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Do Justly, Love Mercy, Walk Humbly

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We love putting scripture on our walls! I saw a similar version of this on Pintrest and I just had to make it!  I had most of the supplies after making our giant ruler, so I was all set to go!

  • First I went to the shop and found a scrap piece of wood and cut it the length I wanted to fit my wall space.
  • I stained it with a light oak color, then wiped on a gray stain sparingly.
  • After it dried, I sanded the edges to make it rougher looking.
  • Then I borrowed a few of the kids hands and feet. ( they had fun getting messy) I recommend doing this outside!!!
  • After the prints dried, I used a brush and brown paint to paint the words.

We really love how it turned out!

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Micah 6:8

He hath shewed thee, O man, what is good;
and what doth the Lord require of thee,
but to do justly, and to love mercy,
and to walk humbly with thy God?

How tall am I momma?


I have been wanting to make a giant ruler for a couple of years now.  I first saw one at a friends house, and I just never had the time to make one.  This week the time had finally come!  I think its cute, don’t you?  The kids sure love it.  At least once a day I hear, “how tall am I momma?”


Here’s how you make it…


1 6ft by 8 inch board

Stain or paint (possibly mineral oil)

Old rag

Sander or sandpaper

Polyurethane, if you are staining (I used it in spray can form)

House numbers 1-6


Permanent Marker



  1. Sand your board and wipe it clean. I sanded the sides and corners too, to round them off and give it a more aged look.
  2. I stained mine first with a mix of Early American color stain (1 part) to 2 parts Mineral oil.
  3. I let it dry a little then wiped on a stain color called weathered gray.  I did this sparingly, so the stain would show through.
  4. After this all dries a few hours I sanded the edged to give it a worn appearance.
  5. Now you need your ruler and permanent marker.  Since your giant ruler is going to be off the ground you need to start at the 1/2 foot mark and go to 6 1/2 feet.  (It helps to lay out your lines with pencil first!) If you mess up, just sand it and start over, no biggie!
  6. After it has dried a few more hours spray it with polyurethane.
  7. Put on your house numbers and hang it on the wall!  you can always write the numbers  for a cheaper option, I just liked the 3-D look of the house numbers.


Pillowcase Dress

This is a quick and easy way to make a pillowcase dress. and my favorite to make!  I recently became the Missouri Ambassador for a wonderful ministry Dress A Girl Around The World. Our director, Suzanne, has a post of this same dress pattern on her blog, as well  It will help you to visit Dress A Girl’s website and check out the sewing handbook.  It will give you all the measurements for these dresses and you can print off the arm-hole templates.


  1. Start with a clean pillowcase trim off the top and fold it in half.



2.   Measure the approximate length of your dress and decide which armhole template you need.  Cut both sides at the same time.



3.   Open up pillowcase, turn inside out and fold town 1/4 inch and press.  Fold down again 1 1/2 inch to 2 inches and press.  Do this for both sides.




4.  Sew along the edge of your fold.  I live to use a zig-zag stitch, especially when I am doing a contrasting color.  Then sew your top stitch that will encase your elastic.  I like to skip down a little so you will have a little ruffle at the top of your dress.  Do this for both sides.  Always remember to back stitch so your dresses will be sturdy and bless these girls for a long time!


5.   Determine the length of elastic you need (refer to your handbook), put a pin in the end of it and feed it through your casing.




6.    Do a zig-zag stitch back and forth several times along the elastic.  Be sure to do it close enough to the edge that your seam binding will cover it.  Feed the elastic all the way through and do the same on the other side.








7.    Determine the length of your straps (refer to the handbook).  You will be using Extra wide, double fold bias tape for this.  Fold your tape in half to determine the middle.  Place the middle at the bottom of your armhole and pin it.  You might want to open it up and sandwich it around the fabric and pin all around the armhole.  I have done it so much at this point, I am able just to hold it!




8.   Be sure to fold under the ends of your tape so you have no rough edges and sew all along the tape from one end to the other.  Where the binding meets with the edge of the dress I like to use a back and forth zig-zag stitch to make the dress more durable.


9.    Now it the time you would add a pocket, maybe even some lace or a ruffle, and your Dress A Girl Label.  Since I am waiting on my labels to come in I will add my pocket later!




If you would like to find out more about Dress A Girl Around the World and how you can help this work please feel free to contact me!

Candyce Tims




Easy Pin-Wheel Quilt Tutorial


A few months ago some friends and I planned a little quilting day.  We had talked about this some time ago when we went to Stacy’s house to make a dress.  Unfortunately, Jess didn’t get to make it to the quilting day, and she was greatly missed!

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Stacy’s finished quilt.

Since Stacy and I were expecting, this was a fun time for making a baby quilt!  The girls picked out the pin-wheel pattern which is easily made using a jelly-roll.  You can order one or pick one up at your local sewing supply store.  We enjoyed visiting with Stacy and her kids!  The kids always enjoy being together and almost “non-supervised” play days, I think they like best! :)   We stayed so busy I didn’t take any pictures of the kids!  You’ll just have to take my word for it that they were here!


My finished quilt.

You may also want to check out the You-tube video demonstration.

Well here we go…get out your jelly-roll!

Group your strips into 4′s and sew them lengthwise together.  You can take time to match them, or just take them off the roll in order and see what you come up with.  You should wind up with 5 groups of 4 strips.


You then need to trim strips to  blocks to 8 inches square.  A cutting mat and rotary cutter are essential!  How did our grandmothers do this without them!!!


This is what they look like.


You should get 4 or 5 per strip, for some reason, I can’t remember! Oops!  Lay them in matching groups.


Pick from different piles 2 different squares and lay them right sides together with the strips going opposite directions.  (this is important to make the pin-wheel!)


I laid them all out to make sewing them easier.  You should have 12 blocks and one square.


Sew 1/4 inch all the way around the whole square.  Complete all other 12 blocks the same way.


 After all are sewn, get out your cutter , mat and ruler again and cut diagonally an x on your blocks.


It should look like this.  Keep all you blocks together…DON”T MIX THEM UP!


Open them and press the seams.


This is what your pin wheel will look like!


After you have done all other blocks, you simply sew your 4 pieces together to make your square (1/4 inch seam).  Press your seams.


When you have all your blocks sewn and pressed you will need to trim them to 9 1/2 inches.


These are your finished blocks, ready to put together!  You should have 12 of them.


I love to use a jelly-roll in quilting, it is so easy to use and there is very little scraps left over.


Sew blocks into strips, press, then sew your strips together and press.


There you have it your finished top!  I completed it with a matching 5 inch border.  Pick out a coordinating fabric for your backing and trim and find a local quilter to finish it out!  That’s as far as I can take it!  A special thanks goes out to Teresia and Shirley, some of our neighbors who saw my quilt on Facebook and volunteered to quilt and bind it for me!  It turned out beautiful…and just in time for baby!







Valentine’s Shaggy Raggy Wreath

In this was manifested the love of God toward us, because that God sent his only begotten Son into the world, that we might live through him.  Herein is love, not that we loved God, but that he loved us, and sent his Son to be the propitiation for our sins.   1John 4:9,10

You can’t know REAL LOVE and REAL PEACE until you know the love of Jesus Christ!  You will never know that peace and love until you are born again.  To receive God’s FREE gift of eternal life….CLICK HERE!



In Celebration of TRUE LOVE…we celebrate Valentine’s Day and we marked the ocasion with a door wreath!  Here’s How to make it…


Items needed:

  • Wire Hanger
  • About 1/2 yard of misc. fabric or dive into your scrap stash
  • fabric scissor
  • Tulle and ribbon

What to do:

  1. Bend your wire hanger into a heart shape. You could use pliers, but I just used my mommy muscles.
  2. Cut fabric, tulle and ribbon into 6 inch long strips.
  3. Tie strips around hanger and then slide all the strips to one side.
  4. After the wreath is good and full tie your bow around the top and bend the hangar hook so it will easily hang on a nail. 




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