Sunday, December 21, 2014

Christmas Wreath 2014

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Merry Christmas, blog family! How are your Christmas and gift crafts going? I’m buried under a pile of fleece and flannel as I bust my derrière on some awesome fleece blankets, pillowcases, and hand warmers (tutorial soon to come). Today is crack down day, but I wanted to show you this year’s Christmas wreath! I gave you guys a tutorial last year on how to make a basic wreath using leftover branches from the Christmas tree. This year I embellished a little bit and made it BIGGER. Check it out.

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This year, I upgraded to a 24” wire wreath frame. I’m warning you – it’s massive. Finished, this wreath just barely fit on my front door. I love it, but make sure it’s as big as you want it – otherwise, stick with the typical 12” –18” wreath frame.

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Kraft paper saves the day, once again. This is a messy activity.

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This year I added berries, and lots of them. I like the pop of red.

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Complete with a sweet bow and hang her up!

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Please pardon the lack of decorations and the poorly groomed plants – we’re only beginners, here. Also, don’t you love that flyer? Goodwill $20. I can’t get enough of it.

My goal is to wait until the holiday is over and stock up on on-sale Christmas decorations for next year. Any ideas on the best places to get after-holiday deals?

 

Merry Christmas!
Thanks for stopping by!
Cheers,
Bridget XOXO

Wednesday, December 3, 2014

Faux Fur Pillow Covers

Happy Holidays friends!! I am currently knee deep in Christmas gift crafting and sewing. I’m trying to keep my head above water, but I’m too stubborn to admit that I might have taken on too much this year. Just ask Joe… my craft room doesn’t have a door and I keep finding him with the measuring tape. He’s too nice to tell me that the room looks like a fire hazard.

Alas, yesterday I finally made something I can post without spoiling any gifts. I keep seeing these pillows that are made of fur, faux fur, etc. They are luxuriously soft, fluffy, and so reminiscent of Winter. BUT. They cost a fortune. Pillow covers alone cost $40-$80, depending on where you look. Not in my budget.

Luckily, I found a bunch of different faux furs at the fabric store. I found the one I wanted – enough for 3 pillow covers – $ 13. Boom.

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What you will need:
- Faux fur of your choice – I bought 1.5 yard
- Ribbon
- The Usual Suspects – sewing machine, thread, scissors

1. Cut your faux fur – I cut mine as rectangles 18” x 40”.

2. Fold your rectangle in half (the hamburger way) with fur sides together. Sew two parallel sides together, making a U-shape. I left the opposing side to the fold open. I like the rustic look.

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3. Tack on some ribbon to tie closed the open end of the pillow cover. I used some leftover black ribbon – 10” each, two on each side. They make a nice little bow!

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4. Before turning, I learned that the freshly cut edges made a big mess of loose fur – shake the pillow cover over a trashcan, then using a lint-roller, do a once-over. As awesome as this fur is, it makes a mess when it is cut.

5. Turn, do one more pass with the lint roller. Then cover your pillow. And prepare to fight for these pillows on the couch. The cat, dog, husband, and kiddos are going to be serious competition.

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Enjoy! Happy Holidays!
Thanks for stopping by!
Cheers,
Bridge XOXO

Thursday, November 27, 2014

Happy Thanksgiving!

Happy Thanksgiving everyone! Just wanted to take a minute to wish all of you a special holiday. I am so thankful for the opportunity to blog and share my love of crafting. But I am especially thankful for my readers! Thank you all for taking the time to follow, read, comment and inspire me. You are all loved.

Now eat all the turkey and pumpkin pie you can get your hands on – and don’t let Uncle Harold drink too much wine. And ignore Aunt Betty’s passive-aggressive comments. Family is God’s way of priming your gift of patience ;) So, hold your wacky and wonderful family close. But not too close – the casserole gives Uncle Tom gas.

Sending wishes of hope, health, and happiness.
Happy Thanksgiving!

Cheers,
Bridget XOXO

Friday, October 31, 2014

Halloween Costume 2014

Halloween is a hit at our house... Because its awesome, and because its basically Joe's birthday.
Every year we try to come up with an awesome costume idea. The hardest part is picking one that we can actually pull off. Our best year thus far: 2010 Avatars. We will never surpass this epic-ness, I have accepted it.

Oh, College… I miss you so much.

This year we channeled our favorite Muppet: Swedish Chef! Bork bork bork bork! Joe came up with the idea and after a little research we learned that Swedish Chef is actually married! According to wikipedia (we extensively research our characters…), during some episodes Chef has a ring on his finger... But nobody has met Mrs. Swedish Chef so we let ourselves go wild coming up with a persona for her.

I was pretty much a cross between Swedish Chef and Julia Childs. And failed on all levels with any attempt at any accent.

This costume was fairly easy to make but did require a bit of prep. We bought white aprons and chef hats at a craft store. We spruced up the hats and Joe spray painted stripes on the aprons.

For the Chef hats, I added orange hair (bought at a craft store for $1) for eyebrows for Swedish Chef:

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I also made a mustache out of the orange hair – sewing elastic to each end.

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For Mrs. Swedish Chef I added felt roses to her chef hat:

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The rest of our costumes included button-down shirts and accessories – bowtie for the man, pearls for the Mrs..

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Have fun you crazy party people!

Happy Halloween!

Cheers,
Bridget XOXO

Thursday, October 16, 2014

Halloween Wreath 2014

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So y’all know by now that I’m showing true signs and symptoms of wreath addiction. It’s fine. I’ve got it under control. I think. OK, I’m not that bad, yet. So far I’ve been doing seasonal wreaths – but who can resist a little front-door-décor? Especially when it’s Fall and we need to celebrate all that is left of color and tolerable weather in the Northeast? Before we know it Old Man Winter will be here, cloaking the world in gray and making us dream of sunburns instead of windburns.
So buck up everybody, it’s Halloween and we get to dressing up and make fools of ourselves! Put that scary movie on, go on that haunted hayride, carve that pumpkin, and drink some pumpkin beer! It’s time to celebrate!

Supplies you will need:
- Floral ornamentals/ faux flowers of your choice – grab your coupons and wait for sales!
- Wreath
- Wire cutters
- Floral wire (thin, pliable wire to help secure everything)
- Ribbon

This wreath requires very little tutorial – just find some fun flowers and ornamentals and stick ‘em into the wreath whichever way pleases you most. I went big on glitter just because it made me happy. I suggest you do the same :) Then, secure everything with floral wire so it doesn’t fall apart. Hang from a ribbon – I have an upside down hook on the inside of my door that I hook the ribbon onto. Stand back and marvel at your brilliant work.

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All the stuff I bought – didn’t end up using it all, but my total came to $18
 
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My lighting was terrible for these photos!
 
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I love that glittery broom. It shed glitter all over my house and I didn’t even care.
 
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Happy Halloween!
Thanks for stopping by!
Cheers,
Bridget XOXO

Wednesday, October 8, 2014

Halloween Quilted Table Runner

I am so excited to share this post with you guys… this was my FIRST TIME quilting. Gotta tell ya, I was super intimidated. In fact, I was considering taking a class before even attempting to quilt… I mean, this is the major leagues of sewing, right? Well, that’s what I thought, anyways. Turns out, it’s not that hard.

I found a lot of inspiration on Pinterest for different styles of table runners, but I decided to start simple and go with strips. I tend to gravitate towards simpler design choices anyways, so I knew I wouldn’t mind looking at it for a long time.

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One of my favorite parts of making this table runner? Coordinating fabrics! I literally filled an entire cart full of bolts of fabric trying to find my favorites to put together. You don’t need a ton of fabric, but a good variety makes it more interesting.

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What You Will Need:
- Fabric: use this as a stash buster, or go to the store and find 5-6 coordinating fabrics (or just fabrics you like together – be creative). You don’t need much; maybe a 3/8 yard each and you’ll have some left over.
- Fabric for the back of the runner 1 yard
- Batting: I used Pellon Fusible Fleece 987F – I had some already, but use whatever you prefer, just not anything too heavy.
- Quilt Binding
- The Usual Suspects: thread in a coordinating color, sewing machine, iron

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1. First things first: clean up your fabric, cut off the selvedge, press. I don’t bother pre-washing my fabrics.

2. Cut strips of your different fabrics. Make them all the same length, but vary the width for each strip. I chose to make my runner 20” wide. Length depends on your table and preference.

3. Organize your strips by laying them out and picking an order that you like. Once you like your layout, stack the fabric strips, keeping the order that you want them sewn.

4. Start sewing! With right sides together, line up one edge of these strips and sew a 1/4” seam.

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5. Press open the seam.

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6. Now add on to your sewn strips with another strip and keep going in that order – sew, press seam open, sew, press seam open. I sewed half of the runner at a time so it was easier to manage with the sewing machine – less bulk to move around. Then I sewed the two halves together when I finished both.

7. Cut your back fabric to match your runner length and width, as well as your batting. Make a batting sandwich. Pin together.

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8. Press your batting sandwich.

9. Starting in the middle of your runner, start quilting. This is a ton of fun. You can do anything you want, but I did parallel seams and made them totally random. This is my favorite part. All of a sudden, it seriously looks professional and finished. It like, transforms… I’m not even kidding.

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I rolled each end of the runner so it was easier to manage while I sewed. Also, please ignore the mess haha

10. Press your table runner. Clean up your edges so they are squared and clean. Pin on your binding. Don’t forget to miter your corners. I also sewed the two ends of my binding together and pressed open the seam for a clean finish.

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11. Sew your binding in place. DONE!

Jump up and down and celebrate and show everyone on Facebook and Instagram how awesome you are. :)

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Literally, it looks awesome. I’m not trying to brag, but I was so flipping surprised at how easy it was to get to the finished product. The whole time I was waiting for the moment where I shrugged in defeat and said “well, I’m a beginner, it’s not going to look perfect”. And that moment never happened. That means you can do it too.

Please comment if you have questions and if you make one! I love to see your hard work!

Happy Halloween!
Cheers,
Bridge, XOXO

Tuesday, September 2, 2014

Wrist Wraps

Since we’re on a roll with the DIY workout gear this week, I might as well throw this one in too. Another simple DIY, but this one includes some sewing. Don’t be intimidated, it’s about as simple as sewing can get – straight line stitching.

We found this link for DIY wrist wraps by End of Three Fitness the other day when Joe’s wrist wraps broke and he wanted a new pair, but with some fun print on it instead of boring plain black. Of course he went to the store and found the perfect print for lifting – Marvel comics (think the Hulk, Iron Man, Captain America, Spiderman). I guess he wants to channel their super strength during his workouts… not a bad idea, really. Between you and me, I have no problem with him wanting Thor’s muscles :)

Here is how ours came out:

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How awesome is this fabric? I need to find more fun projects to use it for!

I wonder if putting a little backing in the middle would be nice? Or maybe it would make them too bulky?

Thanks to End of Three Fitness for sharing their tutorial!

Happy DIYing and Happy Fitnessing y’all!

Thanks for Stopping By!
Cheers,
Bridget XOXO