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House Shirts

When I posted about the wizard hats I made, I promised to share our house shirts as well. Clearly, I need to write things down, because I forgot! My kids have loved Harry Potter for years, we’ve had several themed Potter parties, family movie nights, and the ultimate experience at Universal Orlando. We are Potterheads. Being sorted in to our houses has resulted in a lot of family squabbling…TheRebel was a long time Gryffindor, and when she joined Pottermore she found out she was actually a Slytherin. So, that called for a change of her house colors. Sloth discovered that while he always considered himself a Hufflepuff, he was sorted in to Gryffindor. I am and always will be a Hufflepuff. Hubs has varied a few times on Gryffindor or Hufflepuff, but the latest sorting quiz placed him with me.

This made for quite an interesting dynamic at the park. The cast members were so great about not only recognizing our girl on her birthday, but also our hats and shirts. We got many, many comments on her being the only Slytherin in a house of Puffs! One cast member went above and beyond. We were in Ollivander’s when he struck up a conversation with hubs. He loved our hats and when he was told I made them, he was speechless. He pointed at our shirts and hubs nodded that I had made those too. He then noticed TheRebel’s birthday pin and escorted us to the front of the line to ride Harry Potter and the Escape From Gringotts. Seriously, we felt like celebrities. It was just one of the amazing experiences we had in the Wizarding World. If you love Harry Potter and you get a chance to go- do it! You will not be disappointed.

Now, on to the shirts. These were not fancy shirts. I wanted a shirt for everyone that basically said what house they were in and had the mascot/ crest. I also decided that I would put everyone’s year on the shirt. Everyone knows that eleven year olds are first years, so that is what Sloth had on his shirt. TheRebel is a third year and hubs and I were alumni. That little detail just made out shirts a little more unique. I bought myself and TheRebel shirts at Target. Florida is hot and humid, so these were lightweight shirts, hers a green, mine a mustard yellow (which I LOVE). Hubs and Sloth I bought plain mens t-shirts, grey and black; although Sloth also got a yellow shirt because I felt the black one might have been a touch small.

I used my Cricut Explore Air 2 and its associated software to design my shirts. The house crests I actually found on Etsy and purchased the cut files. I also purchased a Harry Potter inspired font. Then it was a simple matter of designing my shirt and setting it up to be cut. My sister in law had a heat press she let me borrow (which is now boarding with us for a while because she is awesome and is letting me use it, YAY!) which I used to stick the vinyl to my shirts. I pre-washed all my shirts before adding vinyl. I also chose to use Siser EasyWeed Heat Transfer Vinyl over others, it has produced very consistent results for me. I haven’t had any issues with my designs peeling up even with some smaller design elements. I credit this to the great settings indicated on the Siser website and the use of the heat press.

If you use a Cricut or heat transfer vinyl, I highly suggest Siser. It’s fantastic and so far has met all my expectations. I made these shirts at the end of September and they are worn fairly often. This method of t-shirt making is hands down easier than my previous method of freezer paper stencils and paint. You can follow the links below the pictures if you want to purchase the items I recommend.

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Reset Needed

My kids provide me with a lot of inspiration and teachable moments. This morning started rough as some do with a teen, pre-teen, and a lack of coffee. Snippy comments. Harsh tones. Grumpiness.

True. There were also some sheepish apologies before they headed to the bus. I hugged them and sent them on their way with our family hashtag…yes, we have a family hashtag. Mostly started in fun but it is now part of our daily routine. Each morning when they get on the bus I do ask them to text me, I’m a mom, we worry!

Unfortunately, TheRebel’s phone just wasn’t working today. No outgoing or incoming texts. So I told her brother she just needed to turn it off and back on again. She did. It worked. Her simple act of resetting the phone was all that was needed. Maybe the network was bogged down or her phone just needed a break, who knows?

Isn’t life sometimes as frustrating and aggravating as a rough morning and a malfunctioning phone?? Wouldn’t it be nice if there was a simple solution like a reset button?

Look at Matthew 11:28 NLT, “Then Jesus said, “Come to me, all of you who are weary and carry heavy burdens, and I will give you rest.”

There’s your simple reset. When all the stress is too much to handle you can give it to the Lord. Jesus goes on in verses 29-30 to say, “Take my yoke upon you. Let me teach you, because I am humble and gentle at heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For my yoke is easy to bear, and the burden I give you is light.”

Occasionally a reset is just what is needed. I know this is true for me. I reset by backing away from social media for a day or two. I read a book, listen to music, craft, or bake. I also take the things that are bothering me and I give them up in prayer. I do just as Jesus instructed and I turn those burdens over to him.

Lord, sometimes life is just plain stressful. Thank you for offering to carry our burdens no matter how big or small. Thank you for being our reset when we need it. In your name, amen.

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Blog, crafts, sewing

Project Update!

Alright. Minor setback- I was out of ink and couldn’t print my pattern. I finally printed it Sunday and put it all together. Easy peasy pattern to assemble, straightforward instructions. If you want to take the plunge sewing clothes, I highly recommend Patterns for Pirates.

I cut out, pinned, sewed, and serged this raglan in under three hours. I always go a little slow the first time I make anything, so the next time it should go much more quickly. I am just sorry I only had one yard of the Doctor Who fabric. It was a dream to sew. The gray fabric from Boho Fabrics is so super soft.

So here it is in all its Whovian glory…TheRebel in her Doctor Who themed relaxed raglan. She loves the fit, the funnel hood, the inset pockets- all of it.

Ok, teenagers are only so patient. TheRebel protested photos so these will do for now.

She likes the loose fit, so I didn’t grade down to a small although I could have. Thankfully she chooses comfort over “in fashion” which makes things easy for me. She has inset pockets on both sides which is where I deviated from the pattern a little. I stitched the pocket to the band and they’re not attached to the front of the shirt. Mine are standalone pockets instead of formed from the shirt and pocket pattern. I may add a buttonhole later for her earbuds.

The funnel hood is nice and deep. When worn down it makes for a very cozy cowl. She even has thumbholes on the cuffs- it is the very one thing she asked for. Whatcha think? If you make clothes for yourself or your family, do you have any favorite pattern designers?

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Tea Time

Tea? Aren’t you the coffee addicted crafter? Well, yes. I do also enjoy a cup of tea from time to time. My husband and my daughter are definitely the tea drinkers in our house. Occasionally I try to find a tea I like, neat accessories, new mugs, and places to buy looseleaf tea. Recently I was perusing blog posts from my friend Suzie and saw the company she ordered tea from. Naturally, I checked them out because they’re on Etsy.

Have you ever heard of Desert Sage Natural? They sell artisan tea, coffee, and cocoa on Etsy. I fell in love with the names and descriptions of their teas. One in particular was the Leia’s Legacy blend. It is a black tea with cinnamon. I also ordered my oldest some of the Bad Wolf Blend since we love Doctor Who…she’s just a little obsessed. It didn’t take long to arrive and soon we were sipping away. The Leia’s Legacy is amazing- it is delicious. TheRebel enjoyed the Bad Wolf Blend, Sloth was a little unsure because of the strong scent of the tea; Hubs loved it most of all. So, if you go searching their teas, take a chance and try them. We were not disappointed at all.

When I ordered the tea, I also started putting together ideas for a monthly loot box for my oldest. She loves bath bombs, unique pens, coloring books, just little things that are inexpensive but feel like a treat. In the past we have just ordered one online, but some of the content I felt wasn’t completely appropriate for a fourteen year old girl. Knowing she loves tea and had gotten a new mug for Christmas, I set out to find her some fun tea diffusers for looseleaf tea. I found several. I bought two (which actually equal four because Amazon!) and had them shipped, coincidentally they arrived the same day as the tea. It was excellent since the kids were home for a snow day anyway.

On Amazon I found Loch Ness monster and kitten tea diffusers. They’re silicone and snap apart to be filled with tea. They pop back together easily and then you have a cute sea monster or kitten peeking out of your tea mug. Not a bad find for around $12 (that’s for 2 diffusers) and free shipping. I also noticed that Desert Sage Natural has a monthly tea sampler club, she may or may not be getting signed up for that too. The monthly loot boxes are surprisingly cool depending on which one you get. They’re also pretty convenient for keeping the “buy me this, buy me this” syndrome at bay. I spend less while running errands and they get a few cool things each month in the mail.

Below you will find links to the diffusers I bought, before you check them out, please check the disclaimer.

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Both are adorable. They’re easy to clean and easy to use which are both must haves in my house. They’re also hilarious in a cup of tea! After all, who doesn’t like a little whimsy during tea time?