More & More Apples

Hopefully you like apples as much as I do or else you will soon be tired of my posts.  I promise that after the baby shower, there will be fewer apple themed projects but in the meantime, I am delighted to show you what I have been concocting in my spare time.  To decorate the food at the baby shower, I have replicated a project I discovered on Pinterest (kind of my favorite way to collect creative ideas from wonderfully creative people), Apple Pie Toppers.

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Here is a quick tutorial of how to make some yourself if you happen to find yourself with neither green pipe cleaners nor pom pom makers.

1. Get yourself some red yarn, fork, scissors, wooden skewers (the kind for BBQ), and cut some green felt leaves.  (You will also need hot glue!)

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2. Take some red yarn and wind it around the fork.  Make sure to keep it tight as you do so.

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3.  Keep winding the thread.  The thicker you make it, the more fluffy the pom-pom.  For apples, you’ll want fluffy pom-poms ^_^.

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4. Gently (oh so gently) slip the bundle of yarn you have found off the fork and wrap the middle (lengthwise) tightly with a separate piece of yarn.  Knot it super tightly and trim.

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5.  Now you are ready to snip away at the bundle.  Cut the yarn pieces so that they are now free and poking out. snipsnip

6.  Once you are done snipping away at all the ends, you will have a very oddly shaped pom-pom that looks more like a hairball than an apple.

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7.  Don’t be disheartened!  Now it is time to trim the hairball into a more round and pleasing form.  To make it easier to trim around, poke the skewer through the ball’s center but do not glue yet!

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8.  Once you are done with the trimming it to your liking, dab some hot glue on the stick and slip the pom-pom on until it covers the glue.  Then add a little hot glue to the top and wrap your leaves around the pointy tip of the stick.  Be careful not to hurt your fingers!  You have now finished making your apple pom-pom! snipandglue

Here is a quick peek at another easy project I made that was inspired by a Pinterest board on Back-to-School party accessories.  Easy-peasy – just take some green felt leaves and hot glue them to the edge of red plates!  That makes the platter you eat from so much more apple-tizing, yah?

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Apple Baby Stationary Collection!

I would like to humbly present my first self-made collection of party stationery!  My baby shower is coming up on November 30th and I thought, what better way to get some practice with making stationery than to have a final purpose in mind to use it for.  The stationery items include:

  • Thank You cards
  • Price is Right game cards
  • Food Label tent cards
  • Favor Tags (I will be only posting the front side so that you can use it for any occasion)
  • Advice cards
  • “Hello Baby” banner

At this time, I would also like to thank B for helping me troubleshoot questions I had in Photoshop and Illustrator, as well as for taking the time to help me cut all these items out!

To download the PDFs for these items, click on the links under each corresponding picture. As a word of advice, when you go to print the PDFs test out whether your printer best prints using the “fit” option or “actual size” under the Paper Sizing and Handling feature.  I designed the prints so that they limited as much waste of paper as possible.  I may need to be less frugal in my future designs.  Once printed, cut along the lines.

Thanks so much for visiting!  I hope you enjoy using these items as much as I will!

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7 PDFs for Banner:

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Soapy Water BEGONE!

For some time, B has been bringing up how his bar soap is getting icky sticky soft sitting in a bath of water because the tupperware container is a poor soap dish.  We did not bother to search much for a soap dish that would do the trick in fixing the soggy mess but today, I finally got around to “engineering” a solution that we have yet to see if it works.

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I found some discarded popsicle sticks from old ice cream bars that B’s parents had consumed (don’t worry, they were clean).  With some hot glue, I stuck the sticks together and placed it in the original (with all the scum scrubbed out) tupperware “soap dish”  The sticks were just the right size to stay elevated above the floor of the soap dish by a 1/2 inch.

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I popped the soap back on and we shall see in a few days if this solution is viable.

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How do you keep your soap from turning to mush?

Why do birds suddenly appear…

…every time, I look up.

That’s what baby girl will be thinking when she sees her mobile.  Yesterday, I completed one of the longest baby projects I have worked on thus far.  This project evolved over the hours and days that I spent on it and I am truly pleased with how it turned out.  I will be sure to post a more flattering picture of the final product when we have the crib bed and linen in place.

THE (evolving) STEPS:

The mobile began with felt birds.  I found a pattern on Pinterest that led me to an image that I enlarged to the size that suited this project.  I cut out neutral browns and creams for the different parts of the body.  Following the directions, I first attached wings and stitched in eyes.  I used thick embroidery thread so that the different stitches I placed on the wings would be more visible.  Then began the long arduous process of hand stitching each bird together inside out, turning it right-side out, stuffing it with fluff, sealing up the tail, and stitching on a beak.  The original pattern said to attach a small triangular orange piece of felt for the beaks, but I wanted to use up some orange embroidery thread.   birdiescutout  pilesofbirdpatterns

I made six birds in total, three that are lighter in color and three that are darker brown with white striped heads (I call them the skunk birds).  The day I finished all six, I made B hold them in his sweater when he got home.  When he asked why six, I explained that the number symbolized how many children we would have (plus us).  He would prefer to stick with two kiddos whereas I am open to whatever God wants to give us (at least for now – we’ll see after I give birth to the first one).

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After exploring the Pinterest and Etsy world a little more to gain inspiration, I also made three clouds.  Two of which are visible in this picture against the sky blue of B’s pajama pants.

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Now I originally intended to use a grapevine wreath for the ring that I attach the birds too.  However, after thinking about safety measures, B and I both decided that it would be rather unsafe if the mobile ever fell and all the twisty spiky vines landed on baby.  We went to Joann’s and looked at our options.  We thought about getting foam rings typically used for floral arrangements, but we decided to go with a thinner option.  The embroidery hoop (9″ diameter) we found was the answer for us and all I had to do was find a way to cover the metal screw…

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That led to the next evolution in my design, which was to crochet flowers (to cover up the metal screw) and leaves that would be wound to the hoop with yarn.  While I am a true beginner when it comes to crocheting, Youtube searches for “crochet flowers” and “crochet leaves” were extremely helpful.  I just watched the videos intently with my crochet hook in one hand and yarn in the other.  These tutorials are so much easier to follow than guides I find in how-to-crochet books.

On a not-too-busy Saturday, B and I went to Pottery Barn Kids to look at mobile arms.  We found that the espresso one would match the crib nicely but the store was out of stock!  Thankfully, we were able to order it from the store online with waived shipping (yay!) and to  use our 15% of “recent” mover’s coupon on top of that (double yay!).

Once I was able to determine about how far the mobile would need to dangle above baby to be safe, I stitched strings to the birdies and clouds and hung those first from the hoop so that the strings would be covered by the yarn later.  Then I wrapped yarn around the entire hoop and attached the flowers and leaves in sets of three.

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insidemobileringTA-DA!  Here is the mobile in a fuzzy picture that as promised earlier would be updated with a better one at a future point in time.

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From the initial inspiration, through the obstacles / time consuming work in between, and to the concluding touches, I found myself so immersed and entangled in the creative process I once used to enjoy on a daily basis.  Returning to that state of mind was refreshing and I look forward to more of it.  I am so thankful for a husband who encourages me throughout my work as well.  His input and feedback made the work even more worthwhile.

When I reflected upon the design, I thought of the Bible verses about the birds of the air and the flowers of the field:

“Therefore I tell you, do not be anxious about your life, what you will eat or what you will drink, nor about your body, what you will put on. Is not life more than food, and the body more than clothing?  Look at the birds of the air: they neither sow nor reap nor gather into barns, and yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not of more value than they? And which of you by being anxious can add a single hour to his span of life? And why are you anxious about clothing? Consider the lilies of the field, how they grow: they neither toil nor spin, yet I tell you, even Solomon in all his glory was not arrayed like one of these.”

Matthew 6:25-29

God is good and I hope that I get to impart that beautiful understanding to baby.