Monkey Mat

The *NEW* Quilted Monkey Mat is your cushy, portable mat for in/outdoor use that can go everywhere! Luxurious yet affordable and with lots of fun features, you can enjoy the waterproof base, central loops for attaching items, spill resistant top, weighted corners, loops for stakes, and the attached ultra-compact pouch to take everywhere!

Perfect for park, beach, dirty floors, concerts, picnics, sporting events, camping, and more. No more bulky blankets! So go ahead – Make your space, any place! www.monkeymat.com

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Poster My Wall

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I love projects and creating graphics and posters for events.  But these days, even the seconds are full, thanks to a toddler, a full-time job which is work even from home, and the occasional urge to enjoy some “me” time. I needed a quicker way to market upcoming events, because DIY projects a la Pinterest are fun, but they take TIME. And boy oh boy, time is of the essence these days.

One afternoon, as I took a quick breather from errands, I turned to Google for a little help. During my search, I discovered PosterMyWall! After taking a “tour” of their site, I found a variety of templates that I could use to advertise my upcoming events. WOOHOO!!! I finally found a way to create some pretty cool posters and flyers that didn’t require too much time or super duper artistic talent.

Even better, PosterMyWall offers prints and downloads. So depending on how quickly I need something, I can either order flyers (even double-sided ones, yes!) or digital files. And I can upload the digital copy to websites and Facebook, Instagram, Pinterest and Twitter!!! (If you want to know what else PosterMyWall offers, check out this page).

http://www.postermywall.com/index.php/p/fundraising-posters

And right now you can get a deal on your poster needs!   Just follow this link to get half off your order!

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These are great for events and projects, but also awesome for your home!  So check it out and create a poster for whatever you need!

 

A Few Beautiful Blogs

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I wanted to share a few blogs on my blog roll this week.  With rainy days all week, these are a few of the places I am visiting when baby is napping.  All are beautiful in their own way.  Relax and enjoy!

Attic 24 – Oh the color!  The yarn!  The patterns!  The crochet!  I absolutely adore this one so very much!  Lucy is most inspiring!

Sew Liberated – After a hiatus, Meg McElwee is back with a revamped blog that I adore!! I have both her sewing books, Sew Liberated and Growing Up Sew Liberated, and love every pattern.  Definitely one of my favorites!

A Beautiful Mess – Talk about inspiring, Elsie Larson and Emma Chapman have created a gorgeous lifestyle blog that is beyond beautiful!  I want every photo to be my life!

Design Mom – Another lifestyle blog that I could stare at for hours.  Gabrielle Blair created a gorgeous blog full of gorgeous things.

Magic Onions – This is a sweet Waldorf Blog I have been perusing for years.  I love all the crafts and ideas!  Many of these have been created in our home when the girls were young.  I love all things Waldorf.

So there you have it….a few blogs I am reading this week!  Grab a cup of coffee and a snack, you may be here awhile!

Enjoy!!

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Baby Knitting

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A friend is having a baby!  Which means I get to knit baby surprises!  I will reveal the finished project later, but I am having fun creating it!  Have a list of things I want to get done for her, it’s been awhile since a brand new baby was arriving!  If anyone has any retro 1940’s style patterns, shoot me an email!

Happy crafting!

Review: Creative Kids Photo Guide Craft Books

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Just received a set of books that are perfect for summer!  Creative Kids Complete Photo Guide Craft books!  Along with a couple extra bonus books.

The Creative Kids Complete Photo Guide series leads the way with step-by step instructions.  Sewing, crochet, knitting and bead crafts!  Super easy instructions with clear photos of every step.  Tons of great projects that will keep the kids entertained through the summer!

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For a little more variety, dip into the sparkly side of life with Charm Love Friendship Bracelets and Rubber Band Glam. They are both sure to be a hit with kids from about first grade through middle school.  Easy enough for my 7 year old grandson, and holds the attention of my 13 year old daughter!

My kids are already diving in and excited about all the projects layed out.  I am excited to share them with you!

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Valentine For Violet

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Recently crocheted this dress for my little newborn niece, Miss Violet. This was a super fun project that didn’t take very long once I got going on it.  I love Malabrigo worsted weight yarn. It’s so soft and yummy, and the dress holds its shape extremely well.  Can’t wait to see it on the little munchkin!

For pattern info:  Chevron dress pattern by Andree Tünde 

Craftsy Sale

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Between the busy holiday season and the first flowers of spring lies the perfect time for creativity. Celebrate with BIG savings on supplies at Craftsy, at up to 50% off! Get great deals on art supplies, fabric, yarn, baking tools and more. Sale ends tonight, so browse the sale prices now before the best products are gone!  I am definitely taking advantage of this!  Ends tonight at midnight…

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Creating

Yes, two posts in one day!  I just had to share with you my creative streak however.  The girls have been at Grandma and Papa’s since Monday, and yesterday I didn’t have to work.  So what does a mom do when home alone all day (other than laundry, bathrooms and vacuuming of course!)?  I created for both home and girls.  And I made a big lovely mess in the process that still hasn’t been cleaned up because once inspiration strikes, I need to go with it man!  I only have one little charge today and he’s easy peasy, so more sewing it will be…I hope.  The girls will be home this afternoon, then leaving again on Monday for next week.  Lola is taking swim lessons up at her Grandparents’ house, and Xi is finally old enough to feel confident joining in on the trip away from mom and dad.  They are both having a blast, and it sounds like so are Grandma and Papa!  It will be double Grandma whammy this weekend when my mom comes up to visit tomorrow and spend the night.  The girls are beside themselves with glee that they get to have so many slumber parties with two of their favorite ladies.

I will have an update on what went on all week and all they’ve learned.  So far I found out that both girls learned to float on their backs (Lola is in official lessons while Xi is responding to Grandma’s gentle guidance in the pool quite wonderfully.  Not too surprising as she’s inherited her dad’s absolute love for water.)

Hope your weekend is just fabulous!  Peace!

My very inexpensive, and somewhat frustrating machine.  I ended up having to take part of it apart and figuring out why it wouldn’t sew properly.  Internet research!  Love it!  Now it’s sewing beautifully once again.

Summer skirts from the Lazy Days Skirt pattern.  So easy!
New library bags.  Xi’s on the right and Lola’s on the left.
Aw!  Pillow covers!
Scrap heaven.  These will turn into a myriad of gifts and things for the house.
Still a mess, but I’m having too much fun with it (now that the machine actually functions as it should.)

Springtime Bedding

I finally finished the girls blankets and pillows!  Yay me!  They are made with Anna Maria Horner’s Folksy Flannel fat quarter bundles.  I love her designs so much.  They just make me smile. 

This weekend we paint their room and finish rearranging.  We want to get them bunk beds, but those will have to wait for now.  They have a trundle bed, so are fine until we can get the bunks.  We are simplifying and reorganizing, which will make life alot easier on all of us when it comes to picking up…we hope anyway.  Hah!

For now, here are the things I’ve crafted for them.  Enjoy!

Peace!

 Xiola’s blanket and pillow, along with my first Log Cabin Quilted pillow for the living room.  Lola’s blanket is identical to Xi’s except I made the squares bigger. (I didn’t get a picture of it for this post but will for a future one.)

Log Cabin Pillow.  Tutorial came from Dacia Ray and is super easy to follow.  I’m sure my measurements were a bit off as I ended up with a more rectangular pillow cover, but the good thing about these types of pillows is they still work even if not square.

Pillow cases!  Xi’s is pink and Lola’s is blue.  The tutorial came from Film In The Fridge.  Great tutorial!

Skinned Knees

When you skin your knees, sometimes it helps to snuggle up with a new pillow and blanket made by mama especially for you. 

Peace!