Sunday, January 17, 2016

Grey & White Gingham Baby Quilt

If you've read the blog before, you might have noticed how much I enjoy sewing baby quilts.  There is something so fun about making a homemade gift for a new baby.  I made this quilt last fall for my friend Kelly who had a baby boy.

I used two different shades of grey and a white fabric to create the gingham pattern for the front of the quilt.  Gingham is so popular right now, and it was fun to create the pattern out of squares of fabric.

For the back, I used Michael Miller's 'Zoology' pattern.  I've always liked this pattern - I just think it is an adorable fabric!

I kept the binding simple, and used a navy and white polka dot pattern.

I took these photos back in September.  Boy, do I wish it was still that warm outside right now!  As I type this post, it is a cold January day and it is only 11 degrees!

I hope your 2016 is off to a great start!

Sunday, December 20, 2015

Handmade Holidays: Christmas Stove-top Potpourri + Free Printable

Happy Monday!  Can you believe that Christmas is this week?  I can't!  It doesn't help that we've had incredibly mild temperatures and no snow on the ground.  In fact, we've only had one snowfall so far this year and the snow only lasted a couple of days before it warmed up and melted. I'm not complaining - dry roads and above average temps are OK by me!

I made a batch of Christmas Stove-top Potpourri this weekend to hand out to family and friends.  I think they make a great last minute gift for neighbors, work friends, and hostess gifts.  Also, who wouldn't enjoy a house filled with the scents of Christmas!

Because of our mild temps, my rosemary plant in the garden is still going strong!  It's actually huge.  I was able to pick a large amount of sprigs to use for the stove-top potpourri.  Hard to believe for the end of December!

- Quart size mason jars
- 2 cinnamon sticks
- 3 bay leaves
- 1 tablespoon dried orange peel
- 1 tablespoon whole cloves
- 1 tablespoon whole allspice berries
- 1-2 sprigs of fresh rosemary
- 1 cup fresh cranberries
- 1 lemon
- 1 clementine or orange (an orange might be hard to fit in the jars, so I used clementines)
- Ribbon
- Labels (PRINT HERE)

Please note - the amounts listed above are what I added to one jar.  Multiply the amount by the number of jars you'd like to make.

Add the bay leaves, cinnamon sticks, orange peel, cloves, allspice berries, followed by the rosemary, cranberries, and finally, the citrus fruit.

Close up the jars and add a decorative ribbon and labels.

Have a very Merry Christmas!

Wednesday, December 9, 2015

Handmade Holidays: DIY Christmas Card Holder

This year I wanted a better way to display my Christmas cards.  Normally I place them all in a basket and keep it out throughout the holidays, but they are all too pretty not to see! I love how this simple holder turned out and I'm looking forward to seeing all my cards on display this year.

- Wood boards (size of your choice - I used 1 x 2 boards)
- Chicken wire
- Spray paint (if desired, for chicken wire)
- Saw and miter box
- Hammer
- Wood glue
- Wire clippers / cutters
- Paint or stain (color of your choice for boards)
- Finish nails
- Sand paper
- Staple gun & staples

1.  Use a saw and miter box to cut boards to length of your choice with 45 degree ends.  My finished card holder is 36" long x 17" h.

2.  I used finish nails and a little wood glue at each corner to attach the boards together.  I'm sure there is a better way, but this worked for me!  Use sand paper to smooth each board and prep for painting.  Paint and set aside.

3.  Use wire clippers to cut chicken wire to size.  I wanted to make the chicken wire stand out a bit and look a little fancier than the plain silver finish, so I spray painted it gold.  To do this, I attached the ends together with clothes pins, and then sprayed it.  This worked well because the chicken wire wouldn't stay flat, and also I was able to spray both sides at once.  Let dry before attaching to boards.

4.  Use a staple gun to attach the chicken wire to the back of the boards.

5.  Display and enjoy!

I just love how the gold spray paint looks on the chicken wire.  I used a few old cards from last year to test out my new holder.

I found little gold clothes pins at Michael's to attach the cards to the chicken wire.

I hope you're having a great week - can you believe that Christmas Eve is only two weeks away?!

Monday, November 23, 2015

Minted Giveaway Winner!

Thanks to everyone who stopped by to enter the Minted giveaway!  I used to select a winner...

Congrats Suzluvsflowers - you are lucky comment 59!  I hope you enjoy using your $250 credit!

Saturday, November 14, 2015

$250 Minted Giveaway

It's that time of year again - time to start planning your holiday cards.  I am happy to be bringing you a great giveaway to help you get started.  Minted is giving away a $250 credit to one lucky reader!

I am a longtime fan of Minted.  Their Holiday Cards are by far my favorite.  They offer so many design options, including a completely custom option that let's you submit your own artwork and turn it into your Holiday card. How fun is that?!  The image below is an example.

I also love the option of adding an patterned envelope liner and a return address label wrapper.  Look how pretty these cards looks all assembled!

Also, did you know that Minted will address your envelopes for free?!  Huge time saver and the many designs you can choose from are so pretty!

Another thing I love about Minted?  The huge selection of non-photo Holiday cards.  Don't get me wrong, I love receiving photo cards, but for me, the non-photo cards are perfect and I always have a hard time deciding which design to go with because the options are endless!

I also love that Minted offers Custom Wrapping Paper.  So cool (and really pretty)!

How to Enter:
Visit Minted and pick out your favorite Holiday Card design.  Come back here and leave a comment telling me the name of your favorite design.  That's it!

Giveaway will remain open until Monday, November 23rd.  I'll pick a winner by random and post the winner here.

Please leave your email address in your comment so I can contact you if you are the winner.


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