Wednesday, August 27, 2014

Granddad's Memory Pillow


If you've been a reader here for more than a year or so, you may remember that my Granddad passed away last April.  After our family members had a chance to get the things that were most meaningful to them, there were still quite a few pieces of clothing that Granddad wore often, so I've been gradually turning them into keepsakes for various family members.  Last Christmas I made some of his old boot socks into some fun Sock Snowmen (Tutorial here).

Then I made most of his Western shirts into Memory Quilts for my Nana, Mom, and Uncle for Christmas.

Tuesday, August 26, 2014

Tutorial: First Day of School Bunting Banners Using Oly*Fun

I know we're on the later end around here, but our kids just started back to school yesterday...at least two of them did.  Katie is starting 4th grade.  (How did that happen?!?!)

And Seth is going into 2nd grade...

Sunday, August 24, 2014

12 Projects to Make and Wear - Weekly Link-Up Block Party

It's time for another Block Party hosted by Making the World Cuter | Rae Gun Ramblings | Keeping It Simple Crafts | Pieces By Polly  
 
Polly here from Pieces by Polly as your host for this week.  
http://www.piecesbypolly.com/
I've been busy getting the kids ready to start back for their first day of school tomorrow, but I have managed to get a few projects blogged lately.
15-Minute T-shirt Dress Pattern - Hogwarts Quilt with Crest - Hiking Themed Cake

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Tuesday, August 19, 2014

15-Minute T-Shirt Dress Pattern - FREE Pattern- Elephant and Piggie Version

One of the best things about blogging (for me at least) is that I've got all my old patterns and projects saved in one place, so they're easy to go back and find....which came in handy this week in making Becca a new T-shirt Dress. 

Even since our school librarian introduced us to Mo Willems and the Elephant and Piggie books (affiliate link), we've been huge fans.  (We love The Pigeon books as well.)  The Elephant and Piggie books are rather like graphic novels, for early readers and are so funny that they pull the most reluctant readers in.  For some reason they're a bit harder to run across in thrift stores and such (probably because no one wants to get rid of them), so we've ordered most of ours online (affiliate link) or request them from our library.


My sister knows we are fans because we've shared the books with her kids.  So when we were thrift store shopping a few weeks ago, she noticed this Elephant and Piggie shirt for me, I knew immediately it would make the perfect Kindergarten dress for Miss Becca.

Sunday, August 17, 2014

DIY Back to School Projects and Weekly Block Party

Sorry to be a bit late getting this weeks Block Party posted!
Tons of great DIY Back to school projects - Rae Gun Ramblings
DIY Back 2 School Projects
It’s time for another Block Party hosted by Making the World Cuter | Rae Gun Ramblings | Keeping It Simple Crafts | Pieces By Polly I hope you are all have a fantastic week.
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It’s me Marissa and I’m your host this week. I cannot believe how fast this Summer has flown by holy moley. Sadly it seems like it's already back to school season but luckily that means tons of cute projects and stationary shopping (I can't be the only one that loves stationary shopping right?)
Also if you haven't visited my blog in a while here are a few of the things I've been up to!
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Friday, August 15, 2014

Hogwarts Letter - Kindergarten Edition - Harry Potter Inspired

Anyone have a child starting kindergarten who loves Harry Potter? I know a lot of kindergarten aged children don't know who Harry Potter is yet, but owing to big sister's obsession with Harry Potter and all the Harry Potter stuff I sell in my Etsy shop, Rebecca is quite a fan.

And when the mom of one of Becca's friends asked for a Hogwarts Letter for her kindergartener, I figured that Becca would like one too.  

It turns out that Hogwarts is expanding their mission of Magical Education to include a new primary school program and Rebecca has been excepted!

Being a mostly Muggle family who wishes we were wizards, we don't have an owl, so The Pigeon obligingly delivered the letter.

I suspect seeing me make and send out hundred's of Hogwarts Letter, probably lessons the magic of it a bit, but Rebecca was still really excited to read her letter.
 And being the awesome reader that she is, she was able to read most of the letter for herself.


I made a few modifications to the "real" text of the letter and supply list to fit a kindergartener.

Chillingsworth Halloween Fabrics at Sisters and Quilters

It's been a while since I've done a Sponsor Highlight, and I wanted to re-introduce you to Sisters and Quilters.  They've been a long time sponsor have a huge fabric selection.

The new lines of Halloween Fabric has been showing up at Sisters and Quilters, and I'm especially loving the Chillingsworth Collection by Echo Park Paper Co for Andover.  I'm not a big fan of "creepy" Halloween decor, and I think the main skeleton panel and the coordinating fabrics strike that perfect balance where designs are mature enough to be adult, but also not too creepy.  I'm really drooling over those texty prints.

(As a side note have you noticed Halloween stuff starting to pop up in stores? I was at Costco a couple weeks ago and they already had a large display of costumes out.)  It may be a bit early for costumes to be out but now is the time to start on those Halloween quilts and other decor projects if you want them finished in time to get plenty of use all through October.


You can either order yardage of any of the fabrics or go with one of Sisters and Quilter's Bundles.  They've got them in purple...
https://www.etsy.com/listing/194456019/chillingsworth-fat-quarter-bundle-of-4?ref=listing-4
...or orange .
https://www.etsy.com/listing/194444900/chillingsworth-fat-quarter-bundle-of-5?


And speaking of bundles, Sisters and Quilters really know how to put nice fabric bundles together.  They've got  hundreds of fat quarter bundles, half-yard bundles, and full yard bundles to choose from.

Or if you're like me and want to buy JUST the fabrics you love, one of my favorite things about their shop is that you can always order a custom bundle

They also have a Baker's Dozen Club going and this month you can get this fabulous Candy Corn selection with 13 fat quarters for the price of 12.
https://www.etsy.com/listing/192554521/bakers-dozen-fat-quarter-club-candy-corn?ref=listing-0



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