I am so ready for spring. Really, REALLY ready. Thank goodness for the winter holidays to pull me through until this cold weather truly burns off and stays away. I don’t normally decorate much for St Patrick’s day (but I’ve always loved it because it’s only 2 days before my B-day!!)…..however, sometimes it’s just fun to display something simple and fun for each holiday. Even the less celebrated holidays.
Are you itching to make something for St Patty’s? Just to perk up your winter blues just a bit? Yeah me too….
Here’s a whole list of darling ideas….
Textured Framed Clover on Better Homes and Garden
St Patrick’s Day Party Decor by Creative Juice
4 Leaf Clover Tea Towel by Uncommon Designs
4 Leaf Clover Display by Life in Wonderland
St Patrick’s Day Bunting by Simple As That
4 Leaf Clover Glass Bottle Display by Miss Kopy Kat
Shamrock Sign by That’s My Letter
Clover Art by That’s Pillow Talk (for purchase)
Irish Inspired Candle by Better Homes and Gardens
St Patrick’s Day Banner by Lil Luna
Green Floral Arrangement by Martha Stewart
St Patrick’s Day Charger by The V Spot
Irish Inspired Decor by Better Homes and Gardens
St Patrick’s Day Hurricanes by Two twenty One
Leprechaun Rainbow Mobile by Honest to Nod
Framed St Patrick’s Day LUCK Tags by Organize and Decorate Everything
Irish Inspired Napkin Decor by Better Homes and Gardens
St Patrick’s Day Clothesline Art by Artsy Fartsy Mama
Carnation Shamrock by Dear Lillie
St Patrick’s Day Centerpiece by Lulu’s Tiles
I can’t even tell you how excited I have been to share some really great talent here on Make It and Love It. My insides are full of butterflies…….because this is just way too fun for me! I shared months ago that I wanted to open up the free days on my blog (that I wasn’t blogging) to others who would love to fill those gaps and showcase their own work. And you know, let some of you have as much fun as I have had for years and years here on this little ol’ blog. The sign-up forms FLOODED in and I was truly taken aback. I could hardly believe the talent….and the interest! It made me wonder how I could fit 500 more of you in here somehow. (But that’s why I decided to start doing Link Parties every Saturday….and those have been so fun too. There’s one still open here……join in!) But I selected a large handful and will be introducing you to them over the next month or so. I can hardly wait!! Every single one has something unique to share…….and fits right in here with what I’m already doing. Perfect!
So today, Crystal from Stitched By Crystal (who you’re just gonna LOVE!) is here sharing an absolutely adorable sewing project that is great for Spring! And even better…….St Patty’s Day!! And my gosh, that sweet little girl of hers is pretty hard to not gush over. Oh my! (**P.S. More about Crystal down below…)
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Hello! I am Crystal from Stitched by Crystal and I am so excited to be here as a new contributor to Make it & Love it! I have a fun skirt tutorial to share with you today that I think will be just perfect for St Patrick’s Day next month!
The skirt is so simple to make and, gosh, I just love those rainbow colored stripes on the bottom!
It’s cold/flu season. (Hasn’t hit you yet? Come on over……we’ll share with you!)
It’s the time of year when you blow your nose for days, wondering how your body produces so much……uhhhh…….stuff. So, at our house, there’s a tissue boxes in every bedroom, in the kitchen, out in the car, atop end tables…….everywhere. In fact, last week, I put one of those square boxes of tissues in my purse before leaving for church because my nose wouldn’t stop producing……..stuff. Ack! I didn’t have one of those small tissue packets because whenever I drop one of those in my purse, it ends up getting mangled and dirty and all the tissues fall out. But let me tell you……a huge box in my purse proved to be pretty annoying too.
So I fixed that right up!
And now my purse will always have some tissues ready for me, a child, or someone else in need……all wrapped up in a sturdy little mangle-proof case.
With the sweetest little heart cutouts…….which kinda make me excited to need a tissue!
And because you make this with leather (or faux leather, aka: vinyl), the sewing is very minimal.
If you skipped the cutouts, you would only need a seam at each end…….yep, pretty minimal. (But tough it out and cut some shapes/letters out. They are cuter than cute!)
And tissue retrieval is simple.
Buy a few packs of mini tissues…….and start placing them in your new holder before tossing them in your purse, glove box, or backpack.
No more mangled tissue packs!
Want to make one too??
Headboards have been on my brain lately. I already have one for our master bedroom and I made Elli one for her little twin sized bed. I’d really like to make one for Connor and for the guest room. Meh, Chloe doesn’t really need one, as she’s still in the nursery…..but soon.
But I love how they look……and they really don’t have to cost a lot. I mean, you CAN spend a fortune if that’s how you roll, but I kinda like for things to look like they may have cost some money…..but ha, they don’t!
As I was browsing around online, I found really clever and unique ideas. In case you’re on the same hunt, maybe these will help inspire you… (And if you come across any others you love, leave me the link in the comment section. I’d love to see more!)
So many ideas to choose from:
DIY Tufted Headboard by Thrifty Decor Chick
Barnwood Headboard by Design Sponge
Old Book Headboard by Design Every Day
Antique Headboard by I Love Decoration
Framed Tufted Headboard (from Old Dresser Mirror) by Make It and Love It (yep, that’s Elli’s headboard!))
Fireplace Mantel into a Headboard by Apartment Therapy
DIY Love Headboard by House Tweaking
Fabric Headboard by All Things Thrifty
Pallet Headboard by Rice Designs
Faux Tiled Headboard by Sweet C’s Designs
Striped Headboard with Nailheads by Kerrisdale Designs Inc
Woven Wood Headboard by Little Bit Funky
Beach Oar Headboard by Bees Knees Bungalow
Pool Noodle Headboard by Spoonful
Tree Branch Headboard by Bright Bazaar Blog
Liam Bed Headboard by Cottage Haven Interiors
Wooden Cloud Headboard by La Factoria Plastica
DIY Tufted Headboard by The Idea Room
Chalkboard Paint Headboard by Desire To Inspire
Birdhouse Headboard by La Factoria Plastica
Soccer Net Headboard by Real Simple
Shutter Headboard by HGTV
Many of you asked about the flower that I attached to Chloe’s Color Block Dress from the other day.
It wasn’t part of the pattern that I used to make the dress…….but I just had to add it! :)
I mentioned that it was a simple little flower and actually thought I had shared it before. Nope.
But really, this little flower can be added to dresses, shirts, to a tote or handbag, hair clips, headbands, etc. And if I keep going, I’m going to start saying to add it to things like light switches and computer monitors……..so I better stop! Ha.
So here you go…….now go crazy with it! :)
I decided to add some to headbands for Elli and Chloe. And you know, as long as flowers have been around, I’m still far from tired of seeing them in my girls’ hair. (And the red one just happened to be perfect for Elli’s Valentine outfit she put together.)
And they’re equally cute on clothing, just like the Color Block Dress. But just imagine this on a plain ol’ Tshirt. So much CUTER. (And did I mention really cheap?)
They are made from knit fabric…..so no fraying. And if you’re like me, you have plenty of old Tshirts you could cut up and use. :)
Such a fun little flower, with minimal effort.
Now Elli and Chloe…..LISTEN UP!! Please oh please love on each other like this, when you’re 16 and 12. And while we’re at it…..show this same type of excitement when I offer to make you things when you’re that age too.
Ready to make your own flower??
I was asked a while ago to try out a new eBook of patterns, that included 10 dress styles for little girls, up to size 10.
Ummmmm……yes! I have a 2-year-old AND a 7-year-old. Kinda perfect.
The 5 and 10 Designs eBook is a collaborative effort by 5 different creative and crazy skilled bloggers: Jessica of The Sewing Rabbit, Jessica of Craftiness Is Not Optional, Heidi of Elegance and Elephants, Delia of Delia Creates, and Stefanie of Girl. Inspired.
Uhhh……hello! Quite the group, right?
So many designs and styles, so many creative options to choose from……all in one collection.
And if you’d rather add sleeves, they’ve got you covered!
Things like this get me all excited inside. Truly! The only hard part……was choosing which design to try first.
I finally decided on this cute color block dress. And my gosh, I’m in polka dot love!
I added cover buttons to the back….with the same pink fabric as the flower in the front. Those bobbly buttons make me all sorts of happy!
The skirt is full and flouncy. Definitely a requirement for this “I-wanna-wear-a-FANCY-dress-today-momma” girl of mine! And the fullness really shows off that awesome color blocking design.
That flower. It was an after thought and isn’t part of the pattern. But holy smokes, that flower adds a lot of sunshine to those polka dots. So glad I had some scrap hot pink knit in my stash. (Flower was constructed like…..oh wait, I thought I already had a tutorial and was ready to link to it. I do have several other fabric flower varieties…..just not this exact one. But if enough people are interested, I’ll put together some quick instructions and share. Super simple.)
**UPDATE: The Ruffled Flower tutorial is complete. Enjoy! -Ashley
The instructions for this dress were fantastic. Lots of pictures, plenty of clarifications and options…….and the sleeve addition was perfect for our chilly winter weather. Check. (Though, check out the snow on the ground but the beautiful sun and blue skies. Colorado…..you’re dreamy!)
Oh, this little Chloe gal. She is quite the girly-girl. (She is a chapstick/lipstick/jewelry swiper…..and oooh, she’s quick!) I thought after having Elli, a girl couldn’t get any girlier. I was wrong. So this flouncy dress was absolutely PERFECT for her!
This pattern was just what I needed to fill my sewing itch the other day. Lots of designs, same basic dress shape, a variety of skill levels…….all in one eBook, tied up in a bow! Read more about the 5 & 10 Designs eBook here.
Thanks to all 5 of you sewing pals! This was seriously so much fun to make. Can’t wait to make more!
**UPDATE: The Ruffled Flower tutorial is complete. Enjoy! -Ashley
Hey guys…..if you have like 2 minutes and can take a quick survey for my site, that would be fantastic. I just put together a few questions to see your likes/hates/wants for this site of mine. I sure love blogging…..but sometimes am curious if you’d rather see THIS over THAT. So, if you’ve got a hankering to see more tips on scrubbing your toilet, tell me!! ;) Okay, that’s a lie…..that’s a no-go. But really, I’d love to check in and see some of your preferences. Deal? -Ashley
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This is the week… For hearts and lace, exchanging love notes and treats, and just plain ol’ appreciating the people around you. Do you have your dinner menu prepared? Your dessert ingredients purchased? Your babysitter hired? Yeah…….me neither.
But I’ve been thinking about it.
And have been browsing ideas around the web and have been adding ingredients to my shopping list. My kiddos love this holiday (frankly, I think it’s because it’s the first holiday to come to their rescue after the post-Christmas blues…..), so I’ve been keeping them in mind as I gather ideas for meals and treats. Because, meh, why not? Holidays are always a great excuse to do something a little different. :)
Here are a few things that caught my eye……maybe they’ll give you a few ideas as well:
Wanna see more??