Friday, December 2, 2016

Simple Red Burlap Bubble Christmas Wreath

I just love that simple and natural look of burlap wreaths, and I saw some on Easy that have tight, packed bubbles instead of full swooping loops.   I knew a tight, red burlap wreath would look perfect for Christmas on our stone fireplace.  So I studied up on several tutorials, and gave it a try.  Here is what I came up with:

This took a little longer then the other wreaths that I have made, but so far it is my favorite one.  I used a styrofoam wreath for the base and about 2 yards of red burlap that I cut into 5"x5" squares.  In order to make it look nice a full I really packed the burlap bubbles onto the wreath.  I wanted to keep it simple so I added just a white burlap bow.

Here are a couple of the tutorials that I used to learn how to make this style of wreath:

It really was not hard at all to make, it just took patience to cut the squares of burlap.  And then each square of burlap had to be folded into burlap and pinned in place.

Tuesday, November 29, 2016

Jingle All the Way Shadow Box -- Take 2

A few years ago I made these inexpensive and awesome gifts for my boys' daycare teachers.  Remember these?  (Click here to see the original post with instructions).

Well I needed to make a few more as teacher gifts again this year, but when I meant to Michael's they were out of the black shadow boxes but I came across some awesome white ones.  This time I used multiple sizes of bells, and added an extra sparkly red bow with silver trim.

Monday, November 28, 2016

Red Ribbon Christmas Tree

Now that Thanksgiving is over, it is time to finally focus on Christmas -- my favorite time of year.  And most importantly -- decorating my Christmas tree.

I decided to try something new for me this year, and instead of using metallic garland beads, I decided to give ribbon a try.  I had some glittery shear ribbon and some shiny red ribbon that I had bought several years ago and never used.  So I layered the silver ribbon on top of the red ribbon and laid it onto the tree.  It did not quite look complete, so we added a bow to the star to top the tree off.

And in our house it is just not quiet Christmas until you get the Christmas Mickeys and the Christmas Snoopy's in front of the fire place.

And the view gets even more magical at night.  I so love the ambiance of a lit Christmas tree in the quite of the night!

Still got lots of work to do -- outdoor decorations are not up yet, the entry way is not decorated, and I haven't even started on our kitchen and basement. 

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  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

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!