I posted an “oops” the other day on Instagram and Facebook. Not a major crazy problem. Just an oops. The kind of thing that happens all the time. You can make the same exact thing 47 times and on the 48th, if you’re not paying attention or you’re distracted by a phone call or a knock on the door or a kid demanding attention or you’re thinking about how to get a kid to try the freaking soup already and all of a sudden you realize. Oops. Whooooops.
They’re especially likely when it’s late. Or you haven’t slept well. And your mind is wandering.
Not long after the oops I realized I hadn’t stretched the neckband enough while I was sewing. Oops. Again, not a crisis. Just a thing. But I was tired. I’m trying to behave somewhat normally during the day but the fact remains that I haven’t had a “normal” night’s sleep since maybe last June. So there I was with my seam ripper (still love this one though I added the handle that’s made to go with it) and this is what my sleep-deprived mind saw:
Feel free to tell me in the comments that I’m not a total freak for making this leap. Or your best “oops”. We all like to know we’re not alone in an abundance of oops moments.
Being an admitted crafty nerd, I jump at the chance to try new crafty products. Today I have a simple and fun one to share that could be used a million different ways. I added glitter polka dots to envelopes. Because as with 99% of all things ever, envelopes beg for glitter.
When life feels complicated, pick a simple task to start with. Something you’re reasonably confident you can do, and then head back and try the hard thing again after a little success break. I just had that conversation with my 7-year-old yesterday. For this you need envelopes, glitter, Mod Podge and a brush. Easy peasy.
The stencils are peel and stick! I love that you can pick them up and plop them down wherever.
You don’t have to apply much pressure because these have a drapey gel-y sort of weight to them – excellent for stenciling because it’s a messy endeavor if you’re trying to place and remove tape while simultaneously applying Mod Podge or paint.
After you’ve brushed your Mod Podge on, peel back the stencil and let it have a seat back on its original backing for a moment–
–while you apply glitter and wiggle and shake it around. Then you’ll either want to use the stencil again right away, made simpler by virtue of the peel and stickiness, or give it a good wipe down with a wet paper towel before the Mod Podge dries. I ran mine under the faucet for a minute and then dried it off. No biggie.
The polka dots are just one of the options for these peel and stick stencils that are only available at Michael’s right now. You can find more about them here!
I was given a stencil and glitter and pouncers. I’d have shown you the pouncers too except that someone around here stole them and painted with them and didn’t wash the paint out before it dried. And I’m trying to make it sound like it was one of my kids but my memory is a little fuzzy on this and it might’ve actually been me. But let’s blame the kids anyway. Heck, the baby. She’s easygoing. I wasn’t compensated for this post and my review is the same either way – I love the feel of these and think they’re worth a go!
Since launching drawer stickers two years ago I’ve paid a lot of attention to how I deal with laundry and sort and store kids clothes. And how other people do it. There are so many different ways to handle the mess! I’m working on a product launch and I’ve sent samples out for testing and while the product itself is looking good there are some tweaks to make. Through the feedback I’ve gotten so far I’ve realized that I really need some input on very basic questions to guide the final version.
Would you be willing to answer a few quick questions? I’m such a nerd. I really love hearing how different people approach the same sort of challenge. And it’s super helpful. Click here for the form.
I’d love it if you’d pass the link on to other folks you know who are also into this sort of organizational challenge. The more input I have before launch the better (and more helpful) the end result will be.
Thanks so much! I’m so excited to read what you have to say and share the final version!
I have a seven-year-old daughter. Is that going to sink in one day? Because it hasn’t yet. The constant newness of parenting still surprises me daily. The baby and the 4-year-old feel a whole lot less challenging in most ways just because I don’t feel like I’m always in the scary height of the learning curve with them. But with the seven-year-old? I’m always a little frightened. What’s coming next? Serious subjects have come home from conversations with friends, and as much as I’d like to ignore them, there’s more coming. Life is haaaard. And it’s my job to show her that there is always room for hope and love and joy. As hard as that feels sometimes. So she and I are working on a special service project that happens to involve her latest favorite thing – the rainbow loom.
In “Wow, I never thought we’d get to that!” news – the rainbow loom has shown me just how long she can sit still and focus. Have you seen a rainbow loom (affiliate)? It’s a whole bunch of plastic pegs and a crochet hook, more or less. It’s such a popular crafty gadget that you won’t have to look too hard to find one locally. You actually don’t even have to have a “loom” to make bracelets, you can just use loops and a crochet hook. The loops themselves are inexpensive. There are a whole lot of tutorials on YouTube for all of the amazing things you can make.
She loves the rainbow loom and will spend hours making bracelets and necklaces and charms. My friend Jen from Upcycled Education also has a loom-loving kid, and connected some amazing dots. There’s a program called AHOPE that provides free assistance, housing, clothing, schooling, medical care, etc. to HIV+ orphans in Ethiopia. Jen is collecting rainbow loom bracelets along with donations to send with volunteers who are heading over in April. Things we’ve made by hand will delivered by hand to the hands of children on the other side of the world, and the executive director of the program believes the bracelets and donations will be put to good use.
So, K and I now have this opportunity to talk about Ethiopia. And kids who are sick but may not look sick. Who need love and care from people who aren’t their parents. Who might feel brightened to receive little gifts from kids who were thinking of them. Serious subjects that we’re approaching with something tangible. Small in every sense, but an opportunity to share hope and love and for her and me to talk while we are crafting.
We’d love for you to join us! It’s easy.
1: Make bracelets by March 15th
2: Send your bracelets along with a donation (every dollar helps!) to:
PO Box 950
Savage, MD 20763
Checks should be made payable to AHOPE, or you can donate online. My thought for the donation is that we’ll ask a few close friends and grandparents to “sponsor” K’s bracelets – which will give her an opportunity to describe what she’s doing and why and help her process and embrace it even more.
You’ll also see this project featured today by organizer Jen (who has more detail on her blog) and by Ashley Ann from Under the Sycamore, Jenny of The Southern Institute and Stacy from Kids Stuff World. Go read what they have to say, too!
Alternately titled: The devolution of the toddler photoshoot.
Taking pictures of 2 year olds is really fun. Almost on par with having a root canal or renewing your driver’s license. Although, while you may not get any great pictures of the adorable outfit you made, you do get lots of fun expressions.
She’ll probably grab onto a prop that not only distracts from your picture but has the potential to call people in America at 3 am.
And then she’ll discover that the wall behind her can move.
And that’ll be the end of that.
Oh, don’t get me wrong, you’ll get about a hundred pictures of her smiling. Some of them might even be as good as this:
This shirt is of course the Nessie Top from Jess over at Craftiness is not Optional. I completely adore this pattern. I made a size 2, 5, and 7 for my 2, 5, and 7 year olds and they all fit perfectly, with a little room to grow. I love that it has the ease of a regular knit top but the shaping in the side seams and the curved hem make it so much more interesting. And then there’s that peter pan collar. I defy you to not make one of those. My other versions are pretty simple, one with the 3/4 length sleeve option and another using a slinkier slub knit, which gives the shirt a completely different look. I still need to hem one, but I’ll share them soon on my instagram!
If you somehow still don’t have this pattern, what are you waiting for? You can get your copy here!