Thursday, January 17, 2013

Jeremy's Birthday

After a LONG day at work, the boys were more than ready to see their Dad and wish him a Happy Birthday! Oh, and they were excited to eat cake, too... ;-)

This one is frame-worthy!

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Monday, January 14, 2013

Sewing in January

This has been a much busier month of January for Mom-Made, compared to last year. And I'm getting ready to start selling my items at a local boutique in town. Very excited about that! I'll post the details at the end of the month, once everything is finalized.

Here's a look at some recent orders...

Four deluxe coloring caddies, for the granddaughters of my mother-in-law's good friend (got that?!).

And some other fun projects:

Small Cross-Body Tote Bag for S.P.

Pillowcases for R.B. & D.B. (a Christmas gift for my parents) :-)

Large Snack Bags for S.P.

Baby Blanket for D.B.

Zippered Toy Box Cushion for K.G.

And if you see Jeremy today, be sure to wish him a Happy Birthday!!

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Saturday, January 12, 2013

Reusable Snapping Kitchen Towels

This is one of those projects I've wanted to sew for a long time, and finally got around to it. Always a good feeling!

I spotted this alternative to paper towels on Etsy and thought it was brilliant. After the Christmas order rush (with new industrial snap press in hand), it seemed to be the right time to try these out for our family.

Snapping Kitchen Towels

I made a set of 12 towels using cotton and absorbent chenille backing. I love how you can roll them on a regular paper towel tube. Jeremy looked at me like I had lost my marbles when I first showed them to him, but I think he's coming around to the idea!

We haven't made it through all 12 yet, but as I'm washing them (with other towels) I'm just sticking them in a drawer until the roll is empty, and then I'll refill it (the idea of the same ones getting used and washed over and over again bothers me... I'm weird).

That's 72 snaps total, in case you're wondering :-)

We can use them for almost everything we previously used paper towels for, except covering food in the microwave (the snaps would melt). We drain bacon and sausage on them without a problem. If the grease stains don't come out in the wash, I'm not concerned! Overall, I'm very pleased with the softness, absorbency, and reusable aspect of these.

If you're interested in similar towels, do a search for "snapping kitchen towels" on Etsy, and you'll find lots of great print and color options! I don't have plans to make these to sell, but please consider giving one of the Etsy sellers a try if you are interested in a set for your own kitchen.

Update: I've found that washing these on hot with a small squirt of original Dawn dish detergent and an extra rinse really helps to fight odor caused by grease. Hope this helps you too!

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Friday, January 11, 2013

Gingerbread Cookies in January

What a sugary mess this was!

Miles had been begging me to make gingerbread cookies from the cute little Gingerbread Mouse book he got from his preschool teachers for Christmas. We just never got around to it until now. The recipe was in the back and they were pretty tasty.

I hope the kids got their fix of frosting and cookie decorating until next Christmas!

Nice lipstick, Miles

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Saturday, January 5, 2013

Building Blocks

The boys had fun this evening building block towers with Tyson's marble track set from Santa...

Miles was making cars go through his tower


And down goes Tyson's tower!

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