Fabric is now BACK in some walmart stores~

It’s been rumored for a while but now there seems to be evidence that it’s more than a rumor.  Wal-Mart had originally planned to eliminate the fabric departments from ALL their stores, but it’s reported that sewists around the country rushed to arms and surrounded Wal-Mart headquarters with seam rippers and pinking shears and DEMANDED they bring back the fabric departments! (Ok, that part may be a lil’ bit of an embellishment and my attempt at making this rumor even more fun) ~ but good news my sewing friends, it’s NOT a rumor and some stores have (or will be) adding back our most beloved part of  Wally world! hehe. 

Want to know where the closest Wal-Mart is located near you that carries bolts of fabric, cut to order?

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Don’t say I never did anything nice for you!
:) hehe

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PrincessHairstyles.com just shared this adorable hair style tutorial and I think soooo many of you will love it! Check it out:


It’s no secret, Goosie Girl has been a huge fan of Modcloth for a very long time, especially their vintage and retro clothing.


They always have the best sales and they ship very quickly too. Wouldn’t it be an absolute hoot to be a Modcloth model though? You could be featured on their site and all their social media platforms!



They’re hosting an open casting call in New York City… You should totally get over there and get in on the fun! Here’s the information:

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Fashion mavens, rejoice! ModCloth is inviting you to come showcase your unique style at their #FASHIONTRUTH Casting Call for ALL event in New York City on September 3rd. All you have to do is show up in your cutest outfit and you could be featured on ModCloth and across their social platforms.


Anyone and everyone is invited, so if you’re in the area, grab your friends and go — this is an event you won’t want to miss! Head to the ModCloth blog for more details and RSVP info.

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 I made the most AWESOME chicken rice soup in my crock pot today. It was SOOO easy and it’s SOOOO yummy!
Here is the recipe:
4 cans chicken broth (12-130z size), 1 C. chopped cooked chicken
1 bag sliced frozen carrots
1 C. chopped celery
salt, pepper
1 box chicken garlic ricearoni.
Cook on high 3-4 hours. 
I got this recipe from a 1970′s spiral bound cookbook I got at a garage sale for 10 cents, LOL. So thus, the processed ingredients. However it was delicious! LOL
Note: If you have sodium restricted diet, please adjust by using reduced sodium chicken broth, and/or only part of the seasoning content packet from the rice-a-roni
If you’re watching carbs, leave out the rice-a-roni all together~ and add more veggies or fresh veggies
Adjust as your taste dictates. I cook a lot from scratch but my daughter is a coupon queen and we have a great deal of ricearoni on hand~ so I use what I have on the crazy busy days and just punt. I’m sure all you busy folks can relate. It was yummy and we all liked it here at my house.
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Photo: I made the most AWESOME chicken rice soup in my crock pot today. It was SOOO easy and it's SOOOO yummy!  Here is the recipe:  4 cans chicken broth, 1 C. chopped cooked chicken, 1 bag sliced frozen carrots, 1 C. chopped celery, salt, pepper, 1 box chicken garlic ricearoni. Cook on high 4 hours. ~ Please share!


Adidas Stan Smith Now Customizable

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The best selling adidas shoe of all time, the adidas Stan Smith defines the word ‘icon’. But even after over 40 years of market domination, it has been missing something. You.

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At first I totally disagreed with this mom’s attitude and approach to sharing, until I read WHY she does this… She makes some VERY good points!

This Mom Perfectly Explains Why She Does Not Teach Her Kids To Share

At first I thought this was crazy… and now I agree with everything she said.

Written by Beth for PopSugar.com

teaching kids not to share
Image credit: Vaughan Moms

There is a sharing policy at my son’s preschool. It’s a parent-run co-op, so we have to have policies like this so that we will all handle situations relatively the same way. The policy is that a child can keep a toy as long as they want to. If another child wants the toy, they have to wait until the first child is done with it. We’ll even “save” toys for the child if they have to go to the bathroom, go to the snack table, etc. so that it won’t get taken before they’re done. This applies to anything in the yard or school that can be played with, including swings and monkey bars.

At first, it didn’t really occur to me to wonder why this was the policy. I just went with it, because that’s the rule, and it didn’t seem like a big deal to me. The kids all know the rule, so outside of maybe their first two weeks at the school, they don’t throw a giant fit when you tell them, “You can have it when Sally Jo is done.” But lately I’ve been noticing a totally different attitude toward sharing in other places we go, and I’m starting to really know exactly why this is the school’s policy.

Two Questionable Sharing Practices

Here are a couple of examples of questionable sharing practices that I’ve seen recently. The first comes from a good friend of mine. (And I hope she doesn’t mind that I use her story as an example.) She and her almost-2-year-old were at the park one day. He had brought a small car from home to play with. Another child, a little bit older, wanted to play with the car and was demanding that my friend’s son give him the car. A typical toddler scuffle ensued, and the other mother told her son, “I guess his mom didn’t teach him how to share.” Never mind the fact that the car belongs to him and that when someone asks you to share, “No” is a perfectly legitimate response.

My second story happened one morning at the local rec center. Friday mornings they fill the gym with tons of Little Tykes climbing structures and those plastic cars they can drive around, tricycles, big balls, even a bouncy castle. Basically a toddler’s dream play room. There’s this one red car in particular my son really likes playing with, and the last time we went, he drove it around the entire hour and a half we were there. While most of the moms with smaller kids will shadow their kids as they play, my son is old enough now that I can sit on the sidelines and watch. From there I watched a mom whose son wanted to drive the car approach my son repeatedly, saying, “OK, now it’s time for you to give him a turn!” Of course he ignored her, and eventually she gave up. There were a million other little cars for her son to drive, including one that was almost identical. Or maybe I would have stepped in at some point.

Real-World Lessons

I don’t agree with the approach of the mothers in either of these situations. I think it does a child a great disservice to teach him that he can have something that someone else has, simply because he wants it. And I can understand the desire to give your children everything they want; we all have it. But it’s a good lesson for you both to learn that this isn’t always possible, and you shouldn’t step all over other people to get these things.

Furthermore, this is not how things work in the real world. In your child’s adult life, he’s going to think he’s owed everything he sees. This is already happening in the next generation. I read a fascinating article about how today’s teens and 20-somethings are expecting raises and promotions at their jobs for reasons like, “I show up every day.”

If you doubt my reasoning, think about your own day-to-day adult life. You wouldn’t cut in front of someone in the grocery checkout line just because you didn’t feel like waiting. And most grown adults wouldn’t take something from someone, like a phone or a pair of sunglasses, just because they wanted to use it. (Well, maybe some of you would. In which case, this post may not be for you.)

It’s hard, as with so many things about parenthood, but let’s teach our kids how to cope with disappointment, because it happens. And we won’t always be there to fix it for them. Let’s teach them how they can get things they want through diligence, patience, and hard work.

How do you feel about the concept of sharing where young children are concerned? I know you likely don’t have a “policy,” as I sure didn’t before the preschool told me they had one. Now I notice a variety of different takes on the subject from the parents I see around. Makes me wonder if we need to be talking about this issue a little bit more.

This article was originally shared on PopSugar.com. The author, Beth, is a wife and mother of two who blogs mostly about parenthood, green living, urban life and food. Visit her website and like her on Facebook!


Last Day of $5.00 Deals!
It’s the last day of our $5.00 Sale and there are plenty of patterns for youto choose from, each for just $5.00!Plus, Kimberbell Design’s “Perfectly ImperfectQuilt” will automatically be added to your order for FREE with purchases

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Did we mention this sale is huge!

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We’d recommend exploring each page!
Prices reduced through Tuesday, July 29, 2014 (MST).

Goosie Girl is a proud pattern designer who sells her PDF downloadable patterns on You Can Make This, I had an opportunity to meet the girls behind Kimberbell Designs (and YCMT) at Quilt Market this year, in person and it was such a GREAT experience! 
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They say us creative types can tend to be a little mad now and then… Schizophrenia, Bipolar Disorder, Autism, Asperger’s Syndrome/Highly Functioning Autistics and Depressives tend to also have a creative side; not all, but many. In a recent Special Time Magazine edition called, “Secrets of Genius” (incredibly fascinating) many geniuses were featured throughout the magazine. A special article entitled “Mind over Madness” intrigued me”. This is a small excerpt from the article…

“For a while now, researchers have noticed some links between the highest ranks of creatiity and both bipoloar disorder and schizophrenia. A survey of the lives of great musicians, writers, and artists, for example, reveals elevated rates of bipolar disorder and sometimes schizophrenia or autistic traits…Only recently have large studies revealed the same correlation in the population at large. “We validated the idea of a connection between mental illness and creativity,” says Simon Kyaga, of Sweden’s Karolinski Institute. His team’s 40-year study included roughly 1.2 million people-Sweden’s extensive medical and professional record-keeping made such far-reaching data-crunching possible-and found that those with bipolar disorder were 8% more likely to have pursued a creative or scientific profession. Conversely, people who had been treated for a variety of other mental conditions, such as depression, autism, addictions, ADHD or schizophrenia were actually LESS likely to have landed in creative fields. Authors seemed particularly affected, suffering from both schizophrenia and bipolar disorder at twice the rate of the general population. They had a higher risk of depression, anxiety disorders, addictions and suicides as well…Aside from writers, however, the connection between mental illness and creativity is actually far stronger in relatives of the afflicted than in the afflicted themselves. family members of the mentally ill often have some similar tendencies, although typically at levels that don’t merit a diagnosis. Those tendencies may be sufficient, though, to ramp up creativity: people whose parents has schizophrenia were 51% more likely to be in a creative profession than those whose parents were unaffected, and those whose parents were bipolar were 33% more likely to be in the arts or sciences…Kyaga’s research uncovered a similar relationship between autism and creativity. Specifically, who had an autistic sibling were 48% more likely to be scientists and 30% more likely to work in creative fields. Authors once again broke from the pack, twice as likely as others to have had an autsitic parent. This developmental disorder has several other strong ties to creativity. First, about 10% of autistic people have “savant skills” that is, exceedingly advanced abilities in calculation, memory, music or art…”The autistic talent is a form of information processing” says Scott Barry kaufman, an assistant professor of psychology at New York University. “It’s an ability for conscious pattern detection and an interest in making sense of complex data, simplifying it to have control over the environment…”

I have had episodes of both mania and depression, anxiety and extreme creativity for my entire life. I was diagnosed as “hyperactive” as a child and now that I am a mother, I have a child on the autism spectrum. Is it coincidence that I am a fashion designer and writer and enjoy other creative arts like music, singing, theater, film, poetry, and photography? I think not. Is it a coincidence that I’ve given life to a creative genius of my own? My Asperger’s Syndrome (highly functioning autistic) daughter has many savant skills~especially with couponing and figuring out amazing deals to get us awesome ways to get free or severely reduced priced food and personal care items? I don’t think so. Is it any coincidence that my 2 of my children’s biological cousins are severely autistic and also afflicted with Asperger’s Syndrome? Nope… don’t think so.

It’s all about how you look at it in my opinion though, are you afflicted… or blessed? I’d consider myself at times a creative genius. (NOT tooting my own horn) but in the way that when I get ideas they don’t stop coming, I can’t turn my brain off sometimes. I have on countless nights, stayed up all night without sleep to finish a project I’m working on~ whether it’s photo editing, or creating graphics for my blog/website, or designing a costume, headpieces or such. I’m not ashamed of this at all. I embrace it when it comes… It isn’t around all the time, sometimes I do have depressive tendencies but I tend to have them less and less and they seem to be inflicted around certain specific happenings, life losses or experiences. I think many of my friends I’ve met in the creative world “suffer” with bipolar, ADD, ADHD, anxiety, depression and addictions as well.  The more we talk about it, the less of a stigma there is attached to it. The more we look at it for what it is, (and I feel it’s truly a gift in my case) and embrace the positives that can come out of it, the better. (Of course, I’m not referring to violent, or untreated breaks with reality that cause us harm or problems in our lives). I am fearfully and wonderfully made, God doesn’t make mistakes, and I think I (and my daughters and my nephews) are exactly as God intended us to be.


I have a Google search set up for “Tutorials” because I adore them so… (don’t judge hehe) ~ and I get emails everyday based on my google search requests. This week I found three that I just *HAD* to share with all of you, my lovely followers!

Here’s one for your digital scrapbookers, graphic artists and those who just like to play around with typography:
Learn How to add Texture to Text using PhotoShop from A pair of pears. I use Paint Shop Pro, and I can adapt these instructions for my editing program, and I bet it wouldn’t be too hard to do in other programs either. :)

Here’s something crafty to keep the kids busy this summer!

These are cool, I like these thicker rainbow loom bracelets~and to be honest, the longer they take to make, the less my kid is in my hair this summer! LOL! j/k

Here is a link to her You Tube Channel (slip fish)
from Tutorials By A


And last but not least~ this ADORABLE quilted shape pillow stole my heart! EEKS isn’t it cute?
Hexie Lion Pillow
It almost has a retro feel ~ it would be adorable for a child’s room (especially with a circus or animal theme. I could see my nieces & nephews hunkered down in their favorite reading spot snuggled up with one of these! It comes to you from Makezine and originally from her friend Abby Glassenberg from While She Naps (that’s a blog I’m subscribing to, she has some major amounts of creativity!
I hope you enjoy these tutorials and find them just as fun as I did!

I can not tell a lie, I love Savers!! One of my brother’s has Epilepsy due to a traumatic brain injury he received in Ramadi, Iraq on his 3rd deployment. Every time I donate to my local Savers (or buy anything from there), they donate a portion of the sale to the Epilepsy Foundation of Greater Chicagoland! So, not only am I helping out a cause that I believe in, I am scoring some great deals for my kids who are growing like weeds , hehe.


Donate and Save 30%

Donate two grocery bags or more of reusable clothing and/or household items to benefit local nonprofits, and get a 30% off coupon to help you save BIG for back to school! Offer Valid: TODAY July 25th – August 10th

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Want to know more about some exciting news about what the Department of Defense is doing to help veterans like my brother?

Check out this story on the CURE Epilepsy Website too. (sounds like my brother could have written this…)

“Seven years after my head injury I am still working to control my seizures. I think this funding is really good so that doctors and researchers can learn more and get rid of epilepsy. Seizures make me frustrated because we understand little about why they happen or how to beat them,” said Pat Horan, a CURE-supporter and army veteran who battles post-traumatic epilepsy since being injured in Iraq.”

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