Monday, December 27, 2010

You'd Think I Was Happy, Right?

It was just Christmas. I have two beautiful babies who make every day worth waking up. I have a few great friends, and a good husband.

So why is it I'm so damn sad all the time?

It's been nearly six years, so why at Christmas do I still think, "it isn't fair that my mom isn't here?"

I don't quite understand how my heart can still be broken six years later. I don't understand why my mind isn't able to let go of the fact that she is not coming back, and that nothing I can say/do/think will bring her back to me. I barely even spend time with her best friends anymore. I recently did a craft fair at my old gradeschool to support this event her friends hosted. And I had a full-fledged panic attack being in the place she used to work and love. In the past year, I've even stopped talking about her to people, hoping that maybe if I don't talk about her, all of these angry feelings will go away and I'll just move on with life.

Let me tell you a secret: Giant fail. Hasn't worked.

When she was sick, I spent 13 months taking care of her. I spent those months smiling when all I wanted to do was sob; taking care of her in all the ways that were the reasons I'd never wanted to become a nurse when I was younger. I faked the smiles so she would smile. Sometimes it was because I didn't want to upset her, sometimes it was simply for the fact that she was confused and just smiling would calm her down. I pretended the whole world was great, told her over and over that we were going to beat this. And we didn't. And when she died, I couldn't even cry. I'd become so good at not crying, so good at not feeling anything at all because the pain was too much, knowing she was going to die, that I could turn it all off at the drop of a hat.

And now I can't turn it off. I have this sadness that doesn't ever go away. I lost so many friends in that year. Friends didn't know how to act around me. Friends got mad at me because I didn't act sad all the time (when they didn't know that actually, my heart was breaking every moment of every day). One friend actually told me that she just couldn't make time for me anymore, because if I knew my mom was going to die, there was no point in spending every moment with her. I should just be out continuing my life.

So my circle of friends shrunk. Dramatically. I still don't have an easy time trusting people. There are very few people I actually tell many things to, for the simple reason that every once in awhile, I find I lose one of them too and then I go through everything all over again, wondering what is wrong with me that I cannot even keep a friend. I feel awkward in every situation. I can't stand to think that someone doesn't like me, because it means I'm not doing something right.

Between this and the recent falling out with members of my family who I don't trust, I feel a bit lost and confused. And the ironical routine continues, of me getting up every morning, brushing my teeth, and while I'm doing that I look in the mirror and force myself to smile, and the smile stays like a mask for the rest of the day.

I don't know how to get back to the place where I was before she got sick. Back when the world made sense and I still had my best friend. I feel like I'm cheating my kids out of having the best mom they can have, and that breaks my heart. And I'm not the best wife someone can have, either. I just want to feel whole again, to be able to move on like all the normal people in the world.

It's hard to imagine the old me. I used to make friends so easily. I used to go out, and have fun. I used to BE fun. I'm not even a shell of that person anymore. I'm going through the motions, thankful for what I have but always searching for something that is going to make me feel like I'm normal again.

I don't know the reason for this post, other than venting. I haven't been doing anything really creative, and I haven't even really been reading blogs, because I just haven't felt motivated to do any of it. I talked with a good friend today, and hopefully some of her perspective will somehow make sense to me in the morning. I hope so - I want to make the most of life, not just make it through it.

Monday, December 6, 2010

Birthday Party Fun!

Just a quick note --

I did my son and daughter's birthday parties together (again) because their birthday's are 3 weeks apart and around 2 major holidays, so it's just easier on the family if they are together.

My girly picked Elmo (she LOVES him) and my little big boy picked Ben 10.

I made some decorations for the party in these themes, and was pretty proud of myself. Pulled them off last second, and while I didn't get to do the major crafting and party-making I wanted to, I was at least able to do something small. There's always next year, right? :)

The items included the bucket being made into Elmo and Ben 10, gift boxes to reflect those themes (Elmo's have googly eyes!) and votive holders turned M&M holders turned Elmo and Ben 10.



Nintendo DSi carrying case

At the store tonight, I was perusing all the Nintendo DSi stuff. Our son got one for his birthday, and I already had in my hand the screen protectors and extra stylus' and a case for the actual DSi ... I didn't want to have to buy a carrying case, too.

I thought, I can make one of those!

So at home, I laid it on an old t-shirt scrap (Batman, of course, because we can't have something non-superguy) and cut out two pieces (with a 1.5 inch border all around to leave room for the seam). Then I took an old, thermal baby blanket (which is thicker) and cut out the same size shape - 4 of them actually, two for each side. This, I figured, was pretty good padding (and it was).

I took two old denim pockets from an old pair of his pants, and sewed them onto the back of one of the old t-shirt squares. These are perfect for the little game holders that came in the extras kit. I left the back on the pocket as well, because that way, it's like the pocket has a separator and really makes two pockets.

I sewed them together with the zipper on the side, much like I did for the clutches I've made in the past - except that this zipper was on the side, not the top.

And it was perfect! The protective case is big enough to hold the charger and the DSI (case on) inside, and the pockets hold the extra stylus' and the game catridges. He was so excited to see it!

And, if you take special notice - he has on a Star Wars pajama shirt, Spongebob pajama pants, and a Batman cape (that you can't see). The joys of being 5!

;) Have a great night!





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Back with a Blanket

Whew! It's been awhile! I'm so sorry to everyone who actually reads this, lol! I took a little hiatus. I started a new aspect in my job at work, and that's been taking up a lot of my time. I've also been trying to spend a bit more time with the kids, AND reorganize/decorate my house. But, I do miss my writing, so I'm back with some fun projects ;)

First up - my son's blanket. He has been BEGGING me to sew him something. Which is difficult because:
  • he's five and much too cool for most of the things I could sew him.
  • I don't really sew boy stuff.
  • he couldn't figure out what he wanted me to sew.

Until he remembered his sister's blanket, and wanted a superguy blanket for his birthday. He loves superguys. Batman, Superman, Ben 10 -- you name it, he loves it. He has outgrown so many of the 40+ superguy shirts he owns, so I used those (plus some old t-shirts of Daddy's) to make his blanket. All the squares on the front are made from Daddy's old t-shirts, and then the superguy logos and faces are all from my little's one's shirts.

The back is a warm fleece with Transformers on it, that little one picked out at the fabric store. I used the leftover fleece, and a leftover Superman logo, to make a matching pillowcase.

Thankfully, he was so happy to get it on his birthday. I wish I had pictures, but I was helping them unwrap and then writing down what they got! ugh. But, he does love it and slept with it that night, which made me feel like a million bucks. ;)

So without further ado, here is the very simple, superguy blanket (and us at our son and daughter's birthday party!):



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Tuesday, November 23, 2010

What Am I Thankful For?

As most people do at Thanksgiving, I've been thinking a lot about what I'm most thankful for. In the midst of shopping for the perfect presents, worrying about bills, and hoping that next year we'll have less house and car repairs to pay for (I know, not likely) - I took some time yesterday to really reflect on all the little things I am thankful for minute to minute, hour to hour, day to day.

All year long, I've had my son helping me pick out presents for a local shelter. It's now to the point that he asks me, each time we pick up a present, "Mom, we should get something for the kid's gift bin at home." I am so thankful for such a kind-hearted child. It makes me so proud that he recognizes there are kids with greater needs, and is open to sharing with them instead of simply picking out things he wants constantly. Now we're working on the fact that these kids also need clothes and other items - I don't think it quite registers to him yet that people would need clothing, and I think that's okay because I don't want him worried constantly about whether that could be him, but I know he'll understand and do his best in the coming years to give back in honor of all he has received in his life.

I actually went to the mall yesterday, to try and pick out something I might want for Christmas. My husband and I don't exchange big gifts - just something small, so the kids see that we give each other something to recognize the other one. It's important to us that our kids see it's not about how expensive a present is, but about what it means personally to someone else. That's why I usually like a book or photoalbum to use. But yesterday, I could not find anything at all that I wanted - and after a bit of thought, I realized, that's actually a pretty wonderful thing! How often in life can we actually sit here and say, "I have enough of this and this and this, and there is not one thing I really want?" It was a pretty awesome feeling to realize how much I really have already in my life.

I am so thankful for so many things, from waking up in the morning, to my kids (screaming or well-behaved), to my family and friends. But what I'm most thankful for is that we have a house, food, jobs, and family and friends - all of the basic needs covered, because there are so many who don't. Just in our area, one shelter was putting together baskets for 600 families for Thanksgiving - 600 FAMILIES! It's shocking to me, and a real wake up call, that when we have so much to be grateful for, it's so important we give back so that these 600 families can have a better Thanksgiving -- and in turn, perhaps they will give back when they are able to.

So Thanksgiving morning, when I wake up, I'm going to remember all of the things I complain about during the year, and remind myself that at least I have those things to complain about. Because when it comes down to it, having things to complain about means I have things going on in my life - and that in itself is a blessing.

I'm ending with an awesome quote that was said by a lady I work with:

"I'm grateful that I am able to give, instead of always receive."

What more can I say?

Monday, November 15, 2010

Offbeat Post: Organ Donation - Are you a donor?

I am an organ donor. Or at least will be if the time ever arises. I know there are some belief systems that go against it, and everyone has their own opinions and beliefs about it, and that's okay. You don't have to read this -- this is simply my thoughts on the topic.

I didn't always want to be a donor. When I was in my teens, I didn't want to even think about it. What teen wants to think they won't live forever? And in my early 20s, I marked "yes" on my license, but only for certain organs. I wanted to keep my skin so that when they showed me in the casket, I still looked okay (I know, vain much?).

Then when I was 24, my mom developed brain cancer. She gained alot of weight from the steroids; lost her hair, which grew back in tufts, and curly; she was so swollen and her skin bruised from the steroids. When she passed away 13 months after diagnosis, she didn't look like her. I brought her favorite dress to the funeral home, along with a wig and fake eyelashes. But at the wake, when I looked at her in her casket, she didn't look a thing like "mom".  And that's when I realized - this body that's left over when we're gone, that's not us - that's not our spirit or our soul. It's the temporary home we have until we move on somewhere else, and just like when we move from one home to another in our lives, we don't really have a use for the old one - but someone else might, and that's why I decided to become a full-out organ donor if the time ever came where my family would have to make that decision.

I admit, I don't visit the cemetary often. I go there once in awhile to make sure it's clean, but I don't like going there. She's not there - only her body is. And honestly - and I know this is going to be gross to say out loud - all I envision there is a decomposing body, not the beautiful woman my mother was.

It has made me think quite a bit about what I'd want when I die. When we were in New Orleans, one of the cemetaries had a section of plaques, where it was simply a memorial plaque. I liked that - a place where someone could go to remember me without having to stand over my buried body.

So this is what I've come up with:

  • I'd like as much of my body to be donated as possible - any part of me that can help someone should go. And whatever is left over, if it will help benefit science or the cure of anything, I hope they can use the rest of me to help further causes.
  • I don't want a procession to a funeral home or cemetary - I just want a church ceremony and some kind words spoken.
  • I'd like a plaque somewhere, where I can be remembered. I don't know where. Maybe donate money somewhere in my name and a plaque can go there. So someday when you're shopping at the mall in the Allie wing, you'll remember me. ;)  Just so I'm remembered, but not with a gravestone.
  • I don't want a typical funeral dinner or lunch after the ceremony. I want everyone to gather at a local bar and have a few drinks and some of my favorite foods (cornbeef and pizza) and tell some funny stories about the good times we all had. I won't say don't cry, because Lord knows I'm always a fountain of tears, but definitely think about the great times. There was nothing better after Mom died than hearing all of the good memories people had of her. And I'll never forget, at the luncheon after my best friend's funeral when I was in 8th grade, all of us kids joking and laughing. It made the day a little easier - and that's what I want - I want people to be happy they knew me.
Once I'm gone, I don't need my body. I don't need it sitting in the ground, taking up space that could be something more beautiful than a place my headstone takes up. And if we might be one step closer to a cure for cancer or a brain surgeon becoming adept at what they do, then by all means, use my body for knowledge. I want to be remembered through pictures and memories, and I want to live each day until that time like it's my last and make every moment count.

And when I'm gone, you can have my organs. Because I want someone else to have the opportunity to make the same great memories I hope I did.

Visit http://organdonor.gov/ to learn more, and sign up to be an organ donor.

Allie


Monday, November 8, 2010

Growing older...

I'll admit, turning 30 was a bit tough, but only because I had this feeling like I hadn't accomplished much in life yet. I had all of these goals when I was in my 20s, and of course all of the unexpected turns life takes were tossed into the mix and I was on the verge of a new decade feeling like I'd done only a few things I wanted to.

Back in June, I made this list. However, it was pretty ambitious for six months time, and again, life always has it's own plans that tend to overshadow my own! I've accomplished some, and am still working on others, but, I guess it's going to have to be before I'm 32, not 31, since I only have 36 days left for that!

But, last night I sat thinking about the things I have accomplished this year. Learning to sew, doing more quality activities with the kids, helping Alex learn math, teaching the kids that giving is important through our gifts to the shelter...these are all things that last night, I figured out were far more important than having attended a sporting event. Not all the items on my list were silly, because they are all things I want to do. However, sometimes it's the smaller, more unknown day-to-day activities that make me feel like I've accomplished so much more.

So in celebration of nearing 31, and in honor of my mom's birthday today (hope you're celebrating in heaven, Mom!), today I give you a list of 45 little tidbits of advice. I received these in an email from a friend. Enjoy!
1. Life isn't fair, but it's still good.

2. When in doubt, just take the next small step.

3. Life is too short to waste time hating anyone.

4. Your job won't take care of you when you are sick. Your friends and parents will. Stay in touch.

5. Pay off your credit cards every month.

6. You don't have to win every argument. Agree to disagree.

7. Cry with someone. It's more healing than crying alone.

8. It's OK to get angry with God. He can take it.

9. Save for retirement starting with your first paycheck.

10. When it comes to chocolate, resistance is futile.

11. Make peace with your past so it won't screw up the present.

12. It's OK to let your children see you cry.

13. Don't compare your life to others. You have no idea what their journey is all about.

14. If a relationship has to be a secret, you shouldn't be in it.

15. Everything can change in the blink of an eye. But don't worry; God never blinks.

16. Take a deep breath. It calms the mind.

17. Get rid of anything that isn't useful, beautiful or joyful.

18. Whatever doesn't kill you really does make you stronger.

19. It's never too late to have a happy childhood. But the second one is up to you and no one else.

20. When it comes to going after what you love in life, don't take no for an answer.

21. Burn the candles, use the nice sheets, wear the fancy lingerie. Don't save it for a special occasion. Today is special.

22. Over prepare, then go with the flow.

23. Be eccentric now. Don't wait for old age to wear purple.

24. The most important sex organ is the brain.

25. No one is in charge of your happiness but you.

26. Frame every so-called disaster with these words 'In five years, will this matter?'

27. Always choose life.

28. Forgive everyone everything.

29. What other people think of you is none of your business.

30. Time heals almost everything. Give time time.

31. However good or bad a situation is, it will change.

32. Don't take yourself so seriously. No one else does.

33. Believe in miracles.

34. God loves you because of who God is, not because of anything you did or didn't do.

35. Don't audit life. Show up and make the most of it now.

36. Growing old beats the alternative -- dying young.

37. Your children get only one childhood.

38. All that truly matters in the end is that you loved.

39. Get outside every day. Miracles are waiting everywhere.

40. If we all threw our problems in a pile and saw everyone else's, we'd grab ours back.

41. Envy is a waste of time. You already have all you need.

42. The best is yet to come...

43. No matter how you feel, get up, dress up and show up.

44. Yield.

45. Life isn't tied with a bow, but it's still a gift."




Wednesday, October 27, 2010

Kid's Candy Project

Tonight the kids and I sat down and made Boo-pops (Lollipops that look like ghosts). We had a blast! They especially loved using marker to color the faces ;)  I love time doing crafty things with the kids!




Thanksgiving Blocks

I made more blocks, this time as Thanksgiving decorations. Come Monday, they'll be sitting on my dining room table as a decoration ;)

 





Ben 10 Birthday shirt for the Boy!

I think my little man may grow up to be on Project Runway. He loves to design, and sew when he can (with my help and supervision of course!) He's four and already designing shirts and dolls and such. I love it!

Tonight we designed his birthday shirt. Awhile back, I made this Elmo shirt for his sister for her birthday, because she LOVES Elmo. So tonight, he designed what he wanted his Ben 10 shirt to look like, and Mommy cut and sewed. Here's the final project.


I'm so excited that he likes doing project like this. Gives us more fun time together. I think we both appreciate that!








Heart Shirt

I wanted to use up some of the shirts I bought and make some cute holiday gifts for my little girl, so I made a raw-edged heart shirt using colors I love - black and white on a white t-shirt, with a pop of pink. (I love heart shirts. I made this one for her awhile back and she wears it all the time!)

I haven't washed it yet, but the edges will fray a bit. I love how that looks, so vintagy! Another holiday gift so no pictures of the princess in it yet! Cost was about $1.50, for t-shirt and scrap fabric I had on hand.




Girl's Ruffles and Flower shirt ;)

If you have never seen Welcome to the Good Life's blog, you should - she is amazing! Her projects are just gorgeous! I recently saw this shirt she made, and I made an adult version for myself. And a kiddie version.

So simple to make. I used one of the Disney brand shirts I bought at the Dollar Tree, and some jersey knit I bought from the scrap clearance bin at Hobby Lobby. Perfect price - $2.00 total for the shirt.

And I don't have any pics of her in it, because it's going to be a Christmas gift ;)





My Ruffles and Flowers shirt

If you have never seen Welcome to the Good Life's blog, you should - she is amazing! Her projects are just gorgeous!

I recently saw this shirt she made, and I wanted to try something similar. However, because I'm a big chesty, I wanted it to be more slanted across the shirt as opposed to a circular flower, so I revised the pattern a bit.

It didn't turn out exactly how I wanted it, but I do like how it turned out. I just used two old t-shirts I was going to toss anyway because they were worn and stretched out. I took in the sides on the dark grey one, and then used the light grey to make the ruffles. And if you want to see the toddler version I made, check it out here.





Thanks for peeking! Have a good week!


Zebra Pillowcase Dress

I found this zebra material in the scrap bin at Hobby Lobby. Had to get it! It was just enough to make a pillowcase dress (there was literally no extra material). Thank goodness she's still small ;)

I used an old tank top (I used part of the tank on this dress as well), and made the bias for the arm holes and neckline. I cut the old flower off my tank and used it on this dress as a decoration (I used the other one on this hairbow). And of course, a touch of pink on the bottom to give it a pop of color.

I love sewing. And kid clothing. ;)  It turned out a bit baggy, but that's okay cuz then she can wear it for a few years.




Supergirl Dress for a Super Girl!

I was hard at work putting this dress together (matching cape in another post) as a gift for my daughter for her birthday. Her dad and brother are superhero fans, so when I saw this material clearanced, I had to pick some up. This is more of a jumper she can wear without a shirt underneath in the spring, and with a shirt in the fall/winter. It is a bit long (oops!) so she'll probably have to wait til spring to wear it, but oh well. For the top part, I used one of my old tank tops. I also created a matching hairbow. Because hairbows rock ;)




Happy Wednesday everyone!

Allie



Supergirl Cape!

I'm in heavy preparation mode for the holidays and my kid's birthdays, meaning lots of sewing. Last night, I put together three items: a Supergirl cape, a Supergirl dress, and a zebra stripe pillowcase dress. I can't wait for her to see her cape - she loves playing dress up, and always wants to play "Guys" with my son (meaning she wants to play with his superguys). So now she can wear her cape, and he can wear his (making that one tonight) and they can save the world ;) 

One side is Supergirl material that I got for the clearanced price of $2.95 per yard. The back is one of her old baby blankets, a fleece polka-dot material. I painted with fabric paint her initials on it.




Have a great week everyone!
Allie




Boo Blocks!

My son has informed me that I do not have enough Halloween decorations. So, in honor of Halloween, and in trying to make little man smile, I made some Boo blocks last night. They were inspired by this other set of name blocks I made as a gift. And cost me about $0.25 to make ;)

Happy Halloween everyone!



Monday, October 18, 2010

The Best Friend Quilt

I have a very awesome best friend, named Patty (you can read about her awesomeness here, if you want). I've been working on a little gift for her, because she's been a bit homesick. I can hear it in her voice, even if she'd never admit it.

I cut squares from all my favorite, fun, funky fabrics I've collected this past year, and then sewn them into a little quilt. Lots of colors, lots of patterns. Why didn't I just use a couple coordinating patterns? Well, because this quilt is meant to be like friendship - there are so many different ways we love our friends and that our friends are there for us. We can have similarities to our friends and yet still be so different. And as the years go by, we may change shape or form but we still fit beautifully together with our true friends.



My next step is to complete the back piece. It's going to be a soft, warm fleece, and I'm going to sew a pocket on it. Then, I'm going to sew little squares, and make "letters" to her. She can only open one a day or a week or whatever she deems as the time period, and they are going to be memories or words of wisdom, etc.

She's going through a particularly hard time right now (that I cannot discuss as of yet) and so hopefully, this will give her something to smile about.

Happy Monday!

Allie


Wednesday, October 13, 2010

Being grateful for what we have...

Today at work, our department volunteered to serve lunch at a local homeless shelter. This was my first time serving food like this, and it was definitely an eye-opener. We all think we know what it would be like to be there serving food, but I can honestly say that when you actually do, it is a different experience. (This is my coworker Eric and I.)

To see the people going through line was shocking to me - it wasn't just the homeless I'd anticipated. Yes, there were the homeless that you'd expect - a little bit dirty, hungry, some talking to themselves. And then there were men and women dressed in clothes like I would wear to work and in uniforms for their jobs, who obviously are working to make a living but cannot make ends meet and need the help of the shelter. There were senior citizens, which broke my heart. They are veterans, someone's parents...and they don't have enough money for a daily meal. There were teens (runaways or orphans or on their own, who knows) but each one obviously lost in some way.

The hardest part was seeing the little kids. Kids of all ages, from babies to teens. Hair done neatly by mom or dad or grandma, picking at their food because they didn't really want it because they didn't like the taste but knew they wouldn't be getting anything else. So sad! I almost cried a few times, because I cannot imagine my children having to live like that.

Each person went through the line, some asked for seconds, but nobody wasted. If they weren't going to eat the beans, they said don't put them on the plate. I guess I thought they'd just want anything and alot of it because they might not know when they'd get to eat again, but they didn't want to waste. They know how precious food is. Most of them smiled, many of them said "Thank you for feeding us" or "Thanks for being nice to me." Wow - to thank someone for being nice to them? What an eye opener.

Many of them did chores like the dishes or wiping down tables afterwards. I noticed a lot of dirty fingernails. I take for granted the simplest things like having clean hands - even though I know not all people have that, it's still somewhat shocking to see. Some people wouldn't look us in the eye - you could see having to go through this line and get food was a very difficult for them. They just wanted to get it over with and eat, and then go back out into the world. Some told jokes, some made small talk, and some just went through silently.

It was strange to see people my age in line, the mom's with children, and people my parent's age. All people who had similarities to me. They are all somebody's baby, someone's family, and by being told "Thank you for being nice to me," I assume the world might not treat them as such.

I guess I'm more blessed every day than I truly realize, because I have such a great group of friends and family that I could depend on if times got hard. It definitely makes you grateful for all of the things we have - and I'm not talking about the cell phones and the video games and all the "stuff" we buy. I mean the simplest things, like knowing tomorrow we'll be able to put food on the table for our kids and not have to worry about how we're going to pay the gas bill. The ladies running the show at the shelter were great - talking to these men and women and children, calling them by name. They knew who was having a really tough time on the streets, and who might need a meal for a disabled family member at home. They care about these people, and you can really see it.

It makes me wonder what I could forgo to help out a little more at places like the shelter, where people just want the most basic things in life that we take for granted -- food, shelter, and most important, a little caring and respect. Because I'd like to think that if any of my loved ones were in their situation, someone would be willing to do the same for them.

Thursday, October 7, 2010

Bitten by the Sewing Bug, Making Halloween Monsters

It happened - my son was bit by the sewing bug! He absolutely loves to help me sew. It started with him just wanting to work the pedal, then to sitting on my lap and helping me move the fabric through...and now to designing his own stuff.

I know he's only five (almost), but I'm pretty sure he's going to be the next Seth Aaron and win Project Runway someday ;)

I was inspired by No Big Dill's blog post about the doll she and her daughter made together. Then I thought about the cute little monster dolls she made a few posts later. I combined the two and presented my little man with the idea.

Tonight, he got to sew his first project (of course, with my supervision). He designed it himself - a little stuffed monster. He picked out the look he wanted (I helped a little so we could keep a simple design). He picked out the colors from my scrap felt and scrap fabric bins. He helped cut out the pieces, he helped lay them out how he wanted, and finally, he sat on my lap and helped me sew it all in place.

I am proud to present the very first creation by Little Man, "the stuffed monster repeller." (He named it himself, too).





Sesame Street Chic

This week, I saw a post where a blogger made Sesame street shirts. I sketched out a design from her shirts, and then tucked the notebook in my purse...and forgot to write down her site to give her credit and props!

So to the lady whose design I saw and who I can't give credit to...you rock, I loved what you did, I made something similar, but it is so not as good as yours!! If you find this and let me know, I will immediately give you credit, and point people to your amazing etsy site to purchase your shirts, because they are amazing.

My daughter's upcoming bday party theme is Elmo. She loves Elmo. In fact, aside from da-da, Elmo is the only word she can clearly say. Seriously.

I made her an elmo shirt for her birthday party, but I thought these would be perfect ideas for gifts. Here's how they turned out! And here's a little secret: the shirts I used are Disney brand, and all cost $1 each at the Dollar tree. I used one sheet of felt, which was 25 cents. And scrap fabric and buttons I already had on hand. Woo hoo for thriftiness! (I savor these days because I know someday I'll be required to buy Hollister and American Eagle and she won't touch a thing I make!)

Elmo shirt:


Cookie Monster:



Oscar the Grouch Dress:




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It's A Hodgepodge Life
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Simply Designing
A Little Knick Knack
The Shabby Life
It's Fun to Craft
A Few of my Favorite Things
Fingerprints on the Fridge
Finding Fabulous


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