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Nov 15, 2017 | Post by: Meghan No Comments

DIY Pumpkin Placecards

These mini DIY pumpkin placecards are just what you need for your Thanksgiving tablescape! Entertaining during Thanksgiving can be a stressful time. There’s the meal planning, housecleaning, and the decorating for the big day. We want everything to be perfect and special so the day is memorable while spend time with friends and family. Adding special touches to the decor can create an environment that your guests will remember.

If you don’t have a lot of time to create an elaborate centerpiece for your Thanksgiving table, all you need are these mini DIY pumpkin place cards that are the perfect touch.  They create dimension and give your guests something to take home when the evening is over.  Since these mini pumpkin placecards are simple to make, you won’t need to spend a lot of time creating them. You can whip them up quickly and check them off your long to do list!  Head on over to diys.com to see the full tutorial!

Nov 13, 2017 | Post by: Meghan No Comments

Simple DIY Fabric Pumpkins

Transition from Halloween to Thanksgiving with these cute and simple DIY fabric pumpkins!

 

 
Now that I am actually making an effort to decorate my house for the holidays, I was pretty excited about the transition to more generic Fall/Thanksgiving decor.  I’ve decided to treat my two shelves in my living room as my holiday focal points for my decorating.  They are perfect because they are out of reach of Tommy and Evie—I don’t have to worry about them getting their little hands on items they shouldn’t be touching!
 
I’ve been seeing fabric pumpkins circulating since the end of Summer (insane, right?!) I saw my first fabric pumpkin at a cute art fair back in August and thought it looked super easy to make.  So, I added it to the list of projects I wanted to try.  I went to Joann’s and grabbed some cute Fall fabric for my pumpkins.  As I started making these little guys, I wanted the process to be as simple as possible.  So, Instead of sewing the top of my pumpkins, I cut slits at the top and tied a knot!  The entire pumpkin making process took about 30 minutes.  If you want to se just how easy these cute pumpkins are to make, head on over to diys.com for the full tutorial!
Nov 04, 2017 | Post by: Meghan No Comments

A Fall Wreath Alternative

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A few years ago, my mother-in-law gave me some birchwood printed paper. I guess at one point I had told her she could get the look of a birchwood frame by buying birchwood printed paper and adding it to a frame as opposed to actually buying the real deal. I must have had a few glasses of wine because I do not remember this convo at all! Either way, she ended up not using the paper and gave it to me to use it for a project. I’ve had this paper forever and finally decided to use it!

I knew I wanted to add a Fall wreath to my front door. Now, I wasn’t really feeling a traditional wreath; I wanted something different. I came up with an idea using a large pinwheel, a berry wreath, and a small pinwheel. At first, I was going to use a small stick wreath I had bought at Joann’s, but as I got into my project I decided Click here to continue reading…

Oct 31, 2017 | Post by: Meghan No Comments

DIY Bat Candle Holder

I have one more fun Halloween project for the season (nothing like waiting until the last minute to post this!).  This DIY bat candle holder is a fun twist on lighting up your mantle, shelf, or walkway this Halloween.  It’s also the perfect project for glass jar hoarders and those that love a good upcycle!

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My kids had finished yet another jar of peanut butter from Trader Joe’s I was rinsing it out so I could put in in the recycling pile when I noticed what a nice jar it was.  You guys, it was smooth with no weird decorative swirls or odd seams – it was such a nice simple jar!  I know this might sound weird, but I think it’s hard to find a glass jar that has a simple style.  Since I was clearly in love with this jar, I wanted to try and use it for a project.

I grabbed some extra adhesive vinyl I had and cut out small bats.  Now, it you have a Cricut or Silhouette, bravo to you because you can literally finish this project in like 10 minutes.  If you are like me and do not have one find a bat template from the good old internet, print out the image, trace it on top of your vinyl, and cut it out.

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Once you have all of your bats cut, arrange them on your jar.  Then, hit the jar with black matte spray paint and let dry.  You’ll want to do two coats of paint.  After your paint has dried, slowly peel off the vinyl bats – you may need to use tweezers to get them off.  That’s it!  For extra detail, I wrapped the top of my jar with raffia.  Plop in a battery operated candle or a real one for a super cool and bat candle holder!

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You can see the spooky bats shining through!

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Oct 27, 2017 | Post by: Meghan No Comments

DIY Mini Felt Pumpkin Tote

This DIY mini felt pumpkin tote is just what your little tot needs to store all of their coveted candy on Halloween!

I am a huge fan of Fall.  I love when the seasons change, especially when we go from Summer to Fall.  This transition brings cooler temperatures and beautiful foliage.  Fall also brings Halloween, which is one of my favorite holidays! I love crafting up projects for this spooky holiday.

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Since this is the first year Tommy and Evie are able to actively participate in Halloween, I wanted to make them a cute mini felt pumpkin tote.  Let’s be real, they don’t need a huge tote for trick-or-treating since they’ll probably lose interest in the activity after 5 minutes. So, this mini tote is the perfect size for their little hands to hold and carry around.  See the full tutorial on DIYs.com!

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Oct 26, 2017 | Post by: Meghan 1 Comments

DIY Skunk Costumes

Halloween has always been a time for crafting.  Every year my mom would make costumes for my brother and I since she was about to drop cash on flimsy plastic costumes that we were going to use for just one night. She would take time to make us a costume usually made out of felt and 100% amazing!

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As I’ve gotten older I too have made all of my Halloween costumes.  I was really into coming up with unique creations in college.  While other girls were basically wearing a bra and underwear along with a hat and handcuffs for their police officer costumes, I was busy painting my face gray and adding stuffing to a gray sweatshirt for my manatee costume.  I mean, Halloween is typically cool – the more clothes the better, right?

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Now that I have kids I knew I wanted to continue the DIY costume tradition.  I was super busy last year working full-time and running around like a maniac taking care of  Tommy and Evie that I just didn’t have the time to make their Halloween costumes.  So, I enlisted my mom’s help to create adorable little crayon costumes for them since she had made the same costume for my brother and I like 30+ years ago!  Man, they turned out so cute.

My life has calmed down a bit since last year now that my kids are older and I’m not working full-time.  So, I decided to get a head start on their costumes.  I was going to go the fruit route and make Evie a pineapple since I have a slight obsession with pineapples and Tommy a kiwi.  I ended up going in a different direction.  I had remember my mother-in-law showing me 6 month old twins dressed up as skunks.  At that age they looked more skunk-like since they were crawling, but I figured walking skunks would be just as cute! I found a skunk costume on Pottery Barn Kids for $59.99.  Umm…No!  I can’t image paying $120 for 2 Halloween costumes – INSANE!!!  I used the Pottery Barn version as my inspiration and was able to make my own version of the skunk costume for about $15.00 each.  Thank goodness for faux fur and hot glue guns!

Check out my full tutorial below! ***Sorry for all of the blurry pictures-my skunks are very active!***

Supplies:

  • Black hooded sweatershirt
  • Black leggings
  • 2 Sheets of White Felt
  • 1/4 Yard Black Fleece
  • Hot Glue Gun and Glue
  • Thick Floral Wire
  • Poly-Fil
  • Pink and White Polka Dot Felt (optional – this is for a girl skunk :D)
  • White Faux Fur Trim
  • Scissors
  • Black Thread
  • Needle

1. Cut a tail out of your fleece.  Make the tail about 4 inches wide and the length from the top of your sweatshirt to the bottom.  Round the end. Cut two tails.  You’ll also cut out two ears (four pieces total – 2 pieces for each ear). Cut two pieces of white felt with the same shape but smaller so they will fit inside of your ears.

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2. Add fur to your sweatshirt.  My fur came in a large square. So, I cut it in half which was the perfect size. **NOTE** Make sure your fur is going down. Also make sure when you add another piece of fur it’s going in the same direction.  Add hot glue to the end of your fur and start by adding it to the front of your hood.  You’ll keep adding glue, working your way to the back of the hood.  You’ll then take another piece of trim (if yours is not long enough) and glue it so it is up against your last piece.  The fur from the first piece should cover the seam.

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3. Add glue to the outer edge of your ears to glue them together. Flip them so the seam is on the inside.  Next, glue the white pieces of felt to the both ears. Then, fill each ear with Poly-Fil and sew the bottom together.

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4. Sew (or glue) your two tail pieces together, leaving the bottom (non-curved side) open.  Turn the tail right side out and glue your fur trim to the top.  Trim the fur at the end of the tail so it’s rounded. Next, add Poly-Fil.  Cut a piece of floral wire the length of the tail and insert it inside.  Finally, sew the bottom of the tail shut.

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5. Glue the tail to the back of the sweatshirt. You will start at the bottom adding glue and work your way up about half way.  Add glue to the bottom of your ears and secure them to the middle of the hood with one one each side of the fur trim. If you want a bow, make one out of the pink felt and glue it to one of the ears.

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6. Cut a large oval out of your white felt.  Cut the oval in half and glue one half on each side of the zipper.

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DONE!  Just pair the hoodie with a pair of black pants and add a black dot to your child’s nose and they are all set to be skunky!!!

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I am super happy with how my little DIY  skunk costume turned out.  I think my version is a great alternative to my inspiration from Pottery Barn Kids.  So, if your running out of time to make your kiddos a costume for Halloween, this DIY skunk costume is perfect.  Gran your trusty glue gun, a glass of wine and get crafting!

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Oct 25, 2017 | Post by: Meghan No Comments

DIY Pumpkin Rosette Garland

Bring your love of rosettes and pumpkins together with this DIY rosette pumpkin garland! Decorating for Halloween is an activity I look forward to all year long.  I love everything about Halloween, especially pumpkins. These little gourds are pretty displayed untouched, however, they look even better when they are decorated with a spooky face.

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Since pumpkins have a simple shape, they are easy to incorporate into projects.  I decided to combine the ever-popular pinwheel with a pumpkin to create cute mini pinwheel pumpkin garland! This project is super simple to construct. Since it only requires paper, it’s also a budget friendly project to make!

Head on over to DIYs.com to see how this pinwheel pumpkin garland came together.  It’s the perfect addition to your Halloween party decor!

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Oct 23, 2017 | Post by: Meghan No Comments

DIY Dollar Store Sensory Bags

Keeping twin toddlers occupied throughout the day can be super hard.  They are constantly on the go, getting into anything and everything in sight.  I’ve been trying to find different activities to do with them that are simple and stimulate their senses. When I was reading about sensory play and why it’s good to incorporate at a young age, I wanted to try it for myself.

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I’ve seen so many different types of sensory bags on Pinterest, but I thought I would start out with a basic bag on a budget.  So, I went to the Dollar Store (more…)

Oct 02, 2017 | Post by: Meghan No Comments

DIY Pineapple Tote Bag

Here in Chicago we now have a bag tax.  This means every time I go to the store and I need a bag, the store has to charge me $0.07 for each bag I need.  Insane, right????  I pretty much ALWAYS forget to grab a bag when I go out shopping.  When the cashier asks if I need a bag, and I have to tell him/her “yes”, it pains me every.single.time.

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I usually attempt to avoid the bag tax by juggling all of my purchased items in my arms, which is a huge pain in the butt.  I act like Wonder Women, because you know, I’m a mom of 18 month old twins so I can handle at least 40 pounds of weight. No problem, right?

Since the grocery juggling act is getting a bit old, I figured it was time for me to have a bag I can keep in my car so I always have one handy.  I wanted this to be cute; It couldn’t be just any old tote.  I, of course, went with a pineapple theme. (more…)

Sep 21, 2017 | Post by: Meghan 5 Comments

Simple DIY Tank Top

Easy DIY Tank Top

When I am at the fabric store, I tend to walk out with extra fabric that was not on my “list” of items to buy.  It’s so hard to stay focused on the task at hand when you are surrounded by so many pretty fabric patterns. I, of course, find myself touching all of the brightly colored bolts of fabric I walk past!

Probably two years ago (maybe even longer!), I picked up this really cool swirly dot linen style fabric.  My initial plan when I saw it was to turn it into a light-weight scarf. I thought the colors and pattern would make it a statement piece.  Well, my fabric has stayed in a drawer completely untouched for the last two years!  I was rummaging through my fabric bin a couple of months ago (more…)

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