Tuesday, February 28, 2012

Springtime Applique Tutorial

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This springtime applique was inspired from a t-shirt I found at Target one day while shopping with my little gal.  It's a simple tutorial that can be finished in a couple of hours or less.  And just so you know, I think Heat n Bond is my new favorite thing...I'm officially addicted.

Materials
cotton t-shirt
fabric scraps {I used the scraps leftover from my bib tutorial}
fabric markers 
Heat n Bond
Fabri-tac
rick rack
ribbon


Lay out your scraps before adhering them to the t-shirt.  That way you have a good visual before you make anything permanent.

Follow the instructions per the Heat n Bond label.

You can use any embellishments you'd like or any that you have on hand.  I used leftover rick rack and this cute strand of miniature cotton balls that I found at Michaels.

I actually pulled the little balls off the wiring and glued them down using Fabri-Tac.



If using rick rack, make sure to glue in the edges of the rick rack because they fray pretty badly.  Then you can glue it down on the fabric.

Before you break out those fabric markers, use a pencil to draw the lines on your umbrellas {skip this step if you are a Super Awesome Drawer}.  I am not.

Finish up with a black fabric marker.  You can leave the umbrellas as is, or add a little text like I did.  I think if I were to do it over again though, I would leave the text out.  Oh, well...maybe next time...which will probably be tomorrow since I told you that I'm officially addicted!


Happy Applique-ing



xo,
jen

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Friday, February 24, 2012

Featured Finds Friday - State of Mind

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Happy Friday...we made it!  Hope you all are entering this weekend in a happy state of mind!  And speaking of state, I'm sharing a few pics of some really cool state inspired arts and crafts.  Hope you enjoy!



How awesome are these state shaped pendants?  She even coordinated them to look like a map of our country.
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Are there any NC fans out there?  How clever is this embroidery hoop idea?  Love it!  
via here


Love the vivid colors in this Pennsylvania inspired watercolor.
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Can I get a little California wine to go with that cheese?  Love it!
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My home state - a Florida Key Lime Pie Necklace.  Gotta get it!
via here


Wherever you are, whatever state you're in, I hope you make the most of it.  

xo,
Jen

Tuesday, February 21, 2012

Before and After Shoe Makeover

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You all know that we have a little one at home and if you have little ones like me {or big ones too}, then you know how quickly they go through shoes.  I bought a pair of little fuschia shoes for our gal and I think she wore them four times before she outgrew them.  Well, she has a couple of pairs of shoes that DO fit her, but needed a little facelift.  

Materials
cotton fabric scraps
organza fabric scraps
felt
buttons
mini bobby pins or flat hair clips {a must}
Fabri-Tac
**use a leather or upholstery needle to make the shoe topper permanent**


Before 

See the scuff mark on the left shoe?



I love these silver ballet flats, but I wanted to change out the bow.


So I snipped the thread that held it into place.


To replace the bow, I decided to use a flower made from organza. To make the flowers out of organza, check out my tutorial here.  Once you've threaded your pieces together, it should resemble a little flower.  Make a small circle out the felt and glue to the threaded side. See yo yo version below.

I made these fabric yo yo's on my blog last year.  To see the tutorial click here

When you glue the bobby pin to the yo yo, slip a little paper between the two so the bobby pin doesn't stick together.

Let them dry for at least an hour.

After 





I loved how these turned out so much I think I'm going to try it for myself!

Have fun!

xo,
Jen

Friday, February 17, 2012

Featured Finds Friday - spring table settings

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Happy Friday everyone!  I decided to set a theme for my featured finds every week and to kick things off, how about a welcoming of spring?  I know we have a little ways to go, but I thought these images would put you in the mood.


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I hope you have an awesome weekend!  Be safe.

xo,
Jen


Wednesday, February 15, 2012

How to sew a bib + FREE pattern

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Remember the baby shower photos from last week?  Well, I promised a tutorial on how to make an easy bib for you newbie sewers.  I know there are a million other tutorials out there, but I created my own and thought I'd share it with you.  To find tutorials on the diaper cover and dress, I used the ones here and here.  This bib will fit up to size 2T - 3T.


Materials
 (2) 1/4 yds. of coordinating fabric
1/2 yard of terrycloth {this will give you enough to make several bibs}
snap fasteners
free bib pattern - click here
  be sure to print at 100% {not fit to screen}






Cut your bottom fabric along the line on your bib pattern


Repeat this step for the top of your bib.


Now once you have both pieces cut, you'll need to place one on top of the other with right sides facing.
Sew a 1/4 to 3/8 in. seam along the top edge of your pieces.


Now iron open your seam.  This part is easy to skip, but it looks a lot better when you iron open all of your seams.


Okay, now lay your bib pattern on top of the two pieces of fabric that are now sewn together.  Pin and cut along the pattern.


Repeat for the terrycloth piece.

Right sides together, sew along the edges.  Remember to leave a three inch hole so you can turn your fabrics right side out.


Once it's sewn together and you've turned your pieces right side out, it should look like this.  Now you need to fold in the three inch space you left.  To fold the two pieces in, just tuck them inward and pin together.  

Now topstitch along the edge of the bib to close the hole.

I used a pearl snap fastener for the top of bib.  Simply follow the directions on the box to complete the bib.  **On a side note, I decided I'm not a huge fan of the pearl fastener even though it looks cute.  I found they could crack easily if using a hammer.  If you choose to use these, be careful.  I would advise buying the snap fastener kit that comes with a tool specifically for pearl snap fasteners.  You can find them at Walmart.


OKAY!  You're done!!!  
Once you get the hang of it, you can whip out a couple of these in an hour.




 Have fun!

Jen

Tuesday, February 14, 2012

Favorites on Valentine's Day

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Everyday is a day to celebrate love - love for our significant others, love for our children, love for our friends, love for our family, and love for ourselves.  I thought I'd break it down for you today with some of my favorite songs, movies, children's books, and quotes.

{in no particular order}


love songs

Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeros
Home
{I'm kind of a sucker for the dad and daughter version found here}


In Your Eyes
Peter Gabriel

With or Without You
U2

Coldplay
The Scientist

Kenny Loggins
Danny's Song

I Will Follow You Into the Dark
Death Cab For Cutie

At Last
Etta James






lovey dovey movies


The Notebook
{This one looks like a fav. in your books too}

Sleepless in Seattle

Love Story

The Princess Bride

Barefoot in the Park

Bronx Tale

Indecent Proposal






for the kiddos

I'll Love You Forever
Robert N. Munsch

I Love You Through and Through
Bernadette Rossetti-Shustak

The Giving Tree
Shel Silverstein

Guess How Much I Love You
Sam McBratney

Where the Wild Things Are
Maurice Sendak

Oh, Baby, the Places You'll Go!
Dr. Seuss

I Love You Stinky Face
Cyd Moore



quotes

 "Once in a while, in the middle of an ordinary life, love gives us a fairy tale."

Unknown

  
There is more hunger for love and appreciation in this world than for bread."
Mother Theresa


"A hug is like a boomerang - you get it back right away."
Bil Keane



What are some of your favorites?


Jen


Monday, February 13, 2012

An aha moment when your plate is full

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Aren't you glad when you have an aha moment?  They always seem to come at the right time when a little clarity and focus is in high demand.  A couple of weeks ago, I got a really nice email from Rachel at Shepherd's Daughter inviting me to be apart of a series she's running on her blog called, "Choosing Joy."  I accepted without hesitance and I'm so grateful I did.

Writing the post for Rachel was therapeutic for me.  It was my aha moment because it reminded me of how easy it is to lose faith during difficult times.   Life is full of aha moments and I feel in my heart of hearts, it's God sending us a little gift to remind us what life is really about.  

Our family is about to make a big move and we're already stressing over it.  We have a list of things to do that's a mile long and every time we add something to it, I feel dollar signs floating out the door.   We'll get through it because things always seem to have a way of working themselves out.  I just need to have a little faith...and an aha moment or two. 

I found these pics my husband took of our daughter a couple of weeks ago and I just felt like adding them to this post because somehow they manage to melt away all the stress and anxiety.






 Rachel writes a great little faith-filled blog so be sure to check her out here.  You can also find my post here.  


I hope you find an aha moment today!

xo, 
Jen


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