EtsyKids Design Challenge - We Have a Winner!

Posted Sunday, February 28, 2010

Congratulations to the winner of this month's challenge 3. Make a Match - Memory Game - Space Edition by: MamaMayI!
Fun and Delightful! MamaMayI is a lovely store filled with bright and colorful sensory play blankets, gadgets, loveys, fidgets and games. All pieces are designed and hand made by Jessica Perkins from a gorgeous collection of colorful patterns and trims, and will certainly keep your baby entertained and happy, while they discover and learn through play. A must have!

Living in the Moment

Posted Saturday, February 27, 2010

'People sacrifice the present for the future. But life is available only in the present.'
-Nhat Hanh

EtsyKids Design Challenge - It's time to VOTE!

Posted Saturday, February 20, 2010

It's time to vote for your favorite item! Voting will be open through midnight EST on Saturday, February 27th.
This month, EtsyKids members were challenged to create an exciting new item based on a theme "spaceships and flying saucers". We received a lot of fantastic entries from some talented designers and crafters. Please check out their work below and VOTE for your favorite!

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1. Glow-in-the-Dark Saturn Kid Kit by: SmartBottomKids
2. Love Me REVERSIBLE Original Lovey Blanket with FREE Link by: AmyRoseDesigns
3. Make a Match - Memory Game - Space Edition by: MamaMayI
4. 3-2-1 Blast Off Creativity Wallet -- Includes Crayons and Notepad by: DucksInARowBoutique
5. Rockets, Robots and Sprockets Orange, Aqua and Lime Wood Block Set of Three by: boogerandtash
6. Fly Me To The Moon...spaceship custom shirt for boys by: babysisterdesign
7. UFO I SPY BAG - Grey by: 1PixiePlace
8. Li'l Astronaut Gift Set by: amberliddle
9. Baby Bear Jester Hat Cocoa by: ohbabydotcom
10. Out of this World - 8x10 inch canvas art reproduction by: dania27
11. Retro Rocket Hairbrush by: junyandmilo
12. Busy Little Rocket Backpack by: busylittlehands
13. Rocket Applique Shirt or Onesie -- Embroidered Personalized by: EmbroideryByCindy
14. Toddler Boys Size 3T Alien Spaceship Shirt by: msliesenfelder
15. Rocket to Saturn Infant or Toddler Short Sleeve Tee by: rubygraceclothing
16. Custom Tabletop Decorationsby: maryhadalittleparty
17. Crayon Roll Up-Rockets by: twolittletots
18. Space Birthday Party Invitations Printable PDF by: sweetbeets
19. Rocket and Alien Oh My Appliqued Onesie - Size 0 - 3 months - Ready to Ship by: cuteasabutton4baby
20. Rocket Baby and Toddler Long Sleeved T-Shirt - Space by: bubblekidshop
21. Spaceships and Aliens 2T Coordinating Boy Set by: stitchnlove
22. Pink Bubblegum Alien Cupcake Toppers by: paperpartydesignco
23. Rocket ship crayon roll by: ChildishThoughts

Please Follow HERE to vote!

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Those of you who follow on facebook and twitter know that Ive been trying to de-clutter my sewing space....(((twitch))) so I started last night on the top two shelves. This picture is half of my room. I have more shelves on the other side and cubbys.

So It was unbelievable how much fabric I hade that I dont even like?! Whats up with that! So Ive split it up and Im giving to several friends and hopefully they wont hoard it as I did ;)
So I found THIS AWESOME TUTORIAL on folding fabric for storage and honey boo its changed my life! I have so many different size pieces that its always been a terrible mess to keep it all stacked. But not anymore! AND I tried it on Tshirts and it works beautifully! Cant wait to hit the kids closet lol!

You can see in this picture the top two shelves I referred to earlier - The left side, my vintage fabrics, I did before the tutorial - and the right side I did after the tutorial - and please believe I will be re-doing the vintage. I hope this is helpful for lots of you - Im THRILLED! Ill be sure to post pictures after I am finished (and hopefully it will look like this!! Smooches!
(you can click the picture below to go to the tutorial)

Happy Valentine's Day from EtsyKids!

Posted Sunday, February 14, 2010

A day of inspiration to give a year full of love,
Happy Valentine's Day
from team EtsyKids!!
print from wonderful chichiboulie

Crafting A Business

Posted Saturday, February 13, 2010

My Rock out SIL got me a book for my birthday that I had been wanting since it came out! Crafting a business by Country Living/Kathie Fitzgerald. It highlights 31 women entrepreneurs who have been successful in creating a business (including Amy Butler) and shares their tips and suggestions and advice - I've only started reading it but I LOVE it and I will be giving it as gifts for some women in my life!

I wanted to share two things that have really stood out to me in the first two chapters.

1. A quote from Winston Churchill that is one of Denise Carpentier's favorites. Denise makes Pearlware Pottery in Averill Park NY.
'What we get, is how we make a living; what we give, is how we make a life.'

2. A quote from Liz Alpert Fay who makes hand hooked rugs in Sandy Hook Connecticut.
'Sometimes people tell you that you can't do things because maybe they can't do them.'I will share interesting things from the book as they catch my eye. I hope everyone is having a terrific weekend! SMoochES!

EtsyKids Design Challenge for February: Spaceships and Flying Saucers

Each month EtsyKids Team members are challenged to create a unique item within a chosen theme. This month's challenge, "Spaceships and Flying Saucers", was picked by last month's winner purepixie. EtsyKids members will have until February 19th to submit their entries, and voting will be open to everybody from Sunday, February 21st to Saturday, February 27th. So, be sure to come back to the EtsyKids blog for a new post on the 21st to see all of the entries and VOTE! In the meantime, please click here to get a sneak peek at some exciting entries so far!

A Sign of Punishment

Posted Monday, February 08, 2010

Lesley Breen Withrow Illustration

A few years ago, a local mom was both blasted and hailed at the same time, for her unique punishment technique. Her teenage son refused to do his homework, so she sent him out to stand on the street corner with a sign that said something along the lines of "I didn't do my homework so I'm being punished by holding this sign." The local media interviewed her and her son and laughed about the whole scenario. Other parents thought it was too humiliating. Personally, I think it was genius.

Oh yes, I'm THAT type of mom. For us, timeouts and revoked toys generally do the trick around here, but this morning, Peri refused to get dressed for school. For a good half hour I repeatedly told her she needed to get ready and for the entire half hour she just stood around in her underwear and dawdled. Eventually I'd had enough and told her I was going to pick out her clothes if she wouldn't. She hates it when I do this and usually throws a stink when I make her wear clothing I picked out.

This is one of those moments where you can't use timeout unless you want to spend the morning with your child instead of sending them to school. And personally, I LOVE school and the couple hour break it provides. So timeout was not an option.

As usual, Peri threw a fit when I tried to dress her in the outfit I picked out. We had about five minutes before we had to leave so I ended up throwing up my hands and said, "Fine, you're wearing jammies today." So I put her pajamas back on and made her get shoes and socks. She was not happy wearing the jammies and sulked all the way to the car. And since I didn't want anyone to think her wardrobe was a personal choice, I made a sign. Oh yes, I did. Peri wore a sign to school today and when she walked in, both of her teachers just laughed. Fortunately, Peri was in better spirits by then and wanted to show everyone her new ladybug shoes, so no emotional damage done to her ego.

And hopefully, come Wednesday, we don't have to do the getting dressed tango because I could get used to these punishment signs. Don't mess with mom, she's full of "fun" ideas. :oP

Her sign says "I refused to get dressed, so I'm stuck wearing jammies."

Written by Winklepots for The Mama Dramalogues.


Posted Sunday, February 07, 2010

In honor of Super Bowl Sunday, here are some of EtsyKids' all things football - go team!

cute peg hook rack by kryshasCreations

super football ribbon blanket by kasian

adorable leather baby shoes by wildcubs

Im Back in the Eworld FINALLLLLLY!!!!! :)

Posted Saturday, February 06, 2010

Hi Sweets! I have been offline (except via my phone) for the last 4 months and OMG!!! I thought I was gonna DIE! But as of 2 days ago I'm back online with a brand new laptop and Im so Excited!! Ive been up until 2am almost every morning playing and catching up!

So! lets see...whats new here - we have been buried under snow for the last 2 months - we just had a new storm roll through on Friday and there is another coming on Tuesday - sheesh! They have taken 2 days of the kids spring break (((UGH)))) I hate it when they do that! I wish they would just let them make it up on Saturday or take it off their summer break. We are actually going on vacation this year!

I've become completely addicted to the movie Julie and Julia. I rented it 3 times then bought it when I got paid and its pretty much been going non stop on my dvd for weeks. I just put the settings on repeat. The kids know it- line for line! LOL! So Roman - the 8 year old - says to me last week "mom, if butter is so bad for you how did Julia live to be 92 and Paul 94?" :) So I had to think for a second b/c im the one preaching to not eat so much butter - but what I realized is that we dont eat butter - we eat margerine - which is only a couple of molecules away from being plastic. So I've started a new 'real food' campaign in my house - no more rubber or plastic food!

And in that spirit I thought I'd share one of the real recipes that my kids LOVE they would absolutely eat it 7 days a week! I've been making it for 10 years and its the best broccoli and cheese on the planet - no plastic butter or rubber cheese - its all real and all in the microwave! DE-LISH!

Ingredients: 2 bags broccoli Florettes
1 stick butter
1 large bag colby/jack cheese

-put 1 bag of broccoli into a casserole dish/slice butter up on top of it/ then add the 2nd bag of broccoli on top
-cover with plastic wrap and microwave for 10 minutes/let set for 2 minutes when finished
-drain water from broccoli(very important)
-toss in 3/4 bag of cheese - mix it in well then top with the remaining 1/4 bag of cheese
-re-cover with the plastic wrap and microwave another 10 minutes
(it will be super hot when its finished to let is set for a couple minutes)

By the way...if there are any Julie and Julia fans in the house - I found the recipe for the delicious looking bruchetta that Julie fixes for herself and Eric the night she decides to actually start a blog. You can see the recipe here!

AND I just bought Julia Childs book 'My life in France' last weekend and so far it's a GREAT read!

...and just for fun - and Valentines Day...look at thes adorable hearts I've been making! I doing homemade Valentines this year and these little cuties will be the front! If you crochet - this is for you - they take less than 2 minutes to create! Ive made all size and with all types of yarn!

Chain 4
Make 3 Triple Crochets in First Chain Stitch
Then 3 Double Crochets
Chain One
Triple Crochet
Chain One
*Then do the mirror image on the other side*
3 Double Crochets
3 Triple Crochets
Chain 3
Pull through and tie off! Its that simple! and Super Fast!
Thank you to Little Birdie Secrets for this fantastic pattern!

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