Grape Jelly Time

Around here in SC we are wrapping up grape picking season. You have another week or so to get yourself (and your kids!) out there picking the lovely muscadine grapes that are growing right on the vine. After you come home with them, you’ll want to be sure to make the easiest jelly on earth out of ’em. This is my favorite preserve to make, because there is no hulling, cutting, dicing, getting the seeds out, milling, peeling, etc… that comes along with strawberry jelly, apple jelly, cherry, etc. I guess it’s about equal to making my other favorite preserve, […]

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Photo blocks… crafting something I wish I had crafted for my own kids when they were babies!

In a few weeks, I’ll be traveling up north to visit two of the cutest babies alive, my niece and nephew. What to make them, what to make. I have been thinking lately about photo blocks… wishing I had made those for my kids back when they would have played with blocks… Well, I finally realized that that is what nieces and nephews are for! The next best thing to crafting for your own child! So, in a sudden brainstorm, I decided to combine making photo blocks with this awesome tutorial by MADE for a hobo sack to give them

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Homemade skivvies

A few days ago, it was sunny enough for a *before* picture of a bunch of T-shirts I intended to do a little sewing on. And considering the title of this post, I bet you can figure out what I’ve made out of them… at least, if I’ve spelled skivvies right, and assuming it is a real word used by families other then ours. Today the world descended into a gray, dismal downpour, and an hour of sewing is just what I needed to feel like I got something uplifting done today. Because since nothing is as uplifting as putting

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My Organic Poptarts Suck

You know how most of the blogs out there make you feel like you aren’t doing enough? Every blog I love and faithfully read has two things in common. One, the crafty women writing the blogs are genius. The things they come up with are amazing. Two, everything always comes out perfectly. I couldn’t be one of those blogs if I tried, so I’m not going to try. This was *supposed* to be an awe inspiring post about some homemade, organic pop tarts that I made. I saw this post on Smitten Kitchen: http://smittenkitchen.com/2010/04/homemade-pop-tarts/ and you really have to check

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