Ducks 'n a Row

30 June 2016

Recipe Sharing Party On Yummly and Pinterest TODAY!

Welcome to our Recipe Sharing Party!


We are so glad you're here! Our party opens every Thursday at 9am and goes through Friday evening. We hope you'll plan on coming back.♥

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Visit our blogs? We'd love it if you'd follow us on social media while you're there!

Easy Party Rules...
  • Add up to TWO recipe posts of your own.
  • Visit all of the others (Please bookmark this party to come back a few times for late comers.)
  • Yum every recipe and Pin every recipe!
  • Why Yummly? It is a huge source of traffic for recipe post!
  • If a recipe does not have a YUM button and you have not added Yum button to your toolbar, then Plan B would be for you to just Pin the recipe. 
  • Adding a button to your toolbar is easy: How to add a YUM button 
  • PLEASE TWEET AND SHARE OUR PARTY to spread the news :)
  • Thanks for coming to our party! 

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28 June 2016

Wonderful Wednesday Blog Hop #181

Welcome!

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We are so glad that you came to our party  Enjoy the features that were so popular with our guests last week and then add some of your own at this party! Please do be friendly and visit a few before moving on -- yes, "mingle!"



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Simple Guidelines ...

  • Please follow our hosts on social media - it may take a few weeks but we sure do appreciate it! (social media links below) 
  • Please TWEET our party.
  • Add as many of your family-friendly posts as you would like to. NO giveaways, Etsy shops or blog parties, please. 
  • Visit two or more others. Let them know you've been there! 
  • When you are PINNING, please remember to do it from the original post. 
  • Follow our Wonderful Wednesday PINTEREST board, if you'd like (below) 
  • If you are new,  let us know in the comments so that we can follow you back. 
  • And, thanks for joining us!

Sinea of Ducks 'n a Row
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Saira from Mom Resource and Bath Time Fun Time  

Tammy of My Life Abundant

CD of CD's Country Living

Emma of Adventures of Adam

Heidi Jo of Simplee Thrifty

Niki of Play And Learn Every Day

Brittany of Mommy On Demand

Kim of 2JustByou

Shannon of Crafty Mama In Me

Dawn of Spatulas on Parade

Marilyn of Marilyn’s Treats

Candace of Musings Of Candace Jean

Rachel of Busy Mommy Media

Jennifer of Engineer Mommy

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Make Your Basket Planter Look Brand New For Cheap!

Sometimes the best ideas are so easy and inexpensive, we forget to tell anybody what we did. This wicker basket redo is one of those things - it took minutes to do. Easy-peasy!

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I love this basket planter. My daughter-in-law picked it out for me for Mother's Day last year and I enjoyed its beauty all summer long. But over the winter, something happened to the basket. Though it was in the safety of the garage, out of the elements, it became old and weathered over those few short months.

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Hubby said "Well, this one's shot. You might as well throw it away." But I knew better. I could make it good as new with ease. It was so simple. 


How To Make Your Old Wicker Basket Planter Look New

  • First, take the plastic liner out. Wash it with clear water or replace it with new.
  • Next, brush off the outside of the basket to remove any loose particles and dirt.
  • Now, spray it with semi-gloss spray paint with primer
  • Let it dry.
  • Put the liner inside.
  • Fill with potting soil.
  • Add plants*
  • Done!
*I love New Guinea Impatiens for their bold blooms and waxy green leaves. For this planter I used both white and red impatiens plants. 

Have you ever rescued an item that looked like it was doomed to the dumpster? Tell us what you did!


Enjoy!


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    27 June 2016

    How To Make A Drawstring Bag From A Pillowcase

    Drawstring bags are a simple means of transporting and/or storing things. Pirates used them to carry their gold doubloons and other treasures- or at least they do in the movies. Cowboys and gold miners did in the Wild West, too, didn't they? Maybe their moms made them! LOL

    Whether it is a nesting place for children's toys or a quick way to get assorted items from "here" to "there," drawstring bags are easy to make and do come in handy. 

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    Babies, babies, BABIES! Of all the celebrations, I love welcoming BABIES into the world. Our family has had three babies born in the past 6 months -all boys. They are still out numbered by our little girls 4-1, though.


    We had a shower recently for one of the little lads and i decided to make a baby gift basket with "mommy grab 'n go" bags inside. They were filled with essentials that mom might need when out and about with her little ones: diapers, baby wipes, bib, receiving blanket, pacifier and a trashbag to wrap up soiled diapers and wipes while on the road. 



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    The mommy grab n go bags are quite easy to make, even for novices.  I decided to buy some vivid blue and white pillow cases to make mine - since the baby was a boy. The wide border at the top of the cases is already a channel for the ribbon or drawstring to run through. Much less work!  


    How To Make a Drawstring Bag
    Tools you will need: scissors, pins, sewing machine, thread, needle (for hand sewing,) iron (optional), 2 pillow cases, ribbon.

    I will walk you through it detail but, in short, here are the steps:

    1. measure the pillowcase for size
    2. cut the pillowcase in half (for two bags, you will have leftover fabric*)
    3. pin each pillowcase in half, lengthwise, inside out.
    4. pin along the bottom
    5. using a sewing machine, sew across the bottom and up one side.
    6. STOP sewing as you get to the channel. DO NOT sew it closed.
    7. finish the edges of the open channel, by hand.
    8. turn the newly sewn bag rightside out.
    9. iron it.
    10. attach a safety pin to one end of the ribbon and feed it through the channel.
    11. remove the safety pin.
    12. fill it with "goodies"
    13. done!
    *Notice that I used some of the leftover fabric to make a matching bow for the outside of the gift basket.

    You can get two bags out of one pillow case with ease. Since the receiving blanket and multiple diapers would take up the bulk of the room,  I laid them on top of a pillowcase to get a feel for just how big they should be. You may want to do the same, assuming you know what will be stored in yours.

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    Tip: Lay a straight piece of paper on the fabric to use as a guide to cut the bottom of the bag in a straight line. 

    Cut all the way across the bottom of the pillowcase for the bottom seams of the bags.

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    Now, cut each side seam all the way down. You now have TWO separate pieces of fabric, each with a ready-made channel for the top where the ribbons will be run through. 



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    Fold each bag in half, inside out, with the channels meeting each other. Remember NOT to sew that end shut. It has to be left open, edges finished off by hand, to run the drawstring ribbon through.


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    This is what the channel looks like.



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    Pin each bag and, using a sewing machine, sew across the bottom and up the side up to, but not including, the channel.

    Turn the bag rightside out. Hand-sew the edges of the channel, folding the edges inside the channel, to make a nice neat piece.


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     Iron them.


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    The ribbon or cord that you will use for the drawstring should be several inches longer than the channel on each end when the bag is laying out flat. You need substantial ends to be able to pull and tie them. I decided to use a pretty blue ribbon that would be tied in a bow.

    Take a safety pin and attach it to the end of your ribbon. Now, thread it through the channel, leaving some of the ribbon hanging on one side and more on the other.


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    Fill the bags with all the goodies!




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    How to make a drawstring bag from a pillowcase!

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    What other uses can you think of for drawstring bags?
    Any thoughts on what else we can put in a mommy grab 'n go bag?

    Enjoy!



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