Friday, December 4, 2009

It Snowed in South Texas!

Well, not here officially, but it snowed at our house this morning! While at a garden center a couple of months ago, I came across this bag of stuff called Insta-Snow. I thought I'd pick some up, and save it for the boys when it got colder. Well, on the news the past couple of days, they were predicting small snow flurries. I told Big about the pending weather, and he was so excited; he was planning his snowman and how to make snow angels. I told him "it doesn't really snow like that around San Antonio." His face showed such disappointment! I thought this would be the perfect time to whip out my recent purchase.

I pulled out a shallow plastic tote box, added a couple of teaspoons of the powder, a cup of water, and voila! A box full of snow! The boys were in heaven! They scooped, dug, and drove cars through the flurries for over an hour! The peace of quiet play was almost decadent! Then, of course, the newness wore off, and they were back to literally running around the house. But oh, the sweet joy of simple snow play! It was totally worth the $5 I paid for the package! In fact, I'm thinking about getting more, and giving little baggies of it to Big's classmates for Christmas!

Thursday, December 3, 2009

I'm Not Perfect!

There's a cute kids' song by Laurie Berkner, and the lyrics go something like this:

I'm not perfect, no I'm not
I'm not perfect, but I've got what I've got!
I do my very best, do my very best,
do my very best each day.
But I'm not perfect, and I hope
you like me that way!

I have a good friend that lives in the subdivision next to mine. Our kids are all great friends, and I see her pretty much every day. But our homes could not be more different! Hers is considerably larger than mine, but even though it's large, it is ALWAYS in pristine condition! I have never seen it when everything is not spotless, except for a few toys in the playroom that are on the floor. My house, on the other hand, often looks like a tornado went through it! There's always piles of stuff on pretty much every flat surface: artwork and school papers from the boys, stuff I've made, shipping supplies, mail, magazines... well, you get the idea.

Growing up, my mom wasn't necessarily the best housekeeper; she would tell my siblings and I that she had kids so they could do the housecleaning! While I like some organization, housework is definitely not a joy of mine. Dishes and laundry get done regularly, but don't expect me to dust and vacuum often!

On the other hand, I've been lucky enough to have the time to create things that others enjoy and find useful. I've even made my friend some items! It's also nice to be able to make a little money (or trade with an Etsy friend!), doing something you love. So, would I like to have the perfect house, and give up my sewing, and the experiences I've had doing it? No way!

Monday, November 30, 2009

Isn't it Romantic?

As I've mentioned before, I'm a member of the Trade-A-Holics team. We not only love to trade with each other (and others), but we've also become pretty close. We share about our families, and all the good and bad stuff that goes with it.

One of the team members is NiteLilly3, a great crafter, and like many of us, is struggling to make ends meet. She has a fiance who's currently serving our country at Gitmo, Cuba. They are anxious to get married, but, with times being tough, they've had to postpone their dreams.

Well, she got an email today from her fiance, and he wants her to come to Cuba in January, so they can get married! Apparently, he just can't wait any longer to make her a Mrs., and start their lives together. She would love to go, but just needs the cash!

And so, here's my attempt to help out a great Etsian, and a good friend! Check out her shops, nitelily3 for beautiful sewn items, nitelilykids for cute goodies for kids, and nitelilyglamour for lovely special occasion accessories. You won't just be getting lovely items, you'll be helping to start someone's future!

Sunday, November 29, 2009

Traders to Check Out Part 1: The Soapers

I'm starting a mulit-part series, dedicated to my new friends, and latest trading acquisitions. I have found many fabulous artists and their creations; some have been given as gifts, while others I kept as a treat for myself! Before I joined Etsy, I had never thought about using handmade bath products (well, I did, but I chalked it up to more of the hippie/vegan lifestyle, which is totally not me!) Boy, have I been missing out!

My first soap trade was with GemsAndDolls; it was for some sim
ple, unscented goat's milk soap. It has made my skin look and feel fabulous, and it's gentle enough to use as a facial wash, as well as on my boys. I've
also acquired some yummy-smelling soy tarts and these cool sp
ider soaps, which the Sleepys have loved! And, with allergies and cold season upon us, I asked her to whip me up a batch of eucalyptus/mint soaps and lotion; they are wonderful for congested kids (and moms and dads!)

I recently got some solid lotion bars from TheMuddyMoose, and they smell absolutely fabulous! I'm giving one to my mom and my sister (ssshhh, don't tell!)

And I think it was during the last big trading frenzy that I got a couple of these beauties, made
by HillsideBathandBody. They are so big, you need two hands to hold it! Lisa, the mastermind behind this creation, suggests cutting it into smaller, more user-friendly pieces (which also makes it last that much longer!)

There's lots of other great soapers, and other bath and beauty product-makers on Etsy. Trying them out could be a life-changing experience!

Saturday, November 28, 2009

Wanna Do Some Shopping?

I would be crazy if I didn't give a shameless self-promotion! Through midnight Monday, I'm offering BOGO half off in both of my shops! The price reduction will be on items of equal or lesser value.

AND, if that's not enough, I'm participating in the Etsy Texas Crafters $5 Monday! Use the search tag ETC5 to find lots of great deals, all $5 each!

Well, Here I Go!

Welcome to my new blog!

I'm a stay-at-home mom to two little boys, Big, age 4 1/2, and Lil, age 2. When I'm not wrangling these two boys, I definitely like to keep myself busy! I have two shops on Etsy, 2Sleepyheads Quilted Creations, where I sell a variety of sewn and quilted items, and CleanAsAWhistle, where I sell handmade household cleaning supplies. I'm also active in my local MOMS Club, a support group for stay-at-home moms, as well as Beta Sigma Phi, an international women's organization.

Now, I can't promise that I'll be posting often, but I hope to share things that are interesting to you!

I do have a story to share before I close this post. Even though Lil is barely 2 years old, I can count on one hand the number of times he's had his hair cut. This is for two reasons: 1) his hair grows super-slow, especially compared to his brother's, and 2) it's usually not a pleasant experience to get it cut. Now, I'm not the cool mom that lets her boys have long hair, so eventually, a cut hast to happen. This morning, since "Mickey Mouse Choo-Choo Express" was on (one of Lil's favorite episodes) I decided to take advantage of it, and try and get a cut in. Well, you would have thought I was cutting off his arms and legs! The screaming and crying lasted for a good 20 minutes while getting the cut, and at least that long afterwards, getting him cleaned up. It's not perfect, but it's done, and hopefully good enough to last him 3-4 months till his next one!