Make Your Own Garden Markers

Our family has had a few different gardens over the past couple of years and, although we missed last season with home renovation at planting time, we are ready to plant again. A great way to remember what you planted are garden markers. Most plants come with their own plastic markers, but it is much more fun and festive to make your own.

Wooden fairy wands from a craft store are inexpensive and have enough room for little hands to write the veggie of choice. The wands pictured were painted with chalkboard paint so that they could be used again next season.

Another possibility is decorated rocks. Find rocks large and smooth enough to write your veggie’s name. Use either a paint pen or a small brush and acrylic paint to decorate.

What do you use for markers?

Make a New Bag!

Malcolm and I made this bag a few years ago but its a great, simple, easy-to-sew bag. Enjoy!

Malcolm was invited to a very good friend’s birthday party. Instead of buying a plastic toy Malcolm and I decided that we wanted to make something for Nolan. After a bit of discussion and thought we settled on a tote bag. These boys like to carry toys to each others houses so it could be well used. I went through my stash and found Star Wars fabric that would be perfect! Here is how to make your own. (I call myself a “seat of the pants” sewer since sometimes I design as I go. That led to doing things out of order on this bag. We should have done the pocket first so plan accordingly.) Continue Reading →

Spring Scarf

I just love the English floral crafty sensibility. It is happy and bright and unapologetically girly. This website – The Cottage Home – offers a tutorial for an infinity scarf that is easy to follow. It only requires basic sewing skills and tools.

This super cute fabric was just what I needed for an adorable gift. It was super-easy and took less than an hour. This would be a great Mother’s Day gift, don’t ya think? I think I need to make a few more! Time to head to the fabric store!