• summer of no pants
  • mini pinata dancing girls
  • infinity nursing scarf
  • sequins bracelets
  • chiffon clutch
  • skunk lovey
  • beaded neckalce
  • reversible capes

Creative Assignment: Easter Egg

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On Monday, Meg of Elsie Marley wrote a wonderful post on creativity. She’s starting a series of creative assignments where she posts an idea and her readers respond with their interpretations of the assignment. The first assignment was to go into your Pinterest page and count out to yout twelfth most recent pin. Then, make an egg based on that pin. My twelfth pin was a felt Easter bunny egg cozy by MollyMoo.

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Pretty adorable, right? You can get the full tutorial to make this cuteness on MollyMoo.

I thought about making an egg version of this bunny, but I didn’t want to just straight-up copy it. Plus, my egg version probably would not be as cute as the original! So, I took the color scheme and I made my eggs from that! I dyed half of the eggs bright fuschia, then used a fine tip Sharpie to make the little ditsy polka-dots that is on the ear fabric. Then I used a little bit of Mod Podge to add purple hearts made of tissue paper.

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Isn’t that cute? I never would have thought to translate the bunny’s color scheme and sweet purple heart to an egg if it wasn’t for this assignment. I love the idea of pulling inspiration in this way! Thanks to Meg of Elsie Marley for the assignment and to Michelle MollyMoo for giving such a great pin to work with!

If you want to give it a try, post your project on Instagram (or post to the Elsie Marley Facebook page) with the hashtag #creativeassignmentegg and follow elsiemarley on Instagram for more Creative Assignments! And checkout Meg’s post about some of the incredibly creative results of this first assignment.

 

Krazy for Kat: Infinity Nursing Scarf

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It’s time for another baby gift! Remember that virtual baby shower a few weeks ago for a couple of the #CreativeMamas? Well, we actually had a third mama who was pregnant at the time of our planning. But it was decided that since Kat of Sew Chibi has such a distinctive style, we’d throw a separate party for the new babe that fits her mama’s bright, beautiful personality!

Sweet baby Akira is the newest baby girl in the funky, rainbow world of Sew Chibi! I decided to peruse Kat’s Pinterest page to see what she’s been looking at lately, and I came across a pin for an infinity nursing scarf. I had *just* been admiring a similar scarf, and wishing I had had one when I was nursing, so I decided it was fate, and I was going to make one!

infinity nursing scarf

I was excited to make something for Kat because I felt like I had full license to mix bold patterns and bright colors. I dug through my fabrics and found three light knits in red, orange and a black & white ikat print. I looked around for some tutorials and I found a simple one at diary of a mad crafter. It was good start and I used the dimensions she suggested, but I wanted my infinity nursing scarf to be reversible, so I had to do some tweaking. I decided to use the orange fabric with tiny eyelets as one side, and blocked off the red and ikat for the other side.

infinity nursing scarf

Here it is opened up and hanging off of the shoulders. Baby can easily slip under the cover for a discreet nursing session. Unlike a blanket, this will stay on the shoulders. There are different ways it can be worn to nurse, too. It could hang off of one shoulder and slip under the opposite arm, for example.

infinity nursing scarf

When you’re not breastfeeding, there are so many ways to wear it. You can wear it over your head as a hood and then twist the bottom and loop it over your head to make a nice hooded scarf. Throw on some big old sunglasses and it’s a perfect for Jackie O impressions!

infinity nursing scarf

Or simply wear it hanging long. You can also twist it up as a double layer, or wear it as a shawl. Now, with being reversible and double-sided, it’s definitely a bit bulkier than a traditional scarf. But it’s lightweight, breathable cotton, so it can be worn with tank or thin tee in the warmer months without getting too warm.

Many thanks to Rachael of imaginegnats for organizing this series! And if you get a chance, stop by Sew Chibi and say hello and congratulations to Kat!

Grocery Bag Easter Basket for Boys!

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Thanks to Kroger for sponsoring this post! Visit Kroger’s DIY Easter board on Pinterest to get more ideas for Easter!

It’s time for Easter baskets! It drives me crazy when I want to make a gift basket and the basket costs more than the stuff I fill it with. Especially with kids’ Easter baskets. This year, I decided to save a few bucks and make my own Easter baskets for the boys using grocery bags. First, credit where credit is due, I learned how to do this paper braiding technique from on Scrapbooks, Etc. I looked at many paper weaving and braiding tutorials, and this one seemed really easy to do. I just made it much BIGGER to create this Easter basket. See the tutorial after the jump!

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Easter Scavenger Hunt

Easter Scavenger Hunt

Are you looking for a fun Easter morning activity? How about an Easter Scavenger Hunt for kids to find their Easter baskets! This is photo-based, so even pre-readers can play along. Check out the how-to on Spoonful.

Thanks to HP for sponsoring this post.

Sequins Embellished Tee!

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When we moved from SoCal to Charlottesville, VA, we took in some of my parents’ old stuff that had been sitting in storage for many years. And when I say “some stuff” I mean about 7,000 lbs. of furniture, Christmas lights, kitchen supplies, china, crystal, Turkish rugs, all of my family albums, etc. We still haven’t unpacked all of it. One of the things I just found in one of the drawers was a couple of Ziplock plastic baggies full of these babies:

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That, my friends, is sequins. Vintage sequins, strung up in gorgeous strands of pastels, neons and deep jewel tones. Just look at how pretty they are! Like candy.

strands of vintage sequins

I took like 100 pictures of these, but I’ll stop here at the two. So, why all the sequins? In the late 80s, my mom went through a pretty serious sequins and beading phase. She used to sit in front of the television with needle and thread in hand, and she would embellish and embroider our blouses with beads and sequins. Sometimes she did freehand designs of swirls and flowers. But often, she’d buy a graphic tee and embellish it with the very same sequins in that plastic bag that was stuffed into a drawer. So, I decided to do it, too!

elephant graphic tee

I picked up this t-shirt at Target and got to work. If you’ve never handsewn sequins before, you should check out this tutorial on Melly Sews. I chose a few colors and went to town adding some sparkle to this t-shirt. Here’s what it looks like now:

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All glammed up! And here’s me looking into a glowing orb that portends the future:

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Do you know what I see? I see me showing you how I made those cute bangles I’m wearing! When I saw those pretty strands of sequins, I wanted to wear them just as they were. So I made some sequins bracelets! Check out the tutorial in my next post!

How to Make Sequin Bangles!

This post contains affiliate links. When I found a bag of my mom’s strands and strands of vintage sequins, I wanted to wear them just as they were. I tried stringing them a few different ways, but using wire was ultimately my favorite method. Sequin Bangles Tutorial You will need: Sequins (You can also search forContinue Reading

Handmade Baby Gift: Skunk Baby Lovey!

Look at this guy. He’s a pretty cute baby guy. A few years ago, I was the Matron of Meyhem for this baby’s mama. I made a pretty sweet cake topper for the happy couple from Shrinky Dinks, and now they’ve gone and made a baby! And what’s that in his lap? That’s a little handmadeContinue Reading

WordPress Move!

Testing out WordPress! Please excuse the appearance of the blog while I redesign and get to know my new platform.

Transfer a Photo to Wood!

I just love this photo of my boys, and I love it even more on wood! I used my inkjet printer and a few everyday craft supplies to do it. Check out the tutorial on Spoonful for the how-to. Thanks to HP for sponsoring this post!

It’s a (Virtual) Baby Shower! With Printable Invitations & A Giveaway!

Babies! I do love me some babies! Carla from Small+Friendly and Lacy of Living on Love are both *just* about ready to welcome their new little ones into the world, and today the CreativeMamas are throwing a virtual baby shower. First up, we needed a theme! Since Carla is having a boy and Lacy isContinue ReadingContinue Reading

I'm Marigold and I like to make stuff. You can email me at marigoldhaske@gmail.com