Rain

We have had so much rain lately that even my rain-loving self is starting to get waterlogged. Luckily the weather has also warmed up so it’s no longer a stinging cold rain.

I have the little two enjoying some sensory play that’s a less messy than their usual mud. I only have so many towels, and laundry still has to happen.

In between rounds of cleaning up mud, I finally launched my essential oil roll-ons. I’ve been studying essential oils for a while to make sure I was completely comfortable with their usage before sharing them with you.

https://www.etsy.com/listing/596632401/single-essential-oil-fragrance-roll-on

That is for a single essential oil of your choosing. I blend them with your choice of coconut, olive or sweet almond oil. I also offer custom blends and my own blends. You can find the complete line at SubEarthan Cottage here: https://www.etsy.com/shop/MySubEarthanCottage?ref=seller-platform-mcnav&search_query=Essential+oil

Children’s Messenger Bag

This morning I made a messenger bag using Merriment Design’s Kid-sized Messenger Bag Free Pattern and Sewing Tutorial. The size is also nice for a small messenger-style purse.

Her tutorial is awesome, so I’m just going to share the minor change I made. Instead of making a fabric strap, I used some webbing I had on hand. Not only did that save time, but it allowed me to make the whole thing with two fat quarters. You could also use a thick ribbon, upcycle an old belt or an old purse strap for the handle.

I like using a light colored fabric for the lining in most bags I make. It makes it easier to find whatever is inside.

The fabric is from a fat quarter bundle I found at Tuesday Morning. I always find fun things in their sewing and craft section.

Catching up

I can’t believe it’s Valentine’s Day and I never even wished my readers Merry Christmas or Happy New Year. I hope everyone reading this had both, if you choose to celebrate.

Ours was typically eventful. Living in a house built in 1937 with a few precarious additions means most school breaks and weekends are spent working on the house. Christmas break involved tearing out the back wall of our kitchen, moving our back door, and adding a counter and storage to another wall. Why?

Well, this, for one. See the floor joist that’s not really supporting the exterior wall? Yeah.

The fun surprises don’t stop their, though. About the time Christopher got the kitchen wrapped up, he worked out something he had been puzzling over regarding the attic.

The 2x4s are original. Notice the odd spacing? Apparently whoever did the kitchen CUT OUT every other 2×4 from the attic roof supports and used them in the attic above the kitchen addition. That explains why there were notched, original to the house 2x4s above the kitchen. Upon working that fun fact out, Chris promptly replaced the missing 2x4s with 2x6s.

I have loads more to say about our ongoing home repairs, but today is my Beckett’s sixth birthday, so that will have to wait.

Better late than never gift bags.

Procrastination and chaos got the best of me and I didn’t get these gift bags finished until this morning even though they’ve been half done since Thanksgiving. 

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But they are done, listed and will ship within one day until Christmas Eve, as will all of my completed (not made to order) items in my shop.

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 If you live in the Fort Worth area and would like to pick up your order, contact me for arrangements.

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All are available in my Etsy shop here: http://sophiecls.Etsy.com

Beckett’s Twoddler Gift Guide Repost

While I’m busy with last minute holiday prep, aka everything since I’ve made procrastination an art form, I thought I’d repost the one and only gift guide I’ve ever written.

​With the crazy, gift giving holidays right around the corner, here’s my list of sure to be a hit items for your twoddler. (Twoddler – the 5 second window between mobile baby and fully walking toddler.) All items have been tested and approved for fun by Beckett*. Bonus! You probably already have most of these items at home. Even better, twoddlers don’t care that something isn’t new. They actually seem to prefer the oldest, grossest thing they can find.

  •     Printer
  •     Dangling wires
  •     Big cardboard box
  •     Kleenex
  •     Little cardboard box
  •     Cat
  •     Toilet paper roll (full or empty)
  •     Trash can (full preferred)
  •     Paper (tissue, wrapping, printer, newspaper, important documents, etc.)
  •     Hair
  •     Floor Cheerios
  •     Medium cardboard box
  •     Sunglasses
  •     Phone
  •     Clothes hanger
  •     Lotion bottle
  •     Spoon
  •     Fork
  •     Knife
  •     Video cassettes (Title/VCR not important. They aren’t going to watch them anyway.)
  •     Coffee cup (full or empty)
  •     Anything that dangles
  •     Rocks
  •     Plastic boxes

*Disclaimer: Beckett only tested items for twoddler funness, and possibly the amount of crazy things they make me say as I try to remove them from his twoddler death-grip. He wasn’t really concerned with safety testing. If safety is a concern for you, you should probably consult a different gift guide.