Tuesday, March 31, 2015

Height Chart Ruler - Video Tutorial

Height Chart Ruler 

Materials - Scrap or new wood (approx. 6-7 ft long)
Stain, - wood, coffee, tea, or even paint. 
Contrasting Paint and brush
Cutting Machine - I used a Silhouette
Foam Brush
Tape (optional) 
Wall Hanging tools 

So using some cheap, recycled items you can easily create these height charts for your family, or they make great gifts.  

I have one for each of my kiddos with a natural wood coloring and a cream paint as shown in the video below. 

For my nephews I choose a deck stain and did a gray paint.  I like it so much I have considered re-doing my kids charts, because I'm crazy like that. 

Made this video this last fall and was so self-conscious about it I never posted it.  

Decided - what the heck

Hope you Enjoy!

Sunday, March 29, 2015

Burlap Wreath Tutorial - DIY

I LOVE these fluffy burlap wreaths. 

I have ones now for every occasion.  A couple of them I can swap out the embellishments on to fit a new theme or holiday, and the others are made with colored burlap, so they are a little more holiday specific.

But enough jabber, its tutorial time!

  • Wire Wreath Frame
  • Burlap Ribbon 2-4 spools (depending on frame size)
  • Decorative Embellishments
Embellishment Materials
  • Accent Burlap
  • Pipe Cleaners
  • Wooden Monogram
  • Paint 

Start with Collecting everything you need.  Set aside a couple hours to complete this the first time. 
(It is so much nicer to have a finished project on the same day you start it.)

Weave the tail of the burlap ribbon you will be using as you base color through the frame.

Tie the ends together so that it will not slip back through.

Slide some extra burlap into the topside pieces, and slide up.  Try to keep this the same amount each time for the entire wreath. 

When you turn to do the 2nd pass, make sure that you are going over and under the opposite bars as the previous time.  

Poof and Scooch ;)

Continue around the entire frame,  if you need to add another burlap ribbon tie off this one then tie on the next as in the beginning. 

Wreath complete!  You can stop here if you are wanting a very rustic look, you can tie on some flowers or a sign that you can change out at each holiday.

For the red ribbon on top I did not need it the standard 6" width that the burlap ribbon comes in so I bought just a little bit from a bolt at the fabric store.  After trimming it to 3" I zig zag stitched the edges so that it wouldn't come apart.  

Pipe Cleaners are perfect for attaching this ribbon.  Match it to the burlap to hide it best.

Gather the ribbon together and hook the pipe cleaner over it.

Twist the pipe cleaner behind the frame to keep it in place.

Continue around the entire wreath.  
This is another good stopping point.  
You can trim and tuck the tails or keep them for another embellishment.

For this specific wreath I am adding a Monogram. 
You can pick up and unfinished wooden letter at the craft store.  Use a little acrylic paint and let dry.

I hot glue a pipe cleaner onto the letter, so that it can easily be removed or re-positioned if needed.

Push it through and twist it in place.
Give the entire wreath a once over, adjusting the burlap as needed to make it even all the way around.  
You can add a wire hook for hanging it, or use a long nail or picture hanger on the wall. 

TA DA!  So easy and a wreath like this can easily be adjusted for Christmas, Valentines Day, 4th of July and so much more!

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Thursday, March 26, 2015

Here's Jonny!

I'm Back - 
SERIOUSLY this time - 
I've missed Blogging so much, and as much as I love crafting and doing craft fairs, I must get back to my roots and share more DIY's both for home and life!

There has been A LOT of new traffic to this blog from both pinterest and my recent segment on FOX 21 news.

So I thought it was time for an introduction.

This is Me
I'm 29 + a few, and have 4 kiddos. 7, 4, 2, 7months
Married my HS sweetheart
Christian, and proud of it
Vocal Music Education Graduate
Former Junior High Teacher
Former Cake Business Owner
Current Craft Business Owner
Natural Brunette
Sister, Daughter, Niece, Cousin, and Friend 
Dave Ramsey - FPU graduate (we're debt free!)
Former MOPS coordinator
Current -Taxi, Chef, Counselor, Maid, and Manager.

Wanna know whats missing from this picture?  The brand new serger that now sits on that table.  How I love that complicated machine...
Wanna know what you can't see?  The child hanging on my pant leg and the half painted toes, but I did my hair so I look put together ;) 

Here is why I haven't been so active on the blog lately. 
       These are my people. 
 I love them dearly.  
        They drive me crazy but I wouldn't have it any other way.

Side note, those that told me 4 was no different than 3, ya'll are liars.  4 is so much busier, so much louder, and there is 8 times as much laundry as when there were 3.

Just a week ago I was asked to do a DIY for the Home news segment, and with the short notice I chose to do something I could teach/do with my eyes closed.  Wreaths.

Here's the segment in case you missed it!

Here is the tutorial for the book wreath demo'ed and I'll have the burlap one for you this week!

You'll notice a couple other fabulous ladies in the side bar, these are my best friend and sister.  Mama's and crafty, each in their own right.  From time to time they share some gems with us from food, crafts, kids and hair, we have you covered!

So happy to have you here,  stick around see what's here, and fine me in some other spots too!

Let's Connect! - I spend far too much time on Facebook , connect behind the scenes on Instagram and run a little shop on Etsy.

Thanks for dropping by!

Monday, September 8, 2014

Fabric Pennant Banner - Tutorial!

Did you miss me?  I have so much to catch you up on.  Since April (my last post)  I've been pretty busy. The biggest thing, well we went and had another baby, that's pretty big!

Anywho, in preparation for this little guy (I know, a boy, who would have thought!?!) I had a new bedroom to have the joy in decorating.  

I easily decided on an old vintage baseball/ americana type theme. 

See my mom had this cool lamp where the base is all old baseballs, well she gave it to us, and there in lies the inspiration for this space! 

Now that you've had some back-story, here's the tutorial.

3-5 prints of fabric in 1/4 or 1/2 yard cuts depending on how many flags you want.
Double fold bias tape in a complimentary color your project
coordinating threads
sewing machine
rotery cutter
cut mat

After choosing your fabrics at the store (or online) slice then so that they are 9" from top to bottom and cut off the ends.  

Press it now! I didn't do this and had to press all my flags once I had cut them,  that took soooo much longer than it would have if I had just pressed to start with!

To get the most from my fabric, I stacked my 2 pieces ( I like my flags to have a good back side ) then measured in 3.5 inches. and cut on the angle.  Turn and repeat.  This will give you a 7 inch width at the top, to go with your 9 inch height and that looks lovely.  

Just go all the way across until you run out of fabric.  

Repeat, Repeat, Repeat.  Good news it doesn't really take that long.  

Then since you are already pressed, and you have it front and back already, you can start to sew!

Use your coordinating thread and I just used the edge of the foot as a guide (that's about 1/4 inch) and stitched the "V" of the flag.  Don't worry about the top, that will be sewn together when you add your bias tape later.  

Repeat. Repeat. Repeat.  Again it doesn't take to long.  

Then the next part is super fun (and apparently I was having so much fun I didn't take a picture)
Spead them across your floor to the desired length, and arrange them until you think the result is "oh so pretty"

Up next, you add the bias tape to the top of the flags.  
Make sure you leave yourself a tail at the beginning and the end, but just slip each flag into the center of the double fold tape and stitch it shut!  

And in an afternoon, you can make a wall full of pennant banners!

I totally think these can be used in soooo many awesome applications!  I think we'll be using one in our Christmas card pictures this year, and maybe a fall one on the mantle!  Can't you see all the great possibilities!

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Friday, April 25, 2014

A Rainbow-Butterfly-Strawberry shortcake Cake aka tall a tall order from a 4 year old.

My soon - to - be 4 year old decided to put me to the test with a tall order on a birthday cake request.  

She asked for a Rainbow cake, which turned into a rainbow, butterfly, strawberry shortcake cake.... yeah. 

So then I got to figure out how to make that work.  

Day 1:

Part one of Rainbow - For this I decided to may one of my favorite white cake recipes, and just to use my gels to color the batter.  6 colors and white made up the tasty interior. 

Keep piling in the batters until it looks like this

Bake - while baking up the cake I worked on the filling

I highly suggest having strawberry shortcake the day or two before so you don't have to make it from scratch right now.... But it was quite easy and very tasty.  

Mix together 2c whipped cream, a cup of cake crumbles and 2 cups sliced strawberries. 

Then try not to eat it all while the cake cools

After the cake has completely cooled slice it for stacking. 

I use a Bread knife for this and just shave the top to make a nice flat surface, then slice it horizontally down the center so there are more layers of filling
 (this is what the pro's do ;) )

How pretty is that! 

Your next job is to stack it.  Don't forget to use your buttercream to create a dam around each layer, otherwise your filling will ooze out the sides and your cake will not have much structure. 

I use a pastry brush to get rid of any crumbs left hanging out around my cake.

At this point chill, preferably overnight because that was a big project, and decorating this one is also a big project.  2 big project in one day typically ends up with one not going so well.... at least that's how it is for me. 

Day 2:


I chose to do my rainbow in 6 colors, this would also be awesome in an ombre or you can use bolder colors too, really endless possibilities. 

This was all the icing I needed for a 10" round cake.  6 - 1/2 full bags, I was a little concerned, but I even ended up with a little left over of each!

Decorating this is so much easier than it looks. 

Place a dot of each color vertically, then you take the back of a spoon, or spatula, and slide it sideways.  

That's it.
over and over.  
Easy but time consuming.   

Continue the same technique on the top.  

I am pretty quick, as I've had a decent amount of practice and it still took me almost 2 hours to do the entire thing, with no interruptions.  So plan accordingly!

STOP THERE if Rainbow is all your going for ;)

Now onto butterflies!

This was easy, I used a stencil out of a book that I had to make the shape.  The butterfly is made of royal icing with just some sprinkles added before it crusted on top. 

This cake created tons of smiles for my 2nd born.  It may have taken some time, but her quiet joy, made me so glad I did it.  

Give it a try, and share your pictures with me on instagram!