DIY Vestments from Pillowcases- No Sew!

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This is definitely my first (and probably my last) DIY post because I am not a very crafty person.  The only reason this is even going up on my blog is because of how proud of am that I was able to make this for Chubs for Christmas. It is a perfect project for the lazy Mom out there… er.. I mean the Mom out there who can’t sew (show of hands??) and because it’s no-sew is why it worked out splendid for me!

These are stoles and matching altar cloths I made from pillowcases I found at Goodwill. So I spent about 4 dollars on the pillowcases, one in each liturgical color (green, purple, white, and red) and each case makes one stole and one altar cloth. A little snipping, ripping and clipping and bam! It was done. Sure they aren’t anything to write home about, but for a toddler playing Mass, it gets the job done and it saves YOU precious time so you go back to doing other important things like reading this blog, or wiping down counters again.

In addition to the linens,I am so grateful to have found these free printables from Catholic Inspired! One is a book explaining the different articles of the priest’s vestments, what they are called, what prayer they pray when they put it on— so beautiful! Then I printed off the coloring sheets, and laminated them into a flash card matching game. Of course my favorite was the “What Color is the Priest’s Chasuble?” project! Like I said, I downloaded them, printed them out and laminated them for durability. (Do you have a laminator? This one is $18 and it is awesome!!)

So for under $5 you can make your sons a pretty neat Mass activity kit. And if you scour your local Salvation Army or Goodwill, you can piece together an entire Mass kit for under $20.

First you will need a plain ol' pillowcase, buy a couple extra if you want to practice. Or use some old ones you have hiding in your linen closet.

First you will need a plain ol’ pillowcase, buy a couple extra if you want to practice. Or use some old ones you have hiding in your linen closet.

Cheap at Goodwill!
Cheap at Goodwill!

You want to cut off the open end. In one big, long cut, after the nice seam.

You want to cut off the open end. In one big, long cut, after the nice seam.

Go ahead and cut it off.

Go ahead and cut it off.

Ok, now you should have 2 pieces. One will be the stole and the other, the altar cloth

Ok, now you should have 2 pieces. One will be the stole and the other, the altar cloth

Ok, this is what your piece should look like that you just cut off. Now make sure that seam is at the top.

See this part right here? That seam? Don't cut that, leave that so it hangs nicely over the shoulders. But you are going to cut the stole in half on the opposite end of that.
See this part right here? That seam? Don’t cut that, leave that so it hangs nicely over the shoulders. But you are going to cut the stole in half on the opposite end of that.
And snip the opposite end, with NO seam. Like this. Just snip it in half. Easy peasy.

And snip the opposite end, with NO seam. Like this. Just snip it in half. Easy peasy.

Look at how easy that was!

Look at how easy that was!

Now, you're just going to cut open the pillowcase ( all 3 seams)until it is a square

Now, you’re just going to cut open the pillowcase ( all 3 seams)until it is a square

You can either cut or just rip 3 seams open.

You can either cut or just rip 3 seams open.

That's it!

That’s it!

Now as for the rest of the Mass kit, printables and finished altar cloth products:

Coloring page laminated and turned into a matching game

Coloring page laminated and turned into a matching game

Printed from Catholic Inspired and laminated, hole punched and put an old shower curtain ring through for a flip book!

Printed from Catholic Inspired and laminated, hole punched and put an old shower curtain ring through for a flip book!

All found at Goodwill! The tiny candlesticks held emergency candles (from Dollar Tree) perfectly!

All found at Goodwill! The tiny candlesticks held emergency candles (from Dollar Tree) perfectly!

Snagged this from Michael's on sale for $14. Standing on it works for storage the Mass kit and also as a Tabernacle.

Snagged this from Michael’s on sale for $14. It works for storingthe Mass kit and also when it’s standing up, doubles  as a Tabernacle.

Tabernacle!

Tabernacle!

Finished stoles. I used Dollar Tree  puffy glitter paint to spruce them up... Patent is a candle plate I found at Goodwill

Finished stoles. I used Dollar Tree puffy glitter paint to spruce them up… Patent is a candle plate I found at Goodwill

Everything pictured (except printables and chest) found at Goodwill for about $20

Everything pictured (except printables and chest) found at Goodwill for about $20

Finished product!

Finished product!

And there you go. (Yes, I know he's wearing the wrong vestments, but it's the only one he's got) :)

And there you go. (Yes, I know he’s wearing the wrong vestments, but it’s the only one he’s got) :)

Five Favorites- Videos to make you LOL edition

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five favorties1.

Two guys who wanted to experience labor pains....to prove that women exaggerate how bad it is!

Two guys who wanted to experience labor pains….to prove that women exaggerate how bad it is!

2.

Husband films his wife coming out of surgery with laughing gas

Husband films his wife coming out of surgery with laughing gas

3.

The tragedy of 1st position

The tragedy of 1st position

4.

Sleeping peacefully.....until her favorite song comes on

Sleeping peacefully…..until her favorite song comes on

5.

Robert Downey Jr. on why he can't speak French

Robert Downey Jr. on why he can’t speak French

How to Pick ‘em

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I’ve been trying to instill in the kids more of a servant mentality. And by that I mean the other afternoon I said

“Hey guys, you know what is the best thing you can say to anybody? It’s ‘what can I do to help you?‘ “

I talked to them about how everyone loves to be asked that question, and how it’s really what Jesus is calling us to do as Christians… help each other.

We went back and forth asking one another “what can I do to help you?” and it seemed to be that the lesson was learned.

Fast forward to that evening, and I was crawling around the living room floor gathering up legos, strewn story books, random sippy cups and laundry in a frantic clean-up-before-bedtime scramble.

As I stuffed puzzle pieces into their places, and re fluffed pillows for the couch, Chubs sauntered into the living room and lingered by the fireplace.

“Mom?” he asked with one hand near the bottom of his chin, “What can I do” his pointer finger began to slide up his nostril “to help you?”

My heart went from elation to shock as I watched him snag a booger and wipe it affectionately on my mantle just as he completed his offer of help.

He stared at me with his big, brown, doe eyes, truly offering his assistance out of the bottom of his heart.

I stared at him with my mouth hanging open in utter dismay as to how the whole scenario could have been more ironic.

This is also the same child who weeks earlier, as I was chatting with some friends, walked up to me in mid-conversation  and pried open my fingers, placed his booger in my hand and walked away. Completely and genuinely oblivious to how unappreciated his random acts of kindness are.

So needless to say, I informed my son he could help me by starting with that booger, and cleaning it off the mantle. to which he replied

“Ew, Mom. That’s gwoss

::sigh::

God sure knows how to keep me humble. Just when I think we’re turning a corner here I get to delightfully encounter a moment with my child that smacks me in the face with reality.

Apparently helping hands that have boogers on them are not as commonly appreciated as you would think. Next up on our agenda is learning about hygiene!

Nominated for Funniest Blog!!

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I got a great surprise this morning when I found out that this blog has been nominated for a Sheenazing Award under the category of “Funniest Blog”! I am so grateful and thrilled to be apart of this awesomeness over at A Knotted Life. I owe a huge debt of gratitude to my dear friend and awesome Mommy Mrs. Ellen Johnson from McSisters  Have you read McSisters? You really ought to. What’s not to love about four sisters sharing, caring, every little thing that they are not only wearing but going through in their own journeys with mother/wife hood. I love it! Keep an eye out because you’ll be seeing more of them on my next Five Favorites– Mommy Blog edition!

There are tons of awesome nominees for the Sheenazing awards, so many hysterical, touching, beautiful blogs. I am just honored to have made it into the nominations.  BUT, if I’ve chanced in the past at making you laugh or chuckle somehow and you think there’s some pretty funny stuff here then hey, you can stop wiping down counters and changing diapers and go cast your vote for me! And in the process, you can read some awesome stuff written by some really talented writers. Win-Win

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Five Favorites- For Your Face Edition

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five favorties1.

This is all I moisturize with now!

This is all I moisturize with now!

2.

Petro-Carb Salve by J.R. Watkins. My mother in law gave this to me a few years ago, and now I can't be without it. Talk about a miracle salve! You have scars, a cut, or anything on your face just put this on there and not even a shadow of it is left behind. It's like a disappearing potion for your unwanted blemishes.

Petro-Carb Salve by J.R. Watkins. My mother in law gave this to me a few years ago, and now I can’t be without it. Talk about a miracle salve! You have scars, a cut, or anything on your face just put this on there and not even a shadow of it is left behind. It’s like a disappearing potion for your unwanted blemishes.

3.

Coconut Oil. I keep a tiny dish of this on the bathroom counter to remove my eye makeup with. Did you know it's anti-aging?

Coconut Oil. I keep a tiny dish of this on the bathroom counter to remove my eye makeup with. Did you know it’s anti-aging?

4.

Carrot Night Creme. Almost every time I put this under my eyes at night, I feel so good about my face in the morning, I go makeup-less. It's got Vitamin A and E in it, which helps repair skin!

Carrot Night Creme. Almost every time I put this under my eyes at night, I feel so good about my face in the morning, I go makeup-less. It’s got Vitamin A and E in it, which helps repair skin!

5.

DIY Coffee Face Scrub. Bronzing. Exfoliating. Moisturizing. Gets rid of unwanted hair (hey you Italians out there, this works!)

DIY Coffee Face Scrub.
Bronzing. Exfoliating. Moisturizing. Gets rid of unwanted hair (hey you Italians out there, this works!)

Yet Another Note to Self:

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Things that are no longer enjoyable with kids:

  • 1.Weddings
  • 2. Going to the mall
  • 3. Getting Nails done
  • 4. Airplanes
  • 5.Grocery shopping
  • 6. Any type of focused thinking
  • 7. Puzzles
  • 8.Collecting antiques
  • 9. Sleep
  • 10. Eating

Things that are way more enjoyable with kids:

  • 1. Funerals
  • 2. The Park
  • 3. Nursing homes
  • 4. Hide & Seek
  • 5. Christmas Morning
  • 6. Birthdays
  • 7.Dance Parties
  • 8. Sledding
  • 9. Listening to the Beatles
  • 10. Sleepyhead Hugs
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