These are some really great uses for Unpaper Towels!

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A collection of fans on my Someday Sarah Facebook page got together and thought about all the different ways that they use their unpaper towels in their homes.   An  “unpaper towel” is basically a Re-usable cloth that can replace the use of disposable paper towels around the house.   With three kids in the house, we go through a number of cloths each day and use them in all kinds of ways.  This list is not complete in any way.   This dialogue  began because I actually don’t use my unpaper for making bacon.  But some do.   

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And here is the reason this conversation got started.   I couldn’t bring myself to put bacon on my pretty cloths so, I used a left over birthday napkin.

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I’m happy to say that I won’t be needing paper napkins for parties anymore too because I now have these are am so excited to have them for our upcoming February birthday parties!  

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Have you tried using Unpaper towels yet?  As you can see with my Bacon dilemma, it doesn’t have to be an all or nothing adventure!


We’ve had some fun OUTSIDE!

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Happy New Years!!!

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We made some ice for the kids to play with today by our outdoor fire pit.  They made patterns and used them as blocks with their dad (while I hid inside the warm house sewing up a new project for myself).    Last night, I braved the cold and roasted marshmallows with the kids and they had a lot of fun playing on their icy slide for their New Years Eve Party!

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Eeek!  I tend to burn my marshmallows!

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Someday Sarah Now Stocking On Hyena Cart!

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I had a great time needle felting some soakers this week.  I’m not sure which one I like the best!  The “Monster” soaker was designed by my 5 year old son and he is so excited about it.  It is pretty amazing to capture his art in wool.  He’s done a few more ready for me to work on.   He came home for school asking if I’d finished the next one yet. The second one is all of my favourite things combined (and some of your from a poll I did on my FB page).   I am a huge fan of woodland creatures and gnome homes.     Of course, there are some knits and some footies.  Can you believe my littlest doesn’t have footies!?   His poor feet are so cold tonight.  It’s definitely on my “to do” list.   These are all available on my Someday Sarah shop on Hyena Cart


600 Fan Giveaway on Make It Canadian, Eh!

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600 Fan Giveaway

We are so excited to have reached 600 fans on Make It Canadian, Eh!   I have always wanted to have a shop.   Since as far back as I can remember.   When I first met my DH, we used to talk about the shop that we would have one day.  I was going to make crafty things and he was going to sell vinyl records.   I named my shop Someday Sarah, even back then in 1995.   Come forwards a few years and I’ve learned that shops aren’t that easy to come by.   It takes a lot of work and dedication and over the last few years I’ve learned it takes the support of many others online!   I’m am so happy to be “surrounded” by so many amazing WAHM’s all across Canada who have come together and built this new amazing Congo with me.   We have all done it together with lots of work and dedication.    So after six months and 600 fans we are ready to give back to the fans with a huge giveaway!!!!  

Giveaway opens on Monday, October 7th 2013 and will Close on Friday, October 11th, 2013

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How to Make Big Kid Longies or Even Adult!

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To start – I just want to clear up a misconception that i’ve bumped into recently.   These are just pants, nice warm, comfy, pants.   They are great for camping and sleeping on a cold night.  Nothing weird.  

When picking a sweater for baby longies, we have to be picky about the percentage of wool we use.   When picking for big kids or ourselves that isn’t as important b/c we don’t need it for diapers so there are many more to choose from.   Try this at first with a sweater that you don’t mind losing or pick one up at your local second hand shop.  

Choose a sweater that will fit your waist and hips if you were to flip it upside down. The waist = your waist, the stomach = your hips. The rise (you measure from the top of your pants to your crotch) is from the waist to the armpit of the sweater minus what you’ll have to fold over for a waistband. The length total of the pants = sleeve (to armpit) + most of the body minus some chunks you will cut off at the shoulders and the waist band fold over.

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 Chop off the arms.

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Flip the sweater over so that you have the front panel folded together on one side and the back folded together on the other side. The arm holes of the sweater become the crotch of the pants. The bottom of the sweater to the arm pits become the rise so make sure that is long enough when you pick your sweater. Make sure you include folding over for your waist band in that measurement.

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Cut apart the seems that are the shoulders of the sweater. Make sure that the front and back panel are even so that you know that the legs are going to be the same width and will fit your thighs.

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Cut off the angled tops of the sleeves and give them a straight and even edge making sure that they are the same. Chop off the messy bottoms (shoulders) and make sure they are even.

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Make sure it looks like things will be able to line up.

 

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Turn body inside out and serge crotch.

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Keeping body inside out and sleeve right side out, insert the sleeve, ankle first into the main hole for the leg. Match up the serge seem with the seem of the sleeve. Right sides should be pressed together.   Serge around the opening attaching the sleeve to the body of the pants.  Repeat for both legs.

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Flip right side out. Add waist band elastic if your sweater doesn’t have a tight enough waist to hold them up.   Make a circular band out of your elastic loose enough to be comfortable around your waist but tight enough to hold up your pants.   Fold the waist of your sweater inwards over the elastic to make a pocket for it.  Sew it inside.

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Cute little buttons on cuffs.

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Et Voila!  Longies for you or your big kids 🙂   I would love to see pictures of any creations made from this tutorial so please feel free to share it on my Facebook page here and tell me that you’ve been here.  

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Funky Fluff Stash & Cash Giveaway

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Welcome to the Funky Fluff Stash & Cash Giveaway!

DiaperDeals.ca and ClothDiaperTrader.com have teamed up with Funky Fluff to give away a full stash of cloth diapers for one lucky family – PLUS some extra cash to pay off some of those bills that start to pile up when a new baby blesses our lives!

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The prize: A complete Funky Fluff cloth diaper stash, worth over $500, plus some cool cash!


Wordless Wednesday – Pizza Wednesday – Dairy Allergies.

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It can be hard for kids with food allergies when schools have “food events” so we’re making it fun today!  It’s pizza day at school and this means that we buy pizza the night before.  It’s a yummy potato pizza slice.

 

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How to Make Recycled Longies

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This is a picture tutorial on how to make wool longies from sweater sleeves.   I get my sweaters from thrift stores and if you look at my post Welcome to the Wool Addiction , you can see how I choose my wool.

This is the sweater after felting in the laundry machine.  I wash on hot and dry on regular temperature.  I usually dry it for about 20 minutes.

Then I cut off the sleeves…  Eventually I will use up the whole sweater in a variety of projects, including stuffing dryer balls.

Figure out how much you would need (from the wrist cuff) to have for the inseam and make sure there would be enough left on top to do the rise minus the waist band ( ie. The rise that needs to cover the bum).

Cut into the sleeve and remove a little bit along the inseam of the sleeve. Don’t take out too much that your babies bum won’t fit. Remember that he/she will be wearing fluff!

This creates a v-shape piece when you remove it. Continue reading »