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Crayon Bag

While I was away in Charleston & Savannah a few weeks ago an old friend, Sarah, from middle school emailed to see if I would be willing to test her first ever pattern.  Of course the answer was “YES!”.  And then I saw what the pattern was for and the answer became, “YES! YES!”.


It’s like she had read my mind.  Abi has been using a little bag about 5in x 7in to take with her to church with her coloring stuff.  Needless to say, that tiny bag didn’t hold too much and I was looking for the perfect bag to replace it.  So this awesome Crayon Bag is perfect!


The bag is the perfect for a normal sized coloring book.  And I love the little crayon pockets on the outside.  It’s such a great and simple pattern for a beginner and can easily be personalized for a boy or a girl of pretty much any age.

She now has it listed in her shop and it’s a steal of a deal.


Embossed Leather Sunglass Case

It’s been awhile hasn’t it?  Isaac is finally settling into more of a routine, and that routine seems to include at least one good nap (yay!).  So as long as I don’t also nap with him I should be having more time to try out new projects and recipes to post about.  Then I might get back here a little more often :).  I’ve actually tried out 3 new brownie recipes in the last few weeks with varying levels of success.  Hopefully I can get those figured out and shared with you soon.

But until then I thought I’d share this fun thing I made last week.  I’m currently on vacation in Savannah, Georgia.  My dad and step-mom came out to visit me in Raleigh and invited Abi, Isaac and I to join them on a trip down to Charleston, South Carolina and Savannah.  Brad had to stay and work, but we’re having a blast without him.

Embossed Leather Sunglass Case

While I was packing I realized that I didn’t have a case for my sunglasses.  I knew that I would be wearing them and taking them on and off all day so I wanted something to protect them in my bag.  So I decided to do what any self respecting person in need of something that could be DIY’d pretty easily would do.  I got on Pinterest :).  That’s where I found this great tutorial with a free pattern for the case.


Here is what you will need to complete this project:

Pattern for case (found in the tutorial)
Leather (I bought mine from Mood last time I was in NYC)
Felt (I used some wool felt I had on hand, but I love the blends from Benzie Designs)
WonderUnder (I used this instead of the leather glue from the tutorial.  Just make sure you iron the felt side, not the leather)
Sewing floss in coordinating
Evolution (or other die cut machine)
Embossing Folder (I used Sketchbook from Lifestyle Crafts)

I just followed the directions and used the patterns from that great tutorial from Whimsy Box.  It was so quick and easy.  Once I had finished their steps I added one more.

After the case was completely finished I placed it inside the embossing folder and ran it through the Evolution.  The case is bigger than the folder so you will have to run it through twice.  I wasn’t paying attention and pressed it further than the pattern on the die.  This gave it a line across the middle.  You can kind of see the line in the pictures.  It doesn’t bother me too much, but if it’s something that would bother you just pay closer attention on when to stop running it through the machine.


Isn’t it so pretty?  I was super shocked at how well the leather took the embossing.  And now I can’t wait to emboss all the things!

Remember that if you want to purchase your own embossing folder to try out this project on your own (or anything else from Lifestyle Crafts or We R Memory Keepers through for that matter) you can use my code for 20% off your purchase.

LSS Coupon Code

Disclosure: I am a member of the fabric team for LifeStyle Crafts/We R Memory Keepers. I receive products of my choosing in exchange for tutorials and projects shared on MissyDear.

Rainbow Sun Rays Wall Hanger

Hey!  It’s been awhile hasn’t it?  I honestly do have a good reason for not being around lately, and he’s one handsome devil.


Meet Mr. Isaac.  He joined the family one month ago on May 28th weighing in at 8 lb 12 oz and 22 inches long.  He made a pretty dramatic entrance in 2 hours from first contraction to birth.  It was quite the experience :). He is amazing, but sure loves to be held and cuddled.  I’m definitely not complaining, though it does make it hard to get anything done around here :).

One lucky morning I finally got him to stay asleep in his swing for a nap (hallelujah!) so I seized the moment and made a little wall hanging I have had in mind for the kids room for awhile now.

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I know that I normally make a tutorial of things like this, but I was on such a crafting high I totally spaced taking pictures while in process. I thought that I might make another and take pictures of that one, but I haven’t had the chance to craft again and I really wanted to share.  I’ll just try to explain it as best I can.

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Felt sheets
Felt Balls
Thread or embroidery floss
Sun & Clouds Die (from Lifestyle Crafts)
Hot Glue and Gun

1 – Cut out 2 suns from the felt sheet.
2 – Glue the top of the sun (along the sun rays) along the edges.
3 – Stuff the main part of the sun with batting and hot glue the bottom shut.
4 – Thread a needle with the thread and tie a knot at the end.  Sew through the felt balls and position them along the thread.  There is no need to tie them or knot them at their location on the thread; they should stay in place.
5 – Sew the string of balls onto the bottom of the sun and repeat.
6 – Finally, add some string to the top for a hanger.

And you’re done!

Wall hanging 1

It really is so easy.  I hope that the steps were easy to understand and complete.

Remember that if you want to purchase your own Sun & Clouds Die to try out this project on your own (or anything else from Lifestyle Crafts or We R Memory Keepers through for that matter) you can use my code for 20% off your purchase.

LSS Coupon Code

Disclosure: I am a member of the fabric team for LifeStyle Crafts/We R Memory Keepers. I receive products of my choosing in exchange for tutorials and projects shared on MissyDear.

Spring Rainbow Flowers {re-post}

As I’m due to be having a baby any day now the next little while will have a few re-posts from the early days of my blog.  I think you’ll enjoy them if you haven’t seen them yet.  And thanks for allowing me the little break!

Do you want to make a project that will make a kid very happy?  I mean, look at how happy this project can make a kid.

Rainbow Flowers

But before I show you how to make it I have to share with you a few things I learned.

First, I now realize why I would make a horrible Preschool/Kindergarten teacher.  My OCD just can not handle letting a little person be in charge of painting straight lines.  I had “just let her do it, just let her do it” running over and over through my mind the whole time.

And second, sometimes a 4 year old has better ideas than you.  These petals were originally going to be raindrops, but Abi kept insisting that I was wrong and that they were most definitely flower petals. And the 3 extra petals I was going to toss because they didn’t fit in the flower?  Well, they’re obviously a butterfly.  What was I thinking? :)

So onto the project.  It’s super simple.  The hardest part is controlling the OCD. Trust me..

Rainbow Flower Steps

1 – Paint:

Get a large piece of paper (i just ripped some off the roll of art paper i bought at IKEA).  Next gather your paint and a sponge brush. Then just paint a square rainbow.

2 – Cut:

On the back side of the rainbow (after it had dried, of course)  I drew some raindrop shapes.  Then I handed over the little scissors to Abi and let her go to town.  After 2 or 3 she lost interest in doing it herself so she watched me finish it up.

3 – Glue:

Next just glue the now petals onto a piece of cardstock in a flower shape.  With the extras you can make all sorts of insect life.

4 – Hang:

Finally hang your masterpiece with moms special tape for the walls washi tape.  Make sure there is a post-it note with the artists name on it somewhere nearby.  Bonus points if it’s a hot pink post-it. :)

And done!  The easiest little project to welcome Spring that you ever will find.

Linked to: Skip to my Lou + JoJo & Eloise + Today’s Creative Blog + Lolly Jane

Picked from the Tree: Angel Food Cake

I come from a long line of divine cooks.  Their recipes were written on hundreds of little cards and shared. Eventually some of those cards were passed on to me.  Every once in a while I like to pull one of those recipes from my ‘family tree’ and get all nostalgic.  ’Picked from the Tree’ is a series where I document those recipes from my family tree and maybe share a memory or two.

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Growing up we had an angel food cake with basically every family get together.  If the family was getting together angel food cake with fruit  was pretty much a givin’.  Usually the fruit in the Spring/Summer was fresh strawberries, and in the winter it was peaches from our backyard that had been frozen.  The peaches were the best when they weren’t fully thawed yet, not sure why, but it was heaven.

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Sometimes my grandma would share stories about her time growing up in rural Ohio near the end of the depression (I loved those stories because she was a little bit of a tom boy like me.  In fact she was on the first women’s high school basketball team to win the state championship. So cool.).  One of my favorite stories though is about how she helped her mom to support their family through the toughest times of the depression.

My great-grandpa was a farm equipment mechanic and even when people couldn’t pay him he would still fix their equipment for them.  Sometimes they would trade, but most of the time they worked on credit he knew he would never see.  Grandma always told me it was because he didn’t feel that he had the right NOT to help someone harvest their livelihood, even if they couldn’t help him with his.  So my great-grandma and grandma would help out where they could to raise a little money.  They would go door to door selling fresh eggs, dressed chickens and angel food cakes.  She once told me that it took her years, almost until she was an adult, to realize that the people they were selling these things to didn’t really need to buy them – they raised their own chickens and eggs – but back then people would do whatever little thing they could to help.  I’ve always loved that story.

So, here is my angel food cake recipe in memory of my grandma.

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Angel Food Cake


  • 1 1/2 cups powdered sugar
  • 1 cup minus 2 tbsp flour + 2 tbsp corn starch
  • 12 egg whites
  • 1 1/2 tsp cream of tartar
  • 1 cup granulated sugar
  • 1 1/2 tsp vanilla
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt


  1. Heat oven to 375* with rack in lowest position
  2. Mix powdered sugar and flour/corn starch mixture and set aside.
  3. Beat egg whites and cream of tartar until foamy.
  4. Beat in granulated sugar 2 tbsp at a time adding vanilla and salt at the end.
  5. Continue beating until stiff and glossy meringue forms.
  6. Sprinkle the sugar/flour mixture 1/4 cup at a time over meringue. Fold in just until the sugar/flour mixture disappears.
  7. Pour batter into an UNgreased angle food cake pan, running a knife through to release any air pockets.
  8. Bake 30-35 minutes or until the cracks feel dry.
  9. Immediately turn pan upside-down over a heat proof bottle (I use a glass coke or rootbeer bottle). Let cool, hanging, for 2 hours.
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Lifestyle Studios Blog Hop: Fabric Gift Bag

Welcome!  I hope you’re all enjoying the little blog hop today. I love seeing all the different ways people use the different products from We R Memory Keepers, don’t you?

Mother’s Day is coming up and I was so excited to try an idea for a gift that I’ve had for a while now. This Lifestyle Studios Design Team Blog Hop seemed like the perfect chance.


I had tried out the new Gift Bag punch board with paper before.  It took a few tries to get it right, but I finally figured it out (the video I share below especially helped) and the results were so cute!  However, I wanted something a little longer lasting than a paper bag so I decided to try it out with fabric.  I tried a few different ways and here is the one that worked out the best for me.


Here are the supplies I used:

Applique interfacing
Heavy weight, single side adhesive interfacing (not pictured)
Gift Bag Punch Board
Scissors (not pictured)
Hot Glue Gun (not pictured)


First, you need to reinforce the fabric to give it some body and structure so it will stand.  Also, if you decide to use multiple fabrics you will need to applique them together.  In the pictures above you can see how I added the heavy weight interfacing to a piece of muslin and cut it down to size.  Then I appliqued the patterned fabrics to the front and used a decorative stitch on my sewing machine to make sure the edges stay down.

Once the fabric is all ready to go, it’s time to get to punching and scoring on the board.  I just followed the directions in this video and it all worked out perfectly. There were a few little adaptations I had to make, but they are super simple.

Some pointers about punching:

You are punching the bottom of the bag.  So, if your fabric has a top or bottom (like mine had) make sure you’re punching the bottom.

Also, you want the right side of the fabric facing up so that the score lines work out the best.


As for the slight modifications I had to make – the punch isn’t made for fabric so it won’t punch all the way through.  But that’s not a problem at all.  It leaves a nice little score line so that you can just cut along the lines.


And this is what you’ll end up with.  It’s just like the paper turned out and works just the same.  All I did next was clean up the edges then hot glued the bottom tabs and the side of the bag closed.


And since the reverse hole punch on the board doesn’t punch through the fabric too well, I pulled out my handy dandy crop-a-dile to add the ribbon holes to the gift bag.


Ta da!!  A perfect little gift bag for the mothers in your life.  I’m sure they’d love it full of chocolate or other yummy goodies.

Remember that if you want to purchase your own Gift Bag Punch Board or Crop-A-Dile, or anything else from Lifestyle Crafts or We R Memory Keepers through for that matter, you can use my code for 20% off your purchase.

LSS Coupon Code

And guess what’s awesome?  There’s a giveaway going on today over at the We R Memory Keepers blog.  They’re giving away one of these great Crafters Totes.  Who wouldn’t want one of those?  So run over there and try your luck at the giveaway.

Aqua Tote bag

And just so that you don’t get lost on this great Blog Hop, here are those of us from the Lifestyle Studios Design Team that are participating.  Happy hopping!

Aimee’s Armoire

Benzie Design

Cokie Pop Paper

Cutesy Crafts

Ginger Snap Crafts

Gluesticks Blog


Kutz Paper Scissors

Making the World Cuter

Midwestern Girl

Missy Dear (you are here)

One Scrappin Mama

Popsicle Toes

Pretty Providence

Scrap Time

Sew Craft Create

Snapping Monsters

The Creative Mom

Tried & True


We R Memory Keepers (the giveaway is here!)

Andrea Worley

Disclosure: I am a member of the fabric team for LifeStyle Crafts/We R Memory Keepers. I receive products of my choosing in exchange for tutorials and projects shared on MissyDear.

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