Monday, December 29, 2014

New for 2015

I have been wanting to update EVERYTHING for some time now! The blog, etsy, pinterest, etc. Well I decided today was the day. This was not my first choice, however since I am on day 3 of being sick I decided I had to do something while laying on the couch. I have no ambition for anything else! Coffee doesn't even taste good, thats always a sign that something is not right!
We are also literally right in the middle of my sons new bed room re-model and I am hoping that tomorrow is the day that gets done! My house is in shambles!

So back to the re design! I knew I wanted fresh, clean and simple. I looked into having a blog designer do it but I really didn't want to spend that kind of money, bedroom re model took a big chunk!
So I put my google search engine to work and taught myself how to do everything I needed!

My Header was created in PSE using some digital papers. I cleaned things up & removed what was no longer relevant then added the things I knew I needed to have (long ago)! Who knew it was that easy to add a hovering PIN IT button! Google it! Step by step instructions!

The one blog I have to give  huge shout out to is Greatfun4kids she has not only a tutorial on installing social media icons, she also has a variety of free icons you can use and seriously the easiest install instructions out there!

Soon I hope to feel better and start working on my new home line for 2015 and some great new valentine projects!! I can't wait to share them with you! For now I leave you with some images that are inspiring me here on my couch!

I am not sure if pinterest is good or bad for when you are sick. Good because I get great new ideas. Bad because I am too miserable to do any of it! Here's to a better tomorrow!

Tuesday, December 16, 2014

DIY burlap wine gift bag!

Do You Need a quick and easy last minute gift? Make a burlap wine bottle gift bag! 
It's really easy and you only need some scraps of fabric and some ribbon! 
Cut a piece of burlap large enough to fit around the bottle, then add 2-3 inches deepening on how roomy you want it. 7x15 should be good for most bottles. 
I used my Sizzix to cut some snowflakes that I will appliqué onto the bag using heat n bond. This snowflake is by Tim Holtz! His stuff is amazing! 
Using a needle, weave some ribbon through the burlap to use as a tie at the top of the bag. I placed this about 3 inches from the top. 
Cut a 1 inch square out of the bottom corners. This will give you a more flat bottom bag. 
See down the side and across the bottom. 
Now line up the bag side and bottom seams at the cut corners, sew the small corners together. 
Trim excess burlap to clean up edges and turn bag. 
That's it!! Insert bottle and you have an instant gift! 
I made some tags to add too! Such a fun and quick project! 
Now if you have more time, you can make adorable reinderr out of the left over wine corks! 
I love making these! They are so easy and my kids love to help!! 
Happy Tuesday! 


Thursday, December 4, 2014

DIY Christmas Pennant Banner

Now that its December, Christmas decorating is in full swing!!
Today I'm going to show you how to make a super easy Christmas banner! 
You will need: 
Burlap triangles (hand cut or store bought)
Stencil brushes
Round stencil sponges 
Frog tape- straight and chevron shape tape

Let's get started! 
First if you made your own burlap triangles you'll want to sew along the edge to keep them from unraveling!! You can buy these ready to decorate at almost any craft supply store. I have seen them at Hobby Lobby!

Next, lay the triangles in a protected work surface. For the stripe and the chevron you'll want I add tape where you don't want the paint. 
Next, use your pushes to carefully apply paint. Let dry, this usually only takes about 30-40 min. 
Let's the chevron and stripes begin to dry. For the polka dots I free hand them using a round sponge stencil tool. 
I believe these are from Michaels. Add as many polka dots as you like! I wanted 2 different sizes so I used a small and large sponge!

Once dry and you have removed the tape you are ready to add them to the twine. I like to leave about 3' on each end for hanging. 
I attach mine using a zig zag stitch to ensure they stay in place! Also a piping foot is great to help keep the twine in pace while sewing! Simply sew along the top edge until all the pennants are in place! 
That's it! Your done! 

Super easy and fun to make! It's a great project for the kids to help out with! 
Have fun! I would love to see your creations! Find me in Instagram and tag the little green bean to show me your work!