Scattered Thoughts of a Crafty Mom

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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Aug 18, 2014

Fettuccine w/ Bacon, Chicken and Fresh Corn Pesto

Do you love fresh sweet corn, pasta and how about bacon?  If you said yes to those questions, then I've got great recipe For Fettuccine with  Fresh Corn Pesto to share with you today!

Fettuccine w/ Bacon, Chicken ad Fresh Corn Pesto

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Aug 17, 2014

8 Delicious Tomato Recipes plus the Inspiration Monday link party

I love a good Tomato (especially a homegrown tomato.) How about you?   Today we're featuring 8 delicious recipes to help you use up all those tomatoes!

8 Tomato Recipes
Be sure to check out all these yummy tomato recipes featured from last weeks party:
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Aug 14, 2014

Got Trim? Easy Scrap-Busting DIY Headbands

 I was organizing my mess of a craft room recently and unearthed a small collection of trim pieces and other small scraps.  Hmm...  I hate throwing anything away, so what to do?

Why, headbands of course!  Headbands are a great way to recycle and use up all the small scrap pieces laying around.

how to make a headband

How to make these simple headbands with scraps!  #scrapbusters #headbands

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Don't Forget- Lands' End Pop-Up Shop Discount Ends Soon!

Don't forget to visit the Lands' End Pop-Up Shop to grab your First Day Fave's! Use the discount code provided at the bottom of the post to receive 25% off of the items featured in our Lands' End Pop-up shop.  Code valid through Sunday, August 17th at 11:59pm. We all want our kids to make lasting impression on their first day!



Every item in the Lands’ End back-to-school collection is built to last, with comfort and durability in mind.  Maybe you need a lunch box or two?  Both my guys got new lunch boxes even though the ones I bought last year (from Lands' End) are still in excellent condition! (Thank you, Lands' End.)


They look ready to go don't they?   There are so many options to choose from at Lands' End: short- and long-sleeved tops, pants, skirts, light weight to heavy weight outerwear.  Perfect for layering.  (Which is what we need- the weather in Texas tends to vary between hot and cold from September to November.)  Whether your child wears regular, slim, plus or husky, every kid fits at Lands’ End – toddlers too!

And don't forget the footwear!


I adore the girl's Athletic Mary Jane sneakers!  They look dressy enough to wear with dresses but are "sneaker-enough" for PE Days!  My son loves the easy on and off of the Landon Low Sneakers.





Don't forget! Use the coupon code and pin below to receive 25% off of the items featured in our Lands' End Pop-up shop. Coupon code valid through Sunday, August 17th at 11:59pm.

Coupon Code: FIRSTDAY4
Pin: 0811


Have you ever ordered from Lands' End before?  What has been your favorite purchase?  Share in the comment section below!

This post was sponsored by Lands’ End through their partnership with POPSUGAR Select. While I was compensated to write a post about Lands’ End, the opinions, images and cute kids are all mine! ;
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Aug 13, 2014

One Shoulder Maxi Dress Tutorial (w/ pattern)

We're back from a fantastic mini beach vacation on the Texas Coast!  It was so nice to just relax and have a good time with the family.  As it turned out, I had a forced (unplanned) beak from electronics too.  There were so many people at our RV resort, it was impossible to access the wi-fi!  The island was way over crowded too, so half the time, there was no cell phone service either.  I did still manage to squeeze out few Instagram posts though- the best reception was on the beach!  (Are you on Instagram?  I would love it if you took a moment to follow me over there: Scattered Mom on Instagram.)

We've been trying to get the kids to the beach all summer and I'm so glad we were finally able to fit this trip in.  We were there with several other family members and cousins galore!  It so was great and the kids had a absolute blast.

For this beach trip, I made my daughter a one-shouldered Maxi Dress in a gorgeous blue tropical batik print cotton gauze I picked up a few months ago.  I saved the dress for her to wear on our beach trip, plus I thought it would be a genius idea to get the tutorial photos of her on the beach, at sunset, in the dress.  (It actually turned out to not be a genius idea, as it was too hot, sticky, and windy, plus the beach was an absolute mad house- even at 7pm.  In all my time living in this small town and visiting over the last few years, I have NEVER seen it so busy!)

One Shoulder Ruffle Maxi Dress Tutorial and Pattern (free)

We made do with a few pictures by the boardwalk leading to the beach...

One Shoulder Ruffle Maxi Dress Tutorial and Pattern (free)

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