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craftiness and a tribute

I’m not a purse kind of girl. But one day a few years ago at Target, there was the most perfect purse/diaper bag ever. And it was $5. Done and Done. That bag lasted me through 3 babies and was wholly dedicated to the role of “stuff schelpper.” Despite some stains and torn linings, and some gaping rips towards the end, I loved my bag. However, it was time to say good bye and pass the torch to a new baby and mommy detritus carrier.  Back to Target I went and they have some pretty great bags. But, here are  some things you should know about me though. I’m kind of cheap. And I have a cabinet full of material waiting for that perfect project. So the bags I saw were definitely not $30 great and the material was calling to me from the cabinet. Who am I to say no to pleading fabric?

I went to the internet and found some really cool ideas and free patterns (my inner tightwad rejoiced). This one was the winner:  http://destashification.com/2011/08/28/boho-sling-bag-tutorial/

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Slouchy hobo bags are the worst pictures models ever. But on the plus side they make great cat snuggle pillows.

Overall it wasn’t bad to put it together. The pattern was simple and the online tutorial is very well done and easy to follow. I learned some new things and really am pleased with how it turned out, especially since it took maybe 2-1/2 hours total work. Not to mention me and the kids can beat the snot out of it and when it dies, I’ll make a new one.

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Easter means new clothes!

Ok. I know that isn’t even close to the true meaning of Easter, but in my house growing up, Easter and Christmas were times of fancy new dress outfits, mostly to wear to church. My kids have kind of gotten gypped at Easter time. Not this year! This year Little little girl got the perfect Easter dress for her birthday and I was inspired! We went to Joann’s and there was even more inspiration wrapped around a bolt in the quilting section for Little girl! Little man’s outfit was a no brainer because I love little boys in vests! But Alas! (I’m done with exclamation points just in case you were feeling anxiety for the rest of this post.) He squashed my glorious color matching plans, by having an aversion to pink. Boys, man. Sigh.

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Layna received this dress and it spoke to me. You know, stories of overwhelming cuteness and sibling color coordination.

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The Plan was to make Garyn a green vest and hot pink tie. Nope. But hey, choosing battles is what motherhood is all about. Although he did win the Battle of the Mohawk…hmmmm… Naomi’s dress was a very similar one to her Christmas dress from 2 years ago, and as it was ginormous on her then, I knew the size would be perfect (if a bit short) for her now.


More Easter and Daddy’s birthday and Spring Break (happens here in homeschool land too) and probably farm stuff coming soon. Hope Easter was beautiful and that you got to remember the very real significance of this holiday. While wearing spiffy new duds. And eating the true candy of Easter…the Starburst jelly bean.

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Take that, Pintrest!

I don’t have anything against Pinterest. I just think that women everywhere are creative enough to solve their own problems projects and I take pride in knowing that these (albeit simple and non-fancy) came out of my own head. And perhaps my reluctance to jump on the Pinterest bandwagon is less snobbiness and more a foreboding that if I start I will not stop and 3 kids, 3 goats, 2 cats, and one Husband guy might not eat or have clean clothes (well not the goats and the cats) for the next…well…forever. Dang you crafty people and your pins!

This was going to be a lot more involved than just cutting them off at the rips, I promise. But then the Huckleberry Finn look started to grow on me. And lest you be concerned, this is the least of all the projects. It isn’t really even a project… I just like my handsome boy and how happy he was to have his pants back.

Take this. Add one onsie, exactely two seams, and a camera loving model and you get this:


(Please note the dainty, princess-like holding of the dress. Thank you.)

At the fabric store the kids were running their hands over the crazy soft blanket material. Garyn saw red and begged for a new blanket. It wasn’t until he found T-Rex’s saying “Raaaahhh!” that I gave in an made him a blanket. He is really easy to please and I had been making a lot of stuff for the girls and the house. It kind of was his turn. And it is his two favorite things in the whole world. So there you have it.

Last but not least (and not finished) is the rug I’m chrocheting for the kitchen. My mom made these years ago and I love how it looks and feels. It is all the colors in my kitchen and its nice to have a crochet project in which lots of progress can be made in very little time.

Seperate they are kind of weird fabric patterns (I do love the one on the right) but ripped up and crocheted with some solid colors and it looks like this:


Ok so I didn’t make this one. But I was the mastermind behind it. Kind of. I saw something like this on a website called Ana-white. I told Neil about it and we had an old pallet sitting in the yard. So salvage some wood, use cut up Ikea shelf planks for the bottom, throw on some nifty brass casters and…

a very cool aged looking crate on wheels to store bags of cat food and litter. Naomi can take care of feeding the cats easily (one of her jobs) and I don’t have ugly bags on my kitchen floor anymore. Hooray!

As a side note: I kind of think it’s funny that the two things most in fashion right now are super-ultra-modern-clean-and-new looking or aged-beatup-vintage-weathered-old fashioned. Not a whole lot in between. Well heres to old repurposed to new in order to look old!

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before and after pt. 2…

Ok so I love having little sisters. I really love that they have wonderful fashion sense and cute clothes. I really really love when they clean out their closets and let me dig through and steal stuff. Thanks Brenna for letting me have this super cute tank to turn into a dress for Naomi…so the before:

and the after:

This turned out amazingly perfect. Serendipitous actually. I was thinking I’d have to pull it apart and re-piece everything, but turned out all I had to do was fold the back, add 2 seams on the sides of the bodice, and a seam across the top of the back section. And there was a zipper on the left side seam that is still functional. I seriously did a happy dance before church. Then I realized that I had a bow that matched perfectly and I did another happy dance. There was much rejoycing.

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