Category Archives: Celebrations

I give because I Love.

To celebrate LOVE, I have a giveaway for you today!

Remember the shirt I made a few days ago for Falafel?

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She has decided (after only wearing it for the photo session) that she would like to give it to one of you!

If you would like to see the details of the shirt, read the post, and then come back to enter.

Just enter through the Rafflecopter below….

Winner announced below!

And Happy Valentine’s Day!

*disclaimer: I had trouble with the snap tool, and consequently the top snap is bent strangely and only sometimes closes. While I will work on this before sending it, I cannot guarantee it will actually work. Other than that this shirt is AWESOME and made with love.

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Punny Valentines

I wanted to keep the Valentines for school this year simple. Not candy. Nothing fussy or expensive. I usually tend to go a bit overboard, but this year I ran out of steam.

I looked around at what we had in the house, and landed on oranges. Yup. We have 25 of those!

I then went to my good ol’ friend, the internet  and found these adorable printable tags from Crafting in the Rain, and that was it.

I ran it by Falafel for her approval even though I knew she would because that girl appreciates a good pun.

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Absurdly simple.

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We always have cello bags in the house.

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Perfect!

What are you giving out for school Valentines?

Rounding up the hearts

I thought it might be helpful to do a Valentine round-up of my past projects as inspiration for you!

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Here are a few posts (you can tell we really liked these) about making Gluten-Free salt-dough Valentines

here , here and here.

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Heart bags

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Pocket Hearts

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Need something to keep your love notes in? Here is one of the first tutorials I wrote for a messenger bag!

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Felt chains

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This is one from 2010 using watercolors and salt.

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This is one of my favorites!

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Special skirt? YES.

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Special outfit? Emphatic YES!

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soft heart necklaces

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And last, but SO not least….the food.

conversation hearts,

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chocolate hearts

Meringue kisses

So, how about you? Are you making anything special this Valentine’s Day? Food, clothing, decor, or gifts?

Felt Valentine Chain and an impromptu Link party

I finally got around to making something Valentine-y for our home that didn’t require any sewing!

My girls LOVE making paper chains. I can’t stand that we always have to get rid of them because the paper rips, and out here, the paper would get wet and it would inevitably become a moldy mess.

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That is when you make…. FELT chains!

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I started with cutting different colored 2″x8″ strips of felt. A whole bunch of them.

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Then came some hot glue to glue them paperchain-style, and you get….

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A felt chain that you can keep year after year! Make it as short or long as you’d like!

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It doesn’t even need to be perfect. Just hold the glue in place long enough for it to stick (a few seconds). Falafel wanted to help, but last time she handled the hot glue gun she was burned, and even at 9 years old didn’t feel comfortable giving it another go. And that is OK. *So make sure if you have kids helping, they are old enough (capable and comfortable) of handling the hot glue gun.

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Super simple project and it totally makes our house seem festive again (I actually missed having the Christmas decor up!).

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Now it is YOUR turn! Show me what you made! It can be anything related to Valentine’s Day.

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Happy New Year

We have had such a crazy end of the year, I feel like I haven’t truly caught my breath yet. Please bear with me as I gain my footing and get back into the swing of things around here.

I have no idea what was different about this past December (Well, other than adding The nutcracker performance to our already packed month), but I felt one step behind every single moment. Very unlike me and my carefully planned self.

We did have a fabulous start to this New Year beginning with incredible news from Falafel’s Endocrinologist. This was the first visit with this Doctor since her old one retired. We really liked him a lot. He was incredibly thorough, went slowly and explained everything, and reviewed her entire chart along with all the tests she has had. At the end of lots of measuring, charting, and a bone age scan, he declared our little girl perfectly healthy, growing at a good rate, and just “a late bloomer”!! The best part is she doesn’t need to come back to the Endocrinologist . We just have to monitor her growth through her regular doc.

She is small (her bones actually “think” she is 6 years+10 months old, when she just turned 9), but he had every confidence she would grow normally in her own time. I cannot tell you what a relief this is, after being worried about it for 5 years now.

Then to make things even better, we celebrated New Year’s Day with our very good friends. And there were sparklers.

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I do believe in a balance to all things. You know one of my favorite stories is from Zen Shorts. No “good” or “bad”, it just is.

BUT I admit that I did a little cheering after that doctor appointment, for sure.

How is the start of YOUR year??

Gearing up for the New year with a repost

I hope your holiday was spent the way you wanted and love and kindness were in abundance! Our Christmas went by fast this year, and Santa was very good to us all.

And now, I cannot believe we are beginning a new year! I was scrolling through my archives and came across this post from 2012 and it seemed like I just wrote this yesterday. So I am reposting for your viewing pleasure!
I guess I have liked crafting with plastic animals (like these and these) and toilet paper tubes for some years now. At least I’m consistent. Ha!
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With all of the whirling activity of Christmas coming to end, I felt the need to craft one more frivolous celebratory thing.

Gold and Silver animals to put in New Years’ Crackers!

I just hand painted silver and gold acrylic paint on some cheap plastic animals that we already had. Then after the coats dried, I brushed on some glitter glue to make them sparkle.

Even though my nose is so incredibly congested and I feel like something scraped off the bottom of a shoe, I wanted to break up the monotony of blowing my nose 4000 times, with a productive activity.

This was the perfect low-energy/ high yield craft.

The hippo is my favorite. He is so pretty.

I love looking at them all. It amazes me how a simple coat of paint can transform these cheap plastic toys into something quite festive.

I can’t decide which ones I like better, the Silver or the Gold.

Will you make a craft to ring in this New Year?

Anyone else fighting colds or flus right now?

Have a safe and sparkly New Year’s Eve!

 

Happy Holidays!

Wishing you all…

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May it be full of love!

One step at a time

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Here’s what is happening right now:

  • Tree is up and it is looking a little more festive around here.
  • Today is the last day of the Nutcracker performance which has consumed a lot of our time, but The Bee has immensely enjoyed being a part of. I wouldn’t be lying if I said that I was relieved it was over.
  • When picking her up from a night performance, I slipped in the mud and fell on one knee and one hand, which supports my above statement.
  • Birthdays are finished for the month, and we still owe Falafel her ear piercing present.
  • Christmas is coming and I am feeling incredibly unprepared, but am finding solace in the fact that everyone I talk to feels exactly the same way.
  • Keep reminding myself to take it one step at a time, and to try to be present because it is, after all, a present.

What is happening right now for you?

12 Days of Christmas Holiday Blogger Challenge

Today I am participating in Deanna’s (from Sew McCool) 12 days of Christmas Holiday Blogger Challenge.

Each of us had to come up with a Christmas project tutorial, and at the end of the 12 days, you’ll get a chance to vote for your favorite project and THE WINNER GETS $100.00! How very cool is that?

Without further ado…..

My tutorial is:

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This is a utensil holder for a place setting, but it would also make a fantastic gift card/ small gift holder too!

Let’s get started.

You will need:

The free Elf Stocking pattern (download here)

2  different fabrics approx. 8×11 each (2 pieces each)

small amount of stuffing (optional)

bells and O rings (optional)

Sewing machine (or needle and thread and more power to ya!)

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OK. I made the pattern fit onto one page so there is less printing for you.

You can trace the different pieces on tracing paper, or just cut 4 of the curly toed pieces and then trim the lining to the inner line.

You need to add a seam allowance to your heel pocket pieces (I would add 3/8″ all around it).

When you have all your fabric cut, you should have this:

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Now, grab those heel pieces. With right sides together, sew across the top (the part that faces the inside of the stocking).

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Clip around curves (I like using pinking shears) and flip so the rights sides are facing out.

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You can press it flat, and top stitch (optional).

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Now pin in place on the right side  of one of the outer elf fabrics and baste or stitch in place (close to the edge).

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Lay the other elf piece on top (right sides facing), and sew around the perimeter, leaving the top unsewn.

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Clip curves and turn right sides out (not pictured). Make sure that toe is completely turned out. I like using a chopstick and gently push.

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Grab your lining pieces, with right sides together sew around the perimeter, leaving the top unsewn along with a space on the toe.

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With right sides facing, slip the outer piece inside the lining. Make sure to line up the points on the top AND make sure the toes are facing the same way.

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Sew around completely. It should look like this. Make sure you clip or pink the edges to make those points nice and crisp when you turn them.

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Now pull everything out through the toe of the lining. This is the time you would take a small amount of batting or stuffing and stuff your curly toe if you wanted. I didn’t for mine, but I have for others. Either way they look pretty cute. You also want to get inside and turn those top points out with that chopstick. Once everything is facing out, tuck the raw edges in on the toe, and sew the toe closed (either hand sew, or machine- no one will see it).

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 Push the lining inside the Elf stocking. You can top stitch around the points (optional). Fold the top down.

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That little pocket is perfect for place cards, or even a note. Maybe a sprig of evergreen? Really, put your creativity to work!

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This one I did with no pocket, but added jingle bells using jewelry O rings. I just pierced the O rings through the fabric and hung a bell on each. Easy peasy. *Although, if using where small children will be, I would leave these off because they are most definitely a choking hazard.

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Place some silverware and a napkin inside and lay on a plate. Your table just got whimsical!

I hope you enjoyed my tutorial and will come back to vote.

12 Days of Christmas Holiday Blogger Challenge with sewmccool.com large

Don’t forget to visit all of the bloggers who are creating tutorials for the Sew McCool 12 Days of Christmas challenge! Voting will begin on www.sewmccool.com on December 13 and go through 11:59 p.m. U.S. Eastern time on December 20. The blogger with the most votes will win $100 – just in time for Christmas!

December 1

Ren @ The Inspired Wren * Stephanie @ Swoodson Says * Alicia @ Felt With Love Designs

December 2

Natalie @ Sew Outnumbered *Deby @ So-Sew-Easy * Ajaire @ Call Ajaire

December 3

Amy @ Friends Stitched Together * Maris @ Sew Maris * Gemia @ Phat Quarters

December 4

Amy @ How I Make Stuff * Michelle @ Falafel and the Bee

December 5

Beth @ Beth Jarrett * Jen @ Just Joshin

December 6

Lauren @ Molly and Mama * Krista @ Bee Quilted Beauties

December 7

Vicky @ Vicky Myers Creations * Deb @ Sprouting Jube Jube

December 8

Addie @ Addie K * Michelle @ Not My Tree

December 9

Ula @ Lulu & Celeste * Sara @ Made By Sara * Chelsea @ GYCT Designs

December 10

Nichole @ Bluebird & the Boy * Darcy @ Ginger House Designs * Shelly @ Coral & Co.

December 11

Amy @ Britches ‘n Bloomers * Kelly @ Kelly J Designs

December 12

Maegen @ Mae and K * Jess @ Gracious Threads * Jone @ Knot Sew Normal

Some Thankful Bloopers

I am sitting here in bed with a virus and laryngitis. Not being able to speak is frustrating.

BUT it does allow for lots of reflection and thinking (uh, and watching bad movies-which is beside the point). I wanted to take this moment to thank you all for visiting my humble little blog every day and leaving such lovely comments.  I appreciate every single one of them. You have become a part of my circle. Of my life. And I am thankful.

I am also extremely thankful that we took our Holiday photo before I got sick. So today I will share the bloopers. Because really, they make me laugh, and I am most thankful for these goofballs. Each one of them. After all, without them, there wouldn’t even be a blog.

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They even allowed me a few nice ones:

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Even though I am not feeling my best, I am so very thankful to be spending Thanksgiving with these strange folk I call my family. I love them so very much.

I hope you get to spend Thanksgiving with those you love, eating lots of food!

What are your Thanksgiving plans?