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The Newest Family Members

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Although I've wanted chickens forever, it was about a year ago that I became seriously interested in getting some and started a "chicken campaign" with Joe. On Saturday we had a few errands to run in town and I asked Joe if we could run into one of the local feed stores just to see what it would cost to get set up. Little did I know that once six little kids saw the baby chicks, we would not be able to leave without getting some. (Okay, it wasn't all them. It was a lot me , as well.) It really was not my intention to buy any that day. We were just looking. I guess that's how we ended up with eleven. But look at them. How can anyone resist? We bought four "Reds" (New Hampshire Reds? Rhode Island Reds?? not sure), two "Ambers" (have no clue on this one, even using Google), and five Araucanas . (And please don't ask me their names. I'm a terrible mom and cannot remember them all. And I cannot identify which chick belongs to what nam

It's Official

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It's official. I am running for Town Council. It's exciting and makes me terribly uncomfortable at the same time. I actually submitted my application about two hours before the deadline on Monday, April 13th. Luckily it was a short application, or I may have changed my mind. Again. I really thought it was a low-key election. However, there are signs going up for others and everyone is starting to ask who I am. Apparently, not many people know me in this town of 1,100 people. So, we've been hitting the "campaign trail." We are walking around town in the evenings meeting people and handing out a little bio that Joe typed. Joe designed the kids' shirts. We used regular old boys' white under shirts and iron-on transfers on both the front and the back. The front says, "Vote for my mom for (my town) Town Council." Joe even designed the logo on the back of their shirts. I had shirts made for Joe and myself. Joe's says "Elect (m

Repurposed: Shower Curtain Skirt

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Yes, it's true. This skirt was once a shower curtain. And I think whoever made the shower curtain, made it from a vintage sheet. When I first found the shower curtain , I wasn't quite sure what it was I found. I thought it was a sheet. Then I saw weird hemmings and thought it was a curtain. And then I noticed all the buttonholes at the top. I didn't care what it was. I was in love with the shabby chic-ness of it and it was coming home with me. So this sheet has been repurposed twice now. The skirt is another Simplicity 7229 . So very simple. And my girl has requested a matching one "so we can be twins." So, what's the count? I think it's three new skirts so far this spring.

Cloth Napkins

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Happy Earth Day! Last year I made a bunch of cloth napkins using the rolled hem feature of my serger. And, while we used them a lot in the beginning, I kind of forgot about them and paper napkins crept back into our lives. (Although, I must admit that paper are better for cleaning up spilled lemonade and for packing in my boys' lunches. I'm afraid I'd never see them again if they were in a lunchbox.) I am trying to be more mindful of our waste. I find myself asking, "Can I reuse, reduce, recycle, or repurpose this?" about every thing. I recently discovered our town has a receptacle just for paper recycling. That makes me giddy. We get tons of papers from school, so now I can load it up and drop them off at town hall. So, in honor of Earth Day, I am giving away this set of six cloth napkins. They are made from thrifted, vintage (therefore repurposed) sheets that are leftovers from various projects. If you'd like a chance to win them, please leave a comment

Repurposed: Tablecloth Skirt

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Last week a friend of mine, Kat , gave me a bag of tablecloths. One floral tablecloth she bought for herself, and then realized it would make a cute dress/skirt, so she gave it to me. You'll probably being seeing that one soon ... In the bag was this harvest gold tablecloth with a lace edge. As soon as I saw it, the wheels in my brain started turning. In the end, it became a skirt. Simplicity 5505, to be exact. The skirt, which says takes two hours, took 20-25 minutes, because I didn't have to hem it. It only required a quick sew up the side seams and a casing for the elastic waistband. Easy peasy. And, had I listened to the little voice inside my head that said, "Check the tension on the serger before you start, Lera" it may have taken less time. And, had I listened to that same little voice yesterday morning that said, "Turn the crock pot on high for now and then turn it back to low," my dinner may have been done at dinner time and not bedtime.

Earth Day Legs

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Earth Day is coming! Are you ready? I found some cute little Earth Day socks at the store a month or so ago and decided that Spenser just needed another reason ( or not ) to have some more legwarmers to add to her collection. This is one of two pairs that I made for her, although Sawyer is the one modeling them this time. With his cute little piggies and rolled-up camo pants. And in celebration of Earth Day, we have an extra pair to give away. Just leave a comment on this post today and I will pick a name Tuesday (Tuesday as in tomorrow ) morning. If you have anything earthy to say, or any tips on how to be kind to our earth, I would love to hear it, although it is not mandatory when commenting. Legs details: These are shorties compared to my usual legwarmers. They are not the knee-high socks I usually use, so they will fit a younger/smaller child. They are comparable to the ones she wore on St. Patrick's Day . I would guess that they would fit a child up to age six or so, d

Doll Pillow

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I am repurposing one of Mom-Mom's dresses. The original project from this dress should be titled When Sewing Goes Bad because it is having some major issues of its own. Anyway, this is actually the secondary project coming from the repurpose. You'll have to wait until next week to see the first one. After I attempt to fix it. It's a small doll pillow made from the bodice of the dress. I kept the original buttons and buttonholes, sewed a small rectangle, and stuffed it with batting. I was hoping it would be large enough to be used as a decorative pillow for Spenser's bed, but the darn armholes were in the way. Quick and simple. My kind of project. Now I have to tackle the demon that is the first project. Ugh. Happy weekending to you.

When Sewing Goes Bad

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I was busy sewing along on my serger when suddenly a section of already-serged fabric somehow popped over the cutter and bent the heck out of my needle. Can you see that? It was so loud and unexpected, it scared me to death. Thankfully, it was a quick remedy. Well, the replacing of the needle was quick. Having to re-thread and make sure everything else was okay took longer. Have you had any moments when sewing has gone bad?

Itching

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Remember when I woke up itchy last week from my new laundry detergent ? Well, I'm so very sorry that I complained about that. Because, in perspective, that was nothing. At the time, it was a major ordeal. In retrospect, I'd love to have that itchy rash all over my body right about now. Last week, Joe was out of town. After giving the little ones baths on Tuesday night, I noticed a little something that was "off" in Spenser's freshly-washed hair. It looked like a fruit fly or a gnat. But upon further inspection, it appeared to be a tick ... or worse. Head lice. As I found a few of these bugs, full panic set in. This is our first case of lice. And there was some living in my girl's hair. I checked all the boys, and they seemed fine. Joe was out of town, and because I wanted to treat this sooner than ASAP, I called his mother to stay with the children so that I could drive 20 minutes into civilization to remedy this problem. $58 later, I was armed wi

Easter Dresses

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It's nice to be back in this space after a little break. The boys had off of school for a few days and it's been a wild and hairy ride. They are all heading back today and I'm looking forward to some peaceful moments with only two at home. About a week before Easter, it occurred to me that I had given no consideration to our Easter outfits. For the past two Easters I've made ties for all the boys in the family and dresses and skirts for the girls. I quickly whipped up two dresses (Simplicity 3835 and 4206) for me and the girl, but the ties, well ... they just didn't happen this year. Life got in the way and, sadly, my little Easter tradition did not make the cut. (Joe also informed me that he does not like to tie the cotton ties and that it was a pain in the butt to do so. Even for one day.) The dresses are made from a Shabby Chic sheet that Karyn spotted while thrifting in Maryland last summer . We split the set and I put it aside for Easter. And then forgot a

For the Girl

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My mother and aunts have been cleaning out Mom-Mom's house, getting ready to put it on the market, and they came across the eyelet dust ruffle that used to be on her bed. They were about to throw it away (she had cut it to fit around her hospital bed), but my mother thought that I could re-purpose it somehow. And somehow I did. My first thought was a little petticoat for Spenser. It's for her dress-up drawer and will go perfectly with her bloomers , pinafore and mob cap . I {heart} dress-up clothes. I would totally wear this set if I could... The second idea I had was to make a skirt similar to what Miss Chris did . This skirt set is actually one piece. The petticoat is sewn into the top skirt. I wanted the skirt to be a little longer and prairie-like for Spenser. After I finished sewing it, it would appear that the petticoat hangs down a little longer than I like. I think I'll have to fix that before she wears it.

Simplicity 7229

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We had some nice springy weather this weekend. Saturday was windy. I think Sunday was perfect, but I never went outside. Springy weather means skirt weather. I'm kind of bored with all of my skirts, so I decided I'd make a few more for spring. This is the first of, hopefully, many to come. It's Simplicity 7229 made from some vintage fabric that was gifted to me a while back. This skirt is so very simple. I first made this skirt almost two years ago. It's been a love-hate, so I decided to try it again ... I think there will be more. * * * On Saturday morning I awoke with an itchy-burny rash all over my body. I only noticed the itchy arms at first, but after my shower I realized my whole front was covered in red welts. The only thing I can think of is the new "he" laundry detergent I had to buy recently for our new washer/dryer set. I religiously wash our bedsheets every Friday and this was the first time I used the new detergent to wash our sheets. I sp

Fun Lollies

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I tried to think of a fun April Fools' joke to play on you. But, I couldn't think of anything as good, and believable, as last year's . (If you weren't around for last year's joke, make sure you also read the followup to post here .) Oh, ha ha. The joke was kind of on me last year. Anyway, I had seen these funny mustache molds and thought they'd be hysterical to pack in the boys' lunches for today. I made them last night, while doing the dishes. And watching TV. And shooing the older two out of the kitchen. I asked my favorite girl to pose with one this morning, as soon as the big boys were off to school. If Spenser's and Sawyer's reactions are anything like what the boys' will be like, they're sure to be a hit. Do you have any jokes planned for today? * * * Random News: * * * Yesterday morning, around midnight, I awoke with horrible body aches and chills. It was a terrible night. My MIL came to get the boys ready for school. (Joe