Archive for March, 2009

Chenille Carrot Tutorial


Here’s what you need:

-8 1/2 x11 sheet of paper or cardstock


-wood skewer

-orange chenille fabric (any orange fabric will work. I thought the nubbyness of this was adorable. It was an old blanket and I dyed a section of it)

-needle and thread


-green felt

-glue gun


Make your pattern by drawing a triangle on your sheet of paper. Mark a point halfway across the bottom of the paper and draw a line from the top corners meeting at that point.


Fold triangle in half and round off the corner on the open end with scissors.


Pin pattern to fabric and cut out.


Your piece will look like this.


Fold in half and stitch down the open end.


Turn inside out and use blunt end of the wooden skewer to push the point out.


Stuff carrot really full using skewer to push stuffing into the point.


Baste stitch around the opening. Make sure to leave two long tails.


Pull tails tight and tie in a knot.


Now your carrot is closed.


Cut a 2 to 2 1/2 inch in diameter circle out of green felt.


Fold in half and cut a little slit in the center.


Notch out the sides of the circle to represent leaves.


Out of the green felt cut a 1 1/2 x 3 1/2 rectangle. Cut strips every 1/4 inch, but leave a 1/4″ border at the bottom.


Roll it up and put some hot glue at the end to secure it.


This is what you should end up with.


Stick the “sprout” through the slit in the green circle.


Put an ample amount of hot glue on the underside.


Stick it to the top of the carrot making sure to cover up the opening.


Before you know it, you’ll have a full basket.

March 30, 2009 at 6:07 pm 6 comments

Spring Swap


The 6 O’Clock Stitch is hosting a Spring Swap.

Check out the rules on the website. I actually signed up for 2 partners. I’m so excited about some new artwork for my walls.

You don’t even need to know how to sew or have a blog to participate!

Leave me a comment and let me know if you plan on participating!

March 29, 2009 at 2:21 pm Leave a comment

Wunny Babbit

Yesterday I had some peace at the grocery store, because I only had one child with me. My bill was exponentially less than the last time I went with all 3 kids.

It wasn’t until we passed the Easter display and Oliver asked for candy. I told him the Easter Bunny was going to bring him candy in his Easter basket.I didn’t realize we’d still be talking about it every five minutes for the next 24 hours.

him: When’s Easteh?

me: In a few weeks?

him: but when?

me: a couple days before Nathan’s birthday

him: oh. (a few seconds pass) Wheh does da bunny wabbit wive?

me: I’m not sure

him: can we see him?

me: ya, we can go to the mall and get our picture taken with him.

him: oh.

We picked up Piper Ann from school after grocery shopping.

him: (PiperAnn) da wunny babbit’s coming!

Since she understands him perfectly, she knew exactly what he was talking about.

The funny thing is that he never calls him the Easter Bunny. He either calls him the Bunny Wab, the Bunny Wabbit, or gets confused and calls him wunny babbit.

April 12th, get here soon, so we can stop talking about this! Its going to be a really long 2 weeks!

March 27, 2009 at 8:15 pm Leave a comment

Hobby Hump Day/WFMW-Doggie Backsplash

We have a dog with jowls which means he splatters water everywhere when he drinks. To save my walls I created a “doggie backsplash.”

dscn0862I took a ready made canvas from another project gone awry and stapled oilcloth around it. Its completely wipeable and prevents sludge from building up on the walls.

Leave a comment if you have a hobby you’d like to share!

March 25, 2009 at 2:33 am 7 comments

One of Those Days

Nathan and Oliver have been sick  at some time over the last week. I decided I would call the doctor this morning to have Nathan seen after he had spiked a high temp last night, of course this means he can’t go school.

This morning Piper Ann woke up with the sneezes and a runny nose. Great.

When we got to the doctors office, I just had them all checked out.  Nathan, although looking pathetic, was actually the healthiest one! Oliver ended up with an ear infection and PA had spiked a temp of 102.3 and tested positive for the flu.  There is nothing we can do for that. I guess I’ll have another kid home from school tomorrow and she only goes twice a week!

Pray that this goes away soon! I can’t take anymore whiny children.

Oh, funny story from the doctors office…She asked Nathan to tell her his symptoms. He said, ” I have a cough I can’t control, and I can’t control the whining either.”

Do you think I’ve been complaining about the whining a bit?

March 23, 2009 at 11:16 pm 3 comments

Chicago-Spring Break


We took the train downtown on Saturday. It was the last train before the St. Patty’s Day parade started. Needless to say it was great people watching!


Here’s Nathan with Unkie Ja-jo. My brother took him to the parade to help score some ladies!



My mom, Piper Ann, Oliver and I walked from the train station to the American Girl store. Isn’t the green river awesome! It matched PA’s coat!

The kids were certainly troopers during the long walk.


Here’s Piper Ann with her new “Kit” doll that Grandma H bought her. I didn’t think she needed a hundred dollar doll for “no reason.” I lost that argument, obviously. So far she loves her and takes good care of her.



Look at all the loot the guys got from the parade. Nathan said, “I had so much fun, mom!” He was a little skeptical at first!


Oliver sporting the SOX hat. Ricardo allowed it, because they are in a different league from the Cards. He would have burned a Cubs hat!



We couldn’t leave Chi-town without a trip to IKEA!



Look how excited Nathan is to be there!;)

March 19, 2009 at 10:15 pm 2 comments

12 Days

That’s how long its been since my last blog post.  So sorry.

We just got back from an exciting trip to Chicago (I’ll post more about that later.), and now the kids are all sick. I feel so bad that they’re sick when its 80 degrees over Spring Break.

Since we got home on Monday and it felt like  Sunday, I thought yesterday was Monday. That is my lame excuse for no Hobby Humpday once again, since I keep thinking today is Tuesday.

March 18, 2009 at 1:32 pm 2 comments

Giveaway Winner

The winner of the hairclip organizer is Karen. Congratulations!

Hope you all have a good weekend!

March 6, 2009 at 8:51 pm 1 comment

Works for Me Wednesday-Easy Lunch

dscn0832We’ve been doing some communal lunches around here. I just put a bunch of stuff on a tray and let the kids assemble their own lunches.  They love Lunchables and don’t even care that this isn’t the “real thing.” Sometimes I cut bread into quarters or cut star shapes out of it with a cookie cutter.

For more WFMW, check out the new host. Also be sure to check out my giveaway!

March 4, 2009 at 2:00 pm 2 comments

Hobby Humpday & Giveaway

I had previously done a Works for Me Wednesday post about some silly ribbon I tied around Piper Ann’s doorknob to hold her hairclips.
I was definitely not satisfied with the way that looked, so I came up with this instead.

There are ribbons that hold the clips and a loop at the end to hold headbands or ponytail holders.
I made a couple of extras in different colors for my etsy store.
I also made this one to giveaway to one of my lucky readers…

Please leave me a comment and let me know what your favorite thing about spring is. I will draw a winner on Friday at 1 pm.
Also if you want to play along, leave me a comment with a link to your post.

March 4, 2009 at 2:06 am 22 comments