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Embroidery hoop snowman

This super cute and ridiculously easy Embroidery Hoop Snowman will make a great addition to your home this Christmas/winter season! Need a last minute gift? You can whip this up in just a few minutes! I always get a little bummed when we put away the holiday decor, but winter lasts basically forever in Wisconsin, so this one I may leave up until spring. ;)

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This is our first Christmas in our new house, so I wanted to add something fresh to my Christmas decor. You can embellish your snowman a lot or keep yours on the simple side like mine. I was planning to add more detail, but as I was making it, simple felt like the way to go.

Supplies:

  • 3 embroidery hoops of varying sizes
  • white fabric
  • black or dark grey felt
  • fabric scrap for scarf
  • two small branches
  • hot glue gun

1. Stretch your white fabric over your three hoops. Trim the excess fabric. Use your hot glue gun to glue the three hoops together in size order.

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2. Wrap and tie the fabric scarf between the top two hoops.

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3. Cut out a hat, buttons, and whatever other embellishments you want on your snowman. Glue them down.

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4. Glue the branches onto the back of the middle hoop for the arms.

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Now you just need to find the perfect place for your snowman. Hang him on your wall or prop him on your front porch to greet all your holiday guests!

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I’m excited to have this cute little snowman in our Christmas/winter decor!


This post was originally posted on I Heart Naptime as part of the Crazy Christmas Event in 2016.

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Painted Planter Tutorial and FREE teacher appreciation printable!

You can smell it in the air… summer is coming! If your little ones are still finishing out their school year, chances are you’ll need a teacher gift or two. As a former elementary school teacher, I can tell you how wonderful it is to feel so appreciated at the end of a long school year! This easy DIY is something that teachers can enjoy year-round, and if you don’t have a teacher to buy for, make one for yourself!

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Supplies:

  • succulent planter (I found these fabulous ceramic hanging planters at Target. Here is a similar one and a glass one.)
  • paint {or a Sharpie marker!}
  • paintbrush
  • Free Thank You Printable

1. Choose the color and find a paint that is appropriate for the material of your planter.

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2. Begin to paint your design! I began with polka dots:DSC_5999

3. Continue to paint all around the planter until you’ve covered it as much or as little as you want. Experiment with fun designs, like these plus signs:

DSC_60244. Fill with succulents and the appropriate dirt/rocks.

DSC_60585. Then, if you’re giving these to a teacher, print off these easy thank you cards that say “Thank You for helping me grow” – I love a good punny thank you note!

Download the Free Teacher Appreciation Printable Thank You for Helping me Grow cards now

Each page has four cards, so you can print them out on card stock and have ready made cards for each teacher in your child’s life or print them onto regular paper and glue to the front of a card that your child colors. I found that they print perfectly on these postcards, which are perforated to it super easy if you have multiple teachers!DSC_6073

And if you aren’t in need of a teacher gift, just hang them up and enjoy them yourself!DSC_6098

Or maybe do both? Because let’s be honest, you just can’t have too many succulents around! So fresh and bright – great for a gift or great for your own home.DSC_6093

This is really one of my absolute favorite non-sewing crafts I’ve made lately, and I just couldn’t part with these two. So I had to make a different one to send with my oldest for his last day of his homeschool group. And hopefully my black thumb will be able to keep these lovelies alive. :)

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Easy, Last Minute Valentines

Easy Last-minute Valentines

So, it’s Wednesday. If you haven’t gotten Valentines yet, you’ll probably find that they’re fairly picked over at the store.DSC_4168

But no worries, you can make these incredibly fast and easy, last-minute Valentines!DSC_4162

In fact, they’re so easy, it will probably take you longer to read this post than to actually make them.DSC_4167

Supplies:

  • washi tape
  • pencils

That’s it!! I got these adorable sparkly pencils and this “Happy Valentine’s Day” washi tape in the Target dollar spot. If you can’t find actual Valentine’s Day washi, just grab a marker and write it on top of your favorite washi tape!

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These are great for the playgroup you forgot about or even for just stashing in your child’s backpack for the teacher’s aide you didn’t realize helped out in their class.
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If you’re a procrastinator, there’s still hope!
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I love celebrating love. :)
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Painted Gardening Tin: a Tutorial

Painted Gardening TinI recently had the fabulous opportunity to play with some awesome painting supplies from Martha Stewart Crafts.

DSC_0684I had about a bajillion different ideas, but when I came across these large tin buckets, I knew it would be the perfect canvas.

DSC_0681You’ll love how easy it is…
DSC_06881. Press the self-adhesive stencils to your tin. Especially if your surface is uneven, you’ll want to make sure the entire stencil is completely pressed down. Otherwise, your paint will leak through. [not that I would know from first hand experience or anything…]DSC_06922. Apply your paint. I used the foam pouncers, which come in a few different sizes and make it application really simple.DSC_0685Helloooo gorgeous paint colors!DSC_06963. Carefully peel off the stencils and add some fun embellishments with decorative stencils.DSC_07054. Grab one of Martha’s brushes and add some garden-y details.

DSC_0709I added some flowers, keeping it pretty simple. How sweet would it be to use the stencils to add a great personalized Mother’s Day message to the back? So many possibilities with these fun products!DSC_0727Throw some gardening tools, seeds, etc. inside to make a complete gardening set! Such a great Mother’s Day gift, right?DSC_0723

All these Martha Stewart painting products are available at Michael’s Craft stores, and Michael’s is celebrating moms with a special coupon! Click here to get yours and save on your next shopping trip [because you know I’m all about saving on my sewing and crafting supplies!]

You can check out Plaid Crafts on Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, or at their blog.

Disclosure: I wrote this post as part of a sponsored campaign with Plaid and The Blueprint Social. All opinions and serious l.o.v.e. of Martha Stewart Crafts are my own.

Inspiration “Cork” Board

Confession time: I absolutely LOVE cooking competition shows. Iron Chef, Next Food Network Star… [sigh, I miss cable] So when I was given the opportunity to participate in a crafty Iron Chef type Scribble Challenge, I was so super excited.

I was sent a box of craft supplies from Scribble Shop and given the challenge of making something using all of them.

I was sent the following supplies:

metallic stamp pad
Mod Podge
stencil
raffia
Dress It Up embellishments
glass gems
paisley shapes
popsicle sticks
colored pencils 

With these supplies, and a few of my own, I made an inspiration board to go above my sewing table.

From my own supplies, I also used:

burlap
cardboard
rub-on letters
thumb tacks
Elmer’s glue
fabric glue
stapler

Instead of buying a cork board [because I am cheap!], I stacked three pieces of cardboard together. I used the regular glue to stick those together. I stretched a piece of burlap around the cardboard and attached it with my stapler.

Using the stamp pad and the stencil, I added a “painted” embellishment.

I added some of the self-sticking paisley shapes to the other side and raffia around the whole thing with fabric glue.

With the colored pencils, I colored one of the popsicle sticks. I used my rub-on letters to spell out the word “create.” I covered the popsicle stick with Mod Podge, to seal the letters onto the stick.

I used my fabric glue [because I was too lazy to go fire up the glue gun…] to attach my thumb tacks to the glitter Dress It Up embellishments and the glass gems. Is it okay to love thumb tacks? Because I totally do.

Thumb tacks ready to be used!

You can check out Scribble Shop on Facebook, Twitter, or Google Plus. Plus, you can use the code FONLYNAP to receive 15% your craft supplies on Scribble Shop until April 30th.

Disclosure: I was given this product for my participation in this challenge.

Linking up to these parties!

Burlap Placemats – Tutorial at SIDAC

Today I am so excited to be a guest over at The Southern Institute of Domestic Arts and Crafts.  If you haven’t seen Jenny’s blog, you are missing out.  She creates some wonderful things!  I’m over there today with a tutorial on how to make these super easy painted burlap placemats.

So come on over and check it out!  And peek around Jenny’s blog while you’re there – you’ll get lost in all the creativity!

Have a great Thursday!