Collage Friday: 3rd Birthday, Lilla Rose, 4th of July Vacation and Crafts!

I have LOTS of great photos to share with you today. But before I do, will you please take a moment and head over to Circle of Moms to vote for me. Can we make it to 100 votes this weekend? Thanks!

My youngest son turned 3 this week. He got some fun sand box toys, a butterfly net, and some counting/patterning bears that he calls “gummy bears!”

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We spent Fourth of July week at my in-laws’ lake house in Wisconsin.  The kids had a great time playing with cousins, eating potato salad, canoeing, etc.

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We also had some time to spend crafting.  My oldest daughter did all the women’s and girls’ nails.

 

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A friend from church make these beautiful cookies as a fundraiser for an Oklahoma mission trip.  We hope she’ll hold a class for us so we can learn how to make them!

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All the kids had a great time decorating shirts.  We did the Sharpie/ spray with rubbing alcohol method.  Here’s a tip–don’t spray too much rubbing alcohol.  It will bleed more than you think it will.  :)

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And hair bows!  We learned how to do this from Kleinworth and Co.  Easy and fun!

 

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We had a great time on a boat ride.

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3 generations, including my handsome hubby!

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The Fourth of July parade.  The second picture is of the t-shirt my niece did.  She is an artist, obviously!

 

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The parade we go to is on an Indian reservation.  I thought this second picture was funny–he was begging for candy to be thrown to him!

 

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Please go to yesterday’s post and place an order for Lilla Rose.  These will make a great present for your daughter or granddaughter (or yourself!).

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I am exercising again, doing a T-Tapp Challenge for the next 6 weeks to see if I can lose the last 10 pounds. I want to wear the rest of my clothes and my wedding ring! I did the Basic Workout instructional yesterday and today and will do Basic Workout Tempo for the next two days. I’ll then exercise every other day, using Tempo, Step Away the Inches, or maybe something new like the Total Workout or Ladybug!

And, finally, look at what I scored this week at the Back-to-School sales.  All this for less than $12 (at Staples.)  :)

 

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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 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!

 

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Sew a Rag Quilt Potholder 

**If you decide to reprint these instructions for anyone, please include my website http://ichoosejoy.org    Thanks!

Supplies contained in your kit:  8 pieces of flannel (5” x 5”), 4 pieces of fleece (3” x 3”), spool of thread, needle.

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You supply:  scissors (rag quilt scissors are great for this project), straight pins, washable pencil or marker, ruler

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  1.  Lay your flannel pieces out and decide where you want each color to go–four colors on top and four on the bottom.

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2.  Take the top four pieces of flannel and draw with your washable pencil or marker a square one inch in on all sides and an “x” across the square.

This will be the sewing line.

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3.  Layer the pieces with flannel on the bottom, then fleece square right in the center, and topped with the flannel that has the markings on it.  Pin it.

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4.  Sew together all 3 pieces on the sewing line.  The fleece should be just inside the sewn square, but will be held in place by the “x.”

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5.  After you have 4 pieces sewn, you’ll attach those to each other.  Sew them on the sides first and then the top two pieces to the bottom two pieces.  **For this style you are sewing “backwards” and allowing the seam allowance to show on top.

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6.  Cut each seam allowance in half-inch strips.  Be careful not to cut all the way to the sewing line.

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7.  Wash and dry your potholder so that it will get the “rag quilt” look.

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By the way, this activity was inspired by this pin by Hearts and Trees.

 

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Collage Friday- Father Son Camp and Fall Crafts

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Last weekend was my sons’ favorite weekend of the year!  The Father Son Camp.  There they experience camping in the cold (we bought some better sleeping bags this year), zipline, archery, shooting guns, and the all-time favorite Paintball!  The upper right picture is one of my eldest with an orange paintball mark on his head.  They also had great speakers this year.  The theme was integrity, and there were opportunities for the fathers to have some good talks with their sons on the topic.  The guest speaker was Ken Bevel, one of the actors in Courageous and Fireproof.

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While the boys were off camping the rest of us had some fun as well.  We went to the library and picked out some movies for Friday and Saturday nights.  We also went out to breakfast with Mumsy (grandma), and the kids were very well behaved.  I took the girls to their soccer games on Saturday morning, and it was freezing!  30 degrees.  Too cold for me–so I stayed in the van with the baby and finished my crochet bag.  (See it in the collage.). I’ll share more about it tomorrow if I get a chance.  The younger kids also did some fall crafts this week.  The lower left picture is of a tree with colored leaves.  Directions on how to make it are at Sidetracked Sarah.  Also, they collected leaves and did some leaf rubbings.  The top picture says “Best Mom Ever.  I love you.”  My oldest daughter keeps putting these sweet, encouraging notes all over the house!  She’s a dear.  :)

My sweet 4-month-old baby is now sleeping in her own bed at night.  I realized that the reason I had kept her in my bed for so long was because I’m having a hard time letting go of these last baby milestones.  It’s so sad to think that I’ll never have another newborn sleeping in my bed with me again.  So, as I explained to my husband I’m just going to have to mourn these moments as they come, but I can’t postpone them, especially at the expense of my or my baby’s well-being.  She’s slept in her bed every night since Tuesday, and has only woken up once each night to nurse (as opposed to every 1-2 hours when she was in my bed).  I’m still very tired, but another week or two of this will surely help!  It’s safer for her, too, since she now wants to roll over and sleep on her tummy.

Exercise update:  The only day I have exercised so far this week was Wednesday at the T-Tapp clinic in Milwaukee.  I was going to yesterday, but I was too sore!  However, I plan to exercise today and at least once this weekend.

What God is teaching me:  Trust.  I need to trust Him more.  I have a long way to go.

In case you missed it, I posted a review of the two newest Imagination Station books.  There is a giveaway of them, which ends Sunday.   Enter now!

I made one of these carseat canopies which I have really enjoyed using, but here’s a coupon code (ENBABY) to get a free one–just pay shipping!  Would make a great gift for a new mom!

They also have baby carriers and nursing covers–free, just pay shipping, same code ENBABY.

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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:


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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.

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These were inspired by this pin and this pin.

I’m linked up to the Pinterest Challenge.

 

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Quiet Books

Ever since my first child was born, I’ve wanted to make a quiet book.  When I started pinning things on Pinterest a few months ago, I renewed my desire.  However, every time I started to think it though I’d get discouraged by how much work and time it would take to complete a full book.  But now I have now found a way to do it!  Rebecca at Better Life Bags blog has put together a Quiet Book Page Swap.  So, I just have to make 15 copies of only one page!  The others will make the rest of the pages, and in March I’ll have a completed book!

Here is the page I’ll be making.  It’s a tree with snap-ons for each of the different seasons, green leaf, autumn leaf, snowflake, and blossom.

I started a new Quiet Page Pinterest Board if you’d like to follow me!  See the sidebar for the P logo or the place that says “Follow Me on Pinterest.”

By the way, if you’d like to join the Quiet Book Page Swap, it might not be too late.  Head over to Better Life Bags and check it out.

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