Flower Hair Clip

As a project for a mom's group I am involved in we made some really cute hair clips for girls.  These are a great gift or fun to keep!  We made one for ourselves and then we made several for an organization called Birth Choice.  They provide alternative options to abortion and provide support to moms during pregnancy and after baby comes.  We hope these fun gifts encourage some of those moms.  Here's a picture tutorial of what we did:
 Gather materials and cut out flower templates (search Google images or click here):
 Cut different fabrics for three sizes of flower (shown: jean and felt):
 Tie ribbon through button holes:
Using a hot glue gun, glue the three sizes of flowers on top of each other and then glue the button on top of the flowers:

For the clip on the back, to make it a little cuter and for more support, add a small piece of ribbon:
 Wrap it around the clip, and hot glue it shut:
Then glue the clip onto the back of your flower at the ribbon and the two ends:
  Here's a few more samples:


My first Tote/Bag/Purse

Here's my first attempt at making a handbag! I found this embroidered fabric in the remnants at the craft store half off the sale price and I got the interior fabric for free as a hand me down.  My very first thought when I saw the fabric was that it was so organic looking and would be so cute as a tote!  I made it to put some items in at a store or something, but it has turned into my official bag or purse.  I was carrying diapers around in a grocery sack wherever I went so that I would avoid overloading things into a bag, but I am trying to keep my tote to the minimal and it looks cuter than a plastic bag!  Hope you like it and hope to make more.  I know with each sewing project I learn more and more--it's definitely a hobby where you learn as you try!


My Compost Bin

 Welp, I started my own compost bin!  I am pretty excited about and have already read my first composting book.  It's a little guy (maybe one foot tall and six inches wide), but just perfect for my learning pace... :)  Some things I've already added are veggie and fruit leftovers, egg shells, lobster shells, grass, leaves, a little bit of dirt, some weeds, and coffee grounds.  It's crazy how you'll be somewhere and think--man that would be awesome for my compost... haha!!  We were driving down a main road and saw some horse manure and I told my husband I could jump out and get it...he thinks that's weird.  I don't have any source of manure and the book I read talked about how important it is to have the manure to break down elements and make it a rich fertilizer for your vegetable garden or whatever, so I am hopefully that I soon come across a source of manure that would be easy to grab and go (and not be weird...)!  


Make-My-Own ONE Picture!

 For my first son's first birthday we took him to the picture studio, got him all dressed nicely, and had him take a picture with a "1".  For my second son's birthday we decided that it's too expensive and you aren't guaranteed a good picture (let's be honest--it's pretty stressful!).  So, I made my own "1" and took pictures on a black tablecloth.  The ONE is made out of cardboard that I painted white.  Here's some pictures of the cardboard one and some from our little photo shoot...  
It took a few photo sessions throughout the day, but we saved a few bucks and got a few good pictures!  I think for Christmas we will have to do our own pictures again!


Christmas Layout #3

Here's my next layout for my first year baby scrapbook!  It's Elijah's first Christmas and it marks the end of the pages I have to do for the winter holidays.  I am planning on doing an Easter layout next and then back to the classic pages like first doctor visit and such.  Yea! 
I loved this paper, the little jewels, and the cool black chipboard so it was kinda fun figuring out how to make it all go together.  
I did all of the pictures in these booklets held down by buttons.  You don't see too many pictures on the front so it looks pretty, but as you open the pages, you can see many pictures and journaling!
I'll do a little tutorial on this booklet since the opening was a little tricky, but it's a lot like my other ones.  You can find some on the scrapbooking page or look in the label: tutorial.
  If you missed it--make sure you check out Nehemiah's first Christmas page! It turned out so cute!!


2010 Christmas Card Sketch

Here's my idea for our Christmas card this year.  I have about 100 to 150 to make so I want it to be fairly simple, but really cute.  I also want to have a picture of our family (in our Christmas jammies) somewhere on the card.  The sketch I came up with in my head looks like this:
Any ideas? I could totally switch it up or alter the idea I have a little bit.  I haven't found the designer paper I want to use, so I'm not sure of the colors.  I haven't thought much of the inside, but I was thinking of typing up something and pasting it inside.  Any input would be incredible!!


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