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Beach Bag

I have been wanting a new beach bag for a while.  My last one I got ten years ago on our honeymoon in Aruba.  The zipper has since busted because I have to carry four beach towels, sunscreen, snacks, phones, etc.  Prices for beach bags are insane or maybe I am just cheap.  My friend and I have decided to make Wednesdays our craft day and this is what we made this week…

I think it turned out really cute!  I like how the bottom is a little different than the average tote.  I really like the look of the leather handles and embroidering our name on it just makes it a little more special.  I didn’t do a zipper or a snap because as I said before there is so much stuff crammed into the bag that I didn’t want to have it bust again.  Instead, I added two ribbons so that if I want I can tie the bag closed.  There are also side pockets on each side for phones and other miscellaneous items.

I like it so much that I think I may end up making these for teacher gifts at the end of the year.


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I tend to like things done perfectly so I usually will type the girls names on their Valentine’s to make them look nice.  This year, I am trying to let go of my controlling ways and let the girls write their own names on theirs.  I figured I would just let them write their names on the back of the Valentine’s so at least the front would still be up to my unreasonable standards.  Here are the fronts…

Found the idea on Pinterest and then Lynette made me a pdf file with the top Valentine.  What would I do without her?!  I know it is early, but I let the girls write their names on the backs this morning for something to do.  I told Malaina to use her best hand writing and she really did a good job, even put hearts above the i’s on some of them.

Skylyn started out writing hers and only wrote, “Sky.”  I told her I prefer her write her whole name (baby steps people!).  She did a great job writing her name as well, but then wanted to “decorate” hers.  I thought I could handle it as long as it was only on the back.  She tried to talk me into coloring the front, but I am just not there yet.  Here are hers…

In the end everyone is happy and honestly I am sure none of the kids or parents will even care what they look like.  Last year, I made 32 crayon rolls, which took forever, but I am pretty sure I am the only one who noticed the time and effort they took.  I am trying to simplify my holiday crafts and this includes letting the girls participate, as hard as it may be.

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I am 30 (almost 31) and have never made a multi-layered cake.  I wanted to make a special cake for my sister’s birthday and since frosting is the best part of the cake a multi-layered cake was the way to go.

I had to borrow my other sister’s cake pans, carrier and this super awesome gadget…

It made leveling the cake so easy!

Here is my sad, but tasty attempt at a mutli-layered cake…

Look at all the frosting!!!

I guess if I had a restaurant I would have to label it as Peanut Butter Frosting with Chocolate Cake instead of Chocolate Cake with Peanut Butter Frosting.

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Shirred Shirt

Last year I made my daughter a shirred top with a matching skirt.  Here she is modeling it…

She wanted to wear the outfit to school the other day, but realized that after a year the top was a little too short to wear to school.  I didn’t want to just pack it away so I added a band of fabric to the bottom of the shirt and…Viola!  She now has at least one more year to wear this outfit!

Something about this outfit makes her want to pose.  She decided to dress it down this year with Rainbows instead of flashy flip flops.

The great thing about shirring is that she really could wear this for the next 5 years.  I will just have to keep adding fabric to the bottom, haha!

Love this girl!

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Moss Letters

I have been loving all the moss covered hanging letters and decided to make my own instead of paying $40.  My inspiration was this from Spotted Leopard.

Here is mine…

I got the M from AC Moore for $3.99.  The moss is from JoAnn’s and was $8.99 for a sheet of moss.  I got 2-3 letters out of one package of moss (depending on the letter).  The ribbon was also from JoAnn’s.  I used ribbon with a wire to hold the bow in place.  I think it turned out pretty cute and makes a great inexpensive gift.

Crafty Southern Mama has a tutorial on how to make a moss letter.

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Again, not my idea…I saw them on the All Things Heart and Home blog.  They were so easy to make and are so cute!

I used my sister’s No-Bake Cookie recipe


  • 2 cups sugar
  • 4 tablespoons cocoa
  • 1 stick butter
  • 1/2 cup milk
  • 1 cup peanut butter
  • 1 tablespoon vanilla
  • 3 cups oatmeal
  • Waxed paper


In a heavy saucepan bring to a boil, the sugar, cocoa, butter and milk. Let boil for 1 minute then add peanut butter, vanilla and oatmeal. On a sheet of waxed paper, drop mixture by the teaspoonfuls, until cooled and hardened.  Add the eggs (Whoppers Mini Robin Eggs) before the cookies cool.

I made 24 cookies using this recipe.  It varies depending on the size of the cookies you make.  Making 24 out of this recipe (minus the eggs) each cookie is 226 calories.

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Moss Art

I wish I could say that any of the ideas that I post are mine, but for the most part I am blog stalker and thief.  I saw this picture on the blog A Diamond in the Stuff and I really liked it…

So, I decided to copy it!

Here is mine…

I have been wanting something to go above my $10 yard sale armoire for a while , but haven’t found anything that was round.  I think this fits perfectly.  It was really easy to make.  The moss was messy, but nothing the Dyson couldn’t take care of.  I got the frame at a yard sale for $3 (I sanded and repainted it), the burlap and moss were purchased at Joann’s (with a coupon, of course) and my Dad cut the m out of scrap wood.  I do still need to get a knob to cover the nail and eventually I will put accessories on top of the armoire.  There just doesn’t seem to be enough hours in the day, sigh…

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