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Falling Leaves Wreath

I have this square  wreath made of grape vines that I keep on my front door year round.  I usually just hang something seasonal from the top and switch it out as the year goes by.  Well, I haven’t switched it in a long time so my fun yellow paper flowers from two springs ago is still hanging from it.  But when the weather here in North Carolina was taking a bit longer than I wanted to cool down I decided that adding a little fall flair would help me feel more in the season.

finished wreath

This project was so fun and simple.  And I think it looks great!  All I need to do now is find a little bow or something for the top.  Here are the supplies you’ll need:

supplies photo

Fall colored felt – I had some left over from a previous project that I got from Benzie Designs.  Totally go with them to get your felt.  It’s the best quality wool blend I’ve ever used.
Thin gauge wire – mine is a ??? gauge
Wire snips/needle nose pliers
Leaves Punch Die from Lifestyle Crafts

First you just need to cut out all the little leaves.  These punch dies are fantastic because you can cut out multiples with just one pass.  I gave some pretty detailed instructions for that in this post so you can check that out there.

To make the fun “falling” leaves effect I just cut a strip of the wire in about a 2 foot piece. Take one end of that wire and wrap it around the end of the needle nose pliers.  Like this…

curling wire

So that you end up with something that looks like this…

curled wire

I originally tried to just stick the wire through the felt to string them, but the felt is just to nice and thick.  So I threaded the wire onto a needle and it worked like a charm!

Once you have the first leaf strung, take the pliers and wrap the wire again, but make sure you leave enough space between the first leaf and this new one.  With two leaves it will look like this…

strung leaves

Just keep stringing the leaves and twisting the wire until you’ve got it as long and as full as you want it.

leave string

Then repeat on another strand and another.  Eventually you’ll have something like this!

falling leaves

I wish I had more felt left over so that I could have made more!

And don’t forget, if you would like to purchase any of the Lifestyle Crafts products I used for this project you can use the code below for 20% off at www.shopwer.com.

LSS Coupon Code

Disclosure: I am a member of the fabric team for LifeStyle Crafts/We R Memory Keepers. I receive products of my choosing in exchange for tutorials and projects shared on MissyDear. But I only share products I really love and would be using and showing you guys anyway. :)

 

Teacher Gift: Cookie Pillow Box with Letterpress tag

As I was tucking Abi into bed the other day she let me know that the next day was her teachers birthday and she really wanted to take her some cookies as a teacher gift.  I had no chocolate chips and no gift bags.  But then I remembered.  I have a the Pillow Box punch board that I’ve never used.  And these No Bake’s are always a great cookie for last minute things.  So that’s what Ms. DuPree got.

pillow box board and letter press

I whipped out a little pillow box.  It’s so quick and easy, especially if you use this video from We R Memory Keepers.

I also wanted to make a fun little hang tag for the box and thought it would be a good time to share a little trick I have for using the Lifestyle Crafts Letter Press.

supplies

First I gather up everything I’ll need:
Finished Pillow Box
Letterpress Platform
Printing Plates
Letterpress Paper
Stamp Pad

Follow the directions for the setting up the letterpress.  However, instead of using the letterpress inks, of which I never have the right colors and never enough time to order some, I just use a stamp pad I have on hand.  The plate with the ink looks like this right before you put it through the machine.

letterpress

I wanted to use the “Hello” from the Floral printing plate set, but I didn’t want to use the two color feature so I didn’t need to worry about lining things up just perfect.

die

Then I used one of the nesting dies that came with the Letterpress to cut out the shape of the tag.

All you have to do to finish it all off is add a little bakers twine and fill it with cookies and you’ve got a great little gift!

Letterpress tag with Pillow Box board

And don’t forget, if you would like to purchase any of the products I used for this project you can use the code below for 20% off.

LSS Coupon Code

Disclosure: I am a member of the fabric team for LifeStyle Crafts/We R Memory Keepers. I receive products of my choosing in exchange for tutorials and projects shared on MissyDear. But I only share products I really love and would be using and showing you guys anyway. :)

Embossed Leather Sunglass Case

It’s been awhile hasn’t it?  Isaac is finally settling into more of a routine, and that routine seems to include at least one good nap (yay!).  So as long as I don’t also nap with him I should be having more time to try out new projects and recipes to post about.  Then I might get back here a little more often :).  I’ve actually tried out 3 new brownie recipes in the last few weeks with varying levels of success.  Hopefully I can get those figured out and shared with you soon.

But until then I thought I’d share this fun thing I made last week.  I’m currently on vacation in Savannah, Georgia.  My dad and step-mom came out to visit me in Raleigh and invited Abi, Isaac and I to join them on a trip down to Charleston, South Carolina and Savannah.  Brad had to stay and work, but we’re having a blast without him.

Embossed Leather Sunglass Case

While I was packing I realized that I didn’t have a case for my sunglasses.  I knew that I would be wearing them and taking them on and off all day so I wanted something to protect them in my bag.  So I decided to do what any self respecting person in need of something that could be DIY’d pretty easily would do.  I got on Pinterest :).  That’s where I found this great tutorial with a free pattern for the case.

Supplies

Here is what you will need to complete this project:

Pattern for case (found in the tutorial)
Leather (I bought mine from Mood last time I was in NYC)
Felt (I used some wool felt I had on hand, but I love the blends from Benzie Designs)
WonderUnder (I used this instead of the leather glue from the tutorial.  Just make sure you iron the felt side, not the leather)
Sewing floss in coordinating
Evolution (or other die cut machine)
Embossing Folder (I used Sketchbook from Lifestyle Crafts)

I just followed the directions and used the patterns from that great tutorial from Whimsy Box.  It was so quick and easy.  Once I had finished their steps I added one more.

After the case was completely finished I placed it inside the embossing folder and ran it through the Evolution.  The case is bigger than the folder so you will have to run it through twice.  I wasn’t paying attention and pressed it further than the pattern on the die.  This gave it a line across the middle.  You can kind of see the line in the pictures.  It doesn’t bother me too much, but if it’s something that would bother you just pay closer attention on when to stop running it through the machine.

closeup

Isn’t it so pretty?  I was super shocked at how well the leather took the embossing.  And now I can’t wait to emboss all the things!

Remember that if you want to purchase your own embossing folder to try out this project on your own (or anything else from Lifestyle Crafts or We R Memory Keepers through shopwer.com for that matter) you can use my code for 20% off your purchase.

LSS Coupon Code

Disclosure: I am a member of the fabric team for LifeStyle Crafts/We R Memory Keepers. I receive products of my choosing in exchange for tutorials and projects shared on MissyDear.

Rainbow Sun Rays Wall Hanger

Hey!  It’s been awhile hasn’t it?  I honestly do have a good reason for not being around lately, and he’s one handsome devil.

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Meet Mr. Isaac.  He joined the family one month ago on May 28th weighing in at 8 lb 12 oz and 22 inches long.  He made a pretty dramatic entrance in 2 hours from first contraction to birth.  It was quite the experience :). He is amazing, but sure loves to be held and cuddled.  I’m definitely not complaining, though it does make it hard to get anything done around here :).

One lucky morning I finally got him to stay asleep in his swing for a nap (hallelujah!) so I seized the moment and made a little wall hanging I have had in mind for the kids room for awhile now.

wall hanging 4

I know that I normally make a tutorial of things like this, but I was on such a crafting high I totally spaced taking pictures while in process. I thought that I might make another and take pictures of that one, but I haven’t had the chance to craft again and I really wanted to share.  I’ll just try to explain it as best I can.

wall hanging 3

Supplies:
Felt sheets
Felt Balls
Thread or embroidery floss
Sun & Clouds Die (from Lifestyle Crafts)
Batting
Hot Glue and Gun

1 – Cut out 2 suns from the felt sheet.
2 – Glue the top of the sun (along the sun rays) along the edges.
3 – Stuff the main part of the sun with batting and hot glue the bottom shut.
4 – Thread a needle with the thread and tie a knot at the end.  Sew through the felt balls and position them along the thread.  There is no need to tie them or knot them at their location on the thread; they should stay in place.
5 – Sew the string of balls onto the bottom of the sun and repeat.
6 – Finally, add some string to the top for a hanger.

And you’re done!

Wall hanging 1

It really is so easy.  I hope that the steps were easy to understand and complete.

Remember that if you want to purchase your own Sun & Clouds Die to try out this project on your own (or anything else from Lifestyle Crafts or We R Memory Keepers through shopwer.com for that matter) you can use my code for 20% off your purchase.

LSS Coupon Code

Disclosure: I am a member of the fabric team for LifeStyle Crafts/We R Memory Keepers. I receive products of my choosing in exchange for tutorials and projects shared on MissyDear.

Spring Rainbow Flowers {re-post}

As I’m due to be having a baby any day now the next little while will have a few re-posts from the early days of my blog.  I think you’ll enjoy them if you haven’t seen them yet.  And thanks for allowing me the little break!

Do you want to make a project that will make a kid very happy?  I mean, look at how happy this project can make a kid.

Rainbow Flowers

But before I show you how to make it I have to share with you a few things I learned.

First, I now realize why I would make a horrible Preschool/Kindergarten teacher.  My OCD just can not handle letting a little person be in charge of painting straight lines.  I had “just let her do it, just let her do it” running over and over through my mind the whole time.

And second, sometimes a 4 year old has better ideas than you.  These petals were originally going to be raindrops, but Abi kept insisting that I was wrong and that they were most definitely flower petals. And the 3 extra petals I was going to toss because they didn’t fit in the flower?  Well, they’re obviously a butterfly.  What was I thinking? :)

So onto the project.  It’s super simple.  The hardest part is controlling the OCD. Trust me..

Rainbow Flower Steps

1 – Paint:

Get a large piece of paper (i just ripped some off the roll of art paper i bought at IKEA).  Next gather your paint and a sponge brush. Then just paint a square rainbow.

2 – Cut:

On the back side of the rainbow (after it had dried, of course)  I drew some raindrop shapes.  Then I handed over the little scissors to Abi and let her go to town.  After 2 or 3 she lost interest in doing it herself so she watched me finish it up.

3 – Glue:

Next just glue the now petals onto a piece of cardstock in a flower shape.  With the extras you can make all sorts of insect life.

4 – Hang:

Finally hang your masterpiece with moms special tape for the walls washi tape.  Make sure there is a post-it note with the artists name on it somewhere nearby.  Bonus points if it’s a hot pink post-it. :)

And done!  The easiest little project to welcome Spring that you ever will find.

Linked to: Skip to my Lou + JoJo & Eloise + Today’s Creative Blog + Lolly Jane

Fabric Easter Basket

I had grand plans this year to design and make a great little fabric Easter basket for Abi.  And then I realized something, my brain doesn’t work while I’m pregnant.  For some reason I just could not figure out the very little and simple math involved in sewing something with a round base. So, after many frustrating and failed attempts at designing my own I found a fantastic tutorial on line and went with that one.

Easy Fabric Easter Basket with eyelets

The pattern I used is from a guest post Owen’s Olivia did for a blog called Somewhat Simple.  If you’re not already familiar with and following those blogs, you totally should be. Go ahead and check them out.  Don’t worry, I can wait.

Are you back?  Great!

So, as I was saying, I got the pattern from Nancy’s guest post HERE.  I pretty much followed it exactly, but I did make one slight change.  Instead of using a canvas fabric for the interfacing I used a pellon ultra firm stabilizer.  I did that mostly because I already had it on hand :) and I felt that the extra structure would be great for a basket that might get some heavy use out there on the hunt.

Eyeleted Fabric Easter Basket

Isn’t it darling?! But once I had it all finished up and showed it to Abi she asked, “But where are the bows?”  because obviously all Easter baskets need bows.

She told me she wanted two bows, one on each side of the handle.  So I racked my brain for a while about the easiest way to add a couple simple bows when it hit me.  I have a perfectly good Crop-A-Dile that has been sitting waiting for a great little project.  Two little eyelets on each side of the handle would be perfect for stringing some ribbon through.

Eylets on Fabric Easte rbasket

So that’s just what I did.  If you’ve never used a Crop-A-Dile before let me show you really quick how I did it.  It looks intimidating at first, but it is really really simple.  I forgot to take in process pictures this go around, so here is the process demonstrated on some scrap fabric. And please excuse the Band-Aid.  For some reason my rotary cutter decided I didn’t really need a thumb anymore.

Fabric Easter Basket DIY

1 – Gather supplies: Crop-A-Dile, your project, and eyelets
2 – First use the correctly sized hole punch on the side of the Crop-A-Dile and punch holes.
3 – Next I found it easier to set the eyelet into the hole rather than onto the Crop-A-Dile.  It was much easier to get it in just the right spot that way.
4 – Use the Crop-A-Dile to set the eyelet into the hole.
5 & 6 – Make sure that the eyelet set correctly on the front and back.
7 (not pictured) – Step back and admire your handy work before tying the ribbon through the eyelets to make your daughters requested bows.

Fabric Easter Basket with eylets

That’s it!  And the best part?  the project only took me about 2 hours (with my prego brain slowing me down and everything) so you could easily whip one of these out before the festivities this weekend.

Remember that if you wan tot purchase your own Crop-A-Dile, or anything else from Lifestyle Crafts or We R Memory Keepers through shopwer.com for that matter, you can use my code for 20% off your purchase.

LSS Coupon Code

And be sure to let me know if you do make one!  I would love to check it out!

Disclosure: I am a member of the fabric team for LifeStyle Crafts/We R Memory Keepers. I receive products of my choosing in exchange for tutorials and projects shared on MissyDear.

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