Fun Felt!!

So I have been extremely busy this summer. I don’t even have a child in school yet, but I am ready for school to start so we slow down a bit too. J has been working on his 2 yr. molars for the last 2 months so have been tired at our house, so I am usually in bed right after him! And not even gonna lie some days napping with him, this allergy season has hit me hard this year too, ready for a frost! Now I am buying the actual Allegra D , which has to be bought through the pharmacy, and only get 10 pills, c’mon do I really look like I’m mixing meth at my house? No I have teeth!, and really at least give me enough to last 2 weeks, which is the span between my grocery trips. (hubs gets pd. twice a month, those are my grocery days! Yay! not really! it used to be fun to go to the store, not anymore!)

This summer my brother and his family moved to Minster, OH. A very nice little town, last week my mother, J and I went and stayed there overnight to spend some time with them. Had a blast! Its only about an hour and a half from where we live, but far enough can’t just stop by :(. I come from a very small family and they are the first ones to move away. But they are happy, so therefore I am too!

Well enough of my yammering, I swear I have been doing some projects, I have just been lazy with getting them put on so here we go:

I had seen the cutest fishing game on pinterest and though J would have a blast with it.http://www.designdazzle.com/2012/06/summer-camp-fish-game/ Then once I looked at it, found the fish were made of paper, not real durable for a 2 yr. old. So I went to my handy felt filled tote and got to work!
I just drew an easy, typical fish shape. picked out my felt, then I folded my felt in half and pinned my pattern to it so therefore I only had to do one cut! And I actually cut these out while sitting on the bathroom floor while J was taking a bath.

My pattern which you can see wasn't perfect from the beginning

My pattern which you can see wasn’t perfect from the beginning

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Pin pattern to doubled felt = 1 cut

Pin pattern to doubled felt = 1 cut


I had originally planned (and had already made one this way) on just putting a magnet right inside the mouth and stitched around it to keep it in place, but then I found the magnets were too weak, or my felt too thick, it would not hold. So disappointed I called my mother and she said “what about a big paper clip?”- Thank you Ma! she is my brain when I do not have one! So I looked all around and found just the right amount of larger paper clips. I left them sticking out around the double loop, the first loop hanging out and used the second loop to stitch around.DSCN7210

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Then I just did a running stitch about a 1/4″ in to keep them together, you could always hot glue them, but not sure if the glue would make them heavier though. I left a small hole before stitching them all the way up an put a little stuffing in there to give them a little body.

just a little stuffing will do

just a little stuffing will do

all stitched up!

all stitched up!


Then for the hook, I already had this big magnet hook, I believe I had gotten it at Walmart when we were first married to hang wreaths on our front door at our apartment, and now just hung on the fridge for now, so I tied a knot around the hook and put some hot glue on it and wrapped it around a few times, then the pole I already had a dowel rod from a previous project so like the hook I knotted it and put hot glue and wrapped it a few times. DSCN7213

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Jakob Loved it!!! We play with it all the time, I just have to watch him, he is a boy and gets a little crazy with the pole sometimes–Hiya!!!

Another fun felt project I did in the last couple weeks- and I actually was one of the very first things I had ever pinned on Pinterest. The Dino sweatshirts.

excuse the pjs

excuse the pjs

this was way easier than I ever would have thought! the hardest part was finding a sweatshirt to use. He had one but didn’t want to mess it up, so I looked at goodwill-nothing, Meijer- $12 ( more than I wanted to spend if I screwed up!), went to Once upon a Child found this one for $2.50 that’s all this project cost me! Love that! The felt and thread I had. Now I used her template and it worked wonderfully! I did end up putting 12 on. http://kirstyneale.typepad.com/gingerandgeorge/2011/03/dino-boys.html And instead of doing all the sewing by hand, I sewed them on to the sweatshirt with my machine, I just drew a straight line down it and lined them up and pinned them on and ran it through.DSCN7284 Now I cannot lie twice I accidentally sewed to hood to itself, oops, but it was an easy fix. Then I sat and watched TV as I closed them up then took about around hour I think, then it was ready for him in the morning. He loved it, he wore it for 2 hours around the house till I made him take it off cause he was sweating.

He couldn't not look at me, wanted a side view

He couldn’t not look at me, wanted a side view

excuse the pjs

excuse the pjs


I absolutely loved this and plan on making him more!
J just got up from nap so calling it quits for now, but more to come!! We LOVE felt!

I LOVE FELT!

I’m so sorry for being MIA this last month! Things have been a little crazy since putting our house up for sale. Everything always seems to get all busy at once. I have worked on a few things and have just been lazy about getting them posted- J is cutting his two year molars. So having a not good sleeper on top of teething, this momma is totally wiped out! I close my eyes any chance I get these days, which isn’t much.

But anywho enough of that! Back to the title: I LOVE FELT!!! It is so versatile! I’ve been working on some felt food for J’s play kitchen. And today I made a super easy felt board, and I had everything on hand, love when that happens!!

(sorry if the pictures aren’t great, this post is on my phone)
Started off I was letting him pick colors out for more food, then thought we should do a flannel board, it’d be fun. Well why couldn’t I use felt, and I just happened to have a big piece of white felt from my niece’s Christmas present last year, and had a big piece of cardboard in the garage, so we got to work.
First- I trimmed my piece of felt to figure out what size I could even do, I figured out I could do my cardboard 20×17 which turned out to be perfect o think. That left me with about an inch to hot glue on the back. Im going to put a piece of paper over the back to make to look cleaner, just didn’t get to it yet. So I got to work, I have more I’m going to cut out for him to put on there, but I think the possibilities are endless- numbers, letters, shapes, colors, pieces for stories, food pieces, animals….. He was having a blast already.

Sesame Street 2nd Birthday Party!!

Well I have a spare moment so I can finally get this all up! Lots of pictures, I must warn!! But I love how his party turned out, but mostly I love how much fun he had, it was all for him and his love of Sesame Street!!
Now some ideas are from pinterest, and some is my mind, but I’m sure that someone else had the same ideas too, so I will just list the sources I used at the bottom.

Here’s the invitations- I bought them off Etsy, ADORABLE!! I only paid $5 for the file, and I had a coupon for Meijer photo lab- 25 free single image prints, SCORE!! I didn’t need that many but they were free!

LOVE THEM!

LOVE THEM!

The envelopes, just for fun!

The envelopes, just for fun!

I made the envelopes from scrapbook paper I already had, I finagled (I don’t know if thats even a real word!) a template from one I had on hand but wan’t quite the right size.
I used my cricut to cut out characters, which was much more intense then I had in mind. Lots of little pieces, and I had digitally downloaded the cartridges(much cheaper!!) so I didn’t have the book in hand to make sure all the parts were right. But they turned out just fine!IMG_3894

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Trust me I saved them for his scrapbook! LOTS of work!

Trust me I saved them for his scrapbook! LOTS of work!

I reused his wreath that I had made last year for his birthday, just changed the colors, and snazzed it up a bit.
Last Year!

Last Year!

Pre snazzing!

Pre snazzing!

Some reason, it will only load sideways. :(

Some reason, it will only load sideways. 😦

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My mom made him a shirt for his party, absolutely adorable!

Thanks Grandma!!

Thanks Grandma!!

Trying to make him pose- not gonna happen!

Trying to make him pose- not gonna happen!

but I got at least a smile!

but I got at least a smile!

Yes it is wrinkled, it is post throw up and wash. (yes he gagged and threw up at his party! That’s our son!!) Luckily she made him another one of just faces so we had a back up!

I got this off Amazon, for like 6 bucks! totally worth it he loved it!

I got this off Amazon, for like 6 bucks! totally worth it he loved it!

Made banner with my cricut, the posters came with the big ones too

Made banner with my cricut, the posters came with the big ones too

Spoiled boy!

Spoiled boy!


Now I do believe I can now move onto the actual party– Here’s the food-
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Dorothy crackers

Dorothy crackers

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the hubs still won't believe me Bert has a bottle cap collection!

the hubs still won’t believe me Bert has a bottle cap collection!

rubber duckie chocolates

rubber duckie chocolates

Oscar's Trash Can Punch- very good! ran out-poor planning on my part!

Oscar’s Trash Can Punch- very good! ran out-poor planning on my part!

Letter/number of day cheese tray

Letter/number of day cheese tray

we just did cold cuts and veggie pizza

we just did cold cuts and veggie pizza

making his fishy noises

making his fishy noises

I went back and forth for so long between whether I wanted to do a cake or just cupcakes, So I jeft it up to him. He calls them TCUPTAKES(so cute!), and he has been obsessed since Easter with them, definitely my son!

His TCUPTAKES!

His TCUPTAKES!

They were so simple, but so fun

They were so simple, but so fun

Yes he blew it out twice, before we could sing!

Yes he blew it out twice, before we could sing!

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He looks like an old man sitting there like that!

He looks like an old man sitting there like that!

Oh and I also made Homemade Ice Cream (it’s a beloved tradition with my family). I made it Cookie Monster Ice Cream, I made it blue with mini chips ahoy cookies and mini chocolate chips. It was delicious, but I’m so embarressed to say there are no pictures of it! But It was super fun!

I made a few things for the kids to play with outside, the bubbles were the biggest hit. And so simple!

Goodness, He is cute!!

Goodness, He is cute!!

Blowing bubbles with his friend Juno

Blowing bubbles with his friend Juno

Even the big cousins loved it!

Even the big cousins loved it!

His sweet friend Solomon.

His sweet friend Solomon.

I also made a ring toss, I used empty lemonade bottles, paper, and paint pens. Jakob was a big help putting the paper in the bottles, I did a few more characters than I had seen. We love Murray at our house, who am I kidding we love them all!

Grover,Bert,Oscar,Elmo

Grover,Bert,Oscar,Elmo

Big Bird, Cookie,Murray, Ernie

Big Bird, Cookie,Murray, Ernie


Had so much fun!

Had so much fun!

Next we did presents, I wont subject you to all the pictures, just my favs-

Bubble Mower- YES!!

Bubble Mower- YES!!

Batman glasses and hat- I do believe a batman birthday may be next...

Batman glasses and hat- I do believe a batman birthday may be next…

Instantly thought he needed a ride!

Instantly thought he needed a ride!

His Uncles just adore him, I love it!

His Uncles just adore him, I love it!

His Uncle Brian

His Uncle Brian

COOL Dude!

COOL Dude!

We had so much fun, I hope you enjoyed the pictures and maybe gave some ideas. I know I won’t go all out for all his birthdays, this one just easy to. We love Sesame Street so much, it’s such a wonderful show!

Sorry for the pictures being all over the place, and THANK YOU to my dad for letting me use his camera, and my SIL Gretchen to taking great pictures too! And to those that came and celebrated with us!(tearing up!) We are so blessed to have this goofy boy in our lives, and there is so much love from all around for him, it just melts my heart!

Now my sources-
the candle, and big posters are from Amazon
The Cups from the goldfish are from http://www.shopsweetlulu.com/
The Cupcake papers and chocolate mold are from Country Kitchen Sweetart(we are blessed to have the store)
The ring toss- http://blog.hwtm.com/2012/11/sesame-street-carnival-party-games/
The Bubbles I mixed from a few different recipes I had found
The Cricut cartridges- Cricut.com
The punch- http://www.party-ideas-by-a-pro.com/sesame-street-birthday-party.html
The cheese- http://stampinlibby.blogspot.com/2010/02/sesame-street-birthday-party.html

Hopefully that’s all, Like I said I came up with some ideas too. There are so many out there, I could have went really nuts, but had to draw the line somewhere! Sorry for typos, but I’ve been sitting here a while now so I’m calling it quits!

I haven’t forgotten, I swear….

I’m sorry for being non existent these last few weeks, we have decided to put our house up for sale. So any spare moment has been spent painting, touching up, cleaning, decluttering, cleaning, and more cleaning. Plus in the midst of a birthday party, which I swear I will post pictures soon, our camera broke and I had to use my dad’s camera, so he’s putting them on a disc for me (hopefully they are good!).
Oh did I mention that in all of this on Mother’s Day the hubs slammed his finger in the car door. And shattered the tip of his finger (I know-owww!) So a ER visit and few doctor appointments later he seems to finally be on the mend. Never a dull moment around here! But a happier note on my last weigh in I was -14 lbs, but I will admit I have been doing some stress eating and haven’t been tracking so, but I’m gonna get back on track and keep losing!
Most of my craft stuff is packed up, so I’m sorta outta commission for now but hopefully soon I will be back in the game.

Anniversary Project

So last week was the hubs and I’s 5 year wedding anniversary. Hard to believe its been 5 years already. I can absolutely say that I love him even more now, than I did that day. (but that’s enough of that mushy stuff!)

I’ve been trying to finish up some half finished and bought for projects. Cleaning and organizing are hitting me in spurts, never convenient times mind you.
But I’m working on a wall in our bedroom, random things that I’m tired of moving around, calling it the “Love Wall”, gross I know.
But anyway I have seen these all over pinterest, and wanted to make one, even bought the frame months ago ( one of the things I’m tired of moving!) Picture of first dance with song written on the mat. I’d been putting it off cause I thought for sure I’d screw it up and have to buy a new mat. So today’s naptime was spent sitting on the floor writing our song out, while I watched yesterdays Dr. Phil (my guilty pleasure!)
Our song was Little Big Town’s “Bring it on Home”, I wasn’t sure if it would all fit, but it did, even with every chorus written out. I had a little space at the end, and I knew it would drive me nuts uneven, so I wrote the artist and song title. Now I just need to print a picture out, that’s our picture book, just getting the feel. But I think black and white will look so pretty. Worked on another picture for the wall, but not quite done- soon to come!
Its far from perfect, my handwriting isn’t the greatest, it’s a mix of cursive and print but hey who cares, it’s for us!

Gender Reveal Cupcakes

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This week I was blessed with the honor of getting to make gender reveal cupcakes for a good friend of mine from high school. I am so excited for them!! And I was so excited that I would get to be in on the secret! Really a secret they waited to find out too. I definitely couldn’t have. And I think they turned out so cute!

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I had been trying to guess what I thought it would be, I said girl, but all the girls I’ve been friends with in school have had boys, weird! She had said blue and pink frosting on them, but I had to do a little something fun for the tops of them. So I made theseIMG_3754IMG_3753 And I must say they are so cute! (and if you don’t like them, well your no fun!)
So after she left, I opened the envelope and got to filling. I used a cupcake corer, I got mine at Country Kitchen Sweetart(Dangerous store for me!) You could definitely just use a knife, but this was so easy to use, and I know I’ll use it again and again! After I filled them I replaced the cap.IMG_3756

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After getting them all filled I started piping, I just did a simple swirl, then topped them with the fondant circles.IMG_3763

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I of course had to alternate the colors in the carrier, then my OCD kicked in an I had to also alternate chocolate and vanilla.IMG_3773

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I then sealed up the envelope and gave it back to her, so she could see her sweet baby’s ultrasound picture!

…….Well do you want to know what it is???( if you couldn’t tell)

What did I say all us girls have had boys!

What did I say all us girls have had boys!


I am so excited for her,her husband , and her whole family! Being a mommy is so wonderful!! Now I can’t wait to make her a gift for her baby shower!

Week #2 Tracked!

I have just tracked my weight for the second time with Weight Watchers. And I am ecstatic to say that I am -8.2 pounds! I have been tracking every single thing I eat. Which is really an eye opener! ( those oatmeal creme pies, I buy the hubs 9pts!- have not had any!)
I also have to add this in which is pretty personal, but hey I’m already discussing my weight with you.
After J was born I decided to have the Mirena IUD put in, we knew we wanted a few years between kids, and after a c-section and NICU baby I knew it would be a bit till I was ready again(still not quite there yet). Very few know that I suffered with post partum, I felt as though I had failed at everything becoming a mom. I was angry at my husband all the time, but didn’t know why. I tried taking medicine but hated it and never really felt any different. So I basically said I was tired, stressed, and my life had changed. I would cry at everything, fly off the handle, I couldn’t remember anything, was irritated with everything, the hubs and I had many talks about how I was different. I just thought it was me, maybe motherhood made me this way, which I hated ( my mood, not motherhood). I was trying so hard to lose weight and would lose 2 but gain 4 or 5. I was so frustrated!I had pregnancy symptoms so much I took multiple pregnant test. I would have to just try so hard to stay patient. Basically I told the doctor, and excuse the language, but I just felt like a bitch all the time. Then one day a month and a half ago I started looking up some things about the IUD and found a few different blogs about women who were feeling the same. That’s it! I talked to the hubs and two weeks ago I got it taken out. The next day I immediately felt like a whole new person, I’m finally back to my old self! It has been so great for our relationship, and for me as a mom. Our whole family dynamic has changed, I hate the fact that it took me two years to figure it out. It has definitely contributed to my weight loss, the next day my stomach was 2 inches smaller from not being bloated, I can wear my wedding ring again my fingers aren’t swollen all the time. I have been exercising every day, trying to drink lots of water(which still needs work), and eating lots of fruit and veggies. One thing I love with WW is I can still eat what my family eats, just smaller servings and healthier choices.