The Playhouse Teepee Pattern

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For years (literally) Elizabeth and I have talked about putting out our own line of patterns. And I have no idea how many hundreds of hours we have spent drafting the patterns for this dream line. Countless dresses, skirts. sleeves, and collars have been drafted….and are lined up ready to go so it’s kind of funny that our first ever pattern to be released is a teepee pattern!!!!

Although…if I think about it….a playhouse teepee made for adventures with children only seems fitting to be our first pattern. Especially when considering that Elizabeth and I started (and restarted) sewing again for and because of our children. And so today we are beside ourselves with excitement to officially release our Playhouse Teepee Pattern!!!
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Even as I’m typing this I can’t believe it is for real!  We finally are releasing a pattern!!!  (It seems too good to be true!)  Right now the pattern is for sale over in our shop for $12.95.  (You can find the listing for the pattern in our shop HERE.)  The PDF version will be out soon (really soon we promise!) but for now we only have the paper version available and they are ready to be shipped out this minute!

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I remember the day that we decided to make a teepee.  Elizabeth and I were in my basement and began construction with water weenies and a sheet to make the first prototype…next we moved on to using the bean sticks from my garden and some crazy 80’s fabric…and during this process my husband came downstairs and asked what in the heck we were doing!  We told him we were working…obviously!!  :)  But from those beginnings came this pattern and we just love it.

And to make it even better we were able to put one together using our new Four Corners fabric line!  (Which just arrived in the warehouse and is shipping to stores this week!!!)

We are excited today and feel so so thankful for all the opportunities that we’ve had.

-Elizabeth and liZ

PS:  Watch for the doll kits coming next week to make the dolls that you can see pictured underneath the teepee!!!

A Bento Box Quilt

Bento Box Quilt

Bento Box Quilt

It’s that time of year again…for me anyways.

The time of year when I start planning out Christmas gifts…and handmade quilts are always in the mix.

Last year I made 5 quilts for gifts, each one very different, and I enjoyed every minute of choosing the fabric, patterns, and designs for each one.

This Bento Box quilt is the one that I made for my Grandparents last year.  I used Moda’s Little Black Dress 2 line of fabric and it turned out nicely.

But this year I’m planning one for them that uses a really bright palette and a very different pattern…..yes, definitely a bright palette….and maybe includes curved shapes!!!

I realize that it’s only August but inside my head Christmas quilt planning has already begun!

Let the Christmas quilt making commence!!!!!

-liZ

Double Chocolate Cookie Recipe

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Every Friday night we have a pizza, treat and movie night with our family.  It’s one of those traditions that I don’t know how much longer it will last as they grow up and become teenagers…so for right now I am holding onto it for as long as I can.  We usually order out pizza (but sometimes do homemade) and then a treat.  I am all for easy treats for movie night and these cookies fit that bill.  They are gooey and chocolately inside and you can add anything you want into them–I usually add chocolate chips, nuts, or some leftover candy from the pantry.

These cookies were the basic recipe with 2 reese’s peanut butter cups added in.  (I wished I’d had more than 2 because it wasn’t quite enough, but it was all I had and they were still super yummy.)

Double Chocolate Cookie recipe:

1 c. butter

2 c. sugar

1/2 c. Hershey’s cocoa powder

2 t. vanilla

2 eggs

1 t. baking soda

pinch of salt

2 c. flour (high altitude add 2 T. more)

Cream the butter and sugar, then add eggs, vanilla.  Sift together cocoa powder, salt, soda and flour and stir into the wet ingredients.  Then add your chocolate chips or candies, or whatever you have.  Bake for 8 mins at 350 degrees.  Cool on a wire rack.

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Enjoy!!!

~Elizabeth

Sewing Snippets

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Have your kiddos started school yet?  It’s been a whirlwind around here…new schools, new schedules and I am feeling a bit frazzled.  I know I will get it under control but it’s going to take awhile. So, sewing was kind of taking a back seat last week’s craziness.

But, the good news is….that kindergarten starts up this week and I am hoping to catch a few minutes of sewing time throughout the week. I have been missing it!

The only project I have gotten done in the last little while is some handi-work with some hexies and I am slowing becoming addicted to doing them. They are soooo fun! This picture is from instagram (you can find us @simplesimonandco) of the first flower I made, but I think I am up to five now. They are super awesomely fast and great to make!

The hexagons are from Sue Daley Designs and the fabrics I am using are Cotton and Steel.  I am doing them all in shades of pink and navy, and although I am not sure I will have enough for a quilt top (I only bought 8 fat quarters) maybe a fun pillow might be a good start to paper piecing. I adore Sue’s way of doing hexies because you glue them first and it is super fast to glue bunch for a flower and then sew them all together at a later time. You can check out her method on you tube HERE. It’s a good car pool project 😉

What sewing snippets have you been working on? I’d love to hear…

~Elizabeth

 

Little Big Stuff Book Review

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We had the pleasure of meeting Michelle Jensen of Mixi Heart at Quilt Market this last spring where we were chatting all things quilting and long-arming….and she was kind enough to give us an advanced copy of her new book Little Big Stuff which is a delightful new sewing book.  We saved it until now to blog about because it is now available to everyone and we don’t just have to enjoy it for ourselves. You can find the book HERE (affiliate link) for under $14 dollars which is a great deal too 😉

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How to Make Giant Tassels

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How to make a tassel

Today we want to show you a quick way to make some fun over sized yarn tassels.  They are great for parties, kids room decor or even to decorate a playhouse or a teepee!  We have paired them in so many ways….I love how versatile they are.

Materials: cotton yard (or any yarn of your choosing), piece of cardboard 11″ tall (I used a manilla folder), and scissors.

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THE Art of Homemaking

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artof homemaking

Almost every Tuesday we post about “The Art of Homemaking”…but when and why did we start doing this?

Wellllll……around 6 years ago (about the same time we started this blog) I ran across a book at a thrift store entitled “The Art of Homemaking” and I HAD to buy it.  Not, necessarily because of my love for the art of homemaking but for the kitschy illustrations I found inside the book and because I saw a quotation written within it’s pages that said, “BEAUTY IS A DUTY” and I thought it was hilarious!

I had no intention of ever reading the book.

But then one day….

…I started reading it and I couldn’t stop!

The book was written in 1962 by Daryl Hoole, mother of 8, and housewife extraordinaire.  And as I read her practical advice in her “that’s just the way it is” style I found myself totally falling in love with her style.  Who would have guessed that the girl who spent her entire life fighting all things domestic would discover a 50 year old homemaking book and start following it’s advice?  Not me!  And yet…

…I decided to go chapter by chapter through the book and try living the concepts laid out in each chapter for a week at a time.  It was an adventure…and super fun…and became our first consistent “series” on the blog.  But after it ended I wasn’t ready to give up the homemaking posts.  So once a week Elizabeth and I take turns writing homemaking related posts on Tuesdays…and we love it…and doubt that we will ever give it up.

And naturally with the opening of the online store we wanted to include our love for “The Art of Homemaking” in the shop so we rounded up several copies of “The Art of Homemaking” as well as two other books that Mrs. Hoole has written and have them for sale in the store.  (You can see them in our shop HERE.)

However, the book that is not in the store is my first personal copy of “The Art of Homemaking” purchased that day years ago at the thrift store…and signed by the woman herself Mrs. Daryl Hoole.  That one I will be keeping…for like…forever!

-liZ

PS:  After writing this I kind of want to go through the book week by week again….maybe we could all do it together.  It really was a lot of fun!

 

 

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The Playhouse Teepee Pattern

For years (literally) Elizabeth and I have talked about putting out our own line of patterns. And I have no idea how many hundreds of hours we have spent drafting the patterns for this dream line. Countless dresses, skirts. sleeves, and collars have been drafted….and are lined up ready to go so it’s kind of…

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Bento Box Quilt

A Bento Box Quilt

It’s that time of year again…for me anyways. The time of year when I start planning out Christmas gifts…and handmade quilts are always in the mix. Last year I made 5 quilts for gifts, each one very different, and I enjoyed every minute of choosing the fabric, patterns, and designs for each one. This Bento…

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double-chocolate-cookie-recipe

Double Chocolate Cookie Recipe

Every Friday night we have a pizza, treat and movie night with our family.  It’s one of those traditions that I don’t know how much longer it will last as they grow up and become teenagers…so for right now I am holding onto it for as long as I can.  We usually order out pizza…

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