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Fabric Easter Basket

I had grand plans this year to design and make a great little fabric Easter basket for Abi.  And then I realized something, my brain doesn’t work while I’m pregnant.  For some reason I just could not figure out the very little and simple math involved in sewing something with a round base. So, after many frustrating and failed attempts at designing my own I found a fantastic tutorial on line and went with that one.

Easy Fabric Easter Basket with eyelets

The pattern I used is from a guest post Owen’s Olivia did for a blog called Somewhat Simple.  If you’re not already familiar with and following those blogs, you totally should be. Go ahead and check them out.  Don’t worry, I can wait.

Are you back?  Great!

So, as I was saying, I got the pattern from Nancy’s guest post HERE.  I pretty much followed it exactly, but I did make one slight change.  Instead of using a canvas fabric for the interfacing I used a pellon ultra firm stabilizer.  I did that mostly because I already had it on hand :) and I felt that the extra structure would be great for a basket that might get some heavy use out there on the hunt.

Eyeleted Fabric Easter Basket

Isn’t it darling?! But once I had it all finished up and showed it to Abi she asked, “But where are the bows?”  because obviously all Easter baskets need bows.

She told me she wanted two bows, one on each side of the handle.  So I racked my brain for a while about the easiest way to add a couple simple bows when it hit me.  I have a perfectly good Crop-A-Dile that has been sitting waiting for a great little project.  Two little eyelets on each side of the handle would be perfect for stringing some ribbon through.

Eylets on Fabric Easte rbasket

So that’s just what I did.  If you’ve never used a Crop-A-Dile before let me show you really quick how I did it.  It looks intimidating at first, but it is really really simple.  I forgot to take in process pictures this go around, so here is the process demonstrated on some scrap fabric. And please excuse the Band-Aid.  For some reason my rotary cutter decided I didn’t really need a thumb anymore.

Fabric Easter Basket DIY

1 – Gather supplies: Crop-A-Dile, your project, and eyelets
2 – First use the correctly sized hole punch on the side of the Crop-A-Dile and punch holes.
3 – Next I found it easier to set the eyelet into the hole rather than onto the Crop-A-Dile.  It was much easier to get it in just the right spot that way.
4 – Use the Crop-A-Dile to set the eyelet into the hole.
5 & 6 – Make sure that the eyelet set correctly on the front and back.
7 (not pictured) – Step back and admire your handy work before tying the ribbon through the eyelets to make your daughters requested bows.

Fabric Easter Basket with eylets

That’s it!  And the best part?  the project only took me about 2 hours (with my prego brain slowing me down and everything) so you could easily whip one of these out before the festivities this weekend.

Remember that if you wan tot purchase your own Crop-A-Dile, or anything else from Lifestyle Crafts or We R Memory Keepers through shopwer.com for that matter, you can use my code for 20% off your purchase.

LSS Coupon Code

And be sure to let me know if you do make one!  I would love to check it out!

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.

Easter Pom Pom Chick Tutorial

A few weeks ago I contributed this fun little project to the blog Reasons to Skip the Housework. I thought it’s such an easy and great last minute project for Easter I’d post it here as well.

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Who’s ready for Spring?  I sure am.  I’m hoping that by decorating for it, Spring will get the hint and stay a while.  And these little chicks are the perfect fun and quick project to get started.

But first, let me introduce myself!  My name is Missy and I blog at MissyDear.  I’ve been blogging for about 5 years, but about a year ago I handed my first blog over to a friend that’s taking great care of it so I could put all my focus on my family, the MissyDear blog, and my handmade shop.  I blog all about the crafts I’m doing, the food I’m eating and the fun I’m having with my family.  I’m so excited to be part of the Reasons to Skip the Housework and to get to know you all a little better!

So, let’s get back to the adorable little pom pom chicks shall we?  Have you ever made a pom pom?  They are so quick and EASY!  You may never buy them again.

All you need to get started is:
scissors
yarn
fork
thread (I used DMC floss so it would be a little bit stronger than sewing thread)
pipe cleaner

Easter-Chick-Pom-Pom-DIY-Tutorial

Now lets get started:

1 – Wind the yarn around the fork.  The more you wind, the thicker and bigger your pom pom will be.  For the chick you will want a small pom and a larger pom.

2 – Tie a piece of thread around the center of the yarn and pull it as tight as you can get it.  The tighter you tie it, the less likely that pieces will fall out of the pom pom after it’s finished.

3 – Now just pull the yarn off the fork and cut the loops all the way around.

4 – To finish it up you give it a little “hair cut.”  Trim all the way around until it’s all even and as small as you’d like it.  Also “fluff” it a little near the thread you tied it together with to try and diminish the line as much as possible.

Pom-Pom-Chick-DIY

Now lets move on to the assembling of the chick:

5 – Grab a large and a small pom pom.  I sewed them together, but you could just glue them and save yourself time.  Either way works just as well.

6 – Next I trimmed down my pipe cleaner so that the chicks little legs would be extra scrawny and cute.  You can see in the picture the difference between where I trimmed and where I hadn’t yet.

7 – Finally cut the pipe cleaner into two legs, two sets of toes, and one beak and glue them to the chick.  I don’t have a picture of the gluing, but you’r smart people and I’m sure you can figure it out :)

Viola!!  You’ve now made yourself the most adorable and fluffy little chick.  I’m sure it would look great in a center piece on your table.

DIY-Pom-Pom-Chicks

Follow along on my blog or social media and make sure you tag me if you make yourself a little chick!  I’d love to see it!!

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Picked from the Tree: Chocolate Oatmeal No Bake Cookies

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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These little cookies been a family favorite for as long as I remember.  Whenever I’m craving some chocolate and have none on hand, this is where I turn.  I may not have a bag of M&M’s handy, but I always have oatmeal and baking cocoa in the cupboard.  I’ve never posted them before, although I make them almost weekly, because they’re not the most attractive of desserts (in fact, we called them ‘gorilla poops’ growing up) but once I made them today I thought, “Who cares? They still taste amazing.”

no-bake-oatmeal-cookies

So, here you have it.  My families version of these fairly common, extremely delicious cookies.

Chocolate Oatmeal No Bake Cookies

Ingredients

  • 2 c sugar
  • 1/2 c milk
  • 1 cube butter
  • 3 tbsp cocoa
  • 1/2 tsp vanilla
  • 3 c oatmeal
  • big 'ole scoop of peanut butter

Instructions

  1. Boil sugar, milk, cocoa, vanilla and butter for 2-5 minutes while stirring constantly.
  2. Add the oatmeal and peanut butter.
  3. Spoon onto wax or parchment paper.
  4. Let sit until firm.
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My name is Missy and I’m a bibliophile.

On the nightstand

The Wonderful Wizard of Oz by L. Frank Baum –  I’m sure you’re all somewhat familiar with this story.  But, if you’re basing all your thoughts on it on the Judy Garland movie (like I was), then you’re pretty off base.  Dorothy doesn’t even have Ruby slippers in the book! Crazy.  But I would highly recommend it.  It’s a really quick read.  I listened to in as an audio book while I was unpacking and finished it in a few hours.  Also, it’s in the public domain so you can get the audio for free if you Google it.

The Wonderful Wizard of Oz is a children’s novel written by L. Frank Baum and illustrated by W. W. Denslow. Originally published by the George M. Hill Company in Chicago on May 17, 1900, it has since been reprinted numerous times, most often under the name The Wizard of Oz, which is the name of both the popular 1902 Broadway musical and the well-known 1939 film adaptation. The story chronicles the adventures of a young girl named Dorothy Gale in the Land of Oz, after being swept away from her Kansas farm home in a cyclone. The novel is one of the best-known stories in American popular culture and has been widely translated. Its initial success, and the success of the 1902 Broadway musical which Baum adapted from his original story, led to Baum’s writing thirteen more Oz books.

Strands of Bronze and Gold by Jane Nickerson – This book was crazy.  It was so kinda creepy, but I couldn’t stop reading it!  I’m not sure if you’re familiar with the Bluebeard fairy tale, but this is a retelling that takes place before the Civil War.  Very well written, too.  It’s one that I’ll be thinking about for awhile.  Totally go read it.

When seventeen-year-old Sophia Petheram’s beloved father dies, she receives an unexpected letter. An invitation—on fine ivory paper, in bold black handwriting—from the mysterious Monsieur Bernard de Cressac, her godfather. With no money and fewer options, Sophie accepts, leaving her humble childhood home for the astonishingly lavish Wyndriven Abbey, in the heart of Mississippi.

Sophie has always longed for a comfortable life, and she finds herself both attracted to and shocked by the charm and easy manners of her overgenerous guardian. But as she begins to piece together the mystery of his past, it’s as if, thread by thread, a silken net is tightening around her. And as she gathers stories and catches whispers of his former wives—all with hair as red as her own—in the forgotten corners of the abbey, Sophie knows she’s trapped in the passion and danger of de Cressac’s intoxicating world.

Glowing strands of romance, mystery, and suspense are woven into this breathtaking debut—a thrilling retelling of the “Bluebeard” fairy tale.

Easter Window Pane Cookies

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My church had an activity for the women a few weeks ago.  It was a service auction.  We were all encouraged to bring some sort of service that could be traded from woman to woman in a game similar to the White Elephant game.

I decided to donate a treat for Family Home Evening (a night we set apart for a church lesson and games with our family) every Monday for the month of March.  I was so excited for the first treat because I’ve been wanting to try these fun Window Pane Cookies for a long time.

It did take me three tries to get the pane to come out right and then not break it while removing it from the cookie sheet, but it was worth it.  I’ve heard the family loved them and the kids around here sure did.

Bunny Window Pane Cookies

Easter Window Pane Cookies

Ingredients

  • 1 cup butter
  • 3/4 cup sugar
  • 1 egg
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • 1/3 tsp salt
  • 2 1/2 cups flour
  • hard candies - I used Sour Jolly Ranchers

Instructions

  1. Cream the butter and sugar.
  2. Beat in egg, vanilla and salt.
  3. Gradually add in the flour.
  4. Chill the dough for at least one hour. Overnight is ideal.
  5. Roll out then cut your dough with a large cookie cutter. Transfer to baking sheet either buttered or lined with foil and sprayed with a cooking spray.
  6. Now cut out the centers with a smaller cookie cutter.
  7. Set a hard candy in the center of the hole.
  8. Bake in 350 degree oven for 8-10 minutes or until the edges are golden brown and the candy has melted.
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