Hurried Homemaker

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March 1st, 2012

Personalized Thank-You Cards

I have not always been good about thank-you notes. In the past few years, however, I have tried my best to be better about sending a kind thank-you for gifts and loving gestures. I want my kids to know the importance of gratitude, so I am doing my best to write thank-you’s with them. This past Christmas, things were a bit hectic around here so I decided to try another method. I took pics of the kids with all their gifts. I uploaded the photos to Snapfish and made postcards. Then, I sat my girls down (one at a time) and asked them to help me write their thank-you’s. Since they’re kids, their thank-you’s were short and sweet – perfect for a postcard – and each recipient got a new photo of my girls! I have received so many compliments on our postcards, so I thought I would share it with you!


April 26th, 2010

What to Sew When You’re Expecting by Leigh Ann Tennant of The Object Project

One of my go-to blogs for crafty inspiration is The Object Project. Leigh Ann Tennant is amazing crafty and I was thrilled that she offered a guest post when I tweeted my need for help over the coming weeks. Leigh Ann also has an Etsy shop, Strawberry Truffle, where you can purchase her lovely patterns and books. You should definitely check it out!


Finding out you’re carrying a child is the perfect time to begin learning how to sew or sharpen the stitching skills you already have! If you start in your first month, by the end of your pregnancy, you’ll have become a semi-seasoned seamstress and will have tons of homemade goodies to welcome your child into the world!

Here’s a sample stitching schedule to keep you on track, starting with easy projects and progressing to more intermediate things to try when you’ve become comfortable behind your machine.

Month 1: Burp Cloths
Simple rectangles- easy peasy. You can finish several of these in one sitting.

Month 2: Bibs
Coordinate fabrics with your burp cloths for fashionable feedings!

Month 3: Receiving Blankets
Make these out of snuggly flannel for cozy swaddling.

Month 4: Washable Breast Pads
Simple little circles. Saves tons of money and waste for the nursing mom!

Month 5: Belly Buddy
Fill a fabric rectangle with rice to warm and lay on baby’s tummy to soothe gassiness or colic.

Month 6: Changing Pad
An easy project to make changes on the go as quick and clean as possible!

Month 7: Laundry Bag
You’ll be surprised at the amount of dirty laundry such a tiny little body can generate! Make the task a little more pleasant with a bag in a pretty print.

Month 8: Baby Quilt
If you’ve never quilted before, take this opportunity to try your hand at this ageless art.

Month 9: Diaper Bag
These can be as simple or custom as you like. There are a lot of great patterns out there for tote bags that will allow you to carry all baby’s necessities in style! Look for one designed by yours truly in an upcoming issue of Sew Hip Magazine!

At your first pre-natal visit you may be shocked to learn that most women carry a child for 40 weeks. That adds up to 10 months- not the traditionally thought of 9. Use these extra weeks to create nursing pillow covers, wash cloths and hooded towels, play mats or even economical cloth diapers!

Fabric designer, author, and mother of 6 (yes 6!) Anna Maria Horner has a second book, Handmade Beginnings, due out May 3. This book will include patterns and instructions for 24 baby projects designed by a mom definitely in the know! It promises to be the perfect starting point for your maternal stitching journey!

Whether you sew up tons of baby goods or just one project, creating something for your child by hand allows you to give him or her more that just a bib or a blanket. It enables you to pass on a legacy of creativity that will be a part of their lives for years to come

Now Available!
sewExpecting: 20 Simple Projects for the New Mom and Beginning Seamstress!

Take a look and Purchase at

February 20th, 2010

First Birthday, Handmade

Turning one is a special occassion that requires a special gift. A little one in the family will be turning one soon. I decided to make a book of animals for her. It was simple, but time consuming with canvas pages, felt animals, embroidered details, and iron-on words. This was my first attempt at something like this. It has inspired me to make a series of books when I find the time. I want to do Barnyard Animals, Animals that Swim, Jungle Animals, and Things that Fly. I think it will be lots of fun!

Here is the result:

February 15th, 2010

What to do with all those old cards

I am sentimental when it comes to cards. I save almost all of them. I really don’t know why. I have boxes of old cards just waiting for me to do something with them. I could recycle them – that has been hubby’s suggestion for quite some time now. But I haven’t been able to part with them.

Amidst one of my many nocturnal stirs last night, it dawned on me (pun intended)! I am going to use the cards for scrapbooks! I thought it would be great to incorporate some of the Valentine’s Day hearts, Christmas angels, anniversary couples, new baby card rattles, and all those beautiful flowers (that adorn most cards) into my scrapbook page designs. I have stuff from my childhood and the early years of my oldest daughter, the baby is beginning to get a collection as well. And I’ve saved a bunch of stuff from when hubby and I were dating (and beyond, obviously).

The best part about it? Besides the fact I get to use the cards for something sentimental, I get to reuse/repurpose those old cards! So I’m being green while being creative! :)

Who knows when I will actually complete one of these, but I like to think they’re ongoing as long as we’re all alive. Here are some fantastic scrapbooks for inspiration:

All the above images are original scrapbook layouts from‘s gallery.

Do you scrapbook? Or have a useful way to repurpose old greeting/holiday cards? If so, please share a link or comment below!

January 4th, 2010

Hurried Homemaker 2010

There has been so much going on here. First the kids and I were sick. Then Christmas. Then my birthday. The hubs got sick – really sick. The baby turned 1.My sister asked me to help plan her wedding.

Amidst all this craziness, I have been taking every free moment I can find (which have been few & far between) to update the blog. Behind the scenes I am laying out a whole new format and designing a new header (with the help of my handsome hubby).

I was hoping to launch the new site January 1, but that just didn’t happen. As of right now, it looks like the new will launch this week! (insert applause here)

I have some great things coming to you besides the new layout:  I have some great giveaways, useful tips, and some deliciously healthy recipes.

Bear with me a few more days, pretty please?

November 10th, 2009

Tackling a Handmade Holiday

Last week I talked about getting all my holiday crafting organized, remember?

I was able to get one item from my list almost finished!  The bunny for my niece is almost complete – I just have to embroider the face.  Anyone have tips on this?  I have NEVER done it before!

Best Bunnies (

Best Bunnies (

I love making handmade gifts!  It brings me joy to pour my energy and love into something that I craft just for someone special.  I feel the same way about cooking.  I truly enjoy doing these things for others.  I am so pleased that this year I have a little more time available to craft up something special for everyone.

For the ladies: I am knitting some of these washcloths for my sister and her fiancé, since they just bought their first house.  I have finished one (still needs to be blocked):

Kate's Washcloth1

1 of 4 washcloths for Sister

My SIL just began sewing again, so I am going to work on a pair of these adorable pincushions for her!

Tea Cup Flower Pincushions from The Object Project

Tea Cup Flower Pincushions from The Object Project

I have not decided yet what I am crafting for either of our Moms.  I need to … quick!  Any suggestions?

For the men: I am thinking about doing one or two of these box pouches for some of the men in the family (in manly fabric, of course).

Perfect Box Pouch (Indie House)

My FIL loves being in their mountain home, but doesn’t get to go as often as I’m sure he would like.  So I decided to give him a print of a photo I took of their view last time we were there so that he could have the view from their main home as well.

My Dad is a hard one to craft for.  He has exquisite taste, so whatever I make, it will have to be good.  [Insert your ideas here ...]

My kids are each getting something handmade by me.  I was going to be ambitious and make a quilt, but with time running out I have decided to make that a BIG birthday gift (not sure which b-day yet).  My oldest DD (who is 8yo) has been wanting a sleep mask.  I found some great fabric and will be making it reversible (purple on one side, black damask on the other).  I don’t have a pattern for this, so I am going to have to make it up as I go.  If it is successful, I will be sure to share it here on the blog!

I am going to attempt to sew this ring stacker (by Heather Bailey) for the baby (who is 10 mos) – I am excited to try it out.

Happy Ring Stacker (Heather Bailey)

Happy Ring Stacker (Heather Bailey)

Whew!  Looking a this, I am realizing how much sewing, knitting, stuffing, printing, and overall crafting I really have to do!  I better get busy!

November 3rd, 2009

Holiday Craft Organization

I have so many craft projects going on right now!  Some are for us, but I need to get working on the ones for holiday gifts.  I think it is time to create a better way to organize this mess.  I am a list person.  I like spreadsheets.  I am a dork like that.  So, I opened up trusty Excel this morning and created this:

2009 Gifts - Crafts Organization List

If you’re working on any of the projects I am, let me know!  I’d love to see them.  If you want a file of the list format for yourself, just email me for a copy!

Happy Tackle It Tuesday!

October 7th, 2009

Baby Kimono

I finally got something accomplished!  I have been feeling kind of “off” lately, not being able to do much crafting.  But today was a great day and then Hubby watched the kids so I could finish up.  I used the pattern from Habitual (link below), size 12-24 months.  It required a number of alterations to properly fit my little one (ie. the neck is WAY too big by their measurements).  It took a little trial and error, but I am pretty happy with how it turned out.

flower-shroom kimono flower-shroom kimono2

Pattern: Habitual
Fabric:  Alexander Henry Floral Fantasma (front) and Toadstool (back)

September 22nd, 2009

Knit Ball

UPDATE FROM 9/15/09:

I finished it!!!
Knit Ball


We had last minute school closing today, so I will either get a lot accomplished today … or nothing at all.  I have a ton of laundry to catch up on (I hate folding laundry), and need to do some cleaning. But I am hoping to get started on this:

Puff Daddys Baby by Pickles

Puff Daddy's Baby by Pickles

What are you tackling today?
Tackle It Tuesday Meme

September 15th, 2009

Ready to Knit Ball

Last night I logged into Ravelry to hunt for an easy ball pattern for this yarn:


I had tried to begin a crochet ball, but I had a hard time.  I’m a beginner at crochet, and really knitting too.  I think I found the perfect project!  The Gevlochten Bal by Marleen Hartog looks like the best (and easiest) pattern fo me.  And it is free!  This is hers:

Marleen Hartogs Bal

Marleen Hartog's Bal

I haven’t gotten to create anything lately since the babe has been teething and has needed her Mommy.  I have many, many other projects to finish, but today this is what I’m going to work on.  What are you tackling today?

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