Easy Hedgehog Felt Pouch for Purse Privacy

I read this week that having three kids is supposed to be the most challenging number of children to have because it’s the first time that the parents are outnumbered. I can’t speak to that, as I’ve never gone from three to four children. I can speak to the fact that each pregnancy takes a bit more of a toll on my body.  It’s not the actual time being pregnant, rather it’s the time afterward.  I always have to go to the bathroom now– I’m not sure if my bladder got smaller, but I think I’ve just developed a “mommy bladder.”  At least that is what one bloggy friend told me recently at a meeting… after I made the mad dash to the bathroom for the third time.  Now I carry my unmentionables in my purse, and to give myself a bit more privacy when my children go rummaging through my purse and toss things aside.  As you probably know from a few prior posts, I find working with felt to be easy, particularly for simple embroidery and piecing.  So, I decided to make an easy hedgehog felt pouch that was the perfect size for my Poise liners (as well as period liners when necessary!)

My Mom Made That: Easy Hedgehog Felt Pouch {Perfect for your purse to hold your unmentionables!}
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Upcycled Stenciled Stool for the Bathroom

Thanks to Royal Design Studios for providing the products for today’s post; all opinions are 100% my own!

Around here it’s consignment season. That means that it’s the perfect time for me to find wonderful bargains on children’s clothing and slightly worn children’s furniture.  I love scouring the rooms filled with cast off children’s treasures to see if there is anything worthy of a good upcycle.  Last sale season, I found a step stool that was perfect for the boys’ bathroom. It cost just $4, and the finish on the wood was a little faded, but I thought that it wouldn’t take long to fix it up.

I brought it home with me, and proudly showed my purchase to the Mellow Man. He raised one eyebrow, and said, “Can’t you finish a few projects before you get started on anything else?” I think that this is the mantra and plea of the spouse of every DIY/craft blogger. Of course, my response, “It was only $4,” is likely the retort of every DIY/craft blogger.

My Mom Made That: Upcycled Stenciled Stool

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Distressed Key Holder

We have a menace in our home. He rules the entire house with his iron fist– his chubby, tiny fist. He’s our pint-sized ball of energy– the Little Monkey. He is in the midst of the tantrums and power struggles and emotional roller coasters of the toddler period. He is fascinated by doors and keys, particularly the remote control for the car. Our original key holder was low enough for him to snatch the keys and play with them. The Mellow Man and I would go to the car and find it unlocked and the sliding doors of the van open.   The third time this happened, we decided that it was time to move the key holder up higher.  When we did this, we realized that we’d need to resize it.  It worked out just fine that way– I wasn’t totally happy with the original product, and Mellow Man thought the green didn’t go in our Red accented Knotty Pine kitchen (as an aside, can one paint knotty pine?)  Thus, we decided to have a re-do on this DIY project, and created a new distressed key holder.

My Mom Made That: Distressed Key Holder
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Guest Posting Announcement: Vinyl Laptop Decals

Guess what!?  I have a cool announcement.  I’m writing this post from my awesome new MacBook Pro.  Yup, I’ve made the switch after a lifetime on a PC.  This is a bit of a transition, but I’m in love with my new computer.  So much so, that I’m sharing a new project today over at the Silhouette School while Melissa is on vacation.  I’d love it so much if you’d stop over there and visit me.  Here’s a hint– it’s a tribute to one of my favorite books.    I also promised the readers of the Silhouette School that I’d show them another vinyl decal that I made for the Big One’s laptop.  (I had been borrowing his laptop while I was between laptops, and he’s so excited to get it back!)  It is a tribute to one of his favorite computer games: Minecraft.

My Mom Made That: Laptop Vinyl Decals (Minecraft Inspired)

The tutorial and vinyl recommendations are over at the Silhouette School, but if you are interested in the cut file for the Minecraft creeper, I have a free one available here.  I’ve gotten a ton of use out of this cut file, as I also used it to make the Big One’s back to school supplies that I shared a few weeks ago.

Now that I have our laptops all personalized with vinyl, my next step is to make an iPad decal for the Mellow Man.  His request is one that is Super Mario brother’s inspired, so I’m trying to come up with ideas for his decal.  If you have any suggestions, be sure to send them my way!


Homemade Vanilla Extract

Back in March, we took the boys to the Atlanta Botanical Garden for their Vanilla Days, and we got several recipes while we were there.  One of them included directions for making your own homemade Vanilla Extract.  Prior to our visit to the Botanical Gardens, I didn’t even know that one could make their own vanilla extract!  We talked to one of the educators there, and brought home the directions eager to try making our own. We decided to make our own vanilla extract and to compare the results by making two forms of Vanilla Extract with rum and vodka.

My Mom Made That: Homemade Vanilla Extract
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