Cute as a Button – Baby Shower Invites

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I hosted a baby shower for my sister a couple of months ago and wanted to share with you the invitations I made. Although she knew she’s having a girl, she wanted to keep the theme simple and a bit gender neutral. Pinterest aided us in coming up with the Cute as a Button theme! It’s a little shabby chic, a little eclectic and a little vintage all rolled into one. I think it came out very darling!

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I’ve been nominated for the Liebster Award!

I’ve been nominated for the Liebster Award by Jennifer Windram! Thank you, Jennifer! This is all so very exciting! I am really honored!

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The award is a way to recognize new bloggers and encourage people to visit new and interesting blogs. It’s bloggers supporting each other!

First, I must answer the following questions given by Jennifer:

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Giant Granny Square Baby Blanket

What better to accompany a diaper cake than with a handmade blanket! I had a couple of days before my friend’s daughter would receive her gift, so I thought to make a quick and easy stroller blanket. It takes just an evening or two to crochet and you can watch TV, too, while making it. I think I caught up on Breaking Bad while making it!

This little blanky gave the presentation just so much more delightfulness.

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Baby gift montage

There are a million instructions out there on how to make a granny square. So, this is my rendition. I can’t claim it as my own pattern. I can only guess some lady named Granny came up with it!

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Let’s crochet this stroller blanket!

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DIY Diaper cake

In the land of diaper cake crafting, there are three subsets. (Ha! Seriously, there is a diaper cake crafting land.) The first subset is the ‘individually rolled diapers’ cake. As the name suggests, each diaper is carefully rolled into a tube, somehow bound together to each other and formed miraculously into a beautiful tiered cake. Then there’s the “diapers not rolled individually” cake. As this name suggests, the diapers are typically bound together in harmony usually in a spiral pattern and then stacked together in graduated unison to create a beautifully tiered cake. Finally, there’s the “diapers sculpted into other things” cake. These cakes are the diaper cakes that win prizes and bring peace to warring nations. Not really, however they are truly amazing. This golf bag diaper cake,  this tricycle, this train, and this giraffe (GIRAFFE?! What is this diaper madness?!) are just a few of these awe-inspiring diaper sculptures! I bow down to you, wizard crafter, as you have defied the laws of physics.

Here are a few of the diaper cakes I’ve made befitting of the 2nd subset I have mentioned above.

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Baby Boy Blue Fish Diaper Cake

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Bunny with a pink dress Baby Girl Diaper Cake

Let’s make this one!

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Penguin Baby Girl Diaper Cake

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Cargo non-embargo! – Men’s cargo shorts upcycled into a reversible bag

These were my hubby’s cargo shorts. Sure, they had some good laughs, a couple of capers, a story for the campfire. Overall, good times had.

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Then one day, they had a falling out. Actually, my hubby’s backside fell out. Needless to say, they parted ways.

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Like the dentist’s niece in Finding Nemo, I was like “GIMME! GIMME! GIMME!”

Then this materialized!

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Upcycled camo cargo shorts into reversible bag

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Tissue holder for the Sneezy McSneezerson

My baby sister, who is the biggest supporter of my blog, has the sneezies. In the last several years she has developed allergies to many things. Thus, she is prone to hyper sneezing. I feel for her, since half the year I’m using some kind of allergy medication with the letter “D” attached to the end of it. Guess it runs in the family!

In appreciation for the support and encouragement for my blog, I decided I would make this tissue holder I found on Pinterest. Here’s what I came up with.

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I did have to make some modifications though because I wanted to use these strips of fabric that I originally intended for something else that has been long since forgotten.

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Coordinated fabric strips

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DIY – Minecraft sword and pick ax

I have two boys and they love the Minecraft. If you don’t know what that is, cherish it. For those familiar, believe me, I’m not a hater, I just wish it didn’t turn my kids to maniacal zombies.

We were at the mall the other day doing some relaxed school shopping. Looking at sneakers, putting them on, then running all over the store, being sure they “make me run fast”,  wrestling, that sort of thing. After buying some shoes, we mozied on into the Hot Topic store and encountered an entire rack dedicated to all things Minecraft. My 6 year old saw this:

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This one is for sale at Urban Outfitters for $26

and mildly begged me for it. I don’t remember the price at the store, but online at Hot Topic it’s on sale for $17.15. That, my frugal friends, is not on sale enough for me. Even for my cutey 6 year old’s face. It is essentially foam board cut into a pixellated sword.

Hearing the words of my mom echo in my head, I proclaimed, “I could make that!”

As soon as we were home I got to work. I found this youtube video. Pretty easy. Well, mostly easy. The video led me to this printable for the sword and this printable for the pick ax.

The instructions state to convert the images into PDFs and then in  ‘Print Settings’ under ‘Page Scaling’ choose ‘Tile Large Pages’.  Then set Tile Scale to: 100%. Sometimes, I hate technology. (First world problem).

Needless to say I had trouble doing said instructions. I wanted this to be a project I could complete by the next day. I wanted my boys to come down the stairs wide-eyed and ready to stab each other with swords and mine some red diamonds or whatever with their pick axes in REAL PRETEND LIFE, not on the Xbox. What to do?

I chose not to troubleshoot, chose not to search the web for why my computer all of a sudden doesn’t give me the option to Save As PDF even though I have done it a million times before today, chose not to give in to another time suck. Necessity is the mother of invention. I just copied and pasted the picture on to a MS Publisher document. Chose a 22×17 in poster, stretched to fit and hit print twice. The printer automatically printed it in a tile format. Thanks, Skynet.

I cut everything out, and placed it like puzzle pieces on a large piece of corrugated cardboard (I didn’t want to spend money on foam board, or leave the house again) and used a box cutter to trim it out. Then I glued the other side.

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Swords and pick axes

After I made the first sword, my 8 year old, who seemed indifferent the entire time I was making it, instantly was like, “I want one! And a pick ax, too!” To which the little one chimed in with, “Don’t forget to make MY pick ax!” I liken it to how Hatori Hanzo must have felt when he had to make the Kill Bill sword for the Black Mamba. (I just let my geekiness peek out!)

My hands are sore, but my boys have mined their haul of REAL PRETEND obsidian. Totally worth it!

DIY – T-shirt yarn (tarn) crochet and knitted baskets

I’ve had these 2 XL t-shirts moving from drawer to drawer for the past 2 years. I finally decided I was going to make another upcycled t-shirt dress. It was going to be so great and cute and everybody was going to ooh and ahh all over and pin it on Pinterest a million times with captions of how they were going to make one too right now… And when everything was said and done it looked terrible. The shirts already started off with wonky seams and the wonkiness just pervaded the entire project.

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Rather than admit defeat I took my failed project and cut it up! T-shirt yarn (tarn as some have coined it) is the failed T-shirt craft’s chance at salvation! The blue basket is my fail to fabulous and is crocheted. The dark gray basket is a T-shirt that had a bleach stain and a hole at an inopportune location on it. I used a combination of knitting and crochet on that one to see the effect of it.

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T-shirt yarn and Paton’s Divine Yarn baskets

Let’s make T-shirt yarn! Let’s crochet this blue basket! Let’s combo crochet and knit this other one! (I’m just a little excited to share with you!)

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DIY – Anthropologie inspired paper garland

I like to make banners and garlands to add a little touch of extra moxie to my special people’s birthday. Nothing too ostentatious, just a bit of something so they feel cherished. It was my mom’s birthday this past weekend so I put this garland and banner together.

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paper garland and banner

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I was inspired by this pin on Pinterest. Instructions are from Bird’s Party blog. The tutorial is more of a guideline as this is the type of project to “get the essence of” rather than try to replicate.

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picture from Bird’s Party Blog

This garland came to be from inspiration from an Anthropologie window display.

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Picture from Bird’s Party Blog

My inspiration from another inspiration garland is less intricate namely because I didn’t have as much paper and I had a short window of time to create it. I love how it turned out, regardless! I think I will save them for maybe a swag for Easter. The tutorial calls for cutting strips of paper into 1.5 inches wide. In the future, when I make another one of these (maybe in Christmas colors or maybe in black for Halloween) I will cut the strips to 1 inch widths. To me, I think it would be just as pretty and you would get more yield of paper strips.

What kinds of decorations do you make for your special people’s birthdays?

What a BEACH-in’ wreath! – DIY beach themed yarn wreath

Who doesn’t love the beach? We only live about 20 minutes from it. 20 minutes too far, I say. Here’s my way of bringing a little bit of beach home!

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I used the same technique in making my DIY  Valentine yarn wreath.  Here’s the tutorial.

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What kinds of themed wreaths have you made (yarn or otherwise)?