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Apple Cider Vinegar & Eucalyptus Foot Soak

7 Oct

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When I reached the late second trimester of my pregnancy, I came down with a bad case of edema. The only way I can really describe the way my feet and ankles swelled up is: John Travolta in drag in the movie Hairspray. Yeah, that’s the best I can do.

So anyway, there I was, waddling around on overstuffed sausage feet with no discernible ankle to speak of, and none of my shoes would fit. At all. I couldn’t squeeze a single pair on. So I had to buy some stretchy slippers with hard soles as makeshift shoes. I bought two pairs and wore them from around Week 28 to delivery (and even a couple of weeks post pregnancy). But mostly, I just went barefoot whenever possible.

Which resulted in some horribly cracked heels and dry, icky feet. So! Now that Tessa is 4 weeks old, (how has the time gone by so quickly?!?!) I’m finally getting around to fixing my feet that still bear the battle scars of perpetual barefootedness.

I’m currently on a natural ingredients / home remedy kick, so I put a lot of thought into this foot soak blend. There are so many recipes out there for foot soaks, so I researched the various ingredients and tailored this one to suit my specific needs / tastes. The ingredients are all natural, healthy and wholesome. Really, I blame Tessa for inspiring me to be healthier, and holistically minded. When I’m questioning the benefits and potential harm of everything that goes in or on my infant, I’ve found myself starting to do the same with the rest of my family.

So no store bought foot soaks for me! Here’s the recipe I cooked up to save my feet:

1 Gallon of Warm Water

3 Cups of Apple Cider Vinegar

1/2 Cup of Epsom Salt

5 Drops of Eucalyptus Essential Oil

5 Drops of Lemon Essential Oil

Combine all the ingredients, and gently swirl the water to dissolve the salts. Immerse your feet in the soak for 30 minutes, then use a pumice stone to work away the dry areas. Cover your feet in foot lotion and put socks on to lock in the moisture. Simple, relaxing and easy!

Why These Ingredients:

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Apple Cider Vinegar – Apple cider vinegar is known as an acetic acid, which is a mild exfoliate. The acidic properties of apple cider vinegar effectively soften feet and soothes dry skin – especially cracked heels – and helps lessen the appearance of calluses. It also works as an astringent and an antibacterial. So not only does it effectively treat feet nastiness like athlete’s foot, but it works as a deodorant and fights stinky feet.

The use of apple cider vinegar dates back many years. Its use was documented in Egyptian cultures, it was written about in the Bible, and even Hippocrates, the father of medicine, spoke of its use in 500 BC. Jonathan and I use this as a home remedy for many, many things. It’s our personal little miracle elixir, and I very much intend to blog about it more in the future!

Apple cider vinegar is made from apples through a two-stage fermenting process. Hard apple cider is made from the first stage of the fermentation process, while apple cider vinegar is made from the second stage.

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Epsom Salt – Epsom salt, named for a bitter saline spring at Epsom in Surrey, England, is not actually salt but a naturally occurring pure mineral compound of magnesium and sulfate. Long known as a natural remedy for a number of ailments, epsom salt has numerous health benefits.

Studies have shown that magnesium and sulfate are both readily absorbed through the skin, making epsom salt baths and foot soaks an easy and ideal way to enjoy the health benefits. Magnesium plays a number of roles in the body including regulating the activity of over 325 enzymes, reducing inflammation, helping muscle and nerve function and helping to prevent artery hardening. The magnesium helps to produce serotonin, a mood-elevating chemical within the brain that creates a feeling of calm and relaxation. The sulfates in the epsom salt also help improve the absorption of nutrients and help flush toxins from the body.

Eucalyptus Essential Oil – Eucalyptus is one of the oldest native medicines used in Australia. It acts as an antibacterial, antifungal, and antiseptic. Eucalyptus is specifically a very powerful bactericidal with anti-viral properties and is an excellent immune-stimulant. It’s often recommended for people who are tired and run down. So it cleanses and relaxes – perfect for achey feet!

Lemon Essential Oil – Lemon essential oil is an antibacterial, antifungal, anti-inflammatory, antimicrobial, antirheumatic, antiseptic, antispasmodic, and an astringent. Citrus oils are always a good idea for feet soaks, because of their cleansing properties. This oil is good for detoxification, and helps improve circulation. Interesting factoid: To make lemon essential oil, the lemons are harvested while they are still green to yield a higher quality oil, and it takes over 3,000 lemons to produce 2 pounds of expressed oil!

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So there you have it. I was able to enjoy my first soak today, and finish a novel I’ve been working on for months, all while Tessa slept soundly the whole time. The soak softened my feet enough to remove a good layer of dead skin, and my feet have a decidedly tingly feeling, even hours after the soak. I’m planning on doing a weekly soak, and moisturizing nightly till I get my feet back to presentable shape. ^_^

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My Antique Phonograph Horn iPod Player

6 Oct

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I talked about the restoration of my horn in an earlier blog post, but here’s the finished product. This took me long enough, but I was waiting for a good time to actually take video of my horn in action. And the longer I waited, the more I kept noticing that each time I pick up my camera, it’s too dark out, or too bright, or too busy, or the baby was crying, or my iPod wasn’t charged enough to play on the horn or, or, or..

So today, as the tropic storm from Hurricane Karen rolled in, I finally grabbed a short little video of the antique phonograph horn player my husband made for me before Tessa was born. (You can hear the rain in the background, which is perfectly fitting, since rain moves me to cuddle up by the horn in my wingback chairs on the balcony, listening to Al Bowlly and guzzling ungodly amounts of coffee.)

The construction of this bad boy is really quite simple. We got the night stand off of Craigslist back when we went on our “furnish our apartment” spree in early August. The guy was getting rid of furniture and throwing his random household goods around for $20 a pop. So we snagged the end table without any real thought as to how we’d use it. It wasn’t until I placed my horn on the table on accident that the light bulb went off.

Jonathan set to work on this thing right away, and from start to finish, it took him roughly 10 minutes to make it. I’m not even joking. He basically drilled a hole through the top of the table, and stuck the horn in snugly. On the underside of the horn, using random plastic plumbing tubing, he connected a portable iPhone speaker. The speaker has cords to connect to iPhone / CD / USB, so it’s versatile in what it can play. And voila! A beautiful, functioning antique phonograph iPod player and a lovely piece of furniture to boot! You just pull out the drawer, plug in your iPod or CD player or whatever, and press play! AND! The table makes a lovely place to put your coffee as you’re humming along to some turn of the century phat beats, yo.

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Speaking of phat beats, I’d like to share my:

Top 5 Songs To Listen To On A Phonograph Horn

Looking On The Bright Side by Al Bowlly

You’re The Cream In My Coffee by Ruth Etting

The Mooche by Duke Ellington

Moonlight Serenade by Glenn Miller

When You Wish Upon A Star by Cliff Edwards

Let me know what you think of my top 5 picks, and drop a line letting me know what YOU would recommend! I’m all for swapping mix-tapes. ^_^

Restoring a 1920’s Antique Phonograph Horn

29 Sep

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While some women spend their pre-baby nesting time painting the nursery or begging the husband to build the crib, I spent mine trying to restore a century old piece of musical history and begging my husband to build me some sort of player that would hook up to my iPhone.

Ever since I was little my tastes were… different. While everyone was jamming out to Spice Girls in elementary school, I was listening to bluegrass and big band. Long before the advent of MP3 players, when girls wanted CD players for Christmas, I wanted a phonograph horn.

This has literally been a desire of mine for going on two decades now. I blame the opening of Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom ride at Disneyland. Listening to Glenn Miller’s Moonlight Serenade in the queue through the authentic crackle of a phonograph horn made me realize that a CD player- and later an MP3 player – simply wouldn’t do. The world just sounds much better with your head stuck in a phonograph horn.

The problem is, horns are old. And rare. And they are therefore quite expensive. The times that I have had it in my budget to purchase one I’ve held off, because buying a horn just commits to the follow up purchase of buying the player, which then leads to the endless purchases of the turn of the century cylindrical wax records – most of which cost $10 to $15 per song for working pieces. All in all, my dream phonograph set up would run me going on $3000, give or take a few hundred.

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Over the years I’ve been lucky enough to find the old wax records, and I’d scoop them up as I found them – working or not – intent on one day owning my antique musical masterpiece. I’ve currently got a nice little collection that I can do absolutely nothing with at the moment so… yay me?

Anyway, all of this is to say, I was tickled pink when in October of last year, while browsing the (mostly) junk of the local swap meet in Hanford, California, I stumbled upon a 1920’s Atwater Kent Model L phonograph horn laying like a piece of rubbish among old car parts, rusted tools and scrap metal. I tried to keep my cool (though my dad, who was there, tells me I failed miserably) and asked how much. The guy, who could barely speak English, shrugged and asked for, uhh, $10? I whipped the money out so fast I felt like a ninja on a shopping spree. Then I kept shouting at people through the horn for the next few days.

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So, a little bit about my horn! There were only seven or eight different Atwater Kent phonograph horn models made at the turn of the century. The horn brand itself is very rare, but unlike an Edison or a Victrola, Atwater Kent was kind of like the “Walmart brand” of phonograph horns in the era, so they don’t retain as high a value as others on the market. While older wooden and hand painted Edisons can fetch upwards of $2000 for the horn alone, my little horn, in the shape it’s in, would probably only fetch somewhere between $150 to $200.

So! Once we got settled into our new home in Pensacola, I set about pestering my handsome husband on getting to work restoring my phonograph horn. My precious. My own.

The 15 inch wide horn, when brand new, featured jet black crackle paint finish. There were a number of ways to go about restoring it. We could try to make it look like it did when it was brand new. Or we could stop the rust and fancy it up, still retaining it’s obvious “old antique” look and charm. I opted for the latter.

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The horn is cheaply made, constructed of pot metal. The problem with pot metal is that after 85 years or so, the metal degrades and the various parts literally become fused together. When researching the restoration process for this particular model, I’ve run across several warnings that when disassembled, the pot metal corrodes and the horn will literally swell up and warp and in some places even crumble. So we couldn’t really take it apart for thorough cleaning. We had to work with it as is – focusing on removing what rust we could, restoring / enhancing the color and paint, and protecting from further rust and aging damage.

First, to deal with the rust:

Rust is created when metal and water come into contact. When the metal gets wet or moist, the water molecules react with carbon dioxide molecules that are present in the atmosphere. This reaction creates carbonic acid, which then weakens the chemical bonds of the metal. The metal starts to break down, or corrode. Corrosion is an electrochemical process – also known as rust. As the metal corrodes, the water molecules break down, which results in a free oxygen molecule. This oxygen molecule combines with the corroding metal to create a new compound. The new compound is an oxide. Iron becomes iron oxide and aluminum becomes aluminum oxide. There are different treatments for the different types of metal rust, but since pot metal is made up of multiple mystery scrap yard metals, an all-purpose rust cleanser was a must. There were a number of cleaning agents we could use to remove the rust from the horn, but we opted for CLR.

CLR is heavy duty enough to rinse away the majority of 100 years of grime, but gentle enough to not eat up our phonograph horn whole. It contained enough cleaning agents to cover our bases for the mystery metal elements making up the horn. CLR contains gluconic acid which dissolves mineral deposits. It also contains glycolic acid, which is used to penetrate the surfaces to get deep stains lifted and removed. And last but not least, it contains sulfamic acid which is designed to clean metal and remove rust.

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After Jonathan gave the horn a nice scrub and a much needed bath, we let it air dry, then I set to work protecting it and restoring its color.

While the horn had a jet black crackle finish when brand new, I rather liked the aged, brownish antique quality it had taken on. So instead of stripping the paint and recoating it, we decided leave the original paint job as is, and apply a solid coat of warmed coconut oil. Coconut oil simultaneously darkens metals, cleans, and protects from future rusting by preventing oxidation.

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After letting the horn dry (it took about a week for the slippery, glossy wet look to subside) it has taken on a beautiful dark black / brown crackle polish. Here are some examples of the finished product… though you only get a teaser glimpse, because my next blog post is gonna be about constructing the actual phonograph player! ^_^

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Tessa’s Winnie the Pooh Themed Baby Shower

29 Jul

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Saturday was my daughter Tessa’s baby shower at Ethel Reds in Lemoore! I always knew that when I had a chance to produce offspring that their “Welcome to the World” party would be Winnie the Pooh themed. So this was an exciting bucket list achievement for me!

My amazing friend Bree hosted the party, and she let me go nuts with crafts and décor. She even encouraged and supported my obsessive nitpicking of the room, helping me to transform the little banquet room in Ethel Reds and purge it of every trace of ornamentation that was too overwhelmingly cowboy.

As I’ve said in previous posts, the theme was Classic Pooh with an emphasis on honey and honeybees. The colors we chose were yellow and tan. And the overall feel I was going for was Disneyland’s Critter Country. (I even compiled a playlist comprised mainly of the Disneyland Critter County soundtrack to be played at the party, haha!) I deemed the party décor a success once it felt like I was standing in line for Splash Mountain. Yes, I felt like a veritable Disney Imagineer of party planning, hehe.

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Since my form of nesting is apparently manifesting itself in the form of creating party decorations and theme setting, I’m going to outline all the steps we took to create our little party space. Here’s some of the special touches we added to the room:

– First, check out the Winnie the Pooh baby shower invitations that Bree and I made for the party.

– We hung up the fabric pennant banners my mom and I made from Winnie the Pooh print above the dessert / drink table and along the windows.

– We put yellow balloons around the room and tied to the backs of chairs. There was an 11×14 framed photo of an Indian on the back wall, and my friend Shauna hung up balloons in front of it, since I was trying to hide everything “cowboy”, haha. (I love my friends.)

– We put yellow silk flowers in vases and mini terra cotta pots all around the room to give the tables a bright, sunshiney feel.

– I printed out some original Classic Pooh artwork by E.H. Shepard and put them in little 4×6 Dollar Store frames, and had them sitting around the tables to lend some storybook Pooh imagery to the room.

– We brought along some goodies from home that will soon be decorations for Tessa’s nursery: a ceramic Classic Pooh figure, a stuffed Classic Pooh bear, and a Classic Pooh hunny pot lampshade. We also brought along a honeycomb pitcher for water with lemons.

– My mom had the creative idea to bring some Pooh Sticks – chocolate dipped pretzels in yellow honey pots. I thought it was a super cute idea, and they were tasty too!

– There was a HUGE 10 foot long framed cowboy mural along the main wall where we put our dessert / drink table that I insisted simply had to be covered. So my mum supplied the yellow floral print fabric to cover the painting, and we strung up a clothes line of some of Tessa’s Winnie the Pooh themed baby clothes to hide it!

– My favorite project and special touch to the party was the Hunny Pot centerpieces. Me, Shauna and my mom painted these pots the night before, and we had way too much fun sticking the bees among the fresh flowers.

– For dessert we had ordered a honeycomb cake with honey bees. We didn’t see the cake before ordering, so we were a little surprised when the bees came out looking like cartoon dookies with googly eyes, but it was still cute! It was still, in it’s own way, a “Pooh” cake. (Haha, get it?)

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The party itself was a blast! My lovely friend Eliza took the pictures of the party and made me step away from the camera after grabbing my pre-party shots. (She’s the lovely friend who took my maternity pictures!)

So! Party details! Bree put together the games which consisted of:

Baby Shower Gift Bingo – Bree insisted we play this, and I thought, “Yeah, okay, sure. Sounds fun I guess.” But I didn’t see the inherent genius in this game. It was a great party starter, as people took the blank cards and filled out the empty squares with potential gifts Tessa might receive. And so the part of the party that makes everyone slightly bored – the gift opening – became a fun group conversation and rivalry as people tried to Bingo over their gift predictions. And it’s a life saver if the gift receiver is awkward when it comes to accepting free stuff, like I am. I would be genuinely thrilled with a gift, and then would be able to relax and enjoy the present while everyone devolved into scribbling on Bingo cards and arguing over what constitutes a teething toy. This game NEEDS to be played at every baby shower!

Guess The Baby Food – Bree brought a number of baby foods, took the labels off, and had the jars on display with mini tasting spoons. Everyone was encouraged to guess the baby food, by either looking, smelling or tasting – whatever they were comfortable with! It was surprisingly competitive, and I didn’t expect so many of my friends to approach the tasting portion so thoroughly. (I will forever hold the gagging faces photos as blackmail material.)

Blindfolded Speed Diapering – One person was blindfolded, while another coached and guided the blind partner in diapering the Winnie the Pooh doll as fast as possible. We’d originally planned to have the diapering be on a baby doll, but we forgot to bring it. Which I think made the game that much more hilarious… Pooh was so chubby and the newborn diapers so small, that it required a bit of manhandling and punching down the fluff to get the diaper on. Which was kind of awesome. My beautiful friend Mikaela won with a blindfolded diapering job of just 16 seconds!!

Before we started in on the games, we all had a sit down steakhouse lunch. The food was all good Western style hearty comfort foods. Guests picked off of the select lunch menu choosing from dishes such as BBQ Bacon Burgers, Tri-Tip Sandwiches, Pulled Pork Sandwiches, Chicken Salads and more, served with French Fries and Onion Rings. Everyone ate their fill, and many had to take to-go boxes home! (That’s my kind of party!)

We were all extremely happy with our choice of venue. Ethel Reds was extraordinarily budget friendly, and accommodating beyond all expectations. They provided great service and were very helpful and flexible with requests from moving furniture to providing extra plates, condiments and dessert utensils. The only down side was that the banquet rooms air conditioner had recently quit working, and the room had to be cooled via fans, which were very noisy. And even with the fans we were all uncomfortably warm. But aside from that detail, I have absolutely no complaints with the location and service! I love the barn wood walls, the rustic atmosphere and the eclectic décor. It fit our Winnie the Pooh / Critter Country-esque theme perfectly!

I had so much fun at Tessa’s Baby Shower! I feel so very blessed to have the amazing friends and family that I have. I am floored by the gifts my little girl received (So many kitty cat themed clothing! And Winnie the Pooh goodies! I couldn’t fit them all into my car!) and I’m deeply touched by the overwhelming kindness and support from everyone that came to the baby shower. I will treasure the memories from this day my entire life. I truly do mean that. THANK YOU EVERYONE WHO MADE MY DAY SO SPECIAL!!!!

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Hunny Pots and Pooh Sticks – Winnie the Pooh Baby Shower Decorations

28 Jul

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So yesterday was my Winnie the Pooh themed Baby Shower for my daughter Tessa! Before the shower, I posted a DIY tutorial blog for the Fabric Pennant Banners my mum and I made for the event. I haven’t gotten a chance to even look at the photos taken of the shower itself, but I did get some pictures prior to the party of a couple of the other do it yourself projects / decorations we dreamed up for the event!

I am proud to say that these are both fairly original ideas. While trolling Pinterest and the web in general for Classic Pooh Baby Shower decorations, I was slightly disappointed at the repetitive and generic décor. I knew our theme was Winnie the Pooh, and the emphasis would be on honey bees and honey, with yellow and tan as the primary colors for decoration. I thought, hmmm, Hunny Pots as a centerpiece. With flowers? And honey bees? Yeah. Why not? After I ran with the idea I saw a couple of terra cotta pots with “HUNNY” scrawled on them being used for favors or centerpieces on the web, but not quite like my dripping honey / fresh flower / swarming bees creation. Yay originality! (I’m mostly thrilled because everything I “dream up” I find has been done to exhaustion on Pinterest already, haha!)

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The “Pooh Sticks” chocolate pretzels were entirely my mother’s idea. She thought, why not coat pretzels in white chocolate with yellow food coloring, and stick them in a honey pot? And it will look like they are honey coated sticks out of the honey pot? My bestie Shauna and my mum made these the night before the party (I was being pregnant and lazy and compiling a “Baby Shower Playlist” and letting them do all the work) and it was really fun to listen to. Apparently yellow food coloring can make chocolate seize up?? Or something? I don’t know. But the pretzels tasted REALLY GOOD! And they look super cute too.

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Anyway, we had a bunch of other small details and projects we tackled to make the Baby Shower unique and fantastic. My inner Disneyland imagineer comes out when I get to party planning. I’ll share the photos and details of the actual Baby Shower as soon as I get the photos onto my computer. I had an absolute blast and I can’t wait to share!

DIY Fabric Pennant Banner Tutorial

27 Jul

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I’ve been working on various crafts for my daughter Tessa’s Winnie the Pooh themed Baby Shower, and I decided that while I’m at it I may as well post a DIY tutorial or two. First up? DIY Fabric Pennant Banners!

(Special thanks to my mom for allowing me to kidnap her and make her demonstrate these steps point by point while I took photos. When we were done I was like, “Look what I… uh… I mean.. you made!” Hahaha!)

Anyhow, banners are the quintessential kiddie party / baby shower / old timey go-to decoration. And they are so easy to make! I was amazed to see that these bad boys sell for upwards of $30 per 9 feet of banner of generic print on Etsy. Are you serious?! These are so laughably easy to make. Do not spend money on fabric pennant banners!!! Just don’t. Do this instead:

To Make You Will Need:

1/4 yard of each different fabric

Piece of cardboard or stiff card stock

Pencil

Pinking shears

Sewing machine

Twine

Bodkin (or safety pin)

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1. Pick out the fabrics, length and size of your banner. (For my banner, I used pastel Winnie the Pooh prints from Hobby Lobby, and decided to alternate between the yellow honey bees and the tan Pooh story page print.) You can make your banner as long or as short as you want. Likewise, the individual flags can be as large or as small as you’d like, using as many different fabrics as you fancy. It’s all up to you and depends on the overall look you’re trying to go for. Decide how long and how wide you want your flag to be, and then trace out the triangle pennant shape onto your piece of cardboard or card stock. This will be the pattern for your flags! Mine were 8 inches wide by 10 inches long.

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2. Using the pattern, trace multiple pennant flags on your fabrics. I should probably advise you to use a fabric pen or tailors chalk or something, but I’m lazy and I’ve found that a regular pencil works just fine. Trace each triangle next to one another, alternating up and down, so you don’t waste any fabric.

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3. After tracing the flags onto your fabric, cut each pennant out with pinking shears. Pinking shears are scissors that have sawtoothed blades instead of straight – they leave a zigzag pattern instead of a straight edge cut. They prevent woven fabrics from fraying easily. They remind me of little old ladies quilting blocks. A lot of people like to sew a straight running stitch along the cut edge to insure that the banners don’t unravel even with the pinked edges, but I seriously doubt my occasional hanging of these decorations will result in any real wear and tear. So I’m keeping it simple and leaving the edges raw.

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4. Fold the very top of each flag over and iron it to make the banner casing. Leave just enough room to feed your twine through.

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5. Sew the folded edge down. Do this with each flag. Snip the overhang on the edges so the sides are even and you have a perfect flag shape.

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6. Take your twine and feed it through the back casing of the flags using either your bodkin or a safety pin attached to the end of the twine.

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And that’s it!! You’re done! There’s nothing left to do but hang your banner! You can leave as much or as little space between the flags, depending on the look you want and how you’d like your banner to drape. I’ll follow up with some pictures of these cuties at my Baby Shower which is in.. ummm.. a couple hours. Haha! Happy crafting!

Centerpieces and Place Cards for Sarge’s Meet and Greet

26 Jul

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So when Jonathan first shipped off for Navy Boot Camp and I first started networking with fellow Navy families on Facebook, I quickly learned about Sarge’s Meet and Greet – a casual gathering that takes place the night before Navy graduation (or PIR, Pass In Review).

Right off the bat I was planning on going, more as an outlet for nervous energy than from any real desire to meet up with a bunch of strangers I’d met off the Internet. That continued to be my mindset until over the weeks, those “strangers” slowly became my kooky, comforting, commiserating and crazy Navy family.

The Facebook group for my husband’s division, Ship 2 Division 938, is made up of an extremely fun and friendly bunch. And they have without question helped maintain my sanity over the past two months. Without them, I would have consumed far more tubs of Starbucks Mocha Chip ice cream whilst sobbing and hugging my cats in my pajamas and watching Gene Kelly tap dance routines in Anchors Aweigh on an infinite loop. (This was the plan, really, till Facebook happened.) I’m convinced that we have in 938 a unique group that is unlike the other divisions groups. This isn’t just blind patriotic team spirit (though maybe just a dash), but a valid observation from my expert trolling reconnaissance missions. If “boring, depressing and overly serious” had a tangible meter, they’d be maxing it out.

So now, I am eager for Sarge’s Meet and Greet, and anxious to meet my boot camp “family” and put faces to the names that I’ve come to eagerly anticipate in my Facebook feed. While all of the divisions were encouraged to make / bring centerpieces to show some division pride, our group went above and beyond in a concerted effort to make the Meet and Greet memorable and to celebrate our new United States Navy Sailors. Below is my centerpiece contribution. It’s all purchased goodies from Hobby Lobby, but I had fun piecing it together.

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As there are so many of us that want to sit together, I’ve decided that in addition to the centerpieces, I’m going to grab individual seats for our 938 family using place cards. It’s the first time place cards have been used at the casual Meet and Greet (maybe we’re gonna raise the bar and start something for future divisons? Hehe!) but Sarge says we’re welcome to come early and carve out our own little space. When I was getting ready to print out some old fashioned folded card style place cards, I thought, “Why not have some fun with it?” Below are my first few mock ups of the origami boat place cards I’ll be making for all 49 of our 938ers. I got the idea after finding this blog post on Nifty Thrifty Things Blog. How cute will those look floating around the various tables?! I’m fairly certain Sarge’s Meet and Greet will be overrun my 938. It’s gonna be a fun night! Hooya NAVY!

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