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A Tip For Tuesday {TOYS}

Where do I even begin?!?
Toys have been the center of my frustration for a while now.
My kids share a room. A small room.
One small room and toys for 2 kids just don't mix.

Here is what their toy area looked like...

It started with the one red tub and just kept growing. It was totally out of control!!!

Because it was such an unorganized mess the kids rarely played with their toys because they couldn't find the toy they wanted to play with. Also, in the process of looking for the toy they wanted everything was thrown onto the floor. Which was very aggravating to me.  It would take them forever to clean up the mess (even more aggravating to me).

There had to be a solution.

Last week while they were busy watching a movie I cleaned up their room.  I left out a few bigger toys for each of them. Toys that they love, but haven't played with because they couldn't find them in the toy pile.
Now they are enjoying these toys that they love.

I also hung up a few costumes for Dakota to wear.  He loves to be Super Heroes.  The  rest of  them are hung up in his closet.

All the other toys are in two tubs (one for Dakota and one for Aiyanna) in their closet.
When they start to seem bored with the toys that are out I will trade them for some "new" toys from their tubs.  I think it's win-win. The room stays clean, they can actually find toys to play with, and when these toys get old they get "new" ones.  Best of all I am no longer irritated about the toy mess.  YAY!!!!

Just thinking about how much easier this has made my life makes me : o)


Make A Difference Monday {13}

Happy  Monday!!!!

Today I want to talk to you about Craft Hope.

I'm sure y'all have seen or heard about the book,  but did you know they have a website too?
They do various projects for many different people in difficult situations.
The current project is making bracelets for orphans in Russia.
I have been looking for a project my kids could do to help make a difference in someone else's life.
I think this is perfect!!!
As we make these bracelets together we will be talking about kids who don't have Mommy's and Daddy's and praying for these children. I'm sure Dakota will have lots of questions for me to answer.  He is always very curious about who I am making stuff for and if they are "hurt".

If you would like to join in making bracelets, even just one, for orphans please go HERE to sign up.
They need the bracelets by June 15.

Flashback Friday

I can't believe it's Friday already!
Where did this week go???
I guess that spending our days at the beach has made me lose track of time.
I thought it would be fun on Fridays to show you some things I had made before I started blogging.


When Dakota was about 13 months old I needed to go to work so we could make ends meet.
I made him little quilt to take to "school".  Each square has a pictue on it. The pictures are of  Dakota, Me, and Scott.  That way if he started to miss us he could look at pictures of us on his blankie. On the middle square I embroidered his name. This is the blankie he used for naptime. He had to bring it home everyday.
This instantly became his favorite blanket. I have this blanket tucked away safely, but I think I might get it out for him.  I think he would love to see picture of himself as a baby.

I hope y'all have a wonderful weekend!!!!


Double Duty

I know kids grow fast, but Dakota doesn't have growing SPURTS. He just never stop growing.
He is very tall for his age.   He has been since birth!  He was 3.5 weeks early and was 22.5" long.
He couldn't wear newborn clothes they were to short.  He came home from the hospital wearing 0-3 months clothes.  At 12 months he was wearing 2t, and now he is 5 and is wearing size 6 and some 7's. He is tall and very thin which makes it more difficult to find jeans, pants, and shorts that fit him well and are comfortable.
Needless to say keeping him in clothes that fit can be very costly.  It seems like every time I turn around he is outgrowing everything. At the end of winter he started to outgrow his jeans. The waist fits really well, but they are all too short now.  So to save some cash on summer clothes I turned them into shorts.

Supplies Needed:
  • Jeans that are too short
  • Shorts that you like the length of
  • Scissors
  • Measuring Tape
  • Jeans Thread
  • jeans Needle
  • Sewing Machine

Let's get started!

Grab a pair of shorts that you like the length of.  Measure the inseam  ( the crotch to the hem).
Add 1.5" to that to account for the hem.

Measure from the crotch and cut off the jeans.

Now you are going to prees the hem.  Fold up 1/2" and then another 1" and press.

Stitch the hem.  Makes sure you change your needle to a jeans needle and also use jeans thread.
I adjusted my stitch length to a longer stitch. And adjusted the tension to +1.
To get your stitch length and tension correct I suggest the fabric you cut off as a practice piece to get your adjustments as every machine is a little different.


Make A Difference Monday {12}

Hi everyone, I hope you had a wonderful weekend!!!
We had a great weekend filled with playing at the beach and going to church.
I have something exciting (at least to me) in the works.  I am hoping to have all the information that I need put together for next Monday.  It is a BIG project!!!  One that I can't do alone, so I will definately need the help from y'all, my sewing friends!

This week I thought it would be nice to do something for someone  who you don't know real well or have recently  met. A  neighbor, new co-worker, someone new at church, etc. You could do anything. Buy them coffee, treat them to lunch, bake up some cookies for them, sew  up something, etc.
We have a new Youth Pastor at our church and I adore his sweet family.  Their little girl is the same age as Aiyanna. They have quickly become friends!  We were at family night at Chick-Fil-A last Tuesday and they were there as well.  Aiyanna was sporting a new skirt I had made her.

 Heather, the Mom, commented more than once that she loved Aiyanna's skirt.  So I am going to make a skirt for Aiyanna's new little friend. I found some super cute seersucker fabric with hearts all over it that will be perfect!  And for the baby brother we are giving him a Taggie Blankie.

Who are you going to do something nice for this week?


Make A Difference Monday {11}

Good morning!
I hope y'all had a wonderful weekend.

A couple of weeks ago I told you about little Annabelle.

Annabelle has lived in the hospital since birth.
On April 9, 2011 Annabelle received a heart transplant. She is doing well and they are hoping to go home soon!
As you can imagine with Mom being at the hospital with Annabelle there isn't time for shopping.

Annabelle needs summer clothes. Mom thinks something that opens easilyin the front would be wonderful since she will have tons of doctors appointments. I am going to make her some summery kimono shirts and skirts. She will need 12-18 months size.

I hope you will join me in making something for Annabelle.
Krista (Annabelle's Mom) has sent me her address. If you are making something for Annabelle please email me for the address to send it to.

I hope y'all have a wonderful day!!!


Sea Princess

A while back I won a pattern from the Little Lizrd King.
I chose the Apron Knot Dress.  I had seen them everywhere and wanted to make one for Aiyanna.
I tweaked it some.  I added a ruffle to the bottom instead of the band.  Also I made the apron a little different.
I love how it turned out.


Here is a close up of the apron. I hand embroidered the meramid and "Sea Princess".
It had been a long time since I had done hand work. I really enjoyed and plan to start doing more of it.

  We received so many compliments on this dress when she wore it the other day.

This dress is now available for purchase in the SHOP!

Make Difference Monday {10}

Hi everyone! I hope y'all had a great weekend!!!

Here is the dress I made for a little girl at church for Easter. She not a ruffles and lace kinda girl. So I decide to go with something simple. A peasant style dress.  I love the combination of the daisy fabric and the yellow gingham.  It's so spring-y looking!

This week I am going to do something a little differennt.
We all have people that have impacted our lives. Who made our lives just a little better.
I have been thinking a lot lately about someone who made a HUGE difference in my life.
 My foster Mom was there for me at a time when I needed her most. She showed me love when I didn't know what love was. She helped so many foster girls!!!  She put sooo much time and energy into helping each foster chold that was placed in her home.  She genuinely cared for us and wanted to help us.
She is an amazing woman!!!  And I strive to be more like her daily.
She didn't know us, yet she gave us a home and loved us as if we were her own. 
Had it not been for her I am sure I would not be here today.
This week I am going to write her a letter.  I want to thank her for everything she did for me. I will never be able to find the words to express to her thankful I am for everything she did for me, but I am going to try!

Is there someone who has impacted your life? A friend, family member, teacher?
I am going to challenge you also to write a letter and thank them.