Saturday, December 31, 2011

The Stockings

...were made [in the 2 days prior to Christmas] and hung by the fireplace with care.

Alas, I could not afford the hefty PBKids stocking price tag...not even on sale. Even the price at Target was a little too much...even at 30% off before Christmas. But we needed stockings...well, we didn't need them.

I still had the 3 stockings we've been making due with since my husband and I were first married. Two of them are knit and just don't hold a pretty shape at all when stuffed. [lesson learned] And the other was from a gift exchange where it cozily fit two ornaments. And there was always the option to use two of Daddy's socks to give us 5. [I actually did that growing up once or twice.]

So my solution...was to sew them. I didn't make it to the fabric store. Instead I bought a $10 table cloth at Target and a $4 placemat. And made my own pattern tweaking it from the stockings I already had on hand. I cut the placemat up...placed the pieces like so. Added some of that awesome pom-pom-ish ribbon. Sewed them all up and then took a random khaki colored sheet I had on hand to sew the liners.

So...I got all five stockings for under $20 [including the hook ribbon and pom-pom ribbon]. And I love them...even though they are not entirely perfect.

Wednesday, November 9, 2011

mini mayflowers

Last year for the Thanksgiving kids' table I made mini mayflowers as the place holders. I sewed little ship-shaped felt covers to slip around the pumpkin muffins I baked. I added chocolate frosting to match the ship frame. Then I stuck a sucker stick in the middle, added a white sail with the names printed on them and placed on their plates.

They were a hit with the kids. I think I'll do the same thing again this year except I might add two smaller sails to make it more Mayflower-ish.

And yes, my larger version of the Mayflower is on display this month. As much as I'd love it at the "grown-up" table on display during the feast, it is rather large and would most likely interfere with the stimulating conversation that is sure to be had. So it will probably be displayed next to the desserts.

Sunday, October 30, 2011

Book Page Wreath

Thank you, pinterest, for bringing this to my attention.

[made and made]

I have two hanging up in my house right now.

Saturday, September 24, 2011

Up in the Air

Tried my hand at paper mache'. And...

6 hot air balloons [dispersed among 3 rooms] and
1 giant letter D later...

I finally have some decor up in my little guys'room. Here's a sampling of my work...
I made the giant monogram D out of a baby gate card board box. I love it. Right now, I like the solid color on it even if the imperfections are way noticeable. I think it just adds character. In the future I may mod podge aerial maps or book pages on it and then stain it because I really did like the artsy look of the paper mache'd newspapers before I painted it [and it hid the dents a little more].

The plane [Hobby Lobby] will have a banner attached to it soon...trailing behind it and curving around the corner of the room [not pictured]. I'm undecided on the actual inspirational words...but I guess I can always change it up as I see fit.

I'll have to post pictures of the other hot air balloons floating above the crib. And the Petit Collage Transportation print I now have displayed in the room.

I just love how this all is coming together [and on a budget].

[And I believe this post meets my monthly quota...I'm on a roll with my whopping one post per month, but I am totally okay with that.]

Monday, August 22, 2011


The opposite of your usual homemade oreo. I like to call these reversoreos...because it's kind of fun to say plus that's basically what they are.

Here's the recipe:

reversoreo cookie

1 box of French Vanilla cake mix
2 eggs
1/2 cup of oil

Mix together. Roll into balls. Bake at 375 degrees for 8 minutes. When cooled add chocolate cream cheese frosting...recipe directly below.

chocolate cream cheese frosting
courtesy of Betty Crocker

1 package (8 ounce) cream cheese, softened
1/4 c. butter
2 ounces unsweetened baking chocolate
2 to 3 tsp. milk1 tsp. vanilla
4 cups powdered sugar

Add 2 ounces unsweetened baking chocolate and melt with the butter in microwave.

Beat cream cheese, butter and chocolate mixture, vanilla, and milk in a medium bowl with an electric mixer on low speed until smooth. Add the powdered sugar 1 cup at a time. Store frosted bread, cake, or any remaining frosting covered in the refrigerator.

Wednesday, July 27, 2011

Getting my Paper Mache On

Can't wait to see the Big D in it's finished glory.

Made this from a baby gate cardboard box, duct tape,
and then paper mache(d) it to seal it.

Wednesday, June 1, 2011


I design, make, and bind books.

Here's a guest book I did last year...for a super cute couple.

Thursday, May 5, 2011

the front step

Very welcoming, right?

Sunday, February 13, 2011

felt flower balls [or bouquets]

Once upon a time a pb kids catalog found its way into my hands and since that moment I have forever been inspired by the decor, but not the price. Yes, this story has been told many times before on this blog.

I introduce the new [and awesome] decor hanging in my daughter's room. This story has been in development for over a year now. I had the idea in my head to hang flower bouquets from the ceiling, after seeing pb kids' lucy hanging bouquets [below]. This past December, I happened upon homemade ginger's felt flower tutorial, and I instantly knew the felt flowers would make thee perfect flower ball/bouquets that I wanted for SJ's room.
I set out to the store and bought yards of felt, ribbon, styrofoam balls, hot glue sticks, hardware to hang the bouquets from and went to December.
Went to work: Cutting, rolling, and glueing hundreds of felt flowers. And then glueing those hundreds of felt flowers to styrofoam balls.
And now I have these lovelies hanging in her room [finally]. And I have plans to make more. I think the cluster of 5 could use 2 more. And the lone ranger above her bed at the moment [below] could use, at least, 2 more [at least].
I'm in love and enjoying this happily ever after.

Saturday, February 12, 2011

sneak peek

This is what I dreamed up and have been working on since December. Not just the one. I have 6 completed and hanging. And would have finished the 7th [plus more] had I not run out of felt.

Oh, I'm so excited to share this project! I have more pictures coming. So stay tuned...if you'd like. [absolutely no pressure]

Meanwhile, this is the view from my daughter, SJ's pillow. Pretty sure, she will have sweet dreams with this sweetness hanging above her.

Tuesday, February 8, 2011

i've got a hankerin'...

To cut it all off. [these are my top choices]

And I bring this up just after posting about my long locks and my hopes for the future with long hair.

But the truth is...the truth is...I just would much rather have short hair. It suits me.

Monday, February 7, 2011


How sweet are these Naturally Sweet Valentine DIY stickers?

They have a free download and instructions. So darn sweet of Twig & Thistle.

I'm thinking these would be a fun surprise any day of the year with the exception of the orange sticker, since it is kind of specific to Valentine's.

Tuesday, January 11, 2011

the dollhouse bookcase

I have loved this dollhouse at Pottery Barn Kids forever, but like most things Pottery Barn I did not love the price. I was never tempted to pay the $299 or $399 it cost. It's no longer available, otherwise I'd double check on the price, but I think it's the latter. Since I've never been tempted to pay such a hefty amount for a dollhouse, I decided to make my own. And I only spent $60 at Lowe's for the materials. [I already had the green paint on hand]
I'll admit I had every intention of putting this baby together on my own with a little help from my dear husband. And if I'd had the equipment to get the job done, I would have. A friend of ours cut the angles I needed for the pitch of the roof and then graciously offered the services of his nail gun. So he basically put it together, which I am very grateful for.

I put the toys in so you could gauge the actual size. It's not exactly like the pbk version, but I love it.
I chose a white shelving board that was on sell at Lowe's. Looking back I would have chosen something different, it's fairly heavy. And it was not easy to cut into without chipping the finish, which is why I skipped the whole windows and doors detail. But I do love the beadboard detail I put in back and the class it brings to the piece.

And I love the price I paid for this awesome dollhouse/bookcase.