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Am I back?!

Well, a lot has happened in the last year+ since I last posted.  Our family is now living back in Utah while my husband is prepping for grad school this fall, but probably the biggest change is this:

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Miss Willa Paige joined the family in February 2016 and she so much fun!  I’ll fill you in on more of the details a little bit later.

My real reason for this quick post is this:

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I’ll be attending SNAP! conference this weekend and I’m so so excited about it!  It will be so great to connect with blogging buddies and get a little bit of a vacay (with little Willa).  Maybe I’ll be so inspired I’ll jump back into this blogging game again :).

Last Minute Christmas Packages

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A few months ago I was brainstorming what to do for this post.  Finally, I thought of something and it was going to be fabulous!  I was so excited to try it out and  see if it would actually work.  Well, that picture up there.  That is not even close to what I had in mind.  THis is what my original plan started with…

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It involved a million doily die cut “snowflakes” and a flower foam wreath form.  I had planned to cut out tons and tons of little doilies and pin them all to the wreath form to make a big puffy, “snowy” Christmas wreath.  However, once I got started I very quickly saw that it wasn’t going to work.  I was using coffee filters for the doilies which worked great if I cut them out 1 or 2 at a time.  But when I sent through a big stack of them (the only realistic way to cut out 4 million of them) they all got stuck together and I had to peel them back apart.  Then I had to weed out all the little pieces to give it the lace look.  It was just a disaster.

So instead I decided to switch things up and do something more practical than decorative.  Make the little boxes for my neighbors Christmas gifts and a little bow to go on top!

Every time I use on of the We R Memory Keepers punch boards one thought keeps going through my mind:  ”some people are just absolute geniuses!”  I mean, I would NEVER be able to come up with a little plastic square/punch that can turn a little piece of paper into an envelope, candy box, gift bag, flower, pin wheel, or in this case, gift box in just seconds!

Anyway, I pulled out the Gift Box Punch Board and then used this video (although the instructions printed on the board are pretty self explanatory too) to put one together in like 2 minutes flat. It really is amazing.

Then I just grabbed a few of those doilies I cut out using the Antique Doily die and made a little puff ball “bow” for the top.  The picture below kind of shows how I did that.

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Basically, I took the flat doily (on left) and kind of folded them into fourths.  In the picture I creased the folds for demonstration purposes, but for the real thing I left them puffed up.  Next I took a glue dot and put it on the top of the tissue paper “ribbons” I wrapped around the box.  Stick each “point” of the doily to the glue dot then fluff the bow into a gorgeous little poof!

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Isn’t it so great?  I also pulled out the Candy Box Punch Board to put a few treats in.  I had never used it before but I think it might be my favorite one!  I can’t wait to make a few more.

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Disclosure: I am a member of the fabric team for LifeStyle Crafts/We R Memory Keepers. I receive products of my choosing in exchange for tutorials and projects shared on MissyDear. But I only share products I really love and would be using and showing you guys anyway. :)

A Birth Story

The last 5+ years have been a roller coaster for my little family of 3 while we took the journey to add a 4th.  We had some good news, some really bad news, but mostly just a lot of waiting and enjoying our time together.

Last September when I learned I was pregnant for the 6th time we were so tentatively ecstatic.  I was able to get into a specialist the day I got the positive test and was seen 2-3 times a week for the first month and a half, then twice a month until 17 weeks.  After that we were given the green light.  They were pretty darn sure nothing was going to happen this time.  We would be welcoming a healthy little boy to the family come June.

And come he did. When he was finally good and ready, there was no slowing him down.

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About a week and a half before my due date, on May 22, the Braxton Hicks contractions I had been feeling since week 12 got crazy strong. Like, I can’t hardly handle this, strong.  So we called the midwife then headed down to the hospital.  I was admitted and checked.  I was at 4 cm.  I thought that was a good sign.  That was a whole cm further than I was when I was admitted with Abi and she was born 10 hours later.  So I settled in.  Then 2 hours later they checked again.  Still 4cm.  I was sent home with some Ambien and told to get some rest.  Boo!

The next day the contractions started up again.  Only this time they were worse.  I battled back and forth about going in.  On the one hand they were stronger and more consistent than the day before.  On the other, I didn’t want to be “that girl”.  You know what I mean?  I was supposed to know my body, right?  I didn’t want to face the embarrassment of false labor TWICE!  But, by late afternoon I decided we better go on in. Again, 4cm. (whomp whomp) This time they let me stay 3 hours before discharging me.  I felt miserable.  The contractions were really painful and now I felt like all the nurses thought I was an idiot.

When I got home I took an Ambien and went right to bed.  The next morning the contractions had stopped, even the Braxton Hicks.  Nothing.  For the next 5 days not one more contraction.

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Then on May 28th I was woken up at 5:30 am by what I thought was a perfectly placed kick to the center of my tummy.  But then I felt the gush.

Here is the timeline of the next 3ish hours:

5:30 – Water breaks. Contemplate waking up Brad but decide I better wait to see if this was the real deal first.  I still hadn’t felt a contraction so I wasn’t sure.

5:40 – Call the midwife and ask her advice.  We decide to wait about 15-20 minutes to see if any contractions start before we decide whether to head into the hospital.  Brad wakes up while I’m on the phone, realizes who I’m talking to and about what, and flies into “GO!” mode.  While he’s waking Abi up so my brother in law can come get her I’m just thinking he’s over reacting.  We have plenty of time.

5:45 – First contraction and man is it a contraction.  I almost fell to the floor it was so painful.  We decide not to wait the 15-20 minutes or for the BIL to come get Abi.  He can meet us at the hospital.

6:15 – Check into the hospital.  BIL takes Abi and we’re taken to our room.

6:30 – Hooked up to the monitors, have the IV put in my arm and I’m finally checked.  Still a 4!  I wanted to scream!  I felt like I was dying and I had made NO progress.

6:50 – I kinda started feeling EXTREME pressure, almost like I needed to push, but every time I mentioned it to the nurses they kept looking at me like I was exaggerating and would say something to placate me.  Finally Brad asked if they would check me again.  At first they said no.  They had just checked me 15 minutes ago and they didn’t want to do it too often since my water had already broken.

7:00 – My extreme pain and Brad’s questioning must have changed their minds and they check me again.  I’m an 8+.  My first thought was “FINALLY some progress.”  But that thought was very closely followed by, “Oh no.  I missed the epidural window.  I’m doing this without drugs.”  That’s when I lost it and just started bawling.  The nurses thought it was the pain, Brad correctly realized it was disappointed realization.  I had debated ever since Abi was born about whether I wanted to do a natural birth with the next but had chickened out.  Now I had no more choice so I gradually pulled it together and was able to calm down.

7:40 – I’m FINALLY allowed to start pushing.  Somewhere along his journey he managed to snap my tailbone, but I wouldn’t realize that until the adrenaline wore off about an hour later.

8:17 am – Isaac Graham Harding is born.  8 lb 11 oz and 22 inches long.

I had waited many years for this moment.  There are no words to how amazingly happy and grateful I felt with him laying there on my chest.  It is truly one of the best moments of my life.

He is absolutely perfect in every way.

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Lifestyle Studios Blog Hop: Fabric Gift Bag

Welcome!  I hope you’re all enjoying the little blog hop today. I love seeing all the different ways people use the different products from We R Memory Keepers, don’t you?

Mother’s Day is coming up and I was so excited to try an idea for a gift that I’ve had for a while now. This Lifestyle Studios Design Team Blog Hop seemed like the perfect chance.

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I had tried out the new Gift Bag punch board with paper before.  It took a few tries to get it right, but I finally figured it out (the video I share below especially helped) and the results were so cute!  However, I wanted something a little longer lasting than a paper bag so I decided to try it out with fabric.  I tried a few different ways and here is the one that worked out the best for me.

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Here are the supplies I used:

Applique interfacing
Heavy weight, single side adhesive interfacing (not pictured)
Fabric
Crop-A-Dile
Gift Bag Punch Board
Scissors (not pictured)
Hot Glue Gun (not pictured)

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First, you need to reinforce the fabric to give it some body and structure so it will stand.  Also, if you decide to use multiple fabrics you will need to applique them together.  In the pictures above you can see how I added the heavy weight interfacing to a piece of muslin and cut it down to size.  Then I appliqued the patterned fabrics to the front and used a decorative stitch on my sewing machine to make sure the edges stay down.

Once the fabric is all ready to go, it’s time to get to punching and scoring on the board.  I just followed the directions in this video and it all worked out perfectly. There were a few little adaptations I had to make, but they are super simple.

Some pointers about punching:

You are punching the bottom of the bag.  So, if your fabric has a top or bottom (like mine had) make sure you’re punching the bottom.

Also, you want the right side of the fabric facing up so that the score lines work out the best.

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As for the slight modifications I had to make – the punch isn’t made for fabric so it won’t punch all the way through.  But that’s not a problem at all.  It leaves a nice little score line so that you can just cut along the lines.

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And this is what you’ll end up with.  It’s just like the paper turned out and works just the same.  All I did next was clean up the edges then hot glued the bottom tabs and the side of the bag closed.

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And since the reverse hole punch on the board doesn’t punch through the fabric too well, I pulled out my handy dandy crop-a-dile to add the ribbon holes to the gift bag.

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Ta da!!  A perfect little gift bag for the mothers in your life.  I’m sure they’d love it full of chocolate or other yummy goodies.

Remember that if you want to purchase your own Gift Bag Punch Board or Crop-A-Dile, or anything else from Lifestyle Crafts or We R Memory Keepers through shopwer.com for that matter, you can use my code for 20% off your purchase.

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And guess what’s awesome?  There’s a giveaway going on today over at the We R Memory Keepers blog.  They’re giving away one of these great Crafters Totes.  Who wouldn’t want one of those?  So run over there and try your luck at the giveaway.

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And just so that you don’t get lost on this great Blog Hop, here are those of us from the Lifestyle Studios Design Team that are participating.  Happy hopping!

Aimee’s Armoire
http://aimeesarmoire.typepad.com

Benzie Design
http://benziedesign.blogspot.com

Cokie Pop Paper
http://cokiepopaper.blogspot.com

Cutesy Crafts
http://cutesycrafts.com

Ginger Snap Crafts
http://www.gingersnapcrafts.com

Gluesticks Blog
http://gluesticksblog.com/

Homework
http://www.carolynshomework.com

Kutz Paper Scissors
http://andreayokley-jessup.blogspot.com

Making the World Cuter
http://makingtheworldcuter.com

Midwestern Girl
http://www.midwesterngirldiy.com

Missy Dear (you are here)
www.missy-dear.com

One Scrappin Mama
http://onescrappinmama.blogspot.com

Popsicle Toes
http://shellypop.com

Pretty Providence
http://prettyprovidence.com

Scrap Time
http://scraptime.ca

Sew Craft Create
http://sewcraftcreate.com

Snapping Monsters
http://snappingmonsters.blogspot.com

The Creative Mom
http://www.thecreativemom.com

Tried & True
http://triedandtrueblog.com

Waffleflower
http://waffleflower.com

We R Memory Keepers (the giveaway is here!)
http://wermemorykeepers.wordpress.com

Andrea Worley
www.andreaworley.com

Disclosure: I am a member of the fabric team for LifeStyle Crafts/We R Memory Keepers. I receive products of my choosing in exchange for tutorials and projects shared on MissyDear.

Easter Pom Pom Chick Tutorial

A few weeks ago I contributed this fun little project to the blog Reasons to Skip the Housework. I thought it’s such an easy and great last minute project for Easter I’d post it here as well.

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Who’s ready for Spring?  I sure am.  I’m hoping that by decorating for it, Spring will get the hint and stay a while.  And these little chicks are the perfect fun and quick project to get started.

But first, let me introduce myself!  My name is Missy and I blog at MissyDear.  I’ve been blogging for about 5 years, but about a year ago I handed my first blog over to a friend that’s taking great care of it so I could put all my focus on my family, the MissyDear blog, and my handmade shop.  I blog all about the crafts I’m doing, the food I’m eating and the fun I’m having with my family.  I’m so excited to be part of the Reasons to Skip the Housework and to get to know you all a little better!

So, let’s get back to the adorable little pom pom chicks shall we?  Have you ever made a pom pom?  They are so quick and EASY!  You may never buy them again.

All you need to get started is:
scissors
yarn
fork
thread (I used DMC floss so it would be a little bit stronger than sewing thread)
pipe cleaner

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Now lets get started:

1 – Wind the yarn around the fork.  The more you wind, the thicker and bigger your pom pom will be.  For the chick you will want a small pom and a larger pom.

2 – Tie a piece of thread around the center of the yarn and pull it as tight as you can get it.  The tighter you tie it, the less likely that pieces will fall out of the pom pom after it’s finished.

3 – Now just pull the yarn off the fork and cut the loops all the way around.

4 – To finish it up you give it a little “hair cut.”  Trim all the way around until it’s all even and as small as you’d like it.  Also “fluff” it a little near the thread you tied it together with to try and diminish the line as much as possible.

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Now lets move on to the assembling of the chick:

5 – Grab a large and a small pom pom.  I sewed them together, but you could just glue them and save yourself time.  Either way works just as well.

6 – Next I trimmed down my pipe cleaner so that the chicks little legs would be extra scrawny and cute.  You can see in the picture the difference between where I trimmed and where I hadn’t yet.

7 – Finally cut the pipe cleaner into two legs, two sets of toes, and one beak and glue them to the chick.  I don’t have a picture of the gluing, but you’r smart people and I’m sure you can figure it out :)

Viola!!  You’ve now made yourself the most adorable and fluffy little chick.  I’m sure it would look great in a center piece on your table.

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Follow along on my blog or social media and make sure you tag me if you make yourself a little chick!  I’d love to see it!!

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Whelp, sometimes things just don’t work out as planned

I had a great post planned for today. I was so excited so I got a start on it over a week ago (I like to try and have my posts done a week or so in advance). They were going to be the most delicious, quickest way to eat brownies ever.

“I’ll bake them in the waffle iron.” I thought. “I’ll only have to wait like what, 3 minutes until I get to enjoy the deliciousness instead of the 25ish I would normally have to wait. And I can style it so cute!”

Then this happened.

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Epic disaster. It didn’t work AT ALL, like not even a little.  And it made the waffle iron so messy I still haven’t cleaned it out (don’t tell my sister…I used hers :) ).

So I kinda lost my steam.  It was the first project from a long list I had planned to work on, but I was so discouraged that I didn’t even try the rest. Hence, the radio silence the last week or so.

Well, if I’m being completely honest it also had a little to do with the fact that 2 ebooks I had reserved from the library weeks ago both became available at the same time and they only loan them for a ridiculously short period of time.  I got a little caught up in finishing them in time.

I wasn’t even going to post anything about the brownies but then I thought, “Why not?  Not everything goes according to plan but that’s no reason to hide it. Here’s a perfect opportunity to ‘be real.’”  So I let myself wallow for a bit, took a break to get lost in some good stories, regrouped then got back in there to try again.

And this sure did help too :)

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