Nook Covers Part 2

Happy Wednesday! I posted about my Nook Covers a few weeks ago HERE. I received quite a few emails and questions about the pattern and if I had a tutorial. Answer… I don’t because I actually purchased one on Etsy. I was going to make my own but I figured for $6 I would save myself some time :) The Etsy shop is called Birdiful Stitches. I love the pattern; it was really easy to follow, quick to sew and she even says you can resell them.
So, I made my third one last night; this time for my mom. I used my Silhouette with the iron-on interfacing and cut the bird out of fabric. Then I sewed it to the front cover before piecing the whole thing together. I found a picture of a bird on a branch that I liked from google images. Then I used the trace feature. Read my “How to Trace Tutorial” HERE.

I added an extra leaf and of course my Taylor Made Label to the back.
I love a good easy project that only takes a few hours but feels like you really accomplished something!
In other exciting news, my birthday was last weekend and look what my husband got me…
A Canon Speedlite Flash, and I’m DYING over it!!! Along with some other things my sister got me the PhotoScoop and my mom got me a series of three Photoshop classes! My pictures better be a semi-professional really soon :)

Felt Sunburst Key Chain

Do you have a whole box of felt scraps?… Oh that’s just me? I can’t let go of them for some reason even though an entire sheet is .25 cents. Well, I found a way to use all of those precious scraps.
All you need is a keyring from the Hardware Store or Walmart. Use pinking shears (p.s. love my pinking shears) and cut two pieces for the front and back. I used a piece of cardboard as a template and a scrap piece of ribbon to attach the fab to the ring.
Cut out three layers; each a little smaller than the last. I started by making perfect circles then I tried to go for a more abstract/messy look.
Work backwards… sew the button on the smallest circle, then sew that circle on the middle and so on…
Do you use your button foot as much as I do? I can’t live without it. I mean, call me a lazy sewer but it sews a button on in literally about 4 seconds. Continue sewing the other layers on in reverse order.
Sandwich the ribbon (with the key ring on it) between your two layers of felt.
Do you see how I tried to make it look “messy” but I didn’t follow through… might be a minor craft fail? No, not for me, I slapped this baby on my key ring!
I am going to have to perfect the look, I might even put some extras in the Taylor Made Shop. My keys are happy and that is all that matters :)

Father’s Day Tree Art

This year I thought the boys could help me make Bryan’s Fathers Day gift. That thought might have been a little premature considering my boys are 4 months and almost 2 years old. This project didn’t turn out exactly as I had planned in my head, but they boys were actually involved so that’s even better right :) Aren’t the little hand prints so cute?
I saw this cute picture on Pinterest a few weeks ago. Then, I drilled down to where it came from and it was an Etsy Shop called Personalized Prints. She has some really cute stuff (love the wedding fingerprint tree). Her example was for a bare tree and you add your kids hand prints for the leaves. She must not have a two year old boy because this is not what happened to me. I couldn’t even take a picture of it because the picture’s life was on the line and I had to act quickly to save it.

I cut the tree and letters out from my Silhouette. Use tweezers for the thin paper branches and tiny letters.
I placed everything backward on a piece of scrap paper and used spray adhesive to stick the letters and tree to the paper.
Stick the tree and letters to the page. Love those pudgy little hands! He even helped me with the letters.
Get your paint ready OUTSIDE. Add those little hand prints, and good luck. Like I said I couldn’t take a picture of this part, I only have two hands unfortunately.
Six very messy hands (mine included) and a few hours later, here is what we came up with…

My “2001″ had a little fight with Clyde and Clyde won, so I added a thumbprint heart and wrote the year in the corner.
I used a 13″x10″ frame and used white paper behind our painting.

Happy Father’s Day to all of the daddy’s out there. Or in our case… Happy Dadoo day (Finn came up with that name when he was about 10 months and it stuck). Have a great weekend.
We love you Dadoo xoxo

Boy Ribbons?

It’s true… you read that right. Boy ribbons.
When I gave birth to both of my boys and my Dr. announced “It’s a boy!” I was beyond excited. Yes, that really happened because I am among the 3% of people that want to be surprised and didn’t find out the sex of my children. Well, as much as I love having boys, I have a small complaint- the options for boys fabric and ribbon is not too exciting. Why ribbon you ask? I love ribbon and I like to embellish my burp cloths. If I have to catch drool and other bodily functions with them at least let them be cute right? 
I have looked long and hard for boy ribbon. There are some houndstooth, argyle and polka dot options but I need some variety. So that leads me to the tip of the day. I found some perfect boy ribbon on a scrapbook aisle of the craft store. They come in themed packs with about a yard of 6 or 7 different ribbons in that theme.Why didn’t I think of this sooner? So I fancied up some of Clyde’s burp cloths and burping my baby is much more exciting now :)
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