A friend has a BBQ party for the 4th of July every year. This year I am making the decorations; simple, patriotic, and fun is on my agenda. To start we need a Tablecloth. Of course I wanted red, white and blue for the colors and you can never go wrong with bandanas. The 4th of July Bandana Tablecloth Tutorial is born.
Save your scraps from the table cloth and I will show you how to make a door decoration Base on Wednesday and Stars on Friday.
I have just become acquainted with bowl covers. I LOVE THEM! You can even put your plastic wrap over the bowl and then the cover and everything stays in place. A friend bought a pair from a home-goods store and I immediately thought I can make those. When she told me what she paid for them I knew I could make them for way less. I will say hers had extra ruffles and special frills that I’m sure made the cost more acceptable but I like simple so here you go.
1 fat quarter – For a large bowl You will have some left over. A fat quarter should also work for a large salad bowl.
Elastic – I used 1/4″ elastic for both small and large bowls.
Marking Utensil – (chalk, pencil, marker)
Basic sewing supplies
Position Bowl open side down on the wrong side of the fabric. Leave a 2 to 3 inch gap along the edges.
Trace the bowl and add an inch or 2 to the outer circle.
Small Bowl trace edge the same way. Depending on how much ruffle you want on the edges depends on how much space you add to the edges. I chose 1″.
Draw a second line by marking .5″ on your marking tool and follow the first line. Then do the same thing again with the outer line.
As you can see the extra spacing is 1″. Cut along the outer line and line up your elastic along the middle line.
Trim the edges with pinking sheers
Measure the elastic by stretching it around the bowl. You want to stretch a bit or subtract an inch to add extra snugness to the final product. Stitch the ends to make a circle.
Stitch the elastic in a loop. Do not twist the elastic. Mark the fabric round and the elastic in 8ths. Fold each in half and mark the points then in half again and mark those points. Find the center of each of those points and mark it or pin it. For a more detailed example click here.
Pin the elastic matching up the 8th points in the fabric and elastic. Line up the elastic with the inner line markings.
Stitch the elastic in place using a stretch stitch. (Zig zag, honeycomb etc.) Pull the elastic between the pin points. this will help the puckers evenly space. You will have to go slowly to keep the elastic lined up with the middle line. Stretching both sides of the elastic and fabric helps You may also have to stitch in smaller segments.
Don’t forget to back-stitch.
Ready to go. By stretching the elastic and stitching slowly the fabric bunches with the elastic.
You are ready to go to your next picnic with security and a little flare.
Wishing you Luck, Love, and a Peaceful and Happy Memorial Day!
The Kiddo is growing way to fast. She had 4 growth spurts in the last 6 months. Seriously 4! When you add the fact that she had a birthday last month, finding clothing options we both approve is not easy. I have a hard time giving away clothes that I just got yesterday because they do not fit.
For that reason, when the Kiddo brought me this request, I jumped on it. The conversation was something like this:
Kiddo: “Mom I found a way to keep you from spending more money on my clothes.
Me: OK, let’s do it.
She then described what she wanted and volunteered her favorite t-shirt. (she meant business) She then volunteered to take the pics. (She really wants this shirt) WOW!
Here is the Razor Back T Tutorial
Chalk (a marker works in a pinch)
Cording, ribbon or wire
Cardboard or paper (used to stop cutting through both sides of the t-shirt)
Layout the t-shirt and smooth. You can Iron but it is not necessary.
Draw the Razor Back design.
I free-handed the design but I wish I had used a razor back tank as a template. It really didn’t matter but I think the cuts would be smoother.
Trim the sleeves off under the seam line. You can cut the sleeves in to strips and use them as pony tail holders.
Insert cardboard and cut along the chalk lines. (I use an old pizza box lid wrapped in foil. (It is wrapped in foil because I also used it for the bleach t-shirts.)
This t-shirt was rather long so I cut the bottom 7 inches. Check the t-shirt on the person to see where (how many inches) to cut it off. Then trim any pieces of fabric that are not smooth or even.
Stretch the cut edges by pulling along the length of the cut edges. This causes the fabric to curl in on its self and keeps you from having to sew anything. The edges look like they hem themselves as long as you cut an even/smooth line. If you have any uneven pieces the curl is not as pretty or even.
You could just wear the t-shirt as is, but to add a little detail and structure to the t-shirt I wrapped cording around the back.
Be sure to knot the top and bottom of the wrap well. I knotted the wrap at the beginning, once in the middle and twice in the end to make sire it all stays in place.
You can make the cording wrap as little or as much as you want. I choose to only wrap about an inch to inch and a half because that is all the Kiddo wanted. (I would have added more.) You could also braid multiple colors of cording around the back. Whatever you want works its your shirt.
Just remember that you have to wear a band or layer a tank under the top because it is airy and open.
Today’s Mouthwatering Monday recipe is a Multi Colored Cupcake Recipe. Technically it is not exactly a recipe because I used a boxed cake mix but I promise your guests will love it. Kids are so surprised and pleased when they bite into a cupcake and see the colors inside. Continue reading Multi Colored Cupcake Recipe
The winter is the worst time for dry skin. I feel like I go through tubs of moisturizer in February alone. In Nashville February is the worst month for cold weather. The ice moves in and the town shuts down for a few days. Yes Ice, People tend to make fun of the south because a snow flake falls and immediately the stores are out of milk, eggs, bread, and beer. We don’t have wine in grocery stores here. (yet… that’s another post) The thing is it’s not the snow that makes us freak out. It is the ICE! The ice that causes roads to be slick and people to slide into one another like bumper cars at the fair. The Ice that, last year, caused us to have no power for a week at a time, and the pipes to freeze three times.
I would love to have snow, the light fluffy stuff you can make a snowman with. I haven’t made a real snowman since I was 12. Snow Balls are ice-covered missiles that can give you a concussion. I don’t want the awful snow that the North (hehe – yes The North, I did not say Yankees.) had last year. I don’t know what I would do if I saw that much snow.
Why talk about snow and ice now? Because last week it was 70 degrees outside and this week it is freezing. In a matter of 3 days we went from wearing shorts and t-shirts to full winter garb and it is beginning to sleet. Everyone is sick. It will warm up again after Christmas a little and then freeze.
Now is the time to start intensive moisturizing. This recipe is super simple and you can personalize it however you like.
1 cup Sugar
1/3 cup coconut oil
Food coloring (not necessary)
1/4 cup olive oil (for extra moisture)
Scented oil or extract. I used rose oil and peppermint extract.
Pour the sugar, coconut oil, coloring, and scent into a bowl.
I recommend a color safe bowl. The food coloring can stain. Add a few drops of color and scent to start and add more as needed. The color will intensify and brighten as it absorbs into the oils and sugar.
Mix well with a fork. Your body heat melts the coconut oil when you apply it to your skin. The mix looks dry when mixing.
For a more liquid mix add the olive oil
The scent will change if you add olive oil because the olive oil has its own earthy smell. You will have to adjust the intensity of the scent with trial and error. Always start with less and add more as needed.
Mix well and pour it into the jar.
Add a Label
I am a huge Harry Potter Fan (geek) so I thought I would add a little fun with my labels and I made a Floo Powder label for the dry scrub and a PolyJuice Potion label for the liquid scrub.I then proceeded to add the wrong labels to the jars. My friends will understand. And love me anyway.
I used a ball jar and cut a circle of glitter tape to cover the top of the lid for added detail. (It looks magical.) And used packing tape to secure the label. The Harry Potter theme is also the inspiration for the green coloring.
What are your favorite moisturizer scents and colors?
I love decorating for all Holidays but I do not like storing the decorations. How do I fix that problem? Edible decorations! This centerpiece is simple and the main decoration is chocolate so once the holiday is over the candy is gone. Continue reading Chocolate Candy Centerpiece Tutorial
Every year for many years my friends and I get together on New Years Eve and Celebrate the end of the old and the beginning of the new. This year is going to be a little different. I am not having or going to a New Years Eve party. I am helping to host one though. This year is all about the Kiddo and her friends. With all the loss this year I really do not feel like celebrating, I do feel like laughing and enjoying the joy, fun, and novelty of the Kids first New Years Eve Party. Continue reading New Years Eve Traditions and Free Printable
My favorite thing about Christmas is the special time I get to spend with The Kiddo. We make Hot Cocoa and curl up and watch “Polar Express” together. When she was little, she would sit in my lap and we would pretend that we were on the Polar Express too. I miss those days. (insert wistful mommy sigh) I know that I only have a few more Holidays like this before she is grown up and I plan to hold on for as long as I can.
Check out the Youtube Video below
As many of you know the Kiddo, my family and I have lost some very special people this year and I searched for a way to honor them through the holidays and for years to come. After searching the inter-webs … Pinterest … I found a great option. There are many different versions of the memory ornament from a photograph of the loved one inside the ornament to a tiny scroll letter to heaven. I liked the idea of feathers.