Thursday, September 23, 2010

Spa/ Therapy Pillows

Here is a little peek at what I've been up to lately!  I have 40 pounds of "Clean Feed Deer Corn" on my sewing room floor!!!  If there were security cameras recording me at Wal-Mart the day I purchased this bag, then there is going to be a good laugh at the company Christmas party!  I struggled trying to get that thing under my cart (my only available space since I still have a baby in an infant seat taking up the whole cart!).  I left in a sweat, but I was on a mission  to get this corn!

I've made wheat pillows before, but recently, I came across a site on the Internet that talked about how much better the corn feed bags were.  It was actually written by a nurse that got her corn bags/ pillows FDA approved for use in the hospital (she worked on the physical rehab floor).  Corn feed is safer.  I had no idea that the wheat pillows that I had been making could actually explode in the microwave.  I'm sure the kids would enjoy that show, but I sure wouldn't want to clean up that mess!  It also has the risk of fire when the small grains dry out.  Flax seed can also explode, and it is expensive.  So, this is how I ended up with 40 pounds of corn!

After making these, I microwaved each one three times for three minutes each (allowing it to cool completely between each zap).  Seeing as they stay hot for so long, it took me quite a while!  Doing this before giving them away, or selling them, helps to extract the natural moistures in the corn.  Now my bags are ready to go!  They can be used hot, or they can be stored in the freezer and used as a drip-free ice pack.  I'm going to make small ones to keep in the freezer for my kids.  They constantly are bumping their noggins!!!  Sooooo many uses for these thing.  I'm going to make some flannel ones in fun prints for the kids.  I think they would love to have a warm bag tucked in by their feet when the weather gets cooler.  ...and maybe a neck wrap...hmmmmm

I've made the 8"x10" size with a removable slipcover for washing.  I still have LOTS of corn, so I better get busy.  Honestly, a deer jumped out in front of my car the other night... Do you think I smell like corn???


Thursday, September 16, 2010

Let's Get Physical!

My little boy, Aidan, is in kindergarten this year.  For a fundraiser, the children ran laps around the school, and sponsors could either pledge per lap or give a flat donation.  Aidan's little legs ran him around the entire school thirteen times!  To gear up for this big day, we had to record all of the different forms of physical activity that he did each day.  He also had to create a self-portrait of himself out of the gingerbread"ish" form that was sent home.  It was supposed to be what he looks like when he exercises.  Are you ready for this?  Here ya go....

Sweatband, sunglasses, muscle shirt...LOL!  I was cracking up!  My husband thought it looked a little like Richard Simmons, but I would have had to find some curlier yarn for that!  I had to share... I thought it was so cute!

Monday, September 13, 2010

We're Gonna Rock Around the Clock Tonight...

I'll have to say, while making this custom towel for a little girl that "likes purple and puppies" I felt like grabbing a coke float and dance around the floor.  Doesn't this towel remind you of a poodle skirt?  I was unable to find a girly looking ribbon with puppies on it, so this idea came to mind instead...

I appliqued the dog and sewed on the ric rac leash to the back of the towel.  There is still a little stabilizer on the towel. I've got to clean up this little pooch before I ship her off to her new home!

All of my kids have these, and their ages range from six months to eight years old.  They love them, and I love how I can wrap my youngest two up and carry them to their rooms without ending up looking like I am the one that had the bath!

Friday, September 10, 2010

Sew Bananas Is On Facebook!!!

If you have been following my blog, "Little Monkeys," then you probably know that I also have an Etsy store, "Sew Bananas Boutique."  Well, I've added Sew Bananas Boutique to Facebook...might as well, everybody else in the world is on Facebook!  I'd love to have you join my Facebook site!!!! 

Monday, September 6, 2010

For the Boys...

I know I've been posting one thing after another for baby girls, but that's only because I have a baby girl right now!  I sure haven't meant to slight the boys, especially since I have two little boys myself!  Here is an infant seat cover for a little fella made out of Michael Miller "Bandana Patchwork" and "Horseshoe" print.  My intentions were to use the "Little Cowpoke" material, but I learned that this was one of those cases that you needed a 1/2 yard more of the fabric for a one directional print...hmmmm, shoulda paid attention to that one!  So, I will be making some infant and toddler (with crumb catcher) bibs out of the cute cowboy fabric instead.  I've been saving that fabric since my 2 year old son was born (I made his bedding set out of it).  It would have made a cute infant seat cover... (Do you hear the violins?)

I love the "patchwork" look...

Here is a close-up of the little horseshoes.  Giddy up Cowboy!

I made Velcro handles on this one instead of the ties...

Thanks for looking! 


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