Tuesday, March 11, 2014
Lately I've found my curiosity leaning more and more towards sewing garments for my girls. This could not surprise me more! I didn't grow up around sewing and am completely self taught. The fact that my favorite clothing for children tends to be simple, well-crafted, and made of quality materials, has made me think (foolishly, perhaps?) that maybe I can create these on my own.
I've set out a little challenge for myself: to sew at least part of their Easter outfits this year. I've been finding great inspiration all over the web, and thought I would share a bit of it here. My favorite details in the patterns I've found so far? Pockets and ties! I just can't get enough.
I will be adding more to my Sew It board on Pinterest as time goes on. You can also find inspiring pictures of stylish children's clothing (and more!) on my other board here.
Monday, March 10, 2014
Because I'm needing a wake up call this morning, and thought you might need one too. Sometimes things in life feel out of our control, but it boils down to this: we control our attitude, we control our actions, and most of all, we have the power to recklessly run after the things and people we love. I don't always remember this, and I forget to be brave, but I am inspired by so many people around me who are living their dreams and seeking fulness in life.
So thankful for you and for this community. Happy Monday!
Wednesday, March 5, 2014
This past Christmas we descended into the land of the American Girl doll. I don't know how long the phase will last, but we have started to acquire clothes and accessories. In redoing my girls shared room, one of my goals has been to have a place for everything. This can be a challenge with all of the little stuff that little people like to collect, but a battle worth fighting. We only have a few little outfits for each doll (lovingly made by my talented MIL), but there are more in our future, I'm sure.
I decided that each girl needed a little closet for their doll clothes. These closets don't fit a lot in them, but they are a great solution as I wait to see how serious we're going to be with this collection!
Want to make a little closet of your own? Here's what you need:
A wooden crate or box (I found these half crates at Michaels for a great price!)
A dowel (1/2 " or smaller), cut to fit the width of your closet
A drill and drill bit the same size as your dowel
1. Using drill and drill bit, make a hole in one side of your crate about an inch from the top (you can determine the best placement based on the shape/size of your crate). Repeat step on other side of crate (measuring to make sure the holes line up!).
2. Put your dowel through one side of crate, stopping when it's halfway through. Put a spot of wood glue on each end and push into place.
3. To secure dowel into place, choose a nail that is long enough to go through the front of the crate and through the dowel. Drill a hole where the nail will be placed, through the front of crate and dowel (about 3/4 of the length of nail). Hammer nail into place and you're done!
Wednesday, February 26, 2014
Those who follow my adventures on Instagram know that we are in the midst of doing a facelift on my girls shared room right now (find me on there, let's be friends! @swoonstudio). Things are coming along and I am hoping to reveal the final product of our hard work early next week! When it comes to creating projects for the home or parties, I always look around at what I have on hand first. I wanted a cute night light for the room, but didn't want to spend a fortune, so I scoured the rest of my house for some inspiration...
I ended up landing on these small paper fans we used over the holidays. They were only a few dollars at Party City and have held up very well after two uses. All you need to turn one into an adorable night light is a pair of scissors, a hot glue gun, and a LED night light.
First, cut the ends of the fan down so they are even with the bottom of the fan and less noticeable. Heat up your glue gun and glue the fan ends together with a small amount of glue so the fan will stay permanently open.
Turn fan over and flatten the bottom middle out a little bit. Remove the cover from the night light and run a line of hot glue right down the middle of the front. Flip over and center it over the bottom of the fan. Slip the cover back on the light, plug in and enjoy!
An adorable, original night light for about $5? Yes please!
Monday, February 24, 2014
My sweet Addie girl turned four about a month ago. Today I thought I would share a few photos of the last minute party we threw in her honor. She turned four the day I left for my week at Alt, so we put her party on hold. To be honest, I wasn't really in the mood to throw a large party this time around, but we did end up putting together a little afternoon with family and a handful of friends. Addie loves to be the center of attention, but prefers a small group, so this was perfect for her! She asked for ice cream and rainbow colors, and that's what she got.
The night before the party I raided the local party store for rainbow colored balloons, colorful gumballs, and party favors. While in SLC, I discovered the loveliness of Zurchers and happily bought a handful of colorful honeycombs to throw in my suitcase...
Thankfully, my party closet is always stocked with colorful straws, party hats, and candles. Last minute parties like this one help me justify my random purchases and overabundance of festive supplies. I just can't stop.
Over the past few years we've developed a tradition of making a tiny cake for birthdays in addition to cupcakes for guests. My girls look forward to seeing what their Dad will do with their cake each time! Sometimes I laugh at how different their childhoods can be from mine at times. I can't even imagine my Dad making me a cake, but I love him all the same.
We also enjoyed some ice cream from Molly Moon's and gave away a few little prizes to friends. Happy Birthday to my sweet, funny, opera-singing four year old!
Large wooden "A"-Hobby Lobby
Gumballs + Balloons-Party City
Stripey Spoons-Sucre Shop
Party Favors + Small party horns-Party City
Fringed Party Horns-Tops Malibu
Tuesday, February 11, 2014
Now that the kids are settled with their classroom valentines, it's time to make something for my Love. This year marks our 12th Valentine's Day together and I have Paula Abdul to thank for giving me the perfect words to say. I am forever and always his girl.
I've been playing around with wax and ink and decided to make a little card for J. Did you know wax and ink naturally resist each other? You can use a white crayon over ink much like chalk on a chalkboard and I love the effect!
To make your own card, gather:
a paintbrush and small vessel for ink
a white crayon
First, draw a faint outline of your design-be it letters, a heart, or anything else you dream up. Next, fill in your design with the white crayon, pressing as hard as you can and going over the area a few times. Paint ink over the top of your design and let it dry completely. As your paper dries, you will see the wax slowly come through. For a subtle design, leave as is. I wanted my design to be more bold, so once the ink completely dried, I went back over my design with more white crayon, which made a huge difference!
Do you have anything special planned this week?
Sunday, February 9, 2014
I should preface this by saying I am by no means a fancy illustrator (also, those are some white legs!), but I do love to doodle. I especially love to doodle with a big old brush pen. My children will often ask me to draw something of their choice that they can color. I love how open minded children are about all levels of art! They always say, "our Mom can draw anything (not true)!" While coming up with a craft for my daughter's class Valentine's Day party, I thought why not make a bunch of doodles into a giant poster?!
I got a little stuck when it came to a Valentine's theme. So, we decided to add in some doodles of sweets, a hot air balloon, and a bear. I printed an extra one for my girls to color throughout the week and taped it to the wall. They have been in coloring heaven, and the whole thing was finished within a few days.
So, how do you print this giant thing? The process is SO easy and the price per poster rang in just over $3.50. All you need to do is download the file here, save to a disc or jump drive, and take it to your local print shop. Ask them to print it on their blueprint printer/paper. The actual size of the file/poster is 24"x36".
We ordered ours from Staples, which was extra easy thanks to their online system. We uploaded our design, paid for it, and then picked it up at the shop an hour later-so easy. If there's a staples near you, follow this link to their online processing.