March 31, 2015

DIY Easter Egg Table Runner - Sewing Tutorial

I have a couple of quick last minute Easter projects for you!

These are SOOO fast and easy to make!!! 

What I Used -

Less than 1/2 yard of main fabric
Scraps for the "eggs"
Double sided Heat N Bond
Scrap of the main for the mug rug
Scrap of coordinating fabric for the mug rug

Step 1 -

First you're going to hem around all 4 sides. 
Just fold over 1/4" and press. Then fold over 1/2" and press. 
OR you can just cut it with pinking sheers. ;) 

Step 2 -

Cut your double sided Heat N Bond to fit your scraps. 

Follow the directions on the Heat N Bond package to attach it to your scraps.

Leave the paper backing on!!!!

Cut out 7 eggs (6 for the table runner, 1 for the mug rug).

Step 3 -

Peal the paper off the back of the eggs and iron onto the table runner.

Step 4 -

Zigzag stitch around all the eggs.
I used a coordinating thread but I'm thinking it may have popped more if I had used a contrasting thread. 

Now, on to the mug rug!!!!

Step 1

I used 2 different prints in the same color for the front and back of my mug rug. If those prints look familiar they are the rain drops on my Splish Splash Rain Cape. ;) 

I cut the double sided Heat N Bond to fit the scraps. 

Step 2

Following the instructions on the Heat N Bond, iron to the wrong side of one of your pieces. 
Peel the paper off the back and iron it onto the wrong side of your other piece.
Cut around the sides with pinking shears (or regular scissors just to even it all up). 

Step 3 -

Sew around the edges. 

Then iron the egg onto the center of the mug rug.

Step 4

Zigzag stitch around the edges.

Once again I used a coordinating thread. I think next time I will definitely try a contrasting thread. ;)

You are all done!! :D

I also have a tutorial for the Easter Egg Centerpieces! :D Another fast, easy, cheap home decor project! 

So, what do you think?? Easy peasy?? 


March 27, 2015

Funny Friday - March 2015

March Funny Friday

Today’s post is this month’s Funny Friday, a regular feature published on the last Friday of every month. Funny Friday is a collaborative project. Each month one of the participants submits a picture, then we all write 5 captions or thoughts inspired by that month’s picture. Links to the other bloggers’ posts are below, click on them and see what they’ve come up with. I hope we bring a smile to your face as you start your weekend.

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Here’s today’s picture. It was submitted by Confessions of a part-time working mom 

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1. Yes, we're moving again. Why do you ask?

2. We thought we would go with the cheap movers this time. Good idea??

3. They said I could take whatever I could fit in the car. Challenge accepted!

4. Is that an empty boot or a person at the top??? Seriously....

5. I was in the scouts. I'm always prepared!!

Click on the links below and let some other bloggers make you smile:

Follow me home

Baking In A Tornado

Someone Else’s Genius

Confessions of a part-time working mom

The Momisodes

Sanity Waiting to Happen

Spatulas on Parade

Juicebox Confession

Cluttered Genius

Stacy Sews and Schools

People Don’t Eat Enough Fudge

The Bergham’s Life Chronicles

March 26, 2015

Celebrate Women's History Month - Part 9

This is it! The last post for celebrating Women's History Month!! 

Part 1
Part 2
Part 3
Part 4
Part 5
Part 6 
Part 7 
Part 8

Lucille Ball - Actress, comedian, model, and film studio executive

Anne Hutchinson - Helped establish Rhode Island

Mother Teresa - Missionary and humanitarian

Elizabeth I - Queen of England (1558-1603)

Lucille Ball 


I Am Lucille Ball 

Lucy A to Z: The Lucille Ball Encyclopedia 

American Legends: The Life of Lucille Ball 

Lucille Ball: Pioneer of Comedy 

Loving Lucy: An Illustrated Tribute to Lucille Ball 

Links - 


Anne Hutchinson 

Books -

Anne Hutchinson's Way 

Anne Hutchinson 

Anne Hutchinson: Puritan Protester 

American Jezebel 

The Times and Trials of Anne Hutchinson: Puritans Divided 

Links - 

Printables - 

Mother Teresa 


DK Biographies: Mother Teresa 

Who Was Mother Teresa? 

Teresa of Calcutta: Serving the Poorest of the Poor 

No Greater Love 

Mother Teresa: A Life Inspired 

Links - 

Printables - 

Elizabeth I


Elizabeth I: Red Rose of the House of Tudor, England 1544 

Who Was Queen Elizabeth I? 

Elizabeth I, the People's Queen: Her Life and Times, 21 Activities 

Good Queen Bess: The Story of Elizabeth I of England  

Behind the Mask: The Life of Queen Elizabeth I 

Links - 



There you go! All done!! So, how'd I do?? Are there any women that you think I should have included?? I am going to start a list for next year! ;)

March 24, 2015

DIY Easter Egg Centerpiece

I had SO much fun making these!!!!
I first got the idea from a present I bought The Hubby for Valentine's Day. I got him one of those candy bouquets from Kroger. They had candy bars taped to skewers stuck down in styrofoam with deco mesh in a vase. 

For the first one I did (the one on the right) I used the left over parts of that candy bouquet, the styrofoam and deco mesh. 
Then I bought 2 bags of plastic eggs in 2 different sizes. 
I also grabbed some floral wire and fabric scraps (obviously I decided to use some different scraps LOL). 

The eggs I bought already had holes in the tops and bottoms. PERFECT!! Except the wire wanted to go all the way through. :/ 
I grabbed my trusty pal,  the glue gun, and put a little hot glue on the inside of the tops of the eggs. Now they don't slip all the way down. 

Then I just inserted the eggs on wires into the styrofoam (the deco mesh was already there). 

Next, I set the whole thing in the middle of the scrap fabric. 
Pull the fabric up around the sides. Gather it at the top and tie with ribbon.

ALL DONE!!!!!!!

Now, I did that one before I realized that they make eggs on sticks.... Really CUTE eggs on sticks.... SO when I saw those really cute eggs on sticks, I knew I had to make another one!!!!! 

I bought 2 bags of eggs on sticks in 2 different sizes, deco mesh, bobby pins, paper grass stuff, a rectangle piece of floral foam,  and those little eggs that I didn't use. 
$6 for the stuff that I used!!! CHEAP!! Oh, yeah.. I got it all at the Dollar Tree. ;)

Cut a piece of deco mesh (the size is up to you) and twist the center. Secure that by pushing the bobby pin through it in a couple of places.

Insert into the floral foam. 

Now, just stick in those really cute eggs on sticks!!! 

Next, place the floral foam on your scrap fabric. Wrap the fabric and hot glue in place.

Bunch the top of the fabric around the top of the foam and tie the ribbon!! 

ALL DONE!! Now you have some really cute Easter Egg centerpieces that will be irresistible to your cats! Trust me on that one. ;) 

Oh, see those cute bunny ear candles??? A splurge from Yankee Candle. They were toooooo cute to pass up!!!

Oh, and that table runner???? Next week's tutorial!! ;)

So, what do you think???

Any questions??? Don't be afraid to ask!! I am not always as clear as I think I am in my instructions. ;)

HERE COMES PETER COTTONTAIL!!! Are you ready for the bunny?????

March 23, 2015

Celebrate Women's History Month - Part 8

We're nearly done!! Have you been keeping up?? Learning anything new??? I have to admit, I have been having so much fun putting all of these posts together!!! 
Women have played such major roles in all aspects of history but unfortunately, they have been left out.
It's so important to educate ourselves as well as our children! 

Part 1
Part 2
Part 3
Part 4
Part 5
Part 6 
Part 7 

Sacagawea - Interpreter and guide for the Lewis and Clark expedition

Coretta Scott King - Author, activist and civil rights leader

Josephine Baker - Dancer, singer and actress

Hedy Lamarr - Inventor and actress



Who Was Sacagawea? 

I Am Sacagawea 

A Picture Book of Sacagawea 

Sacagawea Speaks: Beyond the Shining Mountains with Lewis and Clark 

Bird Woman: Sacagawea's Own Story 


Printables -

Tina's Dynamic Homeschool Plus 

Kids Discover (scroll down for links to more)

Teachers Pay Teachers 

Coretta Scott King

Books -  

Desert Rose: The Life and Legacy of Coretta Scott King 

Coretta Scott King: Dare to Dream 

The Story of Coretta Scott King 

Coretta: The Story of Coretta Scott King 

Coretta Scott 

Links - 

The King Center 

Georgia Encyclopedia 


Josephine Baker  (not all of the books or links are meant for children, use your discretion)

Books -

Josephine: The Dazzling Life of Josephine Baker 

The Many Faces of Josephine Baker: Dancer, Singer, Activist, Spy 

Jazz Age Josephine 

Josephine Baker in Art and Life: The Icon and the Image 

Links - 

Hedy Lamar 


Hedy Lamarr and a Secret Communication System 

Hedy Lamarr 

Spread Spectrum: Hedy Lamarr and the Mobile Phone 

Hedy's Folly: The Life and Breakthrough Inventions of Hedy Lamarr, the Most Beautiful Woman in the World 


There you have it! One more post left! Women's History Month is almost over! 
Who are a few women that you think I should have included? 


March 20, 2015

Fly on the Wall - March 2015

Welcome to a Fly on the Wall group post. Today 15 bloggers are inviting you to catch a glimpse of what you’d see if you were a fly on the wall in our homes. Come on in and buzz around my house.

Buzz around, see what you think, then click on these links for a peek into some other homes:

 Baking In A Tornado

 Spatulas on Parade

 Follow me home

 Menopausal Mother

 Stacy Sews and Schools - ME

 Battered Hope

 Just A Little Nutty

 The Momisodes

 Someone Else’s Genius

 The Sadder But Wiser Girl

 Dinosaur Superhero Mommy

 Disneyland in Kentucky

 Juicebox Confession

 Searching for Sanity 

 Go Mama O 

Well...... You see.... I sorta... Well... I forgot to write down the funny stuff again. I know, I know... I suck at this! SIGH.... 
Anyway, I thought I would share pictures of some of the stuff that we've done this month. Now that's it trying to get a little warmer we will be out and about and doing a lot more fun things! :D

We had 2 good snows this month. The kids LOVED it!!! 
Unfortunately, I couldn't seem to keep up with their gloves so I made them some out of fleece. From what the kids said, they were much warmer and stayed much drier than regular mittens or gloves. :D

In spite of the bad weather, we managed to make it to one of the Lowe's Build N Grow workshops. 
WOW! Colin had major hoodie hair! 

They had their last art class. Here they were studying Dali. 
Next up is architecture! They will be learning how to read plans and draw their own plans!! :D

This is from our other homeschool group (we are in 2). We were planting seeds for spring! Cailey and Colin were adding acorn "hats" and rocks to their pots. 

This is what our grass looks like now!! LOL It went crazy! :D

We got the cats a new cat house. I think they like it. LOL
The oldest 2 boys decided to get pet rats. I think the cats like them, too. ;)

This is from one of our geography classes. They were learning about Bermuda so the teacher had them pretend to be mommy turtles laying their eggs in sand. The kids had to put the cotton balls (eggs) in the bucket without using their hands. They had SO MUCH fun with that activity!!!

In our other group moms take turns leading Fun Shops. I volunteered to lead our St Patrick's Day FUn Shop.
We made leprechaun traps! In Ireland (a long time ago) people would put a box with a coin in it in their yards in hopes of catching a leprechaun. 
We also did pepper prints. If you cut off the top of a pepper, the bottom makes a wonder clover print!!
I also made bean bags out of the shamrock print burlap but I forgot to take a picture of them. :/

After the Fun Shop the kids couldn't help but play in the mud and creek! 

Last weekend was very sunny and warm so we went to the park with friends. 

Wednesday we had another meeting with one of our homeschool groups. We had a mini carnival! There were a bunch of games set up, face painting, crafts and more! We made paper flowers for the first time!! 

We have a ton of fun stuff coming up, including our first trip to the symphony!! I can't wait!!!! 

Eileen from Eileen's Perpetually Busy will be in the area and we will be meeting up like we always do when she's in town. I CAN'T WAIT!!!!! 

OH! And birthdays galore!! Cailey's is the 23rd, mine is the 25th and Colin's is the 31st!!! YAY!!!!