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randomosity: July 2010

Monday, July 26, 2010

Just a quick note!

This is very important to me. Please vote for my dear friend to get her teeth fixed!!! She deserves it so much! Click HERE to vote. -- You enter your name, phone number (not sure if it has to be real?? just make one up), and this code: ams-21481

I'm having an auction on my Facebook page. Started today and ends Wednesday, payment is due on Friday.

Jenelle would really like more visitors to her cooking blog.

Check out this Good Karma etsy shop.

And I have a baby shower to go to tomorrow. Yay!

Tuesday, July 20, 2010

Diaper Cake For Under $15

I haven't made a diaper cake in a few years, and I was in a hurry, so I am a bit rusty. But I wanted to share a quick tut in case anyone wanted to make one as well. I made small ones so they cost under $15. The person I made them for is having twins so I couldn't really afford to make two full sized ones.

You will need:

About 40 size 1 diapers - $6
a cake board - $4 (pack of 10)
40 clear rubberbands - $1
3 large rubberbands - had around the house
ribbon - had around the house
a baby bottle - $1
a topper (I used ducks) - $1

TOTAL: $13


Fill the baby bottle with candies.

Roll the diapers up, and secure with a clear rubberband. (I used black for tutorial purposes.)

Put large rubberband around the bottle. Wrap the large rubberband around the diapers.

Make another layer of diapers around the first, secure with a large rubberband. Cover with ribbon.

The next layer will sit on top of the first. Wrap a rubberband around the top part of the bottle. Then wrap the rubberband around a row of diapers. This row will only have one layer. Cover rubberband with ribbon.

Top with a stuffed animal, curled ribbons, etc.

You can wrap each layer with a receiving blanket, or a fleece blanket (mine didn't go all the way around which is why there is a bow there).

Do not use glue!! It will ruin the diapers. You can also make these with CLOTH diapers but it gets VERY expensive. You can put anything in the middle.. lotion, shampoo, etc. You can also hang pacifiers off of the diaper cake. It looks cute that way. :) I'm going to add lots of bows and girly things to the girl one.

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Saturday, July 17, 2010

Please help me with this!

I have a craft show coming up in August. I *just* found out about this craft show today, and it costs $300 just to set up. That is a HUGE investment for me. I've never spent more than $40 on a booth. But this is at a mall, inside, and it covers a 10x10 space for THREE days. It also is on the tax-free weekend, when everyone is shopping!! So I really really really need to do this. The people I've talked to that have done this event before said I could make $2000-$4000. For one weekend!! I need that! So, this is why I'm asking for your help.

Please visit my website and pick out what you like. Use code DISCOUNT25 at check out for 25% off your entire order (not including shipping). You can pass this code on, you can use it more than once, but it expires NEXT SATURDAY!! That is when I need the $300 by. So please oh pleeeeease help me out and pass this info on!! If you blog about it, let me know.. I will link you on FB, on my blog, everywhere I can!

I have gotten behind on bills because I've invested ALL of my money into the business and even though I'm selling things I'm just not getting ahead. I am going to re-evaluate how everything is going after this craft show. If the show goes well, I will keep Nellie Bug's at least through the end of the year. If it doesn't, I will be forced to close up shop. :( Not looking forward to that. So please keep me in your good thoughts/prayers and help me find people to shop at

Thank you!!

Thursday, July 15, 2010

Pillowcase Dress Tutorial

If you aren't in the mood to make these, you can purchase these on my Facebook page: HERE

I am sorry I don't have pictures! My camera's batteries are dead. I did link another tutorial at the end of the post though. Hope that helps.


Bandanas (or 2 pieces of 22x22 fabric)
Straight pins
Safety pin
Sewing Machine

Fold under the top of both bandanas 1 inch. Pin in place. Sew across on both pieces, close to the inside edge of the bandana. This will form a tube on each fabric piece.

Measure the child from the top of her shoulder to her underarm. Add 2 inches to this measurement for moving room. Using this measurement, and with a straight pin, mark down from the top of the bandanas on both sides.

Turn the two right sides of the bandanas to face each other. Pin them together at the sides, from the bottom to the marked pin spot. Sew both sides with a 1/2-inch seam.

Cut the 4 feet of ribbon in half. Attach the large safety pin to one of the ribbon pieces. Work it through the front top fabric tube. When you reach the other side, pull the ribbon through so it is even on both sides. Repeat for the backside of the toddler dress. Tie a bow with the ribbon on each side of the dress.

I use super thin (1/8") ribbons (3-4 of them) and it looks super cute but when I first started, I used the thicker ribbon. It is cute either way, some prefer the thicker ribbon for the "boutique" look.

If you need step by step pictures, they can be found at this blog:

If you have any questions, ask here and I will answer.

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Wednesday, July 7, 2010

So tired.

What do you do when you need to WAKE UP?

I've been so tired lately that by about 5PM, I'm totally crashing. Eyes watering, so exhausted I can't keep my eyes open.