September 9, 2014

Monogrammed Canvas Bag

Today is the first day of the Do Something Crafty Challenge hosted by See Vanessa Craft. Welcome! Using Cutting Edge Stencils, 5 different bloggers were challenged to come up with a unique project. It was so fun to compete, and next week you will all have a chance to vote on your favorite. I can't wait to see what the other ladies came up with. Be sure to visit See Vanessa Craft every day this week to see the other projects.

For my project, I decided to stencil onto a canvas bag!

I'm expecting my first baby girl (after 2 boys), and so I wanted to do a girly project with this stencil. I love bags and how versatile they are! And these plain canvas bags at a craft store can be bought for so cheap. With a coupon, I think this was 3 bucks. I love the combo of black and gold, and so I picked up some cute, gold heart fabric to embellish this bag. The other products I used for this project were Martha Stewart Craft Paint in gold, Martha Stewart Fabric Medium to add to the paint base, and a small sponge brush.

Adding the fold-over fabric section to the bag was definitely the more challenging part of this project, but it's simple when it comes down to it. I will try and explain it clearly.

Step 1: With a seam-ripper, remove the handles of the bag and turn the bag inside out.
Step 2: Measure a piece of fabric approx. 3 inches longer than the width of your bag. I chose to use a double layer. Fold over the raw edges 1 inch and iron them down.
Step 3: (pictures 3 and 4) With right sides out (remember your bag is inside out) pin your fabric all the way around the edge of your bag. Make sure the edges overlap somewhere other than the side seam of the bag. This will make it cleaner-looking and easier to sew. 

Step 4: Following the stitches of the existing hem on the bag, sew the fabric in two stitches all around the bag. This will make it nice and secure. I then went around and sewed the other edge of the heart fabric with a 1/4 inch seam allowance just to give it a nice finished look. Then fold the fabric over, and turn your bag right side out. Ta-da! I love it. Iron it down to make it look nice and neat. 
Step 5: To add your pretty monogram, tape your stencil down on your bag where you want it. Be sure to place a piece of cardboard inside the bag to avoid any bleed through. Mix your paint and fabric medium and using only a little bit of paint at a time, dab it on with the sponge brush. I found that with all the many cuts of a chevron pattern (that would be impossible to tape down), it was really tough to avoid bleeding under the stencil. This probably isn't as much a problem with a more forgiving paint surface, but with fabric, it was kind of tough. I think the best way to avoid this is to use a little bitty amount of paint at a time, and just keep going back over it until you receive a rich layer of color.

I love how it turned out, and can't wait to start packing little girl swimming suits to the pool, or ballet slippers to dance class. Hope you liked my project, and a huge shout out and thanks to Cutting Edge Stencils!! Remember to keep checking See Vanessa Craft all week for the other projects, and then to vote for me when voting opens!!

September 5, 2014

Halloween Magazine Feature and a Giveaway!

Have you ever read Yum Food & Fun For Kids? It is a fabulous magazine with fun food, holiday, and party ideas that your kids will love, and that you'll love doing with them. The magazine also regularly  includes a week of meals--such a helpful feature for all us busy moms. This years' Halloween issue is featuring some of the Halloween crafts for kids I did last year, and I am so excited! My Spider Web Untangle, and Mini Ghost Pinatas are the projects inside.

This is so exciting for me that I want to give a copy away to a reader. This magazine is full of fun Halloween ideas you and your kiddos will love. If you want to win a copy (and some fun Halloween Party supplies, too) head over to my Instagram to enter. It's super easy and will take 30 seconds. If you'd like to buy this issue of Yum Food & Fun For Kids or subscribe, head over to their site here. Thanks for reading and supporting my little blog!

September 3, 2014

A Card Every Teacher Will Love!

Hey! Have you been over to Le Made Design's new shop? It is looking so profesh and beautiful. She has tons of fun cards for sale, and is offering everyone this one for FREE right now. 

Even if your kids have been in school for a few days or weeks already, it's not too late to send this sweet gesture to your child's teacher.

Click here to go to Le Made Design, and to get your free "Numbers for Teachers" card. So cute!

August 29, 2014

How to Host an Autumn Market Party: Part 4

Today is the last day of our beautiful Autumn Market Party. I hope you've enjoyed it as much as I have. Another special thanks to our sponsors, One Sweet Slice and Silhouette for helping to make this party both lovely and delicious. And here are the final details of the party you will definitely want to check out.

These printable food labels are so stinkin' cute. I love how they're displayed on these little popcorn boxes. Get yours over at Not Just a Mommy!

These DIY Utensil Holders fit the market theme so well--I just love them. Find out how to make your own at Over the Big Moon.

And last, but not least, the ladies of Made from Pinterest are at it again with this adorable wreath. Find the tutorial over on their blog.

Thanks for reading this week and checking out all our hard work. A HUGE shout out to the talented Sara of Confetti Sunshine for all her hard work staging and photographing this party. And coming up with the fabulous idea. I always mourn the end of summer, but this party has me looking forward to fall now. Cheers!

August 28, 2014

Autumn Market Projects: Take 3

Welcome back to The Party Hop's Autumn Market! Today's beautiful projects are pictured below. The full tutorials can be found by clicking on the blogger's links. Enjoy!

A cute tote makes perfect sense at a market-inspired party. Guests will need a place to carry home all their goodies. Be sure to head over to See Vanessa Craft to see how she made these, and how you can make your own!

I LOVE all these pie projects! Head over to Confetti Sunshine to see how she made these cute pie boxes.

And finally, the ladies at Paging Supermom have a darling free printable "Welcome" Sign to hang at your gathering. I just love how it looks displayed on this old window!

Thanks so much for stopping by!

August 27, 2014

How to Host an Autumn Market Party: Part 2

Hey everybody! I hope you're loving the Autumn Market Party so far. Have you scheduled yours yet? Today we have three more fabulous ideas for you to use. Be sure to head over to each ones blog for their full tutorials.

The fabulous Brittany from One Charming Party is showing us how to make this simple, but cute "Market" banner. Don't banners just make parties seem official?

I can't wait to learn how to make these cute Paper Pumpkins. The ladies over at Made From Pinterest are teaching us how. Check them out!

And last but not least, Lulu the Baker has some cute Pie Printable Signs for us over on her blog. But, wait--there's more! She has a recipe for a Crumb-Topped Peach Pie, too! YUM!


August 26, 2014

How To Host an Autumn Market Party: Part 1

Welcome to the first day of tutorials for The Party Hop: Autumn Market! I just love the idea of gathering with your family and friends on a late summer evening to taste the bounty of the garden, delicious home-baked goods, and to play fun games. Today, I'm going to share with you a little DIY Bean Bag Toss. Be sure to read to the end of the post for today's other great projects! 

Three pie tins and three homemade bean bags are all you need for a game the whole family can enjoy together. You can even pack them up cute and send a set home with each of your guests as a party favor.


To make the bean bags you will need fabric in assorted colors, scissors, rice or beans, and a sewing machine.

Step 1: Cut two squares of fabric for each bean bag. I cut mine 5 in x 5 in. Step 2: Match up your squares right sides out and sew a zigzag stitch around all four sides leaving a small space to fill with rice. Step 3: Fill about half way with rice and then sew up the opening. I cut around the edges of mine with pinking shears. 

If you have a Silhouette or other cutting machine, you can add decorative paper and numbers to your pie tins, simply adhering them with glue dots or double sided tape.

A bean bag toss is a festive and classic game--add the pie tins and I think it goes with the market theme perfectly! Hope you give em' a try!

Continuing on with our lovely theme, Kimberly from A Night Owl is showing us how to make these darling Cork Cupcake Flags. Head over to her blog for all the details!

And these fun Market Stamps are up on Confetti Sunshine by Sara! Can you just imagine all the awesome possibilities?  

Thanks for stopping by! Don't forget to come back tomorrow for more fun projects!
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