DIY Fabric Banners

Photo Taken By Julie Doniero Photography https://juliedonierophotography.squarespace.com

Photo Taken By Julie Doniero Photography https://juliedonierophotography.squarespace.com

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My new obsession…fabric banners!! They are a perfect for party decorations. I made this one to hold in the background of Grace’s pictures. It was so easy to make and I used the scrap fabric left over from her Rag Quilt.

What you need:

Ribbon
Sewing Machine– I love this one
Thread that matches ribbon
Fabric – I used about 1/3 yard of three different fabrics
This Template

 

Steps:

1. First decide what size you would like to make your pendants from the above template – I made mine in between the 6″ and 7.75″ mark on this template because I was using scrap fabric

2. Then decide how many pendants you need to cover your distance – I have a total of 11 pendants

3. Now take your ribbon and fold it in half and pin the ribbon in place creating a “ribbon tail” (see picture below) that will allow  secure your banner into place

 

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4. Once you are done with your “ribbon tail”, start adding your pendants in. Put the edge of your pendant into the crease of your ribbon and pin into place. I laid down the next pendant so that the two corners were touching to make sure the pendants were evenly spaced.

5. The make an identical “ribbon tail” on the other side of the pendants.

6. Now you just need to sew at the base of the ribbon to hold the pendants in place.

 

You could always stencil or apply letters and/or decorations on to the pendant to take it up a notch 🙂

Amazon Mom Diaper Deal

Amazon occasionally runs one of the best diaper deals that I have ever seen…50%-70% off!

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The deal is for NEW Amazon Mom members that sign up for accounts between Oct 22, 2014 and November 3rd, 2014 and buy Huggies diapers (also good on Enfamil and Babyganics) between October 22nd, 2014 and December 3rd 2014. Sign up for Amazon Mom.

Once you sign up for a FREE 30 day trial of Amazon Mom, add one pack of Huggies Diapers (the bigger the better) to your cart and 50%  off your first purchase will automatically be taken off. If you add the subscribe and save (where you will receive automatic shipments) you will save an additional 20%. You can cancel your membership and the subscribe and save at any time through the online website (they make it very easy).

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Before you make your purchase make sure you check your Amazon coupons to see if you can save even more.

On your Amazon Home Screen click on Today’s Deals at the top of the page

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Then click on Coupons

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Here you will find coupons that you can virtually clip and apply to your purchases to save even more.

For more information on this promotion read here.

Amazon Mom Benefits Include:

– Free 2 day shipping

– 20% of diaper purchases

Egg Cups

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Breakfast is my FAVORITE meal of all time. I love nothing more than a delicious hot breakfast. Since going back to work after maternity leave I switched my hours. Now I get home earlier but I also start work at 6 AM. I love making these egg cups ahead of time and having them to warm up while at work.

What you need:

Muffin Tin and cooking spray

9 Eggs

1/4 cup milk

mushrooms

onions

turkey sausage

36 tater tots

Steps:

1. Cook tater tots @ 350 degrees for about 10 minutes – they do not need to be cook completely just no longer frozen

2. Once tater tots are cooked, spray the muffin tin with cooking spray and  place 3 tater tots in each muffin slot

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3. Using the bottom of a jar, press down on the tater tots to flatten them

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4. Add chopped onions, mushrooms and turkey sausage (or whatever toppings you like, I also added cilantro here)

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5. Whisk 9 eggs together with 1/4 cup milk and then pour egg into each muffin slot – I added pepper to my eggs because I love it on everything 🙂

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6. Bake @ 350 degrees for about 35-40 minutes until cooked

7. Enjoy!

These reheat great in the morning and you can also freeze them for future consumption!

DIY Gel Staining

I recently found this lovely table for our entry way…one problem…the wood top did not match the rest of our furniture. It was a very light wood while all the rest is dark. I remembered hearing about a gel stain that was “fool proof” but I was always  too nervous about ruining my items to try the product. I finally got over my fear and went for it.

 

What you will need:

1. Java Gel Stain

2. Poly Semi-Gloss Top Coat

3. Sanding Wedge

4. Foam Brushes or an old sock

 

Steps:

1. First sand the surface that you will be staining – just needs to be a rough sand

2. Apply the gel stain with either a foam brush or a sock – apply a LIGHT coat and let dry COMPLETELY! (I let it dry overnight) **Warning first coat does not look that great but trust me it will look better!

3. Repeat step 2 with 2 more coats letting it completely dry in between

4. After you applied 3 coats of stain finish with the poly top coat – again let completely dry

 

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It was way easier than I thought and I am VERY happy with the results!

DIY Baby Wipes

When I took an infant care class at our hospital, it recommended using wipes with just water. I read a few other books that mentioned that commercial wipes can be a little harsh for a baby’s delicate skin so I decided to look into making my own wipes.

It turns out making wipes is very easy. I have tried quite a few different wipe recipes over the past few months and this is my favorite.

What you will need:

Cheap wash cloths – thin cheap ones work the best – like these

Tea Tree  essential oil – antimicrobial properties

Lavender essential oil – relaxation, antiseptic and pain reliever

Coconut Oil – moisturizing

Witch Hazel – soothing

Wipe Warmer – I have this one

Steps:

1. I boil about 4 cups of water in a sauce pan

2. I add about 5 drops of tea tree, lavender and witch hazel to the boiling water and then 1 tablespoon of coconut oil

3. I then soak the wash clothes in the mixture and let them cool

4. Once cool squeeze out the excess liquid

5. Fold them and put in a wipe warmer  and you are all set to go!

 

My daughter has used these since birth and she had only had diaper rash twice – when we were gone and using regular wipe. These have worked out very well for us.

DIY Rag Quilt

Grace using the Rag Quilt during her photos Photos by http://juliedonierophotography.squarespace.com

I recently saw baby pictures with rag quilts being used as props. I had just scheduled my daughter’s 6 month photo shoot and I wanted to included the blanket. Unfortunately, the person shut down their Etsy shop to catch up on orders 😦  so I decided  to make my own.

I first needed to buy a sewing machine. I had no idea how this project would turn out, so I did not want to spend much on this machine. I did a bit of research and found this sewing machine on Amazon. It ended up working perfectly and I liked it better than any other machine I have used.

A lot of the quilts online are for photo props were 3×3 squares and being used by newborns. Since Grace was 6 months I went with 4 squares x 4 squares pattern and used larger squares (9 in x 9 in).

Steps:

1. Cutting out the fabric – I used 9×9 inch squares and sewed  a 1 inch seam — my final blanket was 30 inches x 30 inches. For each quilt square I cut  2 squares with the fabric I picked out and 1 square of a flannel fabric (which you will not see). I have heard that flannel works well for the the “ragged” part but I could not find any flannel fabric I like so I went with flannel in the middle instead.

2. I then assembled the 9×9 square “sandwiches” and pinned them. The decorative fabric of your choice should be used as the outside of the sandwich with the “good side” facing out and the flannel on the inside.

3. Then drew a line from corner to corner and sewed an “X” across the square – I used the same thread for each of the squares  instead of matching it to the fabric.

4. Once all 16 squares have been quilted with the “X” you can begin to assemble the quilt – I laid out all of my squares to make sure I like the pattern ahead of time. When you line up your squares to sew them together make sure you have the “good side” facing out for each one, so the seam will be visible on your blanket. Continue sewing your squares together until you have all four sewn together to make a row.

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5. When you have all 4 rows complete, you sew each row together again making sure the “good side” is facing out. Here is an example of my rows:

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6. After I sewed all my rows together I realized I didn’t like having all of the seams as the back of my blanket (even though I originally was only going to use this for a photo prop) – I LOVE soft, cuddly blankets, so I decide to get a flannel piece of fabric and sew it to the back of my rag quilt. To do this I cut the flannel fabric to match the size of the quilt and pinned it in place. I then sewed a 1 inch seam all around the edge of the blanket to attach the flannel.

7. Now you are ready to cut (my least favorite part, but you are almost done!). Cut each of the seams, I did about every 1/2 inch. I recommend having at least a fabric scissors for this. I started with a regular scissors and I regret it and so does my hand. I switched to a fabric scissors and it was much better. Just make sure you DO NOT cut the stitches!

8. Once all seams are cut you are ready to wash and dry your quilt so it frays and has the vintage look.

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