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Book Giveaway

9 Sep

We have a book giveaway for y’all.

Here is the book you can win-

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We all have times where we have a couple hours to kill with our kids before lunch, nap time, dinner, sporting event or whatever.  This book would be a wonderful resource for those in between times since they are relatively easy and very kid friendly projects.

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Take paint and water it down a bit, put a blob on your paper and then blow through a straw to splatter the paint into weird shapes.

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We added google eyes and then added wings and smiles and feet using markers.

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I know Aleah and Sophi loved making these monsters.  And I was just glad we could do this outside =)

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They are now all over our kitchen protecting our food and cups and plates.  The kids think it is pretty hilarious and love saying, “Look out behind you!  There is a big monster!!!”

This book giveaway is brought to you by Emily who has a blog over here and is also a Usborne Book consultant.  Comment away for your chance to win.  I will let you know who the winner is on Thursday and the comments will count until then.  Good luck!

Sewing School 2

11 Jul

One of the best part about having this blog is the stream of free books that people send me.  It’s like getting paid in cool sewing/kids books.  How awesome is that?  I bet YOU wish you could get paid in books, am I right =)?

Here is one of the most recent books I have been sent- It is called Sewing School 2 and it teaches kids about using the sewing machine.  In the book are patterns and helpful tips so kids can be successful while making cute projects.

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For many days this month different blogs are featuring different projects.  You will get to see the sewing craft Aleah made on July 16th- be very excited- cause she sure was!

Here is the list of the other blogs that are a part of reviewing this book:

July 7 – Our Busy Homeschool

July 8 – scrumdilly-do!

July 9 – Crafty Moms Share

July 10 – Jane of All Trades

July 11 – Windy Lou

July 12 – Adventures of a DIY Mom

July 13 – Improv Diary

July 16 – He Sewed She Sewed

July 17 – Teach Beside Me

July 18 – All Things with Purpose

July 19 – The Crafty Crow

July 20 – Family Style School

July 21 – Such Designs

July 22 – Red Bird Crafts

July 23 – The Long Thread

July 25 – mayamade

Check them all out because they are pretty cool blogs and I will also have a giveaway of this book on July 16, so comment away!

Shower Gift

22 May

I was invited to a baby shower a few weeks before little Hudson was born.  Since I had to idea what to make I ran to pinterest and saw this adorable idea.

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Luckily it didn’t take that long to make since I started working on it the day before the shower.  I used my sewing machine to sew the bunting fabric together and then hand-stitched her name and the date she was born.

Jungle Flower Box

19 May

Alright, enough of the mushy stuff- we got to get down to buisness around here =)

A bit ago I was contacted by JoAnn Fabrics to review a craft from their spring line up of crafty ideas.  I chose to do the jungle flower box.  I am glad that their requirement allowed for me to put my own “spin” on the craft because we  did a lot of spinning.

Here is the box that they started with:

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And this is the box we ended up with:

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We used acrylic paint from Joann’s and the girls had a lot of fun.  I would have bought a flower box from JoAnn’s but we live in the middle of nowhere and I wasn’t up for treking 45 minutes one way to buy a box SOOOOO I asked Jared to make one for me and he came through with a beautiful box made with scraps from around the house.

Here are some of the other crafts for you to look at, click here. 

And get this, whoever gets the most repins (with the hashtag # summerof joann) of their picture from pinterest gets a $100 Joann’s gift card, purdy cool.  So pin away!

Hope this inspires you all to get crafty and make some great things.

Block Printing

8 Apr

One thing that I absolutely love to do is block print.  For some reason I love thinking about what will be black and white.  When I carve out a certain area I love that the simple cuts I make will ultimately form a bigger picture.

Anyways, I love making these and it has a relaxing and calming effect on me.  Here are some sites of my favorite block printers, they make books and have mad skills. Betsy Bowen and Stephen Alcorn

Here are a few I have been working on:

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Happy Printing!

Naturally Dyed Easter Eggs

30 Mar

Here is a post from my wonderful sister-in-law, she has a thought provoking blog over here, check her out!  Thank you for such a lovely post Maria.   Hope this helpful tutorial gives my readers some inspiration like it did for me.  They turned out darker and more rich that anything that can come out of a package.  P.S. Isn’t my nephew stinkin’ cute?

Here’s Maria’s guest post:

I have to admit, I was skeptical and imagined this project would be much more labour intensive than it was. However, after attending a demonstration at our local Co- op, I was much more optimistic. This is definitely a project we’ll be repeating each spring, and my two-year old loved it!

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Food based dyes are safe, inexpensive, and best of all, free of the crazy shenanigans they put in conventional food dyes. Everything I needed for the dyes I had on- hand except for beets, so this was an extremely pocket-book-friendly project as well.

I used brown eggs, but I shamelessly stood in front of the egg cooler picking through the different cartons until I found some light coloured farm eggs. I baked these in the oven for 30 minutes at 325F, so I didn’t have to worry about them while I prepared the dyes. When they were ready, I placed the eggs in a bowl of cold water to chill.

For each dye, I used a 1:1:1 ratio of water and vinegar and respective food.

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BLUE: 2 cups chopped red cabbage 2 cups water 2 TBSP distilled white vinegar

YELLOW: 2 TBSP Tumeric 2 cups water 2 TBSP distilled white vinegar

MAGENTA: 2 cups beet peels 2 cups water 2 TBSP distilled white vinegar

RUST RED: 2 cups yellow onion peels & butts 2 cups water 2 TBSP distilled white vinegar

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I brought the four pots to a boil and then covered and simmered for an hour. Once the water had turned a desirable colour, I turned off all burners, removed the food scraps for the compost, and poured the dyes into wide-mouthed mason jars to cool.

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Once all the eggs were in, we placed the jars in the fridge to soak. The yellow eggs were ready after two hours, and everything else came out of the dyes after four hours. I rubbed the eggs with olive oil to give them a nice shine. Happy Easter!

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Making Friends

22 Mar

The girls are getting excited about the upcoming arrival of their brother or sister.

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A few days ago we made some stuffed friends for the new baby’s room.  There is an owl, hedgehog, mushroom, leaf and and a green bird.  I sewed the outsides together while the girls sat on my cutting table and stuffed the fabric with, well, stuffing.

They love projects and were especially happy to be making one for their sibling.