From House to Home {Link Party}: Valentine’s Pitcher

 

From House to Home Link Party

I’m so excited to be starting this new link party today! As I mentioned earlier, the inspiration came from a story my daughter wrote where she mentioned that the ladies made their houses into homes. I know that as women in all walks of life we love to do that. It’s a God-given desire. We focus it in different ways, though.  Personally, I’m not very good at decorating.  I love to craft/sew/quilt, but not cook!  I’m good at organizing and would do a better job of it if I had more time (and less people to mess it up :)  ).  I also love lesson-planning and teaching my kids.  What are your joys in homemaking?  Your struggles?  Please share with us!

Here’s my little project for this week (inspired by this pin.) It took less than 10 minutes to do!  I found the white pitcher in a kitchen cabinet I was cleaning out last week and got the inspiration.  Looking in 1 Corinthians 13 (the Love chapter of the Bible) I used colored Sharpies to write different things on the pitcher.

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Love is. . . patient, kind, never fails, always hopes, not easily angered, does not boast, does not envy .  I found the silk flowers at Joann’s  (Joann Fabrics), and now my mantel looks a little more festive for Valentine’s Day!

Time to link up!  Only 2 rules:

1.  Link up family-friendly posts about making your house to a home: homemaking, parenting, homeschooling, marriage, loving God!

2.  Link back to my site with the button below or a text link.  Thanks!

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Pinterest Challenge- Lego Crayons

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We bought a coupon of silicon molds for my son’s Lego Party last April to make candies and ice cubes.

After seeing this pin on Pinterest, I decided we could use up our broken crayons and create some fun new ones!

We removed the paper and cut the crayons into small pieces.  We set the oven for 230 degrees.  It took about 30 minutes for them to melt and another half an hour to cool!

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Pinterest Challenge- Lego Table

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A while back my oldest son was complaining about how his younger brothers always had their Legos all over their bedroom floor.  My second son told me he needed a place for his Legos–like “another room.”  Well, that wasn’t going to happen!  But I did find this great pin of a Lego Table on Pinterest!  The original inspiration for her was from Family Fun magazine.

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I found a piece of wood in the garage and sent my husband and son to work on it.  They sawed and routered and sanded and primed and spray-painted!  We ordered three X-Large Gray Baseplates off of Amazon.com, and they used construction glue to attach it to the wood.  I already had the plastic drawers (bought at Target.com).  We decided not to attach the table top to the drawers.  Now, their room stays neater, and the boys have a great place to build their Legos!

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Pinterest Challenge- Fun Reading/ Phonics Games

Our daily “learn to read” time has been growing boring, so I decided to find some games to spruce things up a bit.  Of course, it was easy to go to my Pinterest Learn to Read board to find lots of great ideas.  Here are some that we tried this week!

Hopscotch

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Very fun for the kids.  Toss a rock and hop to the square.  Say the word there!

 

Cootie Catcher

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I put phonograms on the outside that I want them to memorize by spelling:  augh/ough, tion, eigh, and ould.  So, they would say, “O, U, L, D, ould.”  Then, the words in the inside are ones that use these phonograms (such as could, eight, tough, etc.)

 

Dice Game

This was for a paid download, so I created some sheets myself using the words found at Jan Brett’s site.
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Easy!  They roll the die and say all the words in the column of the number rolled.  I made 6 different sheets.

 

And some more to try next week:

Parking Lot Game and Stair Phonics

 

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Pinterest Challenge: Library Crate

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I try to keep on top of when library books are due, but it’s another one of those things that have been a little out of control lately. Last month I found this beautiful crate at a resale shop for $5! It was perfect for turning into our library book crate. I painted the side with chalkboard paint so I can easily see when the books are due. The kids are supposed to keep the books in there when they aren’t being read, and when they are being read they are to be kept in the same room (our family room)!  Hope this saves us some fines in the future!

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Before painting:

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Here’s the pin I was inspired by.

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Pinterest Challenge- Denim/Flannel Picnic Rag Quilt

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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 go.  But I wanted it to be more durable since it would be out in the elements.  Then I saw the ideas for using denim!  I don’t know why I never thought of it before, but denim works perfectly for a rag quilt!  I love the way it frayed.

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I like this pin and someday will probably use my old jeans stash to piece together some squares and upcycle.  But for this project I just bought some denim and cut big squares to be able to finish it quicker.  The top side uses flannel.  I didn’t purchase any more flannel, so the top isn’t as pretty as it would have been if I had planned it out.  But I wanted to use up my scraps.

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The squares are 10″ x 10″.  The seam allowances are one inch, which makes each sewn square 8″ x 8″.   The final dimensions of the quilt are 80″ x 96″. Here are two tips:  use rag quilt scissors to cut the seams (they are spring loaded so you don’t have to keep opening and closing the scissors) and wash the quilt for the first time at a commercial laundromat (it produces SO much lint!).  One other thing I did to save time was not to put any batting in it.  It’s thick enough and certainly heavy enough.  My younger kids can’t even carry it!

This is what the underneath looks like:
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Now, for a picnic!

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Chocolate Chip Cookie Ice Cream Sandwiches- Pinterest Challenge

Last night I made these yummy Chocolate Chip Cookie Ice Cream Sandwiches, that I originally saw on Pinterest.  I used my husband’s wonderful chocolate chip cookie recipe.
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This post is linked up to the Pinterest Challenge.

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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!
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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.

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Quiet book cover–Pinterest Challenge

My final Quiet Book post!  Here is what the cover looks like.

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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 needed.

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See this post and this post for more details on our Quiet Book.

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Quiet Book–my pages (Pinterest Challenge)

I’ve shared before about the Quiet Book page I made (times 11) for the page swap.

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When I received the other pages, I decided to make three more that were VERY easy!

The first was inspired by this pin.  I didn’t have any overalls, but decided to use an old pair of jeans from my stash.  There are 3 activities on this page:  zipper, button, and snap!

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The second was for practicing tying a bow and braiding.  I used some macrame yarn that I found at a thrift shop.  It was inspired by this pin.

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The third was a marble maze, inspired by this pin.

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Car Seat Cover–Pinterest Challenge

I’m so excited that I was able to get this cute carseat cover made!  I love the sweet summery fabric with butterfiles and bees.  It will be perfect for covering up our little girl when we’re outside this summer. I found the tutorial for the cover here.

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Pinterest Challenge- Ribbon-Petal Flower T-shirt tutorial

 

Ribbon Petal T-Shirt Tutorial

 

I saw this pin on Pinterest last fall, and thought I’d adjust it for a spring shirt.  Here’s what I came up with.  Enjoy our flower t-shirt tutorial!

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Tutorial:

1.  Cut the ribbons all the same length.  Mine were about 6 1/2 inches long.  (Next time I think I’ll make them a little shorter.)

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2.  Cut out the circles.  I used my glue container as a pattern.

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3.  Tacky glue the ends of the ribbons together.

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4.  Tacky glue the ribbons to the underneath of the circles.

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5.  Hand baste the circles onto the shirts.

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6.  Zig-Zag stitch the circles onto the shirts and cut out basting threads.

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Pinterest Challenge- New Shower Curtain

A year ago, my husband began a renovation of the kids bathroom.  The two main changes we wanted to make were to replace the carpet with tile and add a second sink.  Here are the “before” pictures.  He finished his part last year, including repainting the walls a pretty yellow/ gold color and replacing the inner door with a beautiful oak door that he finished.

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So, my job was to do some redecorating.  The shower curtain and window valance no longer matched.  I thought blue would be a pretty contrasting color and decided to go with an ocean theme.  I found this pin on Pinterest, which inspired my design of the curtains.

Here is the finished product, which I linked up to the Pinterest Challenge for this month.

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I have another idea for wall decoration which will go in that big blank space next to the window, but those will have to be posted for next month’s challenge.   All my spare time crafting/ sewing for the rest of February will be focused on finishing my Quiet Book pages! I have 220 more snaps to sew on!

Pinterest Challenge: Decorating for Valentine’s Day

I’ve done a little decorating for Valentine’s Day, and of course, one of my ideas came from Pinterest!  See this pin.

Here is my candle globe with conversation hearts.
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This second one would have been fuller with candy hearts, but my kids keep eating them!

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I’ve linked up this project to the Pinterest Challenge.

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Also, my son made some Lego hearts that are decorating our mantel!

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Here is another cute idea for decorating for Valentine’s Day:

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Give your Valentine the Mirrored Love wall decal with frame and decorative accents. It’s easy to apply just peel and stick. The hardest part will be choosing which photo to display!  Can’t figure out what you want to say to your special someone? Say it with style while displaying the Love Story wall decal which reads “A true love story never ends.” The perfect sentiment for a bedroom, living room, kitchen, entryway, or hallway. Enjoy!

And some other fun ideas:

 

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