mustard sweater pillow

Homemaking Gifts for under $25

*This post is brought to you by Wayfair  although all opinions are our own.

Some years I find gift giving easy….and some years I find gift giving really hard.  So over the next month or so we are going to be sharing some simple gifts that people in your life would love to get.  Some will be handmade but we are also trying to find things that we really do love and use.  And we are trying our darndest to come up with things that are also super economical so you won’t break the Holiday budget this year!

So, today let’s start with the homemakers.  I know that I really do love to receive gifts that brighten my home with pretty things….and especially things that make my home feel more like me.   And I love the fact that everytime I see something in my home  or use it—I remember the person that gave it to me.  So I put together a roundup of some of my very favorite things for the home.

And the best part is that you can buy all of these homemaking gifts for under $25!

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Elsa Inspired Ruffle Skirt

How to Measure for and Cut Circle Skirts

As I said yesterday I have been on a skirt making binge lately.  And the skirts I have been making the most of are circle skirts…mainly because I can have one cut and sewn in less than an hour.

Elsa Inspired Ruffle Skirt

When I started sewing I avoided circle skirts because every pattern and tutorial I saw had this math diagram with pi…and radius…and circumference….and then my brain turned off and I decided that I would just choose a different skirt to sew.  Because even though I like to sew and craft and such I’m also lazy…LAY-ZEE so when I would see all those instructions I’d think it was a good time for some nachos instead.

But then Elizabeth was over at my house one day and she made me try one….and it was like magic!  It was so EASY I couldn’t believe it and it has now become one of my go to skirt patterns.

So today I am going to show you how I take two measurements, do one math problem (on a calculator) and then with two cuts have a skirt that is ready to be sewn.

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Exposed Elastic Waistband

How to Make an Exposed Elastic Waistband

Recently I’ve been on a skirt making binge….for myself…for my girls…for fun…and today I want to share one of the easiest waistbands you can put on a skirt:Exposed Elastic Waistband

I love these waistbands!  For myself and for my girls.  They are easy to make, comfortable to wear and can be put on a wide variety of skirt styles.

Here’s how to do it!

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quilt block

What’s on your sewing table?

quilt block

Do you ever feel like you have a million balls juggling in the air?  And while you aren’t dropping any of them (YET!) they still aren’t getting accomplished?

Well, that’s me lately with my sewing projects.

But I decided that  instead of wallowing in the fact that not a lot of sewing projects are getting finished, photographed and blogged…let’s play the game…WHAT’S ON YOUR SEWING TABLE?

Here’s my answer to that.

One quilt top almost completed, 1 quilting project cut but not started sewing,  2 dresses that just need buttons, 3 baby quilts that I just picked up from the quilter that I need to bind (including the jelly roll baby quilt above), and 2 more sewing projects with fabric ready to go that need to be cut out.

So, now I am wondering, what is your list like?????


PS  I am making a list of things to accomplish before starting new projects….starting with the buttons.  I can do buttons today ;)



22 Ways to Say Thank You

22 Easy Ways To Say Thank You…Without Even Having to Say “Thank You”

It’s that time of year…the holidays…when everyone is letting others know how much they love and are thankful for them.  But saying thank you isn’t easy for everyone….especially if you are one that has a hard time accepting help in the first place.

So today I’ve put together two short lists with some simple ideas on how to say thank you without actually having to say “thank you”.  The first list has ideas for what to say and the second list has some ideas on things to do…which means you don’t even need to talk at all to let someone know that you are thankful for them.

22 Ways to Say Thank You

Alright…let’s get started…

Saying it with words:

When letting someone know that you are thankful for something they have done it is always wonderful to be specific about what you are thankful for.  

For instance, instead of saying “thank you for your help” it may mean more to say exactly what help it is you are thankful for…like, “Thank you Grace for playing with Ruth while I was trying to get the laundry folded.  I would never have been able to get it done without your help!”  or “Thanks for picking up the slack and grabbing some dinner for us on the way home….it’s been a long day.”

I know that sounds lame and like common sense advice…but….not everyone does that…and you would be surprised how much it is appreciated.

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Make Two

The Art of Homemaking: Make Two

Make Two

I love this time of year when everyone is thinking about others…especially what they can give to others…

But sometimes I think we make giving too hard.  Or over think it too much.  Or believe it has to be a grand gesture…or cost a lot…or be extravagant…or only be given to those in desperate need or to close friends or family…

And it just doesn’t have to be that way.

It can be as easy as just making two.

For instance:

If you are making a batch of cookies…double it.  Then take the extras to a neighbor.


If you are making some salsa…double the recipe.  Then take the second jar to share with your co-workers at lunch time.


If you are making your daughter a hair bow…make two.  Then let her give one to a friend.

And the list could go on and on…if you are already making one, why not make two?  Who wouldn’t love a warm loaf of bread, a crocheted dish cloth, or homemade pillowcase?  If you have the extra supplies and are already doing the work why not brighten someone else’s day while you are at it?

The world could use some more kindness.

And it doesn’t have to be just at this time of year…this is something we can do at anytime…for anyone…without a terrible amount of effort.

So one of these days, if you remember, just make two.  Someone will thank you for it.