Wednesday, January 25, 2012

DIY Paint Chip Garland

I'm slowly but surely, crossing off the few final projects for the nursery, and this is one.  It's easy, cheap, and pretty self explanatory.....

- 30-40 paint sample chips/ cards/ samples   [call them what you want!]
    - paper punch     - sewing machine

 Using my Recollections® circle punch I punched approx. 40 circles from paint-sample chips I had collected over time. 
* Any shape or size will work for this project.

 Picking two circles [I choose different colors] stack them, wrong sides together.

 Pull your threads out a good 2-3" before starting to sew, this allows plenty of leeway to hang the strand when finished.
Line up your circles to the foot and sew down the middle of the circle.
*I lengthened my stitch to help reduce rippling. 

 Pick another set of circles [putting them wrong sides together] and butt them up directly against the one before, not allowing any space between.


Have fun coordinating and making patterns, by using different colors.

After hanging the Chinese lanterns and pom-pom, I wasn't happy with how the corner look.
Though I liked the collection, I felt like it still looked bare and needed something else. 
This project was the perfect addition!


These garlands are also perfect for birthday parties or showers, especially when draped or layered to create a banner!   
 - This little project cost me noo money!

Happy creating!

Tuesday, January 24, 2012

Nursery sneak- peek

I mentioned last week that we've been working on transforming little man's [dramatic] bedroom into a nursery/playroom.    The main inspiration for the change was DesirĂ©e's lovely computer-nook makeover and this color palette i found.......
Nautical & Serene.

Take a peek.........

For all you who love a good "before and after".... 

I am beyond ready to have this room finished. There's several projects to finish and things that need to be bought, and switched out. [make a dust ruffle, new rocking chair, etc.]   I've spent approx. $70 on this transformation [as of now] and plan to share several thrifty and DIY tips, that helped keep this project affordable.   Stay tuned!

Happy Tuesday!

Thursday, January 12, 2012


halfway / 20 weeks

Best moment this week: 
Seeing our little one via. ultrasound yesterday

Gender: It's a surprise!

Miss Anything?  Sleeping on my back.

Nervous about? 
Praying this baby is much smaller than little man was. 

Movement: Some, more and more with time. 

Food cravings:  Loaded cheese fries, Cheeseburgers,
Stuffed Mushrooms, Frozen blueberries + Fresh fruit
[ok, i'll stop there!]

Anything making you queasy or sick:  Ice Cream!

Labor Signs:  No

Symptoms:  Heartburn

Happy or Moody:  Happy, but an emotional wreck!

Looking forward to:  
My birthday this weekend, and the year ahead!
Praising God for His protection and health
 thusfar. Praying it continues for both
baby and myself.

But let all who take refuge in you be glad; let them ever sing for joy. Spread your protection over them, that those who love your name may rejoice in you.  - Psalm 5:10-12

Tuesday, January 3, 2012

ABD  Cupcake 1st Birthday Party

Now th.
I have a sweet {literally} 1st birthday party to share with you, that I just happen to be in love with!  - I recently had the privilege of helping with a cupcake-themed celebration for a friend's daughter, little Miss. A!   Everything from the decor to the take-home treats were not only fabulous, but DIY and planned by the birthday girl's Mom!      .... Enjoy! 

Venue : Clover Hill United Methodist Church
Design Consultation + Pennant Banners : Amelia Bedelia Designs
Decor, baked sweets + treats : Katie Welborn    
{Mom of the birthday girl}

Happy New Year!