DIY Mustache Tea Towel
My little brother sports the most fantastic 70’s style mustache ever. Well, at least my daughter thinks it’s fantastic. She wants to be just like her uncle, which has caused a bit of a mustache obsession. So when it came time to think of a gift for him, of course she insisted on something with mustaches on it.

This little mustache tea towel was so quick and easy to make, and makes a perfect gift for your favorite ‘stache sporting friends.

DIY Mustache Tea Towel

You will need:

DIY Mustache Kitchen Towel

Directions:

  1. Draw your design on freezer paper with the sharpie.
  2. Cut out your design using the x-acto knife to make a stencil.
  3. Iron the piece of freezer paper to the towel, smooth side down, using a hot iron without steam.
  4. Using the foam paint brush, dab the fabric paint onto the towel. Do a few coats to make sure it is fully covered. Let the paint completely dry, following the instructions on your fabric paint, then carefully peel off the freezer paper stencil.

For more details and photos on using freezer paper stencils, check out my little heart onesie tutorial.

DIY Mustache Kitchen Towel

Her mustache is from Land of Nod, and gets played with on a daily basis…usually with a princess dress, of course.

DIY Mustache Kitchen Towel

The fabric paint that we used has the best texture once it is steamed, it almost looks like a real mustache!

DIY Mustache Kitchen Towel

 

  • courtney - Great towel and perfect for your brother! Definitely think you need to include a picture of him with this post!ReplyCancel

    • Kaley - Good idea! I may have to update this with a photo of his crazy ‘stache.ReplyCancel

MiniTasselGarland

Last summer, we signed Avery up for a “Big Sister Class” at the hospital. During the class, they took all of the kids on a tour of the hospital, explained where the babies would be born, and showed them the rooms where the moms and dads would sleep.

After we got home, Avery told me that we needed to make decorations for the hospital room because her baby sister needed beautiful things to look at when she got here. I asked what she had in mind, and she told me we needed pictures on the wall and a garland like the one she has above her bed.

I had this bright and cheerful birthday card from Rifle Paper Co., which we decided would be perfect to welcome baby girl to the world. So we chose some embroidery floss to match the candles in the birthday card and made mini tassels for a garland for brighten up our room.

These, along with the special pictures that she drew for the baby, really did add a lot to our otherwise sterile and boring hospital room!

This would work equally well to send to a friend to brighten up their special day!

Mini Tassel Garland

You will need:

  • A skein of embroidery floss for each mini tassel you want to make. I like the DMC floss that you can pick up for less than 50 cents at any craft store. I tried to show the color code for each color that I used, in case you are trying to find similar colors.
  • Scissors
  • Twine
  • Hot Glue (optional)

DIY Mini Tassel Garland

Instructions:

1. Start with a standard skein of embroidery floss.

2. Cut off about 10 inches of floss and set aside.

3. Fold the skein in half. The folded edge should be on top.

4. Wrap the 10 inch piece of floss around the folded skein about a half inch from the top.

5. Tie in a double knot and trim the tails. You can use a drop of hot glue on top of the knot to secure it if you want.

6. Cut through the loop at the bottom.

7. You have a perfect little mini tassel ready for any garland or other embellishment you want!

8. To string it into a garland, simply thread a piece of twine through the loop at the top.

how to make mini tassels with a skein of embroidery floss

DIY Mini Tassel Garland

DIY Mini Tassel Garland

DIY Bunny Onesie - Great Easter Project!

I saw this sweet Bunny Tee the other day and knew I had to make my own version for my babe to wear this Easter. Especially since the heart onesie is still worn regularly.

As usual, I needed to work with only things that I already had in the house, so the materials needed for this one are minimal. And it only took about 15 minutes, including gathering the supplies. Perfect for a last minute project.

It came out so cute. It is very subtle, with just a hint of Easter style. She will definitely be wearing this all spring!

Bunny Onesie

You will need:

  • a white onesie (or tee if you are making it for an older tot)
  • embroidery thread in your choice of colors
  • a needle
  • scissors
  • pencil or erasable fabric marker (not shown)

DIY Bunny Onesie

Directions:

  1. With a pencil or erasable fabric marker, lightly mark where you want your eyes and nose to go.
  2. Using the embroidery floss, make a vertical straight stitch and then two horizontal straight stitches above it for the nose.
  3. Go over it a few times until you are happy with how it looks.
  4. For each eye, make a french knot.
  5. Voila!

DIY Bunny Onesie
DIY Bunny Onesie
DIY Bunny Onesie
DIY Bunny Onesie
Bunny Onesie

  • Marilyn - What a cute idea! Now I just need one of my friends to have a baby so I have someone to make this for!ReplyCancel

  • Lori - Kaley! She is sooooooo cute, and growing up quick! Great images & post!! xoxoReplyCancel

Home Depot Cleaning Tips

For all of you who have babies in the house…do you ever wonder how something so small can make such huge messes?

Me too.

Thankfully I am really good at cleaning. Like so good that there was a time in my life that I considered being a cleaning lady. And, as it turns out, that is pretty much what I am these days. :)

So you can imagine how excited I was when Home Depot asked me to share my top ten cleaning tips for new parents.

Because I spend a lot of my time cleaning. And I just so happen to have a baby and a preschooler in the house. That must give me some sort of expertise, right?

So I shared a few of my favorite ideas, from cleaning the air in baby’s room with plants to how to encourage older siblings to join in the fun. (Thankfully Avery shares in my love for cleaning!) Plus my go-to gift for new parents, which is also a great gift for yourself.

You can read the whole article here.

What are your favorite cleaning tips? I’m especially interested in ideas to prevent the mess in the first place!

  • Kellie - My favorite cleaning tip is to hire a cleaning lady! hahaha!ReplyCancel

Painted Brown Eggs

A few days ago we decided we were ready to dye some Easter eggs (naturally, of course!) and opened the fridge to find only brown eggs. Not the best for dying. But instead of waiting until we could get to the store to get some white eggs, I improvised. I found a non-toxic white paint pen that miraculously still worked, and went to town on those pretty brown eggs. They are so nice looking, maybe we don’t have to dye any at all this year. On second thought…I know my 4 year old won’t let me off the hook that easy! :)

Painted Brown Eggs

You want to make some too? All you need are some brown eggs and a non-toxic white paint pen. Then doodle away. I used simple geometric shapes and lines to keep it simple.

Natural Brown Eggs with White Paint
Painted Brown Eggs

And would you like to know my secret? I painted the raw eggs, too. So for the next week, every time we pull out our eggs to scramble in the morning (yes, we eat the same thing almost every morning) they will be decorated. What a great start to the morning!

Painted Brown Easter Eggs
Painted Brown Eggs

More Easter egg decorating ideas:

Naturally Dyed Eggs Go Ombre

Remember these colorful beauties from last year? We

dye Easter eggs naturally

Naturally Dyed Easter Eggs

Who knew that Easter egg dye kits are only an American