Tuesday, August 19, 2014

Pattern Sale

I'll call it a "sale", but the truth is....ALL Grits & Giggles patterns are just 

$5.00 in our shop on Craftsy !!

Craftsy makes buying patterns simple and convenient. You can "wishlist" patterns you would love to try. Or purchase the patterns right away and download them instantly. The patterns are always available in your account, in case of a computer crash, so you'll never loose your precious stash of PDF patterns!

Choose from patterns for boys, girls, babies, tweens, and accessories. There's something for everyone.

And of course, all Grits & Giggles patterns are "Easy to Sew" and full of photos and instructions. For $5.00 there's no reason NOT to try sewing something special!

Thursday, August 14, 2014

Glitter Crowns {Tutorial}

When Goldilocks told me she wanted a "princess" theme for her party this year, I was excited to create something to make it special. I was going to make her a crown to wear, but then decided that the other kids would probably like one too!

One trip to Hobby Lobby, and I had my materials to make 10 sparkly, glittery crowns, fit for princes and princesses.


Fabric-backed glitter "paper" (in the felt section)
3/4" wide elastic
sewing things

I chose pink for the princess, and neutral gold and silver for the rest of the crowns, since there will be boys there too! Each piece of paper makes 2 crowns, so one other girl will have pink to match the birthday girl.

Flip over your paper, and simply draw an even zig zag pattern down the middle. Draw it long ways.

Use scissors (not your fabric scissors!!) to cut out your crowns. Cutting through the glitter isn't too messy, but it's hard on scissors.

For toddler heads, I cut my elastic to 6". The 6" elastic, plus the 11" length of paper should fit around their head nicely. They had enough stretch to not be too tight, but still stay on.

Sew the elastic with a few zig-zag stitches to the back of the paper.

Now you have adorable crowns, ready for a royal party!

They're lightweight, and comfortable to wear. Not to mention your royal subjects will LOVE wearing them to feel special at the party!

Monday, August 11, 2014

Youth Trip: Waterfalling

Last weekend, Hubby and I, along with our cousin and his wife, took our church youth/Sunday school class on a little hiking trip. Our intent was to have a lesson and lunch before we left on the trail, then to walk and see some pretty waterfalls. We went to Brasstown Falls in South Carolina.

 It was pretty chilly and kind of rainy that day, so we didn't expect to get in the water.

But the waterfalls were calling our names!!

The youth had a blast, but if it's possible, I think we had MORE fun.

There's me on the left in my red jacket. It was too cold to take it off! 

The beauty of living in the upstate of South Carolina is that you are just a short drive from the mountains, and from some beautiful places. 

After splashing in the smaller falls, we found the GOOD one.  I only had my cell phone to take pictures (since it was raining), so I don't have great pictures of the big falls. Let's just say we experienced first hand how loud, powerful, and WET a waterfall can be. 

The girls all rode in one car, and I must say I learned a lot by talking and listening to them. They are all high school girls and informed us of the following:

  • People over 25 are "old"
  • Songs that came out over a year ago are "old"
  • Without the "dictionary" app on their phone, there is no other way to find out what a word means
  • 70's and 80's music is cool again (but still old)
  • Having no cell phone signal is painful and scary

All joking aside, these are smart, talented girls (and boys) and they have SO much ahead of them in life. We were so happy to get to experience a little bit of fun with them, and learn from them this weekend. 

Friday, August 8, 2014

HUGE Craftsy Class Sale

Save up to 50% this weekend on classes at Craftsy! Offer ends August 11, 2014.

Have you tried Craftsy classes yet? 

They are taught by expert instructors, and you can pause, rewind, and replay as many times as you need while learning a new skill!

They make great gifts too for the person you know who has EVERYTHING already. Give them the gift of a new hobby! Or enhance their hobby with advanced skills.

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