Thursday, May 31, 2012

Lace, Frill, and Dresses!

Here's the dresses I've sewn up over the past couple of days:
1st up: S' dress - it has ties for the shoulder part and lace across the bottom - she LOVES this dress!
2nd: a "night night dress" for M (her words) I made this of light-weight Cotton Flannel to be used as pajamas

I'm working on more - I didn't use a pattern for these dresses I simply made them up as I went - I used dresses that I LOVED wearing when I was younger and re-created them for my girls to enjoy. I'm enjoying sewing them up and being able to create my own designs as I go...who knows maybe someday I'll make up some patterns of my own.

Been Awhile...

The past couple days I've been busy finishing planting the garden. Cleaning up the house. Sewing random dresses for the girls. haven't had much time to make a post.
The dresses I'll show later on.
Today Grandpa came to visit! The visit was cut short by his ending up not feeling too good. But it was still nice to see him. We checked out the garden and he said it's looking nice and he's proud of how I've taken such care to plant the vegetables so they'd grow nicely. He gave me some Strawberry plants! now to figure out where to plant them...lol we once tried to raise Strawberries on the farm - they were killed by an unexpected early frost. So now I'm hoping to be able to care for these 3 plants and get them to grow and produce Strawberries for my fruit-addicted little girls.
Cleaning of the house: I have the playroom left to get done then the whole house will be nicely cleaned! I don't do a complete clean too often as I try to not fret the small stuff and enjoy my kids being kids instead. But ever once in awhile you jus need to clean up the house and make everything nice and fresh smelling - that's what I've been doing.
Once I get the playroom done I'll be working on sorting out the rest of the material that Grandma had stored up (20 boxes total - I have 5 or so left to unpack)
I've also been debating what I want to get for making soaps. I'm wanting to make some Shampoo bars and some Shaving soap - so need to figure out what to get for those things. Plus I want to get some more material special for diapers (seems funny to say that when I was jus talking about how much material Grandma had lol but her is mostly knit prints and such for clothing - not diapers)
I promise to not let it be so long until the next post again - life has jus been busy the past wk or so.

Tuesday, May 29, 2012

Patterns...Sewing...Appreciation...

Yesterday I spent the majority of the day going through Grandma's patterns...found many duplicates. The reason I was going through the patterns was to find patterns to make clothes for the girls. My Grandma didn't have many patterns for boys since she sewed clothes for my Mom, who was an only child.
But I found MANY patterns for the girls that I'm wanting to attempt to sew up. Still new to sewing more then diapers, so we'll see how it goes. Back when I started sewing diapers I wasn't that good either - so it can't be much worse sewing clothes, right?
Tonight I took some light weight flannel and sewed up a "night dress" for M to wear for bed - she loved it. After a nice, cleansing bath using Mommy's home-made soap; I put on a diaper - insert and all made by Mommy; then I put on a Katrina's Shorties, also made by Mommy - and I put the "Night dress" on her - she said "aww! Mommy make me comfies, I good for sleepy-time now" <3 It's so rewarding to make things and hear it be appreciated by the person you've made it for.
Now I need to sew up some more, and see about figuring out how to sew something for Baby D, so he too can be 100% clothed in Mommy-made clothes. <3

Sunday, May 27, 2012

Pink and Flowers

I was FOM'd a pattern on a forum I go to - took me a bit but I got 1 sewn up (it was Purple, with Pink flowers - M's currently wearing it)
here's the 2nd 1 I sewed up from the pattern
this 1s for S
I can't wait to see her in it! <3

Bored Kids?

Here's a trick: CORN MEAL! My girls call it sand...
a little corn meal (I usually give them 2cups or so worth each), some measuring spoons, and some measuring cups - keeps my girls busy for hours - jus be warned - it can get messy so keep the vacuum nearby!

Saturday, May 26, 2012

Buttermilk Soap!

Made up some Buttermilk Soap last night and removed them from the molds today...
All the soaps
Round Soap
Interesting color pattern...no idea how it happened either lol
Roses
Teddy!
Hippo? I think lol
Sea Horse, Star Fish, Sea Shells

Thursday, May 24, 2012

Liquid Soap Test

My 100% Olive Oil (Castile) Peppermint Soaps are now done curing (they can cure longer and jus get better...but they can also now be used!)
my DH is refusing to use bar soap cuz "it jus doesn't make me clean enough" he said...so since then I've been on the search to find a relatively easy way to make up some homemade liquid soap to get the commercial chemicals out of this house (seriously...have you actually tried to pronounce some of the ingredients in commercial soap? who even knows what half of it's for)
the test is this: I took 1 of the Peppermint Castile Soaps and grated it up using a cheese grater (that has become 1 of my many "soaping" tools), I added water to JUS cover the shavings...and left it sit...it's now all "melted" and ready to go - the feel of it is perfect as is but for this test I'm going to add in some water to the already gelled-soap jus to see...the results from this test will answer a question: will I need to MIX the soap/water EVERY TIME I want to use it? if no my test will be a success - if yes then I go back to searching! I'm NOT giving up til I have a WORKING liquid soap that I don't need to mix up every time I want to use the soap. I'll be posting my results in about a wk.

Tuesday, May 22, 2012

The Playhouse is Completed!

The Horse...my helper...he held the top part of the frame up til it was secured
The Frame
With the "wall/roof panels" made of old sheets - only the back panel is tacked down 100%
The inspector - she said "thank you house Mommy" meaning - it's a success!

it's not perfect but who cares? I created it for my girls to play with and they love it! which is what my goal was therefore I say it's a complete success! completed it's 59"x29"x35"


Surprise for the Girls

Today I was searching the web in boredom and found a "playhouse" using a hula hoop to make - it got me to thinking...the hula hoop wouldn't make a big enough house for my little girls who enjoy playing together and sharing (most of the time) so I started working in my head a plan...
I came up with building a wooden frame in place of the hula hoop...then I thought I'm jus going to build the whole frame out of wood and make panels for the walls...
many hours later (this was an all day project) and a blister (skill saw's not working...I used a hand saw to saw through 2x4s and 2x8s...) later I got the frame to the point I bring it in from the porch, put it together, and (hopefully) staple the wall/roof panels on! If there's no staples to the staple gun I'll use small nails so it will still get finished probably tomorrow (originally thought I'd be done by the end of the wk)
I made the wall and roof panels out of old sheets...the frame it out of 2x4s and 2x8s

I can't wait to see the girls' reaction to their "house" tomorrow! I'll post some pictures of the finished house have no worries!

Sunday, May 20, 2012

Washer's Working!

YAY! Sooo glad we don't need to replaced it!
the motor got hot from too much usage in 1 day LOL - guess DH's wish of only diapers washed daily everything else on Saturday has jus come to an end...lol

Goat's Milk Soap!

Yesterday I made up some Goat's Milk soap while cleaning lol

All the Goat's Milk Soap! The Rose shaped 1s I made up for my Mom ^-^
Picture of 1 of the Rose soaps! I tried to dye it red but it didn't take...still looks pretty though!
1 of the Goat's Milk Soap bars hehe
all the soap (so far) curing!
and the Peppermint Olive Oil Soap is turning white and reddish! it still has curing to do...

Next planned soap: Buttermilk! hehe

Using a Safety Pin as a "Loop Turning Tool"

This is a little trick my Grandma taught me once...as I was sewing up a dress pattern that calls for a Loop Turning Tool and I dug out my Safety Pin I decided to share via this tutorial of how to use a Safety Pin as a Loop Turning Tool jus as my Grandma taught me once...

You take the Safety Pin and put it through so that it comes out the top
Then you take the Safety Pin and flip it around so that the end that opens and closes is inside the hole
Then you push down on the material until you see the Safety Pin on the opposite end
Then you pull the Safety Pin through until the material's all pulled through

it takes little bit of patience at first, and a little bit of muscle with some materials - but it can be done!
Hope someone finds this useful! Have fun sewing!

If you'd like to see a video of the process and hear me telling you the steps check out the video I made about it: Safety Pin "Loop Tool" 

Saturday, May 19, 2012

My "Spring Cleaning" Day...

I started out at 7:30ish AM when the girls woke me up by jumping on me...got up changed them, fed them, then the baby woke up...took care of his needs...then I started my task list for the day

Clean the girls' room - Sweep the floor, wipe down shelves/dresser, fresh sheets on both beds
Clean baby's room - Vacuum the floor, wipe down the dresser/changing table, fresh sheets/changing pad
Clean master bedroom - Sweep/mop the floor, wipe down dressers/shelves/nightstands, fresh sheets on the bed
Clean the bathroom - Scrub the toilet, wipe and straighten out the vanity, clean the skin/bathtub, sweep and mop the floor, change the litter box
Vacuum the hallway
Clean the kitchen - Sweep/vacuum the floor, move stuff to wipe down the counters, load and start the dishwasher with dishes, finish sorting out the cupboards
Clean the living room - Move the couch to clean under it, vacuum the floor, wipe down the fireplace, clean the TV screen, wipe down the end tables, sort out the movies
Clean the playroom - pickup toys, vacuum the floor, wipe down the TVs/shelves/end table
LAUNDRY! - Diapers including
Fold and put away the laundry
sew up 2 Boho Flutter Dresses
Make up Buttermilk and Goat's Milk Soap
Figure out where to plant the plants Mom got for me! (Bell Peppers, Tomatoes, more Kohlrabi, and FLOWERS! lots and lots of FLOWERS!)

everything crossed out is what I got done! busy day! BUT it ended with my KING size quilt in the washer...and it stopped working! GAH! *scream* so now - I get to handwash the diapers tonight...and work on finishing what I can of the list - will have to work on the plants tomorrow...

Aafter the washer quit working and I figured it must be the belt (due to smell) I left the room to finish supper and I hear:
M: MOMMY! the floor pee-peed my foot all wet! (she found a wet spot on the floor infront of the washer...made her sock wet...)
S: UH-OH floor need dry butt Mommy!
M: no floor no can have my dry butt it's MINE! MOMMY! my foot all wet make it have dry butt pweaaaseeeee!
me: *laugh* k M give me a min to grab you a pair of dry socks...
DH: what's so funny?
me: M said the floor pee-peed her foot...and S wants me to give the floor a dry butt but M doesn't want to give up her dry butt...
DH: oh? how's that funny?
me: nevermind
M: Daddy it's funny cuz S wants my dry butt to go to floor!
the whole time Baby D was "gabbering" away as though he was part of the convo too...what he said though nobody knows lol 


Friday, May 18, 2012

Homemade Mayonnaise!

Today my DH (Dear Husband) ran out of his Mayo - the man can NOT live without the stuff...seriously...I can't live without him having it either lol
so I went in search of a recipe...I made a comment on FB about it and a friend replied with a yummy sounding recipe! So I tested it out...made it up and made DH a sandwich with it - he LOVED!
So - we now have Homemade Mayonnaise in the house! will need to save the Bacon grease as we make Bacon so I can keep making it!

Wednesday, May 16, 2012

Peppermint Soap!

Made this up yesterday - 3rd batch I've made so far...
it's a 100% Olive Oil Soap with Peppermint EO added at trace

it smells soo yummy!

I also gotta say - I LOVE the thing the soap is sitting on in the picture - it's right by the towel cabinet and it pulls out like a built in bread-board it works quite nicely for folding towels and putting them away! hehe - the soap is curing on the top shelf of the towel cabinet it's not used for anything else so makes a great spot for curing soap!

Robots and Oogas!

I got a couple covers sewn up for Baby D tonight...his sisters have waaay more covers then him (as they should since there's 2) BUT I had to make him some covers with the PUL I got as an FOM

the Robots is a Medium RB and the Oogas is a Large FC (made it a Large so it'll fit longer - and he can wear it at night!)
Mama Made! with Elephants on the Robots
Handmade tag on the Oogas! (it's got a Mushroom on it)
side-by-side
 the blue on top is the Robots - it's inner layer is Cotton Fleece
the black is the Oogas - it's inner layer Polyester Velour
 and the outer layers

Tomorrow I need to sew up some bigger covers for the girls to wear at night - can see them in the bottom picture actually - well the outer layers at least...right now though I need to get some sleep - assuming my jaw will quit throbbing (got a tooth pulled today...)

Tuesday, May 15, 2012

DIY Projects That Surround Me...

This post is really for a friend to show her more in-depth the details of the DIY items my Grandpa has done over the yrs that I now use on a daily basis...

I'll start with the Chairs...
my Grandpa found the originals broken up on the side of the road - I don't have a picture of the before - but I remember then being pretty badly damaged...
the after - this is 2 of them 1 on top of the other...
a close-up - the seat of the top 1 was 100% redone by my Grandpa...he also redid some of the spokes on both of them - then he painted them white originally - they're now painted Green...

Next up is the picnic table and benches:
these are all made in a similar fashion jus on different scales to make the benches smaller then the table - we also have 2 other benches sitting outside made in this same fashion
this is the top of 1 of the benches...it's 3 1x2 boards side by side held together by a cross-board underneath...
the cross-board under the table - the top of the table is 2 2x4s side-by-side with some "plasticy" top on them that Grandpa glued down, where he got it I can't say, and Grandpa sadly does not remember
this is to show how Grandpa attached the legs onto the table and benches - he put 2 2x2s on sideways with the legs inbetween them (the legs are 2x4s)
this picnic table and benches was the last thing my Grandpa made up - with my help to help him control the drill to get the screws in...

An old friend made this shelf:
he used a sander and a saw to make it...that's it...
the "legs" are glued to the top of the shelf - there's brackets screwed onto the back

there is more items that my Grandpa has made...the table that holds his side grinder for 1 - but these are the 1s that I can currently get pictures of - the last item I mentioned is hidden at this time due to not having everything unpacked *hides*

Happiness and Sadness...

Today is filled with happiness and sadness for me...
Happiness due to the fact that 17yrs ago today my "baby" brother was born - 26wks gestation - the doctors all said "he won't live" my Daddy and step-mom kept him a secret til they knew what was happening for sure due to the yr before a much looked forward to baby brother was stillborn - it hurt us big brothers and sisters greatly...the parents didn't want to give us false hope jus to crush our little hearts again. But this time, the tiny 1lb 5oz 21inches long baby brother pulled through...3 1/2months in the NICU and we got to meet the "baby" brother - that "baby" brother is now 17yrs old today, planning for his driver's license tests, and trying to decide what he'll become one day - I tell him to "reach for the stars, follow your dreams and let nobody tell you you can't achieve your goals"

Sadness due to the fact that 6 short years ago my Grandma died...she died from many, many complications due to Diabetes Type 1 - she was in a LOT of pain, so I'm glad that pain has ended, but I still miss my Grandma, my playmate as a kid, the woman who taught me many things, and always stood behind me no matter what. May 1, 2006 my Grandma was rushed to the ER from the nursing home, me and Grandpa were called...we rushed over there...they said she had to go to Abbott...that she might not come back alive. Me and Grandpa cried as we said goodbye to Grandma, maybe for the last time, we watched her be loaded into the ambulance...watched it leave lights going...not knowing if we'd see her alive again. That night me and Grandpa prayed for Grandma, that her pain be ended at any costs...the next day there was a called from Abbott, Grandma wasn't breathing good on her own needed a breathing tube...me and Grandpa and Grandma had talked about what we'd do when this happened - I told them give her pain meds and send her home don't go hooking her to no machines it's not what she wants...they said we need to hear that from her husband...Grandpa came in the door jus then and told them the same thing, crying as he said it. A couple hours later, we greeted Grandma again at the nursing home...she was breathing and on 2 pain meds to ease the pain...during this time I was babysitting a little 2yr old boy, I talked to his mom about Grandma...she said when she goes jus call and you have a wk off...she set up "back up daycare" with her mom. We waited and waited...I'd watch the little boy from 2PM til 10:45PM then I'd go to the nursing home to sit by Grandma til 6AM when Grandpa would come, then I'd come home, make Grandpa the meals for the day and grab some breakfast as I tossed a load of laundry in the machine, and headed to bed for some sleep...I'd wake up at 1PM to get ready to watch the little boy...and that started the day...May 3rd my Grandma and Grandpa's 57th wedding anniversary - Grandpa took some cake to Grandma and ate it telling her how yummy it tasted...6days later my Grandma died...she had asked for water, I left to get her some...came back and she was gone...her Grandmother's clock stopped at 9:16AM - the same time Grandma died...it never ran properly again stopping everytime 9:16 came around - call it what you may but I believe it was Grandma letting us know she was still with us. May 15 was her funeral...it was a nice, sunny day...
my Grandma taught me to bake, cook, crochet...amongst other things she cheered me on in all my choices even if she didn't agree with them...

today I focus on my Grandma's happy, long life and the fact that my "baby" brother lived and beat all odds against him...

Monday, May 14, 2012

Busy Mommy!

Got a lot done today...and still working on more...
Dishes washed, house 100% cleaned...plus
this is jus some of the prefolds I got sewn up today the kids are wearing some for night time
total: 16 prefolds of 1 layer flannel, 1 layer birdseye, and 2 layers Zorb in the middle - folded gives 3 layers flannel and birdseye, and 2 layers of Zorb
3 "boosters" of 2 layers flannel, 2 layers HOBF, 1 layer Hemp Fleece, and 1 layer Terry Cloth
3 prefolds of 1 layer Polyester Velour, 1 layer Zorb, and 1 layer HOBF - folded gives 3 layers of each
3 prefolds of 1 layer Polyester Velour, 1 layer Zorb, 1 Layer HOBF, with an extra layer of Zorb in the middle - folded gives 3 layers HOBF and Poly Velour, and 4 layers of Zorb

in the picture the black 1s are the poly velour/zorb/HBOF prefolds(3); the white is the birdseye/flannel/zorb prefolds (4); and the striped is the boosters (2)

I also made up some Deodorant!
1 for me and 1 for my Mom!
This stuff is awesome!
I decided to make my own deodorant after reading about aluminum in "commercial" deodorants
it's in them to "block" your sweat glands...and is linked to breast cancer...

Now I need to sew up some diaper covers and some "shorties" for the kids...

Sunday, May 13, 2012

Awwww!

Meghan helped Grandma make supper tonight for Mother's Day when it was done she came and told me "Mommy Sakura's (her sister) done come eat now!" she then left the room and came running back "Oh and Happy Brother's Day, Mommy!"

My Mother's Day gift:

 The best gift ever!
my Mom helped the girls make it up then they "borrowed" Baby Daniel's hand

The Essential Oil!

the post yesterday about the Infused/Essential Oil after the jar spent the night in the freezer...here's what I got
If you look closely you can see the ice in the middle the rest is the Essential Oil! so it made a fairly good amount! Now to get ahold of Lavender, Rosemary, Thyme...etc...I gotta wait on them to grow though :( oh well, patience!

Happy Mother's Day!

Happy Mother's Day to all the Mommies and Grandmas out there!

Love this! Thought I'd share:

Just a Mom?

A woman, renewing her driver's license at the County Clerk 's office, was asked by the woman recorder to state her occupation.

She hesitated, uncertain how to classify herself.
"What I mean is, " explained the recorder, "do you have a job or are you just a ...?"

"Of course I have a job," snapped the woman. "I'm a Mom."
"We don't list 'Mom' as an occupation, 'housewife' covers it," Said the recorder emphatically.

I forgot all about her story until one day I found myself in the same situation, this time at our own Town Hall. The Clerk was obviously a career woman, poised, efficient, and possessed of a high sounding title like, "Official Interrogator" or "Town Registrar."

"What is your occupation?" she probed.

What made me say it? I do not know.
The words simply popped out.
"I'm a Research Associate in the field of Child Development and Human Relations."

The clerk paused, ball-point pen frozen in m midair and looked up as though she had not heard right.

I repeated the title slowly emphasizing the most significant words.
Then I stared with wonder as my pronouncement was written, in bold, black ink on the official questionnaire.

"Might I ask," said the clerk with new interest, "just what you do in your field?"

Coolly, without any trace of fluster in my voice, I heard myself reply, "I have a continuing program of research, (what mother doesn't) In the laboratory and in the field, (normally I would have said indoors and out). I'm working for my Masters, (first the Lord and then the whole family) and already have four credits (all daughters).  Of course, the job is one of the most demanding in the humanities,
(any mother care to disagree?) and I often work 14 hours a day, (24 is more like it). But the job is more challenging than most run-of-the-mill careers and the rewards are more of a satisfaction rather than just money."

There was an increasing note of respect in the clerk's voice as she completed the form, stood up, and personally ushered me to the door.

As I drove into our driveway, buoyed up by my glamorous new career, I was greeted by my lab assistants -- ages 13, 7, and 3.
Upstairs I could hear our new experimental model, (a 6 month old baby) in the child development program, testing out a new vocal pattern.
I felt I had scored a beat on bureaucracy!
And I had gone on the official records as someone more distinguished and indispensable to mankind than "just another Mom."

Motherhood!

What a glorious career!
Especially when there's a title on the door.


Does this make grandmothers
"Senior Research associates in the field of Child Development and Human
Relations"
And great grandmothers
"Executive Senior Research Associates?"
I think so!!!
I also think it makes Aunts "

Associate Research Assistants."

Saturday, May 12, 2012

Infused/Essential Oil!

This is my 1st attempt at making my own Infused/Essential Oils

I used Cilantro to test it out for the 1st time as I have an over-abundance of Cilantro right now...
The Cilantro with 1/2 cup of water - I used a good sized handful of Cilantro
With a pie pan over the top - this is actually a Deep Dish pie pan as it's the only one I had on hand that'd fit in the pan - I put the lid on it after this and turned it to 1/2 way between High and Medium on my stove (Electric Glass Top) and let it Shimmer for about 40 minutes while I made up supper...
The "oil" afterwards - this seems to be mainly Infused oil...we shall see though...
The "deflated" Cilantro - for lack of a better term for it...
In a glass Mason Jar - I let this cool a little then put the lid on it - it's now in the freezer for overnight - my thoughts are what DOESN'T freeze is the "Essential Oil" and what DOES freeze is the "Infused Oil"

Will post tomorrow to let all know how it went!