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Scrapbook Paper Picture Frame Tutorial

April is generally the craft month for our MOPS group. We wanted to come up with something that every mom could use… picture frames! At the March meeting we set up a photo booth with two background choices: an aqua sheet thumbtacked to the divider with THIS pink and yellow bunting or a navy sheet thumbtacked to the divider with some yellow stars that are part of our “Starry Eyed” meeting decor. They were simple,…

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Egg Letter Matching Activity

I like to make sure that my children are able to occupy themselves. It is how I get things done around here and a good life skill for them. With only one at home this year, it has been challenging. She can get really clingy. “Mommy, take a nap with me!” really means come lay with me while I talk your ear off and keep annoyingly touching your face. She is such a tease because…

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Getting My Act Together

At the beginning of the year I was challenged to come up with a word to focus on this year. I couldn’t really come up with a specific word, but I had the general idea that I wanted to “get my act together.” I bought a cute planner and decided I was going to be organized. I love my planner and it is a great start, but sometimes it gets lost on the mess of my…

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The Last Easter Dress

Vote for the final round of Project Run and Play Season 13 HERE! When I found out that I was having my first daughter I went out and bought the sweetest little pink dress I have ever seen! I was so excited to get to dress her up in adorable little girl clothes! When her first Easter came a few months later, although I know that has nothing to do with the true meaning of Easter,…

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Sweet Caroline

My great-grandmother, Caroline, was Bohemian; so “boho” means a little something different to me because I think of her.  I remember her fierce hugs and the stories of her spunk and determination. Widowed, with three young children, she moved from the city to rural PA and married a bachelor farmer.  I have always thought she was brave, and I wouldn’t be here if she hadn’t taken a chance. Characteristic of her generation, she was very resourceful.…

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Spring Snow

You can vote for your favorite “greenery” inspired design HERE at Project Run and Play. The challenge for Project Run and Play this week is “greenery” which is Pantone’s color of the year. It is symbolic of spring, rejuvenation, and reconnecting with nature. We are in the middle of a potentially record-breaking blizzard in PA today. I was having a hard time connecting with the theme and figuring out how to take some pictures of…

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Notre Dame Dreams

I am so excited to be a part of Project Run and Play! You can vote HERE. When we found out the themes for this season, I knew the first challenge would be the hardest for me. We don’t travel, so I don’t even think about places I would like to visit one day. My Plan A was something safe and simple, but I knew that I wasn’t really pushing my sewing skills or my…

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Scrappy Square Boys Quilts

This is all very unusual for me. First of all, I actually finished not just one, but two quilts! Second, they are made for boys! I bet you didn’t think I even owned boy fabrics. Well, that just goes to show how old these quilt squares are. Some of them were cut over 10 years ago. These are almost my oldest unfinished quilts, but sadly, not quite. I used to make a lot of pillows…

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Cheeseburger Soup

A few years ago a friend and I traveled to Lancaster for a quilt show. It was such a blessing for me to be able to get away for a few days! It is the only time I have been able to do something like that and, as much as I missed my kids, I really enjoyed the break from being needed all the time. We stopped at a little Amish diner for lunch when…

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Felt Penguin Dress-Up Busy Bag

A few weeks ago I was talking to my sister about how to keep the kids occupied when you are trying to get something accomplished that requires a little more concentration and brain power- like taxes. One thing that I like to do is to keep certain toys and activities out of reach so that they have that novelty factor when I do pull them out. It can be puzzles, play-doh, or a box of…

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