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Tuesday, June 10, 2014

Essential Oil Girl strikes again

My dear daughter, Emma, is my comic maker extraordinaire. She has always done comics instead of your standard creative writing. This morning she sat down and made a really good one! I hope you enjoy it as much as I did!

 Another day saved by Essential Oils Girl!! We have had this real experience in our family. My youngest had a lot of warts on her feet and they are all gone now!

Friday, May 16, 2014

Stuff, Things, and Deals

Gracious! The moment I think my life could not possibly get any more busy....Bam! I have been trying so hard to make my Etsy shop viable, I was sewing like a drag racer! I struggled through trying to please people and wanting to just express my own creativity. Ug!! I get so upset when I read magazines and crappy pillowcases are 80 dollars, but people won't buy hand-crafted, quilted and embellished bags for much less from me. Deep breath! I've decided my Etsy shop is a lovely hobby. I do not wish to beg and whine and plead for customers. If it is supposed to be, it will be. Kudos to those who have done so much to help me!
On a happy note! Last weekend was my oldest daughter's 13th birthday. I have a teenager! She had been wanting the doll pictured above for quite a long time and didn't know that I had snatched her up in a fantastic sale. She started to have an idea when I made the Maddie Hatter bedding and bed the day before her birthday. I love the top hat and tea cup. (this doll is supposed to be the daughter of the Mad Hatter from Alice in Wonderland). I made a crazy quilt and even made the polka dot fabric to match her tights! I painted dots on white fabric with a pencil eraser. Anyway, daughter was very happy!

So in praying through all of my troubles from the first paragraph, God came through and I got a job! I am the new Education Coordinator for the local Jo Ann's store! Yay! I get to craft and sew and get paid for it! Sew excited! (I know, sorry)

Next, my dear daughters wanted to open an Etsy shop with doll clothes and accessories. My oldest has just figured out she loves to make doll clothes. It's her own creative outlet. So we all got busy and created some awesome things! I am so proud of my girls for heeding my scrutiny and doing things well. Here are some of our things.
 I made this one and that is a paper purse I made, believe it or not.
 Ellie made these outfits. Elastic waist skirts and Velcro closed tops.
 I made this sparkly bedding set with lots of pillows.
So we had lots of fun sewing and photographing, as you can see! The girls new shop is .

Finally, we are saying goodbye, hopefully, to our baby bunnies this weekend. The time has come to sell them. So I'll post one last cute photo!
It's hard to photograph 8 wiggly bunnies!

Monday, May 5, 2014

What did I do last week?

Oh, thank you for asking! I had sew many projects on my plate. ( did you catch the pun?) Ok, I will probably stop being silly now, or not. Anyway, I wanted to post some of my fun projects that I completed last week. Ready. go!
These are not in order, but oh well! This first pic is a gift I made for a graduating senior, who is on her way to Baylor. I just had to whip up a tote bag for her new adventure (in Baylor colors).

 Another mission-minded friend is using these cute little bags to raise support for missions.
 I found this adorable template for a Dachshund here: . My mother loves them, so I had to make her an essential oil purse with it.
My middle daughter is growing like a weed and loves her "hippy" pants. They were just too short, but she didn't want to get rid of them. We had seen some jeans on Pinterest that had eyelet lace inserted like this and loved it. I made the lace insert and then added more denim to the bottom. She will get a couple more months out of them! haha.
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Tuesday, April 29, 2014


I think I must have blinked. Where did spring go??? It is already in the 90s here and our little bunnies are suffering! We jumped straight from nice and cool to blazing hot. Welcome to South Texas! Although I would wish for a real spring, I will not complain. We did not have the never ending winter here, and that is why I love living here.
Ok, how about projects? I will share some things I've been working on in the past week.
First, I made 10 cute zipper pouches for a fellow short term missionary. We love the Russian doll fabric!! Putting in 10 little zippers was not the most fun thing I've ever done in my life, let me tell you. However, the finished pouches are so adorable!
Next, I altered a fancy smancy gown for a friend. That was the first time I had ever used a tiny rolled hem foot on my sewing machine. I must give a shout out to my two younger daughters who rubbed my shoulders and patted my head while I yelled at the machine. I watched multiple tutorials on how to use the rolled hem foot and most of them were not helpful. Only one helped me.....for future reference; you need to kind of have the fabric rolled in a nice tube before it gets to the foot for a nice, smooth outcome.
And I have to throw in a picture of adorable bunnies here. I think the little brown ones look like cow hide. I know that is tremendously uncute, but there it is. All 14 babies are growing quickly and can now jump in and out of their nesting box. (Their mothers do not appreciate this).
And my last baking exploration: Low carb, sugar free peanut butter cookies.
My dear hubby tries to avoid sugar in any way, shape, or form, so chocolate chips are out. We also do not eat anything with synthetic sweeteners. So, I tweaked my fabulous low carb and mostly sugar free chocolate chip cookie recipe. The result was a nice cocoa peanut butter cookie worthy of a large glass of milk. Hubby can't stop eating them, so I guess they are a hit. Want my recipe?

Chocolate Peanut Butter Cookies (Low carb and sugar free)
1 stick of softened unsalted butter
1/2 cup coconut sugar
1/2 cup stevia
1 teaspoon vanilla
2 large eggs
1 cup hazelnut flour (you can sub almond flour if that is your choice)
1 1/4 cup garbanzo bean flour
1 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon cinnamon

Stir it all together and bake rounded tablespoon size balls on a cookie sheet for 9 minutes at 350 degrees. (I did the old fashioned criss cross pattern with a fork on mine and hubby was duly impressed).

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Monday, April 14, 2014

Trying new things

Hi! Have you been scrolling through the DIY page on Pinterest and seen all those pins for homemade house hold cleaners? You thought to yourself, "OH, that is so cool! I should try that some time!" You repin all those ideas and months later they still sit on your "For the Home" board. Ok, maybe that is just me. I have this romantic idea of making all my own cleaners, to save money, but have never actually gotten around to it. Well, today I am one step closer! I made my own nifty recipe chart to hang in my laundry area! Nifty, right? Ok, so I need to use up all of my icky, harsh store bought cleaners before I can actually start using these. But hey, I feel accomplished just sorting through all those pins for the recipes that will help me. Here is my chart!
So cool!! If I do say so myself. I can't wait to start using these. The great part is that I have all of these ingredients in my home!! (except for the castile soap. not a regular in my house.)
Anyway, I thought I would share these with all 2 or 3 people who read my blog. I will update when I have tried these out! FIY, if you want to print my chart you can right click on it and save to your computer.

Hey, have you been to my shop lately? I have lots of essential oil bags (which make fantastic normal purses, by the way!) and some cute shopping bags.
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Awesome! until next time, friends, blessings!

Friday, April 4, 2014

Doll purses and people purses

Today was our 100th day of school, here at Withers Private Academy. We had grandiose plans of cake making, pizza partying, and crafting. However, as a cloud of lazy settled over the house I seemed to only fulfill the latter. We had homemade milkshakes for dinner (so healthy, right?), which we could do since hubby is away for his drill weekend as a chaplain.
Anyway, I always find that our dolls are sadly lacking in the accessories department. I mean, what Barbie is seen without a fabulous purse or necklace? Well, I am the official purse and necklace maker in our house, so I decided to put a few together tonight. I didn't photograph the necklaces because they sold off the shelf faster than I could get the camera. (they actually just got put on dolls as soon as the hot glue was dry.) Enough jabber, I'll show you the pictures and tell you how I did them.
Here are 3 of the bags I made this evening. Yep, they are all made from paper. I got this idea from My Froggy Stuff, once again. This time I had the where-with-all to make myself a cardboard pattern to avoid the tedious measuring and drawing every time I want to make some purses. The one on the left really buttons over a bead. I used some pink chain that I had for the strap. The middle one is open at the top and has ribbon handles. The last one closes with a flap tucked into a strap and has a bent paper clip handle. I love experimenting with different papers to see how they will look.
On to purses for real people! Much more exciting. I made the cutest essential oil purse and matching zipper pouch today! You can see them in my shop!
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Thursday, April 3, 2014

Bunnies and Gunk

So! Or, shall I say, Sew! I have been working on some new things for my shop and also some special requests. One request was for an Easter table runner. I was browsing Pinterest and came across a blogger who made the cutest things. I went to her blog and found the perfect idea for a spring table runner: bunnies!
This is her version. A bunny quilt wallhanging. She has a Sizzix machine to cut out her bunnies once they are bonded to a light fusible backing. I don't have that, so I just took one of her pictures and enlarged the bunny.  I cut it out and glued it to light weight cardboard. Then I fused some springy fabrics to Heat-n-Bond backing, traced the bunny, and cut them out by hand. I made the horrible mistake of using the heavy backing instead of light, so I had to clean my needle every few inches when I was appliqueing by machine. I used a whole bunch of scrap pieces for my border. It turned out really cute, but was so much work since I used the wrong backing! Read the package first!!
Anyway, here is mine:
I just may have to keep this one!! haha!
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