Thursday, August 18, 2011

sew cute!

So, now that I have given the gift, I can tell you what I made for my friend Savannah. She passed her nurse test and I had some sewing kits I had been collecting from hotels and whatnot . . . sew (sorry, I had to) I decided to make her a mason jar pin cushion/sewing kit. Because, she too, loves a good mason jar.

Putting the pin cushion together was the hardest part; for the most part I just made it up. Basically, I hot glued some felt to the inner top rim of the lid ring, stuffed it with some pillow stuffing & then hot glued the flat part of the lid on. Much harder than it seems. You have to get it reeeeally tight so there is still room for the lid to screw on. Then I hot glued matching felt & fun buttons to the bottom of the flat part of the lid.
Apparently I didn't need the sealer part of the lid, some cardboard would have sufficed. Oh well. Here's an easy to follow tutorial if mine is confusing : )

Some of the goodies : ) the mini set in the middle is from a hotel - snag them when you can!

Some more sewing kit necessities. Can you tell what these pins are in? It's...
... a little match box! Glue some cute paper on and you're good to go! (I had this fabulous sewing paper - how could I not use it!?)
Grey. Always a classic color option.

I added some curling ribbon to the top of the jar... just because : )
The whole little package : ) I added the flower to help ease the shaking of contents inside.
I had to make use of this cute paper as much as I could!

My little signature. Since for 23 years of life it was my name :)
  I need to expand my collection of jars and sewing kits so I can make more of these! And I encourage you to do the same!

the buzz...

It's Link Up time!

This Weeks Questions:

1. If you could live back in any time period, which one would you pick and why?
The '50s! BUT, husbands would have to do the dishes.

 2. What is your favorite color?
This are too hard. I have a few...
Martha blue

cerulean is my favorite crayon.

3. What is your favorite fruit?
I think because they're so versatile. You can eat them, dip them, fry them, slice them, freeze them...& don't get me started on the artificial flavor! Mmm.

4. What is your dream car?
oh the camping and road trips...
Also crushing on the new Subaru Outbacks...

5. What is/was your favorite Disney movie?

Up. My favorite "new" Disney,

6. What is your favorite genre of movies?
That is hard...but a good musical always makes me happy.


7. What's the last movie you watched?
I'm so ashamed. Spencer made me. (really!)

8. Busy city life or simple country life?
Simple City Life.

9. What is one thing you tell people about yourself that they just don't understand?
: )

10. Did you ever want to change your name when you were younger?; if so, what did you want to change it to?
Yes, there was a new name every week!


Wednesday, August 3, 2011

little girls.

((You know how sometimes you get to a site/story/photo and you have no idea how it happened or who you should give credit to? Well, HERE is the first source. HERE is the quaint summary and HERE is how I stumbled upon it.))

BEFORE YOU READ ANYMORE... take a second to think of what the first thing you would really say to these girls would be....
A question? A compliment?


So today I have found a new soapbox. Will I stand up for it when confronted? ...only time will tell. Since I once was a little girl myself, I can actually remember people telling me how cute I was, how pretty my dress and hair was, etc... Is that what should have happened? Who was that compliment really for? Me? Because I think I should have been hearing you are pretty, cute, beautiful  smart, funny and have your own thoughts. I think it is our first instinct to compliment a little girl's outfit or hair because THAT'S what you talk to little girls about. It's comfortable. We thing we are making them feel good. But they aren't always little girls... they grow  up to be big sad, depressed, low self-esteem girls. And what are the things they have learned to talk about? Their looks, their clothes, their hair... It's something to really think about. I know I will.

Add this to your fact book. "15 to 18 percent of girls under 12 now wear mascara, eyeliner and lipstick regularly; eating disorders are up and self-esteem is down; and 25 percent of young American women would rather win America's Next Top Model than the Nobel Peace Prize."

Do you see where this is going? Should a change [should] be made. Perhaps this is where it all stems from.

More on this topic...

For the long version, go HERE.
For the short(er) version, go HERE.