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Month: August 2009

Halloween Is On The Way

Tomorrow is September 1st which marks the beginning of Halloween shopping for me!  Before I had kids I absolutely hated that Halloween stuff was out so early every year, but now I know it sometimes takes that long to find just the right costume for your little ghouls and goblins (or you know, Princesses and Buzz Lightyears).

One thing I never can seem to find is a good trick or treat bag for my kids.  We tried several different store bought bags, plastic grocery bags, and even the cheap plastic pumpkins, but never could find something that was comfortable to carry, didn’t drag the ground (for the little ones), and held plenty of goodies.  That’s why last year I decided to just make my own.

Trick or Treat Bags

They were so fun and easy to make that I made up a bunch of them to sell and give away. My kids and my nephews all used them last year and they were a huge hit.

Trick or Treat Bags

Each bag is reversible, as shown in the pictures above. Of course they don’t have to be used as Trick or Treat bags, they make great tote bags for just about anything!

And of course the reason I’m telling you all of this, is that I have 4 of these cute little bags left over and would love to get rid of them. I’m selling them for $10 each and I have 2 each of the two designs. Size may vary slightly.

If you are interested, please e-mail me at I’ll take payments by PayPal only. If you absolutely cannot do PayPal let me know and we’ll talk, but I can’t guaranty that I’ll make an exception.

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Returning From Crazy

Two weekends have passed now since I posted my Weekend Goals.  Out of my ten goals, I have now accomplished 6.  I knew it was ambitious to begin with, but thought maybe with a little luck I would manage.  Somehow I never can accomplish nearly as much as I think I can.  I’m guessing it has something to do with the three other people that live in my house.

Not only am I behind on my goals at home, but now I am incredibly behind on blog posting again.  I have all kinds of things lined up, waiting for me to write about them on my various blogs, but I just can’t find the time to do it.  I spent most of my free time last week working on another little design project instead.  I haven’t even managed to upload any photos in nearly two weeks which just isn’t like me.

On top of all that, I am way behind at work.  My computer at work was running slow and my hard drive was nearly full so we replaced the hard drive with a bigger one and took about a week to get all of my software loaded again.  Then last Friday, just as I was putting the last few pieces in place, it crashed…over and over again.  It was suggested that we replace the processor and memory, so we did that and I had to start all over from scratch again.  Now, a week later, I’m still sitting here trying to get everything back to where it was before all of this mess.  I have accomplished some work in between fiddling with the computer, but I am still very behind.

Regardless of everything that has happened in the last couple of weeks, I have high hopes for this week.  My computer is at least at a functioning level again so work will be a bit easier.  Zach’s swimming lessons are done (hopefully I can post about that soon!) so I get my Monday and Wednesday evening time back.  Plus, I have a nice 3-day weekend at the lake to look forward to.  Even though I still have a million things to do, somehow I just feel a bit calmer today.  I feel like I’m returning from crazy just a little bit.

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Weekend Goals

I’ve always been a list maker. If I don’t write it down, I’m most likely going to forget it. All week long I’ve been thinking of things I want to do this weekend since we’re having a rare weekend at home (with no plans!). Since I don’t want to forget, I decided I better get it out of my head and onto paper. Of course, it also does double duty of letting my Hubby know what my plans are for the weekend. Now, can you guess which items on the list are my priorities???

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Feelin' Knitty

It may not be Fall quite yet, but football has started, kids are headed back to school (my oldest is starting preschool!), the weather is cooling off just a bit, and I am getting the itch to knit.  The leaves will be falling before we know it.  I’ve found myself digging through my yarn stash and browsing patterns online trying to decide which project I want to tackle first.  I would really like to work through some of my stash this winter, but some of the projects I want to do will require new yarn purchases.


First up is a scarf for me.  I thought I was going to make this two years ago, but just never got around to it.  That’s why it’s first on the list this time around.  I started it last night, but didn’t get very far.  I’m hoping to watch a movie or two and work on it this weekend.

Next on my list is to attempt making Evie some pants, or “longies” as they’re called in the cloth diapering world.  I’ve found a couple patterns that adapt for those of us who don’t cloth diapers so I want to take a stab at it.  It may be a bit of an ambitious goal.  If anyone has any longies patterns that they love, please send a link my way!

I also have some Christmas gifts in mind, mainly for my three nieces.  I’ve got some cute girly yarn in bright colors (seen on this hat) that would make some really cute hats or other items.  I haven’t decided exactly what I’m going to do with it, but the wheels are churning.

I’d also like to crochet Evie another Roselette top.  They’re just so cute and I’m pretty sure she’s outgrown the ones I made last year.  She may get a few more wears out of them, but they aren’t going to make it through the entire Winter.

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Cincesses All Around

It took me a couple days after we got Evie’s new Princess bedding to actually get it on her bed.  With her allergies and sensitive skin, everything has to be washed before she can touch it.  I snuck back and put it on the bed while she was playing and surprised her with it at bed time.  She was SO excited to have her “Cincesses” in her bed!

Checking out her new Princess bedding
First, she stopped to check them out.
Let me show you how to get into this thing
Then she decided she better climb in for a closer look.
Climbing up...
She refuses to climb up at the end of the bed where there is no guard rail, instead preferring to climb over it.
...and flipping over
Then she dives in. She does this every night…over and over again…while she laughs like crazy. Apparently it’s fun to bounce on your head.
Look at all the princesses!
I think she likes it!

Perhaps I should enroll her in gymnastics?!?

I’ve been feeling the urge to knit again. Check out my latest project goals over at Getting Crafty!

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Custom Greeting Cards Giveaway from

One of the best ways to let someone know you’re thinking of them is to send them a greeting card. Maybe it’s their birthday, graduation, a special holiday, or just to let them know you miss them. No matter what the occasion, a greeting card from a friend with a special note inside is bound to cheer the recipient up.  Hey, everyone loves getting mail when there isn’t a bill inside, right?

But what do they do with that card after the 30 seconds or so that it took to read it? They might set it up on the table for a while where they’ll see it when they pass by. Eventually they’re going to tuck it away in a drawer, stick it in a pile of other papers where it will be lost for eternity (wait, is that only me?), or maybe even toss it in the trash. They may remember the sentiment, but let’s face it – that card will probably never be seen again.

So how do you make your cards stand out? How do you make your card the unforgettable one that doesn’t get pushed aside or tossed in the trash? Make your own custom greeting cards of course!  You can use your own design, logo, or photo to make your greeting card an original. And guess what? The ones with photos on the front are the ones I always keep!

Custom printed cards can be used for thank you notes, invitations, sending holiday greetings, or just to let loved ones know you care.  I personally love sending custom postcards for my kids’ birthday party invitations.  They are so much nicer than the generic ones you pick up at the store, and are also a wonderful keepsake for the baby books.


What would you use custom cards for?  Does this sound like something you’d like to do?  I hope so, because wants to give two (2!) of my awesome readers a set of 250 custom greeting cards!  Two winners will receive the following:

250 7 x 5″ Greeting Cards (Half-Fold); 10 pt Cover with matte or gloss Coating

Full Color Outside and Blank Inside (4/0)

Winners must be willing to pay shipping for their cards and they will be shipped within the U.S. only.  Even with paying shipping this is an incredible deal!

How to Enter:
Leave a comment below telling me how you might use your custom greeting cards. Make sure to leave a valid e-mail address where you may be contacted if chosen as the winner.

Contest will remain open until September 1, 2009 at Noon (Central time). Two winners will be chosen at that time by random number generator at  Winners will be posted here and also notified by e-mail.

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