Wall Tapestry DIY

Wall Hanging Finished

I spent a good bit of time online looking for something to hang on the blank wall above our bed.  Because I needed something quite large, I decided on a tapestry.  The only issue is that when searching for wall hangings or tapestries, the only search results were hangings of the hippy/India/mandala style. I rather like the hippy style personally but I was wanting something with a bit more flowers and a lot less tie dye.  Also, I was looking for something that didn’t just look like a square blanket hanging on a wall.  I wanted something with some shape to it.  So, as per the usual, when I can’t find what is envisioned in my head, I set out to make it myself. Below are the steps to recreate.

Materials:

2-3 yards of fabric (I got the extra wide type from the home fabric section)
Iron
Measuring tape
Fabric pencil (or a pink colored pencil)
Straight pins
Sewing macine
Adjustable curtain rod

Instructions (see pics below):

  1. Cut fabric to be evenly square or rectangle (size of your choosing – my finished product is 6′ x 4′)
  2. Find the middle of the fabric and measure 18″ from the bottom (or measurement of your choosing). Make a mark in this spot.
  3. Lay a long ruler or your measuring tape from the mark made diagonally to the corner of the fabric and make a line with your pin pencil.  Repeat on the other side as well.
  4. Cut out your triangle from the bottom middle of the fabric.
  5. Flip the fabric over and iron all edges over except for the top.  I did about 3/4 of an inch.
  6. Sew all your edges.
  7. Make a 2″ loop at the top of your fabric and pin in place.
  8. Sew the loop.
  9. Hang and enjoy

Wall Hanging Material BeforeWall Hanging Cut TriangleWall Hanging Ironing EdgesWall Hanging Pinned Top

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A Soggy Hawaiian Bridal Shower

Photobooth - Earl Jo and KonaAdvice TableLei TablePhotobooth SetupPhotobooth - Frame Papa Nana and NellPool AreaEarl and Jo Hula Hooping Photobooth - Dee and Nell JoAnna the Hawaiian Photobooth - Frame Papa and Nell Photobooth - Jo & Nell Rings Group Photobooth - Frame Earl and Jo Kiss Through Frame Photobooth - Jo Face Megan Ball Hula Hoop Jeopardy Photobooth - Dee and Bringas Earl Sailor Hat - Jos Finger Photobooth - Frame Earl and Jo Letters

My brother is marrying the absolute sweetest girl in less than 50 days.  We are all so excited to have her become part of our family. To ensure that she felt super special, we pulled together a backyard Hawaiian themed surprise shower for her this past Sunday.  They will be going to Hawaii (Kauai and Maui) for their honeymoon so the theme was quite fitting.  In planning and crafting for weeks, I was super excited about how this shower was coming together; maybe a little too excited because typical Florida summer rain was quickly turning the party into a very soggy event.  We setup for hours only to have everything rained on multiple times; moving everything outside, then inside then outside again with the last move only being a matter of 10 minutes before the bride to was to show.  My sweet, sweet dad could see my devestation and was determined to get everything back outside and setup before the kick-off.  Surprisingly enough, the rain held off the rest of the day.  One table was soaked and the photobooth area was drenched but that didn’t seem to matter.  We all had a blast and it turned out to be a HUGE success!

Welcome to the family, JoAnna!  Based on my brother’s answers to the bridal jeopardy questions (and just generally speaking), he is incredibly blessed to have you in his life.  I am just so excited to be a part of this monumental time in your lives.  I can’t wait to share in many more.

P.S. – So excited to have my Dee (and her boyfriend) at the shower to not only celebrate with the bride and groom but to support me (even after having just moved back to college two days beforehand).  You’re amazing, Dee!  I don’t know what I’d do without you.

Lace it Up :: DIY

Lace Trim Shirt Looking Down Lace Trim Shirt Looking Up Lace Trim Shirt Laughing

Want to dress up a plain tee?  Why not add a simple trim of lace.  This was probably the easiest and quickest project I’ve ever done and I love the results.  Plus, I can actually get away with wearing a t-shirt to work.  Woo hoo!  That’s a huge win. Hey, it’s all about the little things. Below are the steps to recreate.

  1. Simply measure the lace to go from seam-to-seam across the front of the tee.
  2. Pin the lace to the tee.
  3. Sew the lace onto the tee.

Viola! It’s as simple as that.

 

Mid-Length Skirt DIY

Skirt Side Laughing
Skirt Hemmed Edge Skirt Elastic Pinned Seperate from Material Skirt Material Pinned to Elastic Skirt Sewn Finish Outside Skirt Sewn Finish Inside Skirt Looking Down Skirt Side View Looking Down

This past weekend was a full on craft fest.  I hadn’t dedicated any time recently to sewing, projects or crafts, so it was past due.  This skirt project cost a whopping $4.50 to make!  Below are the steps to make this easy flowy mid-length skirt.  Enjoy!

Materials:

1 yard of fabric (your choice)
Elastic to match your fabric
Straight pins
Thread ripper
Sewing machine and thread
Scissors

Instructions:

  1. Double fold one long end of your 1 yard of fabric and sew.
  2. Cut the elastic just long enough to fit around your waist, slightly stretched.
  3. Fold the elastic in half and mark the center with a pin. Then fold each half in half and mark each quarter point with a pin. Fold each segment in half again and pin for each 1/8 point.
  4. Repeat the same process along the top edge of your fabric.
  5. Match up the pins on the elastic to the fabric, gathering the excess fabric between each pin.
  6. Sew the elastic to the fabric stretching the elastic as you go.  The stretching will create a natural “gather”.
  7. Sew the two edges together.
  8. Double fold bottom of skirt and sew hem.
  9. Optional: Use thread ripper to remove pocket from a men’s button-up shirt and sew onto the front of the skirt.

Baby Moccasins DIY

Moccassins and Blanket

I am a big moccasin fan and it just doesn’t get any cuter than itty bitty baby moccasins.  I made the moccasins (along with this double-sided blanket) for a friend who’s baby is due in April. Below are the step to recreate.  Enjoy!

Materials:

Couple strips of leather (real or faux)
Suede cord
Straight pins
Thick quilting thread
Medium sewing needle
Large sewing needle

Instructions:

  1. Download and print pattern here
  2. Cut out pattern
  3. Lay pattern on top of bottom side of leather and draw around each (x2)
  4. Cut out all 4 pieces of leather
  5. Pin together as indicated in pic below
  6. Using medium sewing needle, sew around edge of each moccasin with thick quilting thread
  7. Make one large stitch about one inch above the toe to secure
  8. To make fringe, cut two pieces long enough to wrap around each shoe and attach in the front.  Make small cuts to create fringe.
  9. Thread large sewing needle with suede cord to adhere fringe and tie in the front

Bootie Cutout Bootie Pinned Bootie Sewn Moccasins Complete

Dolly Shirt DIY

Nell Dolly Shirt Laughing Dolly Cut Out Dolly Shirt Pull Off

Ok, so I am definitely on a Dolly kick lately.  I’ve purchased 6 Dolly Parton vinyl’s within the last month alone.  I grew up listening to old country; Kenny Rogers, George Jones, Alabama, Oak Ridge Boys, and of course, Dolly Parton.  Listening to these old songs especially on vinyl just feels good; it feels right and in a weird sort of way, it feels like home.

I’ve made many hand painted shirts over the past couple of years, so I thought I’d use this same technique to make a Dolly shirt.  Here are the instructions.  Enjoy!

Materials:

1 cotton t-shirt
matte fabric paint
sponge paint brush
Reynolds freezer paper (plastic coated)

Instructions:

  1. Find a design online or create one of your own
  2. Either trace on design or hand draw design on matte side of freezer paper
  3. Cut your design from the freezer paper using an x-acto knife (put down padding underneath so that you do not cut the table)
  4. Iron on the cut design onto the t-shirt
  5. Let cool completely
  6. Using the sponge brush, paint in the cut areas of your design
  7. Let dry overnight and peel off

Longchamp Le Pliage DIY

I am not one to spend a bunch of money on anything especially a purse. I have been eyeing the Longchamp Le Pliage French nylon bag for some time now. Because it seemed to be the perfect purse for me, I almost, just almost, spent over $100 for this bag. Luckily, I came to my senses, put the purse down, and decided to make one for myself. It’s not exactly like the original but close enough. The coolest thing is that I had all the supplies at home so essentially it cost me nothing. At the time the supplies were purchased, the materials probably cost less than $10. Ten dollars is much better than $125! Check on the pics below.

Longchamp Original

Longchamp Copy Side View 2

Longchamp Copy Straigh Shot

Crochet Sunflower DIY

Sunflower 2 Sunflower
With my mom now being in ICU for over a month, I really wanted to find a way to get something cheerful into her room especially now that she is starting to wake up a bit.  Unfortunately, there is a no flower and no plant rule in the ICU due to the possibility of spreading germs and aggravating allergies. (side note: apparently some hospitals are moving to this rule for all rooms)  I kept trying to come up with possibilities, then it hit me like a ton of bricks one day while trying to focus on something else – story of my life.  If she could not have a live flower, then I could make her a flower that would never die; perfect!

I’m thinking of making up a few of these and maybe bringing them to a nursing home that my church is involved with.  I was pretty happy with the way it turned out.  You cannot see if from these pics, but the “dirt” inside the flower pot is a crocheted circle as well.  Below are basic instructions to make one yourself.

Materials:
Brown and Yellow Yarn
Size “G” Crochet Hook
Green Pipe Cleaner
Small Flower Pot
Hot Glue Gun and Glue
Pillow Stuffing

Instructions (all stitches are single crochet):

  1. Using the brown yarn, crochet a circle the same as you would to start a hat.  Make as large or small as you’d like.
  2. On the last row around use the yellow yarn.
  3. Once you’ve made a complete row around with the yellow yarn, start making the petals with decreasing sets for each petal. Once you’ve crocheted to the tip of the petal, single crochet down the side to get back to the base to begin the next petal.
  4. Crochet another circle using the brown yarn large enough to glue into the flower pot.
  5. Fill the flower pot 3/4 full of pillow stuffing.
  6. Glue the “dirt” circle into the pot.
  7. Twist three green pipe cleaners together and affix and glue to the flower and then feed through the middle hole in the “dirt” circle and feed the pipe cleaner out through the bottom hole in the flower pot and glue onto the bottom of the pot.

Impact

“Often people who are not in the limelight in the church feel they are not as important as those up front.  Some even feel they are second class.  The truth is we are all number one, because God has no favorites.  The Bible tells us that God is impartial.  There are no little people, because we are all special to Him.  We all have a congregation and a sermon to live.  The Bible says, ‘Let your light so shine before men that they may see your good works and glorify your Father which is in heaven’ (Matthew 5:16).  In our pulpit, the work place, God has people who will never attend a church and He is depending on us to be a living sermon to them” -Power of the Pew Warmer by Charles Pearce

Unfortunately, many times we don’t really see someone’s true value or their true impact on others until they are not around.  This is the point in which you really feel and see their void.  At least, this is what I had always heard, but never really experienced.

My mom has been in ICU for 26 days and I can honestly say that I truly understand this now.  My mom’s reach and impact on others has been deeper and wider than I had ever realized.  She truly lived out the caption above to the fullest degree.  She was out there being a doer of the Word each and everyday.  Being a light to her family, friends and everyone around her.  She was bringing the love of Christ to others.  Quilting for the homeless, crafting for the needy, volunteering for the animals, donating time, donating money, supporting and caring for her children and grandchildren; and this was all above and beyond her regular duties of managing a rental business, caring for her home, renovating a retirement home and caring for her husband.

How often do we get so wrapped up in our busy day-to-day lives and miss out on all the important things?  I know that I do.  I fall into this trap over and over again.  I’m too tired, I’ve had a long day, I don’t feel like stopping, I don’t want to take time to talk to that person; wah, wah, wah….me, me, me.  Not my mom.  She always found the time to do all the important things. To do those things that really matter; the things that have big impacts on individual lives.  The things that change lives.  She invested of herself.  This has been abundantly evident by the outpouring of love, support and prayers that we have received.

A tragic event such as this will put life into perspective.  You realize very quickly the things that matter most; people.  My mom is an inspiration.  She is my inspiration.

Three Generations American Heart Association Walk dogs Hair Donation Christmas Wreath Christmas Angel

Anthropologie Refashion DIY

Anthropologie Shirt Front Anthropologie Shirt Side View Anthropologie Shirt Back

Do you have an old tee (or seven) in the bottom of the drawer that you don’t wear anymore?  I certainly do.  I saw this cute Anthropologie tee the other day (that is no longer for sale) and realized it would be pretty easy to make since it is simply a refashion or upcycle of an old t-shirt.  The shirt only took about 30 minutest to make and I was able to make it with items I already had at home.  Here are step-by-step instructions. Enjoy!

Materials:
Old t-shirt (not too fitted)
1/4 of a yard of chiffon (or similar) material in a pattern of your choice
Straight pins
Sewing machine

Instructions:

  1. Cut back of t-shirt including the side seams and up to where the armpits begin.
  2. Lay out your chiffon material with the piece you cut from the tee.
  3. Cut your chiffon about 1 1/2 times wider than the piece of cut t-shirt and about one inch longer.
  4. Pin the chiffon to the tee all the way around making a gathered stitch in the top middle portion on the chiffon material.
  5. Sew along all sides.
  6. Hem the bottom into either a straight edge or curved edge.