Hi all!

In case any of you have been wondering where I have been, we are moving to a new house and phew it is a ton of work! I should be used to this by now considering it is our 6th move in the last 7 years!!! Im hoping this is it for awhile! So bear with me and I will be back soon!

Until then,



Felt Flower Tutorial

I know I promised this last friday and well it is finally here

The Felt Flower Tutorial
and a little more...
Here are your supplies
add to this some stuffing for your pillow 
( i forgot it in the picture...oops)
1. glue gun
2. scissors
3. pins
4. felted wool
5. material for the pillow ( i used a cotton canvas)
6. stuffing
7. oh and your sewing machine!

 Cut your felt in to a large square, mine was about 19x19

Start cutting your felt making a long continuous strip as you go

Keep cutting toward the center until you reach the end

Working from the center start gluing your strip around itself to make your flower

Hot gluing as you go...

Patience, Patience and here is your flower

Take your scissors and trim your flower to achieve that perfect look

Now cut a strip of
material to make your ruffle...mine was roughly 2.5" by 34"

Sew a stitch using your LONGEST stitch length so you will be able to pull the thread to gather the fabric
( sew 3 lines next to each other in case one breaks )
Carefully pull the thread (try not to break it) and see your ruffle appear

 Cut your material to make your pillow
Cut 2 of the size you want your pillow to be
I cut mine roughly 8x15

Sew your 2 pieces ( "right" sides together) all the way around the edge, leaving one side completely open
turn your pillow inside out so that you are looking at the "right" side of it

Pin your ruffle down on to the outside of your pillow and sew in place
( this is why one side stays open, to be able to sew the ruffle on )

Turn it inside out again and sew it shut leaving a 2 inch opening at the end

Stuff away!

Pin your 2 inch opening shut and sew it up
You can use a needle and thread but I just used my machine since I was going to put the flower over that spot anyway

Lots of hot glue on to the back of your flower

Push down to make sure that it is secure

I put some more glue around the edge of the flower to secure it 

 Here's your new pillow or maybe it's for someone else....it would make a darling little gift for a girlfriend's birthday!

Now that you are a pro
why not try out this wreath too!
I used the same canvas material, cut in to a long strip and wrapped it around a foam wreath, secured it with straight pins and
made a bunch of smaller flowers and glued them to the wreath

Can you tell I'm thinking gift time is around the corner!!


Trick or Treat

  I haven't forgotten about our upcoming tutorial but first I had to share some of our Trick or Treat fun!

Avery and Emma Bug were Dorothy and The Wicked Witch this year

It is so fun now that they are both old enough to go out together
They met up with their best buddies and off we went to collect LOTS and LOTS of TREATS!!
Emma bug was hidden under her witch hat all night!

We had to get started early because we had a lot of ground to cover and boy oh boy were there a ton of kids out!

Hope you had the best night ever too!



Book Page Wreath and Mini Makeover

A little while back I wrote about how I was over my living room. Basically just sick of the set up and the colors. I needed less clutter and more calm. I wanted a more neutral palate. So after a few minor changes I think I am a little closer to my goal.

I started by taking everything off the walls and starting fresh. I made this darling book paper wreath from the tutorial over at Jones Design Company and I love how it turned out! I think I am going to make a smaller one soon that I can change the ribbon on depending on the season, holiday. 

I just shopped my house and found all this other stuff.

I found the silhouettes in a box in the garage
{ I bought them years ago and wasn't ever sure what to do with them}  

The round mirror I stole from a bathroom 
{I love it and didn't feel it was getting the attention it deserved in there} 

That is just a piece of cardstock in that frame, I needed a little color and for now, it works for me. 

The Z is black paint stamped on to a piece of recycled brown cardstock.

I recovered the pillows with white linen and pinned some flowers I made on to them. Nice quick fix.

I have had this stand since I was a kid. 
I think it has been about 5 different colors.
It was an army green so I spray painted it milk white and added the over sized glass knobs 
{Hobby Lobby}  and I love the way it turned out!  

The large picture is a print I got a million years ago when I worked at Banana Republic. They were throwing it away and I saved it. So glad I did.  

This silhouette is Avery bug and every time I look at it, it makes me feel guilty I still haven't had one of Emma bug done yet. Poor second kid! I am the second kid so you think I would be better about stuff like this! 
That is Emma is the picture frame below. 

My $7 lamp from Lowes

Coral, a gift from my mother in law 

and one of my little cast iron dogs 
{ I love these and they are so hard to find}


The new pillow covers:

IKEA $7each


I have wanted a sunburst mirror for sometime but died every time I saw the price tag! I finally found this one at Micheal's. Although when I got it home I wasn't sure where to put it? I think it may have finally found a home.  

The prints are Crate and Barrel. I actually have six of them but I finally had the courage to break up the set and just use two for now. 

Mirror jewelry box is a Target clearance find
{it feels a void for the night stand I would love to own some day}

Black vase is from Vietnam, something my dad brought back with him from his time in the Air Force.
I have two and I'm glad I was able to find a special place to show them off. 

Glass vases are just some from my enormous collection that I own. 
I already owned a ton and then my sister had her wedding at our home last year and well now I have....enough for a wedding!!

This chair is a makeover waiting to happen!

It is a hand me down from my friend Emily and for now has some IKEA fabric draped over it.

I know it's going to be fabulous once it's done!!


The Lola Headband Tutorial

 I'm finally doing a long over due tutorial for all of you!

I think this is one you are going to love!

Now let me say that yes, I have seen the tutorial's all over {BLOGLAND} for these darling little flowers here, here, and here 
 but thought I would try a new spin on it.....again, yes there is probably someone out there who has already done this but for me and anyone else that has yet to see it.....here we go! 
First,  if you are not familiar with FOE it stands for FOLD OVER ELASTIC. 
I have found that it isn't the easiest thing in the world to find locally especially in cool colors so if you need help finding it, look HERE and you will!

Here is what you will need to get started....but of course I forgot something in the picture (thank goodness I'm not being graded on this project) which is a small circle of felt. You will see why at the end.
Notice the little beads...I felt I needed to point them out because they look so tiny in the picture!


1.  Candle
2. Beads
3. Satin Polyester (so that it burns)
4. Scissors
5. FOE (fold over elastic)
6. Hot Glue Gun
7. Felt
8. Something to measure with...Ruler, Measuring tape, etc.

First Cut Your FOE to the size you need...I found that 18 inches was the perfect size for the bugs heads

Hot Glue the ends together
{oh how i wish i would of put lotion on my hands before this, oh well}


You are going to cut out some leaves now so grab your green polyester satin and cut the best leaves you can

Singe the ends by slowly working your way around the edge of the flame with the fabric. Keep it low on the flame to keep it from smoking and turning black. The fabric will melt and curl.

I like to save time so I love a short cut. Fold your fabric accordion style and then cut it close to the size you want your petals

Okay now cut your petals out from your folded fabric this way you get them all cut at once
Ta Da
Time to singe again (be careful not to burn yourself, use tweezers if necessary!
One petal at a time
Once you have finished all your petals, you are going to glue one petal at a time to another. 
Place a strip of glue to the BACK edge of the petal and place the next petal on top, working you way around until the petals meet


Add a drop of hot glue to the center and drop some beads on top to make the center of your flower

Hot Glue your leaves to your headband, right on top of where you glued the ends together
Hot Glue your flower or flowers right on top of the leaves 
(confession: i forgot to take the picture of this step, seriously?)

Now it is time to turn the flower over and hot glue a piece of felt, cut into a circle on top. 
It gives it that finished look


I also did one the "original" way and added some tulle in between layers, cut a tiny hole and used a brad for the middle

Here are a few more to inspire you
Have a great weekend!
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