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March 9, 2012

sleep sacks

Filed under: crafts, me, projects, sewing — Jana @ 3:41 pm

To try out my new serger I found this tutorial on pinterest…

Source: thismamamakesstuff.com via Niki on Pinterest

and had to make a bunch as baby gifts.  They are all made out of vintage T shirts.  I went a little crazy, and still have a few more I want to make,  but I don’t have THAT many friends having boys.  So, yeah, if you get some of these from me in the future when you get pregnant with a boy… act surprised. ;)


February 14, 2012


Filed under: carmen, crafts, holidays — Jana @ 6:42 am

I found this idea on pinterest, of course.  Valentine’s day was so fun back in elementary when everyone exchanged valentines.  I think its even more fun making home made valentines for Carmen’s class.

December 6, 2011

granny square afghan

Filed under: crafts, crochet, projects — Jana @ 4:12 pm

I finally finished my Afghan!

I started this mama jama a long long time ago.  Like, a year… maybe two.  I made it one granny square at a time, and each one is different.  I am happy I finally finished it because it definitely wasn’t an immediate gratification project.  I had this stack of granny squares and I kept thinking “this thing has got to be huge by now”, then I’d lay them out and it’d be the size of a burp cloth or something. :)

All I know, is that these take a lot of work so, if your granny ever gives you one… even if it is nasty colors that don’t go with your home, don’t give it to the goodwill.  It was made with many, many hours of love, and should be a family heirloom or something.  I will be keeping mine and putting it on my couch upstairs,  I don’t have the time to make these as gifts yet.  Maybe when I’m really a granny. :)

May 23, 2011


Filed under: crafts, projects, sewing — Jana @ 4:08 pm

My couch needed some serious pillow love, and I was feeling inspired.  So I brightened things up a little bit with these bad boys.

April 10, 2011


Filed under: carmen, crafts, crochet, moseley, projects — Jana @ 4:03 pm

I crocheted these two little peas in a pod

…for my two little peas.

April 1, 2011

race car quilt/big boy bed

Filed under: carmen, crafts, moseley, projects, quilting — Jana @ 10:47 am

I finished the race car quilt I was making for Moseley.  One word.  Intense.

I am still very new to quilting, but I saw this road map quilt that Eve made and thought it was so adorable, I wanted to make one for Moseley.  I thought “how hard could it be?” Ha ha, yeah.  Sewing curves are definitely way harder to get used to than sewing straight lines, but I like the way it turned out in spite of all of its imperfections.  It adds character right?

I loved picking out all of the cute car fabrics.  There are not a lot of cute boy projects out there, compared to what you can do for girls, so this was a refreshing change to do something boyish for my little man.

I thought these little cars on this Ann Kelle fabric were so cute,  I decided to use them for the back also.

I unveiled the quilt to Moseley, and he played for about one minute.  Oh well, I hope he’ll get more excited about it in the future.

He thought his mouth was a good way to hold three cars at once (I really hope hotwheels aren’t made in China).

Carmen wanted to get in on the fun  (and in fact played with it more than Mose did) so she went and found this little car she has had since she was 2.

It’s a purple polly pocket car, and it smells like grape.  Still, after 3 years, this thing still smells like candy.  How the heck do they do that?  I mean what kind of chemicals do they have to add to the plastic to get it to smell forever?  Boggles my mind.

As a coincidence, the same day I finished his quilt he learned to climb out of his crib.  Which is such a bummer because it means we have to go through one of those big transitions from baby to preschooler. This already makes me sad, that I no longer have a baby;  Then add to that a kid that won’t sleep and has free reign of the house at all hours of the night.  Ugh.  We have had less than full nights of sleep since it happened.  We decided to just do what we did with Carmen and turn his crib into a toddler bed and put a lock on his door.  Lee get’s worried because he thinks there will be an emergency and Mose won’t be able to get out, but I think it’s the same as having a baby in a crib who can’t climb out.  We still use the baby monitor, to make sure he is ok in there.  And this way he can’t wake up and let himself out the front door or something scary like that.

On a lighter note, I really wish I would have  had a video camera ready  to film his reaction to Lee taking off the front gate of his crib. He was so stoked, it was like he couldn’t believe it was possible to open up the crib like that. He was giddy.  He kept climbing up, laughing hysterically, jumping up and down yelling “My crib! my Crib!”  It was so funny.  I did get a couple pics of him as king of the mountain with my new iphone app Instagram (if you don’t have it, get it, it’s free and it’s awesome… like a mini photoshop to add filters to boring old iphone pictures instantly)

Then we got him all ready for bed and laid out his new quilt to play cars in his new bed.   I love his face in this next pic, you can just hear the car noises he is making, right?

March 22, 2011

doll quilt

Filed under: carmen, crafts, projects, quilting — Jana @ 1:20 pm

I had just enough scraps left over from the mermaid quilt I made for my sister to make Carmen a little doll quilt.

It was way more fun than making a big quilt because it was so fast and easy that it was an instant gratification kind of project.  It was also fun because it was small enough that I could make my own freehand  ocean waves when I  quilted it, which was a nice change from the straight lines I have been stuck doing so far.

I love seeing the kids fall in love with stuff I have made.  As soon as I gave it to Carmen, she laid it out on the floor to look at it and Moseley laid down on it all cozy like, which also made Carmen want to lay on it,  and before you know it they were both vying for a spot to lay on the tiny quilt.   I guess it’s time to make him his own quilt too.

March 17, 2011

happy st. patties day

Filed under: food, holidays, projects — Jana @ 6:00 am

Top o the mornin’ to ya!


I have been wanting to try this beautiful cookie recipe that I saw on this other chick named Jana’s blog. Her valentine cookies are to die for.  Mine didn’t turn out quite so cute, but still fun.  The next time I make them I would probably buy actual cake piping bags, instead of cutting the tips of of some ziplocks, but I think they turned out alright in spite of the shoddy tools I had to work with.  They did turn out yummy.  Will I make betty crocker mix sugar cookies and slap some of my cream cheese frosting recipe on top next time?  Probably, but that’s just because I’m lazy like that (and have a slight obsession with cream cheese), but I did have fun doing this as a little change up.

March 14, 2011

hoot quilt

Filed under: crafts, me, projects, quilting, sewing — Jana @ 12:29 pm

For fun, made this baby quilt the other day.  I love these bright fabrics from moda’s “it’s a hoot” line.

I like the back even more than the front, probably because it is  hard for me to sew in straight lines, and I am a perfectionist {or, I would be, if I weren’t a mom :)}.

January 15, 2011

yellow table

Filed under: projects — Jana @ 7:43 pm

Lee found this coffee table on the side of the road with a free sign on it the other day.  The person who was giving it away was not very nice to it.  They had painted it a slightly brighter color of yellow than this… although they must have had a blindfold on or something, because it was not pretty.  They had spilled big puddles of paint on the top and let it dry, so it had about 3 inches of dry paint on it.  I sanded it all down as best I could, then painted it this mustard color.  I think turned out pretty well for how bad it looked before.  It may be a little too big for this space, but I like it more than our old one, and it adds a nice little splash of color to our dumb white walled rental.

To finish it I sealed the top, distressed it a bit, and added this cute little anthropologie knob to the drawer, which is obviously my favorite part.

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