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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

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. :)


DIY Felt Circle Bunting Tutorial // Giveaway {closed}

Felt Circle Bunting DIY tutorial

I have always wanted to make a little bunting made of felt circles for Abi’s room.  The only thing standing in my way is the fact that I would need to speed FOREVER cutting out a billion little circles.  No thanks.

But just recently WeR Memory Keepers released a new line of cutting dies.  They’re called Punch Dies and they are awesome.  Instead of it being one circle cut out at once, it’s multiples with a single run through the die cutter.  In the case of these circles I could get 7 large circle and 10 small ones in a single pass.

Life.  Changer.

So here is the (now) quick and easy project.

Felt circle bunting supplies

First you need to gather your supplies:

Evolution (or any die cut machine you have access to)
Felt in desired colors (my fellow Lifestyle Studio team member, Benzie Design, has some great wool blend in fantastic color ways that I highly recommend – that’s where I got mine)
Circle Punch Die
Sewing Machine

Felt circle bunting cut strips

The first step you’ll need to do is cut your felt sheets into strips.  I found that a 3 inch wide strip was perfect.  With the size of sheet I was using I was able to get three strips of each color.  However, I only ended up using 2 of each and that gave me a TON of circles.

felt circle bunting cut layers

Now just sandwich the stuff up on the cutting platform.  I did the Genius platform, the circle punch die, the felt then cutting mat ‘A’.  I’ve also heard that if you put a cardboard shim between the platform and the die you can get a cleaner cut.  I think I’m going to try that next time.

Then just run them through the machine.

felt bunting cut circles

Viola!  Now you should have TON of little circles that look so cute all stacked up that you’ll have a hard time actually using them.

felt circle bunting placement

Now you just need to decide on a length and the placement order of the circles.  Using two of those felt strips of each color I was able to get enough circle to make 6 buntings; 4 were every other large and small, and 2 were one large then 4 small.  

As for color order I decided to do my first one in the ombre effect and liked it so much I just did that for all of them.

Felt circle bunting feeding

Next just feed them through your machine.  I decided to leave a little bit of stitching (about an half inch) between each circle so that it would get some twisty movement when hung.

felt circle bunting sewing

I loved watching my little pile of colorful happiness appear out the back of my sewing machine.

Felt circle bunting

All that’s left now is to hang them up and admire your handy work!

And thanks so much to Made Shop in Cary, NC for letting me use their shop to take my finished product photos.  We’re moving into an apartment this weekend so there was no place of order for me to get good pictures.  If you’re ever in the area check them out (and let me know so we can hang out :) ).

And remember, you’re more than welcome to use my discount code for any purchases made through the WeR online shop.

LSS Coupon Code

Giveaway Closed

Punch dies winner

Now for the great part right?  The promised giveaway.  We R Memory Keepers and Lifestyle Crafts have made it a great one too. It’s retail value is $50 (!!) and includes:

giveaway prize

1 Circle Punch Die (same as the one used in the above project)
1 Pennant Punch Die

It’s so easy to win and there are options (cuz who doesn’t like options?) or do all  3 for more chances to win!

1 – Like We R Memory Keepers on Facebook and leave a comment letting me know.
2 - Like MissyDear on Facebook and leave a comment letting me know.
3 – Tweet about the giveaway and comment with a link to the tweet. Here’s a sample tweet you can use:
Awesome punch dies giveaway from @weronthenet on @missy_dear this week! Makes multiple cuts so easy!

The giveaway will be open until March 12, 2013 at 10 pm eastern time and the winner will be announced on the 14th. So enter soon and let all your friends know to enter too!

If you’d rather just purchase the Circle or Pennant (or both!) Punch Dies and not try your luck remember to use the discount code MISSYDEAR for 20% off your purchase at

Crochet Baby Blanket

As I’ve mentioned before we just moved to North Carolina.  And for a few months we’re living with my sister while we look for a place that we like.

When we were about an hour from pulling up to their house with our big moving truck I sent her a text message that said, “We’re an hour away and I brought the best surprise to show you guys.  I think you’re going to like it.”

Then, an hour later, I walked into her house with my little prego belly and Sue started yelling and jumping up and down.  That was the first that she had heard for my pregnancy and I was 17 weeks along.

Crochet Baby Boy Blanket

We had told all our other family (except my dad who came out 2 days later. I told him then and he cried :) ) at Thanksgiving when I was about 14 weeks along.  We wanted to wait until the doctors took me off of “high risk” status before we let people know.  I waited the few weeks later to tell my dad and sister because they were the only family that we would see in person to share the news.  I wanted to see their reaction, not just hear it.

Well anyway, the point of that little story/tangent was to get to this.  My sister was so excited that the day after Christmas we went out to the yarn store and bought some fabulous yarn for her to crochet a baby blanket for the little man.

Isn’t it gorgeous?  We decided to go with a very simple stitch in a very simple palette and pattern.  I am in love with it.

Crochet baby blanket

The colors we used are (all Kraemer Perfection Worsted Yarn):

Fluff – full skeen
April Shower – full skeen
Winter Lake – half skeen
Sand – full skeen
Winter lake – half skeen
April Shower – full skeen
Fluff – full skeen

and it’s a double crochet stitch with an H hook.

Crochet Blanket

The finished blanket is about 36in x 36in.  Perfect for a little stroller or cuddle blanket.

Activity Day Girls Quilt

We wanted to do a fun little something as a gift from all the girls in Activity Days for our Bishop this Christmas.  A little quilt seemed like a fun idea.

ADG Quilt

For an activity one night I cut out some muslin squares and passed out some fabric paint and markers to the girls and let them go to town. I took the quilt home, assembled it and quilted it then passed it off to one of the other leaders to bind it.  Since the quilt was pretty small (about 44 in square) I decided to quilt it with a one inch straight stitch.  I have always loved the look but never done it myself.  I thought it would be a breeze on such a little quilt. And though it was simple to do, it took FOREVER!  But I think it turned out nice :)

ADG Quilt3

ADG Quilt2

*Please excuse all the loose threads.  I took the pictures before I had cleaned them up :)


Simple Holiday Bow Bunting // Giveaway {closed}

Holiday Bow Bunting

Sometimes I’m a little bit of a Grinch around Christmas time.  It’s just all those decorations (gasp!).  It’s not that I have anything against the decorations parsay. In fact, I LOVE Christmas decorations and have a TON of them (just ask my husband. he’s had to move them cross country about 5 times and is never very happy about it :) ).  It’s more that I hate putting them up and then having to take them right back down.  You see, I refuse to decorate before Thanksgiving and for the last 6 or so years we’ve always gone to stay with family for the week of Christmas.  Which means I put everything up, get to look at it for about 14 days, go on vacation and look at other people’s decor, then come home and take mine all right back down.  It just seems like a lot of work for 14 days worth of enjoyment, is all I’m saying.

But this year is a little different.  I realized I didn’t need to get out EVERYTHING.  I could just get out a very few of my favorites (ie – the tree and family ornaments, our stockings and the reindeer my mom painted).  It was so liberating to have everything out and looking fantastic in under an hour!

Then I realized something.  It looked so…plain. But I didn’t want to go out to the garage and get everything else out.  So what did I do?  I opened up my fabric stash to see what I had on hand.  And this simple holiday bow bunting is what I came up with.

Bow Bunting

First, let me list the simple supplies for you:

Bow Bunting Supplies

Die cutting tool (I’m using my Lifestyle Crafts Evolution)
Knotty Pop Up Bow Cutting Dies
Scissors, Needle and Thread
Hot Glue Gun

(If you don’t have a die cutting tool you can use a pattern for a bow like this one from Oliver +S.)

First you roll, or cut out your bow pieces.  I had a piece of 72″ red felt that was about 8 inches wide and that gave me about 24 bows.

Next just assemble the bow with the hot glue and let the glue set for a bit. Then you’ll have a little pile of the cutest bows you ever did see :)

Bows for Bunting

Now all you have to do is string them together.  It is so easy.  Really, just thread your needle with a looong piece of thread then just sort of chain stitch them together.  But remember to leave a space between the bows (if you want, of course).  I also stitched a little knot on the back of each bow so gravity wouldn’t take over and move their position on the strand.

I used some red thread since that is what I had on hand, but now I wish I had used something with a little more width and stability because the bows like to turn and flip so the pretty “face” of the bow is rarely facing forward.  Maybe a wire ribbon with a little more width would have been better.  I’ll have to fix it for next year.

String bows for bunting

Once that’s done just go ahead and hang it up wherever you’d like!  I tried it on both my tree and on the TV surround.

Finished Holiday Bow Bunting

But now for what you’ve all been waiting for right?  The giveaway!  Well, We R Memory Keepers would like to gift to one of you lucky readers their North Pole Album Made Easy kit.

North Pole Album Made Easy Giveaway

I can’t wait to try my hand at these Albums Made Easy starting with the new year.  I’ve tried a few different scrapbooking styles throughout the years but I’ve never really stuck with it.  This way, though, seems like something I could jive with.  All I have to do is print the picture and stick it in a pocket with some cute little cards and it will still look fantastic?  Sign me up!

This giveaway includes:

1 Album
North Pole Journaling cards- includes 100 double sided journaling cards
Sheet Protectors- Includes 10 sheets

It’s so easy to win and there are options (cuz who doesn’t like options?) or do all  3 for more chances to win!

1 – Like We R Memory Keepers on Facebook and leave a comment letting me know.
2 - Like MissyDear on Facebook and leave a comment letting me know.
3 – Tweet about the giveaway and comment with a link to the tweet. Here’s a sample tweet you can use:
Awesome Album Made Easy giveaway from @weronthenet on MissyDear this week! Perfect gift for those scrappers out there

The giveaway will be open until Dec. 12, 2013 at 9 pm central time and the winner will be announced on the 14th. So enter soon and let all your friends know to enter too!

If you’d rather just purchase the We R Albums Made Easy and not try your luck (the Lifestyle Crafts Knotty die kit, or any other Lifestyle Crafts/WeRMemory Keepers products for that matter you can use the code MISSYDEAR and get 20% off your purchase anytime (that’s great if you’ve got any crafty people on your Christmas list this year :) ).

Disclosure: I am a studio member 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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