DEC
17
2014

How to make a Rag Quilt: Tutorial

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  You will need: Self-healing cutting mat Ruler (I have a Fiskars 6’x24” acrylic ruler.) Cotton thread in coordinating color, I used white. Rotary cutter Sharp scissors (I used Fiskars 5” Titanium Micro-tip scissors because I already had them, but Fiskars 8” Softouch Spring Action Rag Quilt Snips are made specifically for rag quilting!) 2/3 yd. each of 5 different coordinating fabrics for quilt front 1 piece of backing fabric (55" x 75") 1 piece of fleece for batting (55" x 75") Sewing machine (Would love some suggestions for a new machine, Mine is about the same age as I am and was my grandma’s Dressmaker!) My quilt used 35 - 10”x10” squares with a 3/4 “ seam allowance all around. After sewing and washing it ended up being 45” x 59” which fits nicely on her bunk bed. You’re welcome to make your quilt any size you like, just make sure to get the correct amount of fabric for your project! So let’s get started! I thought it would be easier to show in a … [Read more...]

DEC
16
2014

DIY Hot Chocolate Cup Treats

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Good morning everyone! I have a really cute and easy hot chocolate treat for you today! It’s not the hot chocolate that you’re thinking. Instead these little snacks, are meant to look like a cup of hot cocoa, but instead, they’re sweet treats that will be sure to brighten any holiday party! And not only are these little guys adorable, but they’re super easy too! As a matter of fact this would be a great recipe to get your kiddos involved in. I know mine would enjoy decorating their own little cup of hot cocoa!   So let’s get started! You will need: Oreos 1 cup of melted chocolate chips Marshmallows White frosting (I used Pillsbury Easy Frost Vanilla) Mini candy canes (break off the straight part so you end up with just the curved tops.) Mini-tree sprinkles or your choice of festive decorations for your mug Optional: Tiny red sugar sprinkles to top off your mug! If the video isn’t working in your browser click here to watch the DIY Hot … [Read more...]

DEC
15
2014

DIY Reindeer Treats!

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Good morning readers! I have another super cute holiday treat for you today. These adorable reindeer snacks are not only easy to make, but they make great treats to bring to any holiday festivities you might have going on! And they’re really easy enough that your kiddos can do them too. Let’s get started!   If the video doesn’t work for you , click here to watch the Reindeer Treat tutorial!   Ingredients: Oreo cookies Pretzels Red Hot candies or red m&ms Candy eyes (can substitute white chocolate chips and black frosting) 1 cup  chocolate chips Optional: White frosting (I used them to attach the eyes, but you can use chocolate too.) Directions: Set your Oreos out on a festive plate. Melt 1 c. chocolate chips in the microwave on 20 second intervals stirring in between until melted. Drizzle chocolate over the top of your Oreos and let harden in refrigerator for about 10 minutes. Once chocolate is hardened, melt another 1/2 cup or … [Read more...]

DEC
10
2014

DIY Christmas Pillow Buddies!

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Good morning everyone! I always love to create handmade gifts this time of year. I think they’re not only fun, but they’re unique and make special gifts for those you love! Today’s tutorial is for a cute handmade pillow complete with a sweet little buddy! They’re super soft and cuddly, making them a perfect gift for Christmas!   So let’s get started! You will need: 1 yard of flannel fabric per pillow Coordinating thread Sewing machine (You can hand sew too if you’re feeling ambitious!) Iron and ironing board Scissors or rotary cutter Pins Ruler Stuffing for your pillow (You can get cotton or polyester your choice)     This project is a little complicated to try and explain in a blog post, so make sure to check out the video tutorial on how to create these cute little DIY Pillow Buddies below!   And that’s it!   For those of you wondering where I found the cute little stuffed animals with the … [Read more...]

DEC
08
2014

DIY: Peppermint Swirl Soap Tutorial

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Good morning everyone! I hope you are enjoying all of the Christmas gift ideas, tutorials and videos this month! Today I’m sharing a really easy and fun DIY Peppermint Swirl Soap recipe with you. These not only  make great gifts, but they are super easy and smell absolutely wonderful!   You will need: 1 lb. Shea Butter Soap Base (It comes in a 2lb. block, and I used 1/2 of the block.) Peppermint Essential Oil Red Soap Colorant Soap Mold Microwave Safe Measuring Cup w/ Spout Toothpick or wooden stirring tool to swirl the coloring. Note: My recipe made about 5 small bars of soap.   Watch the video below to see how to make this simple but festive Peppermint Swirl Soap! Tip: Pour the melted soap in the mold, then add a few drops of red food coloring. Next finish filling the mold completely with the soap and swirl the mixture with a popsicle stick or tooth pick to spread out the color within the bar of soap. Here’s what they look like … [Read more...]

DEC
03
2014

DIY Christmas Candles

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Hi readers! I have a super fun and cute DIY project for you today. These sweet little candles look good enough to eat, and they make great Christmas gifts for friends and family. I don’t know about you but I love doing fun crafty things for the holidays, and these were fun, and my kiddos even helped decorate them!   Let’s get started!     If the video doesn’t work in your browser, you can watch the DIY Christmas Candle video here!     You will need: Soy wax flakes (Can be found at your local craft store.) 1 brown crayon 1 festive holiday mug 1 candle wick E-6000 glue or super glue Glass microwaveable bowl Popsicle stick for stirring Optional: Soap mold to form wax marshmallows as seen on the penguin candle. Optional: Sprinkles and candy canes Optional: Peppermint essential oil for scent   Santa candle with whipped cream: Super glue your wick to the bottom center of your mug and let … [Read more...]

DEC
01
2014

DIY: Santa Hat Snacks

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Good morning everyone! I have a  super fun December planned for you all and I’m so excited! I have a ton of great DIY snacks, crafts, and even a few video glimpses into our daily lives here at the Confessions household. So if you’re ready to embark on an exciting and festive holiday season with me, stick around! Today I have a very easy, and I mean easy, but absolutely adorable Santa Hat Snack for you. This recipe is great for kids, and it makes a wonderful treat for all of those holiday parties coming up. I found this idea on pinterest. I couldn't resist trying it out, and I'm so glad that we did, because it was delicious! So let’s get started!     If the video doesn’t work in your browser, you can watch the Santa Hat Snack video here!   Ingredients: Oreo cookies Strawberries, washed & stems removed White frosting (You can make royal frosting, buttercream frosting, or if you’re in a rush…use the kind in the can like … [Read more...]

NOV
23
2014

2014 Holiday Gift Guide

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Good morning readers! It’s about time to start thinking about gifts for all of those special people in your life. and today I have a holiday gift guide to help make your shopping a bit easier. I like to share both educational and fun items that we’re either looking forward to receiving or giving. This year I have a ton of great stocking stuffer ideas, as well as gifts for older and younger kiddos, as well as girls and boys alike.   Stocking Stuffer Ideas:   Pick and Draw Why Do They Call it Christmas? DVD Smencils The Night Before Christmas Recordable Book (My parents did this for our children, and they LOVE it! It will be a wonderful keepsake for years to come.) Pilot FiXion Erasable Pens (We LOVE these and use them for school work all of the time because they’re erasable! YAY!) Fuzzy socks Candy Beanie Ballz Toothpaste and toothbrush! Gift Cards Play-doh Glow Sticks Stickers Fun erasers Santa’s Word … [Read more...]

NOV
12
2014

The Perfect Advent Calendar Giveaway

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Good morning everyone! It's time to start thinking about the holidays, and today I have a great giveaway for you from The Perfect Advent Calendar! I love doing advent calendar activities, and frankly this year I was excited to receive one that was basically already done for me! All you have to do is put it together and go.   What’s in the box? In each box you’ll receive festive number pockets with holes already punched and ready to go! You’ll also receive some red ribbon, along with 30 activity cards. If you’re paying attention that means you get 5 extras so you can personalize your advent activities. Each card contains a family activity, a bible verse, and a short prayer.   The kit also comes with a supply list to help make sure you have any necessary items on hand. The cards are a nice mix of crafts and activities that don’t require a whole lot of time or money, which is a great help out this busy homeschooling mama!   Once you place … [Read more...]

DEC
16
2013

Christmas Extravaganza Day 12: Who is God?

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Welcome to day 12 of my Christmas Extravaganza! Today I have an awesome prize to giveaway to one of you! Today I’m giving away something not only PERFECT for this season, but for every other day of the year too! It’s the Apologia: Who is God from the What We Believe series. I’ve always loved the Apologia company, and what they stand for. They offer a wide variety of curriculum to help grow your homeschool! And they’ve recently come out with a complete Biblical Worldview Curriculum. Now hopefully the term “worldview” doesn’t scare you away. Here’s a special note from Apologia regarding their curriculum: Our children are bombarded on a daily basis with competing messages. Every song, movie, book, TV show, blog, and game is full of ideas—ideas about truth, morality, beauty, identity, faith, and more. Not all of these ideas are true. Some are wrong, some are deceptive, and some are outright destructive. It is more important than ever that young children be equipped to discern … [Read more...]