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What will you name yours?

What will you name yours?

It seems each year the catalogs arrive earlier and earlier to grab your gift giving dollars. The beginning of October found the first ones in my post box. A new, at least to our address, children’s catalog called arrived in the first flurry. While flipping through it I found a game called Bananagrams that visually caught my attention. As I read about the game I saw it had won the Toy Industry of America’s 2009 Best Game of the Year Award and was for 1 to 8 players, ages 7+.

I liked it because it was like Scrabble but less restricting and it was played quickly so many games could be enjoyed. Although it didn’t encompass the math skills Scrabble does, Bananagram is very portable. The price seemed reasonable at $17.95 (+s&h) but my mind drifted to the scrabble games we already owned and all those tiles…..

So for the backseat of her minivan I think that MommaOh should make her own bag and fill it with recycled Scrabble tiles from the games in the basement. It won’t be the same as Bananagram but our own rules can be made and the math can be added back in if we want. I’m sure it won’t win any awards but it will still be fun, educational and if I reuse a bag from around the house, our game will be comprised with all recycled items. Yeah, I’m good with not winning an award.

Hmmm now what should I name my upcycled bag of tiles game? ‘MommaOh My Word’ of course. What will you name yours?



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September Fun Fall Crafts Competition

Illustration from the 2009 Family Fun Online Magazine

Illustration from the 2009 Family Fun Online Magazine

A great idea was given to me by my friend Kate. She suggested and I concur for the month of September run a Fall Craft Contest! So send me photos/tutorials/directions of your favorite fall craft and I will post them to the blog. Deadline for submission is September 22, 2009. From the 23rd to the 30th be sure to vote for your favorite item. I will set up a mailbox/other widget/voting site for everyone to use to cast their vote.

So collect your leaves, stuff your scarecrows, gather your gourds and share with us your favorite fall craft. We are waiting to see your contribution….email your submissions to

Oh and the prize, other than the glory of winning, will be 3 fall headbands, photos of them this month will be posted this month.

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Great Idea Winner of the MacGyver Challenge

I have a subscription to a Magazine called ReadyMade
where at the end of each issue the winner of their MacGyver Challenge is showcased. At the same time they issue a new challenge for the following month.

Well take a look at this because it is MommaOh’s MacGyver Challenge winner. Oh course there was no challenge but if there had been how could anyone have beat this?

When you are outdoors and the sun is playing havoc with your digital video camera snap out viewer slip on your koozie and viola it’s shaded!

What can't see your digital video camera screen?

What can't see your digital video camera screen?


Who’s great idea is this (and photos who I am using with her permission!)? A brilliant woman named Anita click on her name to connect and see her other goodies! Thanks Anita for letting me blog about your great idea!


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Upcycled Albums

Everything old is new again when you take your old lps and stick them in the oven. My husband has converted most of his albums to cd’s (purchased not recorded) and has given me his old albums to dispose of as I see fit.  So I decided to upcycle these into bowls ( upcycle definition ).

First try at melted album bowl.

First try at melted album bowl.

Well this was not my husband’s music and I could not tell you how we came to own this record, but who wants to melt vintage Blood, Sweat & Tears unproductively? So when I found these classical Funk and Wagnall (what? I thought they did encyclopedias back in the 60’s) records that no one would miss, I used them for my initial trial at this new art form.

What I discovered is you have to play with time and temperature and if you have the convection option: to convect or not to convect that’s the big question! Then what to use as your mold? It took several bowls from my cupboard, 6 or more various temperatures, many meltings and re-meltings to come up with the bowl you see here. Turns out melted vinyl albums create a very forgiving sculptors medium.

Now I realize this bowl doesn’t look so great in this photo. So I guess a disclaimer is in order,” Items in photos look better than pictured here.”  Perhaps my next entry will discuss how to photograph these great bowls to showcase their beauty. Probably won’t, so just trust me and if you have some old vinyl lps, free time and need a bowl? Then turn on your exhaust fan, open your windows, start with 150 degree preheated oven and upcycle yourself one!


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Personalized Embroidered Items – My Work

Never did I foresee my future using a sewing machine but somehow this is where I wound up. I seriously LOVE going to my sewing room or spending time in my studio creating, sewing and stitchin’ up a storm. It takes me to a good place, re-energizes me, I know ‘it centers me’. I try to develop and stitch useful items for the most part and with some uniqueness.

My aunt is actually to blame for most of this. She gave me my first serger. Then my great friend Rene came over took it out of it’s dusty 2 year home and fired the puppy up….so many machines later I have started peddling my wares. Now you say who is feeding her machine and sewing addiction? Well I’d like to thank not only my aunt but my mother and husband without who’s support I could not have so generously feathered my sewing nest.

You see samples of my items in the heading of my blog. Maybe I’ll add new ones, maybe I’ll just post them and blog about them. I guess we’ll see how MommaOhs blog garden grows.

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