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.
First, let me list the simple supplies for you:
(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
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.
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.
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.
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:
North Pole Journaling cards- includes 100 double sided journaling cards
Sheet Protectors- Includes 10 sheets
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.
Well, winter finally rolled into our part of the woods over the next few days. It is most definitely not the winter that I experienced growing up. No endless hours of softly falling snow accumulating in giant fluffy snow banks. Here it’s not all that impressive. But I do have to say, at least we got something to reward us for the cold. My least favorite thing is when it’s frigid outside, but there’s not snow around. So in honor of our 1-3 inches here is a cute simple, out and about outfit for running errands in the winter. And bonus: nothing is over $50!!
So I have a pretty nice gig at my church. I get to work with the Activity Days Girls. They’re all the girls in the congregation ages 8-11. On the first and third Tuesday of every month we get together and play, usually doing a craft or learning a new talent. Well, last night we decided to make some ornaments. I had a bunch of supplies leftover from some Nativity ornaments I made as neighbor gifts a few years ago so we decided to give those a try. And they’re so simple it was perfect for the girls.
It was a total blast. I planned to take some pictures of the ornament making process but since it was late and we were in a pretty dark room none of the pictures turned out very well. So I decided to take some better pictures this morning.
These ornaments are so easy to put together. It’s pretty self explanatory, but I’ll share the steps anyway. First you need to gather the supplies:
(I got all these supplies – other than the glue gun and twine – in the wood craft isle at the craft store)
Mushroom top (what are those things really called?)
Balsa wood strip (I bought the $.99 cent one at Joann and cut it into 1.5 in strips)
Ribbon or twine
Now it’s just a simple 4 step process:
1 – Glue the 2 clothespins together.
2 – Glue the pair of clothespins to the star.
3 – Glue the mushroom top to the balsa wood.
4 – Glue the balsa wood to the pair of clothespins.
And done! Well, I guess there is one more step. You should probably glue the ribbon/twine to the back if you plan on actually using it as an ornament :).
The girls loved putting them together and getting to use the glue guns on their own (under close supervision, don’t worry). Since it was so quick and easy we had a little time at the end to decorate some gingerbread houses. That inevitably lead to squeezing frosting directly into their mouths and sneaking the candy to eat rather than decorate. So all in all I’d say it was a pretty fantastic night.
Before we moved from Massachusetts I wanted to get our family pictures taken and I wanted them to be very “New England” looking. So we got together with our good friends the Berry’s of Berryphoto’s and headed to the beach.
But before you can get your pictures taken you have to plan out the outfits first, right? Well I knew I wanted a Maxi skirt and I have the perfect fabric in mind. This great Ikat-y chevron jersey knit that I picked up from Mood while I was in NYC for our anniversary.
This would be my first time making a maxi skirt, but I wasn’t too worried. The tutorials I found online didn’t seem too difficult. I didn’t take any “in process” photos, but I used the tutorial HERE from Mad Mim and it worked out totally great! And I love that I didn’t need to hem the bottom. Jersey knit is the best
But what to do for Abi and Brad? One day while walking through H&M I spotted a great little white dress for about $5. It was just what I needed. So I took it home and promptly decided that I didn’t like it white. It had to be dyed. I ran to the store and picked up orange, navy and red dyes. When I was home I laid them out to see which one I would like the best. Finally I settled on the orange, just because I thought it was fun. And boy was I glad I did. it was the exact color orange as in the skirt.
As for Brad, he refused to wear that bright red color so I found him a great navy button up and white & blue plaid shorts at TJMax. All in all I think they all work well together. What do you think?
A few weeks ago, when I realized that my sewing machine was going to be in storage for maybe close to a month, I got a little bee in my bonnet. I made 2 skirts, a dress for Abi, a few pillows and a key chain. Here are two of the little projects I made.
I got this pillow panel from Purl Soho while I was in New York. Isn’t it so darling? It’s a print on a tea towel by British designer Sarah Young. She also has 5 other prints (all equally awesome). This one is Clarence the lion. He’s very dashing don’t you think?
After I saw how great this little guy turned out I decided to finally cut into some of the delicious leather I picked up from Mood. I was so nervous about it. I didn’t want to waste even a tiny little scrape of it.
I have needed a new key chain for a few months. I’ve had the same big, hot pink letter M for the past 10ish years and it was starting to get a little rough around the edges. So I cut out a rectangle about an inch wide and 7ish inches wide, grabbed some fantastic orange chambray ribbon (from Purl Soho – really wish I had bought more) and decided to try out one of the decorative stitches on my machine.
One row of stitching down the center, another to stitch the strip into a loop around the key ring and we’re good as gold. I’m a fan, are you?
You may have noticed from my last few fashion Fridays that I’m a fan of simple outfits. A t-shirt and jeans, sandals and maybe a necklace or bracelet and earrings. So here’s one that I would love to have in my closet. I love that the stripes are wiggly. They kind of look like a bunch of circles right next to each other.