First day of school headband

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This is what you get when you add a silk flower, a fabric rosette, a rounded pom pom, a fabric button and netting!

Gather your elements and create the clutter you like! Glue them onto a piece of felt, trim and hot glue onto a fabric covered headband!

Makes the perfect accessory for the first day of school!

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No nails leaning photo display

I always get that itch for change around my house and I love it when you can create a new look for nothing just by rearranging furniture and using what you have!

When we no longer need a desk top computer we sold the desk it sat on and that left a huge void on this wall! I’ve been hopping for a new unit to fit this space but in the mean time I thought I create a tempory filler.

I moved the sofa table from the Piano room into this space. I’ve always hated teh placement of those outlets! I’ve always had to cover them up in some creative way.  This itme calls for leaning pictures!

I’ve had these large photos of my babies I never got around to hanging and when pulled together with a piece of art work from a cousin I think they do the trick!

The lip around this table makes this an ideal setting for leaning photos and the large glass cake cover keeps the photo from slipping forward.

I also added my large vintage scissors I found at Hobby Lobby and never knew were to hang to the mix.

 

All in all I am super pleased with this space! It’s a great way to show off pictures and rotate them easily. No nails in the wall and my kids are loving seeing old photos of themselves!

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IKEA’s been a treasure trove lately! I could resist this darling white tray and teal blue vase! Makes a great little vignette for my family room!

I found this Wire Cage set at my grocery store of all place on clearance! YES PLEASE! $8 later it was mine!

Tiny photo of Cricket and all i need now is a tiny flower and maybe  a piece of fabric to add a little color!

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Fabric and Wood Bead necklaces

I’ve been totally inspired by all the wood jewelry I’ve been seeing. I bought an awesome wood bead necklace from Old Navy last week (and btw, when did Old Navy start selling awesome jewelry??) and was inspired to create some original new accessories of my own using wood craft beads and fabric!

I started off by getting a great variety of Knit fabrics. Think Jersey and cotton Tshirt fabric.  Fabrics that have a stretch and when cut don’t fray!

These craft beads are perfect. They are sold in a variety pack and come in a variety of stains and sizes and are sealed and shiny!

For this first version I used my rotary cutter and cut 3 long (the width of my fabric) 1 inch strips of fabric.

I used a metal skewer to help guide the fabric through the beads. In between each bead I tied a knot.  I then braided and knotted the ends and secured the ends with Ribbon Clasps.

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This version is made by using a  5 inch wide strip of fabric. I strung and beads and knotted in between. Then I added a second row ob beads and tied the two together with a knot.

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This last version is a 3 inch wide strip of fabric and beads.

These are simple and fast to create and are a great way to mix in fun fall colors into your wardrobe.

 

 

 

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Fabric Button Necklaces and a contest…

I wore one of my button necklaces to a store a while back and the employee who rung me up was in love with it! I passed on my business card and weeks later she emailed me asking if I could bring in a few more creations for her to look at and to buy! Here’s what I came up with…

Carnival Ride:

Pretty in Pink:

Lake house:

Party Girl:

Can you guess which two she bought?

These were so much fun to design! I love creating something that is hard for me to part with! All four of these were my favorite for differnt reasons!

If you’d like to make one of these little darlings your very own please shoot me an email! I’d be happy to create one of these 4 or do a custom creation with colors combos you dream up! They run in price between $20- $25 shipped and will include a free matching ring.

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Speaking of colors…  Which color combos would you love to see in a button necklace? Leave a comment in today’s comments section and I’ll pick my favorite 5 combo suggests, create the necklaces in each combo and we’ll vote for our favorite! The winner will win their necklace for FREE!  Ready, set, GO!!!!!

 

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Fabric Button Bracelet

Fabric covered buttons are making an appearance on my wrist these days! After my Fabric Button Necklace I thought a bracelet would be  anatural next move!

I started with a great find from the DownEast Clearance Store. This was a messed up monogramed bracelet that they sell for $1. It has a leather band and  clasp and all it needed was some way to cover up the mess up!

A few buttons ought to do the trick! I glued these on with hot glue and it was exactly what this bracelet needed!

I love it when we can make an otherwise useless item usable again!

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Hanging with Heather Bailey and a giveaway

It was like  another dream come true! I had the chance to meet Heather Bailey this month while she was in town for Quilt Market! She was doing a meet and greet at Material Girls Quilt Shop and I couldn’t let the change pass by with out getting out there! I meet her nearly 2 years ago and fell in love with her in real life! She is as darling as they come and she even remembered me!

Heather Bailey makes the most amazing fabric and her wool felt line is the best on planet earth! If you all could see my stash in my craft room you’d think I had an obsession…and lets be honest! I can’t deny it!

Tauni, Char and I were all too thrilled to Meet her! The SNAP girls feel super lucky to have meet such a creative icon!

All of Heathers latest fabrics were on display along with her beautiful patterns and projects!

And of course I had all of you in mind again! I was sure to grab something fun to have Heather sign for a fun giveaway!

Is this bag not the cutest thing!Heather signed her Smarty Girls Book Bag pattern and it’s waiting to be won!!!

 

To enter to win simply leave a comment today telling me what your favorite Heather Bailey fabric is!I’ll announce the winner on Blue Cricket Designs Facebook page so please become a fan on FB and look to see if you won on Friday June 3rd!

 

And Heather is so lovely to offer so many fun free patterns on her blog! They are all listed on her side bar so be sure to go and check them out! Thanks Heather!

 

 

 

 

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Everythings coming up Roses!

This weeks linking party was nothing short of fabulous! Endless eye candy for the creative at heart! So many things jumped out at me but I was blown away by all the fun Rosette and floral projects! Talk about a hot tread that I can’t get enough of! Here are just a few of my favorite linked projects that showed off Rosette making skills!


Summer Clutch by Scissors and Spatulas

This darling clutch blows me away! It’s bright and cheery colors and beautiful embellishments are a home run! Way to go Jen!


Flower Headband by Crafty Girls Workshop

Irene used lace, fabric and trim to create this totally couture headband! I am in love with this soft look!  Way to go Irene!

Wool Felt Headband by Living Craftily Ever After

Darling as they come! This color combination is to die for! I am in love with how sweet it looks. You will love seeing this on her little model! Love this Kelly!

 

Thanks for all the great links! I ‘m adding all of these to my growing wish list! Be sure to follow the title links to be taken to the full original tutorials!

 

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Fabric Button Necklace with vintage jewelry chains

Buttons! Buttons! Who’s got the buttons!

I’m addicted to making fabric coverd buttons and this is no exaggeration when I say I have thousands of them! I just bought a ton of them and I’ve had so much fun creating all sorts of creative things!

 

This fun necklace was created with my scrap fabric, my grandmothers  costume jewelry and chalk cloth! Shall we…

I adore it when I can create a project with all my saved fabric scraps! NEVER throw away fabric scraps!

Fabric covered buttons are a cinch to make! Craft and fabric stores sell button kits in varying sizes. A variety of sizes used together look the best.

I chose to use Chalk Cloth for two reasons! I needed something strong and sturdy and that would add strength and durability!  And it is totally affordable! Leather was too pricy, felt was to weak and Chalk Cloth came to mind because of its price point and durability!

You’ll make a smile shape! This will be the foundation for your necklace! Make it as large or small as you’d like!

First start by placing your buttons in a layered arrangement! Once you like the arrangement start by gluing down the bottom layer with hot glue! The hot glue will stick really well to the chalk cloth! I found that the buttons that you add on top of that layer  adhere better when I used E6000 glue instead of hot glue. My hot glue peeled away from the fabric.

Be sure to leave half an inch on each end in order to save room for your chain.

For the chain of my necklace I rummaged through the collection of costume jewelry I inherited from my grandmother when she passed away! I can’t tell you how much I loved this! I was wondering how I’d put to use her beautiful jewelry! This made this project all the more personal to me!

You can also use ribbon, ric rack,pom poms lace or other fun trims!

I used jewelry pliers to disconnected a link in the center of the necklace to create the two sections. I then added a jump link and connected the sections through a small hole I created on each end of the center piece.

Lastly I hot glued some decorative ribbon to cover the exposed chalk cloth.

 

 

I LOVE how it all came together! Funny…my grandmothers necklace still smells like her! Avon perfume!

 

Seeing as I have a million fabric button supplies, I will be making these to sell so please use this tutorial for personal use only and stay tuned for an announcement on when these babies will be for sale! Thanks!

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Toddler Style!


Thank you Old Navy for sponsoring my post today about baby and toddler styles. Old Navy is giving you 30% off everything in their baby and toddler summer collection, plus get an additional 15% off in-store.

 

Meet my Toddler: Charlie!

As you can tell she’s pretty awesome! She has an adventurous personality that  plays out in everything she does. She has crazy curly hair, fabulous silly faces and a smile that is a true testament to her happy disposition! Oh yeah… and she love make up!

With such an outgoing personality this little spit fire can rock any look! She’s in a fun stage right now where she’s actually dressing herself and even thought she totally thinks a flowered shirt looks great with striped shorts I love her fashion attempts.

With three girls in the mix you can imagine the hand me downs! By the third kid  it can be slim pickings on what’s survived!

I’m a bargain shopper and shopping for clothing and my family gets all the bargain attention it can! I can’t think of the last time I paid full price for anything. Sales, Clearance, Thrifting and hand me downs are the first go to ways for me to shop! I also have a huge appreciation for retailers who offer stylish looks at affordable prices to begin with! Places like  Old Navy get my stamp of approval when it comes to affordable staples.

I love bright and bold colors and with Summer just around the corner I am excited for summer looks!

 

I love this Shoulder Tie Jersey dress!

This Metallic Rosette Skirt is almost too adorable! I love that floral detail and my Charlie would adore this!

And this yellow Smocked Romper is such a throw back look! I used to wear stuff like this!

 

Cute stuff right! All of those great looks come from Old Navy and right now if you follow Old Navy on Facebook you can print off a 30% off coupon for Summer looks and an additional 15% off coupon! SCORE!!!

 

So where do you like to shop for toddler style?

 

I was selected for this sponsorship by the Clever Girls Collective, which endorses Blog With Integrity, as I do.

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Vintage Doilie Embellished Headband

When I visit my favorite Vintage Consignment stores I am always on the hunt for Doilies! Doilies seem to be a very useful and when you find some amazing ones and still don’t have a use for them, grab them anyway and hold on to them until you get inspired!

This project want meant for Doilies!

Doilies aren’t just meant for grandma’s end table any more! Use them as a modern supply for this trendy layered headband.

You can typically find Vintage Doilies at Thrift and Consignment stores ranging in price from $1-$8 depending on the age and condition. These were $3 each.

I folded this beautiful doilie twice to get this final shape. This piece will be the foundation of our headband! It’s the first section that is hot glued onto your fabric wrapped headband.

And here’s where the fun begins! Start layering! I found these glittered embellishments at an after Christmas sale for only 50 cents and they were going to be perfect! Black Tulle, lace and a vintage broach finish it all off! Layer and stack each item and secure with hot glue and you’ll get…

Super cute! The doilies make the perfect starting point for any headband. Here’s the other one I’ve made with the yellow doilie that I cut in half…

So grab a doilie and get start creating your a layered look all your own!

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