It’s finally done! I started this project back in May of 2015 (thanks to Instagram for making it easy to track that down!) and finished it last month, so it took just over a year to finish. I’ve never had a project run that long, happily, – I am usually either powering through in one fell swoop or feeling guilty that I haven’t finished something. It was nice to just have a consistent work-in-progress to visit off and on but not stress over.
Stop trying to hide holes – fix them with some bright sashiko stitching! I tried out visible mending for kids as a part of my Try Something New Every Month project , with more details shared in this post. Now I’m sharing the quick and easy mending tutorial; this is a perfect fix for creatively mending knee holes.
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I have a few tidbits of advice that I will happily give to any new Mom, and one of them is that if it is logistically possible, have your significant other take over bath-time. My husband doing bath gives me a small window to breathe; I typically plop down on the couch, eat something sweet, and work on a craft project or read. Even though it is only ten or fifteen minutes, I feel refreshed. My husband jokes that he knows how the kids behaved all day, judging by the number of wrappers on the couch!
Naturally, I was all about trying the new Betty Crocker™ Sweet Rewards bars. They have three flavors, I tried the caramel brownie and chocolate chip cookie bar (brownie was my favorite!). They are sweet and firm, so they won’t crumble all over your furniture and are easy to tuck in your purse (as is an embroidery project!) and snack on the go.
I wanted to share a pattern to go along with the bars that is super accessible; anyone can stitch this up! It is a great first project, I love to think of myself as an enabler of crafting.
I’m sharing a free felt ice skate ornament pattern! I participated in an online ornament exchange and my partner, Betsy, said she loved glitter, blue, winter wonderland, and ice skates. I figured it was a perfect opportunity to share an ornament tutorial, I had fun making it and wanted to share it in time for Christmas.