Wednesday, December 22, 2010

Turning Papa’s Shirts Into Fun Aprons

Last summer I thought it would be a cute idea to ask Papa if we could have a couple of his old shirts so that I could make art smocks for our little sprogs for Christmas. I took my time and pondered how exactly I would pull off this project. I had every intention of telling Papa what I wanted to do for the rug-rats little angels. Unfortunately due to my procrastination, I never had the chance to pick the shirts up from him; Papa was called to Heaven to be with Gram-Gram unexpectedly. Now more than ever, this project has gained extreme urgency.

Papa's old shirts

I have been searching the Internet like a wild determined woman tying to find just the right pattern. I didn’t want it to look like any old ordinary apron; it needs to be obvious that it was once Papa’s shirt.
Truly, it was all in vein. Since I couldn’t find what I wanted, I decided to just design my own.
Oh, My, Goodness…I haven’t designed anything in years! What was I thinking!?

In the end I came up with the following design; I hope you enjoy it as much I have enjoyed creating it.
Due to this project being of special importance to us, we wanted to laminate the material to keep it safe from stains. I bought some Heat n Bond  iron-on vinyl and followed the instructions on the package.

Separate the front of the shirt from the back; cutting off both sleeves.

Remove all button and pockets. I laminated the breast pocket with the Heat n Bond for protection.

Line up the two pieces that made up the front of the shirt where it buttoned & stitch together. After I got the two front sides attached, I pressed it with the Heat-n-Bond.

Carefully remove the collar from the back.
Press and stitch the bottom edge of the collar closed. I added a personalized tag where the shirt's original tag used to be.
Lay one of the sleeves flat, cut off the cuff, unfold it and cut it to the size of the sleeve width.

Turn the cuff onto the sleeve, pin together the rough edges, and stitch together.  The sleeve is going to be the artist's supplies pocket on the front of the apron. I ironed-on some of the vinyl to protect it as well.

Place the sleeve in the middle of the apron where you would want the pocket and top-stitch to secure.

I used my embroidery machine to stitch 2 labels that say "My Papa's Shirt" (one for each apron)...I would've done this by hand, but my stitching is about as bad as my handwriting.

I then top-stitched one of the labels onto the breast pocket and then top-stitched the pocket in place on the front of the apron

Attach the back of the shirt to the front (right sides together) and stitch. Make notches in the curved portions where the sleeves were attached.

Turn right sides out and top-stitch around the 2 sides and top (leaving the bottom edge open).

Pin the side of the collar that once had a button attached to the top corner of the apron and stitch in place.

On the opposite corner sew one of the buttons on that was removed.

Gather up all the buttons that you removed and begin to sew them into place where there are visible button holes. (Don't forget the cuff on your supply pocket)

Attach some straps to the sides in order to tie around the waist.


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Friday, December 3, 2010

Homeology Natural Home Cleaning Products

I'm thrilled to introduce you to Jasmin Driggers, a Gold Canyon Living Well representative serving the Manhattan Beach area of southern California.

I first became familiar with her family when Jasmin was starting her freshman year in high school. I was enrolled in a German clas at the local college that her mother taught & Jasmin was ever present in the classroom. I'm truly blessed to have countless memories of her and her parents from our many get-togethers through the years.

Jasmin is all grown up now and starting her venture with Gold Canyon.

I couldn't wait to log on to her website to check out all the products when her mother told me about it. Quite frankly, it was all new to me because I have never heard of Gold Canyon products.

I can honestly say that I have fallen in LOVE, LOVE, LOVE with the idea of their
 Homeology line of Natural Home Cleaning Products.

Others may know Gold Canyon for their scented candles;
 anyone that knows me well, will tell you that I'm no candle girl.
Green clean, however is all me!

If you'r interested in trying their products, hosting a show, or becoming a GC representative,
 head on over to Jasmin's web-site by clicking on the link below.

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Monday, November 22, 2010

My Baby Girl

I know that God loves me, He has shown me with His Grace
I knew just how completely when first I saw your face.

And in that very moment when you came into this world,
I knew you were so much more than just my baby girl.

You would always be my sunshine, my love that wouldn’t end.
And when you’re all grown-up, you'd be my dearest friend.

You are the reason I tried my very best.
For you, my little girl, would be my greatest test.

When God entrusted you to me, to shelter and to guide
I promised Him that day I would care for you with pride.

I would teach you God made you, and that He trusted me with your care.
I will always be thankful He sent you for my love I got to share.

Be proud of who you are and strive to be your best
Put forth your best efforts and trust God in all the rest.

I will always be your mother, but I will also be your friend
You are the most precious gift that God could ever send.

Each night you lay your beautiful head down to sleep
I thank Him for sending you and ask Him for your soul to keep.

I will keep a watchful eye, to guide you through this world.
God please protect my little angel, keep safe my baby girl.

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How Could I Have Known

Meeting Mommy

How could I have known of the love I would feel
When I would first hold you in my arms?


How could I have known of the pride that would spill
When you would dazzle me with your charms?


How could I have known of the pain I would endure
When I would see you get hurt and cry?


Yosemite with family

How could I have known of the joy that would pour
When you would get excited for something new to try?

How could I have known that my heart would break
When you would grow-up and go your own way?

Colorado with mom & sisters

How could I have known of the strength it would take
When in your choices you would stray?

I simply could not have known
Such emotions would ever exist.

18 Birthday with baby sister

Some day, too, you will be shown
When an angel you get to kiss.

Thursday, November 18, 2010

Jackie's Life in Surrey: Tablescape at Beaulieu

When I was a little girl my dad was in the US Air Force and we were living in England.  Of the eight years we lived there, I only remember one REAL vacation we took.  We went camping at the seashore and on our way we stopped at the most remarkable place called 'Beaulieu'. 

Beaulieu Palace House

I've often thought of our tour through the abbey and motor museum, but could not remember the name of the place that I found so remarkable.

Jackie of Jackie's Life in Surrey has a wonderful pictoral of her recent trip to Beaulieu.

Thank goodness I stumbled upon Jacie's blog! Next time I'm in England I will be able to make a trip to Beaulieu.

For more information on Beaulieu click here

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ArtsCow Personalized Gifts

I scored this beautiful porcelain ornament from for just $1.99 shipped using coupon code ORNTS2010.
I liked it so much that I ordered all these additional gifts for 25% off using coupon code DISCOUNT25P.
They have tons of personalized photo gitfts to choose from.

With Christmas right around the corner, I thought the ornaments were fitting.

*disclaimer - readers have been know to 'ooh & ahh' uncontrollably while viewing photos of my children :-)

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Friday, November 5, 2010

A Mothers Courage: Talking Back to Autism

I Went to school with a couple that is featured in this film with their children. They have three sons and two daughters; all of their sons are autistic. 

A Mothers Courage trailer from Amothers courage on Vimeo.

You can purchase a copy of the DVD here.

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Thursday, November 4, 2010

Special on Holiday Cards

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I usually don't send Christmas cards out because time usually gets the best of me. In July I start thinking about taking pictures of our brood & before I know it, it's the week before Christmas and I haven't stuffed any envelopes. That's all changing this year, because I discovered shutterfly. Check out the beautiful card I made with just a few simple steps.

And for an added bonus, all the cards are 20% - 30% off right now.  :)
With Love Chartreuse Christmas 5x7 folded card
Make a statement with Shutterfly Christmas photo cards.
View the entire collection of cards.
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Wednesday, October 20, 2010

Birthday Wishes

My cousin, Halo, has burden on her heart for homeless animals and is working hard to help her local Humane Society.  She's asking for $1000 in donations instead of receiving birthday wishes for herself this year.

I'm hoping she reaches her goal; Hopefully others will see this as a good cause and will be willing to help.

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Friday, September 17, 2010

Lead in the Pipes

My sleeping boy
Sounds like a funny song or rap of some sort, but unfortunately it could be the cause of my babies high blood lead levels.
Not a laughing matter at all. I've been spending the better part of three weeks worrying about my little boy and how this may affect his entire life.
 Prior to his recent blood test I really never thought twice about the fact that we live in a 100+ year old home; now I feel like a prisoner in it.  It's not like I can just take my babies and go live somewhere else (although, this is what I would like to do). 
With Daddy
So I find myself doing research late into the night in order to learn all I can about how I can keep my babies safe from this toxic metal. I have learned quite a bit about paint, water, and the soil surrounding older homes (especially on the east coast).
I will be doing a series on what I'm learning and keep current with my babies trials and progress along the way. I'm doing this with the hopes that no one else will make the same mistakes as I have in feeling 'safe' in a house that could potentially be poisoning your children.
If you suspect you may have a lead problem, call your local health department to see what sevices they provide.

Monday, September 6, 2010

Autism Night at Aquarium of the Pacific

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I myself don't have any children with autism, but I am blessed by friends that do. I'd like to do what I can to help spread the word about autism and just about anything else I can do to help.

The Aquarium of the Pacific, located in Long Beach, CA, will be hosting Autism Night.  Hope you west coasters make it to the fun!

image by Rockgod5150

Thursday, August 26, 2010


It’s the twilight hours
The middle of the night
He’s speaking to me
Saying, ‘Cherish the sight’

While rocking my babies
And holding them tight
Their head on my chest
My hearts delight

Little hands, tiny fingers
Pudgy face and button nose
Softly drifting off to sleep
My prayers they compose

Thank you for your blessings
Keep them safe tonight
I promise you always
I will cherish the sight

Thursday, May 6, 2010


I know a woman who was once a small child; She was the light of her mother's life.
In hard times she moved to California; it was there, as a tot, she lost her daddy in strife.

Her momma, brothers, and sisters took care of her when ill;
They loved her, cared for her, and did their best to raise her well.

She grew-up with her confidant; since kindergarten she knew.
They loved and they lost, but they both made it through.

She loved a man that served his country; they moved away to a foreign land.
It was there that she raised their children and gave away the first ones hand.

 She was there to see her first grandchild be born and cried as she held him for the first time.

Again, years later, she was at a bedside when the first child being born was mine.

Her only son served his country and he served it through a war.
She was there to help when his family was tore.

She flew accross the country to gather his children from a stranger's home.
She left her job to raise them with a promise, they'd never be alone.

She bore only three children but she has brought-up many more.
It is certain there will be an answer when she knocks on heaven's door.

She has worked very hard but there's one thing she'll confess she ain't;
She does not like being called an angel or a saint.

What do you call the woman that has kept this family together?

❤ ❤ ❤ ❤ ❤  I'm proud to call her my Mother  ❤ ❤ ❤ ❤ ❤
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