Thursday, September 27, 2012

Car Seat Cooler

So with my new sewing machine I was able to finish a project I cut months ago, but just never got around to sewing with my Mom-in-laws machine. I made this carseat cooler!

 I used this easy to follow tutorial from five crafty sisters and it was pretty easy. It took me about an hour to sew 2 of them. I had done the cutting earlier. Probably about 1 1/2 hours total time. (that was also me figuring out my machine)

I know it's starting to get cooler so I'm a little late for this, but my little bug still complains "hot" sometimes when we get into the car.

What is nice is the ice packs are removable. You don't have to put the whole thing in your freezer, just the ice packs!

What I also love is that the ribbon holds it up! It wont fall down! I was worried about the towel being too
 thick, but it works nicely!



Wednesday, September 26, 2012

Happy Birthday To ME!

So my Birthday isn't until Oct 7th, but because of warranty my Husband have me my present early:)

I'm so excited! I've been wanting one for awhile now, but couldn't justify buying one just for fun. I've already worked on a few projects so look for a few posts coming up. Lots more sewing to come on Crafts by CJ!

If you know of any really easy beginning sewing projects let me know! Looking for fun things to create!


Tuesday, September 25, 2012

Fun with Foam

The other day I bought some foam sheets from DollarTree. 

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They come in a pack of 32 for $1. I was trying to think of something fun and outdoors to do with them. My little bug loves being outside, but it's hot in AZ so we thought we'd test these in water. Come to find out, they stick pretty good to windows when wet!



He thought this was so much fun! I cut up the foam sheets into thirds, so we only used 5 sheets, but it still gave him 15 pieces to make art! These are reusable to. We've played with them 3 different times.


Monday, September 24, 2012

A Happy Hello

Here is a card that I am using for 3 different card challenges.

Inspire me Fridays- #77
Twisted Tuesdays- Back to Basics
Make it Monday- #108

This is also my card for the next Card Swap I am doing. The theme is Thinking of You cards. A simple sweet card to brighten anyone's day!


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Tuesday, September 18, 2012

Life As We Knew It

I recently read a novel series called "Life as We Knew It" by Susan Beth Pfeffer.

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I really enjoyed it! In books 1 and 3 it was written as diary entries of a girl named Melanie. Book 2 is still as a diary with dates and stuff, but it's just written as someone telling the story of Alex(3rd person I think).

So what happens is an asteroid hits into the moon, no big deal happens all the time. Except this time the moon gets pushed out of orbit and closer to the Earth causing all sorts of disasters. This book tells how they survived.

This book really got me thinking, how would my family do in a situation like this. Not necessarily the moon getting pushed closer the the Earth, but any kind of disaster. Are we prepared? would we be able to survive on our own?

I'm really starting to get serious about food storage and stuff. I've done pretty good with our 72 hour kits, which is a start, but I need to think bigger. And I'm constantly thinking of things to add.  As part of my church we are told to start by establishing a 3 month supply and build from there to get to a year supply. That is my goal this year to get to the 3 month mark. Ina  life or death situation I'm pretty sure we could get by for a month maybe 2. 

So in the next few months I'll share some ideas that I have for 72 hour kits, food storage, and supplies that I think are great to have on hand.

Challenge time! Do this with me! Prepare your family to have something in case of an emergency. Something is better than nothing. Share your ideas with me, and all others that read this blog!


SPOILER ALERT*** One thing I didn't like about this book is it didn't end. I HATE THAT! I've been reading a few books like that lately. It ends with her saying what they are going to do and says I'm done writing, this is my story. So you never find out if Earth/ Mankind survives.
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