Thursday, December 23, 2010

Cotton Babies Rock!

I have to say, out of all the diapers I have purchased, Cotton Babies has the best, top notch customer service of all of them! I have never been disappointed in spending money there and I know if I have any problems they will take care of me!
Cotton Babies Rock!

Monday, December 20, 2010

Christmas, the Super Busy Time of the Year! Homemade

One of the presents I made for my best friend was a super duper rice bag with a cover. I learned from making one for me how to perfect it and I wanted to share it with you all.

I made a rice bag for the whole back. Which is super yummy for those of us to suffer from not having a wonderful Jacuzzi bathtub. Obviously it cannot be one big square because all the rice would gravitate towards the ends so I quilted it.

First I made a rectangle bag of Muslin fabric. The I sewed three line along the full length of the 30 inches, thereby creating 4-30 inch columns. Sorry I don't have a pic by pic of this. My camera is broke. Then filled each column with 1/2 cup of rice. While all the rice is in the bottom, then sew right above the rice 5 inches from the end. Then fill each column again with 1/2 cup of rice and sew above it 10 inches from the end. Repeat until you reach the end. Sew or serge the last end.

This is what it looks like when you are done.

Then I made a flannel cover for the Full Back rice bag. And added snaps to the rice bag corners as well as the inside of the cover corners, to keep the bag from shifting.

Lastly, I added snaps to the cover's flap to keep it closed. And here it is all wrapped up and ready to go. Including a matching neck rice bag.

As for the inside of rice bags, you can use rice, beans or corn, it does not matter. Except pinto beans. Well, unless you really love that refried bean smell. :D

Friday, December 3, 2010

If a blogger cant take a picture

of the craft she has sewn and post it, did it really happen?

Boo Hoo!
My camera's screen is broken!!!
It still takes pictures but I can't see where I am pointing to. Sigh, guess I will have to take a zillion and hope one is good. Until I get a new camera...:(

On a good note, I scored $125 worth of fabric at Joann's on Black Friday and saved $395!!

What did you do with your Black Friday?

Now off to bed to get ready for my 2nd Trainers class tomorrow! YEA!

Sunday, November 21, 2010

It isn't much, but my sewing area is organized!

I just needed to share!

I moved all my fabric to the shelves so that I could see them, but eventually it will over run this area. So someone told me about taking swatches and categorizing them and then noting their location per bin. I will do that in time but keep my diaper making/cloth pad making supplies on the shelf readily available. Oh and under the shelves is my wheat storage in 50 gallon barrels!

The huge bin under my cutting table is for my wool. It is a lovely cedar smelled haven.

And the old fashioned sewing table on the right is my daughters' "new" machine. It is a 1956 Kenmore, all metal construction Beauty!!

Lastly, I added the light above so I could see things better. It is florescent bulbs but the whole light spectrum bulbs. It has REALLY helped!

Hope you enjoyed this tour!

Friday, November 19, 2010

My First Class

Today was my first class and it was a wonderful success. And honestly, I didn't think it was going to be because I was fighting a cold all week. But after a slow start, we made a ton of progress and 1 trainer was completely finished. 3 more only need the Fold Over Elastic and snaps put on and then they are done too. I loved my super cheerful students too.

Monday, November 15, 2010

We're Throwing a Fit and You're Invited

T-Shirt Fitted Diaper. Don't you just love it?!

And my little helper.

And this is an ADORABLE wool skirtie that I made from a sweater at the Goodwill! I love the circular pattern at the top of the sweater and it lent to a wonderful shirt. So girly and warm at the same time.


Tuesday, November 9, 2010

It's been an interesting few weeks...

We had some sort of stomach bug/fever during Halloween week and at the same time, threw out my back. It involved and ER visit and a naturalist and still not much progress beyond being able to go to the potty on my own. Yippee! I did finally go to the chiropractor yesterday and I asked him on a scale of 1-10 how bad was it. He said it was an 8-10. Yikes. Nutritionally, I need to eat more whole foods and I know that. Physically, I need to do more exercise. Looking into getting a mini trampoline as well. So I will be working on that.

And because of all this I haven't done much sewing. Some and and I will show it off, but not much. However we also came into alot of food during this time, and it need preserved. So stepping out of my comfort zone, I learned about canning meat and lemons. Then my family had to help too when I was stuck in the bed.

We canned Hamburger for the first time. I used this website on how to do it.

And so since this summer, We have canned Lavender, Violet, and Dandelion Jellies, Kidney and Chickpea beans, Lemon juice, and now Hamburger and Gator Meat.

And the good news is, if our freezer fails, we haven't lost anything.

Saturday, October 23, 2010

I'm not MIA, just doing a Garage Sale for the Boy Scouts.

And when it's at your house, all of life stops! But for a garage Sale that is not a City Wide, they did really well!
Besides my house, I donate Hot Homemade Cinnamon Rolls, whole wheat too! I use my Bosch Universal Mixer and make 5, yes 5, loaves of Bread. Then I take 2 of those loaves and flatten them to about the size of 9x12. Butter the tops and added Cinnamon and Sugar and roll them up. Cut them up with floss into 12 rolls. Now the icing is just salted butter, powdered sugar, and milk. I don't give out the ratios because that is my secret. But I have posted my super awesome, super light, whole wheat bread recipes HERE on All Recipes.

Saturday, October 16, 2010

A Babe with Expensive tastes.

Well not really. I have been finding Cashmere Sweaters (which are wool by the way) at the Thrift Store and surely I couldn't pass them up. They feel so yummy! But they are on the thin side. I read that if you don't want to felt them, you only need to double them up and that gave me the idea. Reversible Longies! So I made two sets of longies and combine them together. I added a sleeve for the elastic waist band. Then Rolled Hem the bottom of the legs and again at the top. It turned out perfectly!

Don't forget to register for the Breast Cancer Awareness Giveaway for a free Nursing Cover.

Tuesday, October 12, 2010

In Honor of Breast Cancer Awareness Month Giveaway!

And the winner is.....A. Hines! For following me on twitter. Congrats!!

Nursing is very dear to my heart. I have so far nursed 8 years myself, including a set of twins! It has been proven that the longer you nurse, the more you decrease you chances of getting premenopausal Breast Cancer. And with it being Breast Cancer Awareness Month, I would like to encourage all new mothers and mothers-to-be to protect their breasts!
So in honor of this I will be giving away an Autumn Batik Nursing Cover to help in this endeavor.

This nursing cover is lightweight 100% Cotton with the peek-a-boo feature that allows you to see your baby and him to see you, made lovingly with my two hands. As well as the others in my Artfire Store.
And for the month of October, I am offering free shipping on all nursing covers.

So if you would love to have this Nursing Cover, here is what you need to do to enter to win. Make sure a leave seperate comments for each requirement.

1. Leave a comment on what you would like to see in my Artfire shop. 1 per person

2. Become a Follower of this blog (current followers count too). 1 per person

3. Leave a comment if you post this Giveaway somewhere else public on the web and add link. No limit on different areas to link to, just leave separate comments for each.

4. Become a fan on Facebook (current fans count too) of Feminine Essence and leave a comment here. 1 per person

5. Become a follower on Twitter (current followers count too) of Feminine Essence and leave a comment here. 1 per person

6. 10 entries, leave a comment for each, if you order anything from my shop!

Contest ends October 31st at 11:59pm. Open to all US Residents.

Sunday, October 10, 2010

The Reusables!

This is the display that I did for the "Thinking outside the box, Preparedness Workshop". I am so happy to try to share this with you all online!
And here is the Teddy Bear changing station. It was for anyone who wanted to see what it was like to change a cloth diaper.

An overview of everything laid out. :)

The start of the Diaper Area!

Here you can see the Fuzzibunz from The Suburban Tree Hugger, Bumgenius 4.0 that I recently won, a couple of All in One cloth diapers, and a Rumparooz. The Picture is of a diaper sprayer. I wanted people to see how easy it is to clean a cloth diaper now a days!

Here you can see the Katydid Diaper, Rumparooz that I won from Sugar Dipes, Bumgenius 4.0 that I won from Cotton Babies, Diapers made with the LaDiDa Diaper Pattern and Diapeze.

Here are some Kawaii Diapers, Chinese Prefolds, Swim Diapers, and some wonderful fitteds and pocket diapers from Nifty Nappy.

Here is the prefold, flats, and covers section. There is a Thirsties, Flip, and Econobum from The Suburban Tree Hugger. And a Bummis prefold and cover.

And lastly, cloth wipes. The colorful ones are from Diapeze. And the white ones are some that I surged from scrap flannel. And above them both is a Hemp doubler.

Here is the information display for the cloth diapers. You can read the Documents below.

Cost analysis of Disposables vs. Cloth diapers

Here are the different types of Cloth Diapers.

Basic instructions of washing Cloth Diapers

Where you can purchase Cloth Diapers

Free Cloth Diaper patterns Online

Here is a picture of the wet bags I made and cloth pads from Randumosity.

Girly Cloth that I made myself for my two girls.

Unpaper towels I have made myself. And waterproof sandwich bags made by another Stay at Home Mom that I bartered with.

And Here is a food cover from Rebel:T/L/C, made with Food Safe Nylon, that you just throw into the washer. She also accepts Amazon Gift Cards that you can earn with your Swagbucks, same as cash.

And Here is the informational Display on all these items!

Why Cloth Pads

Cost analysis of Disposable Pads to Cloth

Where to get them

Reusable instead of Disposable

Finally, some of the wool items that I had been working on lately.

I hope that I was able to bring a a little bit of what I have done for you all online.

Thursday, October 7, 2010

So what did I do with the wool scraps?

I am making wool balls with them! Wool balls are the new "fabric softener". They shorten the drying time, cut down on the static, and fluff the clothes all at once! All these attributes are great for cloth diapers, but are still great for anything you stick in the dryer anyways. Here is the tutorial that I got the idea from.

Here is a piece of wool that I had leftover from making the longies. I washed it and dried it in a pillow case to felt it. And then I ironed it and then ironed on freezer paper. I used the freezer paper so that I could use my template and draw alot of side panels at once without any pinning.

Here it all drawn out. :D

Voila! My first Wool ball!

And my children thought that the freezer paper cut outs needed a use too! Well, art was taken care of today!

Monday, October 4, 2010

My Wool Longies Are done!

Yay!! Now this isn't part two with the scraps. I had to finish what I was doing with the wool to gather all my scraps. Which is now felted by the way.
These longies turned out so cute!! I love them!
I got the tutorial from here. She had great instructions and I made my a bit big for room to grow, but I also had to add elastic to everything so they would stay on.

I had enough of the wool sweater to make another sleep sack. You can see how I made the sleep sack from this post. I am finding that Men's XL are perfect for this job.

Well, there is one thing that I made with the scraps. :D The Shoulders of one set of the sleeves plus some leftover ribbing made a perfect hat.

Wednesday, September 29, 2010

Upcycling Wool Sack

In my fascination with wool longies, I started hunting the local thrift store. I found two other sweaters that will be good for the longies, but I came across this sweater vest for 1/2 off that I couldn't pass up. It was $2.99 but all green marked tags were 1/2 off. Plus I had a discount card for another 10% off. So this bad boy cost me $1.35!

First I opened the shoulder seams.

Then I measured 5 inches down(to include an overlap on the shoulder)on the sleeves and sewed in towards the body. Then when I got far enough in (of course this is determined by more the size of the child. Once I got far enough in then I went straight down. After I sewed it, then I trimmed it. It was easier to sew it first and then trim it.

Then I sewed the bottom together.

Then I folded in the wrong sides of back shoulder seams 3/4 inches and sewed together. I then folded in the wrong sides together and pinned the front shoulder seams 3/4 inch and sewed.

Once all 4 shoulder seams were sewed down, I had to decide what snaps to use. I decided lavender was a nice complimentary color, since I didn't have charcoal colored snaps.

I spaced it out and 5 snaps across looked good to me.

Voila! Finished product on my cutie pie tester.

And this is only part one! Wait till you see what I do with the scraps!