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Tomato Cage Christmas Topiary Trees

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I just have to share this idea with you! It’s too good not to! I originally saw these tomato cage trees on Pinterest and since I had all the materials, I knew I was going to try making them. I wasn’t quite sure how they would turn out so I didn’t take enough pictures for a tutorial with pictures, but I will give you a great link to a tutorial in case you want to try making them yourself. Topiary trees at the store can be pricey! I love the look but not the cost. I had tomato cages left from my garden and I love repurposing items so I knew this was a project for me. You just need a few basic items……

What you need;
Tomato cages
Strands of garland
Ribbon, lights, bows, decorations of your choice
Duct tape

How to make them;
I wanted to put my trees in flower pots to give them more height, but they will stand alone if you leave the largest ring in tact. Decide if you want them to stand alone or go into a flower pot. If they are going in a flower pot then remove the largest ring from the tomato cage and that is now the bottom of your tree. Stake the bottom into your flower pot and secure on the inside of the flower pot with duct tape. If they aren’t going in a flower pot then start here. Next, duct tape the top of the tree together to form one point (this is formerly the bottom of the tomato cage when used in a garden). Start wrapping the cage from top to bottom with garland. I used a mix of wired garland and soft pre-lit garland (not sure of it’s technical name but there’s no wire running through it). I used one strand of each. Once the tree is starting to take form and completely wrapped in garland, wrap it in lights and adjust any bare spots. Next decorate the tree how you wish. I used a big poinsetta flower on top of each tree and I wrapped each tree in a wide ribbon and used a different ribbon to cascade down the tree. Duct tape any loose ribbon or secure anything that could blow away. Lastly I added a few shiny ornaments and voila here’s my FREE Tomato Cage Christmas Topiary Tree!

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Here’s a look at both of them next to my front door. Simple, yet elegant and my favorite part, FREE!!!!

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Here’s another blog with a great tutorial with step by step pictures.
http://www.twotwentyone.net/2014/11/tiered-tomato-cage-christmas-trees/

Simply Elegant Wisteria Nursery

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Since I’m on “unofficial” bedrest to prevent our baby girl from arriving too early, I thought it would be the perfect time to post her nursery on the blog!

A mixture of new & old, along with bargain finds & handmade items make up a simple, yet elegant nursery fit for a princess! A big shout out to my sister, Nicole, who made the bedding, a pillow & the beautiful chevron blanket you will see hanging in her nursery. She is very talented & I’m so happy to have some of her handmade work in our daugther’s room. She hand embroidered our son’s name for his nursery & she’s made more beautiful creations for our baby girl!

Entering the nursery, here is the view.
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The rocking chair & ottoman are both from Target. I got a great deal on the ottoman (check out my ways to save $ at Target post) & the chair was only $99.
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I bought all of the fabric for the nursery from fabric.com & made the cornice box myself (a “how to” post coming soon on that). The sheer curtains I had saved from our spare bedroom & the little basket under the window was a 50% off Hobby Lobby find. I got the idea for hanging blankets in the nursery from Pinterest & used a curtain rod I already had. It beautifully showcases the chevron blanket Nicole made & the beautiful white blanket great grandma Susan made. The shelf above is a simple floating shelf that was on sale at Target & it will showcase special items.
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The crib & changing table were in my son’s nursery & we knew we wanted to re-use them. After spending nearly $200 on his bedding set & not using half of it, I asked my sister if she would make the bedding & luckily she agreed. The bed skirt is wisteria print & I immedietly fell in love with the pattern. That fabric set the tone of the entire room. We used this tutorial to make the crib skirt http://www.viewalongtheway.com/2012/04/silliest-little-adjustable-crib-skirt-tutorial-on-the-web/. It’s held up by push pins and as the crib level adjusts, I can adjust the skirt without it bunching up at the bottom. Nicole had an idea for the crib rail so no tutuorial was needed, but I’m sure there are many online if you need one. I love the grey ribbon holding it on the crib, it gives it a more elegant look. Above the crib are ceiling medallions that I got on clearance at Lowes for $4 a piece. Painted yellow to match the theme & a round mirror glued in the middle make them gorgeous mirrors. The geometric pattern on two of the medallions matches the pattern on the ottoman & the pattern on the middle medallion matches the wisteria print on the bed skirt & cornice box. Above the changing table is an open frame with our daugther’s initials. The frame was in my parents garage, I totally lucked out by finding it because I had been looking & hadn’t found anything I liked that was a reasonable price. FREE is pretty reasonable to me šŸ˜‰ It was brown & old so it took some sanding & a few coats of paint, but now in white it’s exactly what I wanted. The monogram came from an Etsy store https://www.etsy.com/shop/woodenletters. I ordered the 20 inch monogram & it was only $23! Painted grey so it would really stick out against the lilac walls & white frame, it really makes a statement when you enter the room.
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The bows & books wall was inspired by Pinterest. My girlfriend April (thanks April) brought me back the bookshelves from Ikea which are actually spice racks. All 4 cost just under $20. They come unfinished, so you can paint them any color you’d like. I thought white would look best to tie in with the rest of the furniture. The nursery is small, it’s the smallest room in our house so we needed space saving options & these spice racks worked perfect. Above the bookshelves is a beautiful bow display. I had this metal piece in our spare bedroom at one time & kept it, hoping to use it again. Painted the same grey as the monogram, it works perfect for bows & headbands & looks very pretty too!
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I wanted a simple but elegant nursery for our baby girl, Maci. I didn’t go with a “theme” this time because I wanted to add things I liked as I found them. Putting the nursery together this way worked out best for me because it saved me money by re-using a lot of items I already had, giving me flexibility in colors, designs, etc & allowing me to find items on sale & making them work for me!

Now we are just waiting on our princess to arrive!

Recycle Wreath

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With a baby on the way and two kids bedrooms to furnish and decorate, I have been looking for recycle projects around the house. I had recently made a 4th of July wreath with some sale items and a wreath form that I already had, but with the 4th over I needed a new wreath for my front door. After digging through my craft cabinet, I found a torn apart wreath I had made last spring, some burlap and my hot glue gun. All free items! Yay! I glued the flowers back on the wreath and the house numbers. I cut a strip of burlap and tied a bow, attached it with gobs of hot glue and voila!Ā  I have a new/old but most importantly FREE wreath for my front door for the remainder of the summer. I encourage you to recycle items around your house and either make them new again or repurpose them. I will be doing this a lot with the kids bedrooms….more about that soon!

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Easy DIY Burp Cloths

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I really enjoy making gifts for people, it’s meaningful and I enjoy making things. Many of my friends are having babies over the next few months and I decided toĀ teach myself Ā how to make burp cloths. The ones you buy at the store are tiny, thin and in my opinion worthless, not to mention they can be expensive! When I had my son, I was given many cloth diaper burp cloths that people had made and I ended up buying a whole package of cloth diapers to use as extra burp cloths. They are large, wide and super absorbent. This is a practical item that everyone uses and I must admit, they were pretty easy to make. Here’s how……

First, buy a pack of cloth diapers. There are many varieties, I bought these because they were on sale. Next buy fabric, the amount you need depends on how many you are making and how wide the middle of your cloth diaper is.

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Next, measure the middle of your cloth diaper and cut your fabric about an inch wider than the middle of the diaper. You need to be able to fold the sides over for a clean edge. Fold the extra fabric over on each side and iron it flat. As you can see it’s not perfect, but sides will be flat.

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After you have ironed down the sides, turn it over and pin it to the middle of the diaper, lining up the edges the best you can. My fabric was exactly the length of my diaper so I didn’t have to fold the top or bottom edge, but if your fabric is longer, you may need to fold the top and bottom edge as well.

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Now you are ready to sew, it took me a few tries on adjusting the tension and I used a straight stitch. Try to sew in a straight line.

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I ended up removing the pins because they were in my way, however the fabric does tend to move if it’s not pinned down so that should be your preference. Once you get to a corner, turn the fabric with the needle down and continue sewing so you get one continuous stitch.

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Once you are done, iron the whole burp cloth so it will fold neatly. I also made one with a piece of ribbon along the bottom. Exact same concept. Cut the ribbon to the length of the cloth diaper with a little over on each edge so you can fold the ends down and iron flat. Pin into place and sewĀ all the way around in one continuousĀ sitch with the needle down when turning the fabric.

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Here they are all done. Super cute, huh? These three took me less than an hour to make, next time it will go even faster now that I know what I’m doing. Look for cloth diapers on sale and stock up to make cute and practical gifts for those mom’s to be! Oh and if you are a mom to be, guess you know what you will be getting from me šŸ™‚

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Infinity Scarf – DIY

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I can’t resist a sale, especially something on clearance so my craft cabinet is full of fabric that I got for next to nothing. Some are odd shapes and sizes, but I just can’t resist buying them. Finding something to do with themĀ can be aĀ challenge. I can barely close the drawer that holds all of my fabric so I decided to start using it. What better time than now, right? I found this piece of houndstooth fabric that was 10″ wide x 52″ long, perfect for making a scarf! I still consider myself a “beginner” in the sewing department, my specialty is pillows and aprons, but I bought myself a new, fancier sewing machine and I want to put it to use trying new things and crossing my fingers that they turn out. This project took me less than 15 minutes to make and while it’s not perfect, for my first infinity scarf, I’m happy with the results! If I can make this, then so can you!

First you want to measure your fabric, I used a cotton fabric, I suggest something that will stretch or you can manipulate easily. You want to be able to wrap it around your neck, you don’t want it stiff. I had a piece that was 10″x52″ but I’d prefer my next scarf to be a little longer and thicker so I suggest these measurements 12″x60″ but you could make it as long or as thick as you’d like. Once you’ve measured and cut your fabric, fold it in half with the patterned sides facing each other, and pin along the edge that you will sew.

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After you’ve pinned all the way down it’s time to start sewing. I used a zig-zag stitch so it would be stronger than just a straight stitch. You’ll be pulling on this and you don’t want it unraveling.

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Sew all the way down the long edge of the scarf and stop, next you need to pull half of the scarf through the tube you’ve created so you can sew the short end. The outside you want to be the back of the fabric, the inside pulled through the tubeĀ to show theĀ patterned sideĀ of the fabric. In the picture you can see a little bit of the inside fabric peeking through. Line up the seam and the edges and sew about 3/4 of the way across sewing over the seam from the long edge and leaving an opening at the other end to pull the fabric through.

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This is the part that took me the longest, pulling the fabric through theĀ opening you left. Once you have all the fabric pattern side out, it’s time to hand stitch the opening. Don’t forget to knot the end of your thread! I don’t know the technical terms for stitching, but my sister taught me a way to hand stitch where the seams don’t show. Maybe I’ll have her do a tutorial on that since she’d be much better at explaining it than me, but for now, do your best at stitching it as neatly as you can.

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Once the hole is closed, iron out any wrinkles if necessary and it’s ready to wear. Wear it long, or my favorite way is to double it.

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