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Nov 11

For a good cause.

craftfair1This weekend is my church’s craft fair. So my mom and I got together and stitched up these fabric balls to donate. Pretty cute, huh? I kinda don’t want to give them away! Graham has been loving playing with all of them. He thinks it’s hilarious to get hit in the head with them. Such a boy.

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We used a tutorial – try it yourself! We also stuffed them with jingle bells and rice-filled easter eggs so they would jingle or rattle when played with. I thought the pattern was very easy to follow and we had everything on hand. A perfect craft.

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We are going to try to sell the set of two for $9. What do you think of that price? Always so hard to know. Always seems like you never get anything out of handmade products. Good thing they are so fun to make!

The craft fair is this Saturday at:
West Heights United Methodist Church

745 Westlink
Wichita, KS

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Oct 13

He loves me, he loves me not.

flowers3Since I have more time to hang with my kids now, I’m always looking for new projects, crafts or activities that will help keep them busy and hopefully help turn them into artful, brilliant beings someday. Found an idea for this the other day and since it was so simple, thought I should share. If you wanna use flower petals, you’d better act fast, cause they aren’t going to last long in this weather. But, you could also use the fallen leaves and it would give it a totally different look. Perhaps that would be more appropriate for little guys anyways.
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All you do is wrap a piece of packing tape around their wrist, with the sticky side out. Then, head outside and show them how to attach their “findings”. Fun, huh?

Wow, I can’t believe this was just last week! The weather is so cold now that these photos look like they were taken in the summer!

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And if you have a kid that is too young to participate, just stick them in some dirt/mulch/grass and they will be equally entertained.

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Aug 29

DIYday, Vol. 1

As a far as crafting goes, I am a collector. I collect piles of fabric, jars of buttons, stacks (and stacks) of papers, drawers of thread and notions, rows of ribbons, piles of clippings, etc, etc. Actually, instead of “collect” a more appropriate word might be “hoard”. I hoard all these things in hopes that someday I’ll have time to do something creative with them. One of my favorite things to hoard is tutorials. Like, free online tutorials where somebody has come up with some cute little sewing or paper project that they explain in photos and tell you how to do it. I seriously have hundreds of these bookmarked on my computer. Hundreds. I know, silly, right? Please don’t ask me how many I’ve actually used.


Anyways, in an effort to bring purpose to all that tutorial hoarding, I want to share some with you. I’m calling this DIYday. You’ll see tutorials for sewing, crafting, cooking – just about any kind of making. So, here goes:
Pinwheels by Heather Bailey. My daughter loves pinwheels and I have been wanting to make one of these for her. Hmmm … maybe with my new SAHM-status, we could do that together. Break out the safety scissors!

Poms by Martha (no last name required). My SIL has made some flowers similar to these, and I keep them on the window sill by my computer, so I see them every day! A little bit of color that never wilts!

Fun stuff, huh? I’m thinking those poms would be great decor for a baby shower, or even a baby’s room? And I love that the cookie jars can be customized with a different color for another occasion. Not that the pink isn’t awesome.
Okay, now I don’t feel so guilty for hoarding all those fabulous ideas!

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