100 Happy Days Challenge

March 26, 2014

100 Happy Days

The other day I saw a link to the 100 Happy Days Challenge on A Beautiful Mess and was instantly intrigued. I tried to put it out of my mind because to be honest I am awesome at starting projects (I might be a project addict) but often I don’t finish them… cue sad/disappointed noise. I couldn’t shake the idea of trying this one though, so I gave in and signed up.

Basically you just take a photo of something that makes you happy happy everyday for 100 days. And of course it has a has tag (#100happydays). Somedays I feel too old for has tags #butIwillgowithit.

29 Patterns: No. 4 Rocking Dalas

March 12, 2014

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Wow has the last week been busy & crazy! I am finally digging out of my mess/to do piles & designing patterns again! Little one has been cutting her last teeth, which is awesome and awful at the same time. Awesome that we are in the home stretch of teething and awful because giant molars ripping through a little toddlers gums = super grumpy kid. Oh well! The sun is shinning today and I am posting this from a cozy red adirondack chair in my backyard so life is good (during nap time at least)!

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After designing a logo for the little one’s preschool I was left with some extra rocking horses (I drew out lots of cute little horses before I settled on a final) that had no home & no purpose so I am turning them into patterns! If you like these sweet little dala rocking horses I put them on my society six page & you can have them adorn your cell phone cover, pillows, clocks, even shower curtains!

Quick Craft: Donut Crayon DIY

March 5, 2014

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This project is another one so easy it almost doesn’t need instructions. This is the last projects I made for my little one’s breakfast themed birthday party, we used them as the party favors for her friends. I found the idea on Apartment Therapy & followed the instructions from the Corner Blog.

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Donut Crayon DIY

  1. Strip the paper off your old crayons. This is the part that took some time. Tip: score your wrappers with an x-acto knife where the wrapper folds over itself and the wrapper will peel off in one piece (9% of the time).
  2. Sort your crayons into color groups.
  3. Preheat your oven to 250 degrees
  4. Break/chop up your crayons into little pieces.
  5. Arrange the crayon bits in your donut pans
  6. Bake for 13 minutes until the tops are smooth
  7. Cool on a baking rack for 15 minutes
  8. Cool in the freezer for 5 minutes & pop your finished crayons out of the pan.

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My favorite parts of this project were chopping up the crayons & finally using up a big pile of crayons that have been sitting in my craft bins since high school…so awhile!

Calligraphy Practice

March 4, 2014

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Remember when I said I wanted to do calligraphy practice for an hour each day ? No? That’s okay I forgot last week too & only practiced for an hour in the whole week. I have to say though, that I am already seeing improvement so maybe this week I will crack down and get back to practicing my calligraphy.

Updated: My 30 Before 30 List

March 3, 2014

It feels like it was just a few months ago that I was turning 29 & making a list of 30 things I wanted to do before I turned 30 (aka my 30 before 30 list). Now here I am just 4 months away!  I looked over my list, something I hadn’t done since Fall, and gave it an update. That is the great thing about setting goals, you make the rules! You can (and should) ditch goals when you outgrow them or they just don’t jive with you anymore. Here is my updated list (with 8 down & 22 to go!):

  • Back a kick starter project DONE…I backed food huggers and I love them!
  • Take a nap outside DONE
  • Design 29 patterns IN PROGRESS …but I need to start hustling to get more done (patterns here)
  • Go to a theater & see a movie DONE…The Grand Budapest Hotel
  • Illustrate my own children’s book (& make a copy for our lil’ one)

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  • Paint a portrait of our lil’ one
  • Finish our family photo album for 2013 DONE
  • And then fInish the darn photo album for 2012 DONE
  • Experience one day where the WHOLE house feels clean
  • Park my car in the garage DONE

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  • Put a piece of gum on the pike place gum wall
  • Go on a mini getaway with the hubby
  • Dress ‘pretty’ for one whole week
  • Reupholster a chair
  • Learn 5 new/awesome kids songs to sing with the little one DONE…thanks to our cooperative preschool that involves a lot of singing!

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  • Get rid of 300 things from my home DONE…and then some! We cleaned like crazy and have donated, sold & recycled probably three times my goal if not more
  • Do a New Year’s Polar Bear Plunge DONE… (details here)
  • Visit a lighthouse DONE
  • Read Little Women (again) DONE… twice
  • Spray paint something DONE… I painted a thrift store cradle for the little one

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  • Start a line a day journal DONE…but remembering to write everyday, not so much
  • Swim in 10 new places (pools, lakes, oceans, etc.) IN PROGRESS…over half way there!
  • Take a self-portrait (that I like)
  • Have a Disney movie marathon of some kind DONE
  • Sew a sleep mask for myself DONE

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  • Sew a doll for my little one
  • Fix up my craft/office space DONE…I finished yesterday officially but I did a sneak peak here
  • Successfully alter a pair of jeans DONE…who knew making flares to skinny jeans was so easy!?
  • Sew myself an apron
  • Update my resume/portfolio

Free March Desktop Wallpaper

February 28, 2014

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Happy last day of February! I decided to get a jump start on next month and get my free March desktop wallpaper done early! Yup, a whole day early! With March comes Spring and I couldn’t be more excited! The weather the last few days has felt like a little preview of Spring here in Seattle. With all of the playing outside & early gardening I was feeling like florals were in order for my new desktop design.

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I took my inspiration from vintage floral bed sheets that I have been hunting down for upcoming Spring & Summer projects. As always I am sharing my desktop for free (yay!) for any and all personal use. You can click here, or the photo above, to download the desktop for free. I hope this free March desktop wallpaper brings a little touch of Spring to your computer work!

Scrap Fabric Garland Tutorial

February 27, 2014

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I love any project that helps lighten my scrap fabric box. So this DIY scrap fabric garland made me especially happy! I made it as a decoration for my little one’s recent birthday but it also makes wonderful nursery decor. After the party was over I hung it above her dresser & now it is adding a fun splash of color to her previously blank wall. I was inspired by this garland, but I changed up the length & density of fabric a bit. I made my own scrap fabric garland tutorial below if you want to make your own like mine.

Scrap Fabric Garland Tutorial

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  1. Measure a length of sturdy ribbon.
  2. Tie loops on each end of the ribbon.
  3. Cut your fabric into 3″ strips of varying lengths between 14″ & 18″.
  4. Fold your fabric strips in half (so they are now 3″ x 9″).
  5. Cut your fringe on each fabric strip by cutting from the bottom (where the fabric is open) & stopping an inch or two from the top (where the fabric is folded)
  6. Place your fabric behind the ribbon you cut earlier. Make a loop with the top of your fabric strip and pull the two fringe sides through it keeping your ribbon in the middle.
  7. Repeat until you have a long, awesome fabric garland.

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I tried both having my ribbon on the ground and hanging up while I tied on the fabric. Having it hanging was easier while I worked so you might want to start that way too. I hope you have fun making some adorable decor using my scrap fabric garland tutorial! If you have any questions leave a comment or a link to your own scrap fabric garland if you make one.

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DIY Pull String Donut Piñata

February 26, 2014

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I feel like since pinterest has come along I have seen more & more homemade piñatas…and not just the usual Papier-mâché-a-balloon kind, but really awesome (better than the kind you buy) piñatas. So of course I was suckered into thinking I should make one.

Since our party was for the toddler crowd (the kind you don’t want to give piñata sticks and blindfolds too) I made mine a pull string style piñata…and since it was a breakfast party I shaped it like a donut! Yay donuts!

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The first part of making the cardboard base was easy & I just followed the steps here and I of course deviated from those plans and left a flap on the bottom where I attached the pull-strings. Then instead of wrapping it in crepe paper I cut up big strips of pre-ruffled/sewn crepe paper I picked up for a few bucks on clearance from the Martha Stewart JCP line.

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I tried to pick goodies for my piñata that weren’t too horrible as far as treats go (so I didn’t stuff it full of candy) but there weren’t any packs of raisins or baby carrots either!

This project probably took me 3-4 hours over a few nights (so it isn’t too time consuming) & but I am not sure how many more DIY piñatas are in my future. I liked the first part, but the crepe paper decorating part was so boring I was pretty over it by the time I was done. However I am SUPER proud I gave this craft a try and actually succeeded in making my own piñata!