August 29, 2014

{ Upcycled Doll Aprons }

Well, hello! It has been a while, but I guess that is how it works on this blog. Family, work, just life in general get in the way of the blogging. But, we still like to share stuff here & there when we can. Thanks for sticking it out with us. :)

Today I wanted to share this idea that came to me while shopping with my sister, Sheri, at a great antique store in St. George, Utah. Urban Renewal is one of our favorites!
I was looking for a gift for an upcoming birthday party that my daughters were invited to. It was a tea party with their dolls.
 While shopping, I came across these cute aprons. That was a start...

Then my sister showed me the bin of assorted linens. 3 for $5! I found these cute hand-stitched items & thought, "Hey, I could turn these into little doll aprons!"

So I did a happy dance, came home & made them. It was a super easy project. Here's a short & not very good tutorial...
First, cut the end off to the desired length. Mine were a little too wide for the doll so I put a few pleats in. I would rather pleat than gather…gathering makes me cranky. I made sure the folds didn't interfere with the cute bird.

Next, I pinned it into some white, extra wide, double fold bias tape that I had on hand. And sewed a straight stitch along the edge.

Let's see how they turned out...
So cute!

My girls really would have liked to keep them. Perhaps they will find some under the Christmas tree this year. ;)

I really love how they turned out. I was thinking you could use handkerchiefs also.

I know my tutorial isn't great so if you have any questions I am happy to answer them.

Have a happy weekend!

February 26, 2014

{ Early Summer Decor in the Bedroom }

I've been updating our master bedroom & can't wait to share some of it with you.
When it's done, I will show you the entire room with all the details.
Have a wonderful day!

February 14, 2014

{You've Got Mail!}

It's been a while since I've posted, but I thought I'd take a moment to share my Valentines gift for my kids. I don't know about you guys, but I'm always struggling to figure out ways to improve my kid's relationships with each other.  As I was trying to figure out what to give them for Valentine's Day, I struck upon an idea...

This is, for lack of a better name, is our Love Note Pillow. The idea is whoever has the pillow needs to write a nice note to someone else in the family and leave it on their bed. Then the recipient writes a note to someone else and passes it on. I want them to start being aware of each others strengths and appreciate the little things they do for each other but often overlook.

I made a simple fabric envelope with two contrasting fabrics, lined with interfacing, added velcro to the enclosure and sewed a button heart to the front. I then sewed the envelope to the pillow before sewing it together. I thought the ric rac trim was a fun touch. I duplicated a love note that I found somewhere on the internet and made a stack of them for the kids to use. 

I don't know whether this pillow will work as intended, but at least it's cute!


January 20, 2014

{ Lazy Crafting }

I love the blog Lemonade Makin' Mama! Shasha is a wife, mama, artist & all around beautiful woman inside & out. And to top it off, her home is lovely, warm and inviting. I especially love her kitchen & eating area. Here's a little snapshot of her kitchen...

I picked this particular picture because I love the cute little vignette in the corner with the lazy susan. I thought maybe I could recreate the look & also thought it would be fun to try & make a lazy susan. Hey, why not?!!!

SUPPLY LIST (picture below):
6.5"x6.5" wood square panel
Minwax gel stain (I used the chestnut finish)

SUPPLY LIST (not pictured below):
(when you're trying something out for the first time sometimes you don't figure in everything you need when you're taking a before picture :) )
(8) ⅝" long wood screws
rubber pads


1. Stain all wood pieces (follow instructions on container)
2. Finish all wood pieces with Finishing Wax (follow instructions on container)
3. Screw turntable onto square base making sure to use the side of the turntable with the holes closer to
the inside circle because the side with the holes closer to the outside corners need to attach to the top
4. Screw turntable to the round top piece
5. Attach rubber feet to the bottom so it will stick to the counter when you turn the top

And, tah dah...

I looove how it turned out! And thank goodness I do, because I actually made it for someone who loves Sasha's kitchen as much as I do. I will be sending it to her soon!

Now go on over & visit Lemonade Makin' Mama so you can see all her fabulousness!

January 19, 2014

{ Updated Sign }

I've been in a crafty mood lately and while I had all my paint & other supplies out, I decided to paint this sign that I've had lying around. I got it forever ago on clearance for $7. It's a sweet saying but I didn't like the colors at all. Since I had was using grey paint for another project, that's the color we went with.

This is the result...
The song, "Give, Said the Little Stream" is a favorite church song of my husband. I love how it turned out! And it's nice to get it off of my "Will Do Something With This Someday" pile.

Happy Sunday!