Junior Ranger Badge Banner Tutorial

Since Spring Break is coming up for us and is happening around the states, I thought I’d share something we like to do on our vacations! We love to visit State and National Parks and do their Junior Ranger Programs!


Do you like to do this? I love it because the kiddo will put down that silly tablet and actually take the time to enjoy where we are. You have to actually look at where you are and draw pictures of what you see. Sit and listen and draw what you hear. Some have scavenger hunt type activities. Each place has different requirements for getting a badge, but they are all pretty easy and fun!



And you get to collect cool badges! We’ve gotten all sorts of kinds. Fabric ones, buttons and the more traditional versions… But then they come home and get stashed somewhere with the other souveniers…. So I knew I could make a little something to display the badges!


And after we started collecting, my husband found this vintage badge at his Dad’s house!


So, I’ll show you how I made it! You’ll need felt- tan, dark brown and green. You’ll also need some fusible interfacing, a little bit of ribbon and some sticky back felt letters. Ignore the wooden dowel. I thought I would use it, but decided against it. And I used a picture of a ranger hat to get the right shape.


I printed the hat that I found online here, on 11×17 paper. Then cut it out!




Next, let’s cut out the pieces you’ll need. Cut the main hat pieces from the tan (2) and the heavyweight fusible interfacing (1). Cut down the pattern to the band and then cut it out of the brown felt. Lastly, cut out the green banner, 10×22, and angle one end.



Trim the interfacing down about an 1/8″ all the way around and iron it to one side of the hat piece.



Use a bit of glue to just secure the band and then topstitch it in place.


Stack the front and back of the hat with the banner in the middle. Then sew all the pieces together.


Add the letters.


Center the ribbon and sew in place.


Then hand in place and start collecting (and finding…) those Junior Ranger Badges!


Enjoy Spring Break!! I can’t wait!





Dad’s Quilt

Is finally done!


I don’t know if you remember or not, but three Christmases ago I told my husband I’d make him a quilt. For Christmas I gave him the design and the fabric for Christmas! He was super excited! Ok, maybe not. He was excited to get a quilt, but not about unwrapping a pile of fabric!


Well, it took forever!



But I finally finished it! It’s just so big that it was hard to maneuver. I realized I’m not so great at really big quilts!! I believe it’s about 96″ square. I’ve since started to use QAYG on the larger quilts. But the trickiest part was squaring it up! How do you square up a quilt that is too large to lay out in any room of your home?  Not very easily I learned! Any tips would be appreciated! I had to square it up before I took it to The West Seattle Fabric Co for them to actually quilt!


And the back! I actually love the back! I don’t know if I love it more than the front, but I might! I submitted it to Quiltcon, but it was rejected… I wonder if I had submitted the back if it would have gotten a better response? hmmmm….


The center of the back was from a Round Robin I participated in at a Seattle Modern Quilt Guild retreat. I started it and then three other added on to it, all while a timer is ticking away.


Like I mentioned, the quilting was done by The West Seattle Fabric Company and it looks great. I was just so ready to turn it over to someone to finish this one!  Too big and heavy for me and my machine. I now understand why people hire people to quilt quilts!


And I can finally cross this off my Finish A Long list!

Handmade Halloween

Yes, Halloween has come and gone, but I wanted to share the costumes we had this year!


The ‘real’ costume was Ash, the Pokemon trainer, and his Pokemon, Pikachu! We went back and forth and back and forth between costumes. FIrst it was Ash, then Shaggy from Scooby Doo, then another Pokemon character, and back around to Ash!


Do you know Ash? Well, this is what he looks like as a cartoon….


And this is my real life version! As we were trick or treating, kids kept saying Hello to Ash! Then Dad and I were waiting on the kiddo to trick or treat and these older kids came by talking about the kiddos costume. One kid was telling the other kid about how he’d seen the kid in the Ash costume and,

‘It’s so LEGIT, man’

Talk about making a Momma proud! Oh, yeah! The kiddo came back and I told him about the huge compliment he got and he said, ‘What’s that mean?’ Ha! It means you have a really cool Momma that makes you really cool costumes! hehehe!!!


This costume was a mish mash of handmade and not. The coat, totally all handmade. I used the Kitschy Coo Reversible Zippy Hoodie Pattern for the jacket. I got the hat online and painted on the symbol with fabric paint. I was planning on making the pants, but when I found then for ten bucks at Target, I just bought them…. The gloves are half and half! I tried to make my own, but then found some just the right color. I cut them down and added on the red cuffs.


And Pikachu! I made Pikachu! I made a neighbor one a while back using the Ikat Bag’s Menagerie Pattern with a few alternations. And now the kiddo gets his own!


And remember I mentioned Shaggy? Well, the Friday before Halloween school had a Dress Like Your Favorite Book Character Day. Max choose Shaggy from Scooby Doo! Yes, they are books now. He’s become obsessed with those meddling kids in both book and video form!  And yes, that’s Scooby dressed as a wolf for Halloween! hehehe!


Originally, I was just going to whip up a tshirt for him. Then I headed into Old Navy I just happened to find one last green short sleeved shirt with a V-neck, in his size, for $1.50! Um, can’t pass that up! I very liberally used See Kate Sew’s Surfer Slacks for the bell bottoms. I started at one size of the pattern at hte waist, then just drew the pants out at the knee for the bell bottoms. I should have exaggerated even more….


You aren’t Shaggy without the silly whiskers! And I found the Scooby Snacks at Target!


We had a fun Halloween! The kiddo said it was his best one yet! Awesome! I told him that I hope that when he grows up that he has fond memories of Halloween and being involved with all his custom made Halloween costumes. And I told him, if he has a wife that doesn’t sew, that means he has to make his kids costumes! I hope so!


Fright Fest!

If you live near Seattle, have you been to Fright Fest? A place to play in the park after dark every weekend in October: Amusement rides, haunted houses, and Booville bring chills and thrills!


We got to go! We left the Fright out of the Fest for the most part becuase there’s a little kid in my family that doesn’t like to be frightened!

Fright Fest is what the amusement park, Wild Waves, turns into on weekends in October. We’ve never been to Wild Waves so I had no idea how huge the place was and all the fun rides for the kiddos! Wild Waves is bringing thrill seekers screams and scares at the 14th annual Fright Fest on Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays, October 2 through October 31. At Fright Fest, guests of all ages can navigate through two bone-chilling haunted houses, explore Booville, a scare-free zone for children ages 12 and under can even experience their favorite amusement rides in the dark.

Booville was a lot of fun! The kiddos had a great time riding all the rides. I have a strange fondness for taking pictures of my family in wooden cut outs, so I had to make them stop at each one for a little photoshoot!

There was supposed to be crafts for the kids, but we hit the rides first. When we came back there were only coloring sheets and eyeball stickers left. And just because the crafts were gone, don’t think we didn’t have fun with eyeball stickers!

And we had a milestone event happen!!! My kiddo got his face painted! He’s NEVER let anyone put facepaint on his face! And I don’t think he’s ever even put a temporary tattoo on his face. But last night he did! And the cute little guy did NOT want to wash it off when it was time for bed.

More than 20 rides—including crowd favorites like The Wild Thing and Timber Axe—will operate in the dark. Those who dare can enter The Chamber of Souls, a labyrinth of monsters and mischief, or The Playground, a 3-dimensional haunted house.

Park-goers can choose to complement their Fright Fest admission tickets with one of two R.I.P. passes. With an R.I.P. pass, guests can rest peacefully while waiting in a shorter express line. And I’d recommend it if you want to head to the Haunted Houses! The lines were outrageous! My husband brought a friend that would even attempt the haunted houses with him and they didn’t even try becuase of the lines! So even though I can’t stand haunted houses, I’m thinking these are pretty good since all those people were waiting to get in!

We had a good time! The kids had fun and I’d go back. But 2 things to know… They charge for parking. Which isn’t listed on the website and I do not like those types of surprises! And Secondly, eat before you go! Not only were the lines for the haunted house long, but so were the food lines. (And I’m hoping the haunted houses were better than the food that we did stand in line for!) Despite those two things, we had a great night with our family and friends!

There’s only one weekend left! Have fun!!!

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No Sew Easter Egg Placemats- a Crafty Tutorial

I was all prepared to do a bunch of crafty Easter decorating, but I can’t kick this horrible cold. Needless to say, I haven’t gotten as many projects done as planned! But we did some sunny spring weather and we headed outside to do an Easter craft!


First we did a fun and totally kid friendly project with stamping with toilet paper rolls. Then we glued them together with Speed Sew to make placemats!



With eggs and without!


Want to know what you need? Fabric for the front and back of the placemats, fabric paint, a bunch of toilet paper rolls, Speed Sew (you can sew these too, but I chose to use the Speed Sew). I also use toothpicks to spread the glue around, but they were MIA for the photo!


First step… Cut your fabric into 13×19 inch rectangles.


Put out the paint and get those rolls in there!




How to get the egg shape? Just pinch one end. Or put a little more pressure on one side of the roll to squeeze the round shape into an egg shape. It takes a little getting used to, but it’s not hard!



Then stamp! At first I thought we could use both ends of the toilet paper roll, but you can’t. You’ll want to use the top to add pressure to get your paint on evenly.


I was going for a more graphic look. But my little helper went all artistic on me and started painting Easter Egg Heads! I was specifically told that this one CAN NOT become a placemat. It will be hanging on the wall!


Iron a 1/2″ hem on each side.



Now comes the Speed Sew! No sewing involved! (You can sew if you prefer, but now I have a way to not sew!) This step doesn’t need much glue. Just a little to tack it down.




Glue the top and bottom together, wrong sides together. This step, I made sure to get really good glue coverage along the edges. Do this along each edge.



And you’ve got some placemats! Yea!!



We had fun making these! I wish I had had some cardstock with me to make cards, too. It would have been a great project for some easter cards, but we ran out of time before our family date night! What do think? Look like fun?



Easter is on It’s Way!

Today the kiddo and I went to see the Easter Bunny!


I was recently contacted by Southcenter Mall about an opportunity to visit with the Easter Bunny. I almost just said ‘Nope.’ But then I asked the kiddo and he was super excited! And full of questions. Is he going to be real? Or just a fake one to take pictures with??? I didn’t really answer the questions. I wanted to see his reaction!


There were all sorts of cute eastery- details around the bunny!


Love the smug smile on the kiddo! Whenever we get these pictures it’s hard to get a real smile from him!


The Easter Bunny will be at Southcenter Mall through April 4th. There are 5 different photo packages to choose from. A portion of the Easter Bunny photos go to Support Breast and Ovarian Cancer Non-Profit, Bright Pink! A great reason to go see the bunny!


A little High Five with the bunny!


Other Southcenter Mall Easter activities include:

Free Easter crafts: Westfield Southcenter will be offering a free Easter craft on Thursday, March 26 and Thursday, April, 2 from 11 a.m. to noon near the Easter photo set in the Children’s Wing.

Breakfast with the Easter Bunny: Join Cha! Cha!, the adventurous and brave red-eyed tree frog, and the Easter Bunny for an “eggstra-special” breakfast buffet at Rainforest Café on Saturday, March 28, Sunday, March 29 or Saturday, April 4 from 8-10 a.m. Families can also participate in an Easter egg hunt, as well as enjoy free goodie bags and a free Easter basket raffle. Reservations required.


It wasn’t the ‘real’ easter bunny, but we had fun! After the pictures we headed to the craft store to get glitter to decorate eggs with. Seeing the bunny really put us in the Easter crafting spirit! Are you crafting for Easter yet?


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De Plane, De Plane, De Quilt!

The funny thing is, we were flipping through the channels the other day and Fantasy Island was on! I hadn’t seen that in ages! Anyway, Fantasy Island has nothing to do with this quilt, but planes do!


This quilt is my first finish for 2015! But was supposed to be done a couple of years ago. This is a memory quilt for a very wonderful family friend. Our families have been close for years. But a couple of years ago we lost the Mr.

Mr. was the father of one of my best friends growing up. I guess it was middle school when we were always at each other’s houses. Mr. was like a second father to me for years. Mr. was an incredible man and had a wonderfully rich life with a large family and a lot of adventures! And you’ve probably guessed it… He was a pilot!


I went home not too long after he passed and was able to collect a lot of his shirts. I had a traditional idea when I first asked if I could do this for them. But it obviously didn’t ring right to me. It then took me a couple of years, walking past this bag of shirts everyday and thinking about the right thing to do.


Then it hit me! I had to do a plane! But I wanted it to be graphic, not a detailed paper pieced replica of a plane. A graphic representation.


I was also going to ONLY use the shirts. But to make the plane pop, I decided to actually use an Essex Linen as a more neutral background. I did add in little pops of a blue shirt for ‘clouds’. They are actually a little harder to see than I planned. I love the close stitching that follows the lines of the plane! It took way longer than I was planning, but oh, well!


For the plane, I made a little improv piece and then cut it apart in pieces to make the plane shapes.


The back has a little more traditional feel.


Using all his shirts, including a tshirt. That big Bama shirt was a must!


I couldn’t NOT use his plane shirt! And I think he flew almost all the planes, if not all of them!


For the binding, I continued to use the Mr.’s shirts. It’s a scrappy binding.


I’m crossing my fingers that the family loves and enjoys it for years to come. It’s not a very traditional design, so I’m crossing my fingers they like it! I hate that it took me so long to get it to them, but I think it was worth the wait to come up with a design that spoke to me about the one, special Mr. that it was made to remember!

This is my first (and unfortunately might be my only) completed project from my Quarter 1 Finish Along list….

2015 FAL at On the Windy Side

A Kitchen Inspired Gift Set

We didn’t know what to get my in-laws for Christmas. My husband wanted me to make placemats. I didn’t think I had time to make placemats…. So I bought a spoon…


A really cool Spoon! And then I decided to buy some cool napkins at Bed Bath and Beyond to go with the spoon. When I found the awesome napkins, I also found a really cool Seattle neighborhood map cutting board (yes this one is Chicago, but our store actually had Seattle even though it’s not online. Trying not to take that personally…). And then of course, you need placemats to go with everything else!


So I made placemats! Everyone needs them. I love making them. So why not!


This one I used one of my favorite patterns, the Mini Trajectory Paper Piece pattern by Simply Cotton! I’ve used it before a few times… Once for a do Good block, I made a placemat for us with it and I used it for my paper piecing tutorial!


The wonky log cabins is a favorite. No pattern here!


Another no pattern mat… Just some hexi’s to match the napkins!


Again, a bit of paper piecing with improv! This pattern is a free pattern from Wombat Quilts, the Star String Paper Pieced Pattern. I did have to scale the pattern down a bit, just like I did with our placemats!


I do love the circlular stitching. I haven’t attempted it on a large quilt yet, but it looks awesome on the little placemats!


And for the back, I used some fabric that I had been hoarding…. For the whole project I used fabric from my stash! So that felt really good!


Don’t they look good together??? I think so!


I LOVE making placemats! I think it’s the satisfaction of finishing a quilt, but it’s just a tiny quilt! I don’t do many mini quilts because I don’t’ have anywhere to hang them. And they just get rolled up and stashed… But the placemats get used so I feel like I can make them! And they make for a fantastic gift!

Pop! Departures at Seattle Art Museum

Local? Near Seattle this weekend? There’s a great exhibit at the Seattle Art Museum! But only for another week!


 OCT 9 2014 – JAN 11 2015

From SAM:

In the 1960s, art for the first time embraced the brash world of commercial culture, advertising, and mass media—images of shiny newness, youth, and seduction. Pop art electrified artists, audiences, and critics alike. It changed our understanding of art, and the ripple effects of its seismic shift are still felt today. Pop Departures presents the bold visions of American Pop artists, including the works of icons such as Andy Warhol, Roy Lichtenstein, Robert Indiana, and Claes Oldenburg.

The exhibition takes us beyond the pioneers of Pop and to the work of subsequent generations of artists for whom Pop art has been an inspiration or a vehicle for critique. See works from the 1980s and ’90s by artists such as Lynn Hershman Leeson, Jeff Koons, Barbara Kruger, and Richard Prince. Continue with work made in the era of digital markets and social media by Margarita Cabrera, Josephine Meckseper, and Ryan Trecartin—contemporary artists who use Pop as a point of departure.

Pop art changed the way we consume media and redefined art as part of our market economy. Pop Departures will blow open your notions of Pop and take you on a journey through the last 50 years of American popular culture.




I’ve loved Roy Lichtenstein’s work for ages, but I had never seen it so close I could almost touch it! All those little dots! It had been a while since we had been to the museum and seeing his work and the others, just reminded me of all that is lost on the computer screen. All the brush strokes. The lines of paint. You don’t see it on the photo above, but it’s there! You can imagine him painting it, you can look and try to figure out his process.

Pop Departures



Since I’ve been working mostly with fabric for the last, I don’t know how many years… I was totally drawn to the work of Margarita Cabrera. She’s new to me and amazing! The car above is probably 90% a sewn object! They had more of her work, household item made of vinyl. Again, as I was scanning over the exhibit online before I went I saw this image and didn’t think much of it. Because, like we do online so often, I scanned. I didn’t realize it was a sewn object! I will say, it was super hard to NOT touch this one! So hard!

Andy Warhol - Marilyn



And what Pop Art exhibit would be complete without Warhol? There was quite a bit of Warhol’s art, but not your typical pieces. Pieces I had never seen before!  The exhibit was so inspiring! I learned about artists I didn’t know about. Saw art from some of my favorites up close and personal!



The kiddo liked the exhibit too, but I have to say we had to DRAG him out of the totally cool photo booth! Needless to say we have all sorts of Pop Art Family portraits! You pick the style and out comes you transformed into Pop Art. I wish I had used one of these for our Christmas card this year. Darn!

I wish I could show you the whole exhibit here on my blog! I had so many favorites! But I can’t…. If you are near Seattle between now and January 11th, you really need to see this one!

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Santa and Our Christmas List Printable

It’s that time of year again! That time of year where Santa comes to town!


Please excuse the pictures, I totally forgot my camera! What??? I know! No idea what I was thinking! Our local Westfield Mall contacted me about taking pictures with Santa before Thanksgiving. At first I was thinking no… I don’t do Christmas before Thanksgiving. But then that weekend, Dad had to work, so it was just the kiddo and myself hanging, so I said why not??? And of course the kiddo didn’t mind!



So we updated the date on our Christmas List, printed it and started filling in the blanks! You can get the updated letter here to download.


We’ve been loving this list for a few years now! From 2012 to now!



So we headed to the mall!  The kiddo got to go over his list with Santa and chat about whether he was naughty or nice (of course he was nice!) and smile for the photo!


This year they have a great setup so that you can even make an appointment with Santa, so no waiting in lines. Pretty nice! If you are local, be sure to check out Santa’s schedule here for the times he gets away from his Christmas planning to take pictures at Westfield Southcenter Mall! 

Each guest will have an opportunity to share their Christmas wishes and pose with a naturally bearded Old Saint Nick, as well as receive special offers, including:

  • A $10 or $20 promotional card with Shutterfly.
  • Two complimentary youth tickets to the Pacific Science Center for guests who purchase photo package ‘A’ (up to $29 value)

Photo packages range from $22 to $47. Guests can pre-order their photo packages and make their Fast Past reservations by visiting here, which permits guests to bypass lines by going straight to the Fast Pass line.


Have you been naughty or nice this year?? Santa knows! And despite my griping about going early, we had a great time visiting with Jolly Old St. Nick!

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