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Link Parties

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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{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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