Sunday, April 20, 2014

Happy Easter, however you celebrate: Ours is a scavenger hunt!

Adorable bunny from my friend Karen for the boys!
Sending best wishes for a happy Easter to you all, however you celebrate this holiday.  Whether it's time spent in church, with family, enjoying Easter fun with children, cooking or creating in your own way, I wish you the best.

We'll share a meal at lunch with part of our family (and a delicious ham cooked with a maple syrup/honey mustard glaze, of course!) hence crazy cleaning yesterday, then a super fun "first" with our grandsons - a plastic egg scavenger hunt I've devised to mix things up that will lead them to the books I bought.  Hehe!

Here's the set up:
  1. There are two of them (ages 3 & 4) so it's important that are two eggs at each "find". 
  2. We will start by giving each of them an egg with the first clue inside.  
  3. We'll head out (perhaps in their safari hats their mom got at the Smithsonian!) in search of the next clues.
  4. We will go from clue to clue (in the mailbox, on your slide, in the sap house, etc) till the final clue takes us to where the goodies are hidden!
Grandpa's Plow

By the big pine...

In your watering can...

On the blue tractor...
 I thought it would be OODLES more fun than just finding plastic eggs hidden in my living room and it's a gorgeous day outside!
Here's the final stop - Ryan's car seat!  :)
What Easter traditions do you have?
Best wishes to you all,

Saturday, April 19, 2014

Netflix for Crafters: Have you seen Creativebug?

I will be the first to admit I can get lost on Youtube.  Some of the videos are awesome and inspire me to do new and different things, like the ones I've seen by Missouri Star Quilt Company.  I have tried LOTS of new things, thanks to Jenny - and more to come, for sure.

I've also found some that leave me thinking, "Wow... did no one suggest any edits to you?"  Which in turn, makes me leery to try that myself. :)

I ran across another option last night.  To be fair, I've only watched a couple, and they were free, but I LOVE it so far!  It's called Creativebug.  Pretty sure it came across my FaceBook feed (that's how advertising works with FB: you pay to have your add pop up for people who fit your demographic) and I wandered over.

There are both videos for free and those with a price tag attached.  The ones which cost start out at $9.95 each.  They also have a monthly subscription for $9.95 which intrigues me.  You have total access to all their videos.  Kind of like Netflix for crafters! 

I started with a short video on a trick to make a 1/4"seam (super necessary for those of us who quilt) and then watched a longer piece on how to make ombre napkins.  I am TOTALLY going to try that one!!  Here's a link to their FREE content. I will definitely be exploring that section MUCH more thoroughly.

I like the variety on the site.  There's plenty of sewing related offerings (as well as quilting specifically), but also jewelry making and crafts for kids.  The ombre napkins came up in the wedding section (one that interests me greatly at this time).

Have you tried Creativebug yourself?  If so, what do you think?  Is it a good value for the money?

I'll let you know how it goes.
Have a creative day!

Thursday, April 17, 2014

Headbands galore! Sharing once again... :)

One of my top posts over the past few years was about finding fun headbands to make.  I thought I might share it again with those of you that missed it or are new to Whitt's Kits.

There are all sorts of ideas here - hopefully you'll find one you like!  Let me know if you've got other ideas to share in the comments below.  We'd LOVE to check them out!!


Head over to Mine for the Making to see how to make headbands from bandanas!

Braided headbands - sooooo want to try these (idea from Alisa Burke)
(**NOTE: to follow tutorial, click on the pictures, one by one - each has the step)

A post I did awhile back for fabric covered headband!

Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Wordless Wednesday - 4/16/14

It's Wednesday. Wordless Wednesday.  In more than one way, I have no words, at least not ones I'd like to print.  It snowed last night. WHAT?  sigh...

Thinking warm thoughts... enjoy your day!

Tuesday, April 15, 2014

A Year Ago Today --> Repurposing Jeans

Good morning, friends -
I thought that I would share a popular post from a year ago today with you for those of you who are new to the blog or might have missed it.  Let's take a look what to do with some old jeans!!

This post was from April 15, 2013...

My hubby decided it was time to part with a pile of his worst deadest most favorite jeans that had seen, as the saying goes "seen better days."  Long ago...better days.

He was going to bring them to the rag bag, but I stopped him short: "Hey, where are you going with those?"  Him: "Ummm... to toss them?"  Me: "OMG, NO!  I can re-purpose those!" Him: "Wait, does this have to do with your blog?" Me: " am saving the earth!"  Him: "Really, because I am pretty sure I just saw a site open on the computer over there about what to do with dead jeans... and I am imagining YOU see a blog post in it..." Me: "Well...maybe..."

Once we cleared that up, he left me a pile of jeans and walked away...very quickly...before I changed my mind.  Yes, there was a blog post in them, probably a few, but we'll start with one today because it's Mining Monday and I need some ideas!  I mean, really, I have 5 pairs of ratty old jeans just lying here, waiting patiently.

The first idea I ran across that caught my eye was a bean bag toss game that would be perfect for my grandsons - they were here a couple times this weekend and something SOFT to throw appeals to me.  I found it at Chica and Jo, a great site for all sorts of fun crafts and games.

Dollar Store Crafts had this great placemat idea.  I'm into cloth napkins and placemats, a fairly new thing for me and these are so cute!  I might have to use something else for the body - not sure if there is enough that isn't too, well ruined, to use!

Because I am considering taking up crochet, or at least giving it the "old college try" again, maybe I need one of these denim project bags Lesa at Home Frostings designed.  I am pretty sure I could do this - might take 2 pairs of the dun-zo jeans or perhaps I make it a little smaller?

I definitely need more pot holders, with all the cooking I am doing, so maybe I need to give these a try!  It's a perfect use for the pockets, don't you think?  The website is Finish, but you can figure out what to do pretty much with her pictures.

Over the weekend I did a blog post that showed some great tea cozie ideas - here's another: a drink cozie made from the pocket area of a pair of jeans.  I think all these ideas together might work!

Here's one that the perfect use of the legs: a pennant!  I don't have the crazy cool machine to make the lettering, so I'd have to cut it out, but I've got some pretty sharp scissors I could use.

Well, I think these ideas would pretty much take care of the jeans.  Let's see what I come up with this week and I will let you know.

Have you done any repurposing/refashioning/recycling this week?  Do tell!
Quilty hugs,

Monday, April 14, 2014

Monday Mining: Jazzing up the Garden Space

We are getting ready to put in our garden in for the year.  Seeds are bought.  Space needs some work, but we still have snow on the ground here and are looking at temps in the 20s for the next 3-4 nights, so not starting anything crazy yet.

I thought it might be fun to play around with ideas for things we can create to jazz up the garden space for today's post.

This one caught my eye right off the bat as it is both functional and FUN!  Remembering that I have young grandsons who's primary goal in life is to get as dirty as possible, this would be GREAT!  You can head over to borganic for the how-tos!

Speaking of those boys, I can see this idea having multiple uses as well: first to water my garden and then moving it for the guys to run under!!

Lol, this one is adorable, but again, remember those boys?  Pretty sure I'd find this one heading down the driveway with a "vvrrrrrrrooooooooommmm....".  The how-to (more than just throwing dirt in a truck here!) can be found at House of Hawthornes.

Talking about recycling, I KNOW we have some of these laying around... doesn't everyone???  Find this idea and more over at Victorian House with Kitchen Garden.

It just so happens that hubby broke his shovel the other day (I know because we had a buy a shiny new one) so THIS would be a PERFECT use for that bugger!

 This is a sweet plant marker idea from

Want to try your hand at metal punching?  I thought this was both cute and "green" - hop over to Pin and Paper to see exactly HOW to do this!

I ran across another idea that caught my eye over at Aunt Peaches (how can you NOT read on when the blog by line is: "Messy. Sparkly. More fun that a bag of Possums" - I mean REALLY!!)

The website for this great idea no long exists, but these are lovely.  According to the pin that took me there, you use E6000 glue to attach one to another.  I think I have some of those bowls!!

I could see this idea branching off in lots of directions, but for starters, here's a way to deck out your watering can from The Empress of Dirt.

Just looking at these fun ideas makes me want to get started... until I glance out at the space, still snowy in spots and know I have to wait just a wee bit this year.

Have a great day,

Sunday, April 13, 2014

Ever wonder how to cut strips accurately? Here you go!

One of the biggest issues I've had, as a quilter, is cutting my pieces accurately.   This video by Mary Fons entitled "Quilty Boot Camp: How to Cut Strips Accurately" is perfect!  I need her rulers, too.  I found them on Amazon Fons Porter 8-Inch-by-14-Inch Rotary Cutting Ruler as well as this one Omnigrid Ruler Value Pack 2, Package of Four, that you could share with a friend!

Take a look and see what you think!

I also found that lovely safety glove,  Fons and Porter Klutz Glove, Medium that I might need!

Happy creating,

*Please note as an Amazon Associate, I receive a small compensation for products people purchase that I share.  Keeps the website up and running... though I won't be taking any big vacations on it... :)