Easy Easter Bunny Basket

So after our busy week and first flight to Washington, I decided to take LB to an Easter egg hunt the very next day. As tired as I was and as little that I wanted to do once we got home, I still wanted her to have fun and enjoy the celebration. I’m really happy that I did take her because coming from cold weather back to warmth was really good for her. She had the sniffles since we left so for her to enjoy the outdoors was nice.

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Her favorite part when we were egg hunting was wandering away from the group to explore on her own. I showed her what to do with the eggs, but it really didn’t mean anything to her yet.

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Still, it was a blast and we only had to bring a basket. I was first inspired by this basket (link here) and I had bought all the materials but didn’t make it in time. Instead I reused a summer pail that we got from a party last year, some foam stickers, and a marker for the face. Then I took white construction paper and a patterned paper and made bunny ears. Taped down with patterned duck tape. I made it in 10 minutes while watching Shark Tank with my hubby right before the party.

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I think for last minute it turned out cute and now I can exchange the dollar tree one I bought for something else!!

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Love my little bunny!

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Airplane Sorry Bags & WA Trip

Airplane Sorry Bags & WA Trip

We just returned from a 5 night, 6 day trip to visit my brother and his family in Washington. We had a mini family reunion too, just immediate family. It was exhausting and it was also a lot of firsts for us. It was our first flight with our 2 year old, which if we had gone a week early we would have saved $300+ on flying, etc… Our first time to take a shuttle onto a ferry! Super fun, but I wish we could have taken her around the boat. Too scared though that she would jump overboard. Lol

The one thing I was really excited to make for the trip was the Airplane Sorry bags found here (link). I estimated that if you make about 30 bags total (15 for each way, to and from your destination), it costs about $0.50 per bag with the goodies I put in. I will come back to this at the end of my trip story, or you can scroll to near the end.

So again it was our first trip and although I’m really a big planner, I hate doing research for things! Funny right?! I just hate having to scourge through all the muck of information. I got a general consensus from our normal go to mommies and then also based our needs on my daughter’s personality.

Our trip to WA was horrific (it really felt that way and go ahead, nod your head if you remember that feeling). Let’s just say that it was poor timing on my part as far as turning on the movie, giving her sippy drinks, and since it was a first experience for her, poor thing had a hard time.
On the return trip things went much more smoothly. She still had smaller meltdowns, but since I dealt with them ALL, I say they were much easier coming home. She had her juice cup, Frozen (the movie) was playing on her device and she was happy. She already took her nap in the shuttle and I was surprised that she wasn’t as cranky. Probably because the TO flight was right at nap time. My bad :/. I’m am not gonna be that person that reads every horrible story on the internet and freaks out. I figure I get criticism and scolded when I do research and when I don’t. I just have to learn to shut out the negative and let in the positive.

I’m positive that my husband never wants to go through that again (we’ve been banned from attending a wedding in May for fear of embarrassment). I’m positive that as she gets older it will slowly become easier in ways and other things will be difficult.
I’m positive that I will have the memories from our first flight and the ringing from my ears will eventually subside.
I’m positive that although this was a trying week, my baby girl is the sweetest girl and is my perfect little one. Just like your child fits you.

Happy Child

Happy Child

Back to the Airplane Sorry Bags. So cost is $0.50 for 30 bags total or $15 total estimated.
Included:
Sandwich Baggie with labels – I owned both baggies and labels
Starbursts 6 pieces per bag = $5 (estimated)
Tissue pack (8 pack at dollar tree) = $4
Earplugs (5pk at dollar tree) = $6

Sorry Bags

Sorry Bags

Total $15 and so worth it. Both my husband and I were late on delivering the first set of bags, so we saved them for the return flight. All the comments I heard were “this is new”, “oh cool, earplugs … I may need it for that kid” (another kid 3 rows behind us had a really hard time). The best part was that they ate the candy and I didn’t feel like I was getting dirty looks the whole time like with the first flight.

Now I know more for our maybe next trip to Disneyland. We’ll see how that turns out.

Happy Sunday Recap!

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ABC XL Pillow

These last few weeks I’ve slowly been losing momentum (gas power) with all the projects I have been juggling. I spent Tuesday night re organizing all my projects into manageable containers. Although I didn’t take a before picture of my sewing/guest room, just imagine it looks like your craft space when you have 10 + projects going on!

Never-ending Organized Projects

Never-ending Organized Projects

I did want to share a tutorial on this awesome XL Alphabet Pillow. My inspiration came from here but if I were to buy it it would come from overseas and this site didn’t ship to US! I’m the girl that always tries to get a bargain and this just isn’t one. I really wanted to make one for my niece who turned two in late February. I had most of the fabric already which was nice. The hardest part was the pattern.

Newspaper (butcher paper), scissors, pencil, rulers

Newspaper (butcher paper), scissors, pencil, rulers

Supplies –
– Newspaper or butcher paper, I had this heavy butcher paper on hand from my mom. She left it with me and I love it. The only thing is that because its so heavy it kept rolling up on itself. Ironing  the paper helped with that.
– Pencil, I used a pen because I’m stubborn like that. I remember in high school I was taking a math test or something and using a pen. The teacher asked me if I wanted to use a pencil instead and I said “no, I’m good” I just prefer pens. I did learn my lesson with this project and I highly recommend using a pencil.
– Scissors
– Rulers: I have a straight 24 inch quilting ruler bought from Joann’s and the other curved arm ruler is from my mom.
– Bowl (large or medium)

Making a Pattern:
Luckily the letter I started with was simple “C” and didn’t discourage me too much from continuing. I decided to make the pillow 7.5 wide (with 1/4 seam allowance would bring it down to 7 inch wide). I had started with 5 inches, but it looked too narrow and I wanted a wider pillow. I tried to keep the height at 24, but some of the other patterns needed more length.  I started by marking width of the C, drew out the curves using the bowl and arm ruler for the inner C. The outer C I measured 7.5 along the inner C and made tick marks. Then I connected the lines and it came out great! Sorry I don’t have a step by step picture for this part.

Other patterns I also worked on

Other patterns I also worked on

Unfortunately I didn’t take a picture of the “C” pattern, but as you can see from the above letter patterns, it looks humongous. my other patterns have a 7 inch wide margin, keeping in mind I would use 1/2 inch seam allowance and bring it to 6 inch wide.

Fabric goodies

Fabric goodies

Joann’s had a great deal for about two weeks or longer on all their snuggle flannel. So I stocked up and look at all these yummy fabrics!

Make sure to iron fabric

Make sure to iron fabric

Trace pattern

Trace pattern

I traced the pattern onto a main fabric and then cut out 7 inch wide strips in another coordinating fabric. I also added a secret pocket in a cute fabric as well.

End caps

End caps

Pin sides and sew

Pin sides and sew

 

You can start by sewing your strips together. Then take the main fabric and pin to the strips going with the curve.

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Here is a quick look at what I did. You have to make the fabric work with you on the curves but again the “C” was a really good letter to start with for me.

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Leave an opening at one end cap and flip the fabric inside out. I did make a mistake with this initial pillow because the strips where sewn backwards and exposed the fray.

The fray shows

The fray shows

Either way, it works. Remember to sew the pocket on the strip too before closing up the pillow.

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Stuff pillow – this took me 4lbs of fiberfill. Good thing I used coupons at Joann’s. Stuff it really full too. I think I could have used more. I hand stitched the opening shut.

The only mistake I made really was using a 1/4 seam allowance. I found out later that I should have used a 1/2. Oh well! Hope you get inspired to do this as well and if you have a crafty sewing friend like me to help you with the patterns (thank you K), take advantage because some of the other letters are hard! I still have to make about 7 other alphabet Pillows, Yikes1

 

Happy Friday!

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Ring Pincushion Tutorial

Back in high school (1997-1998), I took a Home Economics class and learned so much from my teacher. Unfortunately, I can’t remember her name but she was a fiery red headed woman with lots of talent and was very helpful in teaching us the certain skills we needed. One of the lessons I learned from her and I still do to this day, is every time you pass through a door, suck in your tummy muscles. Eventually you do it so much that it becomes natural and you look taller, skinnier, and beautiful. Lol, I don’t know if that was true every time, but I could definitely feel the difference when I got pregnant and I had to force myself to push my tummy out. Its a great habit to start!

Anyway, she also taught us a lot of sewing and one of the projects was this Ring Pincushion. I still have mine from many years back and I love it! So for Valentines Day, I wanted to make this for all my mommy friends because it was both beautiful and functional.

Original is the M&M pattern

Original is the M&M pattern

I searched Pinterest and YouTube for a tutorial to make this and I found some that were a wrist pincushion, some made out of felt, and others. It didn’t suit my need though to make this, so I wanted to share with you this tutorial. It’s probably in a craft book somewhere, but here is how I did it.

Supplies:
– soda bottle cap
– 4 inch circle of fabric of your choice
– needle and embroidery thread
– thin elastic
– hot glue, drill and drill bit, scissors
– stuffing or cotton balls

Supplies

Supplies

1. Cut out your fabric into a 3.5 to 4 inch circle. I started with a 5×5 square and cut from there.

2. Use a gathering stitch on the circle with your needle and thread (make sure the knot is inside). As you start to pull the circle tightly, add a little bit of stuffing at a time until you’ve finished the circle gather and stuffed it full. Make sure to knot well and close off.

4 inch circle cut from 5x5 square.

4 inch circle cut from 5×5 square.

Use gathering stitch

Use gathering stitch. Notice it becomes a Darth Vader cap 🙂

Use gathering stitch and fill in your puff.

Fill in your puff.

3.  Then have your husband or if you are handy, drill two holes into the soda bottle cap.

Drilling holes, I used a 7/64 bit

Drilling holes, I used a 7/64 bit

Make sure the holes are close to the center

Make sure the holes are close to the center

4. Take one end of the elastic, cut it at a sharp angle to create a point. Feed it through one of the holes in the bottle cap. You may have to use your scissors to widen the hole and feed it through. Once you have one side in, make a knot and pull tight. Then test the length to fit your fingers. I start with my thumb and middle finger because those are the ones I like to put them on. Cut the elastic with some extra length. Feed the other end in the hole, make a knot again.

Feed elastic into bottle cap holes.

Feed elastic into bottle cap holes.

Knotted. Elastic ring.

Knotted. Elastic ring.

5. Add hot glue to the inside rim of the bottle cap and the bottom as well. Apply the puff you made in step 2, press and hold for 30 seconds or until glue dries.

Add hot glue to inside rim.

Add hot glue to inside rim.

6. Add pins and start fashioning your Ring Pincushion. Make one or a dozen, they are great gifts too!

Completed Ring Pincushion!

Completed Ring Pincushion!

Hope you have fun trying this tutorial. Please share the ones you make with us here too!

All my best,

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Easter Basket DIY

Is it bad for me to admit that I don’t want to celebrate EVERY holiday that passes?  I’m really not into St. Patricks this year although I do have Irish ancestors. I painted my nails green and that’s as much as I have done for it to avoid pinches!

But I did start an early Easter project. I got this shimmery gold basket from my Mother in Law a while ago and although its really nice, I wanted it to be safe for little hands in the house. We have other baskets in the house and most are covered but a lot of these tend to have little wood pieces brake off when they are played with.

This is a simple tutorial on lining this basket for Easter (on a daily basis it holds books):

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I started by picking a fabric I really loved and thought went well with the gold basket. I love these hearts and the different colors really pop. I’m also using this pattern for another tutorial in the near future (look out for it!) I roughly measured the fabric using the basket. The inside walls are about 4 inches tall, so I added an inch to be folded over (for a straight edge). The circle is extremely uneven, but it doesn’t matter to me. I made sure that it fit nicely inside and touched all sides of the wall with excess.20140313-173028.jpg

I also wanted to add cushion to the bottom (inside) of the basket, otherwise you can really feel the bony structure. I used extra felt that I had and cut two circles to fit inside the basket. First I traced the basket outside, so there is a little bit of a lip when I put the felt inside. I decided not to glue the felt to the bottom, I’m not sure why. I just didn’t.

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I did hot glue the yellow felt to the heart patterns. I just used a single line of glue all around the edge. I didn’t put any in the center because I didn’t want to have glue lines.20140313-173049.jpg

Then I started to play with the lining around the sides of the basket with the heart pattern. It is a bit tricky especially because I did have excess. But play with it and it should turn out really cute.20140313-173039.jpg

This is our finished basket! I love how it looks especially with the books.

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Hope you enjoyed this simple and quick tutorial. Have a great weekend!

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Paper Dahlia Wall Decor

When we first moved into our house (3 years ago) the day after we got married, I was very unsure of how to decorate our new home. Most of our art and nice furniture came from my parents because they were moving out of the country and couldn’t take everything with them. In our living room space there is an adjacent wall to our guest room that was so big and empty, the wall was almost crying out it was lonely!

Three years later, I’ve slowly but surely built a wall pattern that fits our needs. In the before picture (below) you’ll see I’ve created a pyramid shape. The clipboards will act to hold larger pieces of lil’ bunnies art, and the smaller frames will hold either pictures or sayings. I painted the forest scene with some girlfriends last year for my birthday at Social Paint Brush. It was so much fun that we did a couple more after that.

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At the end of last week, I was staring at my wall after putting babes to sleep and while watching my K-drama shows. It looked so bare and again I felt the need to fill it. I started searching Pinterest for inspiration on wall decor. I wanted something that popped, was beautiful to look at, and easy on my budget. Through my search I found these three pins: Pin #1, Pin #2, Pin #3. It was perfect and all three posts are great sources with directions. I will share what I did with mine and the struggles I had along the way.

Supplies as seen in picture:

Color paper, paper cutter/Scissors, glue gun, cardboard, 8 inch circle,pencil

Color paper, paper cutter/Scissors, glue gun, cardboard, 8 inch circle,pencil

Note 1 – At first I tried cutting my 8 inch circle with my circle cutter and didn’t realize until I took it out of the package that it went up to 5 inches. So I used a small desert plate to trace a pattern onto a magazine. I measured the circumference and made adjustments so that it was 8 inches. Then traced the pattern onto the cardboard and cut out.

Measurements and Cones

Measurements and Cones

Note 2 – The hardest part for me was making the cones uniform. I was being a little OCD about them being the same height. But near the end of making the cones, I just tried to make the opening about the same width.

My paper measurements for the cones:
– 20 pieces of light gray, 8 x 5.5 inches
– 20 pcs dark gray, 8 x 5.5
– 20 pcs dark coral/pink, 8 x 5.5
– 15 pcs dark coral/pink, 4 x 6
– 10 pcs light coral/pink, 4 x 6

The number of cones are what I used for my decor, but it may be different depending on your 8 inch circle and how you make your cones. Also it took me a minute to remember how to roll up the cones. Quick Tutorial on Rolling Cones – holding your sheet of paper in a portrait position, I started at the bottom left corner and rolled from bottom left towards upper right. You may have to play with it to get it right, especially to have a wider opening of the mouth.

Light Gray 8 x 5.5 20 pieces

Light Gray 8 x 5.5 20 pieces

Note 3 – I only rolled the cones per layer, laid them out on the cardboard, glued them down, and then started the next set. I wanted to make sure I didn’t make too many cones. I also glued the point of the cone flat so that it would be easier to glue to cardboard.

Dark Gray and Dark Coral 8 x 5.5 20 pieces each

Dark Gray and Dark Coral
8 x 5.5 20 pieces each

Note 4 – After I had my light gray base down, the following layers I would lay out on top before gluing down. I also wanted to make sure I liked the placement and overall look of the petals.

Not glued in yet, testing look of dahlia

Not glued in yet, testing look of dahlia

Finished Paper Dahlia Wall Decor

Finished Paper Dahlia Wall Decor

Note 5 – Before I started the petals, I attached picture command stickers to back of 8 inch circle. I don’t like using a hammer and nail to hang my pictures and art, only because I tend to change things around. The picture above is with all the petals glued down. It was surely a labor and I love how it looks.

Paper Dahlia hung on wall

Paper Dahlia hung on wall

My pyramid is complete!

My pyramid is complete!

My dahlia colors are similar to Love Pomegranate House, but since I have a darker wall, I used the light gray as the base before layering the dark gray. I really love how it turned out. I finished this on Tuesday and that night I kept looking at it and smiling. It makes me happy to make something with things I already have. Hope you can try this craft out. It took me a total of 3-4 days, spending about 2 hours a day (8 hours total). But that’s because I would do a little bit each time.

Have a great weekend!

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Heart Art Embroidery

This tutorial is past its time (Valentines two weeks ago), but since I wasn’t able to finish my original post for today, I hope you don’t mind the switch. I originally posted this on my Facebook page at Sherie’s Craftagious Corner. But I usually only post a brief description and pictures. Here is a full tutorial, not very long though.

Step By Step Embroidery Art

Step By Step Embroidery Art

My original inspiration was all the nail art I’ve seen on Pinterest where you use actual nails, wood, and string. But I couldn’t find my small nails during that time and so I had plenty of needles and thread to substitute.

Materials (as seen in above picture):

Scissors
Template – I used a heart for Valentines, but if you do anything more complicated I would have tracing paper. One with the original work to have on top of the paper you want to use to puncture the holes
Needle and Thread (your choice of colors)
Cardstock (any color)
Tape or washi tape, easier to remove
Mat – something to stick needle into. I just used one of my mouse pads, works the same and protects the table surface.

Directions:
1. Trace template onto cardstock. A heart is simple, so I just used the back side of my cardstock to trace the heart and pin my holes. Spacing on holes is up to you, but remember the more holes you have the more you have to thread.

2. Thread your needle with your choice of thread. I used embroidery thread (2 strands) and made sure to have the knot on the back of the cardstock. Tape the knot down to hold in place.  I love washi tape, its very trendy and because its removable it makes a lot of projects easy.

Threading

Threading

3. Start threading your pattern. I wasn’t courageous with this pattern and just choose a straight stitch. I get weird that way about certain things. I really didn’t want to have to redo this pattern if I messed up the heart.

Here is an example (below) of a different pattern I used on a smaller heart. You can really just use your imagination. That’s what I loved about the nail art especially when its on a larger scale.

Valentines Cards

Valentines Cards

4. Frame up your Embroidered Art and its all set. I got this frame from Target and I use it for all my art. It sits on my mirror wood tree by the entryway of our door. Its about 5 x 7 and the best part is I can change it out to suite the holiday.

Framed Embroidery Heart Art

Framed Embroidery Heart Art

Short and Sweet! Use this for upcoming St. Patricks Day or Birthday cards and hope you have fun with it!

Have a great weekend!

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Resources:
Nail Art Inspiration