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Feeling Like A Proud Mama!

4 Jan

Emma has been begging me to do more crafts with her and while we have been scoping out YouTube for some great tutorials and finding some great ideas that are totally age appropriate, I have been eyeing other options.

Yes I did! I signed up Emma to Kiwi Crate to receive a monthly box with a craft inside! We will be posting our boxes, our crafts, and our ratings on all the fun! I AM SO EXCITED!

Have you done a Kiwi Crate before? I’d love to hear about. Leave a comment below!


What we’ve been up to!

22 Feb

What’s happening at our house?


Lots of family snuggles to keep warm while we are in almost a foot of snow and ice.


Some play doh playing! Check out that pumpkin! (One proud momma here)


Some cleaning and reorganizing!


Some sisterly bonding time.


Some lovely painting!


And some prepping for a DIY event!

Washi Tape Letters

11 Jul

To go along with the the #30makeitwork theme I have been working on I found this adorable tutorial for washi tape letters on pinterest and had to try it out!

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I had a bunch of letters laying around the house and Emma was so kind to share some of her washi tape with me! I promised her I’d do a letter for her in Red in exchange – which will be a purchase I do after my 30 days!

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This is such an easy project and doesn’t take any time!

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I just ripped big enough strips to cover the Y in slanted strips. You can do it anyway you’d like.

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Then I flipped it over and used an exacto knife to cut off all the edges.

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I suggest using a sealer on top just to keep the washi tape from peeling up after time. I can imagine these being adorable decorations on a bookshelf or in a kids room.


Wrapped Wine Bottles – Take Two!

27 Jun

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I have previously written about doing wrapped wine bottles and I couldn’t resist doing them again – with a little something extra this time! Painting the bottoms for the dipped look!

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I used a wine bottle, some macrame chord, and some mod podge (and the paint of your choice) to create it!

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All it takes is wrapping the wine bottle with the macrame chord and a bit of patience ๐Ÿ˜‰ also not caring that your fingers are going to be sticky with mod podge!

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For the first bottle I chose to work with gold. It seems like it’s a number one pick for weddings and centerpieces these days so I thought I’d go along with the trend! Then I did my second in blue – because I love that color!

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I am so happy with the turnout! They are also available for purchase on my etsy shop if you don’t feel like being crafty but want one!

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and just because I am so proud of these suckers – one of my friends Lindsay used the plain ones for her wedding and her wonderful photographer Stephanie Dee got some amazing shots of them!




I can’t lie – I’m obsessed with how well these turn out each time I do them!

Making A Pattern Template

7 May

With the craft room open for business I have been working every extra chance I get up there! One of my first projects was a fabric headband that I posted about earlier. Today I wanted to share with you how I made my own pattern template.


Since I’m not your average size adult, things don’t tend to fit me properly and I find I need things custom made often (quite like my custom desk and it’s custom low height ๐Ÿ˜‰ haha). So I tend to make my own patterns based of similar styles I like.


Here’s what you’ll need to create your own pattern template like mine:

Measuring tape
Pencil / Pen
Mat board
Scissors / Xacto Knife

With the fabric headband that I’ve been seeing all over the place, I knew buying one a traditional one size fits all would not fit so I did some playing around with fabric and elastic and measured it to fit me. You can either use the elastic itself to measure around your head or use measuring tape to see what fits you.

Then I divided that measurement into two parts: (1) being the elastic. I wanted it to not really be seen with my hair down so I measured it from under my ear to the other ear. (2) Headband from the bottom of one ear going all the way around the top of my head to the bottom of the other ear. I also took a quick measurement how how wide I wanted the headband to be.


I suggest drawing out what you are going to make and writing the measurements down there so you don’t forget them! After that I cut the (2) headband measurement in half since I’d be cutting the fabric on the fold.


Once I found a width I liked for the top to the bottom I was ready to go. I took my ruler and my pencil and created a drawing on top of mat board like so. Then used my exacto knife to cut out the template.


Why do I use mat board? Because it’s easy to store, it’s sturdy but not heavy, and yes sometimes it gets messed up in the process but it’s easy to make again and it’s pretty darn cheap!


Once I have the template how I like, I get to cutting out fabric and starting to produce them in assembly line process. You can never have too many headbands right?


Please note that I came up with a rough draft trial and did a test run before I made my template so I knew I’d be happy with the outcome. Hint: I always suggest making a trial with scrap fabric just in case it doesn’t work out you haven’t ruined the material you wanted to use for it!ย 

A Fabric Headband

30 Apr

Todayย I attempted and failed a fabric headband only to try it again and finally make it!!

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I have been trying to find things to use with my scraps and since Emma has been headband crazy these past few days I’ve decided to make her a few as well as a few adult ones! This one is an adult size but that didn’t stop Emma from trying it on!

What you’ll need:

Fabric – one to two fat quarters would work for this project.
Fabric Scissors and Regular Scissors
Matching Thread
Pins or Clips
Iron and Ironing Board

Soon I will have a pattern up for sale in my Etsy store for those who would rather just print out the sizes I used instead of measuring and figuring it out on your own!

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I cut out the fabric according to my measurements, ironed on the interfacing to the outside of one piece of fabric and clipped them together. You’ll see that I went ahead and folded my ends in to give it that clean finished look on the edges when it’s done.

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I did about a 1/4 seam around the edges sewing on top of the folded edges to keep them in place.

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Then comes the tricky part!

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Flipping the fabric inside out isn’t always the easiest and if you sew to closely to the edges it will rip the ends. I used my fingers to turn one side into the other and slowly feed it through the middle of the tube. Once the fabric started getting close to the smaller side I used a crochet needle to help me push it through.

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Once flipped inside out I ironed it flat, you could also do a top stitch for decoration here if you’d like, I chose the simple method of not doing it!!

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I cut out about a 4 inch piece of elastic to give me enough room to slide in the ends and sew it in.

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I chose to do a box like sew to ensure that the elastic was sewn in well and wouldn’t rip. You can do a decorative stitch here if you’d like.

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I did the same thing with the elastic inside the middle piece of the end and did a box shape sew.

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Even though it was too big for her, she was excited to try it on! I’m excited to make her a mini one that will actually fit her! One of my favorite things about this is that I made it reversible. This makes it easier to mix and match with outfits, and since this little one has a ton of outfits, she will be getting a ton of reversible ones!


DIY Place Mats

8 Aug

ย I have been dying to try out this pattern that I got from my Maw Maw (actually Brian’s Maw Maw but I claim her as mine!) and I finally got the chance to do it! This is so simple and so much fun. What you’ll need:

Mat Board
Pencil Scissors
1.5 to 2 yards of fabric
Sewing Machine
Iron & Board

If you have everything you need minus the mat board – do not go out and buy mat board! Find a box laying around your house that’s wide enough and long enough for this project.

There are three different sizes you could use for a place mat so feel free to pick any one, I chose the first:

or 12′ diameter for round.

First I took measurements to create my template, made a drawing on my board, and cut it out with scissors.
Once you have it cut out you’ll never have to measure again!!! That is probably my favorite thing about templates ๐Ÿ™‚ I have scrapes and piles of mat board, boxes, laying around the house just for this purpose.

Pull out your fabric and lay your template down on top and cut around it. I fold my fabric over and do two cuts at one time to make sure they are exactly identical!


Once you have your two pieces cut out I flip them inside out and give them a quick iron to make sure the pieces lay flat.

Pin around the edges and sew around all of them but leave a large enough opening on one side to flip it inside out.


As you can see in this photo – I just did a straight plain stitch around the edges.


And here is my opening to flip it inside out!


Once it’s flipped do a quick iron again, iron down the edges of the opening and pin it for sewing closed.


Sew all the edges with a fun decorative stitch and your done!


If you have seen my work before you know this is my go to decorative stitch. It uses up a lot of thread but I love the way it looks and it feels really secure!


I hope you enjoyed my place mats tutorial and if you’d like to go ahead and purchase them – I have these up on Etsy for sell here.


Furniture Makeover Book Review, Project, & Giveaway!

24 Jul

If you haven’t heard of the new book Furniture Makeovers by Barb Blair. You are missing out!! This is a great resource for DIY tips and techniques on restoring, updating, painting, and fixing furniture!

Here’s Barnes & Nobles Overview:

Furniture Makeoversย shows how to transform tired furniture into stunning showpieces. You’ll never look at a hand-me-down dresser the same way again! The book offers 26 easy-to-follow techniques that can be applied to all different types of pieces, from bookshelves to desks: painting, applying gold leaf, wallpapering, distressing, dip dyeing, and more. In addition to the core techniques, author and Knack Studios founder Barb Blair shares 30 beautiful before-and-after makeovers from her studio and outlines how to achieve each look. With helpful step-by-step photographs, a visual glossary explaining all the tools and materials needed, and a lovely contemporary aesthetic,ย Furniture Makeoversย is a treasure trove of ideas and instruction for the home decorator.


I don’t know about you but I LOVE before and after pictures, especially ones with tips on how they did the makeover, and a story behind the piece. This book is not lacking this at all! Barb goes into great detail about how she made these pieces new that are easy to follow and wonderfully informative. My favorite part of each of these projects? She has a materials list! You’ll know exactly what you need before you even start the project!

Thanks to this book giving me some serious inspiration, I decided to do a makeover pieces myself!
We’ve had this corner cabinet in our family longer than I can remember and it’s been passed down to me! I love the idea and the functionality of it but in it’s current location – it sticks out like a sore thumb!


I’ll be posting the makeover results of this beauty on Sunday! I hope you are ready to be WOW’d! While you are waiting – check out this Awesome Giveaway provided by Chronicle Books & Knack.com

Furniture Makeovers

Live What You Love tote

Today I’m doing a giveaway for a SIGNED copy of Furniture Makeover’s and a fun Knack Tote! One lucky winner will be receiving these goodies in the mail in no time! Want a chance at being a winner? Comment below letting us know what piece of furniture of your own that you’d love to update along with an email address to reach you at!

Don’t feel like waiting? Purchase a book here:ย ย Amazon,ย Barnes & Noble,ย IndieBound, orย Chronicle Books

Check out the rest of the Blog Tour here:

Monday, July 15 โ€“ A Beautiful Mess

Tuesday, July 16 โ€“ The City Sage and Cranny + Me

Wednesday, July 17 โ€“ Urban Comfort

Thursday,ย July 18 โ€“ Indie Craft Parade and Door Sixteen

Friday, July 19 โ€“ Simply Grove

Monday, July 22 โ€“ Poppytalk

Tuesday, July 23 โ€“ The Curated House and Ambrosia Creative

Wednesday, July 24 โ€“ The Bedlam of Beefy and The Underestimated Mom

Thursday, July 25 โ€“ Decorology

Friday, July 26 โ€“ Bloesemย 

The contest winner will be contacted via email Wednesday, July 31st!

The Countdown Begins!

16 Jul

Emma’s birthday is just around the corner and this weekend we made her a paper chain so she could see just how many days away it is!

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Ignore the goofy faces throughout if you can! Emma was in a weird goofy mood ๐Ÿ˜› So I pulled out paper, scissors, scrapbooking glue, and I didn’t really need anything else ๐Ÿ˜‰ The pen was to entertain Emma if she got bored.

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I folded it in half (hot dog way ๐Ÿ˜‰ haha)

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And again just to make the guided lines. These in no way shape or form need to be pretty since your child is just going to rip them up each day.
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After unfolding it I just cut each strip out to how many days I needed.

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I like to use multiple colors so it’s easy to see which is the next chain.

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Take the scrapbook glue and run it along one side folding it into a circle and pushing it so it sticks.

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Slide the next piece in the ring and repat until you’ve used all your pieces!

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Emma was excited as I explained it to her. We counted how many rings and jumped up and down at the excitement that it’s not too far away!!

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Each morning we are going to wake up and rip off one more!

Do you remember doing this when you were a kid? I am pretty sure I made a million of these chains for all different occasions!



My Little Super Hero

9 Jul

Emma beans has been watching a super hero show called Word Girl and has completely fallen in love ๐Ÿ™‚ After “flying” around the room and singing that she was a super hero I decided to ask her if she wanted some super girl hero swag. She looked at me like I was nuts! Then I said, “Emma would you like me to make you a super hero cape?” Her response?

001Giddy excitement ๐Ÿ™‚ After looking at a few YouTube tutorials – I knew this was going to be a piece of cake!

004I measured my little girl, made a template with the sizes on it and got my materials out and ready!

005First step was to draw out the template on the material. Since this is just play clothes I wasn’t exact in my measuring or drawing.

007Before I cut out the second piece I made sure this was going to fit!\


009After I cut out the second piece I ran it under the iron real quick (remember it doesn’t need to be perfect! It’s play clothes!)

010Next I took a piece of felt (since it doesn’t fray) and used a bowl to cut a circle.

011I hopped on the computer and printed out a letter e. I chose a lowercase because I thought it would look better with the curves of the circle! (Plus it’s easier to place in the middle!)

012I put my black felt under the letter e, pinned it, and cut it out. I removed the paper e and then hand stitched the felt e onto the circle. It might be easier to use the sewing machine instead of hand stitch but I was too lazy to change out the bobbin ๐Ÿ˜‰

013Next I put the circle in the middle of the cape and did a quick sew line around the circle. Not perfect at all but again it’s play clothes!

014I put the two pieces back to back and did a quick sew all along the edges leaving a small part at the bottom to flip it inside out. Ran it under the iron real quick, and did a fun stitch at the bottom to seal that end in.

015Most people would sew all the way around for a finished look but this is supposed to be a quick easy project so just finishing of the end was good enough for me!

016Next I put snaps on the ends to keep the cape on. Obviously I butchered the first snap so I did a second ๐Ÿ˜‰


I like the thick straps in front with the snap – something about string just drives me crazy!

018And Tada! We have a little super hero in our house! Emma is crazy in love with her cape ๐Ÿ™‚ Her one disappoint was that she thought once she had a cape – she’d be able to fly!! Poor thing was a little flustered but she wouldn’t take it off all day!


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