Monthly Archives: August 2013

Fort Fun

Play Room Dilemma

Play Room Dilemma

We recently caved and decided to turn our dining room (which we never, ever used) in to a playroom for Logan. We are in a rental right now, so I can’t go overboard and do everything that I would like to do (i.e., chalkboard wall!), so I’ve been trying to come up with some easy but creative ways to make this little room a fun place for Logan.

Here is our dining table with the leaf removed. Makes for quite a nice little cave doesn’t it? I thought about putting sheets over it and cutting out a door and windows, or maybe hanging a giant tent from the ceiling and draping it over the table to make it look like a circus…(I know my husband is rolling his eyes right now).

Big Beast of a Box

Big Beast of a Box

I was thinking on it, and thinking some more, when there came a knock-knock-knocking at my door. Who was it? Oh, it was just Mr. Inspiration, at it again, gifting me with this magnificent ginormous box (which was, by the way, entirely too large for the item that was shipped in it!).

So many wonderful things could be done with this beast of a box! I was all over the place in my mind, coming up with different uses for the box, when all of a sudden the light finally went on and I knew what I had to do.

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Super Stickel Logan

This box’s destiny was to become a Super Cool Fort for my Super Cool Son, Logan. YES! I wanted to start right away, but I’ll be honest with you – the box sat in the garage for a while, gathering dust, waiting for the day that it would finally be up-cycled.

Well folks, today was that day!

 

Here is how we did it!

Supplies:

Super Cool Fort

Super Cool Fort

  • Giant Box
  • Painter’s Tape
  • Heavy Duty Ginsu-like Scissors
  • Big Black Sharpie/Magic Marker
  • Scrapbook Paper (I used two 12×12 pieces)
  • Straw

 

First, (after dusting it off) I broke down the box, and sliced it open so it that was one long piece of floppy cardboard…

Break down box into one long piece

Break down box into one long piece

I then manipulated the giant beast to fit it around my dining table, bending as needed around the table’s edges — I had to manhandle it a bit, but in the end it submitted. If you don’t have a table, that’s OK, you can use the flaps at the bottom to help stabilize it.

Bend it around the table

Bend it around the table

Next, I cut out the door with my heavy duty scissors. These things are awesome, I think they can cut through metal (as seen on TV), but I have to say my hand was killing me by the time I was done.

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Cut out the door

I used some of the painters tape to reinforce the flaps and just to secure it to the table. The painters tape will not harm the table, in fact most of it has already peeled itself off, but the fort is still holding strong!

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Reinforce

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Fun with a Sharpie

Now the fun part — a little Sharpie action! I drew in some boulder looking things, basically rounded rectangles, and filled in the gaps with black. Then I tried to add some texture with the lines inside the boulders.Β  IMG_4655

 

I felt like it needed a little more pizazz after this. I took the piece of cardboard that was left over after cutting out the door, Sharpied it, and sat it on it’s flap on the table behind the front of the fort to give it another tier.

Can I play in it now??

Can I play in it now??

I felt like it needed ownership – someone had to claim this fort! So I made a sign and a flag using the scrapbook paper and a straw..

Sign & Flag Making

Sign & Flag Making

And used more of the tape to attach them to the Fort. All Done!

Super Cool Fort for Logan

Super Cool Fort for Logan

Β Linking to Whipperberry on Friday!

 

 

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Grandparent Love

Grandparent Love – Free Printable!

Don’t want to print? You can now order these as 11×14 prints or printed on canvas through my Zazzle Shop! More color choices & options are available – including the ability to modify the names at the top!

Who doesn’t love Grandparents? I mean they love and adore you, and they love, adore and spoil your children… they are what love is all about. Of course they can drive you nuts sometimes, but in this case the good outweighs the crazy, right? It’s always fun for me to come up with gifts for the grandparents – birthdays, father’s day, mother’s day, Christmas – I love the challenge of finding something really good.

On my side of the family, if my Mom cries then I know I did good, because that means she really appreciates it. The crying is a good thing – we are all ridiculously emotional, and in fact, I’m probably the worst. But when you get us in a room together, if one starts crying… within a minute the rest of us do too. My husband thinks we are all crazy, and while I wouldn’t challenge that opinion, I don’t mind it so much. Except when it happens in public. πŸ˜€

House Rules - Click to Download

House Rules – Click to Download

I was looking for a gift idea a while back for my father-in-law and came across this great sign on Pinterest, only when I clicked on it, the image didn’t lead me anywhere to purchase it or download it or anything. It was this wooden sign that had Grandparents’ House Rules on it. It was adorable! I was bummed I couldn’t find it anywhere, but then I thought to myself, why not just make one and frame it?

So I did! It was fun being able to choose my own fonts and eliminate the lines I wasn’t fond of. I didn’t take a picture of that first one I made, but when my Mom finished designing her new kitchen, I thought that the sign would be a great addition; a finishing touch to her new masterpiece.

In Grandma's Kitchen

In Grandma’s Kitchen

 

It was simple enough to do — after editing the sign a bit (I made hers custom, using her last name, and changed the color), I printed it out and went to my local craft store to get a frame, a mat, and some ribbon that coordinated with her kitchen. I slapped it all together and tied a bow for the corner to give it some cuteness, and voila! Super cute Grandparent gift.

I know gifting doesn’t come easy to everyone, and sometimes it’s just hard to find the right thing. So I hope that this helps some of you out when inspiration isn’t speaking to you when you need it most!

 

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Supplies

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House Rules

Grandparents’ House Rules

Grandma's House RulesUpdated December 2013 – Grandma’s House Rules – available here (in two colors):

GrandmaHouseRules_sb2013

 

 

 

Don’t want to print? You can now order these as 11×14 prints or printed on canvas through my Zazzle Shop! More color choices & options are available – including the ability to modify the names at the top!

 

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Answer to a Challenge: Embellished Onesie & Tutorial

A Crafty Challenge? Yipeee!!

A Crafty Challenge? Yipeee!!

Earlier this week I sent this picture out to the social world, accepting the crafty challenge that had been given to me. Inside one of the cutest baby shower invites ever, there was a plain white teeny tiny little baby onesie with that tag on it that you see in the picture over there. It wanted me to decorate it. I thought to myself, I would feel bad if I let it down, leaving it to a life of plain old whiteness, with no color or pizazz…or cuteness. So I looked at my stash of crafty supplies and got to work! I don’t know that it is prize-worthy but I think any little girl would look just adorable in it, especially in one of those newborn photos with her on her tummy and her lil’ butt sticking up in the air.

Onesie Front

Hearts on Front

Onesie Back

Flowers on Butt

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Trying to Show Both.. ?

In case you weren’t aware, I love pink and black together (see my logo?). In fact, I’m wearing pink and black right now. It’s fun, funky and sweet at the same time. It’s girly with a little kick. Since I love the combo so much, I tend to gravitate toward crafty notions with those colors, hence the ribbons and flowers I ended up using for this project. This was all done by hand – no sewing machine required – and I was able to pull it off in one naptime session, including the time it took to take a billion pictures while I was working.

Of course there are a bazillion ways to embellish a onesie – there is no “right” way. Just add something cute in some crafty manner to it, and voila! This is just one way that you can make a plain old onesie cute with a few supplies, and without major sewing skills. You can use any colors, you can use any flowers, you can use just the ribbons or just the flowers.. whatever makes your heart sing. And you can use the ribbon hearts and the fabric flowers to embellish so many other things, too – so I’m hoping this inspires someone to do something.

Headband

Flower Headband

I had an extra flower left, so I made a matching headband too. Come on, can’t you see how cute that big old flower would be sticking out on a bitty baby’s tiny little head? Let’s all say it together, “aaaawwwwwwwwwwe!”

 

So let’s get this party started… here is how I did it!

Supplies:

supplies

The Stuff You Need

 

  • Plain Baby Onesie
  • Two lengths of ribbon for hearts, cut to 9″
  • Fabric Flowers (I used three)
  • Coordinating thread
  • Sewing Needle
  • Pins
  • Fray Check*

*Fray Check is a handy dandy little liquid product that you can use to treat the ends of ribbon and fabric so that they don’t fray on you and unravel or get frizzy. It basically glues the edge shut. If you use it, be sure to let it dry before proceeding.

First Step – Make the Hearts!

This is an easy way to twist the ribbon to make a cute heart, and as I mentioned before, you can use them on anything you like. The oh-so-pretty pattern in the background of some of these shots is actually my ironing board cover (grins). I like to pin on it because it is squishy and holds my pins nicely. At this point I’ve already treated the ends of the ribbon using the Fray Check.

1. Fold Up

1. Fold Up

2. Fold down and Pin

2. Fold down and Pin

3. Fold to left and Pin down

3. Fold to left and Pin down

 

 

 

 

 

1.Lay the first piece of ribbon vertically, and fold the bottom half up.

2. Bend the right half about 1/2 an inch from the fold, and place a pin on the first fold to hold it in place.

3. Take the tail and twist to the left to make another bend, and place another pin.

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4. Repeat on other side

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Second heart

4. Repeat the same steps with the other ribbon tail to make the other side of the heart and join it with the bottom pin. Ta Da! There is your heart!

If you’re making more than one, follow the same process as many times as your heart desires (chuckles).

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5. Press

5. To make this easier on myself, I pressed the hearts for a few seconds, so that the folds would firm up and not disappear when I went to place the hearts on the onesie. After pressing, you are ready to sew the heart on to the onesie!

 

 

Step Two – Sewing The Hearts on the Onesie

Pin

1. Place & Pin

 

1. Place and pin the hearts to the onesie so they don’t lose their shape, then thread your needle with the thread that coordinates with your ribbon. I did the pink one first.

 

 

 

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2. Start from inside onesie

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Start at base of heart

2. Starting from the INSIDE of the onesie, poke your needle through the base of the heart, where the two ends of the ribbon cross over (right below the pin). Pull your needle and thread through, and then go back through the ribbon to the inside of the onesie to make a stitch.

 

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3. Stitch an ‘x’ at the base

 

3. Repeat, to make an ‘x’ at the base of the heart, which will hold the bottom of it in place. You can then remove the bottom pin.

 

 

6. Continue to Stitch around the heart

4. Stitch around the heart

4. Continue to stitch (in and out) up the length of the ribbon and around the whole heart. Don’t worry about it being perfectly spaced and whatnot, this has a “shabby chic” feel to it, so the handmade look is what you’re going for! Plus the thread color should blend nicely with the ribbon.

 

 

 

& Trim

& Trim

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Knot thread ends

5. When you get down to the base where you started, tie off the threads together on the inside of the onesie, and trim the tail close to the knot.

 

 

Two sewn hearts

Two sewn hearts

 

 

Now your heart is complete! Repeat for your remaining hearts to embellish the front of your onesie.

 

 

 

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Step Three – Adding the Fabric Flowers to the Rear

This part is easy too, especially if you use the Jolee’s Fabric Flowers that I am using, because they have a sticky back that is helpful to hold the flower in place on the fabric. No need to pin! These wonderful embellishments can be used on so many different things, which I’ve gone on and on about in a previous post.

 

Stick!

Stick!

1. Peel &

1. Peel &

1. Decide where you want to place your flowers, peel off the backs, and stick them on the back of the onesie.

 

 

 

2. Start under felt circle

2. Start under felt circle

2. Thread your needle with the coordinating thread for the flower, and start sewing on the underside of the felt circle, in between the flower and the onsie. This just makes it cleaner – I tucked the tail under the felt circle as I sewed around it.

 

 

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3. Sew through circle

3. Pull needle through top and then sew back down through the circle, pushing through the top of the onesie to the inside.

Then stitch, going from the inside of the onesie, up through the felt circle and back down, in and out, all the way around the circle/flower. Sometimes it might be tough to push through – they adhere the fabric to the circle with glue – so try poking around until you find a soft spot.

Simply knot the thread on the top of the circle and trim the tail when you’re done (not pictured), and repeat for the remaining flowers. IMG_5244

I told you it was easy to sew these on, even if you’ve never sewn a stitch! I used the same process to sew the remaining flower on to a plain black baby headband as well.

 

So there you have it — now we have our adorable little onesie in all it’s pink and black cuteness. I hope I get to see baby girl dressed in it!

Onesie and Matching Headband -- Challenge Answered!

Onesie and Matching Headband — Challenge Answered!

 

 

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One of My Happy Places

Jolee's Boutique Flower Embellishments

Jolee’s Boutique Flower Embellishments

If you follow me on Instagram or Facebook, you know that I was recently handed a crafty challenge, and boy do I love those! A chance to be creative and do something fun? You don’t have to ask me twice – I’m in!

Later this week I’ll post the resulting “submission” for the challenge, along with a full tutorial (yay!), but in the meantime I thought I would give you a little teaser and plug one of my favorite products.

If you scrapbook or make mini albums or handmade cards or whatnot, you may have seen these little dandies in the sticker aisle. These beautiful fabric flowers, some of them the size of a plum, all hanging beautifully on the wall next to the other dimensional stickers offered by this gloriously adorable brand, Jolee’s Boutique. I’ve used countless of their other stickers on cards and in scrapbooks – they are just so darn cute, and they are dimensional so they stick out at you and give your project that extra pop! But these flowers….they are a whole different ballgame. And there are so many different kinds and colors and patterns, I just say a big “wheeeeeeee!!!!” every time I get to that wall. That wall is one of my happy places. I can stand there for a long time. Longer if Logan isn’t reaching out to grab every. single. one of them.

My Pretties

My Pretties

So perhaps one of the best things about these pretty little poufs of fun, is that they are indeed a STICKER. So yes you can use them for your paper crafting and stick them on whatever you want. Cards, album covers, gifts, your head… they will stick. Ooh I just had an idea – they’d be cute on a frame too. Might have to try that!Β  ……where was I? Oh yes… while they are stickers, they are so easily sew-able as well – they have a felt circle on the back behind the sticky part that makes it very easy to sew them on to something. How great is that? And the sticky part is an added bonus since it will stick to the fabric temporarily while you sew — no pinning needed!

I’m using these pretty polka dot flowers on my crafty challenge this week and you’ll get to see how it’s done. I use these often on my bags and clutches too (like these cuties, here), it saves me a lot of time from having to create my own flowers. Of course, you CAN create your own flowers if you like, Pinterest has loads of tutorials – I’ve done the work and searched for you: Fabric Flower Tutorial.

Have I mentioned my Pinterest addiction? Yeaaahhhh… it’s a magnificent invention for time suckage, but I justify my addiction by saying it is a source of inspiration! πŸ˜€

You can find Jolee’s Boutique Embellishments at your favorite craft store or online at their website. I stock up when they go on sale or on clearance. Jolee’s did not pay me to say these wonderful things about their wonderful things, nor do they know how wonderful I think they are. This is just me, sharing my happy place. My wall of pretty poufs of fun. Whhheeeeeeeeeeee!!!!

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New Designs

Flower Burst

Flower Burst

My logo fabric seems to be pretty popular, particularly my large scale flower burst print that is currently only available in an apple green/chartreuse. It looks great on any type of fabric, but is especially beautiful in the linen cotton canvas that is available on Spoonflower. I made and sold a great tote bag out of it not long ago, and recently received an order from a dear friend for some place mats!

I started looking at it closely, and wondered why I never thought of offering it in more colors… probably one of those things that I had intended to do, but never got around to doing and completely forgot about it. This happens A LOT in my life. Heck, I walk in to a room forgetting why I walked in there. Major Mommy Brain. I can only imagine it will get worse when we decide to add more berries to the Stickelberry tree. πŸ˜€

Anyhoo, while I was ordering some of my fabric today I went ahead and made a few revisions and uploaded two new versions of my Flower Burst print in Grays/Greys and Pinks.

Flower Burst in Pinks and Grays/Greys

Flower Burst in Pinks and Grays/Greys

Here they are — I’ve ordered swatches for them to make sure the colors are good, so once I receive and approve they will be available for purchase as fabric, wallpaper, gift wrap and wall decals.

Hope you all had a lovely weekend!

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