Archives for August 2010

Home Decor DIY with Jess

My friend Jess is secretly crafty. I say this because it’s not what she’s passionate about. It’s not what she blogs about. Heck… it’s not even something she tweets about. But go to her house and you’ll see a plethora of home decor craftiness!

Jess and I have gone thrift store shopping together several times. She has a knack for buying something hideous and making it into something beautiful. I like to think I have that same talent… but I’m lazy and my trashy treasures pile up until my home looks like an episode of Hoarders.

The picture in this post is a real picture taken in Jess’ home. I was with her when she bought the vases and the little table. It was a dusty, beat up, piece of wood and Jess made it look like it was in a magazine.

Go ahead and hate her… then copy her style. She likes it.

Tutorial: Lunch Sacks and Reusable Sandwich Bags

Sandwich Bag

Every Monday, live at 10pm EST… I host my tutorial show Sew Krazy on MomTv. Join us this week as I teach the audience how to make lunch sacks and reusable sandwich bags!

How To Cut Your Fabric:

back / flap – about 6 1/2 by 14 inches
front – 6 1/2 by 8 1/2 inches
sides – 5 1/2 by 8 1/2 inches
bottom – 6 1/2 by 5 1/2 inches

Additional Supplies:

Canvas Ribbon (for the handle)
Stabilizer (cut the same as the fabric above)
Nylon Fabric (cut the same as the fabric above)

General Instructions:

Once the fabric, stabilizer, and nylon are cut to size… layer the three pieces like a sandwich and pin. You should now have a front, back, bottom and two side pieces completed and pinned to hold it together.

Begin by sewing the front and back pieces to the bottom piece WRONG sides together (meaning the RIGHT sides are facing out). This method leaves a raw edge but is a cute and quick way to finish your project. Next… sew the side pieces to the bottom. Finally… join the side pieces to the front and the back piece. Your velcro can be added to a comfortable closing spot and the handle added to the top of the flap!

Tune in for a visual aid!

Happy Birthday Rachel

I look back and can’t believe it’s been six years since you were born.

Continue to make that cheesy grin… it’s part of what makes you… you. Continue to draw, climb, giggle, and peel the crusts off your sandwiches. And as the years go by… continue to exceed my every expectation of you.

I love you Rachel.

Snack Time: Fruit and Cheese Kabobs

This post is a day late… but better late than never right? I like to talk crafty snacks on Wednesdays. Today, I’m gonna talk about protein!

Being the parent of a diabetic child that loves to snack has posed several problems along the way. She wants a snack and to her… snack meant peanut butter crackers or yogurt covered pretzels or even a small bowl of ice cream. After her diagnosis… it was difficult to change the way she looked at snacks.

Over time, we learned that protein is our new best friend. Typically, she can eat enough protein to fill her belly and I don’t have to worry about her carbs and sugars. We love string cheese, scrambled eggs, and rolled up lunch meat.

Today, we’re making fruit and cheese kabobs. These tasty and cute snacks pack a cheesy protein punch along with a healthy dose of fruity sugars.


Wooden or plastic kabob sticks

Cookie Cutters (to shape your cheese)

A nice block of cheese

Your favorite fruits


Simply cut a slice of cheese from the block that will be thick enough to keep it’s shape once you use the cookie cutters. You can also use the cookie cutters to shape melon slices. Slide your fruits and cheeses onto a kabob stick and serve!

Photo credit

Random Friday: BlogHer ’10

It was Friday, August 6th and I was in New York City… BlogHer 2010. Friday was a really amazing day for me at BlogHer. Let me tell you a little bit about it…

I wake up refreshed and ready to go! No… really… I do. I’m excited! This is the day that I’m attending the Getting Gorgeous event with Vera Sweeney and Audrey McClellan. I’m all special and V.I.P. like…

My job is to interview various brand reps and women enjoying the event  for an hour on MomTV. How cool is that? I interviewed Vera Sweeny and we talked about eye liner. She has the most amazing eye liner technique. She was going to tell me how she did it… but wasn’t able to make it back.

Next I spoke to a rep from Sketchers. She’s actually their fitness expert. She got to tell me all about the new Sketchers Shape Ups. I even got a pair for myself! How awesome is that? Sketchers Shape Ups help to tone and shape the booty and thighs as you walk around in them all day. Exercise couldn’t get any easier! They were so comfy too… I wore them all day when I was walking around New York on Saturday.

After my Sketchers interview… I spoke with a rep from Miracle Body Jeans. These jeans make it look like you lost 10 pounds in 10 seconds! For reals! It has to do with the hidden tummy panel inside the jeans. I chose a dark wash, boot cut style. Let me tell you… I am in love. They have a bit of stretch and they make my booty look fierce! Besides that… a dark wash jean can go from day to night just by changing my top and accessories.

Speaking of accessories… I got to interview the accessories designer from KMart. She was so sweet! They are launching a new line of clothing and accessories at KMart to fit those of us who don’t wear Juniors sizes anymore. I mean… I could wear a Juniors size if I wanted to… but they just aren’t cut right. You know what I mean? I’m a woman… not a maturing teen! But what happens if I just love those tees and cute jeans with the faux rips in them? KMart asked themselves that same question and came up with a line that looks like the Juniors but fits the Misses. *high five*

It was a really great day on MomTv. It was a great day in general. Not only did I walk away with some amazing products… I met some fantastic people who are passionate about what they do.

A big thanks to Vera and Audrey for putting on such a classy event. And thank you MomTV for sending me to cover it live.

PS… Did I mention I got to interview Chris Mann, the talented musician, at a private event on Saturday night? (see picture… be jealous)


Join Bag It Forward!

This Back to School season, Elmer’s is celebrating it’s every day low pricing on back to school supplies at Walmart by partnering with Adopt-A-Classroom to help make a difference in classrooms across the country.

Elmer’s will donate up to $10,000 to Adopt-A-Classroom with your participation. Join now!

The Elmer’s Virtual Bag It Forward is charity blog meme, bloggers are able to raise $10 per blog post for Adopt-A-Classroom by writing a blog post or Facebook note and donating a virtual bag of school supplies . Elmer’s will donate $10 per each post written for Adopt-A-Classroom, up to $10,000.

HOW CAN YOU JOIN? It’s easy.

  • Participate in the Elmer’s Virtual Bag It Forward by giving away a virtual bag of school supplies and creating a blog post or Facebook note with specific rules described below.
  • Elmer’s will donate up to $10,000 to Adopt-A-Classroom.
  • You can give as many virtual bags as you want.
  • The Elmer’s Virtual Bag It Forward will officially begin at 12 AM EST on July 22, 2010 and end at 12 PM EST on August 12, 2010. Blog posts submitted to us before or after that time period will not be counted.
  • The blog post link has to be submitted in the comment section below for your participation to be counted.
  • In addition copy and paste the following text into your blog post:


  • Copy and paste these rules into your blog post or Facebook note.
  • Create a post giving a “virtual bag of school supplies” to other bloggers or write about your Back to School shopping trip at Walmart.
  • Link back to the person who gave you a bag of school supplies.
  • Let each person you are giving a virtual bag of school supplies know you have given them a bag.
  • Leave your link in the Elmer’s Virtual Bag It Forward comment section. You can also find the official rules of this virtual #bagitforward program there.
  • Elmer’s is donating $10 for each blog participating in the Virtual Bag It Forward Donation to Adopt-A-Classroom (up to total of $10,000 for blog posts written by August 12, 2010).
  • Please note that only one blog post per blog url will count towards the donation.

I’ve given to the Elmer’s Bag It Forward program… Have you?

Be a part of Blog Hop ’10!