Thursday, July 31, 2014

Tie Dye No-Sew T-Shirt Pillows

The problem with making a fun project for one girl in my house means that the other two are clamoring to have their own special project, too!! A few weeks ago I made matching tie dye outfits for my oldest daughter and her American Girl doll. My  twin 3 year olds don't have that size doll, but that didn't stop them from asking where their tie dye projects were! So we took a couple more t-shirts and whipped up some new tie dye pillows for them--all without touching a sewing machine!


I made 2 pillows, but my instructions are for 1 pillow. Here's what you need:

1 adult large t-shirt.
tie dye colors of your choice
cutting tools (I used a rotary cutter and a mat, but you could use scissors)
Stuffing for your pillow. I reused stuffing from an old pillow I had around.

First, you want to tie-dye your t-shirt.


I used a shibori technique binding a square tile (flooring samples from work) to variously folded shirts. It made a fun pattern, I think!


Then, I used my rotary cutter to cut the top, bottom, and sides off. Basically, your goal is to have 2 rectangles (front and back) that are as large as possible, while removing the collar, sleeves, hem, and side seams.


Then you want to cut each edge into a fringe with each piece about 1 inch wide and 2 inches long.


Double knot the fringe of the two sides together. Leave a little opening to stuff, then tie that portion of the fringe closed, as well.


And then enjoy the pillows--or let your little ones enjoy them! This would also be a great craft for older elementary school kiddos to try!



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Tuesday, July 29, 2014

Blessings

Hey guys, let's be real here.

I'm not going to lie...I don't have a tutorial or a recipe for you this morning. I had some great plans for this weekend that involved a fun new recipe, and finishing up some projects I have in the works. But instead, I went out to a movie with my husband (we're celebrating 10 years of marriage this summer!). And then we took the kids to the local science museum. And then it was time for a lot of snuggles and just time with my girls. By the end of the weekend, I felt so blessed.


It was just a good time to remember my blessings as I sit in a dirty house with loads of unfinished projects. So let me just share some things that I was reminded of this weekend:

That my big girl loves to read. She's not intimidated by a thick book. Don't get me wrong, she's not some little Einstein, but she so desires to read anything! This weekend, she picked up her Daddy's Bible, turned it at random to 2 Samuel, and proceeded to try to read all those crazy Canaanite and Israelite names.(I tried to guide her to the New Testament, but she's also her mama's daughter--very stubborn.) This girl rocks!

That my twins are getting so big! I know that pretty much every parent marvels at how fast their children grow, but when you have preemies, I think it is even harder to believe. After all, when your child starts out less than half the size of an average baby, it's amazing when you realize suddenly that they are way taller than average—and starting to catch up with their cousin who is over a year older than them. 

That my husband likes hanging out with my family. (And I like hanging out with his family, but we don't see them nearly as often). I still can't believe that we've been married 10 years! 

And that I am blessed that my girls have 3 girl cousins that are bigger and older to look up to. I am blessed that those cousins deserve to be looked up to. I had to punish my oldest this weekend while her cousins were visiting, and a time out to keep her from her cousins was the harshest punishment I could think of.

What blessings are you thankful for?

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Sunday, July 27, 2014

Menu Planning Monday 2014-08-28

Hi folks! Are you ready for menu planning time?


I'm in shock right now that it's the last few days of July. Where is the summer going? I'm not really looking forward to a new school year...but anyway, here's what we're eating this week:

Monday: Steak Fajitas, fruit, and corn
Tuesday: Hot Dogs,  Juiced up Carrots,



Wednesday: Sesame Chicken and Veggies, Noodles
Thursday: Leftovers
Friday:  Barbecue Chicken Pizza, Fruit


Saturday: Snacking...we'll be having a busy day, with lots of fun food to go with our activities, so we'll probably just play it by ear!
Sunday: Pork Chops, Potatoes, Fruit

What are you eating this week?

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Thursday, July 24, 2014

Decoden Hairbow Buckets

Anybody that has little girls know that with girls come...accessories. Jewelry, scarves, hats...and lots and lots of hairbows. With 3 little girls, my house is quickly being overrun with accessories. And as I was looking into options on how to organize these hair accessories, I realized I had so much fun with the Mod Podge Collage Clay that I had to try another project around the house--an organizing project to try to take control of the hairbow chaos that is my life


Start with a bucket. These are cheap plastic ones I found on clearance.


I used my silhouette to make a custom vinyl decal, but you can easily use stickers, too.


I applied the decal to the buckets.


Basically, you can take some Mod Melts and make some fun decorations. Or, if you have some items around the house, you can use them....like random gems from a preschool art project.


I used the collage clay and the star tip. I made 3 rows of stars all around the top. And then, all I had to do was press the different pieces into the collage clay and let it dry.


And if you girls are into accessories, like my girls are, accessorized accessory holders...well, they are the best. stuff. ever.


Maybe they'll actually use them and I can find the top of the dressers more than once in a blue moon!


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