Thursday, August 4, 2011

Sewing Needle Book Tutorial

needle book tutorial by Gingermelon dolls

needle book tutorial, a photo by Gingermelon dolls on Flickr.
This is a super cute and easy tutorial for a sewing needle book! Thanks to Shelly via Gingermelon Dolls. She even has templates for you to download and a full how to! I am sure you'll love it! Now give her a visit and start stitching!

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Wednesday, August 3, 2011

Summer & Back To School Crafts

Hello crafty lovers! I have been checking things off my list, which is good. Now counting down the few weeks left of summer and how to spend our time crafting. While having coffee I came across this easy, nature loving craft tutorial and thought I would share it with you. It is for this lovely hanging birdbath tutorial!

These and more tutorials are from They also have back to school projects you can do. This one could be with your young sewers or for your youngsters. Hey, you can even use this one for yourself book-blankets. Imagine making one of these for yourself and using the pocket for your coffee card! Perfect for after the kiddos are dropped off at school and you have time to run to the coffee shop for a break to read for an hour. When I make a version of this, I promise I will share.

The nice thing I found about my first visit to this website is they have so many categories and articles that are interesting from crafts, recipes, travel, printables, parties and more. So if you have kids I know you will really find somethings you can use and enjoy when you visit. And if you don't have kids you might find some crafty projects that you like for you, just like I did! 

I just might have to make Sammie an end of summer cake prior to her going back to school. Just a little treat for a wonderful summer good-bye. Aloha summer! Oh, how I wish summers would never end! I just love traveling in summer, escaping the heat and finding the perfect get- a-ways and enjoying the endless lazy days.
What is your favorite thing about summer?

Thursday, July 28, 2011

Fruit Leather & Favorite Food Blog

Hello crafty friends, I am in between trips. Doing laundry, sending out bills, attending to house and squeezing in appointments like doctors and dentist that are hard to get to in the fall with school schedules. I hope this finds you all well and having a great summer. I came across this great homemade fruit leather tutorial and had to share along with my newest favorite food blog.

This homemade fruit leather tutorial  is something I would love to make with fresh fruit from summer. And if you are lucky enough to have trees with fruit you will love this even more! There is even a recipe pdf to download along with the tutorial at This link will take you directly to the tutorial and recipe.

The article also shares information about Katie Goodman who wrote the article and shares a link to her foodie blog full of great recipes and yummy images at the GoodLife {eats}, but I am sharing her link here too! I think you'll love visiting her. You know how I am always looking for something fast, easy and  healthy for the family to eat....well if this is you too then you'll want to make a visit.

She has yummy things going on at her site and shares more than one recipe choice when sharing a recipe. Foodie love! Two of my favorite summer recipes I found were a Teriyaki Turkey Burger with homemade barbecue sauce recipe and a lovely Grilled Peaches with Mascarponi Whip and Raspberry Sauce. Katie has a recipe search at the top of her site and its easy to navigate.

What's your favorite food blog? What's your favorite thing to grill? What is your favorite summer treat? I'd love to know!

Friday, July 8, 2011

Nature Time

Sometimes you just need to reconnect with nature

See you after our trip!

Tuesday, July 5, 2011

Homemade Baby Gifts

Remember the post I shared the tutorials for some baby gifts? Well if not here is the link to that post here. I wanted to share with you the end result of the tri fold diapers that were covered in the center with pretty fabric on the outside to make pretty burpees or clean ups for the mom to be.

I actually found the fabric at Walmart in their fabric department. It was pretty, suited a baby and in this case boy! They are all stitched up and ready for giving with a cute ribbon on top. I plan on purchasing a pretty basket or laundry basket and arranging the gifts into it. With a new baby a mom could easily use either for daily duties or catch alls.

I haven't had time yet, but plan on writing out the tutorial for the zipper pouch. It is big enough for mom to be to carry wipes, a few diapers, ointment when on a quick run, just in case of emergencies. It really is pretty easy!  You can see the end result just behind the wipes.

The hardest thing is changing from the regular sewing foot to the zipper foot. You will have to read your manual or check out You Tube if you don't know how. Other wise it is all straight stitching, ironing and turning. Tutorial coming soon!  You can; change the fabric if you need to make one for other uses. Until next time, hope you are having time to sew or getting crafty!

What is your favorite project you finished this summer so far?

Saturday, July 2, 2011

Happy 4th of July

Hope you find time to relax this weekend !

All Sorts
A Star Spangled Spinner free Printable & tutorial

Skip To My Lou
Recipe  & tutorial for this sweet treat

 DIY Inspiration for your table top or picnic

Happy 4th of July!

Thursday, June 30, 2011

Easy Baby Blanket

Hi there, I hope this is finding you well. I came across this baby blanket tutorial from Above All Fabrics. I think I may try this trick she used for making the binding for the baby blanket from the bottom fabric.

It looks so easy and since binding quilts and blankets is something I don''t feel I have mastered quite well this seems to fit the bill! Under the video I will put a link to the tutorial. I hope you enjoy an easy way to making an easy baby gift or something special for your little one. 

On her blog she has a tutorial  and a pdf download to help you too with the making of this baby blanket.
Above All Fabrics Blog . Oh, I have to tell you I fell in love with some of the fabrics they carry in the shop!
We don't have anywhere to get fabrics other than a Walmart and a high end boutique that charges a fortune. If that is the case for you too, you might enjoy their fabric shop.

That is it for today, Blogger wasn't playing nice and it has taken me forever to just post this. Here's hoping next time it won't be so wonky! Off to take the kiddo to swim lessons!
What are you planning for this weekend? or Are you crafting and sewing?