Prissy Pot Tots Shop- Upcoming Giveaway!

Hi everyone!  I’m not sure if I have mentioned it or not, but I’ve been rather busy in my sewing corner- and now introducing my embroidery/applique/monogramming corner!  I finally ordered the embroidery machine I have been wanting for so long.


I now have an Etsy shop set up and a Facebook page.  I offer handmade dresses, tops, and now super cute, personalized toddler backpacks!  Everything I make and sell can be personalized with applique, initial monogramming, or name embroidery; I also offer monogramming on items you already have.  For instance, if you would like a TShirt, bag, jacket, etc personalized I can do that for you!


I am making a cute drawstring backpack for my mom now, for her to use in her classroom on fieldtrips.  I will post pics when it is complete.  We are piecing together baby Max’s bedding now, and I plan on monogramming his name in the center of the bumper pad, and the accessories (like his lovey, pillows, etc).


I am so excited, not just to have the machine, but to offer services to friends and others who would like professionalization of different things.  Anyway, here is the link to the shop on Etsy:
http://www.etsy.com/shop/PrissyPotTots?ref=si_shop


and here is the link to my facebook page:
http://www.facebook.com/PrissyPotTots


After I reach 200 “likes” on Facebook, I am giving away a drawstring toddler backpack of the winner’s choice!  It will be either a girly print, or boy print and can include an appliqued name up to 6 letters, (or 3 letter monogram) and an applique image.  
After the giveaway is complete and the winner is announced, I will send you the options available for your personalized bag!  =)


(open to US residents only in 48 contiguous states)

So Much Happening-life update

Wow- sorry I have been MIA lately. We’ve had a lot going on around here in the last 2 months, this month being so hectic!

As you read, we were all sick with stomach bugs last week. The weeks before that we were drowning in party preparations, chicken coops, and packing for a mini vacation. But, it looks like things will be a tiny bit more laid back in the weeks to come.

All my free time has been spent sewing! I finally got my sewing machine out after a ( …. 6 year?) hiatus, but didn’t start really enjoying it until the first of this month. I’ve been sewing Lexie some cute dresses and just finished some toddler bibs for a friend’s son’s birthday, which is this weekend! I got a serger for my re-found hobby! It is amazing- it’s this one: Janome Juno 3434D serger I can now have those really great-looking, professional seams on anything I create. And I can do rolled hems! I am very excited about that. I used the rolled hem on a ruffle top I made for Lexie, and it’s so pretty. Anyway, so I am excited about that. I have made her 3 dresses and a top, just in May. It’s rather addictive. I am currently working on dress #4 and plan to have it completed tonight or tomorrow at nap time. =)

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The chickens are doing great! The 5 Rhode Island Reds are such sweet baby girls. One is extremely feisty, and I think she runs the roost for them (Tessa). Also, I think maybe Dolly is a girl after all, but am still waiting for confirmation on that. 😉
Saturday I went to Bismarck and picked up three 12 week old barred rocks. We named the nicest one Elmo, the other two can be a little crabby towards the babies. They’re not far enough in age or so much bigger than the babies that they hurt them, but they do peck and chase them some. They’re still working out the pecking order, but there have been no injuries, so we’re good.

Yesterday, we hung them some cabbages to play with, and they’ve literally destroyed them. haha They’ve been having a big time. Chickens are like kids- when they get bored they start making trouble with they others (pecking, bullying, etc). So you can add things to their run, like cabbages, to keep them interested and busy. It’s funny to watch them boxing the cabbage.

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I am almost 26 weeks pregnant now- 26 weeks on Sunday. The baby has decided he likes my ribs as much as Lady did.

Perfect.

But we’ve been going to kettlebell classes twice a week and yoga on Wednesdays. Now that she will be done with school next week, I will probably go to yoga more often which I’m really excited about. The baby seems to like yoga; he shifts around and kicks a lot during the class.

We go to the doctor on the 6th for a regular appointment and my glucose test *blah* Then it’s appointment every 2 weeks until the last month. I just can’t believe we will be at 30 weeks so soon. Of course it still seems so far far away, but sometimes it is just flying by.

Kitchen Updo

I forgot to take before photos, nut we have officially hit the midway point of finishing the kitchen! … Walls. We got most all the paper off, J.Tom primed with the Zinsser shellac based primer which covers and seals all surfaces, and we are now ready to paint! We’ve taped everything off, and are about to add in the texture to the paint.

I chose a soft green color. Hopefully it will look nice, because we don’t really have the work time to do a sample, change our minds, go back to lows, etc. So, this is just what it’s going to be! After we paint, we are doing the counters. Hopefully that will go as well as painting up to this point.

The Zinser primer literally covered everything! One coat did it, and it dried in a split second; guess that’s because of the shellac. But it certainly is helping us, because we are able to maybe finish today. I’m thinking we may only get one coat one… But hopefully we can do two. I’m wearing a respirator for the few minutes that I’m in the middle of everything. I was gone wile he used the extremely strong primer. The paint shouldn’t be nearly as bad. Lexie is with her sue sue and papa, gone to Benton to visit Gran. So we have until about 6:00 to work. Jtoms run to alcohol, and I’m resting my feet, which are KILLING me this pregnancy. My ankles are already swollen, which is no good. Trying to drink lots of water, but it doesn’t help with the aching.

Wish us luck! We I’ll post pics when the painting is done. =)

Waldorf Dolls … I have fallen in love!

Okay, so if you are a never-ending researching Mama (or educator) like myself, you may have heard of the Waldorf Method.  **UPDATE* I just found another, better link for the Waldorf Method information, click HERE to view it- it’s just amazing ….** In my mind it is based on nature and all things natural and fosters a love of learning and adventure.  Children learn to do things with their hands like garden, work with fabric, paint, etc.  The foundation of their educational philosophy is similar to other proven methods (which we in America see to have strayed from, btw)- children learn through play and use of their imagination.  Here is an excerpt from the link above:

For the Waldorf student, music, dance, and theater, writing, literature, legends and myths are not simply subjects to be read about, ingested and tested. They are experienced. Through these experiences, Waldorf students cultivate a lifelong love of learning as well as the intellectual, emotional, physical and spiritual capacities to be individuals certain of their paths and to be of service to the world.
Developed by Rudolf Steiner in 1919, Waldorf Education is based on a profound understanding of human development that addresses the needs of the growing child. Waldorf teachers strive to transform education into an art that educates the whole child—the heart and the hands, as well as the head”

My fondest memories from my childhood are those of my brother and I running around the pastures and woods at my Memaw’s house, pretending.  I would dress up in all sorts of spare fabrics my grandma had stashed for me.  My absolute favorite piece was a super shiny, silk black with shimmery gold patterns on it.  Interestingly, in my research on all things Waldorf, I learned that this method uses what Mamas call “silks”- large, soft, silky fabrics to enliven the imagination!  They can become forts, dresses, blankets … anything a child wants!


Have I ever mentioned how GINORMIS my imagination was as a child?  Wow .. I had a basket of flowers that acted as my chicken when I was Dorothy from Return to Oz.  Weekly I dressed in my very best attire, hat and umbrella included, to rescue children as Mary Poppins, and my personal favorite- Jeremy and I stomping through the woods, BB guns and walking sticks in hand as Conan The Barbarian, or characters from the XMen comic books he so loved (I was always Jubilee or Storm).


Okay, back on topic.  So, how did I come about this whole Waldorf thing?  Long story short, the wonderful girl who made Lexie’s birthday outfit, also makes clothes for Waldorf dolls.  I didn’t know that’s what they are called, but the minute I laid eyes on the absolute to-die-for yarns and colors of these dolls, I had to have one for Lexie (or me? … no no no. lexie…)


So, I did a little research on these unique dolls, with their very emotion neutral and simple faces they are very old fashioned and SO NOT CREEPY (yay). They have these soft chubby bodies made of 100% pure cotton for the skin and warm, carded and washed wool insides.  This is so the doll picks up the smells of home and also become warm when snuggled and loved.  Their hair is hand spun and dyed from different wools, all of which which is usually harvested by a local family to the doll maker, yes even today!  Of course there are commercial versions of these dolls, but they lack the love, care, hard work, and detail of a real Waldorf style doll. 


Can you tell I am in heaven?  She had to have one… Due to the great, natural fabrics and high quality materials used to make Waldorf dolls, they do not come cheap.. fortunately for her, I put back a bit here and there for special Lexie gifts.  You can have a Waldorf doll specially made for your child, but these are usually quite more pricey ($140+) than buying one ready for a home.  There are makers on sites like Etsy, which is where Lexie’s new friend came from.  When she is a bit older, and continues to show a love for dolls, I will get her a larger, more personalized doll (or maybe attempt making one myself?).   But for now, this one screamed “Lexie Raye!” at me for several days until I finally decided to get it for her.





Her name is Shelby, which just seemed like a perfect little Southern name for my country bumpkin’s doll, and she is 11″.  This is a small doll, as many of the Waldorf dolls are 13-18″.  Can’t you just imagine toting her everywhere and playing with all that hair?!  Aaah, having babies really does bring out the inner child in you.


Here is the description from her creator, Lemonsandlimesutah


“Miss Shelby is ready for some fun. Would you like to join her?


Shelby is an 11 inch Waldorf inspired doll made with love. She is made from 100% cotton interlock knit in the tone of blush. She is stuffed with 100% cleaned and carded wool. Her hair is made from 100 % Fine Merino Wool with shades of red with blue highlights. Her eyes are a blue that matches her highlights. Shelby is made to stand, but can be sewn so that she can sit as well. If you would like her to be able to sit, please make a note in the notes to seller box. She weighs 9.7 oz dressed.

Miss Shelby comes wearing a dress in a red and blue themed fabric with complementary shorties. This dress has snaps for its closure and the shorties are elastic.”

My next big excitement is trying to make some doll clothes for her!  I think I will start with a night gown, so she can get ready for bed, like Lexie.  That can’t be too hard, huh?  And I would really like to knit her some shoes.

Funny story … when I started knitting while I was pregnant with Lexie, I picked up some beautiful worsted wool yarn at Tuesday Morning- Guess what I am going to do with it?!  I hope to try to make her doll a few things, but we will see.  I am not a seasoned knitter.  Anyhow, this is it for now.  I am very excited and hope Lexie loves her doll.  If she isn’t quite ready for her yet, I will put her up on the shelf and try again sometime.  If she decides she likes having a doll friend, I want her to have that one special doll that she loves forever- not a bazillion store bought dolls with fisher price stamped on their butts.  I think this one will do the trick!

Did you have special toys, or props like “silks” when you were growing up?

Running update, pictures, and videos

Sadly I did not meet my goal of 72 minutes on the 10K course.  It was closer to 77 minutes.  =/
And while that isn’t as terrible as the first time I ran the race 2 years ago, it is not nearly as good as I’d hoped.  But, I can say it was a terrible run.  We went to eat after church and I did not realize it was 12:30 when we left- I had to run at 1:30!  So I had an immensely full stomach, I was sore from the run Thursday (or maybe Tuesday’s mountain run?) and I was dehydrated …  so overall I was not prepared for the run Sunday afternoon. I also experienced theses stupid side-stitches in the first 2.5 miles.  I don’t know what’s going on there, but for the last 2 weeks in the first half of my run, the cramps are so bad they takes my breath away.  And what sucks, is if it weren’t for the cramps, I’d have no problem running!  The cramps are caused by not exhailing enough of the CO2 out, so you’re supposed to breathe into the cramp and exhale as much out as you can.  And I do that.  Or I try to do it, and yet the cramps are so terrible.  But after I get over the first incline on the mountain and get to go down hill for a few minutes, they usually go away and stay gone until the end.  I wish I could just avoid them all together, since I have the hardest time in the beginning anyways.

I do think this year I will warm up before the race, just a jog around the parking lot or something, so my muscles aren’t dying that first mile; the first mile is always the worst.  After that my body feels pretty good and I can keep going okay.  I am hoping that since I had a hard time and walked a TON on the practice run Sunday, that on my real run I can shave off a few minutes, maybe even 4 minutes.  We will see…

So there is that update.  On to what you really want to see and read about ….
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Yes. Yes.  This is a video of Lou.  It was a video of Lou, but it says it is too long.  So, there is no video today.  Sorry.  =(  I know, she’s cute.  And luckily, about two days after her daddy was home from his trip, the tantrum stopped and she became my sweet girl again!  YAY  


Let’s see … updates on Lexie.  Oh yes!  She ate her first grilled cheese sandwich today.  Of course she loved it!  Which surprised me a bit, since she doesn’t like maccaroni and cheese?  But anyhow, she liked it. She also said “Thank you” without me saying it first!  AND, she drank out of a straw (finally!).  So, when we went to Walmart, I got her a sippie cup w a straw to drink her milk from-she loves it!  Now we need more, because only one will not get us through the day.  Oh, and she pointed in her book and said “frog,” and when I asked what a bird says, she said “tweet tweet!”  haha  So dang cute.

For my newest sewing projects I am making her a bib, and sleep sacks.  I still need to get her a new sleep sack w a zipper, but I found a tutorial to make them from men’s shirts!  So, like I used one of my brother’s dress shirts, cut out the sleep sack shape and sewed it together- tada!  Instant sleep sack.  Only problem is it’s not quite big enough for her now .. it would probably have fit about 3-4 months ago.  So I am going to save it for the next baby.  And I’m not sure that JTom has any bigger shirts that are old/worn enough for me to cut up into a sleep sack.  We gave most of them away when we cleaned out the house for Lexie’s arrival, and then again when we were going to move …

Oh, that reminds me.  We aren’t moving!  YAY- I mean, one day, yes we will build on our lot.  Or at least a lot.  But right now, we are staying put.  And this makes me happy, because I LOVE our location, our home, and our yard.  I mean, it is an older home and we do have a lot of work to put into it, but I am looking forward to it.  JTom has already put new shelves in my pantry- WOO HOO (I will post pics later)- and the fireplace is ready for its first fire.

Oh yea … the fireplace.  Well, that is another story.  It’s old (duh) and needed some fixin’.  It needed a new chimney cap on the roof, and it just so happens that our chimney, of course, is an odd shape.  So you can’t find a chimney cap for it just anywhere … for a decent price.  So JTom rigged one.  We hope it doesn’t blow off during a storm.  =)  Then, we needed glass doors to A) keep it warm in the house when the fire goes out, and B) protect babies from fires.  So, those are ordered and on their way.  We also had to get a rack for the wood inside the fireplace.  Whew- yes, it all added up to a whopping $500+ dollars (thank you cleaning business) and I just really, really hope it pays for itself in utilities over the next five years .. because it was my bright idea.  

And since it was my bright idea, I get to man the fire.  FYI: I know nothing about building and keeping fires burning in chimneys.  I still need fireplace tools, like that poker thing and a shovel, I guess?  And we need a big bucket to keep the wood in, I suppose.  I know they have those at TJ, my favorite store of all time.  Guess those will top our Christmas list.  I’m not sure what else you need for a fireplace, but any tips or ideas are welcome.  I really know nothing about fires in chimneys.  I know lots about bonfires.  =)  Fuel, matches, and pallets … pick up trucks and beer.  Wala, you’re done!  But I don’t think chimneys work like that …

After our doors get here and this project is complete, I will start saving for the bigger project.  That would be the kitchen wall.  We are taking out the wall between the kitchen and living room/dining area.  I cannot wait!  The biggest part about that is we will have to redo all of the kitchen walls when we open that section up.  This wouldn’t be a problem except there is old wall paper that’s been painted over.  Actually, I think it’s just been primed over; I don’t think the problem will be taking the paper off … I believe the problem will lie in taking the sheet rock off with the paper.  =/  And if that happens, we will either texture the walls, or just put up new sheet rock.  We will see.

The good thing about redoing the walls is that I can finally make the kitchen OURS.  It’s the only room in the house that has never been touched.  After we complete the walls, I will start saving for the floors, we desperately need new floors in there and the entry way.  But I am thinking there is original hardwoods under the linoleum, and I would LOVE to refinish them, even if they don’t match the rest of the house perfectly; I think it would be neat and add character.  =)  I don’t want to redo the counters- I mean, I do … but I don’t want granite.  I clean granite in houses and condos every week.  The glare and speckles drive. me. nuts.  I have a hard time seeing with glares anyway because I have a stigmatism in both eyes … and I know that seems silly, but when you can’t see to clean your own counters, it will drive you bat shit crazy.  So not granite for this girl.  EVER.  But I wouldn’t mind eventually having some new counter tops.  But I really don’t mind the blue too much, even if it is dated.

Actually, before we do the floors, I will probably tackle the cabinets.  I’m going to start small in my bathroom so if I mess up it’s not a huge deal.  but I want to paint them an antique white and then distress them.  I have been looking up how to do it, but I’m really confused.  It’s one of those things I need to see someone else do in front of me step by step before I can do it myself.  But I think that would TOTALLY change our kitchen and make our house the chic little cottage I am going for …  bit by bit I will get there.

And this brings me to the other topic, last one i promise. BABIES.  Some of you know we were going to start trying for a new baby in September and… we’re going to wait.  =)  Not what you were hoping to read (family), I know.  But since we aren’t moving any time soon, we want to get the house remodeled/updated a bit more before we have a new baby.  We can work during those 9 months, but I don’t want all that pressure and then have a house that isn’t complete.  Plus, if we get it done now, when we decide to move, it’s DONE and we don’t have to deal with it ANY MORE!  So … that’s that.  A month worth of updates in 6 paragraphs or so.

Now, here’s your favorite part: a few pics of the baby from this week.  Some are pretty hilarious.

yes, that’s her leg. She finally passed out for her morning nap.

sweet girly face

those curls …

“duck”

  

“hi!”

silly face

pretty face- I promise I did not do this to her hair.

“help, please, mama”

playing with her farm

Hooded Bath Towel Tutorial

After making Lou’s lovie, I tried making a hooded towel.  Oh my, how simple it was!  I did look up a tutorial for this project, because it wasn’t as simple as “piecing together,” it involved cutting things.  I’m not good with cutting things without instructions.  I should probably go back to Kindergarten …

So, I did look up a tutorial for the hooded bath towel and you can find it HERE.  It was SO easy! There is also another tutorial, that i actually like even better for the hood of the towel, HERE.  I don’t care much for the hand corners on her version, but I think making the hood might be easier, and look neater.  Of course, had I used bias tape or ribbon on my edges, it would have looked neater anyway.

Here is how it turned out:

Clearly it isn’t pretty and my stitches aren’t quite straight- After talking with my very crafty sister in law tonight, there are a few things I would have done differently.  I would have been sure to use the finish side of the hand towel for the top of the hood, instead of the cut side.  I also would have sewn the two right sides together, instead of doing it one on top of the other (which is what was suggested on the tutorial, so I did it her way).  Mind you, it looks much better in person and clearly it is functional, but in being a perfectionist, I would have liked it to look a little nicer.  Also, if I had fat (2-3″) ribbon, I would have sewn that on the edge of the hood (hand towel) before attaching it to the body towel.

Again, if you know how to sew a simple stitch using your sewing machine, OR by hand, this is a super easy crafty activity and makes a wonderful gift!  The VERY best part of the whole thing is I got these very nice, large thick towels on clearance at Home Goods for under $8.00!  You can make two towels with one hand towel since it is cut in half, so wala- a nice baby gift under $20!
Enjoy!
-Meg

Taggie Lovey Tutorial

Today I made Lexie a few things using my sewing machine.  I am a beginner when it comes to the sewing machine but I have been doing small projects and hand sewing here and there since I was a little girl. Before purchasing my machine I did loads of research into what is the best sewing machine, to make sure I got the right one, and I love it! When I was about 8, my Memaw and I went to Walmart where she bought me my very first sewing kit!  I still have this kit and use all parts of it!

With the help of my mom I have learned how to do some basic sewing with my machine.  (which is actually her ancient Kenmore machine that is wonderful.  They do not make them like this anymore.)  It only has a few stitches and some other features I don’t know how to use yet, but it is one tough mother!  =)

This post will be a short tutorial on how I made Lou a “taggie lovie.”  Since these things sell for $15+ a piece in the store I thought I would try to make them.  They are only a big wash cloth with some ribbons stitched on the edge!  Right?  I did not look up a tutorial for these, because I figured the instructions would be more confusing than just trying to piece it together.  I was right.

I started with two pieces of fabric, (I am unsure of the size because I just eye balled it, but a 12 x 12 square is probably pretty close), placing them right sides together.  In the picture I have folded back a corer of the top fabric so you can see the right sides are facing each other.


Then I cut my ribbon at different lengths so I would have different sized “taggies” around the edges.  I just used what I had laying around my craft room, but you could use all sorts of textures for the “tags” themselves.  You can also put the rattly material in the middle so it makes noise for your babies.  I didn’t have any so I did not include that with mine.



Next, I looped my ribbons and pinned them to the material.  Here is where it gets tricky..


Like I mentioned, I did not look up a tutorial because I thought it would be easier to figure it out myself, than to read instructions.  I think I thought correctly.  =)
Once you loop your ribbon for the “taggie,” you pin it with the LOOP facing towards the center of the fabric, not sticking out from the edge!  Place the ribbon between the two pieces of fabric, with the loop towards the middle.


Here is a “taggie” shown between the two pieces of fabric.  See how the loop goes inward, towards the middle of the fabric? 

And here is that same “taggie” where it is pinned.  The cut edges of the ribbon go towards the edge of the fabric.  When you turn it right side out, only the looped part of the ribbon will show.


Next stitch around the edges, removing the pins as you go.  Be sure to leave a space wide enough to turn your material right side out.  After you turn it the right way, simply fold in your open edge and stitch it up.  After it was turned right side out, I went along the entire outside of my lovie in a zig zag stitch so it would A) hold together even better and B) look nicer.


My first one did not look anywhere near as good as this one..  And this one isn’t perfect.  Like I said I am a beginner with my machine, but this was such a simple project I think any beginner can do it!  Good luck and please comment with any questions!

-Meghan
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