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Bluegrass Moon Beauty

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I just sent off the latest Mama Fly Baby fitted diaper to Becky for our journal/diaper collaboration to be stocked at Necessitae’s next stocking. Um… I think it might be on November 15, but I’m not sure. I don’t get along well with numbers and dates!

For those of you who want to know more, the size medium fitted diaper has a hemp velour outer (colors are periwinkle to *olive* but the photographs make it appear brown) and a bamboo fleece inner. This is my first diaper made from bamboo fleece and I really love how soft the diaper feels despite it not being an entirely-velour diaper.

bluegrass moon beauty

For more about the beautiful artist LeighAnne (and a sweet Mama Fly Baby-inspired photograph) check out her website.
I’m so flattered that she was willing to let me transform her amazing maternal art into embroidery. And I guess she’s an okay friend, too. ;D


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November 7, 2007 at 10:28 pm

Overdue Gratitude

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I can’t believe how rude I’ve been. A couple of months ago I received a sweet gift from the oh-so-adorable Claudia as part of a “pay it forward” type gesture.


Of course I already thanked Claudia privately, but I wanted to give her a little shout out here, too.

Consider this a heads up. Sometime in November I’ll post the “rules” and choose three people (from the entrants) to whom I’ll pay it forward. Y’all are going to have to leave comments if you want to be eligible. Whoo! Feel the excitement people! ;D

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November 6, 2007 at 10:49 pm

Posted in Contests, Crafty fun

Sugar Freak!

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After my latest trip to Candylicious (only the coolest candy store in Houston!) I was inspired to devote an entire post to candy.
The fact that I went to the candy store less than 4 days after my girls brought home little bags full of Halloween candy, which I sort of helped myself to,  should demonstrate just how devoted I am to my pal sugar. And less than 24 hours later, half of the candy that I bought is already gone.   So what have I consumed in the last day?

To start, not one, but two delicious packages of the best chocolate marshmallow cups in the world.  I think I may have to buy myself a full case of these muthas.


A full pack of yummy Haribo Jogi-Bussi.  This is new to Candylicious and even though the pastel colors are a turn-off I had to find out what yoghurt filled gummies taste like.  In a word, YUMMI!

Haribo Jogi-Bussi

Half a bag of Pico Balla candy.  I didn’t realize this was licorice! It doesn’t taste like licorice. Hmm.

Pico Balla

I also had a few random bits of soft-centered gum, and I stole a two-dollar chocolate covered cherry from my husband’s hiding place.  Oh, it was so good. At least I confessed when he confronted me!  I almost let him think it was Zella, since she’s pulled that kind of thing before too.  Like mama, like daughter.

Tonight I was searching online for Good N Fruity candies since they used to be one of my favorite non-chocolate sweets, when I found this discontinued candy list.  What a suck!  I signed the petition to bring them back (yeah, I’m not holding out much hope.)
I was kind of bummed after finding that I will probably never enjoy Good N Fruities again, when Haribo came to the rescue. 

haribo good n fruity lookalike

Reading the description, I’m sure these are as close to Good N Fruity candies as I will ever find.  Is it lame that I’m so excited about this?

All this candy talk is making me want to go brush my teeth, but before I end this post I have to give a nod to the  funniest candy article I’ve ever had the pleasure of reading…  in fact, the whole site is hilarious.  I may have to add it to my blogroll.  Anyway, check out the “worst halloween candy” list – bottom half of the article I just linked to.  Now I’m off to dream about more CANDY!

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November 4, 2007 at 11:29 pm

Posted in General Dorkiness

Harder than I thought it would be…

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It’s only November 3 and I’m already hard pressed for things to post about. In the 7+ months I’ve been writing in this little bloggy blog I’ve accumulated a piddly 39 posts… and I’m supposed to come up with 30 more in 30 days? Ay-yay-yay. I think I may crack under the self-induced pressure.

The least I can do is provide some laughter for the day’s post. Check out what happened to me on my birthday at dinner with a bunch of (very nice) strangers (the varied group from Fashion Incubator I mentioned in my November 1 “Blog Challenge” post). I don’t think I can ever accurately describe just how embarrassing it was for me. It really doesn’t take much to make me blush, but THIS made my chipmunk cheeks turn purple.

papasitos polaroid

Ah yup, I will subject myself to almost any form of torture if it involves dessert. 😉
On a side note, do I look manly, or what?

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November 3, 2007 at 11:40 pm

Posted in General Dorkiness

Halloween Pictures

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I know y’all have been just dying to see the finished costume that I first posted about here. Well I won’t keep you in suspense any longer!  Here it is, along with the costume I made for little Zella (which is a modified version of Simplicity 5695 – tres simple!)

Halloween Anya

I have to say, working with this flannel-backed satin fabric (Sew Comfy line from Joann’s) was a pain in the butt. It warps too easily so it was hard to sew a nice straight line. It was worth using though, because I had – and still have – quite a stash of it from when I started making these little chenille baby blankets.
The other annoying thing about making the purple dress is that there was *so* much fabric involved that it was pretty difficult to sew. I mean, that jenk was heavy! It kept sliding off of my sewing table and pulling whatever seam I was trying to sew out of alignment. Also, there was an enormous amount of gathering. I chose to make the version with overlays (the purple “skirts” that lay on the off-white main skirt) and I almost couldn’t get my machine to run over the two gathered layers of the skirt plus the outer layer of the bodice. Then I had trouble with the zipper, and trouble with the hand stitching of the lining, and so on and so on… I don’t even want to think about how many hours I spent on this dress! I think a lot of those hours were spent on the accessories – matching elasticated treat bag with lace, matching tiny-circumference gauntlets. You know, gauntlets, those glove-like things that go on the arms? Who knew?

But in the end, I think it was worth it, even if I am kicking myself for not remembering the off-white sash I also made to go across the bodice. Anya was thrilled and it really is a dress fit for a princess. Or maybe a flower girl. Ha ha.


Halloween Girlies


Halloween Girlies


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November 2, 2007 at 7:29 pm

Posted in Family, Patterns, Sewing

November Blog Challenge.

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Today is my thirty-first birthday. Along with some cute computer illustrations, my gift from my husband is a night out without the children (which, like, NEVER happens around here) so I’m going to meet up with a group of Fashion Incubator regulars who are in town this week for some local events. I’m a bit nervous but I think it will be fun to get to meet some peers.

As for the title challenge, a few weeks ago I signed up for/with/at NaBloPoMo (a network) with the task of blogging every single day for the month of November. I’m not sure I’ll be able to hang, but it seems like a fun thing to at least try. I would imagine I will miss some days here and there, since there are only so many posts I can write about cloth diapers, my children – beautiful as they may be, and my uneventful life.

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November 1, 2007 at 9:16 pm

Posted in General Dorkiness

Helloween Sewing (Simplicity 8953)

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What was I *thinking?*    I could have spent as little as $20 and 45 minutes on a Little Mermaid or Princess costume for Anya but instead I decided to try and thin my fabric stash and make her this poufy insane ensemble that may not even fit her.

simplicity 8953

I’ll be sure to post pictures of the actual project in a day or two.  It’s basic but very “Princess-like,” and Anya is all about Princesses these days (but not as much as she is crazy about Ariel).
Must get back to hand sewing the lining in so that I can go to sleep.    I gathered well over 10 feet of fabric tonight.  Errgh… remind me never to do this again!

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October 31, 2007 at 6:21 am