Wednesday, January 11, 2012

Sensory fun!

On winter days when it's too cold to get outside I give the boys a sensory box to play with. Yesterday we had crazy cold winds, so I put together a construction sensory box for them.  I mixed decorative gravel with some old instant coffee I found in the cupboard. The result is the perfect construction site!

Don't be afraid of the mess!!  A little tip - I do the messy sensory activities on vacuum day.  That way  I am really motivated to get my vacuuming done ; ) 

Other things  I use often for sensory activities are rice, water, cotton balls, and beans/lentils. 


Tuesday, January 10, 2012

Earring Holder

Happy New Year! Hope you all had a wonderful Christmas!

This was my first project of 2012. I have been wanting to make this since I saw this idea on Pinterest months ago, but was waiting to find the perfect frame. This frame was above my stove ...until it fell and the glass broke all over the kitchen tile. Happy accident! It was perfect for my earring holder.

This was a quick project...I used my trusty glue gun to attach the strips of lace to the frame. I love it! I find that I wear my jewelry so much more if I can see it.

I am working on a couple tutorials...hope to have the first up this week!

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Monday, December 5, 2011

Easy Ottoman Cover - Take Two

I painted our living room a really light grey which meant new pillows and a new cover for the ottoman!

I found a great vinyl table cloth with the perfect grey print and decided to give it a try! I didn't have any problems with sewing the vinyl. It works perfectly for our living room....easy to wipe up our daily messes ; )

You can find my original ottoman tutorial HERE.

{ Amy }

Thursday, December 1, 2011

Our Advent Calendar

Here is the advent calendar I made last year (excuse the has been in a box all year!) Each pocket has an activity for the day. K loved it last year, it was the first thing he did every morning! The activites include crafts, baking, fun in the snow, and acts of service.

It was very easy to make...just a little time consuming. The pockets were cut out with pinking shears and sewn onto the triangular tree. I had planned on printing the numbers onto iron-on transfer paper, but ran out of time again this year. So paper numbers it is! (number printable was found HERE)

 I printed off THIS list of advent activities and added my own as well.

Elfie is very excited about the advent calendar too ; )

What do you do to celebrate advent? Do you have an advent calendar?


Tuesday, November 29, 2011

Bedding Makeover

I recently made some new pillows for our bedroom. It all started with this vintage yellow duvet I found at the thrift store. I am loving all things yellow lately!

To make these pillow covers, I layered two strips of ruffles and then sewed a strip of bias tape down the middle. I made this bias tape using my bias tape maker...making it single fold (so just putting it through and ironing once). If you want more instructions let me know and I can put together a little tutorial for you!

I also made some pillowcases for our body pillows out of a vintage sheet. I used the top of the sheet to include the pretty trim. I love how bright and sunny the bed looks now!

I have a couple more projects to finish and the room is done. I am working on some art to hang on one wall and need to find the perfect fabric to hang as a headboard. Isn't this a fantastic idea?!? An easy, inexpensive way to make a headboard... and a great way to showcase your favourite fabric!

Photo from British Homes & Gardens via Apartment 132

{ Amy }

Monday, November 28, 2011

Adventures in Jersey

I recently bought a used serger, circa late 1980's. She is a little beauty I call Janice (as in Janice Dickinson...was at her peak in the eighties but still kickin' it! Ha ha!) We are still getting to know each other, but getting along quite nicely so far. I love how fast it sews and how nicely it finishes seams...projets are getting finished much quicker!

I found some super soft & stretchy yellow Jersey on clearance and have been experimenting. I drafted a couple patterns and though they need a little tweaking, I love the results! The drape of this Jersey is beautiful.

I made this vest for my Sister-in-law's Birthday. I love how it drapes and the lace inset in the back. I think I will be making one for myself now! If I do make another, I will put together a tutorial.

My Sis-in-law happens to be a very talented artist! You can check out her art on Etsy at Sonneblomstudio and her inspirational blog HERE.

A little update on me...I am finally getting a LOT more sleep!  Hurray!  That means I will be posting a lot more now...stay tuned!


Thursday, October 20, 2011

Sewn Paper Book Cover {Tutorial}

I recently joined a Mom's Bible study group and wanted a new Bible cover for the occasion. I made this one out of 12x12 scrapbook paper. I have a collection of pretty scrapbook paper that I never use because I don't scrapbook. I just can't help myself when I see it in the many gorgeous patterns ; ) I figured I would put some of my pretty paper to good use!

2 -12x12 scrapbook papers (depending on the size if your book)
Sewing machine

First measure the height of your book + 1/2 inch and cut your papers. Next measure the width of the spine of the book you wish to cover.

You will overlap the two pages to the width of your spine and sew together from top to bottom. I used a zig zag stitch.

Now line it up with the spine and fold your paper over the front and back covers and crease. You will sew the fold down by sewing all along the top and bottom. When sewing, I stayed as close to the edge of the paper as I could.

I am now staring down my bookcase dreaming of it filled with pretty coordinating books ; )