You might remember me gushing about my the Lifestyle Crafts Letterpress machine I was having all kinds of crafty fun with? Well, the Letterpress Love hasn’t wavered. So I put together a video sharing hands on clips of how it works.
You can use any diecut roller machine but need the Lifestyle Crafts platform and other supplies. The paint lasts quite a while because you only need a very small amount.
Also, the video includes a cool technique for letter pressing with lace. Tina is the genius who showed me you could press with fabric for the Studio Calico class I contributed to and the result is purdy!! Letterpress is such a rad craft to learn and have fun with.
Check out the video and here it is on YouTube if you want to subscribe to the Dear Lizzy Channel I just started. Happy Monday!
Try Letterpressing and using a water brush with watercolors or mists to color in parts of the image. The Letterpress paper is thick and is great for using all different mediums.
Collin Kartchner Studios: Filmed the shots of letter pressing & painting on glass.
Dear Lizzy: Art Direction, Edited, Type, Filmed product hand shots.
I know there’s only nine days until Valentine’s Day but yesterday I finished my garland/slash countdown/slash treat bag advent and finally hung it up. yay!
Since we moved furniture around I am still figuring out what to hang above our piano so it was a great empty space for some Valentine’s Day fun.
These Wood Numbers are my favorite new product I picked up at CHA and were perfect for a countdown.
The polka dot paper is a Dear Lizzy product found here. I added a new product coming from AC including the black clothespins, pennant shape and twine. The cloth bags will have goodies, small games, pencils etc inside each day. I need to fill a few more of them today but, hey, it’s up at least. And since my kiddies are sneaky they can’t steal the treats from future days yet. They don’t even realize I’m one step ahead of them without even trying. (high five)
See my countdown from a couple years ago here.
During the day I lose count of the number of costume changes for little miss Lola. While I was at CHA my mom watched my girls and got to experience it first hand. I kept apologizing because she I know she ransacks the dresser drawers every twenty minutes.
Well, as much as I wanted to cuss (in my head and I never want to cuss…) after picking her dresses up for the millionth time I realized that as tedious as it is… there is an end in sight. That’s a relief and sad at the same time. Seriously? She’s not going to be 14 and changing in and out of Honey BooBoo ensembles all day long? So I am embracing and enjoying this stage because it is pretty freaking cute… but with one solution. All of her dresses were crammed into one basket thing in her closet. So if she wanted to look for her favorite she pulled every item out-flinging tulle and glitter over her shoulders.
I needed a rack. I remember seeing a darling dress-up rack on someone’s blog years ago. But can’t remember where I saw it. I searched and found an adult clothing rack at Bed Bath & Beyond… that’s adjustable. It was perfect because it can be made for munchkins like Lo and it’s on wheels so I can wheel it to the room we are playing in when Myles is napping in the play room. But it was all black and silver which doesn’t fly for her.
-20 bucks for adjustable rack
-Gold and White Spray paint. I was going to do a color but knew there’d be enough pink hanging around.
-I hung a mirror with some vintage lace. I bought the mirror for Avery’s nursery before she was born.
-Hung a bag on a hanger to hold bows, purses and hats.
-Made some fringe tassels to hang on the side. Added some honeycomb balls. Because clearly I am obsessed with those right now. As you’ve noticed by seeing my cha booth, studio, Christmas Tree etc
-Pretty easy and fast. The best part is she loves being able to hang them up and take them off herself. Don’t you dare even try to help her!
Playing dress up is exhausting!
Recently our family pictures were coming up and I had a vision in my head of Lola wearing a floral crown… Not sure why I would do that since family pictures are already stressful enough just getting everyone ready and out the door. Lola hates pants, which last I checked they weren’t optional for pictures in the snow. Then everyone has to be matching… but not matchy-matchy denim on denim.
Well, the crowns all came together effortlessly because with in a couple days I found Amy from Bleu Wednesday. And even better than just wearing the crowns, she came to my home and we made them together. She is the sweetest and was so patient with my girls. Loved spending the afternoon watching her create such beautiful things. Plus, flowers just make you happy… and my home smelled like Christmas.
I filmed and edited the afternoon putting together a tutorial for making floral crowns of your own.
Photos: Heather Telford//Filmed and edited: Me//Flowers: Bleu Wednesday
This year I was hoping Halloween would slip by and no one would notice that I didn’t decorate. Not because I don’t LOVE Halloween, because it’s truly one of my favorites. But because I was totally being lazy… and I am freaked out by our storage room. (spiders, dark etc) A week ago my plan was going smoothly… I almost caved when my sister, Ash, came over & was completely ashamed in me. But I couldn’t ignore Quincey asking every. single. day. to hang up Halloween stuff. “We need to decorate mom!” So I braved the spiders and ghosts in the storage room, appropriate for this holiday, dragged the bin upstairs and went to work on the mantle.
The other night Collin asked me what I was making… Oh, you know just a hat and mask for a fake crows.
I added some blanket and pillows, witches hats, and a photo album. The photo album is this darling, stuffed cat with an album attached that I purchased from Old Navy the first year of our marriage. I wanted to put each year of costumes in it. My goal this year is to catch up and print pictures for it and display it every Halloween.
Last year, I used my Silhouette to cut bat shapes from vintage book paper and then sewed them together. As well as the fringe garland. To make use crepe paper sheets. You can use the typical crepe paper rolls but it won’t be as wide. Start by cutting it as wide as long as you want it. Then cut into fringe on the edges.
Spray painted the skulls and skeleton… I am hoping to glitter them up for next year. I honestly wanted to fill my fireplace with skulls but might be too creepy for my kids.
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…
Ssometimes I wish this whole nesting bit wasn’t such an innate motherly thing, at least for me. I am the mother hen of all hens right now. Kind of driving me nuts because there are so many creative things I want to do and get messy making and bloggity blog–instead you find me cleaning out closets and drawers. But it was a miracle over the weekend because I made something and finished it. Hallelujah!
We started getting the nursery ready that Lola and baby will share. Yeah, better late than never. The room was painted Ralph Lauren Sun Washed Blue color but it’s there’s a fresh coat of white. The theme of the room will be airy, graphic, with pops of bright color so it will work for a boy and a girl.
I made these coat rack hooks inspired by Danielle Thompsons Eames Coat Rack DIY.
I gathered the wood balls at Joanns. They already had holes in each one so that made it easy. First I spray painted the bottom with colors I had on hand. Next, I placed each one on a wood skewers and painted each one then poked into grass to dry. Last, I attached them to the hooks. I found the coat racks at Home Depot but they are made for a grid shelf. I didn’t realize this until I got home so instead of glueing the balls on I am going to check out a couple more places today to see if I find something better, since these racks were tricky to hang with nails. Until then, I was impatient and couldn’t help but display something in the blank canvas of a room. Also inspired by Oh Happy Day’s kids hooks with the Disneyland hats and masks.
I was texting a friend today and joked how I am an emotional wreck. Seriously I will cry at anything and this is coming from someone who is already a softie.
But I just wanted to say thanks for all of you for reading this blog. Sometimes I am sad because there’s so many things I want to make and share here. Or things I want to do to inspire all of you but I just haven’t lately. Instead I find myself nesting & nesting or resting & resting. Which is pretty normal since I have less than 3 weeks now until this baby is in my arms.
But I do share what I can.
I share a part of who I am.
I share pieces of life and our love.
I share them hoping they will inspire you in some way.
So thanks! (group hug)
Evidence of nesting going on up in here!
Need to finish up my vacation album I started a couple days ago. My instax polaroid photos seem to often get me excited about scrapbooking and putting our memories in a mini book. Also getting messy with splashes of Mister Huey. Going to finish it up during nap time today.
See some of my recent scrapbooking projects and videos at Two Peas!
Dyeing bottle brush trees was such a fun project and fool proof. Seriously anyone can do this.
I started with Tim Holtz Bottle Brush trees. They are a nice, natural color making it so easy to dye the color you prefer. If you have green trees simply soak them in bleach until they are a neutral color.
To dye: I used Tim Holtz Distress Reinkers. All the colors are incredible: Spun Sugar was one of my favorites and Peacock Feathers.
You can use anything to dye including mist colors you already have, RIT dye, fruit, or seriously even kool aid.
For dyeing one tree: I filled a 2 ounce bottle halfway with water then a 3/4 full droppper of ink. (Watch video below for hands on.)
(Snuggling my girl even tighter since the shootings in Connecticut. It is heartbreaking and I am still aching for the families. xoxo Adding my prayers and tears for Connecticut & searching for ways to support causes that help prevent this from happening again!)
CLICK HERE to WATCH this fun, little VIDEO/// If it doesn’t show up above. xo, Lizzy
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?
This little teacup bird feeder has made my garden so much cheerier! My friend, Annie, put together this DIY for a mother & daughter tea party at our church. (I have more pictures since she threw a darling party and asked me to take some pics…! But they are on the hubs computer, sooooo, this will have to do.)
She purchased a set of the teacups and saucers, spoons at thrift stores, and the dowel at Home Depot.
FIRST: she painted the dowels so they were ready for the party. Next, we sanded the bottoms of the cups and the center of the saucers. Then we used a strong adhesive for glass to attach the glass pieces together and the spoon to the saucer. I recommend ‘Super Glue’ Glass Adhesive.
Last, we used a hot glue gun to attach the saucer to the dowel. Isn’t this a darling project to make together and to take home with you after a party?!
There was also this cute poem included to take home with your bird feeder:
"I've never made a fortune and it's probably too late now. But I don't worry
about that much, I'm happy anyhow.
And as I go along life's way, I'm reaping better than I sowed. I'm drinking
from my saucer, 'Cause my cup has overflowed.
I haven't got a lot of riches, and sometimes the going's tough. But I've got
loved ones around me, and that makes me rich enough.
I thank God for his blessings, and the mercies He's bestowed. I'm drinking
from my saucer, 'cause my cup has overflowed.
I remember times when things went wrong, My faith wore somewhat thin. But all
at once the dark clouds broke, and the sun peeped through again.
So God, help me not to gripe about the tough rows that I've hoed. I'm drinking
from my saucer, 'Cause my cup has overflowed.
If God gives me strength and courage, when the way grows steep and rough. I'll
not ask for other blessings, I'm already blessed enough.
And may I never be too busy, to help others bear their loads. Then I'll keep
drinking from my saucer, 'Cause my cup has overflowed." Author Unknown
PS It’s a freaking Christmas Miracle! My garden is growing. I planted the above carrots from seed.
Also, the quail were eating my raspberries and I was ticked at those birds. Even though a few years ago Collin became obsessed with a quail family that would scatter around our yard and he had a whole spiel about how quail stay with their companions forever… But now they are eating my garden and this is serious. Must get a gnome asap.
Of course cute gardening tools are essential.
My next project is to make some garden markers. Loving these garden labels.