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content • SBC Letter • pg 3 • Q+A w/ East Coast Creative • pg 4 & 5 • Felt Wreaths • pg 6 & 7 • Pillow Revamp • pg 8 & 9 • Redone Bookshelf & End Table • pg 10 & 11 • VDay Dinnerware & Placemats • pg 12 & 13 • Blogs We Heart • pg 14 & 15 • Shrinky Dink Bracelet • pg 16 & 17 • Baby Girl Onesie • pg 18 & 19 • Baby Shower Favors • pg 20 & 21 • Fancy Bird House • pg 22 & 23 • Silk Tie Dyed Easter Eggs • pg 24 & 25 • Featured Crafter • pg 26 & 27

contributors • Crafts, Design and Editorial Amanda Kuhn and Kelly Slinger • Photo Talent (final product shots)

contact Smart Blonde Creative PO Box 431 • Cresco, PA 18326 570.807.6810

Stephen Lippay • Copy Editor and Moral Support

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Jamie Bowman • Crafter and Moms of the Year Robin Kuchinski and Barbara Oppelt • Not so crafty yet wonderful Husbands Dave Kuhn and Andy Slinger

AMANDA KUHN amanda@smartblondeandcrafty.com KELLY SLINGER kelly@smartblondeandcrafty.com

Copyright 2013 Smart Blonde Creative llc. Smart Blonde and Crafty Magazine is owned and published electronically by Smart Blonde Creative llc. All rights reserved. NO part of this electronic magazine may be reproduced, including and without limitation to advertisements, art, photo, design and editorial pieces, without the written consent of Smart Blonde Creative llc.

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sbcrafty dear friends February 1st is here at last. What’s so great about February 1st, you ask? It’s a day we’ve been looking forward to for a long time - the launch of our new publication, Smart Blonde + Crafty. WELCOME! We’ve been busy researching, reading blogs, scouring Pinterest and if there’s one thing we’ve learned it’s that there are some insanely creative people out there. As the owners of a graphic design/web design company, Smart Blonde Creative, we like to think that we have some artistic talents, but we’re amazed by the imaginations and abilities people have. Not only do these crafty individuals make things look pretty, but they build things, they reuse old items and give them new life, and they inspire you to grab some paint and a hot glue gun and get to work. And what’s even more impressive about these crafters? Many of them are women who craft on the side or craft while working from home. It’s hard to be creative while chasing down a toddler or getting your kids ready for school. It’s even harder to manage a full workload, take care of a home, build a blog and spend time with your family. These women are multitasking extraordinaires and they deserve a round of applause. In this bimonthly magazine we will showcase a few of our favorite seasonal crafts and the wonderful people who inspired them. We’re not expert crafters; we’re just two girls who want to use our creative talents to create something that isn’t made on the computer. We hope you enjoy this issue as much as we’ve enjoyed making it. And please, give us your feedback! Tell us what you would like to see. Or, if you have a really cool craft you want us to try - tell us!

now back to crafting. Best, Kelly & Amanda

Q&A

W/ MONICA & JESS FROM EAST COAST CREATIVE

We enjoy reading your blog because, well, we like you guys! We enjoy your personalities and we share similar tastes (must be a PA thing). Why do you think people enjoy reading your blog? We think readers like that we’re committed to “Keeping it Real” and we’re not afraid to share our mistakes. We’re relatable because we’re just wives and moms trying to keep it all together too! We do a lot

Luckily we both have an abnormally high tolerance for craziness. We can handle a lot at once, but we could never do it without each other and our super-supportive, hands-on husbands. When we are feeling the pressure of it all, we snap and scream at each other... KIDDING! We usually pause and think about our priorities and what really matters. If it can wait, we sometimes let it, and if not, we push on through together.

of projects that anyone can try in their own home and we encourage readers NOT to be afraid to try something new! (Plus, we’re really funny! HA!)

Tell us about your typical day? This is one area where we’re really different.

What do you think sets your blog apart from all the other blogs out there? Since our blog is written by two gals with really different styles and personalities, we appeal to a wide range of tastes. Jess is the well-behaved, neutral-colors-lovin’ girl and Monica is the envelopepushing, bright-color-loving one!

The bulk of Jess’ day is spent entertaining and wrangling her two young kids. As a SAHM she’s also constantly tweaking every room in her house. Naptime is when she has time to focus on blogging and catching up on everything! Monica works full-time from home, so 8-4 is pretty much off limits. She also has 4 kids, so she’s typically heading in 100 different directions: delivering someone’s forgotten lunch to school while on a conference call,

Working, parenting, blogging, crafting, DIY-ing - we know there’s no “secret” to managing it all, but how do you manage the stress? What do you do when you feel a serious tantrum coming on?

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etc... 7-12 pm is our real blog time... Once the kids are in bed we get to work on projects, posts, and contributions. It’s a crazy life, but we love it!

Where do you go to find inspiration for your projects? Other blogs? Magazines? Pinterest? YES to all of those! We love social media for creative inspiration and, of course, read many blogs religiously. Although we also love when a good, creative idea hits us out of nowhere! We’re always brainstorming and planning together and we constantly have a running list of ideas and things we want to try.

What do you like most about blogging? Doing it together!! Working on projects with your BFF is a pretty awesome job! For anyone visiting your blog for the first time, where should they go first? To learn more about us personally, check out our MEET US page, but then be sure to head over

When you started your blog, what were your expectations? Do you feel like you’ve met your goals? Has your blog changed over time? We started this blog pretty sure that we’d have a total of 2 readers... both of our moms!! So yes, it’s far exceeded our original goal! We’re both really BIG idea people, so we’re constantly setting a new goal and we sort of hope we never stop setting bigger and

to the DIY PROJECTS page to see our favorite projects all in one place! After that we definitely think you should read every.single.post... trust us, your family won’t mind if you ignore them for a few days! HA! Thanks so much for having us!! We hope you’ll all come visit EC2 soon!

eastcoastcreativeblog.com

better ones. Our blog has definitely changed over time... from a new blog name (we started out as The Real Housewives of Bucks County) to a more streamlined look, the blog evolves with us. But even with changes, our commitment to being real and a source for creativity remains. SB & Crafty ▪ 5

Spice up

your space with a little yarn & felt... Looking at my boring beige door, there is no denying that it is in serious need of a makeover. This door needs some spice, some zest, a bit of color and personality. Who wants to live in the home with the boring beige door? Not this girl. The easy and inexpensive solution to this problem? A colorful felt and floral wreath, of course. One “felt wreath” search on Pinterest and it is easy to see the life you can bring to your own front door with just a little yarn and felt. Seasonal wreaths, holiday wreaths, elegant wreaths and even some downright funky wreaths. Who knew!? I was particularly drawn to the unique wreaths created by ITZFITZ, an Etsy shop featuring yarn wreaths and other handmade, felt goodies. The woman behind ITZFITZ has some serious talent. Me, not so much. To create one of these beautiful wreaths I needed a great tutorial to follow which I found on one of my favorite blogs, HOME STORIES A TO Z.

here’s how it went...

1. Tape one end of the yarn to styrofoam hoop. I chose not to glue the end down right away and I’m glad that I did. While wrapping the yarn around the hoop I frequently pushed the wrapped yarn together and that caused the yarn to overlap at times. To fix those problems I would unwind it a bit. If I had glued the end right away I would have had to unwrap the whole thing to fix any problem areas.

2.

Continue to wrap the yarn around the hoop, paying attention to how tight you’re pulling the yarn. Occasionally smush the wrapped yarn together to condense your loops.

3.

After you have the yarn wrapped entirely around the Styrofoam hoop, make any adjustments and glue the ends. I didn’t worry too much about hiding the ends because I planned to place the flowers over top.

4. For the “x” effect, use a different color yarn, attach the end, and wrap the wreath in one direction. Then repeat with another color in the opposite direction.

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supplies from the store • 16” Extruded Styrofoam Wreath $8.99 @ Michael’s • 9” x 12” Felt (7 pieces) $0.29 per sheet @ Michael’s • Yarn (3 colors) $2.99 per color

from your home • Cup(s) that vary in size • Hot Glue Gun/Glue • Scissors • Tape

A

B

the flowers flower A

flower B

1. Begin making the flowers. Start with the largest flower

1. Using a cup, trace a circles onto the felt and then cut it

first.

out. 2. Starting very thin, begin to cut around the edge of your circle, gradually getting wider as you turn and cut your circle into a spiral.

2. Using a cup, trace 7 circles onto the felt and then cut them out. (For smaller flowers you would only need 6 circles, I used 7 circles for the large purple flower.)

3. Begin with one of the circles. Place a drop of hot glue into the center of the circle then fold in half. Repeat this step on 5 more circles.

4. Take the first circle you glued and place another drop of hot glue in the center of the straight end then fold in half again. Repeat this step on the other 5 circles.

5. The remaining circle will be your base. Place a drop of glue in the center and then place 4 of your folded circles onto the base, keeping the folded sides together.

6. Add another drop of hot glue to the center and then attach your remaining two folded circles.

3. Once you have cut your spiral, start at the skinny end and begin rolling the felt together tightly.

4. After you have rolled the felt together, glue the end and then trim where necessary.

5. If you want to add an additional color to the center, take a scrap from another color, cut a small circle, repeat the steps above and then glue the small flower into the center. To get the rose effect, cut wavy lines into your circle while creating the spiral, this will create the petal look. After completing the flowers, arrange and attach them using hot glue.

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ADD

SOME COLOR TO YOUR COUCH

OR OUTDOOR FURNITURE

A decorative pillow is a quick and easy way to bring color to a room or tie together an overall color scheme. You can fix up an old pillow with a new look or make a new pillow from scratch. Dress it up with lace or add some buttons for a change. Indoor or outdoor, the possibilities are endless. If you have some old pillows that need a makeover but you’re not sure what to do, a quick search on Pinterest will give you plenty of ideas. The hard part is picking one. We fell in love with the outdoor slipcovers the girls of BABBLINGS AND MORE made for the pillows on their porch swing. Not only do we love the fabric they chose but the buttons give the pillows a bit of personality. We didn’t have any old pillows to reuse so we found some stuffing and made our own.

1.

Cut your fabric to whatever size pillow you would like to make. For an 18” x 18” square pillow, cut the fabric 18” wide by 36” long.

2. Hem both the 18” sides. 3. With right sides together, overlap the hemmed sides about an inch - either in the middle of the pillow or offset to either side.

4. Sew a 5/8 seam on the 36” sides and then zig zag a finish seam for added durability.

5. Turn the pillow right side out, making sure the corners are nicely pointed.

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6.

Attach the buttons to the top hemmed seam

7.

Stuff the pillow with either pillow batting or a pillow form.

8.

Tack the two hemmed seams together using a blind stitch, folding the top seam back and picking up the bottom seam.

supplies from the store • Fabric - 2 Patterns $5.99 a yard @ American Ribbon Factory or your local fabric store

from your home • Sewing Machine • Iron/Ironing Board • Tape Measure • Fabric Pencil • Thread • Scissors

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•••BESTSPACE ••• way to update your

the

If you’re tired of looking at the same old piece of furniture everyday then do something about it! Take a long look around the room, locate the eye-sore, jump on Pinterest and find a great tutorial. Recreating a piece of furniture is a great way to make inexpensive updates to a room. You don’t have to settle for ugly end tables - paint them! Tired of your grungy old couch - make a slip cover! Whatever the piece of furniture may be there are endless ways to give them new life.

When Cassie at HI SUGARPLUM! refinished her bookshelves I was so impressed by how it transformed her entire living room, I knew I had to try it for myself. After looking at my old end tables and bookshelf, I decided it was time to give these puppies a new look.

here’s the process I followed...

supplies

from the store • Wrapping Paper • Krylon Black & White Spray Paint Satin Finish (Indoor/Outdoor) $5.99 each @ Michael’s • Krylon Clear Polyurethane $4.59 @ Michael’s • Acrylic Paint $1.75 each @ Michael’s • Foam Core $1.75 each @ Michael’s (on sale)

from your home • Paint Brush • Painter’s Masking Tape • Ruler • Scissors • Pencil

END TABLES

BOOKSHELF

1. Clean surfaces of end tables. 2. Lay down a drop cloth to put tables on. 3. Tape edges that you don’t want paint on. 4. Spray paint top of table with white spray paint. 5. Spray paint legs and base with black spray

1. Remove items and clean book shelf. 2. Measure the inside back space in between

paint and let dry.

6. Tape off pattern on table top. 7. Paint desired color on the table top and let dry. 8. Remove Painter’s tape. 9. Spray clear polyurethane onto the table tops for a moisture shield protection. Let dry.

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the shelves.

3. Measure and cut foam core to match the dimensions in between the shelves.

4.

Wrap each measured out piece of foam core board in wrapping paper.

5.

Place the wrapped foam core boards in between each of the shelves.

6. Next time you feel the need for change... buy new wrapping paper and rewrap the foam core boards.

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something special

F O R Y O U R V A L E N T I N E ’ S D AY D I N N E R TA B L E

If you’re like me, you probably don’t think Valentine’s Day is all that special - but it does give you a good reason to show your someone special how much you care. My V’day plans involve me, my husband and our favorite home cooked meal. So how do I transform a casual meal at home to a unique dinner for two? Personalized dinnerware, that’s how. A plain white dish is a blank canvas and with a few colorful Sharpies you can create just about anything. Even if your artistic talents are limited to stick-figures and smiley faces, you can easily create unique dinnerware for all occasions with the help of a stencil.

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One of my favorite blogs, BROOKLYN LIMESTONE, has a great tutorial for making your own dinnerware. I love her Halloween inspired plates so I took her advice and created my own, using the lyrics from Elvis Presley’s “Love Me Tender.” I topped off the Valentine’s theme with two quick and easy placemats. The perfect setting for a quiet night at home with the one I love.

1. Iron the fabric, measure a piece 13 inches long and 42 inches wide and then cut.

2. Fold the fabric in half, making sure the good sides are facing one another. (inside out)

3. Using 1/4 inch seam allowance, sew around the perimeter, leaving an opening large enough to stick your hand in (about 4 inches). Be careful not to leave your “opening” on the folded end of the placemat.

4.

After sewing, turn the placemat inside out by pushing it through the opening.

5. Using a chopstick, knitting needle, pencil, etc... gently push out the corners, being careful not to push through the corner.

6. Iron then hand stitch the opening. 7. Top stitch the perimeter using a

1/4 inch seam allowance and then repeat with an 1/8 inch allowance.

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supplies from the store • Plates $3.34 per plate @ Walmart • Fine Point Sharpie $1.59 @ Michael’s • Fabric - 2 Patterns $7.29 per a yard @ American Ribbon Factory or your local fabric store

from your home • Sewing Machine • Iron/Ironing Board • Painters’ Masking Tape • Tape Measure • Fabric Pencil • Thread • Scissors

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1. Clean your plates and make sure they

3. Using the masking tape as your guide,

are free of any dust.

begin to write your lyrics across the plate with your Sharpie.

2. Tear off a piece of blue masking tape and make a straight line across your plate. When purchasing your plate it’s important to pay attention to how the rim curves to a more flat rim will be much easier to write on.

4. If you mess up, use a sponge and scrub away the mistake, dry, then try again.

5. After the plate is complete, bake it in the oven at 350 degrees for 30 minutes.

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theblogsweheart ♥ BROOKLYN LIMESTONE

EAST COAST CREATIVE

www.brooklynlimestone.com

www.eastcoastcreativeblog.com

Under the roof of a 100 year old townhouse in New York , Stefanie shares with us her own unique brand of DIY, design and decor. This new momma has an eye for design and her simple yet sophisticated style has transformed her home into a work of art. What began as a tool for documenting the renovation of her home has evolved into an inclusive blog featuring travel, design, entertainment and DIY projects. Stefanie updates her blog several times a week and we’re always eager to see what she has going on, especially lately. Who doesn’t love seeing pictures of a sweet baby girl?

Monica and Jess over at East Coast Creative are keepin’ it real and that’s why we love them. Best friends since highschool, these two tell us tales of room makeovers, DIY projects, and all things creative. Their styles are very different yet their ambition is the same. Mothers, bloggers, DIY-ers, these ladies are busy and they wouldn’t have it any other way. All their hard work and talent doesn’t go unnoticed; you can find them on The Nate Berkus Show, Ladies Home Journal, HGTV Magazine and more. Learn more about East Coast Creative in the following Question & Answer Session we shared with them.

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HOME STORIES A TO Z www.homestoriesatoz.com While Beth from Home Stories A to Z claims that she doesn’t possess any special talents, I must disagree. Just check out her Project Gallery and see just how very talented she is. One of our favorite parts of this blog? Beth’s weekly Tutes & Tips Not to Miss. Each week Beth rounds up a few of her favorite projects and shares them with us to be inspired. So if you’re trying to create beauty amongst chaos, visit Beth and pickup some helpful hints.

HI SUGARPLUM! hisugarplum.blogspot.com Cassie, blogger of Hi Sugarplum! is just delightful! And her blog is full of useful DIY designs, fashion tips, and travel destinations. Not only does she have a knack for decorating but she also looks darn good doing it - just check out her Outfit Inspirations page. One of the reasons we follow Hi Sugarplum? Well, we like her! And we like her style. When looking at the photos of her renovated home from the 80s it gives me hope that one day my home could look something other than old.

BABBLINGS AND MORE www.babblingsandmore.com Coming from a big ol’ family that includes 25 kids, (I’m serious, check out their family photo) these four sisters have some great stories to share. Bridget, Briana, Brooke and Brittany, the creaters of Babblings and More, share with us their DIY projects, recipes, family stories, photos, and more. You can feel the love when reading their blog, one of the reasons we enjoy following them so much.

TATERTOTS & JELLO www.tatertotsandjello.com If you’re looking for inspiration visit Tatertos & Jello because whatever you’re searching for, you’ll find it there. If you read Jen’s bio she’ll tell you that anyone can be creative and we agree - that is, with the help of a great tutorial. And that’s just what you’ll find at Tatertots and Jello - lots of useful tutorials on how to make anything from Valentine’s decorations to a cookie sheet calendar. You’ll also find recipes, decorating tips, craft ideas... the list goes on. Jen always has something interesting going on so be sure to stop by.

ITZ FITZ www.etsy.com/shop/ItzFitz Give this girl some yarn and felt and she’ll turn it into something that can bring the life back to any old room. We

first came across an Itz Fitz wreath on Pinterest and after visiting her store we were incredibly impressed by her talent. Her color combinations, different styles and floral patterns are unique and give shoppers a wide variety to choose from. The only problem is how do you choose!

RUST & SUNSHINE www.rustsunshine.blogspot.com When you visit Rust & Sunshine it’s clear that Michelle has some serious photography skills. And her son is the most adorable subject. What started as a blog to keep track of her gardening evolved into a baby blog and now includes her other interests and hobbies as well. We love Michelle’s unique crafting style. Our favorite? Her Cardboard Playhouse - it’s like Barbie’s Dream House only better! If you haven’t yet, get to know Michelle. We’re sure you’ll like her just as much as we do.

CRAP I’VE MADE www.crapivemade.com With a name like that you know there has to be a great sense of humor behind this blog. And there is - Char is both funny and talented. We particularly enjoy Char’s sewing tutorials and all the useful tools she tells us about. As a member of the Lowes’ Creator and Influencers Blogger Network, Char regularly writes about DIY projects and home improvements. Visit Crap I’ve Made for both inspiration and a good laugh.

THE LARSON LINGO www.thelarsonlingo.blogspot.com A wife, mother, photographer, graphic designer, middle school teacher and soccer coach, Mel at The Larson Lingo keeps us coming back for more. From her awesome design skills and mix of DIY projects, to recipes and life stories, The Larson Lingo has it all. Recently, Mel posted a comic titled, ”Running Errands with Kids” that made us pee our ourselves. Along with her blog, Mel also runs an Etsy shop called Daylight Designs that is full of fresh and simple birth announcements, baby and bridal shower invitations, holiday cards and more.

EAT. SLEEP. MAKE www.eatsleepmake.com Because two heads are better than one, Shannon and Jen have combined their talents to bring you Eat. Sleep. Make., a blog featuring DIY projects, home decorating ideas and more. Neither of these crafty ladies are new to the blogosphere; they have been blogging separately for years - Jen at My Own Road and Shannon at Details of a Love. If you liked them before then you’ll love them now - double the inspiration, double the ideas.

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80

JUST ANOTHER

s

GREAT

PRODUCT OF THE

supplies

We know you’ve been missing the 80s. We are. Great hair. Great music. Lots of neon. That’s why we’re bringing it back - in a 2013 kind of way.

from the store

If you’re a product of the 80s then we’re sure you’re familiar with Shrinky Dinks. If not, Shrinky Dinks are pre-printed images which are then colored and baked in your oven. After they are baked, the shrinks become about five-eighths of their original size, yet maintain the colored design. It’s awesome.

• Silver Open/Close Jump Rings $4.39 - 500 pack @ AC Moore

from your home • Needle Nose Pliers • #6 Plastic Containers • Scissors • Ruler • 12 inch Ribbon • Sharpie

You can imagine our excitement when we came across Michelle from RUST AND SUNSHINE’S Shrinky Bracelet. After gathering up a bunch of #6 plastic to-go containers, we decided to try it out. So we put on some Duran Duran and got started.

1. Wash and dry the #6 plastic container and remove any

7. Use a standard size hole punch to punch holes in the

film or labels.

corners of the rectangular pieces.

2. Cut out the flat, smooth pieces of the top and bottom of

8. Preheat oven to 350 9. Arrange pieces of colored plastic rectangles on a foil or

the container.

3. Measure and cut out 2 inch wide strips from the container pieces.

4.

0

parchment lined cookie sheet.

10. Place cookie sheet in oven for 2 minutes. (Every oven is

From the 2 inch strips, measure and cut every 1 1/2 inches to make what will be the beads. You will need 8 total for the bracelet and a few extra incase a few don’t survive the oven.

different, so the time may vary.) Keep an eye on the shrinky dink pieces. You will notice that they will start to curl up - not to worry, they will flatten back out. Once flattened back out, remove from the oven.

5.

Use a Sharpie to color a pattern or design on the rectangular pieces. The Sharpie can be any color, even multiple colors!

11. Use needle nose pliers to attach the silver jump rings -

6. Using scissors, trim the edges to curves. This will remove

together, adding 2 additional jump rings. Then loop the ribbon through and tie a bow.

the sharp edges from the final beads once they are baked.

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4

rings top and bottom in between each bead.

12. At each end of the bracelet attach the loose jump rings

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Little

behinds look so cute in ruffles

As if babies aren’t already cute enough, we have to go and make them even more irresistible by creating things like little crocheted booties and ruffled onesies for them. Even the manliest of men couldn’t resist an adorable, ruffle-butted baby. The most basic item in a baby’s wardrobe is the onesie, but who would’ve thought you could do so many different things with one little bodysuit? You can sew on ruffles or ties, draw on them, tie dye them, turn them into a cardigan or a romper. How do you decide? The ruffled onesie is both classic and versatile, depending on your fabric choice. We warn you that this project takes a bit of sewing skills. The tutorial found on another one of our favorite blogs, CRAP I’VE MADE, gave us a basic understanding of how to create the onesie, but we modified it a bit and added some flair to the front.

it went something like this...

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supplies from the store • Onesie $15.00 @ Carter’s for a 5 pk • Fabric $1.59 per piece (scraps from fabric store)

from your home • Sewing Machine • Iron/Ironing Board • Buttons • Tape Measure • Fabric Pencil • Thread • Scissors

Bottom ruffles 1. Measure 3 strips of fabric 3.5 inches wide and 23 inches long (2.5 to 3 times longer than onesie).

2. Take one of the strips of fabric, fold in half and iron. We did this to avoid hemming and to make sure the ruffle would look good on both the top and bottom.

3. At each end of the strip of fabric, fold the ends in, making them look pretty.

4. Sew the two ends of the strip closed with a zigzag stitch. 5. Repeat steps 2 through 4 with the remaining strips. 6. Decide where you would like your ruffles. We made the center ruffle at the top of the leg holes and then measured about a 1/2 inch above and below the center line. Mark each line with pins or a faint pencil line.

7. Next, sew a gather stitch down the length of each strip. Make sure your gather stitch is fairly loose - we had to pull the stitch out and start over.

8. Starting with the bottom ruffle, pin the center of the strip to the center of the line.

9. Begin pulling the bobbin thread from each side, making sure you’re gathering the fabric evenly.

10. Pin the ruffle along the line making sure the ends line up with the ends of the onesie.

11. Sew along the top of the ruffle. 12. Fold the ruffle down and top stitch along the ruffle. 13. Repeat steps 8 through 12 on the remaining two ruffles.

front placket 1. Using a scrap of fabric about 9 inches long and 3 inches wide, fold in each end to create a seam down the middle. 2. Sew a gather stitch down the center of the seam.

3.

Pull the bobbin threads to gather the fabric about 3 inches long.

4. Line up the fabric with the center of the neck. Sew on using a top stitch down the length of the fabric.

5. Hand stitch the buttons.

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sayTHANK ♥

W / H A N D M A D E PA R T Y FAV O R S

Party favors are a great way to show your appreciation while also adding to the decor and overall theme of your party. Whether you’re making favors for a wedding or a birthday party, there are millions of great ideas out there to suit any guest list. One of my preferred favor ideas is the recipe-in-a-jar concept. You can use a variety of different recipes, layering each ingredient, resulting in a beautifully delicious jar of goodness. For my baby shower I decided to use this idea to make small jars of lemonade. See how they turned out and the process I followed to make them...

2. Pour about a ½ cup of lemonade mix into the mason jar. 3. Place mason jar lid (seal insert) on top of jar. 4. Center your fabric square over the top of the lid. 5. Screw band over the fabric. 6. Create “thank you” tags on computer (or hand make them)

LEMONADE

that are 1.5 inch squares and print them out on card stock.

7. Create instruction labels on computer (or hand make them)

ADD 1 TBS P OF M I X TO 1 CUP O F W AT E R . STIR & ENJ OY .

that are 1.5 inch squares and print them out on label paper.

11. Cut about a 16 inch strand of raffia ribbon (more or less, just to give extra to be able to adjust the bow) and tie around the band of the jar, attaching the thank you tag before tying the bow.

MAKES ABOUT 20 FAVORS

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• Fabric $7.29 per yard @ your local fabric store • Ball® 4oz Mason Jars/12 pack $9.99 @ Ace Hardware • Raffia Ribbon $3.65 spool @ craft store • Country Time Lemonade Mix 82.5 oz $9.44 @ Walmart

• Scissors • Card Stock Paper • Label Paper • Printer • Hole Punch

mason jar lids.

of the “thank you” tags.

from the store

from your home

1. Cut out fabric into squares that will later be placed on the

8. Cut out all “thank you” tags and instruction labels. 9. Peel and apply instruction label to the back of the mason jar. 10. Using the hole punch, punch a hole in the upper left corner

supplies

THANK

K E L LY ’ S WER BABY SHO ♥ TH L I APR 28 2 1 20

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BIRDS JEALOUS make all the

with a colorful birdhouse

You know your crafting has reached new heights when even the birds hanging around your yard are bragging about their digs. What bird would want to build their nest in a plain, wooden box when they could have a colorful exterior with some pizazz? With spring right around the corner we were in search of a unique project that would bring some color to any drab, post-winter yard. An adorable birdhouse hanging from a porch seemed like the perfect solution. We found the inspiration for our birdhouse on TATERTOTS & JELLO and lucky for us there was a tutorial as well. We didn’t have all the cool Mod Podge tools that Jen has - although we do need to pick them up - but we did our best with what we had. And I think it turned out pretty darn cute. What

supplies from the store • Wooden Birdhouse $4.99 @ Michael’s • Mod Podge $19.29 @ Michael’s • Fabric - 2 Patterns $1.59 per pattern @ fabric store

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• Razor/Box Cutter • Scissors • Paint Brush • Tape Measure

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8. On the front of our birdhouse we had to cut out

2. Add a layer of Mod Podge to the roof then lay

a hole for the entry and also for the perch. To do so, we attached the fabric over the hole then stuck the razor through the fabric to create an opening.

Starting with the roof of the birdhouse, cut a piece of fabric slightly bigger than the actual roof. your fabric on top, smoothing out any wrinkles.

3. Around the edges of the roof, add a layer of Mod Podge and fold the ends under the roof, making sure the ends are folded nicely.

4. Next, choose a wall and cut a piece of fabric slightly larger than the wall.

5. Add a layer of Mod Podge and lay the fabric over the Mod Podge, smoothing out the wrinkles.

6. Continue this process on the other walls. 7. After the walls are dry, use your razor and cut off any excess fabric.

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Then, we applied Mod Podge to the inside of the hole and stuck the ends of the fabric to the inside of the hole. For the perch, we cut a slit in the fabric and then covered the perch with a separate piece of fabric.

9. After completing the walls, we continue on to the bottom and follow the same process.

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Once your birdhouse is fully covered, apply another layer of Mod Podge and allow time to dry.

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DYED EASTER EGGS

these aren’t your grandma’s old Easter eggs... Our memories of dying Easter eggs include a PAAS Easter Egg Kit and some good ol’ fashioned egg dying. While we still love PAAS, it’s hard to stick to just one Easter egg technique these days. Depending on your Easter theme, there are a number of ways you can create complimentary eggs. You can use stickers to create designs, try the Pysanky technique of wax-and-dye decorating, create different shades of dye using household ingredients, paint the eggs with pencil erasers, roll them in glitter, or add on accessories, to name a few. But with so many options, how do you decide? This year, we’re going to try dying our eggs with silk ties. Yes, that’s right, silk ties. So if your husband has some ugly old ties you’ve been waiting to get your hands on, now is your chance. We found a great tutorial on one of our favorite blogs, THE LARSON LINGO. Grab those ties and follow along.

1. Open up the back of the tie by cutting off the thin part and then pulling the bottom of the tie apart by the center seam.

2. Remove the inner fabric of the tie and cut out the overlapping piece of silk.

3. Carefully wrap your egg in the tie with the shiny part touching the egg. Be sure to smooth out the wrinkles as best as possible so the silk is flat against the egg.

6. Tie the pillowcase at the top of the egg. 7. Put your eggs into a pot and fill with water to cover the eggs. Add 1 cup of vinegar for 8 eggs.

8. Cover the pot, bring to a boil and continue to boil for 20 minutes.

9. After they are done, take each egg out and allow it to cool for 20 - 30 minutes.

10. Unwrap the eggs and behold your masterpiece.

4. Tie the gathered silk at the top of the egg tightly. 5. Cut your old pillowcase or sheet and wrap a piece around your egg like you did with the tie.

supplies from your home • 100% Silk Ties (must be 100%) • Pillowcase or sheet • Scissors • Vinegar • Eggs • Water • String

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Hi! My name is Paige. weeks late. But, like I said, I made everything as a kid. Hand painted ceramic ornaments and magnets were my specialty. My mom, like me, makes a lot of her own Christmas gifts and is certainly the original force behind my own creative greatness.

I have an obsession with plants, I have 2 dogs and I love my husband. All that doesn’t seem very interesting, so let me start over. Since I can remember I have always had a creative side. My mother always had me make my own Christmas presents for my family, and maybe that’s why I have reverted back to that in the past few years. Yes, i make EVERYTHING for Christmas and, believe it or not, it’s a little less stressful and not as time consuming! I knit, make candy, tie dye, make jewelry and a whole lot more. I even made my dad a bloody mary making kit this year, complete with pickled green beans. It keeps me quite busy throughout the year, and my house cleaning suffers because of it, but my husband loves me enough to pick up the slack on that side of our lives. He truly is a blessing. I started crafting probably before I was born. My mom always tells me I was 3 weeks late because she just kept putting off silk screening onesies for me! I just hope my own child (yes, I am 6 1/2 months pregnant) doesn’t come 3

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My FAVORITE things to make are anything for a new baby. Be it knitting hats and blankets or tie-dying onesies and socks. Basically anything in miniature is darn cute; I cant help myself. Think what you like, but this has always been my favorite thing to make, even before I got pregnant. Overall I just LOVE to tie dye. It’s amazing because you never know what it’s going to look like at the end. You can control the design and what colors you use, but you still have a surprise at the end. I am a huge fan of surprises. In my everyday life I incorporate crafting by hosting “crafternoons” with friends. We actually held one, where we all made Christmas ornaments for another friends bridal shower (yes, you Kelly). I made a cork wreath, tinsel ornaments, and a stained glass star tree topper! My everyday life automatically revolves around crafting and being creative. Today I am painting a bookshelf for the baby’s room, and tomorrow I am buying fabric to make curtains. There is always something creative I plan to do. That’s just me and always will be. I am crafty and wouldn’t change it for the world. My inspiration? 6 months ago I never would have known what to say. These days, however, I have discovered Pinterest! Where has this been all my life? I don’t have to worry about it anymore, because I can officially make EVERYTHING now! From recipes to sewing to mosaics. If you aren’t on Pinterest or you don’t know what it is, PLEASE find out. It is truly amazing!

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Tie dye finished products for my brother's stand-up paddle board business in Connecticut 2. A table I mosaiced 3. An oar that I lettered (by hand) as a "guestbook" for my cousins engagement party 4. Tie dye onesies in progress 5. My niece sleeping under the blanket I made her

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