With summer in full swing I often find my kids bored to tears with nothing to do except watch T.V. and play video games. So I love to find a fun craft for them that fits all ages. So today I am sharing my painted pull back cars. We made these a while ago and my kids loved it. They painted for an hour or so then spend the afternoon racing there cars. A perfect activity when you are trying to beat the heat or stuck inside.
Tuesday, August 6, 2013
Thursday, August 1, 2013
With Christmas in July at an end I wanted to share a product from one of my favorite companies. Riley Blake Designs. They sent me there new Super Hero and Princess cape panels to try out and share. My little Miss is obsessed with blue right now so of course I had to make the turquoise princess cape panel.
Wednesday, July 31, 2013
Yesterday I posted my Lil' Traveler Race Track. Today is the Lil' Traveler Dinosaur Play mat. I found this post with Serving Pink Lemonade. I love the little mat she made for traveling on the airplane or car and wanted to make one for my little guy. I just never got around to it until I had my Race Car Mat idea. Both of these mats are the perfect size for carrying around. Not Bulky and will keep your lil' guy occupied. Here is how I did it.
For the Vinyl version I used the layout from Serving Pink Lemonade but used iron on transfer vinyl from Expressions Vinyl. I just picked a few colors and went for it. (Note: When buying vinyl make sure you have a piece long enough to work.) I love this method. I just cut everything out one night while watching my favorite show and the next morning I put it together. For the back ground I use 2 fabrics. One for the sky and one for the ground using equal parts. Just sew them together and Iron. Then finish the instructions in the play mat tutorial.
For the felt version I followed the same method except I really like having my felt sewn on. So I sewed mine into place instead of ironing
Fold them up and you are ready to go!
Wednesday, May 8, 2013
I love myself some fancy frames. Finding them can be hard sometimes, especially in the right colors. I found these laser cut frames at Michael's and fell in love. They are kind of hot right now. I just had to do something with them. Sitting next to them on the shelf were these I found 2 different sizes that would work together. A 4x6 and a 3x3 size. Here is what you need.
Monday, April 8, 2013
I love finding simple everyday things and turning them into something amazing. Today I am going to share how to make a pillow cover with a Dishtowel. This project was super easy ,
cheap inexpensive and makes an adorable throw pillow for a bed or chair. Making the pillow took me about 30 minutes, with minimal sewing. Not to mention it cost me less than $5.
Wednesday, March 6, 2013
I just love springtime! I love the colors, holidays and the thought of summer just around the corner. Here in Idaho it is still cold. Snow on the ground and more snow is coming. It's just that time of year. A little gloomy, muddy and grey skies. I need a little spring time decor. What better way to do that than to add some colorful flowers to my front door for under $10!
Wednesday, February 27, 2013
I am so excited to share this new product to you today. I recently had the opportunity to try the new
Modge Podge Photo transfer. After watching a video on the product, I was instantly in love. This stuff can turn any fabric, metal, glass or wood into a craft dream, transfer any photo copied picture into a beautiful art piece. After debating ideas in my head I decided on a sign. I needed a great photo and spot to place it. It's a good thing I have bloggy friends who love creative things in their homes. Andie from MaybeIwill.com had the perfect spot for me. Her little boys room was in need of a funky Vintage piece of art. Here is what I came up with.
Friday, February 15, 2013
This year I have the opportunity to attend 2 blog conferences. Build Your Blog with the Six Sisters Stuff and Snap! In preparation to go I have made an adorable Business card holder. I found a few online and they were not the right size so I made my own.
Monday, January 14, 2013
Monday, November 26, 2012
Tuesday, September 25, 2012
Here to help kick of the week is Megan from Brassy Apple. She is amazing. I love this amazing costume she made for her daughter. To see more of Megan check out here blog. Brassy Apple was one of the first blogs I ever followed and read. I kind of have a crush on her. I recently got to meet her and I love even more now! If that is even possible...
Hello hello! It's Megan of Brassy Apple! Super excited to be able to share my DIY Halloween Costume with you! Want to find more from me?.....Check out my links at the bottom of this tutorial! Enjoy!!
2 pieces of foam core board
cutting tool - exacto knife/box cutter, etc
fabric marker (optional)
yard stick (optional)
(Depending on how tall your daughter is will determine if you need 2 pieces of foam core or 1)
Step 1: Place the 2 pieces of foam core together on the ground/floor. Have your daughter lay on the boards. I lined up her waist with the bottom of the first piece so I could cut a top out). Don't trace around her arms. Just her shoulders and sides and down along her hips. You don't have to press hard with the pencil. This will give you an idea of where to draw the outfit and how wide to fit her.
Step 2: DRAW the outfit! Give yourself a general outfit to follow and cut out. This part is all up to you! Puffy sleeves, no sleeve, blouse-y look, tailored, etc. Remember to add the TABS to give it the paper doll look! You will need two TABS for the shoulders and a few around the bottom part of the outfit too. I used a folded post it note to trace so my TABS were all the same size. (It might be helpful to tape the 2 pieces together a bit to make the outfit a smooth transition) I also used my yardstick to make some nice straight lines for the skirt. TIP: straight lines are easier to cut than curvey ones.
Step 3: Cut it out. Remember the lines you drew will be covered up by fabric! My box cutter cut very smoothly and easily through the boards.
Step 4: Tape/Secure the two pieces together so the two pieces are more stiff and connected as 1 piece.
Step 5: Pick your fabrics! Mix it up - keep it solid. Whatever you fancy is - go for it! Lay your fabric right side down and turn your foam board over. Trace and cut with scissors! A fabric marker is helpful to trace on the fabric. Once it's cut, place it on the foam core again to make sure it's a good fit. Trim as necessary.
Step 6: GLUE! Follow the directions on the bottle of spray adhesive to apply your fabric. Let dry.
Step 7: Embellish! It's fun to add layers for a more polished look. Just remember to add in FLAT layers - not dimensional. If necessary - photocopy buttons, trim, etc to add to your outfit. If you add a belt to the outfit cut it extra long so it can be wrapped around your daughter as a way to help hold the costume on. Or attach some fabric or trim to the inside middle of the outfit as a "belt".
Step 8: Using hot glue you can attach 2 loops of elastic near the shoulder area. Use your daughter as a measure of where they should be placed and how large. These loops will make the costume easy to slip on and comfortable to wear. Don't make the loops too big that the costume sags (the belt in the middle is a good back up to keep the costume in it's place). TIP: we found we didn't need elastic loops so try the belt option first and see if it works!
DONE!!! You can create a hair accessory in paper doll style as well to match your outfit if you'd like! Don't forget the TAB. It could easily be attached to a headband to wear! Finish off the outfit with leggings, tights, shoes etc!
TIP: don't make it too long because it can be a bit hard to walk in with the stiff foam board hitting your daughters knees....lesson learned!
We don't want any trick or treaters falling over or having a hard time!
I hoped you enjoyed my tutorial! - Megan
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Friday, July 27, 2012
So you remember those figure 8 ponytail elastics. You know the ones with the huge knobby balls on a figure 8 elastic?? I have been looking for them for my little miss. They are really hard to find. I couldn't even find a vintage picture of them. But them my mind started thinking about how I could make them myself. With a trip to Joanns, I found the round elastic, by the yard. They also sell the button covers. I had some in my stash. Next was trying to figure out how to make them a figure 8. After searching and pondering I hit the hardware store and found a few options that could work. Here is what I came up with.