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Month: April 2018

Nifty Gifties: Mother’s Day Edition

Nifty Gifties: Mother’s Day Edition

Today’s post features some of our favorite gifts to make for Mother’s Day! What’s our mom’s favorite? Although she likes most of our creations, she especially loves the stamped dish towels from our Nifty Gifties series! She says she can ALWAYS use more dish towels, especially cute ones! 🙂 What would the moms in your life appreciate? Click the titles or photos for each project to see step by step instructions!


Magnets from Vintage Bling

We LOVE vintage bling! This project is a great way to show off old jewelry or buttons that might otherwise sit in the craft stash. Thrift stores and garage sales are great places to look for low-cost costume jewelry. If you don’t have vintage buttons, you can find fun retro styles at the craft store!




Stamped Dish Towels

Here’s our mom’s favorite nifty gifty! This is an easy stamping project that is super customizable! If you want to make your own stamp, check out the Funny Bunny Scarf tutorial (here) for step by step instructions!




Statement Necklace DIY

Who doesn’t love a new statement necklace for spring?! This project features beading supplies that are easy to find at the craft store. You may, however, get a little over-inspired by the bead choices available! That’s ok- you can always make one for Mom AND one for you!




Stamped Tote Bag

These pictures are making me want to dream up some fun tote or beach bags for spring! As with all of our stamping projects, the options for customization are endless! This process also works really well on T-shirts, so check out our Stamped T’s post (here) !



Leafy Green Earrings

Here’s another fun way to DIY some spring accessories! You can make the earrings small or larger, bright or subtle, depending on the beads you use! You could even use small buttons, rhinestones, pom poms, and more!



With all this crafting going on, you may as well make something special for both you AND your mom! Or make something WITH Mom! Have fun, Partners in Craft!

Stamped T’s and Spring Adventures

Stamped T’s and Spring Adventures

Stamping T-shirts has officially become an obsession around here. We featured T-shirts and onesies for the little guys last time, but today’s post is all about the “big kids”! Lindee and I are always imagining new paint and stamp combinations to try. Lately, I have been really loving retro fruit patterns! In this post, I style my fruity T’s as I head out on some spring adventures!

Let’s start with the supplies I used to stamp the shirts! I will buy fruit-shaped foam stamps whenever I find them, but I also make my own. The citrus slice and cherry stamp are my own creations! Check out my Funny Bunny Scarf post (here) to see how to make your own stamp. The cherry stamp was one of the easiest to make, since it consists of two small circles. After painting, I draw on stems with a fabric pen.




For step-by-step instructions on stamping the shirts, check out last week’s tutorial (here) on stamped tops for babies and kids! Here are three finished shirts I painted for myself, each featuring a different fruit stamp! First up is the citrus slice!





Next, it’s strawberry time!




And lastly, here are the little cherries stamped over a striped shirt. I used a green fabric pen to draw on the stems.




I wore my stamped shirts during a week of gorgeous spring weather! The citrus shirt accompanied me on a cheese-shopping mission with Cute Hubby. We enjoyed the super views and yummy samples (here) at Bohemian Creamery! Despite the helpful samples, it took us a while to make our cheesy choice!




Our local favorite, Andy’s Market, was the perfect spot to pick out fruits and veggies to coordinate with my shirt! Spring = Yum!















I took my cherry T on an evening walk. New green leaves and spring flowers were everywhere!





















I love my fruit T’s, but I am already thinking of new stamping combinations to try… Stay tuned for more ideas soon! Hope you get inspired to try your own!



Bug Crazy: Stamped T’s for Kids and Babies

Bug Crazy: Stamped T’s for Kids and Babies

Spring birthday parties and baby showers are the perfect excuse for crafting fun gifts for the little guys! Today’s project focuses on one of our favorite techniques- fabric stamping! Lindee and I love this kind of project because it’s so customizable! We love stamping dish towels (see that tutorial here) as well as accessories (check out my Funny Bunny scarf)! T-shirts maybe my favorite things to stamp, though, because you can create looks you can’t find in stores! I think the little guys will love some personalized duds, so let’s get started!

Before any painting could happen, I washed, dried, and sometimes ironed the clothes. (You don’t want the fabric shrinking under your beautiful, non-shrinking paint job!) You also don’t want paint to bleed from the front of the shirt onto the back. One way to prevent that is by inserting a liner of paper or other flat material inside the shirt. I have used big cut-outs from paper bags for large shirts. I have also used sheets of wax paper when I anticipated using a lot of wet paint. For my project today, I used pieces of scratch paper cut to fit into the body and sleeves of the shirts.

That done, I got out my fabric paint, paint brushes, paper plate palette, and collection of foam stamps. I’m going with a bug theme this time! You can find a cute set of similar stamps from Amazon (here)! I bought the stamps for this project, but you can check out my Funny Bunny scarf tutorial (here) to see instructions for making your own stamp!

I started by doing a test run with the caterpillar stamp. On my palette, I mixed paint colors until I got the yellowish-green color I wanted. Next, I painted the stamp with paint. I practiced stamping several times onto scratch paper.

I prepped my work surface (in this case, my kitchen floor!) with a drop cloth made from a plastic shower curtain. I had already lined the baby onesie with paper, and I now placed it on several pieces of paper towel. Using the same method I had used on the scratch paper, I began stamping the onesie. I tried to space the caterpillars evenly but also somewhat randomly. The paper towels caught extra paint from caterpillars that were “crawling” on and off the sides of the onesie!

I used this method with other stamps and paint colors to embellish more onesies! So cute!

For the big kids, I stamped some shirts with only one kind of bug and stamped others with a mix of bugs and colors!

The painting and stamping took a while (especially on the multi-bug shirts), but I love the patterns and colors! I hope the kids go bug crazy for them! 🙂

Vintage a la Thrift Store: Going Dotty

Vintage a la Thrift Store: Going Dotty

This vintage-inspired outfit was a creative challenge! To start with, most of the pieces were bought at different times from Goodwill. On top of that, only a few items were actually vintage! The crazy dots, vintage styles, and preppy white detailing caught my eye from the thrift store racks. Those details inevitably tied the very different pieces together into a vintage-inspired outfit, just in time for Easter brunch!




The serendipitous Goodwill finds include a Target brand skirt, a dotted tank from the 1990’s, and a blazer from Banana Republic (bought with the tags still on! Yay!)




The only thing I bought new were my shoes, a great find at the Clark’s outlet. (I love their vintage look and color!) The real vintage accessories included a scarf from the fabulous Heather and earrings from Goodwill. These accessories helped pull the whole look together.









My dotty outfit illustrates some of my favorite Goodwill shopping philosophies! Firstly, focus on your favorite patterns and colors. This will help you zero in on coordinating items, even if you don’t buy them at the same time. Dots are one of my new favorite patterns, while dark red is always on my list! Secondly, look for non-vintage items with vintage styling. Newer garments can be more durable and wearable than actual vintage pieces, but can still have vintage styling. Thirdly, you can never have too many vintage accessories! You never know when one scarf or piece of jewelry will pull a whole outfit together! 🙂