Tuesday, October 28, 2008

Have wings, Fly high!

My youngest has a grouping of butterflies, a dragonfly and a fairy in the corner of her bedroom that she just loves. Lately, she's become very interested in having wings and flying high up to the clouds. Since her butterflies weren't in the clouds, we decided to add some!

To do the same, you'll need about 3 yards of tulle. We used two different colors (blue and white), so we used 6 total yards of tulle. I cut the width of tulle in half, since off the bolt it's too wide and put the two different colors together. To attach the tulle clouds to the ceiling I just used white push pins. Every 12" to 18" I'd add another pin, and I just continued around. To make it easier, you could cut your tulle into a couple of different sections (like 1.5" yard lengths). After you've got the tulle up all you have to do is fluff!

Monday, October 27, 2008

Look what's in the works!

I've been busy getting ready for a craft show, so my desk is covered with more projects! I've got lots of new diaper wipe cases in the works - and several new designs! Next to be completed is a big stack of bibs.
Our newest item - a crayon caddy - is coming soon. It's a nifty little pouch that holds 12 crayons and a pad of paper. It's perfect for throwing in a purse or diaper bag to keep the little one occupied at a restaurant, waiting room or in the car!
Check our Etsy store in the next couple of days to see our new goodies - matching wipe cases and diaper clutch sets, matching wipe cases and changing pad sets, bibs, burp cloths and wipe cases!

Thursday, October 23, 2008

Green Cleaning!

I've caught the green cleaning bug. I heard a couple of speakers recently who talked about all the chemicals in household cleaners and how bad they are for you. Not being one to take someones word with nothing else to go on, I headed to the library and found a couple of books. The one statistic that I kept coming across was that women who work at home have a 54% higher chance of getting cancer due to exposure to household chemicals. Scary stuff! So, armed with my research, I headed to the store for new cleaning supplies.

Into my cart I threw a gallon of white vinegar, baking soda, liquid castile soap and a couple of spray bottles. The vinegar I mix with water (1:4) in the spray bottles and use that to clean everything - windows, counters, our wooden bar stools, mirrors. The smell does take some getting used to (I keep thinking it smells like we're coloring Easter eggs), but I'm amazed at how well it works. Windex never got my mirrors as clean as the vinegar does! I also use it in the laundry instead of fabric softener. The baking soda I use to clean the toilets (mixed with vinegar to make a paste) and I sprinkle it on the carpet before vacuuming to freshen the carpet. The liquid castile soap gets mixed in a bucket of water to mop my floors.

I feel better about cleaning and I have no problem letting the girls help. I'm not worried about vinegar getting on their hands, so they have become my little cleaning crew. Plus, vinegar and baking soda are cheap!

Tuesday, October 14, 2008

One of our new wipe case designs

This is one of the newest designs we've added to our line of painted diaper wipe cases. It was a special request for a customer, and I'm loving how it turned out. It's perfect for a little surfer dude! If you'd like on of your own, head on over to our Etsy shop.

Our Etsy Shop is up and running!

I'm excited to say that our Etsy shop is now open for business. I spent a couple of hours this morning getting the listings posted, so go take a peek. Check back often, because over the next week or two, I'm going to be adding quite a bit more! www.turtletaylor.etsy.com

Decorating pumpkins

Yesterday the girls and I decorated mini pumpkins. I debated whether or not I wanted to get out the paint, since the end result would be so much cuter, but in the end I went with the Sharpies. Much faster, and much less mess involved. Of course, our color choices were limited, but the girls didn't seem to mind. They both had a lot of fun decorating their little pumpkin people. Taylor followed my lead and did a girl, Megan went off in her own direction and created quite the little alien. Meg apparently has quite the fondness for google eyes! Our creations are now happily gracing our kitchen counters.

Welcome to Turtle Taylor!

I feel like I've finally joined the ranks of those who actually have a clue about technology and stuff! I've delayed starting a blog and opening my Etsy store for quite awhile since we can only get dial-up around here, but I bit the bullet and finally did it anyway!

I hope you'll have fun here and find some creative inspiration!