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!
We have a new Flicker Group!! Add your own pictures of the Lola Headband HERE


We Have A Giveaway On MADE

I'm so excited!!!

Dana over at  made  is hosting a giveaway for me!

I have been so excited to share this little dress with all of you and there she is on the cutest little model!


Good Luck!!


More New Frocks!

Like I said I have been very busy!

Oh what an awesome week though! I mean really awesome!!

I am so excited about the new pieces that I have to show you all and I hope you love them, I really do because I get excited when I see the pictures of my bugs wearing them.

I don't think that feeling of seeing something that you have made on someone you love will EVER get old for me! Seriously I hope it doesn't because it makes my heart sing when my bugs actually love something their mommy made!

Not to mention when Avery bug goes in to her little spheel about "mommy's company" to anyone who compliments her on her clothes. She really is the best little assistant, she really should get paid more. Poor kid!

This is our new Love Birds Knot Dress....what can I say, I just have always loved toile on anything.

Emma is wearing the new Goldie Girl Knot Dress with the Royal Blues Ruffles


Maybe it is because I am always attracted to blue, it has been my favorite color for sometime now and I think these will look great with just about anything!

Daddy's idea was to put them in this tree...cute picture but Emma bug wasn't so sure about this whole thing

Check out Avery Bugs leggings. I used a womens turtleneck from Goodwill to make them. 
I used the neck of the shirt to make the waistband so they ended up being like little yoga pants for her.
This is definitely something that I want to share with all of you at a later date. Sorry orders are my first priority right now so Tutorials are taking a backseat. UGH!

Daddy and his girls


Oh my, what a busy week I have had! 
It has been my goal for awhile now to get some new {FALL} items out for you!
This was the week I have been diligently sewing my little heart out.

What can I say, I love Autumn! 

Just the idea of making some new little items , gets me excited!
You know that feeling when you come home with all these new beautiful fabrics and you just can't wait to get started.  You are so excited to sew that you don't care that you haven't really cleaned up the house in awhile. I mean like you REALLY need to dust and do that laundry piled up in front of the washer but you ignore it so you can just get started!

Okay maybe not all of you know what I am talking about and maybe some of you do all your housework first but I was always the kid that ate my dessert in my school lunch first.
So little has changed as you can see and I rambling now because I have "housework guilt" but I will get in to that another time. 

But for now let's just think of the colors.....

Oh the colors!!

aren't they just the best right now
The weather is pretty much as perfect as it can get with all these cool, crisp days while the sun still continues to shine away.

So let's enjoy these days
each and every one of them

We are just crazy for our new clothes and we hope you will love them too because there is even more to come in the next few days!!

I know, I know "NOT MORE PICTURES MOM!!"

Sorry Emma Bug