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Ghost Lee Good Sign

I have had this project in my head for years!  I think I finally had to get it out of my head today!  I found a few old boards in the wood pile. They are 1″ thick and assorted lengths, perfect for this sign. Hubby helped me with the large post, I think you could definitely do this with a shorter/smaller board for the stick in the ground 🙂

Please note the words are not misspelled but rather I played on our last name. I thought I would have some fun with the sign!

Time: Approximately 1 hour
Level: If you can paint or nail a board, you can do this!
4 1″ x various length boards ( minimum board length here is approximately 2′)
White paint
Black marker
Nail or screws to attach boards to stick
3-4′ stick to attach boards to (longer will also work)

1. Decide what spooky words you want for your sign. Select the appropriate size boards for each word.
2. Using white paint and small paint brush, paint words onto boards. Let dry
3. Use black marker for accents. See the skull.
4. Screw or nail boards to the long stick and drive it into the ground.


Leaf Garland Tutorial

About 10 years ago we planted our first Virginia Creeper vine at our previous home. Known for being a fast growing and hardy plant (likely to survived our snowy winters) my husband selected it mostly for its vivid fall color change. We loved it and it grew several feet in the first year!

So when we moved to our new home 6 years ago, we agreed on side of the house needed a good climbing vine to give our “cape-cod, Victorian cottage in the mountains” a little romance. I stopped by the local nursery and selected several vines. Upon my return home, I excitedly planted them and when my hubby returned home was informed that they were NOT what he wanted. They were not Virginia Creepers (I think they were English something or others which in my mind some how correlated with Virginia-yup that is how my brain works-eek!)

So we agreed to see if the new vines survived. I suspect he poured salt on them or something because not one of those vines survived the winter leaving us with no vines the next spring. The new homeowners of our old home agreed we could stop in and take a few slips to replant.  We have successfully transplanted the Virginia Creeper vines which are now thoroughly taking over the one side of the house giving it a charming feel that all “cape-cod Victorian cottages in the mountain” should have. And now that we are into fall, the foliage is changing from green to yellow to red…just beautiful. The hubs was right again! (don’t tell him I said that).

So today my boys ran into the house with handfuls of large red and yellow leaves. They wanted to do something with them. Still in a fog of sickness, I just couldn’t get into any king of major art project. So we made leaf garland….here’s how you can make your own!

Time: 10 minutes-maybe
Yarn (I think jute string would have been better but was too sick to go rummaging for it!)

1. Cut approximately 3-4′ of string/yarn

2. Begin making a knot (my husband, the master knots-man would know the name of this knot, half-hitch maybe?)

3. Slip stem of leave into open knot.

4. Tighten string around stem.  Repeat a few inches down the string. I would make the knot and then the boys slide the stem in place and tighten the string themselves. They really like doing things for themselves!

5. Continue until you have made a garland to your desired length.

Mommy’s Helper Apron

At my boy’s school, they spent an entire month learning about restaurants. They made chef hats, menus, learned to be servers and clear the table. I was so lucky to be able to create their little server aprons with a pocket for their pen and order sheets/menus.  It gave me a little inpsiration for these little aprons which are perfect for art projects, gardening and of course pretending to work in a restaurant!


3 pieces of fabric cut to 12 x 7 1/2

2 pieces of iron-on interfacing (pellon 911ff)

22 x 4″ strip of fabric for the waist strap

2″ of velcro (loop and hook fastener)


1. Choose which fabric will be the pocket. Fold the top (12″ side) 3/4″ down, press. Fold again, press. Top-stitch along folded edge through all 3 layers.

2. Iron interfacing to the wrong side of the remaining two pieces of 12 x 7.5″ fabric.

3. Place pocket piece wrong side facing the right side one of the pieces of fabric (the one you want to see on the outside of apron 🙂

4. Stitch down the center of pocket starting at the top (folded side of pocket) down to the bottom of the apron.

5. Place back piece on top of the pocket with right sides facing, lining up raw edges. Stitch around the sides and bottom leaving the top open for turning.

6. Clip corners and turn right side out. Press.

7. Top stitch 1/4″ from edge around the sides and bottom of the apron.

Making the strap:

8. Using the 22 x 4″ piece, fold fabric edges lengthwise to the center, press.

9. Line up the long edge with the top raw edge of apron and pin in place. Stitch along the fold securing the strap to the apron. Note: when pinning in place, make sure the end of the strip hangs over the apron edge 1/2″. Fold this 1/2″ to the wrong side of strap.

10. Fold the strap in half so that the other fold edge is on the back side of the apron. Line up the folded edge with the stitch you just made to secure the strap to the apron. Pin in place. Fold apron strap end under to hide the raw edge.

11. Top stitch 1/4″ from the strap seam, stitching through all layers of the strap and apron. Topstitch 1/4″ from the top fold of the strap.

Attach the Velcro:

12. Place the “soft” side of the velcro piece at the end of the strap that lines up with the edge of the apron (facing out) and stitch around all four sides. Place the other side of the velcro at the end of the strap so that when you wrap the strap around your child the velcro will attach without the strap twisting. Stitch around all four sides of this velcro.

Voila! Done!

Add a ruffle: Do this between steps 4 & 5

Cut a 45″ x 3″ piece of fabric for the ruffle (I usually cut this from selvage to selvage)

Fold in half lenthwise and press. Make a mark with fabric pen or using a pin place a marker every 15″ along the strip. Gather the raw edge using the longest straight stitch on your machine and stitch 1/4-1/2″ from the raw edge.

Match up raw eges of the ruffle and the apron by matching the center mark of the ruffle with the center bottom of the apron. Match the othe marks with the each corner of the apron and pin in place. Pull on the bobbin thread to gather the ruffle. Pin ruffle in place. Note: be sure to keep the ruffle away from the seam allowance in the corners or your ruffle will get caught and look funny on the corners…if youmake this mistake, you’ll know what I mean 🙂