Saturday, August 25, 2012

Custom Covers

I must be one of the worst bloggers! I mean to keep this space updated more regularly but it just doesn't seem to happen like I want it to. Life! 

I have felt the urging to focus on making my Bible covers. So, that is what I have been working on for the past few weeks! I have added a few new ones to my Etsy shop. Not as many as I would have liked but hey, I'm a homeschooling mom of 4.  =)

 After I started creating a few covers, I got a custom request for one! I was thrilled! I truly LOVE to make custom items for people. Searching for the right colors and designs of the fabric, and making it all come together for someone to use and love. There is nothing quite like it!

 I make 2 different styles of Bible covers.

 There's the basic, which is just a cover to protect the jacket of the Bible. 

Then, there's the zippered one. This one has a zippered vinyl pocket on the inside. You can use it to hold your pens, highlighters, etc. It also has an extra pocket for notes and such.

Either one of these can have handles attached, or not.

If you would like a custom Bible cover, please don't hesitate to contact me! There are more to come to my shop soon as well. Have a look! You never know what you might find. =)

Did I mention that 20% of each sale goes to the child of the month at Reece's Rainbow? It does! Every month I will donate 20% of my sales to a sweet child that is awaiting their forever family. If you would like to learn more about Reece's Rainbow's child of the month please visit their website HERE. I also, plan to post about the child of the month the first of every month. So be on the lookout for that!

Thanks for reading friends! Have a blessed night!

Have a blessed night friends!

Wednesday, August 15, 2012

Hearts & Butterflies

Friends, I have been in a bit of a funk lately. That, or life has just been busy. It is probably a mixture of both though really. It's not that I don't have any crafty things to share, because I do. I have photos and everything. I just haven't had the oomph to post.

That's not very fair, now is it? To try and make up for all of this unfairness I will post a few pictures now.

Pictured above is an adorable infant onesie with attached heart tutu. I really love the simplicity of this tutu. Little babies don't need all the fluff and fuss a typical tutu brings. This one is nothing but sweet and soft! I made this for a friend who is having her first baby girl. I hope she *loves* it! What do you think?

Here is my lil princess showing off the one I made for her.
I do have a clock makeover as well, but the pictures aren't yet uploaded. So, I'll just share some photos from our trip to the Butterfly Center at the museum. The kids and I had such a wonderful morning there!


Wednesday, August 8, 2012

Reading Incentive for School Age Kids

Here's a little post for the homeschooling crowd out there.....

Have you signed up for the Book-It reading program from Pizza Hut?

If not, there is still time!

Details about the deadline via the website: The 2012 enrollment deadline is September 1st., however, we will continue to accept enrollment requests on a first-come, first-served basis while supplies last.

We have participated in this for the past few years, and love it! I mean, what kid doesn't like the idea of earning their very own personal sized pizza each month? All they have to do is read the required amount, set by you, and enjoy!

They also have tons of free reproducibles to help the kids track their reading progress. Plus, helpful tips on goal setting for each grade level.

Check out the Book-It web page for all of the yummy details!

Happy reading!!!!

Tuesday, August 7, 2012

Project: T-Shirt Quilt

Months ago, and I mean months and months ago, I had the genius idea of making a t-shirt quilt. My hubby works for a coffee company that carries seasonal blends. Well, they have to wear a t-shirt advertising those coffees. So, he gets 2 shirts every season. Needless to say, we have a surplus of these shirts lying around. 

I only need so many t-shirts to wear at night. I thought, wouldn't it be great to make a quilt with them??? The hubs certainly didn't care what I did with them. So, I began this little adventure. I'm not exactly what you would call a quilter. Yes, I have made some blankets in the quilt style, ie I cut some squares and sewed them all together. 

Now, a t-shirt quilt isn't really much more than that. You cut the t-shirts into large squares and go from there. I've seen many of that after they have been made. I have a friend who is a sewing/quilting genius. I quickly asked her for pointers. 

Ok, so, I began this process ages ago, and I got intimidated super fast! The thought of it became overwhelming. I ended up just tucking this little project away, and that is where it has been since. Tucked away. Out of sight, out of mind.

Well, last Sunday I had a sewing itch. I really felt the urge to be creative but I didn't have any fabrics that were inspiring me to do anything with. When my hubby said, "What about that t-shirt quilt you were going to make?"

Hmmmm.... A thought. Yes.

At that point, something was better than nothing. So, I pulled it all back out and got back at it. I do not know what was so intimidating about it! I didn't have lots of time to work on it but it was just a matter of ironing on some stabilizer and cutting squares. It certainly wasn't requiring that much thought!

I am still working on it. Now I am on the hunt for some coffee print fabrics. I'd really like to find some with coffee beans! I'm sure that is doable. I just need to look.

Once I get the squares finished, I ran out of stabilizer and just bought some this morning, I will have to decide on the placement of the squares. I may need some help! So, don't be surprised if I have another post with different square placements, and me begging for suggestions!

Until then, have a blessed day!

*Oh, and on a total side note, as you can see, I am a huge failure when it comes to the summer art projects I planned on doing with the kids! Ugh!

Friday, August 3, 2012

Foodie Friday: Whole Wheat White Chocolate Chip Cookies

Today I thought I'd post my favorite cookie recipe. Not just any cookie recipe, an amazing freezer cookie recipe. You mix up a big batch, freeze them, and enjoy them whenever you want!

Oh, and they bake up perfectly Every. Time. No kidding.

I found this recipe HERE. I only made minor changes to the recipe. I will note them below.

What you need:
  • 2 1/4 cups white whole wheat flour *I used whole wheat
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • 1 cup brown sugar, firmly packed
  • 1/2 cup granulated sugar *I used coconut sugar
  • 1 cup unsalted butter, softened
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 2 eggs
  • 1-2 cups chocolate chips *I used white chips and some peanut butter chips as well 
  • Optional: Super adorable toddler helper.  =)

What to do:

Combine flour, salt and baking soda in a bowl, whisk it together and set aside.

Combine brown sugar, granulated sugar and softened butter in the bowl of an electric mixer.  Beat until creamy, about 3 to 5 minutes.  Add vanilla extract.  Add eggs one at a time, beating for 1 minute in between each addition.  Add dry ingredients all at once and mix well.  Fold in chocolate chips and nuts if using.

Line a baking sheet with waxed paper.  Drop cookie dough by the tablespoonfuls onto the baking sheet.  Place them very close together so that as many cookies balls as possible fit on the tray. Put the cookie sheet in the freezer and chill dough balls until frozen through, at least 3 hours.  Remove the sheet from the freezer and place dough balls in a freezer safe bag and place back in the freezer until ready to bake.

When ready to bake cookies, preheat the oven to 350 degrees F.  Place frozen dough balls on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper.  Leave a few inches in between the cookies, giving them room to spread.  Bake for 10 to 12 minutes or  until golden and irresistible.

Believe me, they are irresistible. I am so glad I came across this recipe over at Joy the Baker.

Have a blessed day y'all!

Thursday, August 2, 2012

Fabric Postcards

A while ago I saw THESE fabric postcards on Pinterest. I thought they would be a lot of fun to make and send! I finally got around to giving them a go.

This is the first one I made. (Remember how I said I just loved the rainbow fabric? Can you tell that I still have a little infatuation with it?!) I absolutely L-O-V-E it! I don't know about you, but if I checked the mail and saw this in the box, I would be instantly happy! =)

The next one I made for a friend who is expecting. (And no, not a friend from the 2 baby showers I hosted in June. This is a totally different Momma, and there are 2 others I know as well. I guess this is the year of babies!) 

The Daddy is a dj, hence the musical fabric. I have seen a picture of a nursery floating around on Pinterest, something I did not pin, and on the wall it simply stated OH BOY above the crib. Clever. So, I went ahead and used it for my card. I like it. Boys are really exciting! Full of adventure and curiosity. 

I had too much fun making these. Seriously. Too. Much. Fun!

I pretty much followed the above mentioned tutorial in making these. I did do a few different things. Like, embroidering words to the front and some applique. I also used felt and didn't exactly 'quilt' it like she did. 

These are more than a postcard. They are little pieces of art! Something to keep and display.

Oh, and I may have gone a bit overboard because yes, I did buy this stamp so I can hand stamp the back of each. Don't judge me! ;)

Have a blessed day friends!


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