Summer Sewing







While I have not been a good blogger this Summer, I had completed a bunch of sewing projects. One of my goals this Summer was to work through some of my stash fabric. While I haven’t really made a dent in the fabric stash, it is nice to have some 100% finished projects to show for my effort.
Deer pattern from here, I wanted to try and find some vintage soft toy patterns to make as gift toppers for this Christmas. I’ve been experimenting with little sew-in frame purses, here is a helpful tutorial.

I decided right before I left for Florida for The Golden Years show that I needed to create a new purse for myself out of Golden Book fabric. I purchased the it’s a cinch tote bag pattern here. At first it bothered me that I could only find the connecting rings in a size that was too big for my webbing straps, but then it hit me that I could just turn the rectangle rings sideways! I didn’t get a new photo, but I hope you can see what I mean. I also made myself a little Halloween handbag using my Halloween fabric and a frame purse that I have had for months.

I used the same fabrics to make another coffee mug-rug, I use these little things for pot holders, hot pads, and underneath my coffee mugs to catch any spills. I used this paper piecing pattern for the sawtooth star.

I finally dug out all my halloween fabrics and made a quilt-as-you-go strip quilt, which I was able to finish in just a little over one day! I used this tutorial for guidance. Now I’m considering making a second Halloween quilt, but using the sawtooth stars instead.

And lastly I made myself a wallet! I didn’t use a pattern and it has a lot of silly mistakes, like it opens the wrong way. But it work well for me now until I find a wallet pattern I really love. Have you finished any sewing projects this Summer? I’d love to find some more things to sew before the Summer is over!

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We were excited to go pick some strawberries this long holiday weekend, but it wasn’t in the cards! I guess we’ve got to remember to check the hotline. Instead we settled for some pre-picked berries and consolation ice cream sundaes.

Summer Snaps


As much as I am enjoying this last bit of Summer vacation, I have to admit that seeing signs of fall (pumpkin spiced coffee beans for sale, all the fall sweaters & tights) has me quite excited for September & October. I am trying to remind myself to enjoy the Summer before it’s gone…garden goodness, all the tall sunflowers, amazing leaf bugs, and late sunsets….

How To Tuesday – S’mores Bark

Today’s how-to is super simple, and very Summer inspired…S’mores bark. Like the candy cane bark you make at Christmastime, but with a Summer twist. The ingredients are super simple, kids can make it, and you can easily make it vegan by using rice chocolate & dandies brand marshmallows (they toast up brown too!).

Here is what you need:
12 oz of chocolate (you can use milk chocolate, dark chocolate, chips or bars whichever you prefer)
5 graham crackers crushed (1/2 a sleeve)
1 & 1/2 cup of mini marshmallows
-Pre-heat your oven to 200F
-Line a cookie sheet with foil. Try to use a cookie sheet that has edges, or create an edge with the foil so when your chocolate melts it does not spill over the edge.
-Break up your chocolate and spread it around the foil covered cookie sheet. Place into the oven until it melts. Use a spoon to spread it around the pan into a somewhat even sheet of melted chocolate.
-Sprinkle on your crushed graham crackers and marshmallows.
-Turn broiler on high and put pan of s’mores bark into oven just until marshmallows are toasted. It will happen quickly so keep a close eye on it.
-Place pan in freezer or refrigerator until chocolate is completely cooled and hard. Then break up bark into smaller pieces. Store S’mores Bark in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to a week.

How To Tuesday – Summer Cards with a surprise

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My youngest son and I decided to make some cards to send to his friends. I found this tutorial online for making wind-up paper butterflies. They flutter out when the cards are opened, so we thought caterpillar cards would be perfect for hiding the butterflies inside.

All you need for the cards are:
-blank white cards & envelopes
-colored paper
-circle punch
-black marker
-glue stick
-wiggly eyes
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Simply punch of a bunch of colored circles and let your kids glue them down to make a caterpillar. Then they can draw a face, legs, and glue on some wiggly eyes. It’s super easy and B was able to do all the cards by himself.

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Now the butterflies are a bit trickier, but the instructions are really good. Here are a few things that worked well for us…. We had to use 20 gauge wire instead of 24, I cut the wings a little smaller (so they would be lighter, and ended up cutting the top wings wire shorter once it was assembled to help lighten those wings too. While there was a bit of trial and error with these, they are pretty magical! You wind them up, then sandwich them in the card, put it in the envelope and mail it. His friends will have quite the surprise when opening, I just hope we don’t scare anyone too bad!