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Thursday, September 30, 2010

Pom-Pom Flower T-Shirt Embellishment Tutorial

I shared this tutorial over at A Little Knick Knack earlier today and wanted to share it with you all here too.


Here's how I added some flower embellishments to a plain t-shirt.

I found these flowers on Little Miss Momma and she used them to make headbands.
I fell in love and wanted to add these to my shirt.


Supplies:
-Two t-shirts- one to cut up, one to use. (I bought the shirts at Michael's, 2 for $5)
-Fabric Scissors
-Needle
-Thread
-Fabric pen (optional)
-Rotary cutter (optional)
-Cutting mat



How to:
I pre-washed both shirts that way if they were to strink they would do it before I started the project.

-To begin, cut up the center of your "cut" tshirt.


-Open up the shirt and flatten out one of the new edges you created.


-Take your rotary cutter or scissors and cut a long strip about 2" thick from top to bottom of shirt. Cut off the seams at the ends.


-Fold the long strip multiple times to create 2" squares.


-If you like, you can trace a circle onto your fabric with your fabric pen to cut out.
I just decided to free hand it.


-Separate all the circles.
They don't have to be perfect but if you want to round them out a little, now it the time to do it.


-Cut out about 20-30 circles. These will be the petals.
-Cut one more circle the size you want your flower. The petals attach to this piece.


-Pick up a circle and pinch in the center forming the petal.


-Thread your needle and sew down the pinch section so it stays together.

-If you check out the Little Miss Momma tutorial, she just used hot glue to do this and create her flower as a whole. I decided that I wanted to sew it all together because I was going to sew the flowers onto the shirt and I wasn't sure how hot glue would do in the washer. But if you don't want to sew them to your shirt you can just use the glue.


-All sewed together.


-Sew to the center of large circle you cut for the base.


- Continue attaching the petals placing them close to one another.


-Continue adding the petals until you have the flower size and shape you desire.


-Sew down to shirt. I just hand stitched the back circle to the tshirt.

-If you don't want to sew them down, you could attach a pin to the back of it and create a brooch so the flower is removable.


-I created another flower using a mix of white fabric and my tshirt fabric.


That's it!
Just what it needed!
Perhaps a few more? I haven't decided that yet.


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Blog Swap- A Little Knick Knack

I want to introduce you to Meg. She is a very talented lady and has a cute blog called A Little Knick Knack. I'm over there today so come visit later.
I'll let Meg take it from here.


Hello all! I'm so excited to be here at Allison's place today. I just want to take a second and introduce myself. My name is Meg and I live over at A Little Knick Knack.

A Little Knick Knack

I'm a midwest, stay-at-home-mom to three adorable children and in order to keep some sanity, I began to craft. I started my blog at the beginning of the year and I've had so much fun with it since! I enjoy doing anything with power tools, sewing, painting, stenciling, fabric-ing, anything really. I hope you enjoy your little tutorial here and can hop on over to my little blog and check it out soon!

Today I'd like to share an incredibly easy, low-stress, festive way to decorate a wreath. I saw this cute idea for a Halloween wreath on Craftaholics Anonymous. Click HERE to see her cute version.

I have a deep and abiding love for the remnants bin at Jo-Ann Fabrics. I found a bunch of hunter green burlap for a mere $2. It was fate! It was MINE. I didn't know what I would use it for, but I snatched it right up.



See all this lovely fabric I got along with the burlap? Loooove the remnants bin. I'm gonna marry it.

I've had this yarn wreath for almost a year now. I've enjoyed hanging it in my entryway, but felt it was time to change it up.




After ripping off the chipboard, I tore my burlap into strips. I have to be honest, I didn't measure, I just began snipping away. I ended up with roughly a dozen 1-inch wide strips, about 8-9 inches long.




Once the cutting was done, I simply tied the burlap strips onto the wreath. No double knots or anything, just a simple once-over will do. Be warned, though, burlap frays easily, so be gentle and if you can, try not to un-do your ties. It may be hard to salvage.




*HINT: I did very loose ties until I was done, then I could easily push and re-arrange the ties until I was sure I had enough on the wreath form.

Once I was done, I used some of my $1 store ribbon to loop through the wreath and hang it on my front door.






So simple, and yet so cute! I love how I can easily change this for the seasons. Right now, it's set for fall, but I can add a red or burgandy ribbon for Christmas and even add some other trinkets to make it more festive. It suits my purposes for now, and I love it!





I hope you can hop over and join my link party on Fridays called Everything but the Kitchen Sink. It's for anything and everything and I'd love to see you all there!


A Little Knick Knack


Thanks for having me, Allison! Have a wonderful day!

-Meg



Thanks for sharing Meg!
That is so cute and so simple!
Everyone go check out Meg's blog and give her some love!



Wednesday, September 29, 2010

Wordless Wednesday

So I have to include a few words- Travis and I had date night Friday night and he was a dear and brought home flowers for me. Here are some pics I took of them.






Tuesday, September 28, 2010

Tasty Tuesday- Roasted Red Potatoes with Bacon & Cheese

Another yummy recipe from Kraft Food.

Can't go wrong with potatoes, bacon, and cheese!

This would be a perfect side dish for the holidays.


(Kraft Food)

Roasted Red Potatoes with Bacon & Cheese


Prep Time: 15 min
Total Time: 1 hr 10 min
Makes: 8 servings, 2/3 cup each


What You Need:
-1/2 cup KRAFT Light Ranch Dressing
-1/2 cup KRAFT 2% Milk Shredded Cheddar Cheese
-1/4 cup OSCAR MAYER Real Bacon Bits
-2 lb. small red potatoes (about 6), quartered
-1 Tbsp. chopped fresh parsley


Make It:

-HEAT oven to 350°F.

-MIX first 3 ingredients in large bowl. Add potatoes; toss to coat.

-SPOON into 13x9-inch baking dish sprayed with cooking spray; cover.

-BAKE 55 min. or until potatoes are tender, uncovering after 40 min. Sprinkle with parsley.


Kraft Kitchens Tips:
Substitute
Prepare using KRAFT 2% Milk Shredded Colby & Monterey Jack Cheeses.

Substitute
Substitute chopped fresh rosemary for the parsley.

Substitute
Prepare using 4 slices OSCAR MAYER Bacon, cooked and crumbled.


ENJOY!!


Monday, September 27, 2010

Progress...

I am THRILLED with the progress we made with our backyard.

I mentioned that we worked on it 2 weekends ago and we tackled it again this past past weekend. And it is fabulous!

Two weeks ago we tried to level out some of the insane divets in the backyard and put seed down. This weekend we tackled the flower bed that we started right after we moved in.

Here is a before picture of the backyard right after we moved in.
As you can see there are MANY bald spots from our landlords two dogs that lived back here, dug many holes, and created many paths.


And this is the backyard now. :)
When we first started digging out the garden, we moved the sod into some of the bare spots so we didn't have a ton of seed to put down. We did have a large bare spot on the left side of the lawn. You can see a glimpse of some of the stuff that we put down to help.

We finished digging out the whole flower bed. As you can see, we need a few more bags of top soil in the left corner. So close!


We bought some pavers to line the bed. They are actually for patios but I like them so we decided to turn them on their side for the border.


Here is some of the lovely baby grass.
I know I am a dork for taking a pic of our grass but we are so excited something is growing because it has been SO DRY here and we are having to water. I am dreading our next water bill!

I can't wait to finally buy all the plants and flowers for the bed. It will just look awesome back there! :)

I'll share the progress as we go!

Hope you all had productive weekend too!



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Friday, September 24, 2010

Glitter Pumpkins Tutorial

Happy Friday afternoon everyone! So happy the weekend is almost here and according to the 7 day forecast, cooler weather is just around the corner! YEAH!

I want to share this tutorial. I shared this today over at Oopsey Daisy but just in case you missed it there... here it is again.


Glitter Pumpkins

Here's how to transform these ugly plastic pumpkins into gorgeous Glitter Pumpkins.
It's SUPER easy!

YUCK!


Supplies:
- Plastic pumpkin(s) of any size
- Glitter (I love Martha Stewart Glitter)
- Glue (I also love to use Martha Stewart Glitter Glue)


How To:
I highly recommend to put something down in your work area to catch the glitter. They sell pans that are for this but I actually like to just use a cookie sheet with wax paper on it. That way when you are done with one color, you can just pick up the paper and put the extra right back into the glitter bottle.

Also, just be ready to be COVERED in glitter. You will see glitter all over you, your pets, floor, kids, husband- it just appears! lol


Cover the pumpkin with glue.
Work in small sections at a time especially if working with larger pumpkins, otherwise your glue will start to dry before you get the glitter on.

Also, you do not need to put glue on the bottom. Just put glue down far enough where you won't see anymore of the originally pumpkin.


Cover with glitter and knock off the extra. I chose a shade of orange glitter.


Continue working your way around the pumpkin.
If you accidentally mess up a spot, no biggie, just cover with a little more glue and glitter.


Once you have the main pumpkin done, set aside and let dry.
Depending on how thick your glue is, it can take a few hours to even overnight for the glue to dry.


Once the pumpkins is dry, you can now add glitter to the stem.
I chose a dark brown glitter for the stem.
Knock of the extra, set aside to dry and your done!
You can even add a couple leaves to the top if you like for a little extra embellishment.



From ugly and drab to Gorgeous and Fab!


Add to your decor.


You can glitter larger pumpkins and set them together for a fun grouping.
I've shared this before but this is a my set of pumpkins I created two years ago. They are perfect to use outside as well and shimmer so pretty in the sun. They last in the rain just fine, in fact, even after two years they only needed a little touch up.


Now how easy is that and they are oh so fabulous inside or out!
If you make some of your own, I would love to see them!



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Have a great weekend!
See you Monday! :)