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Tip of the Day! – 10 Uses for an Old Cutting Board

Ok...so you got that new cutting board you were wanting. Now what do you do with your old one? I have a few ideas that might come in handy while helping to prevent excess or unnecessary waste. Either wood or plastic boards can be used with most of these ideas. Use common sense when it comes to that.

1. Hang the cutting board on a nail on the pantry wall and screw several small hooks into its surface. Hang spare keys for the doors, car, shed, etc. on the hooks.

2. Park it in your workshop and let the cutting board take the damage – rather than your workbench – anytime you’re nailing, pounding, gluing or soldering. (Wood Board)

3. Take it into the garden and use it as a portable, temporary stepping stone for hard to reach places. Or add a padded top and “Voila” you have a sturdy knee pad.

4. Paint a nice scene on it, seal the whole thing with polyurethane and hang it on the wall.

5. Take it camping and throw it in the fire once you’ve used it to prepare the last meal of the trip. No Clean-up and you don’t have to take it back home. (Only do this with wood.)

6. Use it as an outdoor signboard. Paint your message on it, tie a loop of nylon rope to it, and hang outside.

7. Make a chalkboard. Paint with chalk board paint and you have an instant portable chalkboard. Attach a loop of rope and hang on the wall for a message board. (It is best to sand it smooth first.)

8. Stow it into the trunk of your car and put into service as a portable, all-purpose hard surface. Passengers can use it as a lap desk for writing, coloring or crafting. It can also be used when you need to look under the car and don’t want to get your knees dirty…or slide it under your jack when you need to change a tire on soft ground.

9. Make a game board. Paint a checker board pattern on it to create a new play area for the checkers/chess fans in your family. Or create your game board using mosaic tiles. Imagine the possibilities!

10. Put it in with your crafts to use as a cutting mat or as a surface protector when gluing.

Who knew there were so many ways to use that old cutting board?

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Spring Dress #1

I am in the process of making 4 dresses. One for each of my young ladies. This is dress #1, prepared for little E.  The dress is made of cotton, lined in poly satin. Zippered back with eye-hook at the top. Love the fabric and the blue  really lights up her eyes! I did go by a bought pattern for this dress but altered the size. It was intended for a size 3 or larger, I altered it to a size 2 and made my own flower for the front. I made it detachable…that way it doesn’t get crushed in the wash…and it makes it that much easier when I go to iron the dress. This dress hits about 2″ below her knees. I thought about making it shorter but the way she sits and plays…longer is better.

Had to add this picture. I love it in B&W. Isn’t she adorable? The first picture was taken shortly after this when she dropped the horse and looked back at me with those big eyes. Uh, Oh….she said.

Well, back to the sewing machine. I am already working on dress #2 for big E. 🙂

Preemie Pride – Care Packages for NICU

I would love to say that I am starting a Non-Profit Organization…but the legalities involved in such an endeavor are a bit beyond my reach. So, for now, I am just doing my best with what I have. Having had a preemie myself, I know how hard the time spent in NICU is. I was blessed to only have to spend 2 weeks in NICU with my son. I can only imagine how much harder it is for parents who spend months there.

My 11 yr old daughter has just started sewing and together we will be putting together care packages for our new NICU unit at Western Baptist, here in Paducah, KY. This is a six bed, level 2 NICU unit. These care packages will include quilts and small laundry bags. Any Cotton or Flannel fabric, that you can donate, can be used for these. If we begin receiving more donations than what Western Baptist can handle..(I am expecting this..even from myself)..I will be delivering to Lexington, KY and Nashville, TN neonatal units.

My son was a preemie and I know how much it meant to me to receive the small items that I did. Anything that can help these parents through such a rough time is much appreciated. If you are willing to donate your time to make blankets…The goal is to make a quilt approximately 22″ square. Sometimes they are a little larger and sometimes a little smaller, depending on the design of the fabric but I usually use ½ of the fabric width (44” fabric) for the backing and by the time I take ¼ inch seams, the quilt is finished at 21 ½ inches. Cotton batting in the center…Polyester batting is too fluffy and these quilts are frequently placed under the babies and need to be sturdy and flat. Machine quilt for durability as these will be washed often. If you cannot do the quilting part..just put them together and I will do the rest.

If you prefer to make larger quilts to be placed on top of babies unit these are welcome also. Once the baby receives the quilt, it belongs to him/her and they get to take it home. Laundry bags are approx. 10″x6″…Plenty of room for those little preemie clothes from home, so that they don’t get mixed into the hospital laundry..never to be seen again. And they are nice to place on the crib at home.

If you have any other items that could be put in care packages for these parents that would be great. Ideas include:

*Lotion (lots of hand washing in NICU),

*New books (reading to baby is soothing to parents and babies),

*Soothing Music Cds,

*Aquaphor baby wash (much gentler on baby’s fragile skin than what the hospital has and they will let you use it),

*Snacks (it is sometimes hard to get away for a snack…nice to have it close),

*Hair Ties (for those moms with long hair, sometimes you forget to bring the simplest things)

*Disposable Cameras (one of the biggest regrets of parents with babies from NICU is that they didn’t get pictures..they didn’t have a camera)

*Scrapbook or Baby book…even a simple notebook to help parents keep track of all the things that happen.

Thank you in advance for your incredible contributions to the care and comfort of the smallest, sickest and most vulnerable babies and their families. Your contributions make the intensive care nursery an appropriately loving, soft and lovely place. Although the families and babies are experiencing a very stressful time in their lives, your contributions let them know they are special, they are loved, and that they are receiving heartfelt encouragement, prayers, and positive thoughts. Your generous contributions of resources, time, talent and love reach out to these families and babies and touch them for a lifetime.

I can meet to pick up donations in Paducah..preferably at the Kmart parking lot on exit 4..I can also pick up on exit 7 if needed. I would like to get donations by the 20th of every month as I have to wash them, package them and deliver by the 1st.  Please contact me with any questions at 270-415-5193 or 575-390-3450. E-mail jcnutty@gmail.com.

I will accept donations from anywhere! 🙂 If you would like to mail donations…let me know.

Sew Sensations – Pink & White Binkie Blanket

Binkie Blanket is created with soft white minky dot on back and flannel/chenille blocks on the front. The attached lacy loop has velcro for easy open and close. It will keep that binkie from getting lost or use with hook to attach to the carseat. It is also handy for when baby gets to walking…curl that finger into it and carry it with them. It is very soft. Measurements: Approximately 14″ by 20″. (This binkie blanket has no decorative stitching on the outside edge… I prefer the feel of it without. It is stitched internally and without the outer stitching it feels extra comfy. It does not need the extra stitching as it is very durable, however, I will stitch to your preference.)

If you want babies details embroidered onto the Binkie Blanket $5 per line…up to 30 characters per line. Applique letters $2 each.

Binkie Blanket: $18

This blanket is made to order just for you and will ship out in approximately 7-14 days. If you need the blanket quicker please contact me for information on a $5 rush upgrade fee.

Shipping $3.50

***Like this item but want it a little different? Comment or e-mail with your request and I’ll be happy to work with you in creating that special item just for you! I have several cute minky fabrics. Minky can be paired with Satin, Flannel, Cotton…Pretty much whatever combination you prefer.

I take great pride in my work and only use the highest quality materials on all of my products. Your item will be made in a clean and smoke-free home.

Thank you for looking!

Sew Sensations – Baby Blanket & Binkie Blanket

Super soft brown & pink minky on the back with baby foot and handprint pattern and Satin on the front, this blanket is made specially for your baby with a custom applique of soft dot minky fabric. Lacy Ruffle edge finishes it off for a very feminine touch. Measurements: Approximately 30″ by 36″…this does not include ruffle width.

Binkie Blanket is created to match with the soft minky back and satin front. The attached lacy loop has velcro for easy open and close. It will keep that binkie from getting lost or use with hook to attach to the carseat. It is also handy for when baby gets to walking…curl that finger into it and carry it with them. It is very soft. Measurements: Approximately 14″ by 20″. (This binkie blanket has decorative stitching on the outside edge…however I prefer the feel of it without. It is stitched internally and without the outer stitching it feels extra comfy. It does not need the extra stitching as it is very durable, however, I will stitch to your preference.)

If you want babies details monogrammed onto the Binkie Blanket (as pictured…It looks much better in person, but you get the idea how the letters will look) $5 per line…up to 30 characters per line.

Many of my customers say this set is a “must have”. It is perfect for a baby shower gift.

This Set: $80

Baby Blanket w/ruffle: $70 ….w/out ruffle: $60

Binkie Blanket: $20 (Can also be used as nursing cover-up)

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DO NOT FORGET to include the baby’s name.
***First 7 letters free
***$2 for each additional letter after that. $5 for animal or other applique.
***Like this item but want it a little different? Comment or e-mail with your request and I’ll be happy to work with you in creating that special item just for you! I have several cute minky fabrics. Minky can be paired with Satin, Flannel, Cotton…Pretty much whatever combination you prefer.

I take great pride in my work and only use the highest quality materials on all of my products. Your item will be made in a clean and smoke-free home.

Thanks for looking!

10% OFF Scentsy in February

Almost everything in the Fall/Winter catalog is 10% off in February!!!

Click Here to see the Discontinued Items List! This is a complete list with pictures. ~ These Scents and Warmers will not be available after February!! If your fave is on here, now is the time to get stocked up!

Click Here to check out all the great deals!!!
If you have never tried Scentsy before you are missing out. Scentsy was created from an idea for aromatic candles – decorative warmers with wax melted by the heat of a light bulb instead of a traditional wick and flame.

Burning candles year round can be expensive, not to mention the pollution put off by the lit wick that can leave a soot residue on your walls and furniture over time. But lets compare Scentsy to Yankee Candles, since everyone is familiar with them.

Scentsy: 1 Candle Warmer and 12 Bars = $80
Each Candle Bar will last 60-80 hrs for a total of about 840 hours if you
say each one lasts just 70 hours

Yankee Candle: 7 large Yankee Candle jars at $24.99 each is $179.93
Each large candle lasts 110-150 hours (from their website) total
about 840 hours if they each last 120 hours.

Scentsy= $0.09 per hour
Yankee= $0.21 per hour

The math says it all, Yankee Candle will cost you more than double what you would pay to use Scentsy in your home. Plus with Scentsy, once you own the burner you will only be paying for new bars.

You will SAVE MONEY by using Scentsy!

The Little Things Matter

I made my way leisurely through the store as I waited for prescriptions once again. This was the 6th time…or maybe the 7th time, in the last two and a half weeks. After a while I just don’t remember anymore. Seems like I have spent most of my time this last week in and out of the Doctors office and waiting for medications. The sickness has made its rounds. Today’s visit was our second this week for J. The antibiotics are not working so they ran tests and put her on something new.

I decided to go to the party section since Big E is turning 7 this weekend and I had still not purchased decorations of any kind. Tinkerbell, this is what Russell and I had decided on weeks ago. So I started to pick up a few things. Well, my DB decides that Tinkerbell is not good enough. He wants it to be Toy Story! LOL Needless to say, I told him “NO”. The party was for his sister, after-all and she would like Tinkerbell better. Though he still had many more ideas about what to get I somehow got through it all and got everything that was needed.

Seeing that his opinion was not being given the credit he felt that it deserved he decided he wanted to take a nap. I laid out my sweater and he was out in no time. So was little E.

I received my call saying that the medication was ready for pick-up and coaxed J back up from her position on the end of my cart so that we could go get them. She looks up at me and says…”Mom, I feel like …well, really drained. I’m dizzy and I don’t want to walk.” So I propped her up and headed for the pharmacy.

Finally, we get to the checkout..get everything paid for and out the door. At this point, I am freezing! What in the world was I thinking giving up my sweater? Well, that is easy…I would do anything for my babies. He was sleeping so soundly I didn’t want to disturb him so I walked as fast as J would let me and got everything in the car. Last but not least I lifted my little DB out of the cart and into the car. Only to find that he was hiding a toy underneath him the whole time! Sneaky!

How easy it would have been to just leave with it. I was exhausted and did not want to go back in for a $3 toy. But, I knew I had to. The adversary wants us to let down our guard and let the little things get us. He knows that if he can get us on something so minor…he can get us on something bigger. All he has to do is bide his time.

So, I ran quickly back inside, paid for the item and returned to my vehicle feeling like I had conquered a mountain. In a way, I did. I won my round against Lucifer today. Not to say that he won’t try again, but I know that I shall not be tempted beyond what I am able to resist..big or small.
1 Corinthians 10:13 “There hath no temptation taken you but such as is common to man: But God is faithful, who will not suffer you to be tempted above that ye are able; but will with the temptation also make a way to escape, that ye may be able to bear it.”

No matter what your trial is, remember that God is with you. He is faithful and will not let you fall. His hand is outstretched at all times, we have but to reach out and grab hold.

It was also a good teaching moment. I was able to show my children how to be honest even when it may seem insignificant. Even the Little Things Matter…..

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