2/06/2016

Sewing For Boys Giveaway!

Here is the giveaway I promised a few weeks a go! 
The Sewing For Boys Book
I bought the book sewing for boys a few years ago when boy things were few and far between to find in the sewing world and it did not disappoint! This book has a great selection of cute things to make for boys (and they could work for girls too, just saying ;0).

I love the cute shorts and pants in here they are so comfy my boys have loved them. All the patterns are in the back of the book and the sizing ranges from 0-6 months to 6/7 years!

There is also a blanket, bags, shirts and other fun stuff that boys Love, like a car mat and a fishing hat, what boy doesn't want those things?
  
Reece in action.

 Would you like to get your own copy? Here is your chance! 
To Enter visit My Tutorials page and comment here telling me which of my tutorials is your favorite one, that's it! 
One Winner will be chosen via random.org Please be sure to leave an email address so I have a way to contact you! 
Giveaway ends February 29th!
GOOD LUCK!

2/01/2016

Home-school post with Free resources

I have talked a few times about how we are homeschooling but never in much detail. This is our second year homeschooling, they went to public school last year but were homeschooled the year before that. My parents were one of the "pioneers" of homeschooling in the early 80's when it was barely heard of and there weren't many options of curriculum made for homeschoolers so I guess you could say I have been a lifelong homeschooler ;0)
*Free resources at the end of post*

 When we first started in September I had everything planned out on what we were going to use and thought we were set! It wasn't that simple, unfortunately. Things involving children are never simple since they are so different and their needs vary so greatly! It has been a hard year getting into the groove but bit by bit we are finding what works for our family and getting better at going with the flow of how all of our needs change.





The thing I am loving the most is that Parker gets to be involved with his brothers learning. Every day he gets his crayons, markers and little book to "write" and gets his own books to read at reading time, its adorable and distracting, haha! 


Homeschooling is also one of the reasons I have been sporadic in my posting this last month. I keep getting distracted by all the good and cool stuff I am learning and researching! Oh and I'm teaching school for half a day, I guess that keeps me busy too ;0) While I do love homeschooling I also realize its a season of our life and next year it might change or we might do this forever. I'm open to anything as we see the needs of our kids develop and change. 

I don't have this all figured out but slowly we are finding what works for what kids. Its always a juggling game and never is the same but I guess that's why we chose it!

Here are a few Free sources we are or have used if you are interested! 
Math
MEP its a complete curriculum for pre-school to high-school. This blog says how to use it, this one is a way to organize it.
Free math program has grades K-5 and has everything you need for a full math curriculum.
Math-Aids is a great site with tons of worksheets for all operations, even Algebra! I have been using it a lot lately.
Xtra-math is site that helps learn math facts, my boys have been using it for years and I am very pleased with how well it teaches the facts! 

Phonics/Reading
FunFonix is great resource that can go along with simple readers to teach phonics. I found it worked well with any phonic program.
Progressive phonics is a complete reading and phonics program I am amazed at everything that is here at no cost!
I See Sam Books my mom used these for me and I have used them with all 3 of my older boys thus far, I love them and they love them! They progress at just the right pace and the stories are very cute without being too silly.

Art
Art Tango has complete lesson plans for art, grades K-5.

Science
Thunderbolt kids is a complete science curriculum for grades 4-6

Complete curriculum's
All in one homeschool, aka Easy Peasy, is a full curriculum for Pre-k to high-school. I am so impressed with this site! There is everything you need, Reading , Language arts, History, Science, Math, PE, Music, Art. Truly a blessing to those in need!

I hope this helps you in some way whether for home school or extra practice after school if your child needs it!

1/12/2016

Keep that bedding on tutorial!!

*Don't forget to enter the giveaway end February 29th, 2016!*


My boys are constantly messing up their beds and it drives me crazy, in fact that is an understatement I get seriously upset! Now it wouldn't bother me if it was just unmade or if the blanket was on the floor but it is completely taken apart! Sheets, mattress cover, all of it off and undone in moments every, single. day. sigh.....With that in mind I decided I needed to create or buy something that was easy for them to make and not easy to take off.  


 Bunkbed bedding (aka: bunkbed snuggler, endcap, hugger, whatever you call it) is what came up again and again in my searches but they were sooo pricey! Not to mention I didn't like any of the color choices available. Besides I liked the quilts we already had so I thought maybe I could make them! And thus this tutorial was born ;0)
 
This was their beds before and this is how they look now, most of the time ;0)


Onto the tutorial!
Bunk Bed Bedding Tutorial

 First step is to measure how thick the mattress is. Start at the bottom where the back/bottom of the mattress rests on the bunk board or your bed, go to the top of the mattress and write this measurement down. My mattress measured 9 inches.

Next measure from one side of the bed to the other side (make sure it is the width you are measuring). Then you will measure the length ( the longest part), marking where you want the blanket to lay on your mattress/bed, clear down to the end of the mattress curving down with the mattress to where it meets the bunk board or bed. Write these measurements down and measure the quilt or blanket to see if it is the right measurement.

If it is not the right measurement (an inch or so off is ok) then you will need to cut off the excess.  When cutting leave 1" extra on the bottom and side where you plan to cut so you can finish the raw edges. Do this by folding over 1/2" and then fold 1/2" again or serge or zig-zag stitch the raw edges and sew in place.
You want the blanket to rest on the sides and end of bed without having the blanket hanging a lot lower than the mattress.
In order to make the blanket fitted at the end you will need to cut out a square at the bottom of your blanket. Cut out a piece of paper that is the measurement of your mattress depth squared. My mattress was 9 inches so I cut my paper in a 9 inch square or 9 inches on all sides. 
Line up your paper to the end corner of your bedding.


Cut out your square! Basically only two lines that meet in the corner.

You will now bring one corner to the other with right sides together as shown.

See how they are lined up so nicely? Pin together. Do the other corner and sew! 


You will need to serge or zig-zag the raw edges to seal off any fraying and it will help strengthen the seam as well.



Tada! You now have nice fitting bunkbed bedding! Which can be used for beds other than a bunkbed, it just helps the blanket stay in place a little more and makes it easier to make the bed. 

Does it work for keeping the blanket in place you might ask? While the blankets do not stay 100% of the time it has greatly reduced them coming off and sometimes they even stay on for a few days, in a row! All in all it has been a great thing and SO much better than seeing a huge mess every day! And the kids can make their beds a lot easier now!
Feel free to ask any questions!