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Embroidery Hoop Makeover

I love an embroidery hoop. There are so many possibilities! Have you seen the wreaths girls are making out of them on Pinterest? They are stinkin’ gorgeous! I need one in my life!

I had one lying around my craft room and decided to turn it into something for my sweet girls to keep in their room! This project is super easy, super fast, and super cost efficient! Let’s get crafting sweet friends! Here is what you will need:

An embroidery hoop

Scrap of fabric

Hot glue gun

Twine or ribbon

Mini clothes pins (I found mine in the dollar spot at Target)

Ribbon (optional)

To start off, separate your hoop into two parts and lay your fabric across one of the circles. Carefully place the other circle on top while tightening the two pieces. It is important to pull on your fabric to make sure it is completely stretched through the hoop.

Turn the hoop over and trim the extra fabric. Next, dab a little hot glue on the back and attach one end of your twine. You will begin to wrap the twine around the hoop securing it with glue in the back. There is no right or wrong way to do this. Get creative and start wrapping!

When you have the look you love, secure the end of the twine on the back with a little dab of hot glue. You are ready to clip on your tiny clothes pins. Oh, the cuteness!

 With your extra twine you can cut a piece and loop it through the top to hang it. Hot glue your bow on and your ready to display pictures, invitations, or reminders.

Cute, easy and functional! That’s what I’m talking about!

Hugs,

Jessica

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Personalized Pillows

I love all things personalized so these personalized pillows are right up my alley! I love that I can use my Silhouette Cameo to create what ever my heart desires! These burlap pillow covers make my heart so happy. I love being able to use them to change things up a bit and cover pillows that I already have.

And they are perfect for seasons and holidays! Wanna know the best part? It takes under 15 minutes from start to finish. Yes, girls, you can whip these up in no time! So, let’s get started!

First, you want to create your design in your vinyl cutters software. I chose to use my stencil vinyl to cut my design. When it comes time to weed your vinyl you want to make sure you weed it opposite from how you normally weed your vinyl. Take the good parts out! Using transfer tape apply your stencil to your pillow cover. I really believe that transfer tape makes all the difference here! As much as I love dollar tree contact paper I don’t recommend it for this project. Once I get it transferred I like to put the backing from my vinyl inside my pillow cover so the paint doesn’t bleed through. Just a helpful tip!

Now it’s time to paint! With a make-up sponge lightly dab your paint on your stencil.

It is perfect! Not a paint bleed anywhere! Eek!!!! I love it! It looks 100% store bought and I made it in under 15 minutes! Not bad if I say so myself! Now, go make some pillows!

Happy crafting,

Jessica

 

 

 

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My Crafting Top 10

Craft supplies are pretty much my favorite things in the whole world! They seriously make me giddy!!!  I wear I hear angels sing every time I walk into Hobby Lobby! I’m not the only one, am I? I thought it would be fun to share with you my top 10 maker necessities! Y’all ready? Let’s go!

My Silhouette Cameo may be my favorite thing in the entire world Ok, that may be a but dramatic but if my house was on fire I would grab it! I purchased my Silhouette 7 years ago and it was love as first cut! The gifts I have made for others and for my own kiddos has made it totally worth the price but the fact that  I have been able to use it start my own business makes it even better. It fostered a creativity in me I didn’t know I had!

Now you would think I would use a Silhouette mat to cut my glitter heat transfer vinyl (um, glitter. It doesn’t get better than that. Can I get an amen?) but I actually prefer a Cricut mat. It just seems sturdier to me.

Now that I have cut my sparkly HTV I need my heat press to finish the adorable shirt I am making for my Madelyn. I have not 1 complaint about this heat press and the price point is perfect. If you are looking for one to start your on biz or just to make shirts for your family and friends well this is it!

If you follow me on Facebook you know I LOVE sign making. I have used my silhouette to start my own creative business buy cutting stencil vinyl and creating wooden signs. There are 3 essentials when making a sign. The first is the American Heirloom sponge.  One use and you will wonder where it has been your whole life. I promise. It’s amazing. The second is paint brushes. Now, don’t get me wrong I love a Walmart paint brush but when you use a quality paint brush it changes everything about your painting. Don’t believe me? Try it! My most favorite part of sign making is when I get to whip out my Ryobi brad nailer. I never knew I would be a power tool girl! This thing is awesome and if I can use it anyone can!

Now that we have totally covered my love of the Silhouette Cameo there are 3 other things I love (there are actually probably 100 other things I love but I don’t want to keep you here for days). I am sure you have seen the hand lettering craze. I could watch these women write for hours. There is something so beautiful and calming about it! Don’t know what I am talking about? Head over to Instagram and search hand lettering. I have purchased several books but Hand Lettering 101 is by far is my favorite. I have one favorite font that I have really been working on. When I first started I bought some expensive pens but soon learned that a plain old Sharpie was the easiest. And who doesn’t love a Sharpie?

Lastly, a cordless hot glue gun. Girls, a hot glue will change your life. School project, check. Broken vase, check. Hem your pants or curtains, check (I am totally serious). My love for a hot glue gun is deep.

So here is my top 10! Now I feel like being crafty!!!!

xoxo,

Jessica

 

 

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Pineapple Shoes

Y’all, summer is here!

I know the calendar says it doesn’t start until June 21st, but listen – the kids are out of school, the pool is open, and I’ve got my pineapple shoes on! If you’ve been basically *anywhere* over the last couple of weeks, you’ve noticed that pineapples are IN. They’re what the cool kids would say is “on fleek”.  Naturally, I’ve jumped aboard the pineapple train and I’m not getting off anytime soon! Don’t you want to join me?

Here are a few adjectives to describe these summer shoes: bright, cheery, and cheap! Those are three of my favorite words.

Check out the super short list of supplies needed to make these cuties:

Canvas shoes (Mine are from Michael’s)

Fabric markers (see colors below)

Colored chalk (only used if you need to pre-draw your shapes)

I know you’re ready to show of your new DIY shoes, so…

Let’s get started!

  • Draw yellow ovals on canvas shoes (REMEMBER: when you’re spacing these out, less is more! You don’t want to fill up every inch of the shoe surface with these. There needs to be room for the stems too.)

  • Add green stems
  • Add the “v” shape several times on the yellow oval to make it look like the ridges on a pineapple. You can do this in whatever color you want!

If pineapples aren’t your thing, get creative! You can draw watermelons, sprinkles, fireworks, polka dots, anchors, palm trees, flamingos… the possibilities are endless!

There you have it! The perfect, comfy pair of summery, pineapple-y shoes. Show these beauties off to your friends! Send them my way so they can learn how to make their own pair.

I can’t wait to see your creations! Send me pictures and share on Facebook so others can be inspired by your ideas too! I hope you have a wonderful week and can sit back and enjoy the gift of summertime.

 

Xoxo,

Jessica

 

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Outdoor Fun!

Ahhh spring! How I love you!!! Longer days, flowers blooming, birds chirping, and warm weather! I can’t get enough! I love being outside as a family on these beautiful nights and thought these ideas would make out time even more special!

 

Life size tic tac toe is always a hit! Sometimes we play on the grass and sometimes we draw lines with chalk on the driveway. You can make your own set super fast and super inexpensive. All you need is some string or chalk, letters (you can get these at a craft store of Walmart) and paint!

My little guy loves cars so we decided to build him his own road that he can move around the yard! Some wood scraps painted black with a yellow line and he was ready to play! Have your wood cut in all different lengths and sit back as you watch their imagination soar!

 

 

Who doesn’t love an Easter egg hunt? It is one of those childhood memories that stick with you. Well, let’s take it to a whole new level. A glow in the dark hunt! Go grab your eggs from last years hunt and grab some battery operated tea lights from the dollar tree and let the hunt begin! This will become their new favorite tradition, I promise!

Here is to family fun and making sweet memories with those we love most!

 

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Target Dollar Spot Bunny Makeover

When I saw this wooden bunny in Target he jumped in my cart (along with a lot of other things we won’t tell the hubby about)! I knew I had to have him but didnt’ have a plan! Since I own a door hanger business I have my fair share of door décor so I knew putting him on a wreath wasn’t as option! So I busted out some paint and my drill and went to work! Here is what you will need to make your very own bunny décor:

*wooden bunny (or anything else that you love)

*a drill

*a dowel rod

*a wooden block (think scrap wood)

*paint

*piece of ribbon

*hot glue gun

The first thing I did was drill a hole in the bottom of the bunny being careful not to crack the little guy! I then drilled a hole in my wooden block as well. Then my favorite part, paint! I painted all 3 pieces and let them dry. I put a dab of hot glue on each end of the dowel rod to make sure they stayed in place and then put one end in the block and one end in the bunny. After I tied a sweet little bow I placed him on the mantle! The bright pop of color over my fireplace brightens up my whole family room! I just love the little guy!

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Simple and Sweet Pillows

 

Y’all I love pillows! Like really love them! So I was really excited when I got this burlap pillow cover and pillow wrap! If you have a cutting machine you can whip these out super fast! After I designed my image on my computer I put freezer paper glossy side down on my cutting mat. After it was cut I weeded out the image so I was just left with a stencil. Once I got the stencil placed just how I liked it I ironed it on which made it slightly adhere to the pillow. With a make-up sponge and acrylic paint I began to dab paint on the stencil. Once I had the coverage I wanted I removed the freezer paper and voila!! Cutest pillows ever! Don’t forget to place something inside your pillow so your paint doesn’t leak through to the other side! Can you imagine all the different pillows you could make?

 

 

 

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Super Simple Spring Wreath

Nothing says spring life bright cheerful colors! They make my heart super happy! And what better way to greet your guests than with a happy, colorful wreath! This wreath was a cinch to make! You will need the following:

*straw wreath

*straight pins

* fabric or ribbon cut into strips (I used fabric)

*silk flowers

*a word sign or a letter (this one is from target)

* hot glue gun

*piece of coordinating ribbon

Start by tacking a strip of fabric to your wreath with a pin. Continue this as you make your way wrapping the fabric around the whole wreath. Secure with a pin.  Hot glue your favorite silk flowers and a wooden word or letter. Cut a coordinating piece of ribbon and loop around wreath and knot on the end. There you have it! A super simple, super affordable, and super cute way to welcome all who come to your door!