Made Today: Crochet Baby Crowns

Hello Makers! Happy March :)

Today I heard on the radio that March is National Craft Month – Pretty exciting! So, I had a little time on my hands and cranked out something special.

Recently, a dear friend of mine gave birth to her first child. She requested a little something special for her lovely new princess – And here’s what I made!

InfantCrown

Using the tutorial from Little Rays of Sunshine, I adjusted the center peak to be triple crochets instead of double to give it a little more height. I hope the little lady loves it! Happy Making :) 

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Lia’s Summer Finds

Every year, usually in March, when the snow finally has completely melted and the sun’s rays filter through the clouds, you can find me in flip flops without my coat, and picking out what bathing suits I should buy. Keep in mind, in New Jersey in March, it is still about 40-something degrees and it’s more likely than not we’ll get another flurry or two.  So then, I have to pull my coat back out of the basement and polish up my boots because I’ll get in at least another month of wearing them.

What never fails to surprise me though, is after so many months of waiting for summer and 2 months of delicious heat, why on earth are they showing khakis and thermals at the end of July?!

This makes me want to lash out at the media and marketing companies- don’t they REALIZE how frustrating it is for people like myself who are finally just getting into the slow summer rhythm to go shopping for a pair of short shorts and are instead overwhelmed with sweaters? I like to go shopping for summer clothes IN the summer. And I like to go shopping for fall (which happens to be my favorite season) IN the fall.

In an attempt to fight back this saddening marketing ploy, I will list some GREAT summer finds for those of us who still want to shop for summer during the summer.

This metallic bathing suit handmade by carolinebenoit11, may be a little pricey for my pocket (because I’m a poor graduate student), but it’s PERFECT for a warm summer night. One pieces are very in this season and I love LOVE the one shoulder.

(gold one piece bathing suit | link)

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Oh how I wish I had a little girl to dress her in this! CharmingNecessities is one of my favorite shops on Etsy. I love frills, lace, floral patterns, and little girls outfits that look like they’re made for little girls. If you need a gift for your child, your friend’s child, your grandchild… look at this sweet bubble romper. This picture alone will melt your heart!

(vintage beauty sunsuit in English rose | link)

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Ahoy there! This tiny keepsake bag made my ZiBagz is ADORABLE with a nautical color palate that I love. Again, the nautical theme is very in this season and I love the red and navy blue together :)

(ahoy sailor mini keepsake bag | link)

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And last but not least, this is for the little man in your life! This cute, fully lined swimming trunk made by PigtailsandPatches pulled at my heartstrings. With another few months of warm weather, I could just imagine this bathing suit getting tons of use. I love the plaid! (and the fish!) And the best part? Everything in this shop can be personalized. I am a sucker for personalized, embroidered, initialed items because growing up the unique spelling of my name could never be found on bracelets, cups, or keychains. My poor future children are going to have their name on everything!

(little fish boys | link)

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On that note, I hope all you happy readers are having a wonderful summer and enjoy the rest of the warm weather while you can!

-Lia

ReUse: Sweater into Mittens

It’s no secret that crafters love to reuse materials from everyday items to bring a creation to life. Repurposing outdated, torn, or just plain blah clothing into new, usable items is a great way to live a little greener and save a few dollars on supplies.

Recently, I saw a simple step-by-step on the Etsy blog, The Storque on how to use an old sweater to make new mittens. [LINK!]

(image from The Storque)

I have the pleasure of babysitting my niece after school on weekdays and she is the most crafty Kindergartener in the world. She loves to make things with Aunt Jessie and Aunt Jessie loves to chance to teach her something new.

Last week we decided it was time to do some sewing. Kay*, my niece, chose the decorations and helped with the tracing. Aunt Jessie did the cutting and sewing. I dug through my clothes and found a sweater that had been sitting unloved at the bottom of a pile. I wish I would have taken a before photo, but here are the results!

Her mittens – Buttons and lace were the decorations of the day!

My mittens!

 

You’ll be seeing more of this grey (gray?) sweater soon, makers! I was able to do a little more scavenging with the remaining material. So far, I’d say this sweater has already had a great second life!

 

We’d love to see your repurposing projects! Post in the comments section :)

Print: Cupcake Sweeties Valentines

I love cupcakes. I love Valentine’s Day. I love sharing.

Three reasons I hope you love the lil’ printable I have for you today, makers!

All around the internet you can find free printable paper Valentines to hand out to your loved ones. Just to give you one more option, I’ve put together a printable sheet with three different cupcake designs. CLICK!

When you print, I suggest going with “borderless” and keeping the size the same. Just cut them out and pass them along!

Happy Valentine’s Day!


Make: Valentine’s Day Mailbox

Love is in the air, my fellow makers! Valentine’s Day is coming fast and today we have for you a neat little printable/tutorial/how to! What’s cuter on Valentine’s Day than a little bitty mailbox, all dolled-up and ready to stuff with lace hearts and chocolate? Here we go!

First, you’ll need to gather your supplies.

* Pick your favorite hole punch. I have a star :)

* Tacky Glue or some similar fast-drying craft glue

* Your most trusted pair of scissors

* A bone folder. If you don’t have one of these – GET ONE. For anyone who enjoys paper crafts, a bone folder will most definitely be the best investment you’ve ever made. Life + Bone Folder = Better.

* A ruler or another straight edge. I don’t need to take a picture of that, right? Right?! K.

* One plain sheet of 8 1/2 x 11 inch cardstock

* One patterned sheet of 8 1/2 x 11 cardstock – I chose a sheet of scrapbook paper and then cut it to size.

* You’ll also need this template I’ve put together – ValentinesMailbox– Be sure not to adjust any of the sizing. You’ll want this to print at 100%. You’ll be printing this on the REVERSE side of your cardstock.

Now that we have all of our tools in order, let’s begin.

Before you cut out any of your template pieces, take your bone folder and your straight edge and score lines where the template tells you do. Scoring before cutting out the pieces is just a little way to make your life easier.

Next, go ahead and cut out all of your template pieces. For this template, just cut out anything that’s pink. You’ll have FIVE pieces. The mailbox door, back, base, outer shell, and flag. Fold along all of your pre-scored lines.

Take note that since we’ve printed this on the REVERSE side of your cardstock, you’ll be folding IN. You want all pink template pieces to be inside the mailbox.

Grab your hole punch and, well, punch! The little dot on the mailbox door is a perfect place to cut out a cute little shape.

Let’s start gluing. The mailbox door and back need to be glued to the base. Remember to keep all of your pink template pieces together. The lines you scored earlier provide you with little tabs for attaching everything. I’ve glued the door and back on top of the base – this way, the bottom will be nice and flat when you’re finished.

Now here’s where it gets a little tricky. Take the outer skin and make sure all of your tabs are folded in. Have the five little tabs facing the BACK of the mailbox. Glue one of the long bottom tabs to the base of the mailbox. Again, you’ll want to glue the tab on top of the base so your bottom stays flat.

Wait a little bit for your glue to dry before moving on to the next step. Once that first bottom tab is secure, bring the outer shell around so that you have, well, a mailbox. Carefully line up the bottom tab on the opposite side and glue it down. Take it slow and be sure to line up all of your edges.

Woo! We’re almost done! Remember those little tabs on the back? Add a little dab of glue to each and CAREFULLY attach them to the back of the mailbox. This will be a little tricky. I suggest gluing the two bottom tabs first, the two middle tabs next, and the top center tab last.

If all goes according to plan, you should now have a little mailbox sitting in front of you and an accomplished feeling in your heart. If you’re anything like me, you’ll want to trim the back and door a little bit to make everything perfect. I’m sure there’s a scientific, mathematical way to formulate these template pieces so that everything lines up perfectly, but I haven’t found it. This template came together through trial and a lot of error. So yeah, the back and door need a tiny bit of trimming.

Lastly, attach your little mailbox flag and… TA DA!! Your Valentine’s Day Mailbox is all ready and set to decorate ’til your heart’s content!

With a little bit of patterned tape, some stamps and a few buttons, here is my completed mailbox. I hope you’ve enjoyed this little tutorial, and PLEASE – if you make one of these mailboxes, we’d love to see it!

Happy Valentine’s Day, makers!

Enjoy!

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