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Super Easy Draw String Bag Tutorial is a post from Confessions of a Homeschooler. If you’ve enjoyed this post, be sure to follow Erica on Instagram, Twitter, Facebook, Pinterest, and Google+! Also be sure to stop by her Community to join the discussion or her Store to see her latest items!

Looking for a fun and easy project for a beginner sewer? Look no further! This cute drawstring bag is the easiest project ever. It only takes about 10-15 minutes to make and uses up minimal fabric!

These bags are a great way to use up some of your left over fabric and they make really cute gifts as well!

Ready to get started sewing?

Watch Erica’s Super Easy Drawstring Bag tutorial here!

Erica's SUPER EASY DRAWSTRING BAG // Sewing Tutorial! - YouTube

Supplies:

And that’s it everyone! As you can see this project is great for new sewers! These cute pouches make great craft bags, gift bags, and just fun colorful ways to store your goodies!

I hope you enjoyed this easy summer project and I’ll see you in the next video soon!

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2019-2020 Weekly Blog Planner is a post from Confessions of a Homeschooler. If you’ve enjoyed this post, be sure to follow Erica on Instagram, Twitter, Facebook, Pinterest, and Google+! Also be sure to stop by her Community to join the discussion or her Store to see her latest items!

Looking for a colorful and detailed BLOG PLANNER? Look no further,my 2019-2020 Weekly Blog Planner has everything you need!

Click here to get the 2019-2020 Weekly Blog Planner!

Details:

This planner is a downloadable PDF file and has 144 full color pages. The pages aren’t dated, so you can write in the dates for each week. This planner runs August 2019– July 2020.

The Insides:

Each month has statistic sheets as well as a weekly view layout where you can list all of your blog posts. If you print double sided like I suggest, you’ll end up with your weekly calendar on one side and the notes and other information for that week on the opposing side.
It includes weekly Statistics, websites and inspiration, post ideas and notes, tweets, pinterest pins, and additional notes.

NEW this year are blog series ideas/tracking, general blog information including host domains, URLS, etc. And a yearly blog grid for any larger projects you may need to keep track of!

Also NEW this year is a blog series tracking section where you can keep track of blog hops, and other series you may run on your site.

as well as some financial/accounting information to help keep track of expenses and income. And pages at the back for general brainstorming and note taking. I like to use this area to list projects, posts, and video ideas for next year.

I have included a statistics and analytics tracking page to help keep track of all of your social media statistics, as well as blog post ideas for general brainstorming.

There is also a year at a glance page along with giveaway and review tracking pages.

It also includes pages to help keep track of your sponsors, advertising and affiliates.

How to print and assemble:
After downloading, I suggest printing the planner double sided. If your printer doesn’t have that capability you can also print the planner double-sided by printing all of the odd pages starting with page 1. Then flip the printed pages and print the even pages on the backs.

I print on a light weight cardstock or nicer quality copy paper just to give the planner a little more durability. It also keeps the ink from bleeding through when writing on both sides.

Next take the printed sheets to your Office Supply store and have them spiral bind it. I spent about $4.50 for the coil and a clear front cover for my planner. This just makes it more durable and holds it together beautifully!

Click here to get the 2018-2019 Weekly Blog Planner!

I hope you enjoy this planner, as always feel free to send improvements and suggestions to me via email. I can’t promise I’ll be able to attend to all requests, but if it is something that would be useful to most bloggers I will do my best to update the planner!
Happy Blogging!

NOTE: This is a downloadable PDF product. You will not receive a hard copy via mail.

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July 2019 Monthly Calendar Printable is a post from Confessions of a Homeschooler. If you’ve enjoyed this post, be sure to follow Erica on Instagram, Twitter, Facebook, Pinterest, and Google+! Also be sure to stop by her Community to join the discussion or her Store to see her latest items!

Hi everyone! My July 2019 Monthly Printable Calendars are available for download!

For kiddos who need more handwriting and number writing practice, I’ve created a traceable version where they can practice number formation and counting.

I’ve also created one with numbers already printed for students not ready for handwriting, or for students who already know how to write numbers well.

To use the traceable calendar: Have students use a marker or pencil to trace each number, then have student count up to today’s number.

To use the dot calendar: Have students a bingo dabber or small stickers to mark each day as it passes. Have students start back at one and count up to today’s number for counting practice. If they’re ready you might also encourage them to count only odd or even numbers.

Alternate advanced ideas:

Have students create a pattern as they write/mark their dates!

For example write odd numbers in red and even numbers in blue (ABA pattern). For more advanced patterns, use multiple colors to create more patterns.

You can also use stickers to create patterns, for example on day 1 put a star sticker, day 2 a smiley face, day 3 a star, and so on. See below for more pattern ideas.

Here are a few patterns you can encourage your kiddos to use when working with daily calendars:

  • AAB (i.e.: red, red, blue)
  • ABBA (i.e.: red, blue, blue, red)
  • ABAB (i.e.: red, blue, red, blue)
  • ABC (i.e.: red, blue, green)

There are lots of ways to create patterns, so feel free to get creative with your calendars!

Weather: I’ve also included a small weather graph at the bottom of the monthly calendar as well. Have students either color one square or put an “x” in one square for the appropriate weather each day. At the end of the month compare to see which type of weather was most/least common.

–>> Download the July 2019 Printable Calendar pages here!

Thanks for stopping by today, I hope you enjoy these monthly calendars and that they make your homeschool days a little more fun and engaging!

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Fabric Rope Bowl // TUTORIAL is a post from Confessions of a Homeschooler. If you’ve enjoyed this post, be sure to follow Erica on Instagram, Twitter, Facebook, Pinterest, and Google+! Also be sure to stop by her Community to join the discussion or her Store to see her latest items!

Hi everyone! I’ve been meaning to make a bowl for Jax for quite some time now as he is a lover of all bowls and boxes! I thought this fabric and rope bowl would be the perfect fit for him and boy was I right!

He is constantly laying in his bowl and even hung out with me while I made it LOL! It took me a day to make the bowl, and that included filming time so you could definitely whip one out fairly quickly once you get going.

Supplies for this project are simple:

Ready to get started on this super easy project?

Watch the Fabric Rope Bowl Sewing Tutorial here!

Easy Fabric Rope Bowl // SEWING TUTORIAL!! - YouTube

I used wonder clips to help hold my fabric strips. Once I got the base going, I just continued adding more fabric strips. I think I added about 5 or so at a time to make it go a little faster.

You can make these bowls any size you like! Mine was about 8” on the base and then I started up the sides. It was a perfect fit!

The higher you angle your base, the steeper your sides will be. You can make the sides as steep or gradual of a slope as you like.

You’ll see the sides taking form after a couple of rows!

And it’s as easy as that! This is such a fun project!

As you can see this project is super easy and perfect for storing all kinds of goodies from to craft supplies and kitties!

If you make this project make sure to tag me @ericaarndt on Instagram or Facebook and use #ericasropebowl so I can see your projects!

Thanks for joining me today! I hope you enjoyed this project!

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What’s in the Workbox: 9th Grade is a post from Confessions of a Homeschooler. If you’ve enjoyed this post, be sure to follow Erica on Instagram, Twitter, Facebook, Pinterest, and Google+! Also be sure to stop by her Community to join the discussion or her Store to see her latest items!

Hey guys! It’s time for another What’s in the Workbox Wednesday post! We really love this system. It’s so easy for everyone! When they were younger I used to swap out their drawers daily, but now we just leave one to two subjects in each box and they work through them in whatever order they want to. So it really only takes me about 1 minute on Fridays to pull out worksheets for the upcoming week and that’s it!

Not sure what I’m talking about? Click here for more info on what workboxes are and how we use them!

Let’s see what my 9th grader is up to this year shall we?

His first drawer houses his One God One Plan Daily Devotion, his Daily Agenda, and his drawer organizer.

I always get a lot of questions on our daily lesson plans and where I get that printout from (the spiral with the yellow highlighted activities).  You can get our homeschool lesson plans by grade here!

We’re also making our way through Understanding the Times by Summit curriculum. It’s not in the drawer, we do this as a group so the books are in my teacher’s cabinet.

In his second drawer he keeps his math. He’s using Math U See Geometry this year. I just pull out one week’s worth of worksheets every Friday so he’s ready to go for the upcoming week. Then he just pulls one off the top each day. Easy peasy!

His next drawer has IEW Following Narnia Vol. 2IEW Little Mermaid Book 4, and his literature. I don’t pull out worksheets for these, we just use those sticky tabs and move them from one day to the next so he knows what worksheet he’s on. This is out first year using Introduction to Literature by Janice Campbell and we’re really loving it. I’ll do a review on it shortly!

This year he is using BJU Press 9th Grade Distance Online   for both Science and History. He’s doing well in both! Again we just use a sticky tab to keep track of where he is in the booklet and he does his lessons online.

His last drawer has BJU Press Spanish 1 and his left over Spelling You See. And yes, I’m making him finish the series because he needs the practice.

And that’s it for our 9th grade curriculum line up this year! So far we love everything!

Here is our entire 9th Grade Curriculum lineup, some things don’t fit in the boxes and so I thought you’d like to see them all listed:

Options: We participate in a once a week options program through our local school district. They offer a variety of classes that help supplement our homeschooling. It also provides the kids with a fun day where they get to see their friends and participate in a classroom environment. Here is a list of his classes this year:

  • PE
  • Computer Science
  • Drawing
  • Instrument Creation
  • Theater Tech Team

Check out our Homeschool Room Tour here!

Need Help Getting Started?

Check out my new HOW TO HOMESCHOOL eCourse! In this course you will learn everything you need to know to be able to homeschool your children and have your BEST HOMESCHOOLING year yet!

I hope this helps some of you out, I know getting started can be overwhelming! I wrote a book called Homeschooling 101 that will help answer all of your questions on how to get started homeschooling, choosing curriculum, creating lesson plans, etc. For more information on homeschooling check out my Homeschooling 101: A guide to getting started!

Disclosure: Some of the links above are affiliate links. I may receive a small percentage if you purchase items through my link, so thank you for helping to support my blog! That said, I do NOT recommend anything that we do not use in our homeschool.

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How to Knit: The Long Tail Cast On is a post from Confessions of a Homeschooler. If you’ve enjoyed this post, be sure to follow Erica on Instagram, Twitter, Facebook, Pinterest, and Google+! Also be sure to stop by her Community to join the discussion or her Store to see her latest items!

Hi everyone! I’m back with a new video in my beginner friendly How to Knit series! Today I’ll be showing you how to do the Long Tail Cast On two different ways. We’ll cover how to make a slip knot as well as how to do the cast on without using a slip knot. Both ways are very beginner friendly and work well for almost any project!

Keep in mind there are a variety of ways to cast on for knitting projects, this is just one of them!

.

Ready to get started?

Watch my How to Knit: The Long Tail Cast On video tutorial here!

The Long Tail Cast On // HOW TO KNIT SERIES - YouTube
Supplies mentioned in the video:

And that’s it, as you can see casting on is super easy and now you’re ready for the next step! Stay tuned for more How to Knit videos coming soon! If you have a knitting skill you’d like a video tutorial on, make sure to leave a comment below!

Thanks for joining me today and happy knitting!

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2019-2020 Monthly Blog Planner is a post from Confessions of a Homeschooler. If you’ve enjoyed this post, be sure to follow Erica on Instagram, Twitter, Facebook, Pinterest, and Google+! Also be sure to stop by her Community to join the discussion or her Store to see her latest items!

Hi fellow bloggers! Are you looking for a fun and detailed monthly blog planner?

Look no further, I just released my 2019-2020 Monthly Blog Planner! YAY!

So if you’re ready to get going for the upcoming year make sure to grab your planner now!

Click here to get the 2019-2020 Monthly Blog Planner!

Details: This planner is a downloadable PDF file and has 48 full color pages. The pages aren’t dated, so you can write in the dates for each week. This planner runs August 2019 – July 2020.

MONTHLY Blog Planner Insides Include:

Each month has statistic sheets as well as a monthly view layout where you can list all of your blog posts. If you print double sided like I suggest, you’ll end up with your monthly calendar on one side and the notes and other information for that month on the opposing side.

It includes Monthly Statistics, websites and inspiration, post ideas and notes, tweets, pinterest pins, and additional notes.

NEW this year are blog series ideas/tracking, general blog information including host domains, URLs, etc. And a yearly blog grid for any larger projects you may need to keep track of!

Also NEW this year is a blog series tracking section where you can keep track of blog hops, and other series you may run on your site.

It also includes financial/accounting information to help keep track of expenses and income. And pages at the back for general brainstorming and note taking. I like to use this area to list projects, posts, and video ideas for the year.

I have included a statistics and analytics tracking page as well as blog post ideas.

There is also a year at a glance page along a page to organize any giveaways and reviews you may be doing.

It also includes pages to help keep track of your sponsors, advertisers and affiliates.

How to print and assemble:

After downloading, I suggest printing the planner double sided. If your printer doesn’t have that capability you can also print the planner double-sided by printing all of the odd pages starting with page 1. Then flip the printed pages and print the even pages on the backs.

I print on a light weight cardstock or nicer quality copy paper just to give the planner a little more durability. It also keeps the ink from bleeding through when writing on both sides.

Next take the printed sheets to your Office Supply store and have them spiral bind it. I spent about $4.50 for the coil and a clear front cover for my planner. This just makes it more durable and holds it together beautifully!

Click here to get the 2019-2020 Monthly Blog Planner!

NOTE: This is a downloadable product. You will not be mailed a hard copy of this planner.

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Easy Zipper Pouch // Sewing Tutorial! is a post from Confessions of a Homeschooler. If you’ve enjoyed this post, be sure to follow Erica on Instagram, Twitter, Facebook, Pinterest, and Google+! Also be sure to stop by her Community to join the discussion or her Store to see her latest items!

Good morning! It’s Thursday, and that means it’s time for another sewing tutorial! Today I’ll show you how to make this super EASY ZIPPER POUCH!

This project is very beginner friendly and even includes a little quilting if you’d like to get your feet wet! But don’t worry, there are instructions on how to skip that step if you want to make this bag even easier in the PDF download below!

Let’s get started shall we?

Watch my Easy Zipper Pouch video tutorial here:

Easy Zipper Pouch // SEWING TUTORIAL - YouTube
 

Download the Easy Zipper Pouch PDF here:

I just did simple quilting on this project to make the strips stand out. I used my regular sewing foot and just followed the seam lines stitching 1/4” away from them on either side.

I used a fun floral print for the lining. This is from the Vintage Picnic line by Bonnie and Camille for Moda. It’s one of my favorites and I’ve been hoarding it for a few years LOL! But it’s so nice to see it being used in a project

I can’t wait to fill this bag with goodies! Of course it’s perfect for knitting, crochet, and stitching projects, but it’s even great as a makeup bag or for school supplies! Really you can put anything you want in this little zipper pouch!

Supplies used in this tutorial: (See Erica’s Easy Project Bucket PDF Pattern download for specific cutting instructions.)

And that’s it friends! As you can see this project is super easy and perfect for storing all kinds of goodies from school supplies to craft supplies and more!

If you make this project make sure to tag me @ericaarndt on Instagram or Facebook and use #ericaseasyzippouch so I can see your projects!

Thanks for joining me today, I hope you enjoyed this tutorial!

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What’s in the Workbox: 7th Grade is a post from Confessions of a Homeschooler. If you’ve enjoyed this post, be sure to follow Erica on Instagram, Twitter, Facebook, Pinterest, and Google+! Also be sure to stop by her Community to join the discussion or her Store to see her latest items!

Hey guys! It’s time for another What’s in the Workbox Wednesday post! We really love this system. It’s so easy for everyone! When they were younger I used to swap out their drawers daily, but now we just leave one to two subjects in each box and they work through them in whatever order they want to. So it really only takes me about 1 minute on Fridays to pull out worksheets for the upcoming week and that’s it!

Not sure what I’m talking about? Click here for more info on what workboxes are and how we use them!

Let’s see what my 7th grader is up to this year shall we?

Her first drawer houses her One God One Plan Daily Devotion, her Daily Agenda, and her drawer organizer.

I always get a lot of questions on our daily lesson plans and where I get that printout from (the spiral with the yellow highlighted activities).  You can get our homeschool lesson plans by grade here!

We’re also making our way through Understanding the Times by Summit curriculum. It’s not in her drawer, we do this as a group so the books are in my teacher’s cabinet.

In her second drawer she keeps her math. She’s using Math U See Pre-Algebra this year. I just pull out one week’s worth of worksheets every Friday so she’s ready to go for the upcoming week. Then she just pulls one off the top each day. Easy peasy!

Her next drawer has her Spelling You See and her IEW Little Mermaid Book 4. I don’t pull out worksheets for these, we just use those sticky tabs and move them from one day to the next so she knows what worksheet she’s on.

Her next drawer has her writing in it. This year she’s working through IEW Following Narnia Vol. 1 The puppy binder is where she stores all of her writing assignments, etc. Again we just use a sticky tab to keep track of where she is in the booklet. She also keeps her Literature in this drawer. We’re following my 7th Grade Literature Reading List plan. She’s currently reading through Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen right now and loving it!

Her last drawer has her history, science, and reading it in. This year she is using Abeka Science 7 , BJU Press 7th Grade Online World Studies distance online program. She’s doing well in both!

And that’s it for our 7th grade curriculum line up this year! So far we love everything!

Here is our entire 7th Grade Curriculum lineup, some things don’t fit in the boxes and so I thought you’d like to see them all listed:

Options: We participate in a once a week options program through our local school district. They offer a variety of classes that help supplement our homeschooling. It also provides the kids with a fun day where they get to see their friends and participate in a classroom environment. Here is a list of her classes this year:

    • PE
    • Guitar
    • Choir
    • Instruments
    • Theatre

Check out our Homeschool Room Tour here!

Need Help Getting Started?

Check out my new HOW TO HOMESCHOOL eCourse! In this course you will learn everything you need to know to be able to homeschool your children and have your BEST HOMESCHOOLING year yet!

I hope this helps some of you out, I know getting started can be overwhelming! I wrote a book called Homeschooling 101 that will help answer all of your questions on how to get started homeschooling, choosing curriculum, creating lesson plans, etc. For more information on homeschooling check out my Homeschooling 101: A guide to getting started!

Disclosure: Some of the links above are affiliate links. I may receive a small percentage if you purchase items through my link, so thank you for helping to support my blog! That said, I do NOT recommend anything that we do not use in our homeschool.

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Sweet Pea Quilt Pattern is a post from Confessions of a Homeschooler. If you’ve enjoyed this post, be sure to follow Erica on Instagram, Twitter, Facebook, Pinterest, and Google+! Also be sure to stop by her Community to join the discussion or her Store to see her latest items!

Hi everyone! Announcing Sweet Pea! My new quilt pattern full of spring and summer goodness!

This quilt features Lollipop Garden by Lellaboutique for Moda. For the background fabric I used Moda Bella Solid 9000-97.

Sweet Pea finishes at 71” x 89” and is perfect for brightening up your bed or even snuggling under on cool summer evenings!

It features super cute biggie flower blocks and just as sweet tulip blocks.

I added this fun 9-patch corner posts and aqua sashing. I also added this lovely low volume newspaper print on the border and I think it helps the blocks really pop don’t you?

I used this sweet pinstripe fabric from the Nest line by Lella Boutique for Moda, which I’ve been hoarding in my stash for the perfect quilt.

I hope you enjoy this one, if you decide to make it please tag me @ericaarndt on Instagram and #sweetpeaquilt so I can see what you create!!

Get started on the Sweet Pea Quilt Pattern today and brighten up your summer!

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