Saturday, June 30, 2012

More Diaper Testers!

This is 2 diapers of the exact same pattern - 1 is the "narrow crotch" version the other is the "wide crotch" version - I'm testing both for the pattern maker to test comparison fit on my 2 "chunk butts"
smallest setting of the "narrow crotch" version
smallest setting of the "wide crotch" version

and a comparison picture of the "narrow crotch" version on top of the "wide crotch" version - there's not THAT much of a difference but even a small bit of difference can make all the difference between a good fitting diaper and a perfect fitting diaper - good meaning it fits, it covers the insert...perfect meaning it fits, it covers the insert, AND it holds in the poo!

Saturday, June 23, 2012

KAMSnaps!

KAMSnaps is giving away a 20$ gift certificate! cool huh? it's the snaps I use to make my diapers!
http://www.kamsnaps.com/Win-a-20-KAMsnaps-com-Gift-Certificate--56.html

Tuesday, June 19, 2012

My 1st EVER Tshirt!

Testing the pattern for a friend...here's the results
the 1 sleeve sits wonky but I think that's jus me mixing up how the pattern goes together...I'll retry it after I sew up the tester diapers tomorrow and see what happens then!
but other then the sleeve - it doesn't look bad at all for a 1st time sewing of a tshirt if I do say so myself ^-~

Monday, June 18, 2012

Busy Mommy...

I've been working on testing some tester patterns for good friends so not been posting much...also been working on learning new boondoggling "stitches" - and Mom said she'll teach me to Tat! using my Grandma's shuttles! I jus need to make up a small back of sorts to hold my Tatting stuff so I can take it with me places if I want to...it'd be nice to have a small bag to take ANY crafting item along I'm working on currently - I mean Boondoggling/Hemp stuff I can jus shove in a pocket as needed but what about Crocheting/Knitting/Macrame/etc...no pockets can be big enough in some cases for those lol
now I NEED to finish this TShirt - pictures will follow I promise...along with the diaper I'm testing!

Tuesday, June 12, 2012

Unsure for a title...

Not sure what to title this post as it will contain a couple of different things lol

first up:
today was Grandpa's funeral - he had taken the time to 100% set it up for us - we had to say "this date - these flowers" and everything was done - it was so nice of Grandpa to do that - but then all his life he spent trying to making life easier on his family...it's jus the kind of guy he was...
we got a Blooming Crab Tree for his funeral - which will be planted in our yard in memory of him
other friends sent other plants - not really flowers as my Grandpa was more for the plants then the flowers on them...he'd plant the flowers for Grandma but he prefered the plants...those plants will get planted in his memory, also. And for many year to come we can enjoy them.

second:
M's dress - Mommy made for Grandpa's funeral
S' dress - Mommy made for Grandpa's funeral

everyone thought the dresses were the sweetest thing...most o the people that came were old friends of my Grandparents that I grew up knowing - and them seeing the work, and love put into each dress, they knew the time that went into them...yes the girls can wear them again...I made them for Grandpa's funeral so they'd have something pretty to wear but they can be worn for other things as needed/wanted though

last thing:
I took a small break for a little while we got things set up for Grandpa's funeral - now that that's over I need to work on a tester diaper then I'll get to working on my shop goodies and get that up and running (slowly - but I'll get there)

Monday, June 11, 2012

Apple Blossom Artistry

I'm working on opening my very own Etsy shop! Right now it's jus a name...I need to make up some items to set up in it to make it 100% set up!
I do have a Facebook page linked to the shop: http://www.facebook.com/AppleBlossomArtistry nothing up there yet either...I'm still setting everything up yet.
I plan to have a wide variety of items for sale in my shop...of course since everything will be handcrafted by me, no 2 items will look exactly alike! Which jus adds to the fun in it!
If there's something in particular you'd like to see jus let me know and I'll see what I can do to make it up!
Grandpa's funeral is on Tues...so due to everything that that includes - the shop has been put on hold at this time...I'm still working on things to put up slowly - jus not as fast as I had originally planned.

Thursday, June 7, 2012

Remembering Grandpa...

My Grandpa passed away at 11:58AM this morning (June 7, 2012).
My Grandpa played a HUGE part in my childhood. I will miss him greatly.
When I was 3 my Grandpa surprised me with a bedroom set for my birthday.
When I was 4 he let me "drive" the brand, new Silverado down the driveway.
When I was 7 he knocked down an old shed to make room for the trailer house so we could live feet from Grandma and Grandpa after my Daddy left.
When I was 8 he purchased, and set up (with mine and my brother's help) a swing set for me and my brother.
When I was 9 he built us a teepee out of old swing set poles and an old canvas.
When I was 10 he made us "rubber band guns" and we had WW3-3000+.
He'd drive me out for the bus every single morning all of my school days, there'd be an unwrapped Tootsie Pop waiting on me and we'd spend that "special time" talking about family and history - I learned a LOT during that time.
When I was 12 we planted our 1st apple tree together...many, many more soon followed. We planted 2 gardens (1/2acre each) together...he took that time to teach me about fruit trees and garden vegetables.
We'd pick the Rhubarb together for Grandma.
He'd take his John Deere tractor/lawn mower and hook the coaster wagons to it and we'd wear groves in the grass going around the "train track" - we'd drive past the Sparta Cherry and Yellow Egg plum trees and grab a hand full and eat them right off the tree.
Me and Grandpa spent many, many hours cutting the grass together once I was 15. I'd use the John Deere, him on the Snapper...everytime we'd pass by the plum trees we'd grab some and snack on them as we went.
 Edmund Henry Wendinger
 January 22, 1930-June 7, 2012
Husband, Father, Grandpa, Great-Grandpa. 
He always said:
 "When I'm gone remember me as you see the Apple Blossoms in the Spring." 
So Grandpa, this picture is for you.
Tell Grandma about the Grandbabies; enjoy planting Heaven's gardens with vegetables and Sunflowers; plant the fruit trees to your hearts content.
We'll miss you but know you'll be here watching over us with Grandma.

"Holes in the Floor of Heaven"

Tuesday, June 5, 2012

The Choice is Made!

We've decided 100% that we are going to homeschool the kids! when M his 7 is when we need to make sure to get the testing need done and such...until then it's up to us how we want to teach them.

for M:
I've picked up some fridge magnets in letters and numbers in 4-5 different colors - these will be used to teach her the alphabet, counting, and colors.
She'll be helping me more with baking/cooking and counting the stuff out with me (ex 4 cups of Flour) to learn counting also.

for S:
we'll be working some with her at the same time as M jus focusing more on M right now since she's the oldest.

by the time M hits 7yrs old we'll have books and such picked out as well as be "joined" with the school district as that's who will need to do the testing as Minnesota state laws states...so we'll be taking the next 2 1/2 or so years to figure out which book/books we want to use for what

M will also at 6-7 be starting up piano lessons with a good friend of mine! she loves music and even if she doesn't pursue it 100% when she's older we feel it'll be a good base for music in the future.

Liquid Soap Update!

closer to 2 wks ago now I made some liquid soap to test to see how it would work...I promised an update in a week - life got to me sorry I've been busy haven't even done much updating of this blog in the past couple wks due to being busy...

the test is great! I've not had to mix it up EVER! it's a little too liquid-y for my preference though so next time I won't be adding the extra water at the end since I loved it jus the way it was before I added the water...I jus added the water in to test it, to see how it'll work.

so now I have a way to make homemade liquid soap and I can also use it to make liquid shampoo since my husband doesn't want to "rub a bar of soap" on his head! I'm waiting on the supplies I ordered to get here to make the shampoo bars - then I need to wait on them to cure...then I'll turn a bar into liquid for DH.

YAY! Snap Pliers!

Jus got my new snap pliers from KAMSnaps! I finished up the 2 diapers I had made for the girls but couldn't apply snaps due to me having worn out my old snap pliers
XL DDU made up for night time diapers for the girls

I also repressed the snaps on Baby D's Ooga Booga diaper - they didn't get pushed down 100% due to a worn out snap pliers lol

I must say the new snap pliers works MUCH easier then the old 1 did! I had to order a new 1 cuz the old 1 I had is discontinued meaning I can no longer get the dies for it...soo glad I got a new pliers though!

now I can work on making some side-snapping diapers for the kids as Daddy prefers those over the front-snapping he says they're easier to use...

Sunday, June 3, 2012

Laws...

It's quite funny to read the Dumb Laws for different states some of my faves:

Minnesota:
don't drive a RED car down Lake Street in Minneapolis.
all bathtubs must have feet - mine does - when in USE!
don't cross the Minnesota/Wisconsin border INTO Minnesota with a Chicken on your head - that's how everyone enters Minnesota...
don't cross the Minnesota/Wisconsin border INTO Wisconsin with a Duck on your head - and this is how people usually enter Wisconsin

in Cottage Grove, Minnesota: don't put a hamburger in your back pocket on Sundays - other days it's alright?!
don't put an ice cream cone in your back pocket - people have done this?!
don't tie your ELEPHANT to a lamp post - like everyone has a pet Elephant...

Ohio:
don't CATCH a fish while drunk - you can go fishing jus don't you dare catch a fish if you're drunk
don't go fishing whales on Sunday - there's whales in Ohio?

Cleveland, Ohio: don't catch mice without a hunting license!
Youngstown, Ohio: don't run out of gas

Oklahoma:
women aren't allowed to fix their hair without a license - guess ladies need their husbands to brush their hair for them...

Florida:
Don't shower naked - thought that's how you're suppose to shower?! best way to do laundry! lol
Don't sing in your bathing suit

those are the dumb laws that I remember off the top of my head as they're the best to me.