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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 www.chinaberry.com 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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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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