Homemade Baby Gifts

I'm another Lucky Aunt! Two Baby Girls were born into our family this month, Camila Andrea and Hadalee Jo. Both Babies are healthy and Beautiful.
I made them both the same little gifts and thought I'd share how easy it all was to make.
The First thing I made was these Hooded Bath Towels. (Someone made them for my boys when they were babies and we still use them. So I knew they would be a good, practical gift to give.)

The First thing you will need Is one Bath Towel and one Hand Towel.
Cut the hand towel in half, this will be your hood.
(I actually found that the bath towel didn't cost too much more then the hand towel, so I just traced and cut out a hand towel onto the bath towel, Plus then I had extra towel to use for the burp clothes I will be showing you next.)

Fold the Hand towel in half, right side in, Then sew down the raw edge side.

Next you'll make a cuff by folding over the opposite side of the towel. Pin and sew. This is the part that frames the face. The hood is now complete.

Ok, this is where it gets a little tricky.
You're going to sew the hood onto the bath towel.

Fold the Bath Towel in half to find the center. Next find the center of your hood, Lay the hood onto the bath towel, matching the centers together. Pin into place.

Then Sew together. (make sure your seem will be in the inside of your hooded towel.)

You now have a Hooded Towel. You could also then add some patches, or a name on that back, but I'm a beginner sewer so I just kept it simple.

The next thing I made was some burp clothes.
For this project you will need a towel and some coordinating fabric.

Lay the fabric over the towel right sides OUT. I then took a burp cloth I already had to use as a guide. Pin all layers together and then cut out. (if you don't already have a burp cloth, you could make your own pattern by folding newspaper in half and tracing a small plate, until you get the right shape.) Or I'm sure you you could also find a pattern online.

Then Stitch around the edge leaving about a 1/4 inch.
Like I said, I'm a beginner sewer, so I just did a simple stitch, I think after a few washing it will have a cute frayed look. For a more advanced sewer you could use a zigzag stitch or use a serger. I figure.....It's a burp cloth! It's made to get thrown up on, Therefore it doesn't have to be perfect.

I then boxed it all together with some baby soap and this homemade card I blogged about here.
It was all super fun and easy to make.
Hope the little sweethearts like them.

Homemade Cards

I've been making a lot of homemade cards lately, so I figured I would do a little post about them. I'm not much into scrapbooking but I do enjoy making cards. The post office I like to go to is located inside of a scrapbooking paper store. So every time I mail a package I come home with a stack of decorative paper. These papers are so fun, as I'm sure you all already know and there are so many uses for them.

So here are some of the cards I've made recently. (I have a Huge family so there is always a Birthday, Baptism, New Baby, and other celebrations happening. Which all deserve a homemade card).

I like to use unexpected elements in my cards like cardboard, rope, fabric, and even burlap.

Here I've stamped the card using rubber stamps, I added a light net material over it and then tied a string around it.

I also like to make Tags.
You can buy a package of blank tags at your craft store. Then I like to decorate them using stamps and embellishments.

I thought I'd add this as well, It's the invitations I made for Liam's 5th Lego Birthday Party. I had planned to blog all about the party but never got around to it.

If you haven't made a card in a while and are not sure where to even begin, I thought I'd share some steps of how I usually make them.
The First thing I do is dig through my craft desk and pull out coordinating papers, stickers, ribbons, buttons, dudedat's and whatnot's.

Then I take a piece of 9 X 13 Card stock, Cut it in half, then fold in half (basically you get 2 cards out of one piece of paper). Or for a larger card I trace out a old card onto the card stock.

Next I cut out some small pieces of the decorative paper.

and then I layer in my embellishments.

One trick I like to do is ruff up the edges of my paper by scraping it with my scissors. It gives it a little bit of texture.

Once I have it all laid out how I like it, I glue it all down with a glue stick.

It's a good idea to make 2 at a time, So you have an extra on hand, just remember not to give it to the same person twice.

Happy Card making!

Blog Anniversary

A little over a year ago I didn't even know that these kinds of decorating blogs existed. The only thing I knew about blogs was that some of my friends posted pictures of their kids and family vacations on theirs. Then one day I took some pictures of my kitchen and decided to post them on Rate My Space. I was surprised by all of the comments and positive feedback I received. (4 stars btw) I loved all the attention and automatically was Hooked. I loved looking through all of the rooms and rating them. Then I came across some rooms that I just loved which belong to, my still favorites, The Lettered Cottage, My Sweet Savannah, and Miss Mustard Seed. I then noticed that they all had Blogs. After looking and reading through theirs, I knew I had to have one too.

I started this blog One Year Ago. It has been the Greatest thing ever! It's given me a way to document the changes that I've made on my home, a way to share the projects that I have been working on, And it's been so incredible to have met some new friends that share the same interest as me and have Inspired me to no end.

I love looking back at my early post, I think not only has my home changed, my style has changed, and I think my blog has come a long ways as well.

Just for fun, I thought I'd share some of my always changing blog headers with you.

Notice that I don't switch it up too much, I've just changed out some of the pictures here and there. The last picture is just another variant of my new header. I couldn't decide which one I liked better. 

I Really just want to say Thank you to all of the friends that I have made, to all of you that follow this blog, and Thank you especially for all of your sweet comments.

I think I will be blogging for a super long time.
I love it!

Giveaway Winner & My boys

Happy Monday!
Thank you Everyone who entered my Ramsign Giveaway.
The Winner is.......

Lolo @ The Adventures of Stig & Lolo !!!
Lolo, hopefully your new house number will make sure your UPS Driver doesn't get lost trying to find you. :)

So I had a GREAT Weekend, Hanging out with these Guys.
Aren't they Cute!
We jumped in the car and went for a drive. We ended up on dead ends of beautiful neighborhoods and then to this beauty, a really big, really old Willow tree.

Which the boy's had a blast climbing.
It was the best kind of day.
I hope you all had a fun weekend too.