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}

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}

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)

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}

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. I’m linked up to Pinterest Challenge.   (contains affiliate links)

Pinterest Challenge- Ribbon-Petal Flower 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!   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.) 2.  Cut out the circles.  I used my glue container as a pattern. 3.  Tacky glue the ends of the ribbons together. 4. {Read More}

Free Crafting and Sewing Patterns

Have you been looking for a new sewing or crafting project to do?  Check out the sites below for FREE patterns! 1,200+ crochet patterns 450+ knit patterns 425+ quilting patterns 100+ sewing patterns 400+ card making projects Here are a couple of cute ideas: (Contains affiliate links.)

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.   So, my job was to do some redecorating.  The shower curtain and window valance {Read More}

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. {Read More}


Sewing goals–Wow!  Some of these have been on my list for years! Well, we’ll see how many I can get to this year.  It sure is easier just to sit on the couch and crochet than to get upstairs and sit at the sewing machine.  (And that reminds me, I do need to crochet an afghan for my husband!) Have the supplies already: Kids’ bathroom shower curtain and window curtain Kitchen window curtain Niece’s butterfly quilt Daughter’s bed rag quilt {Read More}

Sewing Butterfly Quilts

Last month I made some time in my schedule (usually sacrificing sleep 🙂 )to sew an adorable rag butterfly quilt for my niece.  It’s from this pattern: Simplicity 2935 Here are some pictures. Now, I’m going to make another one for her new sister, who is at this moment on a plane from Ethiopia to her new home in the United States!  The next butterfly will be sewn in bold colors instead of the pastels I did before.  I’ll post {Read More}

Christmas Tree Skirt

I FINALLY made a tree skirt for our Christmas tree!  I’ve been using an old sheet for the last 10 years!