Tutorial: Make some ABC playing cards

Maybe I mentioned it, but I've been WAY into YouTube lately!

Videos…some are just fun or interesting, while others are actually educational and inspirational.

This blog has been inspired by this Sweet and Simple Home video on her favorite activities for kids.

We have been working on the ABC's with O. She kinda hates it…she just would rather do anything other then “tell us what this letter is.” On the flip side, she has discovered games-Candyland and Chutes and Ladders. Let's meld games and working on that alphabet.

So, here's my take on the SSH's Sight words Bust card game…an ABC Bust card game.

Let's chat about paper… I didn't want to do a lot of cutting or have to use a ton of ink by printing the backs of playing cards. But I still wanted them to look pretty.

So, I started with pre-printed scrapbooking paper.

I also decided I wanted to use 6x6 paper so I wouldn't have to do more then one cut—3x6 cards seem like a good size for little hands.

I picked up this tablet of paper at Tuesday Morning for $2.99. It has 36 pieces of paper and I only needed 28 so this gave me room to…how do I put it nicely…F-up a couple sheets!

Let's get to printing

You'll need this ABC cards template and if your printer wont print on 6x6 paper, you'll need this template as well.

If your printer wont print on 6x6 paper-like mine, you'll need to tape your 6x6 paper to an 8.5x11 piece of paper to get it printed. Using a template like this is fairly common…people use the same process to print on Post-It notes.

To tape the 6x6 paper to the 8.5x11 paper, I used Scotch brand tape—it comes off easily but sticks well. I had blue lying around so…blue it is!
Make sure you tape the 6x6 paper, plain side up right into the block on the 8.5x11 paper.

Time to start printing the cards.

I sent ALL the pages to the printer at once, I also printed two of the 8.5x11 templates…
that just helped make the whole process go faster.
Have one printing while you are getting the other ready to print.

 Make sure you load your 8.5x11 paper into the printer TAPE SIDE DOWN!

Look…it printed!

Gently remove the tape and load the next set of paper for printing.

All printed…don't they look pretty!

Now it's time to cut! One cut, straight down the middle.


Time to play.

You can find directions here. I am opting for no coffee container and to use a timer to encourage some small bursts of focus. :)

Stay tuned: Next week I'll post a tutorial on how to make a box to hold your cards.

Thanks for stopping by!


I've started this blog about 15 times…

…and I still can't get my thoughts out.

Let us just go with this:
I AM Stress Paralyzed!
…and perhaps have adult onset ADD

Between work, my home, my kids, my spouse…I don't even know what to do.

Lets start with this: I'm an avid lister. I love lists…
Really you can probably find about 6 other blog posts about how much I love lists. :)

But I haven't made time lately to make my lists. I am actually beginning to think, that is my problem.

No 'brain dump' so I can get everything out of my head…which helps get ME out of my head.

How I hope to get out of my slump.

I will:
• take a deep breathe;
• put a load of laundry into my way overworked washer (did I mention that we had a run-in with lice this week);
• set a timer for 30 minutes and spend time making/prioritizing my list;
• make myself a cup of tea-Harney and Son's Hot Cinnamon Spice (fall is upon us);
• take another deep breath;
• start working said list.

I'll let you know how it all works out.

If you want to keep up with me on Instagram.


It's finished

I promised a post about the Little Girl's Hooded Sweater—here it is!

Honestly, the project knit up so easily…my biggest hang-up was 'sewing' it all together. I've never made something that had so many pieces that had to fit «nicely» together.

And there is NO information about how to sew a sweater together that is made in pieces. Maybe my problem was that I was only looking at how to sew together sweaters and only looking at videos. I don't know.

Most people make sweaters in basically ONE piece. This mean's no one is giving instructions on how to sew an body and arms together or front to back and arms to body…that had me in tears!

But I did watch a couple of the videos I did find and my saving grace was the fact that I did this sweater in stripes. This completely helped me know exactly how the pieces needed to line-up.

All that being said, I'll do it again.
Why you ask,
Because this hooded sweater was for my oldest daughter and my youngest daughter always want to wear one whenever her big sister does. Which is—of course—completely adorable, but also means that I need to make her one.

Ugg! :)
Well, that's all I have for now.


What have I been doing?

Obviously, not blogging.

I did finish my Auntie Ellen's projects «well most of them».
I don't think I posted about the finished hoodie. I'll write that up this week.

Lately, I've been obsessively planning or just obsessed with planners—yeah, that's more like it.
Obsessed with planners and planner accessories.  
«If you follow me on IG you have probably seen that. »

Planners and lists, oh my!

I have always loved lists.
I love crossing things off the list.
Sometimes I write things I just did on my list, just so I can cross it off.

And I have found midori's fauxdori's.Which completely feeds my need to make lists AND to craft-there are tons of ways to customize.

So that's where I've been doing. Crafting/creating for my planner.

Planning = posting right?

So…if I'm planning…why aren't I posting?
Oh, that's so simple and logical.

My problem…I plan, but then don't follow the plan.
Do you have that problem?
I Love LOve LOVE planning things…execution is where I fail.

Do I have a plan now?

I plan on being a part of the next 30 Days of Lists-as a sponsor.  Having accountability helps with my execution problem. :)

Other things I'm focusing on…
My Etsy shop-which now features printable inserts for leather journals «helps with my obsession problem I talked about above».

I've even done some videos.  I love the new challenge. I'm still trying to figure that all out.

So, that's me right now.
How are you?


Dinner, Dining and Desserts 4: Calico Rice and Franks

Oh my!
It's June and I have not finished my plan.
I have been working, but I haven't been posting.
Let me start with a quick round-up: The hoodie is done (finished last night).
I haven't finished—or started— any other 'craft' type project.
I didn't finish all the items in Dinner Dining and Dessert «mostly the cookies».

I did make the last dinner on Sunday night.
Let's talk about that. 

Peach Spinach Vinaigrette

Can you screw up a salad? No not really.
But this salad wasn't really all that great. There were just no flavors that really stick-out. It was just kind of flat.

Does that make any sense?

We had had bacon and eggs a couple days prior to making the salad so I just saved back some of the bacon-that was helpful.

It would have really benefited from some strong cheese (Feta, Gorgonzola, even Parmesan). 

1 can (16 oz) cling peach slices in light syrup
1 bunch of fresh spinach
4 strips bacon
¼ pound mushrooms, thinly sliced
3 tablespoons vegetable oil
3 tablespoons lemon juice
¼ teaspoon salt
¼ teaspoon pepper

Drain peaches. Wash spinach; pat dry with paper towels and tear into bite-size pieces. Fry bacon until crisp; cool and crumble.
Place peaches, spinach, bacon and mushrooms in salad bowl; toss. In cruet or jar with a lid, place oil, lemon juice, salt and pepper; cover. Shake until blended. Pour over salad; toss. Makes 6 servings
Easy to print recipe is here.

Future modification:Addition of Feta-cause it's always in our house. And I'd use olive oil for the dressing instead of vegetable oil.

Calico Rice and Franks

OK, read the ingredients on this one.
Go ahead, skip down and read them…I'll wait.

OK, what do you think? Sounds good, sounds bad? Sounds HORRIBLE doesn't it? Honestly, who would have thought to out those things together?

But honestly, it wasn't bad. Maybe it was the day…Sunday here was cold and rainy and we did pretty much nothing.
But it was oddly comforting.
Like soup on a rainy day.
My girls didn't really eat it. But DH and I did and like I said, oddly comforting.

Hotdogs were from a couple days previous when we cooked out on the grill. I didn't buy the correct size fruit cocktail and I had no onion so I used the green onions.

1 can (30 oz) fruit cocktail
1½ cups uncooked, white rice
½ teaspoon salt
⅓ cup prepared mustard
¼ cup chopped parsley
3 tablespoons finely chopped onion
12 frankfurters

Drain fruit cocktail; reserve syrup. Add water to syrup to equal 3 cups. cook rice according to package directions using syrup-water mixture. Heat oven to 375°F. In baking dish 13 x 9 x 1½, mix cooked rice, fruit cocktail, mustard, parsley and onions. Score 8 frankfurters; reserve. Slice remaining frankfurters; stir into rice mixture. Top with reserved whole frankfurters. Bake 15 minutes or until frankfurters are cooked and rice mixture is hot. Makes 8 servings.

Easy to print recipe is here.

Future modification: None


I'd say…give it a try. Salad really is nice during the summer and the addition of FRESH peaches would be excellent especially with a strong cheese.

And try the rice and hot dogs…but save it for the cold rainy fall day.