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Bookmark Pals

bookmark005These little bookmark pals are so fun! They are really cute, unique, and useful, and they make great gifts for all ages. It’s also a fun project that doesn’t take hardly any time or money. You can’t beat that!

 All you need to create these little pals is felt, scissors, a needle, and you can either use sewing thread or embroidery thread. Just cut off two corners of a sheet of felt, make them into whatever you want, and sew them together! But make sure to leave the top open, so that the page can easily fit inside.

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And don’t worry, the book will still close easily and stay compact when you’re not reading.

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Here are some that I have completed so far; however, I am working on a lot more. These little guys are kind of addictive. bookmark002The One Eyed Monster Pal

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bookmark010And here are all my little pals together, just hanging out, waiting on a book to call their home.

(Except for Ice cream Pal…she already found a home!)

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Tomorrow is Christmas Eve?!

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That’s right, only 2 more days before Christmas! It has snuck up on us yet again, and we find ourselves lying in the floor surrounded by tape, glitter, and bows. But would it really feel like the holidays without a little hustle and bustle? Of course not. At least not for me anyway. I don’t know about you, but I am usually throwing things together right up until the very last minute. I guess I do kind of enjoy the rush a little. So, if you’re not ready for the big day, don’t panic, you’re not alone! I’ve chosen some great resources to help you wrap things up quickly without sacrificing style and sentiment. Check out these websites for tons of inspiration!

{Free Gift Tag Printables}

It Looks Better On Paper

Love vs. Design

Oh The Lovely Things

{Homemade Gift Ideas}

Momma Young at Home

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{Homemade Gifts The Kids Can Make}

Imagination Soup

{Other Thrifty Finds}

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www.pinterest.comA little “Night Before Christmas” goodie box!

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I hope you found these to be helpful! Good luck and…

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Deck the Halls

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I love Christmas for several reasons, but one of the biggest things I love is how the spirit of this holiday is so strong. It seems to capture and transform almost every home, business, and street corner. Everywhere you look, you see a little bit of Christmas. Everyone has their own, unique way of decorating. Some like to go ALL out while others like to keep it simple. Some don’t decorate at all, but only celebrate in their hearts and minds. I prefer a little of everything. I like the tree to be decked out, while everything else takes on a more minimal appearance. And of course, the biggest celebration is always within.

This year, I decided to make something that will hopefully become one of those things we store away and pull out again year after year. It’s simple, it’s traditional, and for me, it really captures the spirit of Christmas. The classic red and green mixed with the coziness of handmade pieces, and the old feeling you get when you see knitted yarn. It kind of reminds you of your grandmother’s house, but with a modern twist.

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This garland is easy to make, and can be done in probably 30 minutes to an hour depending on how much knitting is involved. I decided to keep it simple this time around. The wreath, bows, and Christmas tree are all hand knitted, and the pom-poms are very quick and easy. Lastly, I added some small felt poms to make it a little more festive–they actually kind of remind me of Christmas lights–these you can purchase at any craft store. Once you have all your items, just string some yarn through it with a yarn needle, and you’re ready to dress up the tree, the mantel, or even a window to give passersby a little Christmas cheer.

Happy Decorating!

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HATS

Obviously, hats are a MUST-HAVE for cold weather. Especially for those days that it’s so windy, you might as well just forget about fixing your hair. Here are three different hats that I recently made, all knitted with straight needles. One is a beanie style hat, one is more of a slouchy style, and of course…we can’t forget about cold, little baby heads! So lastly, a baby hat.

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I really love this hat, and have been wearing it a ton already. It’s warm, it’s comfy, it’s easy, and I love the color. I seem to gravitate towards neutral tones, so most of my wardrobe is less than colorful. This hat provides the perfect pop of color without being too dramatic. And it’s definitely an item I can just throw on and go, which I love.

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It’s not really a beanie…it’s not really a beret…it’s really just a slouchy hat. It’s the kind you just wanna hang out in. This one is so comfortable you can’t even tell you have it on, but it still keeps you warm, and it’s cute! Definitely appropriate for the book store, the coffee shop, or even date night. You can dress it up or dress it down…whatever you prefer.

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Being a mom, I never forget about the kids. This is my first baby hat, and considering I don’t use patterns for anything, I’m very pleased with how it turned out. I cannot wait to make more of these, especially in some girly colors with lots of pretty, flowery embellishments.


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A {Hand Made} Happily Ever After

I’ll be honest: I am in the middle of SEVERAL different knitting projects right now, which is exciting because that means people are actually wanting me to make things for them! However, I prefer not to do a post about a bunch of unfinished pieces. But there WILL be a knitting post up on the blog next week, which I am quite excited about. So, since my husband and I will be celebrating our 3rd wedding anniversary this week, I thought it would be fun to blog about a lot of the hand made items at our cozy, Fall wedding. Keep in mind that Pinterest was not around yet! If you have/had Pinterest for your wedding, you are very lucky! I can’t even remember where I got all of the ideas for our ceremony,  but I do remember spending countless hours hand making so many different things. Thankfully I had a lot of help from family and friends. I don’t have photos of everything, but here are some shots of most of the items at our wedding that were either made by me, or by the kind, helping hands of the people I am lucky to call my friends.

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The Boutonnieres

The Bride's Bouquet

The Bride’s Bouquet

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The Bridesmaid's Bouquets

The Bridesmaid’s Bouquets

The Flower Girl Basket

The Flower Girl Basket

Homemade Wedding Cake

Homemade Wedding Cake

Paper Cones filled with candy for wedding guests

Paper Cones filled with candy for wedding guests-Every cone was unique and different

Centerpieces: a glass vase filled with assorted river rocks and a white candle, with leaf garland wrapped around the bottom

Centerpieces: a glass vase filled with assorted river rocks and a white candle, with leaf garland wrapped around the bottom

The Honeymoon Donation Box

The Honeymoon Donation Box

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The Table Setting

The Table Setting

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The Ear Warmer

For those of us who have sensitive ears, such as myself, you have to own a good ear warmer when the cold, windy weather hits. This knitted ear warmer is not only stylish, but it is durable, machine washable, and useful. As I’ve stated before, I love functionality, and this has all of the function without losing any of the style.

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You Can Do It Too:

Use any yarn you would like–just remember, the thicker the yarn, the less stitches you need to cast on.

Using a medium weight yarn and size 8US needles, I cast on 18 stitches.

You can either do a basic knit stitch or a rib stitch, and just keep going until it fits around your head.

Once you’ve reached your desired length, sew the ends together using a yarn needle. Next, you need to cinch it in the middle (where the ends are connected). You can do this by pinching a small portion of the knitted yarn, and sewing it together, bringing the ends to the middle. This will be the inside of your ear warmer

For the knot: Cast on 6 stitches, knit until it comfortably wraps around the middle of the ear warmer, where it is cinched together.

Wrap this  around the middle of the ear warmer, and  sew the ends together with your yarn needle. 

Turn the whole thing inside out so that none of the seams are showing, and you’re done!

**For a great video tutorial on how to do a knit stitch, click here! And for a rib stitch, click here!**

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No-Sew Halloween!

Although Halloween is officially over, I still wanted to share our homemade, no-sew costumes! Since we are desperately trying to save money right now, this was the perfect opportunity to get creative and whip something up out of leftover materials. Thankfully, now that my daughter is getting a little bit older, she isn’t dead set on being a princess or a fairy every year, and is okay with us not going to the store and picking out a $30 costume. She’s actually starting to appreciate the fact that I am making things for her…yay!

I made two costumes this year: a Shabby-Chic Owl and a Flower (baby sister was a bumblebee, whose costume was actually donated!). For both of these costumes, I only had to buy one or two small items at my local Hobby Lobby, so it all ended up being extremely inexpensive.

{Shabby-Chic Owl}

Materials:

  • Old, white t-shirt
  • Scrap fabric
  • Feathers
  • Felt pieces
  • Buttons
  • Stretchy headband
  • Scissors
  • Hot glue gun

Using one of my husband’s old work shirts, I cut off the sleeves and cut out the neckline to give it a more feminine touch….and to make it seem less like a t-shirt. I gathered all the scrap fabric I could find, and cut out a teardrop-like shape for each one. I didn’t want all the pieces to look just alike, so I didn’t put a ton of effort into it (on purpose). Starting at the bottom of the t-shirt, I hot glued the fabric pieces on, one by one. All it took was one little strip of hot glue near the top of the fabric. I just kept overlapping and layering on rows until I reached the top of the shirt. Because the pieces were not all perfectly the same, there were some holes left where you could see the white t-shirt underneath. So, I covered them with feathers! Once again, I used just a tiny strip of hot glue, and placed them in the empty spots where you could see the t-shirt. For the eyes and nose, I bought a stretchy headband for about $1.99. I cut a small triangle out of orange felt, and hot glued it in the center for the nose. For the eyes, I cut out two large circular shapes out of felt..once again, not perfect circles, and glued them on either side of the “nose”. And lastly, I used some large wooden buttons for the rest of the eyes. I just hot glued those right in the center of the big felt pieces. For the finishing touch, I glued one feather on either side of the headband. And voila! My Shabby-Chic Owl was complete! You can make this little owl as shabby or as chic as you’d like…it’s all in the way you cut and place your fabric. (**Tip: You may want to slide a piece of cardboard inside the shirt before you start gluing, or you might accidentally glue the shirt together)

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{Flower}

Materials:

  • Green shirt
  • Felt pieces
  • Pipe cleaners
  • Headband (non-stretchy)
  • Scissors
  • Hot glue gun

At the craft store, I bought a solid, green t-shirt for about $3.00. Most of this is self-explanatory if you look at the photos, but I’ll explain anyway. For the leaves, I cut out tear-drop shapes out of the green felt, and the same for the flower petals using the pink felt. I also used a different shade of green felt for the stem. I made mine curvy, but you can make it curvy or straight…whatever you prefer. I hot glued the stem onto the shirt first, and then just layered some leaves around the neckline. After that, I glued some extra leaves onto the stem, and then glued green pipe cleaners onto the bottom of the shirt for the grass. All of this was super easy, and only took me a few minutes! Now for the flower. I took two green pipe cleaners, and wrapped them around the headband so that they were coming up in four different directions. I glued one large, flower petal onto each pipe cleaner. After that, I just layered felt flower petals until I liked the way it looked. For the middle of the flower, I cut a long strip of green felt, rolled it up, and glued it in the center. You will also want to dab a bit of glue onto the headband where your pipe cleaners are to keep your flower in place (I learned this the hard way!) After all the petals are glued on, you can use the pipe cleaners to shape your bottom petals however you wish.

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Silly girl!

Silly girl!

All in all, we had a fabulous, low-cost Halloween, and our costumes held up great while Trick-or-Treating. Not to mention they were really comfy and pretty warm. I’m already looking forward to next year’s project!

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