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Upcycled t-shirt cat… Meow!

Are you excited? You should be! I’ve got an exciting post for you today! Not only am I getting back with my Silhouette Challenge friends to bring you lots of fun fabric and apparel Silhouette projects, we are giving away an awesome crafty tool that most of us do not have in our arsenal… a …

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lined alligator clip Scatter

How to line an alligator clip

Hi y’all. Sorry it’s been a couple weeks. I’m still here, but I got busy and am still trying to get in the swing of blogging again. Anyway, we are beginning an important topic on the blog today. Very important. Seriously. Yes, hair bows. We take them seriously here in Texas. In fact there is …

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Closed Computer

Why I quit blogging… and what I learned during my break.

Now, before I get started on this story, I want to apologize. Why? Because, I should have given an explanation sooner, like, you know, when I stopped blogging. At first, I wasn’t sure whether I was taking a short break, a sabbatical, or quitting altogether. Then, as I realized that my little break was going …

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monkey lip whistle valentine

Monkey lip whistle Valentines

Since I am just getting back into this whole blogging thing, I wasn’t going to share a kid’s Valentine this year. My plan was to take Thoughtful Boy to the store, let him pick out whatever silly little toy he wanted, go on Pinterest, and find a free printable to go with it. My last …

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How to make heart-shaped strawberries

How to make heart-shaped strawberries

Guess what we did in the middle of January in Texas? We put on a sweatshirt cuz it was cloudy and a touch chilly and went strawberry picking. Yup, strawberry picking in January. There are definitely a few things to love about Texas. Despite the fact that it took Crazy Girl about 2 minutes to realize …

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welcome back

The Experimental Home is back!

Hi! Remember me? I am the lady who used to post on the blog, say, a year and a half or so ago. Yeah, I took a short (okay a long) break. Yeah, I never said goodbye. Yeah, I gave absolutely no explanation. Well, I dunno if anyone missed me, but I missed you. I …

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Blueberry cupcakes

My little boy’s favorite food, with the exception of cheese, is blueberries. He loves them. He would eat a whole pint in one sitting if I let him. Since blueberry season is upon us, we have been buying lots and lots of blueberries, and I have been experimenting with them. Blueberry muffins are amazing, right? …

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Confetti Flower Card

Happy Mother’s Day! I know, I know, Mother’s Day was yesterday. My mother did get this card on time, I promise. But, I waited to share the card with you until today for two reasons. 1) I didn’t want to give away any surprises. 2) It’s Silhouette Challenge Day, and this month’s theme is flowers. …

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read this before painting laminate furniture

Read this before painting laminate furniture.

In our house we laugh about our dwindling “pre-marital” assets, the furniture and other “crap” that we owned before my husband and I moved in together almost 10 years ago. We still have some pieces floating around, including what was once a black laminate “media center” that my husband owned.  I looked hard, but couldn’t …

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Buried in my Monday Mess

I am glad I have the opportunity to get real with y’all today. I am in a bit of a slump. Yup, it happens to us all. I had a lot of crafting with deadlines a few weeks ago, and since then, I just haven’t been excited to get my craft on.  I know that …

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Onesie dress baby shower gift

Babies are born all year round, right? Yet, for some reason baby showers seem to pile up this time of year. I went to a baby “sprinkle” last weekend for a friend getting ready to have her second child, a baby girl who will be named “A’. I wanted to make something special for little …

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Simple Stenciled Pillow

Something new and exciting is happening today… I am publishing my FIRST sponsored post. Soooo…. Disclaimer – I received compensation and product to create this project in exchange for an honest review. All opinions expressed are my own. I love throw pillows. Who doesn’t right? They are a fun and inexpensive way to spruce up …

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Mother’s Day is coming!

I know it is still April, but Mother’s Day is less than two weeks away! Since my little man was born, I know my mom will want something made by him for Mother’s Day. Do you remember the adorable finger paint and embroidery notebooks YMGP and I made last year? They are still one of …

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Fabric Duck Tape Bracelet

To be honest, I am kinda bad at accessorizing my wardrobe on a day-to-day basis. I generally wear a simple silver pendant necklace for weeks on end, and I don’t even remember the last time I took out my diamond stud earrings. However, I tend to get the accessory itch in the springtime. I just …

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The Monday Mess Movement: Creative Mama, Messy house

Happy Monday, and welcome to The Monday Mess Movement! I am happy to welcome Renee from Creative Mama, Messy House. Hi there, and welcome to my mess! I’m Renee from Creative Mama, Messy House, and I’m proud to announce that this is my very first guest post, so bear with me. My house is anything …

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spring mint cookies

Remember a month or so ago, when I used smooth and melties as gorgeous mint-green brownie filling? Well, I had all the non-green candies left over and wondered what to do with them. I thought they might look cute and be yummy in the center of some butter cookies. Then I ate all the leftover …

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Fun and Yummy Gelatin Easter Eggs!

Today, I get to show you the first project I shared as a contributor at Somewhat Simple. I know I am cutting it close by posting all my Easter egg projects this week, but it’s not Easter yet! Actually, this fun project for the kiddos would be just as fun after Easter because you could …

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Mr and Mrs Easter Egg Head

Are you ready for Easter? Have you decorated Easter eggs, yet? For those of you saying, “Oh, crap” right now, I have a quick and amazingly fun project for you… Mr. and Mrs. Easter Egg Head! Seriously, these cute little egg ladies and gentlemen couldn’t be easier with the help of your Silhouette machine. All …

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Grow your google +

As bloggers we are talking a lot about the demise of organic reach on facebook. Do you know what that actually means?  When you like a page on facebook, you might assume that everything the author of that page posts will show up in your news feed, just like everything your friends post shows up …

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Learn to knit III: practice and a knit dishcloth for beginners

I have finally finished my first knitting project! I made a dishcloth using only the skills I showed off in my last knitting post. You might be thinking that since I really just made a really big swatch, I didn’t learn anything new. You would be wrong, my friend. I learned how to knit something start …

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Peanut Butter Bunny Squares

Easter is coming, y’all. I was thinking about making some Easter treats the other day when I spied my son’s graham crackers. I buy him the honey grahams from Annie’s Homegrown. I am not feeding him cookies if they are organic, right? Besides, it is so cute when he asks for “bunnies”.  Now I don’t …

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Reverse appliqué pattern weights

I have a hoarding problem. I hoard fonts. I binge download them. I have many of them memorized. I have a typography obsession. So when I found a single fat quarter of this fun sewing typography fabric, I knew I had to turn it into pattern weights for my super-sewer package pal Stephanie from Swoodson …

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My package pal is awesome!

Last Friday I showed you what I sent my package pal, Stephanie from Swoodson Says. I also said I would pop over the weekend to show you what she sent me. Well, we got attacked by a nasty little spring virus and it didn’t get done. The good news is that we are all feeling …

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Monday Mess Movement: Tiny Sidekick

Welcome back to the Monday Mess Movement, where your favorite bloggers proudly display their messy side. Today, Corey from Tiny Sidekick is sharing an all-out messy confession! Hi there! I’m Corey from TinySidekick and excited to be here today to share the mess that is my everyday. Is that weird? That I’m excited about this? …

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Gift for a sewist, i.e. my package pal

Do y’all remember last fall when I participated in a crafty package exchange through C.R.A.F.T? (By the way, Jamie of C.R.A.F.T. just had a new baby, pop on by and congratulate her, okay!) No big deal if you don’t. you can read about it here, and here. I had so much fun making a new blog friend, …

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The easy way to make a dog-shaped cake

Y’all getting sick of dog party ideas yet? Either way, this is the final post about YMGP’s dog-themed second birthday party. And it might just be the most important post… the cake. I dapple in cake decorating. I am not really any good. I love to do it, but not enough to practice when I …

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Monday Mess Movement featuring The Pretty Pickle

ITS BACK! I am so sorry that I let MMM slide for a month or so. I had a little trouble keeping up with all the guest posts. I hope it will be a little more sustainable (and I a little more organized) this time around… I guess it just goes with the messy territory! …

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BEE-utiful spring wreath

Yesterday, I opened facebook, and realized everyone was a-buzz with the first day of spring. Oops. I fully intended to tell you about this adorable spring wreath on the first day of spring… but I thought that was today. Fail. Oh well. If you’ve been around a while you will remember that I refashioned a …

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Cardboard box dog house

My little man’s second birthday was a couple weeks ago. When I was planning his dog-themed party, I was having a hard time coming up with an activity that 2-year-olds would actually do.  When I came up with the idea to make dog houses out of cardboard boxes, I thought it was genius. Toddler’s love …

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Its an exciting day at The Experimental Home! Today I am publishing my FIRST post as the kid’s crafts contributor at Somewhat Simple! I am so excited and nervous all at the same time! Curious what I am sharing? Only YMGP’s favorite mama-made activity EVER! Seriously, he played with these gelatin eggs for over an …

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