Thursday, August 28, 2014

Anthro Tassel Pillow Knock-Off: Tutorial!

There a 3 things that I would consider a weakness when it comes to shopping; Cardigans, shoes, and throw pillows. I LOVE THEM! So when I saw this tassel pillow at Anthropologie I was obsessed; But not so much with the price! But after looking at it I decided to attempt making it. It was actually pretty easy & I'm a sew straight lines type of person. So I thought I would share a quick tutorial so that you out there can make your own! It cost me about $14 to make an 18 inch square pillow! Compare that to the $68+tax pillow at Anthropologie. It was worth the effort to make...not to mention really fun! 
Step 1: Gather supplies! 
Fabric: Get a little over a yard of fabric. The Anthro pillow is a soft velvet. I happened to find some in the sale section and only paid $5 for 1/2 a yard. It needs to be big enough to cut into 2 19" squares. 
Cross stitch thread: Pick out 9 colors you want to use. I modified the colors to fit my home and style a little better. 
An 18 inch pillow to put inside of pillow case. 
Sewing machine, zipper foot (<-- optional), pins, scissors etc.

Step 2: Follow my super easy tassel tutorial and get those all ready to go! You will need 36 tassels total. {The breakdown is 9 different colors and 4 tassels of each!}

Step 3: Cut your fabric into 19" squares. Then pin your tassels at 2 inches apart on the right side of the fabric! So you should end up with 8 tassels on each side and then 1 on each corner. Pick out the order you want them in and place them the same on all four sides! They should also be about 3/4ths of an inch in! Then sew them down about 1/4 of an inch in. I went around twice to make sure they were super secure. You don't want those babies falling out when all is said and done! Remove pins. 
 Step 4: Now place your second square of fabric on top of the other face down and pin together. Do your best to make sure all of your tassels are laying flat towards the center of the pillow so they don't get sewed over! Now sew the pillow at about 1/2 of an inch in from the edge and as close to the tassels as possible. Leave about a 6 inch gap so that you can stuff in your pillow. 
Step 5: Flip it all around and see how the tassels look. Make any needed length adjustments. Some came loose and I had to pull them back in etc. When it looks right, stuff your pillow inside!
FYI: I couldn't find my zipper foot so I just did it with my regular foot and it looked fine! The tassels just hung a little more. I then decided that I wanted the tassels closer in so I ended up buying a zipper foot so that I could get this project crossed off the list. Either way works really, it just depends on the look you want! Do you want them to hang loose or be tighter on the pillow? So compare this to the last two pictures below...the tassels are a lot tighter! Also, the Anthro pillow has them sewn on tighter. 

Step 6: Stitch it shut. What's nice about this velvet fabric is that it hides the stitches really well! 
Then you are all done!!! Fluff it up and find a good place for it! 
{If you aren't big into sewing...another idea is to just buy a simple throw pillow or cushion cover and hand sew on the tassels!}

Wednesday, August 27, 2014

Lunch Sacks: DIY Stickers

As soon as my daughter wakes up she is asking for an activity to do. Me not being a morning person doesn't help... I can't see straight yet, much less think of an activity for her to do.
But what is easier than getting some markers and crayons out and doing some coloring. Every now and then I will just hand Sophie a piece of sticker paper and let her draw and color her own stickers. After she is done "designing" her stickers she cuts them out herself and then is so proud to use them! Such a simple idea, but she loves it and thinks i'm the coolest too! Hooray!
Since school is starting I thought it would be fun to have her decorate her lunch bags this year with her own stickers while breakfast is going on and i'm getting her lunch actually made.  I even made up a template to use that has a lunch sack label and drink label. But sometimes it's fun to just give them a blank sheet and see what they come up with all by themselves. 
Our cute friends next door came over to hang out with us and joined in on the fun! And they helped make one for Brandon who was still snoozing. 
It really gets them excited to have a purpose in mind for their awesome stickers. Not to mention it's great scissor practice! 
Now your little students can go to school ready to show off their awesomely creative lunch sacks! 
Click on the pictures to download your template. Print on sticker paper. And let your kids have some sticker fun! 

You can buy sticker paper at any office supply store. It is basically a giant label and you can find it with all of the mailing and printing labels. Walmart has a great deal with a pack of 10 sheets for $4. 

Tuesday, August 26, 2014

Guatemalan Accessories Taking Over!

I went on a last minute, super quick, adventure filled trip to Guatemala last week and it was so amazing! I was there to celebrate the lives of both of my grandparents, who both passed away this summer. I caught up with family, heard wonderful stories about my grandparents, and bid them farewell. 
I came home with some fun souvenirs I haven't been able to stop wearing! It was fun to touch base with my roots a bit and to pull it into my wardrobe. I love the vibrant colors, the intricate patterns {especially of the bag}, and that they are handmade by Guatemalan artisans. 
Skirt: H&M, Shirt: Target, Shoes: Topshop
Purse, Headband, bracelets: Hand made in Guatemala

What's your heritage? Would you wear what they did or do? 

Monday, August 18, 2014

Tassel Necklace & How to...

So there I was walking through Joann's on a mission to find some fabric for my 1st tassel project, When I spotted some pink neon beads I just couldn't resist! I just knew I had to make something with them! 
So I deiced to make a tassel necklace. It was seriously fun and just what I needed to wind down after the babes were in bed! 
 I love how it turned out and it's so much fun to wear! I mean, is it the most amazing necklace you have ever seen? No... probably not! But it it makes me happy! It felt so good to feel inspired to create & it was really fun to make!
Shirt: Walmart, Skirt: Anthropologie, Shoes: Topshop
 Now for the "How to..." 

What you'll need
a crimp necklace clasp set. 
beading wire
round nose pliers 
embroidery thread
1. Just go to the beading isle and see what catches your eye. Pick anywhere from 1-3 colors that compliment each other. Also pick between 1-3 different sizes.  If you are anything like me, it's easy to get carried away and pick out too many beads. Try to keep it simple! I went with 2 colors, neon pink and neon yellow and in 2 different sizes. Then a 3rd bead for the center in fuchsia and with some beaded detail. I also chose to go with silver beads as dividers and with a silver clasp. 
2. Measure out how long you want your necklace to be and add 4 inches on to it for tying purposes. You can always trim it later. I cut mine about 26 inches long.
3. Take your embroidery thread and make your tassel using my tutorial. 
4. Now the fun part. Start beading. You can lay out a pattern you like and then string them or just figure it out as you go. I did a little of both. It looks best if you do the small beads 1st and medium sized beads next, and then the largest to lay in the very middle of the necklace.
5. Make 1/2 of the necklace and then string on your tassel. I strung my tassel into a bead to hide the tie. Now bead the same pattern backwards onto your beading wire so that both sides of the necklace look exactly the same. 
6. Finally, tie your wire to the crimp clasp on each side and using the pliers smash the crimp flat so it holds the wire in place. Trim any excess wire. 
7. Pick out a cute outfit to wear it with!

The cost for all of the supplies was about $12. But if you are not the crafty type... there are some really cute ones out there right now. In fact...this anthropologie tassel necklace is on sale at the moment. It's usualy $48 and is on sale for $14.95.  Hooray!

Tuesday, August 12, 2014

Tassels Tutorial

I've been obsessed with tassels lately! So this is a quick and easy tutorial on how to make tassels... and soon I will be posting some fun projects you can make using these babies! 
You need:
Cross Stitch Thread
(or whatever type of string you want to make a tassel with)
A piece of cardstock or cardboard
Step 1: First you need to get your piece of card stock or cardboard and cut it down to the size you want your tassel to be. I wanted my tassels to be 2 inches in length so I cut my card into 2 inches. Then take your thread and wrap around the card 45 times and then cut.  It's important to wrap them all the same number of times so all the tassels you make come out even. You can wrap them more if you want them to be thicker tassels, or less if you want them to be thinner. {I discovered that with wrapping the thread I bought 45 times at 2 inches, I had enough to make 4 tassels. This was perfect for the project I was making them for. }
Step 2: Take a separate piece of thread (about 8 inches long) and wrap it under and around the top of the thread several times to hold all together securely. 
Step 3: Now slide the wound thread off of the card and cut through the opposite looped end. 
Step 4: Take another 10 inch piece of thread and wrap around the neck of the tassel at the top. Do it couple of times and knot it so it is secure. 
Step 5: Cut the end to make the tassels even.
 Viola! Now what to do with these babies....? I have some fun excuses to make these coming up soon! 

Perler Bead Magnets

Raise your hand if your kids love to make perler beads?
Raise your hand if your kids have made a lot of them and you have no idea what to do with them?
Well that's us. My daughter can spend hours just making these little bead creations and just has so much fun. But we never know what to actually do with them. They just pile up in the toy box and pop up all over the house. I decided it was time to figure something out for them! 
We made them into fun magnets for the magnet board in the play area and for our fridge. They can hold up school work when school starts. 
We glue gunned some magnets onto the back. Talk about easy peasy! Sophie loved helping and when all was said and done it was like she got a new toy. 

I also think that perler bead shapes are a thoughtful gift your child can make for a friends birthday or Christmas presents etc. We got some from some cousins once and it was really fun! 

What do you do with your perler bead shapes? I would love some more fun ideas!!!!

Friday, August 8, 2014


I went on a girls trip to Vegas las weekend and we went to see the Cirque de Soleil show based on Michael Jackson called One. It was a very entertaining show with some really awesome acrobatics and dancing! The guy that played Michael Jackson in the show was especially good! It just made me miss MJ and I found myself wishing he could really come out on stage! Or that I could go to a real concert! 
We all know Michael for his music and dancing... I mean who doesn't love it right?!! But I came to realize what an inspirational person he was! I believe him to have been a kind person who was lonely, misunderstood, and who made mistakes because he was human! But Michael believed in love... {loving others, loving the earth, loving yourself} and he believed in growing your talents.
Throughout the show they played recordings of Michael Jackson speaking. This one phrase in particular has been stuck in my head ever since the show because it was something I needed to hear. {Especially with this new little venture i've started.}
What I admire about Michael Jackson is that he knew he was talented, he believed in his talent and recognized it was given to him from God,  and he put everything he had into it! He inspires people not just to become who they want to be, but also to cultivate their talent and strive to be the best!
I love how he said, "Feel what you can do" because when you are are passionate about something you don't just think it, you feel it! 
(Click on Image to download!)
It was fun to see the show and I left that night feeling inspired to really believe in myself and work hard for what I want. You should too!!!

Here are some more MJ quotes you might like! And if you don't, then you can "Just beat it!"...Ha ha, I couldn't resist!

"Often people just don't see what I see. They have too much doubt. You can't be your best when you're doubting yourself. If you don't believe in yourself, who will?" 

"Don't be afraid to know who you are. You are much more than you ever imagined."

“In a world filled with hate, we must still dare to hope. In a world filled with anger, we must still dare to comfort. In a world filled with despair, we must still dare to dream. And in a world filled with distrust, we must still dare to believe..”

"You can always dream, and your dreams can come true. But you have to make them come true."

“I’m interested in making a path instead of following a trail, and that’s what I want to do in life – in everything I do.” 

"If someone ever tells you that you can't, all you have to do really is remove the T at the end because you CAN."

“Stop this agony of wishing Play it out Don't think, don't hesitate Curving back within yourself Just create... Just create”

"No matter what, the most powerful thing in the world is the human mind and prayer, and belief in your self and confidence and perseverance. No matter how many times you do it, you do it again until it's right. And always believe in your self. And not matter who's around you that's being negative or thrusting negative energy at you, totally block it off. Because whatever you believe, you become."

“I'm really very self-confident when it comes to my work. When I take on a project, I believe in it 100%. I really put my soul into it. I'd die for it. That's how I am.” 

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