Fixing A Instrument Carrying Case For My Musician With KAM Snaps April 21 2022

"Mom, all the zippers on my flute case are broken now." My musician held up his formerly zip-able case in one hand, his flute in his other.

KAM plastic snaps to the rescue. I went for the quick fix because there is only two months of school left. We will buy a replacement case next school year if he continued with band.



I sewed two tabs out of double-sided marine vinyl and zigzag stitched them to the top of the soft case. Then, with Long Prong Size 20 KAM plastic snaps, I attached a tab to each side of the case, so that my musician can snap and unsnap the case easily.

Because my musician is an active kiddo, a track team member and an all-round busy boy, I wanted a second layer of defense for his flute.

With the same marine vinyl, I made 4x 1" double-layered bands and zigzag stitched them to the bottom inside of the case in sets to meet across the top of the flute's hard case. Finally, I attached a Long Prong Size 20 KAM plastic snap set to each side and SNAP, his flute is secure.

Tada! Problem solved! 

Tater Tot Casserole from Kitchen April 14 2020

Tater Tot Casserole

My favorite Go-To Dinner/Breakfast/Brunch dish, 🥔 Tater Tot Casserole 🥔. It is delicious, makes my husband grin from ear to ear when he realizes that IT is what is for dinner, and crazy easy to make.


🥔 Tater Tot Casserole 🥔 (Breakfast/Dinner)

From: I Like Big Buttons' Kitchen



  • 30 ounces of Tater Tots (frozen)
  • 16 ounces of Sour Cream
  • 2 cans of Cream of Potato soup
  • 1 cup of Shredded Cheese
  • 16 ounces of Cubed Ham
  • 1/2 cup of Bacon Bits

(Optional) Add during the last 5 minutes of baking:

  • 1/2 cup to 1 cup of Shredded Cheese (Cook for 5 additional minutes to melt.)*


Mix soup and sour cream together in large bowl.  Add tater tots until well mixed then add cubed ham, bacon bits, and shredded cheese.  Place in greased 9x13 casserole dish and smooth out. Bake.

*Optional, sprinkle an additional 1/2 to 1 cup of shredded cheese on top in last 5 minutes of baking, if you like extra cheese. We do :).

Cook Time: Cook at 375 F until bubbly (about 40-50 minutes)


"No Sew" Key Fob for USB Memory Stick by August 19 2019

School supply time in the I Like Big Buttons! household. Almost all my kiddos need a USB memory stick these days, but they are SO small and prone to misplacement. I decided to make these simple "No Sew" Key Fobs to make them more challenging to lose, not that I don't have overachievers in losing things despite Mom's thoughtful planning. :P


Easy Peasy, twist a Split Ring onto an Oval Lobster Clasp. I used a Silver 1/2" Lobster Clasp, but we also offer them in 3/4" and 1" and carry them in 2 finishes: Silver and Antique Brass. Once the "No Sew" Key Fob is assembled simply twist the Split Ring onto the open ring at the top of the USB Memory stick. Tada!

To see other great Key Fob Hardware ideas, visit our DIY Project section here.

Summer Preparation: Preparing for Lazy Summer Days May 16 2014

Today I cleaned my house in preparation for Summer, its been amazing and sunny outside and is making me itch for lazy summer days.

Every summer I put the kids indoor toys up for the summer and we play outside.  This year I added downsizing their clothing to 3-5 pairs of shorts, 5 shirts, 2 pants, and a church outfit.

What do you do to prepare for summer or make summer more fun and less work?  I would love to hear your ideas.


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