May 2012

Retro Tablecloth in an Hour

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  I have to admit that I didn’t care for “retro” when it wasn’t “retro”.  When it was just regular stuff  in the present . . . the present of the past if you know what I mean. I am still horrified when I mix and match prints and stripes and dots and different colors. […]

Lindsay's Baby Quilt

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  Lindsay is clever. And, she is frugal. Wonderful traits to have.  Two little boys will now be followed by one little girl and so the challenge becomes clothes and bedding and curtains and color. Color. Especially color. When she asked me to make a crib quilt I was thrilled. When she told me that […]

Lacing Cards for All Ages

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    Teaching children to be quiet is a tough task. Their little voices are always full of enthusiasm and enthusiasm means “volume”.   Every mother knows how hard it is to keep little children occupied in church. So, when I recently attended the blessing of a new grandson, I tucked a little bag of […]

Leggings Like Magic

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    It was true . . .   The leggings were so easy and so fast. I found many blogs with directions and patterns and pictures. I like pictures. Each one told me exactly how to make the pattern and cut the fabric and sew the leggings. When I was finished . . . […]

Marshmallow Skyscrapers

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  I bought the marshmallows and the toothpicks and hauled out the stale Easter candy which I had saved for just this purpose. The pastel bunnies which were once soft as little lambs were now almost as hard as rocks. Nevertheless, I could see that the flat bottoms on each piece of old candy might […]

Lacing Cards in a Bag

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  Lacing Cards are easy to make and VERY inexpensive.  They are a mainstay of quiet children’s games and have been for several generations. While the cards themselves keep changing, they can actually be anything you want them to be. I wanted mine to be old-fashioned. I found the images I wanted to use and […]

Garden Aprons

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  Garden Aprons. Easy, fun and economical to make. I like to make them out of “duck” (which, when overheard caused a child to ask why I would use a duck and what happened to the feathers?) . . . also known as outdoor fabric. I have found that some of the most beautiful and […]

Magnetic Paper Dolls

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Wee Winnie the Pig I am on a roll. I have always love paper dolls. I have vivid memories of playing with them as a child and making clothes for them out of scraps of paper using crayons. I remember that my prized dolls were kept in a large graham cracker box. It wasn’t the […]