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DIY Burlap Runner – Fruits of the Spirit

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Yeah, it’s been a long time coming and I PROMISE I have more for you.  Just give me a few weeks to get back in to the groove.  We started homeschooling this past summer and then went full swing the new school year.  It’s been fun and exciting but I have no time to do anything extra.  I mean it.  So the stuff I’m posting are old crafts but new for you.  So here we go!

I measured my table.  Added 12 inches on either side and figured out how wide I wanted my runner.  Then I printed out different sizes for each “fruit of the spirit” with different fonts.  I took a sharpie, placed it under the runner, traced it and bam!  You have a new and perfect, store looking table runner that YOU created.  Took me about 30 minutes to create.  Have fun with it y’all!

DIY Fabric Wreath

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I realize it’s been a while since the last post.  Having two children (one who has stopped napping all-together and the other usually sleeps an hour) makes it hard for me to craft during a no-more-nap-time schedule for me.  I find the only time I have to do anything crafty is at night and by then, I’m tired!  As I said before, it’s been a while since I’ve posted anything.  100% of that reason is we added a new bundle to our blessed family!  He’s three months old and we are SO BLESSED!  He just recently started sleeping through the night so I FINALLY have a little more time.  So with that…this is the craft I’m going to show you.  As I said before, I don’t have a lot of time these days.  The wreath above is the one I made for the hospital door.  Then I brought it home to put on my son’s door.  It took me a total of one hour to do and I got SO many compliments on it.  I apologize for not having any pictures of how to do it.  It’s so easy, anyone can do it.  I promise.  Here’s what you’ll need.

Straw Wreath – get it at Walmart
*don’t take of the plastic and buy the smallest of the two they carry

3 – 4 1/4 yards of coordinating fabric
*I would get four if you’re not good at improvising

floral picks
*usually down the same isle you find the wreaths

ribbon to match your fabric

letter stickers

Okay so cut all your fabric about 1 1/2 inch thick at 12 inches or so long.  Tie each of the four pieces of fabric to your floral pick and pin into your straw wreath.  Do that all the way around your wreath until you’ve covered your wreath completely.  Then take some ribbon and place at the bottom of the wreath to put the baby’s name on.  I got scrap-booking sticker letters for mine.  They stick on hard-core so be careful you won’t need to adjust later.

There’s only a couple tricky things you need to know.  First off, don’t pin your picks so close together or you’ll need more fabric.  I actually had to adjust my picks several times before it looked just right.  Also, the sides of your wreath won’t be completely covered.  If you want a more fluffy wreath than mine, buy more fabric and put your picks closer together.  I’d suggest taking your ribbon, create a hook and hang your wreath up before you pin a whole lot so that you can see how the fabric will fall.  Also, be prepared for lots of frayed material bits all over your floor and clothes.  🙂  Have fun with it!  Post pictures of your creations.  I’d love to see them.  Oh and I will be creating another one soon with actual pictures if you want to wait for that post.  Happy October ya’ll!

Victory!

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Okay so a while back with this post, I talked about potty training training boys.  Now I can finally give my 2 cents for real on it and say that what I did worked.  Bubba boy finally got it ya’ll!  He is FINALLY potty trained!  Whoop!  Praise God for he is so good.  I was on my last limb, just about ready to pull out my hair when he finally started going number two at school with his teacher.  He even told me he didn’t want to go at home that he would ONLY go with his teachers.  Let me just share what I’ve learned.

This website was great at giving me some pointers.  However, every child is different and requires either more or less energy.  My son, being the “one in control of everything” (not) knew in his mind when he would be ready to be finished with potty training.  I just had to figure out what would make him go and how to enforce it all.  We started out with the pull-ups.  Any mother might tell you that would be the next stage but I totally disagree!  We did that and he still felt like he was wearing diapers.  He’d just go whenever and then come tell me.  We’d pull off the wet one and put on a  new one, I’d get frustrated and then he’d be off playing again…never noticing what had actually happened.  So in a few steps, I’ll tell you how this momma did it!

1. Start out with a potty chart.  Post it somewhere where EVERYONE can see it (our bathroom door worked great)!  Every time he tries, actually goes, has an accident or fights you…put a check mark by it.  Also record the time so you can get a good idea of when his actual potty times are.

2. Go to Walmart and pick out some bite-sized candy they like.  These treats for for if he tries (one treat), actually goes pee (two/three treats).  We also let him pick out some cool toys to put in a treat box for when he went poop in the potty.  I put in some mini candy bars too, just for fun.  Put the candy treats somewhere where he/she can see them.  The toy treat box should be in a closet up high.  Remind him about the toy treats often and let him even go through there, picking out the one he’ll get when he goes for the first time.

3. Go to the kids clothing area and let them pick out two packets of underwear.  Don’t go putting him in pull-ups, go straight to underwear!  The pull ups will just confuse him and frustrate you!  I promise.  Besides, he’ll be totally excited to put these bad boys on for the first time.  At night was the only time we ever put him in a diaper.

4. Put him/her on a timer.  Start out small, with 10-15 minutes max.  Plan on not going anywhere for the next two to three days.  The timer is a reinforcement to help you.  So that you aren’t the bad guy telling them when it’s time to go try.  Make it an exiting deal that the timer went off.  At first it’s fun for them.  But after the 10th time of going by the timer…they might hesitate.  That’s fine just remind them if they at least try, they’ll get a treat.

5.  So finally, just relax and let him do his thing.  Don’t get frustrated!  It will happen. He will NOT go to college in diapers, I PROMISE!

Just a reminder…

Just trying – one treat
Pee – two treats
Poop – toy from treat box
Hesitation – encouragement from momma

Now, go get him trained!!!  Have fun.  Relax.  Breathe.  This will probably be the hardest thing you have to do with him!  Well other than sending him off to college or letting some girl marry him.  🙂

Back In the Saddle…Again

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Okay, so it’s been a while since I posted last.  To be honest, I have been crafting…just no time to post anything.  So this is what I’ve been working on.

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Once I had these complete, I could focus on the fun stuff.  Creating my daughters Halloween costume.  She’s all girl and there is no stopping this little diva from getting into SOMETHING pink for Halloween.  My sister-n-law made me an apron like this
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My daughter wears it all the time.  She almost never takes if off.  In fact, it’s a great thing for her to wear when she’s eating because it really does keep all the food off.  But mostly, she likes to wear it because it looks like a dress.  Forgive the picture.  It was from my mobile.  She loves twirling in it.

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So because of her love for this apron, I just had to make her a dress to play in.  What better thing for her to play in but her very own princess dress.  I laid out the original apron, traced in and took my daughters measurements.  I measured from her collarbone to the length of what I wanted her dress to be.  I also measured around her chest and added two inches.  Basically I copied the “make-up” of the apron.  I also found this great tutorial for adding tulle to the dress.  I had to make it as frilly and girly as I could.  I didn’t actually sew up the back seam until I added all the tulle.  I used 4.5 yards of tulle and added straps of tulle for the shoulders.  I also did a “V” in the back with elastic loops and tied it with the a pretty ribbon.

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Isn’t she a cutie pie.  Now, if I could just get her to get out of it.  So glad to be back posting!  See ya’ll again real soon.

Featured On Wildflowers & Whimsy

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This is the blog post that was featured on Wildflowers and Whimsy.  Get over there to check it out or stay here to do your thang.

I’m totally excited and honored to be part of this very talented ladies blog.  Thanks, April for having me.  Yeah, I’m totally stoked.  Whoop.  A little bit about me.  I’m a wife, mother, daughter, Christ follower, photographer, graphic designer and crafting fool.  Yep, this is me and my family.  We are so blessed.  Check out my craftiness here and if you’re local in Texas my photography and graphics here.  Okay so now that we’ve met each other, let’s get crafting.

Okay so today I want to show you how to make a very cute and simple hair barrette that my daughter will not wear but looks great for pictures.  🙂  Here’s the barrette we are going to make.  Isn’t she just the cutest!

Here’s what you’ll need:three 1X6 inch jersey knit material strips
9 small coordinating beads
1 coordinating alligator clip
glue gun with heat mat
cute baby girl to put clip on 🙂

Start by making a fabric flower.  If you don’t know how to, then follow these next few steps.  If you do, then woo who for you.  Skip down to step 6.  Fold your fabric in half like this.

Make sure you twist your fabric every time you wrap.

Then wrap your fabric around the beginning of fabric, making the center of the rose like this.

Wrap and twist until you run out of fabric.  Make sure you are twisting and wrapping, tightly.  You don’t want your rose to fall apart.  If you really want to secure it down, you can put a little dab of glue every so often to make sure it doesn’t fall apart.  But you shouldn’t have any problems, if you wrap it tight enough.  Now you have a pretty rose.  Before you set your rose down, turn it over and dab a little glue on the end piece and attach it to the back or under part of your rose.

Make three of these!  Don’t they look so pretty.  You can make these out of any material but jersey seems to stretch pretty good and it’s very forgiving for beginners.

Now, get that pretty alligator clip and glue on your roses.

Start gluing on your roses from the top part of your clip first, then move to the opening part of the clip.  You want to make sure you squeeze the roses together so they all fit.

Now for the fun part.  Remember the beads…?  Get them and pick out the best.  I used some of my grandmas old beads.  She had tons of these necklaces.  I’m so glad I made my mom save these.  🙂

Put a dab of hot glue on the location you want your three little beads to go.  It doesn’t take much and make sure the holes of the beads are pointing sideways so you can’t see them when they are clustered together.

Now, go show of your pretty!  I had so much fun crafting with you today.  Have a great summer ya’ll!

Miracle Pan Release!

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Yeah, that’s what I said.  Miracle Pan Release!  With “L’s” party just weeks away, I’ve been getting ready to make her first birthday cake.  It’s so fun to be girly!  🙂  Luckily for me, her first year photo shoot with Tasha B Photography is this Saturday and I have to do a mock up of her smash cake.  It’s gonna be the cutest photo shoot ever.  So today, I ran across this GREAT goo for a cake release.  I haven’t tried it but the girl swears by it.  All the comments say it’s a go too!  I don’t have any pictures of my goo but copied hers.  She totally gets the goods for this one.  Thanks Apron of Grace for the great post!

Felt Footies

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Okay so here’s a quick one cause the kids are both outside playing and Daddy is working on the house.  I found this picture of these pretty flower footies and thought, I could totally make these!  I can’t tell you exactly how I made them cause I’d like to sell them on Etsy soon!  Plus, they look so cute on my chubby babies feet, don’t you agree?  🙂