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Mad Hatter Mini Top Hat Tutorial

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Last weekend we celebrated Estella’s 5th birthday with an Alice in Wonderland themed tea party. A lover of tea parties since birth, Estella and I started watching the original Alice in Wonderland movie to get some ideas for her party. Since we were only having 4 girls at the party, I figured I could make them fancy mad hatter hats myself and I love how they turned out. These hats are so easy to make  and cost so little!

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Materials:

Stiff Felt Sheets- Any craft store should have them

Headband- I bought mine at Dollar Tree. I like metal with satin cover.

Hot Glue Gun

Anything you want to decorate it with. I used left over tulle, feathers, paper flowers, metal keys and butterflies

First- Cut out your pieces. You need 2 circles and one long rectangle. The larger circle which will be the base of your hat will measure 4 inches, the smaller circle which will be the top measures 2.5 inches and the rectangle is 9×3 inches.

I used my silhouette cameo to cut the pieces because its pretty much the best thing ever but this is easily done without it.

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Step 2. Build the Hat.

Take your rectangle and rub it back and forth on the edge of the table, this will make it easier to bend out smooth.

Using the smaller circle as a size guide, Roll the rectangle into a circle the same size as the small circle then hot glue the edges together.

Glue along the top ledge of your roll and place the small circle on top. Hold down until dried. Make sure there are no holes.

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Step 3- Attach the Large circle to the headband. Before attaching the large circle to the hat, fold large circle in half and make two slits about an inch apart in the middle. This will allow you to slide the headband through and then hot glue the base to the headband.  I found it holds best when you hot glue your headband where the headband goes over the felt.

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Next you want to attached the base of the hat to the top. Simply run a thin layer of glue to the bottom of the hat and press onto base. I pressed mine down until dry to make sure it would hold all the decorations.

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Last step is the best step!! DECORATE!

You can add whatever you want to go along with the theme of your party. Since we were having an Alice in Wonderland tea party I added tulle, feathers, flowers, butterflies and metal keys I found at Hobby Lobby. I tried to match the hats to the girls personalities and dresses I knew they would be wearing to the party. The best part? THEY LOVED THEM and they can wear them for dress up too!

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I hope you enjoy making these as much as I did! I will be doing a post hopefully next week on the rest of her party!

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DIY Christmas Ornaments

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I have a new client who wants me to plan a Winter Onederland party for her daughters first birthday and I’m super excited because it’s right up my alley (hello, white!) While I am still in the planning stage, I started shopping this week for decor. I want a whimsical party all in white with glass bulbs in vintage pink and mint. I set out on the hunt for these exact colors and came up short so I decided to make my own.

I purchased a set of plain glass ornaments at Hobby Lobby, they can be found anywhere, and purchased the two colors I was looking for.

(note: you can buy the ornaments with an iridescent sheen like mine (i think they make the ornaments look older) or ornaments without the sheen.

I love how easy and inexpensive this diy project is.

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What you will need

Clear glass ball ornaments

Rubbing Alcohol

Acrylic paint

Glitter Glue

Glitter

First: Pull off the top of the glass ornament and set aside. Since the ornaments normally have dust inside you can rinse them out with water or I find that rubbing alcohol works the best, just swish a small amount of alcohol around the inside then pour out.

(If you use rubbing alcohol make sure you turn it upside down and let completely dry.)

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After your ornaments are completely dry, pour a little acrylic paint inside. I started with about a Tbsp to start and added a little more if needed.

Start by tipping the ball back and forth to get coverage. Now fold a paper towel to cover the opening, hold on tight and shake it like crazy. You will need to shake it hard every which way to get the whole interior covered. If you see that the paint just isn’t completely covering the inside after all that shaking, add a little more paint and shake again.

(I enjoyed shaking it and singing “shake, shake, shake.. shake your booty” my toddler thought it was hilarious.)

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After the paint has fully covered the inside, simply set it upside down in a small Dixie cup or paper bowl. Dixie cups work best because it allows the paint to completely drain and any excess isn’t touching ornament. (I was out of both so…. I made it work.)

Keep them upside down for a day to allow them to fully dry.

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Now you can put the cover back on and call it a good crafting day, add glitter to the lids like I did or add any design you want on the outside. Whichever you choose, you just saved yourself the frustration of trying to find the perfect color ornaments and lots of money!

Enjoy!

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Stenciling with Silhouette

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Last month for an early birthday gift my amazing husband bought me the Silhouette Cameo and I am in love.

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This thing does EVERYTHING and gone are the days of cutting banners, labels and pretty much everything else I make for birthdays, baby showers and events.  The most exciting thing I can do with my new silhouette is make stencils so today I decided to take my old bar stools up a notch with a stencil I created.  While I have made several stencil patterns already with heavy card stock, today is the first time I tried using the cameo stencil material and it worked great! I love that it has adhesive on the back that allows the stencil to stick to what you are painting.

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For the first stool, I used a simple vine design.

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I used my Martha Stewart small stencil brush with white acrylic paint.

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I really like how simple it turned out.

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For the other stool I did the full vine to switch it up a little. I think when I get some time I will go over this one with a little sandpaper to blend it into the wood a little more.

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I just love that I can create or purchase stencils with the machine. I see lots of pillows and signage in my future!

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Bathroom Renovation – Vanity

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We started our bathroom renovations about 6 months ago and although we figured it would be completed within 2 months, we quickly realized that having a toddler has only allowed us to work on it little by little on the weekends (if we’re lucky.) Even though I hate to admit it, another reason why the bathroom has taken so long is because I have a perfection problem, (thanks mom) and will look at something a 100 times before making a decision. This is what happened with the bathroom vanity. There were a few I loved, but of course the ones I loved came with a pretty price tag. Since we are paying cash for the whole renovation (and still have another bathroom to complete after this one) I had to somewhat choose between a super expensive vanity which would lower my budget for other things and I was already pretty confident in those items.  So since my beautiful expensive vanity was out of the question, I showed pictures of the ones I wanted to my handy husband who built one for me instead. It was a win for him because he was able to do what he really loves and I was able to order the expensive lights and other fixtures with the money I saved!

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Since we are splitting one bathroom into two, we will have little storage so he built me a shelf on the bottom to hold baskets.

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The sink is Kohler and the faucet is American Standard. Both were purchased at Home Depot.

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The hardware is Martha Stewart which was also purchased at Home Depot.

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While I had initially planned to paint it, Ian was able to get poplar wood (which is too beautiful to paint) and he made me promise I would stain it instead.

I used Minwax stain in Early American because it worked well with the gray floor.

I really love how well it turned out and am so excited we don’t have to brush our teeth downstairs anymore! Hopefully I will have a completed master bathroom to share within a few weeks!!

 

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Updated Fireplace

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After moving into our house I painted the fireplace hearth white for a quick fix, that was 3 years ago. So for the last few weeks I’ve been itching to do something, (that didn’t involve the bathroom renovations we have been working on for at least 6 months) and while I have obviously been able to live with the white, it shows all scratches and gets dirty so often, I think it needed a change.  I decided that I would paint the hearth black because it would tie into the rest of the house and because the vents are also black. So with a sick toddler on the couch who wouldn’t let me out of her sight, I figured this would be the perfect day to do it.

This is what the fireplace looked like before with the white hearth.

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Seeing the picture below just adds more things to my to-do list. (Fix scratches around fireplace trim, repaint trim throughout the house)

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First I vacuumed and scrubbed the tile with a magic eraser and then carefully taped it off to avoid getting paint on the wood floor and white brick.

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Next I cut in with a brush and finished it with a small roller brush. I used Benjamin Moore Onyx.

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I’m really happy with how it turned out! I think it blends into the room better and it should hide scratches better!

I have a few more fireplace related projects coming up soon!

 

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A baby sprinkle & Nursery

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While I have made tons of great mommy friends to “share” in this whole mommy adventure, Kari is one of my firsts and favorites. I remember the day we met, the kids had to be only a few months old and it was my first “mommy meetup” at a local park. I was extremely nervous and hoped that my daughter wouldn’t be the kid having a scream fest. I scanned the park looking for a mom that I felt would be my friend without a kid and spotted Kari sitting under a tree with her little boy Dresdin. I walked over and sat down and we started talking. Half way through our converstation she said “I was at your wedding!” I was pretty much thinking this girl was nuts because we had a small wedding with only family and close friends and started scanning the park again when she said “I was Adams date.” Adam was an ex-boyfriend who turned out to be much more a friend than a boyfriend and started dating Kari after we broke up. We sat there for an hour and laughed about “what a small world” and decided we at least seemed to have the same taste in guys. Fast forward almost 4 years later and she has become one of my closest friends, so when she told me she was expecting again, I told her I would throw her a baby sprinkle.

I decided to make the colors mint, pink and gold because they are the same colors she did her nursery in (which is beautiful and Ill share below.)

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I attempted a naked cake for the first time and although I did freeze the cakes before icing, the cakes defrosted during the drive there so wasn’t perfect. I now know the adjustments I need to make next time and look forward to trying it again!

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Mason jars with name tags for the large party

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and a few party games the guests enjoyed.

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After the shower I took a few pictures of baby Karsyn’s nursery. Kari did everything in the room herself (did I mention she is talented) and it is just beautiful.

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The paper dolls are the cutest thing I’ve ever seen for a little girls nursery.

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Kari made a fabric mobile with mints, golds and pink fabric.

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Handmade tassels and cut out dresses on a line with mini clothes pins.

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I cant wait to meet baby Karsyn and get some pictures of her in her beautiful nursery!!

 

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Diy Fawn Antlers

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My darling Estella is a lover of all animals. She pretends to be something different on a daily basis, most popular being a cat, lamb, tiger and lately baby fawn. So when I asked her what she wanted to be this year for Halloween she first said a super hero… I was surprised. The next day she decided she wanted to be a baby fawn for Halloween and I had to be the mommy deer. Challenge Accepted. So I set out online for tutorials on how to make antlers. While there were many out there, I tried most of them and it just didn’t turn out right or required too much effort. First I tried paper mache, which was a mess and required me to use several layers and then still have to paint them afterward. I finished one antler and wasn’t thrilled with the outcome and still had 3 more to complete. Then I tried pipe cleaners. They just weren’t strong enough to hold the flowers even after being wrapped with flower tape. So I stepped away from youtube and pinterest and figured it out myself which turned out to be the easiest method and strong enough to be worn by a wild toddler.

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What you will need:

Foil

Tissue Paper

Flower Tape

Hot glue gun

Wide hair band

Fake flowers

Step one. Depending on the size of antlers you want, cut a piece of foil (for Estella’s toddler antlers I used about a foot of foil.)  Now roll the foil until you have one long piece.

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Next, using your fingers open the hole on one end and stick some crumbled tissue paper inside the bottom of the base. I put 2 or 3 small pieces of tissue paper.

(Make sure you do this so you have a wide enough base to glue the antlers to the headband.)

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Now start shaping your antlers. You can find tons of pictures online for ideas. You will need to wrap a few small pieces on the large piece to make separate pieces.

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Here are two additional pieces I added

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After making the shape of the antlers its time to wrap it with brown flower tape. Simply pull the tape apart to make it sticky and wrap the large part of the antlers first then move on to wrapping the small antler sections and wrapping it around the large base a few times for better hold.

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After completely wrapped, hot glue the antlers to the headband. Use lots of glue and wait patiently until it is completely dry.

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Next, cut the flowers leaving a few inches of stem and glue to the headband. I also glued a few leaves to the headband to hide the band on the sides.

I love how they turned out and Estella looked just like a little fawn

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Mommy Deer and her Little Fawn. If you would like to see how I made her brown tutu click here.

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No-Sew Tutu’s

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I think one of my favorite things about having a little girl is having her wear tutu’s. They are so sweet and magical!! I’ve made two this week, one for a birthday present and one for Estella’s Halloween costume. These are so easy to make you will find yourself wanting to make one in every color for your little one.

If you would like to see how I made these, please see below.

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What you will need:

1/2-1  inch elastic

Tulle (I used both tulle by the yard and tulle on a roll)

Scissors

Needle and Thread

Cardboard or a book to wrap tulle

Jar to hold the tutu while working

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 First choose your fabric. You can find the tubes of tulle (shown in the picture) which are great because they are already cut into 6 inch strips. If you decide to by tulle by the yard, you will need to cut the strips in 6 inch strips.

After you have your strips you need to decide the length you want. For my 3 year old I used 10 inch strips. The general size guide I like to use is this:

Newborn: 4 inches (8 in. total)

3-12 Months: 6 inches (12 in. total)

1-2 years: 8 inches (16 in. total)

3-4 years: 10 inches (20 in. total)

5 years: 12 inches (24 in. total)

Find the length depending on age and you will double it like above. So since Estella needed a 10 in. size, I measured each strip to 20 in. Instead of measuring your tulle strips one at a time, take a piece of cardboard (I used a book measuring 10 inches in length) and simply wrap your tulle around that!

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I wrapped it until the roll was finished and it made a full tutu. After your finished wrapping, simply cut along the top.

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After you have all of your stripes, set aside.

Next take your elastic band and measure it around your little one. Add an inch to that measurement to sew them together. You can either tie the two ends together for a truly no-sew tutu, however, I find the best method is to simply hand sew the two pieces together.

After attaching the ends together, slide the elastic around a jar or even a piece of cardboard. The elastic will be stretched slightly.

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Now the fun part! Take two pieces of tulle (3 if you want a really full tutu) and stack them on top of each other. If you want a multi-colored tutu stack one of each color. Now fold these pieces in half . Take the folded middle part and slide it under the elastic about an inch.  Now take the tails of the tulle and pull them over the elastic and through the loop of tulle and tighten to form a knot. Make sure you make a snug knot but make sure you don’t make the knot too tight. The knots will need to be loose enough to move on the elastic.

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Now just repeat this process all around the elastic. When finished, pull the elastic slightly to find any spots that will need to be filled.

When your tutu is complete, take the tutu off of the jar to fluff it. Lay it flat on the table and separate the pieces and smooth out the knots.

Now put that tutu on your princess and watch her twirl!

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Elderberry Syrup

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There is absolutely nothing worse than a sick toddler. N.O.T.H.I.N.G! Unfortunately since Estella is now in preschool, she is sick much more than ever before. For the last 3 days she has been terribly sick and her normal count of 100 moms a day has gone up to about 1000 a day. I haven’t slept in days, I have cabin fever and I dont think I can listen to the theme songs of My Little Pony, Miles from Tomorrow Land or Little Charmers one more time without throwing a shoe through the T.V. While medicine temporarily helps bring her fever down and get a little rest, my mom made a batch of her Elderberry Syrup to help with her sore throat and help build her immunity back up. Its super easy to make and can be taken daily to keep from getting sick.

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Ingredients

1/2 Cup dried Elderberries (mom orders hers from mountainroseherbs.com)

3 Cups Water

1 Cup Raw Local Honey

1 Organic Cinnamon Stick

Place berries, water and cinnamon stick in sauce pan. Bring to a boil. Reduce heat and simmer for 30 minutes. Let Cool and then mix in the honey. Keep refrigerated for up to 2 months. Take 1 tsp a day :)

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Diy Grain Sack Pillows

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I was browsing Pottery Barn a few months ago and found some grain sack pillows with black stripes that I adored. What I didn’t adore was the price tag. $45-$89 per pillow. Although I didn’t have any feed sack material left from a previous project, I did have some black fabric paint left over from a diy apron I made for Estella’s teacher last year. I found some fabric that I already had and made a few pillows for my porch swing for fall. Next time I’m at Home Depot, I am going to buy painters drop cloth because I think that would make a pretty good faux grain sack pillow.

If you would like to see how I made these pillows please see below!

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First let me tell say that although I consider myself to be pretty good at sewing (thanks mom), these pillows are super easy to make for beginners. If you still need more information than my tutorial, you can easily research envelope pillows on Youtube or Pinterest for step to step videos to guide you.

Here is what you will need:

*Fabric (I think drop cloth would work best) Make sure you wash your fabric before painting

*Sewing Machine/Scissors/Yard Stick/Fabric Pins

*Painters Tape

*Fabric Paint

*Pillow you want to cover

First, make sure you wash your fabric. This will make it easier to work with and prevent wrinkles. Find the size pillow you want to cover and measure.

I wanted my pillow to fit snug in the pillow case so I used the exact measurements of my pillow for my fabric which was 20 by 20. For the first cut (which will be the front of your pillow case, measure and cut. Set aside.

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(as you can tell I don’t practice what I preach and my fabric is wrinkled)

Next, we are going to cut out the back of the pillow case. This time you want to use the same measurements as before, however add 4 inches to the height. Cut. Now take that fabric (spin it so it looks like a rectangle) and cut it in half. Now you should have 2 rectangles that are the width of your pillow and shorter in height.

Now, fold over the center edges of your two back pieces about 1/4″ and Press with an iron. Now fold over again and stitch the hem with the machine with each piece. (set aside)

Now onto the fun part. Take the front of the pillow case and lay over cardboard. Depending on the line design you want, measure where you would like to place the lines on your pillow and use your yard stick to mark a light straight line down the pillow. Take your painters tape and stick on the lines. Continue until your happy with your placement.

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Get fabric paint, I used black but you can use whatever color you want. Red would be super cute for Christmas!

(Important) Please don’t use the brush that I am using! With faux grain pillows you want a dry brush effect and this brush doesn’t allow that. (my black is a little too dark for what I was going for) Make sure you use a stiff flat head brush (like the one that was dirty in my kitchen sink and I was too lazy to clean) Put some paint on the plate, dip brush in and then stamp the paint out a few times on the plate so you can dry brush it on.

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Let the paint dry for about 30 minutes and then slowly remove the tape.

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After the paint is completely dry, lay the right sides together on top of the stripes. You want the outside of the front and back together like this. The two back pieces will overlap about 2 inches. Now pin around the pillow and sew all 4 sides.

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Now clip the corners, turn right side out and DONE!

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