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Three for Thursday – Using my stash, DIY Felt Projects!

I not only love to DIY, I love the materials used to do so. I’m sure my immense love for crafting and DIY materials is sane, right? But it’s important that I actually use them to make beautiful things. After recently moving I’ve been uncovering delightful craft and DIY goodies! It got me thinking that maybe I could share some focused projects based on a particular material. The lucky winner this week? Felt! Felt is so versatile for crafting and DIY. Let’s make some DIY felt projects together!

After I oohed and ahh’ed at my own felt stash I started looking at all of the felt projects I’ve been wanting to accomplish. I narrowed it down to three major groupings: gifts, flowers and holiday decor. I’m really excited to knock some of these out soon!

DIY Felt Projects: Gifts

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Both of these little animals are absolutely adorable! I picked both because I have friends who are particularly fond of each of them (different friends) and I love honoring people’s favorite animals. Heck I got mine tattooed on my left arm! I also like that these are both practical and useful. The panda is a cell phone case and the fox of course is a coffee sleeve.

DIY Felt Projects: Flowers

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These felt flowers (and succulents) are just darling! I love how intricately felt can be formed. They are almost better than the real thing since they don’t die 🙂 I’m not very good at keeping plants alive. Although I’ve had an orchid for almost two months! I’ve been meaning to make some felt flowers for a while now. I think that time has come.

DIY Felt Projects: Holiday Decor

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The holidays are suddenly upon us! Christmas before last I made a ton of felt ornaments for our tree since I had a toddler. I figured that she would get into everything and that I had better make it all safe. She barely touched anything! Now that I’ve got another baby roaming around I’m glad that I put the effort in at that point. I may make a few more ornaments but I’d like to try my hand at some sort of felt garland and maybe a special advent calendar.

What are you going to make out of felt?

 

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Gender Reveal Party Plan

The gender reveal is coming up this weekend!!! Can you tell I’m a little excited? As excited as I am, I’ve also been super busy (hence the absence last week) getting my house ready to sell. Last week we were able to book someone last minute to paint our house, and Brandon sent McKenna and I over to his mom’s house to be out of fume’s way. It was a nice change from scurrying around getting stuff done, but I had a toddler who didn’t want to sleep at all while there so it wasn’t all that relaxing.

Anyhow… the point is… that I procrastinated. I have had plans for all the things that I’m going to do for the gender reveal party for quite some time. This week I’m implementing most of it. Whoops! Lucky for me I have a wonderful MIL who came for a day to help me get a few things prepped and to keep Miss McKenna occupied while I ran the last few errands necessary.

Since it’s in the front of my mind I wanted to share some of the fun things that I am doing for the party. First of all, it is magic themed. Here is a little inspiration board for what I am going for:

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McKenna is going to be dressed as a magician, and one of my nieces will be her assistant (to keep her on track – let’s be honest she’s a sporadic toddler). As the magician, she will be presenting magic tricks to reveal whether I am having a baby boy or a baby girl. We will see how that goes down but I’m super excited to find out so I probably won’t care during the performance.

I’m really excited to get everything together this week and to put my plans into action! I have a little bit of costume making to get done, a lot of shopping for food, and then putting up the decorations I got and making a few more for final touches! I’m wishing I had some magic at this point but it’ll be fun, so maybe just wish me luck 😉

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DIY super hero cape and DIY tutu

I’m back to show you how to make the adorable cape and tutu that I just gifted to my niece  last week. It’s not a new idea; there are TONS of tutorials on how to make tutus out there. But so many people still don’t know how to make them, or are afraid to try. I’m here to show you that it’s really not that hard, I promise! I will walk you through both and I can say that it didn’t take me longer than an hour to whip out both of them (and that included taking pictures).

Let’s start with the super hero cape:

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Materials needed: I bought 1 yard of sequin material but based on my niece’s height I could have gotten away with 3/4 yard. If it were McKenna I could have used 1/2 yard so think about your little one’s height when making that decision.

Tools needed: Scissors and your hands 🙂

Step 1: Gather your materials and tools.

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Step 2: In order to figure out where to make the neck ties (as well as to where to start the slight diagonal cut downwards) I needed to get a neck measurement. Since my niece wasn’t around I used McKenna as a model and made it slightly larger. Once I knew how big the neck needed to be I marked it with pins on both sides of the neck so that I wouldn’t cut past that point. You will notice that this is the selvage edge so it looks slightly different. That helped me to cut pretty evenly.

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Step 3: It helps to start the cuts before cutting all the way down to ensure that you will get 3 fairly even pieces. Do this on both sides.

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Step 4: Continue the cuts until you get to the cape’s neck area where you marked with pins. Do this on both sides.

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Step 5: Braid the ties on both sides.

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Step 6: I used McKenna as a model for the first cut to get an idea of how I wanted the cape to drape and then once I had the first side done I copied it on the other side. I did it this way mostly because McKenna wouldn’t stay still but now that I think about it I’m glad because it makes it even.

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Bing, bang, boom! It really was that easy. I think I got it done in 10-15 minutes. 

 

Next up, DIY tutu!

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Just to preface this, there really aren’t 12 steps but I wanted to make sure it was as clear as possible, so I may combine a few of them for the sake of being concise.

Materials needed:

  • Tulle by the roll in colors of your choice – I used two colors of pink (one roll each)
  • Ribbon to coordinate – I used pink sparkly ribbon (I like to have a stiff ribbon for this purpose)

Tools needed:

  • A piece of cardboard as big or bigger than the length you want your tutu
  • Tape to adhere your ribbon to a wall for ease of tying
  • Permanent marker or pen to mark ribbon with measurements

Step 1: Gather your materials and tools.

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Step 2 & 3: I measured my niece’s waist with the ribbon, and marked it with a permanent marker leaving extra length on both sides for tying at the end. I taped the ribbon on the wall.

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Step 4: I decided on the length of the tutu and cut a piece of cardboard to that length and wrapped the tulle around again and again until it was gone. I always make a note on the cardboard about which side I start on so I know where to cut.

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Step 5 & 6: I cut the tulle down one side so that I have a lot of pieces of tulle all double the length that I want the tutu to be.

 

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Step 7 – 9: I then take each piece of tulle that I cut down to size and I start tying them onto the ribbon making sure that the ribbon doesn’t get twisted up.

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Step 10: You will notice that I tie a bunch of pieces of tulle across the entire length but they are quite spread out. I do this so that the tutu doesn’t become lopsided.

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Step 11: Once I got my first group of tulle tied onto the ribbon, I duplicated steps 4-6 with the 2nd color of pink tulle.

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Step 12: Because I had two colors of pink tulle I wanted to make sure that I alternated pinks so I continued with the 2nd color and filled any gaps with both colors as needed. Two rolls ended up being perfect for this project!

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Stella's 4th bday

DIY presents for the win!

I have mentioned before that I love DIYing gifts when possible. Especially when I can make something that I KNOW will be adored! One of my nieces turns 4 years old today! It’s so hard to believe that it’s been a full 4 years since she was born. She is a spunky little girl that loves to play dress up.  Her favorites at my house are McKenna’s tutu’s (which I don’t even let her play with – I will explain that another time) and a tie dye silk scarf that the girls use as a super hero cape. I decided that I would make both a tutu and a cape for her birthday present.

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Let’s be honest, what’s better than being a ballerina princess and a super hero all at once?! I’m totally loving that girls are growing up these days with strength and femininity both available to them. McKenna loves the typical girl stuff but she also adores toys that people typically think of as “boy toys”.

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Ok back to my niece! Since I watch these two nieces once a week we had a little birthday celebration the day before her birthday. I made some “monster cupcakes” and we had a little indoor picnic lunch (we live in AZ people, it’s too hot outside!) . We were going to do lunch first but I caved and let her open her present right away and she was beyond excited! I am so glad that she loved the cape and tutu as much as I thought she would. The rest of the day was spent playing in her newly acquired dress-up items and dancing around to Disney music on Pandora.

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Dreaming and Scheming – Command Center

Our command center DID work for us… for awhile. But as you can see, it doesn’t work for us at all now.

What worked:

  • I loved having pens, markers, etc in the little basket on the hook
  • I had detailed lists of things to do, calendar items and other pertinent info on our roll of paper.

What didn’t work:

  • Because the paper was just a big blank space it required that I prepare it every time and well… I’m lazy – so that didn’t happen. That’s why it has since become an empty sheet of paper.
  • We always have miscellaneous papers and business cards on the magnetic strip that don’t look purposeful. It’s incredibly sad looking.
  • AND the worst part is that I’m losing stuff (not to mention my mind), forgetting appointments, and I’m generally cranky when things are crazy like this.

It was time to make a change. I started looking around the beautiful interwebs for ideas and here are a few things that I found that I might just be able to incorporate into my command center area.

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1. I love the clipboards in the first image. I think they are beautiful and functional – plus I already have a bunch so it’s free!

2. I really like how papers are corralled by that bar and it still looks nice and put together.

3. The pic is a little distorted but this is probably my favorite! It is a mail station that Damask Love made with Home Depot. I didn’t see any instructions so I will have to play around to figure it out if I decide to do it. I have a lot of the stuff I would need from an old IKEA piece so I may try that soon. It would be really nice to have an area to sort through mail right away and then I can close it right up so that the mess isn’t seen.

4. Oh Vintage Revivals, how I love you. Mandi comes up with the most unique and useful ideas for her home. I absolutely love this calendar. My SIL recently made it which gave me the confidence I need to make one for myself. I may adjust it slightly for our needs but this is definitely happening. I have got to stop double booking myself.

I can’t wait to get my command center under control and make my life a little easier as well. Once I get it fixed up I will be sure to show ya’ll!

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Yoda

Do or do not…

“Do or do not there is not try.” –Yoda

 

We’ve all heard this quote and I’m particularly fond of it! So why is my blog about TRYing to DIY? Well I consider trying to be the short period of time before it (whatever IT is) is done. Then it’s a matter of figuring out whether or not your “try” was a failure or a success.

I have struggled for a lot of my life with the disease of wanting to be perfect. Now of course there isn’t a soul out there who is perfect but there are a lot of people out there who want to be perfect, amiright? Well, I have been making a huge effort to stop worrying about the end result. Life is about trying things out and seeing what works for each of us individually.

I have a vast amount of interests. Am I good at all of them? Nooope. Have I found some things that I can rock pretty well? Yup! I’ve let go of the need to be perfect (in most cases) and I’ve realized that I really enjoy the process of simply trying things out.

I’m not here to be perfect. I’m not here to impress others. I’m here to have some fun trying new things and to inspire others to get out there and do the same. It’s a big, bright world out there and I’m here to enjoy it! Come along with me and if there is ever anything you want to try, lemme know! I’ll try it with ya and share here.

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Sloan's Colors Quiet Book

Sloan’s quiet book

I love making presents for people whenever possible. Adults are a lot harder because they usually want something specific or that is outside my DIY realm. Littles are by far the easiest to make homemade gifts for!

This little quiet book is one that I made for my niece Sloan when she turned 1. I love that she can practice her colors and shapes with this book. The shapes can all be lifted off, so it starts out with the shapes on a page near the back. She c an then move them to the correct corresponding page!

She is already almost 2 years old and I never got pictures of her with it, yikes! We took some time  playing with it last week and I snuck a few photos. Since I get to watch these two nieces once a week it wasn’t too hard. Getting my daughter and her older sister to leave her alone while she played with it was another story!

Rainbow and Red page

On the first page I made a simple rainbow shape out of (most of) the colors of the rainbow.

On the second page I sewed a rectangle of red and cut out a simple apple shape.

Orange and Yellow page

On the third page I sewed a rectangle of orange and cut out a little fishy shape.

On the fourth page I sewed a rectangle of yellow and cut out a fun sun shape.

Green and Blue page

On the fifth page I sewed a rectangle of green and cut out a leaf shape.

On the sixth page I sewed a rectangle of blue and cut out a butterfly shape.

Purple and object page

On the seventh page I sewed a rectangle of purple and cut out a little flower shape.

On the eighth page is where all of the shapes can live if they aren’t on their color coordinated page.

Crayon and Note card page

At the end of the book I added a half pocket for some blank index cards and an insert for 4 crayons. Miss Sloan loves to scribble so I knew this would be a hit. I hope that they can get some use out of it when they go out to eat or just need some peace and quiet!

A little about how I made it:

The book is almost entirely made of felt. The only other materials used were ribbons for the binding. I made the shapes by hand drawing the simplest objects possible and cutting them from felt.  I added velcro to the shapes so that they could be moved around.  To make the pages I used four large pieces of felt folded in half rather than 8 pages. This decision was made because I’m lazy, so I chose the easiest path possible.  After I got the permanent details sewn onto each page (the colored rectangles and velcro) I used a zig zag stitch along the edges to sew the pages together and finish it off. I made 2 button holes in the center of each double page and fed the ribbons through to tie it off. Prior to sewing the pages together I added the pocket for the index cards. The last thing I did was add crayon holders at the end of the book by sewing a few small lines on a pocket to separate each of them. It looks a little wonky but Sloan has never complained! 😉

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