Monday, March 09, 2015

Yarn Wrapped Letter with Flower Embellishment

I needed a thank you gift that went beyond just a card.  My neighbor and friend, Holly makes the most beautiful and cozy knitted blankets and I've been so blessed to receive 3 of these blankets from her.  I wanted to do something in return so I decided instead of just a card, I would make her something with MY crafty talents for her to enjoy!


Her last name starts with a P and now she has something cute to hang up.  I actually stalked her Pinterest boards and saw that she pinned something similar.  Perfect gift!
(I also snuck in a gift card and a written thank you note which she didn't notice until after I left because she loved this letter so much!)
What do you think?

Sunday, March 08, 2015

The Best Blankets

My neighbor and good friend, Holly makes and gifts the most beautiful and cozy knitted blankets.  She made 2 for Sam and I don’t think he will ever part with them!

The first one was the blue and green one that she gave me at my baby shower for Sam.  This is also by far Sam’s favorite and whenever he is upset he wails for his “blue blankie!!!!” DSC_0373DSC_8862DSC_9657  
We had a service auction at church and she put up one of these blankets for auction—I snatched that up so fast!  I had just decorated Sam’s nursery in yellows and oranges so I had her make me a yellow one to match his room.  Sam loves this blankie, too, but still prefers the blue/green one.Sam and Blankie

My mom made that little navy blue one in “travel” size because Holly’s blankets are BIG and hard to take with you to the grocery store.  Sam would not be parted with them so I had my mom make a smaller version which he happily accepted.  I can get Sam out of the house without them, but he still tries to take a blankie with him about 50% of the time.  We keep the navy one in the car for Blankie-worthy meltdowns.  
And of course there are 3-blankie days...days which he needs all three all the time.
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Fast Forward to Ruby--- Holly outdid herself yet again and made a gorgeous pink blanket with stripes for Ruby.  I love it so much I almost hope Ruby doesn’t love it as much as Sam loves his so that it will last forever!  
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She crochets such cute edges around them, too! So girly and cute! DSC_2043-2DSC_2032-2

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I should mention that Sam tried to snatch this blanket up for himself, too.  He didn't even care that it was pink! #blankiehoarder

Saturday, March 07, 2015

Custom DIY Iron on Patches for Jeans

If you have boys, chances are they have jeans with holes in the knees!  If it were closer to summer, I would just cut them off and use them for shorts, but we have 2-3 more months of cold-ish weather that they need pants! Also, we just bought both boys new jeans at a killer sale during President's Day weekend and I really didn't want to start seeing new holes in brand new pants.  So what to do?

First, the new pants that don't have holes yet:
You can make your own or buy iron-on patches at the store and put them on the inside to re-inforce the knee area.  This will help prevent holes in the first place. 

Iron-On patches at the store look something like this:  
Dritz  Iron-On Patches 5"X5" 2/Pkg, , hi-res
They come in different colors and with iron-on adhesive already on the back. You can cut the patches in half for kid-sized pants.  Then you can just turn the pants inside out and iron them on about where the knee would hit the inside of the pants.

If you have a lot of pants to add patches to, you can make your own iron on patches!
This is the magic stuff you need to make your own patches:

Thermoweb 17-Inch by 5-Yard Heat'n Bond Ultra Hold Iron-On Adhesive

You can find smaller packages of this but it's more cost effective to buy a roll and you can use it for a TON of projects.  I use this a lot around Halloween time for costumes! Make sure you do not get the purple package--the "Lite" kind is for thinner fabrics.  You need the red pack for the "heavy" or "ultra" hold since you are using it for jean patches.  

(Here is a great YouTube video on how to use Heat N Bond!)

To make what I call preventative patches, all you need is a remnant of material and this Heat N Bond.  I had some twill khaki colored material in my stash.  You just need something somewhat heavier (but not too thick or heavy) that will make a sturdy barrier to prevent holes.

Next, cut the material to the size you want your patch.  I made my patches roughly 3 1/2 x 3 1/2 or 
4 x 4ish.  I didn't measure and they weren't even very uniform.

Next cut the Heat N Bond the same size as your patch.  Follow the directions on the package to adhere your bonding to the patch fabric and then iron it onto your jeans.  

These patches will reinforce your pants and make them more resistant to getting holes in the first place.  

NOW THE FUN PART!!  
How to make custom patches with cute fabric!

Like I said before, normally these pants would be in the "make into shorts" pile, but he had too many pairs with holes so I had to fix at least a few of them so I didn't need to buy any more.    


On pant's right leg, I just put an iron on patch on it since the hole wasn't see through.  The threadbare strands just stuck to the patch and shouldn't get much worse with the help of reinforcement.  

On the pant's left leg there was a gaping hole to fix.  I could have just put a patch of denim behind it like these:

But I decided to make them more fun.  


I had this great superhero fabric leftover from other projects.  I was able to cut out the specific character to peek through the holes of the pants.  

Turn your pants inside out to work on them.  

First cut strips of the heat n bond and iron the onto the jeans (about 2-3 seconds) and let it cool for a little bit.  Then you can remove the paper backing on the heat n bond and the "glue" should remain on the jeans. 

These were two different holes and I put the strips on differently.  Both ways worked just fine.
There's no right or wrong way to cut the strips. You can make them look nicer if you want, but you just need to get enough glue to get your patch to stick.

Then cut out the patterned fabric big enough to cover all the glue parts on the jeans.  You don't want any exposed glue because it will stick to your iron. 

Lay the fabric onto the glue (right side facing down toward the open part of the hole.   Follow the Heat n Bond instructions (it should be about 8-12 seconds pressing down).  This will adhere your fabric to the jeans and cover the hole.  

If your fabric is a thin cotton like mine was, you are going to want to put another thicker patch over it to make it durable.  This patch you can cover the whole size of the patch with heat n bond and iron the whole thing down.  This particular one I used one of my store bought patches cut down to size.  Once it's all adhered and cooled, you can cut away any loose fabric sticking up.

And then turn the pants right side out and your done!

The whole process may take some practice, but it really does not take very long.  I patched and fixed 10 pairs of pants in 1 1/2 -2 hours.  


If you have parts of the pants around the hole that are sticking up like this......

You can cut a little piece of the iron-on adhesive and secure it to the patch from the right-side-out side.


I hope this tutorial was helpful!  Good luck mending your pants with awesome patches!
Let me know if you have questions in the comments.

Friday, January 30, 2015

January Dailies

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Thursday, January 29, 2015

Misc January Photos

{Jan 3, 2015 Three Months Old}DSC_1245-2

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{Jan 21 – had to run outside to solve a fight between the kids…A basket of laundry was the closest clean safe place to put Ruby down!} DSC_1566-2

She really didn’t mind! DSC_1568-2

PHONE DUMP:

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Jan 10 (attempting a bow! Very curly hair after her bath!) IMG_20150110_144109

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Jan 15 crazy hair! IMG_20150115_072539

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Jan 17th - Tired at the Aquarium IMG_20150117_110340 IMG_20150117_110350

Jan 19 IMG_20150119_184056 IMG_20150119_185457

Jan 21 That’s not where I left my baby… IMG_20150121_164254

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