Tuesday, November 26, 2013

Bright Red Deco Mesh Christmas Wreath

Thanks to an impromptu craft day by two of my mommy friends, I actually got started on my Christmas crafts a little ahead of time.  Here's my first Christmas craft of the season -- a deco mesh Christmas wreath.

If you haven't made a deco mesh wreath, you should try.  They are easier then they look.   I started with a 16" wire wreath form and 12" wide sparkly red deco mesh roll, which I attached with pipe cleaners.  (You could also use floral wire but pipe cleaners are much easier on your fingers).  Then I added the red & white stripped 5" wide deco mesh.  I made loops out of green and white deco mesh before attaching them and then embellished the wreath with Christmas ornaments.  Lastly, I added fancy jingle bells hanging in the center to give that nice Christmas jingle every time the front opens up.

I'll be making another wreath for above my mantel -- I haven't decided if it's going to be deco mesh, burlap, or traditional ever greens.  Check back later in the season to see what I decided!

In case you are interested in making a deco mesh wreath -- here's some links to some great tutorials and videos:


Tuesday, July 23, 2013

A Northwoods Outfit: Cargo Shorts, Canoe Applique Shirt, and Bucket Hat Made With Michael Miller Plaid

While browsing on line fabric stores a few months ago I came I came across this madras plaid fabric and just fell in love with it.  (It's shore thing, by Michael Miller, and you can bye it here at fabric.com).  I thought it would be the perfect fabric for an outfit to make for my 3 year old for our North woods vacation in Wisconsin.

I used McCall'sM6495 to make the cargo shorts.  I made the reversible hat with the Scout Bucket Hat pattern from youcanmakethis.com

I found this canoe applique pattern  off Etsy from Applique Cafe, and then I added Landon's name to personalize the shirt.  I purchased the navy blue shirt from Target, Circo brand.

And here's pictures of my handsome little man showing of his new outfit in Gramma's back yard.

I also made a romper for Baby Austin out of this same fabric, but I'll have to save that for another blog post.

Monday, June 24, 2013

Helicopter, Airplanes, Trains, & Truck Crib Bedding For Baby Austin

This past Christmas my husband surprised me with some fabric he had picked out form our local quilt house so I could make a baby blanket for our soon-to-be baby Austin.  Once I got the blanket done, I decided I needed a matching sets.  I got that done and decided I needed a big and burp cloth.  And then after that decided why not have a matching bed skirt and coordinating pillow.  So when all was said and done I had a complete bed set.

I used cozy flannel fabrics by Blank Quilting -- Starlight, Moving & Shaking, and Airplanes.

For the sheets I used a tutorial from I Candy Handmade

I made the bed skirt using a tutorial from We Like To Learn As We Go.  Instead of one solid piece of fabric, I constructed panels consisting of one piece of airplane fabric two pieces of green fabric.

And here's the blanket that I posted about in an earlier blog post.

I thought it would be nice for Baby Austin to have a pillow.  I made it reversible so one side of the pillow has the air plane fabric, and the other side has the trains and truck fabric.

And with the left over fabric I made a quick burp cloth and big and used my embroidery machine for some added personalization.  For the burp cloth I used this tutorial and for the bib I used this tutorial

My next project for the bed set is going to remake the mobile by covering it with fabric and painting some helicopters, airplanes, and trains to hang from the mobile.  Hopefully I will get it done before Austin outgrows that mobile stage :)

Friday, May 17, 2013

All-Star Baseball 2 Page Scrapbook Layout Made With Cricut Sports Mania

Here's a layout from Landon's scrapbook.  Since I find baseball clothing on little babies just adorable I had Landon wear a baseball outfit for his 3 month pictures, and I found some stars and stripes baseball scrapbook paper that coordinated perfectly.

I used the Sports Mania cricut cartridge to cut out the "All Star" and "Play Ball" and the Plantin School cartrige for "our little" and "3 months".  And I cut the baseball and star embellishments out of scrapbook paper.  This was a very fast layout and only took less then 20 minutes to throw together.

Thanks for reading today's post!

Wednesday, May 15, 2013

DIY Infant Carrier Cover - Perfect for Shielding Baby

Here's an easy DIY sewing project I did for my little Austin -- an infant carrier cover.  These covers work great from shielding the baby from the bright sun/lights and even protects the babies from exposure to germs when out and about.  I followed this tutorial that I used over at the blog Make-It-Do.

I just fell in love with this Michael Miller fabric from the Elephant Walk line that I purchased from the Quilt Hause here in New Braunfels.  I used the "Zoology-dirt" fabric for the outside and "Dumb Dot" for the outside and for contrast on the outside.  If you are making this cover for a little girl, they have this same adorable fabric in pink and purple tones too!

And of course, I just couldn't help but add a picture to show off my adorable little baby.  Here is Austin enjoying a nap in his infant carrier with his nice hand-made cover.

Thursday, April 25, 2013

Baby Age Blocks for Photo Props

Here's a project I finished just in time for Austin's arrival -- age blocks.  These work great for photo props to document the baby's age.  And since Baby Austin is 1 month old today, I can show off how much he has grown and changed in the first month!

I can not take complete credit for this project.  My mom passed the idea on to me after seeing a present that my sister-in-law received as a shower gift (purchased from BB Blocks).  And I have to thank my dad for doing the cutting, sanding, beveling, and staining.  Complete instructions are located at the end of this blog post.

My Age Blocks Put to Use on Baby Austin:

Instructions for making your own photo blocks:


  • 4x4 piece of wood that is at least 15 in. long
  • polyeurothane & sanding blocks
  • For the lettering
    • Cricut cutter and cutting mat
    • multiple colors of adhesive-backed vinyl
    • font cartridge (I used Cake Basics).
    • transfer tape


  • Step 1:  Starting with a wooden 4x4, cut the wood into two cubes (actual dimensions are ~3.5 in. x 3.5 in. x 3.5 in).  Then cut a rectangular piece that is 7" long (7 in x 3.5 in. x3.5 in).  Use a beveler or a sander to round the edges, and thoroughly sand all surfaces.
  • Step 2: Apply two or three coats of polyurothane, sanding between each coat.  For best results, follow the application and sanding instructions on the polyurethane label.
  • Step 3: While the polyurethane is drying, cut the letters and numbers out of the vinyl as described below.
    • for the first cube: cut numbers 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, and 6
    • for the second cube: cut numbers 0, 1, 2, 7, 8, and 9
    • for the rectangular cube: cut the following words: days, weeks, months, and years
  • Step 4: Using the transfer tape, apply the words and numbers to the blocks.
  • Step 5: Once the vinyl letters and numbers are in place, add two or three more coats of polyurethane, sanding lightly between coats.  This will protect the vinyl from getting scratched and scuffed.

Wednesday, April 24, 2013

Big Bro and Little Bro Appliqué Embroidery Shirts for My 2 Boys

Now that Baby Austin is almost a month old, I am starting to get into a normal routine and am starting to have more time for crafting and blogging.  And I am so excited to show off my two boys with today's project -- Big Bro T-shirt and matching Little Bro onesie.

I purchased the embroidery program on Etsy for $2.99 from JoyousEmbroidery and the gingham fabric came from Warehouse Fabrics.  I made big bro 5" x 7" for the toddler shirt and the lil bro 4" x 4" for the baby onesie.

And here's a picture of my two boys showing off their new shirts.  Landon is such a proud big brother and is so happy to introduce Baby Austin to everybody.  (I still need to work on the art of getting a toddler and a baby to both look at the camera at the same time)