Easy Gift Idea – Pizza Lover Tote

I think it’s a safe assumption that everyone has a pizza lover in their life.

I know I do!  My bae Heidi loves pizza more than any person in this world.  I asked her for her favorite pizza quote, and she provided me with, “Pizza is the only love triangle I want.”

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You could make this gift for ANYONE.  I would suggest snooping on their Pinterest boards for a quote or phrase they have pinned.

I’m joining up with my blog friends who are putting on a blog series called Dare to DIY.  Today’s theme is give handmade.  You can find more ideas over at Maybe Matilda.

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After Heidi told me her favorite pizza quote, I designed it on picmonkey and printed it off.

pizza love triangleI very carefully cut out the letters with an xacto knife to make a stencil.  I realized this would be MUCH EASIER if I had a cutting machine.  Hopefully there’s one in my future, but right now, I’m going old school.

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I centered the “stencil” on the tote, then taped it down.  I tried painters tape, but it wouldn’t stick to the bag.  So I used duct tape.  I taped down the middles of the letter for the stencil.

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I mixed acrylic paint with textile medium to make fabric paint.

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I used a stipple sponge brush to paint the tote bag.

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Unfortunately, the middle of the letters on “Love Triangle” lifted up, so those got filled all the way in.

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I free-handed a slice of pizza at the top of the tote.  In general, I was a little disappointed how the paint bled a little.  I was hoping for crisper lines.  But I guess I’m not surprised after using a piece of paper as a stencil.

I still think the bag is still pretty rad.  I think it works since the font I used already had a ‘handwritten quality’ about it, so the bleeds just kind of added to that.  I’m pretty excited to send it off and check something off my Christmas gift list!

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DIY Ho Ho Ho Throw Pillows

The older I get, the more I realize what an overly-sentimental and nostalgic person I am.  There’s a quote from The Office that goes, “I wish there was a way to tell you’re in the good old days before you’ve actually left them.”  And sometimes that’s how I feel.

Lately, I’ve really been missing Christmas at our old house.  I LOVE our new house, but it just doesn’t feel the same.  Our old house was naturally Christmasy, with the fireplace, candles, banister and tree in the front window.  Christmas last year was an extra special time for me too as I really got to focus on getting Evelyn here safe and sound.  Everything was a lot more meaningful.  I wrote a personal blog post on our family blog about it here if you’re interested in reading my feelings.

Anyway, I decided it was up to me to make an effort to bring more holiday cheer into our home.  So I decided to stretch my creative muscles and do a SEWING project.  FYI, I DON’T SEW.

Since I didn’t want to dabble in zippers, I decided to sew envelope/pocket pillows.  The pillow forms were 20″.

JoAnn had their red linen on sale for $4 a yard, so that was my fabric of choice.  I cut 3 21″x21″ pieces, and 6 21″x15″ pieces.

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Then I took my 6 smaller pieces and hemmed one of the 21″ sides.  I hemmed the width of the presser foot.

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Pinning the pieces together is pretty simple.  Remember to lay the pieces inside out, in the following fashion:

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Sew around all four edges.  Again, I did the width of the presser foot.

I wanted each pillow to say “ho,” so I made this template, and printed it off in an 8×10 size.

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I cut it out, and traced it onto my glittery gold iron on paper.

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Then it was just a matter of centering each ho and ironing it on (according to the iron instructions for whatever iron on paper you use).

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Then stuff those pillow covers and you got yourself some ho pillows!  They will no longer be known as “throw pillows.”  Just ho pillows!

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Are they perfect?  No.  Can I spot several mistakes?  Yes.  BUT, I love them.  They really do bring an element of happiness to our Christmas decor.  And, as a not-sewing-lady, I’m really proud of myself haha!

Also, a walking baby means the bottom third of the tree does not get decorated!

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And as much as I loved this Christmas…

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I’m really grateful that this is where we’re at now.

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I’m linking this project up with my friends doing dare to DIY over at Newly Woodwards.

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Evelyn Faye 4 Month Photo Project & Holidays

I’m pretty behind on posting about my latest projects.  I’m finishing up the last touches this week, and you’ll be able to feast your eyes soon enough.

Real life deadlines make it hard to keep up on posting on the blog and reading all of my friends’ blogs.  I PROMISE I’ll catch up soon.

In the mean time, I have a little post of sweetness to tide you over.

Yesterday was a Crowder-favorite, May The Fourth Be With You.  #Yod-Evelyn

May The Fourth Be With You Baby Picture

Today is one of my personal favorites.

Cinco De Mayo Baby Picture

 

And while I’m at it, it’s time to be sad at how fast my baby is growing.

Weekly Photo Project

 

Monthly Photo Project

 

I don’t think I showed you enough pictures of Evelyn Faye.  Dang it.

I’ll be back soon with real house updates.  I don’t think you’ll be disappointed. :)

 

Easters & Why I am Cam from Modern Family.

I didn’t realize that I started a tradition back on Valentine’s Day, followed by St. Patrick’s Day.  I’m only kicking myself for missing Christmas (at only 2 days old, how flipping cute would that have been?!  I die.) and New Year’s.

For Easter, I present to you, my little chickie.

Easter Baby Picture Ideas

(But imagine me presenting her like this)

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My friend, Valery was also having Easter mini sessions, so of course I was all over that.  You know… since I already had that outfit.

Baby Easter Pictures

I’m a little sad that the next major holiday isn’t until The Fourth of July.  I guess I’ll just have to get creative.

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Baby Easter Pictures

Baby Easter Pictures

Baby Easter Pictures

Baby Easter Pictures

She’s just such a beautiful child, I can’t help myself.

This is me.  I’m Cam.  Wait til you see my master project.

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And when Evelyn won’t let me dress her up anymore…

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Happy Easter, my friends.

We’re out adventuring in the trailer this weekend.  Can’t wait to show you her paint job when we get back!

St. Patrick’s Day Baby Pictures

It has happened.

I’ve turned into one of “those” moms.

Actually, Aaron says I’ve turned into Cam from Modern Family.

The plus side is, I don’t dress up the dogs for holidays anymore.

We’re just practicing for when Tyra has a cycle called “America’s Next Top Baby Model.”

Evelyn Faye has it in the bag.

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My little pot o’ gold.

St Patricks Day Baby Pictures

St Patricks Day Baby Pictures

St Patricks Day Baby Pictures

As good old Benjamin Franklin once said, “Diligence is the mother of good luck.”

If you follow on Instagram, you’ll know what my next post is about!

Rustic Stick Snowflake Wreath {& other Christmas Photos to Melt Your Heart}

DIY Stick Snowflake Wreath

Christmas has been pretty low-key around these parts.  I mean, I’m sure Evelyn is singing Jingle Bells at the top of her fetal lungs, but we have been so busy and wrapped up with getting ready.  This project was so fast, so easy, and most importantly FREE.

I walked around my back yard and gathered an armful of sticks, like a crafting  pioneer woman.  Except those poor ladies didn’t have hot glue.  How terribly unfortunate for them.  Nor did they have Netflix.  2 of the things I needed for this short little craft.

DIY Stick Snowflake Wreath

My good buddy Reggie suggested that I watch a documentary called Children Underground.  Sounded great.  Here’s the description:
“…a profoundly intimate and heart-wrenching drama about homeless children struggling for survival on the streets and in the subways of Bucharest, Romania”

A very eye-opening film, however, might I suggest not watching something that will make you cry whilst hot-gluing.  Because you will forget you have hot glue on your fingers… and you will wipe your eyes.  And then you will cry more, because HOT DANG, it burns.  But as suggested by Reggie: follow it up with this on Netflix to feel better.

Back to the wreath.  It was easy.  I drew out a snowflake on a piece of paper and laid out the sticks accordingly.  Some of them I broke or bent to make the shape.  Then I hot glued it, and wrapped the middle with some twine to hold it together extra good.

DIY Stick Snowflake Wreath

DIY Stick Snowflake Wreath

When I finished gluing the stick snowflake wreath together, I actually thought it looked REALLY dumb.  Kinda like an elementary school Christmas craft.  It was uneven and just kind of janky looking.  It didn’t look AS bad when I hung it from the light to take pictures, but on the front door I was like “K, this CANNOT stay.  GET OUT!”  But newsflash: It stayed.  And it has grown on me.  And when people come over, they like it.  So I guess it doesn’t suck as much as I thought.

DIY Stick Snowflake Wreath

I think one of the things throwing me off about the door, is that the wreath is right over the window.  I dunno, it just is “off.”

DIY Stick Snowflake Wreath

My very un-festive and small front porch.  One of these times I’ll paint the door, and put up a garland on the railing.  But not this time.  We’re just lucky to have a snowflake on the door this year.

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I finished it just in time to match the weather.

DIY Stick Snowflake Wreath

And since I’m so behind on blogging, I’m going to dump all our other Christmas photos into this post.  I don’t go crazy with holiday decor.  We put up a Christmas tree, a garland, and stockings.  But it’s enough to feel our home with Christmas cheer and warmth.

Easy Christmas Decor

Easy Christmas Decor

Easy Christmas Decor

Easy Christmas Decor

Easy Christmas Decor

Easy Christmas Decor

Thanksgiving Chalkboard Art

Thanksgiving Chalkboard Art

Happy Monday-of-a-short-week to you all (the best kind of Monday that exists)!  I’ve got some really great posts lined up for this week, but right now, I’m coming an you with this short little Thanksgiving Chalk-Art project.

I’m linking up with the Dare To DIY party at Primitive & Proper (one of my favorite blogs!).  A group of my favorite bloggers is hosting this series, and you should definitely join in.

If you’ve read my blog for awhile, you know that I am NOT a holiday decorator, outside of putting up a Christmas tree and stockings.  I have a really hard time spending money on seasonal crafts and such.  I don’t like storing them all year long.  It just feels cluttered to me.

The great thing about painting a chalkboard on my back door is that I can make holiday art all year long, and not spend money or have to deal with storage issues.

I found this free printable from A Night Owl Blog, and used it as a basic template for my door.  I changed a few fonts, for easy-sake.  I’m still trying to work on my typography skills.

Thanksgiving Chalkboard Typography

The goal is to fill the door with hearts and write all the things we’re thankful for.  I hope that we have hearts squishing everywhere by Thanksgiving.  On the top, on the sides, between banners… we have SO much to be grateful for.

I may have gotten carried away with drawing empty hearts to fill in, but it made me excited for our gratitude-project this week.

Ways to show gratitude at Thanksgiving

Thanksgiving Projects - Chalkboard

See you tomorrow with a BACK SPLASH!  Laterz.

Pumpkin Parade Feature

Y’all, I get so sad when parades are over.  Every time I’m at Disneyland and the last float in the parade passes by and the crowd starts to scatter, there’s a hole in my heart, because I’m always left wanting more.  I need more Mickey-in-sequins in my life.

I love how pumpkin crafts take over the blog-o-sphere this time of year, because really they are such inexpensive and fun crafts.  The possibilities of what you can do with a pumpkin are limited.

It’s only a matter of time until a blogger comes up with a way to fly a pumpkin to the moon.

One of my favorites from the parade was this pumpkin by Crab+Fish:

Fishnet Pumpkin

 

If you happened to miss the parade, don’t worry, you can go back in time and see all hundred pumpkin creations here.

But if it’s features you are interested in, check out these blogs for their faves.

Bliss at Home

Shift Ctrl Art

Primitive & Proper

Decor and the Dog

A Little Bite of Everything

Cuckoo4Design

Newly Woodwards

Boxy Colonial

A Swell Place to Dwell

WillsCasa

Go Haus Go

Woodland Pumpkins

Pumpkin Parade

Well, I guess I’m next up in line for the pumpkin parade.  I’ll be sure to throw some taffy at your face as I pass by.

The first pumpkin decision: real or fake.  What it comes down to is cost vs durability.  Do I want these to last more than one season or not?

JoAnn’s had their fake pumpkins 50% off, plus the coups I had for them.  So the cost wasn’t too bad.  I got all 3 for the price of 1.

Woodland Pumpkins

I decided to go with a “woodland” theme.  Maybe because we watch a little too much “What does the fox say” at our house.  (Is there even such a thing as TOO MUCH?!)

I just spray painted the front of the pumpkins only, because once I got the design taped on, I was going to spray them a difference color.  For those of us not cool enough to have a Cricut or Silhouette cutting machine, we do the hoodrat thing and cut some FrogTape into a pattern.  Yeah?

Woodland Pumpkins

Then you spray paint it a different color of course.  There is no other way to be creative. ;)

Woodland Pumpkins

And then you peel the FrogTape off.  Except, it really screwed up the fox.  Which I was sad about.  I’m not sure why the tape peeled paint off the fox, but not the other 2.  I was really excited about that fox.  I thought the feather would look the worst and the fox would be the king.  But turns out I was way off with my hypothesis.  Like that time I thought 1/3 cup siracha would be yummy to cook chicken in.

Woodland Pumpkins

And the last step is to put them somewhere you can see them.  I, predictably, put them on the hearth.  Because that’s what fireplaces are for.  Seasonal decorating.  The thing I suck the most at… as you can see by my staging a crooked tower of woodland creature pumpkins.

Woodland Pumpkins

Remember, the Pumpkin Parade Link Party is tomorrow!  And I WANT to see all your pumpkin crafts.  So please please come back.  And be sure to check out all these rad-action blogs for their wicked pumpkin designs.

Shift Ctrl Art
Primitive & Proper
Decor and the Dog
A Little Bite of Everything
A Swell Place to Dwell
Newly Woodwards
Boxy Colonial
Wills Casa
Cuckoo4Design
Bliss at Home
Go Haus Go