Thursday, March 28, 2013

What's Easter without a tie and some gingham?!

I made a tie yesterday. 

A vivid, yellow toddler tie. It took about 10 minutes and I will definitely be making more. I used the tutorial HERE

I did two things differently. I used buttonhole elastic so that the tie would be a little more adjustable and I added some lightweight fusible interfacing--the cotton I chose was a little on the sheer side and I could see the seam allowances through the fabric.

I love it and I can't wait to put it on him for church on Easter morning. The shirt was a gift from my sister last fall (Crew Cuts) and I found the little navy blazer at Target for $14.00 (WHAAAT?! Target is awesome.) It is hard to find little boy ties, Macy's had a few really 'blegh' ones and there were none to be found at Gap or Gymboree.

I'm really excited about this great pattern and I see lots of ties in our future! If my 2 1/2 year old understood I'm sure he'd be thrilled too...

Wednesday, March 27, 2013

Super Simple Centerpiece

I set up a little spring centerpiece this week. It was super easy and looks really simple and fresh. I bought glass milk bottles from Hobby Lobby (50% off of course) and dipped the bottoms in acrylic paint that I watered down a little. It's not completely permanent, a good soak and scrub would take it off, but it has a really neat matte finish and I haven't had any problems with the paint scratching off or rubbing onto other surfaces.

I used those small, plastic punch cups to hold the paint while dipping. (Less paint wasted since I could squeeze the cup to raise the paint level, etc...) I chose mint green, light peach and white, every bottle is a little different.

I put tulips in each bottle, longer stems in the center and shorter, single tulips on each end. 

You can line them up in a row down the center of the table or set them inside another container. I tried them in this wooden trough we had around the house. Tulips are so springlike and easy to deal with!

Happy Easter!