{dry-erase chore chart}

Okay, so, you remember that super cute burlap chore chart from a few weeks ago? Well, there was one thing I didn't count on. One darling, but very curious 12 month old (who shall remain nameless) was able to reach much higher than I had anticipated, and that chore chart is no more.With school starting next week, we cannot be without one, so, when a friend showed me this chore chart, by Jenifer at Moss Moments, I knew I had to try it. Can I tell you how much I love it? Love, love, love it! Your chart fits inside the frame, and then you can use dry-erase markers to either check or cross off list items as they're completed. At the end of the day, just wipe a paper towel across the glass, and … [Read more...]

{creative chick parade}

Mark your calendars now! This is going to be a super fun event--a blog hop hosted by some really fabulous bloggers.During Parade week we will all be hosting themed link parties, as you can see from the graphic above. There will be a master list each day, so whether you link up here, or at the other participating blogs, it will appear on one list.Here are the participating blogs:Brown Paper PackagesFingerprints on the FridgeThe Girl CreativeDilly Dally and Flitter Beat Until FluffyDear MadelynMoody Girl ProjectsLucky Star LaneGirl.InspiredSew Much AdoSumo's Sweet StuffThe Blog Guide BookThe Trendy Treehouse---------So, grab a button, and spread the word! We'll see you here! … [Read more...]

Easy 2×4 Flag Blocks

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I absolutely love these flag blocks, and they are one of my most favorite patriotic decorations! They are so simple to make, totally inexpensive, easy to buy materials in bulk for them, and super cute! This project can easily be done in a large group, or on your own. {ITEMS YOU NEED} 2x4 lumber, cut into these pieces: 2-7 inch blocks, and 4-3.5 inch blocks craft paint and foam brush (see paint colors below) OR spray paint sandpaper stain white cardstock distress ink {DIRECTIONS} 1. A 2x4 will cost somewhere around $2 ($2.10 at my Home Depot). It will usually come in 8 foot lengths, so one piece of wood will make 3 block sets. That's 70 cents a piece! The store will cut it for … [Read more...]

{a is for apple}

For the first day of school teacher gift, try this adorable "a is for apple" block. Not only will it cost you less than a dollar, it only takes about 10 minutes to make, plus drying time. It will look darling sitting on the teacher's desk!ITEMS YOU NEED:4x4 post, cut into square blockscraft paint and foam brushvinyl letter (you could also mod podge paper or paint it on)ribbonDIRECTIONS:1. Cut your 4x4 post into as many perfect square blocks as you need. Keep in mind that when you buy lumber, the height dimensions will always be slightly less than what it says. So, when you're buying a 4x4 post, it's actually around 3.75 inches tall. This is important when you're cutting squares, because … [Read more...]

{blueberries}

In our family, August is blueberry picking time! My husband taught my girls to call them "blue sugar", and after tasting the blueberries we picked this week, I would have to agree. SO delicious! We love to put them in waffles, pancakes, cobbler, and in a coffee cake topped with the most wonderful struesel, called Blueberry Buckle. But my favorite way to eat them? Straight out of the freezer!Freezing Hint: If you'll put your berries in a freezer Ziploc bag, without rinsing them first, you can put them directly into the freezer, and they won't stick together. You don't have to lay them out on a cookie sheet in a single layer first, which will save a lot of time. -----------Blueberry … [Read more...]

{flannel board & white board}

About seven years ago, I got together with a couple of friends and made a flannel board/white board. It was about 3 feet wide and 2 1/2 feet high, with a white board on one side, and flannel on the other. I had no idea how much we would love it and use it! Its portability significantly increases its versatility, and can be used anywhere in the home, or on the go. I've used it for so many things--family nights, church activities, for the kids in the playroom, games (makes a great Pictionary board!), to diagram a project in the workshop, and more.Well, after that many years and that much use, it was in need of a makeover. So, I'm here to show you how to make one of your own, as I give … [Read more...]

[back in time}

Okay so, you know that to-do list I posted last week? Well, we tossed most of it aside and played instead, and I'm so glad we did! The summer won't be here much longer, but the projects always will.So, we took off exploring for a few days, and headed to Greenfield Village and the Henry Ford Museum just outside Detroit. Greenfield Village has been around for almost 80 years, and is a little piece of early 1900's history. Henry Ford started collecting homes of significant historical importance (think the original site where the first airplane was invented--the Wright home), and they are an integral part of the village. I am passionate about history, and I really enjoyed exploring, and … [Read more...]

{a dinner from the garden}

Is there anything better than fresh vegetables from the garden? We have started enjoying the results of all of our (my husband's) hard work, and tonight we had the most fantastic dinner, with all the components coming from our garden.This dish is delicious--roasted red peppers, potatoes, onion, and garlic, tossed with olive oil and seasonings. Whether you get them from your garden, the farmer's market, or the grocery store, you will love it!Roasted Garlic Potatoes with Red Peppers & OnionScrub your potatoes, pat dry, then cut into cubes. Lay them out on a cookie sheet, covered in aluminum foil.Cut the red pepper and onion into pieces--slightly bigger than bite-size. Add them to the … [Read more...]

{monogrammed vinyl placemats}

I have to admit, I've never been a placemat-user. I really have no idea why not, other than that I figured it was easier to clean the table than have to wash off something else. However, I've had a change of heart, and I'm ready to try anything in order to make clean up a little bit easier.When I was thinking about what to use to make them with, I knew I needed something that would be super easy to wipe off, clean, and be able to handle a lot of abuse. Vinyl was the perfect answer. It's inexpensive, heavy duty, and met my easy-to-clean criteria. I paired it with another great textile--oilcloth--and it turned out exactly how I imagined!Monogrammed Vinyl PlacematsITEMS YOU NEED:clear … [Read more...]

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onesies--warmified

To help celebrate my baby boys' first birthday this past week, I knew I had to make them these super simple, but adorable appliqued onesies. My intention was to sew them on, but considering the ratio of my sewing skills and the time I had to make them in, I opted for wonder under only. There are two types of wonder under (or heat 'n bond). One is more heavy duty--meant for non-sewing projects. The other is lighter, so you can sew over it after it has been applied. I have heard that wonder under is better for the sewing projects, since it's less likely to gum up. You can purchase it at JoAnn's, or similar sewing store. If you've been afraid to try it, don't be! It really is very easy to … [Read more...]