Friday, April 15, 2011

It's feeling springy around here!

Well not really.  In fact mother nature can't decide what kind of weather we should have here in Utah.  One day I take my kids to the park to play and the next day there is a full winter snow storm........weird.  Welcome to Utah.

Anyways, I'm trying to make my house feel a little more like spring.  I saw this cute basket over here and really wanted to copy it.  I looked all over the internet trying to find a basket like this but struck out.  But then, I was at our little home town craft store and saw the perfect basket.

 It had handles on both sides so I just cut the one of the front and it worked perfectly.  I couldn't find any flowers I liked so I took a wreath apart and used the greenery from it.

I think it turned out pretty cute and it added some color that my house desperately needed.

Happy Spring!

Monday, April 11, 2011

Pottery Barn inspired Spring Pennant Garland

Here is a little tutorial I did for a Spring Garland.  Now all I need is a good place at my house to hang it up.  Right now it's hanging up at my mom's house since she has that beautiful fireplace mantle to hang it up on.

My inspiration were these gorgeous Easter dishes from Pottery Barn.  I just love the colors, and the burlap table runner underneath the dishes.

So here is what you are going to need..................
- 3/4 yard of  burlap (you can get this at any crafty store with fabric by the yard).
- 1/4 yard of 6 coordinating pieces of fabric
- thread
- sewing maching (don't get scared, were only doing straight stitches here).
- iron, and ironing board
- 1/3 yard Heavy Heat and Bond
- 4 yards of 1 inch wide cream or white ribbon.

You need to cut you burlap into pennant triangles.  The easiest way to do this if you don't have a self healing mat and cutter is take a normal sheet of paper and fold in half lengthwise.   Cut off the bottom 1 3/4 inches.   Take a pencil and draw a line from the top outside edge of the paper to the bottom fold.  Not cut along the line and unfold.  Now you have your template.  Use it to cut out 12 triangles.  Sew two triangles together along the outside edges using about 1/4 inch seam allowance.  Now you should have 6 double think triangles.

Now you are going to make the bias tape.  If you've never done this,  don't freak out, it's super easy.  From each of your 6 pieces of fabric cut a strip of fabric that is 1 3/4 inches by 22 inches. Iron the strip of fabric in half lengthwise and unfold.  Now iron the two outside edges into the middle.

Now your just going to sew your bias tape onto the two long edges of your triangle or pennant.  Starting at the top right corner start folding the fabric along the edges of your pennant and sew into place using 1/4 to 3/8 inch seam allowance.  Keep sewing until your get to about the bottom 1/4 inch.

This picture is cruddy but hopefully it will help you get the idea of what to do since it's hard  to explain.  Fold the bias tape back down at the point of the pennant.  Open the bias tape and fold over the sides to make a nice corner. 

This is sorta trial and error.  Just work with it until you like how it looks, and really it doesn't need to look perfect.

Now for the fun part.   Here are your letters.  You should be able to click on the image below and print it out onto some heavy duty paper.  You can either cut these letters out and use them as templates or do what I did and just trace them.
Place your Heat and Bond  (adhesive side down) onto the letters and start tracing.

Cut around your traced letters and iron them onto the wrong side of your pieces of  fabric.  Cut the letter out and peel off the paper backing.  Now iron onto your pennant.

Iron your ribbon in half lengthwise and staring about 1 yard in,  fold the ribbon around the top edge of your pennant and sew on.  As you reach the end of one pennant just add the next one until the ribbon is sewn onto all of them.

Now your going to make the little flowers that go along the top.    Using this flower as your template your are going to need to cut about 8 flowers from each piece of fabric.  This flower may be a little big.  You might need to shrink if down a little bit.  It should be about 1 3/4 inches square.

 The easiest way to do this is to layer 4-5 pieces of fabric, trace the flower on top and cut them all out at once.

Now the fun part.  Start placing them on the top edge over the ribbon and sewing them down.  I found it looked a lot better if I didn't put them in a straight line but staggered them a little.  Just sew straight down the middle of the ribbon.

Once your done you should end up with one super cute Spring Pennant Garland.   If you decide to make one you'll have to post pictures on your blog and let me know so I can come and see it.  Hope this makes things around your home feel a little more like Spring.

Friday, April 8, 2011

Pottery Barn inspired Spring Pennant Garland

Gosh that seems like a long drawn out title.........sorry.  Anyways, I'm guest posting over at Liberate Creativity so come on over and say Hi.   I  am doing a tutorial for this cute little Spring Garland.

Sunday, April 3, 2011

Crazy Week with some peace and inspiration!

It's been a crazy week!  Sunday this little guy started
with a cold (well actually more like Friday).  But, by 
Sunday he was feeling pretty crummy.  I sent the family to
church and tried to get in a little cuddle time with him. 
He just wasn't  breathing good and breathing treatments 
were not helping.   I took him to the doctor where
he had two more breathing treatments but finally she
decided it would be best to send him to the hospital.

By the time we got to the hospital me and him were both
pretty cranky, but him especially.  Most of the poor nurses
knew to keep their distance from him.   Anyhow, after a 
night of monitoring and breathing treatments
they let us go home.

Thankfully we have a nebulizer machine at
home from last month when he had RSV and 
he is doing much, much better.

My 7 year old came home from the library with this
book.  Let me tell you, I've heard more knock knock
jokes than well.......anyone should have to hear in a 
lifetime. He is such a silly guy.

My 9 year old had a report due on Juab County.  I 
remember in college taking my last final thinking...........
finally I'm done.  No more dates looming over me or tests 
to stress about.  Boy was I wrong, really it's just beginning. 
  I think her float turned out pretty good.  I,  (I mean she)   
better get an A.  Hey, I got some pretty good tips from  
watching  CakeBoss, I'll remind my husband of that next 
time he teases me.

This guy has a new found love for money.  My parents
bought each of my kids a piggy bank for Christmas.  I 
kept them packed away while we were in our apartment
and got them out just recently.   If he finds any spare
change lying around he swipes it.  We've had some
nice talks about stealing and not taking other people's 

On the upside, we can get him to do just about anything
for money.  He doesn't care if it's a penny or quarter,
as long as it's money.  Oh wait, he doesn't care for
the paper stuff.  Probably because it doesn't go in
the candy machines.

This weekend is General Conference.  I love 
General Conference.  It helps me to re-evaluate
and keep things in the right perspective. 

Lately I've been feeling insecure about a lot of things.
And honestly, they are things that in the eternal
perspective don't matter even a little bit.   It's been
so nice to relax with my family this weekend in our
comfortable home and enjoy listening to our Prophet
and Apostle's.