DIY Embellished Baseball Cap

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Ever have a broken statement necklace that is beyond repair and looking to do something with it? DIY embellished baseball cap, my friends! I’ve had this necklace from Ann Taylor for years and wore it with a million different things until one day it snapped – the necklace part was quite thin silver with more faux diamond jewels on it so I wasn’t too surprised when it just fell apart. But I love the beaded area with the coral, pink, and lilac gems and didn’t want to just toss the whole thing. Then I kept seeing caps like this and this while I was out and about and a light-bulb went off – embellish a baseball cap with the broken necklace!

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There’s not much of a tutorial, really. I just found this gray baseball cap at Old Navy and used gray thread to sew the necklace onto the front of the cap. The necklace had what were almost like branches holding the beads together so I just sewed over every “branch” to make the necklace as secure as possible.

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I love it! Can’t wait to wear it out this summer – I happen to have loads of that orange/coral color.

A New Hobby: Cross-stitch

Do you cross-stitch? Cross-stitching has quickly become my new obsession, my craft of choice. But let me back up. I’ve been feeling a little….well, blah lately. This winter – all the snow, the days stuck inside, the potty training toddler, the many, many leaks we have in our house from ice damns – it’s all just too much. Too much! And I am not one to complain about winter, I certainly prefer the cold weather (coats!) and usually think we don’t get enough snow (to ski!), so, I needed something. Something new to be excited about. A new thing for me to spend all my free time doing (ha, free time meaning the couple hours I have after the kids go to bed before I go to bed or just fall asleep on the couch). I had some books I’d like to read all loaded on my Kindle, but then I’d fall asleep immediately. I have a bunch of great magazine subscriptions, but same problem (I also need more sleep apparently), so my search continued.

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Until one day I found it. On marthstewart.com by way of the Loeffler Randall Instagram account run by their Creative Director Jessie. She grammed a photo of a cross-stitch in progress of the face of every child in her son’s class and it really caught my eye. Because I’ve cross-stitched a few times when I was little and always did little kits, and honestly any kit you find ispretty lame. But here, this woman was taking an idea from Martha Stewart where you draw your own patterns on graph paper and then stitch them – adorable! I immediately (well, within a week) ran to the craft store to buy my materials. I decided to buy one of the lame kits to freshen my cross-stitch skills, I picked the one above because I thought a little someone in my house may enjoy having it framed in her room when I’m done (purple!). I’m almost done and it only took 3 nights.

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So now I am going to practice creating my own cross-stitch patterns and get to work on a little family portrait, maybe based on our family photos? Who knows! The ideas are endless and are swimming in my head right now. If you’re a member of my family or close friend, watch out – a cross-stitch of yourself may be in your future!

What’s getting you through this winter?

Spring Craft Classes

 

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I am so excited to share with you the schedule of my craft classes this fall! This term I’m doing a 3-class series called Handmade Tuesdays with Jess. Click here to sign up for all 3 classes and save! Below you can read the catalog description of each class and click through to sign up for individual classes. All classes are taught at Arlington High School in Arlington, MA. Can’t wait to see you in class!

Hand-painted Glass Vase
Tuesday, April 7 7-9pm

Glass painting is fun and simple if you know how. Join master crafter Jess as she leads you through prepping and painting a clear glass vase, perfect as a gift or for your own windowsill, with light shining through. All materials will be provided. You’ll be able to paint your vase free-hand or use stencils and painter’s tape for a more precise design. Then make more vases at home once you learn the technique. Please bring an additional $10 materials fee to instructor at class.

 

Handmade Jewelry
Tuesday, April 14 6:30-8:30pm

Try your hand at making something more demure than a statement necklace. Learn how to make delicate handmade jewelry this spring with Jess. Each student will make two pieces of jewelry (necklaces, bracelets, or one of each). Please bring your own needle-nose pliers to class if you have them. Please bring additional $16 materials fee to instructor at class.  Children over the age of 9 are welcome to register when accompanied by an adult.

 

Handmade Mother’s Day Cards
Tuesday, April 28 7-9pm

In May 2014 one of Jess’s handmade cards appeared in Martha Stewart Living magazine, in fact it was a card she made for her own mother! Come make this “Martha Stewart Approved” Mother’s Day card, and create two additional cards using rubber stamps, washi tape, embossing powder and more. Please bring scissors suitable for cutting paper and a $10 material fee. Children over the age of 9 are welcome to register when accompanied by an adult.

Toddler Craft Project – Valentine’s Day Pasta Necklace

For this month’s toddler craft project I had to do something for Valentine’s Day. I thought it would be cute to put together pasta necklaces that the kids can either wear themselves or give to someone they love like, I don’t know – their moms! And to add an extra level of craftiness to this craft I thought it would be cute to paint the pasta in red, pink, and white to make them even more appropriate for Valentine’s Day. Now, we have about a dozen kids at 1 kitchen table doing these craft projects every month so having them paint the beads was not going to happen so I painted them ahead of time. But, if your toddler/child is old enough the first step in this project can be for them to paint the pasta.

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For pasta I used ziti, ditalini (the tiny ones), and rigatoni (not pictured).

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I used regular craft paint in red, pink, and white.

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And painted each bead – you can roll the smooth pasta shapes in the paint but for a noodle like rigatoni you’ll have to paint each one to get in the grooves.

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Once dry, string on yarn with a store-bought heart beads and voila – an adorable Valentine’s Day Pasta Necklace for your loved one!

 

Valentine’s Day Gift Ideas

Other than these Valentine’s Day Rice Krispie treats, I haven’t gotten my act together this year to do a proper Valentine’s Day project to share with you so I thought I’d do a round up of all my favorite projects that I’ve shared over time so you can be inspired to make your Valentine something special this year!

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Valentine’s Day cookies made from a cookie cutter as big as your head – YUM!

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A centerpiece to decorate your kitchen table.

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Gift Guide,

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…or send an Edible Valentine gift this year,

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…or a hilarious Valentine’s Day Gift of Kisses.

 

Happy Valentine’s Day!

How to Commemorate Your Newborn

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I didn’t know how to best title this post so I went with “how to commemorate your newborn.” And what I mean is that sweet newborn phase flies by so quickly (unless you’re in the newborn phase at this very moment and then you feel as if the feeding, lack of sleep, spit up, feeding, and lack of sleep will last forevvvvver. It won’t!) that you often miss/forget how tiny, sweet, and helpless your little one was. I had this idea for commemorating a newborn with Z, but then poof – she was 3 and I never did it. So, I did it now for my baby M. I thought it would be fun to gather some memorable items from his newborn days and display them in a shadow box to hang on his nursery wall. I found a pretty cute shadow box 3 (maybe 4) years ago at Home Goods when I had this idea for Z so I just used that.

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I gathered a few items that I wanted to display (the outfit he wore home from the hospital, a mold of his tiny baby hand, and a bib from the hospital where he was born)…

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..and used the pins that came with the shadow box to display them.

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I added the photo from his handmade baby announcement and mounted it on paper.

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Voila, I have commemorated my (now just about 8 month old) newborn!

Toddler Craft Project – Snowflakes

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This  month’s toddler craft project for our local Baby Bootcamp Stroller Friends play date is quite timely as we’re about to get 2 feet of snow where we live – we’re making snowflakes! These Popsicle stick snowflakes are great because they are simple to prep and then your toddler has free reign over how they’re decorated. It’s also a great way to use up random craft supplies you have – leftover glitter, old stickers, random yarn, etc…

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To make the snowflakes you need 4 Popsicle sticks. Use a glue gun to glue one on top of another until your snowflake is made.

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Then let your toddler at it with glue stick, glitter, stickers, paint, markers, whatever you have around the house.

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Last step, use some string, yarn, (which would look best) or even a pipe cleaner (as Z wanted to use) to tie around the snowflake to proudly hang up in your home!