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  • Submarine Sunday #117

    Welcome to the Submarine Sunday Link Party! I know it's been a little while since I've hosted a Submarine Sunday Link Party, but it's back! I've missed hosting the party and seeing your crafty creations, daring DIYs, and yummilicious recipes! So I hope you'll link up below...

  • Granny Square Booties

    I just finished these booties/slippers for my mom. I'm pleased with how they turned out. This was my first time making slippers, and I really hope they fit. My mother and I don't wear the same shoe size...

  • Plummy Crochet Loafers

    I finally finished the second pair of slippers for my mom's Mother's Day present. Yesterday, my daughter and I went to the post office to mail them off. The post office has a machine where you can weigh your package, pay for postage, and print out the postage sticker...

  • Refashioned Harem Pants and Top

    I had some technical difficulties while making these harem pants for my daughter. The first mistake I made was using the wrong kind of fabric. I tried to make pants using a fabric that as more for home decor. So I remembered a dress that I've had for a while and decided to use it to make an outfit for my daughter since I was never going to wear the dress anyway...

  • Crochet Granny Square Pillow

    I'm in the process of crocheting throw pillows to jazz up the futon in the kids' playroom and for my bedroom. This is the first pillow I've finished, and I'm very pleased with it. I used the join as you go method to join all the granny squares, and this was my first time using that method, and I am very pleased...

Tuesday, May 19, 2015

Patriotic Dresden Mug Rugs

Posted by USS Crafty | Tuesday, May 19, 2015 Categories: , , ,

I love mug rugs! I use them everyday, and I love making them, so I just had to create a set of patriotic mug rugs since Memorial Day (and Independence Day) is just around the corner. For this mug rug, I used fabric scraps left over from my daughter's Patriotic Patchwork Wrap Dress, which I had her try on today to see if it still fit, and I'm so pleased that it does still fit!!! Anyhoo, I've been seeing a lot of Dresden plates, so I love them, so I finally decided to give it a try. I made a trip to Joann's to buy an acrylic Dresden tool, and I ended up buying a bunch of other things including fabric to add to my already pretty large stash.

Saturday, May 16, 2015

Submarine Sunday #117

Posted by USS Crafty | Saturday, May 16, 2015 Categories:
Welcome to the Submarine Sunday Link Party! I know it's been a little while since I've hosted a Submarine Sunday Link Party, but it's back! I've missed hosting the party and seeing your crafty creations, daring DIYs, and yummilicious recipes! So I hope you'll link up below!

I recently made a couple pairs of crochet slippers (Plummy Crochet Loafers & Granny Square Booties) for my mother as her Mother's Day present. My mom really loves and appreciates the things I make for her, so I enjoy taking the time to create gifts for the most important woman in my life! Now that I am a mother, I can better appreciate and understand the sacrifices my mother made to bring me into this world and the wonderful job she did raising me. I love my mommy!

Wednesday, May 13, 2015

The 5 Love Languages: Military Edition

Posted by USS Crafty | Wednesday, May 13, 2015 Categories: ,
The 5 Love Languages Military Edition
by Gary Chapman (w/ Jocelyn Green)

Over the years, I've heard a lot about the five love languages, and a couple years ago, I took the love language quiz and discovered that my love language is receiving gifts. My husband's love language is acts of service. If you do not already know your love language, the book includes a short, simple quiz to help you figure it out.  This book provides examples of how having different love languages can cause issues in a marriage. Everyone wants to feel loved, but if your spouse shows their love in a way that is different than your love language, you can feel unloved when that's really not the case.

What I really found helpful about this book is that it suggests many ways you can show your love for your spouse in his/her love language even during deployments! This book is full of great advice and really makes you want to get creative about ways you can show your spouse you love him/her in his/her love language. Reading this book, also helped me see all the ways that my husband is showing his love for me in HIS love language, which I still appreciate because his love language is acts of service. I highly recommend that couples read this book together and discuss their love languages.

One example in the book really stood out to me. There's a wife who kept nagging her husband about painting a room in their home. Time kept going by and he still hadn't painted the room. His love language was words of affirmation.... So you can see that the wife nagging would be a problem! The counselor suggested that she praise him for the things that he had done instead of focusing on this one task that he hadn't gotten around to doing. The wife was skeptical, but she took the counselor's advice, and within three weeks, the room was finally painted. Apparently, verbal compliments are a much better motivator than nagging words... I'm going to have to remember that!

As an only child whose love language is receiving gifts, I really love the quote, "If you are to become an effective gift giver, you may have to change your attitude about money."

*I received a complimentary copy of this book from Moody Publishers (MP Newsroomin exchange for an honest reviewAll opinions expressed are my own.*

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The Blurb Story (Part 4)

Posted by USS Crafty | Wednesday, May 13, 2015 Categories:
**This post contains affiliate links and I will be compensated if you make a purchase after clicking through my links.

Over the past few weeks I’ve been sharing how and why Blurb is such an incredible source for telling your story—whether it includes photos, words, or both. I realize that not everyone has the desire to write a novel or sell a book of their photos. Some people just want to commemorate a trip, an event, or a special occasion. Others may want to visually capture a business concept or life experience. Whatever the inclination, Blurb makes it easy and affordable to realize it.

Chances are you already have an idea for the kind of book you want to create. But in case you need a little inspiration, here are a few ways people have used Blurb to create their own creative and useful books:

A beautiful, custom-made book is one of the most thoughtful, meaningful gifts you can give. With Father’s Day, graduation, and wedding season just around the corner, this type of book can make the perfect gift that keeps on giving. And with Blurb’s cutting-edge book-making tools, you can add photos, words, stories, drawings—anything you want—and make something that’s truly one-of-a-kind. Ideas include: a favorite recipes book, a baby’s first year book, a book of poems, a senior year book, etc.

You have a story to tell. Ok, so you may not have hiked across the Sahara or been on Broadway, but that doesn’t mean that you haven’t impacted lives or had interesting life experiences. And it certainly doesn’t mean that you don’t have valuable insights to impart. Even if you have no interest in sharing your memoir with anyone, the process of reflecting on your life and writing down some of your thoughts and experiences can be incredibly eye-opening and cathartic.

Pet Books
What better way to showcase your best friend than with their very own book. It could be something as simple as pictures and quips of trips to the park, naps on the couch, playing with a favorite toy, or basking in the sun, to a more in-depth life story book about your pet. These can be shared as gifts, sold to fellow pet-lovers, or just kept for your own personal enjoyment.

Non-Profit Fundraising Books
With Blurb, non-profits can share their story with compelling words and images and then sell them via Blurb’s Sell & Distribute option to fundraise for their organization. For example, Gerrit Greve’s Hearts for Healing book showcases how kids interpret a giving heart through art. It also chronicles how Greve’s students gained new confidence in themselves and their abilities knowing that their art could make a difference in someone’s life and health. This beautiful book is an example of how Blurb’s platforms can be used to support a cause that’s important to you.

These are just a few ways that you can use Blurb to share your story or promote a purpose, but know that there are many, many others. Get creative! Honestly, the most important part is just clicking on the “Get Started” link on As you start the process of creating your own book, you’ll be surprised at how quickly the creativity floodgates open!

And when it does and you’ve created your own book, be sure to tell me about it—if you’re okay with me doing so, I’d love to promote it to other readers. Who knows? You may inspire someone else to create a book of their own!  

Tuesday, May 12, 2015

Upcycled Satin Pillowcase

Posted by USS Crafty | Tuesday, May 12, 2015 Categories: ,
Have you ever seen a baby with a bald spot on the back of his/her head? It's pretty common and caused by their fine hair rubbing against cotton crib sheets as they sleep (on their backs, of course!). Well, I read that sleeping on satin sheets is a remedy for that problem, so when my daughter was baby, I bought her a soft pink satin sheet. Now, she already had a bald spot when I bought this satin sheet, but I guess it helped prevent the spot from getting bigger and her hair grew back pretty quickly. So now that I have my son, he sleeps on navy blue satin sheets. I bought two satin sheets on Etsy, and I love them! I probably could've made the sheets myself, but after having a baby and moving across the country... I just didn't feel like it. Besides, I read somewhere that if you sell on Etsy, you should also shop on Etsy.

Anyhoo, now that my daughter is a big girl with her own twin sized bed, that pink satin crib sheet is obsolete. I mean... my son can't sleep on a PINK sheet! He already has two navy blue sheets that perfectly match is nautical nursery, and it's bad enough that he gets bathed in his big sister's old pink infant tub! So... I also read that satin pillowcases are great for African-American hair. Apparently, cotton pillowcases can cause hair to be dry and break. Hence, I got the brilliant idea to upcycle the satin crib sheet into a satin pillowcase for my daughter. Having a satin pillowcase is a great alternative for wearing a satin sleep cap, which I tried for my daughter, but it came off while she slept (she sleeps kinda wild).

Here's the crib sheet.

I cut the edging off and created the cuff of the pillow.

After sewing the cuff, I stitched up the rest of the pillow.


Please excuse the winkles...

A standard pillow fits perfectly inside the satin pillowcase.

And I think it looks okay with her Frozen bedding.

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Monday, May 11, 2015

Menu Plan Monday

Posted by USS Crafty | Monday, May 11, 2015 Categories:
Mother's Day is over! Back to our usual schedules! I've decided that since I make the same thing over and over for breakfast (a combination of waffles, yogurt, scrambled eggs, pancakes, turkey sausage, and bacon) and lunch (usually a peanut butter and jelly sandwich per my daughter's request) that I should just do meal plans for dinner... But like Wendy Williams says, "I am a woman, and I am allowed to change my mind." So I may go back to my old chart if I decide to get more creative with breakfast and lunch.

Over the weekend, my husband barbequed again. He made his usual burgers and wings. We also had baked beans and corn on the cob as our side dishes. Maybe next weekend I can get him to grill up some ribs! Even though I know my husband usually grills on the weekend, I still make a plan to cover the weekend just in case...

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Sunday, May 3, 2015

Plummy Crochet Loafers

Posted by USS Crafty | Sunday, May 03, 2015 Categories: ,

I finally finished the second pair of slippers for my mom's Mother's Day present. Yesterday, my
daughter and I went to the post office to mail them off. The post office has a machine where you can weigh your package, pay for postage, and print out the postage sticker. I think it's cool. And there's a really large mail box just for packages.  Before mailing the package, I stuffed the slippers with pretty tissue paper, and I wrapped the paper around the slippers. I reused an Amazon box, but I wrapped it in brown paper with pink flowers doodled on it. I think the box looked really pretty, but I tend to go overboard with the tape! Anyhoo, the slippers are finally done, and on their way across the country.

Blurb Story (Part 3)

Posted by USS Crafty | Sunday, May 03, 2015 Categories:
**This post contains affiliate links and I will be compensated if you make a purchase after clicking through my links.

Thus far you’ve heard the Blurb story and learned a bit about the extensive tools and resources that Blurb makes available to their book-making customers. While all that is impressive, what’s really remarkable to me is how they offer all of that and provide visually stunning books made on photo-quality paper—AND do it all at such an incredibly affordable price. It’s really is something to marvel at.

Tuesday, April 28, 2015

Meal Planning Monday (on a Tuesday...)

Posted by USS Crafty | Tuesday, April 28, 2015 Categories:

Sunday afternoon, my husband broke out the grill again, and he grilled hamburgers, hot dogs, and wings. We ate up all the wings Sunday, so Monday we just had the hamburgers and hot dogs for leftovers. We also made chili to put on the hot dogs. I love a good chili dog. My husband took it a step further, and put chili on his burger. Whenever I go to Red Robin, I always get their chili chili cheeseburger. I love it!

Monday, April 27, 2015

WIP: Loafers

Posted by USS Crafty | Monday, April 27, 2015 Categories:
I recently finished making a pair of granny square slippers for my mom, and I've started on a pair of loafers. She likes purple, so I'm making the loafers using Red Heart Soft Plummy yarn, which is a multi colored yarn featuring purple, lavender, and pink. I think it's a cute yarn, so hopefully, my mother will like it, too.
Red Heart Soft Plummy
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