Friday, February 14, 2014

Valentine's Day Mantel

Better late than never, but here is my pink, white and gold Valentine's Day mantel. I am obsessed with gold at the moment! I am also obsessed with making pom poms!!! So of course my mantel has lots of gold and pom pom garland!! 

The best part of this mantel was that it was so easy and free! I used letters I had previously used in other projects! It also didn't hurt that we just had my daughter's first birthday party and the colors where pink and gold!

Does anyone else love pom poms as much as I do?

Happy Valentine's Day!!

Friday, January 17, 2014

Quilts from Baby Clothes

After I finished my first quilt in the fall, the wheels were turning for my next quilt.  When my daughter was born my sister-in-law gave me a bunch of special outfits her girls wore when they were babies and instead of handing these special outfits to someone else I knew I needed to do something with them for my sister-in-law. That's when I decided to be an over-achiever and sew TWO baby clothes quilts for my nieces for Christmas.

Since I only had about ten outfits, coming up with my design took me a while. I eventually decided to use the babies outfits and create a bunch of hearts! Once my design was determined, I then procrastinated about cutting up adorable, perfectly fine baby clothes!!! Once I started I was very happy I did. I love how it turned out and more importantly my nieces and sister-in-law loved them!

How I created them:
After getting over cutting up baby clothes, I cut the clothes so I could add fusible interfacing to the back of the clothes. Then I traced various sizes of hearts onto the interfacing and cut out my hearts.

I than laid out my washed purple piece of flannel and determined my design with the hearts and pinned them in place. Next I carefully zig-zag stitched around each heart with a darker purple thread.

Then I pinned together my batting and another piece of flannel for the back and quilted with long lines with the same dark purple thread - avoiding the hearts. Lastly I binded it and I had two fabulous quilts for my nieces for Christmas!

I did a few test runs of appliqueing the hearts onto flannel first to figure out what worked best. I did a couple without the fusible interfacing and it works SO much better with it! This is my 2nd and 3rd ever quilt, so this was pretty simple!

When adding my hearts I also added an initial for each of the girls, so they could tell their quilts apart!

I can't wait to some day make these for my kids with their baby clothes, but we all know that won't happen until my kids are at least 20!

Sunday, September 22, 2013

My First Quilt

I am so happy that I completed my first ever quilt last week!!! I completely love how it turned out! It's not perfect but its good enough for a first quilt! My sister and I took a "class" from her awesome Aunt-In-Law who has been quilting for years. We followed the beautiful pattern from Quilting is more fun than Housework. It was a great quilt to learn on and as you can see my son loves it!

 I can't wait to make my next one.... now just to find the time.

Monday, July 22, 2013

Monogrammed Burp Cloth

One of the baby projects I made in preparation for my daughter's birth in February was to sew some girly burp cloths! Since these were so fun to make (and SO fast!!) I have since given several out as gifts! There are so many blogs with directions on how to sew these, so I won't reinvent the wheel, but these seriously take less than ten minutes to sew! Fast sewing projects are my ABSOLUTE favorite! 

These are made with fleece, so they are extra soft! I was even lazier on this project by not measuring any of my fabric, I just eyeballed it and trimmed at the end if needed. None of the pre-folded diapers were really the same size anyway, so you can't tell. (Plus they are cloths meant to wipe up baby spit up.....)

After making a few cloths, I had a lot of scrap fabric left over, so I got fancy and monogrammed a burp cloth for my daughter (and it would work for my niece too!) I simply cut out an A and traced it onto the fleece and cut it out. I then sewed my design on before attaching to the pre-folded diaper. Still very easy! And now no one will try and steal her burp cloth.... except maybe her baby cousin who also is an "A" baby!

Monday, July 15, 2013

Smore Bites

My sister recently had a baby and right before the baby was born she was craving Smores, which she never got since the baby decided to make a slightly early arrival. So me being a nice sister, I wanted to figure out a way I could take her a Smore in the hospital. 

These were so easy to make and they are SO SO good!!!

I started out by filling a mini muffin tin 2/3 of the way full with sugar cookie dough. Any kind of sugar cookie would work here, store bought dough or homemade, you decide! I baked those for 7 minutes until they were fully cooked.

While the sugar cookies were baking, I cut large marshmallows in half and un-wrapped Hersey Kisses.

Once the sugar cookies were done, I added the halved marshmallows and put the muffin tin under the broiler for about a minute and a half. Watch them closely until they are to your liking!! Then I gently pushed a Hershey Kiss into the Marshmallow. Gently remove them from the pan and enjoy immediately or they even taste awesome later!

How good would these be with a different cookie on the bottom, or a Peanut Butter Hersey Kiss!! I think I might need to make some more now :)

Friday, July 5, 2013

60 Things We Love About You

This past week we celebrated a very special birthday of a very special birthday girl. My mom (or Nana as she is called by my little man!) turned 60! And in honor of her turning 60 we came up with 60 Things We Love About You. Between my three sisters, our dad and little man, we came up with 60 things we love about her (though we could have easily come up with more!!!) 

We decorated our stripes of paper with some Washi tape and put them in a cute glass container decorated with scrabble pieces. Easily creating a heartfelt birthday gift for our fabulous mom! (Who doesn't look a day over 40!!)

Little man was in charge of coming up with some as well. His were pretty funny! I especially like the part about Nana taking him to Costco to buy pop tarts and her house having lots of windows!

Happy Birthday Mom / Nana! We love you!!!

Saturday, June 22, 2013

Not So Pink Baby Girl's Nursery

I loved the bedding and colors I used for Little Man's nursery 3 years back and (to much surprise to MANY people) I decided to use the same bedding and color scheme for our little girl. So baby girl's room doesn't look all that different from her big brother's nursery, but I just added in the right amount of pink accents! I LOVE pink, but didn't want an overwhelmingly pink room for our little girl.
So here is our not so pink little girl's room!
I spent a while trying to find the perfect letters for her name because I wanted them to be lower case letters and I wanted them to be HUGE! So I ended up ordering them from Craft Cuts and painted them a light pink.

Since I bought this bedding set in 2010, it came with a bumper. I only used the bumpers for the pictures and not while she sleeps in the crib.

I modified this plaque from a Restoration Hardware wall hanging by making an A with fabric and adhering it to the wood. 
Our comfy Pottery Barn Kids rocker, that we spend a lot of time in! I think a comfy chair in a nursery is a must!! I whipped together a pink pillow for her chair!

I created some bird artwork for her room using my silhouette.

 I modified the mobile I made by painting it pink and replacing the blue ribbon with pink ribbon.

Here is a close up of the animals hanging on the mobile. This is still one of my favorite parts of this room.
I love her nursery and how calming it is. We like spending time in it, and she loves sleeping in her crib! Here is how little man's nursery look! It's really not all that different, but I do think it has the perfect amount of pink!