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Wednesday, June 26, 2013

Monsters Inc. Stuffed


I was perusing pinterest late one night and came across these cute little monsters. When I clicked on the link it took me to one of these sites that was ad heavy and with no real directions. I'm thinking this was stolen content from some creative soul {they offer a link but it doesn't work}. If you think you originated this let me know. I'd love to give you kudos!


    
I found some really cute flannel fabric that had little monsters on it and decided to buy it for a few burp cloths  that I wanted to make for an upcoming baby shower. {I will show you next week}. 

Inspired by the fabric and a recent showing of Monsters Inc. I decided to make a few for a little baby I know that is soon to make an appearance {No, I am definitely not pregnant!}

Here's my version:




We went on vacation this past week in Ludington, MI. Its gorgeous up there and it was such a great week of just hanging with the fam, unplugging from the world and recharging our batteries. Of course part of my recharging is getting crafty so I brought my sewing machine along! {Come on, who doesn't do this when they go on vacation!?} The kids wanted to make their own little orange guys so we now have a whole slew of them! 

We made our monsters out of fleece with some felt details. If you want to make your own, here's what you'll need:

Felt/fleece
batting or stuffing {I'm sure even cotton balls would work}
needle and thread
sewing machine {optional}
Scissors
Fabric glue

I started by cutting my basic shape (twice) out of fleece and making.



Next I cut out three round shapes for the eyes and different colors and sizes. For the white part of the eye I hand stitched this with a gray thread. For the next circle {the gray} I added the black center on top, stitched an X through all three circles, then went back lifting my loose edges and adding some fabric glue.



Using black thread I added eye lashes and a mouth.

The "warts" are just randomly cut little shapes that were also sewed on in an X pattern.

The little tabs on top are strips of ribbon. In the original photo it looks like felt strips were used but because my little guys are for a baby I wanted to add the little silky strips for texture. {Besides I think the felt might stretch and tear if pulled on too tightly.}


These guys can either be hand stitched inside out {leaving a small side seam} but if you are adding the ribbon it will be a lot more durable if you machine stitch them using a small stitch size. I used a "1".



Machine stitch them inside out and leave a 2-3 inch opening on the side. {You can also stitch them right sides out if you want like it did for the blue guy}.  Stuff them with your stuffing of choice. Whip stitch the side, and you're done! In the pic below my 7 year old did the one on the right {with a little help}. Then my three boys wanted one......now we have a family! ;)  Theirs didn't get the ribbon hair.


Now I think we're ready to go see Monsters University!  I have more monsters coming up. I found some cute flannel monster fabric that I made burp cloths and baby washcloths for the upcoming shower. I will share these next week!

Wednesday, June 19, 2013

Building a Little Girl's Room


Today I want to share with you my friend Christine's daughters room. 

Anneliese is 3 and she has a new baby sister Lillian. Anneliese needed a big girl room and Christine asked if I would help. I love this girl. She has been my best friend since high school. She's funny and loyal and has two of the cutest little girls ever!

So of course I said yes! :)

The room was already painted and they had all the main players. Bedding, furniture, and lighting. So my job was to pull it all together. We started by determining the placement of our furniture. Once we had this figured out we put a plan in place. We decided to paint the wide green stripe on the wall to fill some of the space and bring more color into the room.


The bedding and rugs were from Target. 


I found several fabrics that coordinated with the bedding and put these in embroidery hoops for "art" above the dresser. {The dresser is from IKEA}



The colored poms are hung above the reading area and help to define this space. 
Christine added a bulletin board with pictures of family members far and near to keep them familiar to Anneliese. They love to sit here and read books. The little book shelf is a spice rack from IKEA and was just spray painted.



Other personal touches around the room make this room a special place just for her.


These little shoes were her dad's when he was little! I just love them! And this toy below is another "vintage" item from his youth.




This little table works well as a bedside stand but can be pulled out and seating added to do projects or color. Underneath a basket holds dress up clothes.

Christine took the leftover fabric from our hoop art and made this banner that hangs over her bed.





When designing your own kids spaces, think about including the following:

~Comfortable bedding

~A place to sit and read

~Storage for books, toys, and clothes

~Items that reflect your child's personality

~Good lighting


Thanks for stopping by!


Saturday, June 15, 2013

April/May in Review


    I'm fresh back from vacation. You know what that means, lots of dirty laundry, bags strewn all over the floor, no food in the kitchen, and a lazy mentality that won't shift into high gear to get it all done!

So what's a girl to do about her blog?

How about a recap! 
No worries, I do have some fresh stuff for you all but I'm saving it for next week!

So here are may favorite/most popular projects from the past two months.

Friday, June 7, 2013

Independence Day Wreath

I have totally embraced the current trend for wreaths in the past few years. Yarn. 

I love the bright colors you can use and the impact that it gives to your wreath. 

So why not continue this trend for the 4th?! I was all gung-ho to get this done for Memorial weekend but it didn't happen! Good thing the 4th of July is just around the corner!


The little poms are supposed to be like fireworks. Can you see it?

As you can tell this is a simple wreath to do. It just takes time. If you haven't tried one of these types of wreaths before this is a simple one to do and it gives a big impact!

Here's what you'll need:


For the patriotic theme I did sections of white and red for 'stripes' and then a patch of navy. I did this all by eye ball, meaning I didn't measure or count how many times I wrapped. Just tie your color on and wrap!

To make the poms simply wrap the yarn around your fingers, tie in the center and cut through the loops!





Aren't they cute! And now we have fireworks!
These little guys attach easily with hot glue.




Or add a little flag:




With that I am ready for vacation! Today is the last day of school {I can hardly believe it!}

Here are the pics of my cuties!

{this is my ham!}




and apparently we are too cool to smile now that we are a big 6th grader!



I will be back in a week or two! Welcome to summer!


Sunday, June 2, 2013

Carrot Bars

Oh you are in for a treat today! I wish I could give you a taste of these amazing bars!
What makes them so amazing you ask? Its a secret.......but I will let you in on it, just for today! ;)

I was never much of a fan of carrot cake or carrot bars for that matter. I didn't like the chunks. And some well meaning souls decided that nuts and raisins would go well with carrot cake. Really?

This might sound rather harsh but my motto has always been "if its got fruit in it, its not dessert!" {This might have a little something to do with some fruit allergies of mine but I digress}. 

What makes these bars so good is that they are super moist. AND, no chunks! :)

Saturday, June 1, 2013

Summer Ideas



Life has been super hectic and busy this spring. I think more so than last year. My gauge for this is how organized I was last year versus this. Summer break starts next Friday and I am so not ready! {Let me qualify this by saying that I am ready for the break from school, just not prepared for the days to fill. Does that make sense?} Last year by this time I had put together our Summer Schedule, decided on how chores were going to be done and created boredom jars filled with ideas for things to do inside and out. I had also come up with a post filled with 65 free things for kids to do in the Summer. Oh yeah baby, I had it together! At least on paper.......:)




So what's a disorganized girl to do? Recycle last years material! Yup, not ashamed to admit it, I'm plagerizing myself! That's allowed right?

The only thing that I have started for this summer is a list of house rules for the kids and the nanny {on the two days a week I will be working at my job that pays!} I wanted something clear and straightforward so that we had consistency between me, my hubby, and the nanny. {Makes it harder for kids to pull the wool over your eyes! Not that my little angels would do such a thing!} ;) I don't have it done yet but this list includes obvious things like being kind to everyone and showing respect for people and their things to "no friends in the house when mom or dad aren't home". So we'll see how this comes out. 

For starters here's last years summer schedule. As a recap, having a schedule is huge. Not only does it give the kids a sense of security {knowing what's happening}, it also takes the fight out of things that have to be done like chores, summer reading and their workbooks. You just blame it on the schedule! ;)


I am sure that we will make a few minor adjustments, but this works well for us!

For free things to do, I came up with this list.




In these jars I filled with slips of paper giving ideas for things to do inside and one for outside ideas. 




In this post, I shared out plan for summer chores. Each day, my kids are given 3-4 cards that list what their job is and what its expectations are. For my non reader, he still gets the cards but I go over what they say.
I am serious when I tell you my kids love this. Its not the same old "clean your room and make your bed" each day, although they often get these cards, but they love the variety and think they've hit the jackpot when they get a job outside. Me, I love that a variety of things I would be relegated to do are getting done.



Their cards for the day go on a clip with their name on it on the side of the fridge. 



Thank you for indulging me in a bit of recycling! ;) Now I'm feeling a little more on track for summer. What are your tips for getting ready for this? We have our kids full attention during the summer and we need to make the most of it!







I'm sharing this here:

More Parade Home



Last week I shared with you some of the pictures of the parade home that I helped my designer friend Jaren decorate. My pictures were really poor quality because they were taken at night. Jaren was able to get back into the house in the daylight and took some great pictures that I just had to share with you!

All of these photos are courtesy of Green Apple Design.



This is my dream kitchen. Of course anything big would be a dream! ;) But this kitchen has it all: gorgeous floors, stainless steel, white cabinets, extra sink, beautiful counters, some open cabinets, amazing backsplash {love the hexagon}, farmhouse sink, beautiful pulls, and wooden island. The fridge even senses how big your cup is and will fill it accordingly, hands free!














Here's the back entry off the kitchen and the small bath there.




From the front entry is this beautiful rounded arch. That door leads to the basement. I love the glass knobs!




And the kitchen looks on to this family room. {Aren't those floors gorgeous~they are white oak and will age and weather over time}



Here are some pics from upstairs:


In the boys bedroom you can see the little secret door that goes from the inside of the closet to the playroom.


Here's the playroom with the secret doors that lead to the two kids bedrooms. What kid wouldn't love these!


Thanks for dreaming with me!  Enjoy your weekend!

{This home was built by Solomon Homes in Rockford, MI}

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