DIY Knot Headband Tutorial

DIY Knot Headband Tutorial

DIY Knot Headband Tutorial

I have been seeing super cute knot headbands all over the place and I have been wanting to make some for Hannie….but I also wanted them to be something she could put on herself and not half to tie at the top of her head.  So, the other day I pulled out some Riley Blake knits and went to work on a prototype that would have a “fake knot” at the top so it was just a headband for easy putting on and off.  The first one I made the knot part was HUGE, so I scaled it down and it turned out (not all things turn out on the second try usually ;).

Here is how I made it if you need some knot headbands too….they are super quick and easy!!

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What to Give A Friend When They Lose A Loved One

Bereavement Gift Handkerchief

When a friend looses a loved one sometimes it is hard to know how to best show them love and support.

And I’m not very good at those situations…basically all I do is a lot of crying with and for them….and I always want to give them something…something useful….

Over the past few years I’ve found a few things that seem to be both useful and will let them know that I care (and are surprisingly not hard to do).  Giving, even in times of sadness, doesn’t need to be monumental.  It can be something simple.  Like two of my most often given gifts:

Bereavement Gift Handkerchief

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Make a Baby Quilt from Scraps!

baby quilt from scraps1

baby quilt from scraps1

Do you have any baby showers coming up?  I have two next month and since I have found myself lately up to my eyeballs in quilt scraps lately,  I knew it was time to make up a bunch of my favorite baby gifts…coin quilts.  I love them because they are fast and easy and they are GREAT for the scrap bin!  And I think the best part is that no one will ever know that you made the quilt of out scraps….they look fantastic.

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A Spring Skirt—and a tutorial on an easy gathered skirt!

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pink skirt_edited-1

I have been doing some Spring sewing lately and this is one skirt that I am glad to say that Hannie is excited about wearing.  I found the amazing water-colored cotton sateen (I know you know but I am a BIG cotton sateen fan!) at Jo-Ann Fabrics and knew it would make an amazing Vintagely Modern Skirt.  I have made one every single Spring because I love them so and you can see different fabrics here and here.

So another gathered skirt was in order this Spring but I changed the original tutorial up a bit so that you could add an invisible zipper and also make the inside of the skirt just as great as on the outside…hence a bit of a change with the way you put on the waistband.

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The Art of Homemaking: Bunny Tails or Coconut Truffles

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3 ingredient coconut truffles_edited-2

Do you have an Spring traditions?  One recipe that is quickly becoming a family tradition are these 3 ingredient coconut truffles…or “bunny tail cookies” as my kiddos like to call them.  And since they are a simple, no bake recipe we make them often ;)  And they would be the perfect treat for an Easter or Spring party…because they really do look like Bunny Tails.

You probably have most of the ingredients in your pantry right now so you can make them today!!!

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A Friday Night Tradition

At our house we have a Friday night tradition…it happens every week…no matter what….rain, shine, sickness, health…whatever…and that is our Friday Night Family Camp Out.

quilts for movie night

Actually the name may be a bit of a misnomer…we don’t really camp out, with tents and sleeping bags in the great outdoors underneath the stars.  But, we do camp out in the family room next to the fireplace.  All of us, every Friday night.  Here’s what happens: Around 8:00 p.m. we all gather our blankets, pillows, foam mats, and sleeping bags from around the house and pile them on the floor.  Then we grab some snacks (chips, popcorn, licorice, the usual) and snuggle in for a night of munching, giggles, and movie watching.

movie night

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DIY Knot Headband Tutorial

DIY Knot Headband Tutorial

I have been seeing super cute knot headbands all over the place and I have been wanting to make some for Hannie….but I also wanted them to be something she could put on herself and not half to tie at the top of her head.  So, the other day I pulled out some Riley Blake…

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Bereavement Gift Handkerchief

What to Give A Friend When They Lose A Loved One

When a friend looses a loved one sometimes it is hard to know how to best show them love and support. And I’m not very good at those situations…basically all I do is a lot of crying with and for them….and I always want to give them something…something useful…. Over the past few years I’ve…

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baby quilt from scraps1

Make a Baby Quilt from Scraps!

Do you have any baby showers coming up?  I have two next month and since I have found myself lately up to my eyeballs in quilt scraps lately,  I knew it was time to make up a bunch of my favorite baby gifts…coin quilts.  I love them because they are fast and easy and they…

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