11/18/2018

Final sale! Pattern Shop Closing Soon....



Hi friends!

I have some news to share...I'm going to be closing my pattern shop on Etsy and Craftsy on 12/31/2018, so if you've been eyeing a pattern but haven't wanted to make the leap....now's the time!  There are so many fun ones!    Like these little fairies...including the most important fairy of all--the tooth fairy! 
and one of my best sellers, this lovely little puppy pattern:

Up until 12/31 you can get 25% all patterns in my shop with the code FINALSALE2018.

I've decided that I want to simplify life a bit in 2019.  With the kids busy schedules and a new job for me, I just decided that it was time to take managing my pattern shop off of my plate.  I hope you all understand! I'll still be checking in every once and a while on the blog here :-)  I'm so thankful of your support over the last several years!

Have a great Thanksgiving everyone!

XOXO,

Jill




10/22/2018

1950's party fun!

 
 Hi friends!

I know it has been a while since I last posted (which is probably going to be more and more the norm these days) but I wanted to jump on and share some of the details from Ellie's 1950's themed birthday bash.

Do you remember when I made Ellie tons of puppies, and we turned them into pull toys and made carriers for them?  It's still one of my absolute favorite projects.  We revisited a bit of puppy madness recently for Ellie's birthday party, but this time the carriers were paper ones and the dogs were from the dollar store.  It would have been awesome to make carriers for all the puppies, but alas there just wasn't time. 

Let me step back a bit.  Ellie decided that she wanted to have a 1950's themed party.  Originally the idea was to also have an "adopt a poodle" station where the kids could make carriers, but Ellie didn't like any of the stuffed poodles that I found her, so we opted for some regular puppies instead.  Still super cute! 

We made little bones out of clay, and gave each dog a collar (the collar tutorial can be found here--I just added a little necklace charm for the center.)  The kids all got to decorate little carriers for their puppies. 

We did make some poodle cupcakes, based off an example that I found on pinterest. Mine didn't turn out as cute....but Ellie was pleased so all was good!

We had the kids decorate hula hoops, and I found these cars for plates...So fun! 

It was a fun party...just lots of running around and playing in the backyard.



I hope you all are having a great week!

Jill


9/17/2018

DIY Modern Succulent outdoor coffee table

Hi friends!

I know it's been a while since I've written anything on the blog...but that's because there is so much going on!  We've been working on our backyard, and we just did a project which I absolutely LOVE!  I can't wait to share it with you today.  



We made a modern succulent coffee table for our new outdoor seating area!  I'm totally in love with how it turned out.  


The table is essentially a box with a plexi glass top, sitting on top of a base made out of redwood 2x2's. I'm going to show you how the whole thing came together!  It was such a simple project, and I'm totally looking forward to propagating some more succulents to put inside my new table!



Let's talk about how this table came together.  

8/22/2018

Free Space Inspired Wall Art!


Hi friends!

School has started here, and I'm still trying to wrap my head around that reality, but in the meantime I wanted to share with you some fun art that we did over the summer using space images in the public domain. 

Did you know that there are tons of images that you can print out!  It's so cool!  Here are a couple of examples, like this one or this one.  There are a whole bunch of them though, so I highly encourage you to go browsing!  (This post is in no way endorsed by NASA or any other space entity).  

We had fun adding text and illustrations to the images and making them into wall art for Lu's room.  Perfect for my space loving girl!  




I've uploaded them here for you if you'd like to print out my "modified" versions.

I hope you all enjoy the printables!  And for those just starting school, I hope that it is fabulous start for you all! 

XOXO,

Jill

8/06/2018

Make your own Space Patches (with a free printable!)



Hi friends!

I can't believe summer is almost over!  I've got one more craft project for you before the school year starts, and I think that this one would be totally awesome to do to personalize your child's backpack, or even a jacket!

For Lu's birthday I made her and her doll matching jackets.  And while I used NASA patches that I purchased from Amazon for the girl-sized jacket, I made my own patches for the doll sized version. 


The truth is that these patches would be really great though for anything--doll sized or otherwise!  In the free printable that I provide, you can make patches in two different sizes.  The small size is the size that I used for the doll-sized jacket.  


I provide the printable for these that I put together on my computer based off of the ones American Girl has for the Luciana doll...but you can really make them with any picture or log that you'd like...and I'm going to show you how!

So let's get started!

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