Make a cloud pillow


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Happy Thursday friends. I am just trying to rest and relax before this baby comes any day now!! Here’s a little cloud pillow I made for his room. Xoxo Jess

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Nursery DIY: Felt Hot Air Balloon Mobile


IMG_0530For the nursery I want to DIY as many projects as I could for the decor and after researching mobiles I knew I didn’t want to spend $40 on buying one.  I don’t have a nursery theme but I thought with the stenciled cloud wall a hot air balloon mobile would be perfect.  I found this tutorial and mostly followed her instructions, except I used my sewing machine and not hand stitching to complete the balloons. IMG_9959 Using colorful pieces of felt I cut out 8 of these shapes per balloon. To make the balloons a bit more detailed I cut off the tops of the shape and sewed them on to one of another color.IMG_9958I used my sewing machine to stitch together the 8 pieces.IMG_9967and left an opening at the bottom on the last one to turn it inside out and stuff it with polyfil..IMG_9961IMG_9969 Once stuffed I used a small circle of felt and hand sewed it over the opening..I then used pieces of wine corks and hand sewed them on so they would hang like a basket.IMG_9972 I also sewed a couple little clouds and stuffed them..IMG_0101IMG_0104and made a tiny bunting for this balloon..IMG_9975 I used more felt to cover the piece it hangs from and hot glued the balloons to ribbon. and here’s the completed mobile! I think it turned out really cute and I just love it.  Hopefully baby R will too;) xoJessIMG_0526

Decoupaged console table


These pictures are pretty horrible but I did a project to makeover our console table in the living room.  It’s just an Ikea table that was a light wood color that blended with our floors and was pretty blah. I tried painting the drawer but didn’t like it so I decided to decoupage it with a faux snakeskin black and white print. It turned out pretty awesome and faux-animal print is considered a neutral “color”, have you heard that too?  I’m not super crazy about our tomato red wall anymore but I have no idea what to do with it, so for now I like this table in front of it. I recently put a bunch of pictures and candle holders on top and I like how it looks.  I keep a bunch of junk in the drawers like extra candles and I don’t even know what else.

Here’s what I used: Mod podge//scrapbook paper, about 30 sheets//paint brush.  I cut the paper into strips as large as I could and painted the back with mod podge.  I went over the edges and layered the top with one coat to protect it.  That’s it..   So far it looks like new, except a bit of wax that spilled, but it mostly scraped off without damaging the surface.  What do you think?

Have you ever decoupaged a piece of furniture?  Here’s the only before pic I could find of the console table in all it’s Ikea glory.DSC_0063IMG_8748IMG_8717IMG_0093 Photo update: Here’s what it looks like today with some of my have pictures and momentos..IMG_0094 IMG_0091

Recipe scrapbook DIY (#2)


DSC_0095DSC_0096DSC_0101 Happy New Years!  It’s been a while since I’ve been on, I’ve been keeping myself busy researching baby stuff, visiting family (I went back home 3 times this year, a record since we moved in 2008), and all around just nesting at home.   This is a little project that I made for my sister and her now husband-some of my Fave recipes in a cute little LOVE calendar.  There are ideas on expressing love for each day of the year in this lil book and I simply pasted recipes I love and wanted to share on the pages I didn’t so much love-like wear matching tee-shirts on your next date, gross.  Of course if you like that sort of thing, by all means, just not for me and my hubs haha.  DSC_0097 DSC_0099 DSC_0100Supplies: Daily calendar, recipe cards, washi tape and glue.  1//Cut the recipe cards to fit into the calendar. Write out your favorite recipes onto the cards. 2//Glue recipes into the calendar 3//use washi tape to add a decorative touch 4//Make sure to add a personal note if it’s a gift–I wrote a special if not cheesy “recipe for Love” onto their wedding date:)  Oh, I should share some pictures of their wedding, my sis and all her (DIY) decor (omg swoon) it was so gorgeous; We went to a small port town in Wisconsin  and it was absolutely freezing but gorgeous there.  It made me miss winter if you can believe.  Here’s another diy recipe book I made a year ago for  myself that I love and actually use, because I keep all my best recipes there.  Cheers! Jess
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DIY Bachelorette party sash & veil


My sister got married last weekend (!!!) and it was amazing.  I can’t believe how grown up and gorgeous she was and what a beautiful day it turned out to be.  As they are honeymooning in St. Lucia I’m back in home life and you guessed it, blogging life!  The bloggy bug has hit me again so for my first post in December 2013 I’ll show  you how I made a bachelorette sash and veil for my sister’s party.

IMG_8876Supplies: glittery gold cardstock, scissors, craft glue, 5″ white ribbon, sewing machine, thread.  First, I used a pretty cursive font and printed out “Bride to be” on paper. I taped this to my card stock and carefully cut it out.  You may use an exacto knife and cutting pad but I didn’t have these around. It took a little time but turned out so pretty.
IMG_9033For the sash I measured a length around myself going from shoulder to hip then sewed a diagonal line so it would lay down on the hip.IMG_9035I layed out my letters where they would read correctly from the front (using a mirror with the sash on helped me find the right side) then glued them down. IMG_8878IMG_9040I also cut out two hearts and glued them on.IMG_9037Making sure it was reading correctly…IMG_9039And wrapped up nicely for my sister to open.IMG_9046Supplies for the veil: duck or other hair clip, tulle, string of beads, ribbon, small piece of felt, faux flowers, hot glue and gun.  I first cut 4 or so lengths of tulle, 5 or so pieces of ribbon, and 3 string of beads each of about 2.5 feet in length and tied them together at the top using a bit of string.  I glued a circle of felt to the duck clip and glued the tulle to the felt.
IMG_9047I then glued 3 faux flowers to the top of her veil and there you have it, a simple and super cute gift for the bachelorette! I had to try it on because I really wanted to be the bachelorette, hee hee.
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Home


I’m back after 8 days in Wisconsin visiting my family and celebrating and planning for my sister’s upcoming wedding.  I’m so grateful for the people in my life and the willingness of our family to always come together to support and love each other.  Sometimes it’s hard and things aren’t perfect but it’s worth the effort to be there for the people you care about.  I just wish I could have them all in one place.
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Clay gem jewelry


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Hi friends happy thursday. I’m getting ready for a fun trip back home to Wisconsin for my sisters bridal party and bachelorette so I’m busy making some fun things for her.  I’d love to share what I made after to keep it a surprise.   For today I wanted to share some clay gems I made.  I used sculpey clay in a granite gray and a lovely copper shade to make these beads.  I rolled various sizes of clay into balls then used a razor to slice off bits to form a gem shape.  Then I used a bamboo stick to make holes through the gem so I could string them.  I followed the baking instructions then I had my beads.  Once I strung them I had some funky new jewels, easy as that!  It seems like there are endless possibilities with clay, see what else I did here and here! also here.  Thanks for looking!