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Artist Retreat!

I’m off on a mini ArtistRetreatat the Ace Hotel in Palm Springs this weekend to work on finishing my book, Prudent Advice for My Baby Daughter. Before I go I wanted to thank Kenziepoo and MadeByGirl for the beautiful posts about my home today! What an amazing treat to wake up to! I also want… Read more »

Girls Getaway, News, Travel, Travel Inspiration

DIY Photo Cubes

Our buddy Kelly over at Yes, Please created this adorable photo mural with the abundance of gorgeous engagement and wedding photos she netted from her sessions with amazing photographersErin Hearts Court. Wouldn’t this be great in a nursery with family photos or baby photos? She used recycled tiny ikea planters leftover from her wedding succulentfavors,… Read more »

Decor, Prudent Home

DIY Craft Punch Stationery Part 2

One of the nicest headaches of being a new mom is ALL THOSE THANK YOU NOTES. Put those Craft Punches to work with 10 minute (or less) custom stationery. More fun ideas to come this week… What you need: Pretty cardstock (or in this case recycled calendar page) which will be the back of… Read more »

By Craft, Paper

Pretty Parsley Pesto Recipe

I’ve been wanting to come up with a way to use up all this parsley that’s growing like weeds around my yard. Pesto is the perfect solution, and packaged up in a recycled baby food jar, it’s cute to bring to a dinner party. Get the recipe after the jump… Pretty Parsley Pesto Recipe Parsley… Read more »

Entertaining + Food, Food Crafts, Recipes, Sauces

DIY Fabric Lunch Bag!

A custom fabric lunch bag takes 20 minutes, is adorable, and you can make one to match any outfit.  These are fantastic thoughtful gifts (or gift wrapping) too.  And they cost virtually nothing – you’ll even save money (and trees) on paper bags. Get the DIY after the jump! 1.  Cut your decor-weight or canvas… Read more »

Accessories, Baby + Kid, By Craft, Sewing & Serging

Crochet Pennant Garland

Pennant Garlands are everywhere and we still can’t get enough. This weekend, I tried one with yarn! It was really fun to make and pretty quick. Oh, and you can make this in bed, a total plus for crochet in general. I think these would be A-dorable on the mantle for Christmas strung from stocking to stocking.

Directions after the jump:

Key:

DC: Double Crochet

Ch: Chain Stitch

SC: Single Crochet 

I used an I/9 hook but anything from G-K would work.

Tips:

Unless otherwise noted, pick up both loops of each stitch

Keep gauge loose for ease of crochet and so that the piece will lay flat

 

Pennant:

Row 1: Ch 4, 3 DC in first Ch stitch (This should look like 4 DC in one loop – a tiny triangle)

Row 2: Ch 3, turn, 1 DC each in next 4 stitches (including the first stitch right at the bottom of your chain & the last stitch, which will be tighter. You can pick up just the top loop on the last DC)

Row 3: Ch 3, turn, 1 DC each in next 5 stitches

Row 4: Ch 3, turn, 1 DC each in next 6 stitches

Row 5: Ch 3, turn, 1 DC each in next 7 stitches

Row 6: Ch 3, turn, 1 DC each in next 8 stitches

Row 7: Ch 3, turn, 1 DC each in next 9 stitches (You can continue with more rows if you would prefer larger triangles)

Pull yarn through one last time to tie off and cut leaving a 1-2 inch tail

Crochet desired number of pennants (there are 7 here)

Connecting Garland:

1. With garland color, Ch 25 (or more stitches for added length at end)

2. Pick up top row of a pennant (with the pennant tail facing right)

3. 1 SC in each (10) stitch across top of pennant (make sure your first stitch is directly under the tail knot)

4. Ch 5 (or more, if you want more space between pennants)

5. Repeat step 2-4 for each pennant

6. After attaching last pennant, Ch 25 (or more for added length.)

Clean up:

Weave hook through top row of pennant (as shown below) and pick up tail on hook. Pull tail through piece.

Weave hook down side towards bottom point, pick up bottom tail and pull throw piece.

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DIY Cardboard Playhouse


Prudent Grammie (my resourceful & crafty mama) made this awesome cardboard playhouse when she came to visit this Summer. With a roll of packing tape, a sharpie, an x-acto knife and two cardboard boxes she made the most entertaining thing in our home. Oh, and it takes about a half hour.

Instructions after the jump…


What to do:
1. Open your larger box so that the flaps stand up straight and tape around the outside to hold them up

2. Cut your smaller box down the side about 2 inches past the corners (as shown below)

3. When your smaller box is unfolded it will look like the diagram below

4. 2 of your side flaps (C&D;) will fold as shown below to make a solid eve for the house.

5. If your smaller box was as tall as the width of your larger box, flap G&H; can be folded just like C&D; (or) Flap G&H; may remain flat to become a continuation of the roof (as shown below.) They may need to be trimmed to fit.

6. Now fold your roof so that C&D; are inside the top of the larger box. Leave flap A&B; outside to keep the roof in place (as shown in diagram 4)
7. Now tape around the top of the larger box again to hold roof in place.

8. Draw windows and doors with a pencil (or sharpie if you like to live dangerously like my mom) and cut through with a box cutter or x-acto.

Clare (and little people who visit) play in this house every day. It has become the home of random photos, birth announcements, and many, many stickers. To jazz it up a little for it’s photoshoot, I added Clare’s name in Peel-n-Stick felt from Michael’s and drew on some shingles. It would be really fun to make some of these to decorate as a party activity.

If you’re feeling “Tom Sawyer-ish” this is a great project for Dad or older brother… or Grammie.

thanks Grammie!

If you have any questions or problems, post a comment here and I’ll try to help. While Jaime is writing her book poolside, I’ll be chasing 2 babies and doing some new crafty projects for Prudent Baby so I’m around. I’m not bitter, really, I’m not.

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Artist Retreat!

I’m off on a mini ArtistRetreatat the Ace Hotel in Palm Springs this weekend to work on finishing my book, Prudent Advice for My Baby Daughter. Before I go I wanted to thank Kenziepoo and MadeByGirl for the beautiful posts about my home today! What an amazing treat to wake up to! I also want to put the call out to you to send us pictures or tips on any of our projects you try this weekend (we’ll post the round up here), and let us know if you have any great DIYs you’d like to share. We can’t wait to see them!

XOXO

P.S. While I’m gone Jacinda is working away on an adorable new project I can’t wait for you to see, and we’ve got some cuties lined up for next week. Have a fabulous fall weekend everyone!

photo courtesy of sarah yatesvia yes, please

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DIY Photo Cubes

Our buddy Kelly over at Yes, Please created this adorable photo mural with the abundance of gorgeous engagement and wedding photos she netted from her sessions with amazing photographersErin Hearts Court. Wouldn’t this be great in a nursery with family photos or baby photos?

She used recycled tiny ikea planters leftover from her wedding succulentfavors, some photos, and some glue.

Get the DIYhere.

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DIY Craft Punch Stationery Part 2


One of the nicest headaches of being a new mom is ALL THOSE THANK YOU NOTES. Put those Craft Punches to work with 10 minute (or less) custom stationery. More fun ideas to come this week…

What you need:
Pretty cardstock (or in this case recycled calendar page) which will be the back of your card
A second (front) sheet of paper for writing (if there is print on the back of your cardstock, check that there is no unwanted show-through)
Paper adhesive (xyron products are awesome, come in a range of prices and are readily available at your local craft store)
x-acto blade
cutting mat (or cardboard)
straight edge
craft punch
pen
envelope

1. Cut your cardstock (which will be the back of your note) to a size slightly larger than your envelope.

2. Apply adhesive to back of cardstock and adhere to back of second (front) sheet of paper.

3. Measure paper to 1/4″ less than envelope and trim.

4. Punch through card with Craft Punch

5. Glue your punched shape to your envelope (optional)

6. Write your salutation and note.

7. Pat yourself on the back for actually using that rocketship punch that you bought on clearance for $2.99

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Pretty Parsley Pesto Recipe


I’ve been wanting to come up with a way to use up all this parsley that’s growing like weeds around my yard. Pesto is the perfect solution, and packaged up in a recycled baby food jar, it’s cute to bring to a dinner party. Get the recipe after the jump…

Pretty Parsley Pesto Recipe

Parsley pesto is the perfect fall food, all toasty nutty goodness. In a clean baby food jar with a hand-written label and a bit of pretty ribbon it’s an adorable treat; it even says “organic” right there on the lid!

-Toast 3 cloves of garlic by tossing them, peels still on, in a dry pan over medium heat for 5-10 minutes until they are spotty brown-Toast one cup of nuts – I like to use half pecans and half pine nuts, but all walnuts or pecans or really any combo of tree nuts tastes good. Toast them by keeping them moving in a hot dry pan until they are browned – don’t let ’em burn
-Let all that cool, then peel the toasted garlic and throw the cloves and the nuts in a food processor with 7 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil and 1/2 cup fresh parsley leaves. I also throw in one raw clove of garlic for more bite:

-Mix in 1/2 cup grated parmesan, 1/2 teaspoon salt (or more or less to taste) and grind some black pepper in there
-Serve with celentanni or penne and don’t forget to save some of the pasta cooking water to give the pesto a nice consistency (about 4-6 tablespoons for a pound of pasta). This is key when serving pesto!

Don’t forget to write the date on the lid. Since there is air in the jar it will oxidize after about 3-4 days, so it’s really for use pretty soon after jarring. Delivered with a tupperware of cooked pasta, it would be a good meal to bring a brand-new mom.

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DIY Fabric Lunch Bag!

A custom fabric lunch bag takes 20 minutes, is adorable, and you can make one to match any outfit.  These are fantastic thoughtful gifts (or gift wrapping) too.  And they cost virtually nothing – you’ll even save money (and trees) on paper bags.

Get the DIY after the jump!


1.  Cut your decor-weight or canvas fabric, a spare quarter yard works well. I used a bright Denyse Schmidt County Fair leftover that appears to be sold out, but some other fabrics from that collection are available at fabric.com while more amazing home decor weight prints can be found at Hart’s Fabric.  You can cut two 13X9 pieces and with wrong sides facing sew three sides (leaving a short side open)  with a straight stitch, or like me you can take one 26″X9″ piece, fold it in half with wrong sides facing and sew the two long sides together:

2. Finish the top edge by folding it over about 1/4″ and ironing:

Then hemming in place with a straight stitch:

3.  Now you are going to create your gusset.  Turn the bag inside out and bring the seams front and center and flatten the resulting fabric into a point:

Then fold one side down so it’s in a diamond shape and iron it flat:

4. On each side of your diamond shape measure 2 inches down from the point and draw a straight line with a washable marker.  Make sure they are even otherwise your gusset will be wonky:

5. Sew a straight stitch along each line, then cut off the triangle of excess fabric:

so you are left with this:

6. Now turn your bag right side out, poke the corners out so they’re flat, and fold into a lunch bag shape and steam iron so it has crisp seams:

7. Stand that baby up and admire it, then fold the top over a few times and iron some creases into it so you can figure where to put your closing attachment

8. Now you can leave it like this or put some sort of closing mechanism.  I’ve added buttons or velcro, but this time I decided to use an old bracelet clasp.  Mark the spot in the center of the fold and corresponding spot on the actual bag with a washable marker (it’s important to get them centered or your bag will fold funny). Quickly hand-sew each side of your clasp in place:

You’re done!  So easy and so cute.  Scarlet’s daycare teachers and even my husband always enjoy these quickie lunch bags.  I can’t wait until she’s old enough to request specific colors and patterns!

Here are some other cute DIY lunch bag projects I’ve seen:

-Embroidered lunchbag from PurlBee

-Kate’s notebook lunchbag on DesignSponge

-Oilcloth lunchbag at SkiptoMyLou

-Zippered top lunch bag at Craftzine

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