Flower Embellished Sunglasses DIY

Crafts, DIY, Fashion

So the other night after I wrapped up the toddler jewelry post, my son asked me if I could make him a flower out of Sculpey.

I spent a little while playing around with the clay yesterday afternoon and figured out how to make the cutest little flowers. And then I couldn’t stop making flowers and I ended up making a million tiny clay flowers. And then I started scouring my house for things to glue said tiny flowers to (take it from me that impulse hot-gluing is generally a bad idea). Luckily for my husband, children, and pets, my search didn’t really yield any results of things that were begging to be bedazzled (beflowered?). But luckily for my me, a quick trip to Forever21 produced a few pairs of cheap sunglasses with my name all over them. They actually say “Made in China” but you know what I mean.IMG_7998IMG_8037

Here’s What You’ll Need:

Sculpey or other polymer clay
Hot glue gun and glue sticks

Preheat your oven to 270 degrees. Cut off a chunk of clay. Knead it until it soften a bit, and then roll it into a little snake.FullSizeRender-15FullSizeRender-18

You like my manicure? It’s called “busy and I always peel off the Shellac even though they tell you not to”. Very in style, I hear.

Then you take that snake, and cut it into little chunks. You will need five little chunks for each flower.FullSizeRender-17

I’m not being very precise in measurements because both the amount of clay you use, and the size of the chunks both depend on how many flowers you want to make, and how big you want them to be. More clay = more flowers. Bigger chunks = bigger flowers.

Once you have all your chunks cut, roll each one into a nice little ball.FullSizeRender-20

Once you’ve rolled all the pieces into balls, carefully squish each one. You want them to be flat, but be careful not to press them so hard that the edges crack. Crack is whack. Also it will make ugly flowers.FullSizeRender-14

To make a flower, gently peel five of the dots up, and carefully overlap them in a little row. Once they’re in a row, lightly press on the spots where they overlap, so they fuse together a bit. Then, starting from the right side, gently roll the line of dots into itself.FullSizeRender-19

Once you have it rolled up, use a knife to cut the top part off. This will be the flower, so don’t cut it too short. FullSizeRender-13

I have no idea why I rolled it into a tadpole. That was overkill.

And then you repeat those steps over and over again, until you have your desired amount of flowers. Once you’ve got all your flowers, toss them in the oven for about 18 minutes. 

Once the flowers have cooled, go crazy with your glue gun!

Here’s what I ended up with: Processed with VSCOcam with f2 presetProcessed with VSCOcam with f2 preset

You may notice that the flowers I used on the glasses are completely different colors than the ones in the tutorial. When I said I made a million flowers, it was a slight exaggeration, but I definitely made a lot.

And here’s a selfie, because I thought the glasses looked appropriate with my sweater:

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Happy crafting!


Easy Toddler Jewelry DIY

Crafts, DIY

I’ve been on a big Sculpey kick lately. Here’s a simple tutorial for making cute and simple “kid jewelry” with the polymer clay. These bracelets make a great rainy day project and could also be sweet additions to birthday party gift bags.

Toddler Bracelet DIY

What you’ll need:

Personalized Canvas Tote Bag For Bridesmaids or Anyone Else DIY

Crafts, DIY

I can’t really say very much regarding bridesmaids. I think I may have been one twice in my life, both times before the age of 18. My husband and I eloped at the San Diego County Courthouse, so the closest thing I had to bridesmaids were the 7 other random women who made appointments to be married around the same time we were. Anyway- I was going to title this “Bridesmaid Gift Bag DIY” because that is a thing that lots of people buy (according to Etsy) and these fit the bill perfectly. But then I thought that the people who read my blog that I know in real life would be like, that’s weird coming from the girl who got married on a Tuesday at the courthouse. (3% of my blog subscribers are currently my mom. Heyy!)

I Made an Entire Halloween Costume Using a Hot Glue Gun

DIY, Halloween

A week or so ago, I started brainstorming Halloween costume duos for the kids. One of my favorites was Harper as Boo and Oliver as Mike Wazowski from Monsters Inc. I started googling “Boo” costume DIYs and pretty quickly found that 100% of them required sewing machine proficiency. Which I do not possess.16149_1213903801627_316_400Not that I let that stop me.

I wouldn’t go so far as to call this a tutorial; I completely guessed at materials and amounts and techniques and nothing here is the least bit technical. I’m sure it could probably be improved upon, but in case you’re interested in how to glue your way to a semi-legitmate costume, here’s what I did:

Yuckies Be Gone

DIY, Health, Motherhood

Parenthood is so giving. It has given us so much love; so much happiness; so much excitement; Legos. So, so many Legos. It has also given us germs. Lots and lots of germs.

With school back in session and the germ-sharing in full swing, I thought I’d share a few of my favorite all-natural remedies for both every day use and keeping the ickies away.
All of these can be used for kids and adults.

1. Oil of Oregano

Oil of oregano is my best friend during cold and flu season. It is an extremely powerful (nature made!) antibiotic and is known for everything from it’s immune-boosting properties to it’s ability to help clear acne, treat yeast infections and knock out GI infections. (All the most fun things in life, really).

Five Years // Bubblegum Sugar Scrub DIY

Beauty, DIY

The passing of August marks year five (5!) of us being in Portland.
Oregon has been so good to us. The first trip Sean and I took after moving here was to Florida to spend Christmas with my family. I remember driving to our downtown apartment when we got back in town and remarking that Oregon really felt like home. Now a few years, another baby, a cat, a house, and a dog later, I truly can’t imagine living anywhere else.

The end of August marks something else around here, too: Autumn is coming.

Someone Take My Yarn

Crafts, DIY, Home Decor, Motherhood

Thursday morning I needed to make pom-poms. I woke up, came downstairs, made the kids breakfast, made my coffee and then my brain was like, MAKE POM-POMS. But of course I am a real person living in the real world and my sink was full of dirty dishes and there was a mountain of dirty clothes that needed to be washed and the playroom looked like a bomb went off from the night before. So I did the responsible thing and made pom-poms. 

I Ruined A Bookcase // The Makings of a Reading Nook

Crafts, DIY, Home Decor, Motherhood

Recently, on one of my Michael’s trips I came across the glorious wall of Krylon Colormaster spray paint. It beckoned to me in its glorious rainbow of colors, “Dannnnnnaaaa. Daaaannnnnnnaaa” and I knew then and there that something was going to be spray painted.

It didn’t take long to decide that my son’s old pine bookcase would be the lucky winner. I say it’s pine, but it’s actually Ikea “pine”. So plastic-y cardboard-ish woodstuff that looks like pine. Obviously I wasn’t born yesterday and duuhh, you can’t just spray paint smooth surfaces with no prep. BUT LOOK! The can said “paint and primer” (don’t have to use a primer!) and that it would work on plastic. Plastic! That’s practically what this bookcase is, right? Plastic.

Fabric Covered Letters DIY

Crafts, DIY, Home Decor

At some point in the last few weeks my 4-year old suddenly became aware of the letter “H” I made for his sister’s nursery (it’s only been on her wall for the entire 20 months of her life) and has since been begging me for one of his own.

Luckily for him, these fabric covered letters are one of my favorite things to make. They require very little time and money (or skill) and look just as good as the ones in stores. Not only do they make great additions to a gallery wall or mantle top, they also look great in kids’ rooms and make excellent gifts.