Sunday, September 14, 2014

Where I've been, and what I've been creating.

I've been doing a little more than sewing lately. 
In Boston my cell phone kept dying while I was out and about.  I always forgot to plug in portable chargers and solar chargers kept flipping over.
So Ben and I created something new.
Enter Granola Strolla

GranolaStrolla is a portable, affordable and easy to use solar charged batterypack able to charge USB devices as fast as a wall charger. 

It's compact and easy to use.  It has a plug and play design and can easy clip on a bag for use on the go. 

For plastics we decided to go with High Density Polyethylene (HPDE). It has the material strength needed for a sturdy product and it is easily recyclable.  We also intend to have the Granola Strolla made of recycled HPDE as soon as possible.

Granola Strolla isn't just an ecotech company. We're an eco-aware family. We want to create products that use renewable energy and resources to help preserve our planet for future generations.

You can find us on the web at
On Facebook at
Or Tweet @granolastrolla

Tuesday, June 24, 2014

Adventures in Ice Dyeing

I've been busy lately doing a lot of sewing.  I decided to open up my Facebook blog page to more of a business page. I'm making and selling more these days so that is the best way to keep up with me.

A couple months ago I purchased some adorable fabric from So Cheeky.

such a fun print

It's so lush and soft. I knew I wanted to make myself a shirt out of it.  Since I've made myself a couple bubble shirts recently I decided to do the same with this fabric.  This style of top is perfect for the hot Memphis summers (and to cover up my inability to lose the baby weight).
I always look like I want to smack my husband in photos 

I love the feel and fit of the top.  But with a toddler and a baby I didn't think that much white would work for me.  So I turned to my newest crafting obsession, ice dyeing. If you don't know about ice dyeing it's simple and fun. I find it less messy than tie dyeing.  It also takes up a lot less space while you are doing it.

I picked out a couple greens and a blue and got started. The only hard part is letting it sit for 24 hours.
 I pleated and then rolled the fabric. I haven't tried that particular fold before so I wanted to give it a try. Since the fabric was thick after 7 hours I flipped it and then dyed the other side. I wanted to make sure it went all the way through.
I'd normally leave the colors to set a bit longer but I decided I wanted the colors to be slightly more subdued than jewel toned so I rinsed it earlier than the 24 hours and did a hot wash with Synthrapol.

 Garrett decided he wanted to show off the t-shirt I made him yesterday.

Here is a better shot of how the colors came out.
I'm in love with the way this came out. I can't stop touching it because the fabric is so soft.  Glad I have another yard to use.

For more of what I'm sewing check out my Facebook page.

Sunday, March 16, 2014

Natural teething necklaces

Teething necklaces by teawithfrodo
Teething necklaces, a photo by teawithfrodo on Flickr.

I love making these natural teething necklaces. So many fabric choices.

Friday, March 14, 2014

3m-18m Monster Bunz

3m-18m Monster Bunz by teawithfrodo
3m-18m Monster Bunz, a photo by teawithfrodo on Flickr.

Adorable Monster Bunz customs I made for a client.
I love making these so let me know if you are interested in a pair.

Saturday, February 15, 2014

The reason for my absence

Many of you knew I was pregnant and due in early May.  Well my pregnancy did not go well.
My friend Monika over at set up a page for us.
Since it's hard for me to tell the story over and over you can see what is written on the page:

I won't be posting much while this is going on.

Wednesday, November 27, 2013

Thanksgiving Guest Post from Kendra Thornton

Welcome to the Thornton Thanksgiving!

At this time of year, the air is chilly, leaves are falling, and families are starting to make plans for the holidays! Although I love all the holidays, Thanksgiving is probably one of my favorites because it's all about having an attitude of gratitude! This year all of our family's relatives will be here at the Thornton household. I'm so excited!   

In order to get ready for our special dinner, I've been going on Pinterest to get great appetizer and dessert ideas so I can spend time preparing great dishes with my children. As they continue maturing, it seems like they've developed an interest in helping their Mom out when she's in the kitchen. Although I'm always grateful for their help and want to spend as much time with them as I can, I have to remember to keep their food tasks as simple as possible. If it gets complex, it gets messy. For this reason, I want to find recipes that can be made easily! And making them has to be fun, too!

In my opinion, traditional Thanksgiving meals are always amazing. Personally, there are certain foods that I always prepare such as turkey, cranberry sauce, stuffing and my personal favorite-mashed potatoes and gravy. Although these staples are wonderful, however, I'm going to experiment with some new dishes this year. While I was doing research online, I found an article on Gogobot featuring the dishes that various luxury hotels are going to prepare for their guests for Thanksgiving!

To keep my family's dinner fresh and alive this year, I'm going to remake some dishes. Hopefully my family will appreciate my efforts at spicing up our beloved traditions. Recently, I read an article stating that the Waldorf Astoria of Orlando will be making a great pumpkin soup with lobster as an appetizer for their Thanksgiving dinner. Since my family loves soup, I'm definitely going to give this recipe a try.  

When I reflect on all the blessings and joy that I have in my life, I am constantly reminded of the fact that I have numerous things to be grateful for. And that's why I'm excited about one of my family's most treasured traditions of going around the table and mentioning several things that we feel grateful for. My kids and I are going to create Thanksgiving thankful craft tonight that will help us get our minds thinking of what to share on Thursday!

Maybe your family can adopt this great tradition during your own Thanksgiving dinner! No matter what you do this year, I hope your holiday is filled with great food and even greater memories!    

 Kendra Thonrton can be found on Twitter at or by searching for @KendraThornton