My sweet baby girl was staying entertained by drawing pictures in the back of my planner until I realized she was drawing on my beautiful pink cover. I tried several methods of getting the ink off but had no luck. So, I decided to see what fabrics I had in my stash that I would enjoy seeing everyday.
Download my pattern and tutorial here.
If you would like to know more about Passion Planner or purchase one just follow the link above. If you do decide to purchase and need a reference just give them my email aimeerlarsen(at)yahoo (dot) com. As part of the refer 3 get 1 program, I get to give free planners to foster mommas for free. It's what keeps my busy family organized and on time. Plus, it has helped us to reach many life goals in just the few short years we've used them.
I saw this idea here and loved it. It was much easier to make than it looks and saved me TONS of money this year on gifts. I found these miniature wash tubs for 3/$1 and bought little hand towels to go with the soap 18/$4. I'll let Amy from The Idea Room tell you how it's done. My total cost for each gift was $2.22 per teacher.
Just print the images below and paste the labels or print them on label paper, trim and stick. The total cost for the popcorn, since I got them on sale was less than 20 cents and the bottled water with Crystal Light was right around 30 cents.
Water Bottle Instructions
Click the images below to see download it for your use. Simply right click and save when it opens completely.
For this post, "Lost and Found" has several different meanings. The first one being that when I decided to buy this old, red velvet dress from the thrift store; I didn't know that it would turn into something really pretty. I'd decided that if I were going to make children's capes to play in I would buy thrift store dresses and recycle them. They are prefect. What was once lost, has been found again and renewed. The idea came from a memory of my brother with a black sparkly cape that my mother had made out of a slinky dress. He LOVED that cape. So, I feel like I've captured a part of my childhood again that I thought was lost and now it's been found every time I see Cooper run like the wind with his really cool black spider web, sparkly cape. Every time I start to sew, I never really have a project quite laid out, planned or even designed to the fullest. I just start with scissors and a general idea. Now, I'll admit; a carefully planned project might turn out alot better but when I saw the finished product of my "Little Red Riding Hood" Cape. I instantly felt like a 6 year old girl and wanted to put it on, grab a basket and go pretending through the woods. So, that feeling of being young that I thought was lost, was found. So I really couldn't help it when I needed pictures of the cape to list on etsy to take it outside, lay it in the vines growing on our fence and shoot a picture of a lost cape that once belonged to "Little Red Riding Hood" and now had been found for some little girl to wear. I have to say, that was the fastest listing on etsy I've ever seen. I listed it, went to the ball field and came back...SOLD! I hope some little girl absolutely has a blast wearing it. I'll have to make another.
This has been one of the most favorited posts of mine on Pinterest in recent months. I had neglected to ever find the original pattern so I have been getting emails from readers need it. You're in luck, I've posted it below. Here's the original story behind the apron.
On the night of April 27, 2011, I was in my sewing room. I had been asked to make a few items for a Mothers Day Banquet coming up and I started with this. I pulled together a pile of beautiful pieces of fabric and started cutting squares.
I pulled together a pile of beautiful pieces of fabric and started cutting...
I then cut the back piece to my apron so I would know how wide and tall to sew the front. I then started sewing the squares into strips to stretch across the apron backing. Apron pattern and instructions are found here.
While I was working, a storm was brewing. I would stand at my craft room window and watch the darkening sky and the churning clouds. I think storms are so beautiful. I wondered to myself, "Why do people get so scared of storms?" They are lovely to look at. I just kept sewing and ironing...all the while. My husband had my baby boys under the stairway eating their hamburgers. I managed to sew up the entire amount needed and then, our power went out. I decided then it might be a good idea to find the weather radio. We put the kids in bed after lighting the candles. My husband and I laid in bed and listened to the weather radio. At about 10:00 p.m. there was an announcement that the town (my town) had been destroyed by a tornado. I laid and listened in disbelief. I had no idea what to expect but I never expected the severity of the destruction and the turn my life would take in coming days.
I eventually finished the apron and gave it away to a deserving mother.
Enjoy the project. The effort is so worth its beauty.
"And my God will supply every need of yours according to his riches in glory in Christ Jesus." Philippians 4:19
The last few weeks I have taken the time to do a few fun things with the boys. One of them that I wanted to share was how we made our own terrarium. I try to look at everything before I throw it away to see if it has a new life. This cookie container from the grocery store looked like a perfect container for the kids to make a terrarium.
I went outside with some potting soil and asked them to bring me a cup of sand from their sandbox. We layered the sand and then the dirt and I asked them to find a few little plants in the garden (weeds) that we could plant. They found a random bean sprout a begonia and a weed. : )
We added water, a few rocks and tiny Indian and closed the lid. We noted how clear the "sky" was inside the container and then took it to our front porch to let it sit in the sun.
We checked it and it was getting cloudy. We talked about what might be happening and of course my oldest knew all the answers but he was still intrigued.
Even the littlest loved watching the water gather into droplets to form bigger droplets. Then Evan started talking about clouds and how he'd seen steam coming up out of the trees across the road from our house after the last rain we had in the summer heat. I think he got it!
This is an easy project and lesson that kids love to do. They love to watch their plants thrive, they love to check for "rain" clouds and they love to thump the top of the container to make it rain. I think it's been a week now and they have checked it every day.
I was asked by Evan if we had a tent. I said, yes we do. And you can guess by now what happened next. I was outside on a humid Georgia morning, pitching a tent in our back yard.
So, then someone said..."do we have marshmallows???
Yes we did mini ones, we also had a candle, lighter, and toothpicks.
Carefully, mini marshmallows burn just as easy as big ones. Which I think was their favorite part, plus they used about 50 toothpicks for some reason.
I was commissioned to do silhouettes for a couple that is getting married. She said she could think of 100 ways to use their silhouettes. Can you? I am super excited for them and just incase you are wondering what a before and after looks like...here's their before.
Second of all! I LOVE HER HAIR!
So, I'm so excited for this couple and I'm honored to have been the one chosen to do their silhouettes. Below are some ideas I saw online...
When I was trying to come up with some cute and very cheap party favors for the little pirates coming to the birthday party, I searched high and low and finally found some little items but I needed something to put them in. I remembered my little one coming home from church with a felt pouch they made to put stones in.So, I called on a friend who came through and brought me the left overs from the lesson and boy was I excited. These are super easy to make and take very little time and are PERFECT for giving away their favors in.
Cut a felt circle with a 9" diameter. My friend said to fold it in half and cut a semicircle and she highly recommended using quilters guides to make them come out even. Then punch 8 evenly spaced holes around the circle. I have a massive hole punch but a standard one will work.
Then roughly lay out a piece of string and cut it to length so that you can run it through all eight holes and have plenty left to tie the strings together in a knot. Run the string all the way around and tie. Bot ends should come out on the same side of the felt circle. Now, on the opposite end of your circle run your string through all the way around and tie in a not like before. You will have two knotted ends on both sides of your circle. When you pull the knotted strings, you will have this.
Now, just fine some really great fillers and through them all into the pouch and they are ready to give.
When I was trying to come up with some cute and very cheap party favors for the little pirates coming to the birthday party, I searched high and low and finally found some little items but I needed something to put them in. I remembered my little one coming home from church with a felt pouch they made to put stones in.
So, I called on a friend who came through and brought me the left overs from the lesson and boy was I excited. These are super easy to make and take very little time and are PERFECT for giving away their favors in.
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