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I have shown a picture of my inspiration, but here it is again…

Picking a paint color seemed like it was the longest part of the process.  We ended up using Sherwin-Williams Softer Tan and a white color that was similar to our trim.  Eventually we will use the Softer Tan throughout our house, but right now I don’t want to see paint for a while.

I always start a project telling my husband that I will do all the work, but lucky for me I am vertically challenged and can never reach the ceilings.  I did, however do about 80% of this project.  On Friday I started by painting all the walls white.  When Hubby came home from work he was gracious enough to draw all the horizontal lines.  After that was done I could tape the stripes.  I then painted the seams of the tape white (just on the side I was painting).  This seals the tape and keeps the other color paint from seeping under the tape.  It really makes a HUGE difference.  Saturday, I started painting the stripes and today everything was finished!!!  I did buy a new light fixture, toilet paper holder and towel rack.  Eventually I will get some artwork, but I haven’t found anything that I am in love with yet.  So…here is our new half bath…

 Forgive the lighting, there is zero natural light down this hallway.

I love the way it turned out.  I have said on occasion that the only way to eat without being interrupted in our house is to eat in the bathroom.  I love this room so much that I may do it (or not).


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Shirred Shirt

Last year I made my daughter a shirred top with a matching skirt.  Here she is modeling it…

She wanted to wear the outfit to school the other day, but realized that after a year the top was a little too short to wear to school.  I didn’t want to just pack it away so I added a band of fabric to the bottom of the shirt and…Viola!  She now has at least one more year to wear this outfit!

Something about this outfit makes her want to pose.  She decided to dress it down this year with Rainbows instead of flashy flip flops.

The great thing about shirring is that she really could wear this for the next 5 years.  I will just have to keep adding fabric to the bottom, haha!

Love this girl!

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Moss Letters

I have been loving all the moss covered hanging letters and decided to make my own instead of paying $40.  My inspiration was this from Spotted Leopard.

Here is mine…

I got the M from AC Moore for $3.99.  The moss is from JoAnn’s and was $8.99 for a sheet of moss.  I got 2-3 letters out of one package of moss (depending on the letter).  The ribbon was also from JoAnn’s.  I used ribbon with a wire to hold the bow in place.  I think it turned out pretty cute and makes a great inexpensive gift.

Crafty Southern Mama has a tutorial on how to make a moss letter.

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Date Prints

Lynette made these super cute prints for baby gifts…

I told her how cute I thought they were and I also told her not to let it get out that she made them.  Once people get word that you can make or do something they will come knocking on your door.  By people, I mean me!  I saw this dated wall art on a blog and loved it…

I sent her the link to the blog a.steed’s.life and told her how much I loved it, hint, hint!  This is what she came up with…


If you read the mini-bedroom makeover blog post that I posted then you will know that the gray in the print matches our bedroom perfectly.  The white mat ties in our white sheets.  The frame is brown even though the picture makes it look black.

You can purchase the print off of the original blog, in case you do not have a Lynette in your life.

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I decided to use a bunch of scrap fabric to make crayon rolls for my daughter’s classes for Valentines Day.  They are quick and easy to make.  They can be used for lots of different occasions…birthday party favors, stocking stuffers, Valentines, Easter basket gift, etc.  They are great to keep in your purse to bring to restaurants or any other place your child may need to be entertained.

Materials Needed
– scrap fabric (I usually use two different fabrics, one for the outside and one for the pocket)
– 20 inches of grosgrain ribbon
– coordinating thread
– needles
– ruler
– rotary cutter (optional)
– chalk pencil or disapprearing ink pen

1) Cut two pieces of fabric with rotary cutter (or scissors) 9″ x 7″ (9″ being your width, 7″ being your height).  This will be the outside of your crayon roll.  Cut one piece of fabric 4.5″ x 9″.  This will be your pocket.  Cut one 20″ piece of grosgrain ribbon.
2) Fold your pocket piece in half (this will make it now 2.25″ x 9″) and iron.  Pin your pocket piece to the right side of one side of your outside piece.  Measure 2.5 inches from the bottom of your pocket and attach grosgrain ribbon.  It should be just a touch over your pocket.

3) Baste pocket and ribbon in place.

4) With right sides together, place front and and back of the crayon roll on top of each other.  Pin. 

5) Using a 1/2″ seam, sew around the entire crayon roll, leaving a 2″ opening at the bottom for turning.  Be careful not to sew your ribbon into your seam.

6) Clip corners.

7) Turn the crayon roll right side out and iron.

8 ) Measure 2″ from the top your crayon roll and make a line using your chalk pencil or your invisible ink pen.  This will eventually be your top flap.

9) Using your sewing machine, sew over the line you just made on the fabric (backstitch to secure the stitch).

10) Now it is time to make the pockets for the crayons…each crayon has a one inch pocket.  I think the easiest way to do this is to lay it on your rotary cutting mat and line it up.  Then use your chalk pencil or disappearing ink pen to mark the pockets.

11) Sew over your lines (backstitch to secure the stitch).

12) I now cut the ribbon at an angle and burn the ends to prevent it from fraying.

13) Insert crayons, fold down flap, roll and tie.

Here are all the rolls I made for Valentine’s Day.  I plan on making cute tags to hang from the ribbon.

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