Sunday, May 23, 2010

Interfacing to the Rescue

Okay, so I am very sorry that my posts have been a little pathetic.  Cleaning mitts, come on we all know I am not a big cleaner,  should be, wish I was, but reality has set in and I am not.  In my dreams, my house is always spotless.  The work thing has caught me a little off guard and hopefully in the next few weeks it will have all settled.  Until then, here is slightly pathetic part 2 or is 24?  I lost count.

I am not a high maintenance girl.  Sometimes I wish I was a little higher to maintain.  The one thing I do is wax my eyebrows.  No, I don't pay for it I do it myself.  A few years ago (more like 7-10) I bought and eyebrow wax kit. 



In the beginning it had strips of papery like stuff that you would cut into strips to use to pull off the hair and wax.  Well, I have since used all the papery things and was left with a whole lotta wax left.  I did not want to throw it away, that would be wasteful and it was still useable.  So for awhile I did nothing, that included not waxing the eyebrows, they were beginning to form hedges.  I looked at all sorts of stores, Target, Wallies, I looked all over and couldn't find any of the strips.  I could find the whole kit again but I didn't want to spend the 8 dollars for the whole kit.  Them the lightbulb came on and it may have flickered a little but finally it was as bright as ever.  I could use interfacing!  I know what you are thinking,  "Seriously Brooke, interfacing to wax my eyebrows, yeah right".  Well you can and I did.

Supplies needed:

non fusible interfacing, the fusible kind might hurt a little bit you know with the iron and all.
home wax kit (for eyebrows)

Simply cut your non fusible interfacing in to 1/2 inch strips about 3-4 inches long.  Heat your wax up.  Apply only in the areas where you would like to remove hair.  Put the strip of interfacing on top of wax and press.  Wait a minute or two.  And...

get ready for it ...

grit your teeth...

brace yourself...

and

Yank or just pull on the interfacing opposite the direction of hair growth.

Then say "ouch that hurt a little bit". 

In the end, this worked great and I have less hedge like eyebrows.  If you have never done this before, go conservative.  Having more eyebrow than wanted is much better than no eyebrows at all. 

This worked for me and if you do this kind of thing, I hope it works for you.  Pathetic it may sound and be but it worked and is a  less expensive option than buying a new kit.

Friday, May 21, 2010

New stuff on etsy shop

I just posted new stuff on etsy. I posted some Moby Style Wraps and hair bows.   Hopefully this weekend I can add some diaper clutch changing pads and some more bags.  Enjoy

Monday, May 17, 2010

Gone but not forgotten

I haven't been around much lately.  I have been busy doing a little bit of everything and is only going to get busier.  I got a full time job. It should be really great.  May even lead to part time in a few months.  We will see.  What this means now is that I have to readjust and change my schedule and ways.  I have been a SAHM for the last four years.  Working from 8-5 is going to be an adjustment but hopefully it will work.  My posting and time for crafts has also taken a definite hit.  I will still try to do this in my spare time, it may be really spare though. 

I would love to host some tutorials from you and your friends.  If you want to do something shoot me an email and I would love to do something.

Here's to change...again and again.

Monday, May 10, 2010

Joy Journal

Today  I am posting about joy.  For those of you who know me you have already heard this.  You can skip this.  For those of you who haven't I guess you can skip too.

I have two kids ages 4 and 1.  After I had #2 I had a case of the blues, post partum depression, I have 2 kids, I am too busy and so on and so forth.  Well at the beginning of this year (my baby is really almost 2) I decided that I needed to get over it and move on.  I had kind of decided that I really wasn't enjoying life as a mother or even as a me.  The kids were stressing me out, lots of bawling, remodeling the house, you name it.  Everyone kept telling me that it will get better, but in my mind it never would.  So when I decided to get over it, I needed something to focus my time on and a whole lot of other things.  I started this blog, I decided I needed to spend some time on my hobbies (if I remembered what they were) and start to enjoy life.  I started a joy journal.

You can use anything for your joy journal.  You can make your own notebook, use a tablet, type it on a blog, your own personal journal, use pictures if that what you like.  I use a notebook I got at Michael's for a buck.

At the start of this i would write everyday or every few days.  The more I wrote the easier it was to see the joy everyday, in the kids, the hubs, it is really everywhere we just need to look for it.  It won't find you, you have to find it.  Anyway,  they were just simple things like laughter, smiles, loving family.  They were things I don't always notice and that I have come to take for granted.  Go for it, try it and make your own joy journal and see if it changes your outlook.

The Happiness Project Book by Gretchen Rubin, talks about this.  It is a good book by the way.  For me, by doing this little things has made me realize I love being a mom, having fun with the kids, and that is did get better and continues to in different ways.

Here is a little thought shared by yours truly for a post Mother's day thought.

We become mothers for a variety of reasons I guess. Sometimes as I go throughout my day and have a zillion things go wrong or worse think I am crazy, I wonder why I signed up for this thing called motherhood.

You find out you are pregnant and you and your husband are elated. It is exciting to have a baby. The moment you first feel it kick or that you find out if you are having a boy or girl. What is there not to be excited about. Nothing. You didn't think about how the baby was actually going to get out of the womb and then nobody tells you anything about the after effects of having the baby. You know what I am talking about, the weight gain, trying to shed the weight gain, breastfeeding, getting no sleep, trying to figure out if the baby is hungry or just exactly why it is crying and don't even let me get started on the hormone changes your body decides to go through at this time too. It is pure bliss.

As months go by you think you have the hang of this baby thing. You pride yourself on being able to get 6 hours of sleep or even better go throughout the day with less sleep and try not to be too ornery. That is just when it begins. No one tells you will become the person that takes away their bottle, their precious and most loved binky, their blanket if they happen to have one, change them from a crib to a bed, and yes potty train them. The bottle, I could do. It seemed to be a fairly easy transition to deal with, even the bed wasn't that bad, the binky on the other hand it is a little bit harder. They get so attached to it. It is the equivalent to mountain dew for some people or perhaps a cigarette for others. I mean, we all have our vices, we just don't realize what they are to us until we have to give them up.

I decided to potty train today so we left somewhere and came back and took a nap and after that we put panties on which was about 4pm. Well, at 8 pm we had already gone through 4 additional pairs of panties and it doesn't seems to phase her too much. I have kept my patience though. Tomorrow is another day and we will start again. Motherhood.

So anyway, my point in all of this is that we didn't sign up for all of these other things that we have to do along the way. But at the end of the day, I get to look at the most beautiful thing as I put her to bed 2 hours late because she won't stay in bed. And the minute they hand you your newborn baby in the hospital that moment is a moment you will never forget how you felt. Just like Heavenly Father said, I never said it would be easy, it will be worth. Jesus Christ gave his life for us and it was worth it to him to make that sacrifice for me. Motherhood may not be easy, but is always worth it. It is so pleasing to me every time my daughter does something that I know I have taught her or when she turns around and has two binkies stuffed in her mouth, or when she really does want to hold your hand to walk across the street, or when she says please and thank you. Even though several times a day I think it will just be a few more days before they admit me to the nut house I become a mother because that is my divine role, because these are the moments that I have waited for, and because I love it.

Happy Mother's Day


Sunday, May 9, 2010

Happy Mother's Day

Happy Mother's day to all you crafty Momma's.  Good work on keeping everything fun and making it look so easy. Hope everyone has a great day!

Wednesday, May 5, 2010

Balance

Hello all,

I am really trying to find some sort of balance in my life right now.  The kids, the house, the blog, the yard, and the whatever else.  I have realized although I want to post something everyday, I really don't think I can.  I have two kids ages 4 and 1.  My husband owns his own construction business which I do the books, I am in the primary presidency, I drive for preschool,  and a whole lot of others in the mix.  I know you all are busy too, but I can't let this take over the majority of my life when I have more important things (kids) to attend to.  I am really going to try to post 2-3 times a week.  If I can sneak in more I will.  There is certainly not a lack of ideas, they seem to flowing freely.  I just really need to have a balance of something.  I wanted to do this because I thought it would be a fun thing to do, but to also release some creative juices, and a release from the mundane household tasks I do.  So if you don't see something new, check back I am around.  I love my followers because it makes me keep going.  For awhile there, I thought maybe no one was looking.  Slow and steady wins the race.

How do you all balance your time, kids, blogs, and everything else we do?  Let me know some great ideas.

Monday, May 3, 2010

Arghh!

I am tired and I obviously need help.  I can't get my photos to show up.  If I don't post your button or image it is not because I don't like you or want to it is because I am very technically challenged and can't figure it out.  Any help would be great.
Thanks in advance

Award

Thanks to Kim @ A Girl and  A Glue Gun for this fun little award.  



The Sunshine Award is awarded to bloggers whose positivity and creativity inspire others in the blogging world.”

Thanks to Kim@A girl and a glue gun for my award.
Of course, awards come with rules…
1. Put the logo on your blog and/or within your post.
2. Pass the award on to twelve bloggers
3. Link to the nominees within your post.
4. Let them know they received this award by commenting on their blog.
5. Share the love and the link to the person from who you recieved the award

So here we go:

I love the Rosette Cardigan @ Little Inspirations.  So cute




Love the Shirring that I am seeing a lot.  Over here she made a cute little dress.  Shirring is definitely on the list for me.

Love the pleated dress@ Makeit-Loveit.com  Ashley does a great job on everything




I really like this Mother's Day gift Idea here


My husband will love the pancit recipe over here
Super Cute Minkee Blanket here 



Cute Quiet Book over here.  She has great patterns



These just look plain delicious.  Recipe here

I totally need some of these.  I will be relooking at this here
 These are cute stencil wall art here


It is super fun to build your own furniture.  Check it out here.



Love the wreath @ Dejavu Crafts 























Spring Cleaning Mitts

Have you been over here?  These girls have each taken on an assignment each day for the last week to spring clean something everyday.  I have been thinking that I should take on these tasks everyday and spring clean or really just clean period.

Today that is what I did.  I made a list of all the things that needed accomplish and started with a few things.  On the list today was clean out kitchen cupboards, clean blinds upstairs, and while I was doing the blinds I washed the inside windows.  With my cupboards, I pulled everything out, got rid of what I didn't want anymore, vacuumed, and wiped down all the cupboards.  I did the silverware drawer too.

With the blinds, I used a handy little mitt.  Now I wanted to use the Swiffer duster but couldn't find mine so I improvised.  This little mitt worked great.  I closed my blinds one way wiped it down dry and closed the other way and wiped that down.  Now that is not the nitty gritty but that works for me.

So for the tutorial today:  Cleaning Mitts

I can hear you all screaming with excitement.  I had some terry cloth in the stash so that is what I used.  You could probably use anything that is absorbent or will grab stuff.  Cotton probably wouldn't be the best.  I have some extra minkee, buy why waste good minkee on cleaning?



Cut out 2 10x7 inch rectangles.  When you have those cut out, cut a hand shape with the thumb but not the individual fingers.  I also made one with no thumb.  I made this about twice as big as my hand.  Big enough for my husband to use.  We would not want them to miss out on using this for cleaning.  Unless it was for the car engine.

I had some extra elastic left over from another project.  It is 1 1/2 inch elastic.  I cut off about 7-9 inch piece and sewed it together.


With the mitts, I turned them right sides together and serged all the way around leaving the bottom open. You can do this on a regular sewing machine just make sure you zig zag around the very edge of your seam to prevent fraying.  Terry cloth frays easily.  Then I put the elastic in the inside (where the right sides are) and serged around that as well.

Turn it right side out and get to cleaning.


Very simple and great for cleaning.  You could use this to clean your windows, bathroom,  really whatever your cleaning heart desires.


Linking Up Here:
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 The DIY Show Off


The Girl Creative


Keeping It Simple






Sunday, May 2, 2010

Meal Swap @ Tatertots and Jello

Today, I was featured here.

I chatted about meal swap.  Head on over there for more information.  Thanks for stopping by.  Have a happy Sunday.