Thursday, March 25, 2010

Easter Carrots Tutorial

Recognize this post???  I thought I would repost
it since Easter is just around the corner!

I've been wanting an Easter / Spring decoration for my front door forever so I came up with (copied from a neighbor) this cute Carrot decoration for my door. The little girl that I watch everyday came over today and said that it was weird to hang carrots on the door. I told her that is how we get the Easter bunny to come to our house, she didn't think it was so weird after that. This picture makes me want to paint my door black!

I love it when projects turn out to be easier than expected and that's how this one was. It only took about an hour and a half and that is with me trying to take care of my crying baby too.

2 orange tea towels ( or 1/2 yard of orange fabric that you like)
orange thread
* ribbon (what ever you have around the house, it wont be seen)
* small safety pin
* fake greenery (something that resembles carrot foliage)
* glue gun or craft glue
* fiber fill or stuffing (they are the same thing aren't they?)
* optional - brown wood stain and foam brush

Cut three carrots. They should be 6" wide at the top and 15 - 17" long. Mine are 15", but if I had to do it again I think I would make them a little bit longer. I would especially make them longer if you have a big front door, not the normal white generic one like I have.

Starting at the top, sew down the sides of each carrot using a 1/4" seam allowance. Then fold the top over 1/2" and stitch near the bottom (like picture below). Be sure and leave about a 1/2" opening to thread the ribbon through.

Turn the carrot right side out. It helps to clip the excess fabric at the bottom a little and use a pencil when turning it. Fill with fiber fill or batting or stuffing or whatever you want to call it.
Slide some ribbon onto your safety pin and feed it through the casing that you just made.

Group some fake greenery together so it resembles carrot stems and wrap some of the wire around it so it stays together. Now put lots of hot glue all around the end of it. Put it in the top center of the carrot and pull the ribbon tight and close and knot.

This is totally optional but I used some watered down wood stain to give my carrots a little more character. I didn't want them to look so new. It worked good, but my house smelled like wood stain for a while.

Group your three cute carrots together and tie some ric rac around. Use some fray check at the ends of the ric rac so it doesn't fray.

When your done you should have some cute carrots hanging on your door, and when your kids think you've lost your mind, you can tell them it's so the Easter Bunny will be sure to come.

Wednesday, March 24, 2010

I really think I need this!!!

Some people just amaze me. Look at this cute craft that Heather Bailey has come up with.

It just reminds me of Easter when I was a little girl, so cute and vintage. You can buy 3 of these cute little decorations here for only $4.95. I think I need some. I think my kids teachers need one for Easter.

And the winner is.......................

Jo Anne over at the Carter Clan.

Jo Anne picked Santorini. I'll hurry and get it in the mail. Congratulations JoAnne, you'll have to let me know what you end up making with it.

Here are your random numbers:


Timestamp: 2010-03-24 13:56:00 UTC

Thursday, March 18, 2010

My 200th post, Moda Tutorial and a Giveaway!

I can't believe I didn't say when this giveaway would end. I will pick a winner tomorrow night and post a winner on Wednesday morning! Thanks to everyone who has entered! (3/22/10)

It's hard to believe but this is my 200th post. And what better way to celebrate than a post over at Moda. I feel like besides meeting tons of great people, Moda has been one of the neatest things to come from my blog. Who could complain about getting darling fabric, and creating something fun out of it.

Soooo........come and visit me over at Moda today where I'm doing a tutorial for this fun Spring T-Shirt. But before that scroll on down and enter my giveaway! I have to admit, this one is tough one for me. Parting with fabric is never easy, but sometimes it just has to be done!

For my giveaway the winner gets to choose one of these Layer Cakes. Each Layer Cake has
40, 10"x10" squares.

Eva - by Basic Grey

Santorini by Lila Tueller

What do you have to do?

For one entry - Leave me a comment telling me which layer cake you would like to win!

For two entries - Leave me another comment letting me know you are a follower. (Because it makes me happy when I have a new follower, I hope that doesn't sound totally conceded , but lets face it a mom of 4 that doesn't get out much gets excited over silly things.)

For three entries - Leave me another comment telling me you blogged about this on your blog.

Friday, March 5, 2010

Ten Reasons I've been a slacker at Blogging!!!

1. I've been busy holding this little guy! Ok, so he's not that little anymore, today at the doctor's he weighed in at 171bs. Did I mention that this was only his 4 month visit.

2. I've been busy fighting Ashely furniture to let me return this couch, that apparently can't get water on it. So yes, that means no three year old falling asleep and sweating, no 8 year old girls sitting on it with long wet hair after taking a bath, no using a wet cloth to spot clean and definitely no drooling! Apparently this couch is for looking at only. But, I am happy to say after 5 months of fighting it, we will be getting a new couch next Friday, one that hopefully water wont ruin.

3. Planning some tutorials over at this place.

Here is a sneak peek at one!

4. Having a Birthday party for this cute little 3 year old!

It was so fun, it tuckered this guy right out.

5. Spent a day shopping or I guess I should say browsing at this store.

6. Trying to think of creative ways to fit my growing family into this little 1400 sq ft cozy nest of ours. It's definitely getting cozy.

7. Even though I'm really bad at making comments, I have been visiting all of your blogs also.

8. Trying to find an Easter dress for my 8 year old daughter. I can't find any I like in the stores. Ok, there are a few I like but they are out of my price range. I think I may just try and make one. Here is a pattern for two that I sorta like. I found them over here.

9. Sent this cute niece and her sweet brother and parents (her mom is my twin) to Canada to live.

10. Homework, homework, homework! I thought when I graduated college it was over. Yea right, now my afternoons are spent helping kids with homework. It's ok, I'm not complaining, just an excuse as to why I've been a bad blogger.