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PostHeaderIcon Father’s Day Craft Ideas -Sharpie Mugs

My dad is THE hardest person to buy for in the family. We managed to do alright on his 60th birthday, but here comes Father’s Day and we have to plan a perfect gift all over again.

I started with Pinterest, and poked around for “Father’s Day projects”. While most of it is cute gifts from kids (and if you read the last post we did about “Grandpa Pete”, you’ll know we have to avoid non-useful at all costs), there were a few Pinterest projects that gave me inspiration.

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PostHeaderIcon Recycled Blue Jeans Project: Cat Toy

Toy Mouse Tutorial

The best part about this project is it uses all scrap materials or recycled blue jeans. Personally, I like using recycled jeans because the cats can’t tear them up nearly as fast as other weaker fabrics. We have a few in perfect condition floating around the house, and some with just normal kitty ware-and-tear. Out of all the cat toys we’ve made over the years, I’m pretty sure only one or two became subject to total destruction.

This summer, my daughter and I are planning to create a Kindle book together. I figured this would be a fabulous “bonding” activity for us to do, plus help her earn some money while she’s away at camp. One of the projects to be included is the blue jean cat toys we have made for our cats in the past.

Please note that I really dislike sewing machines, so this tutorial involves all hand sewing. If you prefer to use a machine, I’m sure it is possible. However, with the tiny stitches and pieces involved, I do recommend it be hand stitched, at least in some places.

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PostHeaderIcon Indoor Toddler Activities

Indoor Toddler ActivitiesWith the weather being a bit damp, I figured today was a good day for a few indoor toddler activity ideas. This list I’ve been keeping around since my own kids (now 10 and 13) were little. Honestly I don’t think much has changed as far as simple indoor toddler activities go, since it is very simple to keep a toddler entertained with a limited (or non-existent) budget.

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PostHeaderIcon Teacher Gift Basket Ideas

I admit I’m guilty of TOTALLY missing Teacher Appreciation Week. Yet in my defense, I home school one kid, and this year it fell week of my son’s birthday. Add that in with Mother’s Day planning and promotions, and well, I completely missed it.

That’s alright, I’ve never been one to follow the calendar when it comes to appreciating those who deserve it. When I was a kid, my mom and I would always make a bouquet of Iris flowers to give to my teachers near the end of the year. We couldn’t give the gift any sooner, because the Iris wasn’t blooming until late May or early June.

In addition to the flowers, we often gave my teachers little gifts, as is the spirit of Teacher Appreciation Week. If you missed it too, then this page filled with ideas for teacher gift baskets may be just the thing to make up for it.

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PostHeaderIcon Homemade Graduation Gift Basket Ideas

Homemade Graduation Gift Basket Ideas

A fun way to say “Congrats!” to a new graduate can be with a gift basket. No mater if your graduate is just finishing high school, college, or something else, here are a few Graduation gift basket ideas:

– Congratulations Mug or Class Mug
– Snack food (crackers, cookies, candy, etc)
Books on Graduation
– Memory Books/Scrapbooks
– Picture frames & books
– Congrats or Graduation Doll/Stuffed Animal
– Food Mixes (brownies, cookies, soups, etc)
– Gift Certificates from their favorite stores (example: Amazon, Target, GAP, etc.)

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PostHeaderIcon Free Printable Recipe Cards

The term “free” probably sings to you the same way it does me. You can’t go wrong with free!

These free printable recipe cards were made a few years ago, but are still just as popular now as they were then. Each of these cards are 3×5. Simply click on the image of the card you like the best, or simply right click and choose “save as” to save the image. Print from your own computer on any kind of paper you’d like, although I would recommend printing the recipe cards on card stock. You may also want to use a lamination of some sort to protect the cards.

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PostHeaderIcon Crafty How To: Support Ribbons

First let me say the original idea for these ribbons was NOT mine. After a tragic accident in town took the life of a 4 year old girl, a friend of mine came into our store with the idea of raising money for the family by selling ribbons. While neither of us are genius crafters, we were lucky that several kids and adults from around town helped get the design set and created a few hundred in less than a week. The end result was nearly $400 raised and a strongly supported family in their time of need. Mission accomplished!

I decided this idea was so cute that I would share the tutorial on how we made them, in case others would like to use this idea for their own fundraisers or to make  support ribbons for whatever cause they deem fit.

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PostHeaderIcon Birthday Present for the Old Guy

My dad has to be the hardest person in the world to buy a present for. When he’s hungry, he cooks. When he needs personal items, he buys them. And collectible or non-useful items? FORGET IT! For years we bought him nothing but sweatshirts and tshirts, but now he’s so stocked on clothes he’s actually requested that we don’t give him any more.

So, what do you do to show your appreciation and help him celebrate his 60th  birthday with a personalized, unique gift?

Since he’s a big Iowa Hawkeyes and Green Bay Packers fan, the kids and I decided to make him an extra special present that he WOULD use and would not just sit around collecting dust….

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PostHeaderIcon Sewing Up a Storm ~ The Great Fabric Hunt

Whenever I see a sale from, I’m on it. Doesn’t matter if I need fabric or not, I buy it anyway. It’s in my head that eventually I will need it for a project, and that it’s just too cute to pass up. This obsession really has come in handy many a time for my random project and ideas. Such as when I finally latched on to the perfect fabric for my cousin’s baby, a cute collage of giraffes and baby boy decor.

A baby blanket seemed easy enough. I had batting left over from a project years ago, so that was no issue. Scraps from other projects worked for making it a “real” quilt instead of just one straight piece of fabric. It was all coming together beautifully, block by by block, hand-sewing each piece. The problem started when I started the hunt for another yard of fabric I knew I had purchased over a year ago.

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PostHeaderIcon Homemade Valentines ~ Candy Craft Ideas

As mentioned before, I am completely addicted to Pinterest. On any given day, I spend a good 20 minutes checking out crafts, recipes, and “purty stuffs”. I admit, not every project gets done. However, I’m usually pretty good about making at least half of the things I post. Or at the very least, attempting it. Craft fails are almost as fun as successes, are they not?

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