Wednesday, May 30, 2012

From the Desk of...{Mother's Day Gift}


This is what I made my MIL for Mother's Day this year.  I seriously LOVE this gift idea!


I included a covered notepad... (tutorial can be found HERE)


...a set of 8 cards with envelopes...

and finally, some chocolate!

The tutorial for the desk set can be purchased HERE.

This is quickly becoming one of my favorite gifts to make!


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Tuesday, May 29, 2012

Come Back Next Week...

The 'Sew Cute Tuesday' linky party is cancelled for this week.  Please come back next Tuesday!

And THANK YOU for all your nice comments on my post about my Grandparents.  He's still with us, but seems to be slipping further away each day.  It's so hard to see him this way (right how he's bedridden and is sleeping most of the time), but it has been a privilege to help care for him, and to spend time with him and my Grandma.  It's a sad time for us, but we've had fun taking a trip down memory lane.  Each evening, various family members will gather around Grandpa's bed, and tell story after story about Grandpa's life.  We laugh, we cry, but most of all, we LOVE!!  We love the man that he is, and the memories we have of him!  Family is everything, and I'm so grateful for mine! 

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Friday, May 25, 2012

My Spin on the Pin {5.25.12}

THIS PIN was the inspiration I used to make a card for my MIL for Mother's Day this year.

Here's My Spin on the Pin...

I decided to use the same color scheme on this one, but think next time I'll switch it up.

Happy Pinning, and have a happy and safe Memorial Day weekend!

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Wednesday, May 23, 2012

Celebrating 65 Years

I hope you don't mind me sharing something a little personal today.  As a general rule, I try to keep my family life separate from this blog, but today I feel like I need to share this.

Today is my Grandpa & Grandma's 65th Wedding Anniversary.  Aren't they just the cutest?!


We had planned on having a celebration this weekend for them, and my cousin took this picture for the invitations we were going to send out.  But our plans were changed in an instant.  Last Thursday, my sweet Grandpa suffered a massive stroke.  He's not doing well, and we don't know how much longer he'll be with us.

My sisters and I were able to stay at their house on Friday night to care for Grandpa.  What a privilege it was to be there!  We took turns talking to him, and sharing some of our memories of him.  One of my favorites was about a trip we took to Reno to watch my little sister in the state basketball tournament.  My Grandpa and Grandma drove their car, and I followed behind them with my Mom and some of our family in our van.  It was snowing, and I had never driven in snow before.  Grandpa told me to follow his tire tracks, so I did.  I stayed in those tracks, even when Grandpa started sliding off the road!  When my Mom realized what was happening, she told me to stay on the road, and my reply was, "But Grandpa told me to follow his tire tracks!"  We have laughed about that for years!  He nodded his head when we asked if he remembered our memories (he cannot speak), and even tried to smile at a few of them.  His mind is sharp as ever, but his body has failed him.

I feel so blessed to have grown up living just up the street from my Grandparents.  I always loved to go visit them, and listen to them tell stories of when they were younger.  Those stories never got old!  I wish so badly I could hear my Grandpa tell one of his stories now.

Although we are sad about the thought of losing our beloved Grandpa, we are also celebrating his life.  He has always been such a great example to his family, always putting our needs before his own.  Now we're going to return the favor and put Grandpa's needs before ours.  I'm hoping to go home this weekend and help care for Grandpa for as long as I can.  If I'm able to do this, I don't plan on posting for a bit, so don't be alarmed if you come back on Tuesday and don't see 'Sew Cute Tuesday' up and running.  Right now my family comes first.

Thanks for understanding!        


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Tuesday, May 22, 2012

Sew Cute Tuesday {5.22.12}

Welcome to Sew Cute Tuesday, a linky party for
SEWING PROJECTS ONLY!!

Here's some projects that caught my eye
from last week's linky party...

Kaysi from Keeping It Simple shared her adorable T-Shirt to Cardigan Tutorial!

How cute is this Monster Crayon Roll from The Iowa Farmer's Wife?!

And I loved these Rainbow Coin Purses from 402 Center Street Designs!

Feel free to grab a 'featured' button.  You'll find it in my menu bar!

Now, let's get this linky party started...

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Rules for linking:

**Link sewing projects only! (can be hand or machine sewn)

**Link to a specific blog post, not blog home page.

**Linky Tools will remain open until midnight on
Wednesday, May 23rd.

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Wednesday, May 16, 2012

From the Desk of... {Birthday Gift}

One of the ladies I work with in my church calling had a birthday a few weeks ago, and I wanted to give her something I knew she would use.  Here's what I came up with...

A 'From the Desk of' Gift Set! 
(the template can be bought HERE)


I made 8 cards to go inside...4 that looked like this:

And 4 that looked like this...

A matching Post It Note Holder fit perfectly...

And for a little treat...some chocolate!

This was such a fun gift to make, and she loved it! 

Now I need to make one for myself...



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Tuesday, May 15, 2012

Sew Cute Tuesday {5.15.12}

Welcome to Sew Cute Tuesday, a linky party for
SEWING PROJECTS ONLY!!

Here's some projects that caught my eye from last week's linky party...

Janet of All Trades shared her adorable Felt Bracelet Tutorial!

How cute is this Tulle Pom Shirt from vixenMade?!

And I loved this Men's Cuff made by Angel Stitch Broderie!


Feel free to grab a 'featured' button.  You'll find it in my menu bar!

Now, let's get this linky party started...


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Rules for linking:

**Link sewing projects only! (can be hand or machine sewn)

**Link to a specific blog post, not blog home page.

**Linky Tools will remain open until midnight on
Wednesday, May 16th.

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Friday, May 11, 2012

My Spin on the Pin {5.11.12}

As I was trying to decide what to get my kids' teachers for Teacher Appreciation Week, I remembered THIS PIN.

Here's My Spin on the Pin...


I was short on time, and these were the perfect gift to make.  They come together really quickly, and turn out so dang cute!


I also made some for the girls' soccer coaches.  Love how they turned out!

Happy Pinning!


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Wednesday, May 9, 2012

Duct Tape Flower Rings


My oldest daughter REALLY wants an ipod touch.  And she has really mean parents who won't just go out and buy one for her.  They are making her earn her own money to buy it.

She loves duct tape.  Actually, she's obsessed with duct tape!  Several months ago, she learned how to make duct tape flower rings.  They're adorable!  When we talked about ways she could earn money, she decided to try selling her rings to people we know.  They turned out to be a BIG hit!

Here's a sampling of the rings she's made. 


Some people like their 'bling' big...

And if you're like me, you prefer smaller 'bling'.

So far, she's had a hard time keeping up with the orders people have placed.  I have a feeling she'll stay pretty busy this summer making these!  And it won't be too long before she has enough money earned to buy herself that ipod touch.  My hope is that along the way, she'll learn a new appreciation for how hard her Dad works to support our family, and that it really does take HARD WORK to get the things you want in life.  I think she's well on her way!


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Tuesday, May 8, 2012

Sew Cute Tuesday {5.08.12}

Welcome to Sew Cute Tuesday, a linky party for
SEWING PROJECTS ONLY!!

Here's some projects that caught my eye from last week's linky party...

Creating My Way to Success shared her Car Organizer Tutorial!

How cute is this Jean Apron from Closet Crafter?!

And I loved this Frog Hooded Towel Tutorial from Crazy Little Projects!

Feel free to grab a 'featured' button.  You'll find it in my menu bar!

Now, let's get this linky party started...


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Rules for linking:

**Link sewing projects only! (can be hand or machine sewn)

**Link to a specific blog post, not blog home page.

**Linky Tools will remain open until midnight on
Wednesday, May 9th.

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Friday, May 4, 2012

My Spin on the Pin {5.04.12}

Ever since we moved in 2009, I've been struggling with my chocolate chip cookie recipe.  I never had a problem with my cookies previous to our move, but they haven't turned out one time since.  It's a mystery that I haven't been able to solve. 

Since my recipe doesn't work, I've been on the hunt for a new one.  Thanks to Pinterest, I've finally found one that I LOVE! 

Here's My Spin on the Pin...


These cookies were perfect!  Soft and chewy...just the way I like them!

 
My kids ate them up like they were going out of style.  I'll definitely be making these again!

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Wednesday, May 2, 2012

Baby Girl Card

A few weeks ago I shared THIS card that I made for a baby boy.  I needed a girl version too, so I changed the colors up a bit and ended up with this...


Have a great Wednesday!

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Tuesday, May 1, 2012

Sew Cute Tuesday {5.01.12}

Welcome to Sew Cute Tuesday, a linky party for
SEWING PROJECTS ONLY!!

Here's some projects that caught my eye from last week's linky party...

Threading My Way shared these adorable T-Shirt Dresses!

How cute are these Little Animal Pillows from Sewing Miles of Smiles?!

And I loved this Batman Dress-Up Set from Sew Can Do!

Feel free to grab a 'featured' button.  You'll find it in my menu bar!

Now, let's get this linky party started...




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Rules for linking:

**Link sewing projects only! (can be hand or machine sewn)

**Link to a specific blog post, not blog home page.

**Linky Tools will remain open until midnight on
Wednesday, May 2nd.

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