Category Archives : DIY

Valentine’s Day Crafts 3

Valentine’s Day was a great excuse to make some cute things I’ve seen on Pinterest lately. First, I’ve been wanting to make burlap banners for the different holidays since seeing this on Etsy.

After almost buying this one for Christmas, I decided I should just buy the burlap and make my own, because purchasing different banners for each holiday could get pricy. I found you can get 2 yards of burlap at Walmart for under $7, which is much more affordable. I also purchased an alphabet stencil (3.5 inch letters) at Michael’s Craft store, and a new red Sharpie to complete the project. 
My inspiration:
I loosely followed this tutorial found on Pinterest. After cutting the six triangles (6 x 8) I folded the top over and made a small edge. I then learned how to sew the edge over on a sewing machine (thank you EDS and your very helpful mother!). I then strung the hemp through the top of each triangle to hang the banner. Looking back, it would have probably been easier to pin the hemp and sew it directly onto the burlap (as seen in the tutorial), rather than stringing it through. 

Here is the finished project: 

I think it turned out pretty cute and I look forward to making a new banner for the next holiday, which will probably be AJH’s second birthday party! I would like to get a darker tan burlap next time, but it was sold out both Walmart’s I visited so I settled on the white this time.

Speaking of AJH, she did her first watercolor painting this weekend, which was lots of fun.

I wanted her to have something special to wear on Valentine’s Day, but didn’t want to do what I do every year and buy a shirt from Old Navy. After seeing this tutorial on Pinterest, I decided to give it a whirl because I love the vintage look. I bought paper heart doilies at Walmart for $1.88, a white tee shirt from Walmart for $3, and some Martha Stewart Fabric paint for $2.99 at Michael’s Craft store. 
Thankfully I used one of AJH’s old pink shirts for the first time go round since it didn’t work very well.  The above tutorial says to roll the doily in paint and then press it onto the shirt, though when I tried that technique, none of the paint stuck. I then had to use this solution to remove the white splotches and start over. Next, I tried this tutorial and it worked a lot better! 
Here are the finished products:

You can see some of the white splotches on the first shirt, along with the leftover residue from my rubbing alcohol/hand sanitizer solution! The second shirt turned out much better!

This week, AJH also enjoyed this pipe cleaner/strainer activity I found on Pinterest, reading with daddy and in her chair, sporting her first ever pigtails and her “I COOL” Barbie sunglasses!

Did you make any Valentine’s Day crafts? 
If so, leave a comment with your blog so we can check them out!

Table Top ideas 4

After years of nagging my husband about using a coaster on our black table, in a really nasty karmic twist of fate, I was the one that ended up leaving  this big, ugly ring.

I did it after placing a hot bowl of oatmeal on the top without using a place mat. (That’s what I get for eating oatmeal.) I tried every Internet remedy I could find, including rubbing it with toothpaste and mayonnaise, to no avail. Because I am too lazy to sand and re-finish the whole table, I have been covering it with a table cloth ever since. It wasn’t until scouring Pinterest (it really is changing my life) that I got the idea to just re-do the top of the table, which will be much easier to sand or paint.

I need some advice on which project to tackle.

Here are some of my ideas:

A zinc-top table

A poem-topped table (how COOL?)

A modge-podge wallpaper table-top

Numbers or other stencils

A chalk board table top

A map table top

I think I am leaning toward the last idea, but using a really cool, vintage map of Virginia with Ben, and my hometown’s labeled, along with other fun places we’ve lived and visited. I think it would be a neat learning tool for AJH, too! 

What do you guys think?