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I have a couple different obsessions going on in my life right now. One of which is backing up my photos five different ways (no lie), and the other is strategizing how I’m going to decorate my new house. Aka studying Pinterest.

The builders finally broke ground on our new place, and we’re hopeful we’ll move in in October, or if the get behind, at least before the end of the year. Meanwhile, I’ve been trying to rid my house of things we don’t need,  slowly make a plan, and collect things to make our new house a home. I’m no home renovator, and thankfully, with a brand new place, we shouldn’t need much of that, but I am up for some DIY decorating ideas.

Decorating with printable crafts

Right now I’m getting a kick out of decorating with printable crafts. Especially photo crafts. I can be kind of a photo snob when it comes to large prints, or pictures I want to display, but for smaller snapshots, or things that won’t be displayed in prime locations, I’m ok with experimenting with home or cheap prints.

The nice thing is for the first time ever, I actually have a nice home printer that I can print my own crafts from. I love cute little inspirational quotes in frames, or printables for specific rooms. Here are some ideas I want to give a try:

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Maybe for a hallway. photo+collage-19blogVia

For my craft corner. Via

And these are so darn cheap and simple, I don’t know why I can’t sprinkle them around the house: wood-and-ribbon-photo-craftVia

As you may remember I was sent two HP products to try out last month, these are really proving to come in handy as I make wall decor plans. Recently I was able to print on-the-go using my HP ENVY120 e-All-in-One printer to make Lil’ J’s banner for her birthday party.

As always, I was running behind on preparing for her party, but I did pull it together in a week vs a day like last year. I bought the PDF pattern on Etsy via my phone, and used ePrint to have it printed and waiting for me on my printer at home. I could have sent them to a lab but I was really curious to test the quality of the printer and it came out very nice! I accidentally tested the double-sided printing feature as well, which could prove convenient for something I make in the future.

hp envy 120 e all in one printer I cut out the triangles, hole punched the ends, then strung twine through all of them, to make the Rapunzel-inspired banner. On her birthday I hung it up outside her room so she saw it when she woke up and knew exactly what it was. It was a hit at her party too!

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Cute right?

There are lots of other little crafts I want to do with her, or around the house, and I feel like a world of options are opened now that I have a decent printer/scanner. And I don’t know about you, but considering all it does, I was surprised by it’s $249 price tag.

Now I’m going to get to work on at least one of these projects, hopefully two, find a way to make them easier, and share a tutorial soon. Stay tuned because in that post I’ll also include a giveaway for an HP ENVY x2, and HP ENVY 120 All-in-One Printer, and a Snapfish Giftcard! I received those same products as a part of participating in this campaign on behalf of HP.

Are you ready for this Cardigan Onesie Tutorial? Before I knew if Big T was a boy I browsed Pinterest for style ideas for little baby boys. I love boutique-style clothing for my daughter and I wanted my son to be able to look just as adorable in snazzy clothing.

I came across this tutorial to make a cardigan onesie. And while they are SO adorable, the directions made me a little anxious. Mostly the part of dealing with knit fabrics, all the buttons holes and whatnot. I figured there must be a simpler way to get the same look and that’s what I set out to do. I am not the craftiest person in the world, and I like to make things as easy as possible.

Cardigan Onesie Tutorial: An easy DIY to make your own cardigan onesie for just $2. This tutorial is so easy, you'll be impressed.

Not only did I figure out a fool-proof way to get the job done, and make a cardigan-style onesie that goes on line a regular onesie–Over the head so you don’t have to mess with all those extra buttons. And the best part is it only cost a whopping $2 to make this thing–If you shop like I do. Sure beats the price tags you’ll find searching Etsy for similar styles.

How to make a onesie cardigan for $2. A super easy tutorial. Seriously, it's like sewing for dummies. Perfect baby shower gift.

I went to one of our local children’s resale shop–Once Upon a Child. They have TONS of onesies, only $1 each. I picked up as many cute styles as I could find, mostly aiming for the striped or bright solid colors. I also went with mostly short-sleeved styles for now because come on, Texas is freggin HOT.

Cardigan Onesie Tutorial: An easy DIY to make your own cardigan onesie for just $2. This tutorial is so easy, you'll be impressed.

Then, instead of messing with cutting and attaching stretchy knit fabric, I decided to use bias tape. I found some from this Etsy shop. She let me split up the colors and yardage, so I got 1 yard each of 11 different colors for $11.

I already had buttons and thread, plus scrap fabric for the bow ties, and I was good to go. Want to make your own? I’ll walk you through it.How to make a onesie cardigan for $2. A super easy tutorial. Seriously, it's like sewing for dummies. Perfect baby shower gift.

How to make a onesie cardigan for $2. A super easy tutorial. Seriously, it's like sewing for dummies. Perfect baby shower gift.

How to make a onesie cardigan for $2. A super easy tutorial. Seriously, it's like sewing for dummies. Perfect baby shower gift.

First, here’s what you’ll need:

How to make a onesie cardigan for $2. A super easy tutorial. Seriously, it's like sewing for dummies. Perfect baby shower gift.
Onesie
Scissors
Pins
1yd Bias tape–I like the double fold 1/2 inch tape
Coordinating thread
And a sewing machine to attach the bias tape
Buttons

Step 1 (pictured below)
Create a point at the center of the onesie, parallel to the under-arm area of the sleeve. That’s going to be the point of the v-neck. Using a straight-edge, draw the lines of the V up to the shoulders. Then draw a line down the center of the onesie.

How to make a onesie cardigan for $2. A super easy tutorial. Seriously, it's like sewing for dummies. Perfect baby shower gift.

Cardigan Onesie Tutorial: An easy DIY to make your own cardigan onesie for just $2. This tutorial is so easy, you'll be impressed.

How to make a onesie cardigan for $2. A super easy tutorial. Seriously, it's like sewing for dummies. Perfect baby shower gift.

Step 2 (pictured below)
Cut along your lines. Then cut the onesie trim around the collar area.

How to make a onesie cardigan for $2. A super easy tutorial. Seriously, it's like sewing for dummies. Perfect baby shower gift.

Cardigan Onesie Tutorial: An easy DIY to make your own cardigan onesie for just $2. This tutorial is so easy, you'll be impressed.

Cardigan Onesie Tutorial: An easy DIY to make your own cardigan onesie for just $2. This tutorial is so easy, you'll be impressed.

Step 3 (pictured below)
Open your bias tape and slide the cut edge of the onesie inside to the center fold of the tape. Pin. Note: You don’t need to go completely around the onesie with the bias tape because we’ll overlap where the V connects.

Cardigan Onesie Tutorial: An easy DIY to make your own cardigan onesie for just $2. This tutorial is so easy, you'll be impressed.

Cardigan Onesie Tutorial: An easy DIY to make your own cardigan onesie for just $2. This tutorial is so easy, you'll be impressed.

Cardigan Onesie Tutorial: An easy DIY to make your own cardigan onesie for just $2. This tutorial is so easy, you'll be impressed.

Step 4 (pictured below)
Sew the bias tape onto the onesie. I stitch all the way around to connect it, starting at the bottom. Then when I get to the opposite side of the straight line, I top stitch the other side of the bias tape, closing the onesie again.

Cardigan Onesie Tutorial: An easy DIY to make your own cardigan onesie for just $2. This tutorial is so easy, you'll be impressed.

Step 5 (pictured below)
Add buttons. You can do this carefully using a hot glue gun, or stitch them on with needle and thread.

Cardigan Onesie Tutorial: An easy DIY to make your own cardigan onesie for just $2. This tutorial is so easy, you'll be impressed.

Step 6
Spice it up with a coordinating onesie and/or bow tie (super easy tutorial for those coming soon!)

How to make a onesie cardigan for $2. A super easy tutorial. Seriously, it's like sewing for dummies. Perfect baby shower gift.

How to make a onesie cardigan for $2. A super easy tutorial. Seriously, it's like sewing for dummies. Perfect baby shower gift.
Using different colors and embellishments could totally girlie it up, but my girl is too big for onesies now so these are all for my little guy.

Like the tutorial? Have any questions? Leave them in the comments section. And please share with your friends!

I have a friend who is always making her own wreaths and I decided to give it a whirl myself using tulle since the stuff is coming out of my ears thanks to my short-lived DIY tutu obsession. I’ve never personally seen anyone make a wreath this way, most of the tutorials I see for making your own wreaths are made with yarn or I don’t know what, but stuff I figure would take too long. I wanted to make a 4th of July wreath for our front door.

So I decided to make this Wreath using Tulle that I already had.

This is so easy I literally made it while sitting on my bed with Lil’ J and she was watching one episode of Sesame Street. So don’t judge the tutorial pics.

Materials:
1 roll of 25 yard X 6in red tulle
1 roll of 25 yard X 6in blue tulle
1 roll of 25 yard X 6in white tulle
Hay-wreath (I got mine for $4 at Hobby Lobby)
White felt or card board
Glue

Don’t take the plastic off the wreath. You’ll be tempted but trust me, don’t do it. It sheds and takes forever to clean up and it can get between the tulle and look not as pretty. So just keep the plastic on.

Step 1: Wrap the blue tulle around 1/4 of the wreath. Just start wrapping and keep wrapping until it looks like a nice solid blue and to your taste of fullness. When you’ve reached the desired look, cut the tulle from the roll and tuck the loose end into the tulle that’s already wrapped up.

Step 2: Wrap a strip of red tulle next to the blue and let it cover about 6in of the wreath or about 1/8th the total size. A trick I used to go faster and use less tulle is twist the roll of tulle around once as it goes around the wreath, it makes it fill up faster and make the color less sheer. When you’ve reached the desired look, cut the tulle from the roll and tuck the loose end into the tulle that’s already wrapped up.

Step 3: Wrap a strip of white tulle the same way as the red. Alternate the colors going around the wreath until it’s full.

Step 4: Trace and cut out stars, then glue them on the blue section on the wreath.

TADA!

Cute no? … I’m not gonna lie, I’m pretty impressed myself.

I saw the cutest image on Pinterest of these hanging wall shelves. I followed the link and found pictures of an adorable little girls room, but no tutorial for these cute hanging shelves, but it looked simple enough so I decided to try it myself.

Source: Bees Knees Bungalow via Order in the Court! -Organization on Pinterest

My first idea was to use fabric like in the picture, but after a long week of work I was too lazy to cut and sew a bunch of fabric so I decided I’d make it even easier–A four-step process on how to make easy hanging shelves for kids room that’ll get you some cute shelves for less than $5.

How to Make Easy Hanging Wall Shelves

I like it because it’s a quick and easy way to decorate a wall and hang stuffed animals and other light things we might want on display. I’ve never been good at hanging real shelves on the wall, with all the extra mounts and screws needed, big gaping holes my husband hates, so this works great! And they look like fun little swings for your stuffed animals.

All you need is some wood planks, ribbon (or fabric), and D-rings.

I got about 1.5in D-rings (you can get these at craft stores or online for way cheaper, I got brass as Home Depot which ended up costing a bit more-Like $1.50) and used 1.5 in wide grosgrain ribbon, and since I have SO much tulle I’m trying to utilize, I used some of it for these shelves. I started to buy paint to paint some 2x4s for planks but then found some 1x4in-ish primed wood that was 8ft tall in the trimmings (like baseboard area) section of Home Depot (is it just me or is everyone here SO helpful?!). I had it cut into four 2-foot planks. That was $6. So I didn’t need to paint it (I may add some fun color to the sides later with my craft paint).

So once you have all of your supplies here’s what you do:

1. Cut your ribbon/fabric. I did mine about 35in long, because once it’s folded in half, and the board is placed inside, it’ll hang about 15in.

2. With right sides of the fabric/ribbon together, sew a straight stitch across. For safe measure I went back and forth a few times.

3. Place the D-Ring upside down, between the two halfs of fabric/ribbon and sew another stitch across just below the first line of stitches, sandwiching the D-Ring between them. Go slow, if your needle pounds the ring it’ll break. One of my needles fell victim to the D-Ring.

4. Turn the ring and fabric/ribbon right side out, repeat process with another strip, hang with some little nails or hooks, add wood plank and enjoy!

TADA!


What do ya think? They aren’t perfect, but they’re good enough, and that’s my style when it comes to crafting.

Please excuse my horrible photos. It was bedtime, so no sunlight, and harsh lamp lights. I’ll try to take better ones for examples today.

If you made something this week (or any week) and blogged about it I’d love to see. Let us know in the comments so we can check it out!

Finally got the craft bug again. Moving took it all out of me, but a huge blank wall in Lil’ J’s room was driving me nuts and I had to do something about it.

Something else I needed help with? My bow addiction. I’ve realized I have a bow hoarding problem. It’s ridiculously hard for me to get rid of any bows because right before I do I think “but it’ll go great with X-outfit” or “I can make a skirt to go with this.”And I hang on to it. Unless I’m giving them away to friends, I can’t bring myself to toss them out or even donate them yet.

I’ve already made a headband tree, used oatmeal cans to make more headband holders, and a picture frame to hold some clippies, but we still have more that need a home.

Thanks to Pinterest, I found another bow organizing tutorial that would also fill the annoyingly blank wall, and give a solution for her growing bow collection.

So I’ve seen ribbon bow holders. Simple strips of ribbon hanging from a doorknob or such, that you can clip your bows to. I found a genius tutorial that took it a step further and made the strip into kite tails and the bows clip to the tail.

With the amount of bows she has, and the amount of wall space, I decided to make four kites with long kite tails to string across her room.

Here’s how made this cute Kite Hair Bow Organizer.


I used: Hot glue, scrap fabric, wire hangers, coordinating ribbon.

Step 1: Bend the wire pulling the bottom part of the hangar down so it becomes shaped more like a triangle. Straighten out the hook too (I kept mine slightly curvy since I wanted to look like it was flying across the wall.)

At this point, Lil’ J already knew they were going to be kites. She ran around yelling “Kites! My kites!” After wrangling her I moved to step 2.

Step 2: Cut the scrap fabric to be about 1/2-1″ wider than the kite shape.

Step 3: Hot glue the fabric to the wire one half of the kite at a time. Pull it tight as you glue the second side down.

Step 4: Cut and glue ribbon strips 1″ longer than the length and width of the kite and glue them around the back side of the kite.

Step 5: Cut the ribbon for the kite tails/ bow holder and tie a knot with extra slack at the base of the kite, then glue the ribbon on each side of the hanger hook.

DIY Kite hair bow holder

Hang on the wall and enjoy! What do ya think? Link up, I’d love to see what you’ve been makin’!

What I'm Making Monday

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I’m getting into the groove of making dresses now. This was the first time I put a dress based on a pattern together without reading the directions on the pattern. Following the Playdate Peasant Dress pattern. I’ve used before. Ok, maybe I glanced at it a little. But the point is, I’m getting into a groove.

A reader asked me if I’m sad that she’ll only get to wear her seasonal dresses a time or two. I am a little sad looking at all of her Christmas dresses and outfits, and Halloween outfits I have piled to the side, but I made most of them big so she can wear them next year, or at least as a top next year.

The reason I’ve only been making holiday outfits so far is because I knew the only way I’d actually sew these things is if I have a deadline. And a holiday is a great sewing deadline. Seasonal fabric is usually on sale too… At least at Hancock it is. About 40-70% off. It’s hit or miss at Hobby Lobby, which is where I got the fabric for this dress.

Now that I’ve made it through three, almost four holidays I’m getting the hang of this.

I bought a ruffler foot and a rolled-hem foot for my new machine and it’s helping so much with these dresses. No more ironing and pinning the tiny hems. Yay!

I wanted to make a cute Vanentines Toddler Dress so this was a perfect chance to use my new ruffler and it is so cool, and I’ve learned how to use it (thanks YouTube!) but I’m having a hard time gauging how ruffly to make the ruffles so they fit perfectly on the bottom of the dress. If anyone knows how to do this without guess and check let me know!

Oh, and I got the hang of shirring with this dress! It’s gathered at the center of the sleeves and in the middle of the dress.

I didn’t make the bows, she got these over the top Valentines pieces from Izzy Diane’s Boutique and modeled them with the dress for us.

So now that I have this pattern down I want to experiment with other patterns I have, and learn how to follow a tissue paper pattern. They are much less expensive than the Etsy ones and there’s much more variety. My friend Jennie is going to teach me (same friend who helped me with my first ever dress for her in October!). I know some people are good at following tutorials, and I prefer that if they’re easy enough but if there’s too much math involved (ie: take a third of your child’s weight size, and measure to the knee, then divide that by 1.5…) I get lost. So I prefer to use actual numbers that have been figured out for the specific size I’m making (18 months, 2T… etc).

Many of you have written and said my craftiness is motivating you to give it a try. Let me tell you, if you’re thinking about it… GO FOR IT! If I can do it, anyone can. Seriously. There’s few things more exciting than having someone rave about the outfit your kid is wearing and complimenting your work. And I think there’s something to be said for learning skills we can pass down to out children. Home economics has all from disappeared!

Not to brag or anything but I made the leg warmers too.

As I find easy tutorials and free patterns to attempt I’ll try to keep bringing them to you. If you’re looking for a dress pattern to try that’s not to hard, the one I have linked above in this post (ok here it is again) is a great place to start, and the price was right for me. There are pattern pieces you print out, tape together, then cut around to make your dress pieces, and lots of step-by-step photo directions to follow until you get the hang of it and don’t need the directions at all!

Oh, and side note, I made the leg warmers too… Super easy! I got a two pack of women’s’ Valentines knee-socks at Walmart for $3, cut off the feet, rolled the ends (didn’t even sew them), and TADA! Takes seconds. See… You can do that!

 

So I hope this was a little bit of eye-candy for today, and a bit of a pep-talk for some sitting on the sidelines waiting for the push to jump into the Domestic Diva game.

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What I'm Making Monday

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No, not her first pair of pants EVER. But the first pair of pants I’ve ever made her.

My friend Taylor, aka Alt Mama, and I have a deal. I’m going to help her learn to sew, and she’s going to teach me how to cook. To be honest I’m sorta felt like a blind man leading the blind with the sewing part, but I at least know how to read toddler patterns now, and how to find videos on YouTube to get us along.

Taylor was a super fast learner. So while I was putting along at my grandma speed of sewing, she was putting the pedal to the metal and flying through the stitching. And on my old machine by the way! I got this new baby for Christmas and she took my old one off my hands.

I had never made Lil’ J pants before, so when we found this pattern for toddler pants, I didn’t realize how small the butt area was. I guess the creator’s baby has a teeny booty and since my daughter not only has my fabulous booty jeans, but she also wears cloth diapers, so these ended up being a bit snug, and sort of hip-huggers for her… Er, where her hips would be if she had some.

Taylor wanted to make reversible pants and she had two of the cutest fabrics picked out for them. I decided I’d use some of my fabric stash to make Lil’ J some too, so I grabbed some purple and pink polkadot and headed over to her place with our machines.

Now had she asked me to make a toddler dress I could have nailed the instructions no problem. But I had never even seen a pants pattern before, much less reversible. So this was a bit tricky for me at first. But after watching this youtube video about thirty times I realized what I needed to do to get the pants part down, then making them reversible was pretty much a sinch.

I love the purple side with the pink polkadots sticking out on the cuffs. I haven’t been daring enough to try them facing the other way yet, although if anyone can pull off pink polkadot pants it’s gotta be her.

Next time I want to add big ruffles to the bottom and make them bell bottoms. Pants aren’t such a bad idea for winter time. My husband thinks this, and her Adidas run suit grandma and grandpa got her for Christmas are the best outfits ever. So I may need to start adding more pants patterns to my collection soon.

 Whatcha think?

I’m up way too late but here’s a preview of a tutorial I’ll post later today for an easy t-shirt dress. I’m making a bunch for Lil’ J to wear this month, along with other cute dress styles, but since these are quicker I started with these.

They cost less than $9 to make and they’re super cute!

I’ll also tell you a great shop you can buy these from, or get a pattern for a more elaborate style.

For now, I leave you with my crappy iphone photos of my girl’s new dresses.

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