snips and stitches and squishy marshmallows

I had plans to get a new item in my etsy shop this weekend, but a bunch of mini bunting orders have kept me busier than I anticipated. But I’m still hoping to get it up in the shop after church tonight – keep an eye out for a felt version of some very sweet, sticky, squishy Easter critters…

 

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5 minute diy fall wreath and a shop giveaway

5 minute DIY fall wreathI have been all over the place with fall decorating this year. I wanted to bring fall into our house early, since I think we may decorate for Christmas earlier than usual (so we can take it down earlier than usual, before baby #2 makes her appearance). But the weather has been so bright and sunny and warm that I just didn’t feel ready to bust out all my fall decorations. So I’ve been adding autumn touches here and there over the last couple weeks, and on Sunday I decided to bust out a little autumn wreath. Sorry for the super lame lighting, but the urge to craft struck before there was any good natural light.

Step 1: grab your supplies – a wreath of whatever style/size you choose, some natural colored coffee filters, and some floral wire.

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Step 2: scrunch a coffee filter to form a flower-like shape, and secure the bottom/base of it by winding some floral wire around it and the wreath.

5 minute DIY fall wreath

Step 3: continue adding coffee filter flowers until you have desired amount (my wreath was small – about 5 inches, so I went with three).

5 minute DIY fall wreath

Step 4: depending on the size of your wreath, the flowers may seem kind of mammoth, like mine. So trim them down so they look right.

5 minute DIY fall wreath

Step 5: embellish! Use some colored twine or yarn to wrap around the top for hanging, and then add whatever little fall tidbits you have. I went with some sweet wooden beads my mother-in-law gave to me when she was cleaning out her closet (70s craft stash = my heaven), but you could do anything – more colored twine wrapped around the wreath, a little fabric bunting, a string of pine cones, some burlap bunting – it’s up to you!

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There you go – a quick little touch of autumn for your home!

Other fun news: Ashley over at Crazy.Simple.Love is hosting a giveaway for one of my mini buntings!

It warms my little heart to see my products used to create a cozy home for people, and Ashley came up with some super fun ways to decorate with my mini buntings. And not only does she do an awesome job at creating a great space for her family (she has 4 super cute kiddos!), but she loves Jesus and is all about sharing encouraging words with others. So check out her blog and be sure to enter the giveaway for a chance to win a mini bunting garland of your choice!

diy cupcake liner flowers

DIY Cupcake Liner Flowers

I figured I’m really overdue in posting about my crafting endeavors, so I thought I’d share about these sweet little flowers I made last Saturday.

I love having fresh flowers in the house, but we’re still months away from any cutting flowers growing in our garden. When I came upon some cute yellow polka dot cupcake liners for $1, I decided I could make my own flowers to brighten up our dining room.

This whole project probably took about 15 minutes, and it was started and finished while Luke was coloring and playing with stickers, so I was kind of figuring it out on the fly and using what I could easily grab.

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Supplies:

  • cupcake liners
  • felt (or fabric/paper and drinking straws)
  • glue
  • floral wire
  • scissors

IMG_6391The first step is to take two liners. Flip one inside out – so the pretty part is on the inside – and stick it in the other one. It gives it a double-sided look and some fullness.

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Then just pinch the middle together to form a point.

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For the felt, I just used some triangle shaped scraps I had (like I said, I was working fast!). They were about 7 inches tall, and the bottom edge was about 3 inches wide. They made for pretty short flowers, so I’d cut a taller triangle if I was actually cutting out a piece – at least 10 inches. You could also use other fabric or scrapbook paper, you’d just need to wrap it around something like a drinking straw. The felt is thick enough that it forms a good stem simply by wrapping around itself.

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Okay, so take the narrow tip of your felt and wrap it around the point of your cupcake liners. It might be super helpful to have something like a glue gun, but I made it work. Make sure you grab enough of the liners to get a good hold on it, then tightly wrap the floral wire around both the felt and the liners. Don’t worry too much if your liners are getting a little wrinkled, because they’ll unfold and cover that part up.

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Once you’ve gotten it started, just keep twisting the wire around the stem, and keep twisting the felt around itself.

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The stem will get thicker as you work downwards, since it’s cut in a triangle shape. The wire makes it sturdy but bendable.

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Now it’s time for the center. Take another cupcake liner and squish it into another point.

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Unfold the base flower that’s already attached to the stem and add a dab of glue (again, hot glue would be super helpful). I just squished and pinched until it felt secure.

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Unfurl and primp and do what you need to do to make it look pretty! Make a few more and you have a sweet little bouquet that won’t go bad in a few days!

You could totally try making all kinds of flowers – I stuck with the one inner bloom because I thought they looked a bit like daffodils. But you could fill them out more and try all sorts of variations!

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Speaking of spring, I’ve added a few spring-y things to my etsy shop, like this fun mini bunting garland.

The bright colors just cheer me up.

Happy flower making!

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12 days of crafting: paper punch christmas tree

12 days of crafting handmade christmas gifts handmade christmas decor From December 1-12, I’ll be blogging about some fun ideas to create a handmade Christmas. Hopefully you will be inspired to craft some Christmas gifts or decor for your own home!

Day 12: Paper Punch Christmas Tree


Paper Punch Christmas Tree

Well, here we are on day 12! I’m going to leave you with this sweet little tree that only took 15 minutes or so to make. If your kiddo is old enough to safely craft with straight pins, this would be a fun craft for them – it doesn’t need to look exactly like mine, there are lots of ways that this festive little tree can be made!

PPaper Punch Christmas Tree

Supplies:

  • 1″ circle paper punch
  • styrofoam cone (whatever size you want)
  • straight pins with some sort of head to them – I had these fun colored ones, but the white ones could look pretty too!
  • scrapbook paper, light cardstock, or re-purposed Christmas cards

This is seriously easy. First punch a bunch of circles, then start pinning them at the base of the tree. I pinned my circles right in the middle, and I started the first row so that it overlapped the bottom of the sytrofoam cone.

Paper Punch Christmas Tree

Then you just keep working up your tree, overlapping the circles so that the whole thing is covered.

Paper Punch Christmas Tree

My cones were flat on top, so I pinned a row of circles right at the edge, then I put a small wad of paper towel (hey, it was handy) in there and pinned the last row to it.

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Once that was done, I finished it off by taking a few circles, bending them and sticking them in the top center of the tree to fill it out a bit (and hide that chic paper towel).

Paper Punch Christmas Tree

Make little adjustments as necessary and ta-da! You’ve got yourself a little tree!

Paper Punch Christmas Tree

Thanks so much for joining me for 12 days of crafting! It’s been so fun to share some ideas with you, and a special thanks and shout out to Laura, Janelle, Carrie and David for their contributions as well!

In case you missed it…
Day 1: Christmas Kissing Ball
Day 2: Vanilla-Infused English Breakfast Tea
Day 3: Iris Paper Folding
Day 4: Paper Circle Garland
Day 5: Rice-Filled Neck Warmer
Day 6: Felt Stacking Tree
Day 7: Painted Wooden Message Boards
Day 8: Paper Dot Notecards
Day 9: Simple Sewing Projects
Day 10: Stamped Candles
Day 11: Little Man Workbench

12 days of crafting: little man workbench

12 days of crafting handmade christmas gifts handmade christmas decor From December 1-12, I’ll be blogging about some fun ideas to create a handmade Christmas. Hopefully you will be inspired to craft some Christmas gifts or decor for your own home!

Day 11: Little Man Workbench

Little Man Workbench

Today I’m bringing you something completely different, something that is a bit outside my realm of crafting but may be right up your alley! Remember Carrie from the previous post about the wooden message boards? Well, her husband David happens to be quite creative as well (not to mention that he is an ISTJ, like me!). Anyways, he makes awesome furnishings for their house and yard with stuff that they find on craigslist. Seriously, it seems like sometimes he pops out a project every weekend – a cute play kitchen for their kids, a wardrobe for their daughter, he just whips stuff out! So I asked him to give a little insight into one of his projects, and he decided to share about the workbench he made for his son, Miles, so that he could participate in the projects they worked on. It looks like his daughter Brelyn (above) enjoys using it too! Here he is to share the details…

Supplies (if you can call it that…)

  • Old night stand
  • Some pegboard (cut to size)
  • Scrap wood (Big enough to be the top work surface)
  • Nails or screws…whatever you are most comfortable with
  • Paint if so desired

Instructions

  • First step is to find the right nightstand or equivalent. Basically craigslist, garage sales…even side of the roads are all great places to find inexpensive ones. Just make sure the basics parts work…like the legs.
  • Next thing is to paint. Depending on the current finish you might need to sand it or put on a primer first, but in the end go with whatever color the wife wants… Also, don’t paint it on the driveway unless you protect the ground as I wondrously discovered. 🙂

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  • Then grab your scrap wood, sand it if needed and affix to the top of the work bench. Generally it is a safe bet to go a few inches past the current top to give more work surface. Depending on your table, you can use screws, nails or both. Just make sure it is secure.

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  • The peg board is flimsy stuff so it needs support. The easiest way to do this is get some skinny but solid boards to act as braces attaching to both the table and the peg board. Something that is ½” thick and maybe 2” wide by however tall you need it should do just fine. Nail or screw the boards to the back of the table on the legs of the table, bringing the top above the table as high as your peg board goes. Once done, screw the peg board to them on top and it is now nice and solid.workbench2
  • The final step is to enjoy! 🙂

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Isn’t that fun? I just love the idea of repurposing furniture in new ways. Is there a little guy in your life that might need a workbench for Christmas this year?

Thanks for sharing, David!

In case you missed it…
Day 1: Christmas Kissing Ball
Day 2: Vanilla-Infused English Breakfast Tea
Day 3: Iris Paper Folding
Day 4: Paper Circle Garland
Day 5: Rice-Filled Neck Warmer
Day 6: Felt Stacking Tree
Day 7: Painted Wooden Message Boards
Day 8: Paper Dot Notecards
Day 9: Simple Sewing Projects
Day 10: Stamped Candles

12 days of crafting: stamped candles

12 days of crafting handmade christmas gifts handmade christmas decor From December 1-12, I’ll be blogging about some fun ideas to create a handmade Christmas. Hopefully you will be inspired to craft some Christmas gifts or decor for your own home!

Day 10: Stamped Candles

Stamped Candle Tutorial

I’m so excited about today’s tutorial! Janelle is back to teach us how to make stamped candles – who doesn’t love a fun candle? Here she is…

“The craft I’m showing you today is a really simple stamped candle. It’s an easy way to give a little homemade touch to a gift, without spending too much time or effort on it.

You will need:

  • A pillar candle, any color
  • A hairdryer
  • Something to press into the candle
  • Optional: craft paint and a paintbrush

Stamped Candle Tutorial

Let’s talk about materials for a minute. In the candle on the right, I used metal letterpress type to spell out a word. Very cool, and looks great just as an initial also. But most people don’t have metal type in the house, so for this tutorial, I wanted to try out other objects to see how they worked.

I dug around in my jewelry box and sewing kit and here’s what I found:

  • Buttons, both plastic and metal
  • A tiny wooden spool
  • A chunky wooden bracelet with carved beads
  • Some charm bracelets
  • A metal brooch with rhinestones
  • Some kind of button cover from the 1920s with a cameo-like face on it
  • Rubber stamps

I also considered a hair elastic with a metal bird on the end and a thin silver necklace, but as you will see later, these didn’t work as well.

Stamped Candle Tutorial

The most important thing to consider is the amount of contrast on the piece you’re going to stamp. Of these three, the wooden bracelet is best. The deep ridges show up more than the tiny detail on the silver bracelet. But unlike the bird, most of the surface is the same depth, so you don’t need to press as hard into the candle to get the detail to show up.

It’s easier to stamp with items that are small. Big things need to curve around the candle, which is tricky.

Let’s get started! I’ll wait here while you raid your own jewelry box and craft cupboard.

Ready? Here we go!

Stamped Candle Tutorial

Once you have your stamp ready, soften the candle wax so you can press your stamp in. I used a hairdryer on high, held pretty close to the candle. Watch carefully; it doesn’t take long to see the top layer of wax start shimmering. If you’re doing a deep stamp, try holding the heat further away so it penetrates further before totally melting.

And be careful! Hairdryers are HOT!

Stamped Candle Tutorial

Quickly press your stamp into place. If you’re doing a design around the border, for example, you can usually do about half the candle at a time. The wax hardens up, but depending on how deep the melt went, you may have enough time to do a larger design.

Stamped Candle Tutorial

If you used a white candle, like me, you may be tempted to quit at this point, as your design won’t show up too well. This is the cameo brooch I mentioned earlier.

Get out your acrylic paint and a brush. I used gold and silver paint, but any color would look nice. The foam brushes at Michael’s are great for this craft because they squish the paint into all the little crevices.

Stamped Candle Tutorial

And here it is after a little painting. Much better! I probably should have rotated the brooch a bit, but you can get the gist here.

Stamped Candle Tutorial

Here are some finished examples:

  • Wooden spool on the top row
  • Plain plastic button
  • Woven metal button
  • Flower-stamped metal button

Stamped Candle Tutorial

  • Rubber stamp of a kitchen whisk
  • Pattern made from the rhinestone brooch. This reminds me of champagne bubbles. I think it would be a fun all-over pattern.

 Stamped Candle Tutorial

  • Wooden beads from a bracelet. I didn’t space these out too well, but I love the plaid-like look they give. You could wash these with a red paint and do little stripes with a thin brush for extra credit.

And, at the top of the post, you can see the little deer I used from a charm bracelet. This may be my very favorite. Doesn’t it look like Rudolph?

I hope you’ve enjoyed this little tutorial, and have fun experimenting!”

Thanks Janelle! I love the little deer too, but the the rhinestone “bubbles” are so fun too! Love this idea so much. Happy crafting everyone!

In case you missed it…
Day 1: Christmas Kissing Ball
Day 2: Vanilla-Infused English Breakfast Tea
Day 3: Iris Paper Folding
Day 4: Paper Circle Garland
Day 5: Rice-Filled Neck Warmer
Day 6: Felt Stacking Tree
Day 7: Painted Wooden Message Boards
Day 8: Paper Dot Notecards
Day 9: Simple Sewing Projects

12 days of crafting: simple sewing projects

12 days of crafting handmade christmas gifts handmade christmas decor From December 1-12, I’ll be blogging about some fun ideas to create a handmade Christmas. Hopefully you will be inspired to craft some Christmas gifts or decor for your own home!

Day 9: Simple Sewing Projects

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Man, that little face just melts my heart!

Okay, so today I don’t have a specific project for you, but I have some great ideas for you – of the sewing variety.

Now, I’ve  mentioned it before – I am not great with the sewing machine. There was a pretty funny/horrific incident yesterday between me and my machine that resulted in a lopsided, crinkly, weird fabric box. Yeah. So when I say easy, I mean it.

Here are some great go-to books with easy sewing projects:

I own the Lotta books (I know I’ve mentioned before how much I love her style) but before I owned them, I checked them out from the library – so that’s what I recommend. Isn’t the library great? If you only like one pattern in the book, you can just check it out for that and not worry about buying a book you don’t really want!

The type of sewing project I like is one that can be done in a couple hours or maybe a couple evenings. Like Janelle’s neck warmers. I just don’t have the patience for more.

See the adorable hat and scarf Luke is wearing in the photo at the top? Well, one fall morning I decided he needed a hat that fit him, and by the end of his nap that afternoon he had a new hat and scarf. For reals. That pattern was from Lotta’s Simple Sewing for Baby.

I’ve also made some stuff from her original Simple Sewing book – I made a fun yoga mat bag for my mom one year, and I whipped up a couple checkbook covers for her and myself one afternoon when I needed a break from remodeling a couple years ago.

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The bag I’m using as my purse right now is actually from the diaper bag pattern in Simple Sewing for Baby. I think it took me a couple evenings when I made it last fall.

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There are lots of good sales on fabric at this time of year, so it’s a good time to dust off the old sewing machine. Take a look at your library and see what they have – there may be a bunch of fun sewing books you’d like to check out!

Happy sewing!

In case you missed it…
Day 1: Christmas Kissing Ball
Day 2: Vanilla-Infused English Breakfast Tea
Day 3: Iris Paper Folding
Day 4: Paper Circle Garland
Day 5: Rice-Filled Neck Warmer
Day 6: Felt Stacking Tree
Day 7: Painted Wooden Message Boards
Day 8: Paper Dot Notecards