This week I wanted to feature this fabulous website with tons of great ideas… especially for St. Patrick’s Day. Michelle has created a list of everything you need to make March a very lucky month from crafts, to decorations, to food! I can’t wait to make some of the things on her list and pin the rest for later (hehe). Thanks Michelle for making my month a little more Irish. Go check out A Little Tipsy today.
Here is an oldie but a goodie. I could make so many different versions of these blocks it would be never ending. But for now maybe you could make some of these Lucky n” Love blocks to dress up your house for St. Patrick’s Day.
I love decorating my house for the holidays. Little kids enjoy even the little holidays so I try to do something fun for each holiday. This month my daughter and I made a simple Rainbow Art project using leftover crayons. All you need is:
1. Blank canvas board
2. Old crayons
3. Hot glue gun
4. Hair dryer
5. gold coins (optional)
Begin by lining up your crayons in color order, or whatever order you like. Then glue them to the top of the canvas board one by one with the labels facing out. Let them dry completely.
Next using the hair dryer melt the crayons down the canvas board. Once they start melting this process is really quick. Make sure you point the hair dryer down so that the colors melt straight, not across the other colors. Melt until you have your desired effect. (I placed the canvas board in a box because the melting can get pretty messy).
Let it dry completely, then use your hot glue gun to attach the gold coins to the bottom.
Happy St. Patrick’s Day
Are you in search of a quick home makeover? On a tight budget? Need something fresh but no too much work? Try some making some new pillows.
Pillows are an easy way to change the theme of a room or add a pop of color to your home. Here are two super easy pillow ideas that will take you less than an hour to make.
You will need: -fabric -trim (fringe, piping, ric rac, pom poms, whatever you like) -a button -polyfill or a pillow form
1. Start by measuring your pillow form, if you are using one. I am going to use polyfill for this pillow. Cut two squares of fabric measuring 8″x8″ each. Then cut a diagonal line through the center of each square.
2. Place your trim on the right edge of each triangle (that is the right side starting at the center to the outer edge). Sew the trim down to each edge on the right side of the fabric. Then with right sides together sew each triangle together to make a square. The center is the trickiest part so make sure you sew through your trim with the trim finishing on the inside to the center of the pillow. (Don’t worry if it isn’t perfect, you are going to cover up the center with a button.)
4. Cut your back fabric to the same size as the front. With right sides together sew around the pillow leaving a small hole at the bottom (in the center) of the pillow. The smaller the hole the better but it has to be big enough for you to stuff the pillow.
5. Clip the corners and flip the pillow sleeve right side out. Now you can begin stuffing! Stuff the pillow as tight as you like.
Done, sew easy (pun intended). If you want to add something fun to the pillow you can actually print graphics on fabric. Either use some printable fabric (found at the craft store) or you can iron on freezer paper to any cotton fabric you like. Stick it in your printer and print your favorite graphic onto the fabric.
I have a confession. I haven’t been on Pinterest in a long time. At least not like before. Which is probably a good thing since I have over 5 thousand pins and 63 boards. Ridiculous. But I do find that when I am sitting at the doctor’s office or waiting in line in the school pick up line I glance at my iphone just to see what people are pinning. WOW, there are so many great ideas. I may not look at Pinterest that much any more but if I am ever needing some inspiration there is plenty to be inspired by. Here are my favorite pins this week:
I think this is a great way to girly up a tough look
People are so inventive…where do they come up with these things?
This is simply beautiful. I want one for myself.
FANTASTIC and something I could actually make.
Remember when I decided to make quilts for my kid’s twin beds? No? Well maybe that is because it was over 2 years ago that I started this project. I finished both the quilt tops and decided to wash one because I read somewhere that you should wash the tops to fuse the seams and prevent shrinkage. DISASTER!! My seams were too tight and the result was tearing all over the quilt. I was devastated. Thankfully I still had one quilt top that I hadn’t washed and was still all in one piece. Needless to say I gave up on the twin quilt idea and decided to just combine the squares to make one large quilt.
Next I tried quilting it together myself. Another disaster. It just didn’t look good. Knowing my seams were tiny I gave up on the idea of quilting myself and sent it to a professional who would quilt over the top of my little seams and ensure my quilt stayed together. I worked so hard and faced so many hurdles to get the top done I just wanted the end product to be something I was proud of and could use often. I am so glad that I did. The quilt is beautiful! I love it and use it all the time. It was definitely worth sending it to someone who actually knows what they are doing.
Now that my first quilt is actually finished I have found a new sewing passion and have 4 other quilts in the progress. YAY me!
I don’t have a lot of holiday decorations. As my children have grown I realize how much they love seeing all the holiday decorations around the house. It is something to get excited for each month. So where to start? I actually started at the $ store. I found these great weaved hearts in different colors and little red buckets. That is when inspiration hit me so I searched for some sort of sticks (I found black metal ones) and sweetheart words. I went home and warmed up my trusty hot glue gun. I glued the metal sticks to the hearts and added 1 word to each heart cluster. Finish it off with Styrofoam discs glued to the inside bottom of the red bucket and stick the hearts in the Styrofoam.
Now I have some small heart flowers to place around the home. Easy V-day decor.