Summer Fun Series: Easy Turtle Craft for Kids

Hi there! I’m here today to share with you a super easy kid’s craft. Turtle bookmarks!

This post is part of the Summer Fun Series hosted by Nap-Time Creations. Check out the other summer fun ideas being shared today below:

Summer Fun #6 Make a treat, bookmark, wand holster or stacking dolls. Learn kids photography tips all on Nap-Time Creations

Photography Fun for Kids – Sugar Bee Crafts

Milk Dud Cake Mix Bars – Kleinworth and Co

Turtle Bookmarks – Lulu and Celeste

Wand Holster – Rae Gun Ramblings

DIY Stacking Dolls – Nap-Time Creations
Head over to Nap-Time Creations/Summer Fun to see all the posts in the series.

I decided I wanted to come up with a fairly simple craft. One that would be fairly easy for a child to put together with minimal supplies and minimal adult intervention.


Supplies needed to make one turtle bookmark:

  • cardstock
  • glue
  • markers, crayons or pencil crayons
  • ribbon

Finished size is approximately 5.25″ long by 3″ tall. I would make it a little smaller if using for regular adult sized books.

turtle supplies


(Doesn’t really need much instruction but here goes)

Depending on the age of your child, you can either cut the shapes for them ahead of time or let them do they’re own thing. For my 6-year-old, Silly Bean, I had cut the semi-circle out in advance just to give her an idea of what the craft was, otherwise she could have done it herself. She cut the rest of the pieces herself. For my soon-to-be 3-year-old, Miss V, I cut out all the pieces for her. The semi circle is about 5″ wide by 2.5″ tall.

Then they coloured their pieces and glued them to create a turtle. (Or in Silly Bean’s case, glued the pieces and then coloured it).

Poke a hole near the top and thread a piece of ribbon through. Silly Bean decided she wanted hers to be a paper toy turtle so she didn’t want the ribbon.


The only ocean related title I could find to take a shot of the bookmark in action.


It was a simple activity. Kept Miss V busy for only about 10-15 minutes and I had to help her out with the ribbon and some glueing when the pieces wouldn’t stay on. But she was super proud of her turtle when she was done.
Silly Bean kept at it for an extra 20 minutes or so creating all the extra animals.

So now Silly Bean has created a whale, crab, seal and turtle from paper. I think I’ll suggest a jellyfish for her next creature!

Kids Craft Turtle Bookmarks

Desert Island Sew: Sew 20 Tour

Desert Island ADVTee

I really liked the prompt for this month’s Sew 20 tour:  Pretend that you will be spending a few weeks alone on a desert island. You will only be allowed ONE sewing pattern but no limits on project supplies. What pattern would you take?

First I debated whether I should choose a pattern for myself or my kids. I went with kids. I don’t sew for myself too often, although I suppose being alone on an island would be the best time to sew for myself.

Once I decided I would sew for my kids then I then had to choose the pattern. I decided I would choose a top pattern because they always need tops and so I went with a tee. I chose the ADVTee from Sofilantjes, although the Otium was a close choice. The ADVTee has a slightly slimmer fit than the Otium which is great for my slim kids. The Otium has a lot of options but I want to get better at sewing v-necks. The ADVTee has two neckline options and so far I’ve only made the basic v-neck. I haven’t tried the neckline with the snaps yet mainly because I don’t have snaps. But with unlimited supplies I wouldn’t have that problem!

I’ve made the ADVTee four times so far. I used it to make pyjama tops back in March for both my girls.

I made it when it first came out for the ADVTee tour.

ADVTee Front sewn by Lulu & Celeste

And most recently last week to make a shirt for my niece’s birthday. I hope she liked it


So yup, if I were to be spending a few weeks alone, I would sew a stack of tees for my girls. Long sleeves, short sleeves, with the different necklines and with and without the pocket. Probably would be kept busy enough making them each just eight tops (four with long sleeves and four with short) for the next year. Then I would either start sewing a couple sizes up or would start hacking the top. Lengthen it and add a skirt. Modify the neckline to be rounded. Make tank tops from it. Colourblock it. The hacking possibilities are endless.

Thanks for stopping by and checking out my ‘desert island’ sew! What pattern would you choose? I’d be interested in reading what you’d choose.

Sew 20 Desert Island Sew Tour

7/18/16 to 7/22/16


Use #desertislandsew on social media to play along!

7/18 Sew 20 Tour Launch | Very Blissful | Lulu & Celeste | The Wholesome Mama

7/19 House of Estrela | FABulous Home Sewn | create3.5

7/20 Beri Bee Designs | mahlicadesigns

7/21 Rebel & Malice | Sew Starly | The Berry Bunch | Sewing By Ti

7/22 Candice Ayala | PenSeb&Rox | Mae & K | Sew 20 Social Media Round-up

7/25 Sew 20 Tour Wrap-up

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Books Read: Me Before You by Jojo Moyes


Me Before You by Jojo Moyes

Rating: ★ ★ ★ ☆ ☆

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Have you ever watched a movie before you read the book?

As much as possible I try to avoid doing that. Unless it’s one of the dozens of adaptations based on Emma or Pride and Prejudice; in which case I’m sorry to say I had seen at least one movie adaptation before reading either one of those books. (My favourite Emma adaptation being Clueless.)

I picked up ‘Me Before You*‘ after stopping at a little corner store on my way to work one morning. I had heard there was some controversy surrounding the movie and I wanted to know what the fuss was all about so I bought the book. (And partly because I wasn’t interested in any of the other books they had). I added the book to my to-read pile as I was still in the middle of another one.

The following week I met up with a friend of mine for one of our regular lunch and movie dates and we decided to watch Me Before You. I’m a sucker for tearjerker type movies and I cry at everything. If that’s not you, you may not enjoy this one. [SPOILER ALERT]: Even though the movie didn’t end the way I would have liked, I mean it would have been nice if Will had changed his mind and he and Lou lived happily ever after, I still enjoyed the movie and started reading the book the following day.

So what’s Me Before You about?

Louisa Clarke is in her mid 20s, just lost her job and is looking for a new one. Will Trainor, in his mid-30s, is paralysed from the chest down after being an accident a couple years before and needs a caregiver. Even though Louisa has no experience being a caregiver she is hired by Will’s mother. Louisa discovers that Will wishes to end his life and sets about trying to change his mind.

In the movie Louisa came off as being fun and kind of silly but I didn’t get that sense in the first half of the book. I really couldn’t see Will falling in love with her in the beginning. I felt connected to the characters in the movie, and I kept holding out hope that I would eventually like the characters in the book as well. Halfway through the book I started to like them and in the end the book still made me cry. I’m fairly certain that had I not previously watched the movie I would not have liked the book as much. 

What’s the deal with this book?

This book is surrounded by controversy due to the topic. Some people have the impression that the book is saying that people with disabilities should choose assisted suicide. I disagree, although since the character chooses to do that I can see how they would get that impression. This is a fictional story about one person who winds up in a wheelchair after becoming paralysed due to an accident. Everyone experiences life differently. Not everyone can “see the light at the end of the tunnel”. There are probably people out there whose experiences are reflected in the book. Just as there are people whose experiences are not. The topic was not necessarily handled well in the book, but I didn’t get the impression after reading the book that society suddenly needs to send all the people with disabilities out to be euthanized.

And seriously, half the time the disabled character can suddenly walk at the end of the movie or book. Is that better?

So who knows? I felt meh about the characters for most of the book but it still made me laugh and cry AND I’m still putting ‘After You’ (Me Before You book #2) on my to-read list. Not sure what that really says about me.

Final Thoughts

Overall, it’s fairly well-written and a good time-waster. I doubt it will change your life though. Buy it* if you want, or just borrow it from your local library.

Quote from the book I enjoyed:

“You only get one life. It’s actually your duty to live it as fully as possible.”

This is one of the books I read as part of my 2016 reading challenge. You can see the prompts I’m using to choose my books (and a list of all the books I’ve read so far) by clicking the pic below to get to the post.readingchallengefeature


You can see all the other books I’ve read in the past by following me on Goodreads, or on my Books Read Pinterest board.

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Pool Side Beach Party Tour Wrap Up

Winners and Blogger round up

It’s been nearly a week since the Pool Side Beach Party tour ended but before we finally wrap up the tour and start planning the next one we thought we’d showcase the participants one last time!

AND it’s time to announce the winners!! You can scroll to the bottom to see them, but first lets recap the tour!

On Day 6 of the tour we had Gemia of PhatQuartersAdventures of Bubba and Bug, Paisley Roots, Eleri of Sew and Tell Project, and Inspinration:

poolside day 6

On Day 5 we had Filles à Maman, mahlicadesigns, Call Ajaire and Cindy Parrett:

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On Day 4 we saw Creative Counselor, Wining Wife, Pear Berry Lane, and Lulu & Celeste:

poolside day 4

On Day 3 we had Alisha of Sew and Tell ProjectSewSophieLynnMCB créationsGracious Threads, and Sprouting JubeJube:

Poolside day 3

Day 2 featured From-a-Box, Leah of PhatQuartersÉlégantine, and Handmade Boy:

Poolside Day 2

And last but not least, we kicked off the tour with Blaverry, Sew Happily Ever After, 5 Out of 4 Patterns, and The Wholesome Mama:

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Everyone did such amazing jobs! I cannot thank them enough for participating in the Pool Side Beach Party tour!! Thank you!

Now the winners!!

Day 1 Prize package included 1 pattern from both Filles à Maman and Sunday Girl Designs in addition to 2 patterns from Sofilantjes. Winner was Robyn C.

Day 2 prize package included 12$ (US) coupon to Blaverry, 1 pattern from Designs by Call Ajaire and 2 patterns from Jennuine Designs. Winner was Jill A.

Day 3 prize package included 1 pattern from both 5 Out of 4 Patterns and Chalk and Notch and 2 patterns from Mouse House Creations. Winner was Reece M.

Day 4 prize package included 15$ (US) Gift Certificate to Gracious Threads, 1 pattern from Handmaiden’s Cottage and the Four Seasons Cardigan PDF Pattern from EYMMWinner was Jennie C.

Day 5 prize package included 1 PDF pattern from both Modkid Boutique and E+M Patterns and Nana’s Insulated Tote PDF Pattern from Sew Happily Ever AfterWinner was Sheilah H.

Day 6 prize package included $20 (US) Gift Certificate to Phat QuartersWinner was Chelle.

Congrats to all our winners!! And thank you to everyone for following along and leaving comments! ♥  ♥


Deb and I will be back in August with another tour! Stay tuned!!

Search the tag #sjjlcproductions to follow our tours on Instagram!

For more beachy inspiration you can check out the appliqué I made below! Full details in the post

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Free Motion Applique using a Digital Stamp

flamingo fma using digital stamp

When I saw the digital stamp that Deb‘s friend Elena of Just Me Prints created especially for our tour, I fell in love. It’s so cute! So I just had to buy it!

just me digital stamp

Problem is though that I don’t really make cards.

So I decided to attempt to turn it into a free motion appliqué!

As you can see I forgot to flip the image before printing it out so my flamingo is pointing in the opposite direction.. Oops #1!

Oops #2: I can’t find the picture I took of how I traced out all the pieces. Basically though I traced out each item separately and extended the edges slightly so that pieces would overlap. I traced the outer edge of the flamingo and girl as one piece on a white fabric (helps with placement) and then traced the flamingo separately onto the floral, and did the same with the rest of the parts of the girl. (In case you’ve never done FMA before, you trace the shapes onto a fusible adhesive like Heat n Bond).

flamingo fma using digital stamp
Just doing all the tracing, fusing and cutting out of pieces took me an hour!

Oops #3: Normally you’re supposed to stitch down each element before fusing on a piece over top of it. So I did all my stitching at the end when at the very least I should have stitched the flamingo body onto the background before adding the water and other elements over top.

flamingo fma using digital stamp
Before I decided it needed a few extra touches

Oops #5: I forgot that her face would be tiny and impossible to stitch on machine. I think I will take out the stitches and try my luck at handstitching her face.

flamingo fma using digital stamp
Miss V was super excited about the flamingo. AND have to say I like the extra detail stitches I added.

Well, I really like how she turned out! (Other than the face…) I’ve been debating the last few days about what I was going to do with her and my husband had a great idea! Make a quilt!! I have to make a lot more appliqué pieces now though and when I have enough I will put it together.

It’ll be awhile…. But I didn’t want to applique it to a dress for one of my girls and have them outgrow the dress in a week.

So now I’m off to check out Just Me Prints‘ shop to see if there’s another digital stamp that I want to try to FMA-ize!

flamingo fma using digital stamp

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Day 5 Pool Side Beach Party Tour

It’s Day 5 of the Pool Side Beach Party Tour!

Welcome to another day on the party tour! If you missed Day 4 go >>HERE<< There’s still time left to enter yesterday’s giveaway so don’t delay!

Pool Side Beach Party


But it’s Day 5 of the party now, so that means a new giveaway! You can find the prize details and enter the giveaway at the bottom the post. More coupon codes from our sponsors have been added! You’ll find them just a bit further down!

Today’s prize sponsors are Sew Happily Ever AfterModkid Boutique, and E+M Patterns!

First though, check out today’s bloggers!

Some of my favourite bloggers up today!

First is Melissa of mahlicadesigns, I can’t to read more about that cute bag:

Pool Side Beach Party Tour -mahlica designs

Second is Mel of Filles à Maman. Mel is one of my favourite pattern designers, I’ve made a lot of her patterns already:Pool Side Beach Party Tour - Filles a Maman

Next is Ajaire of Call Ajaire. She’s also a pattern designer (<<you can see what I made there)! She’s offering the pattern to this bag as a FREE download, go check it out!

Pool Side Beach Party Tour - Call Ajaire

Last but not least is Cindy Parrett I can’t wait to find out more about that swimsuit! (I love the fabric!!.

Pool Side Beach Party Tour -Cindy Parrett

Did someone say coupons?!?

E+M Patterns Get 50% off with the code SAVE50. Code valid from July 1st until July 6th, 2016 at 11:59pm PST. Good on the website or Etsy shop

Modkid Get 25% off with the code POOLSIDE2016. Code valid until July 2nd, 2016

Sew Happily Ever After Get 50% off with the code Poolside16. Code valid until July 4th, 2016

Phat Quarters Get free US shipping on orders of $25 or more with code SUMMER25 

BLAVERRY Get 15% off with code INDEPENDENCE2016. Code valid until July 10th, 2016

5 Out 4 Patterns  Get 20% off with code FIREWORKS2016. Code valid through Monday, July 4th, 2016. (Coupon cannot be used on PowerNet fabric)

Filles à Maman Get 25% off everything including bundles with code JULYONETOFIVE. Code valid from July 1st to July 5th, 2016 ending midnight EDT.

Gracious Threads Get 40% off all patterns with code canadaday2016 Code valid from July 1st to 8th, 2016.

Mouse House Creations* Get 35% off patterns and ready-to-sell items with code BOOM Code valid from June 30th to July 6th 11:59pm est

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