Wednesday, August 31, 2011

{CLOSED} {Travel First Aid Kit Pattern Giveaway} from Fireflies & Jellybeans

**************THIS GIVEAWAY IS CLOSED**************

Hello Creative Itch readers! I am Fawnda from
Fireflies and Jellybeans!


I am so excited to introduce my first pattern for sale!
The Travel First Aid Kit!

It is listed in my Etsy Shop Funky Joy

I love my travel first aid kit! I love that it fits in my purse, it has all the stuff that I need, and when I am clumsy I can still look good!

You can make your own with this easy step-by-step pattern! The pattern has easy to follow directions with pictures to guide you through this great project!

The Pattern also comes with a license to sell what you make!


This project is for the beginning level sewer. 

Here is what other's are saying about the
Travel First Aid Kit Pattern:

I finished my first aid kit and I have to tell you that I LOVE this pattern.  This is definitely something I will be using and keeping in the car or diaper bag. I love how it all came together and think the way you did everything was ingenious. -Tam from Sew Dang Cute

Sat down today and made my First Aid Kit!!  I'm a visual learner, so having pictures to go with each step was fabulous!!  This pattern is perfect for a beginner like me!  I'm excited to get my new kit loaded up and in my purse!   - Misty from Creative Itch

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Now for the fun part....the giveaway!!  Fawnda was nice enough to offer 2 lucky people a free Travel First Aid Kit pattern!!  To enter this giveaway, all you have to do is:

**leave a comment, along with your email address so I can contact you if you win!!

**it would also be great if you'd visit Fawnda at Fireflies & Jellybeans and tell her thanks for being so nice! (wink, wink!)

This giveaway will close at Midnight (MST) on Thursday, September 1st, and I'll announce the winners sometime on Friday morning!  Good luck!

Oh, and for those of you who don't win...

Creative Itch readers get a 20% discount!
Just use the code:CREATIVEITCH



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Tuesday, August 30, 2011

Sew Cute Tuesday {8.30.11}

Welcome to 'Sew Cute Tuesday'!  My 12-year-old daughter was sitting at the computer with me as I was trying to decide what projects to feature.  There were a few that really caught her eye, so I decided to let her choose.   

She thought this Apron-Style Halter Top from Cookie & Claire was adorable!

This Stuffed Owl from Stubbornly Crafty caught her eye immediately!

And she LOVED this Old Jeans Bag from Of Pinks and Fairy Tales (in fact, she's already put it on her 'To Do List')!

Feel free to grab a 'Featured' button....you can find a *new* one in my menu bar!!

Now let's get this linky party started!!




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Rules for linking:

**Link to a specific blog post, not blog home page!
**Link sewing projects only! (can be hand or machine sewn)
**I will delete any non-sewing links....don't make me be a meanie!
**Visit a few of the links and leave some comment love!
**Please link back to me in some form (post my button, or link to text in your blog post)
**Linky Tools will remain open until midnight on
Wednesday, August 31st.
**If you come back and don't see your link, read through the rules again and give it another try!


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Thursday, August 25, 2011

{Preschool Palace}

If you're looking for an AWESOME resource for all things preschool, you really must check out Preschool Palace! 


I came across this site last year when I was looking for preschool ideas for my 2 youngest kids, and was immediately hooked!  What I love about it is that:

#1. All of the work is done for you, and 

#2.  It's FREE!

Before I found Preschool Palace, I was spending hours each day searching for worksheets, activities, and craft ideas to go with certain themes.  It became overwhelming!  Now all I have to do is print off the curriculum, gather my supplies, and enjoy 'preschool time' with my kids.

This year I'm using the Cycle 2 Curriculum for my 4-year-old son.  Our first day of preschool starts on September 1st...I think I may be more excited about it than he is!!

**Preschool Palace did not compensate me or ask me to write this post.  All opinions expressed are mine, and were written with the intent to share something that I LOVE.
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Tuesday, August 23, 2011

Sew Cute Tuesday {8.23.11}

Welcome to another week of 'Sew Cute Tuesday'!  This linky party is for SEWING PROJECTS ONLY!!  I've been pretty lenient in letting non-sewing links stay up, but I'm going to have to start cracking down again.
 
Here's a few projects that caught my eye from last week's 'Sew Cute Tuesday' linky party:

Made it on Monday shared some tips for Finishing Touches on Handmade Clothes!

How cute are these Bath Time Mitts from the DIY Lifestyle?!

And I loved this Scooter Quilt Block from Shape Moth!

Feel free to grab a 'Featured' button....you can find a *new* one in my menu bar!!

Now let's get this linky party started!!

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Rules for linking:

**Link to a specific blog post, not blog home page!
**Link sewing projects only! (can be hand or machine sewn)
**I will delete any non-sewing links....don't make me be a meanie!
**Visit a few of the links and leave some comment love!
**Please link back to me in some form (post my button, or link to text in your blog post)
**Linky Tools will remain open until midnight on
Wednesday, August 24th.
**If you come back and don't see your link, read through the rules again and give it another try!


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Monday, August 22, 2011

{Zucchini Jam}

We have an abundance of zucchini from our garden, and the kids are tired of zucchini bread and muffins.  I needed another way to use it up, and came across THIS RECIPE from Allrecipes. 


The zucchini is boiled with a few other ingredients until it's clear, then you add flavored gelatin mix to it.  Take my word for it...this jam is DELICIOUS!!   

My kids and husband have already used up 2 jars of the strawberry jam (I also made some using apricot gelatin, but we haven't tried that kind yet).  They love it best on homemade bread with butter. 


I'm already planning on using some of these as neighbor gifts for Christmas.  The way our garden is producing zucchini, I'm sure I'll be making a LOT more jam!

Do you have any other good recipes for using up zucchini?  If so, please share!

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Thursday, August 18, 2011

Back to School Teacher Backpacks

My kids were excited to meet their new teachers and see their classrooms during 'Back to School Night'.  We couldn't show up empty handed, so each teacher got one of these cute backpacks filled with treats.


The backpacks were filled with a Post-It Note holder and some candy.


The teachers LOVED their gifts! 

FYI:
Backpack Tutorial can be found HERE
Post It Note Holder Tutorial can be found HERE
Apple Printables can be found HERE

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Linking to these fabulous parties:

It's Stinkin' Cute Craft Thursday @It's Sew Stinkin' Cute
Show Off Your Stuff Party @Fireflies & Jellybeans
Get Your Brag On @Gluesticks

Tuesday, August 16, 2011

Sew Cute Tuesday {8.16.11}

Well...tomorrow's the big day!!  My kids are excited and nervous for school to start...and I'm nervous and excited for them! 
Here's a few projects that caught my eye from last week's 'Sew Cute Tuesday' linky party:

Craft a World shared these adorable Happy Pencil Cases!

How cute is this Apple Decoration from Little LuLu's Nest?!

And I absolutely LOVED the Times Table Memory Game Pockets from Creating My Way to Success!!

Feel free to grab a 'Featured' button....you can find a *new* one in my menu bar!!

Now let's get this linky party started!!

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Rules for linking:

**Link to a specific blog post, not blog home page!
**Link sewing projects only! (can be hand or machine sewn)
**I will delete any non-sewing links....don't make me be a meanie!
**Visit a few of the links and leave some comment love!
**Please link back to me in some form (post my button, or link to text in your blog post)
**Linky Tools will remain open until midnight on
Wednesday, August 17th.
**If you come back and don't see your link, read through the rules again and give it another try!


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Tuesday, August 9, 2011

Sew Cute Tuesday {8.09.11}

My kids and I finally got to meet my newest nephew over the weekend...he is absolutely adorable!!  We couldn't get enough of him!  On the way home, the kids were talking about how cute he is, and how much they loved holding him.  We wish we lived closer so we could love on him all the time! 

I apologize for not getting around to commenting on your links.  Between packing for our trip and cleaning the house before we left, I didn't have much 'internet' time.  I'll hopefully do better this week!

Here's a few projects that caught my eye from last week's 'Sew Cute Tuesday' linky party:

Life of the Cocktail Party shared this cute Knit Handbag...I would totally carry one of these around!

This Minnie Mouse Costume from Lil Pink Pocket is SO DANG CUTE!!

And I loved this Fabric Tea Party Set from Cherished Bliss!

Feel free to grab a 'Featured' button....you can find a *new* one in my menu bar!!

Now let's get this linky party started!!


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Rules for linking:

**Link to a specific blog post, not blog home page!
**Link sewing projects only! (can be hand or machine sewn)
**I will delete any non-sewing links....don't make me be a meanie!
**Visit a few of the links and leave some comment love!
**Please link back to me in some form (post my button, or link to text in your blog post)
**Linky Tools will remain open until midnight on
Wednesday, August 10th.
**If you come back and don't see your link, read through the rules again and give it another try!


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Thursday, August 4, 2011

Pinwheel Backpack

One of my favorite blogs to stalk visit is Inking Idaho.  Becky always has THE CUTEST ideas for cards and paper crafting!  She has tutorials for sale on her side bar, and the newest one offered is a Birthday Backpack Tutorial.   I just HAD to have it!!

Here's my first attempt:

A view of the back...

Isn't it the cutest thing ever?!  My kids' teachers will each be getting one of these filled with some yummy treats on the first day of school.  I haven't got them finished quite yet, but will share them when I do!


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Tuesday, August 2, 2011

Sew Cute Tuesday {8.02.11}

My kids start school in 2 weeks....where has the summer gone?!  I've loved having them home, and we've even been able to accomplish a few of the things we had on our 'Summer To Do List'.  It seems like there's never enough time to do everything!
 
Here's a few projects that caught my eye from last week's 'Sew Cute Tuesday' linky party:

How adorable is this FOE Kerchief Headband from Sew Can Do?!  If you want to make your own, head on over there for the tutorial!

Rae Gun Ramblings shared her Hogwarts Gryffindor Tie Tutorial!

And I loved this DIY Placemat Clutch from AquaSeventy6!

Feel free to grab a 'Featured' button....you can find a *new* one in my menu bar!!

Now let's get this linky party started!!



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Rules for linking:

**Link to a specific blog post, not blog home page!
**Link sewing projects only! (can be hand or machine sewn)
**I will delete any non-sewing links....don't make me be a meanie!
**Visit a few of the links and leave some comment love!
**Please link back to me in some form (post my button, or link to text in your blog post)
**Linky Tools will remain open until midnight on
Wednesday, August 3rd.
**If you come back and don't see your link, read through the rules again and give it another try!


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Monday, August 1, 2011

Pinwheel Card {Boy Version}

So a few weeks ago I shared some pinwheel cards with you, and mentioned that I'd made some 'boyish' ones too.  I finally got around to taking a picture....what do ya think?


I used boy scrapbook paper for the pinwheels, and a star punch for the center.  When asked my husband what he thought, his response was this: "Boys don't really care about the card."  Well...that's good to know!!  I always worry that the cards I make for boys turn out too 'girly', but with his sound advice, I'll quit stressing about it!

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