Tuesday, January 31, 2012

felt flower pin

Today I'm linking up with Mrs. to Mama for the DIY craft of the month.  I'll admit I haven't been very crafty lately since I've been home with the babies because let's face it..... they're a lot of work sometimes.
So this month I've decided to made a felt flower pin for the month of January since Valentine's Day is right around the corner.  I love to pin these little flowers on everything: jackets, shirts, presents!!! Without further ado, here is my project and instructions:

  • 6" strips of felt in varying widths from 1.5" to 2.5"
  • Straight Pins
  • Small sewing scissors
  • Sewing needle and thread
  • Hot glue gun and glue sticks
  • Buttons
  • Pin backings

Cost of getting started: about $20 if you don't have any supplies.

1. Fold one of the wider strips of felt in half lengthwise and pin the edges together. Cut a series of slits along the length of the folded side.  Thread your needle with a like color and sew the cut edge.

2. As you sew, gently tug the thread so the sewn edge gathers tightly and the strip begins to form a circular shape.  Cut of any excess felt leaving the needle and thread still attached.  Sew a running stitch back through the sewn edge to keep the gather in place.

3. Join the two ends together by folding the circle in half, forming a U shape with the ends matching up.  Sew up about a third of the way and knot the thread and cut.

4. Unfold the flower and press it flat. If you want, you can add another layer to the flower.  Hot glue them together.  I cut a circular piece of fabric and hot glue it between the petals.

5.  Sew a button onto the front of the flower stitching all the way through the felt circle. (I also hot glued an extra button on top.) Glue a pin backing on the back and let dry.


I liked this project so much, I think I'll make more and have a giveaway on Friday.

Thanks Becky for starting the year of fun DIY projects!

Friday, January 27, 2012

Friday Randoms

This post was started last week:

1) Last week with good intentions I shaved one leg and forgot the other. So the next day, I shaved the other leg.
2) My 17-month-old baby girl cooed tonight (last Wednesday night - like 9 days ago) in her sleep. Ahhh memories!

3) Last night I was trying to teach Teague how to say Uncle Matt.  I started with Uncle and he repeated perfectly. [Uncle.] Then Matt. [Matt.] I put it together Uncle Matt. [Bunkle Matt.]

4) My latest and greatest obsession has been Food Network. Chopped to be exact.  It's such a great, clean show. Plus, I get some pretty cool ideas from watching.  However!  There are some whacked out ingredients I would NEVER (knowingly) eat: pancreas, heart, bone marrow.......ummm.....no thanks!

5) My kids have met their word milestones: Teague can say well over 200 words (before the age of three) and Finn can say just about 50 words (before age two).  Finn is early and much earlier than Teague.  I doubt he was even saying 20 words when he turned 2. 

6) I've been totally into puzzles lately.  I have fond memories doing huge puzzles with my mom as a little girl.  I've done two 1,000 piece puzzles in the last 3 weeks.

7) In November I quit my job teaching. Yesterday and the day before I've been totally slimed with boogers and tears.  All I could think was - and you might think I'm crazy - this is awesome!  I love being home all day with my kids.  It's worth every tear, runny nose, cough, poopy diaper - all of it. I'm so incredibly happy to be home - grossness and all.

8) Teague got a black eye at church 2 weeks ago. He was running and hit a cabinet.  It was a nice shiner, but now it's almost gone!

9)Sometimes I get into these homemade food days.  Last week I made homemade chicken noodle soup and homemade chocolate chip cookies.  Drew said it was one of his favorite dinners.  Maybe because it was made with love?

10) I need to go and pack. We're headed to Battle Creek without Drew (because it's supposed to snow - so that means he'll be plowing while we're out having fun). We'll miss you honey!

Thursday, January 26, 2012

man cubs

Pretty much everyone has seen the Jungle Book right? Well, my two kids were acting like man cubs last night.  Their inner animal came out and it was hilarious. Teague kept wrestling Finn to the ground or couch and she L.O.V.E.D. it! Next time I need to get a video of it.

Pretty sure she was trying to catch her balance or conducting an orchestra.

We've been to the Library before, but this time we checked out books and a couple of Sesame Street movies about shapes, colors, and matching.  Teague of course is obsessed with the books and carries them EVERYWHERE! 

It seems like everyday the kids take ALL of the books off the shelf. Do they read them? Not always. I'd even say rarely. They just like to take them off the shelf and of course I pick them up every night and put them back (although I've been teaching Teague how to put them back so they look nice and neat).  So yesterday at the library Drew, my neighbor Melissa, and I are sitting and chatting and I look over to find Teague.  And guess what he's doing?  Yep, he's begun the process of taking all the books off the shelf.  It's a good thing I caught him at the beginning because he had only swiped 3 or 4 books.  He didn't even want to look at them. He just wanted to take them off the shelf!!! Ugh! SO glad I saved myself from total embarrassment.

Just a small pile, but this is what I usually find courtesy of my book hoarding child.

Instead of Thursday randoms, I'll post Friday randoms tomorrow!

Monday, January 23, 2012

Today, I'd rather be....

Outside playing with my kids.  But it's a gray day of sleet, so we're inside.

Sister couldn't walk when we took these photos so Teague pushed her in the car.  He's such a sweet big brother!

Saturday, January 21, 2012

Happy 17 Months Yesterday!

My chunka, chunka burnin' love! OH I've been finding photos all over the place that haven't been loaded onto the computer.  These are from Finn's first birthday party.  She ate one of the cupcakes I made for her.  And as you can tell - she's happy!

In the last five months her hair has really grown!

Happy Saturday!

Friday, January 20, 2012

The Perfect Storm

These photos are from a storm that came in August.  It was so beautiful. So I ran outside to take pics before it rained.  I stood outside in total awe for about 15 minutes.  I've never seen anything like it before.  These clouds were like a huge wall coming straight for us.  So cool, yet so scary!

We live about a minute from Lake Michigan so sometimes we have wacky weather.  As the commercials say - It's Pure Michigan baby!

Wednesday, January 18, 2012

Wordless Wednesday... Dress Up Anyone?

(He's going to kill me someday when he sees this!)

Tuesday, January 17, 2012

Teague tries a Lemon!

A few weeks ago we went out to eat. Tried this newer place - which I don't recommend - and we waited for our food.  Teague decided he would take the lemon from my glass and lick it.  This is the face he kept making and Drew and I were laughing so hard!!! 

Friday, January 13, 2012

Cheap and Dirty Cappuccino

I totally came upon this last week when we were at our friend's house.  Ash didn't have cream because she doesn't drink coffee and I think Dave drinks his coffee black?!?! So we were having dessert - freshly baked chocolate chip cookies a la mode - well I decided to have some coffee a la mode - because I can't drink coffee black. And what do you know?  There was a ton of foam at the top and it tasted exactly like a cappuccino!

Thursday, January 12, 2012

Late Night Thursday Randoms & True Confessions

True Confession #1: I'm late on my post today because I've been obsessing over Downton Abbey on PBS.  Holy crapiziod - yeah I totally made up that word - this show freaking rocks my socks off!  I started watching it online yesterday afternoon and I just finished this evening.  That's 8 hours of TV!!! Don't worry most of that time was spent while the babes were sleeping.  And yes I know I could have been spending my time more wisely - we all have a vice. Right??? Don't judge!

We also took the kiddos to South Bend, well, to the Mall to browse and eat and let the kids play and hit up Barnes & Noble.  I needed this:
(I stole this photo from amazon.com)

True Confession #2: I've been losing my patience with Teague.  Like, I've been scaring myself.  I used to be good, not so much anymore. Especially when he intentionally hurts sister or he flings a pacifier at my head first thing in the morning.  I read the first book my Tracy Hogg called Secrets of the Baby Whisperer and it was awesome!!! Loved it and lent it out to several friends who had babies after me.   Although come to think of it, I don't remember who I gave it to last. Oh well! Back to my point.  I'm going to be working on being the best mommy to my two toddlers because that's what they deserve. I'll be updating you on what I learn. Enjoy these photos and when Tara puts up the next Home Tour Link, I'll be posting that too!

And finally, after a skinny vanilla latte, a good chat with the hubs, and a snow storm ~ we're home safe!

Tuesday, January 10, 2012

I do!

This past Saturday my cousin Kelley and her now husband Kyle got hitched!  It was a beautiful ceremony, with a beautiful bride (and wedding party too!), in a beautiful church.  Of course all I had was my iPhone to take photos.  

 Baby Charlee (Amy's new baby) being held by our Uncle Chris during the ceremony. She's 4.5 months old and sooo stinkin' cute!

The reception was a blast. Good food, good company, and good music to shake your groove thang.  Which is exactly what we did.  And remember Denise? My cousin Aaron's new bride - married in July? Well she was breakin' it down again. I'm only sorry I didn't get any photos of her. But, let's just say sister likes to have dance offs, with EVERYONE.  She's so much fun. I'm so glad Aaron married her!

Awww... Kelley and Kyle! So sweet! Congrats you guys!  Many years and many blessings to you!
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