Super cute.

24 06 2010

A few weeks ago, my friend Karen, who runs the Etsy shop, The Rocking Pony, offered up a free sample of a few new designs she was working on, with the shirt intended for a little girl…

*ding ding ding*

Why, Little C would look adorable in one of her shirts! I was late to the party and each of the designs I requested was already taken, so we decided on an octopus.

Karen sent me a message a few days ago & said it was going in the mail… It arrived yesterday, and oh my goodness is it adorable.

Click on the picture to go to the Etsy page for the Baby Octopus shirt!

If you haven’t checked out Etsy in general yet, go do so. So many crafty people, selling all kinds of fun stuff.

If you’re in the market for a cute t-shirt, or even a custom t-shirt, check out Karen’s site.

And, you know, if you want quilts, or baby stuff, or a felt Sack Lunch or something, you can always visit MY Etsy site – Little C and Me. 🙂 ‘Cause you know, I’m still unemployed and need to get income somewhere.


20 02 2010

I have to say that lately my food choices are fair. Not great…  I have to watch what I buy because I have to carry it home on my back or in the insulated grocery bag that I have.

I had to get groceries the other night. And I’ve been trying to figure out what I can buy that won’t weigh a ton, but will make a decent dinner, and also leave me with some leftovers for the next few days.

And I found the perfect recipe. I used to make this at My Living Room on Sundays sometimes for my co-workers & some friends. It’s super easy, can be adjusted to make more or less as needed, and I figured I may as well share it here…

My sister came up with this while my parents were visiting her a while back. They didn’t want to go out to dinner, so she used what she had at home. I’ve named it Lili’s Ravioli…

This cost me less than $15 to buy all of the ingredients, including the seasoning, which I had run out of.

What you’ll need:

  • 1 pound chicken, cooked with Italian seasoning – I usually buy the tenderloins rather than the full breasts

I got this at Whole Foods for just $1.99!

  • 1 jar Marinara sauce (any one is fine, just not one with meat or meat flavoring.) I usually get this one:

  • 1 bag cheese ravioli (I just get whatever is on sale in the frozen section)

  • 1 large bag shredded mozzarella cheese, or  italian blend

  • Cut the cooked chicken in to bite sized pieces. I usually cut it and then shred some of it as I put things together to make it less chunky & distribute the chicken throughout the whole dish.
  • Prepare ravioli according to package directions & drain. (Note: these suckers are HOT! be careful when you get to the next step!)
  • In an 8×8 baking dish (or larger if you’re making more), layer sauce, ravioli & chicken until all ingredients are used. You might end up with a few left over raviolis

  • Top with cheese and bake at 350 degrees until cheese on top is melted and dish is heated through.

Yummy!! I also took a Ciabatta roll I had picked up at Whole foods and made some garlic bread.

Time for dinner! Woo hoo!

PB & J, anyone?

9 02 2010

I expanded my little Sack o’ Lunch to include PB & J. The J of the grape colored felt variety.

Who’s hungry??? Anyone?

I’m not entirely happy with the shapes yet. But it’s okay for now. I need to make my own PB&J and take pics to recreate what it really looks like. I’m picky like that.

I also need to look into other things besides Grape jelly, that is my favorite, but I know others prefer Strawberry and Raspberry and others. I hope they make felt in those colors, or similar. Who knows.

All I know is I can’t move my car for perhaps forever and I’m not going to JoAnn’s anytime soon on my own.

When you should listen.

2 02 2010

I try to not tell people what to do here. (Unless you are a stupid rugby player, bar patron, or stupid college rugby player.)

Because I don’t often (ok, ever) do what people tell ME to do…

Also, I am a moron. true story. (Purty sure Lili and everyone else I know who reads this will agree with me on that one…)

So when @BurghBaby told me to add things to my Etsy site – MONTHS AGO.She’ll tell you…  I didn’t listen. Totally didn’t listen, and then I did have other projects, such as Little C’s presents and such…

And then last Saturday I went to A’s birthday party. With a Sack O’ Lunch and chalkboard/placemat set in tow…

My girl, A, wasn’t immediately taken with my gift – if I were four and got High School Musical Dolls and Hungry Hungry Hippos and a doctor’s set (cannot find a link for it, but OMG it was great! way to go @tehamy!!!) for my birthday? I wouldn’t care either…

Today I learned that my little buddy apparently did have a great birthday party (so glad, since I tried to convince her to come out of hiding for her cake and presents. She didn’t hide from me, for once. I’m over the moon happy, yo. also, she sat on my lap to watch TV. I love my little friends…) and she has been LOVING all of her birthday gifts? So, so happy. For myself and others. I like to think we all love to make kids happy…

When @BurghBaby told me on Saturday to go home & immediately put my Sack O’ Lunch up for sale? I didn’t listen. And then the mommies at the party (I was the only singleton there… no biggie) remarked on how neat that thing looked. And someone said they couldn’t believe I made it… But I did.

I also learned that the Sack O’ Lunch is in play rotation… And I got another demand from @BurghBaby to update Etsy…

And I’m sorry, but I’m a lot of a perfectionist when it comes to my sewing things… I’m still a bit nervous over my sewing ability. According to my inspection at Christmas of the things I gave to Lili at her baby shower, everything looked ok, save for one Ring Toy of Death ring that only I thought needed help…Mom and Lili thought I saw things they didn’t…. I just don’t want My Little C, or any of my little friends munching on polyfiberfill.

But, through all my precautions for Mollie, the doll I gave to Little C for Christmas, Little C somehow managed to get some of her yarn hair into her mouth and crawl away with it…  Leaving Lili to wonder “How do you have Mollie’s hair in you mouth when Mollie is clear across the play floor?”

So tonight, I updated my Etsy. And I added what @BurghBaby told me to add. And I love @BurghBaby, because she tweeted the dang thing. And now Ive had nearly 120 views to that single item…

No sales yet, but my karma belief tells me that if I keep doing what I’m doing, eventually multiple folk will see what I’m doing, and that I do it RIGHT, and dang near perfect, and they’ll buy from me.

I promise to fix any sewing errors that come up in my products. At my cost. I’ll pay for you to return anything you can’t fix yourself, and I’ll fix it and send it back. I want my buyers to get GOOD, WELL MADE THINGS. ALWAYS.

The moral of this story is: 1) listen to @BurghBaby when she tells you to do something. and 2) don’t worry about being such a perfectionist. Your work will speak for you where you can’t.

That is all….

Chalkboard. Kinda…

29 01 2010

Ok, so I’m not entirely happy with the way this turned out. But it’s only because matching the red of the table cloth material wasn’t quite as easy as I imagined.

However, this will work…

So, I hate the red & white side… But I dig the chalkboard side. And it will work.

This little placemat/chalkboard thingy, plus the sack o’ lunch is the birthday present for a wonderful little 4 year old whose birthday party I am attending & helping with tomorrow.

You’re wondering why is a person my age going to go to a 4 year old birthday’s party? The answer is, I volunteered to help because her mom is a good friend.

And because, after you spend an afternoon hanging out the then three year old little lady, you find out that you are officially known as “the girl with the ponytail” , and you find out that she inquires as to whether “the girl with the ponytail” will be attending events she’s going to… Well, your heart kind of melts a little bit into a nice puddle.

And when you realize that she’s very much like you were as a kid? Okay, and maybe now…  Particularly the “oh, hai, here’s my heart on a platter” part? At that point, you want to be friends with that little girl forever, and help her realize how freaking fantastic she really is.

Happy Birthday, A. I can’t wait for your party & I’m glad we’re friends. 🙂

Sack O’ Lunch.

28 01 2010

It’s done. Well, not entirely. I still have the placemat/chalkboard to finish. But it’s ready to go, all “pinned” together using paper clips since table cloth & chalkboard materials are not pin friendly.

But anyway:

THE brown "paper" bag!

The whole set, minus the placemat thingy, of course…

Please to ignore my little bobbin case & thread in the background. Oopsie.

And the sammich, bag o’ chips and swiss cake roll IN the bag:

Yep. I’m happy with it. Tomorrow I finish the chalkboard thingy. I’m excited.


In other news, Lili and I have been talking a lot about baby/toddler tutu’s lately. And I discovered in a recent trip to JoAnn’s that they sell spools of 5 or 6″ tulle. It’s in the “2 for $5” section!

So when I visited JoAnn’s this evening, I decided to buy one of said spools. My choices were tan, yellow, ugly orange, bright royal blue (which I, the OMG royal blue obsessed lady, walked away from) and purple. I chose purple, since The Nana thinks My Little C is adorable in purple & lavender.

When I got home, I looked at the label on the spool.

Do you see that? 25 yards. TWENTY FIVE YARDS of 6″ (measured it!) tulle. In bright purple. WTH am I going to do with 25 yards of purple tulle?

Um, those of you with little ladies (*ahem* BurghBaby, ClumberKim, RedPenMama, and others) would you like a purple tutu? Or three? Yes? Leave me a comment. Imma want to get rid of this stuff soon. It’s going to annoy me sooner or later…

Hooray for crazy maybe bad decisions?


27 01 2010

I’ve said before that I have a serious addiction problem with fabric & JoAnn’s. I really do. I admit it. That’s the first step, right?

Well part of that problem is JoAnn’s remnant bins. A lovely little area where they put the leftovers of a bolt of fabric. These can be as much as nearly nothing to almost a yard of fabric. All sold at a good, healthy discount.

I always stop by this little area just to see what they have to offer. And occasionally I buy things from the remnants.

The issue with this is that what I buy, I usually have NO use for at the time. But what’s amazing is that after I buy one of these remnants and let it sit there on my table or on my couch, I eventually come up with a use for it…

Like red & white checker-board and plain white table cloth fabric… No use for it at the time, but then a few days later, Lili called and said she’d like plastic-backed bibs to protect Little C’s clothes.  Result? Bibs with the table cloth fabric on the back. And on the front. Win!

Like 8mil and 4mil plastic sheeting. Yet again, no idea what I’d use it for at the time. But with a little cotton fabric & some ModPodge, you end up with plastic coated fabric that can be used in bibs! Win!

And the black chalkboard fabric. Chalkboard fabric? WTH is that?! Who cares. I’ve found a purpose for it and the purpose is freaking brilliant. Amazing!

And did you know you have to prime it? Huh?

You apparently need to rub chalk all over it and then wipe with a soft cloth… Then it’s ready for use. Huh?

Well, no matter, I’ve primed a piece of said fabric for a fun birthday project I’m working on…

Results to come soon. For now, here’s the chalkboard fabric in use, somewhat….


25 01 2010

That’s what I’ve been. Sick.

I helped out a friend last Wednesday and babysat her girls for the day. The girls were awesome! They welcomed me in and showed me their toys. It was like we were old friends! It was so much fun.

I watched Veggie Tales for the first time. And I laughed out loud. Seriously. We watched Bolt! one and a half times. We played with the Littlest Pet Shop toys (never knew that existed!)

On Thursday, my friend – the mom – ended up with the “sickness.”

Never did I think I’d get what they had a few days earlier. But I did. Oops.

So I spent much of Thursday laying about, and Friday and Saturday being sick.

I still don’t feel 100% right. So tired. All the time. Although I do feel better than I did on Friday. And Saturday, for that matter.

I’ve managed to stay awake for hours at a time now. And I’ve started a few things I mentioned before, and a new one:

Who told me to try another cross-stitch project? Maybe the sickness? Because it’s not fun. I haven’t done one in oh, forever, and it’s not fun.

Eventually that will be Pooh, Piglet, Eeyore and Tigger. Not quite finished yet, obviously.

I also started that Sack Lunch from felt…

Bologna & Cheese!



Bag o’ Chips! With 6 or so individual chips… one of which might be a ridged chip (testing the waters, if you will)

And, the best thing, I think

A swiss cake roll, aka Ding Dong aka Ho-Ho. Whatever. But how cool is that?

I still have to make the bread, the baggie for the bread and the paper bag. I can’t wait. So much fun!!

The Little Ones…

19 01 2010

I’m happy to report here that Ali McMutrie and somewhere around 40+ little folk arrived here in the ‘Burgh today. See That’s Church for the whole story, and the family’s approved releases.

I’m so impressed with That’s Church and Ginny. This one event should prove to her that even though her stopping her original blog and outing herself, and all the bad stuff that went with it, it was worth it. I know it’s not a new job, she and I are in the same spot there, but helping this way? Is awesome.

Heck, I made a simple quilt for someone that made them happy and that made my month!!

I wish I had a passport & the clearances needed to work and help with those kids. I would have, had I kept with my college major. The ONE time in my life that my major would have done some good. Dang.

Or I wish I could sew those kids something that would help… Ginny if you get any requests, please, I have nothing to do all day, I’ll do it! Freebies! (aka freebies only for the BRESMA kids. I’ll sew anything they need for free. and only the BRESMA kids.)


In other news, I’m working a cute little felt sandwich set. Little sammich pieces – bread, bologna, lettuce, tomato; a bag for the sammich, a bag o’ chips with little chips inside and a brown lunch bag. HOW CUTE IS THAT?

Probably for someone else before Little C, but we’ll see.


I’ve also apparently lost my mind. I’m starting a new ring toy of death…

Tada!!! The Ring Toy of Death!!!

I sort of think I’m crazy to do it… But, everyone who has seen Littlle C’s ring toy has loved it. So I decided to try another one. Even though it was rough. At least I know sort of what I’m doing this time.

Good luck to me!


Oh, and I’m taking care of one of my Tweet friend’s girls tomorrow, and I’m super excited. They seem like energetic, fun little ladies. And I can’t wait!!! Hooray for me!

Monkey quilt.

17 01 2010

It’s done! The quilt for my friend Beth’s new newphew!

This is the first baby quilt I’ve made with a solid color flannel backing. And I love it.

I also love those awesome monkey faces!