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October 28, 2014

DIY Gift Bag Craft Idea

Madigan made… a simple DIY decorated gift bag.

simple DIY decorated gift bag idea

I’m always amazed at how much it can add up when you give someone a gift. Between the greeting card, the wrapping paper, the ribbon and the gift bag… sometimes what is wrapped around the gift costs more than the actual present!

That is why I try to get creative… I often make my own easy handmade cards and I try to keep my gift wrap simple. You can decorate inexpensive, plain gift bags instead of buying your own.

I want to show you another easy way you can customize your own gift bag with scrap paper. I used this gift bag for a birthday present this summer, but you could easily change the colors or motif to make a custom bag for any occasion!

Let me show you how to make your own cute gift bag:

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Instructions:

DIY gift bag idea

To make this bag, it was pretty simple.  In fact, my instructions for you are pretty brief. First, I punched out a bunch of floral shapes using the flower craft punch. Then I attached them to the front of the gift bag using the adhesive dots. I attached mine in a random, scattered pattern. That was it!

Cute and easy DIY gift bag idea

 

The beauty of this project is that you can customize the colors (or punch shape) to your occasion or holiday. It is an easy way to customize your gift wrapping AND use up some scrap paper, too! And… it is an economical way to save when giving a gift.

October 20, 2014

Easy Baby Costume: Conversation Heart

Madigan made… a simple newborn Halloween costume.

Easy Halloween Baby Costume: A Conversation Heart

This year is our little munchkin’s first Halloween!

When I was growing up, our family often made our own costumes and I couldn’t resist creating a simple outfit for our baby. I wanted to make a quick and easy girl’s costume for her that was cute and fun. Our Little C is such a sweet gal that a conversation heart candy seemed appropriate!

This baby costume would also be a cute idea for a Valentine’s Day outfit, too!

My biggest challenge was what traditional conversation heart saying to use on the costume. I debated between “Hug me” and “Cutie pie”…. as you can see, I decided on “Hug me”! This baby girl is so cuddly and lovable, that the saying  I chose seemed very appropriate!

To make this easy costume, I cut out a heart shape from pink felt. Then, I made a freezer paper stencil for the saying on the front. I cut out the letters using my crafty cutting machine and ironed the shiny side of the paper down to a white onesie. (If you didn’t have a cutting machine, you could handwrite the letters using puffy paint or buy iron-on letters from the craft store for a more professional look.)

DIY baby costume instructions

I painted the lettering in the stencil using a dark pink craft paint. Then, I attached the felt shape to the onesie using iron-on tape. (fabric glue would’ve worked, too)

I love that this costume was easy to make. By using a long-sleeve onesie shirt as the base, this costume will be comfy and warm for her. I could’ve made the heart shape bigger, but I wanted her to be able to move without feeling restricted. (Plus, I was limited by the size of the felt sheet I bought.)

Easy Halloween Baby Costume: A Conversation Heart

And if you wanted a baby update, I’m happy to report Little C is growing by leaps and bounds! She is full of sweet smiles lately! She sort of found her hands and is happily batting at objects this week. Please be sure to follow me on Facebook and Instagram to keep up with our happenings during my maternity leave.

October 13, 2014

DIY Burp Cloths from Diapers: 3 Ways

Madigan made… baby burp cloths from cloth diapers.

How to make baby burp cloths from cloth diapers: 3 easy ways!

You know someone is having a baby when that wave of baby gear and gifts starts to flood their house. My husband and I were both surprised and grateful about all gifts everyone gave us for our little girl. As my due date approached and my baby showers were over, I started to sort and organize all of this cute gear. (Who knew we needed all of this stuff to raise one very tiny human?!)

It was then that I realized that while we had tons of cute clothes for our babe… we had no burp cloths to clean her up!

What’s a crafty (pregnant) girl to do? It seemed silly to go out and spend $10 to get one or two burp cloths at the store… I knew I could make my own!

Traditional cloth diapers are very absorbent and can be used as simple baby burp cloths. And I knew with a little crafting, the diapers could be decorated to make cute burp cloths.

I decided to make a bunch of baby burp cloths from cloth diapers and I decorated them in 3 ways… let me show you how you can make your own!

 

ONE: Paint the fabric to make graphic patterns on burp cloths.

freezer paper stencils on baby burp cloths

Cut out small, fun shapes in freezer paper using paper punches. Iron the freezer paper “stencils” to the diaper fabric with the shiny side down in the pattern you want. Gather some craft paint in fun colors and some fabric medium. Mix the craft paint with the fabric medium (usually a 1:1 or 2:1 ratio, but follow the instructions that came with the medium). Paint the stencil shapes and allow the paint to dry. Peel the stencils off the fabric to reveal your cute shapes on the burp cloths. Set the paint by ironing the back of the diapers or tossing the cloths in the dryer (again, follow the instructions that come with the fabric medium you used).

You’ll end up with cute and graphic burp cloths like these:

Use freezer paper stencils to create DIY baby burp cloths

 

TWO: Sew fabric to the cloth diapers for fun, colorful burp cloths.

Sew fabric to the cloth diapers for fun, colorful baby burp cloths.

Cut a panel of some cute (prewashed) fabric that will fit down the center of the diaper. (I used two vintage floral printed sheets.) Fold over and iron the short ends of the fabric to fit along the edges of the diaper and sew these ends down. Leaving the unfinished edges out, then sew two lines along the edges down the middle of the diaper. Allow 1/2 to 1 inch of the fabric outside the stitched line. Trim excess fabric from the edges to create about a 1/4 inch seam allowance.  Using scissors, cut the fabric overhang almost to the sewn line to create fringe. Wash the burp cloth at least once prior to use to enhance the fringe-y effect.

(Alternatively, if you don’t like fringed edges, just fold over and sew down the panel of fabric for a cleaner look.)

I love how the vintage fabric adds a little charm to something so utilitarian:

Sew vintage fabric to cloth diapers for fun, colorful baby burp cloths.

 

THREE: Add stitched lines to the diapers for textured burp cloths.

Add stitched lines to the diapers for textured burp cloths.

This approach is super easy, just a little time consuming. Use your sewing machine to sew a bunch of stiches lengthwise down the center of the diaper. Use different colored threads and styles of stitches to create a pretty, quilted texture. Be sure to backstitch at the beginning and end of each line to prevent the threads from coming undone. The beauty of this approach is that you can create your own unique stripe-y pattern. I didn’t worry too much about sewing straight, evenly spaced lines… I wanted a more random look. (TIP: Thread your machine with one color thread and run stitch lines over all the burp cloths you are working with… then change thread color and run more lines, etc.)

I love the resulting striped texture of these burp cloths:

All three styles of these burp cloths are getting a regular workout in our house these days with our sweet little girl. You can make your own for personal use… or they’d also make a great baby shower gift for someone you know, too!

October 7, 2014

Simple DIY Headboard: Guest Bedroom Update

Madigan made…  a simple, modern headboard.

simple DIY headboard idea

When I’m faced with a room décor decision… I have to remind myself that the simplest solutions usually are the best!

With the upcoming arrival of our little girl, this past spring my husband and I knew we needed to shift things around in our upstairs bedrooms. We first turned our old guestroom into our little girl’s pink and gray nursery. But the big debate for my husband and me was what to do with the other spare room, my bright and colorful home office:

colorful modern home office

We asked ourselves: Do we keep the office space? (If you remember, it was originally pegged to be a future nursery until we had infertility issues.) Do we look for a nice sofa with a sofa bed in it? Or do we just convert it to a guest room? At the end of the day, we concluded that we needed a guest room with a real bed in it, but we’d keep my office desk in there to give me a small space to work when needed.

I loved the color scheme (teal, green, orange and white with gold accents) of the room when it was an office. Except for the slipcovered futon couch, I decided to keep most of the décor and furniture from that space. We just added a bed (from the old guestroom) and moved some things around. 

To ground the space and give it a focal point, I made a very simple headboard for the bed. Since all of the other furniture in the space was white (my white desk and white painted side table), I wanted the headboard and bedding to be white, too. To tie the headboard into the color scheme, I added some green and gold trim along the edges.

So, when I was six months pregnant, I decided to make my own simple headboard for the room. I considered several different ideas for the design of it (Do I use an old door? make a padded headboard?) but I ended up using just a plain, white piece of wood to serve as a simple headboard. If you can hang a heavy picture on your wall, you can make this headboard! (Though, if you are six months pregnant, I do suggest enlisting a little help to move and hang it!)

Simple DIY headboard idea - if you can hang a picture, you can make this headboard!

To create this headboard I used a precut panel of melamine shelving (3/4” x 23 3/4” x 4’). It was the perfect size for a headboard for full sized mattress and only cost $14 at Home Depot. Plus, I loved that the melamine surface will be easy to clean and required no painting! The edges just needed a little finishing.

To turn the board into a headboard, I first painted the raw edges of it with kelly green craft paint.

Then, I glued some green braided trim around the perimeter of the board using a combination of hot glue and white craft glue.

I felt like the headboard needed something else, so I brought in some gold accents by hammering brass thumbtacks through the trim. To help secure the tacks, I dipped the pointed end of each tack in glue before hammering them down.

faux nail head trim using brass thumb tacks for a DIY headboard

To hang my new headboard on the wall I used two French cleats or picture/mirror hanging kit . (<—affiliate link) A French cleat is two angled metal strips that interlock and hold the piece up securely. You attach one piece to the picture/mirror you want to hang and the other piece on the wall.  (I made sure to use heavy duty wall anchors when attaching the metal strips to my wall.)

I love the white bedding with the white headboard… it is simple, clean and fresh. All the bed needed was a little bit of color and the colorful DIY pillows I used prior in the office were the perfect addition.

I moved the pictures from the colorful gallery wall art around to surround and frame the headboard.

bright and colorful guest room decor with a simple DIY headboard

My white bamboo trimmed desk sits next to the bed. It will be a little place I can work from… plus our guests can use it as a nightstand, too.

bright and colorful guest room decor with a simple DIY headboard

Now this bedroom feels light and bright, just like our office did. And the clean white headboard is the perfect focal point! Simple is always best in my book!

bright and colorful guest room decor with a simple DIY headboard

September 30, 2014

DIY Halloween Garland: Witches Hats

Madigan made… a fall craft for Mod Podge Rocks!

DIY Halloween Garland: Witches Hats

Where does the time go? September is almost over already! I officially have zero fall decorations out in our home, but I have a very cute and cuddly excuse! (Who, by the way, is doing well! She is starting to smile and already weighing in at ten pounds! Be sure to follow me on Instagram or Facebook to keep up with us.)

But, I should tell you that in my preparation for my time off to take care of our little bundle of joy I did make one Halloween craft earlier this summer. Join me over at Mod Podge Rocks to see how to make this cute DIY witch hat Halloween garland. It is a simple, sweet and slightly spooky way to decorate for the fall!

September 19, 2014

China/library cabinet update: adding a little color

Madigan made...   A simple update to the back of our china cabinet.

Easy idea to add color to back of china cabinet or bookshelf

In our pre-baby preparation, my husband and I tried to get several house projects done this summer. We knew that we might not get to many once the baby is born.

I'm so glad we took advantage of those opportunities! Most of my days today are spent nursing, tending to dirty diapers and cleaning up spit up with our daughter. And, of course, soaking in all that precious baby goodness!!!

If you follow me on Instagram you may have seen that this summer we painted and updated our front office area on the first floor. We were ready to get rid of the yellowy gold color and go for more neutral, lighter tan. It's the same paint color we used in our family room and in our foyer. It was towards the end of my pregnancy that we got to this project. I didn't have the energy to paint by that point, so we hired a painter. Best decision ever!

Other quick updates we did in the room included changing out the curtains to something lighter and brighter. We installed wide blinds in the windows. I went longer and wider with the white curtain panels.  I think that they helped open up the space and make the room feel bigger.

We moved some of the furniture around but we left our large wood desk on the wall next to the window – I did not really change anything here.

But you also may have noticed that I added a little color to the china/library cabinet. The back of the cabinet is now a beautiful turquoise blue.

Easy idea to add color to back of china cabinet or bookshelf

It helps to set off the white books and pink and gold accessories displayed in the cabinet.

Easy idea to add color to back of china cabinet or bookshelf

I added the blue color to the back of the cabinet by cutting pieces of foam core panels that fits snugly in the back of each shelf section. 

Easy idea to add color to back of china cabinet or bookshelf

Then, I wrapped the foam tightly with a deep turquoise fabric. I adhered the fabric to the foam core with duct tape to the back of the panel.

Easy idea to add color to back of china cabinet or bookshelf

Each piece slid into the back of the cabinet and stayed there on their own because I cut the foam shapes so closely.

Easy idea to add color to back of china cabinet or bookshelf

Using my easy envelope pillow method, I also brought in more color to the room with several pillows in deep pink colors and turquoise fabrics.diy envelope pillows

diy envelope pillows

I'm glad we made these changes in this room. Not only does the room feel lighter and brighter, it also will be more conducive with the baby down the road because we moved some of the furniture around.

Easy idea to add color to back of china cabinet or bookshelf

The new arrangement opened up the space (for play time with the baby down the road on the floor) and also allowed for us to make room for this important piece of furniture:

While I'm off on maternity leave and while the baby is still very little, we set up this portable crib for naps and diaper changes without leaving the first floor.

I love that with a few tweaks, this room is now more colorful and brighter… and ready to grow with our family’s changing needs!

August 31, 2014

Four words, four walls and a ladybug

Madigan made…            a baby!

Four words.

Four little words that, up until recently, I didn't think I would be able to say.
I am a mom.
I am a MOM.

Wow.
I am forever someone's mother… and she is so sweet and so cute!

Things have been quite busy around here. Our Little C was born into the world earlier this month. She weighed 7 lbs. 11 oz. and was 19 inches long at birth. We are all home and doing well. I can't even begin to tell you how precious this angel is to us!

Some of you know my husband and I struggled with infertility for many years. A child did not seem to be in the cards for us. After living in limbo for so long, a couple of years ago we decided to live for today and stop worrying. And then, this past winter, we were delighted to learn we were expecting a baby!

Creating a special nursery space for our baby was part of my preparation for her arrival. But nothing, nothing, could prepare me for how different things feel today in our house. It doesn't matter how our house is decorated or what color we painted the nursery. What matters to me today is that the four walls of our house surround and protect our little family. Having our daughter here gives new meaning to the word home.

And that notion reminds of this movie quote:

Frances: What are four walls, anyway? They are what they contain. The house protects the dreamer. Unthinkably good things can happen, even late in the game. It's such a surprise.

I told many of you about my love of the movie Under the Tuscan Sun. So many of the lines and themes of that film resonate with me right now.

Katherine: "Listen, when I was a little girl I used to spend hours looking for ladybugs. Finally, I'd just give up and fall asleep in the grass. When I woke up, they were crawling all over me."

I love that ‘ladybug’ line so much, that it was important for me to have a little ladybug decor in the baby's nursery. Some of you may have noticed the little pink night light in the shape of a ladybug on the table next to the glider. I smile every time I see it and I’m reminded of my daughter in a way.

If you haven’t seen the film, I recommend it. This set of clips from the movie speaks to me today and I think you'll see why I’m drawn to the ladybug theme: 


I am in my late 30s. One year ago my husband and I were thinking and talking long-term about what life would be like without children.

Then, when weren't looking, this little lady came into our lives. We have fallen hard for her and I can't imagine life without her. I am forever grateful for our little ladybug!

FYI: I am currently on maternity leave and I plan to spend less time here and online in general. I hope you understand. I do have a bunch of projects that I made earlier this year and saved for this timeframe. I hope to share them periodically on the blog when I can. Please feel free to keep up with my activities (and the baby!) on Facebook, and Instagram if you wanted more frequent updates.

August 12, 2014

Pink and Grey Nursery: Room Reveal

Madigan made… a vintage and modern nursery room.

Pink and gray baby nursery decor ideas (with vintage and modern touches)

I’m SO excited to finally share this room with you. It’s been a labor of love for me as I get ready to welcome our little angel into the world. (Eek! Very, very soon!) 

Many of you may recall the long road my husband and I had to get to this point in our lives. We struggled with infertility issues for many years… and after a long, long time, we realized we needed stop living in limbo and “live for today”. One of our guest rooms (that I had pegged to be a nursery when we moved in) sat unused for many years as well. We realized we needed to move on and use that space. It eventually became my happy and colorful home office.

pink and gray baby's nursery decor

Then, this past winter, we were thrilled to learn we were expecting! After I found out we were having a baby, I immediately started to brainstorm about the décor for our little babe. (who we learned was going to be a girl!)

We decided to use our other guest bedroom for the nursery. Here is what the space looked like before:

I was inspired by pink and gray hues for the room’s color scheme. I wanted a fresh combination of both vintage and modern elements in the space. It was also important for me to have the room have that ‘special’ or precious vibe that made it feel feminine (but not too girly or princess-y… it’s a word). I think I achieved that feeling with some of the floral and vintage motifs I used… plus I sprinkled a lot of crystal and sparkly elements around the room.

The hardest decision was what kind of baby furniture to buy for this room… and after those pieces were decided on, the rest of the decorating was fun and creative. Many of the décor items you see in this room I created for the space myself. I’ve shown you most of those projects already. Y’all know my philosophy by now… When you can’t find what you want, make it!

Please click on the photo or the descriptive link below each set of pictures if you wanted more details about an element. I also added a source list at the bottom of this post, if you were curious about where to locate some of the store bought finds.

Let’s take a little tour around this cute room that is finally finished:

Nursery reading nook with book ledges

| Cozy nursery reading nook with glider and book ledges |

| DIY baby blocks |

Vintage fabric wrapped DIY wall art

| Vintage fabric wrapped DIY wall art | Simple (free) nursery art print |

DIY crystal baby mobile

| DIY crystal nursery mobile |

Vintage inspired DIY pillows

| Vintage inspired DIY pillows |

DIY large-scale vintage graphic artwork

| DIY large-scale vintage graphic artwork |

Easy customized child’s chair using a vintage image transfer process

| Easy customized child’s chair using a vintage image transfer process |

Artificial silk flower DIY wall art

artificial silk flower DIY art

| Artificial silk flower DIY wall art |

IKEA HEMNES dresser as a changing table area

IKEA HEMNES dresser as a changing table area (and vintage plate wall)

| IKEA HEMNES dresser as a changing table area |

DIY crystal lamp from a decanter

| DIY crystal lamp from a decanter |

Every time I walk into this room now… I can’t help but smile. The nursery feels bright, happy, sparkly and feminine. It will be a great space to share with our little girl.

And for a quick bump update… here I am at 37 weeks in the space! We are ready and waiting this month!

I do realize that we’ll need to make changes to parts of this room to baby-proof it as our little girl grows. Starting now, the pillows will be pulled out of the crib anytime she is sleeping in there. The crib mattress can easily be lowered once she starts to roll and move. As she starts to reach for things, we can shorten the fishing line to raise the crystal mobile higher up and close to the ceiling. Eventually, if our little lady is really curious and possibly climbs, we may need to relocate some of the glass and ceramic pieces on her dresser. We will cross those bridges when we get to them.

Right now, I love this space and I’m looking forward to sharing it and all of its pretty details with our sweet little angel. Making memories in this space with her will only make this room even more special!

 

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