Wednesday, November 20, 2013

Chalkboard Christmas Card Etsy Download

I’m offering a super cute Christmas Card in my Etsy shop, check it out!

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*Click photo to see listing*

You can either download the PSD files to DIY, I can fix it up for you and send a JPG or contact me to get the cards printed and shipped!

Monday, November 11, 2013

A Lazy Girl’s Christmas Tree Skirt Tutorial

Needed a new tree skirt this year but I wanted to use all my scrap fabric and for it to be a super easy/quick project. I only pulled out my measuring tape once…..that’s right one time. Everything else was traced.

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Supplies:

1.5 yards felt (mine was 72” wide)

3/4 yard for each triangle pattern you plan to use

Thread

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Friday, November 08, 2013

Rainbow Themed Christmas Tree

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Probably my favorite tree we’ve had so far. This rainbow tree looks simple but was quite tedious. So much so that I didn’t decorate the back (don’t tell anyone)

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Luckily most stores are carrying the candy colored Christmas items now. So we have plenty of things to match it!

Tuesday, November 05, 2013

Christmas Shopping List Free Printable

Here is a free printable to help you with your Christmas Shopping. Adobe Reader users should be able to type directly onto the document.

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Download Here

Monday, October 28, 2013

Seahorse Plushie Tutorial & Template

My daughter requested a seahorse for her birthday this year and provided me with a drawing. Using Illustrator I cleaned up her drawing and made it into a sewable pattern. Hopefully she approves.

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Supplies:
  • Fabric
  • Button for Eyes
  • White fabric for Eyes
  • Fabric for fin
  • Thread
  • Fabric Glue
Begin by cutting out your template x2. Cut out eyes and fin x2 also.

Friday, October 25, 2013

Rolling Craft Center using Tool Box

Saw this Original Pink Box Tool Chest and knew it was the answer to my current crafting dilemma. Although I have a huge closet with a built in desk, 99% of the time I’m crafting or sewing in the living room to keep an eye on the kids. I didn’t want a desk in the main room so I began looking for rolling storage. This popped up on Amazon and I was in love. It’s huge, this one is the 41” version. Close to 300 pounds but even when full I have no problems rolling it around the house. It comes with no-slip pads for the drawers so all my supplies stay put. The top is perfect for machine storage or they sell a smaller tool box to sit on top. My mom found a 5 drawer original pink box locally at Sears on sale. Once I saw hers I knew this was my early Christmas gift!

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All my vinyl supplies are in top drawer. I’m still working on tweaking the organization and getting a few acrylic bins for small items.

Sunday, October 20, 2013

I Heart Door Hangers

My obsession began after purchasing a simple Circle “G” door hanger from a local store. Then a photo of a Turkey hanger popped up on my Facebook news feed by an artist in my area. After that I was hooked. They are so cute and much easier to store than wreaths. Here are just a few I’ve collected so far:

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Alabama A: Doodle Dots

Candy Corn: Blue Pickle Designs

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Ornament was Custom order from Blue Pickle Designs     

Turkey: Local Artist but similar designs at Blue Pickle

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You can’t see all the little details in a photo unfortunately. Love all the glitter!

Blue Pickle is currently working on a Paw and Custom Seahorse for me, check back to see those soon!

I store all my hangers in a 30” wreath bag separated with tissue paper.

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Wednesday, October 16, 2013

Dachshund Applique Pillow Tutorial & Template

I saw several cute Dachshund pillows on Pinterest recently and thought it would be a great time to attempt something I’ve never done before: Applique. I honestly had no idea how to even begin or if my machine would do it. After buying a free motion presser foot (thinking it was needed) and other misc items, I figured out that the simple zigzag stitch works just as well.
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Supplies:
  • 2 – 13”x23” pieces of fabric (for pillow)
  • Fabric for Applique
  • Fabric Glue
  • Thread (make sure it matches your applique)
  • Iron on Adhesive (to keep the applique still while sewing)
  • Tear away backing/Stitch N Tear (To keep fabric from wrinkling while appliqueing)
  • You can find the two items above either in precut bags or on bolts at most fabric stores
  • “Oskar the Weenie” template, Click here to download
  • Sewing Machine
  • Batting
  • Remnants of white/black fabric (eyes and nose)
  • Fray check

Tuesday, October 08, 2013

Guest Post: Halloween Hair Bow Giveaway & Tutorial

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Kishea, author of Bizzy Mommie and writer of this guest post is hosting a Giveaway! One lucky winner will receive the Halloween themed hair bow in this tutorial. Giveaway ends 10/22/2013 and you have 5 ways to enter. The more entries the higher your chance is to win! You can also come back each day and tweet about the giveaway for an extra entry.
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Hello. My name is Kishea and I am honored to be a guest poster on Dimplicity. I am going to show you how to make a boutique stacked bow. I am doing a Halloween theme since it is October, but you can choose any color theme.

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You will need:
  • 5 - 6 inch pieces using 1.5" grosgrain ribbon (pinwheel bow)
  • 1 - 27 inch piece using 1.5" grosgrain ribbon (boutique bow)
  • 1 - 5 inch feather boa piece
  • 1-  4.5 inch piece using 3/8" grosgrain ribbon (partially lined clip)
  • 1 - 3 inch piece using 3/8" grosgrain ribbon (middle piece)
  • Needle & Thread (I like to use the button craft thread since it is thicker than regular thread)
  • Lighter, Ruler, Scissors, Hot Glue Gun
  • 1 - Embellishment for the middle of the bow (I am using a bat for this bow)

Monday, October 07, 2013

Custom Printed Fabric

Recently I gave Spoonflower a try. They print your designs on fabric and other items.

It took a few tries but eventually I was able to load my Adobe Illustrator design onto Spoonflower. It was mainly to just test the quality and color matching. So for around $15 I received a heavy linen fat quarter. Just enough to make a large pillow. Needless to say I was pleasantly surprised with the quality. The text and images were crisp. Being able to print on fabric has given me so many new project ideas. Can’t wait to try another design!

If you’re interested in this Alabama Pillow design you can print it at Spoonflower using this link

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Sunday, September 22, 2013

Stacked Hairbow Tutorial

 

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SUPPLIES:

  • 6 – 19” long 1.5” wide strips of Ribbon
  • Spray adhesive
  • Feather clip (can usually be found near craft store bow supplies)
  • Barrette
  • Thread/Hot Glue Gun/Needle

Monday, September 16, 2013

Boutique Style Boot Socks Tutorial

I’ve noticed cute ruffle top boot socks popping up in several Boutiques I frequent. They are just so easy to make that I couldn’t see spending $25-$30 for a pair.

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  • Knee High Socks (mine are from Target $2.50 pair)
  • 1-2 yards ruffle ($1/yd at Wal-Mart)
  • Small Buttons ($1)
  • Thread and Sewing Machine

Sunday, September 15, 2013

4-H Clover Kids–Project Ideas

At my daughter’s school each class has a parent volunteer that comes in once a month and does a 4-H craft project with the kids. This year that parent is me and it has been so much fun. Our first project was a turtle. I wanted something simple since I wasn’t sure exactly how much the kids could do (Kindergarten). I cut out all the feet and heads ahead of time and spray painted the paper plates. I forgot to cut out tails and the kids made sure to let me know that I forgot a body part!

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  • Green Foam Sheets (Craft store, feet/head/tails)
  • Paper plates (body)
  • Googly Eyes
  • Green Spray Paint
  • Glue
  • Green Split Peas (Grocery store)

In the class all they had to do was glue on the feet/heads and coat the top in a thick layer of glue then dunk in the peas. Putting the peas in a shallow box works well, all they have to do is place the turtle in it and the peas will stick (definitely their favorite part!). Next month we’re trying something a bit more challenging…..marble painting!

Sunday, September 08, 2013

GameDay Recipes: Wings and Dips

Below are a few game day recipes that are always a hit with our bunch. Wings similar to Hooters, Creamy Rotel Dip, Mississippi Sin Dip and Basic Chili/Velveeta Dip.

The Wings recipe I use came from here. I used Franks Buffalo for ours, but if you like a bit of spice try to find the Hot Buffalo (The Franks bottles say “Redhot” but the flavor and intensity is actually listed along the bottom, you’ll have Buffalo or Buffalo Hot). I usually make 60 of these. That seems to be plenty for a group of 8-10 to snack on for several hours.

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  • 3 cups All Purpose Flour
  • 1.5 teaspoons Paprika, Garlic Powder, Cayenne
  • 3 tsp Salt
  • 3/4 tsp black pepper
  • 60 wings (I buy the whole wing and cut them myself, a bit cheaper that way)
  • 1.5 cups butter
  • 1.5 cups Franks Sauce (Buffalo or Buffalo Hot is good)

Mix the Sauce and Butter in a pot on low heat until melted. Keep it blended and melted to use after the wings cook.

Mix Flour, Paprika, Garlic Powder, Cayenne, Salt and Pepper together. Coat your wings once, then refrigerate for an hour (this is the magic step, don’t skip it!). Pull out and coat again in the flour mixture. Cook them in oil, making sure it’s deep enough to cover them completely, 8-10 wings at a time. Medium heat or around 375. 13-15 minutes turning once. Pull out drain for a few seconds then dunk them in the sauce mixture, remove and place on a tray for serving.

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1. Creamy Rotel Dip (Like the classic but better!)

I’m not sure where I found these recipes so if you know the source please send it to me so I can credit them!

  • 1 lb Jimmy Dean Mild Sausage (Cook and drain)
  • 16 oz Cream Cheese
  • 16 oz Velveeta
  • 1 cup Sour Cream
  • 2 cans Mexican Rotel with Tomatoes (drained)

Mix everything together over medium-low heat. Once it’s melted keep it on warm or low. Serve with mini chip bowls, yummy.

2. Mississippi Sin Dip

  • 16 oz Cream Cheese
  • 3 cups Sour Cream
  • 4 cups Shredded Cheddar
  • 2/3 cup Chopped ham
  • 2/3 cup Sliced Green Onion
  • 8 oz Green Chilies (undrained)
  • 4 tbsp Chopped pickled Jalapenos
  • 4 dashes Worchestershire

Mix everything together over medium-low heat. Once it’s melted keep it on warm or low. Serve with mini chip bowls, Drool…Drool.

3. Chili/Velveeta Dip

  • 30 oz Hormel No Bean Chili
  • 2 lbs. Velveeta

Mix everything together over medium-low heat. Once it’s melted keep it on warm or low. Serve with mini nacho chips, Ummm Ummm.

Wednesday, September 04, 2013

Camera Wrist Strap Tutorial

My camera came with a neck strap but I prefer the wrist straps for compact cameras. Below is a quick tutorial on how to change your neck strap into a wrist strap.

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Supplies:

  • 1”x8” piece of felt or other thick fabric
  • 2 – 1.75”x10” pieces of patterned fabric
  • D-Ring
  • Old Camera Strap (if not available most of the pieces can be found in Craft stores)

Wednesday, August 28, 2013

Mini Binder Love & Printable

I found this mini binder (half the size of a standard binder) in Staples, bought it on a whim and loved it ever since. The perfect size for carrying and with all the accessories now offered works just as well as a full size.
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Monday, August 26, 2013

Quick Tip–Match Holder Mason Jar

Place your matches in a mason jar. Add a piece of sand paper to the lid for lighting them.

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Sunday, August 25, 2013

Elephant Pinwheel Bow Tutorial

We’re Alabama Football fans so when I saw these elephant bows floating around Etsy I just had to make one for my daughter. I’ve never made a hair bow before….ever. This elephant bow was my first one and I promise they are soooo easy!

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The tutorial is in two parts. Elephant first then the Pinwheel

Saturday, August 17, 2013

Getting ready for school–Morning Organization

Hi, my name is Jessie and I DON’T do mornings…..at all. From the time I was in school to the time my children began, mornings are not my thing. Problem is neither is preparing for the next morning. Where most moms are on top of things getting ready for school the next day, I’m one of those scrambling to throw everything together at 6AM in full sleep zombie mode. Fixing school lunch is still a hot mess BUT I have managed to get a clothing system that works.

During the school year I keep all their uniforms/school clothes stacked in crates over the washer. This keeps me organized and it saves a bunch of time moving clothes to the closet just for them to be pulled right back out 4 days later. I always add the clean clothes to the bottom and that way I know everything is getting cycled.

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Last year I posted up the cute bookbag I ordered for my daughter from BenLovesBirdy. She also hooked my son up this year. They are upcycled Pottery Barn bags, such a great bargain.

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Monday, August 12, 2013

I heart Moo Cards

Moo is awesome. I love their mini moo cards. For years I carried around full size and they always stayed in my purse. With the mini moo I can keep them on my keychain and they get handed out much more often. Also customer service is amazing. I made a mistake on my last order (completely my fault) they still offered to reprint and send for free.

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Quick Tip: Reward Store Cards on Keychain

Seems like everywhere you shop nowadays they’re wanting to give you a points or coupon card. Some (CVS, Walgreens, Regal) provide you with a handy keychain card. Others, like Sephora, hand you a credit card size. I can never keep up with those so I cut them down (leaving the barcode/numbers) then punch a hole. I’ve even seen someone punch a hole in all their Credit Card size and slip them on their own key ring then just keep it in their purse (for those with a large amount of them).

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Monday, July 29, 2013

Getting Ready for School–Names on Clothing

Last year I spent an obscene amount of time labeling my daughter’s clothes with a sharpie (Required for most Pre-K and under). However with my son and daughter in school this year I decided to get smart and go the easy route: iron ons. Usually I’d just DIY and print myself but I’m currently printer-less. So to Etsy I went and found a bunch of great options. I chose iron on labels. The real test is how they’ll handle weekly washings. Will update once they get a few baths. *UPDATE they hold on to shirts or soft fabrics great. However on jeans or khakis (stiff fabric) the edges tend to peel up. Will probably try to find a thin vinyl type layer next time.

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Getting Ready for School–Vinyl Names

Using my trusty Silhouette Cameo I added the kid’s names to their school binders and boxes.

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Step 1: Cut the names out on vinyl using the Silhouette software and weed the unwanted vinyl

Step 2: Place transfer tape over the top.

Saturday, July 13, 2013

How I Store, Print and Backup my Photos

1. I Take a photo (during year 2013 *or whichever year it is*)

My two go to cameras are a Mark ii DSLR for serious photography then the Lumix LX7 as my day to day camera.

 

 

2. Then Upload to an External Hard Drive in “2013 Originals”  folder. Each month has it’s own folder inside the “2013 Originals” folder. “01-2013, 02-2013, etc”

 

The portable externals are so much easier to use. They only have one USB cord. 500GB is good for most people. I take around 3-5,000 photos a year so the 1tb is better for me.

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3. I Edit in Lightroom using the “2013 Catalog”. I don’t keep every photo. I try to keep photos for each event or photo shoot to under 30. Special vacations such as Disney require a bit more of course. Point is pick your favorites and photos that “tell the story”. 20 photos of a pink flower won’t mean anything to you years down the road.

 

I use Lightroom for 99% of my editing because it organizes and protects my originals plus it’s much faster for editing many photos quickly.

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