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.


made in vegas



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



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


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?


My $5 Craft Cabinet

I actually did this project back in October but with how busy we were and then the holidays and then our trip, I completely forgot to post it.

I had been looking for a cabinet of some sorts to give a home to some of my craft supplies and came across this one at the Restore in Newberg for 5 bucks. As you can see, it needs some serious love and attention. It was quite frightening actually. I’m still unsure of what that purplish goo was that was on the bottom half.


I saw the potential from the minute I laid eyes on it  though and well, it was $5 and brought it home to add my special touches. After two coats of primer and a coat of whatever white paint I had left over from another project, I threw on some new hardware and this is what I got!

Craft Cabinet

Originally I had it in our guest bedroom but that is now my David’s office so I moved it into my office. And it is home to my sewing machine and a few extra things. I think eventually I’m going to take the scallop detail off of the bottom because I’m  not too hot on it but was too lazy to take it off before :)

shelf 2

Having tons of old glass jars I put various loose craft supplies in them such as buttons and sewing measuring tape.


Then I got a bunch of plastic desk organizers for other items like ribbon and thread.

PicMonkey Collage

And found a home for all my small paints, paint brushes,  stencils, glue, glue gun, etc.



And the bottom drawer is reserved for fabric but that is already on the full side so I’m thinking of plan B.


I am quite happy having added this guy to my home, more so for the organization than anything.

Hope you all had a lovely weekend!


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!


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!

I’m linking up to some of the following found here as well as TipJunkie, The Shabby Creek Cottage,  Today’s Creative BlogHome Stories A to  Z, The Shabby NestMy Repurposed Life,

Funky Junk Interiors,Thrifty Decor Chick, Between Naps on the Porch, Live, Laugh, Rowe

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.

I’m linking up to some of the following found here as well as TipJunkie, The Shabby Creek Cottage,  Today’s Creative BlogHome Stories A to  Z, The Shabby NestMy Repurposed Life,

Funky Junk Interiors,Thrifty Decor Chick, Between Naps on the Porch

Feature Friday – Under the Sycamore

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I’m pretty sure this is already a well known blog but I literally stumbled upon this blog yesterday as I was reading another one of my favorite blogs, Lil’ Boo Blue and was immediately sucked into Ashley’s world, Under the Sycamore.



A ‘retired’ professional photographer, stepping down in 2008, Ashley still snaps photos on a daily basis of her life with her husband and FIVE children. What caught me first with Under the Sycamore was her overall layout of the blog. When you click on one of the three links under her banner, Favorites, DIY or Photo Tips, you wont find many words but rather photos, many photos and when scrolled over you will get the few beginning sentences of that particular blog post. I love it. I think it is one of the more unique and interesting blog layouts I’ve seen.

When you delve deeper into Under the Sycamore you begin to see the heart and love behind the compilation of Ashley’s life experiences. From crafting, DIYing, and photography to parenting, being a wife, a parent, and adopting. It’s heart, it’s soul, it’s life, it’s real. I think that is way it sucked me in. I also have a thing for really awesome blog and website layouts.

Here are a few of my favorite post written by Ashley at Under the Sycamore thus far. I still have a lot of browsing to do but love what I’m seeing so far!


Pallet Bed

Vintage Hat Box Lampshade



DIY Star Wars Costumes

I Have a Voice

But seriously, if you haven’t checked Under the Sycamore out yet you should. If you love blog writers that ‘get real’ then head over and say hi to Ashley.

She’s also on Facebook and Pinterest too!

update on project organize office!

I realized that in my post last week about organizing our office, I left out one very crucial thing. PHOTOS! Who doesn’t love a little before and after and in between action?

So here they are ladies and gentlemen. A little dark but well, that’s our office for ya, dark. I think you will get the picture though on what exactly I am dealing with.

So last week I began by creating a list of everything I’d need to get organized in here. My ultimate goal in organizing each room in the house is to do it as cheap as possible. Yep, I’m frugal and proud of it! I am a firm believer you can revamp a house all the while keeping the cost low. It just may take a little extra creative thought and possibly consulting my ever talented Interior Designer mom. (Hey, it pays to have an Interior Designer in the family!!)

Here is my list of wants and wishes for the new office:

Remove closet doors {check!}

Paint closet walls {check!}

Paint trim white {check!} Just adding this one yesterday

Shelves for wall behind my desk

New lamp for desk

New desk chair

And of course, rearrange a few things to get a better flow

With a little thrifting and a lot of paint, this should all come together very nice. With adding painting the trim to the project, I’ve decided to give myself a little more time. Another week.

In the meantime, here are a few photos to give you a little sneak peek! I’m so excited with  how everything is turning out!


And…the start of the trim…this is the primer.

Stay tuned for another sneak peak tomorrow!

southern hospitality

This weeks Feature Friday is a blog about a woman who was able to rise above the devastation and heart breaks life can throw your way and and as she says it, ‘make lemonade out of those lemons.’  Southern Hospitality is a blog written by an woman named Rhoda, a self proclaimed Steel Magnolia, and a personal account of her own journey.

Rhoda loves all things design related, especially thrifting and making something old, new again. Her story is a mix of happy and sad and her faith that no matter what,  life will go on is inspiring. She picked herself up and continues to press on. Apart from her personal experiences, Rhoda offers tips on decorating, thrifing, diy how-to’s, gardening, and yummy looking recipes.

She has an amazing eye and a big heart, plus she reminds me a lot of my own designing momma. She has her own ‘feature friday’ on her blog so jump on over to Southern Hospitality and give Rhoda some love and see what she featured today.

Happy Friday! Hope you all enjoy your last few days of 2011!

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!