Girls LSU applique bubble

In just a few short days, one of my FAVORITE things in the world is going to start: College football, and LSU.   If you have ever been to Tiger Stadium, or watched it on TV, you know the fans all live by the Love Purple, Live Gold motto! With lots of good tailgating foods to fun outfits, it’s the season that brings fun, games, fall weather, good food, and cute baby LSU outfits!

If you want to order one of these, just click on my Etsy store, and on the left column of the store request custom item.  Or message me and we can work together to get exactly what you want.

I recently purchased a cute little pink bubble outfit from Rags Land.  I absolutely adore their children’s clothing.  It is well made, and well priced! I know I could have just put her name on the bubble, but I REALLY wanted to make her a fun game day outfit. I took this cute little bubble, and added the LSU motto and a Tiger face to it. Here is what I did:

Toddler Bubble Outfit

Toddler Bubble Outfit

I took her cute little pink bubble and I hooped it up into the machine.

(I recently purchased a Tiger applique I have been seeing on ETSY and on Facebook, and decided to grab it for future use.)

After I hooped up her bubble, I ran the applique program for the Tiger.

Tiger Applique Process

Tiger Applique Process

The Tiger applique is really cute! It took a little while to stitch out, but this was a project that I was able to complete while the little princess was sleeping.

LSU Tiger Embroidery

LSU Tiger Embroidery

After finishing up the cute Tiger applique, I re-hooped the bubble and added the LSU motto. Love Purple, Live Gold.

LSU Tiger Monogram

Monogram

After finishing up the motto, I re-hooped the bubble one more time and added her name at the bottom.
My original thought on this was to have it say Love Purple, Live Gold, and on the bottom have it say Wear Pink.  (For two reasons, girls like pink, and also for Breast Cancer Awareness Month.)  In the end, I opted for her name.

All done!  Now all I had to do was wait for little one to wake, and try on her new bubble!  I think she likes it….and is one step closer to an LSU game!

LSU Girls Bubble

LSU Girls Bubble – Happy Girl!

LSU Toddler Bubble

LSU Bubble

Geaux Tigers!

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I have been making so many of these lately for my Etsy store and friends, I thought I would repost the tutorial for those wanting to try this.

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What to do when your little toddler no longer needs a backpack? Or diaper bag? Or you just don’t want to carry around a suitcase with diapers and wipes and everything else? Why not get a stylish clutch that has a changing pad and carries your wipes and diapers?!!

These are super fun and easy to make, very easy for the beginner sewer!

See the easy steps below!

1. Choose your fabrics you want to make your clutch, and cut them to 13″ x 33″.

2. Next you are going to want to pin your right sides together.

3.  After you have placed your sides together, make sure to pin them, and also make sure to leave about 5″ or so to be able to turn this right side out after you have sewn around the edges.  I made sure to sew about a 1/2 inch for the seam.  After…

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Isaac making landfall on Katrina anniversary.

 

 

Isaac is a tropical storm as of this morning, and by this time tomorrow should be a hurricane.  While I am not a weather girl, I do see the significance of a hurricane making landfall on the anniversary to one of the most devastating storms to wreak havoc on my state.

In 2005 Hurricane Katrina made landfall as a Category 3, was the deadliest Atlantic storm of the 2005 season, took 1833 lives, as well as cost $81 billion dollars in damage.  Most of the deaths were in New Orleans and other southern cities, as those became flooded with the failing of the levee, and the storm surge that accompanied Katrina.  The coastal towns in southern Mississippi saw the worst property damage, as entire beachfront properties were completely washed away.

I am only mentioning this today, because after the damage and destruction Katrina left, it is still a heart felt reminder that we need to take these storms seriously.  Please do not decided to stay and ride out the storm, and make every effort you can to evacuate, or be prepared to do so.  Katrina is still fresh in our minds, and while the  Gulf of Mexico isn’t as warm as it was 7 years ago, and Isaac won’t have the opportunity to become as strong as Katrina, it is still going to be a Hurricane.  Do what you can now to prepare, and keep yourself, your family, and your friends and neighbors safe.

(Thanks to KSLA News 12 weather for the picture above)

Jen

 

 

 

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Danger, Ranger! Signs of Parvo.

I am happy to welcome our new little family member Ranger! He is a beautiful Labrador Retriever that my husband and I drove 14 hours to pick up, and then 14 hours back home.

We did our breeder research,  spoke with vets, and found a wonderful breeder who had been highly recommended, and had been in the business for over 30 years.  We also spoke with current owners of pets from the same breeder, all with glowing praise for the breed, temperament, and facility.

Ranger

Ranger

I am writing this article, however, to tell you about some unknown and unseen dangers that can affect your new little loved one.

The one thing we noticed with our new little guy was his lack of puppy play.  He seemed a little down, had no appetite, and I chalked it up to having separation anxiety from leaving his mom and his litter mates, not to mention the long drive. This is a decent assumption to make, but was in the long run, the wrong assumption to make.

We picked Ranger up on a Monday morning, and we were back home by Tuesday night. While Ranger slept most of the way, we noticed he was just not very active.  As soon as we got him home, he was ill.  His first “business” in the yard was to vomit. I thought this could be from the long drive, but noticed his complete lack of energy, eating, and drinking. While he still went to the bathroom, he didn’t do much else.  Definitely not puppy behavior.

By Wednesday morning, our first morning home, he was still lacking any appetite and wanted only to cuddle up and sleep. Who wouldn’t want to cuddle with a precious puppy? By that time, however, decided it was time for him to see a vet.

We had already picked out our vet, which is very important, and I notified the breeder before I took him, so there would not be any conflict with the puppy guarantee.

The puppy guarantee: Any defects or illnesses or severe issues will be covered up to the full cost of the puppy, or you could return him and pick a new pup.  (We were NOT making that trip again, and besides, we had found OUR Ranger.)

Our worst fears were realized within 30 minutes of the vet visit. Ranger had Parvo.  I remember the vet walking in and asking me if we had a guarantee, and if so, we needed to use it.  He then showed me his sheet of costs for the next week in the hospital if we chose to leave him there for treatment.

I must admit I was a little upset about this.  Ranger was already a family member, he wasn’t just something to throw away and replace. He was our Ranger.  I looked the vet square in the eye and told him to treat him.  He was like a child to us, a family member, he was going to get better no matter what I had to do.

The vet let us say our goodbyes, gave me the sheet of expenses, and sent me to the front while he took Ranger for more tests and a catheter.  Over the next several days, we got daily updates, and were allowed to visit Ranger briefly in the hospital.

Parvo Treatment

Parvo Treatment

So what is Parvo? Why is it so expensive to treat? What would have happened to Ranger if we did not treat him? I will answer number three first, he would not be here today, and that was never an option.

Parvo is a very contagious virus that all dogs are vaccinated against, usually before contact.  Maternal antibodies should protect the pup until their vaccinations, but sometimes, as in this case, those antibodies are not strong enough.

Parvo is believed to have been mutated and originated in cats.  Parvovirus spreads by contaminated feces, or by contact with another dog who has the virus.  It presents in either a cardiac or intestinal form.  The latter,  which is what our little guy had, presenting with vomiting and diarrhea. Troublesome in all pets, but especially in the case of puppies because they can dehydrate very quickly.

Treatment and survival is linked to the amount of time it takes for the sick animal to reach a capable vet. Usually consisting of IV fluids, anti-nausea medications, and IV antibiotics.  This can last from several days, to two weeks, and there is not a guarantee that the puppy will survive.  This is where the expense comes in to play.

The hospital stay itself is expensive, but add in the IVs, tests, quarantine and isolation from other animals, need for IV antibiotics, and you have a bill that will be over a thousand dollars.  Thankfully we caught the virus in time for Ranger, and although he is still on a soft food diet, he is doing much better.

Happy Puppy

Happy Puppy

The breeder is also being gracious.  While he is paying for all of the vet bills as was stipulated in the guarantee, we were really more concerned with him and his business.

Parvo incubates for 3-7 days, and Ranger had caught this from his breeder’s kennel.  Two other pups in his litter also were diagnosed with Parvo, and he has had them to the vet for medications, and already back home to the kennel. He’s done a great job of isolating the pups, and cleaned the kennel throughout.  Parvo is a scary thing to have when your livelihood is from breeding.

What do we do now? Love our new little guy and let him finally start acting like the puppy he is.  We do have to use 30 parts water to one part clorox every time he goes to the restroom for the next 10 days.  This is because the Parvovirus can live in the ground for up to 7 years.  We want to make sure we protect any other animals from coming into contact with this deadly virus.

I hope you found this little article was informative.  Being a blogger on family fun and crafts is easy, but I wanted to make sure that I added an article about something serious our family had to go through recently.  It may help you or someone you love in the future.

Jen

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Paisleigh Parker’s Pinterest Inspired Baby Shower

Today I had the honor of attending and helping host a beautiful baby shower for a very good friend of mine.  Kristen has been a wonderful friend of mine for years, and having the opportunity to take part in her shower was a blessing.

Thanks to Pinterest, we had a ton of goodies, all made by her wonderful mom Sharon.  While I had the easy task of being in charge of games and decorating, her mom slaved away and made everything! Drinks, snacks, sandwiches galore, and the beautiful baby cake.  She is indeed a VERY talented cook.

Below are the photos of the wonderful eats she created, and a few additional fun pics. All of these recipes can be found on Pinterest.

First up, the wonderful – personal sized – 7 layer dip! My oh my, this was sooo good!

Pinterest 7 Layer Dip

Pinterest 7 Layer Dip

Second up, we had the wonderful scrumptious Pinterest inspired cake pops!! Look at those little feet and little P’s. 🙂

Pinterest Inspired Cake Pops

Pinterest Inspired Cake Pops

Another sweet addition, the Paisleigh feet cookies!

Pinterest Inspired Baby Shower Cookies

Pinterest Inspired Baby Shower Cookies

The WONDERFUL deviled eggs!

Pinterest Inspired Deviled Eggs

Pinterest Inspired Deviled Eggs

The BEAUTIFUL baby cake, made just for Paisleigh!

Pinterest Inspired Shower Cake

Pinterest Inspired Baby Shower Cake

Did I mention MORE scrumptious snacks?

Pinterest Inspired Snacks

Pinterest Inspired Snacks

Pinterest Inspired Snacks

Pinterest Inspired Snacks

Next up, the wonderful melon baby! (I am secretly glad I did not have to do this, I would have never not eaten all of the fruit!)

Pinterest Inspired Melon Baby

Pinterest Inspired Melon Baby

Now the next best thing, the drinks!! We had martini inspired Sprite, with lollipops in the middle. It was so neat to see all the different colors as the candy melted away in the Sprite.

Pinterest Inspired Martini

Pinterest Inspired Sprite/Lollipop Martini

You cant have a baby shower without some ducks! Found in the punch bowl, of course!

Pinterest Inspired Punch

Pinterest Inspired Punch

The beautiful entry way with all of the goody bags and sign in baby book.

Pinterest Inspired Baby Shower

Pinterest Inspired Baby Shower

I LOVED this station set aside for prayers for Paisleigh, and motherly advice for Kristen. Such a sweet addition, and a new little thing I had not seen before.

Pinterest Inspired Prayer Station

Pinterest Inspired Prayer Station

The FUN addition, the baby onesie making station! (This was sooo much fun! It started to get a little competitive at the end!)

Pinterest Inspired Onesie Station

Pinterest Inspired Onesie Station

This was such a sweet shower, and I can’t wait to meet my fairy goddaughter soon!

Jen

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