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Thursday, March 28, 2013

Nautical nursery storyboard

My fabric finally arrived yesterday. I get 99% my fabric from here . I am ALWAYS very happy with my purchases from them. Sometimes I forget that I bought the fabric with my money because each package feels like a treat.. The fabric is extremely affordable, the best price I have found online. They have all sorts of fabric, home decor, apparel and quilting fabrics.. One stop store for me.

I decided to make a storyboard for my son's nursery. I made him his current bedding when I was 8 months pregnant. I really didn't have the energy to do it exactly the way I wanted, as a result, the bumper fell apart and I am not a fan of the sheets anymore. I never even got to make him a blanket (he is 8 months old now) I know, sad story. With summer around the corner, I decided to get everything new, hurray! I am excited to see how it all turns out. I am not doing any major  painting or furniture making in his room, so I am hopeful it won't take too long to finish, maybe 2 weeks max.
Fabric: boats/red & white stripes/solid red /navy/navy & white stripes Decor: wooden whale(saw it here but I don't think they have it anymore)/mini lantern/anchor pillow/swing shelf/sailboat (got it at half price last year)
So, I am making the bumper, fitted sheet, crib skirt, swing shelf (a PB knockoff), pillow and quilt. I really do like the whale decor, but I am not yet sure if I will make it (fingers crossed).

Wish me luck!


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Tuesday, March 26, 2013

Brother cs6000i sewing machine - awesome purchase

It finally arrived and I am in LOVE.. I have been trying to figure out what machine I should get for ages. I finally settled on the brother cs6000i. Its a wonderful upgrade for me. Its basic but filled with cool stuff. I can even do basic quilting with it, hurray! and the price is awesome..

Amazon $154.97 - 1018 people gave it a 5 star
Walmart $154.94 - 911 out of 968 people recommend this sewing machine (including myself)
Target $154.99 - 4.5 star (12 reviews)
Joanns $ 199 - 4 star (83 reviews)

I haven't tried all the stitches and everything but I am so happy with this purchase. I must admit that I was nervous. It comes with tons of extra gadgets: Buttonhole foot, overcasting foot, monogramming foot, zipper foot, zigzig foot, blind stitch foot, button sewing foot, 4 bobbins, 4 needles, twin needle,cleaning brush, screwdriver, seam ripper, extra spool pi, foot control, operation manual, a hard case and a quick reference guide.
It has 60 built in stitches, and its computerized

Its cute, small, light weight and its relatively quiet - my new challenge trying to keep my 2 year old out of it. She thinks its a fun toy
I ordered a ton of fabric last week and I can't wait for it to arrive. I am making bedding for my little guy and our room. Wish me luck





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Tuesday, March 19, 2013

Small Study Table

I am back!! And I finally made a table to go with the chair here for Diana's play/study station for less than $10. She will be 3 in May and I want to enroll her into preschool; and I also want to have a designated place for her to read her books and do educational activities. She is in love with the idea already, she loves it more if we can all sit around this tiny table together..

Ok, this table was easy. I didn't have a plan to follow but I did figure it out by looking at my dinning table. I didnt have a kreg jig either to make pocket holes, so I thought it was going to be complicated, but it worked out ok. And I am really happy with it, its a perfect size for my daughter and its very sturdy:)

You will need:
2 wood studs 2x4x92 (cut 4 x 23" long table legs)
1 furring strip 1x2x8 (cut 16" long x 1 for center support)
3 furring strips 1x3x8 (cut 6 x 26" long table top) and (2 x 19" and 2 x 15" side support)     

Wood finish dark walnut 
Nails and screws (8x3)
Wood glue
Cutting tool, hammer and drill driver or what ever gets the job done


I decided to stain the table instead of painting it because I got lazy. I had the paint and everything but I just couldn't get myself to do it. Anyway, I really like how it turned out.

You can see all the detail, the wood grains and the nails/screws. It looks cute

The walnut stained table compliments the Chair very well.

I love the detail

She also loves her little Vteah tote and go laptop. Its for ages 3-6 and has 20 learning activities. We haven't tried them all but I like the ones we have tried; the numbers, words and alphabet ones.

Another successful project and that makes this mama happy:)

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Thursday, March 07, 2013

Seven Disney movies for $21, hurray!

Who loves Disney Movies???? meeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeee! Ok, I rarely read ads in the mail. But this particular ad caught my attention - it was about Disney movies and since I love Disney so much, I read it. And within minutes I was filling out a form online. About a week later I got 7 Disney movies in the mail for only $21. Hello! this girl is in heaven. We normally get our movies at Walmart because they usually have great deals and they price match too. So I went there and found out that all these movies would have cost me, are you ready? $150.47 including taxes. I saved $128, if that's not a great deal, I don't know what is...
Of course this deal comes with requirements. The ones I can easily abide with.Here is how it works
1. Sign up for membership
2. Pick 5 DVDs or 5 blu-ray movies for 99c each. Shipping and processing is free. 
3. Or pay just $1.00 for 5 movies when you sign up with your credit card (this is what I did)
4. By joining you agree to buy 4 more movies within the next 2 years at regular club prices ($19.95 per DVD and $29.95 per Blu-ray). 
5. Order upto 2 bonus movies. Order your 1st and 2nd bonus movies during your first order priced at $11.95 and $8.95 respectively. This means you only have to buy 3 more movies within 2 years. This is what I did, I picked 7 movies in total and paid only $21.
5. Every 4 weeks (13 times in 2 years) they will notify you about new 'featured title movies'. All you have to do when you get this featured title in the mail or thru email, is accept to buy it or decline the offer. I think this is where they get most people, if you don't decline within a specified period of time, they will mail you the movies anyway and you will have to pay for them. 

In total I would have paid about $80 for 10 movies in comparison to $210 (depending on what kind of movies you pick).

After you have bought all 9 or 10 movies, you can cancel your subscription. It just depends how long it takes you to purchase all of them.

If you are interested in this deal, let me know and I will refer you.

disclaimer - before you sign for membership, read the requirements carefully. I am not responsible in any way. I decided to participate in the program because it worked out great for me. We were looking to start collecting our childhood favorite shows anyway, so this came as a 'blessing' because its so affordable.

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Friday, March 01, 2013

Time out

This winter has been really hard on us. We have all been to the doctor's office. I have never been a fan of winter. I come from a country that is not too far from the equator, so its always hot there (Zambia). We do have winters but they are nothing compared to what is happening this winter here in Utah.
My husband went in twice for a cold/cough that lasted for weeks. I went in for some kind of infection then I had 6 cavities filled. My daughter had to go to the ER because she threw up 17 times in 5 hours. She has had a cold/virus 4 times in 6 months. She has a cold virus right now and it has been the worst. She has been sick for almost 2 weeks straight. My little guy seems to have gotten what his sister has but his case wasn't as hopeless. Diana is getting better though and its fun to see her come back to her old bubbly, funny self
 So, this is the reason I have been absent from blogging. I hope to be back next week. I have a lot of exciting things I will be making for MOI! Stay tuned