burlap pillow cover diy Pine Cone Bow Ornament…..and other Dream Tree Challenge details (for those who asked!) pillow case baby

First of all, you guys were so kind about that Dream Tree Challenge (#JustAddMichaels) tree that I shared on Tuesday.? It really was so fun to make and that was satisfaction enough…;…;.but those rockin’; sweet comments put me over the edge!? Don’;t worry…;..I’;m back to normal again. Ha. ;)

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Anyway, several of you asked for more details on the parts of my little tree…;…;

…;…;.so that’;s what you’;re going to get! :)

Plus, a mini tutorial on the Pinecone Ornaments that I put together in like 30 seconds flat! Okay, maybe 3 minutes each…;? (In fact, they were so quick that they’;d be the perfect friend-craft-night project.? Nice and simple means a little bit o’; crafting…;…;…;and a lotta bit o’; chatting and laughing.? Anyone wanna come over?? :) )

So, first, here’;s a breakdown of everything that was added to the tree:

?And the name (and where to find) each of the items yourself…;

Like mentioned in the Dream Tree post, all items were purchased Michael’;s.

The star was actually an over sized ornament.? I just cut the top loop off with wire cutters and then used gold wire and wrapped it tightly around the bottom of the ornamentburlap pillow cover diy, right to the top of the tree.? Done.

The little golden sprigs coming out of the tree is actually faux Onion Grass, smothered in glitter.? I just cut it apart into sections and shoved them into the tree branches.? They’;re light enough and will probably stay right in place.? (However, if you’;re worried, you could always attach with a little wire.)

I bought completely clear glass ornaments in 3 different sizes.? I placed the smallest at the top and then gradually got bigger as I placed towards the bottom of the tree.? You could fill your ornaments with something or leave them empty like I did.

The burlap with the snowflakes actually came already cut and stamped.? When I went back to take pictures last night, they were out of the snowflake…;.but this is what it looked like.

The twiggy garland with golden berries was all sold out but here’;s the same thing with silver berries.

And those sweet little reindeer…;…;.came just as they are! :)

The white berry sprigs came in a larger cluster.? I just cut them apart and added little pieces to the tree.? (Again, I just shoved mine in…;..but you could definitely wire them in place, if you’;re worried about shifting.)

And number 8…;…;..all the tree skirt is, is white satin fabric, draped around the base of the tree.? I just placed it there because when I was taking pictures, it needed something to cover the base but I didn’;t have a skirt that would necessarily match this new tree.? So, I just draped around some satin fabric I had on hand.? I figured I would have to make something to go under there, assuming my kiddos would pull on it and mess it up.? However, they haven’;t even touched it.? So, I may go the lazy route and just leave it. :)

Oh, and as for the items that some of you have asked about…;…;..the NOEL sign is from Target last year.? The mini trees are from, hmmmmm, maybe Joann’;s?? Target?? I can’;t remember.? I bought them either last year or the year before, the day after Christmas.? (Anyone have the same ones??)? And the Stockings are from my old Burlap Stocking Tutorial a few years ago.? Oh, and the stocking hangers are from Amazon.? Is that everything?

Oh yeah, the pinecones…;I love the simple beauty of these little guys.

Here’;s how I made mine:

?I purchased some jute…;

…;and cut a piece long enough to attach to my pine cone, yet still fit around a tree branch.? I glued the two ends to the top of the pine cone.

( **The pine cones I purchased are slightly cinnamon scented.? Yum.? If you gather from outside, just keep in mind they probably have little critters hiding inside.**)

Just be sure that it hangs nicely once it’;s attached.

Then tie a bow out of some ribbon (mine is beige satin ribbon, 1.5 inches wide).

Then, I found that attaching the bow to the jute actually allows the bow to hang a little nicer.? I started by attaching the bow to the top of the pine cone but that was making the ribbon ends looks wonky and not hang nicely.? So, skip my mistake and add it to the jute with some hot glue, just above the top of the pine cone.

Then, cut the ends of the ribbon at a diagonal, whatever length you like. My ribbon lengths varied, depending on the pine cone size, but the ribbon ends were generally as long as the pine cone.?

Then heat seal the ends of your ribbon with a lighter.? (Once you cut ribbon, it will fray and gradually look terrible. To keep this from happening, hold the edge of the ribbon next to a flame and this will slightly melt the edges, keeping them from fraying.)

Now, make several more…;…;hang…;…;.and enjoy! :)

Any more questions?? Did I seriously forget something?? Let me know…;.


As promised, I’m back today to share how Mark made the space saver storage shelves for my office/craft room closet!? First, I want to show you the inspiration for this inside the closet door storage.? I first saw this closet door spice rack on Pinterest by??Shanty 2 Chic?and showed the plans to Mark!? He altered the plans slightly by using 0.25″ x 1.5″ x 22″ trim wood from Lowe’s?instead of drilling holes and inserting dowel rods to hold the spices on the shelves and he used his pneumatic brad nailer?to attach these trim pieces to the sides of the frame boards.

What do you get when you combine free-motion stitching with rulers? A beautiful style of quilting made up of precisely shaped patterns designed to fit the space you are quilting. Straight and curved rulers are used in a variety of ways to form patterns such as diamonds, bricks and piano keys as well as clam shells, spirographs, and scalloped motifs. Originally a longarm technique, you can now do rulerwork quilting on your home sewing machine. The ruler is placed against the presser foot and the foot follows the edge as the needle stitches. The ruler is then repositioned, so the stitches form the desired patterns.

Scarlet is almost seven years old! Gah! You guise!! How did that happen? Remember when she used to look like this? I can’t believe I was making that crib-size duvet five whole years ago. I am trying to even, but I can’t. Well, anyhoooo, along with being seven comes certain airs of grown-up-edness that she felt needed to be addressed in her room. Like, for example, she wanted a desk upon which to do her homework (or endless hours of beados), and a cozy place to read and play her guitar.