Fall Yarn Wreath 2014

I have to admit that fall just came up out of nowhere for me. I guess it’s here’s since it’s getting colder and all the leaves are turning and falling off the trees. That being said my yarn wreaths still had spring flowers from when I switched out the last time (which still had fall leaves on them from last year).

Since my fall wreaths stayed on the front porch until last spring the paper didn’t really survive very well. I ended up just throwing away all the decor I used last year.

This year I just wanted to do something really quick and inexpensive.

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I ended up gathering a few fall colored papers I already had on hand and then just cut a few leaves and a bow shape out using my Silhouette Portrait. The only thing I had to purchase was the bow shape from the Silhouette store since I already had the leave shapes from last year.

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They may not look amazing but they were really quick and only cost a dollar to make.

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Now I guess I can forget about them until next spring like last year.

If you’re interested you can find the leaf cut outs here and here and the bow cut out here.

Woodland Animal Canvas for the Nursery

Back when I created the nursery mood board I mentioned that I had found some really cute woodland animal cutouts from the Silhouette store. I knew that I wanted to incorporate them somehow and I finally decided on making some art to hang on the nursery.

I picked up six flat canvas boards to use as backgrounds. I also picked out three paint colors that matched the papers I picked out as well and the rest of the room colors. The colors I grabbed where Indian Turquoise Barn Wood and Irish Moss.

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To give the canvas a sharp border I used a one inch frog tape around the edges of the canvas. It’s pretty similar to what the creator of the cutouts did on her blog post here.

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It took about three coats to get a good full coverage of the colors. Once they were dry I just peeled off the tape.

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As for the animals I just adjusted the sizes and cut them out using my silhouette. I used glue to assemble the layers of the animals and then I used sticky glue dots to attach them to the canvas.

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I love how all the animals turned out. I think they are just so cute and fill up this wall without being too much.

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Chris helped me line everything up over the dressers and we used 3m velcro tabs to hang up all the canvases.

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I think that pretty much concludes the nursery! Stay tuned for the final reveal. I’ve finally picked up and I’ve got a few more fun decorative finishes to share.

If you’re interested in the cutouts here’s the links: fox, raccoon, hedgehog, deer, owl, skunk.

Nursery Flag Garland

I’m so very close to calling this room done. At least for now. All I really have left to talk about are a couple of decorative projects I’ve finished.

One of these projects is a flag garland I sewed for over the crib. All over the internet I have seen flag garlands and I thought it would be a fun way to decorate the space above the crib.

With a little research and planning it was a really simple project. All it took was some triangles of fabric and a length of double fold bias tape. I think the triangles I made were close to 6 1/2″ long and about 6 1/2″ wide. The fabrics are the same ones that I’ve been using all over the nursery.

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I love the way it turned out and I think it nicely fills the blank space on the wall.

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You may not remember from my nursery to do list but I actually mentioned that I wanted to have a monogram or something with the baby’s name over the crib. Well we decided on a name and I cut out letters using my silhouette and appliqued them on the flags. They are currently hiding on the back side for the flag garland. Sorry Grandma Dixie we still aren’t sharing but we’re getting close to the due date so you’ll find out soon. 🙂

Update: Now that our baby boy is born we’ve turned the flag garland around. Check out his introduction post here.

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Easy Crib Skirt and Curtains for Nursery

After all the challenging sewing work with the chair I needed something a little quicker and simpler to work on next. I decided to take on the crib skirt and the curtains for the nursery since they are pretty much just simple straight seams.

Since my crib has solid sides I really only wanted and needed a skirt on the front to cover the side of the mattress base. I thought about doing something more fancy but in the end decided to just go with something really simple.

I was only going to use just the teal polka dot fabric I had but I didn’t have quite enough fabric. So I ended up adding a little strip of the green polka dots in the middle.

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I guessed on how I wanted to split up the three panels but it ended up working out perfectly so that the seams are all behind the slats of the crib. It’s actually a little hard to tell the difference between the two colors in the photos and in person it’s pretty subtle as well.

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I know that it’s not a super exciting crib skirt but it’s enough to cover up the wooden side of the base that was just hanging out.

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Since the frame of the my crib base is wooden I decided to hammer in some small tacks to keep the fabric in place. It should be pretty easy to remove when we are ready to drop the mattress down lower since I don’t think we will need  the crib skirt then.

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Now on to the curtains.

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I used the woodland animal fabric (that I talked about in the mood board) and a matching green chevron. For the green chevron I cut a 45″ width of fabric in half one for each curtain. Then I just folded it in half and sewed it along the side of the woodland fabric. I also lined the back of the animal print with a white muslin to finish it and give it more weight and thickness.

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Here’s a look at the curtains with the roman shade down. (If you want to know more about the roman shade I made check out this post.)

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And another shot of the curtains.

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If your curious the rod came from Ikea and it’s the same one that I put up when this room was the sewing room.

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I love the pattern and I’m pretty happy with how they turned out. Hopefully the baby will like them too.

Above the Kitchen Cabinet Decor

I’m taking a brief break from baby stuff to share the decor I’ve finally added to my kitchen. I’ve been thinking about doing this for months and even went so far as buying frames (months ago I think) but I just couldn’t make up my mind on what I wanted to put in them.

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I finally decided what I wanted to do with the frames. I whipped out my Silhouette Portrait and cut out kitchen themed shapes and arranged them on various scrapbook paper backgrounds.

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Here’s a close up of all five frames I ended up doing. I didn’t come up with the sayings on my own. As usual I stole those from the internet.

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Then I lined them up on the counter to figure out what order I wanted to hang them in. For reference all the frames I used are the Ribba line from Ikea. The smaller frames are the 8 1/2″ x 11″ size and the larger are the 12″ x 16″ size.

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As usual I stood on the ground and Chris hung all the frames above the cabinets.

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Finally there is something it fill that awkward space above the cabinets.

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Has anyone else come up with some fun ways to fill the space above your cabinets?

It’s a Pouf

While I was trying to figure out how to make the cushions for my nursery chair I made this pouf to use as an ottoman with it.

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I knew that I wanted an easy to make, comfy, lightweight fabric pouf that could be moved around. After surfing around the internet I finally settled on the Living with Punks tutorial. I liked that it was simple and I could easily tweak it to work with the height and size of my chair. I pretty much just followed the tutorial but here’s the basics of what I did.

To start with I drew a circle on a piece of paper to use as a pattern for the top and bottom. Originally I was going for 16″ across but it ended up being closer to 17″. I used this pattern and cut out two circles from an thick outdoor canvas.

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Then I cut out a long strip about 54.5″ long. I just used scissors to cut along the pattern since I didn’t want the pattern to go off at a weird angle. I also cut it about 14″ tall so that it would be a good height for the chair.

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Just like in the tutorial I made a little strap to carry it by. I pretty much just eyeballed cutting the fabric for it out and it ended up being about 4″ x 10″ before I serged it together.

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I centered the strap on the side fabric and pinned it down with a little slack so that I could easily get my hand underneath it.

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Then I just sewed down both ends securely.

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After the handle was attached I sewed the short side of the long strip to make it a tube. I left a few inches open so that I could stuff the pouf later.

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Then I sewed on the circles, turned the fabric right side out and stuffed the heck out of it. I ended up using three 12 oz bags of fiber fill, some left over foam chunks from the chair cushions and about a yard of thin cotton batting to get it as firm as I could. If you were just using fiber fill you might need somewhere between four and six 12 oz bags.

Once it was happy with the filling I hand stitched up the open seam and it was done.

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It ended up a little lumpy and mounded but it’s pretty comfy. I’m happy with the fabric choice and the way the pouf turned out. I know in the end it was cheaper and goes with the rest of the room better than if I had bought something pre-made.

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Plus I really like how it looks next to the finished chair.

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Slowly but surely things are starting to come together in the nursery!

Christmas Decor Roundup 2013

As is the theme of this year I just wasn’t too motivated to bring out much of my Christmas decor. For me what I put out this year isn’t really very much. I probably only have about a third of what I had out last year. So, if you want to see some better Christmas spirit go check out last years decor.

So now that I’d said my disclaimer here it goes. You’ve probably already seen the new addition for this year which was the nativity canvas set.

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Continuing around the family room I just set out a couple of the snow globes that I had on the console table.

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Last year before we put our artificial tree away we actually pulled off all the lights which was painful and time consuming. This year I just threw up some colored lights since it was different but I didn’t really like how they turned out. I think next year I will go back to the white lights.

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I put up the nativity that Chris bought me last year. Of course I was too lazy to find an extension cord so I can’t actually turn on the lights that are around the garland.

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Moving in the entryway the Bethlehem nativity went up again.

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Of course I had to put out the snow baby Eeyore that I got from my brother many years back.

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In the living room I cleared off a spot on the picture ledges and put up one of my Christmas villages that I got from my mom. Of course I did clear off another little spot on another shelf and apparently never found anything to fill that back in with.

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Since it was easy I did put up a couple things on top of the china cabinets in the living room.

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The last things that I put out were just on the telephone table in the entry.

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It was really hard to be motivated with Thanksgiving being so late this year and having family here all weekend. Just like last year it took me all week to put up just this and then it was only a couple weeks until Christmas. It just didn’t feel worth the effort.

On the other had Chris surprised me and wanted to put lights up on the house again this year. After last year we threw away the lights we had since they were mostly burned out. We did a little searching around and found about four sets of large white LED lights to put up. We met up with some friends of ours a couple of weekends ago and Zach was nice enough to climb around on the roof with Chris to put up all the lights.

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Since we also have the new deck this year Chris couldn’t resist putting up some of the extra lights we had on the back deck as well.

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I know the next picture is dark but I couldn’t resist sharing just one more photo of our first snow of the season that we had a few days ago.

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Have you gone all out with Christmas decor this year or do you prefer to keep things simple and modest?

Nativity Canvas Art

Last winter I wanted to switch out my canvases in our family room to something more season appropriate but I just never got around to it. Here is a reminder of what the set has looked like:

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A couple of months ago I got it in my head that I wanted to do it this year so I grabbed 2 8×10 canvases and 2 11×14 canvases. I decided that I wanted to do something that was centered around the nativity.

I pulled out a sample pot of Martha Stewart’s Azurite (MSL 167) to use as a background. It’s actually the same color I used on the front door and it is a little darker than the kitchen so I thought it would blend well with my decor.

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Next I found some shapes that I liked on the Silhouette Online Store and used scrap paper to test the sizes and placement for all the  shapes.

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It took a lot of tries but I finally figured out how I wanted everything and got the fonts to look the way I wanted them on the quote. By the way the quote is from a song by Jars of Clay called “Love Came Down at Christmas”.

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After I finally figured out how large I wanted the shapes I had to decided what papers to cut everything from.

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Once everything was cut I was ready to figure out how to attach it all to the canvases. I honestly got a little frustrated when trying to adhere the papers to the canvas and I think I lost motivation to take any photos. Basically I ended up having to use a glue stick to glue the shapes down and then I covered it all with mod podge to seal it. Since the mod podge is so wet it ended up bubbling some of the papers especially on some of the larger pieces. It’s hard to tell in the photos but in person it’s a little more noticeable.

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I do like how it turned out in the end it just didn’t go as smoothly as I had originally hoped. It is really nice though to have something more fitting for the Christmas season.

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I guess it’s just another case of my ideas being more grand than what I am able to accomplish. Has anyone else made a project lately and had high expectations than you weren’t able to achieve?

Reversible Mixer Rug

One of my very first posts on this blog was about a rug that I made to go under my mixer. Back then I talked about how I like to keep my Kitchenaid mixer tucked back in a corner but I have a hard time pulling it out when I want to use it. The mixer rug turned out to be a really nice solution and I thought it was pretty cute.

Fast forward to now and I’ve learned a little bit from how I made the first one the rug doesn’t really match the kitchen now that we’ve painted. Here’s a reminder of what my first version looked like.

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Since I had quite a bit of fabric left over from making my fall pillowcases and table runner I thought this would be a great time to update the mixer rug and even make it a little season appropriate.

One of the things I realized from my first attempt was that I made it a little large. The rug ended up bunching up a when I pushed the mixer back into the corner. So this time around I made it a little smaller.

I cut one 3.5″x12″ strip out of each of the five fall fabrics I had on hand. For the back I used a 12″x 21.5″ piece of fabric. Since I thought it would be nice if it was reversible I found a fabric that I thought would work for winter.

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I used my serger to piece the fall fabrics together as well as finish one edge of the top. For the back I serged one edge to finish it as well as connect it to a piece of fleece interfacing that I used as the batting.

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From there I serged around all the edges and left a small opening to turn the rug just like a pillow case. After I turned it right side out I ironed it and closed up the hole with a needle and thread.

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To finish the rug I top stitched around the edge as well as along each of the seams.

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The original mixer rug tended to bunch and stretch when I moved the mixer in and out. I’m hoping that the extra quilting will give it a little more structure and stability.

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I’m really happy with how the updated mixer rug turned out.

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I think the size looks much better under the mixer.

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It also matches the kitchen a little better and it’s a fun pop of fall colors.

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Of course once I want to decorate for Christmas I can just flip it over.

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Do you have a mixer that you use a lot? Would you consider ever making a little rug to go under it or am I the only person with this problem trying to pull my mixer across my counters?

Fall Decor Roundup 2013

Last year I did a post about all the fall decor that I had decorated with. This year when I was gathering everything up to decide where to put it all  it was very nice to be able to go back and see what I had done last year. Since it was helpful last year I thought why not do it again this year.

Last fall I purchased a few bunches of silk fall flowers so this year I actually didn’t purchase anything new (except for materials pillow cases and table runner of course). Instead I just made a big pile of everything I wanted to use and arranged the flowers around until I liked how everything looked.

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So now that you’ve seen the mess lets take a quick tour around the house. . .

The Family Room

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Kitchen Window

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Dining Room

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Living Room

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Oh look Lily’s helping decorate too. . .

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and so is Marshall.

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Have you added any fall decor to your home?