Warm and Cozy Fleece Mittens for Kids

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I’ve been sewing for a LONG time! Telling you how long, would almost be like telling you my age. So let’s just keep it at a LONG time.

I love sewing on cottons. I even love a good knit. But one thing I have not sewn with very much is fleece.

My Experience with Fleece

I took a little road trip with fleece years ago and made my kids some simple mittens. I even made my hubby a pair of inserts for his snow shoveling mittens. It was all pretty straight forward, I measured hands, added a bit, rounded off the corners and BINGO, I had my pattern.

You can’t have enough mittens in a house full of 8 kids, and so having a few extras around was a plus. Kids get outside and love to play in the snow. Now you have a bunch of wet mittens and you have to wait for them to dry.  However, I never really graduated from ‘Mitten Making 101’.

Fast Forward

Remember how I told you I’ve been sewing a LONG time. I love to sew! I have several machines, from vintage to computerized. We even have a treadle and it’s one of my favorites. I sometimes wished we had a bigger house. Maybe it’s good that we don’t.

So much for getting sidetracked…

I’ve had a sewing bug lately and I wanted to sew for the grand kiddos.  I love Craftsy and I recently got a Craftsy Unlimited Subscription. I stumbled across a class Sewing With Fleece: Essential Techniques with Pattie Otto.  She grew up in Wisconsin, so she knows about winter and keeping warm.


Creatively Give a Gift Card

Make a Match Box



Today I wanted to share with you one way to give a gift card creatively, using a handmade Match Box.

With Christmas right around the corner, there is no doubt you’ve been searching for gift ideas.

A gift card almost seems like a last resort, doesn’t it? You shop… and shop for the perfect gift, and then you throw up your hands and say, “I’m going to give a gift card.”


Sew Your Own Muslin Bags

Muslin Bags for Stamping, Heat Transfer Vinyl Projects and More

muslin bag craft

You can sew your own muslin bags, like the kind you find in craft stores, and it is much easier than you think. (more…)

Learn How to Make Lovely Home Decor from a Dollar Tree Plate

Dollar Store Charger plate to Home Decor

Today I’m going to share with you how I created this awesome fall home decor plate with a simple plate from the Dollar Tree. You can also make a piece that is uniquely yours with a scrap of vinyl, your Silhouette or other cutting machine and some spray paint. Home decor has never been easier. (more…)

Early Holiday Wishes 4 Kids

Snowman Joy

This little snowman is bringing you some early holiday wishes!  I love making handcrafted cards for others and today I wanted to share this cute Doodlebug Designs Snowman with you that I made for Send a Smile 4 Kids. They are hosting a Early Holiday Wishes challenge HERE,  and this was a fun card to make for that challenge.

Send a Smile 4 Kids Early Holiday Wishes Card

I chose a double z fold design for my snowman card. I used to shy away from the fun fold cards, but found that many are much easier than they look. I made this one at Valentines Day and I think they are so adorable standing up on a table. A scoreboard really helps and it is a tool to put on your Christmas list if you don’t already have one. 

There are many tutorials on Pinterest for various types of fancy fold cards if you do a search. I won’t go into detail on how I set it up.  I wanted to keep the layering minimal, so I chose red card stock and simply layered the patterned paper on top.

I purchased the patterned paper pack for this card last year and it was perfect for this card. It’s by Doodlebug Designs. The little snowman was from the Silhouette Store and is from the Doodlebug Designs Here Comes Santa collection.

I offset the letters for “Joy” so that it would not blend into the card too much.

Foam tape was used to adhere the little snowman so that he would stand out a little more.

The little bit of snow sparkle on the hat, ends of the scarf, and the nose, come from Diamond Stickles.

To make the card so that someone could write a little greeting, I added a white panel on the inside.

Handcrafted card with snowman cutout and the greeting "Joy".
Snowman Christmas Joy Card

Thanks for stopping by. Hope you enjoyed this little card. Create something simple for your home, family or friends today!


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Grateful Thankful Blessed Sign

Cabinet Door to Farmhouse Sign

Shopping at Habitat for Humanity can be a real treat and this reclaimed cabinet door inspired me to make this sign for our dining room. I’m fairly new to sign making but learning is half the fun! It’s just one of a few signs I’ve made for our home and it’s now hanging on our wall, and I simply love it!

I painted the cupboard door with this RUST-OLEUM Flat Black and did about 3 light coats. It had been sitting around for awhile and I was going to repaint it, but I started to sand and liked the look of the distressed frame. I decided to mask off the edges and only repainted the center.

RUST-OLEUM in flat black.

Oramask 813 has been my go-to product for stenciling and it cuts like butter and adheres so nice. For another Oramask and spray paint project, check out my first Youtube video HERE.

The file was purchased from Etsy and I cut the material using the matte vinyl settings. My blade was set on 3, Speed 5, Force 10. These are the settings I use for the Oramask and it works out wonderful on my machine. I use Transfer Rite tape to transfer my cuts to the work.

I did several light coats with white paint and a sponge brush. I did have a little paint peel up when I removed the vinyl, but I think it’s because the cupboard door is a sort of laminate and so the paint couldn’t really soak in like it does with wood. If I had it to do over, I might have used a spray paint like the RUST-OLEUM Ultra for the lettering because it adheres to just about everything. I ended up filling in a couple tiny areas with a liner brush. Hubby says I’m too picky, but in the end I was pretty happy with it. It’s a nice addition for fall decorating.

Have you shopped at Habitat Re-store? What did you find for decorating your home?

Thanks for stopping by and I hope you’ll venture out and make something special for your home today.




Happy Fall Card

 Happy Fall Card

Today I’m here to share with you a “Happy Fall” card that I made using the Viva La Verve September sketch. We haven’t had too much fall weather yet, and I’m enjoying the the end of summer that we’re having.

For this card I pulled out some paper products from the Close to My Heart Swan Lake collection, and stamps from the CTMH Choose Happy and Woodland Critters sets.

I masked the little frame with a post it note so that I could stamp the raccoon in the corner and colored the frame with a Spectrum noir marker.

I used a Darice embossing folder in the Cuttlebug to emboss the background and cut the little speech bubble out on my Silhouette Cameo.

Thanks for stopping by today and Happy Fall to you.

Christmas In July Quilted Potholders

Who doesn’t find themselves reaching for the potholders on a regular basis. If you’re anything like me, there are never enough.

Do you use them until they’re REALLY worn out, or do you replace them often? I know I’m feeling the heat a bit too often through mine!

Of course I’m always out of step with the season. Snowmen in April? Yep, that’s me!

Well, it’s been a really rainy summer here and last Friday I was ready for a change of pace. Not only a change of pace in weather but for some cute new home decor to take into the upcoming seasons. I fell absolutely in love with this tutorial on Sew4Home for these ruffled potholders. I’ve been reading the site for a long time, but never doing…so I jumped in.

Looking through my small stash of fabrics, and I do mean small, I had some Robert Kaufman fabric, “Holly Jolly Christmas”. This is a great fabric. I fussy cut the little mouse with the spoon. Sew adorable!! I chose “Winter White” for my thread so that it would blend in with the fabrics.

My only change to my project from the tutorial was to make a hanging loop that lays flat against the back when not in use, or flips out for hanging.

This was my first set of quilted potholders. At first I didn’t have the walking foot, but after some issues with shifting, I broke down and bought the walking foot. It went so much better! Now I’m ready to try some more.

Thanks for stopping by today and we’ll see you next time!


Double Z Fold Valentine

Good Morning,

Hope you’re having a wonderful and creative day! Today I wanted to share this cute little double z fold Valentine that I made for the Send a Smile 4 Kids challenge. If you have never tried a double z fold card, give it a try! They are not that hard and provide lots of wonderful possibilities.

For this card I used a piece of white card cut at 4 1/4″ x 11″ and scored at 2 3″ and 5 1/2″. The bottom strip is cut and scored somewhat the same but only 1 1/2 inches tall.

This is only the second card I’ve done like this, so while I’m enjoying the adventure, I’m not super professional at it yet. There are lots of nice tutorials out there on how to make these.

The Silhouette Store had lots of fun stuff for completing this card. I chose the “Assorted Houses”, “Dear Lizzie Fence” and “Truck Christmas Tree” for my images. I removed the tree in the truck image and replaced it with a cute little heart cutout and used welded circles and the knife function to make my clouds.

I chose papers from Stamps of Life “Forever” collection, Simple Stories “Sn@p! Color Vibe”, and just some tiny pieces of “Beau Jardin” by Penny Black Inc.. I’m still working out the greeting section, so for now I just stamped the little generic “Happy Valentines Day” tag. Hope you’ll send some of your own smiles across the miles. Thanks for stopping by and have a wonderful weekend!

text 2016, photos and information by Say It With Simplicity

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