Oct 312014

love Halloween. I love the decorations, the costumes, the CANDY…it’s all so much fun. We are at an awkward age for Halloween, I guess. We are too old to trick-or-treat, not in college anymore, so raging parties are out of the question, and don’t have any nieces or nephews or children of our own to do cute stuff with. So for the last few years, it has just been the two of us…we usually go out to eat and have some beers or something, but nothing too crazy.

I do like to decorate for the occasion though. I like doing our mantle for different seasons and/or holidays. I picked up these glitter pumpkins and the metal spiderweb on clearance after Halloween last year and tucked them away on the closet shelf. And actually, I almost forgot them, until I started seeing cute Halloween decorating ideas pop up on Pinterest.




I had been seeing these adorable tissue paper tassel garlands everywhere and when I found this Halloween tissue paper at Wal-Mart, I knew it was time to try to make one. I followed my good friend Mally’s tutorial, with a few tweaks. I folded the tissue paper in half first, then in half again, then cut it in to strips, leaving the top uncut so it would all stay together. I also used hot glue instead of wire to ensure the twisted top stayed secure.



The whole garland took me around 20 minutes to make (maybe less) and cost $2.47 ($1.47 for the Halloween tissue paper and $1 for a roll of black satin ribbon to string the tassels up on).

My last little bit of Halloween cheer are these pumpkins on our front porch. We actually grew them on my family’s farm!



Happy Halloween, y’all! I hope you have a great and safe day!

Oct 132014

Y’all wanna know where I’ve been the last couple of weeks? Sitting at the sewing machine. I have barely moved from my sewing table. I go to work for ten-ish hours, come home, eat dinner, and sew until I go to bed. It’s craziness.

I have made birthday gifts, personal things, baby shower gifts, thinking of you gifts, and shirts for all the people who stay with us at our house in Clemson.

Here are some pictures of what I have been up to.

I’m ready for a break.




Jun 182014

For a long time now, I had been seeing adorable burlap wreaths online. After pinning several on Pinterest, I finally decided to buy some supplies and try to make one.

I read the directions and tutorials people had posted, but ultimately decided to branch off on my own with no real idea of what I was setting out to make (typical of my life).

I ordered a wire wreath frame for cheap from Amazon and got some rolls of burlap ribbon and some wired gingham ribbon in Clemson colors from our local Hobby Lobby (keep an eye on their sales– they frequently have these items for 50% off).

I played around with all the different ways to get the burlap on the frame– the loop or bubble method seems to be one of the most popular ways, but since I sew, I just ran a gathering stitch along the length of the burlap. For those of you who do not sew, a gathering stitch can be done by hand or on a machine, and all it is is a long stitch. When finished, you hold on to one of the threads used to create the stitch and pull and scrunch the fabric, creating a gathered look. The above link goes into much more detail.

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After I ran the gathering stitch, I scrunched, scrunched, scrunched. This is a good activity to do while you do something else, like watch tv, because it is mindless and can be time consuming depending on how much you are doing. I used a 5 yard roll of burlap to make this, so it did take a little while.

After it was all scrunched, I laid it around the wreath frame and arranged it to my liking and then pinned it on the frame to see how it would look.

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Because I had used straight pins to secure it to the frame, when I was pleased with it, I simply flipped the whole thing over and hot glued it from the back side.

By this point, I was getting kind of burned out on the craftiness and couldn’t think of what I should do with the purple and orange gingham, so I just made a big bow. Any ideas of what I should do? I can still make changes or add on to it.

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