Love Grows Terrarium

Love Grows 8

I have never really decorated for Valentine’s Day before… maybe a candle here or there.  Now that Lucy is old enough to know what the holidays are I just love getting into the spirit of it all!

I started with the table centerpiece which happens to be one apothecary jar.  I know that sounds pretty meager, but I can’t have anything too big since I have students sitting there almost every night and they need to be able to see each other!

I don’t know how this idea came to be, but as soon as I thought of it I couldn’t wait to get it done.  All you need is:

* Moss
* Red felt
* Floral wire
* Wire cutters/floral scissors
* Fabric glue

You can get the moss at Hobby Lobby in the floral section.  I got a couple of different kinds to add depth and texture.  First, you want to cut your hearts out.  I did this old school-style.  I folded the felt in half and cut half of a heart on the crease.  Voila!

I doubled up the hearts so the “stem” could be glued into the middle.

Take the floral wire, fold in half and twist.  I did this in varying lengths.  Glue the two hearts together with the stem in the middle to make your “flowers”.

I stuck them in the moss that I had already put in the apothecary jar.  I LOVE how it turned out.  I have a little heart garden growing in my dining room.  Love grows, indeed!

More fun Valentine’s Day crafts to come!

I am linking to:

The Gunny Sack
Ginger Snap Crafts
Live, Laugh, Rowe


Lovely Men’s Tie Tutorial

Men's Tie 1

Arizona is a fairly casual state in that not many people wear a tie to work anymore.  I LOVE ties.  I think they are really one of the only accessories that men have (poor things).  With that said, I really wanted to make a tie for someone.  I started thinking and realized by brother-in-law wears one to work AND his birthday was coming up!

I perused some blogs for a little guidance and I found a great tie tutorial on Puking Pastilles.  The pattern and instructions were SUPER easy to follow.  I did make a few changes just because of the pattern on the fabric I chose.  Let me speak to that a minute… the tie is pretty bold.  My sister and her husband both did their residencies at UVA and the colors are orange and blue.  They are active alumni so I thought this fabric would be perfect.

After assembling the pattern, cut three pieces: one each for the front, back and lining (1).  I DID NOT cut on the bias because of the chevron pattern.

Next, iron the fusible fleece (medium weight) onto the lining (2).  Put right sides together and sew together the three different segments of the tie- the fat or front end, the middle and the skinny end (3).

Put the right sides together, sew together the ends of the tie.  Turn inside out and baste the raw edges together (4).  Fold the sides in together as shown in the tutorial on Puking Pastilles.  Hand stitch the back seam together (5).  You can add a piece of fabric or a little ribbon to the back side of the tie to hold the smaller end of the tie in place.  Then… voila!  You are done and it looks super dapper (6)!

Pink Cake Plate

Hi everyone!

You can find me today at pinkcakeplate. I was so fortunate to meet Laura at the Glitter Academy.  I went to this event all by my lonesome…. knowing not a soul!  I left with a few contacts and some new friends!

Rosette Pillow

Minky Rosette Pillow

Whenever I am at any of the craft stores I ALWAYS peruse the clearance section.  You honestly never know what you are going to find.  A couple of weeks ago, I found some Martha Stewart Mambo Yarn in the color Flamingo on clearance for around $2.  As with many of the crafting items I pick up on sale, I had no idea what I was going to do with it since I am not an avid knitter or crocheter (is that a word??).

I was down to only two pillows to make for Lucy’s playroom so I thought the yarn might be pretty as a rosette on a pillow.  I dove right in with no real plan (other than a rosette) in mind.

The first thing I did was make the rosette which took all of the yarn and some hot glue.  It took about 5 minutes total to glue together.

My next step was the pillow.  I had a 20 x 20 pillow insert from Ikea and I just happened to have a scrap piece of minky fabric that was 19 1/2 inches wide and about 6 feet long.  I cut the fabric to about 39 inches long.  I put the wrong sides together and sewed around the pillow with a 1/2 inch seam allowance.  I left a 6 inch opening to insert the pillow.

I made the rosette into an applique using the technique in my bunting post.  I turned the pillow right side out and ironed on the rosette.  I left a little lip on the edge of the rosette to insert and attach my leaves.

Mmmm.  How to make the leaves?  I had some green felt so I cut the corners off into two different sized triangles.

Below is the way in which I pinched the triangles together to form a leaf.  I pinched in on the long end so that one fold of fabric was on the inside facing my hand and two folds of fabric were outside facing me.  I folded the resulting ends towards me and then back again to form seven TOTAL folds.  Four will be facing you and three will be facing away from you.  It is easier to show you than to explain!

To hold the leaf together, I flattened the “stem” end and hand-stitched the folds together. I then cut the excess “stem” off as close to the stitches as I could so it would fit under the lip I left on the rosette.

I placed the leaves under the lip of the rosette and hand-stitched them on from the inside of the pillow case.  I placed a bit of fabric glue on the lip of the rosette and glued it to the leaves so they were secure from both sides.

I stuffed shoved the pillow insert through the hole I left open and then sewed the hole shut with my sewing machine with a teeny tiny seam allowance!

I have one happy customer who wanted to sleep with it as soon as I was done!


I am linking to:

Positively Splendid
Live, Laugh, Rowe
Gingersnap Crafts

Bean Bag Chair for Children

Bean Bags 11

Lucy’s playroom is ALMOST done!  I still have to make a magnetic chalkboard, window treatments and pillows for the reading loft.

I just finished these adorable bean bag chairs that fit perfectly beneath the reading loft.  I found a tutorial on Kathy Miller’s blog Making it Fun that I used as my guide:

Bean Bag Chair Tutorial

I did make a few changes… I will describe them with the assumption you have or will read the original tutorial.  I didn’t use an applique so I didn’t need that extra fabric or the fusible fleece.  In step one, the instructions say to fold the fabric in 8″, after first folding the fabric selvedge to selvedge.  The base of the pattern from this tutorial is wider than 8″ so I used the base of the pattern as my guide.

In step 3 (for both the inner and outer cover) I lined up the points of fabric at the top and bottom of the bean bag (the ends of the football if you will).  I sewed straight across making sure to sew just below where the seam stitching ended on either side.  If you do it this way, you can skip the applique step.

I think it looks great this way and you don’t have the extra work of the applique!

I left about an 8″ opening to fill the liner with the bean bag pellets.   I got the pellets on Amazon.  They came the day after I ordered them!  I will have to say that filling the bags is probably the most difficult part.  It is definitely a two person job!

Instead of hand stitching the opening closed, I used my sewing machine.  Can you tell I like to save time?!  I sewed as close to the edge of the fabric as I could.

The rest of Step 3 I followed exactly.

And you really don’t have to do Step 4 at all if you followed my instructions for sewing the top and bottom together.  This is what mine look like.  I love them and so does Lucy!

I made two more for my niece and nephew, but I made them a bit smaller.  I simply took 2 inches off of the pattern.  I used about 1/2 as much of the bean bag filling for the smaller bags.

I am linking to:

positively splendid
The Gunny Sack
Live, Laugh, Rowe


Playroom Bunting

Bunting Reveal

I have finally gotten my groove back when it comes to Lucy’s playroom.  Actually, to the point where I am up at 4 am each morning thinking of what projects I can conquer that day.  I had not planned on making a bunting, but I thought it would be a cute touch.

I chose the fabric for her playroom very carefully.  I didn’t want anything too trendy or too childish.  So, that meant no owls, chevrons, princesses, etc.  Notice I didn’t say anything too girly!  I chose my fabrics from Fabricworm after having found this site through the Prudent Baby blog.

I also wanted to use burlap in the bunting as well as this adorable gingham bias tape I found at Wal Mart months ago.  I started by cutting the fabric, burlap and Wonder-Under fabric webbing into squares.  Since I was using the burlap for the backing, I cut those squares a bit bigger.

I then cut letters out from black felt.  I printed the letter templates from a website that I can’t remember the name of,  but if you Google “free alphabet stencils” you will have lots of options.

Next, I ironed the creases out the fabric and the burlap and then ironed the Wonder-Under onto the fabric.  Once those cooled down, I removed the backing (Wonder-Under) from the fabric and ironed the fabric to the burlap.  I glued the felt letters to the fabric with fabric glue.

The glue dried really quickly so I moved on to laying out my bunting.  I wanted to make sure it was properly spaced.   When it looked right, I pinned everything to the bias tape.

I was ready to sew everything together… very carefully!

I have to admit that I wanted to hang this over the reading loft, but it was too long.  It ended up over the books which is still super cute and when Lucy can read it will remind her that READING IS FUN!

I am linking to:

Positively Splendid
Tatertots & Jello
The Gunny Sack
Gingersnap Crafts
Live, Laugh, Rowe



Silhouette Ring

Ring- Final

I am so excited to share this project with you!  It came to be after a trip to Joann’s this morning.  I meant to only pick up a couple of things, but you know how it goes.  I hit the clearance area and came away with several cute items to be used in future projects (that list grows daily)!  Among them were a blank brass Ring Bling ring ($1.97) and some really cute Anna Griffin card stock ($2.97).  I typically wouldn’t by a blank ring, but my crafting instinct kicked in and it was SO cheap.  I knew I would come up with something… and I did!

On my way home, it hit me.  I would make a silhouette ring with Lucy’s silhouette.

For this simple project you will need:

Mod Podge Dimensional Magic

Blank ring

Card Stock

Copy Paper



X-acto knife

Black Ultra Fine Point Sharpie


Black Fine Tip Sharpie

Spray Adhesive

I already had a silhouette of Lucy that I used to make an applique for a pillow.  If you don’t have one, just get a profile shot of your child and trace it on tracing paper.  I shrank the image on the copier at 50% three times.  So… I put the tracing paper in the copier, decreased the size to 50% of the original.  I took the resulting copy and decreased the size by 50% and so on.

Fill in the silhouette starting with the ultra fine point Sharpie on the outside line and finishing with the fine point Sharpie.

With an X-acto knife, cut the silhouette out.

For the background, use any card stock you would like!  I am on a yellow kick right now so that is what I used.  I used a compass to measure the inside portion of the ring where the card stock will lay and then I made a circle of that size on my paper.  I cut the circle out and trimmed it a little to get the fit exactly right.

I used spray adhesive to attach the silhouette to the card stock and the card stock to the ring.

This is the first time I have used Mod Podge Dimensional Magic.  The first thing I did was shake it and then read on the bottle not to shake it.  Oops.  There were bubbles as the label warned, but I learned very quickly that you can pop the bubbles with a straight pin OR they will stick to your finger tip if you are careful!  I set the ring in a ribbon spool to keep it steady while I filled it with Mod Podge.

Don’t worry!  It is supposed to be cloudy.  It clears up as it dries.  The instructions say to wait 3 hours, but I would wait 24 hours just in case.  The possibilities are endless for this project- it is only limited by your imagination!

I am linking to:

I Heart Nap Time

Loaf Pan Upcycle

Loaf Pan 3



I picked up a couple of these 16″ loaf pans at a vintage market… I don’t think they are vintage, but I thought they were cool.  I didn’t quite know what I was going to use them for, I just knew I liked them!

I have always wanted to do something simple in the windowsill over my kitchen sink, but nothing ever looked right to me.  I was washing dishes and the idea came to me to plant succulents (the only plant I can keep alive) in the loaf pan.

I liked it but I didn’t LOVE it.  I thought maybe a stencil might work so I pulled out my Martha Stewart Monogram Serif stencils and some black paint.

And now, I LOVE it!  I stenciled rather quickly because I was anxious to get it done.  Not perfect, but it has a little more character!

I am linking to:

My Uncommon Slice of Suburbia
Home Stories A2Z

Monday Link Parties

Happy Monday!  Today is Lucy’s first day of school and her first day of gymnastics!  I am hoping that makes for an early bedtime!

Also today, I am linking Easy Button Hair Elastics to the following:

Happy Monday!

Easy Covered Button Hair Elastics

I am back from my summer travels and diving back into crafting!  However, I can’t get motivated to finish the details of Lucy’s playroom.  Luckily, it hasn’t stopped her from playing in there!  What I need to do is make a list and just go item by item.  That will be the next post…

In the meantime, I am having fun with some other projects.  When I was in Montana, I saw these adorable covered button hair elastics in a children’s store, but they were $10 per pair.  No way.  I knew I could figure it out on my own.

I already had the naked buttons with the tools and I have a ton of fabric so I was on my way.

1. Gather your materials: fabric, cover buttons and tools and hair elastics.  I just love the brightly colored hair elastics.

2.-5. You will need a fabric circle twice the diameter of the button.  I like to center a part of the print over the button.  This one has one of the flowers from the print right in the center.  I have 4 and 5 out of out of order.  Whoops.  You will start with the white tool, then fabric, button top, button bottom and blue tool.

6. Start with the larger white plastic part with the deepest side facing up.  Center your fabric circle right side down over the circle.  Push the button cover right side down over the fabric.

7. Fold the fabric into the center and place the button bottom over the fabric making sure to keep the folded fabric completely underneath it.  Push the blue plastic part (deep side down) until you feel a little pop.  That is the bottom of the button fitting into the top of the button.

8. Stick a hair elastic through the button shank.

9. Loop one end of the hair elastic through the other and pull.

10.  Right side up and so pretty!

I am linking this to:

I Heart Nap Time