Monday, December 17, 2012


 I really have to thank my dear friend Annie for the idea for these. We were thinking of making them for my church craft group, and then they didn't, so we made them anyways. This is our snowman family. Cute, huh?

The original tutorial (found here) used scrapbook paper and modpodge for the faces and hats. I decided to use my silhouette. I cut out the snowflakes, trees, stars, and faces and then painted them. I don't trust myself free hand, so i think it turned out better than me trying :)

What do you think? Do the Tanners look good in 2x4 Snowman form?

The boys. H, E, and Ez. I think i am actually going to write each of their letters on them. So cute!

The ever so dashing Nicholas :)

And Me :)

Saturday, December 15, 2012

Tree Skirt

I finally made my tree skirt. This has been in the works for a very long time. A VERY LONG TIME. YEARS. I made one for my mom  way back here from this awesome Moda Bake Shop Tutorial.

I love how it turned out. I tried to kinda color block it and i think it's beautiful. I am very satisfied with how it turned out and now I have a tree skirt for my tree!

Can you believe it's almost Christmas?

Thursday, December 13, 2012

Ezra's Stocking

Over the last 3 years since i started sewing, I have made stockings for everyone in our family. So since we had a new addition this year, I had to make another.

When i started making stockings, I had 1 little boy and I decided i would make the boys green with red accents, and the girls would be red with green accents. Well, 3 years later, I have 3 little boys, so the boys stockings are taking over :)

Christmas Tress

Chances are if you have a Pinterest, you've seen these trees going around. You haven't? Well, you probably don't have Pinterest :)

Anyways, I saw them and fell in love. Deeply in love. I wanted them. So my friend and I decided we would make them. Aren't we awesome?

See... I've been collecting powertools. The problem? I'm scared of them. So we have a nice jigsaw gaining dust out in the garage. If it weren't for my awesome friend, Annie, my jigsaw would probably still be in the garage. I'm glad it's not.

We made a date to make them... and two days before... i finally broke out the jigsaw. And can i tell you? Jigsaw's are awesome. Before we knew it, we (my husband and I late on Sunday evening) had all three trees cut out. After some sanding and an all-day playdate, we both had 3 AWESOME looking trees. I'm pretty proud of us. 

Since so many people pinned these trees, i thought i would make a type of tutorial. Unfortunately, i got a little wrapped up in the project and didn't ACTUALLY take too many pictures. But i think i have enough. They are really simple. And relatively easy too! Are you ready?

What you need:
  • 1- 10' x 10" x 1" piece of pine or "whitewood" board
  • A jigsaw and "basic for wood" blade (they are REALLY small)
  • Sandpaper sponge block
  • Green paint
  • White paint
  • painters tape
  • 3 wood stars
  • red paint
  • antiquing glaze (optional)

First things first I took our jigsaw out, followed instructions, and assembled it. Make sure you wear gloves AND googles. A mask would be good too,  BUT it made it so i couldn't breathe or see. We need a better one. 

Then i put out 10' piece of wood on the table and traced a tree shape on it by measuring the middle point, and drawing and isosceles triangle (two sides are equal in length. See below). Then i went back over my lines and made them wavy so it wasn't quite as uniform. (my friend Annie didn't do this, and hers were awesome!) Also, i made one stump 1.5 inches, one 2 inches, and one 2.5 inches just to vary it up a bit more.

When you are all done cutting them out, stand back and admire your handiwork. 

 Now, SAND! Sand and sand and sand. Grab your sanding sponge (in the picture below in a medium grit) and sand and sand. If you can see in the pictures, it makes a HUGE difference. Can you see how sharp the edges are in the picture above and the picture below? I think sanding your piece in the single most important thing to make it go from cheap to boutique. Please don't skip this step. Round you edges a little bit. I really doesn't take that long.

 Then, get together with your friend (or do it on your own) and PAINT! If you want to know what green color this is, let me know. It's something. I can look it up.

 I forgot a picture of the next part. But here they are drying. For the tape with just put lines on. It was easy. For the polka dots, i made a stencil with contact paper (though i recommend vinyl... contact paper bleeds to much on wood). Make sure to make all of your edges really tight or else it will bleed a little. It didn't make a big deal once we distressed it, but it's nice to not have to worry about any touch ups. Then we painted over with white.

Paint your stars red (we also added some glitter). Also, we rubbed on some distressing glaze. Google it, but essentially you just put it on and rub it around and wipe it off until you like it. It just sinks into the cracks. Distress so you see a little green through white (or until you like it) and you are done! Awesome, huh?

Tada! Now we have totally awesome trees for decorating for Christmas! 
(excuse the blurry picture, it was 8PM... we had started at 9AM. Obsess much?!)

Now go make your own! If you have any questions, let me know. They are super easy!

Ezzie's Hat

Ezzie outgrew his little hat I made him at birth. And since it is *kinda* getting cold, i figured i needed to make him a new hat... especially since we will spend Christmas in Utah which will inevitably get cold.

For the hat I just did a simple hdc with a (on the lighter side) worsted 4 weight yarn. I love how it turned out. since the yarn is a bit smaller, it took FOREVER, but i think it looks nice. I turn the end up by doing single crochets in the back only (what is the term for that?!) so that it fits his head well.

Now he's all ready for his first winter :)

Isn't he a doll?

Tuesday, December 11, 2012

Halloween Final

 I never showed you our Halloween outfits in action. Here they are at our annual Base Halloween party :)

I hope you had an awesome Halloween (a little late... I know)

cowardly lion got his badge of courage
This is me as dorothy :)

Thursday, October 25, 2012

The Scarecrow

...If i only had a brain :)

Hayden is just smitten with his costume (and i guarantee you he has quite the brain). He constantly begs me to wear it saying that, "I am a scarecrow. I am going to scare all the birds away."

I was so glad he liked it, since when i was making his brother's he kept asking me for his brothers EVERY TEN SECONDS. I was so worried. But no need... he loves it... and he's the most darling scarecrow ever!

{the fabrics are again just Robert Kauffman broadcloth is green and kaki and then some felt. Pretty simple}

Wednesday, October 24, 2012

Tin Man

Halloween! Only my favorite time of the year! I love it! One of my favorite parts is making costumes. The boys always look so darling and it makes me feel good to see them so excited in something more whimsical that a shirt. Plus, i don't have to worry quite as much about my stitch quality and such. It's just for fun.

This year i almost didn't make Halloween costumes, but then i decided that i really want to (especially when costumes are SO expensive and not NEARLY as cute!).

Then i had to decide on a theme. Originally we were going to do Disney Mickey Mouse and friends, but i would have to draft all those patterns myself. And while that isn't the end of the world, i kinda wanted to buy a pattern and just follow along. {my brain isn't firing on ALL cylinders right now...}

So we picked....

So fun, right? I already  had a lion costume that i made 2 years ago {go here to see} and i figured that one costume already done would help me. I mean, that is 1/5 of the time ;) And since my husband hates the monkeys, is 6'2" (not a munkin), and a guy (not a witch) we went with the WIZARD OF OZ for Nick. Really creative, i know, but i like our costumes to be a little less intensive. It makes my life easier!

So here is my first creation.... THE TIN MAN.

My little Eldon loves it. The fabric is just a Robert Kauffman solid silver spray painted with silver spray paint (that was interesting... but fun... spray paint is a unique little thing). I cut out all the pieces and then spray painted them. They sewed. It gave them the perfect stiffness.

I think he looks pretty darn cute, but he is bent on tearing off that heart. Alas, it is only a costume. So without  further ado...

Wednesday, September 26, 2012

Best Crochet Hats

These are the hats that actually turned out well. I was really proud of them actually. Sadly, the ones for Ezra are getting too small, but at least i have gotten better at crocheting. I also made the hat for Eldon. He looks darling in it! Now it just needs to get cold... *looks outside* oh wait, it's still in the high 90's/low 100s here. *sigh* Someday.

Oh yes, and enjoy the adorable baby and handsome 2 year old. I had fun taking pictures of Ezra during a 'newborn' shoot. He didn't really want to sleep so this is all I got but i still love them! What a handsome boy!

(and yes, he is covered in mud. Impromptu photoshoot :) )