Puffy Clouds, Melty Cheese & Leprechauns: Friday I’m In Love

Person for whom we are cheering: Our talented friend Jahje from Baby Jives is on the top 20 of Martha Stewart presents American Made Awards. We adore her stunning hand-crafted mobiles and wish her every success. If you admire her work too, head on over and vote for Jahji. One American Maker will be selected by our audience for the Audience Choice Award. The winner will be honored at the American Made event in New York City, will appear in Martha Stewart Living magazine, and will receive $10,000 to further his or her business.

 Thing I have acquired that I adore: My husbands respect! By way of Notre Dame T-shirts sent as a little surprise from Tailgate Clothing Company. He finally understands that I am very, very important. ha. These t’s are super soft with a great cut. Not feeling sporty, spice? Their vintage collection might be more your thing. Go Irish!

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Video I am Crushing On: Farewell Summer from House of Habit. Such a sweet family, yellow VW Bus of my dreams, hammocks, beaches, what more could you want out of summer?

Song Stuck in My Head All Week: We are the Dinosaurs by The Laurie Berkner Band. I won’t even realize I’m humming it and the kids start going nuts. Have you marched around the house to this one yet?

Instagram Photo Contest Funtime:  We have become obsessed with Instragram since signing up a couple weeks ago, so we want to play with you there (Follow us @prudentjaime and @prudentjacinda.) Each week we are going to do a silly photo contest with a theme. So last week @Mrs_Chunk captured #craftykids with a shot(s) of her artisté getting into some artwork. This week it’s all about #workinprogress. Grab a shot of something that represents a project in development. An embroidery project perhaps? Upload your pics on instagram and hashtag them #thisweekonprudentbaby, along with the week’s theme, #workinprogress. We will pick a winner based on no discernible criteria, and post the pic and instagram handle here in this column next Friday.

 Fabric I love: Cloud9 does it again with these crisp Geocentric Print Canvas fabrics.

THING YOU WANT TO WIN: Have you started planning your entries to our contest to win a Brother PE500 Embroidery Machine? Get the deets here and start crafting. We can’t wait to see your entries!


Fall is in the Air: Back-to-School, Birthdays, Babies and Doors

Let’s kick off this round up with some back-to-school tips. Since picture day is almost here, why not have some girl time with your little lady and try out these 25 Quick & Easy Hairstyles for Little Girls. Take a 10 to pamper yourself too with 25 Totally Pretty 10-Minute Make-up Tutorials.

Switch gears to parties…

Anyone you know have a fall birthday coming up? Check out these 25 Themes for Fall Birthdays for some inspiration. Footballs, woodland gnomes, plethora o’ pumpkins is all in the mix. These Planes, Trains & Automobiles: 25 DIY Transportation Toys make great and very inexpensive gifts.

Gender reveal parties are the hot thing this season, so whether you’re throwing one or attending one you’ll definitely want to check out the 25 DIY Ideas and Inspiration for a Gender Reveal Party.

There are plenty of perfect party ideas like picture frame centerpieces or rainbow cake in a jar in The 10 Best Things Made with Mason Jars. Throw the birthday girl (or boy) for a loop and hand them one of The 10 Weirdest Things Made with Mason Jars, like a hamster home or jet engine. Seriously, you can really make a jet engine from a mason jar.

To top it off…

Celebrate the seasons changing, back-to-school, cooler weather and football by decorating your door with inspiration from these 25 Autumn Doors to Fall For.

How are you getting ready for fall?


Jacinda’s Texas Antiquing Adventure

Embroidery patterns, industrial spools, sewing patterns, bias tape, linens and cookie cutters! I’m in love with my latest vintage shopping haul. Until recently, I had no ideas that my own little Keller, Texas hometown, was such an antiquing mecca.  Check out our latest VLOG post for a tour of the amazing antique shops of Keller and my exciting vintage scores!


Giveaway: Zombigami: Paper Folding for the Living Dead

Ghouls, goblins and zombies are lurking about now that Halloween is quickly approaching. Get in the spooky spirit by making blood thirsty zombies from Zombigami: Paper Folding for the Living Dead. Suzie Gravemaker is sure to give you a haunted welcome as she sits you down for a meal you are guaranteed never to forget.

With 50 sheets of origami paper and 13 gruesome origami zombies to make you are sure to be occupied until All Hallows Eve, when you might just meet one in person. Muahaha! Don’t worry, the book also comes with a Lucky Cross to help you out…

Keep reading for all the ghoulish details about how to enter for the chance to win a copy of Zombigami: Paper Folding for the Living Dead and to get the whole Lucky Cross Project…



Embroidered Footstool Before & After

reupholster a foot stool

Throughout the Borderline Brilliant Embroidery Contest we will be sharing projects that might inspire your own entry. A few weeks ago I reupholstered a footstool in oilcloth, this past weekend I used the artwork on this Melody Miller fabric as a template and created an embroidered version. This $10 footstool is now my daughters favorite hangout. But do you want to know a secret about this little seat? (more…)



Hi mamas! Now that you’ve met the entire Prudent Baby gang at our little prudent photo shoot/swim party, it’s time to find out the winner of the $250 giftcard to Fabricworm, right?

You can keep updated on the Prudent families and our crafting fun on our YouTube Channel.

Keep reading to find out who won after the jump…


Bebah’s Ultimate Oatmeal Chocolate Chip Cookie Recipe

Our lovely friend, Macki is definitely a master of her cooking craft. She last shared her Fiesta Taco Burger and Fries with us and oooh my mouth waters just thinking about it. If there’s any mom who has mastered after school healthy eating it’s Macki with her Homemade Cheez-Its, munchable lunchable and her round up of After School Snack Attack Ideas. Today, she’s going a different route with a special sweet something that was created by her pops. I’ll let her fill you in…

Bebah’s is what my kids call my dad who happens to be famous in our family for his cookies. Other people might know him as expert carpenter, vintage motorcycle restorer, craft beer brewer or winemaker, but around these parts he’s the cookie crafter. My parents have a big glass cookie jar in their kitchen that is always filled with his cookies and someone (Bebah) is always cooking up a batch to ensure the jar is stocked. During our last visit my daughter, Sylvie, walked by the jar and stopped and in an almost panic tone announced that the jar was empty. A silence fell over the house. Sylvie and her brother Lincoln declared that we must make some of Bebah’s cookies immediately. The urgency was felt by all and everyone went running for ingredients…

Keep reading for Bebah’s Ultimate Oatmeal Chocolate Chip Cookie Recipe and to see a real flour-ful explosion…


Fabric Friday

Last night I took a late night nature walk and stepped on a crackling leaf. Yes! Fall is coming. We’ve seen some more fall like fabrics lately, but I think Lotta Jansdotter, Bella, Trees Orange takes the cake. Even though we’re still seeing 90+ degree days here, I know I’m spotting hints of cooler times.

To enter for a chance to win one yard of Lotta Jansdotter, Bella, Trees Orange tell us what recipe you are itching to make this fall. I’m craving Aztec Hot Chocolate from A Beautiful Mess. Tweet, Stumble, or share on Facebook and leave another comment letting us know. Come back every day for new entries. We’ll randomly select a winner and announce right here next Friday.

Find out who won last week’s Fabric Friday after the jump…