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American Girl Doll Bed and Star Doll Quilt- free pattern Continue reading...

Farmhouse Doll Bed and Star Doll Quilt Pattern

When my husband made doll bunk beds for one of our daughters, the rest of them wanted doll beds, too. So, this Christmas, I nagged convinced him to make another one. I actually tried to do it myself, but, as I suspected, he couldn’t handle my woodworking skills and jumped in to finish. He didn’t like the last doll bed he made so I suggested a farmhouse style bed. He made two twin size beds a few months…

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DIY Doll Bunk Beds

For Christmas 2014 I got my husband to build our daughter bunk beds for her American girl dolls. Of course, it was finished just before Christmas, and I was sneaking down to the basement for a few minutes at a time to paint them red, her favorite color. I was so surprised that I was able to pull it off! (I also had a gigantic trapping basket in the tub hidden behind the shower curtain…

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Elastic Sleeve Peasant Dress Tutorial

We have made hundreds of peasant style dresses over the years. It can get a little boring to make the exact same style of dress over and over. However, there are many different variations of this dress style! I am going to try to make some peasant dress variations and share tutorials for them on the blog from time to time. You can find my pattern and cutting tutorial for peasant dresses HERE. I also…

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Fall Limited Edition Sale

When I have make some spare time to create, I will occasionally have a seasonal sale. Today, I began my fall limited edition sale. There are a lot of rustic, fall signs, and some of my best-selling products from past years.       I always start out a sale on my facebook page to give my friends over there first chance. You can “like” my page HERE. Some items are already sold and I am…

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How to get the authentic farmhouse look in 5 easy steps

Fixer Upper seems to have sparked a huge decorating trend. Everyone wants the “farmhouse look” in their homes. I grew up on a farm. We have a little farmette now. I have a little bit of insider perspective. So, here is how to get the farmhouse look in 5 easy steps. 1. Buy a farm. I never said it was gonna’ be cheap. 2. Get some animals. It seems like everyone starts with chickens. That is…

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Easy Ribbon Wands

I thought ribbon wands would be a fun craft project for the girls and a nice addition to the little “photo shoot” we do with their new mama-made dresses each year. The girls had fun playing with them and even got to choose ribbon from my stash to coordinate with their dresses. These took just a few minutes to make! Here is how we made them: Cut dowels into three pieces- each 12″ long. Sand…

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Women’s Ruffle Shirt to Toddler Dress

I ran out of steam and went with something simple for the last dress.  I turned a sleeveless, women’s turtleneck made of ruffle fabric into a toddler dress. This project was fairly easy and, most importantly, quick. I was tired of procrastinating! I used the Uptown/Downtown dress pattern again. This time, however, I removed the foldover elastic from the arm holes of the original shirt and reapplied them. It wasn’t as clean as the sparkly…

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Hot Mustard Recipe- perfect for cheese and crackers! Continue reading...

Hot Mustard

I have a confession: I have been holding out on you guys. This is one of my most popular recipes and I haven’t blogged about it yet. I will warn you, though. Everyone who asks me for this recipe becomes addicted and begins make multiple quadruple batches for everyone they know. This hot mustard recipe is also sweet. You can adjust the “hotness” with the choice of hot peppers used. We plant a hot pepper…

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Men’s Dress Shirt to Girls’ Vintage Style Dress

Ever since THESE dresses, I just can’t seem to get over that whole retro, vintage style. I love the 1940s/1950s era of fashion! I wanted to do a “shirt dress” style, but decided to upcycle/refashion one out of a men’s dress shirt. (There are also a few aqua polka dot details just for fun!) It even has a built in pettiskirt to make the full skirt pouf out. I don’t have a full tutorial for you, but…

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