Wow! I didn't mean to leave the blog for that long. Right after I posted the giveaway (quick, hurry! only one more day to enter!), a got to go on a little trip to North Carolina to visit my sister. I must say it was fabulous, rejuvenating and I miss her like crazy!! Good thing she's coming to Utah in two weeks for a wedding.
Jackie, yet again (Jackie, I dubbed thee Color Queen.), to be more adventurous with my colors, I added the bright turquoise, heather gray and grounded it all with a small white polka dot on black fabric.
So the Nester is having a linky party for your favorite tassels. If anyone is coming on over from that linky party, you understand and love tassels just as much as I do. I started making them over two years ago and haven't stopped! I especially love to make seasonal tassels. They are just so much fun to play with!
I wanted to share my favorite tassels that I have made over the years but as I was looking through my pictures, I realized that I loved way more than I have time to share. So consider this a highlight reel of the tassels I love.
Phew! If you scrolled down this far, you deserve an award! To celebrate my birthday this week and since it's always fun, let's have a birthday celebatory giveaway! This new springy tassel is up for grabs just in time for Mother's Day too!
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leave a comment for each one:
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- or for 5 additional entries, make a purchase from my Etsy shop.
*Giveaway ends April 30th. Will ship internationally.
Thank you and good luck!
hi! i'm jackie from made by the mama monster. i'm a stay at home mama to three little boys. they keep me busy, but in my spare time i try to get some crafting in. it seems like the time for crafting is getting fewer and farther between. i like to make things that i can work on with my boys around .short and sweet.
megan asked me to guest post over here at megitys handmade and she pretty much told me i had to do my hedgehog applique. i usually do what people tell me...
-some sort of fusible stuff. i love steam a seam. it is a bit more expensive but it is so worth it. you could also use fabric glue, wonder under, whatever.
-fabric and felt
-some embroidery floss
ok, here we go. print off template. i like to do it on cardstock so it holds up well. fuse your fabric to your steam a seam using instructions provided. trace your hedgehog onto the paper side of the webbing. remember that he will be backwards so trace him the way you want him to face ( or use a disappearing marker and trace him directly onto the fabric.)
how easy is that? some visit me over at my place and see some of my other tutorials. thanks megan for inviting me over to your awesome blog.
So this is how my yard looked most of last week. Very springy yes? Begining of Spring break no less.
And this is what happened to my husband's car that first night of snowing.
Dreary weather + totalled car = less than enthused Me.
This next week offers a ray of sunshine though. New tutorials and show and tell. Wahoo!
Until then, have a great weekend!!
Ruffle Bumsies How To
If you aren't making your babies bums ruffly by now, here's how I made mine. Now you have no excuses to not ruffle that darling round baby rump.
Here's what you will need:
- Onesies of your choice. I simply used a package of white onesies, but there are some colored $3 onesies at Wal-Mart. I found that out after I made mine.
- Several different fat quarters to choose from.
- Scissors and/or cutting mat and rotary cutter.
- Sewing machine
And here's how I did mine:
1. First I begged my cute friend Jackie to let me come over and serge my strips of fabric. If you don't have a serger, don't worry about it because this can still be done! You can do one of two things. Either cut your strips of fabric with pinking shears to the size you want. When it's washed, it creates a little raggy edges that are really cute on that baby bum. Or, cut your fabric twice the width of the finished ruffle you want and simple place right sides together and sew down the long edge. Turn right side out and then continue on with step 3 of the tutorial. (Make sense? Feel free to ask questions. I won't bite!)
7. Repeat for the third ruffle and then TA-DA! You just made a darling ruffle bumsie!
*There are so many variations on this. You can use all the same fabric or multiple fabrics. You can make your widths of your ruffles smaller or bigger. You can have more than three ruffles. I think that this would be cute with five 1" ruffles smashed close together with the pinked edges. This would make one fluffy and ruffley bum!
I'm excited to do a little blog swapping with my friend Megan today. I asked Megan what she thought I should do a tutorial on and she said my kitchen cabinets. I'm thrilled to post about this, it was definitely one of the biggest things we've done to our home and wow, what a difference it made.
Here are a couple before pictures...................................
Here are a couple before pictures...................................
I think that painting our cabinets black was one of the best decisions we've made. EVERYONE thought we were crazy at first, including my brother n' law who is a home builder, but I'm so glad we were gutsy and went through with it because we love them.
Soooooooo if your thinking of painting your kitchen cabinets here is my little tutorial and some tips we learned along the way.
We took the cabinet doors and drawer fronts off. We set up a little work station in our garage and gave them a good sanding . (Buy a box full of square foam sanders, it's a little more expensive than just sand paper but you'll be glad you spent the extra money.) Wipe them off after with a damp cloth.
WARNING: Unless you really like black, mask your working area off really well. If possible use cloth drop cloths on the floors because with plastic the paint gets tracked everywhere.
My husband hung them from ropes in our garage by tying them to a nail that he put on the inside of the doors so the hole wouldn't be seen. We rented a sprayer from Sherwin Williams. I really would recommend this for a nice smooth finish. We primed them first with a coat of grey primer, (unfortunately you can't get primer in black). Let them dry and then lightly sand them again.
Now give them their first coat of black paint. We used exterior laytex black paint from Sherwin Williams. We ended up giving them two coats of black paint, but looking back I think I may have even given them a third, especially the ones that get more wear and tear like the ones under the sink. Inside the house I used a small foam roller on everything else.
After we had let them dry for a couple of days, I distressed them a little and then we painted a clear satin coat over them with a foam brush. (I did this while they were hung up in the kitchen again.) Another thing we did that made a HUGE difference was put up a little molding at the top of the cabinets, and added new hardware.
And there you have it, I hope I covered everything. If you are thinking of painting your cabinets black here is the post that inspired me to do it. Now, if only I had the money for granite counter tops and an updated stove :) .
If you have any questions feel free to leave a comment over at my blog Our Cozy Nest and I will do my best to answer them.
Isn't it wonderful? In our family, we have waaaaaay too many birthdays to remember each month. I admit, I am horrible at remembering them. (So sorry to birthdays that have fallen from at least October 2009-March 2010.) Do you think if I have a cute calendar like this that I will remember all those birthdays?
Teresa is known for her attention to detail. Look at all that cuteness on there!
I think the December "WISH" banner is my favorite page so far.
I had to of course beg her to let me buy a kit from her. Crossing my fingers she says yes!
Teresa also has a fun Make at Home Card club that you can join here. Her cards are fabulous! I can't believe she can come up with so many different designs!
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I admit, I've been reading blogs way more than I should be. It's a problem because not only do I neglect my motherly duties, I keep adding to my want to-do list and don't actually get any of them done. Then in turn, not getting anything done and just adding to the list drives me crazy! It makes me feel like I am so behind even though I have done it to myself. Am I the only one that is crazy like this? I sure hope not.
This week, I came across a few lovelies that I wanted to share. Some of these are on my want to do's and some are not. Enjoy!
Bijou Lovely is making a houndstooth quilt. Isn't it fantastic?!? Oh how I love houndstooth! I'm trying to work it into my bedroom re-do.
Little Green Notebook posted about her friend lining her kitchen cabinets with fabric. I tell ya, it's sooooo simple you won't believe it! I love this kitchen! I'm really drawn to dark countertops and white cupboards. Someday, maybe someday, I'll get to work on my kitchen that is currently the same color of fake wood and dark blue carpet.
I still want to make this headband from Blue Cricket Designs. Isn't it cute??
These are just a few of the lovelies I came across these past few weeks. Believe me when I saw that there are a lot more pretties that I have bookmarked.