Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Easter Happenings

Hey Y'all! I have fallen off of the blog postin' train once again. To tell you the truth, I haven't really been all that motivated when it comes to crafting, and D.I.Y.'ing...GASP!! 
I know, right?
The horror!
Well, I have been working on our "school room" a.k.a. our bonus room. It's been a work in progress for 4 years now:o) Anywhoodles, it's FINALLY organized, so now I can pick a paint color, paint, build, paint, pull my hair out because of all the painting, decorate, and get hair implants to replace the ones that I will most likely be pulling out:o)
I have been up to a few other things as well. If you follow along on Facebook or Instagram, then you already know that I got a new sewing machine.
IT'S.DA.BOMB.
Just sayin'.
It is an embroidery sewing machine, but it does soooooo much more than my last one could ever dream of doing. Speaking of my last machine, it found a new home last Friday. The lady who purchased it from me was beyond excited to get it....if I weren't so jazzed about the new machine, I might have felt a little more sad to see it go.
So with this new machine comes lots of fun! I have been able to monogram and applique to my hearts desire. I have made some gifts for my kiddos and for a few others as well.
I made some fun shirts for the Giant Easter basket. 
Why, yes, my Easter basket is finished. BAM!!
Am I always on top of things like this..Nay, I say!
 The Giant Easter basket was used for our Easters as kids. My mother gave it to me to use with my kids, and I think it even came with the "original" plastic-y grass....it's probably laden with some nasty form of BPA;o)
Anyway, here's a closer look of the shirt for E. We're BAMA fans in this household, and if you don't know what RTR means, not to worry. "Roll Tide Roll" is what that stands for. What does "Roll Tide Roll" mean? 
I have no idea. 
I am a BAMA fan by proxy. The hubs cheers for BAMA, so that means I do to. No sense in borrowing trouble;o)
For some reason the thread looks orange in this picture, but I promise it is a deep crimson red...roll tide.;o)
I didn't get a good close up of the Anna shirt for S.R., but if you visit my Facebook page, you can see one there. 
I appliqued a dress for S.R. today. I'm thinking this will be her Easter dress. Last year's dress was much fancier, but I don't have fancy in me this year.
And it's not like she'll remember that 2014 was the year that mommy decided to get all kinds of lazy and not make a fancy dress.
This one will do just fine!
I may make E a bow tie to go with his new $2 yard sale suit he got last weekend. Yes...I said 2 bucks for a really awesome little boy's suit. It fits like a dream and he looks adorable in it!!
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 So with great machine comes great responsibility. 
I am officially selling monogrammed and appliqued items, and to kick things off, I am hosting a sale. You can head over to my Facebook page to see what items I have to offer for applique. If there is something you'd like but don't see, message me, and I will see what I can come up with!

Monday, March 17, 2014

New Shop on the Blog


I am excited to announce that I have finally put together a new shop here on the blog. If you look up at the menu bar, you will see "Fussy Monkey Business Shop."
If you click on that tab, it will take you to the page where all of the items I have for sale are.
In order to purchase these items, you will need to have a PayPal account.
It's easy to sign up, and very secure.
If you have any questions, feel free to contact me!
Thanks!


Monday, March 3, 2014

S.R. is 6, so Let's CELEBRATE with a Giveaway!

This sweet girl is 6 years old today!
Isn't she a cutie?
She was up before anyone else because she was so excited it was her birthday. I had to search for her this morning, and when I called her name, her response was, "6." 
Precious:o)
Where's the party? Details of how many hours I have put into making the day perfect? We aren't doing one. Gasp!
I know:o) 
She is having some friends over after school, and they will play the afternoon away.
We are taking her to the American Girl Store for her to pick out her very first official American Girl doll. She is beyond ecstatic.
It should be fun!
In other news, I have started a new business venture.
 I am making headbands. 
My sister in law started making them for her co-workers and suggested I start making them.
I.am.hooked.
They are adorable, and I wear mine all the time. 
S.R. even loves wearing them!
I have been at my sewing machine whipping them up and I realized how much I had missed sewing...it's been a while. Life has gotten in the way, and now that things are slowing down a bit, I can relax to the hum of my machine.
If things take off like I want them to, I will create a separate website for ordering, but for now, I'm sticking to Facebook as my avenue for orders.
I also have a new model. S.R. and I got tired of posing for pictures, so I needed another volunteer.
Her name is Miss Kitty Tabitha.
She's not fond of having her photo taken, but she was willing to help a friend out.
Notice the solemness of her demeanor. I might be solemn as well if I didn't have nostrils...
hopefully all of you still have your nostrils...I don't want to cause offense!
I wanted to show you all angles of the headband, and Miss Kitty Tabitha has been gracious enough to model the angles.
This is the back. I have found that with this particular design, the headband doesn't slide up the head as much as one single elastic band.
The headbands are one-size-fits-most. If you have a tiny head, or if your little one is younger than 4 or 5, I will have an option for bitty heads. Buyers will have to specify when ordering which size they will need. 
So to celebrate S.R.'s birthday and the kick off of my new business venture, I am hosting a Facebook giveaway. 
All you have to do is like the Fussy Monkey Business page for one entry and share the giveaway on Facebook for a second entry.
The winner will be announced on Wednesday!
So get to likin' and sharin'!

Wednesday, February 19, 2014

Personalizing a "Home Party"

A couple of weeks ago, I hosted a Matilda Jane party. It is my absolute favorite line of clothing. I originally started buying it for S.R. Almost everything is made of soft knits in this line, and S.R. loves to be cute but most importantly, comfortable. 
I only recently started buying pieces for myself. If I could live in these clothes day and night, I would. 
The new spring line is called "A Wonderful Parade." 
You all know that I need very little excuse to decorate for an occasion and this one was definitely right up my alley. Super girly, and so much fun.
It's not mandatory to pull out all the stops for a home party, but I think that the guests and the person selling the merchandise really appreciate it. It never hurts to put a little effort into a party like this to make it more personal.





Super cute right?
So how do you come up with a personalized, super awesomely cute home party??
Pay attention to what the theme happens to be. What do they use as far advertising their products? What kind of flowers do they use in the background? What kind of food do they have on display? What is the color scheme on the brochure that will be handed out?
Those small details can make a huge impact when decorating for your party.

Here is a list of the items that I purchased for this party..the rest of what you see was already apart of the arsenal of party supplies;o)

Popcorn Boxes-Hobby Lobby
Tray for Popcorn Boxes- Marshall's
Napkins and Pink Straws-Hobby Lobby
Lemon Drops & Cotton Candy- Dollar Tree
Flowers & Balloons-Publix
Jar Lids-Etsy

I hope this inspires you to think outside of the box when you host your next home party!


Monday, February 17, 2014

Our Valentine's Dinner-Princess and the Frog Family Night

Did you have a fantastic Valentine's Day? We had THE BEST! 
I wanted to do something special for the family, so I started looking for inspiration. I found it here of all places. I just recently started following this blog because we are planning a surprise Disney Vacation later in the year...shhh! Don't tell the kids;o)
Anyway, I thought the Princess and the Frog movie night would be the perfect family night.
 I had a good bit of the decorations, but did have to hit Dollar Tree and Hobby Lobby for a  few items.

 I wanted the meal to be formal, but not "sit-at-the-dining-table" formal. 
So we ate at the coffee table. It's kid/frog sized:o)
I purchased green fleece from Wal-Mart and made lily pads for our seats, and the purple fabric for the table cover came from Hobby Lobby.
 The cute little frog princes came from Hobby Lobby as well and were in the spring section. The yellow flowers in the background were a Dollar Tree purchase as well as the green glass beads.
 Dinner was delicious. I knew that the hubs would have a fit over it. He loves Cajun food. Can I just say that those grits were the very best grits I have ever eaten!! And yes, those are homemade "man-catchin' beignets" in the back.

I wanted both of the kids to dress up, but the boy refused...for obvious boy reasons... I was able to get the princess of the group to dress up though:o)
I am sad that I didn't get a picture of their Valentine's gift baskets because they were really cute, but here are a couple of shots of them pulling stuff out. They both got the same things. I wanted to keep everything frog themed. I got them stuffed frogs from Hobby Lobby, a $5 gift card from Sweet Frog, the cute little F.R.O.G. wooden stand came from Hobby Lobby as well, and the little pink frog that S.R. is frowning over came in a Princess and the Frog party pack. She didn't know quite what to do with it..hence the frown. They also got some chocolate.
Before the movie, we snapped a few pictures of ourselves. This one was one of my favorites. 
Out of all the family nights we have had, this one has to be the best thus far. The bar has totally been raised now;o)

Tuesday, January 28, 2014

100 Days of School Projects

Are you all staying warm? We are making a go at it. 
We got a little more snow this morning along with a 2 hour delay for schools because of the frigid temperatures. What a weird winter it has been this year!
Today was class picture day, so I grabbed a quick shot of the kids with the snow. Can you tell they were freezing?!
Last week, the kids hit a milestone for the school year. They hit the 100 day mark. To celebrate, they had projects for homework. Gotta love it, right?
E had a Krispy Kreme doughnut hat that he had to glue 100 items on. He decided to be a parrot. We glued the feathers on, and colored a picture of Blue off of Rio...I know he is a blue macaw, but it worked for what we were doing. Unfortunately after gluing all the feathers on, we realized that the hat wouldn't fit his big noggin'. 
But he still looked cute!
 S.R. wanted to make a baby doll blanket for her 100 Days project.
She actually helped out quite a bit in making this blanket.
 She got this sewing machine for Christmas, and was super excited to finally get to use it.
She did a great job keeping a straight line, too!
 The quilt has 100 circles, in case you were wondering;o)
They were very proud of their projects and grateful for the help I gave them. It always makes my heart proud when my children show gratitude!
And speaking of projects, I am finally tackling the playroom. We are turning it into a home-school room for next school year...yep, you read right. We will be homeschooling...ahh! 
So, there are a lot of projects that need to be done, and I am going to hopefully get most of them accomplished before school ends for the summer.
I'll share what all we have planned for the room in my next post.
Until then, stay warm!!



Wednesday, January 22, 2014

Monster Doll Tutorial


Cut List
Head- 5 1/2"x 5 1/2"(2)
Neck- 3"x 2"(2)
Body- 8"x 8"(2)
Legs- 11"x 2 1/2" (4)
Arms- 9"x 2 1/2"(4)
Mouth-I used some scrap chevron I had lying around.
Eyes-2" 2 Circles from white fabric and 2 from felt with adhesive(found at Hobby Lobby)
1/4" seam allowance throughout the entire project.
You will also need Lite Heat Bond, and Black Fabric Paint


Finger press the head to find the center.

Place the eyes near the crease.
Apply the eyes and mouth using the heat bond and your iron.
Once it has cooled, take it to your machine and stitch to secure.

Next stitch the neck to the bottom of the head.
And then the neck to the body.
You will repeat the previous steps for the head neck and body for the backside of the monster as well.
Press necks seams inward.
Now, you will need to mark off the areas where the arms and legs will go. Measure 1" down from the shoulder and mark. Then 1 3/4" down from the first mark, as shown below with red dots.
You will do the same for the legs, 1" in and 1 3/4" apart.
Stitch front and back of monster with right sides together, making sure to back stitch at each dot, and leave the openings for the arms and legs open.
The bottom will be left completely open so you can stuff it at the end.

Turn right side out and press.
Stitch arms and legs together leaving one end open. 
Stuff the arms and legs.
You will then attach the arms and legs to the body. Make sure to pay attention to which are the arms and which are the legs:o)
Once you have attached them, you will stuff the head and body of the monster.
When you have it where you want it, then stitch the bottom up.
The last thing you will do is to color in the eyes with the black fabric paint. I used a 1/2" circle and decided I wanted the eyes to be a little wonky.
E was so happy to get a monster, and he now sleeps in his bed and helps to keep the "real" monsters away!
Will you be making a monster to keep the "real monsters" away?