This past summer we upgraded to new furniture in our living room and some fresh new decorations were needed to match! We went with grey as our main color with blush and mint accents. I had so much fun creating the new look, it feels like an actual “grown up” room for the first time!
We have a large empty wall space above our entertainment center that needed an accent decoration. I wanted something large but still simple and sweet. I decided to put together an oversized hoop wreath and put together a quick tutorial for you as it is SO easy and really adds to any room!
The supplies you will need are:
-Oversized hoop: I used an 18″ Quilt Hoop that I picked up at Joann using a 40% off coupon
-Artificial Greenery and Flowers: I love the selection at Hobby Lobby (AND they go on sale 50% off every other week!)
**I did decide to spray paint my hoop light pink right before starting it because the wood did not match our living room decor.**
I started by pulling my flowers off of the stems and laying them out loosely on the hoop to get an idea of what it would look like. After that, just add the greenery on first. I wanted mine to cover only half the hoop. Use pieces of your floral wire to secure the greenery to the hoop.
Once your greenery is secured use more floral wire to secure your flowers on. You can use hot glue as well in any areas that need extra hold.
Once finished you can hang just on the actual hoop or you can add rope, twine, etc to hang it from. It looks perfect centered over our entertainment center and is exactly the oversized but simple statement piece we were aiming for! And, even better, you can easily swap it out seasonally!
As if having three small children and a dog wasn’t chaotic enough we decided to add another pet to our family last month. And it isn’t just a goldfish or chia pet. We opted for a prickly, adorable, oh so shy hedgehog! We did all sorts of research on these critters beforehand and knew what to expect. We named our new friend Pepper as he is salt and pepper colored, the kids like to call him “Peps” for short.
When doing hedgehog research we learned that they like to snuggle up to sleep in or under something warm and fuzzy. We decided to make him a few snuggle sacks to sleep in and also to cuddle in when being held. Snuggle sacks are great for all kinds of small animals, not just hedgehogs!
These sacks are SUPER easy to make so we thought we would put together a simple tutorial for you! You will need the following supplies:
-Snuggly soft fabric, we used flannel for the outside and fleece for the lining, you will need less than 1/2 yard per sack of each fabric depending on the size you make
-Cutting mat and rotary cutter (optional)
First, decide the size you would like your snuggle sack to be. We decided on 12″ long x 10″ wide as that is just the right size for our hedgehog to cuddle but still have room to move around. You will cut 2 pieces of each fabric 12″ x 10″ in size (4 pieces total). I cut mine using a cutting mat, rotary cutter and straight edge. You can just use scissors if you don’t have a mat and rotary.
Once you have your 4 rectangles (2 main and 2 lining) you will place the 2 main right sides together and 2 lining right sides together. On your main fabric be sure if your print is directional that they are pinned together both facing the correct direction. You will sew the 2 sides and bottom of the main fabrics as indicated by the arrows on the photo below. You will leave the top edge open. On your lining fabric you will do the same except you will leave a couple of inches open along the bottom edge as shown by the circle on the photo below.
After sewing as indicated above you will turn your main fabric right side out and slide the lining over it so that they are right sides together with the open edges at the top on both. See photo below, I am sliding the main fabric down inside the lining.
Once they are right sides together you will clip or pin the open edge together and sew it together in a loop. Do not sew it straight across (all 4 layers) as I did the first time as you will be sewing your sack closed! The photo below shows the 2 layers clipped together all the way around forming a loop. Sew this loop together (2 layers of fabric, main & lining).
After you have sewn the top edge you will pull the sack right side out. You will do this by pulling the fabric through the open hole in the bottom of the lining. You will keep pulling until it is fully right side out (both layers).
Once it is fully right side out you will sew up the hole in the lining you left in the beginning! Just tuck your wrong sides in and sew straight across the small opening as shown by the clips in the photo below.
After sewing the hole closed you will push the lining down inside your main fabric and your snuggle sack is finished! These are so quick and easy to sew! I love this fully lined option as there are no exposed threads for Pepper to chew or unravel. I made several as they get dirty quickly in Pepper’s cage so we always have a fresh clean one when the dirty one is in the wash! I hope your little critter loves these as much as ours does!
Our first post will be a super easy tutorial for a personalized welcome mat! We used a Silhouette machine to make our stencil but you can purchase pre-made stencils as well if you don’t have a vinyl cutter.
You will need the following supplies for this project:
*Blank Door Mat (We used this mat from Ikea but they are also at Target)
*Acrylic Craft Paint in Your Choice of Colors
*Foam Paint Brushes
*Vinyl (and Transfer Tape) or Pre-Made Craft Stencil (I used Design ID #30207 in the Silhouette Store)
I wanted something simple and bright to welcome our guests so I made a stencil with the word hello in a summery aqua shade. First, you will adhere your stencil to the mat. It is a little tricky to get the vinyl fully adhered to the mat so I did use a blowdryer to lightly melt the vinyl on the edges.
Next, you will just paint your design. I recommend a foam brush and to “dab” the paint on. If you brush it on you will most likely get paint leaking under the stencil. You will dab on several coats (3-4) until the stencil is fully colored without the mat color showing through. Once dry, carefully peel up your stencil and you are finished. This is so simple and a great way to personalize your front entry!