Category Archives: Etc.

Nursery Bunting and Garland

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!


Spring/Summer Monogram Wreath

Back around Easter of last year, I was itching to make something crafty that didn’t involve teaching (something that doesn’t happen often), and since our front door had looked quite bare since Christmas I decided that something crafty would be a wreath. I came across a pin on Pinterest that linked to a darling wreath on Etsy (which was no where to be found on the actual site). After seeing this wreath, I knew I wanted to make an A wreath, for our last name, and one that could be used in both spring and summer. I bought all of the materials from Michaels (grapevine wreath, white and purple flowers, galvanized letter A), then came home and got to work. It was very quick and easy to put together…both the flowers and letter A are hot glued onto the wreath. I did have to weave some of the flower ends into the wreath before hot gluing, but once again, it was easy to do. This is what I came up with:

So happy to see it hanging on our front door once again!

General Conference 2015 Printable

It’s been a while since I’ve posted! School has been very busy this semester, but I can see the light at the end of the tunnel with it officially being spring break. Anyway, this weekend has been an especially wonderful one. Not only is it Easter today, but it has been filled with messages from the prophet and other church leaders in a biannual event my church, The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints, calls, General Conference. (You can watch it here.) Over two days, members listen to speakers talk about Christ, families, temples, and other parts of the gospel. It’s uplifting and a joyous occasion! I chose this quote because it inspires me in my life right now…as long as I am living the gospel I’m not going backward, I am always going upward, though upward isn’t a walk in the park. I hope you enjoy this quote as much as me!General Conference 2015General Conference 2015

Desktop Calendars

When it’s a new year, it’s time for new calendars, and what’s cuter than desktop calendars?? I found mini easels at Hobby Lobby and knew that I had to turn them into calendars. These are from a few years ago that I made for my in-laws. One of them is full of teeth for my FIL who is a dentist, and the other is a sewing theme for my quilting/sewing loving MIL. The teeth are die cuts from a local scrapbook store (before I had my Silhouette) that I just drew faces onto, and the sewing die cuts are ones that I stamped, colored in, and cut out of cardstock. I found mini calendars online to print, then glued them all onto small pieces of cardstock, and voila! They can be modified to any theme you want, are simple to put together, and make a darling gift as well.
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