Poofy Cheeks: November 2010

November 30, 2010

ETSY Inspiration - Shabby Chic Country Christmas

I made a Christmas treasury this week on ETSY. I miss doing my ‘Theme of the Week’ posts, so I am starting them back up. This week my Theme is Shabby Chic Country Christmas.
I love all of these items!

Reindeer Tracks - Set of 3 Ornaments - Woodburning
 
Rustic Green Patchwork Christmas Tree
 
FREE SHIPPING . sugared pinecones . four glass-glittered natural pinecone ornaments
 
Sweet Fabric Wreath - Vintage Holiday Greetings
 
Enjoy,

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November 19, 2010

Transportation Bedroom

Wyatt and Mason have been sick for the past week. Mason started off with a fever last week because his molars were coming in. After they broke skin and he was still SO irritable I took him to the doctor. He has an ear infection. Wyatt has been all sorts of sick. He woke up a couple of nights in a row with a fever, congestion, and even throwing up. They are on meds now and I hope they feel better soon!!

Did I mention that in the past week it has been decided that Thanksgiving dinner will be at my house? WHAT? I’m working an AM shift, my mom is on call, my sister is going away with her boyfriend’s family, and my husband is working a PM shift, and some of my parent’s friends are coming over. Double WHAT? We decided it would be easier on the boys since all of their toys are here and it is going to be a rushed dinner. So, my dad will be coming to watch the boys in the morning and then he will heat up all of the food my mom is making ahead of time. Then he is going to deep fry my turkey. Go dad – way to save Turkey Day! Cheer me on as I deep clean my house!

As promised here is Mason’s bedroom redo pictures. I think I am done painting and redoing (is that a word?) for a while. It is exhausting!

 

 

 

 

 


Did I mention that the only things I bought for Mason’s bedroom were a quart of paint at $10 and new bedding (which I LOVE) on clearance at Target for $15? I had the rest of it! The rug was folded up in the closet and the road signs and license plates came with my husband. They were hanging in our entryway when we moved into our first apartment together. They look MUCH better here!
I’ll be away until after Thanksgiving! Enjoy the holiday and don’t eat too much turkey or pumpkin pie!

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November 14, 2010

Stripes in the Bathroom

Well… the weekend is almost through and this is what I have done to the bathroom so far. Like the stripes?

Before and After - Stripes in the Bathroom

Before and After - Stripes in the Bathroom

Before and After - Stripes in the Bathroom

There is more to come as far as the bathroom redo is concerned. I will be sharing Mason’s bedroom redo later this week. It has been a busy month of painting!

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November 8, 2010

How To Sew an Envelope Pillow Case

My couch has a few throw pillows which have seen better days. The seam is starting to give in a few spots, and the boys have managed to give them some permanent stains. I bought some Christmas fabric at JoAnne's a few weeks back and since it was getting down to the end of the bolt they gave me an extra discount on it. Of course I couldn’t pass it up and thought it would be perfect for the pillow. Please let me know if you get confused by my directions. It really is easy to do... writing the directions was harder than sewing the pillow case!
  • I started out with this 16x16 inch pillow. To get the fabric size take the width of your pillow and add 2 inches (so mine was 18 inches). For the length take the length of your pillow times 2 and add 6 inches for the overlap (so mine was 16x2=34 then 34+6=40 inches) Now cut the fabric to the size you need.
  • Take your piece of fabric and lay it the wrong side up. Fold the edge of the shorter sides 1/4 inch and then again 1/4 inch to make a hem and iron.

Envelope Pillow Case
  • After you have ironed both sides of the fabric take it to the sewing machine and top stitch the hem.
  • Now these next folds are critical to make the envelope opening. Lay your fabric out with the right side up. Take your measurements from earlier (mine were 16x16 so my fabric measured 18x40) and use them to find where to fold the fabric to create the envelope openings on the back. Take your original length and add 3 inches (mine is 16+3= 19 inches). That is where you will make the first fold. Fold from the top down. Then measure from the bottom up and make another fold. This is what you should have…
Envelope Pillow Case
  • Now sew the raw edges using 1/2-1 inch seems (As you see I pinned the edges and then sewed).
  • Press and turn right side out. Then stuff your old throw pillow in and you have a brand new look for way less!
Envelope Pillow Case
Envelope Pillow Case

Now if Wyatt spills or that sippy cup leaks I can remove the cover and wash it! I can also make pillow cases for every season. Oh Joy!

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November 6, 2010

Repurposed Glass Jars Made into Luminaries

Two years ago my first son Wyatt was eating baby food. It killed me to throw away the glass jars. I knew I could make something with them. As a child I watched my grandpa use glass jars to organize his shed and wood working supplies. He stored screws, nails, and other dew dads in them. He even had a shelf he made where he screwed the lids to the bottom and then twisted the jars on and off.
Then along came Christmas and I saw all of these wonderful painted quart sized mason jars. It gave me an idea for my own little luminaries. I took the baby food jars and made these cute snowmen luminaries which are the perfect size for a tea light. I even made some out of spaghetti jars for each person in my family with coal buttons and stick arms (using paint of course).

Snowman Luminaries from Baby Food Jars

All you need is some modge podge, white acrylic paint, black fabric paint, and some left over ribbon or yarn.

Here is how you make them--
  • You paint the jars with modge podge first. If you don’t then the paint will easily scratch off.
  • Then paint them with the acrylic paint. I used a vintage white for these to give them more of a primitive feel.
  • After that you use the black fabric paint to make dots for the eyes and mouth. The fabric paint gives it dimension.
  • Then I used my hot glue gun to put on an orange rhinestone for the nose. I hot glued decorative green yarn stuff around the top and tied a plaid ribbon for the finishing touches.
  • Add a tea light and it makes the perfect little gift for co-workers or decorations for your home.
Snowman Luminaries from baby food jars

This year I have been saving my cans from canned goods. Next week I’m going to show how you can make them into Christmas decorations too! I love repurposing things!

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