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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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Glitter Heat Transfer Vinyl:

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Heat Press:

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Ryobi Brad Nailer:

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Paint brushes:

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Hand Lettering Book:

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Sharpies:

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Cordless glue gun:

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Personalized Door Mat


Nothing says “Welcome to our home” like a personalized door mat!

And you’re in luck, because I’m going to teach you how to make one!

I have to admit, I get sucked into the outdoor section at Target and Hobby Lobby and I can barely make it out without a cart full. I love browsing their welcome mats, but I’m always disappointed with the price tag *and* the fact that (because there are only five mats to choose from) my next door neighbor is likely to have the same one I do. Do ya feel me?

The solution: make your own personalized door mat! You get to pick your paint color, the wording and font, and the type of mat you buy. There are so. many. options!

Let’s get craftin’!

Supplies:

  • Plain doormat (easily found at IKEA or Target)
  • Outdoor paint
  • Paint brush (I have found a little stiffer the better)
  • Vinyl stencil (I also like to use card stock too)
  • Transfer tape (be sure to really “un-sticky” it)
  • Painter’s tape

Step-by-step Tutorial:

Using your Silhouette or Circut software, create your door mat design.
Get creative!

Using your vinyl cutter, cut your design and weed the negatives. If you don’t have a vinyl cutter, you can use stencils found in your local craft store.

Next: It is really important to desticky your transfer tape. I like to pat it on my jeans a few times! Once you have the vinyl adhered to the transfer tape and you have placed your design onto the mat, it is time to get serious! This step can be a little stressful, friends, and it will need your undivided attention.

Make sure your vinyl design is firmly adhered to the mat. It’s time to peel up the transfer tape! I have found it is easier to start on one side and use painters tape to keep that side stuck to the mat as you continue to peel your transfer tape slowly and at an angle. Feel free to trim your transfer tape as you go so it doesn’t stick to something it isn’t suppose too! Once you get it completely transferred, take a deep breath and sip some water because you are probably sweating!

Now is the fun part: paint! Using a slightly stiff brush paint your outdoor paint over your stencil. The bristles really suck in the paint and you won’t have to worry about the paint bleeding. Once you are done painting you can remove your vinyl, stand back, and marvel at your masterpiece!

 

Note: If you prefer to not use vinyl to create your design, use card stock instead! Cut it the same way on your vinyl cutter and simply use push pins or tacks to hold the design down onto the mat while you’re painting. Using card stock may save you a headache since you won’t have to deal with my arch enemy: transfer tape!

 


I’m thrilled to see your creations! Please share your crafting experience on our Facebook page or shoot me an email.

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

 

Indoor Herb Garden

Can you see it? The sprawling garden, the spot in the corner full of fresh herbs, hydrangeas and gardenias in rows, roses climbing up lattice. Ahh, yes. I see it too… in my dreams. Back here in reality land, I’ve got my Indoor Herb Garden sitting on my counter. Or on my porch. Or even in my car on the way to the beach! Mmm, sipping fresh mint lemonade while lounging on the beach sounds perfect, doesn’t it?

Just think of the endless possibilities that await you when you have your own herb garden! Pasta sauce with fresh basil, a beautiful drink garnished with a few mint sprigs, or the most delicious homemade salsa with fresh cilantro. An herb garden at your fingertips means new recipes and more family and friends gathered around your table!

Here’s what you’ll need:

Utensil caddy (I snagged mine at the Target Dollar Spot)

Favorite herbs (Lowes or your local nursery)

Rocks (for drainage)

Monogram (optional yet highly recommended!!!)

You might need: a drill, additional potting soil

PS: My favorite herbs to have on-hand are basil, mint, cilantro, and rosemary!

Indoor Herb Garden Step-by-Step Tutorial:

If you’ve got a monogram decal handy, go ahead and stick that front and center on the outside of your utensil caddy. Make sure the vinyl monogram is made with outdoor vinyl!

Fill the bottom of each section of your utensil caddy with rocks for drainage, or you may need to drill holes in the bottom for drainage. It depends on how your caddy is made. I used rocks!

Place the plants (in their biodegradable pots!) right into the caddy sections. You may want to fill with additional soil if the biodegradable herb pot is on the smaller side.

Make sure to water them, give them lots of sun, and tell them how pretty they are every day! I can’t wait to hear what yummy recipes you come up with now that you’ve got your own Indoor Herb Garden. Make sure to send me a picture of your project once it’s finished!

Xoxo,

Jessica

 

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Patriotic Porch Makeover

Each year, we get the chance to show our patriotic side and bring out the red, white, and blue for all to see… Independence Day. Veterans Day. Memorial Day. EVERY DAY because we’re blessed to live in The Land of the Free and The Home of the Brave.

So, in honor of our American pride and since July 4th is right around the corner, I give you the *patriotic porch makeover!* [Cue The Star-Spangled Banner and start waving your tiny American flags]

It’s no secret that I love to decorate and that I’m always looking for creative, budget-friendly ways to spruce up my space! I hope you’ll enjoy these easy, all-American decoration ideas to makeover your porch! Once you’ve got your porch perfectly placed (see what I did there?! Alliteration for the win!), send me a picture! I’d LOVE to see where your creative side took you. Side note: Don’t think you need to have a huge, sprawling front porch to decorate it! Whether you’ve got a big ole rocking chair front porch or a little stoop, own your space and get your decoratin’ on!

Here’s what you’ll need (and where to find it):

Patriotic door hanger or wreath

Star garland (Dollar Tree)

Small American flags (Dollar Tree or Target)

Patriotic picks (Michaels)

Uncle Sam Hat (Dollar Tree)

Patriotic Bow (Dollar Tree)

Mason Jars (Dollar General, Target, Michaels)

Small rocks (Michaels or your back yard)

Battery operated tea lights (Target, Michaels)

Patriotic Porch Makeover Step-by-Step Tutorial:

Wrap the star garland around your porch rails.

Stick the small American flags and patriotic picks into any plants (I have ferns) or flowers you’ve got on your porch. I like ferns or any green plants because they give you a nice POP of color while also keeping your background neutral!

Next, grab those mason jars and fill the bottom of them with rocks. Drop a tea candle in (make sure to turn them on at night for a nice glow!) and add a small American flag or two.

Here’s one of my favorite parts: cut the top and back off of your Uncle Sam hat and wrap it around the base of a plant or flower pot!

Add your patriotic bow to a lantern, bird house, or any other fun item you’ve already got on your porch or sitting around your house! You can even tie it to the end of a porch rail.

Lastly, hang up your wreath or door hanger for the final touch! Now… take a step back… sip your sweet tea… and look at that beautiful porch you just decorated!

I hope all of you enjoy this Memorial Day with your family and friends close by. Remember what it’s all about: the fateful sacrifice our service men and women made so that we could experience freedom like we do.

See you soon!

Xoxo,

Jessica

From Placemat to Clutch

First of all, let’s just go ahead and get this straight: you need a new clutch! Am I right?

Yes, I am.

Summer is right around the corner, which means you’ll be on the go more than ever. You’ll get invitations to graduation parties, pool parties, kids birthday parties, cookouts, weddings, beach weekends, and the list goes on! Not to mention, you’ve got to carry your famous chocolate pie to the party all while hauling your son’s hat, daughter’s shoes, two folding chairs, the borrowed heels you’re returning to your friend, AND your purse! (Wait… is that just me?!)

Enter: the placemat turned clutch. It’s a bird, it’s a plane, it’s a placemat clutch! I love clutches because they make you keep the contents of your bag down to the essentials all while freeing up an extra hand! And here’s the best part: you can make one yourself!

You ever been to Target? Don’t lie. I saw you there last week.

Target’s housewares are constantly calling my name, begging me to take them home and love them like my own. So naturally, when this tassel placemat literally jumped in my cart, I couldn’t say no. I am a huge fan of tassels and they’re wildly popular right now, but of course, if you aren’t a tassel girl, you can pick up any placemat that suits your fancy. These tassels do add a great dimension to the clutch when it’s finished, though!

Alright, gals. I know you can hardly contain your excitement, so here we go!

You will need:

  • A placemat
  • A sewing machine
  • Thread for said sewing machine
  • Scissors to trim thread

Step-by-step tutorial on how to create your very own clutch:

  1. Put the placemat upside down on your work surface.
  2. Fold the placemat in half.
  3. Stitch down each side of the placemat while making sure to angle the corners at the bottom

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

4. Fold your placemat inside out, and voila! You’ve got a beautiful clutch.

That wasn’t so hard, was it?

So, you’ve got your purse situation handled, but you might want to start working on that famous chocolate pie! (Wait… that’s still just me, isn’t it?)

Have a beautiful day, lovelies! I can’t wait to see your handmade placemat turned clutches!

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!