Monday, March 4, 2013

Clip-on bow-tie for GIRLS (or boys)!!

I really should have a better "Introducing baby Luca!" photo for you all, but if you really care about seeing my adorable, now 2 month old baby boy who weighs THIRTEEN POUNDS, we are probably already friends on instagram. If you follow me on there then you already know how super cute and pudgy he is, how he looks just like my husband, and how the reason I haven't blogged in 2 months is due to trying to cope with 3 kids 3 and under, and a week long stay in the hospital that lead to 2 more weeks of double vision. <----not at="" computer....="" for="" good="" p="" staring="" the="">
I am now getting into the swing of things and am better adjusted to this crazy crazy life of mine. It is NO JOKE taking care of three baby/toddlers! Just taking them somewhere is a workout. Getting three kids buckled, un-buckled, into strollers etc is killing me. I don't like having to go too many places because I'm sweaty and worn out! But one day they will all be able to walk themselves, unbuckle themselves, and get themselves situated in the car and life will be a tad easier in that department. For now I am just trying to focus on how cute they all are (when they aren't screaming at each other or coloring on the walls of course). I love being a mother, more than I ever imagined (I always thought I didn't want kids--HA!), but its also even harder than I imagined. Luckily I have a really great, helpful partner/husband who gives me lots of rest on the weekends. Only 3 more months left til that's over and he starts his Ob-Gyn residency! ahhh!

Okay, so on to the subject for today: BOW-TIES! Yes, tutorials are all over the internet, and in fact one of my most popular posts of all time on pinterest, is the Big Bow Tutorial. Which you can use to make the bow-tie itself. This tutorial is for making it work on girls, women, and baby boys with crew neck instead of collared shirts.
Materials needed:
a bow, large or small, fabric, leather, felt, crochet/knitted, whatever you want!
2 snap clips as shown below
hot glue/gun

I love bows and bow-ties, but the traditional way to make one has a band around the neck, or a clip that goes sideways, and both require a collared shirt to be worn. I originally came up with this solution when a friend of mine asked me to make some felt bow-ties for her baby who mostly wore onesies, but I figured out it works for adults as well.
 1. hot glue the two clips on to the bow, at the width apart that works for the wear-er/ bow. Okay, now you are finished.
Attach to yourself, your baby, your son or daughter! I love love love mine, and made 3 at once.
 And if you happen to own one of THESE adorable collars, then you can attach it for another look! Eek! (note: she didn't make the collar shown above, hers are higher quality (I own quite a few), this was an attempt at making a rectangle that I somehow accidentally made into a curved rectangle, much like a collar!!)

Friday, December 21, 2012

Merry Christmas Everyone! (early)

Just in case I go into labor before Christmas (which there is a very high probability of), I thought I would post my virtual Christmas card for everyone. I hope you all have  a wonderful holiday (or HAD one if you celebrated Hanukkah)!

Thursday, December 20, 2012

projects only seen on my instagram! (some of what I've been making this month)

 a pom-pom garland I finally strung and hung in my girls' new shared room! (I made the pom-poms almost a year ago)
 and the felted ball garland I strung after buying the balls a year ago to make a wreath (but discovered what I had bought would only have filled a 1/4 of a wreath form).
 a Gold posterboard triangle bunting/garland for my tree!
 died (food coloring) and glittered (spray adhesive+glitter) pasta garland (I re-strung onto twine and tied each pasta bow on, rather than gluing which didn't work well).
 Made stockings for my family (and made 3 extra out of a felted wool blanket, antique doily trim, and turkish (antique) wool felt coasters! All things my mom had so nicely passed on to me as she cleaned and organized all her vintage finds.
  spray-painted the front of Amélie's new $2.50 shoes (on sale) from H&M.
And bleached a bunch of bottlebrush trees that I bought  last year for this very purpose!

 The last trimester of pregnancy (plus not having to do a sale this year) really helped me kick my butt in gear! And this is only maybe 40% of what I have actually made and done. I don't like to be TOO obnoxious on instagram or this blog so I try to leave some of it out... or spread it out:)

Tuesday, December 18, 2012

New Sponsor: REEVE WRITES!

I am thrilled to tell you all about my new sponsor Reeve Coobs of the blog "Reeve Writes." I often look at decorating and crafting blogs, but until now hadn't wandered onto the blogs of any musicians. I love Reeve's perspectives on things, not as a just a DIY'er (though she does have some cool DIY's as seen below), but as a song writer and singer.  And her music? Her voice? Amazing.

In Reeve's words: I'm a singer-songwriter living in Davidson, NC. I'm in the process of finishing up my first full-length studio album, YAY! I love sad songs, dissonant harmony, drums that make you move, and songs with an element of surprise. You can read more about her fun, quirky personality here. I personally can't wait to here her album when it is finished. Her voice, both literal and written are the kind I like to listen to when I paint, craft, or do other creative things. Gorgeous.

 Music to buy and sample here
tutorial found here.
So check this girl out! You will love her too, I am sure!

Monday, December 17, 2012

Magnetic DIY Nativity Advent calendar

I made this advent calendar the last week of November, and somehow I didn't get around to posting about it until a week before Christmas. Sorry peeps. That is just the lame kind of blogger I am! My family and real life take priority over this little space, and so I make and do a million projects that never get posted on here! I guess you could always pin this one for next year:)

Metal serving tray, or the like (I used a vintage t.v. dinner tray!) that magnets will stick to.
Magnetic "Canvas" (available where you find the magnets at Michaels or JoAnn's)
Acrylic paint/brushes
kitchen scissors (or scissors you don't mind cutting the thin magnet canvas with)
Felt, or fabric to make a pouch for storing the pieces (I used felt of course)

Mary, Joseph, baby Jesus, hay for the manger, the manger,  mouse (cow, or other barn animal), donkey, 3 wisemen, 3 gifts, large Shepard, small Shepard, 2 sheep, 3 angels, 1 large star, 2 small stars, the stable logs (there are 4 of them-used all for one day of the advent)

These are the pieces I chose to paint so that we would have enough to last 24 days. You can do it differently, those are just my suggestions. I had a hard time figuring out 24 different things to put up there that would all fit on my tray!!
 I first created a basic envelope with velcro closure to store the pieces.

2. I then painted directly onto the magnet canvas little cartoonish figures. I wanted this to be a fast and easy project so I didn't stress about how they looked, just on having different colors, and having them be small enough to fit the tray. Make this simple. Paint circles for their heads, and a solid shape of color for their bodies. It doesn't have to be a work of art!

3. Once they were all very dry (I let them dry over night), I cut them out with my kitchen shears.

 4. I then took an paint marker and marked them all on the front with their number for the day they should be put up.... before realizing I could've just done it on the back.... duh
You are finished! My daughters have been so excited to take a magnet out of the pouch each day and put it up on the board. It was so simple and easy to make this nativity advent calendar and I am so glad I did. I hope it gets entered into their memories of childhood Christmases as we do it year after year:)

Friday, December 7, 2012

Easy DIY kids ornament!

 We are doing a holiday activity every day as one of our advent "calendars" this year, which has been really fun! It has helped me get in the spirit of Christmas, and since my oldest is 3 1/2 this year she is really into everything we do. One of the first cards she pulled out said to "Make an ornament for the tree."  And I came up with this fun idea when we were at the Christmas tree lot!

Materials needed:
free slice of christmas tree trunk (you can go to a lot and ask for whatever they have. We didn't even buy a tree, just gathered loose branches and this trunk disc!)

paint, glue, glitter, spray paint (whatever materials you have on hand)

twine/yarn/string and hot glue (or drill a hole)

1. I spray-painted the disc gold on both sides
2. Olivia (3 yrs) painted it with her tempera paints
3. She added drops of elmer's glue and then sprinkled a few colors of glitter on top. We left it to dry over night.
 4. I cut twine and hot glued it to the back, sandwiched with a piece of felt. 

Easy! They make an ornament that is gorgeous and so simple! I like those kind of projects:)!!

Thursday, December 6, 2012

DIY: Holiday Garlands and Tassels!

Remember when we made that awesomely versatile shirt? Well, thanks to My Own Fringemaker I have been busy making more awesome things out of yarn for the holiday season. I seriously love this contraption, as it allows me to make fringe, tassels, pom-poms, and so much more out of yarn and ribbons you already have around the house. If you want some ideas for using fringe and such check out my pinterest board here.

For my first holiday decoration idea, I tied on my yarn and wrapped at about 1 inch apart (I did 2 at once on the fringemaker). The Fringemaker allows you to just hold the yarn ball, and then you twist the crank really fast and it winds it all on there in seconds! I also made several pom-poms at once on it and then put the two together to make a garland you could hang on your wall or Christmas tree.

I also made a large tassel out of my twisted strands and pom-poms (I really really love pom-poms, and not just cause they are trendy, but I always have! I even made a pom-pom scarf my freshman year of college--13 yrs ago).
Here is my tassel hanging proudly with my reindeer garland and wood flag bunting (made from balsa wood and twine). I love it!

Monday, December 3, 2012

Giveaway winner!!

Sorry to announce this so late today, but the winner of the Freckled Purl collar is .........comment #27!  From Mari who said,

"All the collars are wonderful!! Trying to pick only one is like going to Dylan's Candy Bar store and choosing one type of candy; impossible. I like them all!! If only allowed to select one, I pick the white Peter Pan collar. 
Wonderful talent and giveaway, thank you!"

mari please contact me with your information and I will forward it to heather so she can begin your collar! 
Don't forget everyone, you can still get free shipping if you use The code FREESHIP2012 at checkout! She can make all the collars you see onmy blog in adult of child. Make a great gift or photo prop!

Tuesday, November 27, 2012

The Freckled Purl: the only accessory you'll need this winter! (plus a GIVEAWAY!!)!!!)

Heather of the Freckled Purl is a friend of mine, and when I discovered her talent for making adorable crocheted collars, I commissioned 7 for myself and family members. If you are friends with me on Instagram (I'm still private so you have to request) you know how obsessed I am with them! And if you follow my blog, then you know how much I love a collar to make a solid shirt or dress have a little more character.

Well, I am here to tell you some good news. We are giving away one of her collars this week!! You can win one to give as a gift or keep for yourself this holiday season.
I actually own 4 of the collars you see pictured above:)  If you go to The Freckled Purl you won't see all the colors pictured, but you can have any size (adult or child) or style (scalloped or peter pan) done in any of the colors she has shown here (yarn color options also indicated in the listings) 

You can use coupon code FREESHIP2012 at checkout to get free shipping right now, just because you read my blog!
And look how cute they are on little girls! ahh!

Here are the ways you can get a chance to win one of these cute collars.  Remember, each needs to be left in a separate comment!

1. leave a comment about what you think of her collars/ and or a link to your favorite one
2. like The Freckled Purl on Facebook (then leave a comment saying so here)
3. Post about this giveaway on your Facebook/ twitter/ and/or instagram! (and give me the link)

Good luck to all! The giveaway ends on Friday, November 30 at 11:59pm PST.

Monday, November 26, 2012


Hey everyone! Just wanted to let you know that today, and for the next 3 week, EVERYTHING in my shop will be 40% off!!!! That's right EVERYTHING. Use coupon code BEFHOLIDAYSALE at checkout.