When I was a child, my grandparents gave me a brand new stuffed bunny for my birthday. He was white with blue and purple ears and thus, I named him Jelly Bean. For many years, he was my good friend. We read bedtime stories, snuggled together for movies, and hosted the best tea parties.
As I grew older, I played with him less and eventually stored him away. Today, Jelly Bean sits on a shelf in the back corner of my closet, but I still hold his memories dear and I cannot bring myself to get rid of him.
Create that same imaginative bond for a special child in your life! We’ve got over forty Funky Friends to choose from so you’re sure to find their favorite animal! Personalize it to their tastes with realistic colors or fanciful prints! Use cuddle, flannel, or cotton for a cuddly touch and to make it even more special, add some embroidery!
If you are needing some ideas of where to get started, here are a few of our favorite Funky Friends and fabrics to make them with:
Les Brown, an American motivational speaker, once said, “You don’t have to be great to get started, but you have to get started to be great.” So if your kids are bummed about back to school month, you’re a college student who’s dreading 10-page papers and tiring lectures, or if you’re a teacher not ready for vacation to end, then remember these words of wisdom to find your motivation!
It doesn’t matter if you’re a student, teacher, or parent… everyone can start the school year with confidence and style with creative projects to show off!
Make a custom case for your tablet that is quick, easy, and fitted to any device.
Grab some stationary to make taking notes less boring and get started on a knowledge seeking adventure!
Education, creativity, and just being passionate about what you love is important at any age. So if you are wondering what you’ll be doing once the kids are back in class… take one yourself! Never stop learning with Missouri Star Academy!
What education journey are you taking this year? Let us know in the comments!
Happy Birthday Jenny and to all of you who share in the summer birthday season! Start planning your next party as Jenny shares her favorite birthday foods along with some fun, summer recipes from our Missouri Star employees! Find quick and easy sewing projects to decorate your party, and don’t forget to download some of our printable photo booth props to make your summer celebration a blast! Grab your friends and let’s party!
Jenny’s Favorite Summer Recipes!
Jenny’s absolute favorite is a Strawberry Pie that she makes on her birthday year after year to treat herself to something yummy!
Here’s how she makes it:
1 9″ frozen pie crust, baked
1 cup of sugar
1 1/2 cups of water
1/4 cup of cornstarch
1 lb of sliced strawberries
1 (3oz) package of strawberry jello
Bake pie crust according to package directions, remove and then let cool.
While the crust is in the oven, add sugar and water to a large saucepan over medium heat, whisk the cornstarch in slowly and make sure there are no leftover lumps. Stir continuously for about 4-5 minutes until the mixture is thickened and turns a little clear.
Remove from heat and whisk in the strawberry jello mix until completely dissolved. Let this mixture cool to room temperature.
Once cooled, toss in the strawberries and make sure they are evenly distributed. Pour into pie crust.
Place in the refrigerator to set for about 2-3 hours and then serve! (Add whipped cream if desired!)
Jenny loves a good summer barbecue and for her, the must-have at any BBQ is the beans! Cowboy Beans is her go-to and here’s how it’s done:
1 lb hamburger
1/2 onion, chopped
5-6 cans of beans, drained (red, black, and pinto) mix em’ up!
1 green pepper, chopped
1 lb. bacon, cooked and crumbled
2 cans chopped tomatoes, drained
1/2 cup brown sugar
1 cup of your favorite BBQ sauce
Brown the hamburger and cook the onions, then mix it all together in a crock-pot and cook on low for 8 hours or on high for 4 hours!
Captain Dwayne’s Jambalaya
3 pounds peeled shrimp
1 pound crab meat
1 dozen oysters
1 pound smoked sausage, sliced
3 cups rice
1 small can tomato sauce
1 large onion, chopped
2/3 cup chopped parsley
2/3 cup chopped shallots (cross between onion and garlic)
2/3 cup bell pepper chopped
2/3 cup cooking oil
1/2 tbsp garlic powder salt, black pepper and red pepper
3 cups water
Set the rice to cook and set aside. Sauté the onion over medium low heat in oil until almost brown. Add shallots and bell pepper, garlic powder and sauté for 10 minutes. Add smoked sausage and tomato sauce cooking for another 10 minutes. Add 3 cups water and cook for 30 minutes over medium heat. Add parsley, shrimp, oysters and crab meat and cook for 15 minutes. Mixture should have a creamy texture and not to watery. Add the salt and pepper to taste. Add rice a little at a time, stirring until all the rice is mixed in. Heat over medium heat for 15 minutes stirring occasionally. -Dwayne Stice
Pink Lemonade Pie
1 (14 oz.) can sweetened condensed milk
1 (16 oz.) can pink lemonade concentrate, thawed
1 (8 oz.) container Cool Whip, thawed
2 (6 oz.) prepared graham cracker crusts
In a large mixing bowl, mix together pink lemonade concentrate and sweetened condensed milk. Fold in Cool Whip. Pour mixture into graham cracker crusts. Put in the freezer for 6 hours or until stiff. – Lauren Dalton
Fabriflair Centerpiece These joyful centerpieces really bring the party to life! Make several colors or mix and match to go with any theme!
Micro-safe Hot Holders 2 (8 ounce) packages of softened cream cheese, 2 jars of pineapple cheese and 2 jars of old English cheese all mixed together makes the perfect dip for any gathering! *Recipe by Tammy Baker Make this yummy dip using stylish hot holders!
Printable Photo Booth Props!
Download the props, print them, cut them out, and then come back here to post all your fun pictures so we can see!
Do you have a June or summer birthday? What is your favorite way to celebrate?
One of the best parts about becoming a new parent, is getting to put together a nursery for the little one to come. Choosing the colors, theme, decor… etc, it’s a fun part of getting ready for a new baby.
All of our kids & baby prints are perfect for baby fever quilting, but our newest brand of fabrics will give you all the cutesy feels!
World of Susybee is a cute collection of woodland and jungle creatures like Lewe the Ewe, Knightly the Elephant, Flutter the Butterfly, and Zoe the Giraffe. With panels, kits, and perfect prints this collection makes putting a nursery together wildly fun.
Create a cuddly, snuggly pal with these fuzzy kits:
We want to give a huge thanks to Hope Haven Industries and their amazing employees for making our local communities a beautiful place to live!
If you are interested in recycling the boxes and other items you receive from us or other companies, we’ve found this guide to help you find your nearest recycling center!
For our in-store shoppers, make use of our reusable shopping totes! Fill them to the brim with fabric and supplies. When you aren’t in town, use them at your local grocery store or shopping mall to reduce waste and display pride in quilting all at the same time!
You can even reduce waste by quilting! Recycle old clothing or make use of all the fabric scraps laying around in your sewing room! These scrap busting tutorials will turn recycling from chore to quilting galore!