Keeping it Simple: November 2012

Thursday, November 29, 2012

Winter Candle Warmer GIVEAWAY

Lately I have been really obsessed with my candle warmers. I have several throughout my house.  Every bathroom has a cute plug in and my living room and kitchen both have a full warmer.  Each one I put in a different scent and when I need a change, I just flip the switch and get another good smell.  It’s awesome! 
Now that’s it time to decorate for Christmas and winter, I love having the fun snowman with my Christmas decorations.
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Candle warmers have several different holiday warmers:
Aren’t they fun?  I just love the little snowman plug in, so cute!
They also have the snowman in the full warmer and then snowflakes in a plug in.
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Would you like to win these two warmers?  The snowman and the snowflake plug in.  Plus a Christmas wax!  If you want to have a better smelling house, just enter the giveaway below!

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Wednesday, November 28, 2012

Snowflake Frame

I have a thing for snowflakes and snowmen.  I just love them (but really hate the snow…).  I love decorating with them for Christmas and winter.  While I was in Utah, I was at Joann’s and the check out line was long.  So of course I started looking in the bins.  Those things are dangerous and definitely there for a reason to lure you into buying something.  Well I saw the wooden snowflake and like a sucker bought it.  Glad that I did, because really like how this turned out.
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I picked up the snowflake for $1 and then found the frame at a thrift store for $1.50.
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I took out glass of the frame and painted it red.  Then I painted the snowflake turquoise and added some glitter to it.
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I hung it from a string and stapled it to the frame.  Super easy!
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Tuesday, November 27, 2012

Fabric Presents on the Wall

Last night we put up our Christmas tree.  I love that it’s that time of the year!  As we were putting up the tree and my kids would not leave the ornaments alone, it made me realize that I wouldn’t be able to put presents under the tree until it’s really close to Christmas.  That made me a little sad because the tree looked so bare.  So I decided to put some presents on the wall instead. 
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This is how I made them:
I took lots of fun red and green fabric, mod podge and contact paper.  Vinyl would work just fine too, contact paper is just cheaper.
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I cut the fabric and contact paper to the same size.
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Then I put on a layer of mod podge onto the contact paper.
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Carefully I pressed the fabric onto the contact paper, making sure to get out all of the air bubbles.
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Now to cut the fabric.  I used my Cricut Mini to cut the fabric.  It did a great job (this was my first time cutting fabric with it).  I use the depth of 4 and pressure of 3.
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And here it the fun present all cut out.
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For some of presents, I just cut out squares of fabric using my scissors.  Then I cut out some bows out of sparkly vinyl.  I used the depth of 3 and pressure of 2 to cut it out.
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And here is another present.
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I peeled off the back of the contact paper and stuck the present right onto the wall.  I was impressed by how well it stuck to the wall, especially since my walls are so textured.
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I put the rest of the  presents up.
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I just love the shapes and the colors of the presents, so much fun!
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And now it looks like I have a few presents under my tree Smile
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Sunday, November 25, 2012

Motivate Me Monday #150

Hello!!  I hope that everyone had a WONDERFUL Thanksgiving.  Ours was great.  It was so much fun to be with family.  We were in good company and the food was great too .  What a great week!  We successfully had 19 people in our house and it didn’t get destroyed!  Here are a couple of pictures from our week:

Thanksgiving dinner
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And all of the cousins
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I didn’t have time this week (because I was chasing around these 11 kids) to go through the links. 

Now it’s time for the party!

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Friday, November 23, 2012

How to Let Down Hems {Melly Sews}

Hello Keeping It Simple Readers! Happy Black Friday. Today I'm going to show you how to let down hems when you don't quite have enough fabric.
You'll need:
  • A seam ripper
  • Twill tape, grosgrain ribbon or bias tape
This is a pair of pants that I made Tater last year. The boy has grown over an inch taller, but his waist has gotten smaller! So the pants still fit him, but they're high-water now. 
Start by using your seam ripper to take out the existing hem, and iron. 
 I had 1 1/2" below the hem. I needed to let these pants down at least an inch. There was no way I'd be able to make a tiny, 1/4" hem on this wide wale corduroy. So instead, cut a piece of bias tape, grosgrain ribbon, or in this case I used 5/8" twill tape twice the width of your pants leg plus 1 inch. Sew this into a loop, using the extra 1" to make 1/2" seam allowance. Then stitch it right sides together around the bottom of you pant leg, using the smallest seam allowance you can. In this case I used 1/4".
Turn your pants inside out, and press the twill tape to the inside. This will cover the raw edge of your pants. Stitch in place.
And now on the outside you have a normal looking hem. In my case I managed to let these pants down 1 1/4", which will hopefully last Tater until 2013. Only 6 weeks left to go, we'll see.
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