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Saturday, February 26, 2011

Family Story Night 2/28 and 3/21

Clifton Public Library – Clifton Memorial Library

Family Evening Storytimes 

Enjoy a storytime together along with a craft or activity.
Tickets: Registration required: 973-772-5500
Information: (973) 772-5500
Ages: 4-9 with families
 • Mon 2/28 at 6:30pm
 • Mon 3/21 at 6:30pm

292 Piaget Ave.

CliftonNJ  07011
(973) 772-5500

Thursday, February 24, 2011

Mystery Movie Night

The Contemporary Women's Club of Washington Twp will host "Mystery Movie Night" at Westwood High School~ Friday 2/25 at 6:30pm.
Attendees will fill out "Who Dunit" ballots at intermission- tickets are $8.00 per person- cal (201)664-1785 for details.

Wednesday, February 23, 2011

Click on Bensi to Enter $25 Gift Card Raffle.....

Make sure to "Like" the comment regarding the raffle to enter!
Drawing is tomorrow (2/24)!!!!!

President's Week Open Gym at Tumblebee in Emerson!

Next Week (Starting 2/21), 
Tumlebee in Emerson has Open Gym at these times:
9:30-11:30 and 12:30-2:30
12:30-2:30 only
Cost is $10.00 per child
Click here for info: TUMBLEBEE

Get the kids out of the house while school's closed!

465 Old Hook Rd
Emerson, NJ

T Shirt Yarn/ Tarn Tutorial (awesome)

T-shirt yarn is a very durable yarn. It is outstanding for making rugs and trivets in either crochet or knit. You will need to use a larger crochet hook or knitting needle than you normally would to comfortably be able to deal with this yarn. I have tried it in many widths, from 1/2-inch strips which produced a thinner, more flexible yarn to 1-1/2-inch strips which produced a chunky, stiff yarn. Today's yarn was made using 1-1/4-inch strips which was perfect for the project that I had in mind.

**Please note that only the unprinted, plain portions of the t-shirts are suitable to make into yarn. The ink and printed images are stiff and will not allow the yarn to curl under and form a smooth tube.

Start by placing a t-shirt onto a flat work surface. Straighten the t-shirt so that the hemmed edge lines up neatly.

Using a sharp scissor or rotary cutter and ruler, cut away the bottom hem. Also remove the upper portion of the t-shirt with a straight cut right at the under arm. You will be left with a tube with the left and right sides open.

Take the bottom of the tube (closed end) and fold it upward, leaving a 1-inch margin at the top.

Fold it once more, making sure that you keep the 1-inch margin at the top.

Start cutting your t-shirt into strips, leaving the upper 1-inch margin intact. If you find that it is too bulky to cut through all of the layers at once, only fold it once instead of twice and just cut longer strips. You can decide how wide you would like your strips to be. I have cut strips as small as 1/2-inch and as large as 1-1/2-inches.

This is what it should look like after you've finished cutting the strips.

Unfold the strips. Notice that you will still have the 1-inch uncut margin at the top.

The easiest way to do this step is to run your arm between the two layers of t-shirt with the uncut margin resting on top of your arm. The statement that I made about needing 3 hands comes in here. I couldn't have it draped over one arm and at the same time cut it as I was taking the picture. Impossible.

So, in order to be able to photograph and cut it at the same time, I placed a round plastic jar inside the t-shirt in place of my arm.

Take your scissor and make a diagonal cut from the top of the first slit to the bottom of the second slit on the opposite side.

This is what it should look like after the first cut...

Keep cutting diagonally until you've reached the end. Please note: You will need to go back to the beginning where you made your first cut. You will notice that it will still be joined in a circle. Make a small diagonal cut to open the circle. I find it easier to do this in the end as it can make things confusing trying to figure it out in the beginning.

You will end up with one continuous piece like this:

To turn this into yarn, take short sections of approximately 1 to 2 feet betwen both hands and give it a good tug. It should curl under forming a tube. Repeat throughout. This should take you just a couple of minutes to do. Easy, peasy and fun too.

This is what your yarn will look like after you have completed the above step.

Here is a ball of t-shirt yarn just aching to be turned into something fabulous.

Today I have chosen a quick and easy crochet project as an example of what something made from this yarn will look like. Upon completion, this will become a trivet to go under hot pots and pans.

Now go ahead and have fun with t-shirt yarn. And please don't limit yourself to just trivets and rugs. T-shirt yarn can be made into a whole lot more.

How about knitting a cute tote from your new-found yarn.

Tuesday, February 22, 2011

A Night Out for Mom's and Dad's!

  • FEB 26th Coffee House at Pompilio's in Westwood
  • First of it's kind in Westwood!
  • 10 pm to 1pm 
  • Cappuccinos,Espresso, Coffee and Desserts Bar open all night.
  • 1 appetizer per person only. 
  • Live music by Dave Kopec .Jazz, Lite Rock and much more.Make your reservation for friends or family today .Seating only for 45 people

Monday, February 21, 2011

March of Dimes March for Babies....

Team Tellez

Message from the Team Captain:

Participating in the March for Babies is an event that hits close to home for me and my family. On April 13th, 2005 I gave birth to twin girls, Alyssa & Arianna at 26 weeks gestation. Each of the girls weighed approximately only 2 lbs. Sadly, Alyssa passed away suddenly from an infection at 41days old. My other daughter, Arianna spent about 3 long months in the NICU before coming home. It had been the most difficult time in our lives and the pain of losing a child never goes away. We walk in memory of Alyssa and in honor of Arianna. We hope to raise enough money and awareness so we can help prevent another family from experiencing this kind of heartache and pain. All babies deserve a healthy start!
The money we raise for March for Babies will support lifesaving research, services, education and advocacy that help babies get a healthy start.
This is our fourth year participating as "Team Tellez". We have been one of the top family teams in Bergen County to raise money for the March of Dimes. Please support our team by making a donation or joining our team to walk.
Join us in the walk that helps all moms and babies. Thank you!!

The mission of March of Dimes is to improve the health of babies by preventing birth defects, premature birth and infant mortality.
    Funds raised in March for Babies support research and programs that help moms have full-term pregnancies and babies begin healthy lives. And they will be used to bring comfort and information to families with a baby in newborn intensive care.
That time is quickly approaching for the March of Dimes, "March for Babies" walk. This years walk is on Sunday, May 1st at Darlington Park in Mahwah.
Please join me in this wonderful event that is so near and dear to my heart. Click on the link below to join Team Tellez and walk with us for such a worthy cause. I know times are tough for many of us, but any donation or fundraising that you can contribute would be greatly appreciated.

We will also be doing a Zumba fundraiser on April 10th at the Westwood Elks. More details to follow =)

Thanks for your love and support!

March for Babies - View Team Page!
Bergen County May 1, 2011 Darlington Park600 Darlington Avenue Mahwah, NJ 07430Walk Distance: 5 milesRegistration Time: 8:00 AMStart Time: 9:00 AMChapter: North Jersey DivisionPhone: (973) 882-0700 Learn Morehttp://www.marchforbabies.org/s_team_page.asp?SeId=1456723&si

PG Movie for Children- FREE!!!

Clifton Memorial Library

PG Movie for Children 

Bring a brown bag lunch and enjoy a PG movie for children.
• Kid Friendly
Tickets: 973-772-5500
Information: (973) 772-5500
Ages: Grades K-5

 • Wed 2/23 at 1pm-2:30pm

292 Piaget Ave.

CliftonNJ  07011
(973) 772-5500

Sunday, February 20, 2011

Another Awesome Site We Should've Thought of....


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