12. 02. 2015
valentine's day arrows Easy and quick Valentine's day arrows! All you need is: * valentine's day paint colors * Brush (I used a sponge brush) * Painters tape * Wooden sticks/Rods * Scissors * Felt (I used sticky back felt which made it really easy) Valentine Craft Mark off random areas on the wooden sticks with the painters tape and then paint away. While I was waiting for that to dry, I cut out a bunch of hearts for the tips and chevron shapes for ends of the arrows.  I then just peeled the backs off of the shapes (because it was sticky felt) and stuck the shapes on - one on each side.  I cut slits into the ends of the arrows after I stuck the ends together so that the slits would match up. Once you make these babies, get creative. I hot glued two together and tied them with ribbon to use as a hanging decoration! valentines decoration Happy Valentine's Day Lovers!  
03. 02. 2015
bib The other day I stumbled up a lovely embroidery tutorial that made me stop mid-scroll. It was an image of a beautiful piece of embroidery using the feathered chain stitch from Sarah Whittle's website. "Wow, if only I had the attention span to try to learn how to do something like that," I thought to myself.  Just for fun and to confirm that this type of thing was way out of my league, I decided to click on the link. However, I started looking through her clear and well-explained pictures and they seemed to say, "You can totally DO this, just give us a try!" I started thinking hmmm maybe just maybe this is possible?  Jump over to Sarah Whittle's page and check out the tutorial for yourself. Are you thinking what I was thinking? Not too complicated, right? Just for extra support, and because I have no idea about anything when it comes to embroidery, I decided to back it up just a bit and try to learn what a BASIC chain stitch looks like before it gets all blinged out and feathery.  I found this tutorial from a different website called Sarah's Hand Embroidery Tutorials (apparently Sarah's really like to embroider). Here is what a basic chain stitch looks like: chain_stich_5 She explains it pretty clearly on her site.  The only part that was tricky for me was realizing you have to come up and then back down in the same spot when starting the stitch.  There are lots of possibilities with just the chain stitch.  I practiced her tutorial several times and once I felt comfortable with the basic chain stitch, I upped my game and went for the feathered chain stitch.  I practiced for awhile on scrap fabric before I started to get the hang of it, but it honestly didn't take too long! Once I felt confident with the feathered chain stitch, I started thinking about all the fun ways I could use it.  I had a left over plain white bib that I got from Hobby Lobby for $2.29 that I was going to use for another project but decided it would be great to use for a beginning project with my new found skill.  I decided I wanted to create an easy embroidered baby bib combining the feathered chain stitch, some simple stitching for my son's initial and basic edging stitches around the sides. I looked up a super basic stitch for the initial - the back stitch - and found this easy peasy tutorial from Little Lovelies By Allison.  You come up through a, then down through b and then back up through c to start a new stitch. The last stitch I looked up was the blanket stitch that I used around the edge of the bib.  Holiday Crafts and Creations has a great easy to follow tutorial on the blanket stitch - Check them out. Once I figured out all the stitches, I printed out an initial in the font that I wanted to use and traced it lightly onto the bib with a pencil.  Once that was on, I set to work thinking about what stitches to use where. I really just eyeballed everything in terms of placement because that's just how I roll, but I think it came out pretty well. And it probably took me an hour to complete and only around 5 dollars to make! Hello inexpensive but fancy baby shower gift!!! bib 1 The one warning I will give you - it's kinda hard to actually let your child wear these bibs for their intended purpose and watch them smear food all over these beauties haha. Anyway, there are so many possibilities for how to use these stitches on bibs (or anything) so get creative! I know you have to do a little bit of "homework" for this project interms of learning the stitches, but they really are not that complicated and it will be great have these skills for future projects!
14. 01. 2015
pillow diy During the holiday season, I became obsessed with this GORGEOUS pin on Pinterest from On Sutton Place. Christmas Tree Pom Pom Pillow Cover Man. Looking at this picture again more closely gives me some serious pom-pom envy. I mean... Look at those poms poms! They're beyond perfect! how did a human make those?? But I digress.  Amazing idea, right? However, being that I'm often a few steps behind on keeping up with holidays I just didn't get around to attempting this great DIY this year.  I couldn't get this pillow out of my mind though, so I tried to think of other ways I could use this idea.  I so love a good monogram and I also love that monograms look great all year round, so I decided to do a big "J" for our last name using pom poms.  I also decided to try it out with a black and white pillowcase for a lil dramatic oomph! Here is how I made it: I started with the pom poms  Here is the tutorial for how to make the pom poms:

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The poms poms were definitely the most time-consuming part. I made 22 pom poms for my J, which is WAY more than I thought I would need. Just a heads up, don't feel bad if you try making a few of the pom poms and you're like WHAT the what? My pom poms totally don't look anything like this!  Keep at it and just trim away if they're uneven.  I did a lot of trimming :/.

Then all you need to do is turn on your hot glue gun and glue those babies on! I took the pillow cover off to figure out where to put the J and for the gluing. And that's it!

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monogrammed pillow cover