Scattered Thoughts of a Crafty Mom

Sep 2, 2014

Organic Cotton Plus Giveaway

I was at a sewing get-together a few months ago and we were discussing where to buy knit fabrics. I made a little joke about how sometimes when you order knits online, you don't always know what you might get...  My friend said that she had been ordering all her knits from Organic Cotton Plus, their quality was fantastic and she has not been disappointed.

I am very excited today to introduce Organic Cotton Plus as the newest sponsor of Scattered Thoughts of a Crafty Mom
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What is organic cotton you ask?

Organic cotton is grown using methods and materials that have a low impact on the environment. So, that means no fungicides, insecticides or GMOs in the growing of the cotton and no toxic chemicals, waxes petroleums or heavy metals are used in the production and dyeing of the fabric.

You can find knits, wovens, hemp fabric and silk in solids and all sorts of gorgeous prints.  They also carry buttons, batting, ribbon, supplies for dyeing and tons of other notions.

Now, I'm partial to colorful knit prints and already dyed solid fabrics, and I am loving the selection of the interlock knits.  How cute is that mustache print...  It would be darling as a pair of jammies for my son!  Their fabric also comes un-dyed if you wanted to give dyeing a try...


Organic Cotton Plus.  Fabulous resource for organic fabrics!
Don't skip the woven prints, such a great selection!

Be sure to check out Organic Cotton Plus to see what they have to offer!  Don't forget to book mark their site for your next online shopping trip!  You can also like them on Facebook and Twitter to keep up with announcements, sales and see what everyone else is making with their fabrics!

Would you like the chance to win a $50 gift Certificate to Organic Cotton Plus?  Now's your chance!  To enter the rafflecopter giveaway form below.  If you are reading this post via email or a reader, you may need to click here to access the form.

Good luck!

a Rafflecopter giveaway


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Sep 1, 2014

How to Make your own Silk Screen, The Easy Way!

Many times, when I have a project in mind, I'll spend hours searching online to find the perfect fabric or just the right complementary clothing item. And sometimes, it 's just not out there.   I created my own fabric in these projects with stencils and stamps:  Woodland Creatures skirt, Polka Dot Leggings, and Star Fabric.  But what if you can't find just the right stamp or stencil?

How to make your own silk screen, the easy way!


I was researching on-line about how to make my own silk screens and all the tutorials just seemed too complicated  (or too expensive...)
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Aug 31, 2014

11 Easy Weeknight Dinner Ideas, Inspiration Monday and a Giveaway!

Today's Inspiration Monday is a special one!
We're adding a seventh permanent hostess to our fun!

Please welcome Meegan from What Meegan Makes!
And we also have a fabulous giveaway from One BLESSED Mommie!



We feature lots of your projects during the duration of the party via social media.
To search for features, use #InspirationMonday. 
Feel free to follow along via our blogs below:


Last week's party had us drooling over the deliciousness! And with the busy school season upon us, cooking time can be hard to come by. We pulled several of the yummiest, easiest, weeknight dinner recipes for you to enjoy. Check out all of the awesomeness below {this week's features selected by Kristi from I Should Be Mopping the Floor}>>>

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Quick and Easy: Sausage, Chicken and Black Bean Paella Recipe

This post brought to you by Butterball Every Day. The yummy Sausage and chicken Paella recipe, photos an opinions are 100% mine.

My family is a big fan of sausage.  However I decide to prepare it, they gobble it up!  Today, I am sharing this oh-so yummy, Quick and Easy, Sausage, Chicken and Black Bean Paella recipe.

Sausage, Chicken and Black Bean Paella Recipe


Traditionally, Paella is a Spanish Rice dish made with meat, seafood, veggies and rice, flavored with saffron and other spices.  We love all these flavors, but for the most part, I don't have the desire to cook this dish from scratch.  So, I've put together a quick and easy short-cut recipe for you and your family to enjoy.  (We sure do!)
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Aug 28, 2014

7+ Deliciously Creative Lunchbox Ideas

We've been back in school for almost a week. So far so good... everyone is happy and adjusting well, despite a first day school bus snafu. (My kids have been riding the bus home from day one- so I was a bit surprised to get a phone call, 40 minutes after school was out, to let me know that my daughter did not get on the bus and could I please come pick her up. I still haven't gotten an explanation on how it took that long for someone to figure out my 7 year old shouldn't be wondering around the school property by herself...)

One of my goals this school year is to rely less on the school lunches and do a better job keeping the fridge and pantry stocked with kid friendly, healthy lunch items. I have one child that will eat peanut butter and jelly sandwich every day if I let him, but the other child will not touch a sandwich with a 10 foot pole. I definitely have to be creative with our lunch menus...

7 Deliciously Creative Lunchbox Ideas

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Aug 27, 2014

Knit Night Gown Tutorial (Pattern Hack)

I'm still catching up on all of the sewing I did before our end of the summer trip.  We'd left the kids with their cousins for a few extra days and I thought my lil' missy would like to have a new nightgown for her trip.

free nightgown tutorial and pattern


Once again, I used my free tank top pattern as the base of this project.  I've just about run out of ideas for this pattern, although I do have one more project planned before putting it away- I'm going to create a sleeve for all the sizes and add it to the pattern.  (But first, I'm making another one of these dresses and some shorties with this pattern.)

Use this free pdf pattern and tutorial to make a nightgown for your little one.

This little nightgown came together in a snap!  Here is the link to the pattern ==>>  Tank top pattern.  Follow the instructions in the tutorial and make the following changes:
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Aug 25, 2014

Curried Egg Salad Recipe

When it comes to Egg Salad, I'm definitely a traditionalist.  I love my eggs prepared with Miracle Whip, mustard, sweet relish and salt and pepper.  Occasionally, I'll get the urge to try something new and when I came across a recipe for a Curried Egg Salad, I definitely wanted to try it!  I thought it would be a perfect take along appetizer to go with the meal I had prepared for one of our recent outings.
curried egg salad recipe


Now, if you're not a fan of curry, this Egg Salad recipe may not be for you.  But if you do like curry, then you just might have found a new way to enjoy your egg salad.  (My family gave it 3 out of 4 thumbs up...)
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Aug 24, 2014

6 Fun DIY Paint Projects to Inspire you plus the Inspiration Monday Link Party

Are you tired of your old furniture? Is it old and lacking personality?
Or did you pick up a piece on the side of the road?
We had a ton of DIY Paint projects linked up last week!  Here are a few of our faves to inspire you:

This week's selections were made by Debbie from Refresh Restyle
Painted Furniture Ideas & Inspiration Monday

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Aug 20, 2014

Swing Tank Pattern- size 3 to 8 (free)

Remember my little swing tank from a few weeks ago?  I finally finished redrafting the pattern for you!

Free Swing Tank sewing pattern for girls. (size 3 to 8)


I made this striped and screen-printed swing top for our vacation last week.  (I was sewing on this top and some nightgowns up until we left!)  It turned out really cute, I even hand-screen printed the little pineapple to the fabric.
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Creamy Avocado Dip, & 20+ Healthy Snack Ideas for Kids

Who's ready for their kids to be back in school? I've been going back and forth... On one hand, yes- I want them back in school! On the other hand, I'm just not ready to let go of our lazy mornings and carefree, (mostly) schedule-less days. (6:15 rolls around awfully early.)

I've spent the last week trying to ease everyone back into the back to school routine. We've been sticking to bedtimes and re-focusing on our educational workbooks and reading. Plus, I've been shopping, stocking my freezer and making lists. (I ♥ lists...)

Creamy Avocado Dip, and 20+ Healthy Snack Ideas for Kids


Today, I have a new recipe for Creamy Avocado Dip and a great round up of healthy after school snack ideas for kids to share.
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