Tuesday, November 12, 2013

Train Play Shirts are in!

I'm excited to have my Train Play Shirts designed and ready to sell in my Etsy shop!  These shirts were designed with the little train lover in mind and provide a fun way to interact (and relax!) with your kids.  Just in time for Christmas!

Monday, November 4, 2013

$100 Sephora, Etsy & T-Shirt Giveaway!

We are excited to announce that we're partnering with Pretty Thrifty and doing a huge giveaway during November!  Pretty Thrifty is THE best resource for legitimate, 100% free makeup and beauty samples. Together we are giving away a prize worth over $100!

The winner will receive:

One $50 Gift Card to Sephora.com
One $30 Gift Card to Etsy.com
One men's or women's Alphabet Tracing Shirt from our Etsy shop

Sephora carries just about every kind of makeup or beauty product you could want, and Etsy is THE go-to place for one of a kind fashions and gifts.  And with the holidays around the corner, the Alphabet Tracing Shirt will make a perfect gift for any mom, dad or grandparent.  Or keep it for yourself!

There are a TON of different ways you can enter.  You don't need to do every entry type, but the more you do, the more times you'll be entered and the more chances you'll have to win!

Our giveaway starts now and runs through Monday, November 25th, 2013 at 10 pm EST.  It is open to U.S. residents only, 18 years of age and up.

Good luck!

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Monday, October 7, 2013

The Alphabet Tracing Shirt

 I am so excited about these Alphabet Tracing Shirts!  I just posted them in my Etsy shop today.  Who doesn't love a little back tickle, right?  Wear it to the park, at home, or after a long day, then sit down with your kids and relax :) 

Arrows and numbers show the correct way to write each  letter.

I got the idea for this shirt after watching my kids write letters on their daddy's back.  They would write a few letters, then he would try to guess what they were spelling.  The kids thought it was fun, and my husband loved how it felt, it was a win-win!

I'm selling a women's shirt, that is fitted, and a men's shirt, that is a standard-fit size.  Both have the same design on the back with nothing printed on the front.

The colors I chose for this shirt were inspired by the classic chalkboard.  I chose a heathered dark grey for the shirt, and crisp white lines for the letters.

Enjoy interacting with your kids in a new, creative way!

And don't forget about our other shirts!  Also available in the Shop.

From left to right:

Car Play Shirt WITH SIGN that can be customized
Car Play Shirt OUTLINED, for kids to color in and make their own

And coming soon... A TRAIN PLAY SHIRT!

Thursday, June 6, 2013

Father's Day garden rock

Gifts for the grandpa's are always tough for me.  Men in general are always harder to buy/make for, and it seems most grandpa's are at the point in their lives where they have everything they need/want and a lot of what we could give them are just going add to the clutter.  So I try to think of things that are thoughtful and useful.

Pete's dad (and mom) loves to spend time in the yard, so we decided to make a rock that could be put in the garden.  We collected rocks to spell out "PAPA ROCKS" (our kids call him Papa John).  Kind of cheesy, I know.  In hind sight I may have just had the kids make a cool design with the rocks.  Oh well.

I used concrete mix (only costs a few bucks) and used a flat rate shipping box as my mold (because we'll be shipping it... talk about getting your money's worth, this thing is heavy!)  I simply put the box together, sprayed it with cooking spray, then poured in the mix.  Then I wrote the letters with a stick and had the kids place all the little rocks.

Once it dried, I painted over the rocks with mod podge a couple times to make them stand out a little more.  And that's it!  I'm crossing my fingers that it can get to him without cracking :)

Wednesday, May 22, 2013

What's for lunch

This has become one of our family's favorite lunches.  We call it the "snack plate."  We grab some fruits and veggies, cheese, nuts, crackers, whatever we've got, cut it all up and throw it on a couple trays.  Everything can be eaten with your hands, so no plates necessary, and the kids get plenty of options.  Easy to cleanup, healthy, and the kids are happy.  Win, win, win!

Friday, May 17, 2013

The sandbox

My sweet husband honored my one birthday request and built me a sandbox.  Yes, for me!  I may not be the one spending hours playing in it over the summer, but I will be the one spending hours sitting on the porch, making dinner, working in the yard, cleaning the house, or, if I'm lucky, reading a book while these little guys are entertained.

We got the plans for this sandbox from Ana White.  Pete got most of the wood cut at Lowe's after he bought it, since we don't have a fancy saw.  Then all he needed was a drill and screws.  The instructions were easy to follow and he was able to finish it in 3-5 hours.

The seats on either side have hinges and fold down to double as a cover.

I love how it turned out... simple design and super sturdy.  Now I just need to find a way to keep the sand from making its way into our house.

Monday, May 13, 2013

Car Play Shirts for Father's Day

There's a reason I haven't been posting on this blog much lately (besides keeping my 4 children alive and somewhat happy).  I've been working on the design and production of my Car Play Shirt!  It's been a lot of fun (and a lot of work) designing this shirt and working out the logistics, and I'm excited to announce that these shirts are now for sale in our Etsy shop!  The Car Play Shirt is the shirt that lets daddy stretch out and relax while playing with the kids.  They make great Father's Day/birthday/Christmas gifts and offer a unique and fun way to interact with your children.  

A couple years ago I posted my tutorial for the car shirt and since then have had an overwhelmingly positive response.  So I decided to redesign the shirts and sell them to those who want one but do not have the time, resources or desire to actually make it.

I made two different versions of the shirt: one in full color that is ready to be worn and played on the moment it arrives, and a black and white version that can be colored in with fabric markers or paint, then given to dad/grandpa as a semi-homemade gift.

Both shirts have a welcome sign that allows you to personalize the car shirt by writing in the last name of your family.  "Welcome to Jacksonville!"

With the black and white version the kids can make it their own.  Kids always love playing with things that they put time into making, right?  

And my kids love giving gifts that they help create.  They could hardly wait to get their hands on this shirt.

Start by putting a piece of cardboard or poster board in between the front and back of the shirt so the markers/paint won't bleed through.

Pull the fabric tight around the board and use clothespins or tape to hold it in place.

Pull out your fabric markers and let the kids go at it!

Within seconds of showing the kids the shirt they were choosing the buildings they each wanted to color.  John picked the store and one of the houses, Dan the gas station and the other house, and Joe was assigned the hospital by his brothers.

And I couldn't let the kids have all the fun!  I helped by coloring the fire station.

Give to daddy and let him rest and relax while the kids give him a message with their cars :)

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