How to Make a 1920’s Dress and Cloche Hat

I shared a few days ago about the 1920’s Roaring Twenties Unit Celebration that our homeschool group had.  I bought clothes for my kids (and my husband bought a vest), but I decided to make my dress!  The common dress we think of in the 1920’s is the flapper dress, but ladies who dressed more conservatively often wore a dropped waist dress, so that’s what I made! Enjoy the following tutorial of how to make a 1920’s dress: 1.  I {Read More}

Tutorial: Robin Hood Costume for Stuffed Bear

It been such a long time since I’ve posted anything crafty here.  And even this Robin Hood costume for a small stuffed bear was done way back last May!  But enjoy this tutorial and let me know if you make the costume!   My kids are involved in Spotlight Youth Theater and they have the option to purchase a Show Bear for each show they are in.  It usually has the costume of the main character.  Last spring they performed {Read More}

Craftsy Classes 50% off!

  I don’t know if you have ever tried a Craftsy class, but they are really neat!  I’ve watched a few of the cooking ones.  I love that they remain yours forever, so you can watch them over and over (and use them for your kids!)  Summer is a perfect time to try them out.  Choose from cooking, sewing, cake decorating, gardening, crafts, knitting, photography–browse their classes and see what you want! And they are having a BIG Summer Sale. All {Read More}

Collage Friday: Legoland and Knight Costumes

Yesterday we took our annual pilgrimage to Legoland Discovery Center.  We love to get the homeschool rate.  Another great thing about it?  There were only about 20 other people there!  The new Star Wars exhibit was really incredible! As I’ve mentioned before 3 of my kids are in the production of “Shrek the Musical.”  Dress rehearsals start Monday and performances next Thursday!  I spent the last couple of days turning these knight tunics   into these!     Can’t wait {Read More}

Have You Tried Out Craftsy?

  Have you ever heard of Craftsy?  It’s a great new way to learn a variety of homemaking skills! What is Craftsy? Craftsy is a worldwide craft community offering online classes. It also has a patterns marketplace where independent designers can sell their patterns; a supplies shop with great deals on yarn, fabric, and class kits; and a projects section where members share pictures of their latest craft successes. With over two million members and counting, Craftsy has something for {Read More}

From House to Home {Link Party}: My New Owl Purse!

I’ve been needing a new purse for quite a while since my old one had torn zippers, etc.  I looked for months but never found anything that I liked.  So, I made one myself!  On a recent vacation to my in-laws’ house I went to a quilt shop with my sister-in-law and husband’s aunt.  I found this great pattern called the Janet Tote by Totes for Sandy and the adorable fabric.  I pushed myself really hard for a couple of {Read More}

From House to Home {Link Party}: Little House in the Big Woods

As I mentioned last week we started reading Little House in the Big Woods. We were able to get to a few projects this week.  🙂 Here are some pictures of our lapbook (you can find the printables free at Lapbook Lessons.) There is a “Making Cheese” wheel and a felt pocket sewed up (to remember when Laura’s pocket ripped. They decorated the little house in the woods. Here are some of the animals mentioned in the book.   And {Read More}

From House to Home {Link Party}: Fleece Baby Sheet

Welcome to our third week of From House to Home!  What have you been doing lately at your house?  We’re gearing up for dress rehearsal/performance week for my eldest’s musical Aladdin!  We also had performances of 3 kids in drama class, speeches presented at our public speaking class, and a band concert this week.  Needless to say, I haven’t had much time for “extras” lately, like my goals of growing triops and ordering ants for the ant farm for science.  Or {Read More}

From House to Home {Link Party}: Closet Curtains!

I have 3 daughters who share a room, and we’re always trying to come up with new ideas for organizing their room.  It gets pretty messy and disorganized with 3 girls!  One thing that has always been so frustrating was their closet.  It had 3 sliding doors, so you couldn’t use both sides of the closet at the same time.  Also, the doors kept falling off.  So, I finally said, “That’s it!” and took the doors down.  We put up {Read More}

2013 Goals and Resolutions: Do Hard Things

Do Hard Things! It’s my “word” of the year.  🙂  I haven’t read the book Do Hard Things yet, but heard the young men speak about it on the radio.  It’s a goal for all of us to follow–to live our lives for Christ and graciously do the hard things He has called us to.   Here are my goals and resolutions for this year.  I have to be honest and tell you that I’ve already changed my mind about some {Read More}

Pinterest Challenge- Rag Quilt Potholder sewing kit

I joined another Busy Bag Swap, actually, two of them!  So, I’ll be sharing lots of ideas in the coming weeks.  Here is the activity I included in the Elementary Craft Bag swap: How to sew a Rag Quilt Potholder.  See below for the instructions that were included.  These Rag Quilt kits would also be great to make for Christmas Presents or to include in a travel bag or to keep those hands busy during read-aloud time!       {Read More}

Completed Crochet Bag

  I have finished my wonderful crocheted bag!  This yarn was really fun to work with. I received it for my birthday this year (from ebay).  It’s 100% silk, made from sari remnants.  It’s fascinating to work with because it isn’t the same thickness all the way through–and all different colors.  By the way, my birthday is in January, so that gives you an idea how long it took me to finish this! The pattern is from Chicks With Sticks {Read More}

Free Crafting and Sewing Patterns

Ready to start some new projects for this fall?  Here are some great FREE patterns!  And there are lots more on their site. (Just requires a simple sign-up.  I have a separate hotmail email address for sign-ups like these. 🙂 ) Cute clutch to sew:   For the fall sports events–throw and tote:   Get Ready for Christmas:   Quiliting:   Sunbonnet Sue:   Crochet and Knit: (contains affiliate links)

Craftsy Quilt Cruise Giveaway

Oooo-this would be so fun!  I’m entering, too, but I wanted you to get a chance as well!  Enter soon before it’s too late! Here are some details: All Aboard! Craftsy’s first-ever Quilt Cruise will be leaving the dock on March 23, 2013, for a week-long Caribbean vacation full of your favorite pastime. Join instructors Carol Ann Waugh, Weeks Ringle, Pam Holland, and Sue Bouchard on the high seas to learn new techniques, fun spins on traditional methods, and a {Read More}

New Quilt for the New Baby

My husband’s aunt has made a beautiful, unique quilt for each of our babies.  And this one is no exception! You can see the underneath, minkee material, in the next picture. Be sure to click through to see pictures of the other quilts!

Pinterest Challenge- Denim/Flannel Picnic Rag Quilt

I’ve been wanting a picnic quilt for a long time.  You know, the kind you can just leave in the van and pull out when you want to sit on the ground.  It needed to be big enough for our whole family, so that’s pretty big!  And intimidating as far as making a quilt goes!  I had made a rag quilt with both sides flannel for one of my son’s beds and thought that might be a good way to {Read More}

Nursing Cover–Pinterest Challenge

A while ago I saw this unique pin of a nursing cover on Pinterest, so I decided to make one!  (If you like it, you can get one from her Etsy shop.)   I haven’t had a chance to use it yet since I’m still anxiously awaiting the arrival of our new little one.  Hopefully soon!  Today is my due date! I’m linked up to the Pinterest Challenge.   (contains affiliate links)

I Spy Bag–Pinterest Challenge

Here are the I Spy Bags I made for a Busy Bag Swap. I sewed 25 of these! They are filled with Poly Beads and lots of little objects. Most were found around the house: pennies, paper clips, pieces of ribbon, brads, beads, broken crayons, buttons, safety pins, etc. I used gauge 4 clear vinyl, which sewed up great with my Bernina and jeans needles. The outside fabric was a very soft fleece. These were inspired by this pin and {Read More}

Getting Ready for Baby

Things have been focused on getting ready for the baby around here lately.  I’ve been nesting–and one thing we did was get the windows cleaned!  I had a Groupon for it, so it was a really good deal to get them cleaned inside and out (and the screens).  We’ve lived here for 11 years and never had them cleaned before! I’ve washed all the baby clothes, bought tiny newborn diapers, and fixed my nursing cover (it had shrunk, so I {Read More}

Quiet book cover–Pinterest Challenge

My final Quiet Book post!  Here is what the cover looks like.   I used ideas from this pin and this pin from Pinterest. There were several things I was thinking of as I designed the cover. I wanted it to have a handle, an inside pocket to quickly store loose items, and a thick outer material (I used denim) to protect the pages. I also wanted to use rings so that I could swap pages in and out as {Read More}