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Wednesday, March 25, 2015

DIY Hearth for a Wood Burning Stove

This winter we had a wonderful addition to our house. We added a wood burning stove and hearth.  My husband is so talented that he built it himself.  My brother in law helped with the stone wall and I helped with the layout on the stone wall.

I love how it turned out and the wood burning stove was amazing this winter and spring!

Building up the stone wall.

Completed hearth before stove installation.

It is so pretty! Love how the slate tile turned out.

And because we have little ones- a hearth gate to protect from the stove.

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Tuesday, March 17, 2015

Matching Christmas Dresses

For Christmas last year I wanted to make my little girl and my niece some cute Christmas dresses that match.  I used this pattern from Simplicity. I was happy with how they turned out, but little girl's dress was a little too big!

I kept the pattern because it has several different options for the collar, hemline, and sleeves. It was a pretty simple pattern to make, so I am sure I will make it again.

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Friday, March 6, 2015

Owl Themed First Birthday Party

For the twins' first birthday I chose an owl theme. It was a lot of work, but so fun to put together.  I just wanted to share some of the things that I made!

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It was a beautiful day to celebrate these beautiful babies!

My sister made my invitations!

My Mom made this awesome fruit owl. This was her inspiration pic.

Birthday Banners!

I made these cakes for them! I used the tutorial found on Joyfully Home

They were a lot of work, but so so cute!!

Celebrating Baby Boy's First year!

Celebrating Baby Girl's First year!

First Birthday Cupcakes

Nom nom nom

We love cupcakes!

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Thursday, February 19, 2015

Homemade Twin Care Bear Costumes!!

For the twins first Halloween I decided to keep on with the Care Bear Theme and do Care Bear Costumes!! I used this Simplicity Pattern and altered it to have a tummy patch with felt on it.  I also added the tuft of hair on top of their heads and a tail to complete the look!

Little Miss was Cheer Bear and I made her a 6 month size and for Little Mister I made a 12 month size Bedtime Bear.  It was fun making the costumes and we had such a good time at the Halloween Festivals we went to!

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Thursday, January 29, 2015

A Vintage Spring Table Runner

A Vintage Spring Table Runner
 I am so excited to share a project with you today!!

This spring I decided to make a table runner. I wanted it to be bright and cheery so that it would make me happy every time I saw it. I had a bunch of vintage floral fabrics that belonged to my grandmother. I mixed in one fabric that I had purchased at Wal-Mart. 
Do you want to make your own spring table runner? Here is how I did it!

You will need:
5-6 different coordinating floral fabrics, a fat quarter is plenty of each
(I chose mainly greens and blues with a pop of pink) 
Rotary Cutter
Basting Spray
Batting (at least 13 1/2" X 40 1/2")
Fabric for backing (I made mine 13 1/2" X 40 1/2")
Fabric for binding or bias tape (about 3 yards length)

How To:
Cut out strips of the fabrics in a variety of 1", 2", and 3" by 13 1/2" long.

I chose to keep my accent strips (the pink) all 1" strips.

Arrange strips in an order that you like. I tried to get mine to be about 40" total, but the length can vary.

Sew each piece to the adjacent, right sides together. Press seams after sewing.

Once the top is done cut the batting and backing to be a little bit larger than the top.

Using basting spray stack the backing, the batting and the top.

Quilt along seams in contrasting thread color. 

When it comes to adding the binding I still have to check back with a tutorial I found a long time ago. It explains making bias tape and binding the quilt a lot better than I ever could!

Here is the link- How To Bind a Quilt

The video shows how to hand sew it to the back, but I usually just sew it on with coordinating thread on the machine.

And then you are done! Enjoy Your new table runner!!

 What the binding looks like on the back.

 Larger view of the back.

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