Valentine’s Day Onesie

I know. I know. I was just saying recently how heat transfer vinyl (HTV) is not just for onesies. So what did I just make? Yep. A onesie. But this Valentine’s Day will be my granddaughter’s first Valentine’s Day and I just HAD to make her a Valentine’s Day Onesie.


I found this cute cut file in the Silhouette Online store (it’s called Love Bird and it’s by Rivka Williams) and thought it would look adorable on a onesie. And since I had never layered HTV before, I thought this would be a good one to share with you. You can learn from my mistake ; ) I used the cut settings for flocked heat transfer material and bumped up the blade setting to 7. (My blade is old so if you’re using a newer blade, do a test cut first.)


I cut out the shapes using my favorite HTV (glitter HTV from Specialty Graphics). If you’ve been a reader here for a while, you know I just love this stuff. See more glitter vinyl projects here.


I pressed on the solid bird shape on the onesie first. MISTAKE: I should have made that shape just a teensie bit smaller by using the offset tool. You’ll see why in a minute.


Next, I placed the bird shape with cut outs on top of the solid bird shape.


Here’s where you can see my mistake. It’s almost impossible to line up the second layer perfectly over the first. If I had made the first shape a little smaller, it wouldn’t be peeking out at the edges. Lesson learned.


Just one heart just wasn’t enough so I replicated the heart that was in the original cut file a few times and adjusted the size.  I also added a heart to each sleeve to mimic elbow patches. I guessed at the placement of those. As you’ll see in the photos below, luck was on my side that time!


And here’s sweet, little, 11-month old Melanie, modeling her new Valentine’s Day Onesie! But she didn’t sit still for long . . .


. . .  and she’s off to explore.


She was more interested in watching her brothers play in the snow than she was in modeling her new onesie! (Check out that elbow heart patch!)



DIY Painted Ring Dish

As a member of the DecoArt® Blogger Outreach Program, compensation for this post was provided; opinions and crafty inspiration, provided by me!

My daughter was just saying the other day that she needed a safe place to store her wedding rings when she’s doing dishes, cleaning, etc. So when Deco Art asked me to try out their Americana Multi Surface paints, I decided to try my hand at painting on ceramic dishes that are a perfect size to hold rings.


Now I am not an artist, so I went very simple for these ring dishes. Dots and stripes. I can paint those!

First, I gathered my supplies. The dishes are called tasting dishes. Aren’t they cute? They are 2-1/2″ square. The perfect little size to hold rings. You’ll also need a paint brush, a sponge brush, and painter’s tape.

Deco Art Multi Surface Paint

And of course paint: DecoArt’s Americana multi-surface Satin in the colors of your choice.


For the first one, I adhered a big, fun diamond ring that I cut out of gold vinyl using my Silhouette.


Then I taped off a wide stripe using painter’s tape, making sure that the edges were well pressed down onto the dish so the paint would not seep under.


Next, I pounced on two coats of the Gold Metallic DecoArt Multi-Surface paint and let it dry overnight.


The next morning I removed the tape and my pretty, new ring dish is ready to use! (Let your finished ring dish air dry, or “cure” for four days. Place the ring dish on a baking sheet, place in a cold oven and bake the ring dish at 325 degrees for 30 minutes. Let cool completely and your ring dish is safe to both hand wash and put in the dishwasher)


Since these are so fun and easy to make, I made another one! For ths one, I used the color Flamingo. Isn’t it pretty! With my unsteady hand, I painted dots on the inside of the dish with a small artist’s brush. I might have had better results with a q-tip or eraser end of a pencil. Or just a steadier hand ; )


For this one, I painted one thin stripe on the outside. Maybe I should add another stripe or two?

How would you paint your ring dish?

Americana Multi-Surface paint is available in Michaels. Visit the DecoArt Multi-Surface website for more crafting ideas and inspiration.


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Baby Nursery Update

Slowly, but surely we are making progress in the baby nursery makeover. Unfortunately, we’ve been bit by the flu bug which has put us a little behind schedule, but I’m still hopeful that this room will be done by the end of the month.

Last week I showed you how we dealt with the painted paneled walls by filling in the grooves with joint compound. The walls are now smooth – for the most part. There are a few places where you can see some grooves, but you have to look very close to see them. So if this is something you think you will try, go back over the grooved areas a THIRD time to make sure they are well covered with the joint compound.

While I stayed home with my germs, my daughter found time to get the last of the drywall dust removed and gave the now-smooth walls two coats of gray paint. Gray is a tough color. It takes some time to find just the right shade of gray. Cory (my daughter) wanted a pure, light, gray. She didn’t want it to appear blue or green. So we did some research. Well actually, I did what I always do: I googled it. I found this article by Lindze of Interior Fun and sent it to Cory.  She agreed that she thought Repose was just what she wanted and immediately went to her local Sherwin Williams and picked up a sample pot to be sure.

perfect shade of gray

I agree, it’s perfect! Thanks Lindze!


Next, we paint the trim. Then we can move on the more “fun” stuff. But we needed a break from all of that “wall work”. After hours and hours of applying joint compound, sanding, cleaning up dust and then painting, we were anxious to do something a little more fun.

We were both dying to see how the vinyl wall decal that I received from The Decal Guru would look on the pretty and smooth gray walls, so we jumped ahead a little ; )


Here’s just a little sneak peek at it. It doesn’t look like much now (no, it’s not antlers!), but trust me, it’s going to look amazing! I can’t wait to share the complete post about that wall decal.


Melanie loves it, too!

There’s still a lot more work to be done: paint the trim, re-stain and re-upholster the cushions of a yard-sale glider, decide on fabric for the curtains and crib linens . . .


. . . and finish my “build” for the room. Like many older homes, two of the three bedrooms in my daughter’s house do not have closets, so I’m building a big armoire. After all, Melanie needs a place to hang all the pretty dresses that Nanny gets for her ; )


Pretty Shadow Box

I wrote this post as part of a paid campaign with Plaid Crafts, Michaels and Blueprint Social. The opinions in this post are my own.

I have a fun project to share today, thanks to the folks at Plaid Crafts, Michaels and Blueprint Social!


The timing was perfect. As you may know, I’ve been busy helping my daughter makeover the baby’s room and when I received my package of goodies that included a shadow box from the Spring Wood Surfaces line at Michaels, I knew what I wanted to make.


I could have just painted the wooden shadow box but then I thought how pretty it would look if I covered it with scrapbook paper.


I found some pretty card stock in my stash and cut it to the sizes I would need to cover the inside surfaces of the shadow box.


Since I didn’t want the wooden edges to show, I painted them with a few coats of the Folk Art Multi Surface acrylic paint so they would blend in with the colors of the card stock.


To attach the card stock, I applied a generous amount of Mod Podge both to the back of the card stock and to the shadow box. Then I brushed on another coat of Mod Podge to make sure the card stock was well adhered.


A little trick I used to cover the face frame of the shadow box was to take the entire sheet of 12″ x 12″ card stock and lay it over the frame.


Then using a craft knife, I cut an “X” into the middle and then trimmed to fit. This avoided having seams on the front of the shadow box.


All that was left to do was decide what to put in the shadow box. A few ideas came to mind but I finally decided to adhere a framed photo of the baby taken shortly after she was born.


It makes such a pretty and unique door decoration for the baby’s room.

You can find more project ideas and inspiration from Plaid Crafts online here:

Plaid Website

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And wait! There’s more projects and tutorials to be found right here!

Filling Grooves in Paneling

My goal this month is to complete the makeover of my granddaughter’s nursery. Since it’s almost the middle of the month I better get moving! We, (my daughter and I) spent the weekend filling the grooves in the painted paneled walls. Someone, at some point in time in this old home’s history, must have thought it would be a good idea to disguise the paneling with paint. While the concept was good, they missed one important step: they didn’t fill in the grooves of the paneling.


The result looks just like what it is: painted paneling. We wanted nice, smooth walls.

If you have paneling in your home and would rather have smooth walls (that don’t look like painted paneling) then read on to learn how to fill in the grooves.


First let me say, if your paneling has NOT been painted yet, you will have a few extra steps. You will have to sand and prime the paneling first before filling the grooves. Once you’ve done that then you’re ready to fill in the grooves.


The supply list for this project is short.

  1. joint compound
  2. putty knife
  3. dust mask or respirator

Neither my daughter nor I had ever worked with joint compound, but I assure you, no big deal. It’s not difficult and you don’t have to be neat and precise. Just make sure the grooves are filled in. In fact, it’s a good idea to go back to where you started, carefully make sure that all of grooves are filled in and apply a second coat if necessary.

All of those rough edges will get sanded away on day 2.

Oh yeah, I forgot to mention: this is a 2-day project. The first day is applying the joint compound and the second day is for sanding and clean up. It’s an easy project but not a fast one.

As mentioned above, day 2 is all about sanding. Sanding and dust. Lots and lots of dust. Like open a window, wear a dust mask, your hair is now white, dust. The joint compound we used said “LOW DUST”. Really?

Day 2 is also about the clean up of said dust. After you think you’re rid of all the dust, think again. Using a damp cloth for the final clean up and removal of the last particles of dust is recommended. I left my daughter to handle the final stages of the dust clean up. A perk of being “Nanny” ; )

Baby Nursery Wall Art

Santa must have heard me! I asked for a heat press for Christmas and he delivered! I couldn’t wait to turn try this puppy out. Even though my supply of heat transfer vinyl is pretty sad right now, I did find enough scraps to make this wall art for my granddaughter’s nursery. And yay! most of it was glitter vinyl!

heat transfer vinyl  Since I couldn’t place my artist’s canvas in a heat press because of the frame, I decided to press the design onto white fabric that I’ll wrap around and staple on to the canvas.

baby nursery wall art

The baby has recently outgrown the bedside bassinet and has transitioned into sleeping in her crib in her own room, so my daughter asked me to help her makeover the baby’s nursery. Of course I’ll be sharing all the projects with you here.

I used the 3 butterflies file from the Silhouette online store to make this baby nursery wall art.

baby nursery wall art

I’m not sure how the whole butterfly theme got started, but we’re going to keep it going ; )

baby nursery wall art

In Silhouette Studio, I made the page the same size as the canvas so that I could get an idea of how many butterflies I would need, and also what size to make them.

baby nursery wall art

I cut out a few different sizes of the butterflies so they would fit on the scraps of heat transfer vinyl that I had.

baby nursery wall art

I’d show you the finished product, but it seems that I’ve run out of staples! But I think you get the idea.

Lessons learned:

  1. make sure you have ALL the supplies you need before writing a blog post about a project.
  2. heat transfer vinyl is NOT just for onesies and T-shirts – although I’m sure I’ll be making plenty of those!

I hope you’ll follow along to watch the remodel of my granddaughter’s nursery coming soon.


2014 Year in Review & Reader Survey

I wasn’t sure until today if I would write a year in review post. I decided to go ahead with it for a few reasons. One reason is: many of you are new to Create & Babble and may have missed a lot of these posts that were written during the past 12 months.

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2014 has been a year of pretty remarkable growth for this little blog of mine. And I have YOU to thank! I simply cannot express to you how appreciative I am of your support.

I could not do it without you.

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I have a little dream. Really for me it’s a big dream. A goal really. My goal is to make this blog my full-time gig. Yep, give up the day job! This is where my passion lives. This is what I love to do!

slate grout renew

Yes, I would much rather crawl around on the slate floor painting grout lines than sit at a desk for hours on end.

DIY Staircase Makeover

Who needs corporate ladders when there are staircases to makeover . . .


 . . . and a new baby girl for whom to make pretty accessories! Thanks to you, that precious little face has been pinned over 10,000 times!

DIY farmhouse table |

This past year has certainly been a year of discovery for me.

DIY Workbench by

I discovered my love of using power tools – right after I got over my fear of them! Now it’s a healthy respect. Look for lots of DIY projects/builds in 2015.


And I learned that I can completely remodel a room by myself! Granted, it’s the smallest room in the house, but you gotta start somewhere, right?

Yes, there were lots of “firsts” for me in 2014.

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I went to my first blog conference and met so many blogging friends, new and old . . .


. . . and I got to meet one of my blogging idols, Marian, aka Miss Mustard Seed! at Lucketts Spring Market.

silhouette projects

For all of my Silhouette sisters out there, there were plenty of Silhouette projects and there will be many, many more in 2015!

These weren’t all of the projects from 2014 – just a few of my favorites.

Now I want to ask a favor of you. Would you mind taking just a minute or two and fill out this quick survey? I love getting to know my readers!

Create your free online surveys with SurveyMonkey , the world’s leading questionnaire tool.

Here’s to a safe, happy, and healthy New Year!

Christmas Onesie and Circle Skirt for Baby

Nothing like waiting to the last minute to create a Christmas onesie! Luckily these are fast and easy to make, which is probably why I put it off until just last night!

DIY Christmas-Onesie-and-Circle-Skirt


I’m sure when it’s on my granddaughter tomorrow, it will look even cuter. If you follow me on Instagram, you’ll be sure to see some pics posted there.


To make the onesie, I created the shape in Silhouette Studio using the Samantha font and the Redressed font. I used red heat transfer vinyl that I had picked up on a Pick Your Plum deal a while ago. I think this is the first time I have used their HTV and it worked just fine. I would definitely get it again.


If you are new to Silhouette or haven’t made anything with heat transfer vinyl yet, there are a few things to remember:

  • reverse the image before cutting
  • slow down the cutting speed (the preset speed is too high, in my opinion)
  • insert the vinyl with the backing facing up
  • insert rectangles around shapes for easier weeding


  • prewash item to remove sizing
  • if using an iron (instead of a heat press), cover press down firmly for AT LEAST 30 seconds (I use an old pillow case between the iron and the HTV design


The plastic backing will lift off easily if the design has been ironed on thoroughly. I press once more with just the pillow case over the design to ensure good adhesion.


I can’t wait to see it on her.

The circle skirt was made using red and white striped fabric that I found in my fabric stash. I found the tutorial on how to make the circle skirt at Dana Made It.


I can’t believe how easy these little skirts are to make. Dana includes a free pattern for you to use also.


I used the 0-3 month size, but just cut it a little bigger than the pattern.


Dana uses 1″ wide elastic, but I used what I had which happened to be 1-1/2″. I cut mine 16″ long.


I followed the step-by-step tutorial exactly.


Except for one thing: I forgot to hem the edge! But I since got a really nice edge by using a rotary cutter to cut the fabric, it’s not fraying at all plus the baby will probably only wear this once.

DIY Christmas-Onesie-and-Circle-Skirt

For the price of a long-sleeved onesie, my granddaughter has a cute and fun little Christmas outfit and it only took about an hour to make both pieces.

Last Minute Christmas Decorating Ideas

Thank you Yahoo! DIY for sponsoring this post. While this was a sponsored opportunity from Yahoo!, all content and opinions expressed here are my own.

I thought I was all done decorating for Christmas, but I had two big blank walls that I wanted to add some fun Christmas decor to. But what? It had to be something I could do fast and I didn’t want to spend any money. Then I spotted an idea on Yahoo! DIY that inspired me to take the paper medallions off of the kitchen cabinets and put them on the wall. last-minute-christmas-decor

in the shape of a tree!


It fills in the big blank space nicely while adding color, glitter, and a touch of whimsy.

The article I saw used white paper doilies that can be purchased from a dollar store or party store for next to nothing, and they look so pretty.

The big blank wall in the hallway was next. Since I was already on a Christmas Tree shape theme, I used a frame to display some pretty ornaments in the shape of a Christmas Tree.

I had an big, old, frame in the basement that I had picked up at a thrift store last year. After I painted the frame white and let it dry, I strung the ornaments onto ribbon that I secured to the back of the frame with thumb tacks. One ornament on the top ribbon, two ornaments on the second ribbon, three on the next, and so on.

framed ornaments

These little ornaments would have gotten lost on the Christmas Tree. Because they are so pretty, I wanted to be able to see and enjoy them.

framed ornaments

Since I already had the frame, ribbon and ornaments, this pretty framed ornament project cost nothing to make!

I bet if you look around your home, you can find items to make into fun and free Christmas decor, too. And if you need some inspiration and ideas, check out Yahoo! DIY.

Christmas Home Tour

Welcome to my Christmas Home Tour! Are you ready for Christmas? I’m not quite there yet, but my home is finally decorated. Want to take a peek?

holiday home tour

There are a total of 15 Holiday Homes on this Procrastinators Christmas Tour. Be sure to click on the links later on in this post. And there’s also an incredible giveaway for you to enter, so be sure to enter at the bottom!


I never really think of myself as a procrastinator . . . just very busy.


Sounds like a good excuse to me!


I almost always tend to decorate for Christmas with traditional colors.


Call me old-fashioned, but nothing says Christmas to me like good old red and green.


Don’t tell my HOA, but I snuck out in the cover of darkness to snip a few small branches off of an evergreen in the common area. They’ll never know.


The white cabinets in the kitchen were screaming for some Christmas cheer.


Paper medallions attached each door front was a quick and easy decorating solution.



An artist, I am not, but I think I did okay on the salvaged wood chalkboard.


We put up an artificial tree for the first time in years. I have to say: I love it. No falling needles! By the way, those curtains . . . they’re actually tablecloths! I love red and white buffalo check curtains for Christmas but I wasn’t willing to pay the high price for curtains that would be up for one month out of the year.


This will be granddaughter’s first Christmas and I can’t wait! It was so much fun buying girl toys for a change!

There’s always some furniture rearranging that has to be done to make room for the Christmas Tree. Every year, I think we try something different.

The set of Winterberry dishes was an early Christmas present and the table is set for a romantic Christmas Eve dinner for two.

Our Christmas traditions have evolved over the years. Now that the kids are grown, we celebrate here during the day on Christmas Eve. Then we have the evening to ourselves and enjoy the peace and quiet. On Christmas morning we’re up early to drive to my daughter’s house to watch the grand babies see what Santa brought. What fun!


Please click on the links to below to take a peek at my friends festively decorated homes:

Petticoat Junktion

Farm Fresh Vintage Finds

Attempts At Domestication

One Project Closer

Our Rosey Life

Major Hoff Takes A Wife

One More Time Events

Mommy Is Coocoo

Confessions of an ADD Housewife

Denise Designed

Time With Thea

Redoux Interiors

Dogs Don’t Eat Pizza

French Pemberly

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