I’m in the final countdown for baby’s arrival, and in between naps, resting, and reading, I’ve been working on a few crafts here and there, including some cards! One of my favorite stamp companies, Paper Smooches, holds a challenge each month, and I finally decided to create something for this month’s, which theme is Flowers. I don’t have nearly enough stamp sets from the company, so I had to get creative with my use of flowers and of their stamp sets. I went through my scraps and found some papers I liked together, and even better is that they coordinated perfectly with the flower stickers I wanted to use. The sentiment is from Paper Smooches, “Pretty Phrases“.
While deciding what decor to put in the nursery, I knew I wanted it to be simple, homemade (if possible), and have a modern farmhouse style. Once I picked a color scheme I figured out quickly what I wanted to make and was able to get to work. Above the crib I wanted something with color (since our crib is white), but yet lightweight in case it fell down. Bunting was the perfect solution! I collected lavender and gray fabric from a few places including Joann Fabrics and Sew to Speak, also some I had leftover from the king quilt I made a few years back. To make the shape of the bunting pieces I used the triangle from this Silhouette store shape set with a width of 5 inches and cut two triangles per bunting piece that I wanted. I put the wrong sides together (the non-print side), and sewed them together like the diagram below.
Once I had all the pieces I wanted, I lined them up next to a long piece of 1/2 inch wide bias tape, then pinned them in place, sliding each bunting piece between the two sides of bias tape. Finally I sewed them with a 1/4 inch allowance, and trimmed the tails so they wouldn’t be too long, then hung it up above the crib. Completely darling!
The second part of this post is about the felt ball garland I made to go under the wall bookshelf. Have you seen felt balls before? Using felt balls is one of my favorite ways to decorate, whether it be in a garland, poured into a mason jar, or scattered on a flat surface. They can be found at craft shows, or various places online (like Etsy!), and I have a small collection of colors already 🙂 Anyway, I found a purple variety pack via the website, Jane, that I used in combination with some lavender and mini cream colored felt balls I already had. The pack came with white bakers twine and I only needed a thick needle to push through each felt ball until the garland was complete. It’s a very simple decoration to make, and looks SO cute!
It’s now less than 2 weeks until my due date (yay!), so in honor of that I will be sharing some baby-related projects over the next few weeks. Most of them will be things I made for the nursery, but possibly a few other little projects here and there, depending on the time frame and schedule that is pretty unknown at this point. Anyway, today I wanted to share the darling rustic baby headband holder I created to hold some of our baby’s headbands. She has so many that there is still a small compartment in a drawer with more in it, but I decided to showcase the ones that match the colors of her nursery, neutrals and lavender. Since we live in a rental, we are unable to paint the walls, so it worked out that everything I made actually looks good on them, because I would have gone with a different color!
Only 3 (well more if you’re counting the headbands) things are needed for this project: a rustic piece of wood, some nails, and a way to mount it to the wall (I used a Command strip). For the length of board I used, about 18 inches, I decided I wanted to have 10 headbands displayed, so the very first thing I did was lay the nails out on the board to figure out where I wanted them placed. Next I marked the location with a pencil, and finally I hammered the nails part of the way into the board, leaving plenty of room for headbands to hang off. After mounting it to the wall with Command Strips, I then just had to pick the headbands to hang off of it, and that’s it!
It was super simple to make, and went along perfectly with the farmhouse/lamb nursery idea I had. This same project could be used to hang bow ties for a little boy, necklaces, keys, really anything you can think of that needs hanging! I just love it!!!
This is the third of four Mother’s Day cards I made using the set, “Mom + Me”. One thing I did different for this card, is actually cut the card a lot narrower than I usually would have, to allow for the sentiment paper to hang off of the sides, but yet still fit into an envelope to mail. I really like how it looks, and will have to try the technique on other cards in the future! Anyway, I’ve always loved using kraft colored papers in my cards, so when I saw this kraft paper with white hearts I knew it had to be used in this card! Gray, yellow, and a light blue seemed to be the perfect complimentary colors to go along with it, and I love how they look together. The pine tree and mushroom are from Lawn Fawn’s “Critters in the Forest”. And that darling kraft heart paper? It’s from the Pebbles, “Spring Fling” paper pack!