DIY Onesie Dresses

Having a granddaughter is so much fun. Don’t get me wrong – I still spoil my grandson (my daughter can attest to that!), but having a little girl to shop and sew for after 6 years of boy stuff brings all sorts of new fun to being “Nanny”! Like these DIY onesie dresses. Apparently onesie dresses have made their rounds on Pinterest and blogs for a couple of years, but they’re new to me since I’ve been in “little boy world” for a while.

Easy DIY Onesie Dresses |

It only takes about 1/3 yard of fabric to make these dresses for the 3-month size onesies. The amount of fabric you buy determines the length of the skirt section (minus an inch for the hem) that is sewn onto the onesie.

For the placement of the skirt on the onesie, I measured down one inch below each arm hole seam. Then I made two tiny, light dots with a pen and then used a straight edge to make more dots to ensure my skirt would be sewn on straight. These dots are covered with skirt so I didn’t worry about using a disappearing ink pen. Although I’m sure I have one somewhere.


One of the ways to gather the fabric is to sew on a length of elastic. You pull the elastic while sewing.


I prefer to just use the good old basting stitch and pull the bobbin thread. Then I sew on some coordinating bias tape.


After the bias tape is sewn on, I trim the edge close to the bias tape, fold over, and stitch onto the onesie.


Of course I had to add some extras, like ribbon and lace.


You know you have way too much ribbon when you have some that matches your fabric exactly! And you know you have enough headbands if one matches the fabric perfectly!


Oh that sweet, little face!

Hanging Curtain Rods – An Easy Way

I don’t know why I didn’t think of sharing this idea with you sooner. This idea came to me about 100 years ago when I got my first apartment that had about 100 windows.

I’m exaggerating. There were only about 9 windows. ; )

It was a cute, little apartment above a jewelry store in a cute, little, one-traffic-light town. My mom made all the curtains for me using sheets. I can still picture that fabric in my mind.  Funny how that works….I don’t remember what I was doing five minutes ago but I recall the pattern of those curtains.

Being young, naive and IMPATIENT, I wanted to get those curtains up in a hurry. And being young, naive and MEASURING TAPELESS, I came up with a way of marking each window so that each curtain rod was installed at the same distance from each side of the window.  I still use that method to this day and now I’m going to show you.

All you need is a piece of cardboard, chipboard, or even a thicker piece of scrapbook paper will do in a pinch. (Back in that apartment, I ripped a flap off a cardboard box)
The size of the cardboard will determine how far away from the window your curtain rod hardware will be:

  • the WIDTH of the cardboard will be the distance the curtain rod hardware will be away from the SIDE of the window
  • the HEIGHT of the cardboard will be the distance  the curtain rod hardware will be away from the TOP of the window

Now because I’m lazy OR always in a hurry (depends on how you look at it), I rarely measure when it comes to stuff like this. My curtain rods don’t have to be exactly 6.8778135″ above each window.  I eyeball it. BUT if measuring is your thing, I say do what makes you happy!

For the curtains rods that I installed last night, I cut an 8-1/2 x 11″ chip board in half. That meant my curtain rod hardware would be 5-1/2″ away from the sides and 8-1/2″ away from the tops of my windows. Works for me.

So once you have the correctly sized cardboard, tape it to the wall at the corner of your window: corner to corner. I just eyeball it to make sure it’s straight. You could also place a small level along the side if you don’t trust your eyeballing skills.
hanging curtain rods
Drill the screw (or in my case: hammer the tip of the drywall anchor) right through chipboard (or cardboard) into the wall just enough to mark the spot.

Remove the screw or drywall anchor and the chipboard. Put the screw or anchor back in the hole and finish tapping the anchor  into the wall.
hang curtain rods an easy way
Now take that same piece of chipboard (or cardboard) and flip it onto the opposite corner of the window and repeat using the hold that you made on the first side.
easy way to measure for curtain rods
Finish attaching the hardware and that’s it. Now you have perfectly symmetrical curtain rod hardware installed.

hanging-curtain-rods-6 Now after only six years, there are curtains hanging in my bedroom!

hanging-curtain-rods-7 And yes, my bedroom is still orange….but let’s call it Apricot! I’ve got big plans for this little nook….I just don’t know what they are yet. Maybe a window seat? I’d love to hear your thoughts on it.

My DIY Farmhouse Table

It’s done. I did it. I can’t believe I did it. But I did. I built a table. Built it from scratch. Do carpenters say that? Built from scratch? It’s sounds like I baked a cake. I built it from a pile of lumber. Yes, that sounds better. Here is my built from scratch, I mean my DIY farmhouse table.

My DIY Harvest Table | I’ve been wanting to build something ever since my Ryobi Christmas. Yes, I had a Ryobi Christmas. Two years ago. Santa (aka Dan) left a huge bag of Ryobi power tools under the tree. (I must have been pretty good.)
Ryobi Miter Saw
I just had to have a miter saw. Dan of course questioned this desire. The conversation went something like this:
Dan: Why do you need a miter saw?
Me: So I can build something.
Dan: Like what?
Me: I don’t know yet, but I want to build it. Think of all the wonderful things I can build.

(Now keep in mind I’ve never built anything with wood and power tools in my life.)
So for Christmas I got the miter saw, a reciprocating saw, a drill, a circular saw and EVERY piece of safety equipment known to man.
I read every single manual for every tool. Cover to cover. I visited some of my favorite DIY blogs and read up on how to safely use power tools. I spent a lot of time on the Ryobi website, reading and learning. Only after all of that did I muster up the courage to actually take the tools out the boxes and insert the batteries. I wanted to get a feel for them. Find out how they felt in my hands. I wanted to get used to the sound and sight of spinning blades. I had some wood that I had bought at the Restore to practice on. I picked up the circular saw first. And quickly handed it off to Dan and said: “you do it”.
My DIY Farmhouse Table| But I eventually gave it a try and now I am comfortably using my power tools with a healthy respect for them. And yes, that’s a sewing square on the wood in the photo above. It works. ; )
Farmhouse Table DIY | There is an incredibly talented woman by the name of Ana White. All DIY bloggers know about Ana. I have never had the pleasure of meeting her, but I hope to some day. The plans for this narrow farmhouse table are from Ana’s website.
DIY Narrow Farmhouse Table | Is my table perfect? Heck no. I made plenty of mistakes.
DIY table But I learned a lot. For example: I now know how to countersink a screw and that it hurts a lot to miss the nail and hit your thumb with a hammer.
diy-farmhouse-table I wanted my farmhouse table to work as a desk in my office. Once I put the legs together it became apparent that this table/desk was going to be huge and difficult to carry up a flight of stairs so I decided to assemble the rest of it in my office. I wanted this table to look old. Old and worn. I stained it first and let that dry.

farmhouse table DIY Then two coats of MMS Milk Paint in Ironstone followed by sanding and a lot of distressing. I figured the old and worn look would cover my mistakes, too.

Lastly, I used MMS White Wax to finish it off.


 I love how the white wax settles into the grooves and evens out the contrast giving the table a worn and loved feel and appearance.

Farmhouse Table DIY |

DIY farmhouse table |

I wanted a long table to serve as a desk and a workspace. With room for all my stuff.

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A space big enough where I can cut fabric and paper…..

…and room for my favorite crafting tool, of course!
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And a television so the “Housewives” can keep me company while I’m crafting. ; )

DIY Farmhouse Table |

Overall I gotta say I’m pretty proud of this table. It’s not perfect by any means, but I love it and learned so much. I can’t wait to make something else! It’s time to break out the table saw that I got for my birthday!

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4th of July Star Canvas & Silhouette Promotion

The 4th of July is right around the corner so I made this cute, little 4th of July Star Canvas to add a little patriotic sparkle to my office.

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It was made using:

  • Silhouette Stencil Material (I fell in love with this stencil material after using it to makeover a favorite chair of mine)
  • 8×8 canvas
  • blue acrylic craft paint
  • white spray paint
  • small paint brush

The shape that I used is the Star Inverted Rhinestone Design ID #6443 from the Silhouette Online Store. This shape has a message on it instructing you not to alter the size, but since we’re not using this for rhinestones, go ahead and resize for the size of your canvas. I resized mine to 8×8 to fit my canvas.

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First I painted the canvas with blue craft paint and let it dry. Since the stencil material is adhesive, I just stuck it down on the canvas and sprayed the white spray paint over the whole thing.

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Since I didn’t pay attention to how well the stencil was sticking to the canvas around the edges, I ended up with this sort of bokeh affect! That’s one happy accident! Trust me, it’s rare when my mistakes actually look good.

4th of July Star Canvas by createandbabble

I like how it looks like there are lights shining through the canvas.

Oh, and one more thing about the stencil material: the stencils that you create using it are reusable! Yep, reusable.

silhouette stencil material

I used the same stencil on a T-shirt.


We will be at the beach over the 4th and now I’ll have a cute t-shirt to wear to the boardwalk to watch the fireworks.

By the way, right now is a great time to stock up on all types of Silhouette materials (including my favorite: the stencil material) and accessories and save 30%! Buy as much or as little as you’d like.


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Disclosure: This post contains affiliate links meaning that if you make a purchase using these links, I will earn a small commission. As always, I only recommend products that I use and love and you know I love my Silhouette! I was not compensated for this post, but did receive product. All opinions are 100% my own.

Tie-Dyed T-shirts

Happy Summer! I cannot tell you how happy I am that summer is here. I’ll take hot and humid over cold and snow any day! Summer to me means fun. And this year we’re going to tie-dye our summer, starting with the tie-dyed t-shirts.


As most of you probably know, Dan and I love to ride our bikes. Riding bikes is our favorite summer activity and we are planning another long bike ride at the end of this summer. This time we’re going to have two more riders (my brother and sister-in-law) take the trip from Pittsburgh to DC with us. And I thought it would be fun to make some tie-dye t-shirts for us all to wear on one of the days. I love how bright they are and they were fun to make.


Tulip has One-Step Tie-Dye Kits in various sizes. One-Step means just that – you just add water to the bottle. The powdered dye is already in it. No measuring, no adding other ingredients. It couldn’t be easier. Wow, tie-dying has come a long way. I remember the tie-dying sessions at the neighborhood playground many, many years ago where we would go from bucket to bucket of different colored dyes dipping in sections of our t-shirts. This is so much better (and less messy)!

Tie-dye Your Summer

Even the grandbabies got in on the fun! Melanie looks like she’s supervising!

Tulip Tie-Dye Your Summer

Here’s how we made our tie-dyed T-shirts.

  • The first thing I did was wash the new T-shirts.
  • Then you fold and tie them up with the rubber bands that are provided in the kit. Tulip’s website has lots of instructions and ideas for creating various patterns. For a spiral pattern, I grabbed the middle of the t-shirt and twisted and rubber banded until it looked like the photo above.


  • Next is the fun part: squirting on the different colors of dye.

Tulip Tie-dye Your Summer

  • Once you’re done applying the dye, wrap the t-shirt in plastic wrap or place in a plastic bag for at least eight hours.
  • Then rinse the t-shirt until the water runs clear.
  • Next, wash separately with a little detergent. The instructions also recommend to wash your tie-dyed items separately for the first few washings.


Tie-dying is a fun, summer activity that even the kiddos will enjoy (outside, with supervision of course!) I think it would be fun to make them for a family reunion. Now wouldn’t that make for a colorful family photo!

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Disclosure: This post has been sponsored by Blue Print Social and ILovetoCreate for Tulip Tie-Dye. As always, the thoughts and experience expressed here are entirely my own.

Easy to Make Patriotic Bunting

Hi Friends! Today, I am joining in on a week-long 4th of July Tour with fifteen of my blogging friends. We are each sharing a craft, recipe, decor idea, etc. to help give you some red, white and blue inspiration for the Fourth of July! I’m excited to show you my easy to make patriotic bunting.
When I was trying to decide what I wanted to make for this tour, I knew I didn’t want to spend much money, but instead, challenge myself to come up with some Fourth of July decor using what I already had. So I shopped my home first to see what red, white, and blue items I could find. I found a couple of framed prints, two baskets with red trim, the ribbon garland that I made last year, and some miniature flags.
In other words: not much.
I have always admired fabric patriotic buntings. Hmmm, maybe I can make one. So I made a quick trip to JoAnn’s for fabric and only spent around $7. I kinda had an idea of how to make one, but I did a quick web search anyway to make sure I knew what I was doing. I found this tutorial online and when I found out it was written by Miss Mustard Seed herself, well, I knew it would be a good one!
I pretty much followed those instructions, but made a few adjustments. Instead of pleating and pinning, I gathered my strips by pulling the bobbin thread of a straight, loose stitch I had sewn down the edge of each strip.
And I skipped the whole adding the grommets part. I’ve attached grommets before – they’re not hard at all. I just didn’t have any, so I attached my bunting with my favorite hangers: Command Strips!
I’ll probably add grommets later since I’ll be using this bunting outside.

I love how it looks on my neighbor’s deck. Why is it on my neighbor’s deck?

Because look at those flowers! She has the greenest thumb! (and my deck is surrounded by weeds : (


What are your plans for the Fourth of July? I’ll be pulling weeds ; )


I’d love for you to visit my friends’ blogs and see their amazing creations. Just click on the photos below. Enjoy!

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Patriotic Onesie {Plus Free Cut File}

When I found out the subject of this month’s Silhouette Challenge was Patriotic Projects, it didn’t take me long to decide what to make. Since I’ve been on a onesie-making roll, why not one more? Here’s a Patriotic Onesie that I made for my granddaughter to wear on her first 4th of July.


I used heat transfer glitter vinyl. If you haven’t tried working with glitter vinyl, I recommend that you try it. There are a couple of things to keep in mind when working with heat transfer glitter vinyl. It’s thicker than regular heat transfer vinyl. The vinyl itself is thicker and the backing is thicker, so you’ll have to adjust your cut and blade settings. If I’m using an older blade, I bump it up to a 6 or 7. Definitely test cut first to see what blade depth works best for your blade.

The glitter vinyl that I like to use is from Specialty Graphics. I’ve talked more about it here. This stuff is the easiest vinyl to weed!

The above photo shows the thickness of the adhesive backing on the glitter vinyl. To iron on the glitter vinyl, I press down as hard as I can on hard surface for about 30 seconds with a piece of fabric over the design.


You’ll be able to tell when the glitter vinyl is adhered: the backing releases very easily.


You can download the free cut file here. (For personal use only)

If you’d like to see more ideas on how to use heat transfer glitter vinyl, here’s a whole page of my glitter vinyl projects.

Want to Check Out More Silhouette Projects?

My Silhouette Challenge friends and I are all sharing patriotic projects on our blogs today, so peruse the projects below for a wealth of Silhouette inspiration!

Monogrammed Patriotic Serving Tray Captain American Romper Patriotic Burlap Stars (Pottery Barn Knockoff) Patriotic Onesie {Plus Free Cut File} Patriotic Shirts with Layered Heat Transfer Vinyl DIY Patriotic Tote Bag Red, White & Blue - Patriotic Decorations How To Create DIY Temporary Tattoos Made in America Freezer Paper July 4th Shirts Red, White, and Blue Paper Star Lanterns Fourth of July Rustic Flag Paper Sparklers Pretty Patriotic Pillow Nautical Star Burlap Banner: Stencil Material Tutorial Patriotic Map Art Wooden Fire Crackers; July Silhouette Challenge DIY Chalkboard and Vinyl World Map Let's Talk about Red White and Blue! DIY 4th of July Baby Outfit How To Make A Pinwheel {+ Free Template} Patriotic Nail Art Star Jewelry Vinyl on Wood Blocks Land That I Love Red, White, and Blue Patriotic Placemats DIY Paint Splattered Patriotic Tote Bag Patriotic Mason Jar Candle Holders

1. Our Rosey Life // 2. My Mom Made That // 3. The Kim Six Fix // 4. Create & Babble // 5. The Frill of Life // 6. My Paper Craze // 7. Kate’s Paper Creations // 8. Simply Kelly Designs // 9. Dragonfly & Lily Pads // 10. Mama Sonshine // 11. Lil Mrs. Tori // 12. Tried & True // 13. It Happens in a Blink // 14. McCall Manor // 15. The Thinking Closet // 16. unOriginal Mom // 17. Sowdering About // 18. Weekend Craft // 19. The Outlandish Momma // 20. Adventures in All Things Food // 21. Practically Functional // 22. Silhouette School // 23. Please Excuse My Craftermath… // 24. Ginger Snap Craft // 25. Pineapples And Pinecones // 26. Black and White Obsession // 27. TitiCrafty // 28. Architecture of a Mom //

Americana® Decor Chalky Paint Review

My neighborhood had a huge yard sale this past weekend. This year we were buyers instead of sellers. Well mostly we were lookers ; ) But I did buy one thing from our neighbors across the street. I picked up an old wooden sewing chest for $2. How could I pass that up especially since Deco Art sent me some of their Americana® Decor Chalky paint to try out and review and this would be the perfect piece to give the chalky paint a test run!

americana-chalky-paint-review It’s the perfect size to hold my Silhouette® supplies, like blades and sketch pens.
americana-decor-chalky-paint_createandbabble This is how it looked before I got started, I didn’t feel bad about painting this piece since I don’t imagine it’s an heirloom or anything. It was $2! And the finish was in rough shape, making it a perfect candidate for a little chalky paint makeover.
deco art americana chalky I chose to paint the first layer with a gray color called Yesteryear.
deco art chalky finish paint_createandbabble I painted one coat of the Yesteryear and let it dry.
sewing-chest-painted_createandbabble I then sanded the edges a bit with a sanding sponge to give it a worn look.

americana decor chalky paint review_createandbabble Next, I applied a thick layer of Americana® Decor Crackle Medium. This was my first time ever using a crackle medium. Next time, I’ll be a little less liberal with this!

americana-decor-crackle-medium Once the crackle medium was dry, I painted on a coat of the white color, called Everlasting. As you can see, the crackling is a bit heavy, but I like how you can see the gray paint color through the crackling.

deco art chalky paint When everything was good and dry, I applied Soft Touch Varnish with a 2″ round brush and buffed it to a nice, soft, smooth finish.

americana decor chalky finish paint I love these cute, little drawers and though they would look even sweeter lined with some patterned card stock.

How do I like this chalky finish paint? I love it! It was so easy to work with, there are tons of colors to choose from, and a just a small amount of the product goes a long way. I especially like that there was no mixing involved.

The Americana Home Decor Chalky Finish paint is available online at Home Depot. You can have it shipped right to your door, or you can have it delivered to your local Home Depot and pick it up for free! For more chalky paint project check out DecoArt Americana Chalky Decor on Pinterest.

Disclosure: I was not compensated for this post, however Deco Art provided the supplies for this project. As always, I only recommend products that I use and love. All opinions are my own.

Baby Girl Tutu and Barefoot Sandals Tutorial

Having a new granddaughter is so much fun! I get to make the cutest little things! In pink! My favorite color. In today’s installment of Baby Girl Week I’m showing you how I made a baby girl tutu and barefoot sandals for my little Mellie! Can you tell how excited I am to have a granddaughter? To make these sandals you’ll need some fold-over elastic. (don’t ask me why it’s called that – I have no idea).

Mine is from JoAnn’s. And as you can see, I plan on making a lot of these ; ) I couldn’t resist the ruffle elastic!

I cut the elastic to 9″. Melanie is 3 months old and about 11 pounds, so adjust length for a bigger baby. Fold the elastic into a figure eight as shown above. Hot glue or sew the ends together, keeping the figure eight shape. Where the elastic overlaps in the middle, place a dab of hot glue to secure. Flip the elastic over and hot glue on a flower of your choice.
I made my flowers by wrapping tulle around my hand, tying it off around the center, then clipping the ends. I fluffed it out and hotglued a little flower in the center. It doesn’t get much easier than that.

How sweet are those baby piggies!


I can’t wait to show you how I made the tutu. It’s different from the other tutorials that I’ve seen where you cut a bunch of strips of tulle and tie them on. I don’t have time for that! So here’s what I came up with:

Supplies you’ll need:

  • tulle (I bought 3 yards of 54″ wide: way too much – I’ll be making tutus until her first birthday!)
  • scissors or rotary cutter
  • cutting mat (if using rotary cutter)
  • sewing machine (don’t worry – this is simply sewing a straight line!)
  • ribbon  (long enough to wrap around and tie a bow around baby’s waist)
With the tulle folded up and the selvage ends on the right side, place a straight on top of the tulle and cut to get an even edge.
Next, measure in from the edge two times the length you want the tutu to be. I wanted my tutu to be about 4 inches long so I cut 8 inches from the edge.
Now I have a 54″ long 8″ wide piece of tulle. I then cut that in half to make 2 27″ strips of tulle that are 8″ wide.
Now, take one strip to your sewing machine, and using a long stitch, sew a straight line down the middle. I backstitch at the end. Grab the bobbin thread from the beginning of the strip, and pull it to gather to desired length. Tie off and trim the threads.  Do this again with the second strip of tulle.
Next, take the gathered strip of tulle and pin it to the ribbon as shown above. You’re going to attach the other strip of gathered tulle onto that ribbon, so be sure to leave enough room for it.
how-to-sew-baby-tutu-and-barefoot-sandals Now sew the gathered tulle strip to the ribbon.
Before you sew on the second strip of gathered tulle, fold over the first strip off to the right to avoid getting it caught in the stitching of the second strip of gathered tulle. Take your time with this step, being careful not to catch the first strip in your stitching.
The two folded over 8″ wide strips of tulles are now 4 layers of 4″ tulle. Glue on some pretty, little flowers if you like! Then tie onto baby and takes lots of photos! Note: the next time I make one I will use wider ribbon and add at least one more strip of tulle so that the skirt would have 6 layers of tulle.

I love the sweet touch that the little roses make on the waist band.

And since I’m on the subject of babies, my friend Lauren from The Thinking Closet just posted an adorable round-up of the sweetest DIY baby onesies that is sure to give you loads of inspiration. You may see a project of mine in there ; )


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Using Silhouette Specialty Media

Since Silhouette is having a sale on their Specialty Media through May 31, I thought this would be a good time to talk about some of that Special Media and show you some ideas on how to use it.

I just used the adhesive magnet paper for the first time today to make some cute butterfly magnets for the fridge. Aren’t they pretty? Using the preset settings for the magnet paper, I cut out Design ID #41000 from the Silhouette online store on the magnet paper first. Then I cut the same shape out of double sided card stock. I love using double-side card stock ’cause it’s, well doubled sided! I’m lazy and usually in a hurry so this kind of card stock is already coordinated so I don’t have to worry about matching patterns, colors, etc. This card stock is from My Mind’s Eye, the sweetest thing collection by Jen Allyson, in case you wanted to know ; )

Since the magnet paper is adhesive there is no gluing necessary. Just peel off the paper layer from the magnet paper and stick on the butterfly.

I added some faux pearl stickers to jazz ‘em up.

Now that I’m looking at the photos, I think they need more faux pearls, don’t you? (And I think my fridge might need wiped down) I’ll take care of that!

Now onto my favorite specialty media. I seriously love this stuff. Imagine! Make a stencil of any shape you want; the possibilities are endless!

The doubled-sided adhesive is another favorite! I love how it lets you be so precise with your glitter! I am also a fan of the Silhouette glitter, and I’m kind of a glitter snob.

Baby Shower Invitations
Halloween Art Another new media for me is the printable adhesive kraft paper. I’ve only used it once so far for these covered notebooks, but I’ve got lots of ideas swirling for more projects.

I hope these projects get your creative juices flowing to come up with some great projects using Silhouette Specialty Media. Do you have a favorite? I’d love to hear what it is and see what you have made!

Don’t forget, the 25% off is good through this Saturday. Use the promo code BABBLE and save 25% on all Specialty Media.

Disclosure: If you use my promo code, I earn a small commission on purchases you make. As always, I only recommend products that I use and love and you know how I love my Silhouette!