A new toy for Momma!

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This week was filled with a little of this, a little of that.  I finished this blanket for our Rigby Trojan’s Girls Soccer team.  They are not sure how they are going to use it so I saved the customization till that time.  I’m thinking a soccer ball covering the center 21 with either a name or number in the middle of it.

feb soccer blanket donation

The excitement was over my new embroidery machine coming in this week!  My 1998 ensante literally had smoke coming out of it as it gave up and passed on to where ever sewing machines go when they die.  (I’m thinking of trying ebay to sell it for parts)  Now I have a nifty Singer Futura, and the embroidery hoop is huge on this machine!  Brooke and I made some pocket princesses that I sent off to my brother Jon’s girls to test this baby out.  This morning I did a baptism towel for one of my primary girls.  The princesses turned out better than the towel.  I’m a bit disappointed in the gaps in the CTR…but will try a different stablizer and see if the results are better.  I have a feeling we’ll have pocket princesses coming out of the woodwork soon, unless I can come up with some other embroidery projects!

baptism towel

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Save the Landfills!

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I’m not out to start hugging trees anytime soon.  But can you honestly say that you’re not a collector of plastic grocery bags?  Yes, I have the reusable bags.  Yes they are in my car’s trunk.  Yes I forget to take them into the store EVERY time!  So I end up with this:grocery bags

If you tell me you don’t have a collection like this somewhere in your house too I’m going to think that you are lying.

Well, second problem…people are always complaining that our house isn’t clearly marked with our address.  I painted the rocking chair red on our porch so I can give that as a reference, but needed just a little better touch.

So, why not kill two birds with one stone and make an outdoor pillow?  I made the inside of the pillow with some flannel backed vinyl that I had left over from an upholstery project.  I used the plastic grocery bags as stuffing, some extra muslin and a little heat press vinyl and VIOLA!!!!  Now the pillow is made only for looks, stuffed with plastic grocery bags it does make a weird noise when squished and it’s not even close to being comfortable.  But it is weatherproof!porch pillow

And by the collection from above it looks like it may be time to make another pillow…or actually recycle!

They’re going to Disneyland!

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shumway disney tshirtsNope, it’s still not me going to Disneyland.  But you can always be excited for someone else!  Next week my sister and her family take off for a well needed vacation.  If you’ve been to Disneyland you know you really want a special t-shirt to blend in with all the other mouseketeers.  I put together the zebra print Minnie Mouse heads for the girls – don’t you just love the glitter bows!  These t-shirts are cute enough to actually wear outside the theme park!  Pre-teen boys are harder to cater to so I thought vintage Mickey would be pretty cool.  Doesn’t the printable heat press vinyl look fantastic?  The next couple weeks will be filled with a lot of t-shirt design and this project has me all excited to start!

I want to be a missionary now!

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Because look at the cute things missionaries are getting as gifts now a days!  The missionary stocking is great for your missionary in the field, but just as good for the mother of the missionary too!  What a great way to include your missing family member while he/she is out serving!  And speaking of serving…why not make sure that when your missionary is serving, they aren’t getting dirty with a personalized apron!

Missionary apron done with heat press vinyl.  Personalized with name and mission.  Cost $10.

Missionary apron done with heat press vinyl. Personalized with name and mission. Cost $10.

I made two of these, one for the missionary and one for his mother!  They turned out adorable!  Cost $35 a piece.

I made two of these, one for the missionary and one for his mother! They turned out adorable! Cost $35 a piece.

Toy Story Quiet Book

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toy story coverI have a nephew that is CRAZY for toy story.  While putting together the last set of quiet books, I came up with the idea of a Toy Story themed book.  And then I just had to make it.  Hopefully he feels the love from his aunt when getting it for Valentines Day!

Woody and Buzz....embroidery files that were stitched onto felt, then backed with fabric.  They are both removable so there is a friend to play with!

Woody and Buzz….embroidery files that were stitched onto felt, then backed with fabric. They are both removable so there is a friend to play with!

mr potato head toy story

No explanation needed! Parts were customized to look like the character out of the movie.

zurgthe clawbo peep and hambo peep 2

Backing page to Hamm.  The "coins" go through the front of the page and can be retrieved from here!

Backing page to Hamm. The “coins” go through the front of the page and can be retrieved from here!

The most popular present of 2013

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casserole dishI was asked to help with a craft for some local ladies and decided to do my favorite gift to give – an etched casserole dish.  Not only was it my favorite gift to give, but others as well.  Over the holidays I made/ helped make 80 casserole dishes.  Everyone uses a 9×13 pan at least weekly, and honestly when is the last time you replaced yours?  And with your last name on the pan, the likelihood of your really nice pan being taken at the next church function is pretty low.  The added bonus is feeling like a gourmet cook when you use it!

Rigby Trojan’s mascot

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2013 Rigby Trojans official mascotAs the parent of a high school athlete I spend a lot on t shirts, sweatshirts, and warm ups for my child.  But when I’m on the sidelines I noticed that you can rarely tell the difference between the parents of the opposing teams…and I don’t want to mistaken for a player by ordering the same shirt!  (ok, I secretly wish that I looked young enough to be mistaken as my kids older sister)

I put together this design at the request of my neighbor son that wanted a black sweatshirt with our high school mascot – and love it!  I have this design available for $5 if I’m putting it on your shirt, or you can order a tshirt with the design starting at $8 or sweatshirt starting at $20.  I’ve also added names and numbers to the shirts to make them even more custom.  In my opinion every parent needs to show that they are a #1 fan!black out sweatshirt 2013