Easy DIY Patriotic Star Pillows

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As Independence Day nears, why not dress up your home with these easy to sew star pillows?

Materials:

  • White felt
  • Blue fabric
  • Red Fabric
  • Blue thread
  • Red Thread
  • Square Pillow Form
  • Scissors
  • Sewing Machine
  • Pins

Instructions:

Start by printing out a large star onto a piece of paper (you can use the Zapf Dingbats font or google “star” to get your image.)

Lay the print out on top of the white felt and cut out the star shape slightly larger than the image. [Read more...]

White-Washed Patriotic Flag Sign Tutorial

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White-Washed Patriotic Sign

Hi every one! I’m glad to be back here today sharing this project with you all.

The other day I was at the fabric store but after not finding that perfect fabric for one of my projects,  I went to the other section of the store to take a break from it all.  While there I saw a little sign that read:

“This Is A Place We Gladly Call Home…

and for that we are truly thankful”

Those words totally spoke to me!  I didn’t buy the little sign but I came home thinking about how to create my own version.  The sign was more expensive than the materials to make my own sign ten times bigger!

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I wanted the look of the American flag on the background, so this is how it was created: [Read more...]

Patriotic Denim Bunting Tutorial

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Summer is unofficially here and I’m back to share a patriotic sewing project that uses denim! Yes, another way to repurpose those old holey (or should we say too tight?) blue jeans.

Nothing says 4th of July better than red, white and blue and this denim bunting is just that.  Blue denim combined with red and white gingham ruffle trim makes the perfect pairing and a great project to repurpose those worn out jeans.

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I think you might just be able to use this idea at your next backyard party regardless of the holiday, it’s chic, a little bit country, a little bit western and everyone loves denim.

I started with a pair of holey jeans that had seen the dryer one too many times and quickly made them into the cutest bunting decoration anyone with a little sewing skills could tackle. [Read more...]

Red, White & Blueberry Fruit Pops

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Summertime is here and cool popsicles are a must on a hot day. Sure you can buy a pack of popsicles at the grocery store, but this mama is trying to eliminate food dyes and increase the healthy desserts. With that goal I set forth to create festive fruit popsicles using a few ingredients I had on hand. And I used my newest kitchen appliance, the Ninja (which I absolutely LOVE! And am not paid to say that.)

Ingredients: [Read more...]

Dye Sprayed Shirts Using ScotchBlue Tape {Video Tutorial}

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How many of you are moms (raise your hands)? And how many of you moms out there have rambunctious kids home for the summer? So, y’all with your hands raised will likely recognize this:

That was my cute adorable bird salt shaker that was obviously the brunt of some serious fun my boys were having. Grrrrrr.

And so the time had come to get those boys outside. No matter that the temperature was 102F with a heat index warning. Enough is enough! There was the safety of small innocent birds to worry about.

I came up with a fun plan to let my boys make their own t-shirts with spray bottles filled with dye and some ScotchBlue painter’s tape. The results were beautiful and unique!

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Dollar Store Flower Pot Makeover

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Another project I completed before the birthday party was a quick makeover for a pair of ho-hum dollar store flower pots. My friend Heather helped me add some jute rope and fake flowers then set them out with utensils in them. Perfect for a summertime birthday party!

Materials:

  • Hot Glue Gun w/ glue sticks
  • Jute Rope
  • Flower Pot
  • Fabric Flowers
  • Scissors
  • Foil or wax paper (to protect work surface)

Instructions:

1. Plug in your hot glue gun to warm up. Cut the stems of your flowers about 2″ from the flower.

2. Turn the flower pot upside down. Put a dollop of glue against the rim of your pot and secure the end of your rope on it. Squeeze a line of glue around the pot rim and press the rope into the warm glue.

3. After one row is complete, add the flowers by bending the stems until they lay flat against the pot. Secure with a lot of glue. Then wrap the subsequent rows over the stems.

4. Continue gluing the rope onto the pot. Make sure to press each row of rope tightly against the row before it.

5. When you reach the bottom of the pot, secure the end of the rope with another dollop of glue. Be sure your rope doesn’t extend past the bottom of the pot or it could make the base wobbly.


Now set them on your table and fill with utensils. Later you can put a plant, flower or pens inside.

Are you ready for Independence Day? Would you like a quick and easy sewing project to add some patriotic flair to your home? Hop on over to Parentables to read my tutorial for making adorable star pillows.


And don’t forget, today (June 30th) is the last chance to enter the giveaways! I will be picking the winners after midnight tonight.

Happy Fourth of July! – A tour of Old Salem, NC

On this historic day in America, I want to take you to a small town in North Carolina that still looks much like it did over 200 year ago!

 Original 13 colonies flag outside Single Brothers House.

Old Salem, NC celebrated its first (documented) Independence day in 1783. 



Construction of the town first began in 1766 by members of the Moravian Church, an early Protestant denomination. 

Moravian Church
Several of the buildings still appear as they did at the time of their construction. 
G. Schrote Home 
House on Main St.
Historical Old Salem Homes on South Main St.

Miksch House



Adam Butner (best known as operator of Salem Tavern) began in Old Salem as a hatter.

 A. Butner Hat Shop 1825

The Winkler family ran the bakery in town for 30 years. The bakery is still open to purchase bread and other treats.

C. Winkler’s Bakery



The Boy’s School was erected in 1794 to house and operate as a school for boys in Salem. This Old Salem landmark continued to run into the 20th century.

 The Boy’s School (from rear)

If you’re ever near Winston-Salem, NC, Old Salem is a definite must see. A small bakery and ice cream shop serve scrumptious edibles. I highly recommend the cake batter flavored ice cream. Yummy!

There is also a garden shop, some gift shops and museums.

Happy Independence Day America!