Friday, March 19, 2010

Welcome Spring.

I am beginning to think I might not ever catch up with sharing all of my crafting... Computer time is so hard to find. I think if I take the computer outside on the porch while my children run in the yard I might be able to get my computer time back. If you don't see a ton of catch up post from me in the next few days you will know that idea didn't work. I have a stack of clothes on my table I need to take pictures of and several dresses in the closet. The sun is setting right now so tomorrow I will try to get some pictures. I am going to run off and get my weekend housework done now so I can play on the computer tomorrow. I hope you are all enjoying spring as much as I am!

Thursday, March 11, 2010


We are busy with "potty camp" at our house. The big problem we had was my little girl LOVES having Elmo on her pampers. We used only cloth from birth until last Nov. or Dec. Our washer broke so hubby picked up Elmo pampers to use until we got the washer fixed. We decided to keep buying Elmo pampers because life was so busy and crazy around the holidays. We got a puppy for Christmas I had to put off potty training so I could spend a couple weeks on potty training the puppy then another 2 months on training her to not chew up everything in the house. Brobee (our pup) still chews but she chews on her toys more and on our shoes and kid toys a lot less than she did a couple months ago. I decided it was time to give potty training another try. Back before we bought the first pack of pampers she was already using the potty a few times a day. Life was a bit crazy back then so I didn't have the time to focus on potty training (I think we did the opposite and diaper trained her from Dec.-Feb.). When my child started yelling Mama I need a diaper change. I messed my pants a few weeks ago. I knew I needed to find the time to potty train her. Zehira told me she didn't want to give up her Elmo diapers. She said she loves her Elmo. I decided to make her up some big girl Elmo pants to replace her diapers.

The blue with the red trim reminds me of Underoos we had when I was a kid. When I first showed them to her she cried and said she didn't like them. She then told me she liked her "baby Elmo" (Elmo diapers). We told her she was a big girl and she has new Elmo big girl pants she cried again and told us she is a baby. We didn't make her wear them we told her she didn't have to wear them. We reassured her that we love her very much. I put them on the coffee table so she could pick them up and look at them whenever she wanted. We told her that she is not a baby. She said she is Daddy's baby. Rob stopped calling her a baby and started calling her his big girl. The next day she walked over to the table and picked up the Elmo undies. She tried putting her legs in them on her own and yelled need help mama. I ran over to help her. I hugged her and told her how proud I was that she wanted to wear the big girl undies. I told her to try not to pee pee on Elmo because that might make him sad. Back in Oct. and Nov. she was using the potty a lot so I knew she understood. She was very happy with her new big girl Elmo and is doing wonderful with going on the potty. Today she told us she needed to go potty when she needed to go #2. Potty camp is going wonderful.... I might have a different story to tell tomorrow. But today I am enjoying the progress we are making.

Once she put on her big girl Elmo undies I got busy making her a bunch more undies. She already had several big girl undies (store bought ones) but I thought we would need a large stack so we didn't run out if we had a day with a lot of mistakes.
If she looses interest I will add Elmo or some other thing on the front of them. She doesn't seem to care what is on her undies anymore. Now what she likes is this...
Easter Eggs with 2 jellybeans inside each one. This bucket I did fill with eggs, DVD's, Polly pockets, Kai-lan figures and other toy treasures. I told her she could pick one thing every time she uses the potty. I have to say I was so surprised she didn't pick out any of the toys in the bucket. She says needs candy inside egg every time she uses the potty. I took out the toys just have eggs in the box because Zee told me to take the toys out of her candy box. If 2 jellybeans is what she wants why try to force her to take toys? Demi wanted the toys so she was trying to make Zee pick a toy. I think this might be why Zee likes the candy so much... She doesn't have to share the candy with her sister. I would love to say we are all done with the potty camp but I am sure we will have a big step back sometime in the next few weeks (I can remember having a oops day with Demi after she stopped wetting in her pants). I hope to be ready to calmly deal with it when that day comes. Today I am going to sit and enjoy how far we have moved ahead. It is kind of sad having to think you no longer have a "baby" in diapers living in the house... I will turn 40 at the end of this year I think I am getting ready to move on to a new phase in my life... I hope it is something as enjoyable as having babies was!

Monday, March 01, 2010

12 in 12 Feb. Challenge

WHAT??? You say February is over? I have no idea how the month past by without me knowing. I did a lot of sewing this month... Once again I fell behind with blogging it. I will try to catch up some in the next few days then move on to March. I have to admit I don't even remember everything I made... I didn't even take pictures. I will try to remember as much as I can. I will try to keep my camera next to my sewing machine this month.

I am late posting my 12 in 12 challenge (I think when it comes to anything that requires computer time the word people would use to describe me is late). For the challenge I made a tie dyed, long sleeve, hemp jersey, Tee shirt for my 2 year old. The fabric I dyed about 2 years ago. I dyed it to be a wrap carrier. My girl is a bit to big to wear in a wrap anymore so I decided to use some of the fabric for this project. I used Wild Ginger to make the pattern. I added a pocket to the front and FOE around the neck. Demi wants one so I think my first project for march will be one for big sister. I have to say I am sorry for the bad pictures. It is dark and gray in Pa. I am having a hard time getting a nice picture. I will share a bunch and I hope you can get an idea what the top looks like. It is hard to get a nice picture when I am in a hurry, with bad lighting to deal with, a toddler who doesn't sit still, my blurry picture taking, the box of raisins, and the marshmallow (only way to keep her in one place for 30 seconds). I hope you can see it is a very soft, comfy, and warm knit top.

I feel bad that I didn't have time to make the wonderful knit things I had floating around in my head! I feel bad that I didn't make any boy things this month. I will try to "get it together" in March. I think by the end of March the sun will come out and that should help a lot with the picture taking.

I am running over to so I can sign my name (late again) to say I finished my project and see what everyone else made. If you have time you should take a peek at the beautiful things the very creative Australian ladies created. March challenge is Make a softie (soft toy/stuffed doll or animal). I hope to have mine done early (I can dream). You all should run over here and sign up!

Please forgive the very rushed typing... I am way behind on my day. My little one is fussing. "Life" is as usual getting in the way of computer time. I love my life so I shouldn't complain. I hope you all understand...