Monday, June 22, 2015

God Bless America Printables

I Love the 4th of July. Celebrating Independence Day with friends and family is a tradition of ours. Cookouts, swimming, playing outside, and so many other things make the day great. 

One of my favorite patriotic songs is "God Bless America". I learned this one at a young age, because it is sung at the opening of EVERY Clemson home football game. 

To add this sweet song to my house, as well as create a festive decoration, I've made a FREE printable!

The printable is a 5x7, so it will fit in a standard frame, and comes in TWO colors for you to choose from.


 These would look great on a holiday mantle, or anywhere else you would love to display them!


Click HERE to download the PDF file


Thursday, June 18, 2015

Summer Photo Books

Have you had the perfect summer vacation yet? I know a lot of us don't print pictures anymore. They go to our computer to die and never get printed. I try to stay on top of printing them to have some to flip through and use in picture frames, but then you have to store them.

My favorite solution...photo books!! And I can honestly say that we have at least 20 Shutterfly books at our house.

Shutterfly Photo Books 300x600

I have made them for everything from vacations, to birthday parties, births, football seasons, and so much more. They come in so many sizes that no matter how big or small your event, you can find the perfect one for you. AND, they're completely customizable, which makes this crafter's heart happy,

If you haven't tried them before, let this be the summer you do!

Monday, June 8, 2015

Sweet Memory Quilt

I made a quilt a while back that honestly....really sucked to make. It's not that I didn't want to, but it was a sad quilt. A very young boy in our community died last year. Some of his classmates are the children of people I went to school with. They contacted me to work together to make a memory quilt for his family. 
They wanted it to be a good project for the kids, and something sweet for the family. Of course, I agreed.

The students and the teachers each made a block. The students had a picture of him, and each drew his portrait on white cotton. They collected the pictures and sent them to be to be made into a quilt.


To keep the focus on the pictures, I added simple gingham sashing between the blocks, and used the same gingham for the backing.


My favorite binding was used, a small black and white stripe to make a perfect framework.


The quilting was done in an all over meandering pattern, to mimic the look of puzzle pieces. I didn't quilt over the individual pictures so there wouldn't be anything distracting from them.


It was so adorable looking at each picture the kids drew. 


They're very talented at such a young age, and their interpretation of their friend was so neat.


I was sad to have to make the quilt, but I'm glad I got to be a part of this special memory for the students and the family.




Saturday, May 30, 2015

Happy Anniversary

Happy Anniversary to my dear sweet Hubby! He has been putting up with being married to me for SEVEN years now. Bless his heart.

But in those seven years we have created a beautiful life together, and two amazingly gorgeous children. 
Life can be stressful sometimes, but we always make the best of it and come out smiling on the other side.


We do a lot of laughing around here. If you can't laugh together, then you're in for some long, hard years. I love this man and the daddy he is to our babies. Seven down....so many more to go!





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