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Ruffled Denim Table Runner {With tutorial}

Alright my friends, I am so excited about this project!!  I started it Friday afternoon and ended up staying up till 1 a.m. to finish it.  You know how you start a project and get caught up in it and can't wait to finish?!  That was how I felt with this project.

I know you must have seen the gorgeous ruffled burlap table runner over at Tatertots & Jello.  Holy cuteness!

Well, I loved the ruffles and wanted to make a table runner for our little {tiny} kitchen table.  I have been trying to bring in a lot of red's into my very-brown living room and kitchen--which is pretty much the same room in our {tiny} apartment!  So I put my own spin on Jen's fabulous idea with my denim ruffled table runner.  Here is what I did to whip this up:


Disclaimer:  As always, I am sure there is an easier, cuter, or more efficient way to do things.  This is what I did, and this is what worked for me!

I bought 5 different fabrics (about 1/3 yard each).  I planned to do some red and white, and then suddenly I realized it would look red-white-and-blue, and kind of liked that idea... so I went with it!


Anyway, I cut strips of fabric that were 36 inches long (except with my white fabric, I only had 22 inches length to work with, so I made them 22 inches long and gathered these ruffles LESS.)  I varied up the width from 2.5 to 3.5 inches wide.  I needed 2 strips per ruffle, so I pinned 2 of these together, wrong sides together.

To prevent fraying, I zigzagged around the entire strip.  There is still some fraying, but again, I like the way that worked with the denim.

Next, I sewed down the center of each fabric strip without backstitching at all.  I pulled on a thread to gather the ruffle together.  I wanted the ruffles to end up being about 17 inches long, so I measured them until I got the length I wanted.
Then I sewed over my center stitch again to secure each ruffle--and this time I backstitched.  I created about 14 or 15 ruffles for my table runner, but you could do more or less depending on the look you want.

I measured a table runner I already had because I knew it would look good on my table.  I started with about 1 3/4 yards of denim (50% off at JoAnn's last week!).  I folded my denim in half and measured out 70 inches long and 18 inches wide.  I cut my 2 pieces for the front and back.

I decided I wanted a ribbon edge, so I bought a roll of about 15 yards of this adorable red polk-a-dot ribbon.  I used Wonder Under to adhere the ribbon to all 4 edges of my runner.  I adhered the ribbon about 1/2 inch from each edge, leaving room for my seams.

After ironing the ribbon on, I sewed all the way around the ribbon.  I sewed both the outer and inner edges for added security.

Now for the fun part!!  I arranged the ruffles where I wanted them and pinned them onto the denim.  Pin very carefully because it is very easy to sew a ruffle crooked... at least for me.  A couple of them snaked around on me!

After all of the ruffles were sewed in place, I pinned the top denim piece (with the ruffles) to the bottom denim piece, right sides together.  Then it was time to sew, baby, sew!  I left a 1/2 inch seam allowance around all 4 edges and sewed all the way around, leaving a good-sized opening to turn it inside out.

Then I turned it all the way inside out, admired my work, and sewed up the opening by hand.

I pressed all the way around my edges to be sure the ribbon would lie flat (it was so close to my seam, it needed a little extra help.)  And then I trimmed up all of those extra threads...

So here it is.  What do you think??  Now I just need to decide what kind of centerpiece would look good.  Any ideas???  Any flower experts out there??  I would love your input.


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Mother’s Day Word Collage

I was racking my brain yesterday to come up with a Mother's Day project... and then I saw this idea at Projects, Pinching Pennies, and Plugging Along and knew I could adapt it for Mother's Day.
Here is what I came up with! In Photoshop, I created this image with words that described my Mom.  I used the names of my Dad, me, and all of the kids in my family.  I printed the picture last night at Costco and bought a frame at Hobby Lobby for 50% off.  (Score!)  I just added paper to the mat board in the frame, a little bit of ribbon, and ta-dah!  I love how it turned out, and I plan on doing one for Father's Day also.  

So for free download Friday, I created a Mother word collage--BUT it is not specific.  I took off all the names of people in my family and made it a bit more generic so it could fit a lot of the sweet mothers out there.  It looks like this:
You can download the full image here.  I designed it to be 5x7, so if you're going to print off a different size you'd probably have to re-format it.  I hope someone out there can use this... let me know if you do!  I'd love to see!
It feels so good to have Mother's Day and Father's Day gifts already planned.  Normally I don't plan this far in advance!  🙂  Happy Friday!!

Scrap Notebooks


I've had this project in the works for a few days, but finished it today.  I was so excited that I wanted to share!  My husband's "office" is his half of the bedroom... and he has accounts in 5 states.  He is constantly faxing papers, and we have so many cover sheets and confirmation sheets just lying around. Sometimes "stuff" just takes over our counters!  I am always trying to look for better ways to organize ourselves.


We have a lot of scrap papers.  A lot.  I have them all filed in a neat container that says "scrap paper."  But I thought--why not make them into something cute???  I love me a good notebook and I love making lists probably even more.  So this project killed about 3 birds with one stone.  I am one happy camper!

I took all of my scrap papers and cut them into a few different sizes to switch things up a bit.  I punched holes carefully so that all of the little paper squares would line up.

I used ONLY scraps for the entire project.  I love when I can say that!!  I used cardstock scraps for the fronts and backs of each notebook, threaded ribbon all the way through both sides (that took the longest), and then decorated!  I used my flower punch, ribbon, cardstock scraps, some chipboard letters, and a few vinyl scraps.

I thought that my hubby and I both needed our own personalized notebooks....

I am sure my hubby will just love the flower on his.  Hee hee.

And this little notebook I am especially excited for.  This will be my idea notebook... I can be inspired to my heart's delight and write my lists of dream creations, supplies, and thoughts.  Hip hip hooray!


So these notebooks will be replacing our not-so-cute sticky pads and making our counters look a lot more organized!  I think I'll go get started...

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Wednesday’s Wowzers: Prepare to be WOWed!

Alright ladies..  I have discovered some new blogs and I am seriously swooning.  I love discovering new ideas.  It both overwhelms and excites me.  My to-do list is so long!!  But I am so inspired by the creativity out there.
Multi-purpose Wings is my new awe-inspiring blog.  This lady has got talent.  And not only has she got talent, she knows how to take amazing photographs and her blog is just so pretty!!  You've got to check it out.  I love these springy flower pots with lollies.  There are so many possibilities here.
Is this a fabulous idea or what??  A Girl and a Glue Gun created this magnetic menu.  It's not only organizational and helpful, it's also adorable!!  I need to start planning my meals this far in advance!  Impressive.

My burlap addiction is now fed.  Sweet Little Smoothie whipped up this charming burlap pillow.  Isn't the embellishment just simple, springy, and perfect?!
  
I really need to hop on the wagon and try out a project using pages from an old book.  This is so unique! Dangerously Domestic created this pear book as an excellent decor piece.  Love it!
I am really trying to extend my crafts to creating cute accessories.  And I think I could swing this one--plus I love a good sewing project!!!  The Long Thread shows us how to make reversible headbands.
How adorable would this canvas be in a girl's bedroom!!  I love the techniques used in this poppy flower canvas.  Thank you, Crystal's Craft Spot.
Last but not least, this big dice is too cute for words.  Lemon Tree Creations whipped this up.  Another new favorite blog!!

WOW is all I can say right now.  Thanks for the inspiration!!!  If you have a project you'd like me to see, please e-mail me!  I'd love to see it!


Family Memory Game

This is a fun little game I made last summer.  I made a set for my nephew's birthday and another set for my son.  I realize that it will be a while before he can really play it, but at least I am prepared right?!
You know the drill...  kids turn over cards and try to get a match.  I know how much kids love looking at pictures, especially of people they know.  So I made an easy version of this classic game.  I included Mom, Dad, all cousins, aunts, uncles, and all grandparents.  Yes, there are plenty of cards to go around!!
My son really adores looking through his cards!  Right now, he just shuffles through them.  But he does get excited to see the familiar faces.  He is thrilled with Grandma's picture in this photo.  Some days, I will catch him carrying around his cousin's card with him... so cute!!  It's also a fabulous way to help him remember family members who are out of state.

Of course you could definitely make this cuter and craftier.  You could make the cards with scrapbook paper and print off name labels.  But.... well, I just didn't.  🙂  I am glad I laminated the cards, however, because they have already been chewed on, carried around, bent up, and who knows what else!
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Ruffled I-Pod Snuggie

Goldfish cracker crumbs... matchbox cars... sippy cups... spare batteries...wallet, camera, phone.  These are just a few of the things I have rolling around in my purse.  I don't know how any woman with young children manages an organized purse. I am constantly throwing random things inside "just in case."  My son seems to know exactly how precious the contents of my purse are and adds a few treasures of his own.  Which brings me to my problem:

Problem:  My beloved i-pod was becoming absolutely thrashed while rolling around in my purse.  I should have taken a picture of what it looked like a week ago.  But it was truly embarrassing.  I saw the look on my husband's face when he saw it, and knew I needed to prove I was worthy of my favorite musical accessory!

I mainly listen to my i-pod in the car, but leaving my i-pod out in the cold car has caused me some technical difficulties.  So I am trying to do better with leaving my i-pod in my purse.  Between my son's eager hands and the messy condition of my purse, I needed to protect the i-pod somehow!!!

Solution:
I call it my little ruffled i-pod snuggie.  I never in my life thought I would use a snuggie, but my i-pod deserves one.  🙂  I would have posted a tutorial, but I know it would be laugh-worthy.  It took me a bit to figure out how to do the cover with the ruffle.  I am still a beginner sewer!  By the way, you really should not use adhesive velcro (I have tons from teaching!) when sewing.  The sew-on velcro is definitely better.  (I ended up sewing mine on by hand, but forcing my needle through the sticky layer of adhesive was a pain!!)

Everything is prettier with a ruffle don't you think?  And the velcro on the cover keeps my son out of it.  In fact he hasn't even attempted to figure out what is inside.  Score!
I used coordinating fabrics because I even wanted the inside to be pretty.  Plus some added thickness was desirable.  It is the perfect size to fit my i-pod inside.  In fact, I can even squeeze in my phone to protect it, too!  So now I can just throw it inside my purse and run about my day.
My only problem is that the snuggie doesn't match the purse... hmm.  Perhaps a new purse is in order?  I think I can solve that problem!  

Fun Springy Applique

Yes, the only time I could get a decent smile--drool and all--was in the bathroom... The bathroom is a magical place.  Something about lifting the toilet seat and tearing off the toilet paper.  

I admit that I have been having a lot of fun with appliques lately.  When I was thinking of something springy for a boy, all I could think of was frogs (Girls get butterflies, boys get... frogs, right?). So this is what I came up with:
I used mostly scraps.  Don't you love the tongue?!  I cut out a circle for the frog's tummy and an "eight" shape for the eyes.  I double-layered the eyes with black polk-a-dot fabric.  Don't the polk-a-dots look like eyeballs?? 

Here's my handsome little guy wearing it...



I used the same pattern when creating my Five Green & Speckled Frogs.  I made this pattern in Photoshop. You can download my frog patternhere. If you use it to create anything, I would love a link!!  I want to see what you creative people come up with.  

Happy Friday, my friends!  Enjoy your weekend.  I have big plans that involve my quiet book and catching up on some sleep!

Not Slacking!

No, I'm not slacking.... although I haven't posted about a lot of new projects lately.  


Remember when I posted about my goal of creating a quiet book??? Well, I found muslin on sale at Joann's, and I knew it was meant to be.  So I have been busy working on my quiet book.  I am trying to do 24 pages total (12 front and back), so progress is slow and steady.  


Here is a sampling of just two of the pages. The first page will be a stoplight with velcro to remove the red, yellow, and green lights.  And next to it, I made a road page.  I still need to sew a little pocket for one of my son's matchbox cars.  I am excited about the progress I've been making, even if it will be a few more months before I'm totally finished.  

You can check out some fabulous ideas for quiet books here in my post a month or so back.

Have a great day!!

Wednesday’s Wowzers: Sunshine Award

Welcome to a special edition of Wednesday's Wowzers!!
I am so honored that Jenn from Delicious Ambiguity awarded Oopsey Daisy with the Sunshine Award.  The coolest thing about this award is that I get to spread the "sunshine" with 12 other bloggers.  I chose blogs that add a little sunshine and happiness to my day. 

SO... for this week's Wednesday's Wowzers, I am awarding 12 other crafty blogs with the Sunshine Award and picking just one of my favorite projects that they have posted about.  Congrats, my fellow bloggers!!  Now it's your turn to spread the sunshine! (In no particular order...)

1.  My Little Gems.  Sharla is amazing in so many ways!  I seriously love all of her fun family projects and crafts for kids.  And I love that she has boys and gears projects toward boys.  Have you seen her DIY play kitchen made from a nightstand?!  Holy moly!
2.  Creative Itch.  Misty hosts an adorable sewing linky party each Tuesday that I revel in.  I love learning about new possibilities in the world of sewing.  I love the variety of crafts she offers on her blog.  So cool!  Check out her fabric scripture and notebook covers.  I so need to make one of these!
3.  Miss Crafty Pants.  Wow, this woman does everything!  She has a scrapbooking blog, a recipes blog, and yes, even a craft blog.  Because of her tutorial, I finally figured out how to make a button for my blog!  And I love her scrapbooking freebies!  In searching her crafts, I found this covered cork board.  I have been wanting to make one!!
4.  Nap Time Crafts.  I think if Serena hadn't already chosen this name for her blog, I would have snatched it!  Because crafting during every minute of my son's sleep is exactly what I do, too.  I love all of Serena's ideas.  It seems like she is always one step ahead of me... trying out everything I have been wanting to do and then teaching me how!  This is something I could never attempt, though:  She painted wall trees!!
5.  Lucky Star Lane.  This blog is one of my new favorite finds.  I am so impressed with all of the denim creations!!  By the way, these ladies are hosting a Lucky Star Search for jean crafts.  I am still racking my brain for something new with denim!  Anyway, I love this girl's hoodie.  Cute, cute!!  (Check out their Lucky Linky Party each Tuesday!)
6.  Because I Can.  I think Jen and I started our craft blogs around the same time, so I have always considered her a "compadre."  I find myself wanting to copycat all of her stuff!!  And she is an expert in topiaries... she makes an adorable topiary for every season!  Check out this Easter topiary:
7.  The Tidy Nest.  Alisa has the.best.taste.ever.  Each day, I find myself wondering what she will post more than any other blog.  I love everything!  I don't know any other way to say it.  The most recent thing I loved is her tile pendant necklace:
  
8.  The Scrap Shoppe.  Michele is so cool. She is a loyal commenter and believe it or not, she makes me want to be a better scrapbooker.  (And that takes a lot, my friend!)  Take, for instance, this cool easel card (and tutorial):
9.  Dilly Dally and Flitter.  Michelle's crafts are so very unique.  She has her own twist on everything, and I love that I will find completely new things on her blog. I am still in awe about her take on subway art-gone-girls-getaway.  SO CUTE!

10.  Night Owl Crafting.  Another new find... this blog is adorable!!  I just found Leslie's blog, and I am so glad I did. I am still sad I didn't win these fabric carrots on her latest giveaway.  Then again, I would have taken any of her adorable Easter crafts.  

11.  C.R.A.F.T. Jamie is one clever chick.  She recently had a giveaway with clues and all! I am loving that she just posted about quiet books yesterday because I am in the middle of making one and love seeing more ideas!!  I also love this t-shirt quilt she made:

12.  Tattered and Inked.  I saved the best for last!  Kelsey has amazing ideas.  I featured her cabinet door-turned Welcome sign.  So cute!  But she has many other thrifty ideas.  And she makes me want to try new things with paint!  Lately, I am loving Kelsey's burlap-yarn wreath.  I have got to make one!!

Alright, winners, here are the rules: 
1.  Put the logo on your blog or within your post.
2.  Pass the award on to 12 other bloggers.
3.  Link the nominees within your post.
4.  Let the nominees know they have received this award by commenting on their blog.
5.  Link back to the person from whom you received this award.

PS My fingers are seriously going to fall off after all this linking!  🙂  Happy Wednesday!

Multi-Purposing With Blocks

Over the weekend, I worked really hard on 2 projects.  I wanted to add to my spring decor, so I made these "Spring" blocks.  I love the font... and I love all of the background papers I chose.  But I had a hard time settling on a color for the letters that looked good on all of them!  What do you think of the pink??  I used a lot of distressing ink to help make them "pop".
Here is the next project I worked on:
Look familiar?  Yep, I repurposed again!  🙂  I turned the blocks around and made them into an "Easter" decoration.  I am so proud of myself.  I used vinyl on these ones, and I think I like the white letters better.  


But now it's your turn to vote:
Don't you just love multi-purposing?!

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