A Handmade Christmas Dress

A Handmade Christmas Dress | happy together
In the midst of the business that happens this month, I was able to make one of my daughter’s a Christmas dress. I really tried to do both, but the outfit I sewed up for miss J just wasn’t fitting quite right and I decided it would take a lot more time to fix the issues than I could afford. Miss E got a little dress though (and don’t worry, I will get one done for miss J too, just maybe closer to Christmas).

A Handmade Christmas Dress | happy together
I used my As You Like It Dress pattern to make the dress. I am currently working on revising that pattern and should have it back in the shop by the end of January. I used a lovely embroidered pillow case to create a front apron on it. I actually have one more pillowcase like this and plan to create a dress to sell using it. A goal for next year is to create more one of a kind clothing pieces to stick in my shop every now and again…but that is another story ;) I also used some vintage lace trim my mom had given me for the straps. The red fabric was gifted from a friend as she had used it for some birthday party decor and no longer needed it and I found the gingham at Hancock Fabrics. It all looks so precious together!

A Handmade Christmas Dress | happy together
She wore the dress for the Christmas pictures I took of the girls. Here are other outfit details: Miss E- sweater/GapKids, Tights/Old Navy, Boots/Walmart; Miss J- Shirt and Hat/GapKids, Skirt and Leggings/Old Navy, Boots/Walmart. We ended up retaking these pictures because the first time did not go well! haha But we visited our adopted Louisiana family’s home and they did much better with the lovely distractions of fruit trees and a luscious garden to check out. Has anyone else made their littles an outfit for this month?

-Jess

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Church Foyer Christmas Decorations

Church Christmas Foyer Decorations | happy together
I have shared before how I volunteer to help with decorations at our church (Mother’s Day, February) . It’s been a lot of fun creating things I wouldn’t normally do and last week was no exception. When determining what we are going to do for decorations we focus on two things: what the message will be and how creative can we get to use as little as a budget as possible. Since Christmas is one of the bigger holidays for church, we wanted it to be a little bit larger scale than we normally do. We first went into storage to see what was already there.

Church Christmas Foyer Decorations | happy together
We found these four white trees, burlap, old lamp shades, and a fake tree that I had deleafed earlier in the year in hopes of using it at some point.

Church Christmas Foyer Decorations | happy together
We first put the trees up with the burlap and decided to go get some fake snow stuff to go in between. It ended up being a layer of felt like blankets we found in storage, snow batting spread out randomly, and fake powder snow flakes sprinkled on top. We already had a bunch of branches I had used on a thankful display for Thanksgiving, so we reused them here along with some wood logs and pine cones. The Bible verse focus for this display was to be Luke 2:10-11, so I used my Cricut Explore to cut out a few phrases from that text and tied them onto the branches. Oh, and we found these plug in can lights that we used to add some lighting in the middle.

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We wanted to hang something from the ceiling as well. It took a while, but we finally found these large and small snowflakes at the Dollar Tree to use.

Hanging Lampshades in Church Foyer | happy together
I fixed up some of the broken old lampshades a few ways. The bare one was actually one of mine I just stripped the fabric off of. The top beige one needed a little oomph so I glued on some trim. I added a pom pom to another and then that bottom one looked like it had been painted, so I glued yarn all around it to cover that up and add some texture.

Hanging Lampshades in Church Foyer | happy together
We found a little tiny lampshade at Walmart to be a filler and I covered that in doilies I had collected from Michaels and JoAnns. I added a strand of pom pom trim to hang on the next one and then spray painted that one on the end white to lighten it up some.

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Then this tree was the one I had deleafed. It was old and dated, but I figured it could pull off a wintry look with no leaves. I added some sticks to the base to help fill it in and then added some fake snow stuff and lights. I think it’s always worth looking at what you have to see if it still can be used or repurposed. Look for the beauty in what may not look quite so beautiful as is, but with a little love it will shine. The same goes with people too. It’s the time of the year to remember it’s not all about us especially when we are tempted to make it all about ourselves. -Jess

10 But the angel said to them, ‘Do not be afraid. I bring you good news that will cause great joy for all the people. 11 Today in the town of David a Savior has been born to you; he is the Messiah, the Lord.’” Luke 2:10-11

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Mini Clipboard DIY

Mini Clipboard DIY | happy together
I love putting together little gifts to have on hand. One thing I like to add in those type of gifts are mini clipboards with a cute printable on it. I sometimes can find them ready made, but they either sell quickly or are more on the expensive side (in my opinion). So I found some supplies at Michaels to make my own. Now I can customize them however I want and not be limited to what I find in a store.

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To make these, you will need (I found these all at Michaels):

  • Metal Clips (make sure they have a flat back)
  • Wood rectangle (I found these two sizes: 4.75″ x 6.75″ and 5″ x 6″)
  • E6000 Glue
  • Printables/Pictures (I find that the Project Life cards work well too)
  • Any other supplies to decorate your clipboard such as paint, glitter, stickers, yarn, fabric, fun papers, etc.

Mini Clipboard DIY | happy together

Start by painting and decorating your wood and clips as desired. I painted one clipboard white and left the other two plain. Then I painted two of the clips and added glitter to one of those.
Once everything is dry, add glue to the flat side of the clip and place on wood. I liked the top of the clip to hang off the top a bit myself, but you can put it where you like.

Mini Clipboard DIY | happy together
Let the glue dry and then add any other embellishment you want. I tied on fabric, yarn, and found some other little things to add like a glitter paper pendant and doily to put behind the main paper.

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Now that you have some gifts made you can wrap them. I used some clear bags I found in the baking section at Michaels to package the clipboards in. I also grabbed a bunch of random stuff to use as wrapping decorations. I like to create fun packaging and the more supplies I have for that the better!

Mini Clipboard DIY | happy together
I stamped some tags as well (tags found here).

Mini Clipboard DIY | happy together
For this one, I tied a piece of fuzzy yarn on the outside. Then I cut a straw and used a mini clothespin to attach the tag to the straw.

Mini Clipboard DIY | happy together
I taped on a piece of streamer that I had ruffled on my sewing machine to this one first. Then I added some pom poms on top of that. I stuck a candy cane in the middle and then used a mini clothespin again to attach the tag.

Mini Clipboard DIY | happy together
This was the real simple one. I added some fake snow inside the bag, taped the tag on the outside, and tied the top of the bag with pop pom trim.

Do you have any go to diy gifts that you make? Look below to see all the other gift ideas brought to you by the Michaels Makers. Happy Crafting!

-Jess

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6 Ways to Style the Double Sided Fabric Headband

6 Ways to Style the Double Sided Fabric Headband | happy together
I have been making a handful double sided fabric headbands lately and wanted to share a few ways you can style them. Sometimes it can be hard to envision how something might look unless we have a good visual of it so here are six ways that you can wear this headband. If you have styled your headband a different way, please share! You can link here in the comments or tag me and use #happytogetherbyjess on social media to share. A big thanks to my friend Dorothy for modeling for me!

6 Ways to Style the Double Sided Fabric Headband | happy together
Number 1.
Let’s start with the wrap around way pictured above. It’s really easy to do.

6 Ways to Style the Double Sided Fabric Headband | happy together
Tease the top back of your hair if you like for a little added oomph. Put the headband on like in the picture above.

6 Ways to Style the Double Sided Fabric Headband | happy together
Starting with the hair closest to your face, wrap over the headband. Keep adding more and more hair as you wrap it.

6 Ways to Style the Double Sided Fabric Headband | happy together
Once it is all wrapped, fuss with it a bit to get it nice and even if needed and use bobby pins to hold stray hair in place.

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Number 2.
You can do the hair wrap around with just the top half of your hair for a slightly different look.

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Number 3.
Adding a headband when wearing your hair up in a bun takes that bun to a new level. A better level. This is great for those days when your hair might not be at the top of its game, but you want a little more than just a plain ol bun.

6 Ways to Style the Double Sided Fabric Headband | happy together
Number 4
. Add a headband to your ponytail style!

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Number 5.
Braids are still super in right now and you can add a headband to many of the styles. I did a simple dutch braid (which is like a reverse french braid) on my friend. As you can see, my braiding skills are not the greatest, but I’m working on it haha.

6 Ways to Style the Double Sided Fabric Headband | happy together
Number 6.
Plain and simple. Wear it with your hair down. Pull out some hair in the front for a side swept bang look (even if you don’t have long bangs you can do this).

Be inspired as you wear your headband now and if you haven’t made one yet try one out. There is an adult size and a child size pattern available.

-Jess

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Merry and Bright Light Bulb Ornament DIY

Merry and Bright Light Bulb Ornament DIY | happy together
It’s almost time for full Christmas mode! I have some ornament ideas I have been wanting to try and just made this one last week. So I bring to you the Merry and Bright Light Bulb Ornament DIY.


Merry and Bright Light Bulb Ornament DIY | happy together I designed the merry and bright image on a piece of paper with a pencil and sharpie. Then I scanned it into my computer and brightened/contrasted it in PSE so the lines would be easy to be defined. I made sure to shrink the file size and then easily uploaded it into Cricut Design Space™. One day I do plan on learning Illustrator and all, but I wanted to show you that anyone can create their own custom image and do amazing things with it even with minimal tools.

Merry and Bright Light Bulb Ornament DIY | happy together
To make one yourself you will simply need:

  • A plastic light bulb ornament (I found mine at Michaels)
  • Vinyl
  • Transfer Tape
  • Cricut Explore™ and Weeder tool
  • Choice of material for hanging (I used fabric strips, ribbon, and leather)
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Merry and Bright Light Bulb Ornament DIY | happy together
Save the image and then upload it into Cricut Design Space™ and create the size you need it to be to fit. Mine was roughly 3″ x 2″. Cut it out and then remove all the extra vinyl using the weeder tool.

Merry and Bright Light Bulb Ornament DIY | happy together
Cut a piece of transfer taper that is about the same size and peel off the backing. *Pin is there to show you how small the Explore cut!*

Merry and Bright Light Bulb Ornament DIY | happy together
Stick transfer tape on top of image and rub over vinyl.

Merry and Bright Light Bulb Ornament DIY | happy together
Peel transfer tape off. The vinyl should be sticking to it. If it has spots where it isn’t, put back on and rub on that spot to help it stick.

Merry and Bright Light Bulb Ornament DIY | happy together
Then stick image on light bulb ornament. I will admit, it’s a bit tricky. Take your time because you are putting a flat image on a curved item. I had to rearrange a few places to make it not overlap. If it is too frustrating, you can leave some of the design off like I did in the second picture in this post.

Merry and Bright Light Bulb Ornament DIY | happy together
If you want to add some sparkles to the inside, rub some glue on the sides and sprinkle confetti or glitter on. Put ornament back together and add a ribbon, etc. to hang it with.

Merry and Bright Light Bulb Ornament DIY | happy together
Merry and Bright Light Bulb Ornament DIY | happy together This would be a great idea for your tree or if you are involved in an ornament exchange this year. Let me know if you make one or it inspires you to create something of your own :) And, so you know, I will be back with a good deal for the Cricut Explore on Black Friday. So be on the lookout! -Jess

Disclosure: I am part of the Cricut Blogger Network and have used affiliate links. I received a complimentary machine to facilitate my crafts and though I am not being paid for this post, I am submitting it for a chance to win some fun prizes.

Merry and Bright Light Bulb Ornament DIY | happy together

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