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!
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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.”
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!
- Creative Iowan — Nov. 15 – Dec. 29 @ Coral Ridge Mall, Coralville
- Thieves Market — Dec. 3 & 4 @ Iowa Memorial Union, Iowa City
- The Shop Next Door (Cedar Rapids)
- Lincoln Wine Bar (Mt. Vernon)
- John’s Grocery (Iowa City)
- Campbell Steele Gallery (Marion)
- Catiri’s Art Oasis (Amana)
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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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:
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 FNM.com, 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:
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!
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!
I haven’t posted an Etsy Finds in quite some time, and after looking through all the lovely treasuries by the people who have been including my items, I was very inspired to make another! I went and skulked around Etsy and managed to dredge up a fantastic assemblage that I am incredibly happy to present. I’ve never done well with titles, so I used the Wikipedia Special:Random feature and the Quotations Page Randomizer to get a random-yet-seemingly-deep-and-poetic title: Clockmaker with strings. Please visit the treasury’s page and give it some love and clicks!
And of course I found some wonderful items and shops to add to my favorites! So all-in-all a successful and enjoyable exercise (although I stayed up far too late) and I plan to put together another soon.
This is the second annual Father’s Day Etsy Finds on my blog. Father’s Day will be coming up fast–you should be thinking about a gift for that special man in your life!
…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!
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.
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.
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.
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.
I mentioned Carter’s bodysuits in my last post, and after a trip to the Carter’s outlet store, I must say that I am quickly falling in love with the brand overall. It started when I found the perfect dress for Nola’s 3-month baby pictures, but Toys R’ Us didn’t have her size! So I snapped a picture of it with my camera and jumped on the Carter’s website when I got home. If I was going to order it online, it would cost $21+ with shipping. So instead, today we made a short trek to the physical store at the Tanger Outlet Center, armed with a 25% off coupon.
I’m glad we went, because they were having a good sale (of course) and with the coupon I ended up getting about $100 worth of merchandise for $40, including the dress! Immediately after walking in the door to the store, I found the cutest little layette with snails, which pretty much sealed the deal in my mind of Carter’s being my new favorite clothing for the baby.
You’ve all been thinking it, so why don’t we just come out and say it: Gerber Onesies are sized incredibly wrong!! I don’t remember this being such a problem five years ago when my son was an infant, but I don’t remember those Onesies saying “Made in India” either.
I have been trying to find the right size for my baby girl (who is 2 mos. old now). The 3-6 mos. size did not fit at all. Got some 6-9 mos. that BARELY fit; they probably won’t work for more than 2 weeks. So I finally bought some 12 mos. which I’m assuming should be sufficient. Even though the package says they are for a 20-24 lb. baby! She weighs 12 lbs! Here’s Gerber’s size chart, as copied from the back of the package of short sleeve Onesies I purchased today:
Now, I am not an unreasonable person. I understand that these sizes are “approximations” based on blah-blah-blah… but they are not even close to the size that they say they should be based on how they are labeled! It’s not even a matter of “oh, well, this baby is bigger than that baby because of x,y,z, etc.” — there are weights and lengths/heights given that are supposed to correspond to a labeled size, but they are totally wrong! e.g. Size 3-6 mos. absolutely does not fit a 12.5 pound baby! Here is how I propose the chart should look like based on my experiences with Gerber Onesies and my daughter:
I have adjusted Gerber’s size chart by three sizes to account for the mislabeling, and to also allow for cotton shrinkage and baby growing. You will notice on my revised chart that Newborn and 0-3 mos. sizes have disappeared; there is no use in buying these smallest sizes unless you have a preemie coming home extremely small. There are also no Onesies that would fit above approx. 28 lbs/32 in. (12,7 kg/81,3 cm) so you may not even want to try.
In contrast, I have come to really appreciate Carter’s and its offshoot brands (Just One Year at Target and Child of Mine at Walmart). Their plain/colored “bodysuits” (the Onesie equivalent, without copyright infringement) are more expensive than Gerber’s; depending on where you purchase them, a 5-pack could cost $6-$14 more than Gerber Onesies. However, if you can manage to hit some sales and/or stack on some coupons, you can get more value out of the Carter’s for around the same price. In my humble opinion, Carter’s bodysuits seem to be of a higher quality both in material and construction, which gives them a better resale/hand-me-down value by far. The label-to-size chart that they use/provide is also much more acurate to how their clothes actually fit.
I doubt that I will ever completely forsake Gerber Onesies in lieu of Carter’s bodysuits, as I have a lot of respect for the Gerber brand as a whole. But I find the sizing issues very frustrating, and the huge gaps in “age”-to-”size” estimates seem really unreasonable. More importantly, these recent problems have cost my family money in non-returnable merchandise on more than one occassion, which I must admit makes me hesitant to continue purchasing those items.