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Crafting in chaos!

What a hectic holiday season this was! We moved. I mean actually moved, not rolled over and got out of bed moved …
 Somehow I found time (had to make time or go crazy trying!) to create this lovely bracelet. It’s my first officially completed beading project! Pretty isn’t it?
 

 Yeah, I could have done a little better on the photo composition but que sera sera. 🙂
 
 Let me know what you think! I’m posting it over on the Facebook page of KraftyMax too – she has a fan contributors’ section and I am a fan for sure!
 
 Ciao bellas!

Mommy-writer creates Ericka the Puppy to help kids deal with bullying

I originally “met” the fabulously funny and totally real Mom through Facebook. She is one of the mom pages I actually get on Facebook to read. I guess she’s too funny to limit herself to the 140 characters that usually appeal to me.
 
 So it came as a surprise that as well as being a mom and generally funny person, she had written a children’s book! In her spare time, for her daughter. #mindblown
 
 Really. I can barely manage surfing Pinterest and herding my cats {kids} and making the occasional but totally awesome craft.
 
 Some of my posts (actually none come to mind right now) have links that I might get a couple of pennies for your click. This is NOT one of those. If she has a link on her site and gets an additional couple of pennies for you buying the book directly from her, yay for her! I say that but where is her site? I dunno …
 Here’s a link to her awesome books though! And you can find her on Facebook too.
 
 Ericka the Puppy and other books by Chasity Conley
 
 Ciao bellas.

How To Sew a Bow Tie!

No, seriously, a bow tie. A grown-up, man’s bow tie. Hubby’s new contract has a bow-tie at work day! Time to fab him up, Mommies! 🙂

Off to Pinterest I go… everything is a baby bow-tie or a baby shower bow-tie idea. Off to a good start!

I found one! Here at Sew Like My Mom she also had the task of fabbing her hubby. And, like a crafter-mom-artisan, she documented her process with awesome pictures and tips.

Since mine is a work in progress at this moment, I’ll be adding my own pictures and tips as I go along – comment below or follow me on Twitter or Facebook to be updated as this post is updated!

Step 1: choosing good fabric
Fortunately, my hubs has many ties of his own that he loves and that he has stained. Lol – is that mustard? I’m going to go through these first since the fabric is guaranteed to be one he likes! Pictures in moments…

Subtle upcycle of a beautiful shirt

Hi all!
 
 This top is in a really nice stretch fabric and I like the stripes and colours. Someone gave it to me in a bag of 80’s women’s business wear. Turns out most of the bag had some serious sun stain issues.
 
 

 I’ll really have to post a closeup of the collar. And, as you can see, I wasn’t planning on posting this upcycle until I was into the project so you can already see where I cut the collar off and lowered the neckline.
 
 Super simple change since the lines, fabric and fit are pretty much perfect already!
 


I removed the collar and cuffs and used a double-folded bias tape to edge the cuts.
 
 


Super stylin’ brand new shirt for the grand cost of 10 minutes.
 
 Let me know what you think and if you want to see more of the projects coming from the MostlyMommies workshops!

Free online game to teach your infant or toddler how to use a mouse

Way back when…

According to the archives of the internetz, I wrote this simple game to teach my 18 month old daughter to use a mouse. I was pregnant, tired and letting her click with amazement was easy to do. And delightful to watch. And in hindsight, she has benefited from “being born with a computer keyboard in hand”.

Please enjoy the game and leave a comment letting me know what your baby did with it!

Infant game by MostlyMommies

Jennifer

Games my kids play

And I don’t mean the online ones this time!

When I started this site, it was for my oldest daughter to have a page with links to all her favorite games. She’s 14 now. She doesn’t need a page with links, all her favorite games are inside my head!
Today I found out that she has a low thyroid level and that medication to supplement her thyroid will address some of the issues she’s struggled with. The lethargy, strange appetite – phew! Once that’s addressed though, what reason will she have not to eat what I make, I ask you?

Seriously, I resisted adding this to her next meal…

MostlyMommy

Lucy Ball – Artisan, Mommy and all around good people.

You may know her already as the creative force here at My Life As Lucille.

I’ve “known” her for about a year. She is one of those fabulously complex people no one can ever know completely – that and, oh yeah, I met her through Twitter and wouldn’t recognize her if she walked by me on the street.

It’s amusing to me how her creations and my own cross paths and intersect but are never anything alike.

Her latest line, this super cool typewriter key jewelry, is charming (pun intended) and you have your own input as well as the artist’s. Ever feel like you were born in the wrong era? Ever want something that you know the true meaning of but it’s not so “out there” that no one else enjoys the unique quality?

This is your chance.

Her etsy store, for your perusing and purchasing pleasure is here: My Life As Lucille

CONGRATS on your app! @tomhanks My friends told me I should s... on Twitpic

 

Update: still lovin’ the heck out of you!

For Shawna, yeah you’re THAT special! ;)

This banner will take you to an awesome site with quick shipping and an amazing selection. If you don’t like it when you get it, at these prices, just sell it on your buy and sell page!
ROSE DRESS: Unique to You

Of course, we can’t forget the fab site I sent earlier – TBDress

 

Save up to 75% off Maxi Dresses at TBDress.com

Maybe I should send you some of the ones I like best? Seriously though, if you decide you’d like me to make you a dress, custom fit etc – you let me know because I was not kidding when I said “I’m in”!

I’ll let you know when I update this page for you – what else do you shop for online?

The MostlyMommies approach to online promotion and networking

Hi Mommies!

Here is a question for you – do you know when I launched MostlyMommies? 2001! That’s right, the site is now over 13 years old. I know because my oldest daughter, who I first created the games page for, is over 14 now! Yikes. Times drags, time flies.

There’s an internet history site and I looked at my first attempts at creating the site and the community. I learned so much then and I’m still learning. My goal has never changed. I want to promote my crafty endeavors, other Mommies’ creations and, continue to do what most of the moms who arrive here are looking for – finding and reviewing the best online educational games, websites and apps for toddlers, preschoolers and kids. At anytime, if you’re here browsing the site and your wee one jumps up on you wanting entertainment, click on the Games link and you’re sure to find something fun and educational to play.

I’m developing the site’s other goal of networking and co-promoting each other. I am happy to feature other mom’s work here and in return, they contribute to the community by teaching, sharing or even letting me know about games I can add to the kids’ section. What do you think? Maybe a points system where your page is promoted for a certain number of points and points are earned by posting resources for other moms?

I have a new Mommy friend that I met, collaborating online, and I will be featuring her creations first. Who is next?

 

SpeakAZoo a fun app for toddlers! Great for potty time.

Hi mostly Mommies! 😉
I really don’t usually get an app that requires access to the microphone or asks me to set up an account. I’ve read their privacy policy and the security reasons for the account creation and I am reassured. I installed it and during one of our extended potty sitting sessions, we played Speak A Zoo. Wow!
This is one fun app with great animations that are clear. The level of interaction between app and toddler is good – he’s not just sitting and watching, there are choices to make and responses to give.
This is going on our list which is growing – see the Apps for toddlers page for a complete list where you can vote up apps you like and leave comments for other parents.
Thanks again for making the Mostly Mommies community!