DIY Baking Soda and Cornstarch Ornaments

Hello! I haven’t fallen off of the face of the earth, I have just been so busy with holiday activities! Also, my Milo has been a sick little boy for the past 5 days…a little goodbye gift from his last day of preschool, I guess.

Anyway, I wanted to update and let everyone know that I am going to be absent for a little while longer, but I am coming back after the holidays with a new look for Me + Three {and counting…}! I’m really excited for all of the upcoming changes and anxious to see how I manage to stay on top of it all while adding a new baby to the mix.

I will leave you with a one more Christmas DIY project that I completed yesterday. I am not sure if these have another name besides “baking soda and cornstarch ornaments”, so that is what I’m calling them.  These are probably my favorite DIY ornaments because I can be totally lazy and leave them as they are, white and sparkly, or I can paint and decorate them how I want!

Baking soda and cornstarch ornaments

Baking Soda & Cornstarch Ornaments

Makes roughly ten 3″ cookie cutter ornaments

1 cup baking soda

1/2 cup cornstarch

2/3 cup of water

Combine all ingredients in a sauce pan and place over medium heat. Stir constantly until mixture forms a ball of dough. Transfer dough to a bowl to cool enough to handle. When dough has cooled, knead until dough is nice and smooth. Roll out to desired thickness of ornaments (I did about 1/4″). Cut out shapes with cookie cutters, use a drinking straw to make holes (for the string) at the top of the shape, then allow them to dry overnight so they can harden. Make sure they are drying on a flat surface and if they begin to curl up, just flip them over to flatten them out again.

Mine took about 12 hours to harden enough for me to paint them. I picked up some Martha Stewart patterning tape along with some of her metallic paint in yellow gold to make the stripes. And you can decorate them however you like! These are definitely going to be an every year DIY ornament project for my tree!

DIY Baking soda and cornstarch ornament

And here’s the {mostly} finished tree! I seriously need a tree topper, but with Christmas being in a week, I don’t think we’re going to have one this year.

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Alright, I’ll see you all in a few weeks! Have a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!

DIY Easy Christmas Stocking {DIY Christmas}

DIY Christmas

Welcome back to Me + Three’s DIY Christmas! Sorry I skipped last week. I had made this stocking the day before I was planning to post it, but it totally didn’t work out the way I wanted it to, so I took a little more time, tweaked the pattern, added and subtracted a few steps and finally got what I had been going for!

Easy Christmas Stocking

Alright, so first of all, you can use any stocking pattern that you have. I drew up one of my own just because I didn’t feel like spending the money on one and I couldn’t find one that I liked on the internet. So, if you’d like to use mine, then you are more than welcome! Oh, and don’t mind the duplicated 4th page. It’s extra.

Christmas Stocking Pattern

Make sure that if you are using fabric that has a right side and a wrong side, that you flip the stocking pattern over to make the opposite side. I used some of the fabric leftover from my couch covers along with some pretty burlap interlaced with gold.  Also, if you are using burlap for the accent pieces, make sure your stocking fabric is heavy enough or just double up with a liner if it’s a super thin fabric. 

Materials:

stocking fabric and accent fabric (You could probably get 4 stockings out of 2 yards of fabric. You only need half a yard or less for the accent pieces).

Pellon 805 Wonder Under Fusible Web

Embellishments

Twine for stocking hanger and embellishments

Sewing and cutting tools (sewing machine, matching thread, scissors, pins, etc…)

So your first step is going to be to cut out the pieces. Don’t forget to use the toe and heel pieces to cut out the wonder under pieces.

Next you’re going to follow the steps on the wonder under and fuse it to the back of the accent fabric.

If you don’t have the directions then you simply put the rough side of the wonder under and the wrong side of the accent fabric together and press with a hot iron for about 8-10 seconds, or until it’s fused to the fabric. Next, damped a dish cloth or towel, peel the other side off of the wonder under, place on top of the stocking where it is to be fused to the fabric, cover with the damp towel and press with the iron for 10-15 seconds or until fused to fabric.

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Then it’s time to do a decorative stitch over the edges of the burlap toe and heel. You only need to do the stitch on the inside sides of the burlap because the other two sides will be hidden in the seam.  I switched my stitch to zigzag, set the length at 0, and stitched over twice.

Place the edge of the burlap right in line with the needle.

Place the edge of the burlap right in line with the needle.

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Next, cut 3 strips of your accent fabric that are about 2 inches wide, and the length of the top of the stocking (about 8 inches).   Lay one strip a the top of the stocking and sew, using about 1/4″ seam allowance (if you are sewing an embellishment on, like I did, then try to sew it on now. For mine, I just cut a 4″ piece of twine, threaded two cute snowflakes onto it and sewed it with the strip, then when I hemmed the top, I reinforced it by sewing it into the hem). Flip the strip up and measure about an inch from where you sewed the first strip. Sew your second strip there and repeat for third strip.

Now that the front of the stocking is finished, hem the top of the stocking. For the back of the stocking, cut a 4 inch piece of twine, loop together, and sew into the hem at the corner (this is the stocking hanger), about a half an inch into the stocking piece (the side that the heel is on). I did about 1/4″ hem on both pieces.

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Now you’re ready to sew the 2 pieces together. Simply lay the right sides together, pin, and sew, using a 1/4″ seam allowance (right in line with the edge of the presser foot).

Turn right side out, trim any random threads, press the stocking, and enjoy your handy work!

DIY Christmas Stocking

I know I normally do a weekly dinner menu on Monday’s but I’m only cooking tonight and tomorrow night for my family, so I’m going to skip this week and take some time to be extra crafty!! Have a wonderful Monday and don’t forget to check out the other posts from my DIY Christmas series!

DIY Rag Ball Bulbs

DIY Cinnamon Garland

November Etsy Giveaway

I had to make a quick trip to the grocery the other day to get just one thing for my cinnamon garland craft when I ran smack-dab into a huge display of Royal Dansk Butter Cookies. My first thought was those evil shelf-stockers, putting this beautiful display of holiday butter cookies right in the middle of the aisle, ensuring that I’ll run right into it and not be able to resist the adorable little tin decorated with snowmen and Christmas trees. My second thought was I’m pregnant. What the heck. And into the cart that little tin went!

Royal Dansk Cookies

Now, it’s important that I share with you my order of preference with the diagram below, 1 being the best-ever cookie and 4 being the worst-in-the-tin-but-still-good cookie.

Royal Dansk Cookies Ranked

I have been giving all of the #4’s to Milo. He seems to enjoy them as much as I enjoy the #1’s. Win-win.

On to the giveaway! This month, I am showing some more familial love and giving away a beautiful, handmade Christmas wreath from my Step-mother’s Etsy shop, AliciaRose Crafty Creations, along with a $25 Etsy gift card!

AR Crafty Creations Giveaway

My step-mom, Deanna, does custom order quilts, table runners, afghans, etc…She does it all. I always get super inspired and excited when I go to my dad’s house because she has this big room with, like, 4 sewing machines, a huge wall of yarn and fabric, and all sorts of crafty things. The Christmas wreath I’m giving away is perfect for a small kitchen window or door. I wish I had a small kitchen window, but then I wouldn’t be running this giveaway because the wreath would be in my window. Haha. My favorite thing about this wreath is that it smells like Christmas! The cinnamon sticks are real and they smell amazing.

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To enter the giveaway to win the wreath from AliciaRose Crafty Creations and a $25 Etsy gift card, simply follow my blog via email or bloglovin’ and leave a comment below letting me know you’d like to enter the giveaway.  I’m also offering a bonus entry for anyone who “likes” AliciaRose Crafty Creation’s facebook page. Leave a comment letting me know you did that as well!

**Giveaway open from 11/15/13 – 11/21/13. The winner will be randomly selected and announced on 11/22/13. Open to UK & Canada {Etsy gift card only}, and US residents.  

DIY Cinnamon Garland {DIY Christmas}

DIY Christmas

Welcome to the 2nd post of my DIY Christmas! Last week I made some Rag Ball Bulbs with cute little wooden snowflakes. This week, I’ve made a decoration that takes me back to my childhood – cinnamon ornaments {made into garland}! My house smelled amazing as these were baking.

DIY Cinnamon Garland

Cinnamon Ornament Recipe:

1 cup applesauce

1 1/2 cups cinnamon

Preheat oven to 200F.

In a bowl, mix together the applesauce and one cup of the cinnamon. Mix well with a spoon, then add the extra 1/2 a cup a little at a time until the consistency is right. You just need to be able to roll the dough out with a rolling pin, so that is where the consistency needs to be.

On a piece of parchment paper, spread some cinnamon and begin to roll the dough out to about 1/4″ thick. Use cookie cutters to cut out your shapes and place them on a cookie sheet lined with parchment paper. Use the end of a chopstick or a skewer or something like that to poke holes in the upper part of the shape(Make sure whatever you are using will make big enough holes for the string to pass through). Bake for 1 -2 hours, or until they are hard.

DIY Cinnamon Ornament Garland

Now your going to string your string through the cut-outs.  I strung together 8 {about 6 inches apart} at a time since I don’t really enjoy super long garland {it gets on my nerves to have to walk around and around the tree while hanging it}. I say wait to do the embellishments until after the string is finished because I had a bit of a hard time getting my twine to go through in one piece.  I made the mistake of not checking to see that the chopstick hole was big enough for the twine to move through, so I had to work around that.

Now you can add whatever pretty embellishments you managed to find. I found these textured sticker things at Wal-Mart {of all places?!}.  Let it dry before hanging on the tree.

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Come back tomorrow for that Christmas-themed giveaway I’ve been talking about! And don’t forget to check out the other post from this series:

DIY Rag Ball Bulbs

DIY Rag Ball Bulbs {DIY Christmas}

DIY Christmas

I’m really excited about Christmas this year. Especially since this is our first Christmas in our own home and Milo is old enough to experience all of the joy and excitement that comes along with this wonderful holiday. Also, I have decided that I am going to DIY all of my Christmas tree ornaments, stockings, and most of the decorations! It should be a fun process and by DIYing everything, I will be able to get the exact look I am going for without having to spend all of my husband’s hard earned money at Pottery Barn.

I’ve spent countless nights tirelessly searching Pinterest for DIY Christmas tree ornaments and have narrowed it down to about 10 projects, all of which will be shared here, with my lovely readers!

DIY Rag Ball Bulbs

Now I’m sure you’ve seen a tutorial for a rag ball bulb floating around the DIY section of Pinterest. I read a few of them and decided to cut out a few steps from the other tutorials, so this is what I came up with.

For your supplies, you will need:

3″ styrofoam balls (or you could go bigger). You will find these in the floral section of the craft store.

fabric of your choice (I went with the fabric from my two couch covers and burlap)

scissors

glue

twine

embellishments

Alright people, it doesn’t get much easier than this. Simply cut 6-7 one inch (roughly 12 inches long) strips of fabric for each ball. You can fray the edges by ripping the fabric if it’s thin enough or by pulling the threads from the edges (make sure you are cutting along the grain). Then glue them to the ball.

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Make sure to leave an inch or two at the top so you can tie the strips together with twine. After all the styrofoam is covered with the strips of fabric, cut about 10 inches of twine, and tie around the top to secure all of the strips together. From here you can add the embellishments by stringing them onto the twine and tying a double knot in back to secure again. Then simply tie one more double knot near the ends of the twine so you can hang the ornament! Easy-peasy-lemon-squeezy.

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Come back next week for my November giveaway {which is Christmas-themed!!}

Have a great Thursday!

Also, check out other posts from a DIY Christmas:

DIY Cinnamon Garland

Goats Milk Soap **Giveaway** from Milk ‘n More

MilkNMore giveaway

I’m really excited about this giveaway from one of my favorite Etsy shops, MilkNmore.  I may be a little biased, though, since this shop is owned by my Grandpa. He makes all of the soap in his home with milk from his goats.  That being said, even if this soap wasn’t lovingly and carefully made by my Grandfather’s hands, I would still love it.

I have been using this soap for a couple of months now and am proud to say that my lotion use has definitely decreased. Living in Arizona, I normally need to put lotion on after every shower and every time I wash my hands. This homemade goats milk soap hydrates my skin enough that I don’t always have to do that!

The soap is made mostly from goats milk, and includes other ingredients like olive oil, shea butter, and coconut oil. All ingredients are natural and safe (and listed on the Etsy shop’s page)! The soap is scented with essential oils and comes in 10 unique scents (unscented also available).  I will be giving away 4 bars of soap ($20 value) in mellow orange, jasmine, light lavender, & lemon (my personal favorite!).

Etsy Giveaway from MilkNMore

I like to use the lavender scented soap on my toddler for his nightly baths to help settle him down. It seems to work since he goes to bed within the hour.  I don’t have to worry about what I’m putting on his skin, either, since all of the ingredients are familiar to me and all are safe, handmade by my wonderful Grandpa, on his farm in Florida.

MilkNMore Soap

**THIS GIVEAWAY IS NOW CLOSED**

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DIY Burlap Ruffle Pillow {tutorial}

I’ve been spending a lot of time with my sewing machine this weekend. I’ve been meaning to finish this burlap ruffle pillow for sometime now, and finally got around to it! I also managed to make a set of curtains for the back window and a door curtain for the back door. We are now completely covered at night! Back to the pillow…I thought I’d share some instructions on how to do the burlap ruffles on the front of the pillow case.

Burlap pillow

This is a fairly easy project to do as long as you know the basics of sewing a zippered pillow case. If not, I am including a few good reference posts on that subject below.

Alright, so here’s the cast of characters. Ignore the piping that I tried to “X” out. I decided not to use the piping with the burlap ruffles.

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1. Pillow form (this one is 12″ x 12″)

2. Front and back panel cut from fabric of your choice at 13″ x 13″.

3. 4″ burlap ribbon (found at Michaels)

4. 8″ – 10″ zipper for closure

The first thing I did was pin the burlap ribbon to the pillow like this:

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I didn’t cut the burlap into specifically long segments because I wasn’t sure how much I needed for each strip, so I just kept the ribbon connected while I pinned the ruffles then cut it off at the end of the pillow case. I measured 1.5″ between each burlap strip. I measured about 2″ between each little ruffle crease (the creases were made simply by folding over about .5″ of burlap and pinning).

Then I sewed the ruffled strip at the very top, making sure to backtack over each ruffle fold to reinforce.

Rufflepillow

The next step is really much neater if you own a serger, but if not, you can simply clip the edges to make them neat and even for sewing the pillow case.

serged

Now you have the front of your pillow case and you can sew it up as if it were just a plain ol’ panel of fabric! Pretty darn easy, right?

Here are those pillow case tutorials that I promised:

Zippered Pillow Cover

Zippered Throw Pillows

Have a wonderful Friday!!

Upcoming Home DIY’s

I would like to apologize in advance. For the next 2 weeks, posts are going to be slightly spotty, but I will be back in full swing beginning the 21st.

Anyway, you guys know I like lists, right? I need to compile a good list for our upcoming furniture DIY’s.  My father-in-law has been building tons of pieces from the Ana White Homemaker website, including an awesome loft bed for Milo, so I am hoping to get Sam into the same hobby. He enjoyed building our console table, and thinks he’d enjoy other projects, so it looks like he’s getting saws and tools for Christmas! Haha. Anyway, back to the list…

Desk for our bedroom

We recently (like 2 days ago) decided to turn our guest bedroom/office/sewing room into a nursery for our new baby girl, set to arrive in January! That means I have to get rid of the bedroom furniture in there and do something with the sewing desk that I currently have. As much as I don’t want to do that, the only space to put a desk (which is a must for this house) is our bedroom. Thankfully, I found the plans for this beautiful piece!

Photo from ana-white.com

Photo from ana-white.com

We have decided that instead of painting it white, we will go for the steel wool/vinegar/coffee stain to give the wood an aged/rustic look since that how our bed looks. Of course I’m going to need an awesome, matching chair for this, right? I’ve chosen this one:

World Market $119.00

World Market $119.00

Dresser for bedroom

This one is up in the air now. I don’t like to have a lot of furniture in my bedroom. You will not find one of those weird matching bed/end table/dresser/chest combinations in my room. Just not my style. I like big, open spaces. Our bedroom is a pretty good size with a nice bay window. We have two empty walls, and I’d really like to keep at least one of them that way, so since we need to move our office space into our bedroom, I am still deciding on this (awesome) dresser.

Photo from Shanty 2 Chic

Photo from Shanty 2 Chic

Shanty 2 Chic is another great blog that I follow for all of my home DIY’s.  Check ’em out! Anyway, isn’t this dresser amazing? Love the finish and the little basket space underneath.  In the event that this dresser does happen in our house, I’ve chosen these metal baskets from Restoration Hardware for the space underneath:

Restoration Hardware - $59.00

Restoration Hardware – $59.00

Sewing machine storage

Something else that needs a space is my sewing machine and serger. I can stack my fabric and supplies in a closet, or better yet, I can probably make a sweet peg board to store everything, but I do need a table that I can fold up and stow away. Check out this little piece of awesome:

Photo from ana-white.com

Photo from ana-white.com

This table is perfect for my machines and even better because it will still give me the space to cut fabric and work with the extending tabletop.  Also, I don’t have to worry about destroying a tabletop with my deadly, super-sharp, sewing scissors and rotary cutter! Win!

I also have some plans for our raised bed garden, a potting bench for the back patio, and possibly a sofa for the back patio. It’s finally acceptable to go outdoors here in Arizona, so it’s the perfect time to get our yard together!

Have a great Monday!!

DIY Fall Wreath {Giveaway Winner Announced!}

It’s winning day!!! I’m really excited that my first giveaway is coming to a close! I used random.org to select the person, so it was completely, um, well, random. The lucky winner of 3 crocheted washcloths is…

Sarah Rowe!!

**Winner! You have 48 hours to claim your prize! Simply contact me through my contact page located in the upper righthand corner**

For everyone else: Don’t go anywhere! I have another giveaway coming up from one of my favorite Etsy shops!

Back to normal blogging activity…

I’ve been itching to get some fall decorations up even though it’s still in the 100’s here in Yuma. I have been searching Pinterest for the perfect wreath for my front door and finally came up with a design, which is a mixture of a few that I’ve seen.

My Fall wreath Pin-spiration:

Top This Top That’s Easy Burlap Wreath – This is the tutorial my mother-in-law and I used last year for our Christmas wreaths.

724 South House’s Easy Burlap Wreath – I really liked her idea for the monogram. {Definitely check her blog out if you’re a new wife facing the daunting task of turning your husband’s college bachelor pad into a beautiful home. She’s doing a good job!}

Thanksgiving Wreath 2

I really like the idea of making one burlap wreath and just switching the embellishments when the seasons change. I might do a different color monogram {I’m thinking ivory or gold} for a winter wreath since those are my Christmas colors.

Thanksgiving Wreath

Above, you can find my cast of characters for this project. I included the door hanger because I almost forgot this thing! I would have been very disappointed to have spent all day making a wreath and then not have been able to hang it up! Also, you don’t have to use chalkboard paint, but I thought that would give me a really flat finish for the “W”, which is what I wanted. So, I just followed Top This Top That’s tutorial for the burlap wreath, then I secured the “W” with some thread. I’m sure there was an easier way to do this {please let me know of one!}, but I couldn’t think of anything right off the bat.

I’m also doing a table runner, thinking of doing a valance for my kitchen window, and on the hunt for organic pumpkins so I can get to canning for the holiday season!

What fall projects are in the works for you?

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Afghan for my baby girl

This week marks the halfway point in my pregnancy. I can’t believe that I will have another child in less than 21 weeks! I have already started on an afghan for her crib and I plan on doing all of her bedding, too!

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I am just doing a simple sunburst granny square flower and sewing them together as I make each square (the method is actually called “join as you go”).

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You can find the sunburst pattern here. I stopped at row 3 for the sunbursts then used rows 4 and 5 to square it off.

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I still have tons of squares to crochet, then I will go back and weave the loose ends in. I’m super excited to be able to use girly colors now! Have a great Thursday, all!