Finished: Toddler Apron



Isn’t this how every craft session starts? When I started sewing, the was trying to catch my hand as it fed the fabric through the machine.




I put the right sides of the ruffle and the bottom of the apron together. I also put the draw strings next to them as well. I ironed the seam after I was done, and sewed on the pocket.





Trying to get a picture was difficult.


This was as good as it was going to get. It’s a bit big, but she’ll use it for a long time.



Sewing: Toddler Apron



My kids love to be in the kitchen and being my sous chefs. I only have one apron that I bought for my eldest daughter, while my youngest was still an infant. Let’s just say there are fights over the one apron, which is bright pink. I bought it from Hobby Lobby.

During the last part of “nap time” today I cut out these pieces. I traced the main part of the apron onto a newspaper for a template. Then I guesstimated a straight piece for a ruffle, two draw strings to tie together, and a piece to hold it onto the neck (I have no idea if that has a special name or not).

Next I plan to iron all the pieces and hems. I suppose we’ll see how far I’ll get during the next nap time…. which will probably be Monday.

Hot Dawg!



I got this in my stocking for Christmas. I had seen it before, but hadn’t thought it worth my money to buy such a thing. I have a couple complaints about it. The cutting tool isn’t sharp, which I suppose is okay for safety and kids, but it makes it rather difficult to cut through the all beef franks that I bought. You have to make sure that it’s exactly lined up with the bottom or it won’t go through. When it does go through, beware, you may get hot dog juice on your glasses or shirt, the fat generally goes everywhere, that’s why I put a paper towel underneath the tool. If your kid doesn’t like the casing of the hot dog, then congratulations, this tool basically peels it for you. I waited to clean it until later that day the first time I used it. Not so the second time. The hot dog fat was really tough to get off if you let it sit there, so definitely rinse it off. You also need to have a tiny scrub brush to get in the crevices to get the hot dog casing out when you clean it. The kids are very amused by me using it. So, if you have it, use it at the table and let your kids see it happening, that’s the best thing about this.


Cleaning Kitchen Chairs

My husband repaired our kitchen chairs last Saturday. The back fell off one of the chairs after my daughter had pulled it over on the floor. So he did a little maintenance on them. I was cleaning some of the sticky off of them with Goo Gone. It worked on the leather seat cushions, but it made the wood on the chairs look absolutely horrible. So I found a cleaner to use for the wood. Thomasville Kitchen cabinet cream. It was the only cleaner that was for wood. There were wood polishes and hardwood floor cleaner, but I chose this one… and good thing I did.

Kitchen Cleaning

So I got my kitchen clean on today. I stayed in the kitchen for a really long time. Let me tell you that the kitchen looked a lot worse than the photo below when I started. I emptied the dishwasher twice today. And did the dishes twice today.


The bunch of dishes are air drying next to the sink. I didn’t feel like drying them. 20140416-220516.jpg

This cabinet is a jumbled mess.


Here’s the after. I put all the alcohol in the cabinet. It’s so much more organized now. I put all the medicine in a container on the bottom shelf and I only kept one bottle out just in case we have a rough night.20140416-220540.jpg

The top of the microwave is a catch all for papers and stuff I don’t know what to do with. And I always forget to wipe out the microwave when I do the dishes. 😦 I need to make a sign on the window so I don’t forget to do it.20140416-220555.jpg

The only thing on top of the microwave now is my car keys.


I guess it was a productive day. 🙂