Hello again fellow sassy mommas! Did you think I just up and disappeared? I didn’t…but I did put the blog on hiatus just to re-evaluate my priorities. So let me go ahead and put this out there: While I absolutely LOVE blogging and (hopefully) inspiring people—whether it’s to try a new craft, recipe, etc.—my first and foremost priority is my family (husband + baby). So, when this [blog] starts to take any time away from them, I take pause and try to get everything back on track. My goal now is to write at least one post per week. If I can do more, great, but if not, then at least I’ve hit my goal of one. Family comes first. I hope everyone understands!
So here I am, trying once again to hop on this blog train because I miss writing and sharing what I’m learning (and what’s working) during this phase of my life. Not to mention, I love it when someone sends me a message either via my blog or Facebook page saying how one of my tutorials has helped her. It makes me feel like I’m somewhat contributing to society, outside of my little family of three. :)
So what have I been up to since my last post in December?
The biggest development since then is that Harper has turned ONE! I still can’t believe that I have a one-year old (where did the time GO????). And to celebrate, we had not just one, but two birthday parties. One here in Erie and the other down south when Harper and I were visiting my parents.
On another front, Ryan and I bought a house, which I’m still kind of amazed by since I never thought we’d buy a house in Erie. My mindset when we moved here was “get in, get out, let’s get back to warmer weather and hopefully a larger city ASAP.” That all changed once we welcomed Harper into our lives. My priorities took a 180 and now that we’re here I couldn’t be happier.
Another major change I’ve made is that I am now gluten-free. It has revolutionized how I feel (so much better!) and really is not that hard to do.
I plan on writing full blog posts on each of these topics as well as many more in the coming weeks. I can’t wait to tell you all about our baby’s development, easy-to-do crafts and décor for the house, and yummy gluten-free recipes that I am discovering.
Thank you for your patience as I have worked through some re-prioritizing in my life. I hope you look forward to reading my upcoming blog posts as much as I’m looking forward to writing them!
Hello lovelies! Some of you may have seen the picture of the burlap tree skirt I posted on Facebook this weekend. If not, here’s the image…
Well today, I’m going to show you how to make your very own NO SEW (yep, you heard right- there’s not a hint of sewing involved or pinning for that matter) ruffle Christmas tree skirt for about $12.
Not only is this tree skirt gorgeous but it’s easy to make! The only thing that’s challenging is the time involved. It took a little over 4 hours to make and the first row of ruffles is the most difficult. You feel like you’re gluing for what feels like days and there’s no end in sight but fret not. You WILL finish. It’s just going to take some time. So grab your materials and a glass of wine, turn on some Christmas music once the kiddos are in bed, and get to gluing because in the end you’ll have a beautiful tree skirt to show for it. As always, if you have questions please leave them in the comments section and I’ll respond as soon as possible!
DIY No Sew Ruffle Christmas Tree Skirt
4 yards total of fabric (I chose two different shades of burlap- natural and white so I bought 2 yards of each)
Rotary board and cutter
Hot glue gun with LOTS of glue sticks (I used a mini glue gun and easily went through 20+ glue sticks)
An old tree skirt to use as the base OR use an old tree skirt (48” is standard size) and trace it onto an old vinyl table cloth (bought at the Dollar store) and cut the table cloth into a tree skirt.
First thing’s first: cut your fabric. I found the quickest way to do this was to fold the fabric in half (width wise) and cut 3-inch strips. It doesn’t have to be perfect so don’t worry if it’s a little off, you’re making ruffles :)
Now the fun begins, time to make your ruffles. Watch my video (it’s only a minute) and it will make so much more sense than I could ever explain via writing.
To make your ruffles, you’re going to squeeze a line of hot glue about 6-8 inches long at the edge of your tree skirt. Fix one end of the burlap down onto the glue and then make the ruffle by folding the burlap back over itself and then smoothing it out (on the hot glue), folding it back over itself, etc. This is what you’re going to do over and over again until you’re tree skirt is complete. When you get to a new row you’ll want to start about 1½ inches above your previous row and then make the ruffles the exact same way.
This part is totally optional but I figured since I had already invested 4+ hours in this project, then another few minutes wouldn’t hurt so I added some closures. I used cream-colored grosgrain ribbon (left over from my DIY washer necklace) but you could use twine or any other coordinating fabric. Simply hot glue your ribbon to the underside of your tree skirt and then tie a pretty little bow. And guess what? You’re DONE!
Time to congratulate yourself and stare at your gorgeous one-of-a-kind ruffle tree skirt! Like I mentioned earlier, that first row alone was enough for me to want to call it quits. After all, it took me about an hour. But after that, it was smooth sailing. Ok, there were a few hot glue burns and there was enough burlap covering my floor to have doubled as a rug but the end result was more than worth it!
Happy Thanksgiving Y’all! I don’t know about you guys but my husband and I are so incredibly thankful for all that we have been blessed with this past year. For many of us, myself included, it’s so easy to get caught up in the hustle and bustle of the holidays (all of those black Friday ads and presents presents presents galore) – but, at this time of the year, it is important to stop and consider what we are truly thankful for.
Recently, I started volunteering at an overflow homeless shelter and I have very quickly realized that I shouldn’t be thankful for all of the “things” that I have. Instead, I’ve become even more thankful for the basic necessities I often take for granted and the relationships I have in my life. Let’s start with a roof over our heads in a home that’s heated. A warm bed. Good food in our bellies. Having a loving and supportive spouse. A happy and healthy child. An able body and mind. To me, it’s these things that matter. Not all that other “stuff”.
So enjoy this holiday season. Don’t forget what really matters and remember to “give thanks” for all of your many blessings. I know we are! I’ll be spending my day with these adorable two (and Jack the Morkie)… how could things get any better??
P.S. If you want to know how I made these tags check out Jaime’s blog, That’s My Letter for the full tutorial!
Our baby girl is officially 9 months old today! Three-quarters of a year old. She has now been out of my belly for almost as long as she was in it. It’s crazy that this much time has already flown by—I still remember bringing her home from the hospital like it was yesterday. As much as we were excited about having Harper home, we were clueless—like so many other first time parents—as to what to do. But that’s the beauty of parenthood. You learn as you go. You make mistakes and you learn from them. You become stronger as a couple and start to build your nest, your family. In some ways it’s been a long 9 months, in other ways it’s gone by in the blink of an eye. Some days I just want to hit the pause button so I can stop time and enjoy every second, taking it all in before she moves onto a new stage. But I know that I can’t so I try and capture as much on camera (and in my memory) as humanly possible.
I can happily say that I wouldn’t change a thing about this past year. Harper is doing absolutely fantastic. From the baby that had so much trouble putting on weight and barely being on the growth charts, she’s now a healthy 21 pound-9 month old. She has also become quite the independent gal. She weaned herself, started crawling (although still prefers the military crawl, isn’t quite using her legs), and is constantly on the go. Seriously, if I look away for just two seconds, who knows what she’ll be into. I’ve already had to fish the “control” key (from my keyboard) out of her mouth that she managed to swipe while sitting on my lap. She is beyond curious, loves to say “Da-Da”, go to swim lessons and get dunked, and she loves hanging out with other children. Even though she’s an only child and mainly it’s just us hanging out all day, Harper absolutely LOVES other children. It doesn’t matter if they’re older or younger, she tries to carry on conversations and give them big smiles. She’s also no longer afraid of strangers. Before, she cried if anyone dared to hold her or even stare at her for too long. Now, she flirts back and eats up all of that attention.
She’s blossomed so much and, looking back, so have Ryan and I. I’m so proud of us and how we’ve grown not only as a couple but as individuals as well. In my opinion, if you want to test your marriage, go have a child. (Couple that with moving to a new city where you know no one, your husband taking a new job, and not having any family close by.) Yes, it’s one of those character-building times in your life. All you have is each other to depend on. With all that comes an unshakeable trust and stronger home life than you ever thought possible. I’m constantly thankful that I married someone who values family and quality time as much as I do.
Here’s to our little lady- who’s brought more love and laughter into our lives than we ever thought was possible. Happy 9 Months baby Harper. WE LOVE YOU!
Since Halloween is right around the corner (seriously, where has this year gone?!), I wanted to make something festive (and colorful) to hang in our kitchen. You know I love wreaths… so what could be better than a wreath made of candy corn??
Before I got to crafting I went down to the basement to check on my “craft-stash” of goodies and see what I already had on hand. Once I realized I only needed to buy two things (candy corn and a wreath form), this became a craft-do. I made a quick trip to the dollar store and for just $2.07, I had all of my materials and was ready to go. Quick note- you will have more than enough candy corn left over at the end… so eat your heart out while you work :)
Below are the directions to help you make your very own candy corn wreath! As always, if you have any questions, feel free to leave them in the comments section and happy crafting!
Candy Corn Wreath
1 bag of candy corn
Black spray paint (I used my left over chalk spray paint)
Clear acrylic spray paint
Black grosgrain ribbon
Hot glue gun
First, spray paint your wreath form and let it dry for about 10 minutes.
I started from the inside and worked my way out. Lay your first row of candy corn on top of the wreath form and, once you like how it looks, hot glue each one to the form.
Repeat for the 2nd and 3rd rows.
Since this was a thicker wreath form, I decided to glue one row of candy corn on the outside of the form as well as on the inside and I’m glad I did. It definitely makes the wreath look fuller and more colorful.
Once all the candy corn has been glued down, spray the entire wreath with the acrylic spray paint and let dry. Note– for the first wreath I made, I used modge podge on top of the wreath and that was a bad idea. The color from the candy corn started to drip off and the wreath became sticky. Needless to say, that one went right into the trash. For wreath number two, I used the acrylic spray paint and there was no mess at all.
A wife, modern mom, lover of sweets (& coffee), southern girl at heart, DIY aficionado, fitness junkie, and someone with a flair for the dramatic. I also try to keep it sassy & classy in all that I do. Thanks for stopping by and happy reading :)