Tuesday, September 6, 2011

1500 Fan Celebration Winners!

How to claim your prize!
 ***Be sure that are a fan of the page in order to win the prize. As stated in the rules you must be a fan to be eligible to win***Vendors if the person who won your prize is not a fan let me know and another winner will be selected***

If you have left your e-mail address the vendor will contact you. If you do not receive any e-mail from them within 48 hours please let me know. 

If you have not left your e-mail address it is your responsibility to contact the vendor (see their individual facebook pages for contact info). You have 48 hours to claim your prize before another winner is selected. 

VENDORS: Once your prize has been claimed be let me know so I can mark it down.
Thank you to everyone for your participation and making this 1500 fan celebration such a huge success!

If anyone has issues reaching one of the vendors please let me know. ohsewcrafty@hotmail.com

Vendor: TC Creations
Item: The Perfect Bib
Winner: Lianne MacPherson-Gillis "I love the monkeys on the pink background!" liannegillis@lycos.com

Vendor: Pipestone Soaps 
Item: Soap Sample Pack
Winner: Nancy Braida would love to try your soap and I've been a fan for a while! CLAIMED

Item: xo necklace (Free shipping in Canada, $3 to USA)
Winner: Tara Elias personalized necklace.CLAIMED

Item: Ankle Bracelet
Winner: Holly Birt Spinner Love anklets! CLAIMED

Item: Tag Blanket ($2.50 Shipping)
Winner: Lydia Spencer Fredin i like to scrapbook :) CLAIMED

Vendor: 3FoldCordDesigns 
Item: Crochet Beanie (postage paid in Canada)
Winner: Angie Francis no but i would love to learn CLAIMED

Item: Earrings
Winner: REDRAW Ivonna Freeman diamonds. flitr@hotmail.com

Vendor: EcoFabMama
Item: 1 Hand Dyed Organic Bamboo Velour Reusable Cloth Panty Liner by Moms Crafts 4 U
Winner: Jen Simpson just getting into them, yes (Lritco@yahoo.com) CLAIMED
Item: Soap sampler pack
Winner: April Harrison almost all WAHM I hate shopping Walmart and Zellers. We even try to buy the bulk of our food local when in season CLAIMED

Item: Bookmark
Winner: Jennifer Dansberger Jones none at this minute. but need to get another john jakes book. CLAIMED

Item: Bracelet
Winner: Caryn Salageanu I have one little diva! CLAIMED

Item: Iron on Tie
Winner: Debbie Damanti Painter I used to, but it's been a very long time!!! debpaint16@aol.com CLAIMED

Vendor: LoopsInLoops
Item: Bath Mitt
Winner: Nancy Moreno bubbles:) CLAIMED

Item: Shabby Chic Rose Headband
Winner: Sally Zinger tulips! CLAIMED

Item: Custom Hippo Hat (free shipping in US, $3 international)
Winner: Brandy Harris im not canadian, but I know the word, my step-father used to call my hats that lol. I bought my son a "Deer" crochet hat for winter this year, and I have to admit its my favorite, I am looking for something just as cute and creative for my daughter, and I LOVE this hat! learnn2coupon@yahoo.com CLAIMED

Item: Popcorn
Winner: REDRAW Kathy Langille My favorite sweet treat is The "big feet" or Swedish berries! k_a_h@sympatico.ca

Item: Butterfly Set
Winner: Nancy Yeomanson Tchilinguirian Love butterflies! My daughter loves them more! rtchilc390 at rogers dot com
Item: Lunchbox Napkins
Winner: Hannah Kat oatmeal creme pies Mastersbabygirl23@yahoo.com
****e-mail clunsford@gmail.com with the subject of "Oh Sew Crafty Winner" to claim your prize***

Item: Yoyo hairbow
Winner: Jenn Tober Jewelry and fancy shoes! lol  CLAIMED

Item: Pacifier Clip
Winner: Sally Zinger next week!! yay august!!! CLAIMED

Vendor: Tiny Dragonfly 
Item: Fushia Shabby Chic Rose backed with Feathers, on a chocolate double ruffle headband 
Winner: Tessa Lanham- Hysell sew CLAIMED

Item: Custom Print
Winner: Jennifer Huff Huey wow much too long CLAIMED

Item: Birthday Invitations and Cupcake Toppers
Winner: Danielle Lamoureux Had a lot of princess themed parties here. Hehe They are fun. :) CLAIMED
Item: Fancy Bandz
Winner: Elizabeth Libby Sanders Spring :) CLAIMED

Vendor: Dearest Debi
Item: Loafers
Winner: Lydia Spencer Fredin adorable CLAIMED
Vendor: Family Funk
Item: Bacon and Eggs
Winner: Debbie Barry waffles CLAIMED

Vendor: Oh Sew Crafty
Winner: Sarah Wilson my favorite item is your mushroom mug cozy CLAIMED

Item: Toddler Belt
Winner: Victoria Barbour Belts!! CLAIMED

Item: Pamper Samples
Winner: Merissa-Bros Prior lime! and not really just love lime! loopsinloops@shaw.ca CLAIMED

Item: Tree of Life Pendant
Winner: REDRAW Leigh Redstone I love a maple. So Canadian! leighredstone@hotmail.com
Item: Peony Headband
Winner: Shaleah Graham That's the hubby's job. CLAIMED

Vendor: Sassy Snaps
Item: $15 Credit
Winner: Chelsey Bertrand hats CLAIMED

Vendor: BabyStylez
Item: $10 credit and SURPRISE
Winner: A-j Dixon Sometimes.  lilangel@accesswave.ca
Item: Mittens
Winner: Ashley Routledge Nelson mittens all the way! CLAIMED

Item: Bows
Winner: Callista Meyer ‎2 pretty kitties! CLAIMED

Item: Denim Rosette
Winner: Nicole Williams Dark! CLAIMED

Item: Orange and White headband
Winner: Sandra Dinato Yes 1 Boy 2 girls CLAIMED

Item: Purple Flower Headband
Winner: Jennifer Laskey-froese usually it would be an elastic..i have four crazy boys but if it is a special night out something that would hold my hair up, a nice clip CLAIMED

Item: Gerbera Daisy Hairclip
Winner: Heather Hartlen sweaters CLAIMED


Tuesday, July 12, 2011

Hats Sizes

Head Measurements/Hat Sizes 

Bev's Country Cottage has been my go to website for hat size measurements so I just wanted to share with everyone.

The following information is all from of Bev's website:

Enjoy and happy crafting!

Head Size Chart - knitted or crocheted hats should be made about 1- 1 1/2" smaller aound than the head circumference, as the hats should stretch and sizes are not an exact science! If you make it, someone will fit into it. =) 

* Height given is measured BEFORE the brim is already folded up - from the base of the un-folded up brim to the centre top of hat.  They can be made taller if you want a larger brim to fold up.  On newborn hats I plan to fold up about 1" for a brim, on adult hats I usually figure 2" or so for a brim, but this varies according to personal preferenc

1 -2 lbs 1kg
Baby's Head Circumference is 9" - 10"  23-25 cm  (so hat circ. should be about 7.5" -8" 18-20 cm)  Height of hat should be 3.5 - 4" 10cm

2 - 3 lbs  1.4 kg
Head Circumference 10" - 11 1/4"  25-28 cm hat circ = 8.5" - 10" 22-25 cm   Hat height  = 4" 10 cm

4 - 5 lbs  2 kg
Head Circumference 11 1/2" - 12 1/2"  28-33 cm hat circ = 9" - 11.5" 23-28 cm  Hat height = 4 to 4.5"  10-11cm

5 1/2 - 6 lbs  2.7 kg
Head Circumference 12 1/2" - 13"  31-33 cm  hat circ = 11" - 12" 28-33 cm  Hat height =  5 to 5.5" 13-15 cm

Head Circumference 13" - 14 "  33-36cm; hat circ = 11.5" - 13" Hat height = 5.5 to 6" 13-15 cm

Baby - 3 to 6 months  
Head Circumference: 14" - 17 "  36-43 cm; Hat height= 6.5 - 7" 15-18 cm

Baby - 6 to 12 months
Head Circumference: 16" - 19 "  41-48 cm ;  Hat height = 7.5"  18 cm

Toddler - preschooler (12 months - 3 years) 
Head Circumference: 18" to 20 " 46 -48 cm; Hat height = 8"  20 cm

Child (3 - 10 years) 
Head Circumference: 19" - 20 1/2"  48-51 cm; Hat height =8.5"  22cm

Pre-teens and Teens  Hat
Head Circumference: 20 1/2" - 22"   53 -56 cm; height 9-10"  25 cm

Adult Woman
Head Circumference:  21.5" - 22.5"  Hat height = 11" 

Adult Man
Head Circumference:  23" - 24"  58.4 cm - 61 cm; Hat height = 11"-11.5" 

Tuesday, July 5, 2011

The Great Laundry Challenge

Wonder Wash

Cost: $18.99 for my first purchase
$13.99 to have the container refilled

I picked it up at a local store in Woodstock, Ontario called Inside U.

Cost per load: $0.17 per regular load of laundry (1 tablespoon)
or $0.09 per load of diapers (1/2 tablespoon)
So Wonder Wash was my original laundry detergent and the one who started me off on this Great Laundry Challenge. I have been using Wonder Wash for 9 months for all our laundry needs and have loved it up until recently. 

I loved how it left our clothes feeling clean and fresh and it worked wonderful on my son's cloth diapers. We never had any issues with staining or stink. 

But then we moved. At our previous house we had a water softener (so we had soft water) in our new home we no longer have a water softener and the water is not hard enough to require a softener (so basically it's only semi-hard water). With our semi-hard water my opinion on this laundry detergent changed dramatically within a few weeks the ammonia smell in the diapers began to build and become unbearable quite quickly. I striped all the diapers so we had "clean" ones again but once again in a few weeks the problems were back.

So my overall review of Wonder Wash:
- great if you have soft water
- if you have hard water it is still good for everyday laundry but it was not able to handle the urine in cloth diapers in combination with hard water




Naturally Wise
$6.75 for 2 cups
$18 for 6 cups

Cost Per load: $0.18 - $0.21 per regular load of laundry (1 tablespoon)

"Finally, an all natural laundry powder that can handle your laundry needs!  
     Naturally Wise Laundry Wash contains all natural ingredients that soften water, cleanse, deodorize, and knock out all kinds of stains.  It is free from soaps, perfumes, dyes, fillers, chlorine, phosphates, and phthalates, and if used as directed, it is safe for you, your washing machine, septic systems, and the environment. 
     Add 1 tablespoon to each load and adjust according to your individual results and needs.  For tough stains, presoak items or make a paste with 2 parts Laundry Wash and 1 part water to apply directly to stains. 

     Choose unscented or have your Laundry Wash custom scented with one of our essential oils, essential oil blends, or phthalate-free fragrance oils.  The Clean Linen and White Tea and Ginger scents are particularly nice for laundry.
     Your Laundry Wash comes in a 2 cup portion (28 loads) in a tin tie bag for $6.75, or 6 cups in a baggie for $18.00. For an additional $.50, you can have a booster of Dr. Bronner's Castile Soap added to your Laundry Wash.  The powder may contain some small lumps due to adding a liquid to the powders, and it is not recommended to use soap on cloth diapers as this can cause build up and repelling issues with your diapers."


I had the pleasure of testing out 3 different scents by Naturally Wise.
Blue Agave
Bamboo and White Grapefruit
Lavender and Peppermint

When the arrived in my mailbox, the scent was wonderful! I am sure everyone with a neighbouring box was jealous.
After going through the was the clothing was left with just a slight scent that was refreshing and not overpowering in anyway. It was great (even my husband noticed how nice and fresh his clothing smelled). I also found that everything felt incredibly soft without having to use any soft of fabric softener (which is not a common product in our home).
I can not stress enough how soft all our laundry felt after using Naturally Wise, it's amazing!
Overall, I really enjoyed this laundry wash. The bamboo and white grapefruit was my favourite scent.



Laundry Tarts

$20 per 72 loads 
Cost per load: $0.28

Green Baby Clothing Company was generous enough to provide me with a sample of Laundry Tarts to test out.

Green Baby can also be found on facebook.

"Our products are hypoallergenic, 100% vegan and free of phosphates, EDTA, phthalates, parabens, SLS, SLES, nitrates, sulphites and chlorine! What do we use? All natural, safe old fashion ingredients to remove stains, keep whites bright and remove odour and bacteria without masking them with harmful chemical fragrances."

I really loved that Laundry Tarts is so environmentally conscious right down to their packaging which is completely biodegradable.

I found this laundry wash really made those whites come out of the laundry with a bright crisp look.

Diapers (even messy ones) came out beautiful and with a great clean smell. There was absolutely no lingering smell of ammonia.



Eco Soap Nuts

$14.50  for 50 hot, up to 90 cold loads
Cost per load: $0.16 - $0.29
Perfect for Sensitive Skin, Allergies, Eczema, Psoriasis
 100% Natural and Free From Manmade Chemicals
 Beneficial For Septic and Gray Water Systems 
Fragrance Free 
Vegan Friendly

I really love the idea behind Soap Nuts; how they are 100% natural, the packaging is minimal and what not but I have to say I did not fall in love with them when using them.
I found it to be a bit tedious looking for the sack of them in the washing machine before tossing the load into the dryer. Of course the loads of laundry that I was hang drying it wasn't an issue.

With cloth diapers they came out of the wash smelling clean (and fragrance free) but there did seem to be quite a bit of staining left on the diapers and inserts after. 
(This was easily remedied by hanging them out in the sun for an afternoon but as many of you Canadian's know that is not always an option in the winter months.)
I don't think I will opt to go with eco nuts in the future because I really love to see clean looking stain free diapers.


Homemade Powder Laundry Wash
Mix together:
1 cup washing soda
1 cup borax
1/2 cup of oxiclean

Cost per load: less than $0.05 per load (1 tablespoon)

I can not express enough how much I LOVE this homemade laundry wash.
Everything comes out of the wash looking and small incredibly fresh and clean.
Diapers came out with no odour at all and sparkling clean.
It will definitely be hard for any other wash to compete with this homemade concoction.
Great outcome and GREAT PRICE!

Wednesday, June 22, 2011

Sprouting Jube Jube **Guest Speaker**

Sprouting Jube Jube
"Guest Speaker"

I'm a mother of four. I work retail as part of a management team. 

I started sewing when I was about 12 years old, my Godmother has shown me just about everything I know about sewing and fabrics. When my oldest son, who is now 14 years old, was a baby I discovered that I wanted to make the things he needed, like bibs and receivng blankets and bedding for him, but that I also wanted to make them better than store bought items. 

Some of you may wonder where I get my inspiration. A lot of it comes from my children. Sebastien (14), Sabrina (12), Julia AKA Jube Jube (2), and my newest source of inspiration is 3 1/2 month Amelia. 

 When designing and choosing fabrics I like going with fun trendy prints and colours, but most importantly the fabrics must be easy to wash. I also like to make things oversized like my receiving blanket, towels and bibs. I feel that if I'm going to spend money on something I want it to last for more than just a few months. My favorite is custum bedding. I love working with a client to achieve the look they want to get. Adding special details that you wont find in a big box store bedding is something I love doing.

Swing by Sprouting Jube Jube on facebook and be sure to say hello from Oh Sew Crafty.

If you are interested is being a "guest speaker" on our blog. Please send us an e-mail with a write up about your business, links to you pages as well as some photos. We accept speakers for any products that are family friendly, made by a WAHM or businesses that are run by a WAHM.
Reviews and giveaways are another great way to promote your business. We'd love to help you out!

Tuesday, June 21, 2011

Baby Fables **Review**

Baby Fables Review

Location: Woodstock, Ontario

Baby Fables has built quite the name for themselves on etsy for making monthly onesie stickers, waterproof labels and iron ons.
I know she is hoping to expand her business and find a few more local customers (and of course some that are not so local as well).

I was given some of the waterproof labels and purchased some iron on birthday appliques to test out.

Iron Ons
Baby Fables so was accommodating with my custom requests I placed for the iron ons. I had seen a rocket in one of their other items but it was a completely different colour and design. I described what I was looking for an they were able to make what I wanted. I couldn't be happier with the outcome.
The iron ons came with great instructions to make it really easy to apply to the t-shirts. I followed the instructions step-by-step and the t-shirts turned out wonderfully.

Here is the the photos of my iron-on experience and a photo of the finished product.

Midway through
I could not be happier with how awesome this t-shirt turned out!
It is going to make for one very happy little girl on her first birthday.
The iron ons are very well printed. The colours are vibrant and the details in the designs are flawless.

Waterproof Stickers

 I tested out the waterproof labels by Baby Fables as well.
And once again I have nothing but great things to say about this product.
I put one on our high chair tray, some sippy cups, my diaper bag as well as on the tag of a cloth diaper.
The high chair tray and sippy cups have been through the dishwasher many many times and they still look like new! The diaper bag is something that is always getting thrown and tossed around and the name tag on it is still as good as new as well. And finally the cloth diaper that I "tagged" has been through the wash a bunch of time and guess what? Still looks great!
I am amazed by how well these name tags work and so excited. I will definitely be "tagging" several of my sons items before he goes off to daycare.

Onesie Stickers
If I had discovered Baby Fables before my son was born I would have been all over these onesie stickers. They are the most adorable things I have ever seen. 

 Be sure to check out Baby Fables' etsy shop to see more of the great items they offer. The number of designs and colours they offer are endless.
I will definitely be a repeat customer.