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Clumsy Crafter: August 2009

Monday, August 31, 2009

Princess Goofy Strikes Again.....

It's Princess Goofy (also known as her alter-ego, Captain Commando") at her best. This kid just marches and trips to the beat of her own drum. Oh how I love that about her.

This is a picture of her with her gobbles. Most people call them goggles but not our Princess. These are gobbles and if you call them goggles, she will correct you.

When I showed His Royal Highness this picture he told me that one day when she's starting to date, guys will google her name and find this picture. If that happens then my heart will rejoice even more. She is way too precious to share with stinky, smelly teenage boys.


Saturday, August 29, 2009

Warming Bread Basket

I like my buns hot. Yes, I did just say that. Yes, I am sleep deprieved from being up every night with a newborn.

His Royal Highness's mom has a bread basket with a cloth liner that keeps the bread warm. Every one drools over this basket. So as a thank you gift to his aunt this year, I recreated the basket.

It is very simple to do. You will need a medium sized basket, two dishtowels, rice, muslin or other scrap fabric, and a sewing machine.

To start, measure the size of the bottom of your basket. Or if your princesses been using your measuring tape as a leash for their stuffed puppy, you can just turn the basket upside down and do a basic size assesment. Cut two pieces of muslin the same size as the bottom of your basket. Sew the pieces together but leave a small opening where you can fill it with rice. You are basically making a pillow of rice. Turn the muslin inside out first to hide the stitched edges before you fill it with rice. After you have filled it with rice, stitch the opening closed. You know have a rice pillow that should fit easily inside the basket.

Take one dishtowel and lay it out flat. Lay the rice pillow in the middle of the towel and trace around it using a fabric pen or a crayon. Take a wild guess at which one I actually had on hand. Cut the other dishtowel to the size of the rice bag plus another inch or so for the hem.

Now you're going to make a pocket for the rice bag to go into. Fold all the edges of the dishtowel squares under to make pretty edges. Sew these edges down. Then lay it in the middle of the large dishtowel and make sure all the edges from your tracing are covered. Does that make sense? I'm sleep deprieved, email me if it doesn't. Now sew down three sides, leaving one open to slip the rice bag into. You can add a way to close up the pocket if you want to get all fancy.

Heat the rice bag in the microwave with a small cup of water for 2 minutes. Then slip it into the pocket on the back of the dishtowel. Lay the dishtowel into the basket, rice bag down in the bottom of the basket. Add your bread and cover it with the edges of the towel. This should help keep your buns nice and toasty.
If this is too much work, just come sit in my van. I'll turn on the seat warmers and your buns will be nice and toasty without any sewing. haha. really sleep deprieved.
I am willing to make these for anyone wanting to buy one. This would be an awesome housewarming gift when filled with a small loaf of homemade bread and your own favorite recipe.

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The Arrival of the Newest Princess

Let's just say that I took maternity leave a few months early. But the news that all three of you have been waiting for is here. The newest princess has arrived.

Princess newbie arrived on August 1st at 7:36am. She weighed 7lbs 13 ounces and was 21 inches long. To say that she is sweet as sugar is an understatement of grand proportion. I am happy to report that she has my laid back personality but that is all she got from me. She looks like a little female version of His Royal Highness. Something about the way her forehead smells has made us fall head over heels in love with her. It is the perfect scent of warmth and love. You know you are a new parent when you obsess about the smell of your child's head.

We're all starting to get back into the groove of our lives. Now if I can only get her to sleep on a schedule life would be perfect. Well that and if we could get the other two princess to CLEAN THEIR ROOMS! agh! That's another story for another time. I'm going to go smell Princess Newbie's head to calm down... ok I'm good.

So once again I'll leave you with some pictures of the newest princess but unfortunately there is no smell-a-vision for you to be able to smell her head. hmmm......