Heat Transfered Onsies & Homemade Burp Rags – The Perfect Baby Gift

My second nephew is due on July thirteenth and I am so excited to meet the little guy! My sister-in-law, Alexa, had her baby shower in Las Vegas, where she lives, this past weekend and unfortunately I couldn’t make it but I sent a cute little packaged her way with some homemade goodies for baby M.

I haven’t really used my Silhouette Cameo in the way I know I can and I’ve been wanting to heat transfer something so I decided to take this opportunity to make something for my soon-to-be nephew.  And this is what I came up with:

all three onsies

Alexa has such a cute style that I thought baby M should as well and I found some designs on Silhouette that I thought would be perfect. Alexa loves giraffes so I knew one of the designs was going to be that. I also wanted to make a ‘made in Las Vegas’ one because I think those are so cute. As for the arrows, well, I love arrows and think it’s a cute unisex design.

arrows

made in vegas

giraffe

Onsies

To go with the onesies, I made baby M some burp rags which I have shown how to make in a post found here. I chose a fabric with little blue whales and sewed a blue and white striped backing on it and then I also chose a fabric with black bicycles and a black chevron pattern for the backing on that one.

all three

bikes

whales

And to finish the gift off, I made little gift tags to show that these gifts were homemade and made with love.

supplies

gift tags

made by me

I love making homemade gifts and I can’t wait to see baby M in one of these onesies! What is your favorite thing to make?

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Rustic Christmas Card Holder

Well hello my friends! How is everyone’s Christmas shopping going? We have it pretty easy because David and I aren’t doing presents this year, instead we are taking a month long trip to Panama and Colombia in February. But        since we are spending Christmas in Seattle with my family this year we have the tradition of drawing names and buying for one person and of course my niece and nephew. So, I have been done for awhile and it                              always feels so good.

We are heading to Lake Chelan tomorrow for a few days to spend time with my family and my extended family which has been a tradition in itself for years now. Then, Sunday we are heading to my brothers to settle in for Christmas. I have to say, I’m pretty excited to see my little nephew, Henry, open his presents. He has quite the obsession with Thomas the Train so I’m thinking he is going to love what we got him!

It’s been quite awhile since I’ve shared a project with you all.I decided to take the month of December off from projects and just really enjoy my time of reflection and the holidays but I needed someplace to hold all our Christmas cards and whipped this guy out using all supplies I already had.

I used an old piece of reclaimed wood I had lying around, some twine, and some wooden clothes pins.

I nailed two small nails on each side of the board and tied two different lengths of twine to each nail. Then as Christmas Cards started coming in I simply placed them on the holder using the clothes pin.

I think it’s a great way to display all the memories from our family and friends!

I hope you all have a beautiful Christmas and I will see you back sometime late next week. I’m not sure I will be logging on much over the next week as I want to be fully present with my family and enjoy every minute of my time. But who knows :) I’m am somewhat random and you never know!

MERRY CHRISTMAS!

Spooky Terracotta Halloween Candles

For as long as I can remember I have wanted to make my own candles. I love the idea of adding this to my repertoire of basic skills I can do on a regular basis. I love candles and we always have them burning in our home. Whether is a lovely lavender one during the summer months or a cinnamon space at Christmas, we have them in constant rotation here in our home.

Coupled with clay terracotta pots, another thing I love, I decided to try my hand at making some festive candles for Halloween. I will admit, I don’t really decorate our home for Halloween but rather I love to add bits and pieces  that bring in the presence of these new cooler moths of fall. But, I figured why not and put together these fun candles as a way to add a little spookiness to this fun (and busy) month ahead.

These candles were really fun to make and pretty easy as well. I started out first by buying a container of soy wax, four small terracotta pots, some small wicks, and an essential oil that smelled of cinnamon.

I added the adhesive vinyl letters to each pot and pressed them down firmly to make sure there were no pockets where the paint would seep under.

Then I painted the pots white. Once dry I removed the vinyl letters and with a fine sand paper, roughed up the paint a bit to give it a rustic feel.

I cut and attached a different festive ribbon to the rim of each pot.

And glued a wick in the bottom of each candle.

Using the soy wax, I followed the directions on the box and poured an equal amount into each pot.

I love these little guys. Every time I walk by them put a smile on my face.

Do you love to decorate for Halloween or are you like me and add subtle touches around the house?

I love how it turned out and it’s a nice and colorful way to to the fall equinox next week!

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Autumn Inspired Yarn Decor Balls

I love fall. It’s by far my most favorite season of the year. Everything from the changing of the leaves, the cozy sweaters and tall boots to anything pumpkin flavored. And even though it’s still in the 80′s here I feel the slightest kiss of autumn on my skin in the morning and I’m kind of giddy about it.

I’m slowly starting to transition our home from summer to fall and when I say slowly, I mean very slow. D isn’t as thrilled with the changing of the seasons as I am but surely he will come around once I get the house all cozy once again.

This little project was the first on a very long list. On a whim a few weeks ago I purchases  some Styrofoam balls with a couple of ideas floating around in my mind. I also happened to pick up some yarn that I loved because the colors neutral with little flecks of autumn colors and decided it was the perfect project to kick off the beginning of fall!

This project was super easy. All you need are various sizes of Styrofoam balls, yarn (I use synthetic instead of wool), and a clear glue.

Start with one of the balls and dollop a drop of clear clue and secure the end of the yarn.

Then, just wrap and wrap and wrap around the ball until all the white is covered up and secure it with another dollop of glue and let dry.  It basically will look like a ball of yarn.

Use them however suits your fancy. I placed them a white bowl on our entryway table and I love it.

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picture frame chalkboard – tutorial

DIY (do it yourself) blog posts on creating a homemade chalkboard isn’t exactly new but for me, I’m excited to be able to share with all of you something I’ve made.

We have this frame that is  a weird size. It’s really just too big for most pictures but it’s a very cute frame and I want to use it someplace in our house. We’ve also been wanting to get a chalkboard of some sorts in our kitchen. Lightbulb moment! Why don’t I make the frame a chalkboard for the kitchen? Bingo! And that is exactly what I did.

Here is what you can do to make your own picture frame chalkboard for your home:

1) Find a frame you’d like to turn into a chalkboard:

2) Pick out the chalkboard paint you want to use. I decided it would be easier to use spray chalk paint instead of other variations such as paint on but either will work just fine:

3) Take out the glass or whatever clear piece used. In my case it is plastic. Lay it on something you don’t mind ever using again or dedicate it as your ‘painting’ sheet. I used some paper I had around the house but to be a little more Eco-friendly, they have thingsjust for this purpose.

4)  Shake the can for about one minute to make sure the paint is good and mixed together. Hold the can about 12″ away from what you are spraying and begin by going back and forth horizontally until the who surface is covered in a thin layer. Allow to dry for about 15 minutes and repeat once more.

5) Leave over night someplace to dry. After about 24 hours, you can put the frame back together.

6) Once the frame is put back together, take a piece of white chalk and go over the whole surface of the chalkboard to prime the surface. This prevents permenant marks from forming on your chalkboard.

 7) Once that is complete, you can erase it and voila! You now have yourself your very own picture frame chalkboard!

 

home is what you make it, one diy project at a time

My mom happens to be one of the most creative people I know. She knits, she sews, she paints, she needle points (when needle pointing was popular) and she designs. In fact, she is an Interior Designer by trade. She is possibly one of the most crafty, creative people I know.

Take a look at her most recent creative endeavor:
Christmas Advent Calendars

I mean, look at the detail on this beautiful advent calendar! Growing up, we had one similar to this but with a lot more felt cause felt was the thing of the 80′s, right? My brothers and I loved our advent calendar and I hope my children one day love this one just as much!

Now there is me. I’d say I am creative and she definitely inspires me to be even more so. As mentioned in an earlier post, My Personal Challenge, I wanted to attempt to teach myself to sew by giving myself monthly projects, my first being making a pillow. Well, the pillow did get made, by my mom. I did pick out and cut the fabric but when she was down for a visit, she sewed it together for me as I had yet to do so. My excuse, well, I had lost the sewing machine manual and I had no clue how to use it. She is a lifesaver that one.

The thing is, I know I inherited that creative gene of hers and it just needs some luring out of me. That is why I am adding a DIY/Craft tab to Bullfrogs and Bulldogs. Now that I have my very own home, it’s time I start making it into the home of our dreams. One project at a time. The list is long thus it shouldn’t be hard to come up with projects.

Stay tuned for more, much more, to come!

what to do with a $2 picture frame

Interior design is still somewhat intimidating to me. But, growing up with a Custom Homes Contractor father and an Interior Designer mother, I figure there has to be a creative side somewhere in me as well. I love the idea of creating our home into our own personal sanctuary and believe your home should represent all members of the family. Fortunately, David and I have pretty darn similar taste. (thank God!)

Our look is leaning more and more towards French Country with an emphasis on reclaimed wood, old barn wood, and anything rustic. Currently, it’s pretty contemporary from years of both of us being young and not too interested in how our homes looked.

Now it’s time to slowly start accumulating those things that fit into what our dream house would encompass. Except like most people, we are on a budget. So it’s time for me to get a little creative as well.

We have a lot of blank wall space and I think one of the most important things that makes a home a home is filling our walls with items that say something about everyone who lives there. I don’t always like pictures on the walls though. Sometimes it’s fun to throw odds and ends up that show various interests, color, and imagination. This is something I am working on. I tend to have a more black and white mind so it’s not always easy for me to think outside of the box.

About a week ago I was thinking about what I could do to fill out massive amount of wall space. I’m serious, we have very high ceilings which makes it even harder. If you look in my perfect little finds section you will see that I purchased an old antique dresser or table as David would call it. My intention is for this to go into the guest bedroom once painted but I had no idea what to hang above. And then it hit me. I love fabrics. I love going to fabric stores. It’s somewhat nostalgic for me as I grew up going with my mom often. There are some incredibly beautiful fabrics out there that in my opinion, work better than pictures do in frames. And that is what I decided I was going to do.

My adventure began by going to our local Goodwill and finding five old picture frames. It took me really trying to think outside of the box because some of them were ugly. Think 80′s bright pink. Once that was finished, I needed to decide what color I wanted to paint them and go to the fabric store and pick out what I felt represented the ‘look’ I was going for. I headed to Boersma’s Sewing Center in McMinnville, the crème de crème of fabric stores and a quilters little heaven. My best friend was with me and together, we found the perfect fabrics.

A few days later, I painted the picture frames a soft light yellow, the same color as our guest bathroom actually, and replaces the old dingy mats with new crisp white ones. I cut out cardboard rectangles to fit the cut out holes in the mats. My last task was to get the fabric aligned how I wanted and put the frames together and mount them on the wall.

The final outcome, I think, turned out quite nice.

This post is part of Get Your Craft On at Today’s Creative Blog.