I had lots of fun making this...it's a 3D Printed Apple Watch Charging Dock that looks exactly like a mini Apple Macintosh computer from 1984! Fits both sizes of Apple Watches. Want one of your own? It's available in my shop, in lots of different colors! :)
This giveaway is over and comments are closed -- see the winner here!
Tomorrow is the day!! Tomorrow we find out if this baby in my belly is a baby boy, or a baby girl!!! Our kids Joey and Lily are both so excited to find out if they're having a little brother or sister, it's the cutest thing how they start jumping up and down when we talk about it.
Joey says he wants a baby brother because "if we bring any more girls in this house, then forget it. Just forget it!..." And he goes on and on...and at 5 years old, he means it! He's referring mostly to our German Shepherds Aleethea and Souvlaki, who are both females, and how he helps feed them and train them on a daily basis, which is alot of fun for him, even though they're super intelligent beasts and very stubborn...yet they listen to him of course, and it's also important and responsible work - even if it only takes 15 minutes per day. Joey is so smart and quite specific about what he says and wants. That "forget it" he speaks of also covers a wholelotta ground! He's also quite the listmaker, and that list of an answer gets longer and longer each time he's asked the question about the baby's gender. Joey has always been so great and kind and loving with his little sister, and with any younger kids or babies, so I know he'll be a fantastic big brother again.
Lily says she wants a baby girl so she can "help dress the baby, and give the baby a bath, and play with the baby, and tell the baby 'no, baby, that's not your doll, that's MINE." Nice, eh? Already so helpful, yet already fighting with the baby. All very good reasons, though. I know Lily will be such a wonderful big sister, and I think she will enjoy having more responsibilities around the house. She is always happy to offer her help, which really is so sweet. You should see her reinforcing training with Aleethea and Souvlaki, and how well they both listen to all 3 feet tall of her. She is so strong, and so adorable, and so amazing.
But I do have to often explain to my little monster babes that just because they tell me that they want a baby brother or a baby sister, it doesn't actually mean that they will get what they ask for. That's still a grey area around here. We tell them it's all in God's hands. But at their age, they think if they ask for a baby boy or a baby girl, then that's what I'll deliver! You know, like any other typical choice I give them such as "What do you want for lunch? Peanut butter n' jelly...or...macaroni and cheese?" So I give them a choice, they answer, and I deliver! Yeah...not quite the same situation here.
So I told my sweet, smart, and overall just so awesome children that they should add "baby brother" or "baby sister" to their Christmas Lists and prayers. :)))
OK so getting back to this baby...as for me, for a while I was on the fence about finding out the gender of this baby, and almost wanted to leave it all up to be a surprise. The Hubbs Joe has never been indecisive about it, he's always wanted to know the gender. It's really just more practical with our hectic lives these days. The Hubbs Joe wants to find out also because he says he knows it'll just be so much easier on me since I can pace myself and start sewing up the baby's 1st year wardrobe and get it done before he or she arrives. Which pretty much was the deciding factor for me, because that definitely does sound like a whole lot of fun!! :D
When I was preggers with our son Joey, we didn't find out what gender Joey was until moments after his birth. Does anyone even do that anymore? Joey was our surprise gender, and the Hubbs Joe and I loved the whole mystery of it all, throughout my pregnancy. Months and months of contemplating the gender, talking about what if's, hearing all about how patient we were from other people when we told them we weren't finding out, and decor and clothing in lots of neutral colors like sage, yellow, and orange filling the nursery...until the baby blue gifts starting pouring in once our bouncing baby boy arrived. Good times.
When I was pregnant with Lily, we wanted to find out what gender she was since we had a toddler at home and not as much time on our hands - so we wanted to ensure we could prepare everything for her arrival. If she would've been a boy, easy peasy, we'd have all the hand me downs and no need for anything new. But then we found out a sweet baby girl was on the way! So I had to get to sewing, and make her the most lovely dresses and the most pretty little things, yet as non-uber-girly as could be. No frilly frills around here, yet I had lots of time to start thinking like the Mama of a girl, and not just a little boy's Mama. It was quite a transition in thinking, and I was glad to have that time to prepare and research some of the girly stuff I needed to know. Which, of course, is never really accurate because the day arrives and then your daughter tells you and shows you the way it really is, and not what you've read! :)
So...what do I think we're having? That's the question I hear alot. I think...based upon the amount of morning sickness I've had these past few months, I think we're having a boy...only because when I was preggers with Lily I was sick all day long for months and months...and this time around although I've been sick here and there, and for a few weeks it was kinda bad...but still, it just hasn't been as awful as before.
At my last OB visit, the baby's heartrate was 140 bpm. They say a faster heartrate could mean a girl, a slower heartrate could mean a boy...but I'm told this heartrate is right in the middle. So...who knows!
So what do you think? Are we having a boy or a girl?
And you know I love sewing and giving things away...and wow it's been so long...so how about we have a fun little G I V E A W A Yto make this even more fun (as if that's possible!), and to celebrate!!!
How would you like one of those super cutesie monster onesies in the photo? For freeeeeeeeeeeee!!!
Your prize is one of my signature items from my Etsy shop, Joey & Aleethea. So it will be custom made by me, just for you! You could have either Vasilis, Limoni, Or Daphne...on either a onesie or a tee shirt if you prefer! It will be handmade by me especially for your baby or big kiddo, or a present for your friend or family!
The GIVEAWAY is open starting right now, and all you need to do is leave a comment with what you think I'm having! From the correct guesses, a random number generator will then select the winner!
Giveaway ends on Labor Day (hehe), Monday night 9/5//11 just before midnite, at 11:59pm EST.
The winner - and my baby's gender - will be announced...ummm...when this pregnant Mama feels like it, darnit! Or...on Tuesday 9/6/11 before midnite...whichever comes first. :P
Be sure to leave your size and monster preference in your comment (Vasilis, Limoni, or Daphne, in any size, newborn thru 10yrs), because you know you're gonna win!
This giveaway is open to everyone, everywhere! You only need an email address and a mailing address in order for me to contact you and mail out your awesome monster onesie or shirt. Please note: it will take a couple of weeks for me to get your super cutesie monster onesie/tee out to you. Just sayin...I'm kinda busy building life here!
Oh and only one entry per person.
Isn't it neat for you that you have a friend who is pregnant...and who also sews? haha. :D
Good luck, peeps!! And I can't wait to tell you guys what we're having!!!!!!!!!!!!
June 11th, 2008...and it feels like just yesterday that we were playing a bloggy giveaway game here on my blog entitled "Where's My Baby" because it was days before my due date, and my belly was huge!! Everyone started guessing when our baby girl would arrive, and it was such fun. Lily ended up being 4 days "overdue" at 9lbs, 6 oz. Yikes! And that was 3 years ago. Amazing.
So my youngest is now 3. She had just self-weaned her nightly nursing at 35 months. Yes, thirty-five-months. Did I ever imagine I would be extended breastfeeding for that long? Never. I thought Joey was a marathon nurser when he self-weaned at 23 months. I had no idea Lily would keep asking for her "nay nay" until just before her 3rd birthday. The girls are officially mine again. A bit smaller, but mine all mine.
OK so enough about babies and boobs. Let's talk about my preschooler...
Lily was actually very sick in the above photo. This picture was taken on the morning of her birthday, the day before her birthday party...which we had to reschedule for the following weekend! Darn fever, sniffles and hacking cough.
We stayed inside all day, rested up, and made some birthday crafts, and enjoyed some birthday cake. Here's a little video of Lily, just after we sang Happy Birthday to her. She's about to blow out her candles...poor thing barely had the energy, but it was so darn cute!! Wait til you hear what she wishes for.
(The video may take a minute or so to load, it's a fairly large file.)
Those awesome retro cake decorations (carousel horses, balloons) are from the super fun vintage shop HeyYoYo on Etsy.
That fabulous birthday crown Lily in the photo is by WendyMiracle who was just so great to ship out that lovliness to my little girl the day after I ordered it, and it arrived in time to wear for Lily's birthday breakfast.
Oh, and what is Lily eating for breakfast on her special day? A big goey puff of sorts, made from pink popcorn. It's called a Hello Kitty Caramel Popcorn Ball. They're just like having pink cereal, but without the milk, and instead with some pinkish glaze and caramel sticky stuff. A fun and yummy special 3rd birthday treat! Got them here from SugarBunchCreations on Etsy, who packaged up those popcorn balls and a bunch of cotton candy favors so nicely, and shipped them overnite to ensure their freshness.
You can't really see the poofy Pink Bubblegum gown Lily has on in the photo, but it is super poofy and full of pink felt circles. Lily picked it out, from approx a dozen dresses I showed her on Etsy. It's from a wonderful Etsy seller, a talented and super sweet costume designer named Starina23, and you can see the dress here in all its cuteness.
The whole pinker than pink theme of Lily's birthday was all her decision, everything from the pink gown, the pink crown, the pink cupcakes I baked the next weekend for her party, and pink balloons. She is over the moon with pinkness these days. Convincing her to wear any other color takes a bit of creativity on our part!
Anyway, so after some restful days of medicine and recovery, and 2 days straight of wearing that same pink dress because she simply did not want to take it off...one week later Lily was all better, and the party was on.
I'll get Lily's birthday party photos posted soon. A clown, face-painting, frozen margaritas, Greek food and good friends!
Via PBS: "In the wake of the massive earthquake and tsunami that struck Japan last week, aid organizations are working to assist survivors and are calling for donations. We've compiled a list of a few of the organizations lending a hand. It's not an exhaustive list, but it can help those interested in contributing get a start on their research." - see the list here via PBS.org and donate what you can. Every little bit helps.
Etsy artists are helping via tagging their products with " See the Etsy blog post, Thinking of Japan.
And from the Etsy forums, the below is from LisaJune, Etsy Admin:
Also see this info from ProjectHope: "As Japan races to prevent a nuclear meltdown in the wake of an 8.9 magnitude earthquake and ensuing tsunami, frightening uncertainties abound. At least 10,000 quake-related deaths have been reported and it’s feared that the ultimate toll could be much higher. Amid a desperate search for survivors, millions more are without power, heat and water." Japan Tsunami: What's Ahead After Massive Earthquake, Nuclear Crisis
Our thoughts, prayers, and hearts are with you, Japan.
"No winter lasts forever; no spring skips its turn." ~ Hal Borland
In between making stuff for my super awesome customers, (from January/February orders) we are also enjoying the fresh Spring air. We've enjoyed some days in the mid 70's and today was a beautiful and very breezy high 60's.
I've been sewing soooooo much lately, too. Even though my shop is closed, there are dozens of items that I am getting done for some very wonderful people across the globe. Thank goodness that I design my dresses to last for a very long time, because Lily is wearing lots of things I made her last year, and really doesn't need anything new this season -- or next!
And I am so happy this little Books and Elephants dress finally fits Lily!! I had made it for her last year, and I made it a couple of sizes too big - so that it would fit her for Easter. But she had such a growth spurt over the winter that it already fits her, and just perfectly too. Here are my kiddos taking a stroll together in their coordinating outfits:
I think I'm going to make one of these for myself, as soon as I have the time:
Here's Lily wearing her sugary sweet bows which she ADORES!! And keeps in her hair ALL DAY LONG!!!
Got them from a very awesome Mama, SugarBearsBows on Etsy. Picked up a whole bunch of "colitas" aka pigtail thingies, and some velvety soft hair clips too. Lily is sooooo picky when it comes to her hair. But she loves her some SugarBearsBows!! She chose Buzz Lightyear bows, and Lightning McQueen, and all sorts of non-uber-girly bows, and she actually lets me put them in her hair. WOWWWWWW. :O We now have an entire bow collection. I never thought I would say those words. I am thrilled that Lily will let me put pigtails in her hair now!!! Her hair is so super curly, and unless we wash it everyday (which would dry it out), it gets all crazy and unruly-like. So the bows are not all overdone, or over-girly - they're small and super cute, just what we needed! Oh and we picked up some bow-holders too, of course. A robot, an owl, and a princess castle - ya know, to mix things up a bit. Such fun. Love that shop!!
Lily loves lots of girly-things...just not so much in her hair...but she ADORES her handmade dollhouse!!
Got that little bit of wonderful from a super fab Etsy shop named AHigherPlaneDesigns -- whose wife just happens to be my BFFOL...hehe. Lily asked Santa for a dollhouse, and it arrived all packaged up nice and safe and secure...and the thing is complete AWESOMENESS.
It's made of wood, it's super sturdy (and I often have to tell Joey to stop climbing in it!) -- and he built it for Lily and he even painted it for us too! Who knew Chicago Lawyers were so crafty? Yes, a Lawyer built that. I find that part just a wee bit funny...hehe - but in an awesome way! :D
Cool Vespa Scooters dress by her Mama. But my shop is now closed. Just sayin'. :)
Having fun breaking the slide rules with big bro. "No Mama, it's okay, not one at a time, we'll go down the slide togedderrrrrr."
Joey sharing the plot of his next adventure with his little sis...and looking all cool doing so, too:
Joey is quite the thinker...here's my future Engineer busy at work, building another one of his everyday structures:
He spends 10 or 15 minutes, quietly by himself, and comes up with something like that every single day. Amazing, isn't it? :) My little Architect. Those are just wonderfully plain blocks, all the same size, and the incredible buildings he creates in such a short amount of time truly amaze us. He explains them as airplane towers or sometimes rooftop-garages, or launching pads.
As for the pups...our little furry one is now 6 mos old, and the big furry one just turned 7yrs:
Yep, of course I had to get them to sit and pose for that photo...because usually they're doing this:
Apparently they're practicing for the Easter bunny. They don't know he doesn't really exist. sshhh.
okay, back to sewing for me. I'm going for a record amount of orders to ship out this weekend...fingers crossed!! Along with some free Springtime gift goodness, as a thanks to my patient customers. :D
The kids are asleep, the Hubbs Joe will arrive for movie time in a few minutes, (probably 2 or 3 movies in a row, actually) and lots of fabric all ready to be sewn awaits!
After Valentine's Day, my handmade children's boutique Joey & Aleethea will be closed indefinitely. As some of you already know, over the past four years I had closed up shop for 6 months, then re-opened again for a couple of months...and then I closed up shop again for an entire year. And this time? Who knows what the future will bring...I hope to return someday...but we'll see. It is definitely time for me, Joey & Aleethea to close up shop...and say goodbye, my loves.
In the meantime, please enjoy the SHOP CLOSING SALE!!!!
❤ ❤ ❤ EVERYTHING IS 15% OFF!!!!! ❤ ❤ ❤
From Saturday 2/12/11 @ 3pm EST
thru Valentine's Day 2/14/11 @ 11:59pm EST
please enjoy 15% OFF all items in our shop!
Thank you so very much to all of my super awesome customers and fantastic Etsy friends for your wonderful patronage and continual support!! I am of course still here, and always available via Etsy convo/eMail/my blog/etc, so if you have any questions please do contact me.
update 02/18/11: thank you all for entering my OWOH giveaway!!!!! The winner of my handmade Vespa Scooters Pillow was selected via random number generator and I am happy to annouce that the winner is...NoodleBubblefrom the UK!!! Her comment was "Lovely to meet you - we have a kitten the same age as your pup - HARD WORK! Having a whistle top tour of the OWOH Blogs today...will pop back again for a longer stay...look forward to see you soon - #728 http://noodlebubble.blogspot.com" Congrats NoodleBubble!! I hope you love your Vespa Scooters pillow!! I'm off to eMail you now. I had plenty of fun visiting blogs and participating in this OWOH, hope you all did too! Thanks again everyone for all your super lovely comments!! Stay tuned for more giveaways this Spring!!
Have you heard of the fantastic mega bloggy giveaway event called "One World One Heart"? It's where bloggers all over the world connect to meet other bloggers and make some new friends - and also offer a giveaway, absolutley free to their blog visitors...how fun!! Here's what I'm giving away...the pillow on the right side of the photo -- a handmade Cool Vespa Scooters linen pillow + pillow insert!
The main point of the One World One Heart bloggy event (other than the fun and free stuff) is for the online peeps to get to know the bloggers a bit more...and so, for anyone who hasn't ever visited my wee little blog before, (and for those returning) -- welcome to Joey & Aleethea's blog! I'm "Mamaaaaa!!!!!", but you can call me Sandra. I have two super awesome kiddos - a 4yo son Joey, and a 2yo daughter Lily.
Where did the name Joey & Aleethea originate? Well, when Joey was newborn babe and I was just launching my clothing line, I already had a furry baby named Aleethea, our loyal loving pet...who keeps me on my toes and tries daily to be the boss. :)
Here's Joey & Aleethea on a stroll in our yard:
I'll tell you a bit about me...but for those who are my regular (not that you're regular!) but my usual bloggy friends, you'll already know most of this, but do try to stay awake, k? :) I'm a wife of 6 wonderful and adventurous years to 1 amazing man whom I refer to as The Hubbs Joe, with whom I've been with for 10 years. I'm also a packleader to 2 crazy fun and well trained, loving, yet simultaneously ferocious German Shepherds named Aleethea and our new puppy Souvlaki, who is an adorable 6 mos old:
This picture sums up my days with them:
You can always find me with a camera in my hands as I adore photography.
There's always music playing in my background wherever and whenever possible, as it feeds my soul and allows my children and I to dance and sing together. We try to instill in them a true love for music and the arts, and incorporate that into our daily lives as much as possible:
This is me with my baby girl at the park, doing what she loves...singing and saying higher, higher:
And here's my son and I, doing what he loves...being a super hero:
Yes I am a lucky Mama of a super hero, for sure. I was born in New York City to Greek and Latin parents and into a big and loving family. I lived in the amazing and multi-cultural NYC 'til I was 30 - for a decade of which I lived most days in Manahattan as a workaholic in the corporate world. I've also lived in Athens, Greece and can still see my beautiful home there when I close my eyes. My college degree says I'm a Computer Programmer, but my Website and Application Development days have of late been overtaken by my creative side who likes to sketch and sew, run a handmade business, raise kiddos, train the dogs, go out and play, and sometimes cook and clean.
The Hubbs Joe and I were married on a beach wedding in Jamaica, West Indies while the waves crashed into the sand and our flip flops imprinted "Just Married" on the sandy shore.
Before we were blessed with children, The Hubbs Joe and I spent many hours each week playing sports together, and were usually found on the handball courts in NYC on weekends til the sun went down. Awesome days. Then when our babies were born and I started sewing much more than programming and building websites, we were living in Orlando Florida just a few minutes from Disneyworld, which was a very touristy few years for us, filled with many trips to famous destinations, busy theme parks and very busy beaches. After 5 years of forceful hurricaines, and days where the sidewalk was too hot to walk my dog, we decided to relocate where the trees were not all palm, and where our chances of getting struck by lightning were quite lower. :) Now our little family currently resides in Durham, North Carolina, I'm a stay at home mom to my kiddos (although for clarification, we don't just stay at home) and we're pretty much living a small town life. It's very, very quiet here. We live amongst the tall trees on a quiet block and there's not much noise here at all...oh, except for us of course. We bring the noise. Yep, we're those neighbors. :D
In my free time (haha, "free time") I love love love to design handmade clothing, touch textiles, and feed fabric to my sewing machine. We're the ones at the local playgrounds wearing the coordinating outfits in designer fabrics, handmade by me. Good times:
So, with a toddler and preschooler and two rather big and active doggies, my days tend to be very, very busy. Even if we just spend a day lounging at home or in the backyard, if you have kids you'll know what I mean - there is always a whole lot going on with the little ones, and always something to be done. In addition to raising my kiddos, I also run a handmade business where I make everything myself - and somehow, I actually get a whole lot of sewing and business tasks accomplished during the week. Not as much as I'd like to...but, alot.
But when I'm with my children, I actually focus on not multi-tasking, and so I don't usually have time to crank up my sewing machine and sew up any fun handmade goodness during the daytime...although I would really, really, love to be able to. But my children are very young, and I do know that it won't always be like this, and so I cherish this time in their lives and we spend as much time together as possible, because they won't be little forever. I adore being a stay at home mom, waking up with them, taking my children out to explore nature, museums, fun places, etc -- and watching my kids play and learn and grow (and fight, and nag, and yell, and scratch, and throw things and...I digress).
But after the day is done, and while they're all tucked into their beds and asleep, I'm a bit of a nite owl...and I really enjoy sneaking away to the other room for a few hours - to my little studio here to sew some super fun clothing.
And then...ocassionally...I get to make something just for myself, or for our home.
Something that keeps me up even after I finish it because now I have to stare at it :) and then photograph it, over and over again...something that keeps me awake, and makes it necessary for me to have to repeatedly slap my eyelids to keep them open the next morning...yet something oh so worth it.
I adore sewing. I really, really do. And if a little piece of yummy couch happiness comes out of an extra late nite of sewing...then I am all the happier!
And what's better than that pillow on my couch? How about that pillow on your couch? That's right, I am giving it away!!!!!!! This super fab piece of lovely can be yours!!! Since I am participating in the "One World One Heart" event, I am giving away that incredibly delicious "Cool Vespa Scooters" designer pillow cover, and the pillow insert too! It's 18" x 18" (45cm x 45xcm) and it's made from a gorgeous and now out-of-print and super rare linen fabric, and it will be handmade by me, especially for you. It'll go out to someone, somewhere in the world, and it just might be you!!
How can you enter to win that lovely Vespa Scooters pillow? Just leave a comment right here on this post. So simple! The winner will be announced here on my blog on February 17th - via a random number generator. I'll also eMail you - so be sure to leave an eMail address and your blog address/Facebook with your comment. Good luck to you!! Hope you win!! :D
And I promise to have more giveaways in 2011...just because!
I really appreciate you stopping by my blog, and thanks especially if you didn't fall asleep while reading all the boring stuff about me and mine...and last but not least, your comments most definitley, really truly mean so very much to me.
This giveaway is part of the wonderful and mega bloggy giveaway event entitled One World One Heart - and if you're a blogger and want to participate by giving something away, then see info via this link.
Here are my kiddos enjoying a beautiful chilly morning at the horse and pony farm. They had so much fun grooming and saddling up their pony, talking to peacocks and turkeys, following the roaming chickens, and they giggled their way thru the horse and buggy-ride as they sped around the ring.
Afterwards, they enjoyed their half-hour riding lesson. We're going here every month, and look forward to seeing our children bond with horses as they grow.
It was a relaxing time for all of us. The kids started their lesson with grooming and saddling up the pony to get him ready to ride, then ended the lesson with leading the horse back to the stable, and putting the equipment away. They learned some great lessons in compassion, care and respect for animals, and also responsibility that morning. What a total joy to watch my babies sitting up so proper on that horse, and having so much fun doing so. I've always loved being around horses, it was always a wonderful and calming adventure. As a kid I went horseback riding many times at Duke's - it was a ranch in the mountains of Upstate NY - which was great fun - but nothing compares to having my children experience horses in a more caring way. Not just riding a horse along mountainous trails, but instead first understanding that the horse is a living being, an animal who needs love and respect, an animal that needs to be taken care of.
There were also a handful of beautiful friendly dogs on the farm who greeted us and herded us around. :) Ask Dave to bring your own dog to the farm when you go. We're bringing our German Shepherd Aleethea there next month to meet the dogs and the horses (and NOT to chase the chickens, for sure).
What a wonderful way to spend a Fall/Winter day. We look forward to our next visit!
And if you're a horse lover, you won't want to miss the artwork by Arizona artist Kathleen Golter Roeth, (aka Tapestry316) who creates watercolor paintings, pen and ink, drawings, mixed media, prints, and more. Tell her we said hi. :)
Did you notice those adorable knit hats Joey and Lily are wearing in the photos? Lily has on a brown fox hat, and Joey is wearing a grey and black raccon hat, both hats were handmade by the lovely Luluswoobies on Etsy who is so very sweet and very talented.
Hope they fall in love with their new outfit. I know I have! :)
And if you want a pair of those super fab Vespa Scooters Ankle Biters, or if you want the super cool Vespa Scooters Jumper Dress, then go pick 'em up in my shop...and just let me know you "saw it on your blog" upon checkout, and after payment I'll send you a refund...a 15% discount via paypal off your purchase!! :D
(exclusive offer is valid for the next 3 days only...Oct. 16th, 17th, and 18th, 2010)
So be sure to get 'em at my shop, Joey & Aleethea while I still have that ridiculously awesome limited edition and out of print fabric in stock!!
We were happy to find an apple-picking orchard just approx an hour drive from Durham, located in Ramseur NC. Here's my lovely little 2 year old Lily, checking out all the leaves on the ground, and all the butterflies as she walked thru an apple orchard for the very first time. Wearing her apple denim dress, to match her big brother:
My silly sweet Joey, of course with the bucket on his head, cracking up like it was just the most clever thing in the whole world. Isn't he a cutie?:
My big boy, starting out on his very first apple-picking venture:
And sitting on Mama's shoulders to reach up high:
Counting his apples as we went along...
After all that work, it was time for some serious play! We headed to the picnic area where a bunch of tire swings awaited us. I swung Joey so high and so hard on this tire swing, he giggled all the way, and thought it was just the best thing. I agreed:
Here's a close-up of the apple pants I made for Joey. They're denim, comfy, with huge pockets, and so cute on him!
My baby girl Lily would've stayed on this tire-swing all day!She is quite the adventurous little one:
And having fun doing what they love doing in open fields...running free and far away from Mama and Dada! :)
After the Apple Orchard, we invited some friends over and made an Apple Danish Pizza with the fresh apples. The kids picked apples called "Pink Ladies", also known as the brand name for Cripps Pink apples. See? I am just a wealth of knowledge today. Something else I know is that when the farmer said we had picked apples which are called "Pink Ladies", my mind went directly to this:
Anyways...back to kid-friendly stuff now...we did however enjoy a few of these at the apple orchard...super yummy apple-cider slushies. We're in the Raleigh-Durham area of NC, so it was in the high 80's that first day of October:
And getting back to the apples we picked...if you do try the Apple Danish Pizza recipe, it's lots of fun to make with kids as they're plenty of steps that they can assist with. It is really a delicious (fattening) recipe - but it did taste more like a cheescake than a danish or a pizza. I'd suggest using more apples than the recipe calls for...maybe 3 x as many. And a less-tart apple than we picked.
Shannon I'm off to eMail you to find out what size you'd like your super fab baby blue Monsterlicious hoody. And I hope you and your kiddo fall completely in LOVE with your Nero the Monster Hoody!!!
And a big cheesy thank you to everyone who entered my giveaway! It's been an exciting month, every time I received a new entry in the giveaway - it made me smile. I totally enjoyed reading all of your entries!
So, as a little surprise (I love surprises!)...I have a little something special for everyone who entered the giveaway. From today until July 11th @ 11:59pm, if you entered Joey & Aleethea's monster hoody giveaway...I will give you 10% OFF any item in my shop!!! Just say "I entered your giveaway" when you checkout...and I'll hook you up. :D
Thank you all for continuing to visit my wee little blog. You guys mean so much to me, you totally do. I absolutely love blogging, and I love surprising my readers too! Ugh...I'm getting mushy. Will stop now. oxox.
Shipping out more of these lovely handmade dresses today to some wonderful customers. I love a unique and mod dress on a little girl, especially when there are elephants on her sleeves! These super fun and colorful dresses are really such fun to make too, just knowing some lucky little girl out there is going to fall in love with her pretty new dress!
Off to get my own baby girl Lily dressed for the day. :D
I recently realized that my kiddo has been wearing the same pair of
pants for the past 3 years! Back in the day we'd call them "high-waters". ha!
And no, it's not that my kiddo hasn't grown...but I
handmade his lounge pants to fit for years, and...looky there, it
worked! No high-waters here...unless Mama custom made them to be super cool! :D
Yep, this will be the fourth summer that my 4 year old
Joey has rocked the handmade Ankle Biters lounge pants that I made for
him when he was 15 months old! His Cabana
Striped with Green Elephants pants that he's wearing
below...well...they used to be pants...now, they're shorts:
Here's how Joey looked the very first time he wore those pants...on a beach vacation:
fun watching him grow out of...and into...these pants/shorts!
He loves those pants so much - and I adore him in them, they are just so super fun to wear!! And so, I made him another pair...the exact same cabana striped fabric with green elephants trim. Here he is with Lily (in her coordinating top, of course!) at the "Got to be NC" Festival last week:
We had so much fun that day! Hope you're having a season filled with carnivals and festivals! Good times! :D
Take a look at these fun EtsyKids team finds. There's Lily in her turquoise Vespa Scooter dress. Hooray!! What do I love more than being featured in an Etsy Treasury?
Featuring that person on my blog! To say thank you for taking the time to create a treasury, and for selecting my super chic VESPA JUMPER in your collection!
So I went over to the shop of the Etsy seller that featured me...and what did I see? One of my most favorite items to keep in my diaper bag. Sometime to cover up those plain plastic cases, and to avoid having to buy more yucky plastic cases...a fabric-covered wipe case! And where can you get one of these modern wipe cases for a stylish baby shower gift?
How to grow a garden when you don't have time to grow a garden because in any free time you may possibly have, you're growing a toddler and a preschooler instead, and hopefully turning them into semi-normal children. Fingers crossed everybody.
Now let's get down to some hard-core 15 minute gardening!
Step 2: Follow the wonderfully simple instructions within the kit which will show you how to make seedbombs which look like meatballs...but don't eat them. And when your 2yr old tries to eat them, tell her there's worm ca-ca in there, and she'll stop eating them immediately...and then she'll feed it to the dog.
Oh and be very very glad that the instructions contain cute little photos...because if you're anything like me these days...you'll be reading instructions while at the same time slapping your eyelids to stay awake because of all the nighttime awakenings and nursing...and also doing the whole falling-back-asleep-thing just to awaken to swift kicks from a spunky 4yr old who insists on sleeping in the "big-bed" even after telling him his big boy bed is way better. Then baby girl hears her Mama getting the junk beat out of her TaeKwonDo style, so she wakes up scratching her Mama to nurse, yet again.
Let's move on, shall we?
Step 3: Get "Little Night Kicker" and his sidekick "Little Miss Scratchesalot" together, and schedule a playdate with a couple of their best buddies. Have them toss the seedbombs out into the yard. Notice the one-footed monster.
With a super fun MONSTER RE-OPENING, GIVEAWAY, and SALE!!!
M O N S T E R R E-O P E N I N Gdetails:
To all my bloggy peeps, returning customers, family, friends, and if you're new here - welcome! It's so great to be back! Just in case you don't know who we are and what we do..."We're all about family and fabric, love and laughter, and handmade
super coolness. That's how we rock." - Joey & Aleethea™
And I'm Sandra, a Mama of
two completely fantastic babies (an almost 4yr old and an almost 2yr old) / wife to a super husband,
super geek, and U.S. Air Force veteran / pack-leader to an amazing German Shepherd / and I personally design, sketch,
photograph, and sew all of the custom made and super cool clothing in my handmade
children's boutique. Good times!! I adore what I do and would love to make some awesomeness for you too! You will have such fun enjoying all the compliments you and your kiddos will get when they rock my unique handmade designs - and I look forward to hearing them! Completely fab clothing made with fun and premium fabrics, each one totally made by me and custom made just for you! Please note: the waiting list for my baby and children's clothing gets pretty
long pretty quickly...and a 6 week waiting list is not uncommon. So order
what you want right away while the waiting list is only 1 week! So head on over to the monster re-opening of Joey & Aleethea and
find some super cool clothing and accessories in our Etsy shop that you
will no doubt fall in love with!! :D
M O N S T E R S A L Edetails:
In honor of YOU, once you enter our monster giveaway (which is detailed below) you are then eligible for an exclusive discount of 15% OFF your entire order!! So after you make a purchase from my shop and upon checkout in the notes to seller box you'll see there, just say "I entered your giveaway!" and then you can either await a Paypal invoice reflecting the 15% discount, or go ahead and pay and I'll refund your discount via Paypal.
This exclusive discount is only valid from Sat. May 8th thru Tues. night May 11th @ 11:59pm EST.
And just in case you're wondering...why those particular dates? Because 4 years
ago today on 5/8/06, I was due to have my first child and get launched into this
wondrous adventure called motherhood. My son Joey actually ended up arriving 3
days late on 5/11/06...so the dates signify my the original due date, and the actual birthday, of my first-born monster!
M O N S T E R G I V E A W A Ydetails:
That super fab baby blue Monsterlicious hoody shown in the photo up there can be yours FREE just by commenting here! A $52 value! Nero the Monster is charcoal grey monster, made from various fabrics he is soft, plush and fun, securely sewn onto a nice comfy baby blue hooded sweatshirt. Great for cool Spring and Summer evenings, and breezy beach days after a swim! Of course awesome for the Fall season too! Other color hoodies are available - great for boys and girls too - so if you win, (WHEN you win!) I'll
contact you for the size and color you'd like! (Sizes newborn thru 4T as a zip-up hoody, and sizes 4T thru 10 as a pullover hoody shown in the photo).
How can you enter to win that Monster Hoody? Keep reading!
Here's how to enter:
Just by leaving comments here...you'll be entered to win that super fun Monster Hoody! This is so exciting!! :D
There are many ways to enter to win this FREE handmade item shown in the above photo. See below for details:
* For the first entry/comment – just leave a comment here!
Then for all additional entries:
* 1 extra entry/comment – Visit our shop Joey & Aleethea and select your favorite item. Then come back here and leave a separate comment indicating which item is your fave.
* 1 extra entry/comment – Follow me on Twitter and
then tweet about this giveaway. Then in a separate comment here, leave the link to your
tweet. Find the tweet's URL by clicking on the timestamp. Here is some text you can use for Twitter and Facebook:
Check out the MONSTER RE-OPENING, GIVEAWAY, and SALE!!! atJoey & Aleethea's blog! http://joeyandaleethea.com/blog
Good luck in Joey & Aleethea's MONSTER GIVEAWAY!!! http://joeyandaleethea.com/blog
Love handmade goods? Want a free MONSTER HOODY? Enter Joey & Aleethea's MONSTER GIVEAWAY!! http://joeyandaleethea.com/blog
I just entered Joey & Aleethea's MONSTER HOODY GIVEAWAY...and I WILL WIN!!! :D http://joeyandaleethea.com/blog
* 1 extra entry/comment – go and LIKE our Facebook page. Then come back here and in a separate comment, tell us you clicked that little LIKE button on our facebook page.
* 2 extra entries/comments – Write a blog post about this "MONSTER RE-OPENING, GIVEAWAY, and SALE!!! at Joey & Aleethea's blog!" -- with a link to http://joeyandaleethea.com/blog -- And then leave a separate comment here, with the direct link to
your blog post.
* 1 extra entry/comment - Post an update on your Facebook page saying you've entered the "MONSTER RE-OPENING, GIVEAWAY, and SALE!!! at Joey & Aleethea's blog!" -- with a link to http://joeyandaleethea.com/blog -- And then leave a separate comment here, telling us you updated your Facebook page with a link here.
* 5 extra entries/comments – Make a purchase from my shop Joey & Aleethea! Then come back and leave 5 separate comments here, and mention the item you purchased.
* 1 extra entry/comment –
Happy Mother's Day! Leave a comment here and tell me what you're doing
(what you did) for Mother's Day!
* 2 extra entries/comments – Got a blog? Add "Joey & Aleethea" to your blogroll: http://joeyandaleethea.com/blog
* 1 extra entry/comment - If you tweet on Twitter AGAIN about the "MONSTER RE-OPENING, GIVEAWAY, and SALE!!! at Joey & Aleethea's blog!", either tomorrow or the next day, etc...then you will get one entry for everyday you tweet!! So after you post those additional tweets, just come back here on those days and leave another comment to let me know you tweeted again, and include the direct URL to your tweet. You can have a max of 7 days of tweets.
* 3 extra entries/comments – Grab my Joey & Aleethea monsters button for your blog. Then come back and leave 4 separate comments here, and let me know you put my button on your blog. Here's my button:
Here are the important
dates you need to know for our
GIVEAWAY, and SALE!!!
starts today, Saturday May 8th 2010 in our shop.
SALE of 15% OFF ends
Tuesday 5/11/10, and is only for the lucky ones who enter this giveaway.
GIVEAWAY ends Friday
June 11th, 2010 @ 11:59pm EST. That's
next month on my daughter Lily's birthday. My
second monster. :D
WINNER will be announced on Sunday June 13th, 2010.
How will I find out if I won?
The winner will be announced on Sunday June 13th, 2010 right here on Joey & Aleethea's blog! So mark your calendar now -- and be sure to check back here to find out if you won!! Also to say congrats to the winner if ya didn't! :)
I live outside of the USA. Can I enter the giveaway?
Yes!!! Our monster giveaway is open to everyone,
everywhere. No matter where you live, this awesome handmade gift could be yours! So spread the word!!
How does this giveaway work?
On the day of the drawing, a random number generator will
select a number. After all
the number is drawn, the winner will be counted based upon the order in
which they comment here in this post. For example: If you are commenter #23,
and the number drawn is #23, then commenter #23 will be the lucky recipient of that handmade goodness! Please note: I keep track of the entries in my eMail folder, where they are numbered. They are also watched to avoid duplicates, and any invalid entries, etc. So please do not rely on the number you think you may be, because in the end that may not be accurate, and your number may have changed. Hope that makes sense! :)
How will I know if I won that awesomeness? I will contact the winner via eMail to congratulate you and to request your mailing address. And that's when I'll also ask the size needed (newborn thru age 10), and color too. You will then have 7 days to respond to the eMail from me, Joey & Aleethea.
Otherwise another winner will be picked. Ack!
If I win, who will ship my lovely handmade item to me?
I will personally sew and then ship your gorgeous handmade item directly to you! And oh happy day when that super cool monster hoody arrives at your door!!! :D