Thursday, September 30, 2010

Week one...

Here they are...pillowcases 5-12. I have put my machine to use for the powers of good.

Many people wanted to come to sewing night, but couldn't make it. Do you want to be included in the next one? Leave me a comment as to which night of the week works best?

Just want to send some fabric or a donation? Leave me your email in the comments and I'll email you my address!

Thanks for all your help and support!!!!!
Amanda

Wednesday, September 29, 2010

*sigh*

0 pillowcases sewn
0 monthly personal expenditures analyzed
0 bills paid
0 kitchens cleaned
0 showers taken
0 time spent in childcare at the Y so I could exercise
0.5 naps taken

This. Is. Not. Okay.

Is it tomorrow yet???!!!???

Anybody need a little boy for the evening or the rest of this week?

*sigh*
Amanda

Monday, September 27, 2010

Pillowcase Math


1 pillowcase worth of fabric = $5 (or less)
150 pillowcases = $750 (about)

Your $20 = 4 pillowcases (or more)

The pillowcase you made going to a cancer patient
Nationwide Children's Hospital = Millions of Smiles

Thanks to those already helping....

If you want to know what you can do....leave me a comment!

Sunday, September 26, 2010

Pillow Case Project Update!

We are gaining momentum!  I had more pledges of help today.  Thanks to Aunt Becky, Ann M, and Jenny O.  I appreciate all your doing.

The Fabulous Aunt Becky will be doing a post about John C Mayering for Charity this week and I hope we get a mention.  Her blog is HiLaRiOuS.  If you haven't checked it out yet, you should. GO NOW! and become another one of her thousands of followers.  You won't regret it.  Or maybe you will.  Whatever, she's awesome.

If you want to know how you can help in the quest for 150 pillowcases for ConKerrCancer.org....just leave me an email.  Your help will be greatly appreciated!

Also, don't forget about our Sewing Party on Tuesday night from 8-10pm.  If you want more information, leave me a comment or shoot me an email!!!!!

YAY!!

Saturday, September 25, 2010

Thanks


This is why I do what I do!

Thanks, Bree, for sending me this heartwarming photo. Her little boy loves his lovable tuggable and that makes me so proud of my work and so happy.

What a cutie!

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On another note....the pillowcase project is moving right along. So far I have pledges of making some pillowcases, monetary donations, zip lock bags, assembling packages, and washing fabric. I am so proud of my friends and bloggy family. You are awesome!

I would love to have a sewing party next week. Let's say TUESDAY NIGHT from 8-10pm. Bring a machine and your fabric and I'll provide cookies and soda/milk/water. We can crank out some pillowcases. If you are interested, email me at foryourpeanut{at}gmail{dot}com If you don't have a machine, but want to sew...that's fine too! I have an extra! Or....even if you just want to hang out...come one, come all!!!!

Also, I am working on a sign up widget for the old sidebar and I am having some difficulty finding what works. Let me know if you have any tips!

*edit* I can't figure out how to do a sign-up/volunteer list....so if you are wanting to pledge something to help...just shoot me an email or leave a comment!  Thanks!

Friday, September 24, 2010

ConKerr Cancer



ConKerr Cancer started when Cindy Kerr’s son was diagnosed with cancer in 2002 and she began making pillowcases to brighten up his hospital room and to put a smile on his face. He loved it and so she began making pillowcases for other children on the Oncology Unit at Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia. 

Since then the pillowcase project, A Case for Smiles, has grown in amazing ways. We have provided over 175,000 pillowcases made by thousands of volunteers from across North America and in South Africa. School groups, sewing circles, church groups and fabric stores have all pitched in and are making pillowcases for the kids. An exciting new program has been to take fabric and sewing machines to hospitals and sew with the patients and their families.

ConKerr Cancer has been able to make amazing progress towards fulfilling our goal of making hospital stays as pleasant as possible for chronically ill children and their parents. Simultaneously the pillowcase project has fostered a spirit of community and volunteer service in communities across North America. Unfortunately the number of sick children never ends, and we must continue to expand our efforts to help brighten patients’ lives and raise awareness about childhood cancer


Okay....I want to get involved.  They have a Columbus Ohio chapter that works with Nationwide Children's Hospital.  I love to sew and this way I can give back to my community.  I can give a simple gift of a smile.  When I was sick, over Christmas, a lady had donated blankets to give to chemo patients.  I got one when I was having treatment.  It was like a hug and a smile wrapped in fleece.  It was simple.  It is cherished.  I want to give back.  This group donates 100-150 pillowcases to children fighting cancer an other terminal diseases EVERY MONTH!  That's a ton of sewing.  I want to give 150 pillowcases.  I can't do it alone.  I need help.  I want to spread the word.  If you want to join me, please let me know.  You can donate fabric, your time washing fabric, a hour or two sewing some cases, some ziplock bags.  There are innumerable ways to help if you're interested.  You don't even have to be in the Columbus area.  You can mail me your finished cases, or fabric, or bags.  Those of your crafters who read this....check your stash.  We need 3/4 yard for the body of the pillowcase and 1/3 for the trim.  If your ready to sew some...here's the pattern.

Now what can you do to help?  What can you pledge today?  25 ziplock bags?  Enough fabric for 2 pillowcases? 5 finished pillowcases?  Washing a load of fabric?  Something else?

I want to finish all 150 pillowcases by the end of November....can we do it?


Thursday, September 23, 2010

Curly Sue

As much as I hate to brush through them every morning, often bringing her to tears, I love my little girl's red curls.
Amanda

Wednesday, September 22, 2010

Sick boy...

I hate it when Jacob is sick, but it does make him quite snugly...
Amanda

Monday, September 20, 2010

Thanks

I'm not gonna lie.  Business is booming.  Ever since I redid the website, the orders are flowing in.  I love it.  It is awesome.  I have new customers (too many to name), I have repeat customers (thanks Bree), I have multiple repeat customers (thanks Christa).  Thank you for your support and your encouragement and your business!  I love what I do, but I couldn't do it without each and every order you place.

On that note....fabrics are being selected and therefore removed from the choices.  If there is a nursing cover you like (ahem...wink...Becky H.) Lemme know and I will get it made for you.  I just don't want you to fall in love with something and then have it be gone when you place your order.

I love making stuff...so custom orders are ALWAYS welcome and are priced individually.  I am open to making anything, just about, and I have a nifty embroidery machine, so I can personalize too!  Did you need any monogrammed hand towels, for yourself or as a wedding gift?  I can do that!!!!

Friday, September 17, 2010

pAiNt!

What you don't see is Jacob tasting his paintbrush...yUm...
Amanda

Wednesday, September 15, 2010

Ring around the rosies

Sorry....this is with my crappy camera phone...
Amanda
--edit--
Well I had this cute video of the kids doing ring around the rosie, but apparenly Blogger doesn't like my BB videos. Dang. Maybe my mom can email me the one she videoed with her iPhone. Hmmmm......

Tuesday, September 14, 2010

PayPal Shopping Cart

Does anyone know how to do combined shipping using a paypal shopping cart? If someone orders 5 items right now...it asks them to pay $25 in shipping ($5/item). Obviously that's WRONG! How do I set it up differently??? HELP YO!!!!

Monday, September 13, 2010

Apple Picking!

We brought home 10 pounds, but probably ate 15 while we were picking....YuM!
Amanda

Saturday, September 11, 2010

3rd Birthday Celebration

As to not conflict with the Buckeyes game schedule...today we celebrate Maggie's 3rd birthday. Her actual birthday is the 19th. I can't believe how fast it's gone. Her theme of choice....Mickey Mouse! Party pics to come!!!
Amanda

Wednesday, September 8, 2010

A week full of firsts...

Preschool started yesterday and Swim Classes started today.  She is in her first swim class where the adults just sit an watch.  I have to admit...it's nice.  Here's a photo slideshow of her first class.  I think she liked it.....


Tuesday, September 7, 2010

Oh....the Places You'll Go!

Congratulations!
Today is your day.
You're off to Great Places!
You're off and away!

You have brains in your head.
You have feet in your shoes.
You can steer yourself
any direction you choose.
You're on your own. And you know what you know.
And YOU are the girl who'll decide where to go.

You'll look up and down streets. Look 'em over with care.
About some you will say, "I don't choose to go there."
With your head full of brains and your shoes full of feet,
you're too smart to go down any not-so-good street.

And you may not find any
you'll want to go down.
In that case, of course,
you'll head straight out of town.

It's opener there
in the wide open air.

Out there things can happen
and frequently do
to people as brainy
and footsy as you.

And then things start to happen,
don't worry. Don't stew.
Just go right along.
You'll start happening too.

OH!
THE PLACES YOU'LL GO!

You'll be on your way up!
You'll be seeing great sights!
You'll join the high fliers
who soar to high heights.

You won't lag behind, because you'll have the speed.
You'll pass the whole gang and you'll soon take the lead.
Wherever you fly, you'll be best of the best.
Wherever you go, you will top all the rest.

Except when you don't.
Because, sometimes, you won't.

I'm sorry to say so
but, sadly, it's true
that Bang-ups
and Hang-ups
can happen to you.

You can get all hung up
in a prickle-ly perch.
And your gang will fly on.
You'll be left in a Lurch.

You'll come down from the Lurch
with an unpleasant bump.
And the chances are, then,
that you'll be in a Slump.

And when you're in a Slump,
you're not in for much fun.
Un-slumping yourself
is not easily done.

You will come to a place where the streets are not marked.
Some windows are lighted. But mostly they're darked.
A place you could sprain both your elbow and chin!
Do you dare to stay out? Do you dare to go in?
How much can you lose? How much can you win?

And IF you go in, should you turn left or right...
or right-and-three-quarters? Or, maybe, not quite?
Or go around back and sneak in from behind?
Simple it's not, I'm afraid you will find,
for a mind-maker-upper to make up his mind.

You can get so confused
that you'll start in to race
down long wiggled roads at a break-necking pace
and grind on for miles cross weirdish wild space,
headed, I fear, toward a most useless place.
The Waiting Place...

...for people just waiting.
Waiting for a train to go
or a bus to come, or a plane to go
or the mail to come, or the rain to go
or the phone to ring, or the snow to snow
or the waiting around for a Yes or No
or waiting for their hair to grow.
Everyone is just waiting.

Waiting for the fish to bite
or waiting for the wind to fly a kite
or waiting around for Friday night
or waiting, perhaps, for their Uncle Jake
or a pot to boil, or a Better Break
or a string of pearls, or a pair of pants
or a wig with curls, or Another Chance.
Everyone is just waiting.

NO!
That's not for you!

Somehow you'll escape
all that waiting and staying
You'll find the bright places
where Boom Bands are playing.

With banner flip-flapping,
once more you'll ride high!
Ready for anything under the sky.
Ready because you're that kind of a gal!

Oh, the places you'll go! There is fun to be done!
There are points to be scored. There are games to be won.
And the magical things you can do with that ball
will make you the winning-est winner of all.
Fame! You'll be as famous as famous can be,
with the whole wide world watching you win on TV.

Except when they don't
Because, sometimes they won't.

I'm afraid that some times
you'll play lonely games too.
Games you can't win
'cause you'll play against you.

All Alone!
Whether you like it or not,
Alone will be something
you'll be quite a lot.

And when you're alone, there's a very good chance
you'll meet things that scare you right out of your pants.
There are some, down the road between hither and yon,
that can scare you so much you won't want to go on.

But on you will go
though the weather be foul.
On you will go
though your enemies prowl.
On you will go
though the Hakken-Kraks howl.
Onward up many
a frightening creek,
though your arms may get sore
and your sneakers may leak.

On and on you will hike,
And I know you'll hike far
and face up to your problems
whatever they are.

You'll get mixed up, of course,
as you already know.
You'll get mixed up
with many strange birds as you go.
So be sure when you step.
Step with care and great tact
and remember that Life's
a Great Balancing Act.
Just never foget to be dexterous and deft.
And never mix up your right foot with your left.

And will you succeed?
Yes! You will, indeed!
(98 and 3/4 percent guaranteed.)

KID, YOU'LL MOVE MOUNTAINS!

So...
be your name Buxbaum or Bixby or Bray
or Mordecai Ali Van Allen O'Shea,
You're off the Great Places!
Today is your day!
Your mountain is waiting.
So...get on your way!

- Dr. Suess "Oh the Places You'll Go"






Monday, September 6, 2010

Sneak Peek

...And I'll post a pic of her in it in the morning! Preschool here we come!!!!!
Amanda

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Maggie starts preschool in the morning! She and I are both so excited. What goes in a preschooler's backpack besides a spare pair of clothes???!!!???
Amanda

Sunday, September 5, 2010

Friday, September 3, 2010

Ahhhhh....Fridays

In my world, Friday is playgroup day.  Here's a glimpse into our world of chaos....


ps:  They don't normally run around half naked.  We just wanted to play in the water and it was easier than swimwear....

On another note.....4 of our 9 moms just had baby #2.  What's the best gift for a second time mom???  What is the best gift regardless of how many kiddos.  I want to do something nice....Thoughts???

Little Ones

Lilypie Fourth Birthday tickers
Lilypie Second Birthday tickers

Where in the World are YOU From?