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Sew I was just thinking

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I’m planning on sewing a nap mat for Z – not so much because she needs one, but because I get an urge to sew every few months, and I don’t like my machine collecting dust.

Anyway, I got to thinking that adults need nap mats. Just think about it: you know you want a little bedroll at work so you can nap under your desk Costanza-style. You know I’m right.

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March 27, 2013 at 5:02 am

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Sugar Sugar

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My mom, aunts, mother-in-law, one of J.R.’s aunts and a couple of family friends who may as well be family are throwing a big baby shower for us (or for the baby?) in just over a week, which we’re excited about. To tell the truth, I’m most looking forward to this being the day that I plan to cheat on my GDM (that’s gestational diabetes mellitus, but I could see it going another way) diet a teeny bit.

Because we have eight hostesses, that means I needed eight hostess gifts. That was a little tricky because I’m trying to be careful about money, but I came up with an idea with a little help from Martha Stewart. Hers, of course, are prettier than my final product, but I strayed from her project anyway.

I decided that I would mix lemon sugar and plain sugar, so that the finished product would be flavored as well as scented. At Whole Foods I picked up a couple of small jars of lemon-flavored sugar. Because the lemon sugar was organic, it had the unbleached color and was fairly course, so I thought it would be best visually and taste-wise if the sugar I mixed it with was also organic. I just got a bag of the Whole Foods generic cane sugar for that.

We got some lemons and limes and J.R. dried out the little pieces in the oven because I’m too impatient to wait a few days for them to dehydrate naturally. If you ever do this, don’t bother trying to dry out lime zest in the oven. It turns an ugly drab olive color.

We got the containers at my new favorite place, The Container Store. I had a pretty specific idea of the kind of jars I wanted, but they didn’t have them in the size and shape that I needed, so I settled for simple glass spice jars with metal lids. They were under $2 each, so the price was right.

When we got home, J.R. dried out the rinds and I put the sugar mixture together, then I combined them in the jars. I put labels on them three times before I settled on one that I liked. Then I made some tags and was all done!

Here are some pictures in case you’ve been burned in the past by people who make up stories about mixing sugar and pouring it in jars. Please excuse the poor quality of the photos – I took them with my phone.

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These are the second labels I made. The first ones were so bad that I didn't even take a picture.

Here's a closer view of the rejected labels. They're attached with fabric tape, and the little bow is made from baker's twine.

This is the final product. Not the most beautiful, but not bad.

These labels looked better mostly because I switched the paper. I cut them into kind of an old-fashioned movie ticket shape, but that probably didn't matter since the fabric tape kind of obscures the shape. I cut all of the tape pieces in the shape of Tennessee just because.

Last of all, I made tiny tags. They're solid on the opposite side, so that's where I wrote the names. They are tied on, of course, with baker's twine.

So that was my little project. Pretty simple as well as inexpensive.

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March 2, 2012 at 10:40 am