Make Your Own Baseball Shirt

make your own baseball shirtIf your kids have a lot of solid colored shirts, here is an easy way to give them a little update with just some spare fabric and a sewing machine.

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With your fabric, cut out whatever design you choose to sew onto your shirt. You could do an animal, letters, or something simple like a ball. I decided to do a baseball since it’s super simple.

On my white fabric, I traced the shape of a ball using a glass.

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Then I pinned it to my shirt and traced two lines on it (for the ball stitching).

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Then using white thread, I sewed around the ball twice using a zig zag stitch. Then with red thread in a zig zag stitch, I followed the lines I drew on the ball to make the stitching.

And that was it.

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This one was really simple but it gave a plain, old shirt a little update.

I’ll let my model show you.

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He was taking his modeling duties very seriously.

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With winter coming, this idea would be cute for zip-up sweatshirts and sweaters, as well.

Enjoy!

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Modern Fall Art

modern fall artOne of my favorite purchases lately has been a can of copper spray paint. It is such a fun color and I thought it would be neat to add a modern look to some fall items.

For this project, we just headed outside and gathered acorns that had fallen to the ground. I washed them and let them dry in the sun.

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And then just sprayed them with the paint, shaking the box around to be sure the whole acorn got covered.

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I also did this with pine cones from the ground and plastic leaves from the dollar store.

For the canvas, I covered two pieces of flat Styrofoam with fabric. You could use a painted wood board or a store-bought canvas. I was just trying to use up what I had.

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Then I hot glued my painted items onto the canvas.

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With my pine cones, I tied some raffia around them and gathered them in a bunch.

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Then I hot glued them to the back of a decorative frame that had the glass removed.

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This allowed them to just dangle in the opening.

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This month, these pieces are hanging in Starbucks so people can enjoy some fall decor as they sip their pumpkin spice lattes. :)

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Fall doesn’t have to always be browns and oranges. Remember your metallics when you want a more modern look.

Have Fun!

 

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Make Your Own Rustic Framed Art

 

Rustic Framed ArtThis project happened by accident. I bought my daughter a calendar from the dollar store since she was always asking what day it was. I found this one that was full of bright, inspirational messages.

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Once I got it home, I realized it was a 2015 calendar and we couldn’t use it for another six months.

I’ve been wanting to brighten up our eating area for a while (that post is coming soon) and I liked the bright colors of these prints so I decided to use the calendar for the dining room instead.

I just assumed the print size was 12 x 12 (I realize actually measuring it would have taken 5 seconds…but no) so I bought frames in that size. Once I got them home, I learned that the prints were 11 x 11 making them too small for the frame.

Apparently, they don’t sell frames in the size that these prints are so I had to get inventive. I decided to just display them on pieces of wood giving them a rustic touch.

I lucked out finding this scrap wood.

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Then I had Lowe’s cut it into the sizes I needed.

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Since the prints were so colorful, I decided to stick with white paint for the frames. I just used the Valspar latex paint I had on hand and painted the boards.

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Once those dried, I attached a hook on the back to hang it.

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And finally attached the print with small screws onto the front of the board.

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Once I had each print screwed on I took them into the dining room to figure out where to place them.

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So if you have a print or photo that is an odd size or just want a more rustic looking frame, this project is great. It’s easy and inexpensive.

Now we have a whole new look in our dining room and my daughter still has no idea what day it is.

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Rustic Framed Art

Fall Air Freshener (natural and easy)

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I love the way a home smells when someone (not me) is cooking, especially cinnamon-ny baked goods.

The only problem with this is I don’t have the time or desire to bake every day, which is why I love this way to make my home smell like I do.

I love that this uses real ingredients so it is all-natural and smells amazing. It’s also super easy and inexpensive. All you need is an apple, 6 cinnamon sticks (about $1.00 when you buy in the bulk section), and the peel of an orange (you can go ahead and eat the actual orange). Grab some cinnamon, nutmeg, cloves, and any other yummy spices you have on hand as well.ingredients for natural air freshener

I know many people will let this simmer on the stove but with kids around I don’t like having the stove on, especially for long periods. Instead, put the ingredients, spices, and about 8 cups of water in the crock pot. This is much safer and uses far less energy and gas than the stove.

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I turn mine on high for about an hour or so to get it going and then you can turn it to low for the rest of the day. It does take about an hour to start really smelling up the house so keep that in mind if you’re doing this before guests come over.

Be warned that when your house smells this heavenly, people are going to expect to be served some sort of treat. I’ll let you figure out how to handle that one. :)

 

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Fall Decor Roundup

fall favorites roundup maggie maysFall is my favorite time of year but it always goes by too quickly. Since there would never be enough time to do all of the fall projects that I would like to, I thought I’d share what others have done.

Here’s a little roundup of some of my favorite fall ideas from Pinterest. The photo/project source is listed below each image. Click on the image to visit their site and learn how to do the project!

Nice Elegant Polka Dots

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Source: A thoughtful place blog

 

Such an adorable way to serve ice cream or sorbet.

orange pumpkin maggie mays fall roundup

Source: mom.me

 

Great idea for keeping kids busy during dinner..one huge coloring pad!

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Source: Apartment Therapy

 

Cute name place settings.

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Source: Bright Settings

 

This would be fun to give with a gift of pumpkin pie! Give a pie with a pumpkin sharing the recipe. Or display in the kitchen for a recipe you make a lot in the fall!

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Source: sheknows.com

 

I love my Mod Podge. You can do anything with this idea…fabric, pretty paper, photos, etc.

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Source: Confessions of a plate addict

 

Pretty way to serve snack mix!

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Source: temp-tations

 

And finally, a creative way to display tea lights.

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Source: temp-tations

Happy fall!!!

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Dairy-Free Chocolate Icing

Dairy Free Icing

I hope you all will trust me on this one because I know how it is going to sound. Even if you don’t have an intolerance to dairy, this is worth trying because it’s definitely a heathier and more nutritious version of icing.

I recently read that avocado makes a great replacement for butter in recipes. I don’t use butter too much except when I make icing. Since the icing recipe is only butter, powdered sugar, vanilla extract and a tiny bit of milk, I knew this was going to be risky.

I decided to try it anyway just to see. I am so glad I did! This icing recipe certainly isn’t “healthy” as it is full of powdered sugar, but it’s definitely much better than the version with a stick of butter.

To make a delicious chocolate icing, all you need is:

1/2 Ripe Avocado
4-5 Cups Powdered Sugar
3/4 teaspoon Vanilla Extract
3-5 Tablespoons Vanilla Almond or Soy Milk
1 teaspoon Cocoa Powder

Blend everything together until it is the consistency you want. You will need to play around with the amount of sugar and milk to get the consistency and flavor you want. Thinner for a glaze and thicker for icing cookies or cupcakes.

I did it at first with just avocado, sugar, vanilla and almond milk and my icing looked like this.

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This would be great for St. Patrick’s day, but for everyday use it needed another color. Rather than use food coloring, cocoa powder make the perfect addition. It also gave it a chocolate taste, which made it even better.

Here it is with just bit of cocoa powder.

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Spread it on just like icing and there you go. I personally think it tastes just like my regular icing. Tons of powdered sugar and cocoa powder will do that!

No one in my house knew there was anything different with the icing.

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Some people may have liked it a little too much.

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dairy-free chocolate icing

dairy-free chocolate icing

So if you have a dairy intolerance and don’t want to miss out on yummy icing or if you just want a healthier version, give this a try!

 

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Make Your Own Glitter Knobs

Every time I go to Anthropologie or World Market, I always have to check out their dresser knobs. They have some of the coolest hardware.

Since this dresser in my kids’ room is a cheap, older one that I’ve had forever, I wasn’t afraid to play around with it. I wanted to see if I could give it a little face lift without spending $100 on knobs.

Here is the dresser before.

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For this project, you’ll only need Mod Podge, glitter, and a paintbrush.

DIY Modge Podge

I started out using my homemade version of Mod Podge but forgot that this version leaves a matte finish. For this project I wanted a gloss finish so I used store bought Gloss Mod Podge instead.

To begin, remove your knobs with a screwdriver.

Then paint a layer of Mod Podge on the knob and immediately dip it in a pile of sparkles dabbing it all around until the knob is completely covered.

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DIY Glitter Knobs

Let dry. Then paint another layer of Mod Podge on top of the glitter. It will look white but don’t worry, it dries clear and glossy.

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After that dries, you can do one more layer of Mod Podge just to make sure it’s all sealed down. Since it’s a frequently touched item, you don’t want glitter coming off on your hands.

Let dry.

Your knob will look shiny and glittery but the glitter will be completely sealed down.

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Now you are ready to put your knobs back on your dresser. At first, I thought it would be fun to have each drawer have its own color. Here’s how that turned out.

DIY Glitter Knobs with Mod Podge

I changed my mind and wanted to see how it would look with all one color so I just glittered over the finished ones with the glitter I wanted.

DIY Glitter Knobs with Mod Podge

These pictures don’t show off the knobs very well, but here is the final dresser with all the knobs in the same glitter.

DIY Glitter Knobs with Mod Podge

Make your own glitter knobs-kids dresser

DIY Glitter Knobs with Mod Podge

This is a fun, cheap way to add a little color and sparkle to any piece of furniture.

 

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DIY Glitter Knobs with Mod Podge