Confessions of a Middleagedmom

surviving motherhood in the “middle ages”

More Sewing – Crayon Roll March 17, 2010

Filed under: children,crafts,family,sewing,toddlers — middleagedmom @ 3:56 pm
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I recently tried my hand at crayon rolls. There are a ton of tutorials out there. I looked at tutorials from Skip To My Lou and Chocolate On Your Cranium. I decided to go with the tutorial from Skip To My Lou.

Here is the practice one that I made. It was pretty easy. I had a little trouble with the fabric shifting a little while sewing. I think I didn’t use enough pins. It was also a little touch to top stitch since the fabric as so thick, esp. in the corners. Yes, I did clip my corners.  I just sewed really slowly and used my hand crank. (Is that what it’s called? That wheel that’s on the side of your sewing maching?)

Here is the next one I made. It was for a birthday gift.  I know…I know…my sewing was a little crooked on the right hand edge.

Here it is filled with crayons. I’m loving it. It’s pretty fun to make.

Here is the crayon roll all tied up.  I think I’ll make the ribbon a little longer. I’ve seen some crayon rolls with elastic and button closures. I’ve also seen some variations with velcro. I kind of  like the velcro closure for children to open and close it independently.

I used an 8 pack of crayons for my crayon roll. Most tutorials use 16 packs. But for little ones I felt like 8 was enough. My Baby is always losing her crayons so I thought sticking to less means less to handle for them and less to find for us parents.

The crayon roll went with a little drawing pad and some other goodies as part of a birthday present for Baby’s BFF.

I have a bunch more crayon rolls to make. The other one I made I used ric rac on the edge. That wasn’t quite as easy. I’ll post those pics later. Other than that, it’s a pretty simple and fun sewing project.

I’m off now since I hear Baby fussing in her crib…calling “Mommy down!”


Nemo Is In the House January 15, 2010

Filed under: children,family,food,friends,toddlers — middleagedmom @ 10:00 pm
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Baby recently celebrated a birthday. We decided to get her a Nemo themed cake since we couldnt’ get Minnie Mouse. Actually, it probably turned out better since Baby likes Nemo and one of her favorite field trips is the Aquarium. Here’s the cake. Both Baby and Princess love the little squirt toys on top of the cake.

As it turns out, she got a late Christmas gift that was ocean themed too. It was a Crayola Activity Kit called Undersea Adventures. It’s like a game with an interactive DVD and 3 coloring books and 3 packs of crayons. I’ve never seen it before but it came in handy since Princess decided that she likes that present too.

That same friend gifted Baby with a Nemo Activity Kit from a recent trip to Disneyland. Baby was so excited that she opened it as soon as she got home from visiting with her friend. She has asked me everyday to use that kit. By the way, so has Princess!


Adobe Photoshop Project July 24, 2009

Filed under: children,family,moms,preschool,scrapbooking,Uncategorized — middleagedmom @ 12:16 am
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Here’s an Adobe Photoshop project  that I worked on. It’s part of a gift for one of Princess’s teachers. (I used Adobe Photoshop Elements 7.)


adobe teacher project 

I used this to add to a 5″ x 7″ solid blue background paper inside an acrylic frame to create  a post-it holder. I was fortunate to have a picture of Princess’s teacher with her son at one of the school’s events.

The background paper is created by Summer Driggs of Summertime Designs. She creates great digital scrapbooking stuff. The frame and mask are from Jessica Sprague’s class as mentioned in my earlier post.  The font for “my boy” is called karabine . The arrow journaling spot is from a kit called Sun Porch created by Amy Teets available at ShabbyPrincess. The font inside the arrow is First Grader. I’m not sure exactly where I got it from but here’s one place where you can find it.

So what do you think? I”m still learning how to use Photoshop. It’ a lot of  fun but a lot of work.  Any suggestions or comments are welcome.

If you use any of the products listed in my post, please let me know so I can see what you’ve created or link back to my post.  Enjoy!


Springtime Brirthday Card April 26, 2009

Filed under: baby,family,handmade cards,scrapbooking,toddlers — middleagedmom @ 4:07 pm
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Here’s birthday card that I made for a little girl’s 1st birthday.

springtime1stbdayoutside2I used yellow cardstock for the card. The images are from Letting Delights Spring Bundle. It also includes the font used on the front of the card. It’s called “LD vanilla”. The green gingham ribbon is from American crafts. The drangonfly sticker is from Jolee’s Boutique and the white lines were created using a Sakura opaque gel writer. I can’t remember where I got the green sticker I used for the “grass”.



For the inside of the card, the flower image and frame also came from the Spring Bundle. The font is called “elastic wrath” downloaded from the internet, except for the number 1 which is “DJ Chunky” from DJ Inkers.



Happy Birthday Daddy! August 2, 2008

Filed under: children,dad,family,moms,scrapbooking — middleagedmom @ 10:32 am

It’s daddy’s birthday celebration in our house, yep, Mr. MaD recently turned 44!

We’re not doing anything big…we got a cake and a ballon. I intended to bake a cake but since I’m sick this week I gave up on that idea. Not only am I sick but so is Princess and Baby too! We’re supposed to go over to the in laws today for lunch. Mr. Mad’s brother will be there too, with his wife and new baby. We haven’t had a chance to meet the new baby since they are from out of town. I’m hesitant to go since we’re all sick although Princess has been in school this whole week.

Mr. MaD’s birthday present is homemade. It’s a magnetic frame that he can put on his filing cabinet at work. I’ve included an image of the frame here. Since it’s those acrylic frames that you slide the photo into I had to make everything flat. So there is no real dimension to speak of but that’s okay. I’m sure Mr. MaD doesn’t care about the design. It includes a picture of Princess and Baby. It’s one of the few photos I have of Princess smiling in the camera since she doesn’t like to sit still and pose for pictures anymore.

So this year, it ended up being the budget birthday. But that’s okay because all Mr. MaD needs is the love of his family!

Happy Birthday Daddy! We love you!



Thanksgiving Blur November 27, 2007

Whew! This Thanskgiving flew by…it is just a blur now. This year we went to our in-laws for Thanksgiving dinner. I made 3 semi-homemade desserts. The first was pumpkin muffins (recipe from with store-bought cream cheese frosting. The second was apple crisp using canned apples (Comstock). The third was a chocolate bundt cake (cake mix) with homemade cocoa glaze.

Wondering why I would bake if I have gestational diabetes? Well, remember I do enjoy baking. Mr. MaD was my taste tester for the muffins and chocolate cake. Apple crisp is one of my go-to recipes so I didn’t need any taste testing for that.  My thanksgiving dinner was restricted. I limited my carbs (stuffing, mashed potatoes, yams, etc.) and I had no desserts including fruit. Yes, I was disappointed. I watched my portions and I didn’t have 2nds.  Believe me…I’m already looking forward to next Thanksgiving and the food that I will be able to eat. On a positive note, I didn’t feel that fullness that often comes with holiday meals.

Thanksgiving night was the first time Princess went to bed so late, approximately 10pm. By the time we got home and bathed, she was fussy. She didn’t want to dry her hair, she didn’t want to change her diaper, she didn’t want to do anything. The next morning she woke up around 8am and she was fussy throughout the day.

We did not go out since I was so tired and I know she was also. Instead, we sent Mr. MaD out to do some shopping. He went out early to get our new microwave on sale at Sears. He went to Old Navy and got some pjs for Princess and he attempted to visit the Disney store which ended up being so crowded that he left. Later that day he went to Comp USA to look for a deal on external hard drives. On the news we saw that Comp USA had a sale on Thanksgiving night that we didn’t know about so we thought they’d still have some good deals the next day. As it turns out the salesperson said that the better quality hard drive was not on sale but would be going on sale in the near future. Mr. MaD also made the trek to Wal-mart to pick up another Christmas present for Princess, a kitchen. It’s the new Play ‘n Learn Little Tikes Kitchen. Well, they were out of the one we wanted so he ended up getting her a Fisher Price Dora kitchen. To be honest it’s not the one I really wanted esp. since sometimes Dora’s voice irritates me. (Sorry, Dora fans) I asked Mr. MaD to turn off the talking feature on the kitchen.

As it turns out, Mr. MaD decided to put the kitchen together for Princess as her early Christmas present partly because the box was dirty and he didn’t want to store it that way. Princess loves her new kitchen. She plays with it every day. It’s the thing that she looks at as soon as she gets up in the morning. Her favorite thing is to bring the plastic pretend foods to us and ask us to eat them. So we politely eat them and say “yummy”.

On Saturday, we went to a 1st birthday party for a little boy who comes to our church. I think this was the most fun that Princess had at a birthday party. There was coloring on the fabric backpack (given as a favor), bubbles, air brush tatoos, remote control race cars, a bounce house, games, and a pony ride. The theme for the party was the movie Cars. Bubbles turned out to be one of her favorite activities along with the pony ride. Yes, she did ride the pony. It totally surprised Mr. MaD and I since she is often afraid of unfamiliar things. She couldn’t wait to get on it and she wanted to pet it and she even hugged his face. It was the cutest thing ever! She had so much fun at the party that she barely took a nap probably reliving the fun events of the day kept her too busy to sleep. (Here’s a picture of Princess with a disguise on to hide her face.)

pony ride


Birthday Card November 18, 2007

Filed under: children,handmade cards,scrapbooking,toddlers — middleagedmom @ 2:08 pm

girl birthday card

Here’s a girl birthday card that I made for a recent 2nd birthday party that Princess was invited to. I didn’t include the inside since it just said the usual “Happy Birthday to you!”