A Comfort Quilt.

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Recently I made a comfort quilt for a friend who is going through quite a health scare in her life.  And although I don’t know her super well, I have been so impressed with how she is handling her struggles.  I feel like I was in her situation 10 years ago…and I don’t know that I was that positive.  I felt so lucky to be surrounded people who were positive about my health, but I was pretty grumpy about the whole health situation. She has been so positive and upbeat and is fighting her battles like a true champ. So, I thought a quilt was in order. A comfort quilt….to make her feel loved an supported and keep her spirits up.

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What I Learned From My Home Renovation

15 Lessons I Learned When Renovating My Home

As our home renovation project of doom is coming (hopefully) to a close I have been thinking about what I’ve learned from this whole experience.

When we moved into our new-to-us home two months ago with only our three kids, a few bags full of basic necessities, and a plan…leaving all other worldly possessions in storage…we thought we knew what we were doing.

Boy were we wrong.

However, I think we have gotten a lot accomplished in those two months…in that time we have repainted every ceiling and most walls in the entire house, torn down walls, built new walls, replaced all the flooring in the house, removed old plumbing, reset toilets, replaced subfloor, installed new lighting, as well as entirely finished the previously unfinished basement…minus the painting..which will be finished by the end of next week.

What we haven’t accomplished is getting a lot of sleep, spending quality time with our family, and officially moving into the home we have lived in for 8 weeks.

But would I do it all again?  You bet.  Although….I would do a few things differently…

15 Lessons I Learned When Renovating My Home

 

So here is some advice to my future renovating self or to any of you who are thinking about embarking on such an adventure:

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15 Minute Homemaking Tasks

15 minute homemaking tasks

 

15 minute homemaking tasksThis post is PART II of a series of posts…mostly for me….but hopefully you can benefit from some of them too.  I am hanging up lists of 5, 15, 30 and 60 minute homemaking tasks that I know I can do in that amount of time.  So, when I have a few extra minutes throughout the day I can choose one or two and accomplish more during the day.  A couple of weeks ago I shared PART I which was the 5 minute tasks that you can find HERE and today I am sharing the list of tasks I can accomplish in 15 minutes or less around the house.

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When Skies are Grey Fabric Line

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Hi everyone…we are Elizabeth and liZ from Simple Simon and Company are we are excited to give you all a sneak peek of our new fabric line that is coming out this fall.

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If you know anything about us at Simple Simon and Company you will know that we love simple, classic prints and all of our fabric lines contain some sort of black and white. And this new collection is no different!  When Skies are Grey Fabric Line comes in three color ways and was meant as a modern gender neutral nursery line—but it has some great low volume prints for quilting as well! This collection came about as a nod to our kids that we so dearly love and the song that we both used to sing to them while rocking them in rocking chairs, “You are My Sunshine.” It brings back sweet memories of those tiny little babies that smelled so good and made all the sleepless nights worth it.

 

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The main print in the collection is actually a “cheater panel” that you can use to make a quilt, baby blanket or even fussy cut to make borders or new additions to your stash. We were able to show this new collection at Quilt Market and we were so excited to be able to work with it!  Here are some of the highlights that we sewed from the collection.

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Here is the view of our whole booth to give a sample of what can be done with When Skies are Grey Fabric Line! One thing to mention is that there are coordinates that go along with the line that are double gauze and knit.  The little nightgown in the background is a sample of the knit that will coordinate with the line.

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These are some cute baby booties, bibs and a bag that were sewn by Ameroonie Designs to show how to use the fabric.

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Above the teepee we were able to string lights and some cute clouds and raindrops that would be darling in a nursery!

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You can find the teepee pattern HERE

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And tutorials for the dolls HERE as well.

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And I am in love with these tiny zipper pouches that Amy also made.  She brought them as presents but we had to display them—they are so cute!

We are so excited to show you more of this line soon as well as some quilt patterns that we are working on to showcase what you will be able to do with the line.  Look for it at your favorite quilt shop starting at the end of September!

~Elizabeth and liZ

How to Make an Easy Baby Coin Quilt

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Today we get to share how to make an easy baby coin quilt as a part of Down Grapevine Lane’s fabric tour!

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Sedef’s new fabric line was designed for Riley Blake designs and was so sweet I knew immediately that I wanted to make a baby quilt with it!

And a coin quilt would allow me to not only use a lot of the different prints in her line but is a quilt that sews up in a hurry!

Let me show you how I put it together:

How to Make a Baby Coin Quilt

 

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The Art of Homemaking: On Letting them Help

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My girls always want to “help”.

Help with dinner.

Help with dishes.

Help with housework.

Help with washing the dog.

Help with everything.

But usually the “help” of an 8 and a 4 year old is actually just more work for me.

So I tend to brush them off…and give them jobs like:

Make sure everyone’s shoes are put away or put a fork by everyone’s plate for dinner.

However, if you follow us over on Facebook you’ve heard about the home we bought and the renovation projects that needed to be done inside of it this summer.

The projects were huge…and hard…and dirty.

And I needed help.  A lot of help.  Real help.

And guess who was there ready, willing, and to my surprise able…

…that’s right,  my 8 and 4 year old girls.

Ruth and Grace painting their bedroom

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No More Skipped lunches….


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As soon as my feet hit the floor every morning I feel like it’s a race against the clock…everyday. Get everyone up, dressed, and fed. Take the dog out, change the laundry, let the dog in. Empty the dishwasher, load the dishwasher. Take the kids to the library, to visit grandma, and stop by the grocery store on the way home. Get everyone settled into an activity or playing with friends. Hit the gym. Fill the car up with gas and start making dinner….when suddenly I to realize I haven’t eaten anything today except for a soda and a granola bar or a handful of crackers that I stole from the kids. Sound familiar? And in the mean time I am dragging…tired…irritable and running out of steam. I function like this more than I’d like to admit. I love my life…I wouldn’t trade my kids for anything, I feel so lucky to have all the opportunities afforded to me through blogging, and I’m happy to be training for another marathon with my brothers this fall….but…some days (most days) it is a lot of work….and making myself a warm lunch isn’t usually on my to-do list. Although…it really should be. On days when I skip meals I feel tired and worn down which makes my regular routine so much harder…but then again I know I’m never going to take the time cook myself a hot lunch and so the cycle continues. Until recently. Recently I tried something new…and I will admit I was a little skeptical at first…but after I tried them I was hooked.
lean pockets 1 What I tried were Chicken Jalapeno & Cheese Lean Pockets
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and they are delicious….spicy, gooey cheese and chicken wrapped in pretzel bread…which is great because I like things that are spicy and delicious…but here is why I was really hooked: *They have less calories (only 260) and more protein (12 grams) than the granola bars I usually grab on the way out the door. *They take less than 3 minutes to prepare from start to finish. *They are warm (and I love warm food). *They are inexpensive (costing less than $2 a pocket). *I can savor a delicious meal whether I’m on the go or sitting down to eat. *They contain no artificial flavors. It is a real solution for busy lifestyles…and a solution that not only allows me to continue my daily race against the clock but that I can also afford and feel good about eating. Which makes it easy to see why I am hooked. Here’s to no more skipped lunches! Thank you Lean Pockets!
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Cloud Paintings (For the last Days of Summer)

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This is a project that we shared last year over at the Crafting Chicks but are bringing it home today for a fun final days of summer project!

 Hey!  It’s liZ, one of the two Elizabeth’s, from over at Simple Simon and Company and we are happy to be here at the Crafting Chicks today!!!
Today we get to share a project that I’ve done about 2.8 billion times with students in my art classes and with my kids at home.  It’s a favorite because it’s fun, they always turn out interesting, and this project lends it self nicely to so many different teaching topics….from the weather, to types of clouds, to color resist, to mixing colors, to making water color washes, etc. etc.  Plus it’s easy enough for a preschooler but is still interesting enough for a junior high student to work on….I’ve done it with students of all ages and have consistently gotten terrific results.
 This is a project that you can do inside or outside.  All you need is access to see the clouds in the sky.  (Since this after all is going to be a painting of the clouds.)
So, once you’ve found your cloud viewing location gather your supplies:

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A Comfort Quilt.

Recently I made a comfort quilt for a friend who is going through quite a health scare in her life.  And although I don’t know her super well, I have been so impressed with how she is handling her struggles.  I feel like I was in her situation 10 years ago…and I don’t know that…

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15 Lessons I Learned When Renovating My Home

What I Learned From My Home Renovation

As our home renovation project of doom is coming (hopefully) to a close I have been thinking about what I’ve learned from this whole experience. When we moved into our new-to-us home two months ago with only our three kids, a few bags full of basic necessities, and a plan…leaving all other worldly possessions in…

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15 minute homemaking tasks

15 Minute Homemaking Tasks

  This post is PART II of a series of posts…mostly for me….but hopefully you can benefit from some of them too.  I am hanging up lists of 5, 15, 30 and 60 minute homemaking tasks that I know I can do in that amount of time.  So, when I have a few extra minutes…

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