• Crafts,  Home Decor,  Kids

    Simple Silhouette

    Warning: Extremely easy tutorial ahead. I know that some people enjoy working really hard for long periods of time with little to no progress (yeah, right), but I’m not one of them.

    Simple Silhouette 1

    I love the classic and timeless look of silhouettes. They are so fun to decorate with and also make great gifts. And the only supplies you need to make one are a camera, a printer, white card stock to print on, scissors, a pencil, colored card stock (I chose black card stock to keep to the with the traditional look, but I think using other colors would also work great), and a few extra minutes.

    First, take a side view photo of your subject, preferably in front of a solid background. It doesn’t need to be good quality; any image will work, as long as you can make out the perimeter of your image. I used my daughter, Pinky, who likes to intentionally make funky faces when I take her picture. Goofball.

    Simple Silhouette 2

    Next, print out the photo on to white card stock (this was an 8″X10″ print) and cut around the outside of your subject. I left some extra white space on the bottom and added a little extra roundness on the lower back of her head to balance out the poof above her pony tail. Excuse my freaky looking print out. My printer is super low on colored ink.

    Simple Silhouette 3

    Then, trace the template on to the colored card stock, add embellishments, like longer eyelashes and a curved bottom if you like, and cut out your silhouette.

    Simple Silhouette 4

    And there you have it!

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    I framed my silhouette by centering and taping it to a piece of white poster board, which was cut to fit the size of my frame.

    Simple Silhouette 6

  • Kids,  Printables

    Lunch Notes

    I can’t believe that it is already August! And that means that the new school year will soon be upon us. Last year, I found some really neat little cards at Michael’s craft store that had funny jokes and motivational sayings on them, so I sent them to school with Pinky in her lunch box for a little midday pick-me-up. Unfortunately, they ran out not long after I opened the package, leaving me empty handed.

    Not that there is anything wrong with writing a little something on a torn piece of paper and throwing it in with the peanut butter and jelly, (I love you is I love you no matter what you write it on,) but I tend to like my notes to be cute and fun, so I decided to whip up some of my own.

    Lunch Notes 1

    I chose a few cute literary quotes from my favorite children’s book authors that are both fun and motivational.

    Lunch Notes 2

    I also used the same designs to create some fill-in-the blank cards, so I can tell my sweeties how much I love them or wish them good luck on a test. Or a big work project. My husband loves jacks and bicycles. *wink*

    Lunch Notes 3

    And guess what? You can snag these fun lunch notes for yourself too! Click the images below for the free PDF link. Please download the file to ensure proper print sizing. When printing, make sure that Page Scaling is set to “Fit Printable Area” and Borderless Printing is selected.

    Lunch Notes Quotes Lunch Notes Blanks

  • Crafts,  Kids,  Sew

    Kid’s Tool Belt

    My 3 year old son has recently been playing a lot with his toy tools. Apparently, carrying them in his tool box was too difficult so he started just stuffing them down his shorts and letting the elastic hold them up. He would take two steps, and the tools would hit the floor with a loud bang. I decided to remedy this situation by making him his very own kid’s tool belt.

    To make for a special child in your life, cut one 13″ x 4 1/4″ piece of canvas (or any fabric you choose) for the base, one 7 3/4″ x  3 1/4″ piece for the pocket, two 14″ x 1 1/2 ” pieces for the ties, and two 3 1/2″ x 1 1/2″ pieces for the tool loops.

    Tool Belt 1

    Then, fold and sew the tie and loop pieces to make straps.

    1. Using a clothes iron, press in half.

    2. Unfold. Then, fold and iron edges to the center crease line.

    3. Fold and press in half again.

    4. Sew along the edges.

    Tool Belt 2

    Take your base section, fold and pin sides under to hide raw edges. Tuck your tie pieces in and sew around the rectangle.

    Tool Belt 3

    To hide rough edges, fold and sew around your pocket portion.

    Tool Belt 4

    Place the pocket on top of the base and attach leaving the top side open.

    Tool Belt 5

    Sew a straight line down the pocket piece to make separate sections.

    Tool Belt 6

    To attach the tool loops sew one edge down. Then loop it around to make a circle.

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    Repeat for the second loop, add some tools and you are finished!

    Tool Belt 9




  • Crafts,  Kids,  Sew

    Pottery Barn Kids Inspired Plush Turtle

    During a recent trip to Pottery Barn Kids, my youngest was obsessed with this patchwork turtle here. I thought, this is something I could easily make for him. But it was not as easy as I thought it was going to be. In the end it turned out good. If you are brave, feel free to follow again.

    Plush Turtle 12

    I started by drawing my own pattern. This was the hard part, due to my lack of drawing skills. After several tries, I finally got it right. (In the photos below you my notice that the legs, head and tail look different than this pattern. Those were each apart of my first attempt.)

    Plush Turtle 2

    Click the image above for the free PDF link to this pattern. Please download the file to ensure proper print sizing. When printing, make sure that Page Scaling is set to “Fit Printable Area” and Borderless Printing is selected. Check that the one inch square measures one inch to have the pattern the correct size. Assume a 1/4 seam allowance.


    After cutting out the pattern, I pinned it to the fabric. The shell and base piece were cut on the fold.

    Plush Turtle 3

    Plush Turtle 1

    For the appendages, I paired the pieces, front side of fabric together and sewed three sides leaving the top edge open.

    Plush Turtle 4

    Using my trusty Scooby Doo pencil, I turned and stuffed the legs, head and tail.

    Plush Turtle 5

    Next, I sewed up the ends of each.

    Plush Turtle 6

    To make the outer shell, each triangular piece was sewn to the next one to make a circle.

    Plush Turtle 7

    I pinned the head, tail, and legs in place, to the top shell.

    Plush Turtle 8

    With the top shell placed face down on the base, the appendages were tucked in and then I sewed around the circle, leaving a small opening.

    Plush Turtle 9

    Through the small opening, the turtle was turned right side out. (Here is were my seam ripper was put to work over time,until I got the pattern the way I liked it.)

    Plush Turtle 10

    Finally, the shell was stuffed and the opening was hand stitch up.

    Plush Turtle 11

    This project took long than I was hoping, but my little man loves it and that is all that matters.

    Plush Turtle 13

    What type of DIY toys do you make for your kids?