Sunday, December 30, 2012

Christmas Dress

I decided I wanted to make a Christmas dress for Ava this year, something I've never done before. Last year I bought this flocked polka-dot fabric on clearance with this purpose in mind.
(We are growing out her bangs, so pardon the hair in the eyes).

I had to take it apart and put it back together a few times, but it was worth it.

I'm working on writing up the pattern so that will be available before long. I made this in a 3T size, so that is what the pattern will be. Pin It

Chalkboard Painted Lids

Confession: I still haven't finished all my neighbor treats. But. I did manage to get a few done, including this one for a friend who is gluten-intolerant. She loves peppermint patties so I gave her a jar full of those. You could do hot cocoa mixes, cookie mixes, soup, etc.

I had bought some chalkboard paint for another project, and I still have a ton left over. If you want to do it, it's pretty self-explanatory. Paint the lid with 2 or 3 coats of paint and write a message on the top! You can decorate the jar too if you want, of course.
And a little tip I saw on Pinterest after doing this, you can sharpen your chalk in a pencil sharpener for more precise writing. Pin It

Wednesday, December 5, 2012

DIY Cardboard Reindeer

I found this idea (and instructions) via Good Houskeeping. Since I am lacking Christmas decor for my walls, I thought this one looked like fun.

It was super cheap too! Free box from something shipped to me, and a cheap wreath for $2.50 plus a bow for 99 cents. I don't have an 11x17 printer so I had to just hand draw my reindeer instead, and I made mine a little bigger I think. The nice thing about this too is that you can disassemble it and pack it flat if you don't have a lot of storage space.
I wasn't sure if it would look as good in real life as it does in their photo, but I'm happy to say it does. It's a fun little addition to our holiday decor. Maybe next year I'll buy a nicer wreath. Pin It