Friday, April 3, 2020

The New Normal With Crafting


Well, when winter was ending I'd expected to jump into some lovely new spring & Easter projects.  I'd figured there would be a little time when my new baby & toddler slept and there were a few quiet moments again....

  Except baby's had some issues that have required her being held upright most of the time.  And requires medications being given 6 times a day - in between feedings that are just as frequent.  My newly turned 2 yr old is now a full time tornado, that gets into anything and everything, so any free hand I have is frequently cleaning up messes or keeping him from swinging from the chandelier.  There are still 3 big kids needing homeschooling too - one is supposed to be graduating in a few months so taking a month or two off isn't an option.  Plus, running my fabric shop.  And there's a pandemic going on outside.  My usual handmade Easter outfits & spring decorations haven't rated on the list of things to do.     


Each day there's about enough time to shower, tend to the kiddies needs and fill the flurry of shop orders before the day is done and I wonder where the hours have gone.  To be honest, seeing so many people stumped on how to fill their time being "stuck" at home is hard to relate to.  Since coming home from the hospital the first week of February, I've left the house about 5 times and most of those were for doctor's appointments.  8 weeks of "sheltering-in-place" already and the idea of down time is still elusive.  

I'm very grateful that we're healthy, all together and doing ok, but time to craft & sew feels like a distant memory.  As does leaving the house (apart from walks).  

Our only outings these days

Yet, like the stresses and uncertainty of the pandemic going on outside, I know this too shall pass.  I feel very blessed that while life is busy, it is still very good here.  Which is a helpful reminder when things feel overwhelming or frustrating. 

Sisterly love
So, in the meantime, I'll share a few past favorite seasonal projects soon in an easy to peruse round-up or two and get to writing up a few new things that got done before all the madness began.  As the new routine settles in and my littlest one finally turns a corner with her extra needs (which thankfully should get better as she grows), I'm sure moments of quiet will re-appear and life will seem less harried.  I'm grateful for all of you who've kept on reading & joining in my Craftastic Monday Link Party despite my lack of lots to share lately.  

Here's to spring bringing the rays of light we all need!
   



Sunday, March 29, 2020

Springtime Craftastic Monday Link Party


No matter what else is going on, spring & Easter are still coming!  So link up all those inspirational, Easter, spring & everyday themed creations.   They're especially helpful for keeping a positive outlook and giving others ideas of things to do at home.  Stay in, stay healthy & stay craftastic!

There were LOTS of wonderful projects shared last week, so be sure to check the features out - especially for things you can do with stuff you already have at home.



Last week I launched my Bringing You Comfort Bundle Giveaway.  All these fabrics & other crafty goodies could still be yours!  Enter HERE for a chance to win:

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Now for this week's Craftastic Picks:

Chas' Crazy Creations shared this easy & fun DIY soft bunny made from a knit hat.  Perfect for the kids to make!



DIY Vibes created this pretty cotton and lavender farmhouse wall decor:

farmhouse wall decor on a gray wall

Happier Than A Pig In Mud shared this dummy proof small batch sugar cookie recipe:




DIY Vibes showed how to turn ordinary plastic eggs into pretty pastel speckled Easter eggs: 

speckled eggs in a nest

Eyelove Knots created this cute crochet carrot how-to:


Handmade Weekly shared these free printable DIY spring flour sack towels:

DIY Spring Flour Sack Towels with Free Flower Printable

If you're one of this week's features, be sure to grab my Featured On button over on my Buttons Page to share the good news. 

 
Want a Chance to 
Be Featured Next Week?  

Link back to the party somewhere on your blog.
I can't feature your post if you don't share the party.  
  
Featured projects are also shared on Sew Can Do's Twitter feed for your creations to have MORE exposure!

Follow me there to see more great projects (and see if yours is one of them)!   

Ready to link up your crafty creations?
 
Party rules are simple: 
  • As long as it's crafty, and made by you, it's Craftastic (no links to other people's work or to shops - join my Crafty Business Weekends Link Party instead!).  
  • Add the link to your specific post. Product reviews, plagiarized or sponsored posts for random items will be immediately deleted.  
  • Grab my party button & put it on your post, party page or blog somewhere.  If you want the chance to be featured, this is key.  The button code can be found HERE.
  • Check out some of the other fabulous links and share some crafty comment love.  We all love getting comments!!



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Tuesday, March 24, 2020

Bringing You Comfort Fabric & Gifts Bundle Giveaway


It's easy to feel down about everything going on right now and positive boosts seem few and far between.  So, I'm giving away this Bringing-You-Comfort Bundle of Faith-filled fabrics, craft supplies & inspirational goodies from my Heavenly Fabric Shop to help brighten these heavier days and celebrate the coming of a hope-filled spring

It includes this Home Sweet Home Faith fabric panel made of 100% Kona cotton:



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A set of our exclusive Inspiring Faith Glass Dome Cabochons:

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Large Pearlized Acrylic Cross Pendant Beads for Jewelry image 0




The entire bundle has a $30 value!  Enter below for a chance to win.


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Sunday, March 22, 2020

Let's Inspire @ the Craftastic Monday Link Party


I hope everyone has been staying in & staying healthy during this globally trying time.  I know it's been a real challenge for many and I hope our prayers will be answered that this stressful and unusual episode will pass quickly.

It's officially spring and the season of rebirth, encourages hope.  So link up all those inspirational, Easter, spring & everyday themed creations to keep lifting spirits and giving others more ideas for things to do at home.  

I've decided to do a special comfort-themed giveaway from my shop this week, so stay tuned for info on how to enter in an upcoming post.



Last week I shared a round-up of some of my best tutorials that are Fun & Easy Things To Make With Kids:

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Now for this week's Craftastic Picks:

The Crafting Nook created this adorable pom pom tail Easter bunny printable:


How to Make Pom Pom Tail Easter Bunny Printable

Mama of Many Blessings shared how to make these festive robin egg cheesecake cups:




Krazy Kabbage made this crochet feather storm coat and shared the free pattern for it:


The Organized Dream made this uplifting spring floral wreath:

Spring Floral Hoop Wreath

If you're one of this week's features, be sure to grab my Featured On button over on my Buttons Page to share the good news. 

 
Want a Chance to 
Be Featured Next Week?  

Link back to the party somewhere on your blog.
I can't feature your post if you don't share the party.  
  
Featured projects are also shared on Sew Can Do's Twitter feed for your creations to have MORE exposure!


Follow me there to see more great projects (and see if yours is one of them)!   

Ready to link up your crafty creations?
 
Party rules are simple: 
  • As long as it's crafty, and made by you, it's Craftastic (no links to other people's work or to shops - join my Crafty Business Weekends Link Party instead!).  
  • Add the link to your specific post. Product reviews, plagiarized or sponsored posts for random items will be immediately deleted.  
  • Grab my party button & put it on your post, party page or blog somewhere.  If you want the chance to be featured, this is key.  The button code can be found HERE.
  • Check out some of the other fabulous links and share some crafty comment love.  We all love getting comments!!



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Wednesday, March 18, 2020

Fun & Easy Things To Make With Kids At Home


Need some easy fun things to do with the kids?  With everyone having to stay at home right now, simple creative things to keep busy (and keep your sanity) are needed at this crazy time.

I've rounded up some of our family's favorite make-your-own-fun ideas that are easy to do and use items found in most homes.

Fun Things To Make:

A little white glue, liquid starch & food coloring is all it takes to make some super fun 



Turn everyday items into awesome treasure hunts thanks to used coffee grounds in this DIY Treasure Stones recipe.

 

Grab some acrylic coat paints and get artistic with this Soap painting tutorial.  Added bonus is the kids can use what they made to clean their hands later on:


Looking for fun edible ideas? Make some Homemade Pop Rocks Candy:

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Creativity can be delicious with my Sculptable Frosting recipe.  It's been one of my all-time most popular posts and is SO much fun for all ages:


Grab the hot glue gun & a silicone mold and make some fun DIY embellishments that can be used & painted moments later:


Make some fun wearables like these Easy Beaded Stretch Bracelets:



Stay safe & sane at home everyone! 


Sunday, March 15, 2020

Staying Positive with the Craftastic Monday Link Party


It's been a weird week.  With all the Covid-19 concerns worldwide, life has taken a surreal turn, hasn't it?  With some health issues with our newborn, cold weather and being homeschoolers, we've been holed up at home for a number of weeks already, so it now feels like the rest of the world is doing the same.  

While the seriousness of what's going on is a big reality, it's important to find positive things to focus on, ways to decompress and to not feel stir crazy with more time at home.  I think lovely crafts and connecting to others digitally is a great way to do that.  When possible, I plan to do some special posts & round-ups with uplifting projects (and handy things to keep the kids busy too) to help weather this viral storm. 

So let's share all those St. Patrick's Day, Easter, spring & everyday creations to brighten our spirits and find good uses for the additional time at home.  I'd love for you to link up your latest & greatest crafts and projects - new or old, all are welcome.


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Now for this week's Craftastic Picks:

DIY Vibes created these pretty Easter egg candle holders:




Big Green House shared this homemade graham cracker recipe:

Homemade Graham Crackers- Big Green House #crackers #homemade #cinnamonsugar #grahamcrackers

Fresh Vintage By Lisa made this lovely faux boxwood wreath with dollar store supplies:


DIY Dreamer made these cute toilet paper roll Easter bunnies 
(a great keep the kids busy craft!):


If you're one of this week's features, be sure to grab my Featured On button over on my Buttons Page to share the good news. 

 
Want a Chance to 
Be Featured Next Week?  

Link back to the party somewhere on your blog.
I can't feature your post if you don't share the party.  
  
Featured projects are also shared on Sew Can Do's Twitter feed for your creations to have MORE exposure!


Follow me there to see more great projects (and see if yours is one of them)!   

Ready to link up your crafty creations?
 
Party rules are simple: 
  • As long as it's crafty, and made by you, it's Craftastic (no links to other people's work or to shops - join my Crafty Business Weekends Link Party instead!).  
  • Add the link to your specific post. Product reviews, plagiarized or sponsored posts for random items will be immediately deleted.  
  • Grab my party button & put it on your post, party page or blog somewhere.  If you want the chance to be featured, this is key.  The button code can be found HERE.
  • Check out some of the other fabulous links and share some crafty comment love.  We all love getting comments!!



You are invited to the Inlinkz link party!
Click here to enter

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