December 7, 2011

Photo Card

December 7, 2011
Classic Damask Frame Christmas
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November 14, 2011

NEW! Custom BIG NAME Bath Towels

November 14, 2011
The best part about being the boss of this company is that I get to do whatever I want, including stepping out of the norm and making something new to add to our collection of t-shirts and bodysuits. Who doesn't love new stuff?

Our newest item is unlike anything you have seen! And my two biggest fans really love them!(my kids, of course.) Especially because Ryan's is orange and he is kind of obsessed with all things orange right now.

They are personalized BIG NAME Bath Towels!




These towels are completely unique because there is no scratchy ink, paint, or embroidery to scuff up your beautiful skin. They are extra gentle on our children's delicate skin. They are ink-free printed just like our Toddler Shirts and the result is spectacular!

Your name, last name, child's name. . . or whatever you would love to see on your custom towel is printed in LARGE letters across the long side of the towel. It kinda makes you feel like a super hero when you get out of the shower.


The towels are fluffy and soft and 100% cotton.
These personalized towels make great gifts for Christmas, birthdays, weddings, housewarming. . . and just because.

Click over to our Cantaloupe Corner Etsy Shop to see what colors we have available.

I would love to hear what you think about our newest addition.

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November 4, 2011

New Toddler Birthday Shirt!

November 4, 2011
We L-O-V-E birthdays around here.


 Ok, Everyone loves birthdays, not just us. We just like being able to dress your kids up in the cutest birthday shirts for their big day! I love looking back at pictures of my kids with their special birthday shirts and not having to guess which birthday it was, and it makes the day feel even more special when they can show everyone how old they are.

I made this design originally for Ryan, my 3 year old. I embellished upon the ink-free idea and added a cool vintage-style layered applique.  I love is so much I wanted to make it available for you too!


Check out this new fun tee in our Etsy Shop to see what colors, sizes, and numbers are available.

This adorable birthay tee will look better with each wash and it is all 100% cotton and, like always, has no ink or paint. The shirts are the highest quality available and they are super snuggly soft.

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November 1, 2011

Come on over, baby!

November 1, 2011
Our Cantaloupe Corner Etsy Shop is up and running and you can drop by and get some Christmas shopping done.

(I like to get my shopping done long before the crazyness of the big day. Saves a ton of stress. And less stress = happy mom. )

And if you need a little discount to help you out (because everyone can use a little boost this time of year) enter code URGRAND to enjoy 15% off through Novemeber 13th!

And the best part. . .

All of our newest ink-free t-shirt designs are hanging out over there. Just waiting for someone like you to keep them company. Because they are cool like that.

There's great stuff for your little Ninja, Robot, Dinosaur and Truck lovers. And our newest Pro-Life bodysuit is there too.


I'm so happy to be back!
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October 31, 2011

A (not so) scary Halloween message.

October 31, 2011
I'm pretty darn excited for tomorrow. Tomorrow I open Cantaloupe Corner on Etsy and post all of our newest designs for everyone to see! It's a momentous occasion and if I were you I wouldn't miss it!


I have one more design to show off and the subject matter is very close to my heart. I have been anticipating the launch of this new design for over a year and it is finally ready! 

The subject of our newest design is Pro-Life.

I have had the privilege to hold 3 of my own precious little miracles only seconds after they were born. I have looked into their eyes and each time I am taken back by the eyes that are looking back at me. They aren't just little eyes but they are gateways to little souls. They are little people. Little, tiny, helpless, adorable, innocent people that need someone like me to take care of them until they are able to care for themselves.

The only difference between a baby in the womb and a baby in a mother's arms, and a child running through the back yard is TIME. The child is the same person through the whole process.

I will never be able to understand how a mother can abort a baby for her own convenience. From the second she makes the decision to have unprotected sex (or if protection fails) and that baby is conceived, God gives her a gift that is more precious that anything in the world. Whether it is an accident or not, a baby is special. That sweet precious baby should be able to live and enjoy life, not be snuffed out due to embarrassment or so the mother can have a more convenient lifestyle.

It's only 9 months.

For any mother out there that thinks they can't put that sweet little infant up for adoption instead: It's only 9 months out of an entire lifetime. And that 9 months is a small sacrifice for that baby and also for that mother who is not able to have children of her own. I have seen MIRACLES in lives of my friends because of those mothers that chose to have their babies and give the greatest gift to a barren mother. It touches the lives of more that just her. It touches her family and friends and enriches the lives of everyone who will get to know that precious child throughout his or her life.

I have had close friends that were adopted as babies and they are immensely grateful that they were given a good life, and even more grateful for the simple gift from their birth mother to let them live.


This is my baby. He is now 5 months old and he has the same little nose, hands, cheeks, eyes, etc. that you see in this ultrasound picture. He was given to me to raise, protect, lead, and guide.
He is a ray of sunshine in my life. My life would never be complete without any of my 3 special, unique, little boys.


It is with this little boy in mind, and my strong believe in the sanctity of life, that I introduce our newest Cantaloupe Corner product.


It is simple, and sweet, and focuses on the positive. All of us who are alive today can thank our mothers for choosing to let us live!

(This onesie is available today on our Facebook page, and will be available tomorrow in our Cantaloupe Corner Etsy shop. )

I don't know about you but I am really grateful that my mommy chose life  :)

I hope everyone has a great Halloween! Take those precious kids out trick-or-treating and be thankful that they are alive and that they fill your heart with so much love!
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October 28, 2011

My kids' costumes: Wall-e and a baby owl

October 28, 2011
I say this every day but I'll say it again. Time is flying by!

Halloween is on Monday and I just barely finished my boys' costumes right in the nick of time. We will be spending the weekend with family so it was getting down to the wire. But they are done! And I'm pooped.

I'll show you my favorite one first. This is Ryan wearing his Wall-e Costume. He has had his heart set on being Wall-e for weeks and I kept hoping he would change his mind because i had no idea how I would pull it off. 2 days ago I realized he was serious about being Wall-e and no other costume would do. I just happened to have a box in the right size and we picked up some spray paint at Wal-Mart. Some painting, cutting, glueing later and we had Wall-e. Since I waited unil the last moment I left out the Wall-e hands and wheels. But Ryan LOVES his costume and I am happy because he is happy. 



And this is my adorable little owl:
 Man, I love this kid.
I crocheted his owl beenie, which will come in handy in the cold winter too.
For the body of his costume I sewed felt "feathers" onto a long sleeved onesie and attached wings to the sleeves. I wanted to keep it soft and small so he doesn't look like he is being swallowed up by his costume. I always feel bad for those kids that their parents dress them up as oversize pumpkins or big fluffy mosters. Their eyes say "please save me from this embarrassing outfit my mom is making me wear!"

I have one more costume I made for my 5 year old that I just finished tonight so I'll post pictures from our Halloween party when we get back.


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October 25, 2011

Sneak Peek - New ink-free designs!

October 25, 2011
After spending hours designing, printing, picture taking, editing, blah blah blah. . .  I am so excited to bring you some of our brand new ink-free designs. Here is a sneak peek of 2 of my favorites!!!
Do you want to see? Are you excited as me???



NINJAS!!!

If you want to see these and more new designs, head over to our Cantaloupe Corner Facebook page! "Like" us on Facebook and you can buy our new designs before the rest of the world even gets to see them!
(I really really love our Facebook Fans! Not that all of our fans aren't great. It's just that they pushed that little "like" button and that makes me feel special.) Plus, you will get all our our latest and greatest news and see all of our new stuff first! And all of the cool kids are doing it.

Our new designs will be available in our Cantaloupe Corner Etsy shop on Nov. 1st. But if you just can't wait until then. . . you know where to go.

And there is more good stuff coming soon! Including an epic new item!
I wish I could tell you more but I just can't.

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October 21, 2011

Feeling a little red today.

October 21, 2011
I got a "wild hair" this last weekend and dyed my hair red! (Ok, I got a whole head full of wild hairs.) Really RED! Red Red Red!

 I have this amazing sister-in-law that does my hair for me. She took me with her to CosmoProf so I could pick out the color.  I was really nervous to go so bright but I needed a change and I haven't change my hair color in a while. 
Back in the day, when I was in high school and college I had my hair every color from platinum blonde (which I LOVED) to dark brown. I must have been missing my wild side becuase wow this color is vibrant! But I am loving it.


I realize this has nothing to do with t-shirts, or that fact that I will be opening our Cantaloupe Corner Etsy shop on November 1st (YAAAAY, I'm so excited!). My next post will be all about that. And a preview is coming your way!
And BTW, if you haven't already done it yet, join our Cantaloupe Corner Facebook page to be the first to see and purchase our brand spankin' new designs!!!
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October 6, 2011

I heart Harry Potter

October 6, 2011
I admit it. I am a super dork when it comes to Harry Potter.

 I secretly hope and owl brings my Hogwarts letter.I want to be Hermione and fight bad guys with the wave of my magic wand. 
When I was little I used to dream about how amazing it would be to wave a magic wand and make things happen. In elementary school I used to check out magic books from the library and practice making pennies "disappear" or other cheesy tricks. Harry Potter brings out that kid in me. I love it.

Now the very last HP movie is on it's way to DVD (on 11/11/11) and will soon be in my collection!  I'm so sad that this was the last movie. *tear* It's the end of an era.

 I am now involving my kids in my fascination with HP.


For all of you non-Harry Potter nerds, these are the magic words Harry says to open the Marauder's Map to see where everyone is in Hogwarts.  "I solemly swear I'm up to no good."

I may have to put this on a t-shirt for my second son, the mischief maker.


And to close the map, so nosey teachers can't see what you are up to, you simply say "mischief managed."

Perfectly magical.

And I have to mention that whenever me and my hubby have the boys in bed and we are in the mood for a good movie, 9 out of 10 times I will pick out one of our Harry Potter movies. I watch them over and over and I can't get enough.
What other story gives you loyal friendships, combining against evil, fighting for what is right and good?  With all the junk out there on TV these days it's great to find a story with real values.

But we still argue about who Harry should have ended up with. Hermione or Ginny?

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September 25, 2011

Three-year-old birthday tee!

September 25, 2011

This is Ryan. He is my second son and he just celebrated his 3rd birthday!!! (WOO HOO!)

Third birthday shirt

It’s become a tradition for me to make a new shirt for each birthday boy, just because I can, and it’s fun!

 Last year he wore “Choo Choo I’m 2!”

This year I tried something new and added a layered #3 applique for a vintage-ish look. His favorite color is orange so we chose and orange 3. I love how it turned out and he loves it too. It has quickly been added to his list of favorite shirts, which is hard to do since he wears orange shirts every day. no joke.

I’m glad he is broadening his horizons with a little bit of navy blue.

 

--Since I trust your opinions I wanted to see if you would like to see his layered applique birthday shirt in my shop when I reopen. Yea or nay?

I can make this shirt with any number on it, as long as your boy or girl can fit into our Cantaloupe Corner sizes (currently 12m to 6T toddler t-shirt sizes).

 

Here’s my birthday boy: He’s about 7 months old in this pic.

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This cute little guy has been my model since he was just a baby:

Time flies. I can’t even believe this is the same kid! And I can’t believe I have had my own business for almost 3 years!

I’m going to let you in on a little secret:  I just ordered a bunch of new blank tees! What does that mean? Cantaloupe Corner will soon be open for business again! Keep watching for more details to come.

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August 25, 2011

This is Epic!

August 25, 2011
I'm the proud mommy of a Kindergartener!
Simon is just finishing his 3rd week in school and he is loving every second. He comes home happy and exhausted every day. Every day he has new stories and lots of new questions. I am so proud of him and his endless ambition to learn everything he can!

I had so much fun making Simon new t-shirts to wear to school. Since I knew I wasn't going to be selling these I didn't have to be completely original in my designs. In fact, one of my favorite shirts I finished was a copy-cat of a great shirt I found at Nordstrom.com



Excuse the wrinkles. I had to grab these from my son's clothes pile and snap shots before the baby woke up. I think the wrinkles add to the vintage look. don't you?


Here is the original tee from Nordstrom:


You can find this tee Here.

I learned a new technique to get the vintage style ink-printing on dark colors. It worked really well and it left the shirt so soft, almost like there was no ink at all. I used the same technique on 2 other shirts as well. It's. . . EPIC!
 I'll post those shirts as soon as I get caught up on my pile of laundry, a.k.a Mount Washmore.





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August 13, 2011

{ a little madness }

August 13, 2011
Things at our house can be described in one word: madness.

All of you moms with 3 or more kids, you have my respect. This mommy business is tough. But the madness is great too! We are enjoying every minute of time with our new (now 2 month old) baby. We are at the stage right now that we can venture out into public for short bursts of time without him crying inconsolably. There is no calming down this child when he is hungry. And he is hungry all the time. This week we took him in for his 2 month checkup and he weighed in at a hefty 15 pounds! Yes, this kid likes to eat.


Since we are still trying to get our family on a schedule, which includes our oldest going to kindergarten (wow, is he that old already?), we will be pushing back our re-opening to sometime late this fall or early winter. I have new ideas in the works, and new designs that are sooooo close to being finished. I need a clone so I can get all my biz stuff done and make sure my mommy stuff gets done too. So for now I choose the most important of the two. Once I can effectively juggle being the best mom I can with running a happy business I will re-open my shop with new goodies inside! And I have new tutorials in the works too!


Until then, I will enjoy this madness.



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July 23, 2011

Pancake scribbler - drawing with pancake batter

July 23, 2011
"What do you want for breakfast?"
I ask my kids this every morning. Usually I get a blank stare or an "I don't know." 
Sometimes they will get creative and invent a new type of pancake batter, or smoothie. Sometimes they request chocolate cake waffles, or just cake.  

This time they requested "pancakes in different shapes." 


I don't know about you but I am not a pancake artist.  My pancake talents stretch as far as Mickey Mouse ears.

But this time I had a Great Idea!!! Instead of pouring on the pancakes, Squirt 'em on!

I had an extra mustard container hanging around my house. You can pick these up at the dollar store. 
I snipped the top to make the opening large enough for the thick batter and funnelled in my batter.  

  

It worked like a charm!
Now I can make whatever shapes I want, as long as they are flippable.
I thought about writing "good morning" but soon realized that I would need an extra wide spatula to flip such words. I settled with the more convenient "Hi" pancake for my hubby.



 I made the boys letter pancakes and they ate them up and asked for more. And with my picky eaters, that's saying something!
S for Simon.


Simple, quick, cheap, and fun!   You have to try this!
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July 19, 2011

{ watching the parade }

July 19, 2011
I'm working on some new projects to add to my blog. In the meantime, here are some pics of my boys in their 4th of July tees and handmade cargo shorts.

We spent our holiday in my hometown here in Arizona. The largest fire in Arizona's history just blazed through our beautiful forests and nearly destroyed our little town. But still, only weeks after a full evacuation, our town was buzzing with life as the population boomed for the small town celebrations.

I am so grateful for our little hometown and the firefighters who saved it. It gives even more meaning to the saying on my boys' tees.




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July 2, 2011

Happy Independence Day!

July 2, 2011
I am enjoying my favorite time of year in my hometown in the White Mountains of Arizona. The air is cool and fresh and the population of this small town is going through the annual 4th of July boom. 
To make things even more fun, I also celebrated my 10 year high school reunion! I always wanted to show up to my class reunion looking better than when I was 18. Thin, fit, successful, rich, with super powers.
In reality, I'm 15 pounds heavier than normal because I just had a baby, my body is stretched and wrinkled, and my successful career consists of changing diapers and wiping up spit up (It's not glamorous but I love it!) 
 The reunion that I have dreaded for the last 10 years turned out to be not so bad. I actually had a great time seeing old friends that I have lost contact with, and others that I "see" on facebook everyday.  I had to drag my hubby came with me, and since he graduated from the same small high school (my graduating class was only about 170 students) he met up with some of his long lost buddies too. Good times.


All I'm trying to say is that I love this small town and the people who live here.



Monday is Independence Day and since I am a t-shirt making kind of woman I decided to throw together some new 4th of July shirts for my older boys. I thought you might like to see what my kids will be sporting to enjoy the festivities of this weekend.




Land of the Free
Because of the Brave 

(It's much easier to read in person, I promise.)
The eagle and stars are printed with dye remover and the words are in white and silver ink.


I added a star silhouette on the backside.

Enjoy your 4th of July Celebrations!

I'm feel so blessed to be a citizen of such spectacular country!

God Bless the USA!
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June 6, 2011

I'm a new mommy again!

June 6, 2011
Little Mason has arrived!
He was born on May 25th.
I am so happy to have him here with us.


 I did his first newborn photoshoot when he was 6 days old.
This was my first attempt at newborn pictures.

I now have a whole new world of respect for newborn photographers! It is definitely not easy.



Welcome to our family little Mason!
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May 20, 2011

Any day now. . .

May 20, 2011
It feels strange being away from this blog for so long. I wanted to leave an update so that anyone who follows our blog can know that I'm still alive (and still pregnant.) I'm at 38 1/2 weeks and I'm hoping this baby will arrive any day now!  I'm at that beloved point in pregnancy when everyone starts saying "you look like you are about to pop!"
No, that's not a watermelon under my shirt. . . or a beach ball.  (I guess I do look like I'm about to pop!)


My boys were comparing bellies with me. 

I love my family more than anything in the whole entire world and I am thrilled to meet our new addition.
If all goes as planned I will be enduced on Tuesday night and he should arrive on Wednesday! Wish us luck as our tribe of 4 becomes a tribe of 5.
Bring on the adventure!
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April 29, 2011

Code word. . .

April 29, 2011
The Royal Wedding, the Shuttle Launch (which is now delayed. boo! ), NFL Picks, and all the other big news stories are flooding the airwaves today!
What a fabulous day for a special sale! While you are surfing the net and reading up on the latest gossip about Prince William, take a minute to drop by Cantaloupe Corner and use your special 25% discount code.

Use code FRUITY25 to get 25% off you purchase today and tomorrow!

Get your child a high quality, ink-free tee for 25% off!! That's sounds like good news to me!

This is the best deal of the year on our premium quality shirts! In fact, it's the best deal we have ever had!


The 25% off coupon is good for today and tomorrow only, April 29th and 30th. Tomorrow will be the last day to shop for the spring/summer season so if you need a shirt for a birthday party, baby shower, or just for running around in the summer sun, get your orders in now!
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April 28, 2011

Thursday - MORE Deals of the Day!!!

April 28, 2011
I didn't get to post yesterday's sales on our blog so lucky for you I'm leaving them on sale today! I also added a few more to the list of deals! Like all sales, these won't last long. In fact, today is the last day to pick these up for such amazing prices!

Today's Deals of the Day are:










It's Thursday already. Time is flying by. We are only accepting orders through Saturday so get over to our Cantaloupe Corner Etsy shop and do some shopping! 
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April 26, 2011

Tuesday - Deals of the Day!

April 26, 2011
Today's deals are up in our Etsy Shop! Today we have 3 more of my favorite things on sale. The sale is for today only so snatch these up while you can!

Also, FYI, we are completely sold out of orange t-shirt in size 2. If you have a little tyke that wears that size we still have 5 other fun colors to choose from. Thanks!

Now, without further ado. . .

Today's sales are:




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