Category: Attempts at Craftiness

Rory’s nature walk and craft

Today was gorgeous and chilly. FINALLY. After such a brutally hot summer, it was so refreshing to take in this little cool snap we are having.

This morning a friend of mine around the corner, Roxanne, came and got Rory for a playdate with her son, Samuel. She didn’t ask me, she just said, “Ok I’m coming to get Rory tomorrow morning”. She knew I’d never ask, and I am just so thankful for friends like her. And I have some awesome friends just like that in Paris.

After Rory’s nap we went outside to play! While we were outside we took a “nature walk” around our backyard and collected leaves and sticks. She thought this was so much fun! Then we came inside and made a nature collage.

It was a wonderful day!

at least its a cute fake smile…

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Tuesday Tutorial and a Giveaway!

As everyone who knows me knows, I am really good at coming up with ideas and really not so great at following through or recreating my ideas.

BUT! I finally did it!

I was sitting in the living room the other night and decided to try out a wreath. And it actually worked!

Are you ready to learn how to make this?

What you will need:

  • Fabric of your color choice. (I got a yard of each and it has made three wreaths worth and I still have some left!)
  • Hot glue gun and LOTS OF STICKS
  • yarn in whatever color you prefer
  • felt squares
  • wreath in the size you desire

Step one: Prep work! Turn hot glue gun on so its extremely hot once you are ready to start. Cut different size strips out of your fabric. Also, cut different size squares out of the felt. If you do the prep work before, it will be much easier and faster.

Step two: Making the rosettes.

  1. Put a pool of glue in the center of the felt square.
  2. Place end of fabric strip onto the glue. (Get burned.) Hold down until secure. Then start to twist the strip of fabric.
  3. Put glue in a circle around the fabric already glued down onto felt square. Take your twisted fabric strip and place on glue circulating the middle piece of fabric. (Probably get burned again.)
  4. Continue to twist the fabric strip, put glue down, and lay down twisted fabric until the strip runs out. Leave a small piece of fabric hanging at the end. (More than likely get burned 12o49 times- give or take seven or so.)
  5. Once you are out of fabric, cut away the extra felt around the rosette.
  6. Glue the remaining piece to the back of the rosette to secure it and VOILA! you have done the hardest part! (PS you will definitely burn yourself on this part.)
  7. Once you have the desired amount of rosettes made, arrange them however you want them to go onto the wreath. I am majorly OCD so it takes me forever to figure out exactly how I want it.
  8. Once you have your pattern, glue all the rosettes together. Unfortunately I forgot to take a picture of this part. Sorry. (And I assure you that your fingers will be burned- but at least its for the last time during this tutorial!)

Step Three: Finish the wreath.

  1. Take the yarn and wrap it around your wreath. I weaved mine into the wreath as well to make it secure.
  2. Take your rosettes that are glued securely together (and dried). Place them wherever you want them on the wreath. Again, OCD kicks in for me so it takes forever. Then glue it onto the wreath. I also weaved some yarn through them and hid it to make it more secure. Use a generous amount of glue and that sucker will stay! And there you have it- you have made the wreath!

Now for the fun, less painful part (due to all the burnings)- I’m giving a wreath away! All you have to do is comment ON THIS POST ONLY and on Friday I will select a winner through a random number generator! US residents only, please. It will be smaller than this wreath by a little only so I can ship it cheaper and easier.

And for all you suckers who don’t win and don’t want to get burned 20395 times- I’m selling these wreaths! $15-$25 depending on which size you get and how many rosettes you want. Email me if you want one – tiffany@theharrislife.com !

Can’t wait to see who wins!

(This giveaway is sponsored by me and only me. I have not been compensated or asked to do a giveaway by anyone. I just love my readers and wanted to give something to y’all!)

A is for Apple

As I told you the other day, Rory and I have been having craft time every day this week! She loves it and takes it so seriously. And I love that time with just me and her.

On Wednesday, Rory made an apple! We talked about the letter “A” and sounded it out. She thought this was super fun!

She wanted to demonstrate to you how to make an apple like she did!

First, you color the paper to make it extra special.

Realize that your child will never grow out of the “eat the crayon” stage and immediately put in a paci. (If you look real close you will see that the black crayon is missing a large chunk.)

Then you spread glue EVERYWHERE (including your face, hands, mommy’s face, table, etc) with the glue stick. (This was Rory’s favorite part!)

Then you stick down your shapes from the construction paper and pat them down.

After that, you get some REAL glue to ensure the pipe cleaners will stick.

And check about 38 times to make sure its non-toxic.

Just in case…

Ask your child to show her/his excitement over craft time.

And then ask yourself why you even try to get a good smiling picture…

After you glue the stem and leaf on (sorry forgot to get a pic) you hold your work up and show it off!

Ryder had fun just chilling out while we crafted.

Have a great holiday weekend, y’all!

I’ve got that crafty feelin’.

So my sweet and crafty friend, Kristen , has been bragging (ha!) about her mad applique skills. She went applique crazy and made Collete about 28939 shirts for her first birthday. Okay, maybe like three. But still. She’s got awesome ideas and I love to steal them!

Today I set out to find the materials I needed (all found at Walmart) for my first ever venture into applique.

Now. If you know me at all or have read this blog enough you’d know that I tend to start crafts and then quit… dramatically. The last sewing project I tried and my bow making try both ended up in me throwing all the materials against a wall and never looking back.

This time, however, it is my pleasure to tell you I succeeded. For the most part.

You will need fabric, paper, a pencil, no sew adhesive and whatever you want to applique onto- I used a shirt.

Here is the no sew adhesive I used:

First, trace out your design. I was making a turkey.

Then you iron your fabric in larger pieces onto the no sew adhesive. I forgot to take a picture, but Kristen did a tutorial and took a picture so click the link above to her blog if you have questions!

After that you are going to trace onto the bad of the adhesive paper your design. Again, forgot to take a picture. (Hint: this is worst tutorial ever.)

After cutting out the fabric, you place it onto shirt to make sure its on there right.

Then you pull paper back off and iron onto the shirt!

I sewed on some buttons (they are too big but whatever I will change them later) and added a beak.

To end the project you put it on your little cutie (sans pants in this case…) and take some silly pictures!

If I can do this project, you definitely can.

Oh and remember how I said I messed up? Here’s a tip: remember that your ironing board has fabric on it.

The end.

Happy Fall, Y’all!

Its officially been Fall for a week or so, but this weekend officially FELT like fall! Rory started feeling better on Friday morning so after canceling our trip to Dallas we rebooked it and headed out of town Friday afternoon. What a much needed getaway! We shopped, relaxed, spent endless time together, and had a wonderful time. I’m so thankful for the opportunity to get away for a weekend and get rejuvenated!

On Saturday we went to the Dallas Arboretum because they have a huge pumpkin “village” and patch there, so we wanted to take some pictures of Rory. Seriously every family from Dallas, etc, were there! ha! But we got some great pictures.

I took this one for Lauren– check out her fairytale series by clicking her name!

and here is a glimpse of the chaos and many, many people in the pumpkin village

Here is a sneak peek of her fall photos.

We also got a great family photo taken!

I’ve been inspired by the weather and by several friends like Amber and other blogs I love to decorate and spruce up for fall. So I made a trip to Hobby Lobby this morning and got some things that I can use over and over every year. I didn’t do much, and I didn’t spend much at all, but enough to make it look like fall in our home.

We also went to IKEA over the weekend and I finally got some pillows for our couch that I really like- plus they tie into our kitchen/dining room! (And the pups are making their way into the blog! They were so excited to be back home from the kennel today!)

And here are some pictures of our dining room now that its complete! I also added a touch of fall in here with the centerpiece I made last year. I don’t think I’ve put up pictures since we got more artwork in here. Also, I wanted to put in a picture of the chair we re-stained and recovered last year. They look really great in our new kitchen!

Whew! This was a long post! Sorry y’all, I just had so many things I wanted to share!

My parents are coming on Wednesday and I just CANNOT wait! Hope everyone has a great week!

survivors

Well, my friends, we survived our first day of Mother’s Day Out! And I have proof!

Where does she get that devilish grin from!?! I think from her Papa!

(Please do not judge me by the way I look. I have been up since 4am and it was a very busy day. Yes, I said 4am. Rory apparently thought it was play time.)

Rory had a pretty good day today. Their only complaint was that she didn’t take a nap.

Great. My kid is one of those kids who decides she won’t nap at school.

But she was much happier than last Thursday. This is what she looked like when I picked her up last week:

Swollen eyes, red face… bless her heart, it was so awful.

Today she looks like this:

Belly laughing. Is there anything better?

Random, but this is my bulletin board that I made for my class. I took this picture with my phone so its not great but you can at least see it. (Obviously I put up the names for all the kids, but of course don’t want to post their names on the blog.)

Okay! One more thing!

Rory “pulled up” for the first time on Monday.

She rolled herself over to the toy basket in the living room and then pulled up on it to reach in. And again, I have proof!

attempting to be crafty

Here’s the deal. I’m EXTREMELY creative… too creative probably. The problem is I dream up all these things and have the hardest time executing them. And the reason is I am so OCD that I am crippled by making it exactly perfect.

I want SO BADLY to be able to sew. I try it once a month. I never get to the actual sewing part because the measuring it to an exact size over and over and over, and then pinning it exactly literally makes me break out into hives and walk away. What is my problem!?!!!??!!! Its terrible. So I have a new sewing machine that has barely been used. Sigh.

The latest effort to be crafty is making hair bows so we don’t go broke buying them. I bought tons of ribbon and all the supplies. And then I tried to do it. Oh. My. Gosh. Its a nightmare. I can’t even talk about it right now because I’m so mad.

BUT! I did make her a bow holder today and it is, if I do say so myself!, so cute! Here’s the ONE successful craft project I’ve had lately.

I’m seriously considering going to get medicine. Why can’t I be like my mom, aunts, sisters, friends and be able to actually DO the things I dream up?! I’m very depressed about this.

Ok enough with that. Here’s your cute picture of Rory for today. I know thats why you actually read my blog.