Concept + Photos: Ann Marie
Concept + Photos: Ann Marie
Recently I planted peonies and iris bulbs so now I am crossing my fingers that they sprout out of the ground someday because I have the blackest thumb ever. Pretty sure I couldn’t keep a cactus alive. But I love flowers and plan to spend more time in my garden and yard this summer. Last year I was completely enamored with Myles and growing him. ; )
I adore these DIY bomb seeds that the darling Amanda from Be Crafty made! She used my Dear Lizzy paper on a couple of the bags. Then added clips and stamped tags with fabric strips. Love it! They are perfect to give away as a gift to celebrate spring. You definitely have to get your hands dirty for this project. Here are the tips she shared:
I have always seen seed bombs at the green house in candy machines and wanted to try make them. Seed bombs are little balls of dirt, dry clay and flower seeds. They are intended to be placed in areas where gardening in unavailable, but can be placed anywhere.
I found they were a lot easier to make then I thought. Please note: I read many different directions and worked with supplies I had on had.
SUPPLIES: Dirt, dry clay ( found at walmart for $5 in crafting section) wild flower / flower seeds
STEP 1: Mix in small batches, adding dirt and clay together.
STEP 2: Roll into small balls
STEP 3: Add a few flower seeds. The clay will hold the seeds in place. ( don’t add to many)
STEP 4: Set balls out in sun for clay to harden. ( about 24 hours)
STEP 5: Enjoy + Share
TO MAKE THE BAG: I placed sticker letters in the middle of a small canvas bag. Using distress ink (for scrapbooking) mix with water in a small spray bottle. Spray over the stickers. I added more ink as I went to get a darker ombre look. Once the bag is dry, remove letters ( ok, I removed them right away, but best if you wait till it’s dry)
Photos + Craft: Amanda//Be Crafty Workshop
Avoid letting your little guy get pinched this St. Patty’s day and make him a green bow tie. Seriously it was easy and I didn’t even sew… just used a trusty hot glue gun and some fabric scraps.
For Myles I cut a piece of fabric 4″x7″
Next fold in the width so it’s around 2-3 inches wide and hot glue seam leaving the length 7″ long. Iron fabric.
Now fold in the ends and hot glue at center.
Pinch so there are three folds and glue each one (Make two of these up to this point)
Layer each one and glue together
Cut a strip of fabric about 2″x4″ fold in the width and glue seam. Iron. Wrap around layered bows.
Measure baby’s neck and add ribbon and velro to back. There you go. You can still pinch those cheeks but not because he’s not wearing green… because they are too squishy + cute.
Kisses from momma…
Filled up an entire SD Card taking pictures of this face since literally the end of his front teeth are popping through… and I am going to miss those gummy gum gums.
These days have been a blur… what day is it anyway? My main goal in life right now is teaching Myles when it is day & night. He was completely opposite a couple nights ago and I could’ve sworn I got hit by a train in the blissful hour sleep I got. But despite the zombie-esque swagger in my walk there’s definitely something wonderful about having a baby in our home. Just the overall peace and love he brings… I mean I literally stare at him all day. How is that possible?! He’ll smile when you graze his cheeks or he grasps my finger or hair. He’s very alert and loves to eat… like all day. I’ve gone off dairy since his tummy was really hurting a couple days ago. I’ve done this with all my kids for the first few months. It’s worth it to avoid crying where you can tell it’s their tummy hurting. And seriously that is true love right there… because this girl loves her cheese and cereal. But my girls drink enriched rice milk so I use that. Has anyone else gone on a special diet while nursing? Please share…
Today I wanted to share how to make some of your own chevron and triangle print baby leggings and baby blanket. The baby blanket above was made using a maxi dress that I didn’t want anymore. I cut it to the size that I wanted and then folded and ironed the unfinished edge then sewed a quick seam. It was super easy and I love the bold stripe.
The red and green striped pants below I made using one of his pants as a pattern and sewed two pieces together and added elastic at the waistband. The grey with triangles are leggings I picked up at Target. I sewed the legs to fit 2 inches smaller (they were super wide). The red chevron pants I share the steps of how to make them below.
I made these chevron leggings by starting with the 5 minute leggings steps on Small Fry blog. It started as a skirt from Forever 21 I got on clearance for a few bucks. Since he is so tiny I could get 2 pairs out of the one knit skirt. Then I used my Silhoutte and diecut a pattern from freezer paper. Next, I ironed the shiny side to the pants and painted it white. Last peel off the pants and enjoy your one of a kind pants.
Follow the same steps to make a triangle template for the grey pants below.
Despite my 5th grade level sewing skills, thanks to Mrs. Thompson for teaching me all I know in Home Ec., there were a couple reason as to why I decided to make some cute stuff for our baby Myles. For one, I had absolutely no baby boy clothes and unless I dressed him up in pink I had to get everything brand new. Yes, I love shopping but not that much shopping… especially for things he’d grow out of quickly.
And the other reason is that there’s not a huge selection of stripes and solids for boys. I’m okay with the occasional truck or dog “I ruff you” but it’s nice to have some basics too.
I started collecting some striped knit fabric & during all the nesting that went down before the baby arrived, I found some clothes I was going to get rid of but would be perfect to reuse.
While this sweet babe is sleeping I wanted to post an easy tutorial for making some knotted baby hats.
For this hat, I used fabric for a maxi skirt that I never wore. I got it on clearance at Forever 21 but it just fit weird so I never wore it. In the end, it was cheaper than buying that color knit at the fabric store. It also has a finished edge so I use that for the bottom of the hat.
I used this knotted hat template for the hat but cut off the bottom dotted line portion because I didn’t want it to fold over. Then sized it down quite a bit to fit an infant. If you use a hat you already have as a template then just add the top part for the knot. That would work just as well.
To get the triangle print:
I used the triangle background Silhouette cut by Loni Stevens and cut it out of Freezer Paper. Next you iron the shiny side onto your fabric. Then paint with fabric or sometimes I use acrylic paint… and peel the paper off. It works like a charm!
Tomorrow I will share the pants and blankets… Thanks to my babelicious model… kisses…
Ever since I saw the pom pom sweater at J Crew and then Zooey wore in on a New Girl episode I loved those little puffs of goodness. This is a super cool tutorial from I Spy DIY that I am dying to try on some of my girls’ sweaters. Not sure if I could pull this off myself so thank goodness I have three littles who would look darling with a touch of pom!
Spotted my Avery girl at the Small Fry blog wearing the comfy perfection from Nico Nico clothing. Pretty much the cutest thing I ever did see. Sigh… missing her now that school is back in session.
One of my favorite quotes from her recently: She came to me with her eyes full of tears. “Mom, I don’t want to be a mom. Can I be a little girl forever?” Me: “Why don’t you want to be a mom?” Seriously she was almost crying, “Because what if I don’t know how to put gas in the car and break it and the car won’t work. And what if I don’t know how to wipe their bums?” Ah… she clearly understands the joy of motherhood.
On January 1st Two Peas in a Bucket announced some new Garden Girls that will be designing for them and I am one of them. So thrilled and honored to join their talented team!
I have a couple pages there you can check out.
So far it is pretty random the things I have made with my silhouette… from mini albums to polka dot pants.
Now add these phrase napkins to the list.
This morning I posted a pic on my Instagram and realized I hadn’t shared these napkins yet. I don’t remember what provoked me to making these, but so far the random sayings have done nothing except put a smile on my face.
Diecut freezer paper///Iron freezer paper to napkin///Paint onto napkin/// Peel off freezer paper
I used gold paint because, well, I love gold anything right now.
Quincey painted the polka dot dishtowel below. It’s only a dishtowel so who cares if she messed up. Actually, it’s quite tricky to mess it up since she paints on top of the freezer paper so it worked out great! I used the same steps as the Polka Dot Pants tutorial.
My sister got me hooked on this healthy snack: tomatoes, cucumber (or spinach) feta cheese & Balsamic Vinaigrette. Don’t worry, after I eat that I have a bowl of sour watermelons.
Do I have you wishing for a Silhouette Cameo yet?
A few things that I spotted online and am loving lately:
♡ This October stamp and just this pic in general that seems to encompass so much of what I love about fall. pic by Tina//stamp by Kelly
♡ This clever idea of using wooden spools for place setting. Cute for a craft night with your girlfriends or any fall event.
♡ I’ve been wanting to make a floral crown for one of my girls so I was excited to see a tutorial on how to do it. via The house that lars built
♡ These crepe paper lights would be a fun addition for halloween decor. DIY Fringe string lights
From pink and mint colored denim to floral denim and now polka dots… no wonder when I wear plain denim jeans they seem so boring.
When I saw these pants by Paige Denim I loved them but didn’t want to spend 180 bucks on a something so trendy that I would probably only wear a couple seasons. In the back of my closet I found these grey skinnies and they were perfect to DIY and reuse.
Have you ever used freezer paper for fabric applique? This stuff is a dream. It’s a lightweight paper yet you can iron it to your clothes then remove it. You can pick it up at most grocery stores.
1. I used my Silhouette Cameo and opened up a 12×24 cutting mat then I made my own pattern of dots that are a couple inches apart. Attached the shiny side of a 12″x24″ piece of freezer paper to my cutting mat. Cut about 4-5 sheets. If you don’t have a Silhouette my sis in law, Em, used a pencil eraser dipped in paint and hers turned out super cute. 2. Iron on the shiny side of the freezer paper to your pant legs one at a time.
3. Use a foam brush to paint the circles. Instead of a brush stroke I blotted the circle. Start with small amount of paint and do two layers instead of a lot of paint at first. Use fabric paint or seriously I just used what I had on hand (paint for our house). Do you know how many times I’ve accidentally gotten paint on my clothes and it never ever came off? This time it was on purpose. My sister, Em, even used acrylic paint and she said it hasn’t washed off after numerous washes.
4. Wait for it to dry and peel off the freezer paper. Throw away, you can’t reuse it. I touched up a few of the outside edges of the spots with a similar colored Sharpie. But overall the freezer paper worked great! It actually took a couple hours to do but I was also doing this while my kids played around me so I wasn’t working on it non stop.
I am a big fan of wearing what makes you happy, confident and comfy… although I do take an exception for the last one with some new heels.
I am not one to point out somebody’s outfit and think why are they wearing that?! So it’s interesting to see peoples’ looks while waiting in the lines at Disneyland. Not sure if they wanted a pair themselves or if they thought I was bonkers.
Also, if your kids are old enough to paint and iron this would be fun to do together. Thanks for reading my blog & have a happy day!
This birthday feels much more different than 30. Thirty one… eek! My sixteen year old self would definitely think I’m so old but, yet, I don’t feel old. Except after 3 days of Disney and I couldn’t even walk the next day. ha!
I always thought by thirty I’d have it all figured out. But this past year has been a bit of a growing year for me. Growing is a nice way of saying sometimes really sucky. There wasn’t anything life threatening or anything I should even complain about but I just learned a lot about myself and am trying to continue to take all I can from this life and become a better woman. There were definitely high and lows and sometimes they occurred at the same time. And sometimes all there was left to do was cry… or eat ice cream. Sometimes everything felt clear and other times life was a murky mess. S0metimes people I don’t even know tried to bring me down but always someone I love was there to lift me up. What can we do but get on our knees and pray, then get up and move forward. (That last part sounded like a really bad version of a quote.; )
Anyways, thankfully I am quite blessed even during the growing times and Collin is without a doubt there to make me laugh & my girls are there to give me loves. My family is all I need. As cliche as it sounds: my life is definitely filled with sheer joy… I just hold onto that. I’m also learning that it’s actually my attitude that determines a lot of it. So bring it on thirty one! I can tell already it’s going to be a great one.
My birthday started out with a little house cleaning and work emails. Then Collin held down the fort and I got to take Avery with me on a lunch date with my sisters and mom. Pedis and Malawis pizza were on the agenda. I realized I don’t do this enough with my sisters. That night Ashley and I stayed up past 2 am talking. This is very out of the ordinary for me since I love to sleep but it was totally worth being a zombie the next day. ; )
Since it’s my birthday I got to choose the restaurant to eat dinner at and since Collin didn’t like my first two choices we ended up at Thai Drift. It was our first time eating there since we usually eat at our favorite, Thai Ruby, but we were surprisingly impressed!
cheeeeeeesssse & uuuuuhhhhhhhh.
Clearly, I still need to unpack from my trip since this is the randomest outfit but at least it was comfy. Beatles and Polka Dots: Skirt, Shoes: Ruche//Pleated Slip: One of the slips we will be selling really soon.
For some reason we always, always forget to get a group shot at Birthday par-tays…!
(Thanks for everyone who came! Love you all!)
I sold glitter banners at Bijou Market but if you are interested in a Happy Day or any custom glitter word banner email me: Lizzy@MakeSomethingSplendid.com
Cut fabric. My strips are 1.5″ x 35″ (before folded in half)
1 Fold fabric in Half length wise then fold the loop end over twine
2 Pull the end through the loop
3 Tighten to your liking and continue along twine
4 I used 27 fabric strips