Yes, once again I’m sick. My darling toddler gave me the intense coughs. Luckily however, SHE’S better. Thank goodness, as she’s been sick with a high fever and the yucks since Monday!
So since I’m sick, and out of books, and I’ve watched all my stacked up tv programs on HULU this week while holding the aforementioned sick toddler…
Now I’m window shopping. yay!
Here’s my styleboard for my Master Bath. I’ve already got a dresser style dark wood sink installed a couple of years ago. Now to match huh?
if you’d like to see the master list of all of these cool items…just clickety!
Yes, you read that right!!
Sew, Mama, Sew! has THREE BLOG-FULS of crafty goodness!!
Crafters from all over the world have gathered together along with their blogs and posted a giveaway. Sew, Mama, Sew! Then gathers up all the threads of their links and posts them all on one of three blogs
As for me. I’m applying to a lot of them. However, everything I win (unless it’s a kid in my house size) will be sent straight to a friend of mine who lives in Tennessee and lost almost everything to the flooding there. She needs crafting supplies as almost all of hers were lost, and this is an awesome way to try and do something for her!
I’ve already applied for a really beautiful market bag and the extra material to make one, some sewing supplies, cute little ninja rabbits AND found a lady that is gluten free with an awesome-cute blog.
See if you can find these guys!
May is Celiac Awareness Month.
So first, some facts about Celiac Disease also known as coeliac sprue, cœliac disease, c(o)eliac sprue, non-tropical sprue, endemic sprue, gluten enteropathy or gluten-sensitive enteropathy, and gluten intolerance.
- 1 in 133 Americans have Celiac Disease or about 3 million people. These are very similar to percentages in other countries (barring pure Japanese, Chinese, Hawaiian and some African peoples)
- Odds are at least one of you readers has undiagnosed Celiac.
- 98% of people with Celiac disease go undiagnosed OR their symptoms are diagnosed as another issue (I was diagnosed with Fibromyalgia 10 years ago).
First – I want to note that you don’t have to have all of these symptoms. You could have nothing but a sense that you just aren’t feeling right. What did I have? I starred those ones.
- Funny looking stools (Loose? Hard? Small? Large? Foul smelling? Floating? Clay, Light tan or Gray-colored? Highly rancid? Frothy?)
- Muscle cramping*
- Sores in/around mouth
- Skinny feet (loss of fat padding)
- Bad gas (ie: hurts, smells awful, constant etc)*
- Inability to concentrate*
- Bone issues
- Lactose intolerance
- Easily bruised
- Systematic lupus
- Parasitic infection*
- Fungus problems (severe athletes feet, candida overgrowth)
- Nose bleeds*
- Failure to thrive in babies
- Red urine
- Hypocalcaemia/ hypomagnesaemia
- Panic attacks
- Stunted growth in children
- Voracious appetite
- Abdominal cramps, gas and bloating
- Borborygmi (stomach rumbling)
- Fatigue or general weakness*
- Fluid retention
- Gastrointestinal symptoms
- Gastrointestinal hemorrhage
- Hypocalcaemia/ hypomagnesaemia
- Iron deficiency anemia*
- Muscle weakness*
- Muscle wasting
- No obvious physical symptoms (just fatigue, overall not feeling well)
- Pallor (unhealthy pale appearance)
- Peripheral neuropathy (nerve damage usually in extremities)*
- Vitamin deficiency*
- Extreme thinness
- Bloating – especially in stomach
- Back Pain*
- Night Blindness*
- Dry Skin
- Severe food cravings*
- Heart Issues (usually odd beats)*
Conditions and Disorders Associated with Celiac Disease:
- Addison’s Disease
- Ataxia, Nerve Disease, Neuropathy, Brain Damage
- Attention Deficit Disorder
- Bacterial Overgrowth
- Candida Albicans
- Casein / Cows Milk Intolerance
- Chronic Fatigue Syndrome
- Cognitive ImpairmentCrohn’s Disease
- Down Syndrome
- Dyspepsia, Acid Reflux
- Fertility, Pregnancy, Miscarriage*
- Flatulence (Gas)*
- Gall Bladder Disease
- Gastrointestinal Bleeding
- Growth Hormone Deficiency
- Heart Failure
- Infertility, Impotency
- Inflammatory Bowel Disease
- Intestinal Permeability
- Irritable Bowel Syndrome*
- Kidney Disease
- Liver Disease
- Malnutrition, Body Mass Index
- Migraine Headaches*
- Multiple Sclerosis
- Obesity, Overweight*
- Osteoporosis, Osteomalacia, Bone Density
- Refractory Celiac Disease & Collagenous Sprue
- Schizophrenia / Mental Problems
- Sjogrens Syndrome
- Skin Problems
- Thrombocytopenic Purpura
- Thyroid & Pancreatic Disorders
Dermatitis herpetiformis is an itchy, blistering skin disease that also associated with gluten intolerance. Rashes usually occurs on the elbows, knees and buttocks. Dermatitis herpetiformis can also cause significant intestinal damage identical to that of celiac disease. However, people who suffer from dermatitis herpetiformis may also be entirely free of noticeable digestive symptoms. Treatment with a gluten-free diet, in addition to medication to control the rash, usually brings about significant improvement.
The other thing is, if you hardly eat gluten containing food as it is, and you get tested, your results will be wrong. You need to be eating the equivalent of 2/3 pieces of bread for about 3 months before you get tested. (it’s the reason my 16yo hasn’t been tested, she felt so GOOD when she quit eating gluten she and her Doctar are not willing to loose 3 months of her life just to have the test diagnosis and he’s willing to call it ‘presumed Celiac’ instead)
If you think that you might be gluten intolerant, and your doctor is reluctant to test you. First, my mom, who has been a nurse almost 40 years says that when she, and most doctors were in school, they were taught that Celiac was very rare. More than that say Multiple Sclerosis. So quite a few doctors, unless they keep up on their research, think that Celiac is a ‘fad disease” and are reluctant to test.
Insist. Celiac is also a disease for those who are more well off. Turns out doctors are more willing to test you if you are in a higher Socio-economic bracket!
If you can’t get tested. Then go gluten free anyways. Give it 2 weeks at the minimum. If you feel better. Awesome. I suggest you write in a journal. Chronicle what your body ACTUALLY feels like before and after. After 2 months. Eat gluten. If you get immediately sick, there’s your answer. Or you could be like me, sick comes later. First I get extremely irritable and make everyone around me miserable for days. It’s pretty hard for me to see what I’m doing at first. Because hey, I’m pissed, and I think I have a right to be. But it’s the gluten. I’m normal off of it, on it, I’m a miserable bitch. Because next comes the body pain, the neuropathy, and then the fatigue, flu like symptoms and just general malaise. For about a week. Then I’m more susceptible to illness for about another month. Yes, it takes that long to recover. Some people are so sensitive after quitting gluten it takes them almost 6 months to recover after being glutened. You can imagine those people don’t let gluten in their house.
Also, even TWO YEARS ago, it was difficult to find gluten-free food. Now, most companies (barring buttheads like Cambells) make their food with a gluten-free label, Heinz, Progesso, Lays, General Mills and Betty Crocker just to name a few. Nowadays you don’t have to be an extraordinary baker to get good tasting food. Yes. It’s more expensive. But personally, this is good. It makes it so I rely less on ready made products like bread and donuts to eat and more on healthier things that are fast cooking (like eggs mmm and cheese). General Mills is even coming out with a ‘hamburger helper’ and ‘Bisquik’ this Summer!
So don’t use the difficulty of eating as an excuse to not go gluten-free. please.
My oldest daughter turns 16 on Monday.
My first thought is “She can’t be that old already can she” and my next thought is one of pride and worry. Isn’t that every mom’s right?
I am SO proud of Morgan.
Almost 17 years ago I was given the unexpected news that I was pregnant. Then a few moments later, was told I either had an eptopic pregnancy, or my appendix was about to burst. Either way I was told, I was having surgery SOON.
That I might loose this precious baby I’d just learned about.
Then I looked at that thought. I wanted her fiercely, she was MY CHILD.
Understand. I was 17 at the time.
Just going into my Senior year of high school. I was so very lucky and loved in who my parents and some of my family. Other girls in my condition had been kicked out by their parents, they were living on the street. Or they were forced to marry in one case.
My parents. Well, my mom is a nurse. My dad the foreman of a cattle ranch at the time. Mom just did what nurses do. She became patient, supportive and nurturing, and taught me in 8 shorts months how to do it too. My dad. Well he wasn’t happy. Not at all. But the minute he saw his Grandchild. Well, lets just say Morgan LOVED taking naps on his bare rounded belly LOL.
Morgan was two weeks old here at my High School Graduation (and I graduated with a 3.8 gpa thank you).
Morgan was an extremely articulate child, her first ‘word’ was at 9 months. Where she said “I hungy Mommy, wan buhsetti” (and I was making spaghetti)
She started walking the next day. I didn’t know that a 18-19 year old mother was worthy of such genius. But I’d darn sure try my hardest. I took all the parents I’d ever witnessed, from my family, from my friends parents and from people my family had been close too. I examined their parenting styles, and I decided what was good, and what I would toss. Then I instituted my nightly cross-examination. Where I would lay in bed at night and really LOOK at what I had done with my child/ren that day. What was good, what could be better, and where I messed up. To me this has been so important as a Mother. To look at myself truly, and say ‘you messed up’. Tomorrow is another day, you can do better tomorrow. No guilt, no yelling, just truth and the will to do better. I think we could all use that.
Now my Morgan. She’s one of those teens that teachers have been telling me since she started school what a pleasure she is to work with. How awesome and smart she is. How sarcastic and funny. What a great parent I must be in association with how cool she is (which I haven’t always found to be necessarily true). Yes, she’s hit her teen mood swings.
But the difference between her as a baby, still in diapers, telling me to read to her. Versus the difference in her now, telling me she is leaving with friends to go take care of responsibilities. Both times she TOLD me, but both times, there was an ask in there too.
Morgan is on her way toward leaving me in a few short years. And I pray that I’ve been parent enough to give her an internal guide on that pathway she’s going to be walking solo. I think so.
She’s pretty awesome
from Wikipedia: Upcycling is the process of converting waste materials or useless products into new materials or products of better quality or a higher environmental value.
Another word I’m going to ‘throw around’
Verb to repurpose
2. To alter to make more suited for a different purpose.
I’m sure a lot of you readers are familiar with taking something old and using it for a different purpose that it was originally intended. I’m also sure that a lot of you practice upcycling and repurposing on a regular basis.
Two rag rugs I’m crocheting out of scraps from other projects. Everyone is familiar with these kind of rugs! Or howabout quilts?
Lately I’ve been gifted with quite a few t-shirts. Some my kids loved. Some my kids friends loved. But others… meh. What to do with them? I’ve seen a few posts from blogs I follow where they’d re-done a shirt into something a little better fitting, or made market bags. That occurred to me. But some of them are just plain ugly, or have slogans I’m opposed to wearing. So I did what I always do.
I googled it. heh.
and OH MAN the sheer QUANTITY of links I found. Then those links led to more links, and to more links. Next thing I know, I’ve got a mission. To write a post about the things you can do with t-shirts. A Meta Post, we shall call it!
So here we go. If you’d like to see a picture of the project, simple hover your cursor over the link and a picture should pop up. If any of the links are broken please let me know! And if you’ve got a project you’d like included, feel free to let me know. I’d like to ask that it be significantly different from the other items included that it’s new information AND that it’s a tutorial or has enough pictures to be pretty darn clear about how it was made. Thanks!! I’d also like you to note that some of these items are not originally made with t-shirt material. However, they are made out of material (like fleece and felt) that would lend itself admirably to a t-shirt project.
edited to add: Sorry about the BOLDING of links and the smooshing them together and the various colors. WordPress isn’t my original home and html is not my best friend. So in the interest of actually having this post up on Earth Day and having a life the rest of today. I’m going to leave it the way it is while it still works LOL!!
- Layered Tee with Cutouts<< Hope Studios
- Tshirt Rehab with Bleach! << Hope Studios
- Anthropologie Pratia Tank << Made by Lex
- Vertical Ruffle Shirt << Tea Rose
- Argyle Applique T-Shirt << A Hoot and Holler
- Ruffly Shirt Refashion << Ruffles and Stuff
- $2 “Ruffle Necklace” Waffle Shirt << Ruffles and Stuff
- Ruffle Bib Front Tank << Ruffles and Stuff
- T-shirt Refashion into Ruffle Madness << Made by Lex
- Ruffled Front Top<< Cut Out + Keep – What Katie Does
- T-shirt to Peasant Top<< Cut Out + Keep – Melva
- Empire Cut Blouse << Cut Out + Keep – Jordana Castro
- Vneck Gathered Cleavage Tank Top << Cut Out + Keep – penguin
- Tux T Shirt << Cut Out + Keep – Felicia Rose
- Galaxy Top << Crochet Me – Katy@4
- The Cover-Me-Pretty Cami << Trintje
- Cardigan with 3/4 ruffle sleeves << CraftStylish – Cal Patch
- T Shirt Shrug << Cut Out + Keep – EVEnl
- Ruched Front Shirt with Puffed Sleeves << OysterBoy – JPG
- Baseball Sleeve Tutorial << Craftster.org – Little Pierre
- He Shirt to She Shirt << Cut Out + Keep – OfenJen
- Ruffled and Flowered Tank << Ruffles and Roses
- Recycled T Shirt Patchwork Skirt << Cut Out + Keep – Rae
- Simple Skirt!<< Cut Out + Keep – hiphopolito
T-shirt Skirt << Instructables – Jubilee
– would work for maternity
- Full and Flirty (NO Sew) T-shirt Skirt << Craftster.org – RococoPop
- Yoga Pants Keep That Logo On << Cut Out + Keep – TK Rainy
- Pants Tutorial << Livejournal T-shirt Surgery – Bakedinapie
- T-shirt Skirt << Epicurean Style
- Ruffled Skirt << Analog Me – I’m so making this one this weekend too!
- Tiered Top/Dress << Obsessively Stitching
- Roses and Ruffles Tshirt to Toddler Dress << So Happy Together
- Little Girls Frilly embellished T’s << BlogHer
Girls scraps and T-shirt Tank Top << Crafter Hours
- Kid Bloomers << Walter and Veronica
- Reversible Child’s Apron << QFDC – Rachel Measham-Pywell from Four Wise Monkeys
- Yoga Pants << Craftzine – Bernadette Noll and Kathie Sever
- 3-in-1 << Everything Your Mama Made & More
- Childs Dress << Quilting in Cornfields
- ‘Pillowcase’ Dress << Cut Out + Keep -SEWbutterfly
- Bib << Cut Out + Keep – Lisa MB.
- Minimalist Baby/Kid Pants << Craftzine – Bernadette Noll and Kathie Sever
UnderwearLittle Boxer Briefs << Sew a Straight Line
- How to Make Your Own Underwear << CraftStylish
- T-Shirt Trunks for Boys << Nancys Couture
- Cheeky Panties sizes 32-46 << Paranoire Design – PDF
- Boxers << Supernaturale – PDF
- Undies Extra – Supernaturale – PDF
- Undies << Supernaturale – PDF
- Hanna Unders << Sewing Mamas Forums – nutmeg – PDF
- Self Bound Underwear << Sewing Mama Forums – Rocket Scientist – PDF
- One Piece Undies << Sewing Mama Forums – nutmeg – PDF
- Boxerbriefs << Sewing Mama Forums – nutmeg – PDF
- Panties << Sewing Mamas Forum – nutmeg – PDF
- SexyOne Piece Swimsuit << Instructables – giannyl the ‘butt’ area on this particular bathing suit is NOT full coverage, so you are warned when watching the video *grin* she waggles it at you LOL
- Nerdtastic T-Shirt Dress << Corvus tristis
- How to Make a Dress Out of a T-Shirt « MyWoodenRobot’s Weblog
- Womens Knit Shirt into a Dress << Make it and Love it
- Yellow Goodbye Purse<<pfeffermint_ish
- T-shirt to Purse << Rachel Stuart
- Drawstring bag Tutorial << Craftblog
- Laptop Case << makezine
- Quick T Shirt Knapsack << Cut Out + Keep
- Crocheted Wheelchair Walker Tote Bag << My Recycled Bags.com
- No Sew Tie Up Purse << Cut Out + Keep – KT
- Fast Tote Bag << Instructables – Sew Margaret Sew
- Headband << CraftStylish
- YoYo Headband<< Cut Out + Keep – ay*lee*sha
- Reversible Slouchy Beret << Vively Online
- Braided TShirt Headband << Cut Out + Keep – Katie M
- TShirt Headband << Cut Out + Keep – Claire O.
- Kitty Hat << Craftster.org – snowtigress
- DIY T-shirt Necklace << Erratic & Obsessive
- T-shirt Bracelet << Instructables
- Necklace << ChicTopia – Ms Dyno
- Circle Scarf<< Cut Out + Keep – kimhoay
- Ruffled Flowery Scarf << Repurposed
- Braid a Summer Scarf << Dollar Store Crafts
- T-Shirt Memory Scarf << Craftzine
- Beautiful Scarf << Cut Out + Keep -Disney P
- Beaded Fringe Scarf << Cut Out + Keep – Keri L.
- TShirt Scarf << Cut Out + Keep – dudecraft
- Dino Mittens << Mme Zsazsa
- How to make Glittens << Instructables – alittlestranger Baby Mittens << Olivia’s Angels – PDF
- Thick and Warm Crazy Rug << Instructables
- Recycled T-Shirt Bathmat Rug << My Recycled Bags.com
- Wreath << Scoutie Girl
- T Shirt Coasters << Cut Out + Keep – Veenessar
- How to Crochet a Rug out of T-Shirts << CraftStylish – Cal Patch
- RectangularCrochet Rug Pattern << Associated Content – Karen Barnes
- Pillow << Instructables – Provenzan0c
Stuffed Animals aka: Plushies aka: Softies
- Tshirt Plushie << Cut Out + Keep – hennie
- 20 Sweet Softies << TipNut.com
- Frog Beanbag (He’s a Prince!) << Lil Blue Boo
- Owl Doll << Lu Bird Baby with guest Cyndi
- Owl Army << Moonstitches
- Monster Softie << Craftster – chello
- One Hour Softie People – Ric Rac
- How to Make a Plush Alphabet << Chex Beeper Bebe
- Softie sssssSSSSSNAKE!!! << Get Your Craft On
- Softie Chicken << I Kat Bag
- Softie Cat << WeeWonderfuls
- Softie Bird << Spool Sewing – PDF
- Knotty Doll << Sewing Mama Forums – nutmeg – PDF
- Round Luggage Tag Tutorial « Craft Apple
- Menstrual Pads<< eHow.com
- Tshirt Flower Tutorial << On a Whim
- Recycled T-Shirt Flowers Tutorial << Lisa Dickinson at Gettin’ By
- Making T-Yarn from Recycled Tee-Shirts << My Recycled Bags.com
- Out-of-the-Ordinary -Shirt Quilt << CraftStylish
- Baby Shirt to Dog Shirt << Obsessively Stitching
- Picnic Blanket Backpack << ThreadBanger
- Add Long Sleeves to Regular Shirt – Sewing Mamas Forum – hsmom24 – PDF
- Reverse applique tutorial << Sewing Mama Forums – nutmeg – PDF
T-Shirt Neckband Tutorial << Sewing Mama Forums – Victoria – PDF
Sugar, white rice flour, tapioca starch, cinnamon coating (sugar, cinnamon), water, whole eggs, sweet rice flour, palm fruit oil (non hydrogenated), fructooligosaccharide, yeast, pea protein, egg whites, xanthan gum, fruit concentrate (dextrose, dextrin, fiber), salt, rice bran extract, cellulose, KinnActive ™ Baking powder (sodium acid pyrophosphate, sodium bicarbonate, pea starch, mono calcium phosphate) glucono delta lactone, sodium bicarbonate, nutmeg