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A Goal Charged May

Then from the drizzly grey Seattle morning, she reappeared, as quickly and quietly as she disappeared months before. She was like that.  March and April had been full of wonder and discovery, but they were also harsh, unsympathetic to her moods or whims. But May: May was full of promise. May was full of spring and sun and flowers, warm and inviting. And here is what she made:

spring cleaningThe challenge: 31 days to complete a spring clean of the home. Some tasks large, some small so that if something time consuming comes up, there are some littler tasks to wrestle. You wouldn’t happen to want to join the challenge yourself, would you? Who am I kidding, of course you would. Here you go, free of charge, of course. My gift to you for being amazing and inspiring readers.

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Will you be spring cleaning this year, or do you consider it an empty goal, something you’ll start then abandon, like cliche resolutions? Share your stories and methods below.

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DIY Cloud Banner

Here is an easy and frugal cloud banner for your little love bugs bedroom! It’s completely customizable. Use grey felt for storm clouds or use different colored thread to match the nursery decor.This whole project cost me about $5.00. Yep. You read that right.

 

Materials:

Felt – whatever cloud color you would like. I used four sheets of white felt.

Embroidery Thread – I used teal for the stitch and white to hang the clouds

Stuffing – It can be anything you have lying around. I used toilet paper. Shhh it’s a secret.

Big thick sewing needle

That’s it! You really don’t need a cloud stencil. Think puffy thoughts.

 

Step 1:

Cut your felt sheet in half. Fold that half in half and draw a beautiful fluffy cloud. DO NOT worry too much about a perfect cloud, or whether it looks cumulonimbus enough. I varied my size and shape with each one, because, you know, they’re clouds. Now cut through both sheets so you end up with two. If you’re wondering what to use to draw your cloud, I used a crayon for half, then lost it so used a marker for the rest. Just flip your cloud inside out so the marker doesn’t show.

Step 2:

Do you know how to blanket stitch? No, neither did I. So I looked it up on YouTube.Pretty easy. Just blanket stitch around the outside of the cloud with your thread. Again, don’t worry about stitching perfectly. I think that a little difference gives it that cute whimsical look. Stitch til its about 75% closed then stuff the cloud. Now finish stitching it up.

Step 3:

Run your white thread through the back of the clouds and TAH-DAH it’s a banner, or garland. I stitched near the top of the cloud so it would hang right. Now just put it up on the wall and enjoy!

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Let me know if you tried in the comments below. Did it work? Any suggestions?

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Renton IKEA is Having a Moving Sale : Up to 50% off on Displays and Offering 50 New Jobs.

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I first heard about this from a local blog I follow –  The Coupon Project . (Thanks Angela!)

The Renton IKEA, part of the world’s leading home furninshing retailer, is moving to a new space next door. This means that along with local economic growth (they are offering 50 new job opportunities) they will be selling off their display furniture at savings up to 50% off! If you have ever struggled and suffered like I have with the pictorial assembly instructions, your ears should be perking up at this news – everything will be preassembled! And since the prices at IKEA are already fantastic, you will be getting AMAZING DEALS for almost new furniture.

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Free Canadian Parks Pass to Celebrate 150 Years

A young family enjoying a picnic, Fort Malden National Historic Site.

Free 2017 Discovery Pass

As Canada’s gift to you, the 2017 Discovery Pass will provide free admission for the entire year to Parks Canada places from coast-to-coast to coast!

Head on over to this link and order now! Even shipping is free.

http://www.commandesparcs-parksorders.ca/webapp/wcs/stores/servlet/en/ProductDisplay?storeId=22953&categoryId=216870&catalogId=53407&productId=524527&errorViewName=ProductDisplayErrorView&top_category=216870&parent_category_rn=216870&langId=-1