Pocket Tees

Are you looking for pocket tees?  Make sure you check out Sheena Creates on Facebook.  I now have them available.  There is a limited number of them available at this time so make sure you get them before they are gone.

Currently I am selling them using the fabric from the post I did recently here and here.

Chevron Fabric Purple with Pink Polka Dot Fabric

Monogrammed Outfits Green, Pink, Orange & Blue Chevron

The next monogrammed outfits the girls and I wore was the green, pink, orange and blue chevron print.  It has a name but I can’t remember what its called.  I LOVE this fabric and so wish I had of bought more of it than I did.  Hopefully I’ll find some more of it.  Please excuse my lack of photography in this picture.  I had children with rather shaky hands helping me in taking the pictures.

With this fabric I made both girls a skirt and I made all three of us a pocket tee.  Last summer I bought two light blue t-shirts for the girls that I never used.  One is now to small for either girl and one fit Taylor perfectly, so I used it for this outfit.  A while back I bought a lime green t-shirt for Alyssa and I had yet to use it so I decided to use it for this outfit.  When I bought a bunch of t-shirts for myself I bought a green one which worked out perfect for this outfit.

My Outfit

SAL

Alyssa's Outfit

AKC

Taylor's Outfit

TAJ

Monogrammed Outfit Purple with Pink Polka Dots

A few weeks ago I did a lot of sewing one Saturday and in that sewing I made a lot of matching outfits with monogramming for the girls and myself.  Over the next few weeks I am going to feature these outfits on here and I will be offering some pocket tees on my Facebook page for sale from the fabric that is featured in each of these post so make sure you check it out because there is limited fabric and once its gone it may be gone forever.

Matching Monogrammed Outfits

My Outfit

Alyssa's Outfit

Taylor's Outfit

The first outfit the girls and I wore was the purple with pink polka dots.  I bought these tank tops for the girls months ago and I never used them.  When I saw this fabric I knew it would be perfect to make them matching skirts with monogrammed shirts.  I also bought a good many t-shirts for myself in different colors and I decided the pink one was the perfect color for this fabric to make myself a monogrammed tee.

SAL

For the girls shirts I wasn’t sure about monogramming straight on the shirt and I didn’t think a pocket would look good so I decided to make a large monogrammed circle.  Luckily I had some pink in my scraps from a quilt I made years ago that was just the right color.

AKC

TAJ

Upcycled Play Kitchen

Upcycle Play Kitchen

In case you missed it the results for upcycle are up on SYTYC. I came in 3rd place with my upcycled play kitchen. I have known I wanted to do one of these for Bradley since I was pregnant with him. The kids had a plastic one when they were little and I still had some of the food toys (not as much as I thought), but the plastic one just did not hold up well with active toddlers so I knew I wanted a nicer one made of wood for Bradley, but I didn’t want to spend a fortune so why not make one. So I did just that.

Before & After Upcycle Play Kitchen

I found this entertainment center on Craig’s List for $10. They even gave us a TV with it but we have it to someone else. Adam helped me with this project a good bit. We started by taking off the backing and removing the drawers and shelf. I was hoping to use the shelf for the bottom since under the drawers was open, but it wasn’t quiet big enough. I bought a piece of wood for the bottom. Then we used a piece of wood we already had to divide the bottom in half. Then we cut the shelf to make the oven door.

Once we had all the wood cut Adam added some screws in it to tighten it up. It was pretty wobbly before we did this. Then he cut out the hole for the sink and the faucet. Then I puttied all the holes and deep scratches in the wood. Adam and I sanded the entire entertainment center till it was smooth.

I bought some new hardware for the refrigerator door and the oven door at Lowe’s. I actually made several trips to Lowe’s before I had the hardware worked out. Adam predrilled the holes for the oven door and refrigerator door. The new handle for the refrigerator required two holes instead of one.

Once we were done predrilling all the holes I put two coats of grey tented kilz on the entertainment center. The next part was the hardest. I decided I wanted the kitchen to match my other items in the sunroom, you can see them in my kid friendly decorating post. At first I thought I wanted to paint it black and use red, blue, green and yellow to accent the kitchen. But then I realized the accent colors wouldn’t cover over the black very well. Although I didn’t think about that till after we went all over town looking for Valspar black paint. The Lowe’s closest to our house was out of base c and had been for weeks. I had been in Lowe’s a few weeks before this project wanting to buy some black paint for another project so when I came back the lady was nice enough to look and find out how many each other Lowe’s in the area had of base c. Anyway, after deciding black was not the way to go I decided I was going to paint each section a different color. I started by painting the stove area with a coat of red. But while it was drying I decided that was tacky and was not what I wanted either. So I reprinted it with kilz and decided I’d use a base color of white and accent with red, blue, green and yellow. I had almost a full gallon of white from when we built Bradley’s bedroom and it was semi-gloss as well. Perfect!! I put two coats of white paint on the entertainment center. Then Adam used painters tape and taped off the oven door, the refrigerator door, the stripe across the top and the window. I had also bought a piece of wood for the backing but I didn’t attach it till after all the painting was done. Originally I wanted the window to have a black frame and plus sign so it would look like a window but then I decided that I’d probably mess up the paint so I simply went with the black window frame. I painted several coats of paint on the refrigerator door, the oven door, the stripe across the top and the window. If you remember when I bought these colors a while back I bought flat paint so instead of buying more paint I used them and when it was dry I put a coat of mod podge over it to give it the glossy look.

I also bought some wooden wheels from Hobby Lobby and I painted one red, one blue, one green and one yellow. I wanted them to spin like real knobs so I got some washers and nails to attach them. Not my best idea but it worked. We will probably figure out a better way to attach them later.

For the oven eyes, I used my Cricut to cut out some black circles. I cut out several sizes ranging from 3 to 6 inches. I believe I ended up using the 4 and 5 inch circles for the eyes. I wanted it to look as real as possible so I made two different sizes. I used mod podge to attach the card stock to the entertainment center.

I bought a metal dog bowl and faucet at Wal-Mart. Originally my plan was to buy a new faucet for our kitchen since it leaks and use the one in our kitchen for this project but they are expensive and it was out of my budget for this project so I went with a smaller cheaper one for the play kitchen. At first I put a bead of glue under the lip of the bowl and put it in the hole we cut, but slowly the glue was dripping and making a huge mess under the sink. We added a bead of white caulk around the top of the bowl and along the seams of the wood. Some of them had small gaps from the wobbliness of the entertainment center. I felt like this really helped give it a finished look. Then we simply attached the faucet with the pieces that came with it.

Once all the paint was dry we attached the oven door and refrigerator door. The oven door also has a magnet at the top to help hold it together when it closes. Then we attached the backing.

I wanted a curtain to hide under the sink but I wasn’t sure how I wanted to attach it. I had the idea of a dowel in my head but I wanted to be able to remove it too. I had these red hooks from when I was going to hang a dowel to hod ribbon, which I obviously never did, so I decided to use them to hang the curtain. I only had three and I needed four so back to Lowe’s we went (my kids were really good sports about all our trips to Lowe’s and Hobby Lobby). It’s been over a year since I bought the red hooks and I wasn’t able to find anymore red ones but I did find some white ones the same size. So I used two red ones for the curtain under the sink, two white ones for the curtain over the window and one red one for the pot holder.

Fabric to match this project was a pretty easy decision. Earlier this summer I made the kids all a summer tote and I wanted a color that had red, blue, green and yellow in it and wasn’t too girlie. In this case I wanted the same thing so we went to Hobby Lobby and got some more puzzle piece fabric. I measured my width of each opening and doubled it for the width of my fabric. For the length I measured my length then added a few inches to it for my length. When I was done making my curtains I had a good bit of fabric left so I decided to make a quilted pot holder. I did this with the same idea of putting a quilt together. When I bought the fabric I also bought some rainbow ribbon to match so I used the ribbon for piping. Have I mentioned that I did this at 2 am? Yes, I couldn’t sleep thinking about my project so instead of staying in the bed and risking waking Adam up I went in the sunroom to work on it and it was after 2 am that night before I got in the bed.

Then I needed something to store all the food in so we loaded up and went to Dollar Tree and looked for some baskets. I knew they usually carry a variety of baskets in multiple colors. I lucked up and they had one in each of my four colors in one style basket. I really wanted some that looked like the baskets at the grocery store but they only had those in three of my four colors but I went and head and grabbed them. Hopefully I’ll find a yellow one in there later. The kids helped me divide and organize the food in the baskets. They had already been organizing it based on food groups so we basically followed that same idea.

Now we have a really cute play kitchen. The big kids all love it and Bradley is getting more and more interested in it. I have some left over fabric so I am debating on making some place mats for the table. I know I want to buy some more kitchen toys but since I don’t have anywhere good to store them I am thinking about getting the bookcase at Hobby Lobby that matches the table and chairs. I want to buy some small appliances for the play kitchen. Also I saw some stuff that I like for when Bradley gets a big boy room (thinking way down the road) that uses the same colors so I could even move it in his room later.

Upcycle Play Kitchen

Welcome to Speech

Recently we had Bradley’s six month review with early intervention to redo his goals.  He had achieved his goals with eating but not with walking so we modified and kept those goals.  One of his biggest problems these days is communication.  He fusses all the time and we think if he could tell us what he wants he would be happier.  We set a few goals related to communication and scheduled a speech evaluation.

A few weeks ago we had his speech evaluation.  I was told that day that he defiantly had a delay and qualified for services.  We decided to start with one day a month and if he didn’t seem to be doing well enough that we would change to twice a month.  I thought once a month would at least make things easier for summer.

At his first speech appointment I received a copy of his evaluation.  He is five months behind in communication.  He is 15 months old but as far as communication he is at about a 10 month level.  We are working on some baby signs and hoping once he learns a few of them that it will help some of his fussiness.  Right now we are working on more, drink and all done.

We had already started drink when we were still receiving occupational therapy services so we are continuing to work on it.  Candice, the speech instructor, wanted him to work on more and then one day when we were working on more we added all done.  He doesn’t seem to be doing very well with it but hopefully he will continue to improve.

EI has become such a big part of our life.  It was sad to say good bye to Adria, but it was good to know Bradley was doing well enough that he no longer needed occupational therapy.

Saying Goodbye to Adria

Ombre Painted Bottle Lamp

In case you missed it the results for the paint projects are up on SYTYC. I came in sixth place with my ombre painted bottle lamp.

Ombre Painted Bottle Lamp

I made this project to go in Noah’s room. He decided he wanted his room decorated an undersea theme so everything in his room is a bluish green color. Since it is made to look like the sea all the colors are not the exact same. I mixed the paint for the bottle with some neon colored food dye and mod podge. I used the neon green and blue and just added it and mixed it till I had a color I liked. I mixed it in a baby food jar so I could easily save the left over and who knows I may use it for something else in Noah’s room.

Ombre Painted Bottle Lamp

I started out with a clear bottle and then I painted two coats of the paint on the entire bottle. Once that was dry I painted two coats of the paint from the neck of the bottle down. Once that was dry I painted two coats of the paint on the bottom half of the bottle. Well, I let it dry between each of the two coats also.

Supplies for Ombre Painted Bottle Lamp

Once it was dry I used some parts I got at Lowe’s to make a lamp from a bottle. Then I added a lamp shade. This was a trick. I bought three different lamp shades before I found one I was happy with. The first one didn’t fit so I took it back and got a different one. With the second one I decided to paint it before I really made sure I liked the shape of the shade on the lamp. Not sure what I was thinking. But between deciding that paint it was not the way to go and deciding it didn’t fit the lamp well I had to go back to Hobby Lobby to get a third lamp shade. At this point I had debated on using a different bottle altogether so I didn’t take the lamp with me to Hobby Lobby. I picked out a lamp shade and I decided instead of painting it I was going to cover it in fabric and use ribbon for the trim. I found some fabric that looked like water and was bluish green. Again it didn’t have to match exactly but it looks really well with his room. I got two different ribbons and surprisingly both of them matched the paint I bought exactly. You can see the paint in the Chevron painted frame project I made for Noah’s room.

Ombre Painted Bottle Lamp

Now Noah has a cute new lamp for his room. I have fabric to cover one of his throw pillows and the cushion for his bookcase seat. I have a few more projects for his room and it will be complete.

Thank you to everyone who voted for me last week on SYTYC and don’t forget to head on over there again this week to vote for your favorite project and I can’t wait to tell you next week which one was mine.

Its Summer Time

In case you didn’t notice I have been missing for about a week now.  You see its summer time and I have four kids at home almost everyday instead of one and it makes time for blogging a little harder to come by.  Last week I started writing my Friday Food post and then I forgot to come back and finish it and publish it.  This week I have no need to write it because we will be on vacation so it will be lots of eating out.  Since we will be on vacation I probably won’t find time to write it next week either.  Monday Memories is another story all together.  I have lots of pictures to edit and post but Monday Memories has always been a recap of my Instagram pictures so I have pretty much decided I am going to do away with that post and if you want to see the pictures follow me on Instagram @asantbanderson.

Please bare with me through the next few months as I enjoy some time with my children.  I will try to post on my Summer blog as much as possible but like I said I have lots of pictures to edit right now and we are going on vacation so that means even more pictures.

Over the next few months you will probably see some changes to my blog and my blogging schedule.  I have been thinking about how I want to do something things and I want to start working on that but with it being summer and I am in the SYTYC contest right now.  So I don’t have as much time as I would like to dedicate to my blog.  I hope you all have a wonderful summer and don’t forget to stop by SYTYC and vote each week.

Chevron Painted Frame

Chevron Painted Frame

A while back I made an under sea corkboard for Joann’s Create with 8 contest.  While I liked the frame, the more it hung in Noah’s room the less and less I loved it.

Under Sea Corkboard

After making this frame I choose colors for his room that were slightly different than the background color of the frame and my OCD kicked in. I had already decided I wanted to make another frame but I am still not completely sure what I am going to as far as the other frame.  So that will be saved for another day.

Last week while all three big kids were gone I worked on several projects and this frame was one of them.  At first I thought I only wanted to repaint the background to match the colors of his room, but taking off the fish was less than an easy task.  I can’t remember what I used to attach them, but it held really well.  So well, that I got to use my new sander for this project first.  After pulling as much of the fish off as I could I used my sander and made the frame nice and smooth again.  Then I painted the entire frame the lighter of the two colors I choose for Noah’s room.  I finally decided I was going to give it my best try and attempt a chevron paint pattern.  After reading many different tutorials online I decided to use a little bit of this idea and a little bit of that idea to tape of my frame.  I am not going to give you a tutorial on how to paint a chevron pattern here since there are so many of them out there already.  Then I painted the dark of the two colors (which is also the same color as Noah’s accent wall).  When I was done I still did not love it.  As time has gone on and I have looked at it more and more it is growing on me.  But I feel like the corkboard center takes away too much of the chevron design.  Don’t be surprised if in the next few weeks I decide to sand it and start over again.

Chevron Painted Frame

Chevron Painted Frame

Chevron Painted Frame

Tuesday To Do #5

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After last weeks post Kid Friendly Decorating, I knew this weeks to do would be able the sunroom. Like I previously said our sunroom started out as the kid’s playroom and has slowly transformed into my craft room. Last week the big kids were all gone. It was just me and Bradley all week. You would think I would have enjoyed a nice week of the house being clean but that wasn’t the case. I rearranged, painted and flipped the house upside down. Ok, so Bradley did help in flipping the house upside down. I am not sure what it is but instead of playing with his toys he just throws them all over the room then goes to find something to get into that he isn’t suppose to play with.

The room I rearranged was the sunroom. I wish I had of taken a before and after picture, but I didn’t. I know awful blogging skill, I promise I am getting better.  Once I get more done I’ll do a room reveal and show you everything. I decided I needed a work space, a sewing space, a scrap booking/general craft space and a painting space.

I moved all of Bradley’s stuff to the corner where the bookshelves were already hanging since moving them is impossible with the limited wall space in the sunroom. I moved my desk to the wall where Bradley’s toys use to be and I moved the extra desk to the area where my desk use to be and I moved the chest of drawers under the bookshelves we made for my craft stuff.

I decided the area of my desk closest to the window would be my work area. I also keep my couponing and planning stuff in this area. I am pretty pleased with it other than I need a filing cabinet. I have been saying I need one for over a year so maybe I’ll break down and buy one soon.

The other two sections of my desk are for sewing.  Recently I learned I still need my old sewing machine for shirring and since I have several outfits to finish that include shirring I decided if I had somewhere set up that was for each sewing machine it would be easier when I was in the middle of a project to scoot over to the other machine rather than moving one machine to the side to pull out the other machine.  I also took our extra table and set up it beside my sewing area for an area to cut fabric and iron.  My to do list for my sewing area isn’t too long but I have several things I want to do.

  • I need to make me an “A” to organize more thread on like I did with my “S”
  • I need some type of storage for under my desk to neatly store all my fabric
  • I need some better way to store all of my ribbon, I haven’t got the slightest clue of how I want to do this so I will probably be searching Pinterest for a cute way to store it

For now the extra desk is my scrap booking/general craft space.  See this desk is the perfect set up for what I want for this area having the bookcase on top and the drawers, but I really want something bigger and I know this desk is the perfect size for a spot in Taylor’s room that I want to put a desk and I need a bookcase on that desk.  But I am not quiet ready for the desk in Taylor’s room so this is a temporary set up.  I used my plastic drawers and stacked basically all of them up and used them to store most of the stuff I use when the kids and I craft.  I have a few things in them that aren’t for when the kids and I craft but for the most part its all kid craft stuff.  The bookcase has one shelf that is divided into four sections.  I used one section for books and binders, one section for scissors and punches, one section for dye and stuff I have mixed and the last section for glue.  The next shelf is one open shelf.  I put some bigger books on it, my acrylic paint and a few other miscellaneous items.  Then on the very top I used it to display some of the items the kids have made.  I stored my Cricut on top of the chest of drawers and so far I haven’t gotten all my drawers sorted out.  Two have fabric in them, one has Cricut supplies in it, one has paint in it and the last one has kid crafts in it.  My to do list for this area is much longer.

  • Find a desk that is perfect for this area
  • Paint desk to match the color scheme of the sunroom
  • Paint chest of drawers to match the color scheme of the sunroom
  • Organize all the scrapbook items from my totes
  • Organize chest of drawers and move fabric to sewing area

The final area that I want to set up is a paint area.  You see a while back I ruined the carpet in the sunroom painting and when I did this I decided I really want a big plastic covering for the floor where I am going to paint.  Ideally I want something like in an office that you put at a desk for a chair to roll around on but I want something bigger than what we had in the old office.  I know where I want this area to be but right now it is covered up with plastic tubs and all kinds of stuff that hasn’t quiet found a home yet.  I have a few ideas as to what I need in this area but it will be a lot more of a process.  I guess part of it will depend on what type of desk I find for my scrapbooking/general craft area.

  • Find a large plastic floor covering
  • Organize and store paint so Bradley can’t flip the cans over

Monday Memories #14

Monday Memories

Last week was a rather rough week for Bradley.  He has been having tummy problems really bad lately and last week was really rough.  Hopefully with the things we have changed it will help and he will feel better this week.  But since he didn’t feel well we basically stayed at home.  One day he was only awake 6 hours in a 24 hour period and then slept 13 hours the night after sleeping all day.  We did some rearranging, had a speech evaluation (which he will be starting speech now) and just hung out at home.

I did snap this one picture of him sitting at his table having a snack.  He did so well getting up from the chair.  I was so proud of him.  He is suppose to be working on going from sitting to standing and he did it really well from the chair.  Ms. Jill will be so proud of him.

Snack Time at his Table

Friday night Adam and I went out to dinner. After a rough week Bradley seemed to enjoy our date night (other than riding in Daddy’s car). I got this picture of him eating dinner. Love that smile!

Date Night