Extra! Extra!

So, when you find tutorials you fall in love with, what do you do about it?  Make them, right?  And what if you find 3 (count ’em!  3!!) tutorials that are simply divine?  Make them all and turn them into a cohesive unit, of course!

So, that’s what I did.

Here are the tutorials that inspired me:  Fisherboy Shorts by No Big Dill (Super cute, right??)

The Tie Shirt by Saltwater Kids (I so wish I had seen something like this when my kiddos were tiny and needed onesies.)

And this cute and SUPER easy Alice Band at The Paper Pony.  Seriously…like, RIDICULOUSLY easy.  I made one for Quin this morning in about 5 minutes.  And the only reason it took me so long is because I sewed a strip of fabric to use and had to turn it.  With ribbon it should take less than a minute.  LOVE easy and quick!

And the finished result for me?  Feast your eyes!

Newsboy outfit

Extra! Extra!

Forgive the shoes.  I wanted her to wear her Mary Janes, but she has P.E. at school today, so she needed the sneakers.

Newsboy outfit

Fit to be tied

The tie and the headband.

Newsboy headband

The Alice band...soooo easy!

Seriously.  INSANELY easy.  Go make one.

Newsboy knees

Detail of the cuff

And yeah…she’s rocking the knee socks.

Newsboy outfit

Fetching girl.

One more to leave you with, cause my kid is goofy.

Goofy newsboy


I really, REALLY want to make one of these, but Quin has informed me she doesn’t want a hat.  But I think I’m making one today anyway.  I measured her head this morning while she was playing on my cell.  Sneaky.  She didn’t even ask why.


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Menu Monday(ish)

I made up this menu yesterday, I just didn’t get around to posting it til now.

Monday – Chicken and yellow rice with green peas

Tuesday – Taco salad with corn chips

Wednesday – Baked beans with sausage, corn bread and watermelon

Thursday – Cheese strata with tomato, cucumber and onion salad

Friday – Pasta with tomatoes, sugar snap peas and mozzarella

Saturday – Biscuits with gravy and fruit salad (early dinner/late lunch bc we have a party that night)

Sunday – Chicken strips w/ honey-maple mustard, baby carrots w/ ranch, apple slices w/ Nutella

I’ll be making some random desserts, too.  Sour cream cake with coconut topping.  Will post the recipe once I use it (and tweak it) and make sure it is worthy.  I have been rabid for tapioca pudding lately.  And egg custard pie.  And cheesecake.  My favorite desserts are creamy apparently.

Also, I will begin work this week on tweaking the cupcakes for Jay’s upcoming Drunken Cupcake party.  (More details on that one later, too!  You’ll see…it’ll be awesome.  I’ll do a series of tutorials/recipes in keeping with the theme.)

Happy Monday(ish)!

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Project Q

I adore my kids.  I really do.  And my older two have been well taught to entertain themselves.  The little one…not so much.  And as much as I love playing restaurant with her or reading her newest story or listening to her tell me all the videos she is going to look up on youtube or finding her scissors because she lost hers AGAIN, I really need her to learn to entertain herself some of the time.  She’s never had to.  Probably because she’s flipping adorable and came late in our child-bearing days, so we have 2 teenagers and a 6 year old in the house now.  That means she’s always had someone willing to dote on her.  She’s never had to learn to entertain herself.

Welcome to Summer 2010, kiddo.

I’m instituting a rule.  (Hear me now, ye children!)  At the start of next week, we will all be choosing a spot, inside or outside the house, to be our VERY OWN.  No brothers and sisters allowed.  And once those spots are all dolled up to our liking, we will spend a minimum of 30 minutes a day there.  And unless there is fire or gushing blood, there is no bothering anyone else during those sacred minutes.  I’m hoping this will help Quin to learn to entertain herself and also to give the older kids a break from always being her entertainment.  (That might even make them willing to actually spend time doing something with her.  Hey…a mom can hope…)

Fingers firmly crossed.

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A week of planned creativity…I hope

I have a friend who is having a birthday tomorrow.  I never know what to get him, because he is impossible to buy for…not through any fault of his own (mostly) but often because I am just plain broke.  This year he is getting a bunch of neck coolers for his baseball team to use.  I made him a few in the beginning of his season, but apparently they have burst or just gone past prime…  And I can’t imagine oozing neck coolers would be refreshing to anyone.  So, new ones he shall get!  I’d love to give him something else, but it will have to be something I can finish today.  Ah well, maybe I’ll get lucky and have a stroke of brilliance before nightfall.

So, that is Thing One on the to-do list.

Thing Two is a bit more challenging.

Pillowcase Dress

How cute is this?

Super cute, right?  (Btw, how much do y’all love U-Create?  I know…it is awesome!  And inspiring.  And I spend waaaaay too much time there.  Moving on…)  Unfortunately, I no longer have a toddler.  BUT…I do have a child who loves dresses.  (My oldest daughter hated them when she was little, but my youngest is making up for that all on her own.)  Soooo…I think I may tweak this a little and make one for her.

And this would be great for my boy’s room.

Awesome, right?

I know!  I just need to get my hands on some upholstery foam.  (Confession:  This probably won’t happen this week.  Because one needs money to buy things and we are stretched thin this week.  And the next.  And probably the week after that.  And the week after that.  You get the idea…)

I have this printed fabric to make a Barbie bedroom.  I bought it when Bronwyn was about 4.  She is now 13.  It will be going to Quin now.  Anyway, I’d like to get it made and done and out of my fabric stash.

I need to engineer some sort of cover/roof/thing for Quin’s playstands.  You know…before she is 13 and too old to enjoy them.

I want to make a fabric stovetop for her to lay across one of her playstands so she can cook.  Of course she’ll need an apron and a chef’s hat to go with it.

Have you seen this?

Too freakin cute, right?

Yep.  My kid needs them.  Bad.

Looks like I will be sewing like a madwoman int he coming days.

Plus I want to get the kids’ rooms all cleared out of stuff they’ve outgrown.

Busy week.

Wonder if I’ll do it or just mostly sit on the couch?

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imageI’ve been cooking up a storm lately.  (And not using my real camera at all.  What is wrong with me?  Oh yeah…it’s summer…)  The above picture is the most recent.  Yes, those ARE “Breakfast Tacos”.  Pancake shells, sausage filling with strawberry reserves salsa and sweetened sour cream.  Good stuff.


And these babies.  Oh holy gods, these are the best cinnamon rolls I have ever put into my mouth.  Ever.  No, seriously, EVER.  Here is the recipe.  Please make them.  I think I need to make another batch today…


These are the strangest thing I have made lately.  Watermelon flavored cupcakes (and mini chocolate chip seeds) with cream cheese (green colored) frosting.  People seemed to like them tho, so…

And now I have to go figure out what I’m making for dinner tonight…and make those cinnamon rolls.

Oh, and make these.  Yum!

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Let there be light


Made this lamp shade today. Well, not entirely today. I traced and cut out the pieces on Sunday while watching Arrested Development. (I love Netflix…)  The picture is from my cell, so it’s not a great one, but it’s the one I have to work with right now.

No, I did not come up with the idea.  If you are interested, go here.  I used simple poster board.  The super cheap stuff.  2 for $1 at the dollar store.  I didn’t want to spend more money on another material until I saw I really loved it.  Now I’ll be heading back for those flexible cutting boards.  Also 2 for $1.  I sense a theme…

Anyway, it is going towards making Quinlan’s play space a well lit and cozy space.  A little paint and sewing is all that’s left…guess I better get to work.

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(No, I don’t know how to pronounce that.)

But, remember that post I did a while back on new beginnings and all?  (It’s okay, I kinda forgot about it, too.)  I’ll obviously not be doing that, because…well, I don’t know why.  Laziness, probably.  (Okay, definitely.)

Well, today that changes.  (Don’t get your hopes up for tomorrow tho.)

I’m sick today.  Summer colds are the worst things ever.  (Okay, I am exaggerating, but they are NO fun.)  So, I have been parked on the couch and hoping the kids find ways to entertain themselves without the need for me to be involved.  Of course, I have a six year old…

And she is beside herself excited about The Mom Jar.  I don’t really want to encourage misbehavior to dip into said jar, so I let her choose something to do, thinking that the odds were that she would get something she would be able to alone.  Without my help or input.

Drumroll, please…

I wasn’t terribly nervous, because this jar is FULL of things she can do by herself.  (Yes, by design.  I’m not stupid.)

And of course…

Of course.

Why wouldn’t it be one of the few she needs me for?

Being the dutiful Mom I am, I made the play dough, pulled out a tray for her to play with it on, and went to sit down, thinking I had at least bought myself a little slice of me-time.

About 5 minutes later, she was asking to pull another slip.

Sigh.  Maybe this whole thing was a bad idea.

Okay, so this isn’t just a nothing post, here is the recipe I used for the play dough:

1 1/2 cups flour

1 1/2 cup water

3 tsp cream of tartar

3/4 cup salt

1 1/2 TBSP cooking oil

Put everything in a saucepan and cook over medium heat, stirring constantly until it comes together into a ball.  Turn out and knead to the consistency of “real” PlayDoh.  Then I divide it into pieces and add a few drops of food coloring to one, kneading it in until the color is evenly distributed.   Quin got pink and pale blue play dough because I was too tired for more.

And no pictures, either…for the same reason.

And here’s your inspiration, from the fine site, Nature Moms:

Peanut Butter Playdough


  • 2 cups peanut butter
  • 6 tablespoons honey
  • Nonfat dry milk or milk plus flour
  • Cocoa or carob for chocolate flavor (optional)
  • Edible treats for decoration


  1. Combine all ingredients in a bowl and mix, adding enough dry milk or milk plus flour to reach the consistency of bread dough.
  2. Add cocoa or carob, if desired.
  3. Shape, decorate with edible treats, and eat!

Great fun.  Enjoy.  When I am feeling better I will even put this on a slip in The Jar.

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