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I love looking at all of the fabulous things bloggers add to link parties every single week!  I was checking out link parties long before I started my blog.  Then, I started joining link parties and have even started one of my own!  Below are the link parties I most often join.

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{Gunny Sack Youngsters} Knotty Laces

While shopping for shoes for Vanessa, we came across a pair of slip on shoes with unique laces.  When we inspected them more carefully my kids proclaimed that they were rubber ponytail holders.  And I thought, I can do that!  How fun to have shoe laces that you don’t have to tie?
 So, I grabbed this pair of shoes that Christine decorated graffiti style ala Lil Blue Boo and stack of rubber ponytail holders in various colors.
Clip off the metal clasp.
Slip the rubber ponytail binders through the holes in the shoes and tie a knot at each hole.
Clip the rubber ponytail holders so that you only have a small tail.  Then, add some hot glue to each end to keep the colored part from unraveling.
And they are ready to go!
When I was in elementary school, I used to tie my laces on the inside of my shoes, so the bows were hidden.

Did you tie your laces in a certain way when you were a child?

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{Mid – Week Munchies} Chocolate Chip Cookie Bars

Last week, we had an estate/garage sale at my mom’s house.  My kids really wanted to do a lemonade stand for the sale but it was cold and windy out…not lemonade weather!!  I know how much they look forward to setting up a little booth whenever we have a sale so I made them some Chocolate Chip Cookie Bars to sell.
 
This is the same recipe I used for the Chocolate Chip Cookie Cake but I doubled it (except for the amount of chocolate chips) so that it would fill a jelly roll size pan and therefore we would have more bars to sell!
Cream the shortening and sugar.
Add the eggs and vanilla.

Add the soda and water, then the dry ingredients and last the chocolate chips.

Bake until golden brown about 20-25 minutes.

Allow the bars to cool before cutting into squares.
Chocolate Chip Cookie Bars
by The Gunny Sack
2 teaspoon water
2 teaspoon baking soda
2 cups shortening
1 1/2 cups granulated sugar
1 1/2 cups packed brown sugar
2 teaspoon vanilla
4 eggs
4 1/2 cups flour
2 teaspoon salt
2 cups semi-sweet chocolate chips

Preheat oven to 350°F.  Mix 2 teaspoons baking soda with 2 teaspoons water and set aside.  Cream together shortening, granulated sugar and brown sugar.  Add vanilla, eggs and baking soda/water mix.  Gradually beat in flour and salt. Mix in chocolate chips.  Spread out in a greased jelly roll pan.  Bake at 350°F for 20-25 minutes until golden brown.  Allow them to cool completely before cutting into bars. 

Recipe adapted from Nestle.
 

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{Tutorial Tuesday} Felt Acorns

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One of nature’s gifts in the fall are acorns!  We have a few oak trees in our yard so there are plenty of acorns to collect in the grass.  They can be a big pain to clean up but they are fun to use for crafts.  Vanessa uses the acorn caps as whistles!!  Not sure how she does it but it is really loud!  I like to make felt acorns with the caps!
Collect a bunch of acorn caps.
Cut a circle out of felted wool and some scraps or two for stuffing.  If you don’t have any felted wool or have not clue what that even is, a piece of material would work too!
Squeeze a bunch of hot glue into the acorn cap.
Gather up the circle with the stuffing inside and stick it into the hot glue in the acorn cap.
Make a bunch more in different colors.  Add a loop of yarn to each top for hanging or glue the felt acorns to a piece of twine to make an acorn garland.
Do you get acorns where you live or do you have some other kind of fun seeds to collect?

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{Gunny Sack Youngsters} DIY Canvas Shoes

I was a guest over at The Silly Pearl last week and thought I would post my shoe tutorial here in case you missed it over there!
My daughter, Vanessa, bought these shoes when we couldn’t find the ones she wanted.  I told her we could paint over the flowers and decorate them however she wanted.  The first step was to tape off the soles and toes to keep them paint free!  I used masking tape but there was some sticky residue left when I took it off so painter’s tape would be better.
Next, we covered the shoes with black acrylic paint.
After letting the black paint dry, we painted stripes on the sides of the shoes with paint markers.
Then, we drew an oversized peace sign on the tongue of the shoes.
The last step is to remove the tape.  Vanessa is so happy with how the shoes turned out and has worn them every day since school started!!

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{Tutorial Tuesday} Slouchy Pumpkins

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Last year, my cousin made a bunch of these pumpkins to sell in our boutique sale and everyone loved them…including me!  So, I had to make some of my own and I am calling them slouchy pumpkins.
Pick up some crushed panne velvet in various colors.  For now, I only have orange and white but any fall colors would look great.
Cut out a circle of whatever size you desire.  This one is about 16 inches in diameter.  It doesn’t need to be a perfect circle just a loose circle shape.
Sew along the outer edge of the circle with a largest stitch length, leaving long tails so you can gather.
Gather up the outer edge as much as you can and tie the threads.  Fill the pumpkin with the desired amount of rice.  I like mine to be fairly slouchy!  I made a paper funnel to help get the rice in.  I have occasionally added some scented oil to the rice to make spiced slouchy pumpkins.
Hand sew the opening closed.
This will help keep the rice in and make a good place to attach the stem.
Hot glue a real pumpkin stem on the top.  Make sure it is glued on really well.  Add more glue to any tips that are loose.  I went to the grocery store and looked around the pumpkins to find stems that had fallen off.  Then, I went inside and asked if I could buy the stems.  They looked at me a little strange but oh well.  I also saved the pumpkin stems from my kids pumpkins when they were done with them.
It is really fun to make these slouchy pumpkins in various sizes from big to tiny!  Do not carry them by the stems or they may come off!

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{Mid – Week Munchies} Ham and Cheese Soup

Even though it is not officially fall yet, I am in the mood for soup…ham and cheese soup to be specific!  There is something about the cooler weather that makes me crave a bowl of warm, hearty soup!  This is the way my mom taught me to make ham and cheese soup.  As always with this kind of recipe, you can customize it any way you want…add more of this or omit that.
Add ham, potatoes and water to a slow cooker.

Cook on high for 6-8 hours until the potatoes are fork tender.
Add 12 oz of cubed Velveeta cheese.
 Mix in instant mashed potatoes.
Pour the soup into bowls, grab a couple of biscuits and enjoy!
Ham and Cheese Soup
by The Gunny Sack
3 cups of ham cut up
4 russet potatoes peeled and cubed
Water to cover potatoes and ham by 1 inch (or as much as desired)
12 oz processed cheese (Velveeta)
1cup of instant mashed potatoes
Put ham, potatoes and water into slow cooker and cook on high for 6-8 hours until potatoes are tender.  Before serving, add 12 oz of processed cheese (Velveeta) and stir to melt.  Add instant mashed potatoes ½ cup at a time.  DO  NOT allow the soup to boil after adding cheese or it will curdle!

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{Tutorial Tuesday} Lamp Makeover

  Hey, everyone…I hope you had a fun weekend!  Today was back to school for my kids, so I am a free woman once again!  Expect to find me sitting around eating bon-bons!
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I wanted to put a lamp that matches in my daughter’s room without spending money to do so.  Luckily, I had a lamp, lampshade and matching fabric on hand {yippee for the stash}!
I started by peeling the existing fabric off of the plastic frame.
I used the piece I had just removed as the pattern for the new piece.
To attach the new fabric, I squeezed tacky glue on the plastic frame and spread it out with a brush.  Then, I pressed the fabric onto the plastic.
To finish off the edges, I glued on black ric rac.
And now onto those bon bons the next project….
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{Mid – Week Munchies} Puff Pastry Veggie Pizza Recipe

Veggie Pizza is one of my favorite hors d’oeuvres!  I love that it is more filling and nutritious than some other choices.  It is also a fun way to get kids to eat more veggies!  I had some out of town company last weekend and decided to make Puff Pastry Veggie Pizza while they were here.

Bake on sheet of puff pastry at 375°F for about 15 minutes until golden brown.

Mix together 1 brick softened light cream cheese, 1/4 cup light mayonnaise, 1/2 cup light sour cream, 1/8 tsp garlic, dash paprika, 1/8 tsp Worcestershire sauce and 1 tbsp powdered ranch.

Topped cooled puff pastry with cream cheese mixture, chopped veggies and shredded cheese.

Puff Pastry Veggie Pizza Recipe
by The Gunny Sack
Ingredients:
1 sheet puff pastry
2 cups chopped fresh vegetables
1 brick softened light cream cheese
1/2 cup light sour cream
1/4 cup light mayonnaise
1/8 tsp garlic powder
dash paprika
1/8 teaspoon Worcestershire sauce
1 tablespoon powdered ranch mix
1/2 cup cheddar cheese
1.  Wrap 1 sheet of puff pastry in plastic wrap and place on the counter to thaw for about 30 minutes.
2.  While thawing, cut up your choice of vegetables (broccoli, cauliflower, carrots, peppers, cucumbers, tomatoes, snap pea, celery, onion, radish, etc.) so you have about 2 cups.  You can add more or less, as desired.
3.  Preheat oven to 375°F.
4.  Unfold the puff pastry sheet onto a greased baking sheet and roll out to a large rectangle about ¼ in. thick.
5.  Bake about 15 minutes until golden brown.
6.  Mix together cream cheese, mayonnaise, sour cream, garlic, paprika, Worcestershire sauce and powdered ranch.
7.   Flatten cooled puffed pastry and spread the cream cheese mixture on it.  I did NOT need all of the cream cheese mixture so just use as much as you desire.
8.  Top with the mixed veggies and cheese.
9.  Press topping lightly into cream cheese mixture.
10.  Cover and place in refrigerator until ready to serve.
11.  Cut into 12-16 pieces before serving.

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{Tutorial Tuesday} Tiered Tee

I saw a tiered tee shirt when I was shopping recently but was too cheap decided to try to make my own!
So, I picked up 2 t-shirts on clearance at Target for $3.24 each.  The only sizes they had were medium and extra-large.
I seam ripped the sides, along the sleeve and across the shoulder of the medium.
I cut off the front of the extra-large and cut in into uneven strips.  I cut off the binding on the “V”.

**LAST MINUTE EDIT:  I am wearing this shirt right now and realize that I should have made the first cut lower down because where it hits right now it keeps wanting to curl up!

Pin the strips from the extra-large onto the medium t-shirt front and sewing across the strips, along the shoulders and around the “V”.
Here is a closer picture of the sewn strips.
Then, I laid the shirt down and cut off the excess from the extra large strips and sewed the sleeves back on and down the sides, making sure to get the strips into the side seams.  I also removed the twill tape pieces from the arms.
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Painted Leather Flower Headband Tutorial

This tutorial was originally posted at the Funky Polkadot Giraffe as the Funky Friday Feature.  I wanted to share it here on my site in case you missed it!
Find 3 various sized circular objects to trace.  I found a plastic cup, a thermos lid and a medicine cup.  Trace the 3 circles onto a piece of leather.
Cut the circles out, making the edges wavy.  I left the edges of the smallest one as a circle.
Paint the leather leaving a black border.  I used teal acrylic paint but fabric paint and leather paint would also work.
This is how it looked after one coat of paint.  Let the first coat dry and then add a second coat.
After the second coat dries, light a candle and put the edges near the flame.  They will begin to curl up.
Using hot glue, put glue on the suede but only in the center.  You don’t want to completely flatten the flower layers together.
Glue a rhinestone into the center of the flower and it is done!  You can now use the flower for whatever you want to embellish.
If you want to make a headband, cut a small strip of leather.
Hot glue the strip over the headband on the back of the flower.

You can also use larger rhinestones in the center of the flower for a variation.

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{Tutorial Tuesday} Anthropologie Ruffled Pillow Knockoff

Last weekend when I was shopping with my girlfriends, we stopped by Anthropologie.  Wow….I could spend some serious cash there!!
Anthropologie – Meet Me In St. Louis Pillow
I spotted this gorgeous pillow for $98.00.  It was super soft and so adorable that I just had to make one!
I used an old t-shirt, a hoodie with a broken zipper, a pair of pajama pants and some white jersey material I had because I could find a plain white t-shirt in my stash.
Cut the material in strips that are 2 inches wide by 22 inches long.
Make cuts every 2 1/2 inches along the strip.  I stacked a couple of strips and then made the cuts to make it go faster.  Then, round the corners of the tabs.
Cut 2 pieces of material that are 14 x 22 inches long.  Sew the ruffle strips on one of the large rectangles, about every inch so they overlap.  I pinned the strips on and just held them out of the way of the one I was sewing.
Sew the second 14 x 22 inch piece of material to the ruffled pieces, right sides together.  Be careful not to mess up the ruffles inside the pillow.  Make sure you leave an opening.
Turn the pillow right side out and stuff it.  Sew the opening shut and the pillow is ready!
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Tutorial Tuesday: Stripey Feathered Bag

Less than a week until the 4th of July!!  You have your plans figured out?  We are going to have a bbq with family.  I made this Stipey Feather Bag to bring along and hold some of the multitude of supplies needed for the day!
I found red and white t-shirts and a blue jersey skirt from my stash.
I cut a 17 inch wide by 30 inch long piece from the blue skirt.  I kept the skirt seam intact so it will be at the bottom of the bag.  My piece was folded when I cut it so it was 17×15.
Then, I cut two 2×17 inch strips of felt and two 2 1/2×17 inch strips of blue for stabilizing the top of the purse.

Sew the strip on the top of the purse with the felt sandwiched between the blue fabric.
From the red and white t-shirts I cut 1 inch strips of fabric.
I folded the blue fabric in half.  Next I laid the strips on the bag, stopping 3 1/2 inches from the bottom and pinned them down to the TOP layer of fabric ONLY.  I unfolded the bag and sewed the strips on.

After I folded the bag in half, with the stripes on the inside, and sew up the sides.  Make sure the stripes lay flat!

 Make a point with the side seam, draw a line so that the corner measures 5 inches across and sew the line.

Turn the bag right side out.  The stripes look cute like this so I could have just left it but instead I decided to feather them.


Feather the stripes by cutting small slits into them.  I made this step a little faster by folding each stripe in half before cutting it.

Cut two 2 1/2×35 inch strips of blue fabric and a 2×35 inch strip of felt.  Sandwich the felt between the blue fabric and sew the sides shut.  Then sew the handle onto the inside of the bag.

The bag is ready to be filled with 4th of July goodies!!

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Saturday Sewing: {Patriotic} Fabric Laces

Way back in March, when I was just getting started on my blog, I stuffed these fabric shoelaces in my gunny sack.  I decided that now was the time to make some festive ones for Independence Day!
I had this vintage fabric that I purchased from a 94 year old woman’s garage sale.  The adorable woman was still living on her own!  I cut 2 strips of fabric 2 inches wide and 31 inches long (measure the laces you already have to see how long you need to make yours).
Then, I made 1/2 inch bias tape with the fabric strips.  
Not sure how?  Check out MADE’s tutorial.
Next, I sewed along the open edge of the bias tape laces.
I cut 4 – 1/2 inch pieces of 1/8 inch heat shrink tubing.  I purchased this from my local hardware store from the electrical isle.  I bought the multi-pack because I wasn’t sure which size I would need.
 Next, I cut the ends into a point.
 
Then, I had to twist, shove and push the pointy, folded end into the 1/2 inch piece of heat shrink tubing.  It seemed like it won’t fit but eventually it did!
 Finally, I heat shrunk the plastic tubing.  I used my heat gun that I had with my scrapbooking stuff.  The tips on the right have been heat shrunk and the ones on the left have not been.
Last step?  Lace up the shoes and they are ready for fireworks!!
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Tutorial Tuesday: Family Wall Hanging

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This past week has been such a blessed time for my family and we have been fortunate to be able to spend a lot of time together.  This is such a wonderful family saying that is perfect for hanging on the family room wall….get it FAMILY room…okay so it’s not funny…but it did turn out cute!
Remember these 2 picture frames?  Well, I when I made the Framed Wire Memo Board I said that I would do a different project with the 2nd frame so here it is…
First the frame needed to be primed and spray painted.  I chose white this time.
I printed FAMILY in 345 point Garamond font.  I taped the 2 sheets together and folded the paper to find the center point.  Then, using a dry erase marker, I marked the center of the glass oval, lined the 2 center points up and taped the paper sheets to the glass.
Using a paint marker traced and filled in the letters.  In the picture above, you can see where the paint is and what still needs to be painted.
Next, I removed the paper from behind and filled in an areas that didn’t get enough paint.

I printed “our family is a circle of strength and love” in 48 point Lucinda Handwriting font.  It had to be cut into 2 strips, taped together and taped onto the glass.
Using a paint marker, I traced the lettering right over the FAMILY letters.  Some of the letters were hidden so I printed another sheet of wording to refer to.
Then, I secured the glass in the frame and it was ready to hang!

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Saturday Sewing: Bacon & Sunny Side Up Eggs

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The Pancakes with Butter and Syrup from last week really needed some Bacon and Eggs to go with them!

{free printable pattern at the end of post}


Sunny Side Up Eggs
Trace and cut out as many eggs as you want from white felt.  Each egg needs 2 pieces cut out.  Next, trace and cut out the stuffing.  Each egg only needs 1 (I used a felted wool sweater but fleece would work too).
Now, trace and cut out 1 yolk for each egg from goldenrod felt.
Sew on 1 yolk for each egg with matching goldenrod thread.
Stack up 1 egg piece with a yolk, stuffing and 1 egg piece without a yolk.
Sew around the edge of the egg with white thread.  Trim the eggs edges to even things out.
Bacon
Trace and cut out the desired number of bacon strips from brown felt.
Cut out 2 thin strips of tan felt (about 1/4 in wide and 5 in long) for each strip of bacon.
 Run 2 thin lines of tacky glue along the bacon strip and attach the tan strips.  If the tan strips are too long, just cut off the extra.
Finished bacon…yum…I mean…CUTE!

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Gunny Sack Youngsters: DIY Packing List

Summer vacation has arrived and that means the start of the travel season!  When we take a vacation, I like to involve my kids by having them pack as much of their own stuff as possible.  
I make my kids a packing checklist so they can gather what they need.  I write the number of pants needed, next to were it says pants and so on.  Once they have completed the checklist, I have to “approve” everything before it goes into the suitcase!

But before we fill the suitcases, we put complete outfits into gallon size zip top baggies.  So all the kids have to do is reach into their suitcases and grab a bag!  It really helps keep things organized!

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Saturday Sewing: Pancakes with Butter & Syrup

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The little kids I know are still into felt food!  I made some of these recently so I thought I would post a tutorial on how I make them.

Make a circle template 4 1/2 inches in diameter.  Trace the pancakes on tan felt…2 circles for each pancake.  Cut them out.

Make a syrup patten in a blob shape (the longest distance between points about 4 inches).  Trace and cut out 1 syrup for each pancake out of brown.
Cut out 1×1 inch pats of butter.
 Make a template for the stuffing about 3 1/2 inches in diameter.  Trace and cut out stuffing circles, one for every 2 pancake pieces.  I used felted wool.
 Sew the butter pats onto the syrup pieces.
 Sew the syrup pieces onto the pancake circles.  Then, stack up a pancake circle, a stuffing circle and another pancake circle with syrup and butter.
 Sew the pancake together.
 
Make enough so you can have a “Short Stack” of pancakes!
Adapted from tutorial at Live To Learn. 
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Gunny Sack Youngsters: Dip Its For Dads

This post is written by my daughter to your daughter or son…
Are you wondering what to make Dad for Father’s Day?  Here’s the perfect thing…Dip Its!
First you want to get your supplies and ingredients which are:
Plastic spoons
Tin Foil
Plastic Wrap
A Small Bowl
Chocolate Chips
Toppings (like toffee bits, chocolate shavings or sprinkles…if your dad likes them)
After you get your ingredients, you want to pour some chocolate chips into the bowl and melt them in the microwave for 15 seconds.  Stir and if not completely melted put back in for another 15 seconds.
Get a piece of tin foil and spread it out.
Grab a spoon and cover it in melted chocolate.  Let the extra chocolate drip into the bowl.
Then, put the spoon on the piece of tin foil.  Next, grab your toppings and take a pinch and sprinkle it on the chocolate covered spoon.
If you want to make more, continue task.  Then, let the Dip Its cool until hard.
When hard, wrap each Dip It separately in plastic wrap.  Display them in your Dad’s favorite coffee mug.
When you give your Dad this gift, say, “You can use these Dip Its to stir your coffee or hot chocolate.  You could also just eat them plain!”
Thank you for stopping by and seeing my tutorial for Dip Its! 
From:  A Gunny Sack Youngster
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Mid – Week Munchies: Mocha Cooler

With temperatures reaching 96°F on Monday and over 100°F Tuesday, we needed something cool to drink!

Bring 1 1/2 cups of water to a boil and remove from heat.
Add:
1/8 cup instant coffee
1/8 cup sugar
1/8 cup chocolate powder mix (Nesquick or hot chocolate mix)

 Stir until dissolved and allow the mixture to cool.  This can be left in the fridge overnight.

Add a 1/2 gallon of chocolate ice cream to the coffee mixture.

Stir in the ice cream until it is partially melted.

Pour into cups and sprinkle with chocolate shavings.

Mocha Cooler
by The Gunny Sack

1 1/2 cups water
1/8 cup instant coffee
1/8 cup sugar
1/8 cup powdered chocolate drink mix
1/2 gallon chocolate ice cream
chocolate shavings

Boil water and dissolve instant coffee, sugar and powdered chocolate drink mix.  Allow mixture to cool (can be left in fridge overnight).  Stir 1/2 gallon chocolate ice cream until partially dissolved.  Pour into cups and top with chocolate shavings.

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