Confessions of a Middleagedmom

surviving motherhood in the “middle ages”

Adventures in Sewing May 13, 2010

Filed under: children,crafts,sewing,toddlers — middleagedmom @ 10:56 am
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Okay, so here are a couple of other things that I sewed recently.  

I tried my hand at an apron. Not too easy. I used a dishtowel apron tutorial from Obsessively Stitching but made a few changes. The first dishtowel that I tried to use was stretching so much that I scratched that project. I tried with another towel and it came out a lot better. I think next time I’ll use seam binding for the sides.

The dishtowels were from Wal-Mart. I’d like to try this again with a couple of modifications. Overall, I thought it was really cute.

I also tried my hand at the friendship bag. The tutorial is from p.s. i quilt. I love this adorable bag and it’s just the right size for a toddler. I want to make more but it is a little time consuming. I hope to make it bigger so that I can use it as a snack bag. I’m showing it next to my daughter’s Hello Kitty shovel so that you can see how tiny this bag really is.

I hope to do more sewing soon. I just need to find more time. I would love to learn how to make my own quilt but that’s for another day.

Happy Sewing!


We {heart} Teachers! May 12, 2010

Filed under: children,crafts,family,preschool,scrapbooking — middleagedmom @ 12:25 am

This year the Teacher Appreciation Gifts involved sewing, paper piecing, a little embroidery, and some Jamba Juice.

The little birdie was altered from a digital kit from Summertime Designs. I tried to match it more to the bird that was on the portfolio that I purchased at Target.  (*Sigh* I wish I got a bunch more of the portfolios because they’re so darn cute.)

Here are some cute manila folder that I also purchased at Target…mostly for myself but I decided to share.

And here are those adorable portfolios. Aren’t they just yummy!

Some pens from Target. I used the small pens for these gifts.

I know it’s hard to see but I added some glitter glue to the eyes and beaks of the birdies.

Here are the compostions books covered with scraps of patterned paper and the little birdies. The flower embellishments are from Die Cuts with a View. They come with glitter already on them.

Here’s a close up of the sewing on the paper pieces and the little embroidered feet. The needle holes look really big in the photo but they weren’t too bad. I guess I could’ve used a smaller needle.

Here are all 3 books with a quote from Elegant Wordart.  (Sorry about the lighting. I took the last few photos the night before I had to give them.)

So, here’s what was included in every gift. I tied a little ribbon to the pens since they had a loop on the top. If I had more time I would’ve somehow (probably a grommet) attached the pens to the composition book with a long piece of ribbon. Oh, a Jamba Juice gift card was also included. I don’t know why I didn’t put it in the photo. I think I was tired. All the goodies went into a cellophane bag sealed with a cute sticker.

I hope you had a chance to thank a teacher!


Random Thoughts in May 2010 May 8, 2010

Filed under: random thoughts — middleagedmom @ 12:53 pm

Lately, I’ve been thinking…

  • I’m not ashamed that I buy clothes at Ross and Target. (Did I mention that I “heart” Target?”)
  • I have way to much paper stuff!
  • I think it’s funny that someone mentioned that I must be an organized person. Then asked if I have a desk.
  • My idea of “ME” time is time to myself to do what I enjoy…scrapbooking, sewing, reading, crafting, watching TV, or napping.
  • “Girls Night Out” does not constitute “ME” time in my world.
  • It’s so much easier to be friends with someone who has similarities with your life, hobbies, morals, values, and world view. ( I mean similarities NOT exactly the same!”)
  • It is MAJOR stress when your child has to have surgery…even if it’s outpatient.
  • Why are so many moms all about competition?
  • Technology is not always a good thing, esp. when you’re at play group or the children’s museum and the majority of moms are either texting or talking on their phones.
  • I am so grateful to have a car and be able to drive it around.
  • I am so grateful to have a roof over my head that I can call HOME.
  • Looking at pictures of my girls as babies, makes me want to have another baby.
  • I need time to choose the pictures I want to use for my Week In The Life Project.
  • I am excited that I found baseball card page protectors at Target.
  • I’m still trying to find a good way to organize my daughter’s school papers and artwork.
  • I really want to get a massage and a manicure.
  • I’m thinking abount investing in 10-Minute Trainer by Tony Horton.
  • I am disappointed that I let myself gain weight in the last year.
  • I really need to make it a point to “invest” in my friendships rather than think they’ll always be around.
  • I’m not excited to be going back to work in the Fall, even if it’s on-call/part-time.
  • My Baby girls makes me laugh with her silly behavior and sometimes even with her strong-willed nature.
  • I loved my daughter’s preschool Mother’s Day activity yesterday. She made me so proud.
  • Having my girls has changed me…hopefully for the better.
  • I am thinking about a vacation to Disneyland in the next couple years.
  • My preschooler made me laugh when she practiced her graduation speech and said she wanted to be a fire fighter when she grows up. ( I think she copied someone else) I tried to remind her that she said she wanted to be a doctor but she insisted on fire fighter.