Wednesday, June 3, 2015

Space fabric fridge magnets


I'm a total scrap fabric hoarder. I have tons of tiny bits of fabric that I swear I'll do something with one day. True to my word I have finally done something with at least a small portion of it. I made August two cute floor cushions out of this spaceship fabric a month ago and saved the rest of course. I initially planned on using it to make felt board pieces but apparently 18 month olds and felt boards are not a good combination. At least with my destructive little guy. He instantly tore the black felt off the board so I scrapped that idea for now. I decided to make magnets instead. He's currently obsessed with magnets so I knew this would be an August approved craft. This was literally the quickest craft project I have ever completed which with a small child is always a big deal.

Wednesday, May 27, 2015

DIY color block bird house


Well Florida skipped right from Spring into Summer and let me tell you it has been HOT! I know the worst is yet to come as far as humidity and heat are concerned but a few more cooler days would have been appreciated. On the plus side, the warm weather has given me that much needed boost to get back into my crafty zone again. I've been loving all of those fun, bold colored bird houses I've seen around lately (ie. Anthropologie). I decided to venture to Michael's to check out their bird houses. I love the classic look of this one and for around $4 it was certainly a steal. I totally blanked out while at Michael's and didn't pick up paint but fortunately Target carries a pretty surprisingly awesome selection of colors. Everything else I had on hand and let me tell you I LOVE the end result. I know it won't be everyone's cup of tea but I needed some bright color blocking in my life. Now all that's left is for my husband to hang it up for me in the yard. I've got the spot picked out and everything. I'll be sure to add an updated photo when it's up and hopefully we'll have a visitor or two.

Friday, March 20, 2015

DIY skid proof socks


Now that we are in the full blown toddler stage this means lots of running. With the running comes falling. Especially when socks are involved. I try to keep him barefoot as much as possible since we have hardwood throughout the house (with the exception of his room), but sometimes the hardwood is just too cold on our feet and I want him to wear socks. I have a few pairs of socks with the non skid lettering on the soles but those are beginning to lose their partners lately. My sister-in-law gave me this idea months ago to just add a bit of puff paint to the bottoms to keep his feet firmly planted. Well I finally got around to trying it out and let me tell you it works GREAT! So far today there has been zero tumbles which is a big deal for this little guy.

Monday, March 16, 2015

DIY bowling pins from snack containers


I'm always trying to find ways to reuse items before they hit the recycling bins. I noticed August's puffs containers are shaped an awful lot like bowling pins so I turned them into a fun new game for him. He doesn't quite have the coordination to roll the ball into the pins but he still enjoys throwing the ball. Even if it is in the complete wrong direction. These are great for outdoor play too. You could always fill up the containers with something like water or small objects to weigh them down a bit so they don't get blown away by the wind. I think we'll try that out today.

Thursday, March 12, 2015

Chalkboard puzzle tins


I've been working extra hard these days to keep Augusts toys at bay. Luckily we're still far away from the dreaded tiny Lego stage so for now at least my feet are spared. I wanted to get some of his things organized and in their own designated spaces. Over Christmas we were given those classic shortbread cookies in cute little tins. I held onto them knowing some use would come out of them eventually. And so the chalkboard spray painted tins were born! These are great for keeping each individual set separated. Plus the great thing about them being labeled in chalk is that they can be changed as needed. August loves bringing them to me to open and happily goes about his business. Score one for mommy!

Tuesday, March 10, 2015

Peach pleated skirt and lace top | Simplicity 1690 pattern




Warm weather has finally returned to Florida. Trust me I'm not complaining about the wee bit of
cold weather we've had compared to the rest of the country but I'm definitely ready for Spring. As you can clearly see with the new ensemble I whipped together. Nothing says Spring like a little lace and peach. I used a Simplicity pattern (1690) I bought last year at Hobby Lobby for both the skirt and top. Both pieces were incredibly easy. I was really surprised with how easy it was to make the skirt especially. I think I'll be making a few more before summer. In true Craft Sew Love Grow fashion, I used a tablecloth I was given for the skirt and a lace curtain panel for the top. I've been on a real pattern kick lately so expect another post like this soon. I know for me personally I love seeing other bloggers takes on store bought patterns. I've included a few detailed shots of the skirt and top below.

Tuesday, December 16, 2014

Mini shelf garland


First off let me start by mentioning how hard it was to come up for a title for this. I finally settled on mini shelf garland since it's not a full on hanging garland. Wreath leftover project was a close second but didn't sound as appealing. Anyways, I had a good deal of leftovers from when my mother-in-law and I made a Christmas wreath about a week ago. I knew I wanted to use it for something and after staring at the pieces on my counter for several days this is the outcome. So if you have any wreath leftovers just grab your hot glue gun and go crazy!