felt fun friday

For all you crafty momma’s out there, here are a few things I’ve been doing with felt lately, as well so some other ideas for upcoming projects!

felt tree scene

I love being able to make my daughter fun and unique toys that keep her brain busy! I have so much felt right now, and I figured it would be great for some artsy sewing for me, and enteratinment for Gigi as well. I cut out this tree and glued it down to a large square of grey felt, and I’m in the process of sewing so many fun little creatures and natur(ey) things for her to decorate it with. So far I’ve only had time to make a few things..

I sewed 3 support rings into the felt to keep it sturdy when it hangs on the wall.

I’m planning on crafting up a couple of these cute owls for her to put in the tree. And I’m also working on these felt magnets for one of her birthday gifts..

felt food

Not done yet, but you get the idea :) She loves magnets, but the ones I have are too small for her to play with so I can’t wait to give her these! I’m also hoping to make a fun felt mobile for my nephew to be! And I know it’s ambitious, I would love to make my other sweet baby nephew Dawson this awesome felt fishing game.. Wish me luck! For more felt fun, try typing felt magnets, felt food, or felt toys into bing and see what you can find!

thrifty thursday

Sorry to all my lovely loyal thrifty thursday followers. I just can’t seem to find time to put my bottom into a chair long enough to write a post. Even though I’m midway into about 1000 projects I decided I couldn’t let you all down :) Here’s that adorable pink floor pillow I made for Gianna a while back, and if you’d like to make one as well, visit ApartmentTherapy and view the tuorial. All you need is about a yard of fabric, 2 pillows, velcro, and thread.

If you remember, the pink fabric was a from last week’s thrifty thursday post, and we already had the pillows, so the price of this pillow was about 50 cents!

As you can see, she’s pretty fond of it..

I’ve also been doing some thrifty PAINTING! (which explains the lack of manicure mondays lately) My kitchen was living in 70’s dark wood MESS! This before picture was taken after I had already painted most of the dark dingy cabinets white.

before (don't mind the banner)

after

kitchen makeover, about $10

The paint was already in the basement and I found brushes and rollers on clearance at ACE. The pattern is actually a stencil of cut up toilet paper rolls! Not sure I’ll keep it forever, but it works for now. Which brings me to my next thrifty treasure..

mud room/laundry room window

talk about re/upcycling

 Yep! That’s a stick! And with a scrap of fabric I had left over from the curtains I’m sewing for the living room! I just cut strips all the way to the seem for the curtain rod and pulled the threads a bit to get the ruffly look. Super flippin thrifty baby :) Oh yea, we painted THAT room as well.

vintage bow ring $1

I happened to pop into the thrift store this week and saw this teeny tiny bow ring staring right at me! I felt like it was God rewarding me for all that hard work, so of course I bought it. What a perfect coincidence right??

And last but not least..

manzanita centerpiece, free

 

Spring has SPRUNG!

Thanks for your patience my bloggie loves.

Stay Thrifty!

tutorial tuesday

It’s busy-ness as usual on the mountain- making toys, party planning, painting, crafting, and lots of fun spring activities.  I only wish there were more hours in the day, or that sleeping was optional. It’s T-minus 3 weeks until Gigi’s Bow-Tique Bash! You moms know what I’m talking about. Anyway, I came across a great tutorial for these little bows, and I made about a billion of them for all the girls attending the party because I thought they would make great goody bag stuffers..

bowtastic

This project is great for those small scrap pieces of fabric leftover from bigger projects. Here’s how to do it..

Start with 2 small squares, about 3×4 inches (adjust length and width for desired bow size).

Sew them together with the right sides facing in, leaving a about 1 1/2 inch opening to turn it right side out. Trim the excess fabric around your stitching. (make sure to back-stitch well on your starting and finishing stitches to keep it from ripping when you turn it out) If you want to be really fancy, you can iron the fabric before you turn it right side out.

Here’s what it should look like when you turn it right side out. Pretty simple.. Next, we have to make the tie for the middle.

 Just use a small scrap and sew the 2 long sides together. Then press it so that the seam is at the back and you don’t see it (you can also iron this piece into place if like) Here’s what I mean about the seam not showing..

Now it’s time to stick this baby under the knife.. errr presser foot, and stitch her up!

Make sure you hold it pretty tight so the bow will stay sinched in the middle. It took me a couple tries to get it right. Then backstitch the heck out of it to keep it secure.

VOILA! Gigi and I have been wearing a new bow every day! You can glue them to barettes, or headbands, or anything really, the possibilities are endless :)

I was going to post another tutorial, but since this one is so picture heavy, I’ll wait until tomorrow.. but I’m a sucker for previews

pink floor pillow

 That’s all you get! See you soon..