Friday, May 1, 2015

Baby Skirt Tutorial

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If you follow my blog through any of my social media options you have already heard my good news, but for those of you who don't, this past week my younger brother and his wife welcomed a beautiful baby girl into the world.
On my husband's side of the family we have 5 nieces already, and they are all a little older now. I wasn't really crafting too much when they were all born. However, on my side of the family this was the first girl, and I wanted to make her something!
She decided to make her appearance 2 weeks early, so I had to get busy :)
I made this adorable polka dot skirt and a matching flower headband (I will post a picture and tutorial for that next, so stay tuned). 

Monday, April 20, 2015

iPhone 6 Armband Review

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*I received the following product for free in exchange for an honest review on my blog.
A few months ago we were finally able to end our cell phone contract and upgrade!
We've never had the newest phone, but this time we were able to get a really good deal and we went with it.
The iPhone 6.
A few short weeks later I got myself a gym pass, and I was ready to conquer the world!
Ok, not really.
I was really excited to start working out again, it had been over 2 years...seriously!
 My first night back at the gym was awesome. I had time to myself to just listen to music and get a good work-out in.
No one was asking me for anything, no one needed me, I got some ME time.
The workout was great, however, I was walking around holding my phone in my hand the whole time, while trying to lift weights and actually workout.
I'm sure I got some curious looks as I tried to stuff  my new phone in my sports bra or the back of my yoga pants...
Those things don't come with pockets!
So you can imagine my joy when I got the chance to review this...

Sunday, April 5, 2015

Zippered Pillow Case Tutorial

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Guys, I am so excited about this post. What we have here is a Pinterest success!
So first, a little background...
A few months ago we were on the hunt for new couches.
We had owned a set since we were first married, over 10 years ago!
Our old couches were actually still in really good condition, but didn't fit our new home as well as we wound have liked. We ended up selling them and inherited a used L-shaped sectional from family.
After a few months with that couch we decided we wanted something a little bigger to fit the space better.
My husband also really wanted to upgrade.
We ended up finding the perfect couches, and after a couple of weeks they arrived.
My husband mentioned getting some pillows, but I honestly hated the idea of throw pillows. In reality I knew they wouldn't ever stay on the couch, they would be thrown on the ground, and I didn't want to give myself something else to pick up :)
I was browsing through Pinterest and came across an amazing tutorial from Corey at Tiny Sidekick for zippered pillow cases. The tutorial was so inspiring, and I really wanted to try something new.
This was my first time sewing pillow cases, and my first time sewing a zipper, and now I'm kind of addicted!
I think I want to make 2 more pillows now to go with these ones....
I've got a lot of pictures for you to kind of explain the process, but it's something that beginners can totally tackle.

Thursday, March 26, 2015

Making a House a Home

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About a week or so ago I was inspired by Compass, a technologically savvy real estate company based in NYC, from a new project they began entitled Starter Stories. 
The project is about bloggers sharing stories where they are/were starting out in a home, apartment, wherever, and how to make that place your own.
I wanted to participate, but didn't know where I would start or what I would share. I had lots of ideas floating around that were how-to's and DIY's, but one project from our past stuck out in my mind.
Since being married, my husband and I have moved 7 times so far.
Each place we have been in we have tried to make 'our own', but we weren't at most of those places long enough to do too much.
I'm so glad this project got me thinking though, because I started looking through old pictures and it brought back so many wonderful memories of our first home.
Here is a picture of our home on the left during building, and on the right was 5 years later when we put it up for sale.
We accomplished so many things in this home, and really made it our own, but one of our biggest accomplishments was this built-in entertainment center.
My husband and I had been married for about 9 months when we found this new community being developed.

Thursday, March 19, 2015

No-Sew Quiet Book: Barn and Finger Puppets

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We're making it through all of our quiet book pages.
After this one I will only have two more to post, so stay tuned!
I think this page one was my favorite one to make, I love the little animals hiding :) 
I had been thinking about making a 'barn page' for a while, I just didn't know what else I wanted to do with it.
I was originally going to make some animals and have a place for my son to velcro them on, but it somehow turned into finger puppets instead, and I am loving them!
Making the puppets is pretty easy, I have included some pictures below so you can kind of see how they came together.

Thursday, March 12, 2015

DIY Magnet Board

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Years ago I worked at a doctors office and in the waiting room there was an area for kids with a magnet board around the whole wall.
Ever since then I have wanted to make something like that for my kids.
Yes folks, this idea came before the days of Pinterest.
Gasp!  :)
As always, I've got lots of pictures for you on how this all came together!
(Sorry the pictures aren't the best quality, I used my phone for all of them. I know, I know...)
So here's a quick run-down of the supplies and where I got everything.

Thursday, March 5, 2015

Quiet Book: Counting beads

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I posted my Quiet book: Garden page a few days ago, and now I am back with another one!
Just so you know, I was originally going to combine all of the 'pages' together, but I think I like having each 'page' separate so my kids can play with different ones. 
Anyways, on to the tutorial!
(As with the previous page, this counting page is a no-sew version).
So as before, I used scrap pieces of felt that I already had in my stash.

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