Thursday, February 28, 2013

Wedding Bathroom Basket

Last October my youngest son, Joe, got married and I volunteered to make the basket for the bathroom.   This basket was to include essentials that may be forgotten by our guests.  Of course I searched Pinterest and came up with several great looking baskets and ideas.

I bought a large black wicker basket 12" x 18" x 6", lined it with burlap and tied a pretty sheer purple and gold ribbon around the basket with a bow.


Items in the basket:
Pack of Tissues
Box of Panty Liners
Aerosol Deodorant
Static Cling Spray
Hairspray
Advil
Tylenol
Sewing Pack with Needles and Thread
3 Toothbrushes
3 Tubes of Toothpaste
Several Packs of Gum
Tic Tacs
Band Aids
Pads for Sore Heels
Box of Tampons
Box of Mini Pads
Safety Pins
  Chap Sticks
Toothpicks
Bobby Pins
Granola Bars
Black Mascara 
Make Up Removal Pads 
Q-Tips
Hair Ties
Hand Cream
Nail Clippers 
Clear Nail Polish
Dental Floss

This message to our guests was attached to the basket.

The basket looked really nice on the counter in the ladies bathroom during the wedding.  Most of the "good stuff" was used or taken for later use.  The only thing I did not count on was that there were 2 weddings at the venue that evening and 2 sets of wedding guests would be sharing this bathroom...we did share nicely!
~ Darlene


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Thursday, February 21, 2013

Giveaway at The Dedicated House



The Dedicated House



Today I am so excited to introduce Kathryn from The Dedicated House.  Kathryn has an amazing blog with topics including decorating, home decor, Goodwill finds, Annie Sloane Chalk Paint and all sorts of great ideas for around the home. 
 The Dedicated House
Kathryn also hosts The Dedicated House Make It Pretty Monday Link Party each week with 100's of new links each week.  I look forward to Make It Pretty Monday's each week and getting new inspirations!

This week Kathryn is kindly hosting a giveaway for Monthly Baby Bibs that are appliqued and machine embroidered for 1 month - 12 months.




 
  These are a perfect gift for a baby shower or a newborn baby gift.  Each month the baby's picture is taken in a bib to document the milestone and see how big (so BIG!) baby is growing!!

One lucky winner will win this complete set on appliqued and machine embroidered monthly bibs.

Head on over to The Dedicated House for your chance to win.

This Giveaway runs from February 21 - 27, 2013.  The winner will be announced on The Dedicated House blog on February 28, 2013.   

So what are you waiting for... ENTER HERE.


xoxo ~ Darlene


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Tuesday, February 19, 2013

Pretty Mouse Pad - DIY




Making a pretty mouse pad is really simple and doesn't require much talent...really it doesn't!




You will need:  A blank mouse pad or any pad you choose to recover.  (I got mine at Ikea for $1)
Your Choice of Fabric
Heat and Bond or Pellon Wonder Under

 
Lay the fabric down with the wrong side facing up and place the Heat and Bond on top.  Trace the mouse pad and cut through both layers.

 
 Iron the Heat and Bond to the wrong side of the fabric and then...

 

...Peel off the paper backing.


Flip the fabric to the right side and iron to the top of the mouse pad.  Be careful that your iron isn't too hot.  Some mouse pads are foam and may melt slightly if your heat is too high.



A nice touch to spruce up a boring desktop!

~ Darlene


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Friday, February 15, 2013

Barefoot Sandals


I know it's only February!  I just needed a little bit of sunshine today.  All this chilly weather we have been having in Pennsylvania is making me anxious for the beach at the Jersey shore... it can't come soon enough for me!


These are some barefoot sandals I made last summer. 
In case you aren't familiar with them, they slip on your toe and tie or loop around your ankle.  They look like you have sandals on when you are actually barefoot!  I consider them foot jewelry.


Source:  Gleeful Things

They are fairly simple to make if you know how to crochet.  Some of the patterns come with a picture/sketch of the pattern.  I personally like this type of crochet pattern for these sandals since I can see exactly what it is supposed to be looking like at all times.  Gleeful Things has a beautiful pattern for sale and it is ONLY $3.00!!  You may want to start out with this pattern since it comes with detailed instructions and pictures too!!

I've made several types of sandals and this one slips around the ankle and then over the toe, so you don't have the ties up your ankles. This one is made in Adult and Child sizes...

I know this isn't the pattern I used to make the ones in the picture above, but this pattern from Tutu's and Tea Parties is very similar.  You can also alter the pattern to make them in adult sizes.

Look how adorable!!
(and the sandals are pretty sweet too!) 
~ Darlene


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Tuesday, February 12, 2013

Project's #3

Last week I finished a few items that I am very happy with!

First, I made another crocheted baby blanket!  This seems to be a weekly item!  This one is actually for a special little baby girl...


Remember the one I made a few week's ago from this post?  Well, last Saturday was the baby shower and I gave the crocheted blanket to Amie, along with this set of monthly bibs.  Each bib is appliqued and embroidered with months 1 - 12 to take the baby's picture each month.




Amie ♥ loved ♥ the blanket and the bibs!



I also made a second set of bibs...these will be part of a giveaway coming up soon...I'm so excited for the giveaway so be on the lookout!!





~ Darlene


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Monday, February 11, 2013

Crackle Sign DIY - Candy Bar

  Last October my youngest son, Joe, got married and his fiancĂ©, Sue, was planning a Candy Bar for the reception.  I raised my hand and volunteered to make the sign for the Candy Bar.

I bought a precut piece of pine wood with a nice shape and routed edges and painted the first coat brown.  This first color is the color that you will see in the cracks when finished.

Crackle Medium


When painting the Crackle Medium on, be generous and don't paint it on thin.  The thicker the layer of crackle, the larger the cracks will be.  I learned this through experience!


 
Next, after the Crackle Medium is completely dry, paint on the top coat color.  Miracuoulsy, as you paint the color on top, the paint will start cracking. Do this step quickly and keep painting.  I found it hard to "fix" the part that messed up, so paint it on quickly with long strokes.

The larger cracks are where the crackle medium was put on heavier and you can see how the cracks are smaller where the crackle medium was spread thinner.

I made the words on the computer to the exact size I wanted them on the sign.

 
Turn the paper over and using the side on the lead on the pencil, color the back heavily where the letters are.

Lay the paper on the board and trace hard around the outline of the letters.  This will leave the pencil marking on the back and a slight groove in the wood for your outline to paint the letters.


I used the same method to put the letters on for "Love is Sweet" or you can just write them on with your pencil.


The Candy Bar looked awesome at the reception!  Sue purchased different sized jars, wrapped them in purple ribbon and attached their monogram.




Smaller mason jars were filled with candy for guests to take as a favor.  Half the jars were empty so guests could fill them themselves with their favorites! 

Needless to say, the Candy Bar was loved by all!  One guest even chose to take his favorite, Starbursts - the whole big jar and all the candy!! Lol!

~ Darlene


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