Tuesday, December 31, 2013

Pinterest Success!

 Yesterday, while on a cleaning frenzy, I was able to test one of the "uses for everyday items you never knew about" theories. You know, there are multiple pins out there with crazy ideas like applying salt to mosquito bites for relief or using dryer sheets for everything from cleaning water spots to curing the bird flu. I decided to try using toothpaste to clean crayon marks off of the wall. In the past, I have not been able to get the red marks off, so I figured I had nothing to lose but a little bit of toothpaste. I applied the toothpaste to the crayon marks and let it sit for about ten minutes then wiped it off with a warm, wet cloth. It worked!! I had to put in a little elbow grease, but the marks are gone! I was so excited! I read that it had to be toothPASTE and not a gel, so that's what I used...I wonder if the gel would work the same? Have any of you tried using the gel or any other of these theories?

Friday, December 20, 2013

Upcycled Leg Warmers

Hello! Less than a week until Christmas and of course, I'm just still working on some of the presents. This was so easy and fun for me because I got to embroider (yay!). I had a sweater that no longer fits me, but I just love it and its over sized buttons, so I decided to make leg warmers out of the sleeves. I've never done this before so it was a trial and error for me... I used a seem ripper to remove the first sleeve from the shoulder area , but once I got it completely off I realized It was an odd shape and I had to cut it.  I simply cut the second sleeve off starting at the arm pit seem and cutting a straight line up. It was much faster and looked the same as the other one.

 This is what the sleeves looked like after I cut them off. You can see the raw edge where they were cut...it's not cute at all and honestly reminded me of 80's gym attire :) I sent a picture to my mom who suggested I do a blanket stitch on top to church it up a little. If you don't know how to do a blanket stitch, you can watch this tutorial here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eXkSE2TTF4ss it is a very simple stitch and very cute. I picked a peachy color of embroidery floss that I already had.  Again, this was trial and error for me- I tried to do the blanket stitch on the raw edge and it just didn't look good at all. I found it was much easier and looked much nicer after I folded the edge over, pinned it in place and then did the blanket stitch. Once I finished the embroidery, I removed two of the buttons from the sweater and sewed them on with the embroidery floss. I was very happy with the outcome and hope the recipient of this gift will be too!

Now I've got to decide if I'm going to use the left over sweater for an ugly sweater party or attempt to make boot cuffs out of it. Every time I look at it I just wanna throw on a mullet wig and rock this at a party! 

Thanks for stopping by and if I don't post again before Christmas, then I hope you have a wonderful holiday surrounded by people you love. 

Thursday, December 12, 2013

My Favorite Wreath

I was a little later at getting my Christmas decorations out this year. I finally have the inside of my house all decorated, and need to do the outside lights. However, the first thing I put up this year was my wreath. I love wreaths and love putting them on my door for every season, but THIS wreath is my favorite. Last year I wasn't happy with the one from the year before and I really wanted to use some old lights that my mom gave me. I found an old bike tire in our back yard and thought it would be the perfect wreath and even better it was free! I used some of old ornaments my mom gave me to church it up a little and this is the outcome.

There is even still dirt on the old tires. 

This is not a super bright and crazy wreath, but its different and it fits our personalities so well! 

Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays from my family to yours!

Monday, November 25, 2013

Tutu Too Cute!

I love this time of year! I love the holidays, the smells, the colder weather, the food and the crafting! For some reason, I love to make as many Christmas gifts as possible and I never start any projects until November. This year I decided I wanted to make tutus for a few of the sweet little women in my life. I saw a tutorial that used headband ribbon as the base. I would love to give credit where it is due, but apparently I did not bookmark the website and now I can't find it again, so unfortunately, there is no link. Its very easy and the outcome is so adorable! 

I went to Hobby Lobby and got the headband ribbon in the fabric area at 50% off. I had no idea there were so many colors of headband ribbon, however I went with the black. I also got my tulle there.  The first 2 tutus I made were newborn size, so I cut the tulle in 12 inch strips and then cut the strips down the middle length-wise. The tulle I bought was on 6 inch spools so my strips were 12 x 3 inches. I cut around 50 or 60 per tutu. I cut the headband ribbon at 15 1/2 inches.

I folded the tulle strips in half and then inserted the bottom row of holes in the headband ribbon. I used simple slip knots and pulled them tightly so they wouldn't come loose. I did the entire bottom row of the headband with black tulle, leaving only a few spaces open on each side so that I could sew it together at the end. 

I wanted to add hot pink to this tutu so I cut my tulle strips the same size as the black but I added them in every other hole on the second row.  This is where you can be creative and do whatever color combination you want and you can add as much tulle as you want. I added one more row of black tulle spread out every other hole, to add more fluff and I really liked the outcome. 

I was so excited I decided to make a red one!

Once I was finished I just sewed the loose ends together by hand with black embroidery floss. This was super easy project and I can't wait to give them as gifts! 

Here's another tutorial to make tutus with ribbon that I want to try and she has the sizes for the waist and length as well. http://www.myhousemycanvas.com/2012/09/diy-no-sew-toddler-tutu.html

Hopefully soon, I'll make matching headbands.

Monday, November 11, 2013

Gobble Gobble!!

I found this cute turkey wreath on Pinterest and decided to try and make my own.
Thanksgiving Decorations

I started with a plain foam wreath and covered a about a third of it with brown yarn. I used hot glue to hold the yarn in place at the beginning at end. This was my first time working with Tulle, so I got to go to Hobby Lobby to pick some up. The Tulle was on sale this week, so I picked it up at 50% off! Woo hoo!  I try to check Hobby Lobby's ads before I go...they always have great sales and if something isn't on clearance this week, it probably will be next week.

I am really bad about measurements, so I just kinda eye balled this and cut the first piece of Tulle as a test...it worked perfectly, so I used it as the measurement for all other pieces. I would say the strip were between 12 and 14 inches. I wanted orange to be the main color so I put 2 strips of orange then one strip of the red and yellow. 

I basically tied the Tulle strips on by making a loop and pulling the ends through the loop. This was easy for me and I did it while watching a movie. You could also tie them by just making knots, but I thought it was easier this way. I didn't have any Styrofoam cones so I try a few different corks out until I found the one I liked best for a nose. The eyes (ping pong balls) and the nose are just hot glued on. I used red ribbon as the Turkey's Wattle (which I've been calling a Gobble until now) - it is also hot glued on to the cork nose.

I'm so happy with my little turkey! It looks a little different than the one on Pinterest, but it's super cute! 

We will be hosting Thanksgiving at our house this year, so I will be working on decorations for the next few weeks!

Monday, November 4, 2013

New to the blogging world

Hello all! I am new to the blogging community but I will be using this blog to share some of my crafts and toddler fun!