Almost a year ago, I got a new and interesting job – which meant getting a new office to decorate. Finally, I had a reason to make some of my glittery Pinterest dreams come true and I can definitely say that creating office art is fun.
To honor my state, I choose a DIY State art. It was one of my simplest art projects – a 10″ x 10″ canvas painted turquoise with scrapbook red glitter paper in the shape of Arkansas glued to the middle.
I also made another artwork similar to Papery and Cakery’s Sprinkle Artwork. I used another 10″ x 10″ canvas, tons of craft glue, two different type of red glitter (micro and normal), and blue glitter letter stickers. My kerning isn’t the best, but I like it.
Tons off glue, glitter, and love
Before it was official Spring, I was craving some Spring themed wreath for our door. The problem was that I wanted nothing Spring holiday specific (like Easter, St. Patrick’s Day, or Earth Day themed). After searching the Internet, I found a DIY for a Faux Hydrangea Wreath that was absolutely adorable.
My faux hydrangea wreath
My wreath is a little different from the wreath in the DIY tutorial. I choose a smaller 12 inch wreath and used 8 hydrangea flowers. I also used the leaves from the stems to edge the wreath.
Side view showing the leaves
I hate grapevine wreaths. I can never seem to extract one wreath from another wreath. The grapevine wreath always seem to be get stuck in my clothing or hair. So, I choose a straw wreath. Using a straw wreath made it a little more difficult to push the hydrangea stems through and meant that I cut my stems about one inch shorter than the original DIY. However, I really love the look and it’s something that can stay up into June.
I’m from the South – the part of the South that makes crazy large Homecoming mum and makes birth/baby wreaths. Yes, this is a real thing.
Birth or baby wreaths are traditional hung on the hospital delivery door after the baby is born with a plaque or card with the baby’s vital information. Some new parents transfer the wreath to the front door of their homes to announce that the baby has arrived to the neighborhood. My mom has made these creative wreaths for her friends’ delivery doors since I was a barely old enough to ask why. Usually, she would give the wreath to the couple at the hospital.
When my friend announced that she was pregnant, I decided to continue this very Southern tradition in a slightly more modern way – with a wrapped ribbon wreath.
- 1 12 inch straw wreath
- 2 rolls of 1.5 inch wide solid ribbon (approximately 16 yards)
- 6 to 8 inch section of 5/8 inch wide patterned ribbon
- 1 medium-sized wooden letter
- Hot glue gun with hot glue
- Yarn (I did not measure the amount of yardage I used, but I would suggest making sure that you have more than you think you need.)
- Wrap the widest ribbon around the wreath and the secure the ends with hot glue. I was able to wrap the ribbon around the wreath without cutting any of the ribbon.
A false start to the wreath – one roll of ribbon wrapped around the wreath
- Tightly wrap the yarn around the wooden letter. This can be difficult – Just wrap as tightly as you can covering as much of the letter as you can. If you have difficulty wrapping around a curve or an angle, try wrapping the yarn from a different direction and meeting up with your yarn at the present location.
Tightly wrap the yarn around the letter. Tighter is better.
- Hot glue the ends of the yarn down. Press and hold down for approximately 1 min.
- Hot glue the wrapped letter to the wrapped wreath. Press and hold down for approximately 1 min.
- Hot glue to the ribbon to the wreath at the appropriate area. Press and hold down for approximately 1 min. Let sit overnight to complete dry.
Now to dry …
- Ta-da! One beautiful, Southern baby wreath ready to hang.
In January, my friends and I threw a milk and cookies themed baby shower for a dear friend. Decorations were my main job for the shower. These are some of the cute things that I had for the shower.
Customized favor milk cartons
Sweet Baby garland
Pennant garland is always needed for a party
Mom and Dad to be pins
Sewn streamers by my dear friends J. Erwin and Chuck
Sweet Baby garland and cookie strands
Most of the decorations (the milk carton, cookie/drink flags, cookie labels, and Sweet Baby garland) were bought as printables from Anders Ruff.
A dear friend of mine sewed streamers together to make beautiful and eye-catching decorations. A tutorial for these streamers is available at My Paper Crane Blog and Creative Baby Shower Ideas.
What is a better way to start a new year than with a baby and some hand knitted gifts?
Baby Bonnet to grow into
Blanket, Newborn hat, and two pairs of booties
Admiring the baby gifts
I knitted up one adorable blanket, a newborn hat, a baby bonnet, and two pairs of baby booties. Most of these patterns took less than a few hours to knit and turned out so lovely.
Plus, an adorable baby wreath that can grow with the baby was crafted up for good measure.
My Ravelry Pages: Wolfe Baby Blanket & Estelle for Baby V
Yarn: Knit Picks Shine Sport in Crocus and Reef + Bernat Softee Baby Solids in Flannel
Needles: An assortment of sizes
Patterns: Brooklyn Tweed – Tweed Baby Blanket, Basic Baby Hat, Estelle bonnet, & Chaussons mignons
When you have too many maps lying around your house, you find yourself wanting to create some map art. Regardless of what you do with the map, it always seems to turn out lovely – especially when you pick cities that have sentimental connections.
❤ Little Rock
All hearts framed and hung
Texarkana, Fayetteville, and Little Rock (with a WG paw)
Little Rock Heart Framed and Hung
One of my dearest cousins is expecting a little baby boy early next year. This means that little baby stuff must be knitted.
Little Deer Hat
Deer Hat and Blanket
Hat, Blanket, and Warm Booties
The baby blanket was bought from Etsy seller JuteBaby. The base of the hat uses my basic knitted baby hat pattern, but the antlers and ears were knitted using the Woodland Stag Deer Baby Hat pattern. The warm booties were knitted using the Chaussons Mignons pattern.
Ravelry Project Page: Deer Me!
Needle Size: 3, 4, and 6 dpns
I had the honor of creating decorations and some food for a surprise unbirthday party. I don’t think that I have ever had so many ideas for one party before.
This is what was created.
Tomatoes + String Cheese + Basil = Tiny Mushrooms
Unbirthday Queen Pin
Merry Unbirthday Banner
Paper lanterns with garlands (forgive the bad photo)
Red Roses in Teapots
Somehow, I didn’t get pictures of all of the card garlands and pom-poms. They were hung in the room with the food and the main sitting room.
The Eat Me signs were purchased as digital pdfs from Etsy seller ianandlola. I hot glued the signs to toothpicks to make the signs stay up easier.
The card houses were also hot glued together to ensure a perfect card house at party time.
My new skirt!
This skirt (forgive the bad iphone photo) once was old babydoll halter top. The old top was adorable but the halter ties were too thin which constantly caused pain.
After years of yearning to wear it, I decided that it would better serve me as a skirt. I cut off the halter top and attached a wide elastic band. With less than 2 hours of energy, I now have one amazing skirt with functional pockets.
Adorable skirt with functional pockets
A friend asked me to craft some decorations for an elephant themed baby shower … and this is what I came up with.
Beginning of the parade of elephants
As a crafter, I always try to link to the exact place that I bought a specific template, fabric, yarn, or the name brand of a product; however, not all bloggers follow this method. After a googling and cursing websites, I went with Plan B – I traced an elephant and made my own template.
This template became the medium parade of elephants, the large parade of elephants, the small elephant mobile, the mother and baby elephant rosette, and an elephant mom to be pin.
Elephant Mobile – Almost too cute to give away
Mom to Be Pin
Welcome Baby Rosette for Door or Lamp post
A finished elephant parade garland on my mantle