Constellation Pumpkins

October 12, 2015 § 1 Comment

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Pumpkin season is in full swing, and I love stuffing our house full with any and all different types I can get my hands on! I also have been itching to try something new with them. Growing up I don't remember carving pumpkins much, and for the most part I haven't been that interested in it, but this year I decided I wanted to give it a try. I wanted to doing something really simple, but interesting. I love looking at the different constellations and thought it would be really fun to do some on pumpkins! It ended up being super quick and easy to do, and I actually love the way it turned out! 

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WHAT YOU'LL NEED : 

-Serrated knife for carving (I borrowed my husband's drywall saw) 
-Drill with several different sized bits
-Sharpies
-Spray Paint (optional)

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I started by cutting out the top, and removing the guts. For the moon I simple drew the shape I wanted right onto the pumpkin, and used it as a template to cut out with the knife (since I had spray painted it black, I just touched it up with spray paint when I was done to cover any permanent marker still showing). For the constellation I drew on the main start points, and then used my drill to drill them out. I then used my knife to carve the lines, but only going about halfway through the pumpkin flesh, that way it would show the glow just a little!

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For the little baby pumpkins I just used regular and fine tip sharpies to draw the constellations right onto them, and love how adorable they came out! 

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Instead of candles I opted for battery powered LED star light strands. I simply lined the bottom of the pumpkins with a little waxed paper, bundled up the lights and stuck them inside! I got mine from Target, but Here are similar ones on amazon. I love the glow they give, and I don't have to worry about keeping an eye on them!

 

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 Have you guys done any pumpkin carving yet? 

Pup Tipi DIY

November 18, 2014 § 2 Comments

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A tipi for the pups has actually been one of those things that's been on my list for a long time. I don't even remember what first sparked the idea (I know ones for kids have been poping up all over the internet for some time, so it may be from that), but I've been a little intimidated by the idea too. Turns out, it was way easy. Maybe a tad tricky to get just right, but pretty simple none the less. 

What you'll need // 5 Wooden dowels (I got mine from Lowes, I'm not positive of the size I used – sorry! But I just kind of held up a bunch of different sizes to figure out how big I wanted my tipi), leather (or faux leather) cord, canvas (I got a whole yard and had more than enough). 

 

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I started by drilling a hole through each dowel. You can skip this step if you don't have a drill handy, you will just want to wrap your dowels nice and tight to compensate. Then I threaded my leather through the holes in each dowel. 

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Next you'll want to stand them up and arrange them at different angles to make the structure of the tipi. Make sure you leave a larger space between two of them for the front opening. Once you have them aranged how you like you can knot your leather to secure. At this point I also hot glued each of the dowels together as well to add a little extra support too. 

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Take your leather and continue wrapping around the dowls. I also criss crossed through the dowels to make sure everyone stays in place. I love the look of it being really thick, but you can wrap to your own liking!

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Getting the fabric to lay right is deffinitely the fussiest part. I just draped the whole yard over it to start (top left) until it layed how I liked, and then trimmed off the obvious extra (top right). Next I just went around and trimmed off the extra from pole to pole. I also hot glued the tops and bottoms of the canvas to the dowels so they would stay in place. It's good to keep in mind that you can always trim off more, but you can't add more, so take your time and trim just a little at a time until you're completely happy! 

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One of the fun parts of making a tipi is decorating it! I debated weather to paint the outside of mine, but decided for now to just go with a simple tree clipping, pinned to the top. 

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This could also be easily done for a kid's tipi as well, you'll just want to make it bigger than I made mine. But really, your dog needs a tipi though, right? #thirdworlddogproblems

Nine Home Decor Projects to Try

May 12, 2014 § 2 Comments

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Thrift shops and flea markets are great for finding unloved treasures that just need a little makeover. I still am in love with my little tea cart I rescued. But whether you save an old piece or buy one new, having a little cart dedicated to your love of tea is always fun:)

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Decorative pillows can be so expensive, but it can be fun and cheap to make your own! Whether you make your own stamp or buy one, it’s a pretty simple project to do.

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Pajaki chandliers are a great little decoration for a window, or can be adorable used as a mobile over a crib! You can choose to make it completely from scrach or buy some of the materials pre-made. Whatever way you choose to do it, they’re fun to put together, and really lovely!

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Old tin trays are another one of those things that tend to always be at thrift store, and it’s so easy to give them a little makeover. Adding a little herringbone pattern to one is quick and simple – you can check out the tuturial here!

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Celebrate your love for your own little furball with some silhouette art! I cherish my little version of Krammer even more since we lost him – it’s nice to have a little reminder of our favorite guy.

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It’s no secret that I love reusing things, and even an old desk that’s been sitting in a basement for years can be turned into something cute and usable again! Check out my little makeover of an old ikea desk

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Looking for some fun, usable decorations? Make a map of the world (or just one country, if you like) out of some corkboard. You can even paint it to give it a little extra pop, and then use it to pinpoint places you’ve been, or just pin up some notes!

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Another great alternative to spending a small fortune on cute pillows is to sew your own. I made a pair of these swiss cross pillows a while back and we still use them on our couch! You only need to know the basics of a sewing machine to make them.

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I love this candle holder I made using a tree branch and some twine. It’s pretty simple, and just plain lovely, in my own oppinion! 

Doggie Bow Tie DIY

July 22, 2013 § 5 Comments

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Last week I snagged some adorable anchor fabric while thrifting and knew I needed to find a good excuse to use it. That's when I realized it was high time Mr.Weston got his fancy on, right? Doggie bow tie it is!

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FOR THE BOW TIE

Supplies : 2 pieces of fabric 6.25 x 8.25 inches + 1 peices of fabric 6×3 inches (Note – if you have a small dog you might want to downsize this so the bow isn't bigger then their head!)

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1// Sew the two large rectangles right sides together (the print on both should be touching), leaving a 1-2 inch gap between start and end seams. Use your gap to turn your fabric right side out, sew your gap closed and iron flat. 2// Fold the small rectable in half lengthwise, with the right sides together, and sew a seam down the raw edges. 3// Turn the small rectangle (now more of a tube) right side out, fold in half and sew about half way down. Trim excess  and turn inside out so your seam in on the inside. 4// Slip the small band you just made over the middle of the large rectangle and "fluff" the side.

Now you can either attach it to a collar you already have or you cane make your own to match…

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FOR THE COLLAR

Suplies : 1 peice of fabric 3 inches x the width of your dogs neck plus 2 inches + a buckle set (sold at most fabric stores and Hobby Lobby's)

1// Fold the fabric in half lengthwise and sew a seam close to the raw edges all the way down. Turn right side out (a long crochet hook is very handy for this!) and iron seam flat. 2// fold over end twice and sew down, repeat for other end. 3// Fish one fabric end through one buckle and sew fabric to itself to keep the buckle in place. Try the collar on your pooch and slip the other buckle over the other end to make sure you've got a good fit (you can slide it down and safety pin it to keep it in place). Sew end in place.

Sew your bow on and you're done!

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Oh and Weston is totally ready to start his modeling carreer, he will gladly work for treats!

Maxi Skirt DIY

July 3, 2013 § 4 Comments

Fine and Feathered Maxi SKirt Tutorial

I am back with my maxi skirt tutorial as promised! You may scroll down and think "WOAH that's a lot of steps!" but I promise it's really simple. I broke it up into lots of little steps so that those of you who are new to this sort of thing have plenty of visuals to help you (I know I personally do way better with visuals then with trying to read through directions alone). Those of you who have made skirts before, this should be a breeze. Just make sure you read through before you dive right in!

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What you'll need: 2 yards of stretchy knit fabric, measureing tape, scissors, sewing machine, matching thread, elastic for waistband

1. Measure how long you want your skirt to be (from your waist to the floor) add 4 inches. Lay your fabric out flat on the floor (it should be folded over lengthwise, so you have two layers). Cut your fabric to the length you just measured (don't forget the +4 inches).

2. Measure your waist, divide by two and add 2 inches (waist in inches รท 2 + 2). You can mark that centered on one end of your fabric with just a little pencil mark to make it easy. Cut your fabric at a slight diagonal from one side of your waist mark to the wide end of your fabric.

3. Fold the side you just cut over to your other waist marker, smoothing out the fabric as best you can.

4. Use your alredy cut side as a guide as you cut the other side. unfold fabric. You'll now have two pieces that look sort of like a V with the bottom chopped off.

5. With right sides together, sew both length sides of the fabric together.

6. Take the smaller end of the fabric (this will be your waist) and fold the top over, you can iron it just a little to help keep it in place, sew the fold down (careful not to sew the whole top to itself – you won't be fitting your waist in then!).  – technically you could skip this step but it keeps your seam looking nice.

 7. Your going to fold the seam you just made over again. Wrap your elastic around your waist, keeping it fairly taut, but not uncomfortable, cut off excess. Slip under your fold to get an idea of how far to fold your fabric over (you could also measure this to get it nice and perfect all the way around, but I just sort of eye it)

8. Remove elastic, iron and sew your new fold, leaving a 2 inch gap between your seam start and end. You can see I switched out my white thread for a tan that blends into my fabric a little better since this will be seen from the outside.

 9. Take your elastic (I put a little safty pin on the end of mine to make it easier to grab) and fish it through the gap between seams and through your waist band (make sure you don't loose your other end in there too!).

10. When you've got your elastic all fished through, sew each end together. At this point you want to try it on and make sure you elastic is tight enough to keep it up. I ended up taking another inch or two off so it wouldn't go anywhere. Once your happy with your elastic you can sew that gap back up!

Last things: You can hem your skirt if you want it to look really nice, but I just opted to cut off the little bit of extra at the bottom. These types of fabric really don't have any problems with unwraveling so you should be fine if you go that way.

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It really was pretty simple, I think I whipped mine up in about an hour or so. For those wondering about the first maxi skirt I made, I used this tutorial from Winthrop Chronicals. I liked the elastic wasteband on mine a little better, but I think it's all personal preference.

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