Saturday, March 31, 2012

The results are in...

I decided to do a drawing if I got 10 "likes" in March on the Osito facebook page.  With only 3 days left in March, I needed 3 more "likes".  I decided that to motivate my friends to tell their friends about Osito I would draw another name for every subsequent "like" after the original 10.  I will be drawing a total of 11 names...seriously?!  Don't get me wrong, I am so happy about all the support and love shown to Osito!  I simply think it is humorous the way people wait :)  I am very excited, however, to send off the free Osito gifts to the drawing winners!  With all of that said, here are the 11 winners:

Kari Jones
Tracy Young
Erin Wagner
Jay Jennings
Kara Sayles
Keturah Chisholm
Sandy Bottoms
Quincy Hands (O, Dear!)
Christy Simon
Kristin Trivisonno
Jenee Stankus

Congrats to the winners! I will contact you all about your prize!

On another note, here are some canvasses I am working on...
I used the pages of an old hymnal. I am considering painting words/phrases on the canvas that correspond with the hymn used on that particular canvas. The pink canvas would say "Love", and the green one would say "This is my Father's world".
8x10 $20

This is a new Sugar Scrub scent! $7

These are some stationary sets I made. $5 for a set of 6 w/o envelopes.

Saturday, March 24, 2012

This is a long one, but a good one :)

This evening, I would like to start with some DIY tutorials!  These are actual things that I have made, and use in our home. Enjoy, and be inspired!

First on the list is this window frame message board...
What you will need:
A window frame
(I found mine at The Habitat for Humanity ReStore. It was $5.)  
Paint in the color of your choice
Screws and Screwdriver
Hot Glue Gun
Strong wire

Here's how I did it:
First I Clorox wiped the heck out of the frame!  Then, I painted the back of the bottom panel with blue paint. When the paint dried, I hot glued the cork to the top panel.  Then, my hubby helped me screw 3 hooks into the place where the handle would have been.  There were already 3 holes, so it wasn't too difficult.  Finally, we (my hubby helped here :)) twisted some wire just under the head of a screw and drilled it into the top back of the frame.  We did that again a few inches away to create the hanger.  Voila!  Hang it and enjoy!  The bottom is dry erase and the top is a cork board and the hooks hang our keys.  We had everything around the house expect the frame so this project only cost us $5!

Mason Jar Plant Hanger... 
What you will need:
A Piece of Old Wood
2 Mason Jars (or as many as you want!)
2 Metal screws/jar
Metal dryer clamp thingys (ask at Lowes!)
2 wood screws
strong wire

Here's how I did it...
First, lay the board down on a table and decide on the placement of your jars.  Mark it with a pencil.  We just eyeballed it. :)  Using 2 screws/clamp thingy, screw the clamps into the wood.  Put the jars in the clamps, and screw tight.  Wrap the wire under the screw heads and screw them into the top, back of the wood.  Fill 'em up!  I've tried growing things in mine (herbs and grass) but I don't have enough sun in my kitchen to sustain growth.  I LOVE putting dried lavender sprigs in them though!  They look and smell pretty and add a feminine touch to my house full of men ;)

 Vanilla...yes, I said homemade vanilla!
What you will need:
Vanilla Beans (2 beans/1Cup of Vodka)
Glass jar
2ish months of patience :)

How I did it:
Split the vanilla beans down the center and stick them into the vodka.  Shake.  Put in a dark space.  Shake every day for 2 weeks.  Wait at least 2 months, shaking sure to open and smell occasionally just for the pure pleasure of it.  Enjoy!!!

Winter Candle Jar...
What you will need:
A mason jar
Epsom Salt
A paintbrush
Modge Podge 

How I did it:
Paint the jar with Modge Podge.  Roll in Epsom Salt.  Let it dry and put a smelly candle in it.  Easy Peasy!  This was super cute on the table this winter with a wintery smelling candle in it! :)

 Fall Candle Jar...
What you will need:
A jar
Leaves you like
A BIG book
Modge Podge
Rubber bands
A paintbrush

How I did it:
First, flatten the leaves in a book. After a few days, your leaves should be nice and flat.  Modge Podge the crap out of the jar...seriously...a LOT!  Place the leaves on and if they overlap, be sure to reapply MP where necessary.  Wrap rubber bands around the jar to hold the leaves down.  When the MP is dry, put another coat of MP on.  Let it dry and remove the rubber bands.  Stick a lovely autumn scented candle inside and enjoy the glow! :)

Laundry Detergent...(sorry the pic is a little blurry) 
What you will need:
Borax (2cups)
Washing Soda (2cups)
OxyClean (1cup, generic works for us!)
Fels Naptha Soap (1 bar, grated)

How I did it:
Pour it all in the container, put the lid on, shake and use.  1 tbs per load of laundry.

Dryer Sheets... 
What you will need:
A dish towel/washcloth/rag...or something like that
Fabric Softener of your choice

How I did it:
Soak the rag/towel/cloth in fabric softener, let it dry.  Once it's dry, put it in the dryer with your load of laundry.  You can reuse it again and again and again!  Once it feels like the softener is out of the rag, you can soak it again, or wash it and use it as a rag.
*The best part is that when it's drying in my hall bathroom, my entire house smells like Gain Apple Mango Tango!*

 Bath Fizzies...
I followed these instructions:
I put mine in a fish shaped mold for Sully to have in the tub. :)

Rock Mat... 
What you will need...
A plain door mat
A strong adhesive
River rocks (4 or 5 bags)

How I did it...
In a VERY WELL VENTILATED SPACE, glue the river rocks onto the mat.  Let it dry and use it.  Easy Peasy :)

WHEW!  That was a lot of DIY!  Below are some more things I make and sell at Osito.

 washcloths 4/$6

Onesies...(these are little girl onesies I made for my cousin's little baby girl)
 ribbon bow onesie ($8)

 sweetheart onesie ($8) above: front, below: back

 pink fuzzy whale onesie ($8)

 little birdie onesie ($8)
 below: the birdie on the booty

Friday, March 23, 2012

Rain, Mail, and Crafts

What a great day!  
It rained for a while today, so we stayed inside.  Don't worry, rain does NOT deter this trio!  We had a dance party, watched Happy Feet (well, as much as Sully's attention span could handle), played trucks, drew a picture, built forts, and the list goes on!

The highlight of Sully's day was probably that he got some mail.  Truly, it was like Christmas at our house today!  First a box from my grandma with clothes for Sully.  He quickly found the shirt with a "choo choo" and has worn it all day.  He also enjoyed the box after I cut it so it made a garage for his trucks.  Then, we got a box from Chris' mom with toys galore for the boys!  Sully is in truck heaven!


The highlight of Harmon's day was probably eating...

Then, on to exercising.  I am not a fan of working out, but exercising with my little man is a blast!!!  Today, while I was doing my plank, Sully crawled under me and said, "fort!?" Well sure, little man, I'd love to be your fort!  Then, while I was doing sit-ups, he laid next to me and put HIS feet under the couch too.  He didn't quite get it, so he just counted with me.  What a teachable moment!  Love, love, LOVE!!!

On a crafty note, I got to work on some Osito things today.  Osito is my little business on the side.  I make lots of things for babies, some beauty products, and I even dabble in some home decor.  Up to this point, most of my things have been custom orders.  However, I am attempting to branch out!  I am meeting next week with the Lexington Rescue Mission about putting my items in their new Bazaar.  LRM is an awesome organization in Lexington, and I would be so proud to have my Osito products sold in their "store".  The best part is that 40% of sales go to the ministries of LRM!  I'll keep you posted on the developments there as they come.  For the meeting, I was asked to bring some examples of the products that I would like to sell at the Bazaar.  Here are some things I made today that I plan to bring with me:

Cuddlers ($12) ...

Some beauty items...

Lavender Vanilla Body Butter...($7)

Lilac Sugar Scrub ($7)

If you're ever interested in any of my Osito items, feel free to email me an order: 

Tuesday, March 20, 2012

Stationary Makes Me Smile :)

I really like stationary.
I also really like drawing little things.
I also really like drawing little things onto paper and making cute stationary.
I really, REALLY like when I people buy the stationary I create!
So, when my most wonderful friend, Dori told me she could make stamps out of my drawings, I said, "Yes please!!!" Now, I can mass produce some of my favorite little drawings! Here are some of the drawings I did that Dori turned into stamps: 
Excluding this first large tree stamp...
These are all of them...
A little paisley...
Love birds and a flower...
My Osito logo and a tree...
2 more birds...

Isn't she talented!?!  Anyways, I'm very excited to make some stationary with these, so let me know if you'd like to order!  Price always depends on the number of cards/postcards. Stamped envelopes included!

Monday, March 19, 2012

Shaping Up

15 second plank
10 sit ups
4 push ups

That shouldn't be too hard right? Along with a walk with the kiddos (that's 2 in a strolled and one strapped to my chest) and that should count for something right? I guess I'll see tomorrow bc tomorrow starts my plan to lose this baby weight!
It wasn't so hard after Sully. I only gained 12 lbs with him and I lost it +10lbs fairly quickly. Within 7 months I was rockin skinny jeans! Then...SURPRISE!  I gained 14 lbs with Harmon, and I'm pretty sure I still have most of that.
Well, no excuses for this mama anymore! I want to keep up with my crazies, and I have to be healthy to do that. Starting tomorrow, I will love my body and strive to make it something I can be proud of!

Saturday, March 17, 2012

A few of my recent projects

I've been getting a lot of canvas orders lately. I started Osito by just selling sewing projects for babies. Recently, however, I've been able to expand my creativity with lots of other projects. I'm still sewing (and am currently filling a few sewing orsers, as a matter of fact!), but I'm also working on some canvasses too! Here are some pics of a few of my most recent projects.

I picked up a few new essential oils today.  Citronella and Lemongrass.  Why on earth would I get a smell as nasty as citronella, you ask!?  BUG SPRAY!  I made some.  You see, I am a mosquito magnet, and our backyard seems to be a cesspool for the nasty little creatures! (Why did God create them anyway?) Last summer I was unable to leave our 6x4 concrete slab of a "porch" w/o my feet looking diseased bc of mosquito bites!  This year, my toddler is forcing me off my slab and into the wild mosquito jungle.  I WILL be prepared! Here is my solution:

2 cups of Witch Hazel
15ish drops of Citronella EO
15ish drops of Lemongrass EO
5ish drops of Lavender EO 
5ish drops of Peppermint EO

mix it up
put it in a spray bottle from the dollar store
use it!

It's not water/sweat-proof, but I'm not sure I believe that other bug sprays are either.  I don't mind spraying it every so often, bc I've had to do that anyways.  Regardless, I've heard it works, and I'm comforted to know that it is safe to spray onto my skin and my kids' skin. 

My Guys

These are my handsome little men. Sully is 20 months. Harmon is 4 months.

Thursday, March 15, 2012

Never thought I'd have a blog...

...but here I am!  Originally I wanted to start this blog as a way to put pics of my Osito crafts on Pinterest (don't you LOVE Pinterest!?).  Now, I'm thinking it will be a nice place to share the stories behind my crafts and my experiences as a stay-at-home mama!

I really enjoy helping people DIY.  If I could be a professional DIY Consultant, I'd be all over that like a skinny girl on a treadmill!  It's so much more rewarding to do things yourself.  Then, you get to be proud of what you've made!  I can't argue with those who say, "I'm just not crafty."  That's ok. Not all people are.  But, everyone can be resourceful. And if you're neither, I will be those things for you :)