June 1, 2025

Welcome One And All


Hey All! I'm Karla and run this little show.  I have been blogging about my craft projects since 2012 and it's always exciting to see how far this blog has come. Through blogging I found a passion for sewing.  In 2017 I opened my business - My Mommy Life of 3.  I make everything you see at my kitchen table and run all my own social media accounts.

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Shop either the classic collection (the things that I created first) or the Reusable collection. I love to make things that make a difference in the world.

August 27, 2019

How far I've come

It seems like I have been working on what I make and how it will look and my technique for so very long that it's strange to look back. It wasn't that long ago that I never got my sewing machine out. In fact, I had gotten it from my mom for Christmas. My husband asked me if I knew how to sew a hem - of course, he should even know that. Anyone who took home ec knew how to sew a straight line.

So I took out my dusty sewing machine that hadn't ever been used (it was already August) and helped him cut off and hem some shorts so he could go mountain biking. They were not straight in the least. They were horrendous!! But they were done by me and it felt like such an accomplishment!!

That was 9 years ago! Can you believe it? My sewing machine is turning 10 on Christmas. It is a work horse and I absolutely love it!! They don't even make these Kenmore sewing machines anymore so I really don't look forward to when it dies (in many more years to come).

I was pretty proud of my attempt and thought that it would be fun to make a few things for my cute nieces. I made a couple stuffed animals and blankets. They weren't the best, but I was trying. I started writing about my sewing and other crafts on my personal blog.

We were pregnant with our first baby - a girl. I wanted so much to make a dress that my baby could wear. I had never before sewn clothing (and I still don't like it). I grabbed a pattern online (so far I had just made up my own) and did my best. Using binding and piping and other techniques were a little advanced for me and I had a lot of trial and error. It looked so incredibly darling on my baby. It fit for about a week because I made it so small. I still love these ladybugs.

I noticed just how many crafts I started to post on my blog and thought - I should just make another blog for those interested in crafts. I had wood crafts, cooking, and other hobbies that I added into the "crafts" folder. I started my blog called "Karla's Crafts" in June of 2012. That means that I have kept this blog going for 7 years!! That's insane!

I wanted to change my name because things changed in our lives. I was also sewing more than any other craft. It's fun when you find your niche! I began my business in 2017 making mostly baby items. My heart wasn't completely in it, though. We had just had our 3rd baby and I was starting to end that baby phase. Starting a shop online was a big step that I had been wanting to try for a few years and it was fun to try out things on family and friends, too. 

I finally had my ah-ha moment last year.  It was a serious light bulb moment! I love to make reusable items that people want to use. This year I opened my new website that is not affiliated with anyone but me. I love being able to change things up and think about what I want to try next!

It's been one wild ride - I have been changing how my family does a lot of things this year - using a lot more reusable items and I'm even changing what I buy and how I buy items. I try to get less plastic, I look at ingredients for cleaners and things are just different. I'm different.  I've also got more style in my home and I feel happier to be home with my kids.

This journey gives me more purpose as a person. I am not just a wife or a mom or a college grad. I am a sole proprietor. I recycle. I am ecochic. I love to create and that has been a big accomplishment for me to say. I used to think that creative was not okay because I was a scientist. I can be both!! I use my math to help when buying fabric. I use my chemistry when I bake. I use anatomy when my kids get hurt and we talk about the layers of their skin before putting on a band-aid.

I'm excited to see where this journey will lead. What happens when all the kids are in school? How much time will I be able to volunteer at the school? Will I go back to work? Will I use my secondary teaching degree? Will I get to be back in a laboratory?!? (I wish.) Only time will tell. I will say this last thing - for those who are struggling (which is me, sometimes) just keep going! Looking back, a little has become a lot!

July 31, 2019

Happy Birthday Harry Potter

A friend of mine throws an amazing Harry Potter party on his birthday. Which is July 31 - today.  She asked if anyone wanted to donate an item to the raffle that she has. I told her that I'd love to make a large tote with a bit of Harry Potter mixed in.

My sewing machine was being really rude - I ran out of bobbin and the thread kept snapping. I think it's time to take it in to have it serviced - but until then I needed to finish this fun project.

One way that I keep everything straight in my head is to label everything. I cut everything at once - straps, loops, inner lining, pockets and outer part of the bag. Then I will iron everything I need to iron. I then clip a paper with what it is to the fabric. That way I can step away a bit and be a mom when needed.  This was my crazy pile from last night.

I finished the tote bag just in time and had to run to a neighbor to take a picture for me.  I LOVE how it turned out. The pattern is fun, the bag is amazing and I love the hidden bit of Harry Potter love as the lining.

My most favorite part is that I made the straps long enough to be a cross body bag. There are also 2 pockets on the outside and a large pocket on the inside.  I love how this bag lays, too. It is so cute and next time I could even add a zipper. It depends on how I feel at the time.

I am pretty proud of this one. I hope to make more like this soon. It gets a little expensive with the character fabric. It's always nice to have something turn out so nicely.  Happy birthday to Harry Potter!

June 24, 2019

Something for ME - how I made a wet bag

We have had swim lessons every week this summer. It has been a lot of fun! However, it's been a headache for me to get the kids there, swim, then change all three after class.

The idea here is that if they are changed into normal clothes they are more comfy on the ride home, they aren't cold, and they are less likely to whine and beg to get back in the water. The hard part is that the swim suits are super wet when we get changed and I was tired of getting my bags all nasty.

I went online and started looking for a wet bag.  The ones that I wanted were quite expensive. So instead I did some research. (Probably could've done more.. more on that later) I found fabric that could work - laminated cotton, oilcloth, or ripstop vinyl.  I decided to use oilcloth.

There wasn't a lot of choices at my local fabric shop that didn't look like a picnic table. I found this cute gold dot fabric that I've used before. I wanted a large bag b/c when we all go swimming I'll need room for shoes and swim suits.  I also loved the idea of a mesh pocket.

I started with 4 pieces of oil cloth that were about 20x36 inches. (I changed a bit as I went along.) I added the mesh pocket w/ zip to one of the pieces. I then added straps to that piece and another making these the outer layers.

I then made a zip pouch that was really large!! It was pretty simple except for the actual making of the bag. I broke 2 needles because I didn't have the right needle (need a denim.. see - I needed more research). 

I finally got it all done and I am LOVING it. We used it after swim class and the kids loved that we had a place to put their clothes. It was a lot of fun to have them excited as well. The bag is a lot larger than what I found online. It was also cheaper for me to make it than buy it. That doesn't always happen. It was a pleasant surprise.

UPDATE: We are potty training our baby. This is a life saver when out and about. I put some spare underwear in the mesh and the wet in the other.