2 moms + 2 states + 2 jobs = 2 little time

Wednesday, April 28, 2010

Say Hello

To my little friends!
These are a couple of  fused plastic zipper bags I made recently.
I love how they turned out, I think I will be making a lot more.
 I need to come up with some cute names-any ideas?
This is another tutorial I hope to finish soon.
I love making this stuff, I just forget to take pictures of the process.

Happy Recycling

Friday, April 23, 2010

Makin' Stuff!!

O.K. for the next couple of weeks, I am going to be addicted to Dana and Disney's blogs. They are Celebrating all Moms, with tutorials, giveaways and stories. If you are looking for some great Mother's Day ideas check out their blogs. I, of course will be trying most of their tutorials and posting my results.

I made this flower pen and matching notebook for Maria's friend Jessica.
Jessica is our Baby sitter's sister and just turned 15. I wanted to make her something fun and age appropriate. I used Dana's no sew flower tutorial and V and Co's composition book cover tutorial.
I liked this project so much, I bought 2 more composition books. I think Maria and I might need our own. I thought about covering a sketch pad for Marcus (using different fabric-of course)
Happy Friday

Thursday, April 22, 2010


I WON!!!

Amy over at Buggy and Jellybean gave away her person copy of Amy Butler's Sew It Kit, and I won.
Holy Crap- I never win anything. and this will be my first Amy Butler book. I have drooled over copies of her books at the fabric store and cannot wait to have one of my own.
Thanks Again Amy, you made my day.

Happy Earth Day!

Tuesday, April 20, 2010

Inspired Bracelet

I was totally inspired by Disney's bracelet tutorial here. Hers turned out so cute, I decided to make my own. I did a couple of things different, but I love how it turned out.

Here is what I did. I cut 1 piece of felt and 2 pieces of fabric, all the same size. For the length I made sure the fabric wold fit around my wrist comfortably and the width about 2".
I cut fabric for 3 flowers. I used 4 pieces for each, 2 large and 2 small. The size will depend on how big you want your flowers. Mine were about as wide as my bracelet.

I found these yellow beads for the flower centers. You could use anything you like. If it doesn't have a hole, you can hot glue it to the flower. Disney used pearls for hers. I liked the yellow against my turquoise flowers.

I stacked my fabric right sides together and put the felt on top.

I then sewed the three pieced together trying to stay as close to the edge as possible. Don't forget to leave an opening so you can turn it right side out.

Once it is right side out, top stich all the way around the entire bracelet, closing up the hole.

I sewed my bead to my flower before attaching it to the bracelet. While attaching it, I went through the hole on the bead a few more times. This made the bead more secure.

I added the other two flowers and some velcro. From start to finish, this bracelet took me about 45 min. to make. I will definitely be making more. Maybe not only for moms, aunts and grandma's, but for some teachers as well.

Quick, Easy and Adorable.
Exactly how I like it.

Happy Sewing

Mama's got a new bag

and here she is!!
You guessed it, I used an old t-shirt. I loved this shirt, but unfortunately it did not fit right anymore. I thought about turning it into a dress for Maria, but was so inspired by Dana and Disney's Celebrating Mom post, that I decided to be a little selfish and make a new bag for me-the MOM.

This bag is a great size for
-Library books
-Flea Market Finds

I am working on a tutorial and hope to have it posted later this week. I didn't take pictures as I made this one, so I need to make another. Go figure.
Happy Selfishness

Saturday, April 17, 2010

A (very long) day in the life

*WARNING: This is a non-craft related and picture heavy post.*

This past Thursday this lab rat was let out of the lab! I've worked at marine science institutions for about 6 years now and this week was the first time I went out on a research vessel. That's odd considering most of the work I do relies on collecting samples from the ocean and rivers nearby.

Well, I'm so glad I took the opportunity because I had a great time and I'm not sure when I'll get the chance to go again. I'm not sure how many more 14 hour days I can handle, either!

Since it was my first cruise I was volunteered to demonstrate how to get into the life suit, or what the crew calls the 'Gumby suit'.

photo by Mike Sullivanphoto by Mike Sullivan
My tasks for the day were to:

1) stay out of everyone's way

2) collect samples
photo by Mike Sullivan


3) not puke.

I think I excelled on all fronts. Yay! Not too bad for my first cruise.

Thanks to the crew of the R/V Savannah for a fun and interesting day on the water!


Friday, April 16, 2010

Summer is coming

And so is Maria's summer wardrobe.

I loosely followed Dana's dress tutorial here. As you know, she is another one of my faves!! She has a new pattern in her shop, that will make a great addition to any little girl's closet.I have challenged myself to not only make her summer wardrobe, but to use only recycled materials. You should see the looks I have been getting at the counter of my local thrift stores. I feel the need to explain to the clerk why I am purchasing two extra small tank tops and a men 3x Hawaiian shirt. Maybe some things should be left unsaid.

So go, and give your local thrift store clerk something to talk about.
Happy Thrifting!!

Thursday, April 15, 2010

Maria's Big Day

 Maria started yesterday, like any other day, wearing a new summer dress made by me. I have challenged myself to make her summer wardrobe. I will post outfits as they are finished. Of course this dress if from my favorite pattern, by one of my favorite bloggers. I am trying not to sund like a broken record, but if you are a beginner sewer and would like to make some adorable clothes for your kiddos, try her patterns. They are super easy to follow. I am addicted!! You will notice when I start posting Maria's summer clothes.
 She went on a field trip to Kilgus Family Dairy Farm. Sorry no pictures, I had to work.
 After work Maria and I went to my cousin Kelly's salon to get our hair done.
 Maria getting her hair washed was a little messy. She kept sitting up and getting water all over the floor.
 Now this is not Maria's first haircut, but it is the biggest.
 She made her first locks of love/ donation.
 The big cut, came just in time for those hot summer days.
 I am so proud of her.

 Kelly and Maria showing off her donation.
Here we are this morning before we left for the day showing off our new haircuts. Marcus was our photographer, so Maria was not going to give him the satisfaction of a smile. (by the way, I keep my lipstick in my car, I do not leave my lips that pale all day)
Now if you have a weak stomach skip this last picture.
So, in between the field trip and the haircut, we went to the emergency room for this. Luckily for Maria, she did not need stitches. Can you believe it? She was a trooper didn't cry once at the hospital.
Sorry to leave you with such a gruesome pic. Maria has been carrying them around with her so she doesn't have to stick her tongue out, she just shows off her photos.

Happy Haircuts!!

Tuesday, April 13, 2010


             Maria, Marcus and Dad started
                      our garden last night.
Maria was a huge help!! Just ask dad.

                                                          Look at those dirty hands!!
Marcus and his "Hey mom put down the camera and help" face.
Happy Gardening!!