Posts Tagged: clothing

Mar 12

Kids Clothes Week Challenge

I will be participating with the Elsie Marley Kids Clothes Week Challenge for Spring 2012 (April 23-30). This sounds wonderful! (and cathartic) — February and March have been so hectic and stressful, I’ve barely had time for any “leisure” sewing (or much leisure any-crafts or anything else). I’ve got pants to convert to shorts and summer dresses to make! This challenge will be a great impetus. Can’t wait to see what everyone does!

Elsie Marley Kids Clothes Week Challenge Spring 2012 (April 23-30)

Nov 11

Local Iowa Seller GIVEAWAY! Youth Fingerless Gloves from Wooly Wooly

Youth Fingerless Gloves by Wooly Wooly

A word from the crafters:Wooly Wooly Company is a cottage industry run by sisters and their daughters. Together we create one-of-a-kind pieces from recycled wool sweaters that we felt and shape into purses and accessories. Felted wool is an artistic, durable medium and our unique approach to pattern-making enables us to create a 100% original design for each piece. We also recycle vintage findings, including old buttons, silk scarves, blouses and leather. Our product is not only the perfect combination of style and functionality, it is also eco-friendly.”

Wooly Wooly Company

You can find Wooly Wooly items for purchase on Etsy, as well as at some seasonal venues and locally-owned brick-and-mortar shops around Eastern Iowa!

Youth Fingerless Gloves by Wooly Wooly

Giveaway Prize: One pair of felted wool fingerless gloves from Etsy seller Wooly Wooly. Approximate “Youth” size, or maybe Adult Small. My 6.5-year-old son is the “hand model” in the photo, he wears Youth Medium (8/10) clothing, but has larger hands for his age group (measure 7″ circumference around knuckles, open-palmed).

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Apr 11

T-Shirt Wantingness

T-Shirts. I love them.

Some might say, that I fanatically collect them.

But that would be an overstatement, pfft (okay maybe just a little)

I’ve been wearing tees with printed graphics of all the things that are wonderful, since I was old enough to choose my own clothes. When I was 12, my favorite was an allover print Betty Boop shirt (it was fantastic).

Jeans and tees are what I wear. Year round. Mostly black, which in the summer is unfortunate. Mostly band shirts, with some movies sprinkled in there. More conversations have been initiated by strangers because of the t-shirt that I’m wearing than anything else.

Purchasing new shirts for myself happens less and less frequently, now in my era of parenthood. (not that there’s any lack of great kids shirts) But as soon as its mom’s turn, I’m gonna be all over these:

T-Shirt Wantingness

1. Unicorn and F15 Jets from Beta, 2. MINERALS from Nonfiction Tees, 3. I would prefer not to Bartleby from The Riverwest Brothers, 4. I Can’t Hear You from Snorg Tees, 5. The Morning After from Threadless, 6. PROUD TO BE AWESOME from Signature Tshirts, 7. Faith No More “The Second Coming” Yellow Sky from, 8. im in ur blank from Think Geek.

There are also some designs that I would looooove to get on a t-shirt, but are not actually available (?!) They would look something like this:

T-Shirt Wishingness

a. WWII screen print (yellow) from Nicholas Fredland, b. “bass players are sexy; your argument is invalid.”, c. Snail of Fury from Badbird.

Nov 10

Raspberry Charcoal Scarf is having a great week!

If you receive Etsy’s email newsletter “Etsy Finds”, then in Monday’s “Cyber Etsy”-titled blast, you may have seen my Raspberry Charcoal Scarf under the section “Gifts for Him”. What a wonderful Monday surprise! One of the scarves sold, now there’s only one left! Thanks so much to Heather for including my item!

Raspberry Charcoal Scarf

Then today, I get a message from the rikrak studio that my scarf has also been included in Week 5 of the Handmade Community Holiday Gift Guide! What a neat idea! You should go and check it out, there are a ton of great items featured!

fun & under $25

May 10

Oxiclean Vs. My Kids’ Stains

…and the winner is: OXICLEAN — at least 95% of the time. When my daughter was born, I tried switching to 20-Mule-Team Borax because it was about 1/3 the cost, but I soon found out it only cleaned stains out of clothes about 1/3 as well (if that). When I switched back, the Oxiclean also removed stains leftover from the failed Borax treatments that had been washed and dried several times.

As a demonstration of awesomeness, check out these before and after photos! Please forgive any lighting discrepancies; the before photos were taken at night with the kitchen lights, and the after photos were taken during the day with natural light. Warning: Explicit poopy messes forthcoming!

Before After

Before After

Before After

Now, to start with, I would like to explain that these are from the “Oxitreat” pile that I keep around for about 2 weeks. So some of these poops and stains have been dried and setting in for 10+ days. Also, the baby is breastfed, which may make the stains easier to remove. I’ve been using Oxiclean since my son was a baby (5 years ago!), and it has always worked great throughout his dietary changes. Breastfeeding, formula and solid foods, it all comes out somewhere and makes messes on the clothes. I’ve always been able to get the clothes clean, including during potty training and bedwetting (white sheets). All you need to do is put one scoop in the sink, fill it halfway with hot water, and soak items for an hour or two, agitating them a couple times.

Soaking in the Sink

Wash the clothes as usual after they’re done soaking. You’ll want to rinse them well after they’ve soaked before washing them, otherwise they get kind of a rough, crusty texture even after machine washing. Oxiclean also irritates my skin a little; makes it feel really dry and kind of itchy. You may want to wear gloves when using it, or rinse your hands wells (1-2 minutes under running water) and use a gentle hand lotion afterwards.

Oxiclean seems to work best on the “bodily” soils and stains. Food stains are tough, as you can see from the before and after comparisons of my son’s shirt.

Before After

My son is very active and we put up few boundaries as to how messy he can make himself (the house is another matter entirely), because of this he systematically destroys any clothing that he wears. This is fine, as we shop mostly at Goodwill and garage sales anyway, but every summer I buy him a couple packages of Hanes plain white tees. They’re nice because they keep him cool (he sweats buckets just like his mom) and at the end of the summer they can be “recycled” into whatever. But they don’t even last ONE DAY before he has them covered in any kind of stain you could imagine. Blood, grease, mud, grass, red kool-aid, he’s like a walking stain demonstration.

Oxiclean removes the bulk of the stains, and greatly minimizes they’re appearance. Remember, they’ve been sitting for probably a week before being treated, so that’s the best I can expect and it’s just fine with me. It extends the life of these white t-shirts and makes them look as presentable as a 5-year-old’s everyday white shirts can look. I’ve tried just washing without treating before and WOW–trainwreck.

Oxiclean Powder

One bucket of Oxiclean lasts us about 2-3 months. Along with treating the kids’ stains, I throw a scoop in the washer with my husband’s work clothes. I don’t use it for much else other than laundry. Thanks to Oxiclean, I’ve been able to resell or hand-down the majority of baby clothes and other fabric baby items (seat covers, sheets, blankets, etc.) once they’re outgrown. Without it, nobody would want the yucky stained used clothes; but with it, nobody is the wiser…

I wrote this review completely independently of any compensation in regards to this product. I believe when a product works well you should share your experiences and spread the word.

Oct 09

New Etsy Items in Shop

I’ve been working like mad getting new things made, as I may be participating in a local craft fair next month. So yesterday I was able to get these NEW things listed in my Etsy shop. Go check them out!

Triple Button Neckwarmer Single Button Neckwarmer Double Button Neckwarmer Unisex Hooded Scarf Unisex Hooded Scarf Raspberry Charcoal Scarf

Apr 09

How-To: Easily Remove Cockleburrs

We live out in the country, so as a family (including the dogs) we encounter cockleburrs of varying size, shape and nastiness. So I figured I would share an easy method of removing them from virtually anything without pricking your fingers…

4-year-old boy meets big, puffy cockleburrs.

Basically, you take a plastic shopping sack, put it over your hand and pick the burrs off. This works for clothing, shoes, hair and dog fur.

Hold still! Ah, that's better.