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Lola The Elf

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On the Eve-Eve of Christmas I watched one of our favorite holiday movies, The Family Stone. I know the dinner scene is painful. I think I got up and went to the kitchen to refill my hot cocoa mug at the opportune moment and just happened to miss it. I don’t know why I love that flick though. I think it’s the combination of some of my favorite actors/actresses… and I laugh and stress and cry. It hones in on all my Christmas emotions.
Well, as we watched this year, I sewed tiny bells into Lola’s handmade elf costume.
When I was a little girl my mom made the majority of my dresses… A couple years ago she brought me some of them. I remember one dress from photos of my third birthday party. As I held up a Cookie Monster cake in the white dress with red, blue and yellow balloons on it. The style of the dress reminds me of this elf one actually. But I heard something and shook the dress then looked inside and found clusters of tiny bells. How adorable is that? I don’t remember the bells when I was little but I must’ve loved dancing around hearing them.

I knew my friend Annie, who loves crazy creative ideas like me, would be up for making an elf dress during the hectic week before Christmas for her daughter too. And when I texted her that we should sew bells inside like my mom did for my dresses she responded, “That is happening.” Then she searched Hobby Lobby for an hour to find such tiny, magical bells. She is good at everything. She can sing, teach Zumba, craft, take photos, do professional makeup plus sew like a freaking pro. And all at once I’m sure, if you asked her. But she helped me sew this costume for Lola. And by “help” I mean, I sewed and surged a couple pieces and made the hat, but she did the rest. I was there to hand her a Diet Coke.
Lola had “elf costume” at the top of her wish list. She is the queen of dress up! So she was pretty excited to open it on Christmas eve and prance around… with magical bells jingling all the way.

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elf costume

elf costume


I used this free pixie hat pattern and instructions to make the hat. I did cut Lola’s piece a bit longer at the point. I used a thick, knit shirt that didn’t fit me anymore. You can also use old sweaters, which is something I have been wanting to do for a couple years now. So I was excited to find this tutorial. I am not that great at sewing so honestly anyone could make it. (The dress pattern was found on Etsy.)

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Mini Chalkboards | Wilna

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Who doesn’t love anything miniature sized? These chalkboards are no exception. Wilna put them together embellishing with some of my new Dear Lizzy Serendipity. Love that she found a way to use some of the products even with a Christmas theme.
If the mini chalkboards aren’t enough the tiny candy canes in a jar and the wreath with do you in.
xoxo, Lizzy

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Check out Wilna’s amazing blog… She offers cut files and online workshops including Heartfelt Christmas Workshop right now. Her site is called… I heart Studio full of creative ideas and projects.


Tubby Time

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We redid the bathroom our girls share and guests use when they come over. It was a crazy process but it’s looking so good. Weird that I enjoy cleaning it now. Never thought I’d say those words. haha

The tub and incredible faucet are from Vintage Tub & Bath. I searched around and they were my favorite place with what I was looking for… Plus, free shipping is one of my love languages.

We just finished painting it so I will share the before and afters, process and more pics soon.

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Zing! Wow! Spark! DIY Thickers

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Have you ever used DIY Thickers before?
It’s a sticker on both sides of the letters and numbers… so you stick it down and then peel the front off the sticker. Then add any glitter, wow! zing! or spark! to customize it however your colorful heart desires.
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I put together some monogrammed tags to grab when I need something quick. Which seeing that sometimes I’m running around with my head cut off, I am hoping I appreciate my preparedness in the future when I am wrapping a gift at the last minute.monogrammed tags
Even using the embossing powder without embossing it worked great. It’s such a fine powder that it sticks perfect to DIY Thickers.

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DIY: Ribbon Weaving

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School has started and the weather is getting crisp– now is a better time than ever to learn how to weave. After the kids are in bed and while Collin is traveling, my evening ritual includes watching Gossip Girl reruns and listening to summer rainstorms as of late. Throwing in a weaving loom and colorful yarn + ribbons would be the perfect addition.
Love this unique twist to the typical weaving techniques using ribbon + twine Ann Marie is sharing today. She walks you through step by step. So colorful and rad!!
PS Congrats to Ann Marie and husband in welcoming their new sweet bebe! xoxo


ribbon weaving

Weaving is one of those trends that has recently taken Pinterest by storm and for good reason. It’s an incredibly relaxing craft that can be done virtually anywhere with a variety of materials and techniques…the possibilities are endless! Normally I use yarn when I weave, but I decided to try something new and mix of Dear Lizzy grosgrain ribbon with baker’s twine to create a fun woven wall hanging. Here’s how I did it:

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1. To begin, I gathered all of my supplies, including a handful of my favorite ribbon + baker’s twine from the Daydreamer 24-Pack, sharp fabric scissors, and a Martha Stewart loom and needle. (If you don’t have that particular loom, you could always create your own! This is a great tutorial for building one out of a wooden frame and nails.

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2. Next, I created the base for my weaving (aka the “warp”) using baker’s twine. I began by tying a double knot to one the prongs and then threading back and forth between both sides of the loom until I was satisfied with the size of the warp. Once I reached the end, I tied another double knot to a different prong (on the same side of the loom as the first double knot) and trimmed off any excess string.

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3. Since the width of the grosgrain ribbon was a little too wide for the look I was going for, I cut a strand in half. Note: a little bit of fraying will occur when you cut the ribbon, but I think it only adds to the handmade charm of the weaving!

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4. Once I had a half-sized strand, I threaded it through the needle and tied a simple larks head knot ( on one end of the warp and began weaving back and forth.

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5. When I wanted to tie on a new color, I simply double knotted the two ribbon together (always on the backside of the weaving) and continued the process.

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6. Once I was happy with the size of my weaving, I tied off the final ribbon.

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7. Since I wanted to hang the woven wall hanging from a twig, I carefully slid the top part of the weaving down with my fingers, making sure I didn’t create too much tension on the warp. Then, I tucked the twig into the top strands until it was all the way through and I could pull the weaving off of the loom.


8. To secure the bottom strands of the weaving, I double knotted every two strands together until the entire structure was finished.


9. Next, I evened out the look of the dangling strands by cutting a straight horizontal line with my fabric scissors.
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amme_weaving_1410. Finally, I cut another strand of baker’s twine and tied a knot on each end of the twig so that I could hang the weaving to a wall or in my case, a doorknob.

11. Then came the fun part: finding a home for my new woven masterpiece! I decided to hang it from the doorknob in my office to add a colorful, welcoming touch to the room!

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DIY: Geometric Banner

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Love this banner idea from Ann Marie using Dear Lizzy paper and twine:
One of the most consistent crafty trends over the past couple of years has been the banner. It’s gone from triangles to circles to tassels and everything in between! I’m always trying to think ofnew and exciting ways to push the trend even further, so I was psyched when I found this awesome 3D geometric ball cut file designed by Amy Robison in the Silhouette Studio store. Here’s how I took the simple shape and turned it into a festive banner for my office.
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geometric banner
1. First, I gathered together all of my supplies, including the Daydreamer 6 x 6″ pad, a solid tape runner, red baker’s twine, my Cameo die-cutting machine + 12 x 12″ mat, and the 3D geometric ball cut file.
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geometric banner
2. Next, I chose my favorite patterned papers from the 6 x 6″ pad and laid four at a time out on my 12 x 12″ Cameo mat.
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3. Once I had the cut files arranged in the Silhouette Studio software, I let my Cameo go to work and cut out a bunch of the 3D geometric balls.
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4. After determining how long I wanted my banner to be, I cut a long strand of red baker’s twine.
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5. Using my fingers to carefully fold along all of the perforated lines, I began to create the geometric ball shape with the help of a solid tape runner.
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geometric banner
6. Before sealing up each of the geometric shapes, I used a needle to thread the baker’s twine from one side of the ball to the other.
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7. Once I had all of the 3D geometric balls strung along the baker’s twine, I hung it up over a floating shelf and called it good. I love the way it adds a playful touch whimsy to my office!
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DIY: Bow Garland

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This morning I made a rash and possibly regretful decision. For some reason our dog was barking at 6 am so instead of going back to sleep before my kids wake up, like any smart person, I decided to cut bows out of paper and string them on a garland. Ya know… priorities. I blame my bad decision making on my lack of sleep. ; )
Then while Collin made breakfast I turned Myles’s room into a temporary baby girl’s nursery.
Lola approved.
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//First, I found 5 of my favorite Dear Lizzy papers from my Daydreamer collection.
//Next, I bought a bow file through Silhouette that costs 99 cents. And arranged it so I could cut to bows on one paper. When you have the file in Silhouette Studio, right click on the displayed cut and click “Ungroup” then you can arrange it better so that you can fit more on one page.
//Last I used hot glue to put the bows together and then glued them to yellow twine. I have a Dear Lizzy ribbon pack and twine pack on sale here.
//Don’t forget ice cream bribery.
Quite an easy DIY but darling as ever. Could be used as decor, a birthday party you could use single bows for packaging and presents.

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diy: bow garland

diy: bow garland

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DIY: Stamped Canvas Pouch

Today I am so excited to have one of my blog crushes and favorite designers Ann-Marie here to share a project using my Dear Lizzy stamp + some paint. Psst… all the Dear Lizzy products are still on sale at sooooo ch-check it out.
I’m a firm believer that one can never have enough bags for storing essentials of all shapes and sizes! When I spotted this canvas zippered pouch at Target last year in the dollar spot, I knew it had to come home with me. The size is perfect for corralling loose change or sunglasses and then throwing into my purse for safekeeping. With the help of the heart stamp from the Daydreamer set and acrylic paint, I gave the pouch a little pop of color and extra visual interest! Here’s how I did it:
1. First, I gathered all my supplies, including the Daydreamer stamp set, pink twine from the Daydreamer Value pack, an acrylic block, Martha Stewart acrylic paints, a sheet of scratch cardstock, washi tape, two makeup sponges, and a handful of q-tips.
2. To create a smooth surface for applying the paint onto the stamp, I squirted a little paint onto a scratch piece of cardstock (held down to my table with a few strips of washi tape) and then used a makeup sponge to even out the coverage.
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3. From there, I began stamping the heart onto the canvas pouch in columns. I repeated this process until I covered the entire bag, leaving three empty spaces for the heart to be stamped in a different color.
4. Since it’s difficult to get a perfect stamp impression when using paint, I filled in any gaps with a q-tip. (You could also use a fine-tipped paintbrush if you prefer.)
5. Once the aqua-colored hearts were dry, I repeated steps 2-4 with yellow paint and stamped in the allotted spaces.
6. Next, I created a tassel for the zipper using neon pink string and pink twine.
7. Creating tassels is super easy! You can get a step-by-step tutorial here.
8. Once the tassel was finished, I tied it to the zipper and threw the pouch in my bag! The more organized I can be, the happier I am!
Concept + Photos: Ann Marie


Instax Share Review

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Because I am loving my Instax Share printer I thought I filmed and put together a quick review of how it works and what I love about it.
It’s really easy to set up and I am loving the result of the photos compared to my camera. Definitely awesome to get to choose the photo. Though, of course, I still love my Instax mini camera.
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instax share review

INSTAX share // B&H Photo INSTAX share 

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Instax Printer: For Your Phone

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Days like today I really appreciate my own thoughtfulness. Immediately after opening this shiny new toy from the box I was jumping up and down– like I hadn’t known it was coming since Wednesday. Sheesh, I’d been tracking its every move since it left New York. And now that my kids are in bed I can thoroughly enjoy setting it all up. Though it is both a good & bad thing when most of the instructions for your techy toy are in Japanese. We’ll see how this goes.

For years I’ve been sharing my love for Instax and I still love that little camera!
But, you guys, this prints from your phone. So you can make sure the picture is good before you print. How many times have I forgotten to change the dial on the camera from the little house to the bright sun? Far too many. But I love over-exposed polaroids for writing notes on so it doesn’t bother me too bad. How many times have I taken a picture and my kids blink their eyes at the exact same moment? I swear they do it just to bug me. ; ) This printer also runs on batteries… little CR2′s, I mean, even the batteries are cute.

Excited to share how this all works, details of the little machine, & the quality of pics.

The best prices I found for it were on Amazon: INSTAX share // B&H Photo INSTAX share 

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