Christmas Challenge Progress

The other day I shared this Christmas Challenge we’re taking as a family to not spend one dollar on Christmas presents. Weird, I know.  You can read more here. This is not a challenge so we can brag about it.  The presents won’t be perfect, but there will be a lot of love and thought going into them. For example, last February I thrifted a crib dust ruffle.  I took it yesterday and made 2 ruffled aprons out of it. {Read More}

Barbie’s Colorful New Digs

I promise I am coming back.  I think everything finally hit me and I crashed the last few weeks.  Here’s another project we worked on, painting my old doll house my Grandfather made when I was young.  I only wish it still had the plastic windows and vintage wallpaper and flooring.  We did put down some outdoor carpet and painted some fresh, bold colors inside and out. I dug out my old doll furniture and a few dolls. Obviously this {Read More}

Wind-Proof & Water Resistant Mittens Tutorial

Pin It  I put on my daughter’s mittens the other week & she preferred her baby mittens without the thumb that she wore the year before.  So, away she went outside and before I knew we had to go inside because her hands were so cold.  With that I began to think about wind-proof, water-proof items and PUL (a laminated, flexible fabric used for making cloth diapers) came to mind.  So, here goes a loose tutorial for you in we’ll {Read More}

Valentine’s Hoop Art

Here’s a little something my daughter helped me with the other afternoon.  She loves to help push down the sewing foot & pick out fun stitches.  Both kids love to push the buttons on the machines.  I picked out scraps of minky fabric, sewed pieces, cut out shapes and simply sewed squiggly lines across for texture.  My daughter claimed them for her room! Do you decorate for the holidays/seasons?

Valentine Message Pillows Tutorial

I’m over at Inspired by Family Magazine today sharing a little somethin’ somethin’ for the day to celebrate those we love! You’ve got just over 2 weeks to get things cookin’! Check it out over here and let me know if you liked it!

Christmas Decor

This year we are in the middle of redecorating after finishing off a room in the basement.  This leaves me re-thinking where I put things and how I decorate for Christmas.  Having little kids and the fact that I purged too much stuff for a garage sale (does anyone else do that?) limits my decorations a bit.Avoiding shots of laundry baskets (hey, let’s be real here.  My house is lived in all day 😉 here’s what I have so far…. {Read More}

Cloud 9 Sea View Quilt – Finished!

Quilt Finished (Finally!) Ok, so last year when Kate Conklin showed this quilt on her blog, I knew then and there I had to make it.  It was the look I wanted for our bedroom.  Her pattern was very easy to follow and fun to make!  I struggled with just deciding how to quilt it and then finishing it with so many things going on.  Well, I did 3 different things while quilting it and even hand stitched the binding {Read More}

Blushing – Copic Tote

Update: Blogged Dimensions for your own tote here. Kristy from Some Odd Girl did a little video of the custom tote I made for her.  She is just too sweet =) If you’re making your own and want to know ~ where to find the grid – it’s in the dropped ceiling section of any large hardware store – the fan grid.  It comes about 3 times the size that you need.  I found 1 piece for around $13.   yes, {Read More}

Operator’s Chair Re-Do

This winter my husband and I picked up this chair at our town’s hidden picker’s paradise for $10.  My husband tore it apart and caned it.  I re-upholstered the back of the chair.  It was all with scraps around the house!  (The fabric is Outside Oslo by Jessica Jones – I have some I sell in my shop on sale right now!)  We googled it and it’s a 1940s Operators Chair by General Electric.  It’s now my daughter’s chair at the kitchen {Read More}

Hoop Fun

Sewing machines aren’t exactly something you can climb in bed with your husband with. 😉  So, with that in mind I decided I would take a hoop, some lovely Amy Butler fabric, some scraps, vintage buttons and a needle and thread.  Instead of being in the other room listening to the hum of my sewing machine, I was able to create a little something fun for the wall, sitting next to the hubby at night.  Crafting.  Freestyle. What have you {Read More}