Quick Jute and Yarn Easter Basket Pattern | FREE!

Materials

Holding 2 pieces of yarn and 1 piece of jute twine make a magic circle

  1. Ch 2 tightly and work 8 hdc into loop, sl to join (8)
  2. Ch 1 loosely, starting in the same st as joined, 2 hdc in each hdc around, slst to join (16)
  3. Ch 1 loosely, starting in the same st as joined, *hdc 1, 2 hdc in next* 8 times, slst to join (24)
  4. Ch 1 loosely, working in the BLO (for this round only) of the hdc, hdc in each hdc around, slst to join (24)
  5. Ch 1 loosely, hdc in each hdc, slst to join
  6. Same as round 5

Ch 15, sc in second ch from hook and each ch after, finish off (14 sc)

Sew opposite end of handle to basket and weave in all ends.

Pin the letters/numbers print out to the felt and cut them out using small sharp scissors. Attach to baskets with hot glue or fabric glue.

Click here for the PDF letters/numbers printout.

NO-Aluminum, Non-Toxic, EASY, Natural, DIY Deodorant

Ever google “aluminum in antiperspirant”? It’s kind of scary what problems have been potential linked to clogging your sweat pores with aluminum for decades on end. But let’s be honest… I smell like a the bad end of an onion if I go with out and that’s a little bit of an issue too. While I am a bit crunchy I an not THAT crunchy. So, what’s a girl to do? Make my own!

I wanted to test this recipe for several weeks/months before bragging on it, but I am pleased to say that it is AMAZING! Everything I have ever wanted in a DIY/Natural deodorant

  • Made from easy to find (CHEAP) ingredients
  • No annoying processes making it (Mix and go)
  • Easy to apply
  • I DON’T stink with it!

I do apply it before bed and in the AM – but really I had to do that with my Rx strength DO too (Yeah, I am THAT smelly… hanging head in shame)

Enjoy!

(Remember to use PURE unadulterated oils for this so you don’t end up putting something else potentially harmful in your body) HERE is more info on my company of choice!

Also, I add in 3 drops of Clary Sage, BUT if you are pregnant or plan to be – omit the Clary Sage. It is the one oil that is not wise to use while pregnant until you are in labor or FULL term as it could encourage contractions.

Crocheted Toddler Mittens (FREE pattern)

Ever tried to find good fitting mittens that aren’t a pain in the rear to put on your small toddler? None of them are small enough to fit their tiny hands well.

PROBLEM SOLVED!

“I’ll just make my own!”

BUUUUT… I struggled to even find a crochet pattern that worked, so I designed my own! I have used this pattern for a couple of years and made MANY mittens for my kids and my friend’s and family’s kids as well. They are amazing! Pattern is for Toddler (1-2T) and Preschooler (3-5T). I didn’t bother writing the pattern for any older kids because by the time they were 5 or so they preferred gloves and by that time gloves fit well enough to be useful.

CLICK HERE FOR A BEAUTIFUL & PRINTABLE PDF PATTERN

1-2 years:

Ribbing:

G hook and worsted weight yarn
1.) Ch 13, starting in the second ch from hook, Sc 12, ch 1 and turn
2-16.) BLO – Sc in each, ch 1 and turn
Slst last row to first to form cuff, ch 1

Hand:
Switch to H hook
Notes: Work in rounds now using a stitch marker. Do NOT join at the end of rounds.
1.) Sc in the side of each row (16)
2.) (Sc 3, inc) 4 times (20)
3.) Sc 9, inc twice, sc 9 (22)
4.) Sc 9, inc, sc 2, inc, sc 9 (24)
5.) Sc 9, inc, sc 4, inc, sc 9 (26)
6.) Sc 9, skip next 8, sc 9 (18) (thumb hole formed)
7-13.) Sc in each Sc
14.) sc2tog 9 times (9)
15.) sc2tog 3 times, sc3tog
Finish off leaving long tail to sew up hole at top.

Thumb:
Join at thumb hole on first skipped stitch time round 6, ch 1, Sc in same as joining and next 6, (insert into last skilled stitch and PUL, insert into hand portion of glove and PUL, insert into first st of this round and PUL, YO and pull through all loops, place stitch marker.
2-5.) Sc in each sc (7)
Finish off leaving long tail to sew up hole at end.

3-5 years:

Ribbing:

G hook and worsted weight yarn
1.) Ch 15, starting in the second ch from hook, Sc 14, ch 1 and turn
2-20.) BLO – Sc in each, ch 1 and turn
Slst last row to first to form cuff, ch 1

Hand:
Switch to H hook
Notes: Work in rounds now using a stitch marker. Do NOT join at the end of rounds.
1.) Sc in the side of each row (16)
2.) (Sc 3, inc) 5 times (25)
3.) Sc 11, inc, sc 1, inc, sc 11 (27)
4.) Sc 11, inc, sc 3, inc, sc 11 (29)
5.) Sc 11, inc, sc 5, inc, sc 11 (31)
6.) Sc 11, skip next 9, sc 11 (22) (thumb hole formed)
7-15.) Sc in each Sc (22)
16.) sc2tog 11 times (11)
17.) sc2tog 4 times, sc3tog
Finish off leaving long tail to sew up hole at top.

Thumb:
Join at thumb hole on first skipped stitch time round 6, ch 1, Sc in same as joining and next 7, (insert into last skilled stitch and PUL, insert into hand portion of glove and PUL, insert into first st of this round and PUL, YO and pull through all loops, place stitch marker.
2-6.) Sc in each sc (8)
Finish off leaving long tail to sew up hole at end.

Halloween Costumes 2017

Happy Halloween! I wanted to share what our kids dressed up as for Halloween! It was so easy this year because our neighbor across our road dropped off a large assortment of costumes from his daughter and we keep most of our store bought and homemade costumes (that are worth saving) in a bin. I hung them all up and had them “shop” from what we had! Cora, Ezra, Georgia and Faith all picked out their costumes from those.

Cypress dressed in the bear costume I made for AJ 14 years ago. It was the first garment I ever sewed! All 8 of our kids have worn it and it was a bit bittersweet to see our last child in it.

Michael chose to be a scarecrow and it was such a cool costume that didn’t require much. Some raffia, a blank mask, a small piece of burlap and a straw hat. We already owned everything else.

Maddie went as a deer. SUPER EASY! A little makeup and a headband with pipe cleaners and felt ears and it was DONE!

AJ, our oldest, dressed as one of the members of his favorite band, Twenty One Pilots. He and his friend went out on their own so no pictures of him.

 

Does your family wear costumes on Halloween? What did your kids dress up as?

 

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How to Jazz up your SSC Baby Carrier (Ergo)

I have been eyeing all those amazingly cute print baby carriers lately and just love their personality. I’ve seen them in hundreds of awesome fabrics and in the back of my mind my plain ol’ black carrier seemed a bit dull.

Maybe it was time to purchase another one? I mean, the black was fading a tad around the edges… I’ve used it for 5 kids already… They have made new versions and maybe I’d like a new one better…

BUT, I just couldn’t justify getting rid of a perfectly great (comfortable, near flawlessly designed) Ergo and hand over upwards of $150-250 just because the other ones were cuter. I know, I am cheap frugal.

Then I got thinking: What about a slip cover of sorts? Something to jazz it up a bit but not such an “overall” one that you lose the basic utilitarian features like the zippered pocket and hood.

That is when I came up with THIS!

slip

It is the best of both worlds! Everything you love about your carrier but with some personality (for CHEAP!). The best part? This project is SUPER quick to make and only takes 1/2 yard each of flannel and print so you can make 2-3 (okay, 65-70!) to change up your carrier whenever you’d like: for holidays, to match your baby’s outfit or simply to match your mood. It also doubles as a drool guard and protects the fabric around the edges from wear (that is where mine is faded the most), so it is also functional.

And, of course, I NEEDED one with arrows…..

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What you’ll need:

  • 1/2 yard of print fabric that matches your personality
  • 1/2 yard of corresponding flannel
  • matching thread
  • 9 snaps (or a small about of 1/2 ” apex/Velcro)
  • the pattern provided HERE (or create your own by following the directions in the video below)

Instructions:

  1. Wash and dry your fabric to pre-shrink. The amount of fabric (1/2 yard) will be enough out lay your pattern out vertically or horizontally in case your are working with a striped or patterned fabric as I was in the video (arrows) and you would like the pattern running a certain way. (Keep your left over fabric laid out right sides facing for cutting the the drool pads later)
  2. Iron and lay pieces right side together, smoothing them out.
  3. Trace your pattern and cut through both pieces.

For both the slip clover pieces

  1. Using a 1/2″seam and starting at the tops of the strap area, sew down the diagonal, down the short straight side, across the bottom, up the opposite short straight side and up the opposite diagonal.
  2. Clip your corners to make it easier to turn. Turn right side out, poke out your corners and iron flat.
  3. Serge or zig-zag the top flap closed
  4. Lay the now sewn pieces right side together and using a 3/4″ seam sew each side for a length of 1″ reinforcing by going back and fourth 2-3 times. If your carrier doesn’t have a hood that you need an opening for you can stitch all the way across the top instead of just an inch on either side.
  5. Press your seam open  and top stitch 1/8″ around each individual piece.
  6. Place your buttons. You will put 2 at each side side. Make sure to place the male stud on the flannel side and your female stud on the print side (or use Velcro). Also place button for hood closure (see video on where to place)

Drool pads:

  1. Cut 2 (8-1/2″ x 7″) rectangles (or size needed for your carrier) out of the prearranged fabric (right sides together).
  2. Sew with a 1/2″ seam allowance all the way around leaving a small 3-4″ opening to turn your work and making sure to back tack at the beginning and end.
  3. Clip corners. Iron back the seam allowance on the side with the opening. Turn and poke out corners. Iron.
  4. Top stitch 1/8″ all the way around. You will be closing the opening when you top stitch.
  5. Add 3 buttons down each short side. Again, make sure the male stud is facing the flannel and the female receiver is facing the print (or use Velcro).

Then enjoy your “new” old carrier that has majestically been turned into the rainbow unicorn of your baby carrier dreams for less than the price of a Starbucks drink!

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DIY Foaming Hand Soap

Lets face it, ladies… foaming hand soap is WAY easier than the goopey liquid hand soap and is much easier for kids to use.

But it also is used up a lot faster. Which makes it more expensive.

Here is a little trick I started doing several years ago that saves me quite a bit of money and I only have to buy soap about once a year or so!

Basically foaming hand soap is essentially regular liquid soap and water in a special pump.  For the last couple of years I have been making it by mixing NON-antibacterial liquid soap from SAMs and water inside of a foaming hand soap bottle. BOOM. DONE. Money saved. You’re welcome!

I talk about WHY I choose a NON anti-bacterial soap in the video and HERE is the article that explains it a bit more scientifically.