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Crafts to spruce up your place!

Texas Sheath Cake

Well, I am back from the craft fair and I thought I would mix things up a little bit!  My mom makes this delicious chocolate cake that is to-die-for and I just had to share the recipe!  Now, I am normally not a chocoholic but seriously, I could eat this cake every day… if I did, I would be showing you how to let out pants! 🙂

Cake Ingredients:
2 cups of flour
2 cups of sugar
1 stick of butter
4 tbs of cocoa powder
1 cup of water
1/2 cup of buttermilk
2 eggs
1 tsp of vanilla
2 tsp of cinnamon

Frosting Ingredients:
4 tbs of cocoa
1 stick of butter
6 tbs of milk
16 oz of powdered sugar
1 tsp of vanilla
1 cup of pecans (optional)

How to do it:

I hope y’all like it! It is so good!

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Toes in the Water..

Sorry for the lack of posts lately! I have been kinda very busy around the house lately with Everett and getting ready for the Craft Fair that my friend and I will be attending in November- more on that later!

Let me fill you in on the current crazy awesome idea that Tyler and I have going on!  We are going to redo our apartment.. one room at a time!  We have been putting it off because we are planning on moving.. but not for at least a year- maybe two! We finally asked ourselves why put it off?  So we are super stoked and I can not wait to get started!  It’s definitely going to be very DIY and we will most likely re-purpose/upcycle most of our existing furniture which will be very fun to blog about! 🙂

We have been following Young House Love for a little while and will be using a few of their ideas as well as ideas that we have found on Pinterest.  (Have you joined Pinterest yet?  If not, this post from Little Pink Monster will tell you about it!)

Here are a few ideas that we have jotted down for the living room so far:

  • Theme: BEACH
  • Color Scheme: Teal, Coral, Tans/Browns
  • Teal accent wall
  • Coral accessories
  • Recover pillows
  • Repaint frames all same color
  • Repaint most of the furniture
  • Re-purpose glass hurricanes (currently filled with corks)
  • Add a plant
  • Thrift store DIY coffee table
We really like the idea of using your own photographs as art- luckily we took tons and tons of pictures on our honeymoon to Aruba and can easily use them.  We were thinking about blowing up one picture really large, cutting it in three, and hanging it behind the couch.. like this:
Maybe not this big.. but you get the idea!
Here are a few other photo inspirations:
I really like the chair in this living room but we do have a perfectly good chair already that I could possibly recover.. it’s brown corduroy (yes corduroy.)  I also like the armoire in this picture- I think because it is while and doesn’t overpower the room.  I would probably put a tv in it though..
 
I don’t know if it’s possible, but wouldn’t it be cute if I could get a painting of Everett at the beach done like this?!  I am sure that I could find someone to make me one!

 

Here’s the color scheme that we are thinking of.
So what do y’all think?  Do you have any ideas?  Helpful hints?  You know I love a good project! 🙂
Don’t worry though, there will still be more sewing tutorials coming! I’ve got some fun things planned!

DIY Cloth Wipes

Item: DIY Cloth Wipes
Why I wanted to make this:  You know those pink and blue receiving blankets that you stole.. err I mean brought home from the hospital after your bundle of joy was born?  (Seriously, you’re paying for it- you might as well take a few parting gifts, right?) Well since I was done using my receiving blankets and I couldn’t bear the thought of just throwing them away, I figured I could upcycle them.  A friend and I (hi, Gina!) were chatting about cloth wipes (we both use cloth diapers) and how easy it might be to make them so I remembered the left over receiving blankets and thought they would be perfect!  I wanted the wipes to be able to fit into my wipe warmer and/or a disposable baby wipe container so mine measure around 6″ x 4.5″ (the same size as a folded disposable wipe.)  You can easily add more to the length/width on the pattern to make them bigger.
Items you will need:
– 1 receiving blanket (or flannel)
Pattern
– Sewing machine with thread
How to do it:

Even if you don’t cloth diaper, these little wipes can still come in handy for wiping spit bubbles, countertops, getting the fog off of the inside of your windshield.. etc. 

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Enjoy!

 

Cloth Diapers, Clothesline, and a New Outlook on Life

A little over three months ago my life changed drastically with the birth of my sweet baby boy, Everett.  I never knew how much I could love someone until I saw him. 

In planning for his birth my husband and I knew that we wanted to provide him with the most “natural” life that we could- with the exception of the epidural!! 🙂  Kudos to y’all who can do without it!  I’ve always been pretty “crunchy” (granola, hippy, whatever you want to call it) so I knew that I would want to breastfeed my baby as well as “wear” him in a wrap.  I had heard of cloth diapering but I wasn’t sure if I would be up for it- I did know that it was much better for the environment as well as for my wallet!  When I started researching cloth diapering I was surprised and excited (yes, excited) to see how far cloth diapers had come!

"Old School" Cloth Diapers

It was out with the “Old School” cloth diapers and in with the “New School” diapers.  There are so many types: pockets, all-in-ones (AOIs), prefolds, fitted, covers, and contours!  I didn’t know where to start!  After many hours of research and careful consideration Tyler and I decided that cloth diapering was the best way to go for our family.  We would be able to save money as well as not contribute to the landfills.  Thanks to some friends I was able to navigate my way through the world of cloth diapers and figure out the ones that work best for my baby.  I use one size pocket diapers for Everett, if you were wondering!  (There are a few links at the bottom of the page for anyone that may be interested in learning more about cloth diapers!)

"New School" Cloth Diapers

After cloth diapering Everett for about a month, I decided that I wanted a clothesline and I was determined to figure out a way to get one.  “Sunning” your diapers helps to naturally remove stains as well as sanitize the diapers.  I browsed the internet to find different ideas and helpful hints but couldn’t really come up with something that would work in our backyard where we have lots of sun in an area but not very much “yard.”  My husband and my dad are pretty handy so I recruited them to help me figure this out.  They decided that they would build the clothesline off of our existing wooden pathway that goes down the side of the house to the basement.  This is the optimum spot as the sun hits it directly for 8 or more hours a day.  

Wanna build your own clothes line?  Here’s how they did it:

Items you will need:
1- 20ft Wire Rope Dog Run
1- 2×4
2- Eye Hooks
Screws and Drill
Saw

How to do it:

First, you will want to decide where to put up your clothesline. Tyler and my dad decided to use the wooden pathway leading down to the basement.

 

Next, cut your 2x4 into two- they cut this one into different sizes since the pathway is on an incline. This made the clothesline more level.

 

Attach the 2x4 at the base by using the screws and the drill.

Screw in the eye hook. You may want to use a wrench or the like to help you get it in nice and tight.

 

Repeat the last two steps.

 

Hook the dog run onto both posts...

 

.. and TA-DA!

 

Instant clothesline! Thanks guys!

So this might not work in your backyard, but maybe there is an idea or two that you can use if you are looking for a way to put up a clothesline! 🙂
 

Diapers out on the line!

If you’re interested in learning more about cloth diapering here are a few links to check out!  Please feel free to email me if you would like to learn more about cloth diapers, breast-feeding, baby “wearing,” etc,  I would be more than happy to give you any information or advice!

 
 
 
Happy building! 🙂
 
 

Baby Mobile

Item: Baby Mobile
As seen onLittle Pink Monster
You can find the tutorial here!
Why I wanted to make this:  Tyler and I decided that we didn’t want to know what the sex of the baby was going to be (yes, we’re old school) so we decorated our baby’s nursery in brown and teal.  I couldn’t find a mobile that I was really in love with anywhere so I took to the internet (or inner-webs as some folks call it) and set out to find a DIY mobile.  While browsing one of my FAVORITE blogs Little Pink Monster (formally Samster Mommy) I came across this beautiful mobile she made and thought I might be able to tweak it to fit my little one’s room.

Image from LittlePinkMonster.com

Deviations from the tutorial: Instead of using butterflies (cute as they are) I decided to go with flowers.  I had a lot of other more “masculine” elements in the room so I wanted to add in a few “feminine” touches.  I looked all over for a craft punch that I liked but couldn’t find one.  I came across these flowers at Michael’s Craft Store and figured I would be able to finagle a way to make them work.  I also grabbed some pearls to use as weights rather than using the penny technique that Natasha used.

Just a few of the materials.

As  I began to add the flowers to the string I realized that I was very meticulous with the placement of the flowers.  I tried to alternate brown and teal as well as patterns and place them sporadically to create visual interest.  It probably took me longer than it should have however I was pregnant and it turned out really cute!

I used the pearls to “tie-off” each flower so they wouldn’t fall down.  Let me try to explain.. I put the string through the hole in the center of the flower and then I slid on a pearl and would wrap the string around and back through the pearl.

Please excuse my "paint" skills..

After I had made all the strands of flowers/pearls I  spray painted the wreath base and patiently let it dry.. (okay not really but you can’t see the fingerprints when it’s hanging up!)  I added the strands of flowers to the wreath as well as added a little bit of pre-made flower strands to the top.

Ta-da!

Overall I am very pleased with the mobile!  Everett loves to lay under it and watch it- which makes me very happy seeing as I made it and all! 🙂

This is what Everett sees!

Hope y’all get inspired and make something cool! 🙂

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Patchwork Pillow

Item: Patchwork Pillow
Why I wanted to make this: My grandmother made Everett a beautiful quilt and had leftover fabric that she gave to me.  You may recall I used some of this in the Sprocket Pillow.  Some of the scraps that were left over were 2″ by 10″ strips and I figured there had to be something that I could make out of them!
Items you will need:
– Ten to Fifteen strips of fabric 2″ wide by 10″-12″ long
– Large piece of fabric for back side of pillow
– Polyfil or the like
– Sewing machine with thread
How to do it:

You can make any shape of pillow you want depending on the type of scrap fabric you have! 🙂

Sprocket Pillow

Item: Sprocket Pillow
As seen on: Cluck Cluck Sew
You can find the tutorial/pattern here!
Why I wanted to make this: My grandmother made a beautiful quilt for Everett and had some of the fabric left over so I thought this would be the perfect project!  I also wanted to bring some color into my living room and thought that I could make a few for my couch!
First try:  I bought a pillow form because I thought it would be nicer than using stuffing however I realized that the pattern is not meant for a pillow form so I ended up using stuffing anyways!
Deviations from the tutorial/pattern:   On Everett’s pillow, I ended up having to use 11 wedges rather than the 12 that is mentioned in the tutorial.  Also, I wanted to make another one and try to utilize the pillow form that I had- the only difference was that I couldn’t use the trim around the side and I had to take out one of the wedges to make it small enough.

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If you are love these cute pillows as much as I do but don’t feel inspired to make one on your own, check out my special orders page! 🙂  I am also experiementing in different patchwork shaped pillows! Stay tuned for pictures of those!

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