland! Very easy, very strong and cheap!!

Somebody needed a new skirt this week!! My 9 year old! She said she deserved it after the long week, I agreed!

I promised to share all about my week so I guess I should include this experiment gone wrong!! No I don't like skulls or death or anything like that. I was trying to free hand a Day of the Dead for my nephew's Valentine's onesie! I don't judge, it's not my cup of tea but then again when did everything have to be about me? Since I was born, right?! Well my stitch experiment was scary to say the least but I will try again!

Of course I couldn't forget the clog from HELL!!! Yes oh yes on the coldest morning this year, after starting the washing machine, I came back to water running out the garage!! Since we were talking about solids, liquids and gases this week, I ran and got my camera for the steam! Thank you God for plumbers!!

I have lots more crafts and ideas I am working on this week including some easy cheap tutorials!! Plus I am going to the Dollar Tree tonight!! So what ideas do you have brewing?

Bow Tie Made For A Pitbull!

This craft was inspired by two people. First Lionel Messi, if you have no idea who he is then you need to Google him then slap yourself for not paying attention to soccer. We are HUGE soccer fans at my house and last week when he accepted his award, he had on the most AWESOME polka dot suit! How could I pass up the opportunity!

Since my house is full of estrogen (1 Mama, 2 little girls, female dog & female cat), I try really hard not to force my husband into too many projects. One is his limit, I know the rules! My husband actually suggested my "subject", Roland.

Yes, he is a pitbull and before you go crazy on me, he is actually very sweet and well mannered! Even though his neck does measure 22", he is quite a lover not a fighter! What better way to show it than with his own bow tie! Isn't he quite dapper?!

(Love this picture because I can't tell if he is mad or he is just posing for the camera!)

This was by far one of the easiest projects I have attempted to sew lately. I used the waist of an old pair of sweatpants for the collar (cheating I know that was the point!) and some scraps of fabric I had from Halloween (black polka dots) and Christmas (soccer balls).

Basically, I sewed on the bias tape then Velcro. (I made it adjustable because he is still a baby. He needs room to grow)

For the actual bow tie, I cut 2 squares in each fabric, one a little smaller. Then put right sides together sewed around outside, make sure and leave an opening to turn fabric inside out. Then I hand stitched the bow tie exactly how I wanted it to pleat.

Attached the bow tie to the collar and there you have it. A bow tie made for a Pitbull!

I'm sharing my project at....


Let's Talk About....Stitches!

How many stitches on your machine have you tried? Honestly for me, up until yesterday I have only tried 4-5 of the 60 stitches I have available. I don't have a super fancy machine but it's a lot nicer than the one that started my relationship with sewing!

I worked up my courage yesterday and sat down with a cute fabric! I picked a decorative stitch, bravely changed the foot on the machine (never changed the foot before either!) and slowly urged my machine to stitch correctly. Luckily it all worked great! The machine didn't fall apart nor did the needle break instead I got this...

Overall it wasn't a bad experience, stepping out of my comfort stitch zone! It actually helped inspire a techie craft! 

What inspires you? Is it mostly patterns or maybe fabrics? How about blogs or magazines? 

I mostly find inspiration from fabrics. When I see a fabric 8 times out of 10 I know exactly what it's future will be. Now there are some fabrics that sit in my fabric catchall spot for months, maybe even years before they reveal their true identity!

I need more inspiration! So share with me what gives you the biggest burst of creativity! One more thing...I am happy to see that there is NOBODY in need of a Tutu?! The offer is still on the table until somebody, anybody replies!


Not ANOTHER TuTu Tutorial!!

That's right I AM doing a tutorial on a Tutu!

It's quite easy! All you need is some ribbon the length of the waist in need of a Tutu with big knots in both ends and some tulle. I used about 6-7 yards of tulle. (If you buy it by-the-yard instead of on the roll, you get more for your money!) I did use both the roll version and the by-the-yard version, I love different textures!

Next cut a lot of strips about 4"-6" width strips, it doesn't have to be exact. Get one strip fold in half and place behind the ribbon.

Bring the ends up and through the loop (around the ribbon).

Then pull back down until tight. Fill up the ribbon and you have your very own Tutu!

The first person that comments on this post will receive their very own Tutu made by ME!! All you will have to do in return is put my button on your blog and of course you HAVE to follow my blog! So leave a link to your blog so I can get in touch! You have 24 hours to reply, if a no-show then I will move down the line! So COMMENT!!


Day 8 - Pony Tail & Hairclip Organizer

Day 8

After getting sick and tired of picking up pony tail holders and hair clips from all over the bathroom, I decide today was the day to conquer them. I saw this idea in an Arts & Crafts Fair in Lincoln Park in Chicago about a year ago. I couldn't resist the urge to try and share this awesome craft!

It's really cheap to make which makes this craft even better. You will need a picture frame (minus the glass), some fabric for the flower and background, some wooden clips, paint, hot glue gun and some embellishments! (I went to the Dollar Tree and got the frame and the wooden clips both $1 each! All the fabric and ribbon were scraps. The cupcakes are actually brads used for scrap booking!)

I was quite lazy about painting this project and opted for the spray paint! Great short cut which I am always looking for these days. I spray painted both the wooden clips and the frame at the same time. 

Next I cut a piece of fabric for the background and hot glued it to the back of the picture frame.

I found 3 fabrics that I thought went well with the theme, made a flower shape template and cut 2 flowers from each fabric.

Next you layer the flowers in contrasting directions and hand stitch a circle in the middle for gathering.

Gather up your ends nice and tight until you have this...wrap the thread around the base of the flower a couple of times and tie a knot

I hot glued the flower down and started gluing down the rest.

Now you have a pony tail holder and hair clip organizer to hang on the wall in your bathroom!

So what do you think would be a great craft to try? Leave a comment let me know what you have been up to lately. I would love to pop over but make sure you have some chocolate waiting! 


Everyday Craft - Day 7 - Kid's Blanket Shrug

Day 7

You would think that my kids would be so happy that I made something for them, right? Think again Missy!

This craft was inspired from a Christmas present I received from my mom. It was the Wal-Mart version of a blanket shrug. I can't remember the name of it ...its not snuggie, slanket, or blug or I don't know! The name of it is not important. What is important is the fact that I have lived in this Wal-Mart  knock-off version of a blanket shrug since I got it on Christmas Day! Don't judge me save it for your momma or your llama!

All you need is some fleece, sewing machine, scissors, tape measure and some creativity for embellishing it!

Next I measured my daughters from elbow to elbow for width then from shoulder to mid thigh, double that for your length. The most wonderful thing about the fleece fabrics is the don't fray!!

Once you have it cut out, fold in half length wise then find the center of the width. Cut half the length.

If I was going to give this away I would put a 1/4" seam around the edges but since it's for my kids, I just surged the edges!

I added a iPhone/iPod pocket and personalized with initials and voila....a knock-off of a knock-off of an infomerical!! 

 I have really got to quit giving my kids reasons to NOT get dressed in the morning!! (Notice the pinkie! She thought it added some class!)

There are lots of ways to embellish this craft: bling, fabric paint, embroidery, pocket for back scratcher (husband idea!). The possibilities are endless!! Let me know how yours turns out!

Don't tell anyone but next year for Christmas, this is what EVERYONE is getting!!


Everyday Craft - Day 6 - Scarf Organizer

Day 6

Bet you never thought you would hear from me again?! I know it's Monday so what if I didn't post on Sunday?! Even God rested on the 7th day!!

For this easy little craft all you really need is some cheap shower curtain rings, old ribbon doesn't matter about lengths (I used scraps), a hanger and your trusty hot glue gun. (I got my shower curtain rings at the Dollar Tree and I know what you are thinking about my many different uses with a hanger!)

Just hot glue the ribbon around the rings make sure to tuck and pull tight!
Then just attach the rings to bottom of hanger!

It really did clear up a bunch of space! 

Spruce up the hanger too! You could add some matching ribbon to it or sew a cover for it or paint the hanger! Why not? Maybe I will try that sometime!

Keep checking back! I have got some more great crafts coming this week!


Everyday Craft - Day 5

Here I go again....

Day 5

I should be getting numerous pats on the back for actually completing 5 days of crafts!! I'll settle for a couple of comments, nice comments!

Anyways, so today I decided to make a bag for that label machine! Supplies needed are two pieces of fabric (18" x 7.5" perfect fit for my machine), some Velcro and a label machine! For the fabric I used a piece of cotton and one piece of oilcloth cut to perfection!

Sidebar:If you have never used oilcloth then I suggest you grab some! I LOVE LOVE LOVE Oilcloth Addict! I also grabbed some of their laminated organic cotton, OMG, I'm ADDICTED!!

I also added a piece of black oilcloth just as bias tape at the ends for nice finish!

Simply surge the two pieces (right sides together) then fold backwards with right side showing. Straight stitch to hold down.

 Here is a picture of what other side should look like pinned!

Next with right sides together simply surge down the two sides. Be sure to keep the ends open.

Turn inside out then attach the Velcro. I don't like seams showing on the outside so I make sure that the side of the flap that faces upward doesn't have the sewing seams. Then pin down the edges of cotton fabric to match the oilcloth seam and straight stitch it in place.

Next measure actually how big you want the bag to be and pin it.

Surge down both sides....


You have a bag for your label machine!!

Is it weird that I want to make a label for the label machine?!