Sunday, December 15, 2013

Merry Christmas from our LEGO Loving Family!

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We've been snowed and iced in for the past week and going just a little stir crazy. I was feeling a little desperate for new ways to entertain Jace when I found the site where you can create your own LEGO Minifigure Family.

 

 

We had so much fun with it. You can customize up to 13 characters--people or pets--with different skin tones, facial expressions, hair styles or hats and clothes. Jace loved being able to try out all the different looks on the minifigure faces. We decided to go with a Christmas family with Nolan and me as Mr. and Mrs. Claus and the kids as elves. We also added in Jace's special stuffed kitty, our two cats and one dog.

 

 

Once you've created all your family members you can select the scene. There were quite a few options to choose from but we chose the classic family home. After you have it all set how you like it it's easy to either download your card or share it through major social networks. I was impressed by how easy it was to create--while my 3 year old obviously needed my help, elementary aged kids could have a lot of fun trying out all sorts of combinations of looks for the people.

 

LEGO Minifigure Family was a fun activity for us to do. If you have LEGO loving kids, I think they would love it as well!

 

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Wednesday, November 20, 2013

A Very Simple Top

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When I made the Back to School Top for Momma I also made an even simpler top. I photographed it too. And then the pictures just sat on my computer waiting for me to share them with you. So here we are, two months later! The fabric was originally used for a ruched maternity maxi dress but I thought it was too cute to not use again. So I cut up the dress.

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I used my FAVORITE shell pattern—I seriously go to this one any time I need to make a top easily without wanting to deal with self-drafting. I also used it for THIS, THIS, THIS, THIS, and THIS top.

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My goal this time was to actually follow the pattern. And I did, for option F, for the most part. I cut exactly as directed and gathered at the neckline. But instead of making a bias tape/trim for the neckline and arm holes, I just folded it over and used a double needle. It was a very simple top and makes for a great shell to wear under a cardigan.

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I had fun pairing it with a tan cardigan, white mini bubble necklace and red flats. This reminds me how much I like it and that I should wear it again…

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Monday, November 18, 2013

Entry Way, Chalk Paint Buffet & Front Door Privacy

Entry Way, Chalk Paint Buffet & Front Door Privacy

After our busy summer of lots of upgrades/refinishes to our downstairs (see all the posts HERE), it feels good to finally be putting the finishing touches on our space. While I painted our buffet at the end of June, and then we installed the floors at the beginning of July (and have yet to install new baseboards), the window coverings weren’t figured out and hung until a few weeks ago.

Entry Way, Chalk Paint Buffet & Front Door Privacy

I love having the windows around our front door for the great lighting and ability to see the neighborhood, but good privacy was pretty lacking. The previous owners of our house installed mini blinds, but unless we had them raised our dog and cats worked really hard to destroy them. When I saw that Emily of Jones Design Co. hung curtains over her front window (seen HERE) I knew it was the perfect solution for ours. The rod and clip rings are from Target and the curtains are from Ikea. Someday I’d like to get higher quality curtains (they’re pretty paper like), but for now I can’t complain since they were the right length and only $10 total for both panels.

Entry Way, Chalk Paint Buffet & Front Door Privacy

We bought this buffet back in January of 2011 (original post HERE). We found it on Craigslist and have used it for toy storage. Even though I didn’t like the original look of it at all, I wasn’t all that motivated to paint it because of the hassle of moving it out of the house or putting it on a drop cloth. So painting it on the old floor right before tearing it out was the perfect opportunity! I used the same method as with our RED BUFFET and made homemade chalk paint. The color I used was Behr’s Black Suede. I love this black because it's soft.

Entry Way, Chalk Paint Buffet & Front Door Privacy

The hardware is a huge improvement as well. Before, the left door was really difficult to open, but repositioning where the handle is made all the difference. I also put a coat of wax on the rails the drawers slide on when I was waxing the whole thing and now the drawers slide beautifully! The cupboards and lower 2 drawers hold toys and the top drawer holds random junk. I used to think our entry way was disproportionately large for our house, but with the toys right there, it gets used as a play room most of the time, so I guess it isn’t so bad.

Entry Way, Chalk Paint Buffet & Front Door Privacy

I also picked up THIS coat rack from Target and hung it between our downstairs bath and entry closet on the wall opposite the buffet. I originally planned to build one myself, but then this one was cheaper and easier. This has been great for our family (as you can see, we have a lot of coats). Before, we just piled them all up on the chair by the buffet and they always looked like a crazy mess.

Entry Way, Chalk Paint Buffet & Front Door Privacy

I’m loving how my entry way was transformed with minimal effort—painting the buffet, hanging the curtains, and adding the coat rack. Of course, the new floor makes a big difference too. I’m so in love with it. I’ll have to show you the downstairs as a whole soon so you can see just how pretty it is. It’s a laminate with hand scraped texture to it.

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Saturday, November 16, 2013

Tickled Pink First Birthday Party

Tickled Pink First Birthday Party @ Made it on Monday

Somehow, my baby girl went and grew up into a one year old. How is it that I introduced her to you HERE over 13 months ago?

Tickled Pink First Birthday Party @ Made it on Monday

While very rough and tumble, Miss Reese is all girl, so we knew a pink birthday party would be perfect.

Tickled Pink First Birthday Party @ Made it on Monday

I designed her invitations in Publisher, then saved them as a JPG and had them printed at Costco as photo prints. Makes for a really cheap but customized invite!

Tickled Pink First Birthday Party @ Made it on Monday

For her dress I found this adorable bright pink with white polka dot sheer fabric and lined it with the same bright pink satin lining. I used the bodice pattern from my CIRCLE DRESS. But this time I wanted more of a full skirt so instead of cutting it as a circle I just made a rectangle twice the width of the bodice. I kept it simple by just doing one long tube with only a seam at the center back. If the width of the bodice is 10”, I doubled it for front and back and then doubled that. I know that isn’t the exact width, just an example. I love the way it turned out!

Tickled Pink First Birthday Party @ Made it on Monday

Tickled Pink First Birthday Party @ Made it on Monday

Reese was very happy to wear her party dress but wasn’t interested in holding still for pictures. Her headband came from a pack from Target and was perfect because it’s almost the same color as her dress with little white polka dots.

Tickled Pink First Birthday Party @ Made it on Monday

Her cake was probably the easiest thing to prepare yet had the biggest wow factor. I used my favorite box mix-dressed up recipe (found HERE) and made three layers. I then colored my favorite buttercream frosting pink and followed THIS tutorial for the rosettes. This is seriously the easiest cake I’ve ever decorated. And it looks so impressive. The pink candy beads that I scattered throughout it are from Walmart.
Tickled Pink First Birthday Party @ Made it on Monday

A few things to note if you want to make one as well: I think doing the triple layer is a huge key to the wow factor. Height is a big distinguishing difference between most homemade and bakery made round cakes. Plus, from what I was noticing in pictures on Pinterest, a double layer just doesn’t have enough room to showcase the rosettes on the sides. Also, this takes a lot of frosting.

Tickled Pink First Birthday Party @ Made it on Monday

For Reese’s smash cake I just made a single layer small round cake. I ran out of homemade frosting on the big cake, so my parents ran to the store to pick up a can of the new Funfetti Frosting that comes in this SUPER bright pink.

Tickled Pink First Birthday Party @ Made it on Monday

Since the party theme was just pink, the decorations were pretty easy to figure out. Anything pink would work! For Reese’s chair, my mom made a cute “ONE” banner that we hung across the tray. Then a “Reese” banner, homemade tissue paper pompoms and some fun pompoms from Walmart’s party section and a few balloons completed the area.

Tickled Pink First Birthday Party @ Made it on Monday

Part of my motivation to get the door hung when we did was I knew the scrappy garland I had planned would look much better on it than the wall. I just tore up several different pink fabrics that I had on hand and tied them to a ribbon. The giant 1 was made by a good friend of mine for her daughter’s birthday and then it worked perfectly for this party.

Tickled Pink First Birthday Party @ Made it on Monday

We kept the food simple but pink. Ham, cheese and crackers, chips and a pink died salsa/sour cream mix (this one was a little odd—it seriously looked like a strawberry dip so it messed with your senses), strawberries and THIS amazing fruit dip that tasted like cheesecake (I did add about 1/2 cup of sugar to it, as well as pink food coloring), frosted circus cookies and oreo cookie pops made with pink candy melts and dipped in pink sprinkles.

Tickled Pink First Birthday Party @ Made it on Monday

We didn’t plan on having a large crowd, so it was nice to keep the food simple. And since it was in the middle of the afternoon, I didn’t feel the need to provide a full meal.

Tickled Pink First Birthday Party @ Made it on Monday

The strawberry dip was seriously amazing.

Tickled Pink First Birthday Party @ Made it on Monday

Since half of our cousins moved to Colorado this past summer, and the other cousins were out of town the weekend of Reese’s birthday, we only had one little friend join us. Which meant I got to have some fun with her party favor—a pink tutu and bracelets. The tutu was simple to make and I found the bracelets for really cheap in the party section of Walmart. Seriously—go walk around that section. They have some really cool stuff.

Tickled Pink First Birthday Party @ Made it on Monday

Poor Reese got an ear infection a few days before her birthday and was SUPER tired during her party. So her thumb was in her mouth and she looked pretty spacey most of the time, but she still had a good time.

Tickled Pink First Birthday Party @ Made it on Monday

She was a BIG fan of the birthday cake!

Tickled Pink First Birthday Party @ Made it on Monday

This girl loved the frosting and making a mess, which was especially fun for us since Jace was not interested in the cake at his Hungry Caterpillar First Birthday.

Tickled Pink First Birthday Party @ Made it on Monday

All in all, it was a great day of celebrating our little princess!

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Thursday, November 14, 2013

Old Door Wall Art & Fall Decor

Old Door as Wall Art @ Made it on Monday

 

Well hello there! I guess it’s been a little while. The crazy thing about this month and a half blog absence of mine is I have been making so many things. And many of them are photographed. So you can expect to see a new shirt, tickled pink birthday party, new décor in my home, furniture re-dos and plenty of fun little Christmas things showing up on here soon. I hope. I will follow through. Maybe…

 

Old Door as Wall Art @ Made it on Monday

 

We have a nice big wall space in our dining room that I’ve struggled to decorate well. It always seemed like the décor I put up there wasn’t to scale for the large buffet it shared the wall with. For a few years now I’ve envisioned an old door hanging on its side on the wall. But I never could bring myself to pay for one. Then, one day last summer, my mother-in-law and I were in a cute antique store in my town when someone went walking by, carrying an old door. I mentioned how much I’d love to have one some day but couldn’t bring myself to pay for one. She said that she had one just leaning against the shed in their back yard if I wanted it.

 

Old Door as Wall Art @ Made it on Monday

 

My husband grew up in a house that was built in the 1890’s, and while all the rooms still have their original doors on them (I think), there were a few they took off to open up space in the living areas. And those doors have just been sitting outside for years. They brought me a door back at Reese’s baby shower last summer. And then it sat in my garage for a year. I painted it green at one point (wanting to try to find a way to bring more color into my house), but wasn’t in love with the shade of it. So it sat for a while longer.

 

Old Door as Wall Art @ Made it on Monday

 

But then, after painting our downstairs and redoing the kitchen, as well as painting my buffet red, I was motivated to get it finished and hung. I painted over the green with a creamy white, did a little distressing and then waxed the whole thing. Then I glued on knobs from target in each of the sections of the door.

 

Old Door as Wall Art @ Made it on Monday

Hanging it took some major work on my husband's part. This thing is HEAVY and we do not want it falling off the wall. He had me first tape out the general area of where the door would be hung.

 

Old Door as Wall Art @ Made it on Monday

 

Then he screwed a 2x2 to the length of the back of what would be the new top of the back of the door. He also attached a few shorter pieces to the bottom so the door would lay flat on the wall.

 

Old Door as Wall Art @ Made it on Monday

 

A 2x4 was then hung on the wall. He used some BIG bolts for this and screwed them into studs. We then hung the door so the boards attached to the door sat on top of the 2x4 and used long screws to screw them together. Then we stepped back and were in awe of how beautiful it looked. Or, at least I did, and he commented on how it actually looked good.

 

Old Door as Wall Art @ Made it on Monday

 

I’m excited to change out what hangs on the knobs with the seasons. Right now I have little grape vine wreaths that I wrapped a section of with twine and artificial leaves.

 

Old Door as Wall Art @ Made it on Monday

 

I love the way it completes my dining room and makes a great focal wall for our downstairs.

 

Décor Notes: Wall color is Versatile Gray from Sherwin Williams, tutorial for the pumpkins on the buffet can be found HERE.

 

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Made with Love, The Sunday Showcase Party, Weekend Wrap Up, Make it-Wear It, Show and Tell Saturday, Weekend Bloggy Reading, Take a Look Tuesday

Friday, September 27, 2013

Simple Fabric Pumpkins {tutorial}

Super Simple Fabric Pumpkins Tutorial

I was wanting to add some new items to my fall décor this year and really liked the idea of some fabric pumpkins. Most of the ideas I found through Pinterest involved a lot of cutting and sewing, but then I found THIS tutorial from Scattered Thoughts of a Crafty Mom. Hers was by far the easiest way to make some adorable pumpkins. I used my sewing machine instead of hand stitching, and decided to switch up how I finished mine off, so I thought I’d do a tutorial as well in case you, like me, would rather not go out in some crazy rain to find sticks to use as stems.

Super Simple Fabric Pumpkins Tutorial

I pretty much made a pumpkin patch’s worth because I planned on using three to decorate the registration table at a mom’s group I’m a part of. But then I liked the way this looked across my buffet that I made a few more.

Super Simple Fabric Pumpkins Tutorial

I love the combo of jute, raffia, fabric and burlap. My materials for a patch’s worth were: 1/2 yard burlap, 1/3 yard each of two coordinating fabrics, 1 roll of jute, 1 package of green raffia, 1 roll of green florist’s wire, batting and plastic grocery bags.

Super Simple Fabric Pumpkins Tutorial

I cut sevearl different sizes of fabric—the ratio of width to height determines the shape of your pumpkin (a more square piece makes a taller pumpkin, a wider rectangle makes a shorter/squatier pumpkin). As you can see, I didn’t bother ironing my material first and it didn’t matter at all.

Super Simple Fabric Pumpkins Tutorial
(don’t you love my chipped polish?)

1. Folding fabric in half with short ends and right sides together, sew the side opposite the folded side.
2. Still wrong side out, sew a gathering stitch around one open edge of the tube (see picture below if you aren’t familiar with a gathering stitch).
3. Pull your thread tight until your opening is closed and tie off the threads.
4. Turn your material right side out and the gathered closing will be the base of your pumpkin.

Super Simple Fabric Pumpkins Tutorial

For a gathering stitch, set your tension to the highest and stitch length to the longest setting and sew. Be sure and leave lots of extra thread when you clip it so you have enough to hold onto.

Super Simple Fabric Pumpkins Tutorial

The gathering stitch doesn’t work well on the burlap because it’s a much thicker material. Instead, I clipped one of the burlap strings close to the seam and pulled it tight.

Super Simple Fabric Pumpkins Tutorial

5. Sew a gathering stitch around the remaining opening but don’t pull your threads tight yet.
6. Fill your pumpkin with batting. For my larger pumpkins, I followed Jamie’s advice and used plastic grocery bags as filler, wrapping them in batting.
7. Pull the treads tight. On some of the pumpkins the thread broke or it didn’t completely close the opening, so on those I wrapped the remaining thread around the gathered material and tied it off.
8. On the ones that it did close perfectly I just tied the threads off and it looked really nice.

Super Simple Fabric Pumpkins Tutorial

9. Use the jute to wrap around the pumpkin as though you’re tying ribbon around a gift. Section it in half, quarters and then eighths, pulling tight so the sections are well defined.
10. Tie off the jute.
11. To make a raffia stem take a handful of it and then fold it in half.
12. Slide the fold under the jute knot and the slip the ends through it for a knot.

Super Simple Fabric Pumpkins Tutorial
13. Tying it this way means the raffia will stick up, more stem like.
14. Trim the stem to your desired length.
15. Wrap some florist’s wire around a stick or something round to make curly vines.
16. Tie the jute ends around the middle of the wire. You can just tie it in a knot or do a bow.

Super Simple Fabric Pumpkins Tutorial

And then you have some super cute pumpkins! This was a great, simple project that adds a lot of fall pop to my home.

Go HERE for past fall-related projects and decorations.

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