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How to sew Baby Burp Cloths

Have you heard?!? I am a grandma!! And when I found out I was going to be a grandma…the first thing I did was go shopping for FABRIC. These Designer Burp Cloths are so soft and beautiful. And every mom needs a stack of them.

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I got all of these fabrics from JoAnn’s. They are thick cotten fabric on one side, and soft white chenille on the other. I whipped up a bunch of these in a single day.

Just look at how soft that chenille is.

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To make your own, just cut out the fabric into rectangles. I made mine about 14″ x 9″. Put right sides together, and sew them up, leaving about 3″ on one side to turn the fabrics right side out. Then iron, and hand stitch the hole closed.

These are just like sewing up the Baby Blanket I shared a while ago, only on a much smaller scale. They are machine washable in cold water…and you KNOW that’s important!

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Ok, I just HAVE to share a picture of my new granddaughter:

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Isn’t she adorable?!? I’m completely in love.

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Oh, and before I go…these make great baby shower gifts!

May your days be filled with sunshine,
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Exciting Announcement! And blanket sewing tutorial

I just can’t wait to tell you: I’m going to be a GRANDMA!! I know, I know…it’s pretty hard to believe. But, by the time this posts, I MAY already be a grandma. My daughter went into the hospital last night to be induced.

Oh. my. goodness. So I’ve never been a grandma before, but I imagine that grandmas SEW! So guess what I’ve been doing?

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Sewing! One of the first things I put together is a baby blanket…with a really SOFT minky inside. It’s a simple project to start with, so how could I resist?

Now, notice the PINK ribbon. It’s a girl! But I bought the aqua fabric before I knew :) ….girls like aqua, too.
Here’s how to make one:

You will need —
1 1/4 yd. minky fabric
1 1/4 yd. cotton fabric
matching thread
sewing supplies

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Put the soft fabric on your cutting mat right side up. Place the printed cotton fabric face DOWN on the minky. Trim the minky to the same size as the cotton fabric. Pin all the way around. Sew, leaving a 3 inch hole in order to turn it right side out.

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Turn it right side out by pulling the fabric through the unstitched portion:

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Iron the cotton side of the blanket, turning that edge under 1/4″ to match the stitched portion. Then top stitch, making sure to close up the hole.

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Look how soft and awesome this blanket is:

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Don’t you think it will be perfect for newborn baby pictures?! Can’t wait!

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May your days be filled with sunshine,
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Chocolate Survival Kit

Last week I participated in a PinChat Live party about desserts in jars. It reminded me that I haven’t yet posted about one of my favorite “Survival Kits” in a jar! Here it is:

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This is the perfect little gift for anyone who is up against some tough trials. When I delivered one last night, my neighbor’s daughter said “EVERYONE needs one of these!” (I wish I could make one for everyone!)

I also made one for my husband, who was in a bicycle accident over the weekend. He loved it and keeps it close to his favorite chair to “help in the recuperation process.” He didn’t even mind that it was pink. 😉

I love that this is a great way to recycle those jars, too. This jar started out as a jar filled with peaches:

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I just peeled off the label and ran it all through the dishwasher. If there is any sticky residue, a little citrus (or lemon) essential oil should take that right off.
See that lid? Nothing a little gold spray paint can’t fix.

Then just fill it up with some of your favorite chocolate, tie a ribbon, attach the note and deliver. Everyone loves it.

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A mason jar works well, too! I like to use a little washi tape on the lid, but fabric looks great, too.

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I’m thinking this little note would look good in blue, what do you think?

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If you’d like the printable, like my page first here:

Then download the printable here:

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Before I go, I just want to thank my neighbors the WHITINGS for bring me an entire giant container of chocolate…and they didn’t even know that it was just what I needed! :) (You guys are the best!)

So you see, you never know who just might need a survival kit filled with chocolate. If you do give out a kit or two, please let me know. I’d love to hear!

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May your days be filled with sunshine,
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Back to School Snack Idea (party) — How to make a Watermelon Sundae

I love Back To School sales {and} parties! I don’t have kids at home (anymore), but I can’t help shopping all the Back to School sales. I love to collect office supplies: pens, markers, folders, sheet protectors, and notebooks.

This year I was so antsy to have a Back to School party. Luckily, my 2 nephews were here visiting this past week and so guess what we did!! Yes…a Back To School Snack Party! I wanted to have a bunch of “healthy” after school snacks for the boys to try.

I set it up with some school lunch bags, snacks, pens, paperclips and highlighters. I cut those cute little apples out with the Cricut Sampler cartridge. We had to have green apples because that’s G’s favorite color!! (ok, actually it’s LIGHT CORE GREEN, but this lime green is close enough, right? He gets that color from one of his favorite video games: Skylanders. I got educated about that game this week!)

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We had plenty of fruit and crackers. And I had the boys put together their own cheese and ham on fancy toothpicks. (They LOVED this part). Kids really do love to be involved and I think they enjoy their snacks even more if they can take a little ownership.

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After putting together their ham and cheese picks, I had another treat up my sleeve. Something that looks so tasty, but is also good for you!

Here’s what I came up with:

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And OH, these were quite the hit! They are fabulously easy to make with the kids and SO MUCH FUN! I had these sundae glasses already, but I’ve seen them at the dollar store recently. 😉 My nephews helped to build their own watermelon sundae:

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My nephews ate this up! But we didn’t stop there…

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We made fruit skewers…G preferred strawberries and blueberries for this one.

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And then the boys wrote in their notebooks about their favorite after school snacks. G decided to DRAW pictures of his favorite snacks. First he drew a watermelon sundae. Then he drew ham and cheese picks. And then he drew this:

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That’s his fruit skewer: see the strawberries and blueberries?! How much do I love that my nephews loved all the after-school snacks we had? {quite a bit!}

And to top it off, they finished up their “bookworms” made of pipe cleaners and attached to a pencil.

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What a great snack party!

Talk to your kids about their favorite snacks. What can they help assemble for their own snacks? It makes Back to School so fun! Happy school year!

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Linking up to the “Let’s Hear It For the Boy” link party here! (Let’s face it…I’m a little excited that I have a blog post that will work for this party. If you follow me, you know my blog posts are usually pink and girly!)

May your days be filled with sunshine,
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Monsters University Summer Snack Party

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The movies this summer have been so fun for my nephews! They LOVED Monsters University and so we decided to have a snack party with Mike and Sully. :) Later, my nephews saw Despicable Me 2 and I asked which movie they liked better? They said unanimously: “Despicable Me 2!!” (It’s a good thing we had this Monsters University snack party first.)

This is such a fun and easy celebration to throw together. We found Mac & Cheese in monster shapes:

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And while that was cooking, the boys wanted to practice making monster eyes:

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We used marshmallows (cut into slices), m&ms (peanut butter), and black decorating gel. These would make the “Mike Wasowski” eyes for the sugar cookies.

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We blended up a quick (and rather healthy) green “Wasowski” Smoothie to drink with our Mac & Cheese.  Mmmmm…. These are so easy to make with a little spinach, frozen pineapple and mango, ice, water, and banana.

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And then…we decorated the Wasowski Cookies! I made these sugar cookies earlier and cut them into circles and Mickey Mouse shapes. The boys were so creative decorating these.

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G loves his Uncle Lann! I love that picture of G giving a hug…he so was excited for this part! We all joined in on the cookie decorating fun.

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When we finished decorating all the cookies, we decided to take some over to my nephews C and L, who live in Phoenix. They just had a new baby brother! (Who doesn’t need some Wasowski cookies at a time like this?!)

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If you have little boys/nephews/cousins/neighbors…get them together for a little monster snack party and cookie decorating fun. I hope you have just as much fun as we did!

May your days be filled with sunshine,
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Cutting Fabric with the Cricut (and easy pillowcases)

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I don’t remember much about going to girls camp when I was a youth, but one thing I DO remember is receiving a homemade pillow case with my name embroidered on it. I still have that pillowcase all these years later! So I really wanted to make pillowcases for the girls this year.

I was excited to cut names out of fabric with my Cricut and then iron them on. Here’s a quick video on how to do this: (It’s easier than I thought!)

I’ve seen other videos where they use fabric stiffener to cut the fabric. You have to paint on the stiffener and then wait for a day or so for it to completely dry. It seemed messy and took WAY too long for me!

So instead, I used “Heat & Bond,” which you can find at JoAnn’s or WalMart…and it worked great!

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I sewed up a bunch of these pillowcases using the burrito method. There is a good tutorial here. This is a fast way to make cute pillowcases, including a sweet little piping (hot pink houndstooth on my pillowcases).

Our camp director, Krista, picked out the fabrics for these and I LOVE them! I think she has an extraordinary eye for putting fabrics together. (Thanks, Krista!)

Then I cut the fabric letters using the Cricut, and ironed them on. They turned out fantastic! And I think they look great with the waterbottles for camp.

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So if you have a cricut and haven’t tried cutting fabric yet, what are you waiting for? It’s easy and there is so much you can do with fabric. I am ready to work on my next fabric project. See you next time.

May your days be filled with sunshine,
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Personalized Water Bottles

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Here’s another goodie I designed and created for Girls Camp! The first thing I think about for camping is WATER. And I was in search of the perfect water bottle to give to the girls. (The camp director wanted their NAMES on the bottles…and you can bet I took on the challenge.)

It was fortunate for me that I found these metallic water bottles at the Dollar Store! I had to visit 6 dollar stores in order to find enough of them! Each store had a few, or none…and since I am not the type to give up, I just kept on going to more stores until I found matching bottles. (I was happy to finally find victory!)

Since our colors were grey, pink and chevron, I thought the metallic work work out perfectly. And then I found the pink herringbone vinyl (which is sort of like chevron, right?) and I just knew it was a great match.

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To make these personalized water bottles, first adhere the pink herringbone vinyl.

Second, trim the black shiny vinyl (I cut it into 1 1/2″ strips)

Third, cut the silver metallic vinyl letters with a die cut machine. (I used my Cricut and the Lyrical Letters font)

Adhere the metallic letters to the black vinyl strips. And cut them down into flags after you put on the letters.

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Here’s a tip for cutting the perfect flag end: Cut the middle of the flag first, up about an inch. Then, cut from the bottom left side up to the cut mark in the middle…and then cut from the bottom right side up to the cut mark in the middle. Voila! A perfect flag every time.

Last, adhere the flag with letters to the water bottles with the pink herringbone already attached.

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I think they turned out pretty cute, don’t you? (And there’s a sneak peek at the pillowcases I made…coming in another post!)

Bonus: here’s a sweet little (easy) gift sack I put together for a treat:

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It’s just a white lunch sack (small size) with chevron ribbon, white coffee filter flower, and clothes pin with washi tape! Sometimes you need a sweet little gift that takes just minutes to put together. 😉 {Inside are the best animal cracker snack bags.}

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And here’s the start of getting things all boxed up. I hope they like them! And here’s what I love: acting as camp support (ie: making all these little gifts and helps) without actually GOING to camp. (In fact, I will be in California the whole time they are at camp).

But I do love still being a small part of the celebration. Happy day!

Now I hope you are not tired of pink and girly YET, I have another camp post coming soon!

May your days be filled with sunshine,
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Easy Paper Cones

Easy Paper Cones

I love to make these paper cones as a container for small gifts and treats. Last Christmas, I made them in green and red and filled them with homemade caramels. For my daughter’s Sweet 16 Birthday party I made them in black and white and filled them with popcorn. And more recently I made them in a sunshine yellow color to deliver Lemon Shortbread Cookies and Hugs.

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They are simple to make and you only need 12 x 12 paper (I used paper from Michaels), red sticky tape (also from Michaels), ribbon of your choice, and a hole punch. (I also sometimes fill the bottom of the cones with shredded paper)

At first when I began making these, I couldn’t get them to look right. They were a little skewed and a little off-center. But when I took a class on piping chocolate (I know, strange)…the LIGHT WENT ON!! We made a little triangle out of parchment paper to fill with chocolate and pipe onto a plate. And that’s when I figured out I could apply the same technique to these paper cones!

First, cut the 12 x 12 paper in half Diagonally. Then tape and roll up, matching up the corners. I made a quick video to explain better:

So just take a few minutes to watch the video and you’ll be whipping up perfect paper cones in no time!

The great thing about these cones is that you can HANG them from a door knob if the recipient is not home. What fun to come home to a little treat hanging on your door! (If it’s hot outside, don’t put in anything that would melt)

And if you are the recipient of a pretty paper cone, why not enjoy the contents, re-fill with a treat of your choice and pass it on to another friend? The great Paper Cone Pass-It-On Project. That’s what we’ll call it. :)

Here’s some ideas of what to fill your paper cone with:

Popcorn
Caramels
Cookies
Hugs & Kisses
Hershey’s Miniatures
Small wrapped candies
Miniature Lotion or Hand Sanitizer
Nail Polishes, Nail Files
Gift Cards and Treats
Movie Passes
Flowers
Notes of Appreciation or Encouragement

The list goes on…What would you put in your paper cone?

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May your days be filled with sunshine,
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“You are Loved” card

I just learned on Wednesday that a dear friend and neighbor is moving! :( I know that moving is chaotic and overwhelming sometimes and so I was inspired to make the following cards in her honor:

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I am just enthralled with “Sunshine” cards (yes, it goes with the name of my blog!) and this one surprised me because it turned out in shades of blue, rather than yellow! I tinted the embossed sentiment with Distress Ink in Peacock and added some glitter to the “sunburst.” I will re-visit this idea later, because I think it looks more like a quilt or sky than a sunburst. Funny how things turn out sometimes.

(to be continued: see the next card in the next post…)

So, dear friend who is moving (you know who you are)…these are for you! Everything IS going to be alright. And you are loved.

Linking up with Simon Says Stamp challenge.

May your days be filled with sunshine,
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Everything’s Going to be Alright, you’ll see

Everything’s Going to be Alright, you’ll see

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This one is perhaps my favorite of the two. I glittered up the clouds a bit and added a yellow ribbon. Then I used some liquid pearls in pink to add dimension on the sentiment stripe. Fun!

I love this saying. LOVE. I have my husband trained to tell me “Everything’s going to be ok!” when I ask him to tell me “something.” I know that I might worry too much, and this really calms me down. So this card is so endearing to me. :) And I love the sky when it is filled with clouds. It is so peaceful. This paper with clouds is adorable!

So, dear friend who is moving (you know who you are)…these are for you! Everything IS going to be alright. And you are loved.

Linking up with Simon Says Stamp challenge.

May your days be filled with sunshine,
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