Frozen Bananas {Summer Delights}

We have a few family members that find dairy difficult to digest; a bummer for the summer months with ice cream being consumed in large quantities by most people in town. BUT, I have found frozen bananas make a wonderful substitute to the taste and texture of ice cream without the dairy and icky side effects that plague some of my loved ones. 

Frozen bananas. SugarBeans.org
Frozen Banana ingredients:

Frozen Banana ingredients:

Cut bananas, chop peanuts, melt chocolate-- dip and freeze. Easiest dessert ever. 

Frozen bananas. SugarBeans.org
Frozen bananas. SugarBeans.org

I am making another batch of these tonight; they get eaten fast around here. But this time I am going to make banana bites for an even simpler summer treat. 

Vintage Strip Quilt {& handmade binding}

Last week my sister shared some of her vintage strips of fabric with me; I knew they needed to be used immediately-- such sweet prints and colors. Some modern strips were added to the pile, and a dream of a lap quilt for my college-bound daughter began.

Vintage strips quilt. SugarBeans.org
The sun shining happily on my pile made for some sweet sewing moments. 

The sun shining happily on my pile made for some sweet sewing moments. 

I took all of my 2 1/2 inch wide strips and began sewing the ends together in a random order--making sure to mix up the colors and prints. Once I had miles worth of strips sewn end-to-end, I cut the LONG strip into sections to make columns for the front. 

Handmade vintage quilt binding. SugarBeans.org

I made some vintage quilt binding from another sheet and loved the way it turned out! This was used to pull the color scheme of her quilt together. The blue floral sheet was used as the backing to this lap quilt. 

Vintage strips quilt. SugarBeans.org
Vintage lap quilt with handmade binding. SugarBeans.org
Vintage lap quilt + pillow cases. SugarBeans.org

So, before my girl leaves for college {!!!} she will have a little piece of home + handmade to keep her warm when the homesick blues hit. Life is changing in my parts, and creating with fabric, yarn or whatever brings me peace + something beautiful and good to focus on. 

Happy Day, Dears!

Crochet Jar Cozies {Tutorial}

I was noticing my glass jar collection growing in the garage and decided it was time to crochet some cozies to prepare them for gifts. Again, this is the kind of project that once you start, you will want to cozy-ify every glass container in your possession.

Crochet jar cozies. SugarBeans.org

To start a cozy, begin chain stitching until you get a long enough chain to slip over bottom of glass jar. Slip Stitch. Chain 3 and start your double crochet stitches, OR chain 2 and start your single crochet in the round. Continue crocheting in the round until you reach the top of the jar. On some jars, I decreased the stitches in the final rows to make the top snug. 

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1. Double crochet in a criss-cross pattern.
2. Alternating double crochet and single crochet.
3. Half Double Crochet 

Crochet cozies for jars. SugarBeans.org

I threaded a vintage sheet scrap through a tapestry needle and added a bow and heart to a couple of jars-- just a little splash of color. The lids are spray painted and ready to finish off these jars for future gift-giving. 

Are there any household items you love to recycle as gifts??

Summer at Home

With our Michigan family vacation in our rear-view mirror, my family has been finding ways to fill our days without uttering the dreaded, "what are we doing today?" or "can we______". Here is a little glimpse into our Midwest summer. 

Wide open blue skies.

Wide open blue skies.

Last summer, my teens and I made a Summer Bucket List and had a marvelous time attempting to create fun memories while spending time with one another. This summer, we have some goals as well, but I am adding a few items that are Mama-specific; like reading and sipping outside enjoying the beauty of our yard ALONE. Carving out a few moments to relax is a priority this summer. 

Last week we celebrated the 4th of July in a very different manner. I took my oldest and a couple of her friends to Cincinnati to shop at Ikea for college necessities, eat some yummy treats and tell stories. While my husband and oldest son were in NYC on a mission trip, and two middle kids were with my sister playing with my niece. We were all over the place. 

And if you follow me on Instagram, you already know I started a sewing project for my girl heading to college next month. More on that next week:) 

Seeking to find Joy and peace at home with a houseful of teens and expectations can be dicey. But with some deliberate choices to mark off moments for different experiences, I am finding it a little easier. 

Friday night bonfire with friends {come summer, come}

Friday night bonfire with friends {come summer, come}

I truly find so much JOY in my  home: in the cleaning, in the decorating, organizing and planning of meals + hosting friends for evenings of chats + nibbles. A warm contentment flows  when laughter, stories and food are shared with new friends, and old. This past Friday we invited a group of family + friends over for a hot dog roast and bonfire with smores {of course:}.

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May Happenings

May Happenings

This May has been a blur of activity and emotion. One son is running track, many are in the midst of final examinations and AP reviews + testing AND we have a daughter graduating tomorrow!! Pretty big + exciting life events for sure, but calendar filling all the same. Having a graduate means lots of grad parties as well. We have a tree in our dining room with some of these upcoming Open Houses:

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Vintage Book Pages + Crepe Paper Table Runners {Grad Party}

Vintage Book Pages + Crepe Paper Table Runners {Grad Party}

The countdown in on!! In a little over two weeks my oldest daughter and nephew are celebrating their high school graduations with a combined open house. My sis and I have been plotting + planning the food, decor and more on a budget. We are using items we have around the house and creating small bits every week to keep us from getting overwhelmed at the last minute with a crazy array of details. This week, I used a thrifted, vintage dictionary to make table runners. 

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