Star Power!

Randomness shall continue on my blog. Today I aim to tackle a subject all parents have to inevitably go through, and I’m including a free template download. The subject … potty training.

Our little one is just now 21 months old, so I didn’t think that she could be motivated by something like a sticker yet, but I was terribly wrong. She LOVES stickers and REALLY wants to earn them. We started off just giving her a sticker if she successfully went in her potty. However, it quickly became clear this was not the best plan because she would go sit on her potty several times a day and try really hard to go, and it just seemed really cruel to not give her any stickers for her efforts. Hence, this chart was born. (Click below to download the PDF template).

 Sew Priddy Star Potty Chart

You can use whatever stickers you like and put as many as you want per row. I made a big star at the end of the line, so if you want, you can do something special if they fill up the row and make it to the big star. What we do is give our little one a sticker on her hand if she goes potty in the toilet in addition to a sticker on her chart. If she does any of the other tasks, she gets a sticker only on the chart. This way, if she tries she can still earn a sticker, and we can reward her for trying, but she won’t get the coveted sticker on her hand unless she actually successfully goes potty on her toilet. It has been working like a charm. I hope you find it helpful too. If anyone has any training tips, feel free to post a comment here.

I am going to try to post more stories, crafts, recipes, and randomness more often.  Stay tuned for my next blog entry. It will be a tutorial about how to make a unique and creative way to give money as a gift — it has always been a crowd pleaser. 🙂

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Lucky Green Dip

Happy St. Patrick’s Day! In addition to fashion, we love to celebrate every holiday with food, of course! Our whole household is wearing our green clothes, and we stopped by Sprinkles and got our traditional Green Velvet cupcake and Baileys Irish Cream cupcake. Yummy!

Growing up, we used to go down to the lake to visit my grandparents on all major holidays. It was always such a wonderful time. We would wake up to the smell of my Grandma Peggy frying bacon and my Grandpa Joe making pancakes from scratch. We loved to sit there on the tall bar stools and watch them cook away. As Grandpa Joe cracked the eggs with brown shells into the batter, he would always joke and tell us they were “rooster eggs.” Great times!  One of many culinary highlights of our times down at the lake was “Green Dip!” My aunt would typically bring it, and we would scarf it down the moment she walked in the door.  We hope you love it too!

Lucky Green Dip aka Parsley Perfection
Lucky Green Dip aka Parsley Perfection courtest of SewPriddy.com

  • 1 Egg
  • 1 Teaspoon of Salt
  • 1 Teaspoon of sugar
  • 2 green onions
  • Tabasco to taste (typically 10 shakes or so)
  • 2 Tablespoons of vinegar
  • 2 cloves of garlic (crushed). (We typically use the minced garlic in the jar and use the conversion on the jar).
  • 1 bunch of parsley
  • A dash of pepper (we typically use ½ teaspoon)
    Mix all of the above ingredients in a blender.
  • Then add in ¾ cups of pure vegetable oil into the blender and use the puree/mix setting until it is well blended.
    Taste after it is all blended and add any additional Tabasco/pepper to taste.
    Chill in refrigerator for a few hours until thick.
    Enjoy with chips and/or veggies!

Stay tuned for more stories and recipes from our times at the lake. We at www.SewPriddy.com wish you lots of luck today and throughout the year!

Cheers!

I’m a Sew-vivor!

We are always up for a challenge. We have faced many, and we welcome new ones daily.

Hence, we are entering our Fight Like a Girl upcycled dress into the Sew-Vivor Challenge by Family Ever After.

The top 10 will be announced March 7, 2012.

Wish us luck!

Sew Priddy Fight Like A Girl 7/8

Sew Priddy -- Fight Like A Girl

The Entry: We can’t think of a more fitting entry.  As a symbol of female strength and empowerment, Wonder Woman perfectly symbolizes the fighting spirit each cancer survivor embodies. This Fight Like a Girl Dress has light ruching under the collar for some extra girly flair. Help create awareness with this custom piece and wear it proudly.

The Background:

We are excited to be part of a charity auction benefiting Ashley of Lil Blue Boo. I can’t say enough good things about Ashley – she’s inspiring and her blogs and clothing are amazing. Ashley reminds us to “Choose Joy” no matter what we are battling in life. One of her most moving blog entries is this one, but I warn you, you may need a box of tissues: Rite of Passage Video. Ashley has put a smile on our faces and our daughter’s face and changes people’s lives for the better daily, and we hope to return the favor. Please be sure to check out the details of the auction at http://evystree.com/blog/?p=1656. We will have this dress listed, as well as two others, and 200+ other vendors will be displaying amazing work.

Don’t miss it starting February 27, 2012 at 11 pm EST/ 8 pm PST. It will run until February 29, 2012. The auction will be at www.hyenacart.com/stores/teamashley

Sew-Vivor: We are confident we are up to the challenges if we are chosen. Our entry embodies three of the challenges in one: an upcycle, for charity, and with pleats! The competition is very stiff, and it is exciting just to be a part of it. Check out http://www.familyeverafterblog.com/ for interesting blog entries, contests, and giveaways.

My Love Affair …

Recently, I began a love affair.  I lie in bed at night and look over to the left, and I can’t help but smile.

Sew Priddy Fabric

Sew Priddy Fabric

Ah yes, a love affair with fabric! I think it is safe to say that I am officially a fabricaholic. Just looking at it sitting there is so inspiring.

It is funny where we end up finding inspiration.

I’m such a lucky girl with so much love in all areas of my life. I hope all of my readers’ lives are filled with so much love too on this Valentine’s Day!

I’ll keep this entry short and simply wish you all a Happy Valentine’s Day filled with love and inspiration!

The Death Shroud

Hello, blog world! With this entry I wanted to take a moment to answer the question that’s been on everyone’s mind that knows me and to give a little taste of what makes Katie tick for those of you that don’t know me yet.
Growing up I vehemently loathed dresses. I enjoyed gymnastics, but when I got to the level that required me to take an

Katie's Death Shroud Dress Collage

Katie's Death Shroud Dress Collage

hour of ballet in a tutu before gymnastics practice, that was it for me. I enjoyed piano lessons, but when it was time for recitals where a dress was a requirement, I took my final bow. My parents and I were actually reminiscing and laughing about my last recital because I deemed the dress my mom got for me to wear “the death shroud.” 

Ah yes, I wasn’t quiet or shy at my early age about my hatred of dresses. All of the dress aisles were filled with uncomfortable, traditional-looking dresses. It was astonishing how the whole section was packed with tones of pink, purple, and flowers. The one or two that were blue or red were still hideous to me with frilly flowers and tulle ruffles. I began to hate school field trips instead of looking forward to them because I knew I would have to endure the horror of dress shopping in order to have “appropriate” entire for the outing.
The big question: Why on earth would a girl who rarely wore dresses and openly hated them decide to design dresses?
With Sew Priddy, I keep all of these childhood experiences and feelings in the forefront of my mind with every design. I want to offer comfortable, stylish solutions to meet any girl’s likes and style. If your favorite is Oscar the Grouch (mine was), if you hate pink (I did), if you prefer leggings with your dresses, if you want to look nice without being “traditional” or if you do prefer lots of ruffles with pink galore, we have a dress for you and everything in between. My goal is to make people happy and feel good and love what they are wearing – for our dress to be your Golden Boy* and not deemed a Death Shroud.  🙂
*Golden Boy is a Seinfeld reference episode 14 season 5, meaning it is the first shirt/dress you always wear after doing the laundry.