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Wednesday, November 30, 2011

Christmas Mug Rugs

I fooled around with those fabric scraps I showed you yesterday and finally got my Christmas Mug Rugs out to my lovely swap partner.

There's nothing like a deadline for a crafty friend to get your "fix the sewing machine" motivation flowing.

The backing is made of 2 by 2 inch squares of Christmas fabrics, most from Michael Miller's Funky Christmas.

Since my original plan flopped, I used leftover scraps to make two Christmas ball ornaments and added a funky "hanger" in metallic silver thread.

Now that I have the machine all figured out and back in good working order, it's time to get to work on the Christmas Tree skirt that was supposed to be sewn last year.  Ha, look at me, procrastination works because I've already gotten a head start on the project!

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Tuesday, November 29, 2011

Thanksgiving Mishaps

Did everyone have a good Thanksgiving? We had a fabulous time but not without it's minor cooking catastrophes.

 It all started with the pumpkin pie. I rolled out the dough, mixed up the pie filling, put it all together and slid it into the oven. Not a minute after I put it in, it dawned on me that I've never have leftover pie filling. I raced over to the counter to look at the pumpkin can and could have killed myself. I'd put the entire can of evaporated milk into the pie filling. Doh! I mean come on, I've made pumpkin pie at least 8 times now.  You'd think having leftover milk would stick in ones brain.  Luckily, I'd purchased an extra can for future use in pumpkin bread or pumpkin cookies. At 6 dollars a can, it was to be a future luxury. So, I went through the steps again. Mix, chill, roll, mix, fill, and into the oven. In the end, we had two pies. The first suprisingly did set up and the second (after ironically giving me a terrible time setting) was finally finished about 45 minutes after the normal cooking time.

 The next disaster came in the form of what we're calling "Mortar Mashed Potatoes". Again, a mistake in something that is made in this house all the time. I guess I was just in a hurry when I grabbed the bag of potatoes. I know I have to be careful here. I know each potato dish is made with a specific type of potato. I know this particular type can NOT be mashed. Well, to be correct, they can be physically mashed but heck if they are actually edible.  What they turn into is a form of potato glue.  I'm thinking of  looking into a patent for using them as brick mortar.  Or maybe a new type of craft glue.

Thankfully the turkey and the rest of the fixings came out well, because I later managed to make butter instead of whipped cream.  Ah, the joys of living in places without Cool Whip or whipped cream in a can.  There are certain conveniences, especially around the holidays, that I so miss about America.

So when I sat down on Sunday night (after our guests had left, the house was returned to some semblance of normal, 4 days of laundry done and put away) in front of my beloved sewing machine, which I have not used for 5 months, it should not have been a surprise that my plans would go awry.

All I wanted was to create a set of mug rugs but alas, after 45 minutes of frustration, I stopped and went to bed.  Whether I was just too tired to sew a straight line or the poor little machine needs a tune-up, we'll see.

I'm hoping I can salvage this pile of scraps and make something pretty.  I'm also realizing that I only have a few days left to get a new header up.  I'm blown away by how quickly our December calendar is already filling up.  Geesh, before I know it, it will be time to announce the January "Sewing For Boys" prize.  Are you ready?  Do you have all of your sewing notions for making the January pattern?  I'm ready to sew and hoping you'll be joining in.

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Wednesday, November 23, 2011

Happy Thanksgiving!

I know I'm a day early but I wanted to stop in and wish you all a wonderful Thanksgiving day. We're blessed to have good friends visiting for the holiday and weekend so I've been frantically running around trying to get all the little errands done before their arrival this afternoon.  It's amazing how much longer those things take when you're biking around town.

I've been trying extra hard to reflect over the blessings we've received this year and to be truly thankful.  While there are oceans involved, I am constantly surrounded by the love of family and friends.  In each country we've lived, we've also found life long friends.  We have more than enough to eat and a comfortable roof over our heads.  We've been blessed, in this time of economic challenge for many, without late night financial worries.  And maybe the most important, besides the ever present boogers, we are healthy.  We have so many things to be thankful for!

Have you had a decent year?  What are you most thankful for this year?

Thanksgiving is my favorite holiday and I plan on taking the time to thoroughly enjoy my little family and guests.  My motto this year:  run around today so you can relax tomorrow.  I plan on eating my weight in mashed potatoes and stuffing-- with a little bit of turkey on the side.

Back to work!  Happy Thanksgiving!

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Saturday, November 19, 2011

Moustache Week- Pinterest Round-Up

Movember Projects

Okay, it's time to wrap up Mustache Week.  I hope you've enjoyed it as much as the boys and I have.

If you're joining us late, here's a run down of the week:

To send us off I've put together some of my favorite mustache ideas from Pinterest.

Mustache Projects

Have a terrific weekend!
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Thursday, November 17, 2011

Keep Calm and Some Candles

I promise I'm not becoming the crazy Silhouette lady, but I couldn't resist using it for one last vinyl mustache craft.

 But then again, maybe I am getting a little carried away because one thing led to another . . .

 and now I have a whole display of mustachioed candles

 which make me smile every time I look over there.   And this leads me to wonder, how it's Thursday of Mustache Week, and my husband has yet to comment or question his house full of mustaches. Which may mean he just shakes his head over most of the crafting that goes on around here.

 If you'd like the Silhouette file, feel free to download by clicking the link below.  The mustaches on the candles were left over from the Mustache Mugs.


Oh, and Jo,

Jo said...

I haven't made many clothes for my boys, yet. I'm looking for inspiration! I did enjoy making a backpack and wallet recently. 

Congrats! You're the new winner of the "Sewing For Boys" book giveaway.  I'll be e-mailing you for your address.

Happy Thursday everyone!

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Wednesday, November 16, 2011

Does the Mustache Make the Man?

Carrying on with our week of mustaches. Have you seen this children's book?

If you your children are into mustaches, I highly recommend Moosetache by Margie Palatini.  Big C picked it out for his Scholastic order last month and I think we've read it every night since it arrived.

This poor moose has a major problem involving an unruly mustache.  Talk about a bad hair day.  The book follows the moose as he tries to solve his problem.  Let me tell you, that's one inventive moose! And C just thinks the problematic mustache is hilarious.  I'd like to chalk it up to boy humor but I'll admit, I think it's all pretty funny.

We'll be reading it again this afternoon as we enjoy our mustache cupcakes (cupcake topper PDF below).
Mustache Cupcake Toppers

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Tuesday, November 15, 2011

Mustache Mugs

Mustashe Mugs

In continuation of our celebration of mustaches and Movember, I bring you . . . Mustache Mugs. I can't claim this as an absolute original idea, as I've seen different versions of them on Pinterest and Etsy, but I thought for those of us with less mustache knowledge, the mugs needed names.

Vinyl Mustashe Mugs

I downloaded some mustache graphics from the Silhouette store and played around with the text, getting it all to fit on the page.

Mustashe Mugs

Then cut the vinyl on the machine (first time using mine and I'm already in love!).

I think this is my favorite one.  Something about the Yo Sammity Sam mustache calls to me.  I guess I've got a thing for cowboys?  I had to rush the big boy out to the bus this morning before they were finished but I can't wait to see what he says about drinking his juice out of a mustache mug.  I can't wait to see that little face peaking out over a mustache tomorrow morning.

These would be super easy to make with a freezer paper stencil and a ceramic marker.  Much more time consuming, yes, but still do-able.

I'm still working on how to share the Silhouette file but I promise as soon as I figure out how to get it uploaded, it's yours.  And anyone with the knowledge on how to to that, will be my best friend for life.  No joke! **** Update *** Trying out this on-line file sharing site. Let me know if it works.

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Friday, November 11, 2011

Mustache Wreath

Hi, folks! You might have noticed some changes around the blog design in the last few days. It's all in support of an important cause: Movember.  You know, the one where the guys in your life vow to not shave their mustache for the month of November in order to raise money for prostate and other male cancers initiatives.

 If you are a wife to, mother of, or daughter to an overgrown boy, it's time to get your nag on support britches on. If your male loved ones are anything like mine, they tend to ignore their yearly doctor visit.  It's up to us ladies to gently remind them.

Mustache Wreath

 Each day this week, I'm be showing off some fun, supportive, pro mustache projects and activities.  First up, the mustache wreath.

Movember Craft


wreath base
hot glue gun
felt scraps
nylon thread and needle

Step 1:  Decorate Wreath Base
Wrap your wreath base in twine, hot gluing it as you wrap.  I glued about every 5 or 6 turns of the twine.

Step 2:  Create a felt mustache set.
For mustache styles see here.  For a printable version see here.

Printable image from
Making a set of mustaches allows you to trade out several times during Movember, but if you have a favorite, make just one.  If you chose one of the longer mustaches, you may want to do two layers of felt and sew them together.

Step 3:  Hang Your Mustache

Thread your needle with nylon thread, starting from behind the mustache, stitch up and then back down, tying  a knot in the back.  Cut the threads at the needle.  Do the same for the other side of the mustache.  Then knot the thread ends to the top of the wreath, so the mustache hangs in the center of the wreath.

Hang your mustache wreath in a place of prominence so your Mo will be reminded of this great cause.

Mustache Wreath

Add a' "Bonjour" and I also think it makes a fun welcome wreath.

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Sewing For Boys Pattern Announcement and Mustache Week

Alright, it's taken me almost a month, but I've finally settled on the January pattern for the "Sewing For Boys" Sew Along. It's been so hard to decide which to start with, there are so many great items for our boy's handmade wardrobes.

 Get yourselves ready . . . in honor of all the boys out there who like to wear comfortable clothing . . . we'll be starting with the Raglan Tee! The pattern in the book is for short sleeves but since our final goal is to embellish our final projects, feel free to make yours long sleeved.

 I'm giving us all extra time for buying of fabric and notions and sewing, since the holidays are just about upon us. The prize for January will be announced on/near January 1st. At that time and up until January 31st, comment on this post (in order to be entered for the January prize), upload your project pictures to the Flickr group, and link back to your blog's post about your item.  If you need more information about the rules and guidelines, see this post.

I'd be thrilled, if you have a blog, if you'd place the button on your sidebar and help spread the word.

Boy, Oh Boy, Oh Boy!

One more short announcement:  in honor of Movember, I'm declaring next week "Moustache Week".  All next week on Boy, Oh Boy, Oh Boy!, I'll be featuring tutorials, round-ups, and kid book choices centered around the infamous "mustachio".  Because with great mustache comes great responsibility! 

Well, I really mustache.

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Thursday, November 10, 2011

Distressed Herb Garden Tutorial

It's gotten pretty cold, pretty fast around these parts and the cold combined with the ever present clouds can get a girl down sometimes. I think bringing some green inside helps brighten the place up.  A super cheap craft, using things I've already got laying around the house, also makes me happy.


4 tin cans
2 X  piece of wood
white and turquoise acrylic paint and paint brushes
Crackle Finish Medium or Elmer's Glue
Light to medium grain sandpaper
Antiquing "glaze" (see recipe below)
Hammer and nails

Step 1:  Tin Can Prep.

Wash and dry can, then paint them white.  I gave mine two coats.  Another option would be to spray paint but since I was going for a distressed look, I thought making the cans a bit "streaky" would lend itself to the faux aged factor.

Step 2:  Paint and Distress Wood

Paint your piece of wood with a thin layer of turquoise paint.  Once dry, spread a thin layer of crackle medium or Elmer's glue on the surfaces you want to crackle.  Let dry, but not all the way or the paint will not crackle.  You want the glue to still be a bit sticky.

Paint a thin layer of white glue over top the Elmer's glue.  The white topcoat will start to crack as it dries.

Step 3:  Sand

Step 4:  Antiquing

Mix a small amount of brown paint with water.  You want it to be runny.  About a 1 part paint to 4 parts water ratio.

Apply a small amount of paint, going with the grain, and immediately wipe it off.  Work in this way, leaving a little more paint or less.  You can always go back over it with a second coat to make it darker.  The more you let sit in the cracks the more they will stand out.  This is what give it the aged look.

Step 5:  Attach cans to wood and fill with plants

Measure your board and lay out your cans so they are evenly spaced on the wooden board.

Attach each can using nail/hammer or by drilling a hole and attaching a screw.

I decided to use a nail since I'm using "disposable" herbs.  I wanted the small, plastic container that holds each herb bunch to be held in place by the nail.

Since each herb is "disposable" and contained in a plastic planter, I'm able to pull it out each time it needs to be watered.  If you plan to plant your herbs directly into each can, think about adding a few small holes at the bottom of each can, for drainage.

I also like the portable-ness of this garden.  When the weather is nice, I can relocate for watering and general sun absorption.

Which my poor plants apparently need.  I super, pinkie swear these herbs were purchased yesterday.  The parsley gets extra points for proper modeling behavior.  The dill and basil do not.  In fact, as punishment, I'm using them up for dinner.  I mean, if you can't stand up to a bit of snipping, you've got to go.  At least that's my excuse for why I'll be making Caprese pasta-again tonight.

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