Wednesday, October 20, 2010

Keep Your Fingers Cool and Your Coffee Hot!

How many times has the guy (or gal) at Starbucks handed you a cup of coffee, apologized to you for running out of cardboard coffee sleeves, and then stood there staring at you while you howled in pain and tried frantically to pull your shirt sleeve down to hold your cup?! ...or does stuff like that just happen to me?  Now, I will be ready!  I made a bunch of these today (My husband wants one too!), and I listed a few on Etsy.  I do think these would make nice stocking stuffers for spouses or for teenagers.  In my day, teenagers did not like coffee, but now I think it must be a "cool" thing.  None of us could have ever afforded coffee shop coffee anyway.  Babysitters must get paid more these days!

I like this coffee sleeve more than the ones with buttons just out of personal preference.  For one thing, I am a klutz.  I will scald myself for sure if I have to hold hot coffee while trying to fiddle with buttons on a coffee sleeve.  This one slides on just like the cardboard sleeves.  It fits the 16 and 20 ounce cups.  You just slide it on and then up until it is on the cup snugly, and you are good to go. 

Here is the other fabric I have that I am itching to turn into cute little coffee sleeves!

...And lets not forget the hot tea drinkers!!!

Thursday, October 14, 2010

The Infamous Pillowcase Dress...

I know millions of these dresses have been made....(Actually, it's the very first thing I learned to sew), but I can't help it...I still love them!  I learned to sew when my 8 year old daughter was 3.  I now have another baby girl, and it has been soooo much fun sewing for an itty bitty girl!  I decided on a pillowcase dress because this dress is limited to October, and I kind of got a late start.  She can wear it next year as a tunic top with leggings (I like it with leggings this year too!).  My oldest daughter has gotten as many as three years out of her pillowcase dresses!  I can't wait to see her in it, but it isn't worth waking her up from her nap...almost, but not quite!

Saturday, October 9, 2010

A New Spin on the European Market Tote

I'm trying something new with the collapsible market tote.  Many of them have the ribbon tied on them, and I offer those too, but a friend of mine gave me this idea...

What do you think???  A cute initial monogrammed on the corner would make it complete.

Thursday, October 7, 2010

Howdy Partner!

I know my post title is corny, but I couldn't help it!  This little cowboy set makes me hear, "Rollin', rollin', rollin'...Keep those dawgies rollin'!"  Maybe it is the fall break with four kids at home that is starting to mess with my brain a little... Anyway, I had to share!  I tried this bib pattern by "Precious Patterns," and I love it!  it solves the problem of baby food on the shoulders!  I don't know about your kids, but every single one of mine have always turned their faces away when they see me coming with a washcloth. Clean clothes end up instantly messy with something green or orange all over the shoulder.  Not anymore!  Now, if I can just keep it off mine.  My baby always waits to sneeze after a mouthful of pureed something or other...

I have been eyeing all of the reusable snack bags out there and decided to give it a try.  Besides fighting with the slippery nylon interior, these were addictive to make.  I think I'll make some for my older kids to use in their lunchboxes.  Plastic bags can get expensive when you use them as much as we do...probably not so good for the environment either.  This pattern can be found at the "Woobie Shop."  The pattern is for three different sizes of bags.  The one shown here is the smallest bag.  It's a good size for those little "Puffs" or "Cheerios."

 This set would be great for a little boy, and I just listed it on Etsy in my shop.  :)

Saturday, October 2, 2010

Indulge Yourself!!!

"Spa Pillows," "Therapy Bags," whatever you want to call them, they are Heavenly!...And they have just been listed on Etsy! They come in sets of two, so you can plop one on your neck and tuck one behind your back if you choose. :) They are a generous 8"x 10" sizes bags, and I've used coordinating prints to make them fun!

You will be glad they are sold in sets of two...we've only had one in this house, and we fight over it!


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