A Lil’ Home Project

Ever since we moved into this place, I wanted to take those shutter blind things down because 1) they’re ugly, 2) some were missing, and 3) they’d break or fall down pretty easily. After Finn pulling one down again this week, I told TJ we would be picking out curtains that night because I was done with them. We picked out simple white curtains for both the door and windows, then headed to Home Depot for wood to use as the rods. I love it so much and can’t believe it took us so long to do it!

Playgroup

We hosted playgroup at our house last week where we did a bunch of crafts and read a Christmas story together. I kept the craft stuff out for the rest of the week and Eva was a crafting machine!

Christmas Craft Exchange

I hosted another craft exchange last week and it was another hit! I need a bigger house though haha! I forgot to take a photo of everyone’s crafts but there were so many great ones! Some wooden plaques (one wood burned, some with chalkboard paint), advent calendars, Christmas bulb magnets, peppermint sugar scrubs, homemade cards, Christmas potpourri, peppermint mason jar candles, and more!

I didn’t get a great photo of the craft I made this time, but here’s a duplicate version I made for myself below. I cut out pieces of felt and sewed them together (using a fancy stitch on my sewing machine, which is a first for me!). It was super easy but turned out really cute, I think. Thanks to Sarah S. for this awesome idea! I saw it on your instagram and had to make one for myself.

Thanks everyone for coming! Can’t wait for next year’s! Or maybe we should do an Easter exchange 😉 !

Holiday Craft Exchange

A couple months ago, I invited some ladies over in my church congregation to come over for a craft exchange. I had done this in the past around Christmas, but wanted an excuse to get together with people from church, so I bumped it up to Halloween time. Everyone brings a craft that they made, wrapped, and then we go around and pick one from the pile to take home and the person who made the craft tells how they made it. There are some serious crafty people in my neighborhood! That being said, I’m going to do another one in December, so if you’d like to be a part, let me know!

img_0018-9 img_0017-8 img_0016-11 img_0015-8

The craft I made was the Christmas bulb wreath. It was so easy to make and cost about ten dollars! I strung 50 large ornaments and about 20 small ones onto a wire hanger, tied it to together, then put a little greenery on the top.

img_0019-7

Fleece Mermaid Tail

For months now, I’ve been wanting to make Eva a mermaid tail blanket. Now that I have a sewing machine, one afternoon after school, I took Eva to the Hobby Lobby where she picked out her fabric then I got to work that night once the kids were in bed. I should have used a pattern, but kind of wanted to try my hand at doing it all by myself. I made it a little shorter than I planned, but Eva likes it that way because it fits more like a mermaid. So, win-win!

It was really easy to make and only took me a couple of hours!

  1. I cut out the top leg parts (blue) using an elastic waisted maxi skirt of Eva’s as a guide.
  2. Hemmed the top of both sides so there was room for elastic
  3. Cut out the bottom fin parts
  4. Sewed one pink fin to one top blue part, repeat with second set
  5. Sewed the two pieces together
  6. Hand stitched the sequins ribbons to the top
  7. Looped elastic inside the waist (upon Eva’s request) so it would be tight and stay up around her stomach
  8. Have Eva wear it nonstop for days… I didn’t have to make her do this, she did it by herself, obviously!