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All That and a Ball of Yarn

March 31, 2016

I love working with yarn except for one tiny minor issue.  When I am trying to make something useful or beautiful for someone and I have spent many hours perfecting a project only to find that I need to turn right around and unravel my blood, sweat and tears, I find myself wondering why I bothered with the stuff.  Not fun.  And why do I do this?  Because one, I probably made a mistake and I didn’t want to waste one inch of yarn (because I am cheap that way) so I started over and two, because I am a perfectionist when it comes to crocheting and if it doesn’t look just like the picture, I can’t go on.  Read that sentence again.  I said that I am a perfectionist when it comes to crocheting, not that I am perfect at crocheting.  These are two very different things and if you want me to crochet something perfect for you, it will not take you long to figure out that I was probably the wrong person to ask.

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Unraveling Isn’t Always A Bad Thing

February 1, 2016

Unraveling – a metaphor for me right now as I navigate the waters of all the things I am trying to handle in my life and I realize that sometimes I keep myself way too busy.  Isn’t life supposed to start to slow down as you grow older?  Aren’t things supposed to get a little less complicated so that you can enjoy each day a little bit more than the day before and if so, why the heck is my life speeding up and getting more complicated?

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Hooded Bath Towel

July 22, 2015

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A Hooded Bath Towel is for a baby, right?  When my kids were little one of the things I loved the most was wrapping them up in a nice big fluffy baby towel that had a hood on it and getting them dry after their baths.  I remember hugging them tight to keep them warm as they dried off and just breathing in their sweet, clean baby smell. Priceless!

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Chic Twist Headbands

July 13, 2015
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Have you ever tried counting all the t-shirts you have in your house?  With a husband and 4 kids, I have tons at my house and it would probably take me forever to pull them all out and count them.  But that’s boring so instead I decided to pull out a few that had some cute colors and prints and make some of these Chic Twist Headbands.  5 minutes is all it takes to sew together one of these cute headbands and the bonus – making these helped to clean out my house!  Score one for me!
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A Cute Skirt For Every Girl In Your Life

June 5, 2015

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If you want a cute new skirt to wear this summer but you don’t want to spend a lot of money on one, I have a great pattern for you.  This skirt is so easy to make you will want to make a bunch!  I have even seen where people use old sheets and pillow cases for these skirts but cute cotton material is so inexpensive, you can make a skirt for about $3.00 – $5.00.  That is a bargain.  Here is what you need to make this adorable skirt:

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Book Pocket Pillow Runner

May 18, 2015

 

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This is a really fun and quick Book Pocket Pillow Runner that is great for holding books, coloring books, crayons and whatever else your little one needs to hop into bed and get the old bed time routine going.  I am making these for my cute grand kids and hopefully they will be a fun addition to their bed time routine.

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Alter Your Shirt Yourself!

May 11, 2015

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I love this shirt – now.  I didn’t like it the way it started out and I have worn it for a long time without feeling really comfortable in it so I decided it was time to alter it. This whole process is really very easy so I want to share the whole process with you in hopes that if you ever have a shirt that you don’t really like that you might give alterations a try.  I wouldn’t do this with an expensive shirt but I would try it out first with one that you would be comfortable testing on.

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A Super Cute Zipper Pouch For Anything And Everything!

April 27, 2015

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I was walking through the store the other day and thinking that I would like to have a new pouch for my makeup in my purse so that it isn’t all over the bottom of my purse but the ones at the store are so expensive.  I don’t do expensive.  So I decided to go home and look at my stash and see if I had a few scraps of material that I could make a suitable pouch out of and look what I found.   This cute pattern is what I found and I was able to make a simple yet very functional pouch.  Here is what I did:

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DIY Flannel Crib Sheets

April 1, 2015

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Who doesn’t love flannel?  Well, obviously I love it since I have posted several articles on this very blog about the fun and cute things that you can make with flannel. Of course I love how soft it is and all the versatile patterns there are out there to choose from but I also love how easy flannel is to work with.  It tends to be a little more on thestiff side than say cotton or silky fabrics and I like that about flannel. If you want to try something new and easy that only takes about a half hour to put together, these DIY Flannel Crib Sheets  are the project for you.

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Easy Pillowcases

March 2, 2015

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Aren’t these Easy Pillowcases adorable?  I was looking for something cute to make with some of this sweet flannel I have left over from another project and found this super fast AND easy pillowcase that I just couldn’t wait to try out. You won’t believe how quickly these come together and how simple they are to make.

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Jersey Baby Burp Cloths

February 25, 2015

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Jersey Baby Burp Cloths are really easy to make because there are only six steps in the process to throw one together.  You can literally sew one or two of these together in about 10 minutes if you have ever used a sewing machine before – even if it was in high school. They are seriously that easy and incredibly hard to mess up.  Made out of jersey and minky, these sweet little burp cloths are soft and durable so that they are gentle on your little one’s skin but are also durable enough to spend a lot of time in your washing machine.  My family is getting bigger by the minute so I am finding myself thinking more and more about things I can make to celebrate the additions to our family every year or so!  For these, you need about 1/4 yard of jersey and 1/4 yard of minky.  Here are the step-by-step instructions: Keep Reading!