Monday, September 29, 2014

Sew Sew Sew for Fall

Even though we are still having 90 degree days (melting!!), it's time to start sewing up a fall wardrobe! Whether it's back to school for the kids, or something cute for the holidays, now is the perfect time to get your patterns and fabric together to sew.

Here is some fall inspiration for you using Grits & Giggles Patterns

Each of these patterns are perfect for fall and winter wear! All of our patterns are "Easy to Sew", perfect for confident beginners. And all patterns can be sewn with NO serger! Just a regular sewing machine will get the job done. 

All patterns are PDF, instant downloads. Full size, printable pattern pieces are included, as well as photos and step-by-step instructions for putting your garment together. 

Click HERE to go shopping!

Thursday, September 25, 2014

Fall Wreaths

As the weather starts to cool, we often make changes to the outside of our homes to reflect the new temperatures. Cooler weather means changing leaves and beautiful fall colors!

Here are three of our most popular wreaths (with tutorials!!) to help you spice up your front porch for fall!

I hate that these wreaths only get love for part of the year because they're soooo pretty! But it's always nice to give your front door a facelift from month to month.

Monday, September 22, 2014

Mini-Cornhole Boards

For Goldilocks' 4th birthday, we wanted her to have something unique, something she could use. We made her some mini-cornhole boards!

I didn't take pictures for a tutorial, but since these are "mini" I'll give you some measurements!

Length: 24"
Width: 18"
Hole Diameter: 6"

There are LOTS of good YouTube videos for how to assemble a cornhole board if you need it. But it's pretty straightforward. Make a platform, add some legs to elevate one end, and drill a hole.

I made the actual corn bags a little smaller and lighter than usual. These finish at 4 1/2" square and are made of duck cloth and canvas.


I used my Silhouette to cut the vinyl decals for their names and the palmetto trees. A few coats of polyurethane should keep them slick and looking nice for a while. 


We had fun with these at her party and many evenings since then. A good, well-made set will last a long time and I know we'll get years of enjoyment out of these.

Thursday, September 18, 2014

Craftsy's BIG Fall Course Sale

 Ya'll know I am a HUGE fan of Craftsy classes. I have taken several myself to learn new skills and brush up on others as well.


 Craftsy's BIG Fall Course Sale is happening now!!

Learn from the world's best instructors in the comfort of your home. Shop and save up to 50% off ALL online classes!

 Once you enroll you can watch your classes anytime, anywhere, forever. Hurry, offer expires September 22, 2014 at 11:59 PM MT.

Shop Craftsy's BIG Fall Course Sale and save. 

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Monday, September 15, 2014

Scrappy Quilt Progress

I'm not sure of how many scrapbusting projects I've completed this year. I'll have to count soon to find out. All of my little projects have been cute, but haven't really put a dent in my mountain of scraps! I wanted to see if I could get a cute quilt top out of the I started cutting.

I was surprised at how many large pieces I had in there. I decided to break up the large blocks a little and do 3 12" wide strips, and two smaller 6" wide strips in between them. I like the look of it.

Since I'm not keeping this one, I used as many of my pink scraps as I could! I want the pink out of my house if I'm not using it.

This quilt is pretty large (thanks scrap bin!) and will probably be going to the home of one of my favorite little girls later this year. But for now it's in my to-do pile waiting for me to find the perfect backing and binding fabric. 

Monday, September 8, 2014

Drying Herbs at Home {Tutorial}

I love fresh herbs. I love to watch them grow, and cook with them, and even cut some off just to smell in my kitchen. They're great to have around. But what if you have TOO much? Or what if the winter is getting closer and your beloved herbs aren't going to make it? Then it's time to do some drying and storing. 

I am  no expert in drying herbs. I'm sure there are a million ways to do it, and something different for each kind of herb, but this is what works for me. I use a simple dehydrator (like for making jerky) but an oven at a low temp could work too.

I don't have time or space to hang bunches of herbs in my closets and wait for them to dry, so this is my quick, afternoon method of drying herbs at home.

My basil plant is out of control. I's HUGE. The smell is amazing, and I hate to throw any of it away. So I'm slowly cutting and drying it for later use. The dry herbs are just as delicious and have a long shelf life. 

Trim a few branches off of your plant. The smaller leaves of basil are the sweetest, so I tried to get the smaller branches.

Give them a quick rinse to clean them off.

Pull the leaves off of the stem and pat them dry on a towel. Then lay them out in a single layer on your dehydrator. If your dehydrator has multiple layers, use as many as you need and fill them up!

I ran my dehydrator for just 1 hour, and the herbs were finished drying. They should be completely crunchy when they're done. They loose their brilliant color, but they still smell and taste great.

Place the herbs in a sealed bag, jar, or container. Anything with a good airtight seal will work. 

These would make an adorable and thoughtful gift too! Tie some twine around your jar and add a label for a sweet gift that will last.

*I have only tried basil and parsley so far, as those are what I had on hand that needed drying. Drying times will vary for other herbs.

Friday, September 5, 2014

Free Card from TREAT

Have you tried TREAT cards yet? They are colorful, adorable, and easy to use. Add your own photos and personalization for a perfect card for any occassion!

Right now TREAT is offering a FREE card to new customers!

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Tuesday, September 2, 2014

Nautical Sewing

Even though summer is coming to a close, a beautiful nautically inspired piece of clothing never goes out of style.

Grits & Giggles's two most popular patterns make adorable nautical outfits for your little ones!

The Bradshaw Reversible Jon Jon is an easy-to-sew, comfortable piece of clothing for a little man. The pattern is for a short jon jon, with directions on making a long one, as seen here!

All boys look beautiful in blue, and the split anchor on the chest makes this little sailor extra adorable. 

This will quickly become one of your favorite little boy patterns. 

Happy customers have said:

"Very easy to print and put together."

"Easy download and great instructions!"

"Super easy to follow instructions."

...and so much more.

Our most popular girls pattern is by far the Laura Jane Dress. This long sleeve, peasant style dress is comfortable, fun, and easy to put together!

Customers who love this pattern have said:

"This is such a great little pattern! I love it, and it runs true to size."

"Absolutely LOVE this pattern!"

"Super simple and turned out adorable."

Adding an anchor with a bow AND a monogram added just the girly touch this dress needed. I love that they can have "matching" outfits without wearing the same fabrics or patterns.

You can still get 20% off of your pattern purchase with code SUMMER in our Pattern Shop. 

 I'm hanging on to summer as long as I can!

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