Random Monday

It’s been so pretty here the last few weeks.  The colors of fall are everywhere.

We’ve been taking evening walks before dinner and enjoying the outdoor fireplace.

So Saturday, we woke up to snow! In Virginia! In October! I know those of you up north are just rolling your eyes at me but its just a little unheard of to have snow before Halloween here.

I noticed at the same time my Rhododendron bush has new life

We spent a good chunk of the day at my parents house going through closets finding lost treasures, eating homemade soup, and having an all around relaxing time.

My dad had found me another apple crate, and I found these quilted coverlets my grandma had made a long time ago along with this crocheted blanket.

Two bags of books for the boy

A handmade “couch potato” pillow that a family friend made me years and years ago. He loved it so much and has been sleeping with it since he claimed it as his

When we got home the boy was ready for a long nap. I got a few things done around the house including my pinterest challenge item. I’ll share it on Wednesday, you can check out my  boards if you want to try to guess what I made. It involved my new favorite set of fabric.

Did anyone else have crazy weather over the weekend?

Have a happy Monday!

Sarah

2 More Tutorials {Gold Leaf Bowl & Appliques}

I’ve got 2 more tutorials from the baby shower for you today.

The appliques I made for the onsie decorating station was probably the most time consuming but well worth it.  Appliques for 20 baby onsies can get expensive and I was able to do it for just pennies.

I started with a pack of pre-cut fabric squares that I purchased at Hobby Lobby with a coupon and little bit of heat-n-bond I already had.  Be sure to pre-wash your fabric so it shrinks before you decorate your t’s.

I used a few cookie cutters as templates for my appliques. Butterflies, hearts, fish, a dog, a flower, stars, etc. where the right size for this project.

Trace your design on the fabric and then cut around the shape. Adhere to the heat-n-bond per directions.

Iron on to your onsies per directions and viola!

The last tutorial for today is a gold leaf bowl for the Wish Tree.  This is a great project for this time of year, it would look great filled with pine cones or holiday ornaments.

I found this large plastic bowl at Dollar Tre

The gold leaf I had on hand for this project was a little different then what I’m used it.  Brush on the medium and wait until it is clear and tacky.

Rub the gold leaf sheets and the gold leaf will adhere to the medium. Other types of gold leaf are similar except that you don’t pull up the paper to reveal the gold leaf, you simply rub in for a more opaque finish.

I did another layer over top the first for more coverage of gold leaf.

The finished bowl:

I hope a few of these ideas got your own creative juices flowing. The best part is that you aren’t limited to a baby shower, you can adapt these to your own tastes and needs.

I hope you all have a great weekend. I’m hoping to get a little mini makeover with my hair. I mentioned earlier last week that I’m growing it out for Locks of Love but it’s time to get a little bit of style in it or I might cave and cut it all off.  Maybe a little before and after will be in order???

Next week I’ll be sharing the kitchen and bathroom before and after as well as trying to make a few needed changes to the look and layout of the blog. I’m hoping to organize some of the categories a little bit better with pictures so it’s easier to navigate. What do you think? Do you have any suggestions of what kinds of changes you would like to see?

It’s been beautiful in Virginia this past week with the leaves changing, I’ve gotten a few pictures this week and I’m hoping to get out for some family pictures this weekend and an all around relaxing weekend.

Have a beautiful weekend!

Sarah

Blog love {Design Sponge}

Thanks to Design Sponge for featuring my Riddling Rack today! If you are visiting for the first time Welcome! Let me know if you have any questions on anything you see here. Be sure to subscribe or add me to your reader to see new posts.

I’ll be back tomorrow with two more tutorials for the baby shower I helped throw last weekend. See you then!

Sarah

Fabric Garland

The great thing about this fabric garland is that it is so versatile and can be used for any party. But it’s so gorgeous why not have it out all the time? It was a cinch to make and it took me about an hour to create the whole thing from start to finish.

Let’s get started!

Get some awesome fabric of your choice. I also used pom pom trim, which you may remember from my ribbon chandelier as well as some lace fabric from a dress that didn’t fit.  This is a great project to use any left over scrap fabric you might have laying around too.

Figure out how long you want your garland to hang, double that number and add 2 inches for the fold.  I wanted mine to hang 8″ so I pre-cut my fabric to 18″ long.  Cut a starter slit in your fabric to your desired width. I cut every 2 inches.

Now, use some pent up energy to rip the fabric.  Cotton fabric works best for this. Your fabric will fray, if that’s not the look you are going for then use a rotary cutter or cut your fabric by hand and use fray check on the edges.

Lay your pieces out in the order you want your garland

Use twin for the base of the garland

Tie your fabric strips to the garland

Enjoy!

Let me know if you make any garland, I’d love to see what you’ve created!  How awesome will it look in the Christmas tree this year?

Sarah

A Baby Shower

Good morning! I hope everyone had a fabulous weekend!  Is it really Tuesday already? I swear, sometimes I just don’t know where the time goes.

  Saturday I helped throw a baby shower for one of my best friends. I was in charge of the decorations so I’ve spent the last few weeks getting ready. I thought I’d share a few of the details with you all this morning. I’ve also got a few tutorials to share with you later in the week.

My friend already had a color scheme in mind for the baby’s room (She’s having a girl) pink, chocolate brown, turquoise, and gold.  She was having a little bit of a hard time pulling everything together so I thought I’d get some fabric that had all the colors in it to help tie everything together.

I mean seriously.  What’s NOT to love with this fabric set? Nothing. That’s what. I’m so in love with that paisley fabric it’s not even funny. I’m going back to Hobby Lobby to buy as many yards as I can.  I’m also loving the last fabric in this picture, the one with the “stripes”. LOOOVVVEEEE.

My hope was that if she liked something, she could use it in the room. Luckily she loved everything and I’ll be going over later to help her pull the room together; maybe she’ll let me share a few before and after photos.

Garland using said fabrics with a few scraps from my own stash. This is so fun. I was secretly wishing my friend wouldn’t want this so I could keep it for myself:)

Decorate a Onsie station. I had a mix of onsies ranging in size from 0-12months.  Everyone decorated their shirts with handmade appliques, trim, scrap fabric, and their imagination.

The finished shirts:

I made a “Wish Tree” where everyone could write a wish, hope, or dream for the baby on a piece of decorative paper, roll it up, then drop it in a clear Christmas ornament and hang it on the tree.

Instead of using wire hooks for the ornaments, I ripped small pieces of the fabrics and tied them to the loop of the ornaments.

Vintage Pepsi crates held mason jars for drinks with hand punched tags tied to twine for drink tags.

My friend loves to read so we asked that people bring their favorite book as a child to help start the baby’s book collection.

Daisies are her favorite flower so I had vases full of flowers scattered throughout the shower

I thought I’d share the gifts I gave to the baby as well.  I love to give and receive  handmade gifts. Nothing means more to me than to know that someone took time to create something just for me. I think everyone deserves a handmade gift, especially a new little life.

You’ll have to excuse this poor picture; I had about 2 minutes to take the picture so I couldn’t get it styled quiet right to capture it’s cuteness.  The baby crochet pattern was really easy to do. It came from Lion Brand.  I also added 2 flowers to the corner from yarn from my stash.

I’ve been making these little shoes for every baby that I know for a little over a year now but I think these maybe my favorite. Maybe it’s because we’ve been having a string of boys lately so it was a welcome change to create for a little girl!

I used SweetPea Patterns on Etsy and added the flower on the top.  My “handmade by Sarah” tags came from greenbeansnstrings also on Etsy.

Be sure to check back later in the week where I’ll be sharing a few tutorials for a few of the decorations I made for the shower.

Have a fabulous day!

Sarah

Blog Love {The DIY Show Off}

The DIY Show Off

 

 

Good morning!  Today is an exciting day for me and my little blog; I’m being featured on The DIY Show Off today!  I was beyond THRILLED when Roeshel emailed to say she wanted to feature me.  Me? REALLY??? 

I started this blog in May; on my birthday to be exact. My big {gulp}  3-0 birthday {wow! Did I really just announce that here?!}  I never imagined the positive feedback and support I’ve gotten from you all since I started. I’d just like to say THANK YOU for stopping by, reading, commenting, and showing me your support as I share my creative endevours with all of you.  The last almost 6 months have been a blast and it’s only going to get better from here!

I don’t know when the post will be live but stop by The DIY Show Off and take a peak at all the fabulous projects Roshel shares on a daily basis!  If you are vising here for the first time. WELCOME!!  Take a look around, if you have any questions about me or anything you see here leave me a comment or email me at hartsdesire@hotmail.com

Have a great day!

Sarah

 

Dressing up the hair {DIY Feather Comb}

I wanted a little something to dress up my hair for the wedding last weekend.  I’ve been growing my hair out for 3 years now to donate to Locks of Love and it’s starting to get to a point now where it’s so long it’s hard to do anything with it.  It’s too long to do some of the cuter styles I used to do to it.  Anymore, I just put it up to get it off my face and leave it for the day. That wasn’t going to work for the wedding so I decided to make a cute hair comb to dress up the up-do I had my stylist do.

The picture above was NOT the hair I wore to the wedding.  Chelsea, at Salon La Petite did a fabulous up-do for me.  Unfortunately,  I didn’t get a picture of it to share!  I was bummed about it.  It looked so great!

Supplies:

Hair Comb

Large Button

Feathers

Lace, Ribbon, or Fabric of your choice

Hot Glue Gun w/ extra glue sticks

I took a small piece of bias tape and glued it to the top of the comb to act as a base for everything else.

I then added another piece of lace, that will show in the final design. I also added a few feathers on top of each other.  Try to glue them all in the same spot so the button will cover the ends completely.

I added another layer of lace to the back of the button then glued the button to the feathers being sure to cover up all the end pieces of the feathers.

And that’s it!

This could be easily adapted to using just a bobby pin.  Use a piece of felt cut to the shape of the button, attach a few feathers and/or lace to the back of the button, glue everything to the felt and attach to the bobby pin but cutting 2 parallel slits into the felt.

Here is another comb I made at the same time. I used leftover sweater material from my Anthro sweater Refashion and fashioned them into rosettes using hot glue to hold everything together.  You can find tutorials all over the web for the rosettes, I then attached the rosettes to the bias tape I used over the top of the comb.  Viola!

How great are these to make as Christmas gifts this year?  You can make several of them at a time.  Several combs come together in the package, I picked a package up at Dollar Tree.  This is also a great project to use up the odds and ends you might have in your fabric/craft stash.

Happy Crafting!

Sarah

Outdoor Fall Decor

I’m all about a creative post title this morning, huh??

Anywho, The weather finally cooperated so I could get a few pictures of our outdoor fall decor.  I did two little displays this year.

This one is by our garage door to great us when we come home:

I mixed and matched real pumpkins with a few fake I had from my stash this year in the old basket.

See that great stool?  I picked it up for a $1 at a yard sale a few weeks ago.  My original thought was to give it a new life as little man’s bar stool on the kitchen island but I’m starting to think it’s made to stay in this state; it looks so happy outside.  What do you think?

We picked up a few pumpkins last weekend at a pumpkin patch we visited. I haven’t even gotten those pictures uploaded on the computer yet.  I’m still going through wedding pictures to get caught up.  Once I get them edited, I’ll share a few, unless it’s December and then it would just be silly.  Anyway, back to the pumpkins…we picked up a few green, orange, and white pumpkins along with a cool Cinderella type pumpkin that was a mix of all the colors.

I wanted to make sure I was getting a variety of types of pumpkins.  I’m going to harvest the seeds so next year we can plant our own pumpkin patch at our property by the river.  If you’ve been reading my blog for a while you know I’ve been itching to have a pumpkin decorating party.  How fun will it be to have all our friends and family together to pick out their own pumpkin from our patch and then sit around decorating them?  A big cookout to follow and a fire going when it starts getting dark?  LOVE IT.

The Second one is in the front of the house:

I made the front door wreath last year.  Dollar Tree flowers and berry picks, yellow feathers from my dad, and some straw.  I had hopes of making a new wreath for this year but I just never found the time.  Plus, this wreath has held up so why not use it? This is only the 2nd wreath I’ve made in 8 years.  The wreath before it I’d used for 7 years before it bit the dust.  I usually like more traditional wreaths simply because they are classic and can be used over and over.  But, I’m loving some of the fun wreaths I’ve been seeing around the internet this year.  Maybe I’ll get my act together and make one for Christmas…

The urns looked like this a few weeks ago.  I sprayed them black for a more traditional look.

I used old grapevine wreaths on top of the urns, then wrapped the wreaths in berry garland.  I looked for pumpkins with a wide base and sat them right on top.

The front porch is a little weird; the door isn’t centered so there is this awkward corner.  This year I put a big planter in the corner and have had seasonal plants.  The purple grass was planted this spring but I added the fall pansies.

We picked up a few pumpkins last weekend at a pumpkin patch we visited. I haven’t even gotten those pictures uploaded on the computer yet.  I’m still going through wedding pictures to get caught up.  Once I get them edited, I’ll share a few, unless it’s December and then it would just be silly.  Anyway, back to the pumpkins…we picked up a few green, orange, and white pumpkins along with a cool Cinderella type pumpkin that was a mix of all the colors.

I wanted to make sure I was getting a variety of types of pumpkins.  I’m going to harvest the seeds so next year we can plant our own pumpkin patch at our property by the river.  If you’ve been reading my blog for a while you know I’ve been itching to have a pumpkin decorating party.  How fun will it be to have all our friends and family together to pick out their own pumpkin from our patch and then sit around decorating them?  A big cookout to follow and a fire going when it starts getting dark?  LOVE IT.

So, that’s it.  Has anyone else been doing some fall decorating outside?  Tell me about it, link up in the comment section, I’d love to see!

I hope everyone has a fabulous day!

Sarah