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Baby Bear Hat 

My best friend is expecting her first baby this summer! Since our friendship started in the fifth grade she has always loved bears! So she will now be lovingly referred to as Mama Bear and when her baby boy makes his debut he will be Baby Bear. He will even have the cub ears to prove it in this super cute, knit hat! 

I found the pattern on Pinterest. It is free through Ravelry and you can find it here. The pattern is for premature babies, but I increased the stitch count based on the average circumference of a newborn baby’s head. (Don’t ask me to do the math! I wouldn’t explain it good!) 

I think it turned out great and can’t wait to meet to meet the newest addition!

Let me know what you like to create for the new babies in your life! I love new ideas and inspiration!

  

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diy happy birthday glitter sign

Easy Birthday Party Decoration

Set the tone for your birthday party with this cute happy birthday sign. I made this set to add to birthday cupcakes but you can also add to any fruit, veggie or cheese tray, etc.

This is an easy project that will take about an hour to complete. Here’s what you’ll need:

Supplies:
  • Card stock
  • Bamboo Skewers
  • Hot glue gun
  • Elmers glue stick
  • Glitter
  • Scissors
  • Pen
  • Letter stencil (optional)
Step 1

Draw the letters onto the card stock and cut. You can us a stencil here if you want uniform lettering, I would have liked to use a stencil but I didn’t have one available and free hand worked out pretty good. You can also purchase pre-cut letters from most craft stores. Making them yourself keeps the cost of this project down though!

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Step 2

Dab hot glue along the longest section of the letter and place a bamboo skewer in the glue. Press down gently until the glue dries.

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Step 3

Spread the Elmers glue stick across the entire front portion of the letter. Shake glitter over the whole letter. Gently pat the glitter down with your finger and shake to remove excess.

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Step 4

Party!

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DIY Pressed Flowers by Adventures of a Pinner Blog
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I’m thrilled that this project turned out! I thought for sure that this one was going to end up in the “Failed It” pile.

I am working on a gallery wall (I will share that adventure upon completion) and I was looking for unique wall art options. I took to Pinterest for inspiration and had to try my hand at DIY Pressed Flowers.

What you need:

  • Flowers
  • Scissors
  • Paper towels
  • Magazines
  • Heavy books
  • Frames

Gather your flowers – I selected wildflowers and flowers from the planters in my yard. Use scissors to cut the stems to leave a clean cut.

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Arrange on paper towels – make sure the face or head of the flower is positioned the way you want in to sit in the frame. Double up the paper towel for both the bottom and top to absorb all the moisture, also the length of the towel should match the length of your books.

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Press down – place the 2 ply paper towel on top of the flowers push down! The first layer of stacked materials should be a magazine to prevent color damage your books. The stack order I used was 1. Magazine 2. Flowers (wrapped in paper towel) 3. Magazine 4. Books.

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Wait – Let the flowers sit and dry for 2 weeks.

Frame – I found these great floating frames at Joann’s and I love the effect! Unfortunately the pick colored flowers didn’t turn out very pretty. They’re brown and kind of gross. I don’t want them on my wall so I tossed them.

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Show me how your pressed flowers turn out and let me know if you have any questions!

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spray paint lamp and lamp shade

I am thrilled about this DIY project! This combines everything that I love in a good do it yourself:

  • Inexpensive. I only spent $20 to create this look, $11 for spray paint, I found the lamp shade for $4 at Goodwill and the lamp base for $5 at a garage sale.
  • Fast and easy. From start to finish it took me around 30 minutes to transform my items.
  • Repurpose and Recycle. I gave these tired pieces a dramatic transformation with two cans of spray paint.

What supplies you’ll need: spray paint (I’m fond of Rust-oleum, I used Coral and Pure Gold), 2 plastic shopping bags and painters/scotch tape.

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Before you paint anything you must do some cleaning prep. Wipe down all dust and debris for a smooth finish.

The lamp stand was easy. You will probably want to tape or cover the electrical cord to protect it from paint. I painted my cord gold, it was originally brown. Why have a brown cord when I can have a golden cord! #AllGoldEverything

Hold the can about 6-8 inches from the base to prevent too much paint build up. Go over the area 2-3 times to ensure the color is consistent and even.

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The inner lamp shade needs to be covered. If any paint gets on the inside you will be able to see it when the lamp is turned on. Plastic grocery bags were the perfect size for my lamp shade. You may need to cut the bag to increase the circumference if you have a bigger shade.

Insert the bag into the shade. Fold down the handles. Tape down the edges of the bag with painters or scotch tape until the  Repeat for the other side!

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Let your project dry for at least 24 hours! I would love to see how you transform an old, tired lamp with spray paint! Share your work with me!

 

 

 

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diy paper flowers

My friends and I started a book club! We had our first meeting last weekend and I was hosting. The book: The Husband’s Secret. I liked the big pink flower on the book cover and decided to go with a garden theme. I hopped on Pinterest to see all things garden party and I found some fantastic DIY paper flowers!

They didn’t turn out. I think they looked like a pile crumpled tissue paper. I stopped at with two flowers and did not proceed to leaves or playing with different color combinations. These were a big flop for me.

You can give it try with the instructions from Style Me Pretty.DIY TIssue Paper Flowers Fail by Adventures of a Pinner Blog

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crochet flower baby blanket pattern

I’ve been working on this pretty flower baby blanket for a few months and I am so very excited to share it with you! I made this afghan for my friend expecting her second baby girl next month. The nursery is decorated with a pink and navy blue scheme. I think that the colors look great in this pretty flower pattern.

You can download the pattern .pdf for free from Free Patterns the skill level is average.

I used a medium weight yarn (4) by Purl Essence Yarn that I purchased at Joann Fabrics. I made a square afghan of 9 by 9 motifs. I purchased 6 skeins (2 Magenta, 2 Navy Blue, 1 Light Grey and 1 White) and I had yarn to spare. I used my favorite Bamboo Handle hook in 5 mm.

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Round 1

Make a slip knot and chain 6.

Slip stitch into the first chain to form a circle and chain 3.

Double crochet into the circle 15 times. This will give you a total of 16 stitches in the circle. Slip stitch into the first stitch (the third chain from the chain 3).

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Round 2

Chain 6. Skip the first chain and half double crochet into the second chain to form the first pedal.

Chain 4. Skip one chain and half double crochet into the next chain.

Chain 5. Skip one chain and half double crochet into the next chain.

Chain 4. Skip one chain and half double crochet into the next chain.

Repeat until you have formed the 8 petals. The first chain is the only petal with a chain of six. After the first petal the pattern goes 4, 5, 4, 5, 4, 5,  and 4.

Slip stitch your last chain of 4 into the first your first chain 6.

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Round 3

Double crochet 3 times into the first petal. Chain 3. Double crochet 3 into the petal and slip stitch into the first chain of the next petal.

Single crochet into the second petal. Double crochet 2 times. Chain 1. Double crochet 2 times. Single crochet and slip stitch into the first chain of the next petal.

Repeat this pattern. When you finish petal number 8 slip stitch into the first chain of the first petal and tie off your first motif!

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Connect Squares

You can connect the motifs two ways: diamond or square. I personally like the diamond method. The pattern also calls for optional tassels but I’m not really a fan of the tassels. Join the pointed petals to pointed petals and round petals to round petals.

I’m happy with the finished product! I am making a blanket for myself with this pattern in coral, light blue and cream. I’ll share photos when I’m done!

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Let me know if you have any questions about the pattern in the comments below!

 

 

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painting tips

This weekend my family and I packed up 5 years of our lives to move to a new home. I am so excited about this new place and all the memories that we will make!

Before we could move in we had to do something about the paint in the kitchen/living area. The ceiling was chocolate-brown. Yes, brown. It made the high, vaulted ceiling look dark and small. We changed up the two accent walls that were an unsavory color of green. Think spilt pea soup. Yep, chocolate and split pea soup. It had to go!

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The best time to paint any room (especially the ceiling) is when it is empty. Before the big move I researched some painting tips and techniques on Pinterest and I wanted to share some of the advice that i found useful!

1. Place a plastic shopping bag around the paint pan. No washing the pan when it’s time to switch from primer to paint. This a great time and clean up saver!

2. Use a milk jug or plastic cup as small paint containers. They sell small paint holders in the painting supply aisle but there is no need to buy them when you can improvise with items you already have. Cut a hole in the milk jug and you’ve got a container with a handle or use a large plastic cup. This  came in handy when I was up on the top of the ladder.

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3. Use makeup wipes to remove paint drips from hard surfaces. I was so excited that this tip actually works! Even if you’re very careful and you use drop clothes/painter’s tape there always seem to be unwanted paint somewhere. This will only work well if the paint is still fairly fresh. I tried using the makeup wipes on some primer from the previous day and it wouldn’t budge. The wipes work great for recently dripped or smudged paint though! I used the Clearasil Rapid Action Wipes.

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4. Have fun and get help from family and friends. My mom, sister and myself knocked this job out faster then one person alone. We added our thumbprints and the year behind the refrigerator to mark the date of the new look (:

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Do you have any painting tips to help knock out your DIY makeovers? Share them with me in the comments!