Joining in with Jeanette at liferearranged today for Insta Friday! Come link up, or just check out all the fun peeks into everyone’s life’s. ;)
working on my December daily album…in Janruary /Luke is growing to fast about to make the transition to all 3T / cutting scraps and scraps for my #scrappytripalong quilt
He’s a fan of shovels and rakes..part of his collection / #scrappytripalong is growing (check out the hashtag on instagram for tons of beautiful quilts)
It was 35 degrees we called it a heat wave and escaped to the park / #scrappytripalong top done! I did Christmas theme since I have been wanting to make a Christmas Quilt for several years and can never get it done before Christmas / I got a new rug! from rugsusa.com they had a 60% off sale and it was just over a $100 (squeal) now they have a 35% off sale
this hair everyday, it can not be tamed / playing at a friends house / quilting a vintage sheet plus quilt
binding is ready to go (and currently half done) / making a plea to Uncle Doug for a HooRag / taking inventory and doing some planning and scheming for my shops look and stock this year. It’s woollypetals on etsy if your interested! ;) (shameless plug)
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This past couple weeks have been lovely. Full of Family and Friends and lots of new toys! Not a lot of instagramming or online activity over here the last couple of weeks. Just soaking in the season and enjoying the joy of my son.
This is what we’ve been up too…
shopping lists were checked off / Bowties were worn / gingerbread houses were made
gifts were wrapped / snow that never came was watched for / zoo lights were seen
gifts were finished (and given) / music was listened to / water was consumed from my poppy and pearl glass
eyebrows were raised / train table was/is played with / fabricworm fabric was received
I finally took pictures of my Christmas Decor! Just in time to share before Christmas. :) I LOVE LOVE LOVE Christmas and decorating for it. Most of what I have is thrifted, made of gifted. I don’t often buy new decor aside from ornaments. :) Oh and you may notice I put some presents under the tree for the picture. :) I will see how Luke does with them after his nap. :)
I hope all your Christmas shopping is done and you can snuggle family, wrap gifts, and drink hot chocolate. I plan on doing some if not all of those things this weekend. :)
I started wrapping gifts! I usually wait till the last minute before leaving or sending so this is good. Although, any packages I have to send may not arrive before Christmas! ;)
I always try to go with a theme for packaging. I like simple and cohesive so the last couple years I have gone with craft paper wrapping. This year I am using paper doilies, old library cards, black and white bakers twine, and these bright tags I found at Target last year. But I know they would be so easy to duplicate on your home computer.
I can’t pass up packages of vintage paper doilies at thrift stores, so I have quite a collection that doesn’t seem to dwindle. I used the doilies on gifts for women and girls, and I have a stack of library record cards I thrifted for the men and boys packages. You know they are a little more manly than doilies. :)
For gift cards I popped them in a brown bag with a some washi tape to keep closed. Simple and easy, and it looks cute.
Unfortunately I haven’t put any under the tree yet since Luke has tried to open a couple that where up there earlier. But that’s okay. I like seeing a little pile of gifts in my studio space. I still have a bunch to wrap but I think with this system I can do some whenever I get a chance and be done without any stress. :)
I have also had to wrap up some non Christmas related gifts lately. I have been whipping out these fabric scrap pompoms in such a short time to adorn them.
So I threw together a little tutorial for you on how I made mine. Although I am sure there are loads of great tutorials out there. :)
Cut long strips of fabric roughly 1/2″ wide. I just ripped mine from the edge of a vintage sheet I had. The longer the strip the fluffier the pompom. This one is probably 6 feet long.
Wrap the strip around 4 fingers, ( you could also cut a piece of cardboard for a bigger pompom or so you don’t have to use your hand)
I made two wraps, and then cut a 8″ strip. Lay the two wraps next to each other and tie in the middle with the extra piece.
Cut the folded edges by sliding you scissors into the fold. Fluff the pompom and tie onto your package. I also cut a bunch of strips 4″-8″ and tied them together just under the pompom to hang down.
The package pictured has 3 pompom of various thickness attached in a cluster.
I put together a little wrapping/shipping station a couple weeks ago in my basement. It’s in my creepy not yet remodeled (maybe never will be) laundry storage room. But it is a bright spot in a ugly room and is working great to have things in one place to get things ready to ship.
I painted a square (well it might be a rectangle I didn’t actually measure) on the wall with chalkboard paint. I have had the paint hanging around for months waiting on another project that has never happened. I marked out the squarangle with my level and then bordered it with Frog tape. Seriously, DO NOT use any other tape beside Frog tape if you want a crisp line. I have used a ton of different painters tape in my past years of DIY and working with clients. When I found Frog tape I fell madly in love. I used it for my first project of my Son’s bedroom seen here. That was a lot of stripes at 7+ months pregnant and frog tape was amazing. This is not a sponsored post and I am not being compensated for saying this at all I just firmly believe in crisp paint lines and the easiest way to get them . :) Oh and did you know you have to let chalkboard paint cure for several days and then condition it? Who knew. ;)
Okay moving on from the chalkboard. I found this enamel top table on the side of the road several years ago and have had it in my laundry room for folding since then. It is great and I can still use it for folding in it’s current location/use. The bins underneath have some of my etsy product, and larger boxes for shipping. Oh and isn’t that floor the bomb? I would never even consider taking it out. ;) Those rad metal tubs are from West Elm right before I started this project. They are for planting winter bulbs. :) But I have a black thumb and they where to cool and inexpensive to leave behind.
I’ve had these wire baskets laying around from my oooooold craft room before it was Luke’s room and have never found a place for them. So up they went for pretty supplies I want to see.
Um this idea for storing washi tape came to me as I am pulling everything together on the wall! I think it’s quite genius. :) At least for my use. It’s just the outer ring of an embroidery hoop. I have a drawer full as I can’t seem to pass them up at Thrift stores. Never buy them new, they are seriously less than a dollar at a thrift store.
I hung some bakers twine on a string so it’s easy to roll off and cut.
I brought my lovely little brass fruit in here to keep me and the jingle bells company.
Well that’s about it! It is much more pleasant to wrap and ship lately. :)
Pardon the odd lighting in the photos, remember it is in my dingy barely lit laundry room. Just keeping it real, although I guess if that was completely true I would show you the rest of the room but that’s not going to happen.:)
It’s been pretty sparse around here lately. The blog that is. I feel like I have been working my butt off on projects though. Stuff I am not ready to share yet as most of it needs tweeking and finishing.
But I walked around the house taking stock after Luke went down for his nap and thought I would share a couple snips of what I have been working on/ prepping for.
Prepping for a Vintage Trunk Pop up Holiday Shop! Details coming soon.
Part of our advent calendar display.
Prepping layout for Luke’s floor train table.
Working on making my shipping/wrapping area extra fun and nice since it’s in my dark basement laundry/storage room.
Making a seed stitch cowl, one skein down, two more to go.
We bit the bullet and bought a closet system from IKEA for our bedroom that has seriously inadequate closet space. Still have to trim them out so they look built in. Oh yeah and that’s my rarely made bed in the background. ;)
Lastly I FINALLY found the perfect fabrics for the Living room that where in stock and on sale. Jackpot. I can’t wait to get these and get started.
Yep, so lots of stuff happening along with the other day to day schedule. You know feeding Luke and such. ;)
It’s Friday and I am actually on time and joining in the Instagram fun. It has been a long couple of weeks and I am tired. In a good way. I have just had a lot of projects that are not share worthy, at least yet. But enough about that. Here’s a little of what we’ve been up to lately.
bath time is always fun for this guy /thrifting luck / sick boy
custom owls/ daddy and chicken luke / Construction Luke – he calls himself Thomas when he puts on that hat
falling backwards on the sofa is too fun / posing? future model? lol / building with daddy
finished the base for my December daily album – I will finish it this year / Luke’s b-day gift came, he wanted to open it /silly boy
Luke got a new coat / riding the escalator with daddy / I finished one dining room chair makeover
“washing dishes” / my new bulldog earrings, LOVE / Eskimo Luke
Linking up with Jeanett from Life Rearranged for her InstaFriday. Check out all the other lovely ladies.
The Dinosaur Tutorial is coming up this weekend. Sorry it’s taking longer than expected to edit. :)
I decided to hang a little somthing different than my normal fall wreath on the door this year. When I stumbled across this metal rake at the Goodwill for $2 an idea started to form in my head.
I stumbled across a this wreath via Instagram, and this garland via Pinterest. You must check out those links, they are super inspiring.
So this is what I came up with through my inspiration.
I wrapped the handle with several larger strips of ripped fabric securing with hot glue. Then I wrapped over where the fabric meets with a few random scraps of fabric and some yarn.
I then took an old book I thrifted for projects like this a cut out a bunch of leaves in various sizes. I loved how the leaves looked on the nesters garland when she just creased them, so I did that and it gave them such a better dimension. I then just took yarn and a plastic yarn needle and strung the leaves on three separate and varying length strands. I knotted each leaf on to stay in place and spaced them roughly 1″-1.5″ apart on the strand. I just tied the top of the garlands together to form that clump and then hung it over the rake. So simple. I kind of want to fabric wrap everything, and definitely want to make some more leaf garlands.
Can you tell my door needs to be stripped and painted? Yep, just add that to the list. I am thinking charcoal, or aqua!?!?!?!