Thursday, June 28, 2012

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Monday, June 25, 2012

Fabric Necklace Tutorial


I have a necklace like this that I found at the thrift store, but it's an awkward length so I've never worn it. I figured I could just make my own. Here's a quick tutorial if you want to make one too.

What you'll need:
fabric
beads
sewing machine

 1. To make the short version, you'll need a long strip of fabric that measures 3.5" x 75". 
For the long version (comes slightly below the bust on me), you'll need a strip that measures 3.5" x 130". You'll have to adjust your length according to how long you want your necklace to be. I had to kinda play around with it to figure it out. It's better to go longer than you think because you will cut off the extra at the end. It seems really long right now, but the length gets used up as we knot the fabric. I had to sew strips of fabric together to get the right length.
 2. Next, you need to fold your fabric in half lengthwise with right sides together (the seams will face out) and sew along the edges leaving one end open.
 3. Now, turn your fabric inside out (I used the flat end of a knitting needle). You will basically have a long tube of fabric with one open end. 

 4. Next, measure 12 inches above the closed end and tie a knot.

5. Then grab a bead...

 6. …and push it down next to the knot. Make a knot right above the bead pulling tight and repeat until you get your desired length.

7. When you reach the end, tie a knot leaving 12 inches of fabric past the last knot.
Fold open end of tube in and sew along the edge. Tie the ends in a bow and your done!!

What do you think?

Monday Memory Verse





"Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy,
it does not boast, it is not proud. It does not dishonor others,
it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs.
Love does not delight in evil, but rejoices with the truth.
It always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always preserves."


-1 Corinthians 13:4-7


We're memorizing four verses this week! I guess we're trying to catch up from when Walker was born. I love these truths about love, even though they can be pretty convicting and tough to read sometimes. Have you ever read this passage by putting either "I" or your name in everywhere it says love?


"Missy is patient, Missy is kind. She does not envy,
she does not boast, she is not proud. She does not dishonor others,
she is not self-seeking, she is not easily angered, she keeps no record of wrongs.
She does not delight in evil, but rejoices with the truth.
She always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always preserves."


This is so hard to read because it's not true!!  But by the grace of God I am working on it. One moment at a time. Another exercise you can do is to rate yourself from 1-10 on how true you think each statement is about yourself. Then you can see what areas you need to work on most. To make it even more challenging you could ask your spouse or other family member to rate you. That would be scary, huh?

What are you memorizing this week?

Wednesday, June 20, 2012

Vintage Sewing GIVEAWAY and A Chance to be FEATURED!!

I'm hosting a GIVEAWAY! But before I tell you about the prize I want to tell you about an exciting opportunity to be featured on my blog. On the first of every month, I'm going to feature one of my awesome readers. If your interested e-mail me at malittl@gmail.com with a link to your blog and a little bit about yourself. I will pick someone in the next week or so to be featured right here on July 1st!

Now on to the fun stuff. Who wants to win a whole pile of vintage sewing supplies?!? All you have to do is follow the instructions using Rafflecopter below. This giveaway will end on June 30th. YAY! Have fun!



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Tuesday, June 19, 2012

My Niece is Turning Ten!

My amazing, sweet, kind and thoughtful niece is turning 10 this week! I cannot believe it! I wanted to do something special this year because let's face it, turning 10 is a big deal. Sooo since her love language is quality time and she loves to be crafty I surprised her with a painting class! I wrapped up a bottle of Sierra Mist with this poem written on it (please don't laugh at my rhyming skills):

We had such an awesome time together!! 

(Yes, her painting is upside down)

Also, our family put together this scrapbook with pictures and stories about when each of us was 10:


Pretty cool, huh?
I can't wait to give it to her!


Monday, June 18, 2012

Weekly Memory Verse



"Enter His gates with thanksgiving,
and His courts with praise!
Give thanks to Him; bless His name."
-Psalm 100:4

What a great reminder to give praise and thanksgiving to God as we enter His presence through prayer. Let us always give thanks as we approach Him and bless His holy name!

What are you memorizing this week?

Sunday, June 17, 2012

Pillowcase Style Top

This is my first sewing project since I had Walker and it feels sooo good to be craftin' once again! I've been thinking about making a pillowcase style top for awhile now and I LOVE how it turned out! I've made little girl pillowcase dresses before and decided it wouldn't be too hard to make a top for myself.


I used knit for the body so I didn't have to finish the armhole seams, which is pretty much the hardest part in my opinion. It should have only taken me an hour to make, but I ended up cutting the fabric twice the size that it should have been so I had to cut it down multiple times.



Walker actually took a two hour nap so I make it while he was sleeping!
 I got the black knit from a thrift store and the floral fabric from JoAnn's.


What do you think? 


Friday, June 15, 2012

Jalapeno Corn Dog Muffins

Since my jalapenos are starting to come into season I've been cooking with them as much as possible lately so they don't go to waste. These muffins are a quick, inexpensive, and easy way to use them up! 


Jalapeno Corn Dog Muffins

1 box cornbread mix
2 hot dogs
1/3 cup shredded cheese
2 jalapenos, diced and deseeded
1 white mushroom, diced
handful diced onions

1. mix cornbread per instructions
2. saute jalapenos, onions, and mushrooms over medium heat
 3. dice hot dogs
 4. mix cheese and veggies into cornbread batter
 5. spoon batter into greased muffin tin and press a hot dog piece in the center of each muffin
 6. Bake per cornbread instructions


I ate mine with mustard and they were really good! 
Takes me back to my childhood.

Thursday, June 14, 2012

Three Months Old!



Walker is three months old today! He is such a happy and contented baby. We're still on a pretty good routine/schedule and he is doing MUCH better with his naps. He weighs somewhere around 14.5 lbs and wears a size 3 diaper. He's wearing 3-6 month clothes and some of his 9 month onesies even fit him! He eats every three hours, but seems content to go longer in between feedings.


He loves to lay on his play mat and swat and grab at his animals. He's rolled over a few times from front to back, but not on a regular basis yet. He sleeps around nine hours at night and then normally another two after that. He's happy most of the time especially when mommy and daddy are talking to him. He smiles and coos a lot. We're still waiting for his first belly laugh. I can't wait!! 


It's such a blessing and a joy to be able to take care of my sweet baby everyday! 
I love him soo much!


Wednesday, June 13, 2012

First Harvest!


I picked two cherry tomatoes and two jalapenos! Actually, I picked a couple jalapenos yesterday and put them on my pizza, but I didn't get a picture. Anyway, I'm so excited to start getting produce from the garden. I've got so many healthy looking tomatoes that are just waiting to ripen. Hopefully by the 4th of July I'll have some ready to slice. 

On another note, did you know you can regrow romaine lettuce from their stumps? 
All you have to do is put them in water, see:


Amazing! You can also do this with green onions and celery (although I've never tried the celery).

What's growing in your garden?
Also, do you have any recipes that use jalapenos or banana peppers?


Monday, June 11, 2012

Weekly Memory Verse





"Cast your burden on the LORD, 
and He will sustain you;
He will never permit 
the righteous to be moved."
-Psalm 55:22


It feels wonderful to be memorizing scripture again. This verse tells us to give our burdens over to the LORD and He will give us the strength to get through. We are not alone in our struggles and He will never permit us to be moved!

What are you memorizing this week?


Friday, June 8, 2012

Boys Will Be Boys


I just saw this written on a time out chair on Pinterest and LOVED IT! 
So I had to make a graphic out of it to pin! :) I'm keeping this in mind for when Walker gets older.
I couldn't find the original author, so let me know if you recognize it.

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Let's Hear it For the Boys

Thursday, June 7, 2012

The Little Boy and the Old Man: A Poem


Said the little boy, "Sometimes I drop my spoon."
Said the old man, "I do that too."
The little boy whispered, "I wet my pants."
"I do that too," laughed the little old man.
Said the little boy, "I often cry."
The old man nodded, "So do I."
"But worst of all," said the boy, "it seems
Grown-ups don't pay attention to me."
And he felt the warmth of a wrinkled old hand.
"I know what you mean," said the little old man.


-Shel Silverstein

The Art of Pancake Making

I never realized pancake making was an art, until I asked my husband to do it. Watching him made me think back to when I first learned how. (I'm not saying he's bad at it, he just ain't me, okay?) Making pancakes really is a skill you have to perfect over time. I remember struggling to flip them without making a mess and I had quite a few batches that weren't quite "golden brown," but over the years I've come to be pretty darn good at it! I'm not bragging or anything. Well maybe I am. :) There's nothing like homemade buttermilk pancakes. 

Mmm, mmm.


 Every time I make them I think about quotes like these from
The Long Winter:

"But the back room, where he and Almanzo 
were batching, was warm and cozy and
 Almanzo was frying pancakes.
 Royal had to agree that not even mother 
could beat Almanzo at making pancakes."


 "He was making pancakes, not because 
Royal could boss him any more,
 but because Royal could not make good pancakes
 and Almanzo loved light, fluffy, buckwheat 
pancakes with plenty of molasses."


"Almanzo and Royal were eating supper. Almanzo had stacked the pancakes with brown sugar and he had made plenty of them. Royal had eaten halfway down his stack, Almanzo was nearing the bottom of his, and one tall stack of two dozen pancakes, dripping melted brown sugar, was standing untouched when Pa knocked at the door."

The moral of the story is that Royal and Almanzo eat a lot of pancakes. Actually its a great read if you have the time, but getting back to the point of the post, when I'm flipping pancakes it makes me feel connected to the past somehow. I guess because it's such a classic dish that every one and their mama has grown up around. I have wonderful memories of waking up to the sound of my grandma frying pancakes (and bacon, but that's another story for another day). It's a very nostalgic dish is what I'm getting at here with all of my rambling. Anyway, I'm going to share two recipes that I've shared before on the blog, but just in case you missed them, here they are in all their deliciousness:

Old Fashioned Buttermilk Pancakes
1 cup flour
1 tsp baking powder
1/4 tsp baking soda
1/4 tsp salt
2 tbsp sugar
1 egg, lightly beaten
1 cup buttermilk (or 1 cup milk with 1 tbsp vinegar)
3 tbsp butter, melted

Whisk dry ingredients. 
In separate bowl, whisk wet ingredients.
Stir together until just combined. The batter will be lumpy.
Fry and enjoy!


Amish Cinnamon Sauce
1 c. sugar
1/2 tsp salt

3 (scant) tbsp flour

3 tbsp brown sugar

2 c. boiling water

4 tbsp butter

1 tsp cinnamon



1. Boil 2 cups water

2. In separate saucepan, mix first three ingredients

3. Set over medium heat and slowly stir in water
4. Cook 3-4 min. or until clear (mine never really got clear)
5. Remove from heat and add in brown sugar, butter, and cinnamon
6. Let cool down and enjoy!!

So, if you have some free time, get into the kitchen and get to frying!~

P.S. the Amish sauce is sooooo good. You won't regret making it.



Weekly Memory Verses



I've kinda fallen off the bandwagon with the weekly memory verse challenge since having Walker, but I'm back! (Besides, having a baby is pretty good excuse, right?) My husband and I started memorizing verses again last week and it feels so good to be committing the Word of God to memory again. Here are the last two verses that we've chosen:

"Rejoice in hope, be patient in tribulation, be constant in prayer."
-Romans 12:12

"Trust in the Lord with all your heart 
and do not lean on your own understanding.
 In all your ways acknowledge Him
 and He will make straight your paths." 
-Proverbs 3:5-6

I'd love to hear what you've been learning/memorizing since I've been away!
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