Saturday, October 30, 2010

Felt Flower Hair Accessories

I found this great tutorial over at
Joy is at Home on felt flower headbands.
(Thanks Suzy!)

When I saw it, I thought I needed to make one for myself. So I did that and more!

 I made the whole thing just like her (except I used felt in the middle of the flowers because I didn't have the right color beads)

Then, I thought to myself, I want another color. So I made some more with brown felt and some rolled flowers.

Then as I was trying to decide what color headband to attach to the new colors to and I thought...what if I could reuse the same headband? Genius! How about if I add a little velcro on the back of the flowers and a little on the rubber band, so I did:

Then I even took it a step further and added some on a barrette (sometimes those darn headbands drive me nuts when they slip off my head).
 (I slid a piece of felt between the clips on the barrette so the sticky velco would catch on my hair)

This was so easy and fun to do, and I have a bunch of new interchangeable hair accessories!

Friday, October 29, 2010

and the winner is...

Chantel over at Like in the Water when you can't Swim.
She said: I would love the Vinyl Wall Sticker Decal Art - Damask Pattern. 

Thank you to those who entered the drawing! 

Don't forget to head on over to Urban Walls  
and check out their Vinyl Wall Art!

Wednesday, October 27, 2010

Hump Day Link Love

Feel free to link just about anything; crafts, giveaways, recipes, etc.

If you link up, please take a button:
 And don't forget to follow me, I ♥ new followers.
Thanks so much!

Tuesday, October 26, 2010

Kids Apron

This is my last project using my fabric from Poppy Seed Fabrics...

I got this amazing green fabric that I feel in love with. When I saw it, I though it would be perfect paired with this fat quarter of pink fabric that I had. I've really been wanting to make a kids apron and I thought this fabric would be perfect for it. Plus it would be something girlie (I rarely make little girl things).

I had a boy kids apron already, so I just kinda used it as my guide. I laid it on the green fabric and cut it to about the same size. Then I folded the pink fabric around all the edges, sewed it up and used some green ribbon around the top to tie it.
That's it. Pretty simple and cute. And I think you could make it for less than 5 bucks!(it would be a great x-mas gift).


Don't forget to head on over to Poppy Seed Fabrics and check out some of the new patterns she just got in.

I love all of these fabrics...
oh and it comes in blue!

...oh and green!

And remember that fabric I told you about last week?
The Dr. Seuss? 
It's here!

Go over and check it out!

Monday, October 25, 2010

Urban Walls Giveaway

Don't forget to enter the Urban Walls Giveaway.

They are giving away this

Simply Chandelier 

(in black)

and don't forget to go to their Etsy Shop and check out all the wonderful vinyl stickers they have to offer!

It's pretty hard to choose but heres' a couple of my favorites:

 Love Never Fails

 I LOVE LOVE LOVE this blossom one

Contest ends this Thursday

Fall Wreath from Yarn

I've seen really nice fall wreaths out there, and I really like the ones I've seen that are made with yarn. So I dug out my box of yarn and picked out a few fall colors. 

I chose 4 colors;  brown, burgundy, a grey-ish brown, and one that was multi colored with all the colors in it, plus it had a little cream and orange. 

The yarn also varied in size, I thought it might make it more interesting. I took an old wreath I had and twisted it and wrap it around, then used the glue gun and glued on some fabric flowers and tied a piece of fabric to hang it. 

It was easy and free since I had all the supplies.

Saturday, October 23, 2010

New Featured Button

New Hump Day Link Love Button

New Button

Trying to get new buttons uploaded, will have them on soon!

Wednesday, October 20, 2010

Hump Day Link Love

Feel free to link just about anything; crafts, giveaways, recipes, etc.

If you link up, please take a button from the side of my page.
And don't forget to follow me, I love new followers.
Thanks so much!

Tuesday, October 19, 2010

Double Sided Pillow

Here's another project with my fabric from 
Poppy Seed Fabrics:

It's a Double Sided Pillow
It's cute, and practical. 
I love that I can change patterns depending how I feel that day.

Here are some of my favorite
fabrics/ patterns from my sponsor:

This is the new fabric from Anne Kelle. 

This fabric from Anna Marie Horners would look great in my livingroom.
Not sure what I would do with it, but it looks like something I need!
Ok, aren't these pin cushions by Flutterby the cutest you've ever seen?

Don't forget to visit Poppy Seed Fabrics!


Thanks for stopping by

Sunday, October 17, 2010

Caesar Salad Dressing

I really enjoy a good Caesar Salad.
In fact it's on my favorite foods list. 
Well... as long as it's done right!

I like a creamy, garlicy, egg free, and definitely anchovy free dressing. 
Ewww, I'm not an anchovy person, if the dressing has even the slightest hint of it in it, I can't eat it, it grosses me out.

So I found out some of the basic ingredients to a Caeser Salad Dressing and came up with one on my own. I always just kinda throw everything together in the mixer and mix to taste. Then when people ask me for the recipe I can't really give them one. Today was the first day I actually measured all the ingredients. This one's for you dad (now you might be able to make right!)

  • 2-3 large cloves of garlic (it depends how garlicy you like it)
  • 1/4 cup + 3 tablespoons of Shredded Parmesan Cheese
  • 1/2 teaspoon Worcestershire Sauce
  • 1/4 teaspoon Lemon Juice
  • 1/2 teaspoon Yellow Mustard
  • 3 tablespoons Olive Oil
  • 2/3 cup Mayonnaise
  • 2-3 Heads Romaine Lettuce (I buy the 3 pack eating right ones from Safeway)
  • 5oz Bag Croutons

Wash, chop up your lettuce put it in a bowl

Add 1/4 cup parm cheese and bag of croutons to lettuce and set aside

Clean garlic and chop in mixer ( I use a  electric counter top mixer, you could use a cuisinart too, I'm to lazy to get mine out).

Add the remaining cheese and chop.

Add Worcestershire, lemon juice, yellow mustard, and olive oil- chop again.

Then add Mayo and chop some more.

This is what it should look like:

Add dressing to lettuce right before serving, mix well.

We've had this many different ways; we've had with chicken, sun dried tomatoes, or steak.  
I suppose you could add anchovies if you really want to.

For a lower fat version I've even used lowfat mayo and it still tastes really good.

It kinda surprises me but even my two year old loves it!

Hope you enjoy!

Saturday, October 16, 2010

Sunday Funday

Check out this I ♥ California from Living with Punks

I think I'm going to make some of these Bloom Bottles from Chicy Creations

Joy is at Home linked up these flower hair accessories to one of my Hump Day Link Love Parties on Wednesdays.
(I have to admit I have some in the works right now, a post will soon come)

I made a fabric wreath a while back. Once of my friends saw it and she made this:

Isn't is gorgeous? I love it, love the fabric she chose. Unfortunately she doesn't have a crafting blog, but I'm thinking she should start one!
Thanks for sharing it with me Sarah.

Have a great week!

Friday, October 15, 2010

Guest Post: Mom of Two Boys

 I'm happy to share this wonderful blog with you today :
Mom of Two Boys
Amanda (the mom) always has such wonderful posts about her boys, favorite finds, crafty things, giveaways, and more. I encourage you to check her blog, I know you will enjoy it!

Hi, I am Mom of Two Boys...
I am always anxious to find new things to do with my boys that won't break the bank so here are some of my ideas for the Fall Season...

Visit your local pumpkin patch...
The one we visited this year only cost our family $5!!
They often have things like corn cribs...
 Corn Maze...
Hay slides and rides and more...

Go to local Fall Festivals...
We go to all the parades and festivals...
It became a tradition with my own parents and we continue this with our children.
Often they are free or very inexpensive and have things like petting zoos and other child friendly activities.

Play with sidewalk chalk...
I love that it is no longer HOT outside and we can play...
Last week we drew a city on our driveway with sidewalk chalk and play hotwheels.
Even the neighbors came over and enjoyed.

Make s'mores...
We use our gas grill to roast marshmallows and make s'mores. 
The boys love putting the chocolate, graham crackers and marshmallows together.

Go to garage sales...
As a family we like to go to garage sales on the weekend now that it isn't so HOT.
We find all sorts of goodies and my three year old is always on the lookout for Hot Wheels.

Paint Pumpkins with your kids...
A small pumpkin can cost you less than a dollar and I am certain most of you have child friendly paint at home. 
Put on your painting clothes and let the kids go to town (outside of course).
After we are done and the pumpkins dry, I find a place of distinction for each creation.

Clean out the toys...
We just went through all our boys' toys to make room for Christmas.  It will be here before we know it. 
The boys had fun playing with stuff they forgot they had and then we donated them to our local Goodwill.
Telling them we were making room for new stuff from Santa helped donating go smoothly.

Be Creative...
It doesn't have to be planned or some huge event.
Some of our very best times with the boys are unplanned adventures...
Hunting Grasshoppers
Practicing STOP, DROP and ROLL
Filling an old baby bathtub with water outside and letting the boys play
Visiting a school playground rather than a park because they tend to be less crowded

In the end...the best thing you can do for your children is to spend time with them...


Thursday, October 14, 2010

New Sponsor + Giveaway = Urban Walls

I would like to introduce you to my newest sponsor:

Where walls become your canvas and we provide individual expression and decorative embellishments for your home. Wall Decals are the most stylish home decorative products on the market right now. A modern and creative way to decorate your walls and give a new look to your room without the expense and hassle of hand painting.

Precision-cut from sheets of vinyl, they boast incredibly precise lines, sharp corners and vivid contrast. Decals cling like paint and express the subtle textures of your wall. Available in matte finish and in a range of colours to suit your taste.

Easy to apply, easy to remove. Redecorate your house in a day! No artistic or technical skill required to apply our wall decal stickers. Kids can do it too!

Check us out at 
to place you order today.


Enter to win the

Simply Chandelier 

(in black)

Too bad I can't enter my own contest, because I love it!

OK Here's the Rules:

1. Head on over to Urban Walls Etsy Shop and leave a comment telling me what your favorite item is.
2. Like  Urban Wall on Facebook or heart them on their Etsy Shop, and leave a comment here telling me you did so ( 1 entry for each).

3. Become a follower of Olivia Renn and leave a comment here telling me you did so (if you already are a follower let me know in a comment).

4. Blog, Facebook or Tweet about the giveaway and let me know you did. 

Winner will be chosen with a random number generator.
Contest ends 10/28

Tuesday, October 12, 2010

Hump Day Link Love

Feel free to link just about anything; crafts, giveaways, recipes, etc.

If you link up, please take a button from the side of my page.
And don't forget to follow me, I love new followers.
Thanks so much!

Monday, October 11, 2010

Upcycled Stool

Well, I finished another project using my fabric from
Poppy Seed Fabrics 
I got this old stool from my mom, she has had it in her garage forever. It wasn't quite my style so she said I could do whatever I wanted with it. I thought it would make the perfect Naughty Spot Stool.

This is the top (my mom insisted I keep this fabric)

I took the cushion off and painted the base white. Then I covered the cushion with my fabric from Poppy Seed Fabrics. I just stapled it over the top. Here's my end result:

Here's a better picture of the fabric I used:

I have to tell you it's even prettier in person, the colors are so vibrant!

Don't forget to head on over to Poppy Seed Fabrics and check out her amazing selection of fabric.


Also, soon she'll be getting  the Dr. Seuss "The cat in the hat" this collection features some awesome, bright color prints, from pictures and characters from the books.

I have to admit I'm feeling pretty tempted to get some of this fabric, it's so cute! Cat in the Hat is my son's favorite book right now!

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