Tuesday, March 25, 2014

DIY Anthro Inspired Horse Print Pillow With Flowers & Feathers


I was looking for a unique design for a pillow for my Mum...
 When I came across this Anthropologie Print, I couldn't wait to make it into a pillow!

I first gathered up a bunch of flowers I made- some of these, these, these, these, these, these, a few felted balls, and some small feathers.

Then I used pencil to lightly sketch the horse onto a piece of fabric- using the image as a reference. I traced over it with black fabric paint and a small paint brush. I sewed a piece of felt over the horse's mane, and then used this tutorial to make a pillow sham with it. 

Then I glued the feathers onto a piece of felt (sticking down off it) and then glued the flowers on top using hot glue.  I used hot glue to attach the felt with flowers to the felt on the pillow cover. That's it! 
I already had the flowers done and in my stash, so this project only took me a couple hours total! Now I'm dreaming of other animals I could do with a flower crown. :)

Have a great week!
Sylvie

Wednesday, March 12, 2014

Arrow Baby Blanket DIY

Darling little baby nook
That soft cream blanket on the side of the baby crib there?
You can make it for just a few dollars!!!

First, buy 1.25 yrds cotton gauze fabric and hem it to make a blanket, like this gold dot one I made here.

Then lay your fabric on newspaper, wax paper, or some smooth surface you don't rightly care about. Using a Sharpie permanent marker, sketch arrows onto the gauze where you'd like.
Then trace the arrows over a few times. This will cause the ink to bleed through so you can see your print from the other side of the blanket as well.

Have fun with different shapes and colors!
Have the best day ever!

Sylvie

Patchwork Puppy Pillow Anthro Knock Off

I made this patchwork puppy pillow for free using scraps!
I want this, but it's $200!! What the heck?? Patchwork Hound Pillow   #anthropologie
Anthropologie had this one for sale for $198!!!!
I feel so thrifty. ;)
First I sketched the puppy on paper. Then I cut out pieces of the paper puppy, tracing the pieces onto fabric before cutting the next piece.
I sewed them together (on sewing machine) as I went along.
I made it for my Mum. I think she likes it. :)

My Grandma saw it and made one of her dog....
I'll have to get a pic of hers for you guys!

Happy Sewing!
Thanks for stopping by.
Sylvie

Science Experiment: Make Oobleck With the Kids!

This winter has been a hard one here in Michigan.
Today was another snow day, after lovely preview of spring weather!
To keep from going crazy, the kids made Oobleck.
I haven't made this stuff since I was a kid... I had as much fun with it as they did! :)

Oobleck:

1/2 cup cornstarch
3/4 cup water

Mix them up in a bowl, and have fun!
It is so neat how it acts like a liquid when poured, yet you can still pick it up! 

I had the kids wear their aprons to keep their clothes clean.
We just scraped it off the counter and into the garbage, and then used water to wipe up the rest when we were done. The bits that fell on the floor swept right up. Pretty easy cleanup!
(Waaay easier than elephant toothpaste clean up!) 

This stuff matches the fresh snow in our yard...
Lets all get out our rain boots and do a spring dance, k?

Thanks for stopping by! :)
Sylv

Monday, March 3, 2014

DIY Natural Chest Vapor Rub Recipe Tutorial For Cough & Congestion

The first time I made this natural vapor rub, it was the middle of the night. 
My toddler was coughing and congested and moaning and miserable. I was desperate.
I mixed up a small bit of this and rubbed it on her feet. 
She kept crying. I rubbed it on her chest and her back. 
She melted into me, finally relaxed. Her breathing calmed. Her coughing stopped. 
She went back to sleep immediately. I couldn't believe my luck.
I have since used this rub countless times, for my entire family. It really works!
I keep it on my nightstand, always. 
It is cheap, safe, easy to make, and pleasant to smell!

Natural Vapor Rub Recipe

2 oz Coconut Oil
20 drops Eucalyptus Oil
15 drops Peppermint Oil
10 drops Lavender Oil

Place coconut oil in a seal-able airtight container. Place coconut oil in direct sunlight until melted into liquid (or microwave for a few seconds until liquid). Stir essential oils into coconut oil. Let harden at room temp.  

To use: Rub a very small amount (1/8- 1/4 tsp) onto chest and/or back to help ease coughs/colds/congestion/ and headaches. OR Place on a tissue or rag nearby face, as to breath it in. 

Tip: Putting a little on a bib works well for toddlers!
Note: I am not a doctor/herbalist, I am simply sharing what works for me and my family. Please do not consider this medical advice. You may want to consult with your doctor before trying this with your family!

Thanks for stopping by!
Let me know how you like it if you try it! :)
Sylvie





Thursday, February 20, 2014

Make Your Own Big Knitting Needles DIY Tutorial

Sorry about the blog silence over here... I was without a computer for too long. Buuut I'm baaack! :) With a tutorial on how to make your own extra large knitting needles (for suuper cheap)! 
Or maaaybe I should say... how to have your wonderful husband make you some extra large knitting needles!?
I picked up two 12" x 1" dowel rods from the craft store, and took a piece of a 1.5" wood from our wood pile.
Mr. Liv cut them to points on his lathe...
and then sanded the dickens out of them. On his lathe.
My little brother cut me two discs off the end of the small log with the band saw.
Drill a small hole through the disc and into the needle. Dab some wood glue on the end. Plop the disc on top, and hammer a finish nail into the end.
Then I rubbed coconut oil into the needles with a rag. I let them sit a while, and then rubbed in a bunch more.
Then I got to work making a chunky cowl scarf. So. fun.
The needles costed me $.85 total!!!
Can't beat that!

Thank you Mr. Liv and Lil Bro, for your expert skills in the shop! 

Thanks for reading!! :)

Sylvie

P.S. You can buy a cowl like this one here, in our shop. 

Monday, January 13, 2014

Winter Here In Michigan

It's quite the blustery winter here in Michigan.
I think its beautiful.

But it still seems like all winter we hold our breath, just waiting for springtime. But its not all bad. It is cozy in this warm house. There is no better time for hot soup and warm bread sticks. The fun of pairing scarves with hats and coats with mittens is something I look forward to in those warm summer months. The yard maintenance is minimal now. The kids go to bed better in the dark. Fluffy blankets, chunky sweaters, spice tea, and tall boots.

Its not all bad my dears. Its not all bad.

Sylvie

Friday, January 10, 2014

DIY Copycat Girl's Dress Tutorial For FREE!

Check out this knock off dress I made!! 
The dress pictured on the left is a Chloe dress found here.
I most definitely can't spend $135 on a dress for a preschooler so  I made it... with stuff I had! 
I repurposed an old sweatshirt into a Chloe look alike dress!
And I'm pleased. It took 1-2 hrs. Here is what I did:

Find s dress with similar fabric stretchiness to use as a pattern.
Cut the sides of the sweatshirt up to a couple inches below the armpits.
Use the length from the inside of the neck to the sleeve end to get your sleeve size- as shown:
Cut the cuffs off- to use. You should have something like this:
Cut the cuff pieces open.
Open the sleeve, and place the cuff on top- right sides together.
Start pinning in the center and then bunch the edges inward
as you pin the sides together.
Sew/ serge the cuff onto the sleeve. Pull the layers tight while sewing so they line up- gathering the sleeve piece slightly.
Turn the whole situation inside out and pin the sleeves and sides.
Sew/ serge along the pins.
I drafted my own pattern for a Peter Pan collar that is not attached.
 It just ties in the back. (That's a whole separate tutorial... should I write one for ya?)
I used fabric from my stash for the collar.
I think I want one for myself! My daughter's closet is much cuter than mine these days. :)

Thanks for stopping by!
Sylv









Wednesday, January 8, 2014

DIY Moccasin Slippers For the Kids!

 My latest therapy has been making little moccs for my little ones!
I used the Lil Papoose Moccasin Pattern, and a couple old leather coats.
For the brown pair on the left, I modified the front toe piece. I widened it, added a triangle fringe down the front, and I shortened the side fringes a little.
These are so fun! If I get a chance to make more I'll share them with ya'll for sure!

Thanks for stopping by!
Sylvie