I'm sharing a phases of the moon garland made from oven bake clay over at A Beautiful Mess. It's a fun way to add a little more of that hippy vibe to your space (no pun intended) and perfect for your pint-sized space enthusiast's room.
There are literally a million ways you can use oven bake clay to make something cute for your home. It may or may not be my personal mission to see how many other things I can come up with. Head over to A Beautiful Mess for the details and step-by-steps to make your own!
Our 4th of July celebrations are always doubly special because we also celebrate Sebastian's birthday. It's insane to me that we're doing this again already! WE JUST CELEBRATED HIS EIGHTH!
I decorated the dining room the night before because he's always the first one up and I wanted him to start his day with a little ping of excitement, even if no one else was up to share in it! Ruby is our night owl so she colored him a card while I hung the fans and arranged the balloons.
Sugar Confetti Shop so generously sent us some decorations that I picked out from their online shop. I knew I wanted some huge balloons but I had NO IDEA they were THIS BIG! I sent Brett to Party City to get them filled with helium the night before and he almost didn't get them all in the car. I got a text as I was putting Smith down that he didn't think they'd all fit and I thought I was going to have to wake Sebastian up and haul all three sleepy kids into the night in order to squeeze one of the giant balloons into our second car but he finally texted back that he'd figured it out. SUCCESS! I know there's some sort of analogy about square pegs and round holes here...or round balloons and rectangular cars.
Sebastian got some really fun gifts from family members and was especially thrilled about a new bike that doesn't leave him hunched over. It was time to upgrade from the one he got when he was four!
After opening presents and having breakfast, Brett took the big kids to see the movie, Inside Out, and I finished making the cake. I'd done the base layers the night before and wrapped them in saran wrap so no curious early risers would get into them but my birthday boy thought they were brownies for some reason and dug in. It wasn't a total lost cause and who can be mad at the birthday boy for having his own cake? I mixed up a little extra cream cheese frosting and filled that hole with extra love.
It was funny watching Smith dig in. He looked like he still remembered how this worked from his birthday a few months ago. I am glad I remembered to take his shirt off before handing him some cake.
"Can we do this every month, Mom?"
We finished off the afternoon with pizza and S'Mores around a bonfire per Sebastian's request. What really happened was I took Smith on a walk downtown while Brett and the kids made S'Mores and got eaten alive by mosquitos. Toddlers and bonfires aren't my favorite mix right now so we resorted to the trusty divide and conquer method of parenting. We then piled into the car and drove to the top of a downtown car park for a quieter view of the fireworks. We could see them spread out in different neighborhoods all over the horizon and got to avoid a crying baby that doesn't quite understand what's going on. Despite everyone being over tired, full of sugar, and cranky at the end of the night, it was a successful day of celebrating both our country and our son!
Well, there is one less undressed window at our house. Ruby's room has plenty of light all day and is one of my favorite spaces in our current rental but with soft grey walls it needed something more exciting than white cotton curtains. I took care of that with a little paint and a cheap shower curtain liner from IKEA.
Sunday, our lab/weim mix, has had a few different dog beds since we got her four years ago but they usually only last about a year for all kinds of reasons. When she was younger she'd chew holes in them and with each move the stress has led to a few doggy accidents that were hard for those dog beds to recover from. The last bed we bought was brown and ugly and huge and had zippers and layers and was supposed to be the king of dog beds but even that one had it's expiration date.
I decided her next bed would be something I made for her using what I had on hand. I used an outdoor canvas for the outer cover because it needed to be durable but also cute. This one is from either JoAnns or Hancock's from a few years ago. The inner insert is leftover fabric from a sheet set that I cut down to make Smith a fitted crib sheet. It's just regular cotton and could probably be thrown in the wash and hung to dry like you would with a pillow. The outer cover is easy to remove and doesn't look half bad sitting on our dining room floor. When you have a choice, always go for the cuter option, right? Right.
Speaking of cute.
Supplies: Canvas or outdoor fabric measuring about 36" x 50" wide. Cotton fabric measuring about 36" x 50". Your size may need to be larger or smaller depending on the size of your dog. Just be sure that both cuts of fabric are equal and you'll do fine with a different set of measurements. Stuffing or pillow forms. I have also been known to use clothing or towels that we've outgrown or stained beyond repair. It's a great way to repurpose them and save money on stuffing! You'll also need a sewing machine, thread to match your fabric, scissors, straight pins, and 4' of ribbon or binding for the ties.
Step One: Fold your inner fabric in half so that the right sides are facing each other and pin the open sides together with straight pins. Stitch up your open sides but leave an opening on the short end so you can fill it with stuffing. If you stitch up about 5" on the top and bottom of the short end as shown above, it makes it easier to stitch it all shut without messing with corners in the next step.
Step Two: Turn your inner pillow right side out and push out your corners. Then fill it with stuffing until you're happy with the shape and density and pin your opening shut. Carefully stitch along the whole length of the short side about 1/4" from the edge. I had a wrestling match with my machine because I overstuffed the heck out of this pillow so my seam is a bit wonky but it'll be tucked into the pillow cover where it won't be seen. Remove your pins as you stitch or after you're done. Phew! Halfway there.
Step Three: Fold the long edge of your outer canvas fabric down about 1/4" and then another 1/4" and iron flat. This creates a nice, finished hem for your open end. Pin it down and stitch along the inner fold. You can see the selvedge edge (note the the little pinholes) on my inner fold.
Step Four: Next, fold your fabric so that right sides are facing together and stitch up the short and long open edges. DO NOT stitch your hemmed side together. You can then add ribbon ties on equal and opposite sides of your canvas. Simple place one end along the hem on the inside, pin in place, and stitch it down. I used double-fold binding that I stitched up in place of ribbon because it's what I had on hand. Resourcefulness always beats another trip to the fabric store in my book!
Step Five: Turn your pillow right side out and slide the inner pillow inside it.
Tie your ribbon ends to help keep your pillow cover in place and remove as often as it needs washing. Ta-Da! Go see if your furry friend likes it.
The beauty of this kind of project is that you can make the same thing in the same size and use it as a floor pillow for toddler or big kid lounging or adjust the sizes and make it into a decorative cover pillow for your own bed.
I have a feeling I'll have to keep someone else from climbing onto her dog bed all day. Cozy spots are hard to resist!
If you're interested in learning how to sew but have always been a little intimidated by it, Katie Shelton and I have written a sewing eCourse for beginners that teaches you how to sew while you work on projects that start out easy and build with each new skill! Check out our Sew With Us eCourse page for more details and to purchase yours.
I've shared a post over at A Beautiful Mess on a few things I've learned from being a renter for the last 13 years including ways to make the most of what you end up with and getting over your fear of putting holes in the wall!
Head over for the full post and feel free to share your own renter-friendly tips and wisdom!
I have to admit I usually don't think about foam balls for a project material when I'm brainstorming ideas but that's all changed after working with Make It Fun Crafts on this simple DIY. They challenged me to come up with a way to use foam balls that fit my aesthetic and I accepted because I like a good creative challenge. I had been wanting to make something similar to this out of tissue paper but never quite figured out how to get enough tissue paper to work to make it a substantial piece so I traded that out for foam balls and ended up with a really fun wall hanging for my studio.
It's bright, cheerful, and so easy to put together. The hardest part was waiting for the paint to dry! To make your own you'll need a variety of Make It: Fun Foam ball sizes (mine ranged from 1" - 6"), a few different acrylic paints, twine, a dowel rod (mind was about 1" thick and 3' long), paint brushes, a long tapestry needle, and styrofoam cutting tools.
Gather your supplies and arrange your foam balls in the order you like them. I had one 7" ball, three 5" balls, five 3" balls, five 2" balls, and nine 1" balls.
Next, use a paintbrush and paint all of your balls the same size in the same color. I used less than one tube of paint for each of my sets but you may want two tubes each. You'll want to saturate the foam balls as they are quite porous. Leave them overnight to dry.
In order for your larger balls to lay flat on the surface of your wall, you'll want to cut them down. You can cut them in half but I wanted a little more of a 3-D effect so I only painted them about 3/4 of the way and then cut the white part off.
Then use a large tapestry needle to thread your twine through your balls. I pushed the needle through with about 1/2" of space from the flat side so it wouldn't rip out but you could also hot glue your twine in place. Tie a quick knot under each ball where you want it to rest so it doesn't fall once it's hung. It's unlikely that it will but it'll save some frustration in the process of moving it about.
String the rest of your balls and trim the end. Tie them on to your dowel rod and be sure to space them apart evenly. Add another length of twine for your hanger and get it up on your wall.
It's a fun and inexpensive way to add a big statement piece to any room and easy to customize to your favorite colors. Foam balls! Who knew!
What's the last thing you've made out of foam? I'm already thinking of all of the ways to customize a garland using more of those 3" balls!
Hey guys! Life has been full this week with new projects getting started on a few different fronts and I'm excited to share more soon. For now I have an easy DIY for anyone that has the macrame plant holder bug. There are a bajillion plant hanging tutorials out there so you can easily find something to fit your specific aesthetic but I'm sharing a way to add some fun color with hand-painted, oversized, wooden beads and lengths of copper pipe.
Head over to A Beautiful Mess for the full tutorial and sources for the oversized beads. Enjoy!
The New Bohemians by Justina Blakeney, of The Jungalow, has just recently hit the shelves and has been making the rounds with introductions from some fabulous bloggers for the last two weeks. I was more than thrilled to be invited to share what I thought of her publication and after spending more than one nap time flipping through to soak in all of the details, I'm calling this one a book you're going to need in your inspiring home decor stash.
Justina shares twenty beautiful and intentionally decorated bohemian homes with the crisp photography of Dabito and both the stories behind so many of the beautiful arrangements and ways to recreate them in your own space. I love how she's categorized them, noting the differences between Modern Bohemian style with their "clean lines and functionality" and Maximal Bohemian homes with "a whole lot of everything". It just goes to show there are so many unique ways to express your style.
She shares a handful of DIY's to add a little more of that 'boho' vibe to your space but one of my favorite moments in this book is the spread on how to style a bookshelf. I've lived in more rentals than I can count on two hands with multiple bookshelves that needed styling and this is still one of the design challenges that I wish I came more naturally. It's like having curly hair. It's a blessing to have gorgeous built-ins but now what do I do with them?!
Justina shares ten tips for styling a bookshelf and it's like the magic conditioner that leaves my curls feeling soft and contained! I finally feel like I can do this again! Goodbye frizz and awkward stacks of books!
The beautiful photography alone might be the tipping point on this book but I love how you get a little peek into the lives of the families that shared their spaces here. Sharing your home is such an intimate thing, don't you think? Also, there's a Plantopedia near the back with both pictures and information on how to care for some of the plants featured in the book. Genius.
Thank you, Justina, for this beautiful contribution to coffee tables and styled bookshelves throughout the world. Such a visual treat.
I'm so thrilled to finally be able to share this fun gallery wall DIY with you! I partnered with InkDot, formerly InstaThis, to share one of the many ways you can get your favorite Instagram photos off of your phone and onto your walls.
I've ordered prints of this size from a handful of companies that cater to those of us that enjoy overgramming our lives on Instagram (there's no shame in that game) so I wondered how they'd compare. It's safe to say that InkDot's printing quality is above par and their customer service is pretty quick. Other than my phone and my babies, I've never wanted to carry something around with me all day so I could keep looking at it!
You can order these 5.5" prints in sets of nine for $9 and turn them into thank you cards, use them in art journaling, frame and display them, or make yourself a fancy copper pipe gallery wall! They are printed on archival grade matte paper and the colors are so lovely.
I could rave about these prints all afternoon but InkDot wants you to see for yourself!
When you're done choosing which photo you need in your hot little hands, head over to their new blog for the full tutorial with easy step-by-steps for creating your own copper pipe gallery wall to display all of your future InkDot prints! I promise you won't be able to stop at one!