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As I was looking for maternity shoot inspiration, I came across this pin and just loved it! So I set out to make something similar for our shoot. I think it turned out just perfect with all our little vintage homemade items we brought along for the shoot. And this crafty mama had to make something to be included in our pictures. This would be sweet to do with the baby’s name as well. If we had one of those, I would’ve used it. This little one will be named in the delivery room! (hopefully!) 🙂

Here’s how I did it…..

I pulled out some scrap fabric, a paint brush and acrylic paint. Free handed the letters, then cut out little bunting. I used an embroidery needle and twine to ‘sew’ them together.

And the finished product….

Professional photos by the super talented s.w.g. photography! I’ll be sharing more of them tomorrow!

 

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Candy Bouquet

I made this little candy bouquet with a dozen of his favorite candies for the hubby for Valentine’s this year. Super simple and inexpensive. These would make for great coworker, teacher or neighbor gifts as well!

Start with a clean can and floral foam (or styrofoam would work well too).

Stuff foam into can.

Get out your candy! We like chocolate around here, can you tell? 🙂 I got a little crazy pregnant woman on the Snickers. whoops! The ‘fun packs’ work out to be the best deal. Lots of little candies and you can get a variety. Each of these were $1 and there was enough to do 2 bouquets.

Hot glue candy onto wooden or white sticks. While those are drying, wrap can in cute scrapbook paper or fabric and embellish as desired. I’m a simple gal and loove me some hearts, so I just went with a paper heart on the front of mine.  Arrange candies in foam. Cover top with any type of ‘filler’. I shredded some kraft paper for mine.

Enjoy!

Heart Hoops

I made a heart hoop last week for pictures to announce my pregnancy. It was so much fun, I decided to make lots of mini versions for my valentines this year!

Here’s what you need:

-Embrodiery hoop (I used the smallest size. They were .79 at Hobby Lobby)

-Small piece of fabric

-Small piece of felt or coordinating fabric

-Embroidery thread

-Needle

Secure your fabric into your hoop.

Trace out a heart onto your felt or fabric. Cut out with scissors or pinking shears.

Stitch your heart to the fabric.

After you’ve stitched on your heart, trim the edges of the fabric.

Hot glue the inside of the hoop and fold the extra fabric over. This gives it a more finished look. You could just trim the fabric to the edge of the hoop if you’d rather skip this step.

All finished!

These are really quick and easy to put together and I think they’re so darn cute.

All packaged up ready to spread the love!

Alabama Love Tee

I made this little shirt for my nephew Anderson a couple of months ago. My brother and his family are stationed in Ketchikan, Alaska(!) with the Coast Guard and we miss them horribly! I had to send baby A a little love from Alabama.

I used the freezer paper stencil method. There’s a million tutorials out there, so I didn’t take pictures during the process. Here’s a good step by step from How About Orange. The white fabric paint didn’t quite cover up the stripes, but I think it’s kind of nice showing through.

I just sent it out to them last week and look who Skyped me Sunday to show off his new tee! 🙂  He just woke up from a nap and was a little grumpy. haha. And he has a big boy haircut! He’s grown up so much!!

Coffee Filter Bouquet

My sweet sister in law got married a few weeks ago and I wanted to make a little something for her, so I put together this coffee filter flower bouquet for the rehearsal. I’ve been dying to try these out since I saw Aunt Peaches’ tutorial. Hers are gorgeous!

I went right by Aunt Peaches’ instructions, found here.  I dyed my filters pink and orange.

I taped my flowers to cheapie straws with masking tape since I didn’t have green floral tape on hand. The straws and tape weren’t that pretty so I decided to hide the with a toilet paper roll.

I arranged my flowers and taped them in place inside the toilet paper roll. I wound up slicing the roll open to give me more room to tape.

Once everything was in place, I taped the roll shut and wrapped in ribbon to make a pretty little satin wrap. 🙂

All ready for walking down the aisle!

These would also make gorgeous centerpieces too! Here’s the bouquet in an old pepper jar with yarn wrapped around that I had leftover from thanksgiving. So pretty and inexpensive!



4th of July Art

Here’s a quick little project I did a couple of days ago. I’m horrible about decorating for holidays (aside from Christmas) until a few days beforehand.

I had some scrap wood pieces that were actually already painted white from this project I did a while back. I just wrapped masking tape around the block to help me create all the lines, got out my stash of acrylic paint and got to painting! The lines aren’t perfect and you can see the brush strokes, but I kind of like it that way. 🙂  I have these sitting in my kitchen window sill, but you could also mount brackets on the back and hang on the wall. Super simple little project!

I hope you all have a wonderful 4th of July weekend!

Fabric Clock

Raechel over at Finding My Feet posted up a tutorial for the cutest fabric clocks! So inexpensive and adorable!

Making the old new (and cute) again

Head over to OhDeeDoh to find out how to make customized hard back covers for paperback books! I love this idea. Such a sweet way to personalize a gift or to upgrade an inexpensive book.

Find the step by step here.

DIY Plaster Letters

I love the handmade look of these plaster letters from Poppy Talk. Full directions here.

Clay Tags

These clay table numbers and flags from The Sweetest Occasion are just too much! Such a smart idea. I love how she used cookie cutters and stamps for the shapes and impressions. You could personalize flags for birthday parties, showers, or a potted plant for a friend. Oh, the possibilities!