Monday, November 10, 2014

Double-Sided Holiday Blocks

Remember my "Give Thanks" blocks here and my "Spooky" blocks here?

Well... although I described the fact that they were double sided, I never posted adequate pictures... so since the season is upon us and I had them back out of storage anyway, I decided to snap a few photos to better explain how totally rad they really are.

So here goes...

Here are the blocks and then how they look from behind

The "Give" block is the only one that doesn't have something on the back. I suppose you could put an exclamation point on it to read "Spooky!" if you wanted to utilize it. 

Wait, I know! You could also make two different words out of it like "Boo!" and "Eek" or maybe since Halloween is over you could turn the back of the Thanksgiving blocks into Christmas sayings like "Noel" and "Joy".

The possibilities are endless. What will your new reversible blocks say?

Kimono

I'm so in love with this 30 minute kimono tutorial from Babble!! I'm not sure what I like best about it; the look, the cost, the fact that it only takes a half hour or the ease of it. Seriously, I made some cuts, sewed a couple straight lines and I was done. No hemming required.

Awesome camera phone quality :/

I mean look at these picture instructions and tell me you can't do this:


In fact, I eliminated the first three (out of a whopping five) steps all together after realizing I could use a stay-stitch where the front slit ends (at the neck) instead of having a seam down the back. 

The kimono is very forgiving so don't stress out. As long as you use a knit, you can alter the length and front opening when all is said and done if needed.

LAST TIP:
In order to get perfectly symmetrical cuts in the front, I cut those FIRST and at the same time, before sewing. All I did was fold the fabric in half length-wise and cut both triangles at once from the folded edge. Test it out on a piece of paper if you are confused by how it will all fold and come together.

Very happy I found this. I will be busy making tons more of these! I have already made three and I'm dying to make one for my 5-year-old! When I do, I will be posting measurements here so stay tuned. 

Do you love this as much as I do!? Give it a shot!

Sunday, November 9, 2014

LDS Baptism Invitation (free download!)

This is the super cute invitation I "made" for my friend whose son is about to be baptized: 



I was REAL happy to find this adorable downloadable invitation that could be personalized:



Loving Life Designs was kind enough to make this available for FREE for anyone to download and it even comes in two other colors. All you need is Photoshop or Photoshop Elements and it's extremely easy to figure out, even if you don't really know what you're doing... like me!

Oh by the way, you might have noticed that I used a different font than she did. Instead of downloading the one suggested, I just used a font I already had called "Rosewood" but if you do want to download it, you can do so for free.

It's that easy folks.

Monday, August 25, 2014

Tutorial: How To Make Birch Log Candle Holders


Birch bark is so easy to work with! And it's so pretty. And woodburners are only around $10.


Here's what my burner from Hobby Lobby looks like:


And it comes with a bunch of different tips (these exact ones are from Harbor Freight):


Look at all these ADORABLE projects you can do with a woodburner!


The idea for my candle came from a beautiful vase in Morgann Hill's Etsy shop here


I found a bunch of birch logs on a classified ad and bought them all so that I could make Christmas gifts with them. Because they all varied in size, I did different things with them... the bigger ones got three holes drilled in the top and the ones that only had room for one were grouped in threes and tied with jute:


All I did (with a ton of help form my husband, in fact he drilled all the holes) was chop them to the desired height with a drop saw, drill holes in the top with a huge drill bit (the size of a tealight candle, mine were 1.5" in diameter) and then draw a design in them with a pencil then trace with a woodburner.

I recommend tealight candles from the dollar store if you don't need a ton or Ikea if you do need a ton (100 to be exact) or if you just want the best deal in town since that only costs you $3.99! Ikea also has scented ones in various colors for a little bit more.

You may need to buy the drill bit but don't worry it's about $6 at Home Depot. 


I love a personalized gift!


What else should I engrave with my woodburner? 

Hmmm....

Thursday, August 21, 2014

First Day Of School Sign


Go to The Pinning Mama here to get this free printable first day of school chalkboard sign for any grade!


My dear friend Katie sent me the pin and I was so glad to have it that I wanted to share it with all of you too! Last year that same friend let me borrow this cute Kindergarten sign:


I'm sure glad I have cute friends with cute ideas so I don't miss out on all the fun! 

Here's another adorable photo idea that I loved...


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