Friday, November 30, 2012

Taking a break...

I'm taking a break from the blog world at the if you couldn't tell from the abundance of neglect my page has had lately :)  Don't worry though, I'm still around stalking my favorite blog haunts.  I'm not sure how long my vacay from here will last but if you'd like to see what I'm up too (in real time, because let's face it...blogging is work and Facebook is instant gratification) you can drop in HERE and visit with me!  So until we meet again here I'll leave you with a little Christmas cheer from my house to yours...

Wednesday, October 3, 2012

Dayspring October Deals...grab some early Christmas presents!

Dayspring has some really awesome deals for the month of October and it's a perfect time to pick up some fantastic early Christmas shopping!

They have also released new Christmas items in my personal favorite Redeemed collection as well as others.

And don't forget to mark your calendars for our their annual Super Sale, where everything is 30% off with a coupon code!  The Super Sale starts on Black Friday, 11/23 and lasts through Cyber Monday, 11/26.  Code to be released closer to the sale date :)

Happy shopping!!

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Wednesday, August 8, 2012

Bird Watchin' Wednesday

Ever Grateful - 4 Piece Taupe Place Setting
Dayspring's Ever Grateful now 50% off!!  This sale helped me complete my set :)

Angela @ Button Bird Designs gave us some fun and quick options for a 10 minute lamp make-over.

The Nester explained how to use the "rule of opposites" in decorating and how to use online shopping sites for inspiration.

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Monday, August 6, 2012

Tutorial - Sew Your Own Baby Taggie

I make lots of baby gifts throughout the course of a year and this is one of my favorites and probably easiest to sew.  It's very beginner friendly so have no fear if your are new to the sewing world.  Let's get started...

2 coordinating fabrics of your choice (13" square piece of each)
sewing machine
scissors or rotary cutter
measuring tape or self healing mat and straight edge
ribbon (lots!) in several patterns and textures

Start by washing and drying your fabric, then press.  Cut 1 13" square piece from each fabric.

Cut several 5" long pieces of ribbon.  This is where you can get creative and add as many pieces of ribbon as you want.  I cut 4 of each type of ribbon I used in this example.

Fold each ribbon in half and pin cut edges of ribbon to cut edge of fabric on right side (printed side) of fabric.

Pin ribbon on all 4 sides of fabric.  The next step is your preference.  You can either sew the ribbon down one side of fabric using a 1/4" seam allowance or all 4 sides.  I did one side.

Next pin your 2 pieces of fabric right sides together sandwiching the ribbon in between.  Make sure you leave a 3" opening to turn on the side you already stitched the ribbons down.


Stitch around all 4 sides (except the opening) using a 1/2" seam allowance.  And yes I sew over my pins...

Remember to secure (back stitch) your stitches on either side of the opening.  Cut threads and corners.

Turn right side out and push out the corners into neat points.  Press around the edges.  I try not to place my iron on the ribbon especially if it is printed.  Sometimes the ink will melt. 

Ok, last're almost done...yay!  Top stitch around all 4 sides close to the edge.  This not only closes up the hole you left for turning it also secures the ribbon again.  For a decorative touch, or added security, you can do a second row of top stitching.  I chose to leave the white thread here for contrast but if you'd like your top stitching to blend better just match your top thread to your top fabric and your bobbin thread to your bottom fabric. 

DONE!  Now you have a soft and fun ribbon taggie for a special little person :)


They're also a great way to clean out your stash and use material you may already have on hand.

Friday, August 3, 2012

Pinterest DIY Monogram Yarn Art

I'm going to a very special baby shower in a few days for a very special couple.  They are great friends of ours and have tried for a long time to have a baby.  Miss Bekah will make her debut this September and I can't wait to see her!  My standard handmade shower gifts are monogrammed burp cloths, but I wanted to do something even more extra special for this long anticipated little sweetie.  Her mom is having the crib set custom made and she sent me the fabric swatches she has chosen.

I just adore them!  She is going with a soothing palate of white, gray, spring green and teal.  The nursery furniture is on order and has a cottage feel to it with a distressed white finish and dark stained wood tops.  When she told me that here is only one piece of wall art in the room so far...a trio of canvases with Becca's name in Hebrew I knew exactly what I wanted to do.

Enter Pinterest...which has become synonymous with Google to me.  My husband usually rolls his eyes when I throw out the occasional "I'm gonna Google that," but it totally threw him for a loop when I blurted "I'm gonna Pinterest that" one day :)  Anywho this is what I used as inspiration...

Bump Smitten

I love the mix of natural, home spun letters paired with an ornate frame.  The instructions aren't that difficult.  The author tied her yarn on and didn't stop wrapping until she was finished...I used my best girlfriend the glue gun.

These are my material I bought at Michael's for around $20.  The big score was the clearance frame I got for $10!!

And here it is all ready to hang.  I opted to staple my letters inside the frame instead of leaving them for my friend to hang individually.  I think it makes a nicer present presentation this way.

Staples on inside rim using a pneumatic stapler.

I will say it's one of those projects that looks like a hot mess until the very last wrap.  My "type A" self almost gave up a few times (especially on the letters with holes) but I"m glad I didn't.  I have a feeling yarn art may just show up somewhere in my house very soon :)
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