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Introducing the new {and improved!} Sweet Benanna & Sam

30 May

Hello Everyone!

Yesterday I took the leap and moved my blog over to This means I will be able to do a lot more with my website, which is great for my readers too.  The bad part is, the transition did not go so smoothly!  None of my subscriptions were able to be moved over, which means that when I add new posts to my new site, they will not be delivered to your inbox.  I am asking {pretty please!} to just take a moment and visit the new site: Sweet Benanna & Sam and update your e-mail subscription.

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Consequently none of my old links work as well, so all of those wonderful projects that have been “pinned” to Pinterest in the past are now being directed to a “page not found”.  To say this makes me sad is an understatement.  I worked so hard to increase my blog traffic over these past nine months and now all of that is gone.  I feel very defeated!    I guess I just have to move on from here and hopefully build back up to where I was before (and higher!)

Thank you so much for your support!



Today I am officially a Course Instructor for Riley Blake Designs!

27 May

Cutting Corners with Riley Blake Designs

Today is a day that I have been anticipating for months!  My first tutorial is being published on Riley Blake Design’s Cutting Corner’s College.  I am now officially a Course Instructor, to say that I am excited is an understatement!

And just what did I prepare for Cutting Corner’s College, well you will have to visit them to find out.

If you have made your way  over to Sweet Benanna & Sam from my tutorial, hello and welcome!  If you enjoyed my post on Cutting Corner’s College, you may like a few of these ones as well:


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titleimageThose are a few of my sewing tutorials, you can also visit my Sewing Tutorials page for more.

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Sweet Treats & Swanky Stuff Link Party #12

10 May


It’s Friday!! Welcome to this weeks edition of Sweet Treats & Swanky Stuff.  Thank you so much for joining me today!  I am actually on vacation in Cabo with hubby, marlin fishing, beach side massages, and strawberry daiquiries (what a rough life!)  At this moment though I am probably itching to check my blog stats, I promised husband that I would leave my I-Phone and all technology at home.   I hope you have a wonderful weekend, thanks for linking up!


We had so many wonderful projects/recipes linked up last week, it was really hard to choose!  Here are my favorite links from last week:


Peaches N’ Cream Cupcakes from The Bitter Side of Sweet – What is it about the words “Peaches N’ Cream” that makes me salivate? I’m not sure but these cupcakes look heavenly!  Visit the link for an easy printable recipe.


Homemade Heat Packs from Plucky’s Second Thought – I have made rice filled heat packs before but Jess from Plucky’s Second Thought uses oats, plus adds some essential oils to hers.  I can completely imagine relaxing with one of these around my neck, eyes closed, calming scents, tranquil music….ahh just like a spa.  Then the kids  noisily enter the room and burst my bubble, kidding, but really it’s a great tutorial and an easy beginner sewing project so go have a look!

Now let’s party!  And if you feel so inclined to grab a button, please be my guest.

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Preschool Learning – Letter “R” Worksheet {Free Printable}

24 Apr

R Practice

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Recently we moved and this meant that our Four year old had to leave a wonderful preschool behind.  At his previous preschool he was learning how to read sight words, which was really exciting!  At the beginning of the year his teacher started with teaching the class each letter of the alphabet.  They learned how to sign each letter, they learned whether it was a vowel or a consonant, and they learned what each letter sounded like.  They also sang songs about each letter and did worksheets.  In January when they had every letter figured out, they began learning how to read.  When we moved away in March my son was reading about 20 words.  I knew that his new preschool was not going to continue this learning.  I got a list of all of the sight words from his teacher so that I could continue teaching him how to read after we moved.

He learns a lot of great things at his current preschool – practical things like the names of the planets, how to take care of pets, but no reading!  I am aware that he will learn how to read when he goes to grade school – but if he can learn now, what is the harm in teaching him?   I have taken several University level child development courses and I know that there are HUGE benefits of teaching your children to read at an early age.  In the first six years of life, children learn at a very fast pace.  Teaching them to read early on will create a strong foundation for their school years.  Children who can read well acquire higher marks on tests – because they understand the questions.  Children with strong reading skills are more self confident.  They are able to concentrate better and have high attention spans.  Reading helps them to increase their vocabulary and helps them to learn proper word pronunciation.

So I began to work on his words at home, but I realized quickly that he was also forgetting what some of the letters sounded like.  He needed to continue practicing each letter as well.  Based on a worksheet that his previous teacher also did with the children, I decided to create my own worksheet for each letter.  We started with the letter “R”, I am going to create a new one each week until the whole alphabet is covered.  This worksheet also has several other practical lessons in addition to learning letters.

Here is how we use ours:  First we talk about the letter, which one it is, what it sounds like.  There are Four pictures at the bottom, but only Three of them start with the proper letter.  He has to figure out which one does not start with the right letter, and then he crosses it off.  He colors the remaining three pictures (coloring practice) and then cuts them out (cutting practice).  Then he likes to color the letter as well.  Next he practices writing the letter in the space at the top of the page.  He usually likes to print his name too.  So there are several different learning applications involved in this worksheet.  If you would like to learn along with us, just click on the picture below to print your own worksheet.  I will be posting a new one every Wednesday.

R Practice

I hope you have enjoyed this post, thanks for stopping by!


The Great Gatsby is Coming – Here are 15 FREE Gatsby-Inspired Fonts!

22 Apr



I could just scream with excitement.  We are so very close to the release of Great Gatsby in movie theaters, May 10th to be exact.  I have such high hopes for this movie.  Once again Leonardo DiCaprio will be teaming up with Baz Luhrmann. Their first movie together, Romeo and Juliet, was the be-all and end-all of my teenage years.  I first watched this movie in the theater with my at-the-moment boyfriend and some friends.  When it was finished I was amazed, but my boyfriend `just didn`t get all of the Shakespeare`, I then knew he was not a keeper.  A few months later I purchased a copy of the movie when I was studying in Mexico and I must have watched it 50 times.  The costuming, the soundtrack, the characters, everything was monumental. And then there was Leo sputtering romantic lines with his smooth skin and blue eyes – I was Seventeen and captivated.

Coincidentally I was also about Seventeen the first time I read the novel The Great Gatsby in English Lit class.  It has to be one of my top ten favorite novels. Baz Luhrmann is the perfect director for this movie.  There will be lavish, larger than life, parties.  There will be wild and over the top characters.  The costumes will be amazing, I absolutely love 1920`s inspired clothing – once you are done looking at the free fonts scroll down to see two of my FAVORITE 1920`s inspired dress tutorials.  So to celebrate the release of this movie, I have rounded up some fun (free) fonts for you, I hope you enjoy them!  The following is a list, please click on the font names below the list to be directed to the free download.

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1. Upper East Side

2. Birmingham

3. Roarin`Twenties Counterfeit


5.Strange Rituals

6. Lemondrop

7. Fashion Victim

8. Chapleau

9. TallDeco

10. Herald Square

11. Passion

12. Odalisque

13. Riesling

14. Park Lane

15. Betty Noir


I also thought I would mention these two GORGEOUS little dress tutorials that are 1920`s inspired.  I am hoping that the Great Gatsby movie sparks a huge fashion trend!

I love this drop waist sailor dress from Me Sew Crazy – I actually make and sell this dress in my Etsy Shop


This Zelda Fitzgerald inspired dress is just gorgeous, you can find the full tutorial and pattern here: Fitzgerald In Lace by Sewing In No Man`s Land


Thank you for stopping by today, I hope you have enjoyed this post!!


Sweet Treats & Swanky Stuff Link Party #7

5 Apr


I hope everyone has had a wonderful week! Welcome to week seven of Sweet Treats & Swanky Stuff on Sweet Benanna & Sam. I have decided to make this a “weekend” link party, so it is being posted on Fridays and will stay open for submissions until Monday. Thank you for joining us today, link up your awesome projects, and don’t forget to have a look at some of the other great links too!


Here are my favorite links from last week:


Cadbury Spring S’More Mix from Chatting Over Chocolate – I know Easter is over, but this would still make a great evening, who wouldn’t love roasting marshmallow bunnies and creating s’mores with them!  Too cute, and  a very nice presentation too.


Here is a great idea from Diana Rambles: Zebra Mane Hoodie.  This post includes an easy to follow tutorial so that you can create your own – there are lots of possibilities with this project, I am thinking of using this to create a My Little Pony hoodie for my little one.


This looks so delicious!  Seasoned Pizza Crust Bread from Plucky’s Second Thought.  This is exactly the type of appetizer that my husband and I like to order at restaurants, now we can make it ourselves.  Thanks Jess!

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