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25 Days of Christmas: Snuggle Up Blanket

There are two things that make me happy during the bitter winter months; hot chocolate and snuggly warm blankets.  I decided I wanted to make the perfect snuggle blanket for the Mr. and I for the chilly nights we have coming our way. Since I am still a beginner sewer I decided to try my hand at a tie blanket. A family friend had made each of the kids one when they were born and it has been some of our favorite go to blankets.

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I purchased 2 1/2 yards of a red plaid and gray fleece from Hobby Lobby. The plaid just shouted Canadian winter to me!

Here are a few tips:
– When deciding on the size blanket make sure to factor in about 6 inches on each side that you will lose from the ties.
– Fleece is pricey so wait until a sale of after a holiday to score a good deal.
– Pattern fabrics can be tricky if the cutter doesn’t cut the fabric straight (or make sure the previous person did) so watch them carefully.

When I got home I aligned both pieces on the floor and trimmed the access off.

Now for the cutting…

You will want to cut a 6 inch square out of each corner, then cut 6 inch deep and 2 inch wide strips down each side. I found that the natural lines in the plaid pattern made it really easy to cut straight lines. Since my blanket was rather large I decided to cut a few strips and then tie continuing that pattern around the entire blanket. I used a simple double knot making sure to pull tight on each one.

I was worried about each piece shifting in the laundry so I used crochet thread to make small knots throughout the blanket.

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I am pretty excited about my first tie blanket. It looks so warm and inviting and I am sure the Mr. and I will be able to snuggle up underneath for several movie nights come winter.

Overall this project cost about $30 (because I didn’t get the fabric on sale :/) and took about 45 minutes to make. I had so much fun doing it I decided to make each of the kids a stroller tie blanket for our winter walks or skating down the canal.

Check out all of my 25 Days of Christmas here!


Valentine’s Day Treats for EVERYONE!

Pretty much every holiday is a favorite of mine but for different reasons. Growing up, I always looked forward to dinner on Valentine’s Day because my Mom would always have something special at our place at the table. I can’t remember what we got but she usually put some trinkets in a heart shaped box.

Even when I was single, and in one case broken up with, on Valentine’s Day I still loved it. Most haters say you should celebrate your love for someone every day. I don’t know what world they live in but in mine, sometimes the day gets away with you between work, house chores, raising a baby, and all the other daily tasks we have to accomplish. Valentine’s day to me, is a special day set aside to show some love.

I am really excited to celebrate Valentine’s Day with two of my three favorite men. I know Parker won’t remember, but I will. So, we are going all out like I plan to for many years to come. I thought it would be fun to share what I have come up with.

Now that P is starting to eat some solid food, we thought it would be a good time to invest in a Summer Bibbity Rinse & Roll Bib. This little beauty will help catch any food P decides to spit out and catch any food that misses his mouth when he starts to feed himself.

Rob isn’t too pleased with this gift but I am so excited for this Baby Boy Valentine’s Day Heart & Strip Hat to arrive for his photo shoot! I got this from an awesome Etsy store, Sisters Craft Corner, and just love supporting fellow Etsy shop owners.

Since Rob and I are on our laptops quite a bit, P has developed a fascination with them. Here, see for yourself.

I decided he was old enough for his first piece of technology and decided the Fisher Price Laugh & Learn Smart Screen would be perfect for him. It got great reviews and one said that their little one, when asked, “what they are doing”, responds by saying, “I’m working!”

We were at the MCX today and came across a package of First Years Take & Toss Infant Sectioned Bowls & Lids. I liked them because they were portable and had sections so we could put his oatmeal in and add the puree when it was time to eat. There is even a place for the spoon under the top which is an added bonus. While these are meant to use and throw away, we plan to wash them and reuse them as many times as possible.

I know that P already has quite a collection of books but I just love buying special ones for each holiday and writing a message in them. I reviewed several lists of favorites and decided on The Great Valentine’s Day Surprise by Suzy-Jane Tanner. I found it slightly used on Amazon for a great price! 

Coffee Press | Pretzel M&M’s | Fishers Popcorn 
MaryKay Satin Hands | Teething Necklace | Skinny Cow Crisp
Personalized Valentine Coupons

While at the MCX today, Rob stumbled upon the Healthy Steps Coffee Press. He thought it would be great to keep in his backpack he takes to work and I thought it was the perfect size/price for a Valentine’s gift. Mix that with some of his favorite candy, Pretzel M&M’s and a bucket of Fishers Popcorn and you have one happy Poppa!

I was running low on my MaryKay Satin Hands so it will be the perfect time to restock, since I only have to walk upstairs to My Crafting Attic to take one out of inventory. I also recently joined a co-op and one of the deals were teething necklaces. I have heard nothing but good things about these so I decided to get one (ok, two) for myself. The link isn’t to the shop where we got ours but it is a great example. Since I am watching my weight, I was so excited to find a 100% satisfactory replaced to a normal candy bar. Skinny Cow Crisps are so yummy and I have only about 1/8 the guilt when I am done eating it because they are only 110 calories!

Now for the most exciting gift of all! I made these really cute coupons that Rob and I are going to make  for each other. It’s a FANTASTIC free and cute gift for one another. To see how to DIY your own AND find out how you can download a free printable, visit My Crafting Attic!


Daddy’s New Playroom!

I knew before Rob had left that I wanted to do something really nice for him as a surprise when he got home. I decided that his make shift work room in the basement was not suitable as a Daddy. So I decided to build him one with style! I knew this was something I wouldn’t be able to do on my own so I asked my parents to help during their monthly trips to visit.

In January, we went to Sears and I picked out a Craftsman work bench, wall cabinets, floor cabinet and drawer set.  It was set to be delivered in February when my parents would be down to visit again. We spent that weekend moving everything out of his workroom onto shelves in the basement to make room. My parents even took the nasty carpet home with them for the dumpster. 

My parents came in February on Thursday evening so we could spend Friday preparing the room. We went to Home Depot to put wood and peg board to build walls covering the concrete and insulation around the room. This isn’t the best picture but it illustrates how packed their car was. My Mom and I had to drive home in it because there was wood above our heads and my seat had to go all the way up. 
We spent Saturday morning building the walls and putting up the peg boards. The room looked 10 times better just with that! The delivery guys came and brought everything downstairs for us which was a huge help. Once we saw all the boxes and realized almost everything was no assembled, we got right to work. We decided to start on the corner shelving unit. I am still not sure if that was a good or bad idea. About 2 hours later, we had finally figured out how it was suppose to go together and made some progress finishing it up. The wall cabinets and floor cabinet were much easier to assemble. We put together the workbench and realized we would need to do some cutting on the bottom support beam to fit around the piping in the room. We worked until Sunday evening and decided to finish everything up when they came back in March.

We organized all of Rob’s loose tools into boxes so we could find everything better! 
March’s visit was a little easier. We made some altercations to the workbench, finished up the last drawer set and cleaned everything up. I am SO happy with how it turned out and am very grateful my parents were willing to give up three weekends to help make it happen. 

This is the end result and I think Rob was very pleased when I showed him!!! We also had some fun moments along the way 🙂

Flip Flop and Alice were GREAT supervisors!