Tuesday, February 14, 2017

Happy Valentine's Day!

Valentine's Day. Some hate it, some love it. I like to see it as a time to express my love to family and friends. It's fun to reach out and let people know you love them. In high school, I had a friend who gave a rose to each of her friends for V. Day. What a kind thought! I felt so special. With so much negativity going on, what could be a better time to show people you care. Happy Valentine's Day!

Thursday, February 9, 2017

Easy Heart T-shirt

Everybody excited for Valentine's Day?  I think I mostly love Valentine's Day because it give me something to look forward to in winter. Valentine's Day provides so many opportunities for fun creativity and... pink. I love pink. I also love love. It comes in so many forms and is such a wonderful thing to celebrate!

Today I want to share with you an easy project to help you in your festivities this Valentine's Day--an appliqued heart t-shirt! This is a great project for beginning and experienced sewers alike!

-a t-shirt
-colored knit fabric (about 7"x7")
-wonder under
-matching thread

Step 1: Draw or trace a heart onto the paper side of Wonder-Under.

Step 2: Cut heart out and iron onto wrong side of colored knit fabric following manufacturer's instructions.

Step 3: Cut fabric around heart.

Step 4: Iron heart onto t-shirt following manufacturer's instructions.

Step 5: Sew around the edges of the heart. If you're having trouble making it even and straight, don't worry too much! Look to step 6--

*Tip: DO make sure you are only sewing through the top layer of the t-shirt.

Step 6: Continue stitching around the heart until you've gone around 3 times. This is mostly to mask "mistakes" so that they look intentional. Just keep sewing. If you're not super far off as you go around, it will look good. :)

See? It's supposed to have a more relaxed, "artistic" look.

Put it on and go about in style!

Q and A

Why does the heart need to be made from knit fabric?
  • Knit fabric doesn't fray. Although a flowery quilting cotton would be cute, you would have to finish the edges of the heart differently to prevent fraying. 

What if I want the heart to be white or a very light color?
  • Take a preliminary step of applying knit interfacing to the heart fabric so the heart will be more opaque.

Thursday, February 2, 2017

More Animal Finger Puppet Valentines

I while back, I made these finger puppet Valentines. They have been such a hit with with our family and friends! Over the years I have been refining them to fit our printing and immediate use needs, so here is this year's version! I've added a dinosaur,a frog, a panda, a duck, a giraffe, and a cheetah.

Monday, January 30, 2017

Free Printable ABC Valentines

With Valentines Day fast approaching, I thought I'd share another set of Valentines. They are Alphabet Themed and work well as preschool flashcards too! We've had a lot of fun practicing letters and guessing the phrases. :)

Tuesday, January 10, 2017

2017 Planner Printables Bullet Journal Friendly

I've been making my own planner for the past few years. My reasoning has been that I have specific needs. I'm a mom and I need a place for different lists. I'm artistic, and I need my planner to be sort of fun. I need a space for budgeting. I like spaces for health goals. I need a place to sketch, to write down my crazy ideas and try to motivate myself (ahem, Rob) to cook, so...MEAL PLANS! I'm not much of a journal keeper, so my planner has become my journal as well.

Saturday, October 22, 2016

Tie Dye

We had a tie dye party for Jack's birthday. Jack loves art and designing, so this worked perfectly! The kids got to choose the design and colors and had so much fun. It was such a great project for kids!

Friday, October 21, 2016


We decided to get chickens last spring and it has been quite the fun experience! They have been the perfect easy pet and everybody is fond of them. We have learned a lot as well!