Thursday, July 24, 2014

Hobbes is going to Scotland!

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This large Huggable Hobbes is making his way to Scotland as we speak for a very lucky little girl.
Once in a while I get asked to personalize with a name, which I did for this one. You can see the name on the bottom stripe on the "hip". Since the stripes are hand sewn on after he is made and stuffed, it doesn't leave too many places to personalize. I like the name here though, it blends in and is subtle.
I hope Emily loves her new friend!




Wednesday, July 23, 2014

Excelerol Review

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I was recently give the opportunity to try and review Excelerol.
Being a tired, busy, and forgetful Mother I was interested in seeing the possible benefits.


About Excelerol:
This product is pioneering advancements in brain health. Clinical studies show that the ingredients in this product are key to improving your memory, concentration, and alertness.
Powered by superior ingredients such as citicoline and phosphatidylserine, This is a  non-prescription brain-health formula that can help support your most valuable asset – your brain.

Our advanced 100% vegetarian liquid capsules allow for rapid absorption. Whether you're studying for a huge test, working on your next genius idea, or just rolling up your sleeves and getting ready to get serious about a big project, This product can help support the memory enhancement, focus, and concentration you need now to reach your optimal brain power.
#1 Doctor Recommended Brain Health Supplement.  
The success stories are great and so are the results.






My Review:
I was very eager to give this product a try. I am the mother of a 1 year old, and almost 4 year old. While not chasing them or cleaning up after them, I'm sewing orders- or here blogging! On top of that, the Hubby is currently deployed. I'm pooped. With exhaustion comes forgetfulness and that overall feeling of being "blah".

I liked the fact that these are 100% vegetarian and natural. No need to worry if you have allergens, they are free from animal products, wheat, eggs,gelatin, and dairy. The directions say to take 1-2 capsules up to 3 times a day. This seemed like a lot for me personally. I don't typically take medication because I am very sensitive, just a little goes a long way for me. (A couple Tylenol can get rid of a severe headache for me.)

For day 1, I first started with just one capsule in the morning. To be honest I didn't feel any different. I didn't know how I would react, so I wanted to start slow. 
For day 2, I took one capsule for three separate doses. I did feel a little more "pep" through out the day.
For day 3, I tried two capsules for each dose, but after the second dose I felt a little flush probably 15 minutes or so afterwards- so I skipped the third dose.

For the next few days I stuck to one capsule a day, for three doses each day. I did notice overall there were less little forgotten things. (I can't tell you how many times a day I go upstairs to do something only to forget by the time I get up there, just to have to go back up about 5 minutes later when I remember!) Though the nights when I didn't get much sleep at all ( about 4 hours) from being up with the teething little guy, I didn't feel a difference at all.


Conclusion:
After messing around with the doses I did find a dose that worked for me. Though it didn't quite give me the "kick" I needed on the days of pretty much no sleep, I did see benefits and help with focusing/remembering from the product on the other days with continued use. I don't know about you, but I'll take all the help I can  :)   If you are becoming a forgetful Mother like me, or just scatterbrained and want to find a natural product to help you focus, Give Excelerol a try!



I received one or more of the products mentioned above for free using Tomoson.com. Regardless, I only recommend products or services I use personally and believe will be good for my readers.




Farrally Paperie Giveaway Winner

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Thank you to everyone who entered 
Farrally Paperie's Giveaway!

The winner for Party Decor Package is
is Kathryn M.
(Option: Leave Farrally Paperie a comment on Facebook)

Congrats! Remember to check back for new giveaways!!!







Tuesday, July 22, 2014

Bugs can be Huggable too

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Once in a while I get a request to create something unique and original. A few weeks ago I had probably one of the strangest requests yet, to create a stuffed Earwig! At first I thought, "Who would want that???"  Each order has a back story, and I'm sure this one has meaning behind it. :)  
I was up for the challenge, and after looking online at photos and seeing the body segments I tried a few different ideas. After a handful of trials I was finally pleased with this.
It was nice to take a break from sewing Hobbes, which has been becoming more popular.
I hope this recipient enjoys their new friend!



Monday, July 21, 2014

How Come?

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Friday, July 18, 2014

Patchwork Embroidery Sari Sling Bag Review from Indian Journals

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I have been given the wonderful opportunity to do anther review for Indian Journals, 
this time for her lovely Sling Bag. You can read my past review for her fabulous journals HERE.



About Indian Journals:
Indian Journals offers beautiful OOAK Handmade Paper Journals created using Up-Cycled Embroidered Patchwork Fabrics, Embellished Sari's and Traditional Indian Folk Art Prints.
 Up-Cycled Embroidered Patchwork Fabrics, Brocade remnants, Embellished Sari's and Traditional Indian Folk Art Prints are used to create distinct and instantly appealing journals. The conventional bound book stitching techniques along with a wrapping twine to match the look and feel of older era journals used in India speak of Unique Sturdy Craftsmanship.
Apart from their hot selling journals, they also offer patchwork fabric totes and sling bags! These are special because they are made using the same embroidered patchwork sari fabric but still look unique and different! 





My Review:
If you're a mom of a young one, you can understand me when I say I don't get to use a cute bag all that often. Heading out usually means throwing and cramming everything the children could possibly need in the next 'however many hours' into the diaper bag. Now as my youngest is getting older, and his brother is finally potty trained (*trumpets blow and confetti thrown*) it means Mommy's load is getting lighter and nice little bags are coming back into view.  Yay! Because of this I was thrilled when I was given the opportunity to get my hands on this beautifully crafted sling bag.


I love the fact that each tote is unique and OOAK, made from recycled fabrics. The attention to detail and the quality of work is superb. On one side is the embroidered patch work. As you can see this has a mixture of decorative stitching and sequins- very pretty. The other is a very soft pink fabric to match, which is also used for the lining inside. There is a zippered pocket inside, the perfect size for my phone and keys so I don't have to go digging inside to find it. (My pink cover for the phone matches perfectly -see?!) This bag also has a magnetic button closure at the top. Not a weak one either, very strong! The strap is a sling bag style. Very comfortable on the shoulder. You can also just wear it over one shoulder just fine instead of wearing it across sling style.

Conclusion:
I have a new favorite bag-
*It's pink, purple and feminine. 
*It's handcrafted from recycled fabric. 
*It's comfortable. 
*It can fit everything I need inside. 
What's not to love???


Want to grab one of your own?
Visit Indian Journals and check out all of her OOAK upcycled items! Her prices are incredible and the shipping is fast. It only took 8 days for my items from her to arrive!
Click her image below to visit her shop:





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