Just recently our youngest son was baptized. We had a very small party attend the ceremony and therefore only needed a minute amount of favors. Usually when you think of party favors, you think of big quantities, especially since the supplies needed are usually sold in bulk 🙂 My sister had the idea of using small jars (which can be individually purchased) and fill them with lavender (bonus…my sister has lavender plants :))
We made labels using a cricut machine and glued a picture of my son on top of the labels. The picture had been printed on regular printer paper, not photo paper.
We also printed a thank you message on a separate label (we used transparent paper). With these thank you labels we did not use the cricut machine, we simple cut rectangles.
After filling the jars with the lavender, we wrapped both labels and a cross using string around the bottle’s neck.
Simple and sweet. And you don’t necessarily have to use these favors only for baptism, but for any occasion!
And Happy September! Today I wanted to share with you this floral wreath project that I made for my double door entrance.
I enjoy changing my front door wreaths frequently and instead of having a huge collection of wreaths, I have opted to use my grapevine wreaths multiple times a year and simply switching out the accessories (for example, changing out the flowers, ribbon, etc).
My kitchen windows get A LOT of sunlight and I was in need of creating window treatments that wouldn’t close my backyard view (as would happen with curtains). That is when we decided on making these window awnings to soften the bright sun rays.
We made these wood awnings using the following materials:
– 1×1 wood
– 2×4 wood
– 4×1/4 wood
– Spar urethane spray
-hinges and metal decor
I haven’t provided measurements or quantities as it depends on the window’s length and height.
Below are pictures of our process:
We sprayed the wood awnings with Spar Urethane (a protective clear finish for exterior or interior wood exposed to sunlight, water, or temperature changes).
We added three hinges to the top of the awning. And added metal frames under the awnings (which were originally flower hangers :).
We loved the end result and are looking into incorporating it in more windows (we have quite a few!) 🙂
So I’ve been seeing these adorable wall decors using embroidery hoops and I have wanted to make one for my boys for some time. As the copy cat that I am 😉 I searched through Pinterest (my always go-to site) in search of ideas but found nothing that grabbed my attention so I took matters into my own hands 🙂
My oldest son (who will be 3 on Saturday!) loves anything that moves- cars, airplanes, trains, helicopters, motorcycles (you get the picture 😉 but he especially loves fire engines! He went through a phase that all he wanted to watch was Fireman Sam…over and over and over again… I actually had to ‘cut the cord’ before he would turn into Norman Price! (For those unfamiliar with the show, Norman is a bit of a menace ;).
I knew I wanted to make something with a fire engine and that’s when I thought of doing the following- I would use two embroidery hoops, one bigger than the other, and I would have a fire engine on one with its ladder extending to the second loop reaching up to a kitty stuck on a tree. Perfect, it would incorporate my son’s love for fire engines and Mommy’s love for kitties 🙂
I was initially planning to do some embroidery- maybe around the trees and to add some grass and flowers- but as I came to find out, the fabric I was using wasn’t good for embroidery (the needle would leave big holes) so I opted gluing fabric to create the scene without embroidery.
Embroidery hoop 7in
Embroidery hoop 5in
Green cotton fabric
Blue cotton fabric
Fabric containing fire engine pattern
Green flannel fabric
1. The first thing I did was stitch the blue and green fabrics together. These pieces would create the background for the bigger hoop.
2. I then cut out the fire engine from the fabric I had purchased on Etsy.
3. I wrapped both embroidery hoops with strips of the fire engine fabric. I used crafter’s glue to keep the fabric in place.
4. I placed the background fabric in place on the bigger hoop.
5. I cut out a tree truck from brown fabric I had at home. This fabric had a pattern which was perfect for the tree trunk. I then cut a piece of green fleece for the top of the tree. Lastly, I loosen the embroidery hoop and passed the excess green fleece so that the fabric would stay in place.
6. Before continuing, I cut the excess background fabric on the big hoop and did a running stitch through the fabric as can be seen in the picture below.
7. For the smaller loop, the background was only a piece of blue fabric. I cut some green fleece for the tree and cut some tree limbs from the brown fabric. Once again, I loosened the embroider hoop to pass the green fleece. I then repeated step 6 on the smaller hoop.
8. Once the trees were glued on both hoops, I then glued the fire engine to the bigger hoop and glued the ladder continuation to the smaller hoop. And to finish off, I sewed the kitty button to the tree limb on the smaller hoop.
I placed the hoops on the entrance wall in my son’s room at his eye level so he can see them when he walks in 🙂 And yes, there have been quite a few times I have to reposition the hoops since he decides to touch them 😉
A while back we built a sitting corner on our deck using reclaimed wood. I wanted to add some much needed cushions and pillows by utilizing chaise lounge cushions that I had that were no longer being used.
I wanted to give these blah cushions some new life!
First, I had my boys help stain the reclaimed wood. Here we see them hard at work 🙂
The stain gave the reclaimed wood a nice gloss and clean finish.
Seeing that I didn’t have enough chaise lounge cushions for both the bottom and back of the sitting area, I decided to purchase cushions for the bottom and utilize the lounge cushions for the back. Since the bottom cushions were solid colors, I bought a floral pattern to reupholster the lounge cushions for the backs. To complete the project, I wanted to add some pillows. I already had several outdoor pillows but they all had different patterns and in order to obtain a more cohesive look, I reupholstered the pillows with the same fabric.
The end result brought life into my otherwise bland sitting area 😉
But just when I thought I was done, I realized I could reupholster the back cushions of my outdoor swing to tie everything together.
We spend a lot of time in our backyard and now we have the added comfort of these freshened up sitting areas 🙂 Hope you are enjoying your outdoor living area too!
I know…once you read the title you thought, what??? A toaster cover? Who uses those anymore? Are we in 1955? 😀 And I get it. I never thought I would have one (or make one) but here is what happened. I was searching for an embroidery pattern on Pinterest when I stumbled across a photo of a vintage toaster cover. I thought what a perfect way to showcase embroidery; to actually be able to see it and enjoy it everyday. You see, the very few kitchen towels I have embroider are never used…how can I use them after such hard work!? 😉
But before we move on, I have a confession to make, I’m by no means an embroiderer nor a sewist. For those who master these skills, you would cringe to see how I complete my projects! But I’m ok with that. I still enjoy doing them and I learn as I go 😉 Having said that, I won’t attempt to teach you how to sew or embroider here today but I will share with you the steps I took to make this toaster cover and show you that you too can make it, even if you don’t excel in sewing or embroidery.
So, for the embroidery pattern, I used a toaster pattern from Stitcher’s Revolution and followed its iron-on instructions:
Work in progress:
I purchased a yard of retro looking fabric (at least I thought it had a retro vibe to it 😉 at Joann’s. The yard was a bit too much fabric but it was in case any mistakes happened(shopping with two little ones isn’t very easy so the fewer trips I need to make, the better! 😉
I measured the height, width and depth of the toaster. I cut 3 pieces of fabric – 2 identical pieces for the sides and one longer piece that would run from the back, over the top and to the front of the toaster.
I just realized I didn’t take many photos of the actually sewing portion of this project but it’s just the same, it probably wouldn’t have been much help since there were many pins holding everything in place 😀 I essentially pinned the pieces of fabric while on the toaster and then inverted the fabric and attempted to sew as best as I could.
On the border of the two identical sized fabrics I put some piping which gave it that extra touch to the piece.
On the side that I attached the embroidery pattern, instead of sewing the white fabric with the embroider directly on the busy flower pattern, I added a red fabric with small dots separating the two. I went wild with my sewing machine and tried a new stitch on the border of the embroider pattern 😀
Here I’m almost at the finish line… just need to hem the bottom and add a trim to it:
No longer do I see this on my counter:
Now I have a cute toast saying: ‘Butter me up!’ 😀
P.S. Don’t look too closely at the picture, you just might find some mistakes 😉 But you know what? I still love how it came out and it makes me smile when I glance at it in the kitchen.
It’s hard to believe that today is already July 1st! And that also means we are days away from the 4th of July therefore I quickly made some last minute decorations.
First, I made my front door wreaths. Materials used: grapevine wreath, red ribbon about 2 inches wide, blue and white paper, cardboard paper and string. I wrapped the grapevine wreaths with red ribbon. I then made a center piece for the wreath using – blue cones and a white star out of paper that went in the center of the wreath. (Instructions on how to make 3D paper star via Doodlebug Design Inc. – http://www.doodlebugblog.com/2012/07/tuesday-tutorial-patriotic-3d-stars.html#.WVgHQ7pFxes).
It will be easier to use pictures as step-by-step instructions 🙂 –
Secondly, I decorated my mantel.
I made some 3D paper stars (as mentioned before, instructions on how to make 3D paper star via Doodlebug Design Inc. – http://www.doodlebugblog.com/2012/07/tuesday-tutorial-patriotic-3d-stars.html#.WVgHQ7pFxes) and I hung some aged USA flags. In order to age the flags, I soaked them in tea until I obtained the desired brown tint to the flags. Picture tutorial:
And now I’m ready for the 4th of July parade and BBQ 😀