A Long Goodbye, A Sale, And Time Travel. All In One Short Blog Post!

So… This post is difficult to write but also exciting. That’s what growth is a lot of the time I guess… difficult and exciting?

Saying Goodbye

I’m saying goodbye to the baby items in my Etsy shop. Goodbye, bandana bibs! Goodbye, teething toys! It was a difficult decision, but one I’m super excited about. Did I say excited? Hear me out!

Exciting Thing Number One: 30% Off Sale

Yes! Same pen&thimble quality and care at a clearance-sale price! Super absorbent bandana bibs are now $7 each. Teething toys that crinkle and snap onto an organic maple wood ring are now $9.10 — that’s nearly $4 savings!

Baby sale items can be conveniently found in the Baby Bibs + Toys 30% Off section in my Etsy Shop. No coupon codes to worry about at checkout. The sale price is already applied!

 

Exciting Thing Number Two: More Time To Make More Of What YOU Want

As your kids have grown, and my kids have grown, so have the offerings in my shop. But now I have so many different types of things for different ages and I find I’m struggling to keep them all stocked.

And I still want to be the sole-maker in this business — to know that quality and double-checks and care have gone into each item that I create and sell. And I still want to play with my family on the weekend. I want it all.

While trying to figure out how to get more time, I did write down “time travel.” They say to write EVERYTHING down when brainstorming! Haha!

So to make more of the things YOU want– which is overwhelmingly napkins, placemats, zipper pouches, and crowns (restocking this week!) — while upholding my quality and and care standards, I’m saying goodbye, a long goodbye, to bandana bibs and teething toys. And if one of my daughters invents a time-travel machine… we’ll revisit this!

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This drooly baby was the best bib and teething toy tester!

Back-To-School Never Looked So Cool!

In the month of August I made, packaged, and shipped 269 items. Most of which were placemats and napkins for back-to-school!

I’ve been seeing pictures of our napkins in lunch boxes going to school (and coming back–yay)!

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Placemats heading to Montessori classrooms!

pen&thimble Montessori placemat

 

Back-to-school has been SO fun on the business end and on the personal side too!

My oldest starts pre-K at the elementary school on Tuesday and my husband and I were talking about making her first school lunch tomorrow. You know there will be a pen&thimble cloth napkin tucked in her bento box! A special one to make her smile and let her know I am thinking of her. (It’s this one!) She was eyeing it during our photoshoot and she loves dress-up and Halloween! I will be listening for her squeal at lunchtime … I’ll just be a few farm fields down the road!

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What napkin print would make your little one smile at lunchtime? Tell me in the comments below, on Facebook, Twitter, or Instagram! I’ll pick some of your suggestions to add to the shop next! The more far-out, the better!

Bubbles, Wands, and Magic That Sticks

Last weekend, my four year-old asked if we could make an evil potion. I said what any mom would…

diy bubble wand

“Sure! How about a bubble potion that turns people into frogs!” (An idea I stole from that one episode of Bubble Guppies we have on our DVR.) She thought it was a marvelous idea!

After a quick trip to the market to get corn syrup we made bubble potion and bubble wands. It was sooooooo much fun!

 

Bubble Potion Recipe:

  • 2 cups of water
  • 1/4 cup of dish soap
  • 1/8 cup of corn syrup (this is the ingredient that turns people into frogs)

Bubble Wand Materials:

  • Craft pipe cleaners
  • Beads

Super simple and super fun activity, but here’s what they don’t say on Pinterest that I would have liked to have known:

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1. Corn syrup bubble potion is super sticky and makes for sticky hands and bodies.
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2. Pipe cleaner bubble wands, although the most beautiful in the land, require some practice and patience to make a big bubble.
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3. Super big plastic bubble wands + This bubble potion = Giant Fun Bubbles

Pro Tip: Fill up the paddling pool and have your kids splash all the sticky bubble goo off of themselves after they’ve had their fill of bubbles. Easy peasy!

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Blog Note: No people were harmed in the making of this bubble potion. Except for this person who stumbled through a rather large cluster of bubbles and found himself turned into a frog. Bubble Potion Success! MUAHAHAHAHAA!!!

Do I Look Like Santa? Imagination + Costume Bin = Our Summer

Both of my girls have been BIG into dress-up this summer! And it is getting hilariously whacky and fun! It started off as putting on a princess dress and claiming to be… a princess. But lately, their imaginations and costume bins are taking them to amazing pretend-play places!

July Dress-Up Photo Gallery

Super Hero
My Super J!!
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“Me Moana!”
Poppy from Trolls
“If ever you see Poppy, the funnest troll in Troll Village, it’s just me your daughter, Josephine.”
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My favorite nerd!
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“Do I look like a Viking?” Yes. Yes you do!
honey bee costume
My honeybee!
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“If ever you see a scary monster. Don’t be frightened. It’s just me your daughter Josephine.”
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“Do I look like Santa?” Nailed it!
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If ever you see my family out and about this summer and we’re hanging out with a gnome, don’t be surprised, that’s just our daughter Josephine.

Crowns For All Occasions

Want to enhance your kids’ dress up bins? Well, there are always pen&thimble crowns like these that helped transform Phee into Maui and Jasmine. And the one that helped Ivy…eat a bagel poolside. Find your new favorite bagel-eating accessory HERE!

DIY Costume Accessories

Or if you’re looking for a DIY project to help you cool off on a hot day, check out these pins in my craft and DIY board on Pinterest:

DIY Felt Gnome Hat: https://www.pinterest.com/pin/477240891753427865/

DIY Troll Hair Headbands: https://www.pinterest.com/pin/477240891749938644/

DIY Origami Paper Crown: https://www.pinterest.com/pin/30117891241093479/

DIY Color-Your-Own Paper Glasses: https://www.pinterest.com/pin/477240891753427936/