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Picked from the Tree: Zucchini Bread

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.

Zucchini Bread Recipe

My mom was an avid gardener.  One thing that we always had in our garden was zucchini.  If you’ve ever grown zucchini you probably know that a plant will produce a lot of squash.  So with our 4 or 5 plants we would grow way more than we could eat, but my mom never let it go to waste.

She would grate it up and freeze it in quart ziplocks.  2 cups of shredded zucchini in each one.  That way all year long we could have delicious and warm zucchini bread; my very favorite kind.

Zucchini Bread


  • 3 eggs
  • 1 c oil
  • 2 c sugar
  • 2 c grated zucchini
  • 3 c flour
  • 3 t cinnamon
  • 1 t baking soda
  • 1/2 t baking powder
  • 1 t salt
  • 2 t vanilla
  • Optional: nuts & raisins


  1. Cream eggs, oil, sugar & zucchini.
  2. Sift dry ingredients and add to above mixture.
  3. Add vanilla, nuts & raisins.
  4. Pour into 2 greased loaf pans.
  5. Bake at 350* for 1 hour.

Leather Binky Clip DIY Tutorial

My schedule has been so completely different now that I have a 3 month old and a 6 year old than it was with just the 6 year old. It normally takes me 2 days to get a post finished; one day to do the project and photograph it and one to edit photos and type it up. You know how long it took to get this one finished? FOUR DAYS! Man. But today was the first day of school for Abi so hopefully we’ll get back onto a more set schedule and I’ll be able to get into the swing of things again. Summer is a routine killer isn’t it?

Isaac with leather binky clip

These days I spend a good amount of time looking around for binky’s that are strewn about the house. It was high time I made a clip to keep it where it needs to be. Not only could I make something I really need, but I could show you my new favorite crafting tool. And I’m not just saying it’s my favorite. I use it all the time. Probably once a day or so. It’s the Magnetic Cutting Mat from We R Memory Keepers.

Magnetic cutting mat

I’m sure most of you have used a self healing cutting mat before. I use mine so often and for some many different projects I have three different rotary cutters; one for fabric, one for leather and one for paper. But my problem is, even with the straight edge ruler I get a crooked cut a lot of the time. I could be one of those people on the infomercial that just can’t get it right no matter what. Most of the time the problem is that I let the straight edge slide a little as I’m cutting. It’s pretty pathetic. But this magnetic one is fabulous! The magnets are so strong there will be no ruler slipping ever again.

So here is the Leather Binky Clip DIY Tutorial I made for Isaac. I made mine using leather and a few leather tools. I’ll also try to give instructions for if you don’t have the tools so you can still make one.


Self Healing Cutting Mat with Straight Edge and Rotary Blade (scissors work too but aren’t as fun:) )
*Leather Cement or E6000 glue
*Hair Elastic
*Suspender/Mitten Clip
Leather Punch (or nail and hammer)
Rivets and Rivet Setter – optional

* = not pictured above

straight edge cut

First you need to cut the leather into a strip 1 inch wide and about 14 inches long.  Here is where the magnetic mat and ruler come in handy.  You could put the ruler over the leather and turn the mat upside down and it would stay exactly where you put it.  No moving at all.  I love it!

leather punch

Next, measure down from one end about an inch. Centered from either side punch a small hole with either the leather punch or the nail.

leather cement

Now, thread the hair elastic through the hole like above.  Then apply the leather cement or glue.

Finished loop with rivit

Next, fold over the flap so that the elastic is sticking out the top.  The leather cement is extremely strong so you should be ok to stop there. But I went a step further and added a rivet to keep the elastic from pulling through.

So I have no idea where the picture for the next step went (I probably forgot to take a picture – blame the lack of sleep) but it’s an easy enough thing to figure out.

Take the suspender/mitten clip and slide it about an inch down the other end of the leather strip. Apply the glue then fold over the flap (basically follow the previous step only with the clip rather than the elastic). Then add a rivet if you would like.

Leather binky clip DIY tutorial

Tada!! A great little leather binky clip.  Isn’t it great?  So simple for something that can save your life :).

leather binky clip close up

And don’t forget, if you would like to purchase a magnetic cutting mat like mine (or the new cool folding version that will be coming out soon!) you can use the code below for 20% off.

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. But I only share products I really love and would be using and showing you guys anyway. :)

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.

wall hanging 4

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.

wall hanging 3

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.

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