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Crafts and Sand!

4 Jul

While we are enjoying our stay at the beach, I hadn’t on being crafty..

 
Then we found out this store is within walking distance to our house. Actually it’s right next door lol!  

 
You can’t be next to a yarn store and not buy anything!!!
  So I came home with these goodies for me and two craft kits for Emma which I’m sure will come with pictures later πŸ˜‰ 

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What I’m Working On

27 Jan

With my new year goals in full gear I have been getting busy with some exciting new things πŸ™‚

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I have a few new hats in that will be coming in the store soon as well as some new mittens!!

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With Payton hiking out the snow with me to pick Emma up from the bus stop, I decided it was about time we made her some cute mittens (the baby ones just don’t fit anymore!) But of course I couldn’t stop there – my brain is on new year new goals.

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Instead of just MAKING them, I’m making the pattern and it will be available for purchase too! Stay tuned on my facebook to see when they are live or check out my etsy shop if you are interested!

What are you working on?

A Farmers Market Kind of Day

10 Sep

This past weekend the whole family and the neighbors decided to take a trip down to a local market to see what it was all about!

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I don’t know about you but I absolutely LOVE small town main streets. The thought of amazing mom and pop shops, amazing restaurants, and hole in the wall stores makes me giddy!

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Brian isn’t a huge fan of the craft shows and markets I go to but I think this one changed his mind! He walked around and picked up fresh bread, cheese, and cookies for Emma and himself.

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Here’s my happy little girl! She was so excited Daddy was buying her things all day! Especially things to make a Grilled Cheese!!!

We had a great day at the market and a great fresh made lunch! I’ll have to share the delicious grilled cheeses with you later πŸ˜‰

 

Coming Soon to A Gift Store Near You ;)

25 Aug

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Things to look forward to in my shop this year? Let’s just say we are having a ton of fun around here with new yarn and fabric! I’m in the process of working on a ton of new options for you in my shop! I’ll slowly be adding new items each day so keep your eyes peeled if you are looking for great gifts this fall & winter!

 

Love You All!

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DIY Place Mats

8 Aug

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Β 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
Ruler
Pencil Scissors
1.5 to 2 yards of fabric
Thread
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.

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

12’X18′
14’X20′
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.
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Once you have it cut out you’ll never have to measure again!!! That is probably my favorite thing about templates πŸ™‚ I have scrapes and piles of mat board, boxes, laying around the house just for this purpose.

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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!

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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.

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

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

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And here is my opening to flip it inside out!

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

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

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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!

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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.

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Butterfly Flowers

4 Jul

Last weekend we spent some time with the family and we took Emma to a nursery. Papa was picking out flowers for his deck and wanted to take Emma to see the fishies:


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The first rule of spending the day with Papa is to never go anywhere hungry! If your belly isn’t happy – you aren’t happy!! I personally absolutely LOVE that rule! Emma on the other hand – just likes to make Papa laugh πŸ™‚

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You have to admit they are a cute pair!! It wasn’t that long ago that I was the one holding Papa’s hand in awe of how amazing he is.

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There were huge fans there that Papa kept going by and Emma would laugh and cover her ears. I couldn’t resist getting a shot of this!

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While we were there we had to look for “butterfly” flowers because that’s what she had decided she wanted Papa to get her!

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We took a break from finding the perfect flowers and watched the fish. Emma was mesmerized!Β 

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The set up for these fish was so gorgeous I couldn’t resist showing it off! If we ever have the spare money to do some extra landscaping these are exactly the kind of rocks I’d love to have framing our gardens.

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One of my favorite flowers πŸ™‚ I love these little puffs of joy!!

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Another stop to see the fish!? I think it’s mandatory! I love Papa and Emma time πŸ™‚

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I stopped to check out the cactus side of the nursery. Emma and I love to check out the little terrariums on Pinterest – this may be a future project for us!

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My little cheeseball making silly faces again πŸ˜€

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And here it is! The “Butterfly” flower that Emma chose to take home!

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It’s been a few days and it’s finally sprouting new flowers πŸ™‚ I’m proud of my little gardener!

Hope you all have a wonderful 4th!

 

I’M BACK!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

12 Jun

I hope you didn’t miss me too much πŸ˜‰ of course you all know I missed you!

A few things you may have missed:

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We bought our FIRST house!  ❀ So we can mark that of the 30 before 30 list!

If you want to see the house tours the are here, here, and here! Yes there are three or else they would have been huge posts!

If you hadn’t noticed I’ve been blogging over here at A Charming Twist with my friend Leslie:

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I decided to start writing with Leslie as a way for us to keep in touch, share my DIY & Craft obsession with her and as a way to keep this blog more family related. So from now on you’ll see posts about my life, Emma, and things we are doing as a family! Β Sure there will be the occasional DIY post because – let’s be honest – I can’t help myself πŸ˜‰

If you love my DIY and organizing posts please be sure to follow us at A Charming Twist so you don’t miss out those goodies.

And just because I can’t help myself – here’s what Emma’s been up to these days:

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Trying out Mom & Dad’s new bed.

Helping Mommy set up her new craft room / office space!

Attempting the piano (she’s actually pretty good!)

Cuddling with Mommy on the new couch watching the NEW TV!

Taking baby for walks in our new neighborhood!

Enjoying some sun on the deck!

Passing out in her new bed after a long hard day of play!

Trying out new restaurants!!

Walking in the rain with her monkey umbrellie πŸ™‚

Being Mommy’s big helper on shopping trips!

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Doing big girl things like puzzles!

Playing in every room of the house!

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and of course being as cute as possible πŸ™‚Β 

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We are so happy to be back and we hope you enjoy following our lives here and our crafts at A Charming Twist!

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Love Always,

J

Spinning Out of Control!

23 Jan

Is it obvious that I have been preoccupied with other things?!

I hope you didn’t think I was gone for good πŸ™‚

Just sleeping when I got the chance instead of typing πŸ˜›

So what’s my cause for all this crazy silence?

Well one reason is I’ve been blogging over here at A Charming Twist! One of my amazing friends and I started a blog together to talk about crafts, fashion, home decor, food, and life! It’s been so much fun posting with her!

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On my day off during the week I’d usually come up with my posts and do a few projects. These days I’ve been helping out a company I used to work for before my stay-at-home mom days! They needed an extra hand and when it comes to organizing things I can resist πŸ˜‰

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Another reason is I’m attempting one of my 30 before 30 goals! I’m taking Art Classes!! It’s been super exciting and I’ll share all the details about it later but it’s so nice to be accomplishing goals πŸ™‚

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Along with those I’ve been picking up shifts and taking the girls out to keep from getting cabin fever! We’ve been traveling to the mall and indoor playground to keep them active, get a little fresh air, and have new experiences. Our local mall has a train that the kids can ride around the mall and a merry-go-round!

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This has also lead us in eating out which I love! Going out to eat with these girls is twice as muchΒ fun as taken them places meant for them -these girls love people watching, aren’t picky eaters, and love to hold a conversation πŸ˜‰

Even though it’s been crazy busy around here I haven’t forgotten about you all! I have a ton of ideas to keep you entertained and hope to be getting back on track whether my schedule is packed or not πŸ˜‰

What have you all been up to? I’d love to hear!

Love Always,

J

Wasted Space Not So Wasted Anymore!

8 Jan

Emma’s closet has been only used for storage since she was born. We have a big chest of drawers for her and since her clothes are so tiny I would just fold them up and put them in there. We also had the changing table drawers for sheets and blankets so there was really never a need to hang up her clothes.

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This resulted in using the closet to put things she wasn’t using in! For a while I’ve wanted to do something differently and I finally got the kick in the butt to change things up around here πŸ™‚

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Emma’s closet has this nook inside of it that I’ve been dying to make a little reading spot out of! So while I was giving the closet a useful makeover I decided to make this part a little place to hide out for Emma.

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On one side she has her spot to sit and read with her books.

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The other side is her stuffed animal pile and puzzles on top of the shelf. Sometimes she’ll crawl into the pile of animals and hide out!

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The rest of her closet got organized and is finally be used for it’s main purpose!! For the past few mornings she’s had a blast picking out her outfits not that she can see them all!

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When it gets quiet around here I know just where to find her!

 

Now I need to make a special spot for me to go hide and get things done πŸ˜‰ I wonder if Emma would let me work on my blogging in my closet?

 

Love Always,

J

 

Christmas Tree Shopping!

17 Dec

There is nothing better than Christmas shopping with a little one.

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We had a blast finding the perfect one!

Usually we get Hot Chocolate or Caramel Apple Cider while we are Christmas Tree shopping but this year it was nice and warm!! I think Emma enjoyed the warm weather.

Do you have any tree shopping traditions? I’d love to hear them!

Love Always,

J

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