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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- Project Run and Play week 2 challenge Continue reading...

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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Step-by-step tutorial shows how to make hand warmers from old sweaters. Continue reading...

Upcycled Sweater Heart Hand Warmers Tutorial

Sometimes I get these overly ambitious ideas and that is as far as they go. Just big ideas. Sometimes, a year or so later, I actually act on them. And, more often than not, it was a lot easier than I anticipated. This particular big idea: I wanted to make hand warmers from sweater scraps. I made some sweater pillows (some are still not finished, so I will blog about them eventually) and I have…

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LOVE sign

I painted a sign last fall, but I didn’t like it. Not everything that I make is beautiful and blog-worthy. Some things are kind of a flop, but I am usually stubborn enough to keep on trying. (There is your crafting tip for the day: Be stubborn sometimes.) So, because I felt like it, I painted over the whole thing in red and made a giant LOVE sign for Valentine’s Day. It was actually really…

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