Zap what have you been up to??....

He's at it again!, what are we going to do with you Zap?!?....
The note he left went like this:
Wanted to help decorate the tree but I couldn't find your
Christmas decorations, so I found the next best thing. Love Zap
As you can see Zap was in a little accident. He fell from where he was the night before and then had a run in with the dog. Grandpa was able to save him from a horrible fate, but had to stay the night in the Magic Recovery Center. Thankfully Peppermint bear and Nurse Kitty are taking good care of him.
Yep even Tink came to help lend some magic when she herd the news.
Bug found Zap all snuggled up in the tree. He must be trying to save up some energy. What do you have planned for us Zap??

Let the MELLO-FIGHT Commence!!

Some adventures of Zap our Elf on the Shelf

So our wee little friend Zap has been pretty rambunctious since he's come home. Bug just doesn't know what to do with him.

He's been eating so many sweets. Not good at all. 
 Then we found him doing some online shopping on
 Candy-Wasted!! I told you Zap, I said it wasn't a good idea but you didn't listen.
I think we need to look into a Sweets rehab center for him.

Aww, Sofia and Zap are having a nice picnic indoors. Hope Tink doesn't get mad that she wasn't invited. (Bad break up last year, long story)...

Our yearly house pest.....I mean guest Day 2 & 3

Day 2
Zap and the gang playing tic-tac-toe
Poor C-3PO, they only use him for his pen function. :(
Day 3
Zap, what did you do?!?. I guess it was only a matter of time
before the other elf type creatures wouldn't put up with Zap's shenanigans.
At least they aren't trying to paint him blue or anything.


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Zap is back! Elf on the shelf Day 1

                        Yep, it's that time of year once again. That little rascal is back. Didn't know if I was going to go through it again this year (cause I kept up with it oh so well last year.....*insert eye roll here*) But I thought hey, Sprout is at the perfect age to start getting to know our end of the year visitor and she may have her own next year.
Bug, well now that he's 9, and flippin' smarter then your average 4th grader, not too sure how much longer I'll be able to keep the shenanigans going for him. Hopefully Hubs doesn't ruin it just yet.

Last year, Zap (our elf) was actually a great little tool to keep Bug on track so-to-speak with listening, school, and other responsibilities. Hoping to be able to at least get one more year or two out of him before the big reveal.
So yes I will be posting (when I can remember to) of what the little pest has been up too around our house. I've got some new situations he's going to be finding himself in. Hopefully it will be entertaining for everyone.
So here we go......                      
Day 1

He's only been home for a few hours and this is how we find him, diving right into the doughnuts grandma brought home.

Chilly weather, calls for some crocheted coziness

Here's a sneek peek at what will be coming soon to the Bug N' Sprout Shop on Etsy. If you follow me on Instagram, or Facebook you probably have all ready seen these, (check out the links on the right to be taken to my lurking spots *^_^*)
Getting some nice beanies and slouchy beanies made and also looking into making embellishments that can be added as well.


Sprout the non-tech-specialest

So for the past week I have been desperately trying to work on my laptop. Last week mizz Sprout thought she was a big girl and decided she was going to work on the computer while mommy was busy in the other room. Well, when I came back in practically every folder, browser, file, photos, ect., was opened.
In Sprout's famous words "Oh no!"

After sitting down for about a half an hour I was able to get everything closed, and hoped that everything was going to work properly, shut it off for the night and got Sprout down to sleep.
The next day I got up and tried to get going for the day. So far it was business as usual, until the ominous warning, and error messages started popping up. Needless to say after trying everything under the sun to get it to work properly again worked to no avail. :(   At some point I was able to get it into safe mode and back up my most important files. (It took almost 2 days to get it to work long enough periods to be able to do it).
I needed my computer, Yes I am a Stay at home Mom, sew and crochet on the side, but I also work as a Shipping manager. I was desperate to get it back up and running. I then made the tough decision to restore my machine to Factory settings.

So far so good on it working. I just feel so at a loss, all my bookmarked sites were lost. Some I can remember and got those saved again. Others, well thank the Stars for Pinterest. (if you didn't know I'm a Pinterest nut.... yes, to the point I should seek help, lol, no really....)

This has definitely opened my eyes to 1: not leave Sprout lose when I'm not in the room and 2: Need to invest in a external hard drive ( I have tones of Flash drives, yeah that's not going to work for too long with what I do).

All in all, it's been a pretty crazy week. Lets see what next week brings us shall we *^_^*
Stay tuned.

Pause for some Emergencies

Well as you can see I have been away from the blog for quite some time.

Just towards the end of June my mil fell into the deep end our empty swimming pool (We all live together). It was very scary. Bug was so worried for his grandma. She was in pretty bad shape. But the doctors said she was very lucky. She got to come home a few days later.
About 2 months later, the day before Bug started school he was playing with grandmas puppy in the backyard. The were chasing each other and our 2 other small dogs. They ended up crashing into each other and Bug stepped on the puppy's leg and it was broken. He felt so bad we told him it was an accident we just need to be really careful around the small dogs. We got him to the vet and they were able to fix his leg.

Now Bug is back in school and it's been a bit of a rough start. He's in 4th grade and a lot of things have changed for him.
He's in school a bit longer, the work load has gotten bigger, and his stress levels are rising.
We are working through them and he's got a great Teacher working with us to get Bug through the year.

So as you can see we've had quite a few hiccups in the past few months. I'm hoping things we settle soon so I can get back to focusing on getting some great items out in the shop. Just wanted to let you all know I still here and will get back to creating very soon for all to see. *^_^*

Bucket Bag

Now that miss Sprout is a whopping 1.5yr old, I thought it was time to up grade her diaper bag I made for her while I was still pregnant with her.
From this:

To this:

So much more pocket space, just more room in general. She can even use it as a backpack (Bug is demonstrating for us) when she gets older.
I used a wonderful tutorial from Sew Can Do
Click photo to be taken to Sew Can Do to download the free tutorial.



I've had so many projects sitting on the backburner for a while now I figured I needed to get them done and off my desk. I'm running out of room.

One of those projects was for Bug. Typical boy he's in to Vikings, and dragons, and magic. Well I started on a Toothless plush a while back, but never got to finish him. So the other day I sat down and got to work.


Hobo Bag

All mom's will probably agree with me on this, when you have kids, you don't go for the dainty purse. You need a bag, and I mean a BAG!
I can't count any more how many times I end up carrying way more then what I left the house with. Me personally, I only carry my wallet, sunglasses, checkbook (I know, who carries that any more? right!), chap stick, and car keys. I even down sized to one of those flat wallets to save room. Mainly since the room taken up in my bag is from hubbs and the littles.
I swear I look like a dang horder with all the things that end up in my bag. You name it, it's probably in there, lol. **Yeah I can tell your trying to hide that "girl I know what your talkin' about" smile, as your reading this** Don't be shy, we've all been there, or will be there at some point.

So I of course ran into not having a bag big enough **gasp!** I know, coming from a girl who's mother is the queen of bags. Not having a big enough one is shame.
I have found a wonderful crafter/artist/sewest. Her name is Choly Knight. She has a few books out. So far I have Sew Kawaii and I just purchased Sewing Stylish Handbags & Totes yay! Can't wait to get that one in the mail.
She also is author of Sew Baby and Sew Your Own Pet Pillow. She's on Facebook as Shori Ameshiko.
Choly has great free tutorials like her Wampa plush, and her Sew Desu Ne? shop on Etsy has a lot of great creations she's made for sale.

One of her free tutorials that I loved was her Raven Hobo Bag.
(Click photo to be taken to tutorial)
It was the perfect size that I needed for me, okay really for my family's carry all.
The tutorial is so easy to follow. She also has a great technique for an exposed zipper.
I of course didn't have the same materials as the Raven Bag uses, but I think mine came out pretty well.

I used some cotton material fat quarters (fat quarters are awesome, especially when you can get them for less then $2.00 a piece, they have endless possibilities). I was actually going to use them for an outfit for miss Sprout but I loved the colors and patterns so much that I used them instead. The straps were actually a tan/kaki belt I never use that was majorly fraying at the end. So of course I up cycled. *^_^*
I think I will definitely be making some more of these in different styles.
The first time I left the house with this bag I had so many complements and women inquiring where they could get a bag just like this. I was very happy that it turns heads (in a good way) and everyone's things can fit with out any issue .

Summer MuuMuu's

Lately I've been making outfits for miss Sprout. Girl clothes are just so expensive now a days, it crazy. So again while on Pinterest I found the cutest tutorial for a MuuMuu. Yep MuuMuu's are coming back. Growing up I always remember my Grandmother wearing them. She had one for every occasion, she had her casual ones some satin/silk ones.
When I came across the pin from Pretty Prudent (also known as: Prudent Baby),
(Photo via Pintrest. Click the photo to be taken to the pin)

I thought "this is perfect!" there's so much you can do with a MuuMuu. They are perfect for Summertime too. (As long as you are using good material like cotton, or thin knit). Plus the tutorial is so easy to follow. I was able to make 2 in one day. You can dress them up or down depending on the length and patterns you use. 
Like I did here:  
This is the first one I made. It was actually my test one. The pattern is for a 3-6 yr old. So I had to do some adjusting in sizing to make it work for a 1.5yr old. I ended up making it a little short so its more of a top on Sprout then a dress. But that's okay. It's still adorable.
Also in the second photo, the top tier has the main pattern and the solid ruffle material. I just measured out the length I would need of the main fabric (which was I think 12"inches), then I cut that in half. I measured out about 4"-6"in in the solid fabric and sewed one end to the end of the patterned fabric and repeated with the other half. You will have a longer strip but you can cut it later in the tutorial. 
( Sorry it's not a full front, but Sprout loves the camera. and she likes to see herself in it.)

The second MuuMuu is the correct size and now a dress. (I still put leggings on her cause we were going to the dentist and I haven't had a chance to make bloomers yet.
 I did the same thing with the top tier on this one but then I added a button down piece. I thought it dressed it up a bit.
I think next I look at maybe adding a ruffled bottom.... hummm, think, think, think, we'll see. *^_^*

Check out Pretty Prudent for other great tutorials and posts.


Our Disney Vacation

Well I've been dormant from writing for a bit, as you all may have noticed. It's because my family and I were taking a much needed family vacation.
See hubs job keeps him away a lot (he's a work-aholic). So we don't get too much family time. Since having Sprout and now Bug is older we wanted to do our first Family Vacation, of course it was to Disneyland!.
Opa (my dad) pushing Sprout on the luggage carrier when we got to our hotel.

I told her it was time to get down so we could put it back, this is the look I get. Lol. I think she would have still been happy if the whole trip consisted of riding this.

Waiting to get on the Buzz Lightyear ride, we came across Periwinkle at the border. (Tinkerbell: Secret of the Wings, yes we know this movie well) 

 Yes that is Darth Vader down there. We caught the end of the show. Next time we go Bug wants to do the Jedi training academy.

 Of course you do not go to Disneyland and not see Captain Jack Sparrow. This was actually the first time (that I can remember in my 29years of life) riding Pirates of the Caribbean.

Sprouts first time at the castle. Bug was a little grumpy today cause he wanted to stay at the hotel and go swimming.

Though you can't see it cause of the pacifier, Sprout was amazed and so happy to see Mickey Mouse. He came walking out to take pictures and her mouth about dropped open. She's used to the small t.v. version.

Bug had fun in Frontierland.

Hubbs, Bug, and Sprout were all getting tired so they went back to the hotel to take a nap and I stayed with my parents and brother and sister to go on some more rides. Went on the Little Mermaid for the first time too. Me and my sister had to make our brother go on with us. Haha. 

Here we all are, just minus our other brother (he didn't get to go on the trip). I'm sporting my pirate Mini ears Bug picked out for me.

Last but not least the Wonderful World of Color. Awesome show. Bug and Sprout loved it.

 Getting ready to go home. Sprout for some reason enjoyed playing in the window.