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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…

Shrinky Dink style DIY Shrinking plastic fun! Free!

I don’t know what the rules are but I suppose it’s only fair to say Shrinky Dinks exist as an item you can buy.
Now that I’ve said that, it’s possible to make them for free – better than free, you use stuff from your recycling bin! I know I used and recommend using #6 plastic. I’ve seen other sites stating you can use other numbers but you probably have enough #6 (which works spectacularly!) to achieve what you want.
This is not a toddler craft! It’s best for 8 years and up, I’d say. But with proper parental supervision, it’s your call. If the child is not using the oven, the permanent markers are your biggest concern. And if your child mouths things still, this is for later in crafts-years.
I used the tops from two store-bought sushi lunches.

These have the little #6 … I’m going to try with a white plastic #6 single yogurt container and let you know later.
Draw what you’d like on there with a Sharpie. Great idea is to trace an outline from a picture. You can colour in the outline with other permanent colour markers.

If you want a pendant, punch the hole in there before you out it in the oven.
Preheat the oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit.
I did everything on a baking sheet with a piece of parchment paper on it – just in case.
Here is another amazing fact: it’s free AND fast!
The largest ones we made took 1:45 (one minute and forty-five seconds). The smallest were 1:00 (one minute).
So, once your oven is the right temperature, open it up and slide in the baking sheet with your plastic shrinking pieces on it. Watch with the oven door closed – or if you have to (like me) take pictures, open it up a crack.
You’ll be able to see that they’re done but first you’ll probably have that moment of “oh my god, what’s happening in there?” as they curl up. Don’t freak out! They curl up and then they lay flat – smaller and thicker! Then take them out.
*I actually remembered to get a measuring tape out for some of the pictures so you can get a good idea of the shrinkage factor.
Look at the pictures below for proof and for fun! Then go make yourself something unique and cool! Post your comments or pictures, I’d love to hear what you did with the idea.

Curled up and flattened out! It’s like exercise for plastic!

by Mostly Mommy

Stop your iPhone from tracking you in iOs 6

This is a short video tutorial I made showing how to disable the newly re-added tracking feature in iOs 6.
If you’ve upgraded to iOs 6 on your iDevice or if you have an iPhone 5, you may want to stop your iPhone from transmitting information about your habits to advertisers. Some people don’t mind being tracked. I am not one of them.
This step takes less than a minute and keeps a little more of your information private – why give away your information? Maybe someday they’ll offer an incentive to give this information out but until then, I will continue to disable these functions as often as possible.
The written steps follow the video below.

If you need more help, add a comment below and I will help if I can.

How to disable the tracking in your iPhone running iOs 6.
Go to Settings.
Go to General. (This caught me by surprise since I was looking under Privacy.)
Go to About. (Again, considering all the other options under General, About seemed like the least obvious place to put this option.)
At the very bottom of the About menu, choose Advertising.
Turn the switch On to limit your iPhone tracking you.

Cradle cap home remedy

Cradle cap
Or “cradle crap” as we’ve lovingly renamed it in our house. Bane of bald or peach fuzzed kids like mine because its so immediately visible on the scalp and it just won’t go away with bath time. It can though! And without anything harsh so here we go.
You will need:
A shallow bowl with a little (maybe a tablespoon or two? I don’t know … A thin layer on the bottom of your bowl.)
Soft baby brush (they seem to come in every baby kit thing out there – where are all these babies with enough hair to brush?)

Get a little bowl of olive oil. My go-to oil! 

Dip your fingertips into the oil and then massage the oil onto your baby’s scalp.

 I was quite generous because he seemed to really enjoy the massaging too. At this point is when I got my little guy into his bath and brushed the cradle crap out but you can brush before the bath time. Depends on your preference.

Get your soft brush – the really soft, not-good-for-much-else, bristled kind only – and massage the scalp in small circles.
 After about 30 seconds to a minute, take a look at the brush. Egads! See that cradle c(r)ap on the bristles? 

Give the brush a rinse and repeat over the entire area affected by the yucky stuff. I said until the brush is clean when you look at it but of course, use your own good parenting judgement. If the scalp appears to redden, stop. Try again later and be more gentle with the brush. The oil really, really is the trick since it loosens the cradle cap bond to the skin. The brush is just a little leverage.
Now bathe that baby! Shampoo the scalp gently and rinse away the rest of the oil and cradle cap.
Quite likely, you have a smiley cradle cap free (for a while) baby, ready to be scooped up into a warm baby towel.
Let me know how it works for you below!

Mostly Mommy