Wednesday, August 21, 2013

"They're Hooked!" Bridal Shower

At the church I attend, I am the party planner. If someone is getting married or having a baby I am in charge of throwing them a shower from the church. Well we recently had a couple announce that they were getting married so I got to work. My first task was to figure out what I was going to theme their shower around and after finding out that they were having there wedding at the beach I knew I wanted it to be nautical themed. But I thought it would be a little random to have just a nautical themed wedding shower, so I decided to go with the "they're hooked!" theme.

Pinterest was my first stop to find idea but there weren't many pins for nautical bridal shower. So I was stuck with good ole fashioned creative brainstorming. This is what the bridal shower food was set up like:

I used streamers (light blue, navy, and green) to give a backdrop from the ceiling to the floor behind the food table. Randomly I placed little orange foam fish on the streamers so it looked like we were under the water. I also found a fish net at the dollar store and set that on top of the table to make it look even more nautical. These fishnets were also added to the tables everyone sat at along with jars filled with sticks in the the center of their tables (I didn't get a picture of them sadly). Now the food :)...

To start out I had marshmallow bobbers which were just marshmallows that I dipped in red chocolate and then added a red candy ball to the tops and stuck them onto popsicle sticks. I then, for decoration, stuck them in a basket with foam and then covered the foam with craft moss. Pretty cute Eh?!

I called these little guys tackle cups! Basically it was plastic punch cups with ranch in the bottom filled with celery and carrots.

I also made cupcakes with these fun cupcake liners that looked like water and frosted the cupcakes with a light blue frosting. I topped them off with pieces of a red candy that I frosted to a string and then frosted the other end of the string to the top of a popsicle stick and stuck into the cupcake. I placed the cupcakes on a cupcake stand I made out of stove burner covers and a candle stick (from the dollar store).

You can't have a shower without fruit! Yum! Here I took a fish cookie cutter I got from Joanns and cut out chuck of watermelon to look like fish. I then stuck them on a kabobs stick along with some green grapes.

These chicken salad sails are, as you can probably guess on your own, simple chicken salad sandwich slices. I just gave them the name to go with the theme. For some reason just calling them chicken salad sandwiches just didn't sound creative enough ;).

On to the deviled eggs! These I turned into little boats by adding a small slice of green bell pepper to the top as a sail.

And last but not least! the punch. This was made out of 1/3 lemonade, 1/3 blue raspberry punch, & 1/3 ginger ale. 

And that's it folks! Everything went super well and everyone loved the food. I was glad I was able to have everything look so wonderful with a small budget and a small amount of time to set everything up.

Tuesday, July 23, 2013

Easy DIY Bamboo Curtain

Since me and my little family had recently moved into our new little farm house I've noticed that we have ZERO curtains for our windows. I'm a big fan of anything with wood tones that's very simple like roman shades. I have recently made some roman shades for the living room/dining room area down stairs and they turned out beautifully. However, in our master closet upstairs we have 2 windows which have become a problem for my husband because he is concerned that the sun will bleach our clothes over time if we didn't put up some window treatments. So I didn't want to spend a lot of money on fixing them up because...well...the two windows are in a closet for goodness sake.

While at my local supercenter, I stubbled upon some bamboo beach mats and thought "This is it! I'm going to make my shades out of these!" So I bought 2 beach mats, 2 tension rods, and got home as quick (and safely :D ) as I could. While in the process of making the shades I thought that this would be a great opportunity to make a LONG OVERDUE tutorial. So here we go!

Materials you will need:
  1. 1 bamboo mat (1 per each window, make sure that it is wide enough to cover the window)
  2. 1 tension rod or curtain rod (I used the tension rod because we have concrete walls)
  3. Scissors
  4. Paper clips or sewing machine/needle & thread

 Here's how to make it:

1. Start off by hanging your tension rod or curtain rod. Make sure when you place it at the top of your window that you have enough space to slide the bamboo mat through the top.

I used my finger as a guide of how far away I place the tension rod from the top of the window so that both of my tension rods were equally placed.

2. Next you're going to want to hold up your mat next to your window so you know how much of the excess you need to trim off.

**Note** If you don't want the colored binding to be left on the shad make sure you trim it off first before determining how much extra you need to trim off.

3. Mark or hold the mat where the extra needs to be trimmed off.

 4. Start trim the mat where you had marked using the threads in the mat as a guide. Mine just happened to be right on one of the threads so I just followed it all the way down.

5. Once you have trimmed your mat, slide the mat through the space between the top of your window and the tension/curtain rod.

6. Pull the mat down to the desired length you want. I left mine about 5 inches from the top but because the mat is super long you can also just pull it all the way down so that the middle of the mat is hanging from the top of the rod.

7. Now you can either clip the overlap together with the main part of the mat or you can sew it together. Because I am lazy and just needed a quick fix for the time being I just used these ultra chic cow paper clips to hold the shade in place.

8. Now you can either roll up the bottom or trim it to your liking.

And that's it! See super simple! This project would be great for dorm rooms or apartments because they are cost efficient, time saving, and easy to take down. I've also thought about hanging some ties (possibly made from fabric) from the top to hold up the shade when I would like to let a little light through.

Tuesday, June 4, 2013

Pinkle Bottom Cloth Diaper Pattern (with Aplix closures)

What you will need:
  • Sewing machine
  • Polyester thread (in your color choice)
  • Scissors
  • Pins
  • Crochet hook
  • PUL (or outer fabric)
  • Absorbent Inner (I used minky)
  • 6 1/4” buttons
  • 1 yard of button hole elastic
  • 7” loop aplix (velcro)
  • 4” hook aplix (velcro)

  1. Print out your Pinkle Bottoms Diaper Pattern (at the bottom of this post) and make sure that the 1 inch block measures at 1 inch on all sides. If it does not measure at 1 inch you need to make adjustments with your printing options.
  2. Make sure to align the round diamonds and tape the diaper pattern together.
  3. Once your pattern is put together, lay the pattern on your folded outer fabric, trace and cut making sure to cut out the outer tab marked “Cut here for outer fabric”. If you pin the pattern to your fabric be sure not to use too many pins because you don’t want many holes in your waterproof layer.
  4. Do the same for your inner fabric but make sure you cut out the small tab marked “Cut here for inner fabric”.
  5. Turn the diaper inner wrong side facing up and mark where the yellow suns are on the diaper pattern onto your diaper inner. This is where your buttons will go. Go ahead and sew on your six buttons to the wrong side of your diaper inner fabric.
  6. On the outer fabric you cut out earlier, fold the tab at the top of the back of the diaper over and sew it down with a 1/4” seam.
  7. Then place your 7” loop aplix (or velcro) on the top of the front of your diaper outer fabric and pin into place. Then sew with a zigzag stitch onto your diaper outer.
  8. Cut your hook 4” hook aplix (or velcro) in to 2 2” pieces for the tabs. Place each tab into place on the right side of the inner fabric, pin, and sew with a zigzag stitch.
  9. Place both diaper pieces right sides together and pin. Be sure not to use many pins because you don’t want many pin holes in your outer waterproof layer. Sew the diaper together with a 1/4” seam all the way around the diaper starting and ending at the back waist tab.
  10. Turn your diaper inside out and mark (or place pins) where the blue flowers are on the inside of the diape3r. (This is where the elastic will go later).
  11. Sew a 1/4” seam around the outside of the diaper and when you get to your mark stop, backstitch, and cut off your thread. Then begin sewing again at the mark with a 5/8” seam until you get to your next mark. Then stop, backstitch, cut off your thread, and begin sewing again with a 1/4” seam around the outside of the diaper. (Be sure to not sew the pocket together in the back where the back waist tab is).
  12. Sew a zigzag stitch on the open part of the inner fabric to prevent fraying.
  13. Cut 3 pieces of buttonhole elastic: 2 that have 15 holes and 1 that has 11 holes.
  14. Thread a 15 holes elastic piece through one of the openings in the side of the leg using a crochet hook. To make sure you don’t loose your elastic through the opeing, go ahead and button the elastic to one of the buttons you have previously sewn on.
  15. Button the elastic on the other side of the leg opening and stretch the elastic to make sure it is completely in the leg opening.
  16. Apply this same concept to the other leg opening with the 15 hole elastic and to the back waist opening with the 11 hole elastic.
  17. You can button the elastic on different button holes to customize the fit of the diaper on your baby. (For my 2 month 13 lb. baby I like to button the elastic on the 5 hole on both sides for the legs).
  18. Be sure to wash the diaper at least once before using it in diaper safe detergent.

Pinkle Bottom Pattern: To Print, click the image and save to your computer. Make sure when you print the image to select "Fill Entire Page" (Please comment if you have any problems).

Tuesday, November 6, 2012

Nesting: Made the Baby Bumper

While working/sewing my way towards having the baby's room finally complete, I was down to only needing to recover the crib bumper and crib skirt. For some reason I am not looking forward to making the crib skirt and decided to go with the bumper. Like my quilt I posted previously, I wanted to cover the bumper with elephants, but instead of doing it with a gray fabric and white elephants, I decided on doing it with a white fabric and gray elephants. I wanted to keep it not matching 100% even though the colors were the same. I also decided to not make the whole bumper with white fabric but to make one whole side with the leftover gray fabric I used in the quilt to tie it together.

So after a couple days of brainstorming, I got to work. I started with taking the crib bumper I had and attacking it with a seam ripper down the longest side. Once I was able to get the whole bumper cover off, I used it as a guide for how big to cut the fabric for the new bumper. Once all of my pieces were cut out (which consisted of 6 rectangular cuts of each fabric) I got to work stamping on the elephants as I did with the quilt.

I took a gray acrylic paint, smeared it all over a plate, then took my elephant cookie cutter, dipped it into the paint, and stamped it onto my white fabric horizontally (or longways).

I ended up adding some variety to my stamping by turning my cookie cutter over and making one line of the elephants go in the opposite direction. Once all of that had dried, I took some blue ric-rac (because Walmart didn't want to carry blue pipping I got creative) and sewed it along one short edge of the bumper piece and then down the longest side of the bumper (only on the right side of the white fabric). I was able to do this by lining up the edge of the ric-rac with the edge of the fabric and then sewing a 1/4 inch seem (which went straight down the middle of the ric-rac).

Once all the ric-rac was sewn onto the white side of the bumper (except for the bottom longest side), I sandwiched the white fabric with the gray fabric right sides together so that the ric-rac was in between.

I then sewed the bumper together, keeping one of the small ends open for stuffing and turned the fabric inside out and ironed it to make sure it was the right size for the stuffing I saved. This is what the ric-rac looks like when you use it as piping.

After I had ironed the fabric, I turned it back inside out and did one last check to make sure the fluff would fit.

I turned the bumper right side out and stuffed the fluff into the bumper pinning it along the way so I could get a good fit.

Once I had it pinned, all I had left to do was to sew up the open end and add some ribbon straps with velcro on the ends to attach the bumper securely to the crib. If you are making your own you need to make sure that the bumper is pulled tightly around the side of the crib so you don't run the risk of suffocating your baby.

Below is a picture of the quilt, bumper, and mobile that I redid. When put all together it looks so darn cute! Now I just have to wait for little baby Liam to arrive so he can enjoy it too :)

♥ Mrs. Suzie

Monday, October 29, 2012

Recovering a Lamp with Hemp Cord

So I was given some nursery items (Dust ruffle, mobile, quilt, etc.) that came with a matching lamp from one of my cousins. The lamp was covered in nautical animals which was cute but wasn't the direction I was going for Baby Liam's nursery. So then took the nautical animals off the lamp and did some creative thinking with some hemp cord I had laying around.

I started hot glueing the hemp cord to the base of the lamp and wrapped and glued and wrapped and glued.

Once I wrapped all the way to the top, I wrapped it one more time to build up a layer of hemp cord to be level with the surface of the top of the lamp.

Then I continued wrapping and glueing the hemp cord around the top of the lamp. I tried keep all sides even while glueing around the lamp.

Once I got close to the end I cut the hemp cord from the ball and glued the tail down before glueing down the rest of the hemp cord around the lamp post.

And VOILA! Beautiful, rustic lamp! This will go so nicely with my mobile I made last week. Stay tuned for pictures of it along with my bumper once I get it re-covered.

♥ Mrs. Suzie