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Sunday, October 21, 2012

The Big Move...


I'm finally did the big leap to..... http://thediydreamer.com

Come on over and check it out.  I'm still working on making it super pretty.  :)

Make sure to update your links so it points to my new site.


Friday, October 19, 2012

Guest Post - twelveOeight

Tanya from twelveOeight is here today with a super CUTE tutorial for you!!



Hello DIY Dreamers! I am so excited to share a fall wreath project with you today.  I'm Tanya and I craft, create and decorate at twelveOeight.  Our family loves decorating for fall every year, but after the pumpkins are on the porch, I like to make a few new things to usher in the falling leaves and chilly mornings.  And, if the project includes easy to find supplies, even better. 
Enter, the Yarn Pom-Pom Wreath...

 I don't really do any knitting or crocheting, but I cannot pass up the beautiful, rich variety of colors in the yarn aisle.  With a nod to the earth tones of the season (any maybe a bit of the 70's too!) I used a few super simple craft supplies to make my fun new wreath.

I started out with a Pool Noodle from where else? The Dollar Store.  I connected the ends with strong tape, and used almost a whole skein of mossy green yarn around the base of the wreath (aka: taped pool noodle.)

Next I used a package of chartreuse and brown ric-rac and criss-crossed them around the wreath securing the ends together where my pom-pom's would be attached. I tried winding the multi-colored and orange yarn around a piece of cardboard, then a small plastic craft box lid.  I ended up just winding it around my hand as you can see in the picture above.  I'm the one with the multiple hot-glue gun burns holding the orange yarn.   I still have not mastered the hot glue-gun, we will save that for another day.

Once I made a few large multi-colored pom-pom's and a few smaller orange pom-pom's I attached them on the gimpy side (where the ends of the pool noodle meet) of the wreath and voila! A new fall wreath.  Not that I necessarily needed another wreath, but much like chalkboards, one can never really have too many right?
Thank you so much for crafting and creating with me today
 To search my projects and connect: Facebook, Pinterest, Twitter click the link and we can make pretty things together :)
Hugs & Blessings to you and your family,
xoxo Tanya


Isn't the wreath wonderful?  I LOVE the bright colors she used.  I had no idea you could make a pom-pom so easily!  I can't wait to try and make some too.

Thanks for stopping by Tanya!  You are welcome here ANYTIME!!
Oh and please take care of those hands of yours... OUCH!

Have a wonderful day everyone!

Thursday, October 18, 2012

Bat Pillow!!!

My little family and I are having a ball decorating for Halloween this year.  We always have fun, but this year we seem to be going a little nuts.  hehe It's so fun!

On Sunday we made this Bat Pillow:

As most of you know, I don't really sew yet (I'm learning).  I really wanted a Halloween Pillow but I couldn't find one.  Lucky for me, Walmart had a gorgeous black and oh so soft pillow on liquidation for $10.  I figured it was cheaper to just buy that than to buy black fabric and some filling.  I did however pick up some white fabric to make a bat to put on the pillow.

When we got home Gabrielle asked me to take out some felt so that she could make some little Halloween Characters.  Then it dawned on me.....WHITE FELT!!!  I had some white felt on hand which is like $0.39 a piece a lot cheaper than the $11.97 white fabric I picked up. DUH!!! Obviously I will be returning the fabric!!

This is how I made this simple cute Bat Pillow:

Step 1: I took out the pillow and the white felt. Step 2: I folded the felt in half and drew half a bat on it. Step 3: I pinned the folded felt together so that it wouldn't shift while I cut it. I then cut out the bat. Step 4: I hot glued the bat onto the pillow. (At first I stitched it on with black embroidery thread, I thought the contrast would look nice... WRONG.  I took it all off.)

What do you think? Pretty cute right? I LOVE that it was completed in no time at all!
I will be sharing with you my Halloween decor very soon! :)

P.S. I'm linking at these Parties.

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Tuesday, October 16, 2012

From Dream To Reality - Linky Party #38

{From Dream to Reality Top 5}
from linky party #37

Make sure to Grab the Featured Button and wear it proudly...you deserve it :)

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Let's start this week's From Dream To Reality!

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Giveaway - Mommy Made

My friend Maria-Isabel from Mommy Made is here today with a GIVEAWAY!!!  YAY!!!

Hello, I'm Maria-Isabel from Mommy Made. I am a wife to an amazing man, and momma to 3 beautiful children. I sometimes have a terrible memory... which is why I blog! SO I dont forget the things that are important to me! I dont want to forget all the little things, the cute facial expressions, the silly conversations, the unique personalities of each of my kids at different ages. Also because, I always loved looking back on pictures and things I did as a kid that my mom saved... So I wanted to create something special that my kids can look back to view and re-live their childhood. Mommy Made is almost like a time capsule, only in blog form. ;) Mommy Made is Christian Mom blog filled with fun activities for kids, crafts, party ideas, our family adventures and memories, kids fashion posts and so much more. Please join me over there and dont be a stranger! 

If you would like to get to know Maria-Isabel even more, I suggest you head over to her other blog Agape Love Designs and read her post ''If We Were Besties''!  I totally enjoyed that post, I thought I knew her really well already... until I read that post. :)

Maria-Isabel is giving away to one lucky winner:

Two Hand-Made Necklaces!!

Thanks so much for being so WONDERFULY AMAZING Maria-Isabel!!

Want a chance to win?
Use Rafflecopter below to enter.

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Have a FABULOUS day my friends!!

Monday, October 15, 2012

Cord and Button Bracelet!!!

Last week I shared a tutorial on how to make a Cord and Button Bracelet over at Craftionary.  I LOVED that project so much that I thought I would share it here too.

Step 1: Take out some braiding cord and some buttons. Step 2: Cut two pieces of cord.  Both my pieces were 11''. It's better to have long pieces, you can cut them down to the perfect size after. Step 3: Thread your button and make sure your loop is at the bottom of the button. Step 4: Pull out your loop a little to be able to insert your cord through it. Step 5:  Pull tightly. Step 6: Repeat Steps 3 -5 on the other side of the button.

Step 7:  Make a knot at both ends. Step 8: Cross both your ends (making it look like a bracelet) into a circle. Step 9: Cut a piece of cord about 10'' and attach it to both cords by doing a knot. Step 10: Do about 10 Square Knots.  It's easier to see how to make square knots through a video rather than through photos.  You can see how to make Square Knots via this YouTube video. When you have made 10 or so square knots, you can make a final knot and cut the extra cord.

So what do you think?  They are actually quite fast to make, once you know how to make square knots.  Obviously there are other ways of making the bracelet adjustable, however I like the look of the square knots.

I hope you enjoyed my tutorial!  

Have a FABULOUS day!

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Friday, October 12, 2012

Toddler Stool to Sophisticated Stool!!

Gabrielle received a Dora Stool when she was 2.  Gosh did she ever LOVE that stool.  However, she's 7 now and Dora well... is just not cool anymore.  She still loves the stool though and uses it every day.

I was contacted by Cutting Edge Stencils to review their product.  As soon as I received the stencils, I knew the Zamira Craft Stencil would be perfect to transform the stool.

Along with the stencils came colored instruction sheets.  One explained what to do with the stencil as soon as you receive it, what paint to use and a few photos of home décor and decorating ideas.  The other had the step by step on how to stencil walls

With the help of Cutting Edge Stencils here's the stool's before and after:

Step 1: I sanded the stool to remove the paint that was on it.  Step 2: The Dora image was actually craved into the stool, so I had to use wood filler to get the surface flat.  I applied about three thin coats of wood filler.  I would sand between each coat.  Step 3: I sanded the surface until it was perfectly smooth.

Step 4: I applied two coats of primer.  Step 5: I gave the stool two coats of yellow paint.

Step 6: I placed the stencil where I wanted it.  Step 7: I used painter's tape to secure the stencil onto the stool.  Step 8: I put some paint into the paint pan and rolled my dense foam roller into it.  Step 9: As per the suggestion of Cutting Edge Stencils, I then rolled the roller onto a piece of paper towel in order to get rid of any extra paint.  Step 10: I painted the stencil onto the stool.

When I was done with the stencil, I slowly removed it from the stool.  I waited about an hour before trying to clean it.  The stencil was soooo EASY to clean!!!  It came out as if I hadn't used it!!  I was honestly surprised.

And voilà the final result:

I LOVED the product!!  I'm totally giving Cutting Edge Stencils a THUMBS UP!!!  I love that they are there to help.  There have created a bunch of videos on how to stencil walls.  Have you visited their blog or even their Facebook page??  They are always sharing new creations that were done with wall stencils.  I especially LOVE following their Pinterest page.

What do you think of the stool?  Gabrielle LOVES it!!  As soon as it was dry she started using it.. and because of that, I haven't been able to put some Polycrylic on it yet!

Hope you have a FABULOUS day!!!

P.S. I'm linking at these Parties.

Disclosure:  I was not compensated for this post, however I received these products for free to review.    The opinions in this post are 100% my own.

Thursday, October 11, 2012

Discoveries - October Sponsors Edition

would like you to discover:

''Autumn is my favorite season and I just love adding to our fall decor! These napkin rings were made entirely out of things I had on hand from decorations from previous years. Check out this super easy tutorial and much more at my family and craft blog, Whimsical Whimsies!''


Mommy Made
would like you to discover:

 Zander's Love Language
''In this post I share about my youngest son's love language. Dont know about love language? Well is the things you say or when you do just the right thing guaranteed to make that special someone feel loved. We all have a love language. And you can take a test to find out yours, or have your kids take it to find out theirs. Its a wonderful way to show love to the ones you love... The way THEY need to feel loved and perceive love the most.''


Second Chance To Dream
would like you to discover:

 Free Halloween Printable
''I love decorating for the different holidays. Printables are one of the easiest ways to add holiday fun to your décor for very little cost. Stop over to my blog and you can grab this download in two different sizes for free to get decorating your home.''


 Leen Machine Paper Studio
would like you to discover:

Baby Whale Stationery
''Baby stationery has been my thing lately and this adorable whale was inspired by my best friend who chose whales for her son's theme!''


Enjoyer of Grace
would like you to discover:

 B&W Family Room Makeover
''I've lately gotten into a black/white mode and love pairing it with pops of color here and there. Here's my attempt at slowly transforming our family room!''


would like you to discover:

DIY Chalkboard Labels
''A few simple supplies are all you need to make your own stash of super easy chalkboard labels for your home. These are great for gift tags, organizing the pantry, refrigerator, pantry, craft supplies, and more. A quick spritz of hairspray will set the chalk to make it permanent as well and prevent smudging.''


 Cutting Edge Stencils
would like you to discover:

DIY Designer Rug
''There are so many possibilities when it comes to stencils and DIY home décor projects. Stencils aren’t just for walls…try stenciling an old piece of furniture, some fabric, or a rug! If you are looking to add some flair to your home but are on a tight budget, this rug stencil makeover tutorial is a great place to start. Purchase an inexpensive tightly woven rug, such as this sisal rug, and stencil it to get the look of a designer rug without breaking the bank!''


Pint Sized Baker
would like you to discover:

Jack Skellington Cake Tops
''I love making Cake Pops and I almost didn't make these. So glad I found some black and white striped tape to dress up Jack Skellington. The tape made all the difference in bring these cake pops to life! Pop on over to see all of my Cake Pop Tutorials as well as my other delicious treats! Thanks!''


Emmaline Bags
would like you to discover:

 Sew an Easy Zipper Pocket
''Everyone needs an internal zipper pocket in their purse or handbag, but a lot of sewers are hesitant to try. Is the zipper pocket scaring you off? It’s actually pretty easy.''


Paper From Heaven
would like you to discover:

 A Great Way to Organize Crayons
''A great way to organize crayons! Little ones will have fun with crayon rolls, tote bags, and aprons! Don't forget to give littles time to be creative!''


Simply Pillow
would like you to discover:

 Pillow Covers
''Beautiful decorative pillow covers starting at $12!''


would like you to discover:

 DIY Lace Button Accessories
''A post about some pretty handmade button accessories anyone can make!''


I honestly LOVE this series!  How about you?

Do you have a favorite discovery?

Hope you have a FABULOUS day!!

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