Summer is winding down and Fall is just around the corner. Fall is my most favorite season of all. Even though I live in Florida and it’s still pretty hot, it’s just not the sweltering, take your breath away hot. You know the type that causes you to produce a full on sweat just walking to your mail box. Yeah, that’s Summer in Florida, so I welcome fall with open arms. Also, the smell in the air changes, evenings are cooler and I find most of my reminiscing happens in Fall.
With Fall comes the need to decorate my home with all kinds of “Fallish” things. I still follow a neutral color scheme even in fall and I really love the rustic farmhouse / rustic chic style. This means any of the decor I choose or make will be that type of style. Since I love crafting I thought I would get to crafting! My first “Fall” project is this rustic farmhouse Happy Fall sign. I just love how it turned out.
It’s perfectly imperfect and I think it looks great on top of my freshly painted storage drawer dresser.
Per usual I have put together a video on how I made it and I hope you enjoy watching it! You can click here or watch below. If you are interested in a tutorial on how I made my Silhouette file to cut my vinyl stencil, then comment on here or on the video.
Valentine’s is just around the corner. Just letting you know in case you haven’t noticed all the Valentine goodies that are now adorning the store shelves. This means that there is another special occasion that we can decorate for. Is there really a better way to decorate than with your own homemade decorations? I think not.
You can start the DIY projects off with making this easy and adorable felt heart banner. I’ve made mine and already have it hanging across my dining room window. You can hang it across a window, a fireplace mantle, bookcase, or even across a mirror. This banner would be a great Valentine’s photography prop as well. My daughter loved it so much she is making one to go in her bedroom.
Here is a closer look at the hearts.
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Step 1: Make a heart pattern then trace heart pattern onto felt material. You will need 2 hearts for each heart. Trace as many hearts as you will need.
Step 2: From your felt material, cut out 2 hearts for as many hearts as you will need. This will be the front and back side of one felt heart.
Step 3: Thread needle with white embroidery floss, place the 2 heart cut outs on top on each other and pin together with straight pins.
Step 4: Sew the 2 hearts together with your stitch about 1/4 from edge and with a 1/4 spacing between stitches. Do not sew completely around the heart as to leave spacing to stuff the heart. Once you stuff the heart you will stitch up the hole. You can sew your stitch with stitching the thread around the edges (not sure of technical name of stitch) as in the photo below or you can straight stitch. This will be your preference.
Step 5: Stuff the heart with your filling. I have used 100% Polyester filling.
Step 6: Thread yarn needle with twine. I used 60″ of twine. Do not tie twine ends in a knot, let the twine hang down a couple of inches as seen in photo.
Step 7: Insert the yarn needle with twine through one side of the heart towards the top making sure to go between the 2 heart layers and through the stuffing and come out the other side at the same position that you went through on the opposite side. Repeat this step until you have threaded the twine through all of your hearts.
Step 8: Once you have all of your hearts on your twine, then you will hang your banner up and enjoy how adorable it is!
If you make this, then I would love to see your creations by tagging me on Instagram. #simplydovie or @simplydovie
Wow, another year is almost over and gone! It has been a great year and I can only hope that 2017 will be just as good to my family and me. I really am so very blessed. Now that my kids are a bit older I have gotten a big urge to travel and visit different places. Sure I’ve traveled places but I would like to travel overseas and visit places like Greece, Scotland and France! I can’t say that will be on the agenda for the upcoming year but it is definitely on my bucket list.
Also, on my bucket list is to spend more time with my family and to make more “me” time. I work a lot. That isn’t such a bad thing but I do feel that it doesn’t leave enough time to focus on the “me” things. I have a day job and I run my own online shop and Etsy shop where I create birthday chalkboards and party supplies. I LOVE my shop and it is so very special to me having the opportunity to add a special touch to any party or event. I just actually need to stick to my shop hours and only work during them. Baby steps.
For those of you that are throwing a New Year’s party, I have put together a DIY video on YouTube on how to make several quick and easy decorations to help ring in the new year. Actually, they would go perfectly with any party theme because they are so versatile that you can make them in any color scheme that you want. The video includes directions on how to make a glitter circle banner, confetti poppers, confetti balloons and straw decorations. See below the photo of each of the items. Also below that you can find the video. I hope you enjoy!
If you watch the video and make any of the projects then I would love to see them. You can #simplydovie on Instagram or tweet me. Also, I would love if you left a comment letting me know which one you made or liked best. Don’t forget to subscribe.
Have you seen those adorable tutu skirts? Of course you have! This DIY project is taking a tutu skirt to another level by making a high chair tutu skirt! Yes, they make an adorable addition to your baby’s first birthday party! You spend so much time decorating for this most fabulous occasion so don’t forget to decorate the high chair too. This is such an easy project that anyone can do. Click here to check out the video or watch below on how to make an adorable high chair tutu skirt.
How much fun are the photo booth’s at parties with all the cute props so you can take some wacky, fun and adorable photos? I’ve put together a video (below) to show a quick and easy way to make a DIY photo booth photo frame that will be a big hit at your next party! You can decorate it with any embellishments and match your party theme. A photo booth picture frame will be so much fun at any time of party: birthday, graduation and even weddings!
Below is a picture of the photo booth picture frame that I made for a friends daughters first birthday party! Remember you can decorate your photo booth photo frame any way you like! So, gather your friends and a camera and have fun being silly and capturing these crazy moments.
Want to see how I made the photo booth picture frame in the above picture, then watch below!