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Christmas Tea Tablescape Inspiration

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01) comes from The Country Basket which I think may end up being our main centerpiece for the table. Except instead of one main branch, we’ll have a vase of spray painted branches with gold ornaments hanging from them.
02) is by http://theslightlyobsessivebride.blogspot.com/ and is both ridiculously simple and a beautifully shabby chic accent. Simple pinecones gathered outside coated with metallic spray paint.
03) can be found on HGTV.com. I just want my entire house to look and feel like this.
04) is by Style Estate on their Top 100 Christmas Table Decorations, and could be easily replicated by painting or rolling candles in glitter glue, strands of metallic berries from places like Hobby Lobby or Michael’s, and a value pack of metallic ornaments from Wal-Mart.

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05) is from a “Fairy Tale Wedding” compilation by Burnett’s Boards, but would work perfectly for our tablescape as well. Another shabby chic accent similar to the gold spray painted pinecones.
06) is by Bonjade‘s magazine post Christmas in the French Inspired Home. I have a smaller nativity that looks very similar to this one, which is why it caught my eye for our tablescape.
07) was taken from Radostina Bosseva’s flickr page, which is perfect for reusing/recycling those pumpkins we may have still lying around. Once again, gold spray paint and another shabby chic accent.

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{DIY} Upcycled Cozy Christmas Pillow

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Remember this pile of receiving blankets from this earlier post?

After making tons of upcycled bibs for my baby, my niece Lyla, and as gifts for a few new babies over the past year, I still have a good-sized pile at my disposal. Now that the temps are cooling way down and the holidays are just around the corner, I thought I could make a Christmas-themed pillow using one of the green blankets. I used this Pinterest idea here to stencil my lettering using simple stencils and a Sharpie.

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To make the pillowcase, I folded the blanket lengthwise, sewed one short edge and the long open edge together, leaving one short edge open to insert my pillow. After I put the pillow in the case, I folded the open edges inward, pinned, and sewed the folded edges together. This way made it super easy to not only make a pillowcase but to line up the stripes in the material on the long edge.

This also could be easily replicated with fleece or another blanket-type material if you don’t have a spare blanket lying around. I also plan on using this pillow for my upcoming Christmas mini sessions along with a few other PInterest-inspired things.

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{DIY} Refashioned Toddler Fox Costume

I had originally planned for Elisha to dress up as a monster truck for Halloween this year. But in traditional Elisha fashion, he changes favorite things every week and his current “thing” is the latest YouTube viral video What Does the Fox Say?

Seriously. My almost three-year-old is obsessed with this song and video. He’s even learned a few of the dance moves and lyrics, such as “wa-pa-pa-pa-pa-pa-pow!” and “hatee-hatee-hatee-ho!” all while trying to levitate. So I couldn’t resist changing his costume to a fox. Luckily, I had recently bought him an orange long-sleeve t-shirt from Old Navy a few weeks ago that would work perfectly. For the rest of the costume I used an old t-shirt passed off to me from my brother-in-law and a cheap white hand towel from Wal-Mart.

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I started by cutting off the sleeves and all the seams (I forgot about the bottom hem before taking this picture), as well as the print on the back of the shirt to get as much solid orange material as I could get.

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Next, I laid out a pair of sweatpants of Elisha’s to use as my pants pattern, using this basic pants pattern (here). The brown pants are a little too long for him but fit him great in the waist, so the shortened length of the t-shirt ended up a perfect length for him once they were done.

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For the white fur, I used the t-shirt as a guide for the length and the neckhole to gauge how big to cut out the neckhole of the fur.

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Then I trimmed up the sides and rounded the edges of the fur. I ended up having to trim the sides down a few times. Once I got it right, I used safety pins to pin down the fur to the t-shirt and tried it on Elisha.

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He liked it. :)

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For the ears I cut off two triangles from cardboard (the corners off a diaper box) and glued triangle scraps from the pants material and triangle scraps from the towel onto the cardboard triangles.

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Then I hot glued the ears onto a plastic headband I bought a pack of at the dollar store. I also trimmed up the edges of the ears a bit to even them out.

P.S. Don’t you like my smudgy glass table top? A little #RealMamaLife for you there.

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Last, to make the tail, I used more of the pants material to cut out two longer length triangles and sewed the two longer edges together, leaving the shorter top edge of the tail open to stuff with material scraps from my scraps stash. Once it was stuffed, I sewed the top down onto the inside of the pants on the back.

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Then cut two more triangles from the towel to hot glue on for the white fur on the tip of the tail.

Stay tuned for the next post to see Elisha wearing his new fox costume, as well as Shiloh in her ghost costume!

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{DIY} Baby Jar Vases

These are the baby jar vases I created for Shiloh’s first birthday party (that I didn’t get photos of at her actual party). They were just too cute and chic to stow away with all my other saved glass jars, so I decided to add them to my kitchen window décor.

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These are stage-3 sized jars, which are a little taller than the standard size baby jars (stage-1 and stage-2). To clean them: I soaked the jars in hot soapy water for at least 30-minutes and scrubbed off the glue with a rough sponge (like the green side on the yellow and green sponges) with more dish soap. It took a bit of scrubbing, but once the glue started coming off it came off rather quickly. I’m sure glue removal gels like Goo-Gone would work well too; I just didn’t have any on hand and I’m cheap. I filled the jars with dried moss and added the flowers. These jars would also look pretty with burlap and/or lace added, if you wanted to further the shabby chic look of them. I love the simplicity of the plain glass and moss, but definitely will not rule out anything to change them up in the future.

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OHP! Wednesday #10

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diy: scarf headband
pinned to Very Tara

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value yourself
pinned to Text & Paper

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white kitchen
pinned to Hackberry Circle

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dieting
pinned to Funnies

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ring shot
pinned to Photography

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one pot wonder: tomato basil pasta
pinned to Recipe Possibilities

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floral lampshade
pinned to Shiloh Cate

 

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OHP! Wednesday #9

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brown birds canvas
pinned to Shiloh Cate

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HIPAA
pinned to Funnies

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grilled pesto chicken & tomato kebabs
pinned to Recipe Possibilities

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big bow v-neck refashion
pinned to Refashion

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truth
pinned to Text & Paper

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bobbin storage
pinned to Sewing Tips

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Christmas in july party
pinned to Decorate – Entertain

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OHP! Wednesday | Life with Two edition

We are back from vacation and I still found myself in need of a 2-day hiatus from anything other than house cleaning and unpacking. We had such a blast with Nana, Vette, and Jackson! Blog post to come highlighting our trip.

But for now, it’s time for Oh, How Pinteresting! Wednesday. I’m still in vacation-fun mode, so here’s a few fun ideas for life with two small children. Hope you enjoy!

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 rompin’ stompin’ dinosaur feet

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 fingerpaint canvas painting created by your own little van gogh

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 cardboard collapsable playhouse

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 homemade playdough

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edible flour paint

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magnetic alphabet board

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fabric tea set

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Pinned it/Tried it/Loved it | Applique with Sewing Machine

This attempt was actually a fusion of two pins I found for my Sewing Tips board on sewing an applique with a standard sewing machine (found here and here). The first is a basic how-to on stitching an applique onto a shirt and the second is a how-to on sewing curves on appliques.

For our upcoming trip to Gatlinburg, Tennessee, I made Jackson, Elisha, and Shiloh “smokey bear” applique t-shirts with their initials. Would it be considered a monogram if the lettering was First, Middle, Last instead of First, Last, Middle?

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As you can tell, there were a few kinks when I lost control of my fabric, but overall I’m very pleased with the outcome seeing that it was my first attempt. Here are the finished products:

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Oh, and the bears were made with scraps from refashions here and here. Scraps you have been busted.

The monogramming was made with simple stencils and fabric markers. I became a fan of both when I first used them to make Elisha’s “big brother” t-shirt for Shiloh’s gender reveal party.

We’re now on the 24-hour countdown and I’ve made major progress in the packing area now that my sinuses have decided to chill for a while. Here’s to no allergy attacks for the next four days!

OHP! Wednesday #8

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 isaiah 46:4
pinned to Text & Paper

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 diy fabric canvases
pinned to Shiloh Cate

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tulle skirt
pinned to Very Tara

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footprint vehicles
pinned to Elisha Lowell

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southern grammar
pinned to Funnies

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patterned hair clips
pinned to Shiloh Cate

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upcycled drawer shelf/hanger
pinned to DIY: Musts

 

Hope you’re all having a great week thus far! I’ve been down with a summer cold and the combination of benadryl, lack of sleep, and persistent sneezing have left me with almost no energy, which is not a good thing at all seeing that my family is leaving for our family vacation to Gatlinburg on FRIDAY! (I still have enough energy to be excited about that.) So far I’ve managed to catch up on laundry and pack most of our clothes, shoes, and the like. If any of you have any tips about packing/traveling with a 9-month-old, please feel free to leave them. I know this isn’t my second rodeo traveling with a baby but for some reason I’m feeling more overwhelmed at the thought of traveling with one this go around. Maybe because I have a 2-year-old in tow as well. Or maybe because she doesn’t travel well. Or because I have to pack half the kitchen pantry and bathroom in order for the four of us to make it over the weekend.

 

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OHP! Wednesday #7

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newspaper flower frame
pinned to DIY: Musts

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copycat zax sauce
pinned to Recipe Possibilities

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temporary “tattoo” for children on outtings
pinned to Life with Two

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tank button-up dress
pinned to Refashion

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baby portrait
pinned to Photography

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indoor mailbox
pinned to Hackberry Circle

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sophie look-a-like
pinned to Funnies

 

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