The Art of Homemaking: On Slowing Down…

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Both liZ and I feel like we have been running ragged these last couple of months and with summer break beginning this next week I was trying to think about summer goals.

I was thinking about making calendars with an activity to do everyday or a summer “bucket list” or getting bins ready to keep everyone busy.

And then it hit me…..I don’t want to do any of those things this summer, I just want to slow down.  Not that there is anything wrong with summer “bucket lists” or planning activities every day–if those are your thing—please, go for it! But I think this summer the one goal is—-to just SLOW DOWN.  I know that sounds lame, but I really just want to stay home and let the kids play….and not be in the car for 2 hours a day driving everyone everywhere. I just want a summer to slow down.

I don’t exactly know what summer is going to look like but I am planning to go opposite of my normal-ocd self and just let go and let summer be. I think we all need it.

~Elizabeth

DIY Felt Flower Bouquet Tutorial

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felt flower bouquet tutorial

When I got married I was all about DIY’ing a lot of projects for the wedding and I LOVE that it is such a trend right now.  It is so cost-effective and I love the crafting part of it. And with this easy tutorial you will be able to make your own DIY Felt Flower Bouquet as well as DIY Boutonnieres for the groomsman in an upcoming wedding.

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And if you aren’t on the wedding train right now, be sure to pin it to Pinterest to remember for when you are.  These bouquets are fun to make and the best part about it was—I spent less that $10 in felt and floral wire to make it and you don’t even have to sew them (hot glue is your friend)!

So….let’s get started!  Here’s what you will need to make one too…..

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Easy Ruffle Pencil Skirt

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Today we have an easy pencil ruffle skirt to share with you.

Last week I finally took 30 minutes and made myself something!

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Using 1 yard of ruffle fabric and the tutorial we wrote for HOW TO MAKE A PENCIL SKIRT I whipped this out in between quilt market projects.

I love the ruffle fabric…its soft and feminine and comfortable.  Plus I think I could dress this skirt up or down which means I will be wearing it all summer!

If summer ever comes…..

Building Blocks Quilt Pattern (FREE PDF PATTERN!)

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Building Blocks Quilt PatternEvery Friday night our family tries to do “movie night.” Although it is getting harder the older everyone gets, we still try to make it a tradition to have pizza, treats and a favorite family movie….and sometimes a huge sleepover in the basement. I love that it’s a good way to unwind from the week and when everything is dark and still I love to peek around and find everyone cuddled in a homemade quilt, snuggled warm and cozy. I finished this quilt a while ago to add to our “family movie night” quilt pile and the boys love it. I think that it is one of new favorites.

While I was making it I took a few pictures and make a pdf printable pattern so you could make one too!

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It’s a Party and YOU are ALL Invited!

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That’s right!  Elizabeth and I are throwing a party and all of you are invited!

On Thursday, June 2 at the Provo Cotton Shop and  and again on Thursday, June 16 at the Sandy Cotton Shop our friends are letting us take over their stores for an evening to celebrate the launch of our first book: The Simple Simon Guide to Patchwork Quilting and we want all of you to be there.

If you are local…well, then obviously we would love to have you there in person!!!  It costs nothing to attend, we will have a gift for everyone who comes (plus something special for anyone who has a copy of the book (books will be available at the Cotton Shop) plus there will be a free make and take and treats.  (Which will include chips and salsa…of course!)  We are so excited and hope to see many of your beautiful faces there.

But…what if you aren’t local???  Well….we planned our party to take place on our “Nacho Thursday” nights that we hold every other week over on our Facebook page.  So throughout the night on Facebook we will be posting videos, stories and even a giveaway or two so that you can all join in the fun!

We really are looking forward to the party…we always say we wish we could transport all of you with us into a giant room to sew, visit, and eat treats and this is as close to that as we can get for right now.  So we hope to see you there either in person or virtually…we really do consider you our friends and so of course want to have you there at our first party!  (And watch for even more details coming soon!)

-liZ

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The Art of Homemaking: It isn’t always about YOU (or me)

Awhile back I was grocery shopping when I saw a woman who lives nearby.

Our paths had crossed several times but we didn’t really know each other however I decided to go over and say hello.

Which I did.

Her response was nothing more than eye contact, a blank stare, and her going out of her way to back up her shopping cart and drive it around me.

What the heck?

I had gone out of my way to talk with her and she totally snubbed me!

And from that day on I put her on the ick list.

Until…

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Quilt Block Tea Towel Tutorial

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One of my absolute favorite things to give is a homemade loaf of bread and a little handmade love with a loaf of bread. It is a simple one that I know I have on hand, but still is a wonderful one to receive. And if you have a couple of leftover quilt blocks it makes it fast and easy to whip up a handmade tea towel in no time at all! It would be absolutely perfect for a teacher’s gift!

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Phorus PS5 Giveaway!!!

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At our house we listen to a lot of music.

A lot of music…everything from Neil Diamond to Meghan Trainor…and Nirvana to Patsy Cline…and everything in between.

I listen to music when I am alone or with the kids.  In the house, in the car, or in the yard.  I always have the music on.  It can cheer me up, calm me down, or even motivate me.  I love my music.

So I am loving my newest acquisition:  My Phorus PS5 Speaker!

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It is pretty freaking awesome.

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The Art of Homemaking: On Slowing Down…

(source) Both liZ and I feel like we have been running ragged these last couple of months and with summer break beginning this next week I was trying to think about summer goals. I was thinking about making calendars with an activity to do everyday or a summer “bucket list” or getting bins ready to…

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DIY Felt Flower Bouquet Tutorial

When I got married I was all about DIY’ing a lot of projects for the wedding and I LOVE that it is such a trend right now.  It is so cost-effective and I love the crafting part of it. And with this easy tutorial you will be able to make your own DIY Felt Flower…

Read More »

easy ruffled pencil skirt

Easy Ruffle Pencil Skirt

Today we have an easy pencil ruffle skirt to share with you. Last week I finally took 30 minutes and made myself something! Using 1 yard of ruffle fabric and the tutorial we wrote for HOW TO MAKE A PENCIL SKIRT I whipped this out in between quilt market projects. I love the ruffle fabric…its soft…

Read More »