Super Stay At Home Mommy!

Adventures in the life of a stay at home wife and mom

Elsa Dress!!

Elsa Dress Collage

I’m BAAAAACCCCKKKKK

Sigh, I don’t know what is going on with me! I WILL get back into blogging…. This is step one.

Anyway– My most recent project that I wanted to share with you all was this beautiful Elsa dress for my daughter

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Not only was it a pretty quick and easy sew, the pattern was FREE! This thrifty mom loves free!! Get it from Peek-A-Boo pattern shop, HERE!

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Using my Joann’s coupons, I raided their section of Frozen fabric (yes, there is an entire section of it at my store). We also recently got a fabric section in our Walmart that I took advantage of. All together, this dress cost a whopping $12!!!! So exciting! That’s cheaper than the lesser quality dresses you find at the store.

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My little Queen Linnaea is thrilled, and would live in it if I let her! Happy kid= happy mommy <3

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Sewing Room Organization

Hello!! It’s been a while! Life with a (colicky) baby and a 2 year old can sure get hectic. I swear the time flies by faster than I can keep track of. I certainly doesn’t feel like it’s been over 2 months since I last posted, but it has!!

Anyways, in my little bit of spare time, I have been focusing on organizing my little sewing area so that I can get back to doing what I love- creating cute kids clothes! I thought I’d share some of my tips and methods to organizing everything in a small space.

Fabric storage:

I have this cabinet in my sewing room (Excuse the mess on my sewing table…) — sewing room

And here’s an idea of what it looked like before I got to work–

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YIKES!!! I had to get organized… I just can’t work in a cluttered space.

So, first things first, I bought some shelves to place in the cabinet. I decided to use THIS method to fold my fabric to display it in a way that I could see everything that I have to work with. It makes it SO much easier to pick and choose fabrics for each project.

Here’s what it looks like now:

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SO much better. (And LOOK, my ironing board tucks right in there too!) I was so overwhelmed with how it looked before But look at it now… makes me smile :) (Yes, I am a total dork, lol. Fabric brings me joy! Just ask my husband and our bank account….)

Pattern storage:

I have a couple different methods for storing patterns. The first are these lovely storage cubes that I found at the Dollar Store. They slide right on the top shelf and are the perfect fit for my paper patterns:

sewing room 3(Don’t mind the bin on the left- it’s filled with ribbon and trim…)

The other problem I ran into was how to store my PDF patterns that I’ve printed. This is still a work in progress, but I’ll explain what I’m working on doing. I bought a large binder and a bunch of plastic pocket protectors. I printed the first page (usually has a picture) of each pattern. Place each of these pages in a paper protector, and then slide your pattern piece (folded neatly) in behind them. This way, I can thumb through my patterns and see exactly what I have and have the pieces organized. Because otherwise, they can become quite the mess!

Also– I don’t bother printing up the millions of pages of instructions anymore. I downloaded Dropbox on my computer and on my phone, and I simply “drop” the instructions into Dropbox on my computer, and then I can read them on my phone as I sew. Huge paper saver!!! (And if you don’t already have Dropbox, get it! I love this program for more than just patterns!!)

Notion storage:

I have a couple different methods for storing notions. First, I have one of THESE drawers. It is perfect for fabric scraps, little containers of buttons, safety pins, etc… I keep all sorts of little odds and ends in there.

Then, back to my little cabinet, I placed this on the inside of one of the doors (another great dollar store find, I think I will probably grab more to put on the other door too!)

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It’s perfect for my scissors, rotary cutter, needles, zippers, bias tape, elastic, you name it! And all those little packages are organized and out of the way. How handy is that!

So, there you have it, a few little secrets to organizing a small space. It’s still a work in progress, so PLEASE send me your ideas!  I’d love to see more!! And, as always, have fun!

 

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Homemade Household Cleaners

Wow, sorry it has been so long since my last post! We have been busy, busy, busy, and I haven’t been feeling too hot. But now I am back with a great post! I have compiled a list of great homemade household cleaner recipes. With a toddler running around, the importance of having a natural/homemade cleaning aid is a concern- there are just too many harmful chemicals in the stuff you buy at the store. Not to mention, you can save a buck or two making your own! If you have another great cleaner to add to the list, let me know!

Window cleaner  via I Can Teach My Child

Orange cleaner  via Penniless Parenting

Tub and shower cleaner  via Food.com

Bathroom cleaner  via Crunchy Betty

Toilet bowl cleaner  via Frugally Sustainable

Drain cleaner  via Tidy Mom

Granite Cleaner via 320 Sycamore

Kitchen cleaner via One Good Thing by Jillee

Oven cleaner  via One Good Thing by Jillee

Countertop cleaner via The Stowell’s

Wood cleaner  via eHow.com

Floor cleaner  via A Delightful Home

Carpet Cleaner  via Surviving the Stores

Laundry soap  via I Can Teach My Child

Dishwasher detergent  via diyNatural

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From Trash to Treasure!

Recently, I snagged a couple little chairs and table on Craigslist for $5. I was looking for a little place for Linnaea to sit down and color, and this was perfect! There was just one thing wrong… The chairs were covered in cartoon characters (Dora and Spongebob, which we don’t watch here), and the table had a picture of a princess and was covered in scratches. Since they were going to go in our living room (the room Linnaea has officially taken over as her playroom), I needed them to look more presentable. So, I decided the easiest way to go about doing that was priming and painting the whole set. This ended up not costing me a penny! How did I do that, you might ask? Well, we had a little primer left over from a previous project. For the paint, I went to Ace Hardware on a weekend when they were offering a free quart! They do this occasionally, so keep an eye out and grab a quart next time you see the deal going on! You never know when you’re going to need some paint!

Here’s some before and after pics, I am quite pleased with how they turned out!

Before.... Even if we wanted to, we just couldn't leave the chairs this way. Linnaaea was terrified of the giant Spongebob eyes staring at her!

During... After a couple coats of primer

After! Her table and chairs set up in her little corner of the world :) Total cost- $5! In researching online, I found that I saved anywhere from $45 to $100! (Depending on the set of table and chairs you get). Keep an eye out for deals, it pays off!

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Sewing Table For Small Spaces

I don’t know about you guys, but I don’t have a whole lot of extra room in my house for my sewing hobby. I would LOVE to have a whole room to dedicate to sewing and crafts, but that’s just not possible right now. So, I saw this great table on Pinterest (I’m hooked!!), and talked my dear husband into making it for me. Click on the link and take a look, it walks you through step-by-step exactly how to make your own! And talk about a space saver! The sides of the table fold down for easy storage, and when set up the table offers TONS of workspace. Not to mention, the shelves offer a perfect spot for sewing machine storage.

With the sides folded down. My husband used some spring hinges on the side, so it doesn't quite lay flat, but yours will if you use regular hinges.

And here it is all set up and ready to go! Look at all that great workspace! I'm so excited to get sewing!!

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Easter Fun!!

I have been trying to just post once or twice a week, but with Easter quickly approaching, I wanted to squeeze in one more post this week. I don’t know about you, but the I don’t like the idea of stuffing my kid full of Easter candy. Instead, I have created a list of fun ideas to fill Easter baskets with. I also compiled a list of crafts and activities that you can enjoy with your kiddos!

Easter Basket Goodies!

-Coloring Books

-Crayons

-Books

-Sidewalk Chalk (Learn how to make your own HERE)

- Finger Paint (Learn how to make your own HERE)

-New Swimsuit For The Coming Summer Season

-Easter Outfit

-Bubbles

-Kite

-Playdough (Learn how to make your own HERE)

-Flubber (Learn how to make it HERE)

-Stuffed Animals

-Bath Time Toys

-Outside toys

-Fill Plastic Eggs With Tastey Snacks (goldfish, Cheerios, etc)

-Sippy Cup, or Character Cup For an Older Kid

- Movies

- Hair Clips/Bows (This is where I get mine- F&F Creations- She does great work, and will do custom orders!)

- Stickers

-Plastic Eggs Filled with Little Toys

-These Worksheets

-New Toothbrush

-Toothpaste

The possibilities are endless! Let’s try not to stuff our kids full of sweets this year!

And here are some great crafts and activities I’ve come across– Lots of Easter fun!!

-Felt Easter Birdy

- Paper-Napkin Decoupage Eggs

-Easter Egg Coloring Tips

-25 DIY Easter Projects

-101 Easter Craft Ideas

-Temporary Tattoos on Eggs

-Easter Egg Hunt Activities

-Bubble Wrap Easter Eggs

-Plastic Egg Animals

HAVE FUN!!!

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