Lots to Learn

So I am relatively new to this job of mine, been at it for 2 1/2 yrs now. Toughest job I’ve ever held. Being a stay at home mom is no joke and I am under qualified when it comes to everything, from taking care of kids to doing housework/cooking. Thank goodness doing research is literally a click away.

Up until last week, I had no idea what these curly attachments that came with the mixer were for and I’ve had my mixer for 10+ yrs! At one point I even considered tossing them out. 20140730-211636-76596433.jpg Good thing I didn’t. It turns out, it’s for making dough! I only found out because I thought I’ll try making my own pizza dough. Thank you Internet! Found my recipe and viola, a pizza! Too bad I forgot to take some pictures. I did however remember to take some today.

20140730-211931-76771865.jpg. Cool right? I made some garlic bread sticks. The boy loved it! I’m his hero now! Yay me!

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A sewing machine and a new Bapron!

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A little back story.  I inherited a sewing machine! I vaguely remember taking a sewing class 24 years ago, where I made an apron and a pot holder. Maybe being a daughter of a seamstress helps because for some reason, I can sew! Who knew?!

I decided that my first project would be a bib!  No, not a bib, a Bapron by http://www.craftinessisnotoptional.com/.  I’d love to take credit for the designing this awesome bib but I’m not that creative.  I did a Pinterest search and got my inspiration.  You can buy the pattern and tutorial for $6 but I am much too cheap to buy so I traced a onesie and eyeballed it.  Let me tell you, it is worth the $6 because after the time spent on drawing the pattern and doing a mock piece, I totally wished that I had just bought the tutorial/pattern.  After all, the extra time spent could be used for sleeping!  So if you are interested in making this, here’s the link to the Bapron tutorial.

I made it reversible.  The Chevron side is with PUL fabric for eating and the flower side is cotton for collecting drool.  Here’s the other side.

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And here’s my little model!

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I love it!  And, I think she loves it too!

Stick with it!

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They say you don’t know until you try it. That’s how I ended up with 2 diapers with velcro that I had to convert. I mean I knew I would like snaps more than aplix before I ordered any cloth diapers yet I had to try it. Seriously what is wrong with me? I guess I just had to try it out, just to be sure. That is how I end up with many different brands and different types. Now that I know which I like best, I am too lazy to sell them so I can buy more of the ones that I like more. Well, at least I no longer have to deal with velcro. Here are some pictures. Oh, one tip, do the row farthest from the edge first.

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Here are the link to the instructions and template.

There is something about putting your baby in something you altered/made that is very satisfying. Here’s my baby in the newly altered BumGenius diaper!

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From Aplix to Snaps!

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Wow it has been a long time since I posted. I must have been busy. I have since been converted to the world of cloth diaper and addicted too. I have a couple of them with velcro and have been wanting to change them to snaps. I finally gave it a try, pretty easy. Here are some before and after photos.
Before:

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After:

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All you need are the following: a pen, an awl (I used a seam ripper), and a kam plier.

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You can find the instructions here, http://www.kamsnaps.com/Adding-Snaps-to-Thirsties-Duo-Diapers-45.html.