Monday, August 29, 2011

Upcycle: Napkin Rings from Milk Cartons

Pin It I'm not sure about your family, but we go through milk around here like it's going out of style.  So naturally we have tons of milk cartons {we really should just put a cow in our backyard}.  Well, I started saving the rings on the top of the carton thinking I could use them for something.  Enter the napkin ring!

To get started with your napkin rings, you will need the following {a glue gun will work too}: 

Glue two milk carton rings together like this.

Cut approximately 28 in. of ribbon.  
Once the glue has dried, add a small dab of glue to the inside of the ring and attach the end of the ribbon there. 

Begin to wrap the ribbon around the ring, making sure to keep it nice and tight.  Overlap as you go.

Once you've completed the ring, add another small dab of glue to the inside of the ring.  Cut your ribbon and press firmly into the glue.

Now you have a napkin ring!  You can leave it alone or embellish it however you'd like.

I took a scrap piece of fabric and made a little bow tie with it.  

Then I glued a couple of buttons to the top for a finished look.

You could also use tulle...

...or just the buttons themselves.

 Now you have a set of four napkin rings ready for your next party!

Inspiration: Sewing Green

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Thursday, August 25, 2011

What's Your Favorite Color?

Pin It I think ever since I was a little nugget, my favorite color was always blue or green.  I'm not sure if it's because I have a little girl now, but I think peach is my favorite color.  It's romantic. Soft. Dreamy.  Wait now I sound like an ad for lotion or satin sheets.

I found a few peachy images to share with you.  Enjoy!

Pompom Necklace Scarf....Pale Peach....Playful Chic

peach pompom scarf

peach beaded chunky necklace statement

peach beaded chunky jewelry

Cloth Dinner Napkins Peach Pom Pom Flowers Ecofriendly Reusable Set of Four

cloth dinner napkins in peach 

Makeup Roll - The Caroline

makeup roll in Erin McMorris

Baby Bird in Peach - Peach Feathered Flower Clip, Hat and Headband Set - Baby Toddler Teen Infant Toddler Teen Adult

baby bird in peach

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Monday, August 22, 2011

Family Pictures

Pin It When my hub and I got married, I didn't care so much about napkin colors, fondant icing, or a designer gown.  I did, however, want a really good photographer.  Unfortunately, this didn't happen.  I was truly disappointed with our photos and to this day, I still have not created a wedding album.

So when it came time for family photos, I made sure we found someone who really shared our vision and knew what she was doing.  We weren't pressed for time and everything went smoothly.  This time, I couldn't have been more happy!

Here are a few from that oh so happy day!

On a side and somewhat humorous note, we did sweat like big fat hogs on a summer day.  Luckily my makeup held up and my hair, for the most part, didn't start to fro out until the end.  My husband's light grey t-shirt was dark grey by the end thanks to the 100% humidity.  Gotta love FLA!

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Thursday, August 18, 2011

Five Things Front Porch

Pin It I live in the South and if there's one thing we got right, I would say front porches might just be it.  I'm not sure why though.  It's hot nine months out of the year and the mosquitoes love to gang up on us.  We don't actually have a front porch, but if we did, I'd take either of these in a second.  The five "must have" things on our front porch would have to be:

A swing, a tall pitcher of Arnold Palmer {half iced tea, half lemonade}, a fan, a couple good books or magazines, and my family.

Martha Stewart

                                                                                          Evan Sklar

Here's to enjoying the rest of those lazy summer days!

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Monday, August 15, 2011

Fingerprint Book Giveaway Winner

Pin It Jenn D!  
Congrats to Jenn D for winning a set of handmade booklets for her 1st grade classroom.

How to Make a Ruffled Tank

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Today I'm going to show how to make a knock off Express tank top.  If you read my blog, then you know I love a good bargain, so guess how much a paid for this little ruffled lovely?  $1.61.  Did you fall off your chair?  Is your mouth still hanging open?  Or are you thinking, "yeah right."  I'll do the cost breakdown at the end, but let's get on with the tutorial...

Here's what you'll need:
1 yard of knit fabric
ball point needle (the ladies at the fabric store recommend this but I used a regular needle)

This was my first project working with knit and I'll be honest, it was a love hate relationship.  Knit can be a little difficult to manage but the plus side is that it's no fray and that's a HUGE plus!  

First, fold your tank inside out.  Now, fold your shirt over so the back of the shirt is facing up.  Take your fabric and fold a piece of the fabric in half and place your tank on top.  Line up the fold on the shirt with the fold on the fabric.

Now cut along the edges, giving yourself a 1" seam allowance.

Now you have a back!  

Now fold the shirt right side out like you see above.

Repeat the steps above, lining up the folded tank with the fold on the fabric.

Remember to give yourself a 1" seam allowance.

Now take the front of your shirt and the back of your shirt and pin them together.  You are going to sew up both sides of your shirt.  **It's recommended to use a zig zag stitch to allow the shirt to give, but I was having a heck of a time with the zig zag stitch using this fabric, so I switched to a straight stitch.

Once you've sewed the sides together, you can start on the neck line.  Just fold over a 1/2 " and pin.  This is where I started using the straight stitch and it worked just fine.

This is turned right side out, but to finish your armholes and top of the tank, you'll need to continue working with the wrong sides facing.  I did not create a seam at the bottom of the shirt...hence the awesomeness of no fray!!!

Now that you've finished your tank, you'll need to cut five 4" strips of fabric for your ruffles.  Make the middle strips a little longer than the outer strips.

Now cut a wave like pattern on the strips.

Your new ruffled tank!  Feel free to wash it before wearing it and let the ruffles curl over, making it even cuter.

For the cost breakdown...I found this fabric on the $2.95 value table at the fabric store.  When I brought it to the front to pay for it, it scanned $2.00.  Now that's already a bargain, but since I work there part time, I get a discount on top of that, making the fabric a whopping $1.61 with tax.  I don't think Express could match that price if they tried!!!  Happy sewing.


Thursday, August 11, 2011

One Year Young

Pin It I've been MIA for a few days with my hub-bub.  We took a much needed vacation from the day-to-day grind to recharge our batteries.  We told ourselves that after her first birthday, we'd sneak away for a few days to relax and reconnect.  I'll be posting pics from that tomorrow, but today it's all about the bday!

All of that cleaning, decorating, and grocery shopping {yes, I finally restocked the fridge}paid off as we celebrated one of life's more memorable birthdays.  Our little gal turned one year young last week!  Woooo, hoooo.  I still can't believe it.  An entire year flew by, although I have to say those first couple of months felt like one long day.

Our family was here, along with friends and neighbors.  The house was full and buzzing with chatter, laughter, and the pitter patter of other little feet.  When the last of our family left, we all sat down on the couch to open gifts and cards.  I was completely exhausted and ready for bed by the time the street lights came on...after, of course, a tall glass of chocolate milk and some more birthday cake.

It was a balloon themed birthday party and I found this idea on Pinterest.

This chalk board hangs above our kitchen sink.  Who doesn't love a little message first thing in the morning?

Family room 

"Watch me grow" timeline

My sister's homemade balloon cupcakes.  You can't see from the pic, but she had them clumped together and tied at the base with a group of ribbons.  It was adorable!

Her birthday cake!

And here's baby girl + smash cake...

Mmmm, tasty.

Happy 1st birthday baby girl! 

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