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Wrap Scrap Flowers!

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My sister-in-law is amazingly talented and today she is sharing one of her many talents with you.  Wrap Scrap Flowers!  Enjoy!

Hello, my name is Evonne Marvin.  I am Nikki’s sister-in-law, wife to a wonderful husband, mother of three amazing babies under two, high school/middle school English teacher, dancer (the list goes on…), and crafter.   I’m honored to share this fun, simple “how-to” craft on Nikki’s blog.  You can make these pretty flowers in a mater of minutes, which is important if you have a busy lifestyle like me.  All you need is:

Wrap Scrap Flower Materials

  • wrap/fabric scrap (at least 3″ x 12″) for the flower
  • wool or poly felt for the leaves and circle bases
  • coordinating embroidery thread and needle
  • decorative button
  • hot glue gun and glue sticks

Follow these simple directions, get creative, and have fun!

1.  Cut your materials.  Cut a rectangle of wrap/fabric scrap at least 3″ x 12″.  The longer the fabric, the more gathers and swirls you can have.  Cut two felt leaves leaving some length at the base to attach and hide in between the bases.  Cut two felt circles for the flower base and the clip base.

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2.  Fold the fabric in half lengthwise and tuck in about 1 cm of the end to give it a nice unraveled finish.

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3.  With a needle and knotted length of thread, anchor the first stitch (so the knot doesn’t slip through the fabric), and hand sew (through the back, through the front, through the back, through the front etc.) at least 1 cm from the top, creating your gathers (based on your preference for how tight and ruffly you want your gathers).  Once you get to the end, coil your ruffles from inside to the outside and adjust your flower as you see fit.

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4.  Tuck in the last cm of the end to give it a nice unraveled finish and tack in place.  Sew a few stitches between the layers to hold the flower in place.

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5.  Apply hot glue to one of the felt circles.  The circle should be big enough so it covers the entire bottom side of your flower.  Place it on top of the base of your flower and press to secure.  From the top, press the layers to make sure that they are firmly attached to the felt circle.

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6.  If you are using a fabric that easily frays, apply hot glue in between the layers to prevent unraveling.

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7.  Attach a cute, coordinating button using hot glue or thread and needle.

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8. Layout the leaves to get just the right angle and plan your placement relative to your flower.  If you like, you can do a simple stitch around the leaves for a cute accent.

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9.  Attach the leaves to the flower by stitching them to the felt base of the flower.  You can even use a little hot glue.

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10.  Cut two small slits in the other felt circle.  This way, you can use/attach your favorite clip, pins, headband etc. depending on what you want.

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11.  Apply a thin ribbon of hot glue around the perimeter of the felt circle, line it up wit

h where you want the clip directions to go on your flower, and press firmly.  Done!

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You now have an adorable hand made flower that you can use wherever you want some colorful cuteness!

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My Baby Shower featured on On To Baby

Happy Birthday to me!

Vintage Circus themed baby shower invitation

Today my vintage circus themed baby shower is featured on the blog On To Baby!  My amazing photographer friend, Stephanie Albao, from Intuitive Images Photography took all the beautiful pictures; as well as helped in the planning.

Thank you again to Stephanie, Evonne, and Claire for the most incredible baby shower EVER!  Seriously: live performances by guests, a mens cartwheel contest, a weight lifting contest, carnival games, etc.  Details, details, details.  Check it out!

Vintage Circus Themed Baby Shower

Happy Earth Day!

We celebrated Earth Day a day early by spending the day outside.  We planted some flowers, played with colored bubbles and created kids’ art on canvas. What will you do to celebrate Earth Day today?

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Happy Earth Day!

Sweet Dreams and Pretty Things

My kid’s room is my favorite room in my 100 year old house.  It features my favorite color, teal, and the entire room was inspired by my daughters headboard; which we found at an antique store in Old Towne Orange.  Enjoy the tour!

Teal and Brown Shared Kids Room

There are few things in life better than watching my kids play together but I do like a good deal.  Almost all of the items used to decorate this kids’ room were either really cheap or on sale.  The curtains are from Target, the rug and hanging chalkboard birds are from World Market and the chair is from Home Goods.

Mixed and Match Frames

This is Anjali’s side which is dolphin themed; Anjali loves her dolphins.  The dog picture is a random Target find that looks exactly like our dog, Minnie. To the left of Minnie is a painting from Disneyland where the A is made up of Ariel, seaweed and a sunset.  The four frames on the bottom right are actually one frame that I found at Michaels and they are filled with Anjali’s swimming pictures.  The bottom left is a canvas print that my husband created and ordered using an iPhone app called Zazzle.

Jenny Lind Painted Crib

I LOVE this crib!  I ordered this Jenny Lind crib on Amazon for about $175 in white. My brother and I sanded and painted it ourselves.  I also had a Jenny Lind crib when I was a baby; they have been the same style since the early 1900s.  The crib sheet, blanket and changing pad are from The Land of Nod.

Painted Chandelier

I really wanted a chandelier in the kids room (and in my closet). I found this gem at Home Depot on sale for $40. I primed it with spray primer and hand painted everything but the crystals with the same paint as the crib.

Painted Vintage Headboard

Above is the headboard that inspired it all. Anjali picked out the wall decals on Etsy and she helped me place them on the walls. The bedside table was a bargain from ROSS about five years ago.

DIY Stand up bookshelves

This picture should be called “Pinned it, Tried it”.  I saw this idea on Pinterest when I was searching for book shelve inspiration. These are Ikea spice racks that I primed and painted to match: the headboard, crib, and chandelier. They are fantastic and I’m actually planning on adding more. Two kids = lots of books.  The best part?  These spice racks are only $3.99 at Ikea! The toy chest/bench is also from Ikea.

Tree Wall Decal

Another “Pinned it, Tried it” idea was this tree wall decal from Etsy.  There are lots of different styles and they are super easy to use, but the shelves were a different story. Don’t buy the Target shelves because they have very little support and they will fall off the wall.  Home Depot has the best shelves.  The changing table/dresser is another Old Towne Orange find; Shabby Chic.

The paint that I used for everything is called Peacock Blue and is available at Benjamin Moore.

Tweet, Tea, Sweet, Tiny Little Feet

Yesterday I hosted a tea party themed baby shower for my bestie/sissy-in-law Evonne. I hired a fabulous company called Rent a Tea Party to come out and not only deliver tea pots and cups but they also served the tea! It was a lovely party with lots of friends and amazing food by Evonne’s sister Allie who is starting a catering company called The Sassy Dish. It was perfect and Mama-to-be, again, Evonne was glowing.

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Tea Pots from Rent a Tea Party and chalk boards from Save-on-crafts.

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I made pennant flags to place about the yard. Super simple and really cute!

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Food by Allison from The Sassy Dish. Everything was delisious!

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Tables and linens are from Signature Party Rentals and I made the centerpieces using thrift store finds and mason jars. The little creamers and honey containers were each 99 cents at World Market. Tissue paper puffs hang from a flowerless tree and large paper lanterns were hung from our tree swing tree.

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The tea party had a “baby bird” theme so I hung various bird cages and tea cups to our orange tree for a whimsical effect.

 

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Activities for the guests included a headband making station for the baby girl, a “Wishes for Baby Tree”, a parenting advice Mad Lib and a kids tea table.

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Sweet mama to be Evonne.