Marty - the dog

We don't have any pets.  We have 4 kids ranging in age from 2 to 7.  But Theresa came home from Kindergarten on Monday with this little guy:

It was her turn to take care of the class pet, Marty, for the week.  Cute isn't he?  Well, Marty came with his cage and a few of his toys, but they were scattered all around the cage.  Plus, one of the rules to taking care of Marty was that he could only sleep in his cage.  Theresa decided Marty needed some comforts of home.  So we went to my fabric stash and she chose a couple of prints Marty may like and showed them to him to choose one.  Marty settled for a school motif, which I thought was a good choice for a little dog.

Theresa then measured his cage, I cut the fabric and we went off to the sewing machine.  Theresa helped me sew by handing me the pins to use on the fabric, push the buttons on the machine and push out the corners of the sewn pieces.  She also got to do all the stuffing!  So what did we make for Marty?

A dog bed

A blanket to keep him warm

And a drawstring bag to hold all his toys

I think Marty is quite happy with his new stuff
And so is Theresa, but she won't let me take her picture.
I'm not looking forward to the day she has to bring him back to school.


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What A Day!


7 Years Old!  My oldest is 7 today, time sure flies.  I don't know where it all went, it feels like it just whizzed by me.

I made and decorated a cake for him - egg/milk/nut free, because he's allergic to peanuts, tree nuts and sesame seeds, and we just found out my youngest is also allergic to peanuts and eggs!  But good thing for the internet, I found a recipe for chocolate cake to suit everybody.
He wanted an airplane nose art, like the ones on WWII planes.  His first choice was a Betty in a red bathing suit next to the American flag, my husband got him to change his mind and find something a little more suiting.  So he chose Thumper, though he's never seen Bambi.  And it turned out pretty cool and he loved it.

And yes, I spent one or two summers as a teenager working in a bakery.  Maybe I should take some Wilton Decorating classes.Pin It

It's Melting!

The snow is slowly melting, but it's definitely melting and spring seems not too far away.  But that also means I need to get some sewing done as I told my mother-in-law not to buy the kids their Easter outfits this year, I would sew them.  I actually got some really cute eyelet material last year and they've been waiting patiently on my shelves to be cut and sewn.  I haven't decided on what pattern to use yet.  My almost 6 year old is at the picky, almost teenager stage.  My 4 1/2 year old has to have purple in it.  And well, the 2 year old will wear whatever I tell her she has to wear.

But first this weekend has a few other priorities to take care of.

First off taxes, gotta get them done.  I finished the personal side, just need to do the business side.

Then the fun part - I'm testing a pattern out for a fellow twitter - SeeKatieSew.  It looks cool just from the quick glance of the directions and pictures she sent me.  I'll post pics once I'm done.Pin It

Winter Wonderland

My Winter Wonderland

Snow, snow and more snow.  It doesn't seem to end.  And to think there's more to the south of us than north.  As of noon we have a foot of fresh snow.
I put that yardstick in this morning - the deck had been cleared from the last snowfall of 21".  It's measuring 12" now.

The kids are having their first official snow day instead of a delay or early dismissal, which means  a lot of, "I don't know what to do."  I'd let them out but I'd probably lose them in all the snow and my poor husband who has to work out there, he's a lineman for the power company, called to say it would be best to keep them inside - there's tree branches falling everywhere from the weight of the snow and ice.

So what do we do?

Well, I finished off the Valentine's Day Scrappy Wreath I had started with them!
I think it came out really cute.  And it used up a whole bag of those scraps!  Even better!  Check out my previous post to see how you can make one too.Pin It

Valentine's Day Tutorial

So I forget how close Valentine's Day is to my birthday.  And I promised a tutorial for the holiday.  Well, we haven't finished the final product but hopefully you can see where we were headed.

Valentine's Day Fabric Scrap Wreath

This came about after seeing all the lovely stuff people were making from fabric scrap strips and the fact that our last store-bought Valentine's Day wreath kind of melted in the snow/rain weather.  So our door was bare and I'm almost done redoing my craft room/office and have tons of bags of fabric scrap strips, such as this:
I, like Mommy Dearest, cannot stand wire hangers, but we still have a couple thanks to the dry cleaners.  Reshape a wire hanger by pulling the middle bottom down to make it look like a diamond, and reshape the left and right points to curve into the heart bumps such as this:
Bend the hook of the hanger to form a hoop to put onto the wreath holder when you're done:
Get your fabric strips and choose your colors - we picked out the ones that had mostly pink, red and white - cut them down to about 5 inches long (they don't have to be the same width, but generally at least 1" or you'll need a lot of strips to fill the hanger).  And tie them right onto the hanger.  My 4 year old loved doing this, as she's been knotting whatever she could get her hands onto.  And after a bit, it should start to look like this:
Cool huh?

So we got sidelined with the massive 22 inches of snow that came our way and haven't completed the hanger.  But hopefully by my next post I'll have a pic ready for you.  If you make one, pass along a pic, I'd love to see!

Another idea, get some pipe cleaners and make the same shape for the little crafters.  It won't take as long.Pin It

Happy Birthday!!!

Welcome to my very first post on my blog!  Yes, it's my birthday, 39 to be exact, but the wii tells me I'm younger so I'll stick with that.

So I picked today to launch the blog so it can share my birthday and at this point I think I'm ready.  I'm normally a very private person but I've enjoyed so many people's blogs that I thought it was time to have my own and share too.

This blog is going to be about most everything.  Mostly about my business, Beautiful Blooms, where I sell and make handmade goodies - accessories like purses, wallets, keychains, hair stuff, whatever I get started with, and quilts!  It'll also have posts about my family, mainly my kids - I have 4, the oldest turning 7 in a couple more weeks!  And then, when I find something elsewhere I have to share, I'll post it here - such as fun tutorials, giveaways, friends' posts, etc.  I want to have at the very least one posting a week.

So now I'm off to start my day getting the kids ready and maybe I'll have a chance to post a little more today - I already have a personal tutorial I'd like to share just in time for Valentine's Day!Pin It

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