Friday, July 23, 2010

Fleece Soaker

DH inherited his grandmother's sewing machine a number of years ago and since he doesn't sew, it has been sitting in a closet. I used to sew. I have made a few things but it has been a long time. I decided to get in touch with my inner domestic goddess and get out the machine.

The sewing machine is a White and it is probably older than I am. But she was well cared for and is still in great shape. The manuals were even there so I familiarized myself with the parts and got started.

I wanted to make something practical. Something my DS could use. I decided on a soaker. I have 2 wool sweaters from the thrift store and a huge pile of fleece given to me by my brother. I started with the fleece. Seeing as I had several solid colors, I thought an applique on his bum would make it extra cute. So I traced the three arrows from the recycling box and made a paper pattern. Cut, sew and done. Not too bad! A little irregular looking but recognizable at least.

I searched online for a soaker pattern and found that everyone uses Katrina's Soaker
 Pattern. Seemed easy enough so I printed it out, measured DS to decide what size (XL) and got started. A few pricked fingers and a few arguments with the machine and I had a soaker! I was so happy!

Off I went with DS to put him in it. It's kinda tight. I need a 2XL, I guess. She has that pattern too. I will do that for the upcycled sweater soakers that I'll try soon. What do you think?

Sunday, July 18, 2010

Bare Minerals Review and Giveaway!

        When I was younger, I used very little in the way of foundation in my makeup ritual. A little powder was all I really needed. As I got older, I started using liquid foundation but only if I was going out somewhere special, not every day. Then I moved to the "deep south".
       Around the same time that I moved to southern Georgia, I developed Rosacea on my cheeks. The need for more coverage did not mesh with the 100 degrees in the shade weather that we have down here! One night, shortly after my move, I saw a late night infomercial that changed my face forever! It was for Bare Minerals by Bare Escentuals. A natural, mineral makeup that claimed great coverage in a lightweight and smudge resistant form. I had to try it. I ordered the starter kit and I have been a Bare Minerals girl ever since! 
      The BM foundation goes on as a light powder and gives full coverage better than any liquid ever did for me. It covered my Rosacea fabulously and even improved my skin by letting it breathe and not clogging it up with junk. This stuff is so good for your skin, you can sleep in it!
       I have also purchased Bare Minerals from QVC. They get some exclusives from the company and the CEO, Leslie Blodgett, shows how to use the products and gives great tips!
Bare Minerals sent me their Summer Escentuals pack to review and I am so in love with it!

 Included in the pack: 
Warmth- an all-over face color that gives you that sun kissed healthy glow
Tinted Mineral Veil- the final touch for a soft air-brushed look
Pure Joy- a light neutral peachy eyeshadow with a hint of shimmer to brighten the eyes

This set is perfect for that light, healthy, fun summer look. I have also mixed and matched it with my other Bare Minerals makeup and created many different fabulous looks!

And now the good news- Bare Minerals want one of you to have the same Summer Escentuals kit! Here's how to enter:
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Friday, July 16, 2010

Clingman's Dome

On our way back home to Georgia, following a great family reunion in Kentucky, my DH decided that we should take a detour through the Smoky Mountains of Tennessee. We drove on the most beautiful (curvy) roads. We saw a momma black bear with a cub up on the side of the mountain. Then DH says that he wants to go up Clingman's Dome. I look it up and see that it is the highest point in Tennessee, the second highest point east of the Mississippi and 6,643 feet high! Did I mention that I don't really like heights?
So we begin the drive up the mountain. Up, and up, and up. Scary. After about a 20 mile drive (back and forth weaving up the mountain) we arrive at the parking lot. We changed shoes for the hike up the rest of the way. The paved trail leading to the top is only about a half-mile long but so steep that it takes about 30 minutes to hike it. DH pushed DS up the mountain in our Jeep jogging stroller. There are many places to stop and take pictures along the way. We found a cute rabbit that seemed unfazed at the people taking his picture.
At the top of the half-mile trail is a 54 foot concrete observation tower. I had already gone so far that I sucked it up and went to the top of the tower. The view was incredible! On a clear day, the view is almost 100 miles and seven states but it was overcast on our trip so we could only see about 20 miles. It was a little easier hiking back down the trail and the road didn't seem as scary on the way down the mountain but I sure was glad to be on sorta flat ground again!

Sunday, July 11, 2010

My First Winner!

Since I was running this on two separate blogs, I decided to count from #1 on No Snakes In New Zealand and continue to 499 on my blog. chose the #236 which is:

Blogger Mama Campbell said...


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Friday, July 2, 2010

Heading Out!

Well, I am on my way to Rough River State Park in Kentucky for a family reunion. Should take about 11 hours total to drive there, with an 18 month old in the backseat. This should be interesting! I have packed toys and snacks (for baby and parents :) ) and the clothes are almost all packed. We will be spending the night in Tennessee before heading the rest of the way to KY. I will take lots of pics and return next week to let y'all know how it was! Bye!