Mason Jar No Sew Cozy & Pumpkin Pie Smoothie Tag

No Sew Mason Jar Cozy & Pumpkin Pie Smoothie Tag | happy together
I created this no sew mason jar cozy and pumpkin pie smoothie tag to be an idea for a party favor or a gift. It’s my second entry for the Cricut Design Space™ Star this month. I used my Cricut Explore™ to create each thing, from the cutting to the writing. All I had to do was hot glue the cozy together and add a piece of yarn to the tag.

No Sew Mason Jar Cozy & Pumpkin Pie Smoothie Tag | happy together
You can see all the pieces I cut/drew with my Explore. I used shapes found in Design Space for each thing. I also used two small leather pieces as ties for the cozy.

No Sew Mason Jar Cozy & Pumpkin Pie Smoothie Tag | happy together
Here is a quick pic of the machine doing it’s thing. It’s the first time I used the writing function and have some ideas on how to use this more.

No Sew Mason Jar Cozy & Pumpkin Pie Smoothie Tag | happy together No Sew Mason Jar Cozy & Pumpkin Pie Smoothie Tag | happy together
I first glued on the leather ties and then the felt circles to a rectangular piece of felt. It didn’t take long at all. I think it would also be a fun party craft idea since it requires such minimal crafting to put together. You can make it in so many different color schemes. I used a Pumpkin Pie Smoothie recipe I found to add to the jar.

No Sew Mason Jar Cozy & Pumpkin Pie Smoothie Tag | happy together
I filled the jar up with some paper shredding and then added the tag to the straw and it’s all ready to go.

No Sew Mason Jar Cozy & Pumpkin Pie Smoothie Tag | happy together

Cricut has just announced the second phase of the Cricut – I Made It! contest and this time they’re awarding one winner their own Make it Now™ project line to be sold in Cricut Design Space™!

 To help create your line, Cricut will fly you to their headquarters in Salt Lake City to work side-by-side with their design team.  Then you and a guest will enjoy an all-expense paid stay at the Grand America Hotel – a luxury resort in Salt Lake City, home to the best skiing in the world.
The winner will be featured on Cricut.com and every time a Cricut user purchases your project, you’ll earn money. Cricut will even help with your publicity.

 To enter the Cricut – I Made It! contest, all you need is a photo of an original project. You can upload up to five photos (which can be five individual projects or multiple photos of one project).

You have until September 30th to enter.  What are you waiting for? It’s time you Made It big! Head to cricut.com to enter today.  

You can also see what my fellow teammates have been creating as well :) It’s so fun seeing everyone’s creativity!
Follow Jessica Fediw’s board Cricut Design Space Star Team 8 on Pinterest.

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.

DIY Fall Desktop Calendar

Fall Desktop Calendar | happy together This month’s Cricut Design Space Star challenge was for us to create items for organization/celebrations. My team went with “Falling for Fall” for our theme. I created two projects to enter this time again with this desktop calendar falling into the organization category. I have been seeing small desktop calendars growing in popularity and wanted to create my own. I logged into Cricut Design Space™ and started creating.

Fall Desktop Calendar | happy together Fall Desktop Calendar | happy together Fall Desktop Calendar | happy together Using cardstock paper, I made each months square equal 5″x5″ which I felt was a good size. Then I picked out a shape/picture for each month. September got a leaf, October got a pumpkin, and November got a turkey. I simply glued these on with a glue stick. The month numbers are big enough that they can still be striked through with a pen or even covered with a small sticker to show that day has passed. I used a piece of wood from our garage for the stand and simply cut a small slit in the top center for the paper to stand in. It would be cute to use a piece of a log for this as well.

Fall Desktop Calendar | happy together It’s a very inexpensive  project, but looks so nice and professional. I think it would also make a great gift. It would be fun coming up with different things for each month of the year.

Cricut | I made it contest

Cricut has just announced the second phase of the Cricut – I Made It! contest and this time they’re awarding one winner their own Make it Now™ project line to be sold in Cricut Design Space™!

 To help create your line, Cricut will fly you to their headquarters in Salt Lake City to work side-by-side with their design team.  Then you and a guest will enjoy an all-expense paid stay at the Grand America Hotel – a luxury resort in Salt Lake City, home to the best skiing in the world.
The winner will be featured on Cricut.com and every time a Cricut user purchases your project, you’ll earn money. Cricut will even help with your publicity.

 To enter the Cricut – I Made It! contest, all you need is a photo of an original project. You can upload up to five photos (which can be five individual projects or multiple photos of one project).

You have until September 30th to enter.  What are you waiting for? It’s time you Made It big! Head to cricut.com to enter today.  

You can also see what my fellow teammates have been creating as well :) It’s so fun seeing everyone’s creativity!
Follow Jessica Fediw’s board Cricut Design Space Star Team 8 on Pinterest. 

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.

 

Fox Fabric Nightgowns

Fox Fabric Nightgowns | happy together
Last week I received this soft and cozy flannel fox fabric c/o Organic Cotton Plus. When I saw it I knew it had to be some sort of pajamas for the girls. I originally thought of doing just pants, then tried to do some sort of night gown version of Simplicity 1574, which turned into this. I still used that pattern for the basic pieces, but I heavily altered it as can tell.

Fox Fabric Nightgowns | happy together
Miss J wanted the gold foxes, which fortunately Miss E was okay with. (ps they have it in blue too!)

Fox Fabric Nightgowns | happy together
I created a one piece front from the pattern and enlarged the neck line so their heads would be able to fit through. I used bias tape on the necklines and on the bottom of miss E’s night gown. I just serged miss J’s hemline to try a different way to finish it. Then for the sleeves I just rolled them up instead of under for a cuffed look.

Fox Fabric Nightgowns | happy together
When miss J first saw hers it didn’t have a bow and she said it just looked like a dress not a night gown. Little did she know I was going to add a dainty little bow that is characteristic of many nightgowns. It takes it to that level you know? The bottom hem also scoops up on the sides like some gowns do.

Fox Fabric Nightgowns | happy together
Fox Fabric Nightgowns | happy together
Fox Fabric Nightgowns | happy together
The fit was spot on and these girls have a new nightgown which was much needed. Thank you Organic Cotton Plus for the fabric! You can find them on facebook, twitter, and google + as well. Are any of you working on winter wardrobes for your little ones right now?

Jess

Michaels Makers: Fall Market Challenge

MM Fall Market
Fall is in the air this time of the year. The weather starts to cool down, sweaters come out of storage, and decorations of pumpkins, hay, leaves and more start appearing. In fact, you would even see some of those fall decorations at our front door now. The Michaels Makers Challenge for the month of September is: Fall Market Challenge. The goal was to create some type of fall home decor/entertaining projects. I set out to decorate our front door.

Front Door Fall Decor | happy together
I took my girls to Michaels and we walked around for about an hour searching for the perfect fall decor to adorn the entrance to our house. I knew I wanted some pumpkins and was excited to go with black and white ones. I like the elegance of the colors and it’s a change from what I normally do. I also found some yellow dyed wheat that I added to a mason jar. Then for trimmings, there was this pretty vine garland as well as burlap ribbon with black stripes on it. Our doorway is really narrow, so I only placed these on one side so the entry would not be blocked. I used some wood from our stash to create height differences among the pumpkins.

Front Door Fall Decor | happy together
The burlap, yellow wheat, and vine garland also had an appearance on the door. And since I love lights, I added these fun flickering ones. The lights make me think of falls up in Williamsburg growing up.

Front Door Fall Decor | happy together
Front Door Fall Decor | happy together
Instead of a wreath this fall I opted for a basket filled with a fall arrangement. I picked out two bunches of leaves and more  yellow wheat to fill up a basket. (In case you didn’t know yet, yellow if my favorite color.) I figured the above basket would be good to hang on a door since the back was on the flatter side and the chalkboard tag would be perfect to write “welcome” on.

Front Door Fall Decor | happy together
I simply added the bumnches into the basket to fill it up. I spread out the leaves and then added the wheat. I wrote welcome on the chalkboard with chalk and then hung the basket onto the door with the burlap ribbon.

Front Door Fall Decor | happy together
Now we wait patiently for the weather to feel like fall in Louisiana. If you would like to see more autumn inspiration, checkout Michaels’ Fall Market Lookbook, browse their fall ideas pinterest board, or see Michaels’ Fall Project Page. And if you don’t have a Michaels nearby, you can always Shop Michaels Online.


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Upcycled Drawer Plant Stand DIY

This post is sponsored by DecoArt. See below for disclosure statement.

Upcycled Drawer Plant Stand DIY | happy together You know how there are “cat ladies” out there? I think I might become a “plant lady” one of these days. I have fallen in love with plants and almost always buy one when I go to a store with a garden center. I especially love buying the “hanging in there” plants on clearance and loving them back to health. I get a good deal and feel great that I could nurture it back into its beautiful self. That being said, I needed a place to start holding some of my plants. The upcycled drawer plant stand has fixed that problem.

Upcycled Drawer Plant Stand DIY | happy together It all started with these three dresser drawers from roadside trash I salvaged. I really  wanted to turn them into something. After thinking of what I could make using my very limited wood working/power tooling skills, I knew that a plant stand would the perfect project.

Upcycled Drawer Plant Stand DIY | happy together So to make this stand you will need a dresser drawer. Make sure it is sturdy. It doesn’t have to be perfect, but you want it to hold up.

Upcycled Drawer Plant Stand DIY | happy together You will need some Americana Chalky Finish paint and the ultra-matte varnish. I chose that varnish to be the finish because I plan on having this outside one day and it’s designed for indoor and outdoor use. I hope to try the wax one day though. I used carbon and everlasting for the paint colors, but check out all the colors and see the ways you can mix them to get all kinds of pretty shades. Americana Decor Chalky Finish paint is available in Home Depot, Hobby Lobby, Michaels, A.C. Moore and other stores. Visit the DecoArt Chalky Finish website for more chalk paint ideas and inspiration.

Grab a paint or foam brush too.

Upcycled Drawer Plant Stand DIY | happy together Clean up your drawer and remove any hardware from it. Sand if there are any uneven spots you don’t want splintering, but other than that NO SANDING NEEDED. Amazing. No sanding. My favorite part. Once all clean and dry, start painting. I used a regular brush and it went on so nice. Instructions say to do more lighter coats as opposed to doing fewer heavy coats. So I started with a very thin coat of paint. I painted the inside carbon and the outside everlasting. I only needed two coats to get the coverage I liked even with it being light coats. This was actually my first time ever using a chalky finish paint and I fell in love. I will no longer paint furniture with any other type of paint. It was just too easy. It went on great, dried so fast, and feels so smooth once dry. And remember that no sanding part? Yeah. That’s a big bonus too. Then, when all your paint is dry, paint on a thin coat of the varnish. I did one more coat after just to have extra coverage. It went on great as well and it says it can also be applied over acrylic paints too fyi.

Upcycled Drawer Plant Stand DIY | happy together For the bottom of the stand, I went the super simple way and bought a folding tray table for $8.99 (from Target). You can find these at many places though. If you can’t find one in the color you want, paint this as well. I lucked out finding it in black, but after having a failed attempt at trying to make legs for this stand with some scraps we had in the garage, I didn’t mind taking a short cut.

Upcycled Drawer Plant Stand DIY | happy together
I first used some wood glue to attach the stand to the drawer bottom. I placed weights on top to help add pressure while it dried. Then I used our drill and added a few screws here and there. Make sure to use a screw that isn’t too long so it won’t come out through the top of the drawer. The drawer I used had this wood area in the middle that I put the screws through, but if yours doesn’t you can always drill them in from the top (meaning go through the drawer into the stand as opposed to going through the stand into the drawer).

Upcycled Drawer Plant Stand DIY | happy together Put back on the hardware if you like or add new ones. If you didn’t want any hardware at all, I would suggest using a wood filler or wood plugs/wood filler before you paint the drawer.

Upcycled Drawer Plant Stand DIY | happy together Place in a sunny spot and fill with plants. I even plan on using this for other things, like holding products at craft shows and such. I think it will come in quite handy.

-Jess

I parterned with DecoArt for this post and received compensation for doing so. All opinions are my own. Thank you for supporting businesses that support Happy Together.

10 on 10

10 on 10 | happy together We are over here still living it up summer style, well except for the school part. Lots of water time and inside time to escape the heat. -Miss J has been enjoying taking care of her pet she got on her birthday. In fact, he just changed shells today and she was so excited! It will be so fun one day when we can get her a pet that gives more interaction. Her principal told me her prayer request every day is that she can get all these different kinds of animals for Christmas. lol. It will be interesting to see where this love of hers takes her as she grows older. -I , on the other hand, have been fixing up things around the house and finishing projects so I can enjoy them as we finish out our time here in Louisiana. I recently worked on two art walls in our living room and added a pineapple painting of my own to it. -My friend asked me to join her in a booth at a craft show type event later this fall, so I have also been slowing going through my stash and creating some things for it. I told my husband that I want to move with as little as possible this time. So stash busting is a big goal of mine. -Even though it’s fall season, I haven’t really had the urge to do much baking with it being so hot, but I did finally make these cookies that I pinned forever ago. They are so yum!

10 on 10 | happy together -My hubby has been gone quite a bit lately for trainings and such. Fortunately we were able to join him at the end of his Houston, TX trip. The girls had a lot of fun swimming, jumping on the beds, and eating yummy foods you can’t find in our small town. -I also worked on this pallet wall, with my wonderful crafter friend Mrs. Karen, for a missions inspired area at our church. I had to document the mess. And of course my little miss E all up in it. -And leave it up to my husband to take the girls on some fun rides.

10 on 10 | happy together -This past week I have worked hard at even more “get it done” lists and put up these outdoor lights that have been sitting in our garage forever. I’m hoping the evenings will start to cool down next month so we can sit out and really enjoy them. -I made another shirt for myself! Here is the sneak peek. Once I get someone to take pics of me in it, I will do a post about it. And that is my 10 on 10 for this month! Please share a link if you do a 10 on 10, a 5 on 5, or something of the sort. I would love to see :)

-Jess

Summer Birthdays

Simple Summer Birthdays | happy together
This past summer my girls each had their birthdays. Seven and three. They were simple birthday events as each on desired.

Simple Summer Birthdays | happy together
Miss E is still young to really have too many ideas about a birthday party, but she helped pick out decorations (all from Target) and said she wanted an icecream cake.

Simple Summer Birthdays | happy together
Simple Summer Birthdays | happy together
Simple Summer Birthdays | happy together
We celebrated just with our little family and took time to focus on her and let her open a few presents. Simple Summer Birthdays | happy together
Miss J on the other hand kept changing her mind about what she wanted. We went from a party at the bouncy house, to Micheal’s for a craft party, to a pool party, to traveling somewhere, etc. Finally she decided she wanted to invite only one of her friends over (so she came with her family). J picked out a cheesecake and I used some decorations I had. I found those green pinwheel fans at Walmart a while back for only $.29 for a pack of two! It must not have been a popular color lol. My mother in law sent some party supplies that matched perfectly. It worked out nice and she had a great time with her friend.

Simple Summer Birthdays | happy together
I have a feeling next year might be more of a “party” kind of year, but we will see. I think it will depend if we move somewhere new where we don’t know anyone or get close to family/friends. I’m just glad that they don’t need to have things a certain way, that they can be content with whatever can be done. I look forward to this new year of their lives, to see them continue to grow up and flourish and bond more of a friendship with their sisterhood.

-Jess

How to Make a Pom-Pom Crochet Blanket

How to Make a Pom-Pom Crochet Blanket | happy together
I recently finished making this super soft and fluffy crocheted blanket and want to share how I did it. I made it so fast and was so pleased with the end result. I have seen afghans with pom-poms on them and had been wanting to create one that would fit in with my living room.

How to Make a Pom-Pom Crochet Blanket | happy together
It currently resides on this amazing chair I purchased while in visiting Virginia. And yes. I stuffed it (along with 4 other chairs) into our van to make the trek back to Louisiana. It was a good deal and I had been looking for a chair like this forever with no luck. What can I say?

How to Make a Pom-Pom Crochet Blanket | happy together
This how to is a bit general, as you can make it any size you want and all. I ended up using around 16 skeins of Loops & Threads Cozy Wool Yarn from Michaels. No matter what yarn you use, pick a thick and chunky kind. There are many brands that make this type of yarn. I also used my really big plastic crochet hook. It doesn’t have the size on it, but I would say it’s around the size P. You will also need scissors, a yarn needle, and a sewing machine.

To make the blanket, you start by making the first row of chain (ch) stitches. Make this length the approximate size you desire the blanket to be. Note: The yarn will have some stretch, so pull on it to see if it will stretch much further than your desired width. If it does, make the row shorter. Then start the second row one ch away from the hook. Do double crochet stitches (dc) across. At the end of the second row, {ch 2 and turn. DC on the front loop only of the second stitch in. Continue to dc in the front loop only across.} Then repeat from { to } until it is the length you want it.

After the final row, single stitch (sc) around the edges on the blanket 3 to 4 times. This helps keep the blanket from stretching a lot on the edges. Tip: When stitching around edge, do 3 sc on the corners for a smoother edge. Knot loose ends together where you started/stopped yarn  and weave in using your yarn needle. Weave beginning and ending yarn ends in as well (I also knot them around some of the yarn in the stitches for extra hold).

How to Make a Pom-Pom Crochet Blanket | happy together
For the pom-poms, I made them the good old fashion way. On my hand. I just wrapped the yarn around my open/flat hand until it was the thickness I desired. Then I tied a piece of yarn around the middle. To keep these from coming apart, I sewed down the middle using a sewing machine. I was scared to sew them on the sewing machine, but it went well. I took my time and used a sewing needle for jeans as well as put the machine stitch setting on a large stitch. I kind of had to flatten the pom out a bit to fit it under the sewing foot, but they still turned out puffy. After the poms are sewn, cut off the ends and trim to achieve desired look.

How to Make a Pom-Pom Crochet Blanket | happy together
I ended up making 18 poms, 9 for each side. Make as many as you like. You could do this on all four sides, but all the blankets I looked at online just had them on two sides. I kind of spaced them out to my liking and then cut a piece of yarn and sewed them each in place using the yarn needle. I made sure they were really secure and then triple knotted the ends. Trim any excess strings.

How to Make a Pom-Pom Crochet Blanket | happy together
My girls have already gotten their hands on this blanket many times and it’s holding up really well. I plan to wash it as needed, according to the yarns instructions. I will probably even hand wash it to be on the safe side. I love the extra detail it adds to our living area and it will also be a great photo prop. Now we wait for it to actually cool down so we can snuggle under it and drink hot chocolate. Come on fall!

-Jess

Fall Trends for Kids with OshKosh B’gosh

 This post is sponsored by OshKosh, but all opinions are my own. See further below for disclosure.

Fall Trends for Kids with OshKosh B'gosh | happy together
Fall is just around the corner and we have been checking out all the new stuff rolling into stores. I always enjoy seeing what is new and getting inspired to put together some outfits for my girls. OshKosh B’gosh let us do some shopping on them to create a fall outfit to share and also let us know about some of the popular back to school trends.

Fall Trends for Kids with OshKosh B'gosh | happy together
Their biggest trends this fall are:

  • denim: Denim everything! Jackets, shirts, overalls, etc.
  • active wear: Yoga Mama and Lulu Lemon influenced
  • essential woven shirt: plaids, stripes, color pops
  • camo: on boys and girls!

Fall Trends for Kids with OshKosh B'gosh | happy together
I picked out two fun graphic tees (sweet heart shirt / free to be me shirt) that fit my girls personalities to begin with. Tees with words/quotes are still very popular this year. They can be used in dressed down outfits but also in more dressed up ways like with a skirt or under a dress. I paired miss J’s with a bright colorful pink cardigan (similar) and some skinny jeans. And speaking of jeans, OshKosh has a great campaign going on right now called “B’gosh Jeanius Campaign.” They are partnering with KIDS and Donorschoose.org to help local kids, teachers, and schools thrive. You can participate by donating a new pair of jeans or make a cash donation for this cause. OshKosh will match all denim donations with another item of clothing and all cash donations will be matched up to $50k. This campaign is on until September 17 in you want to participate.

Fall Trends for Kids with OshKosh B'gosh | happy together
Miss E’s shirt was paired with a comfy blue gauze skirt. She is a skirts kind of gal so she was happy with that choice.

Fall Trends for Kids with OshKosh B'gosh | happy together
Fall Trends for Kids with OshKosh B'gosh | happy together
Fall Trends for Kids with OshKosh B'gosh | happy together
I think one of my favorite parts of picking their outfits was the shoes! Oh my. The shoes are just wonderful (miss e’s floral kicks \ miss j’s boat shoes). I really want to buy them a few more pairs (like the fantastic gold glittery high tops!). You can see those and some of my other back to school picks on my Pinterest board below and use the coupon below when you do some shopping with OshKosh B’gosh. Do you have a favorite fall trend this year?

-Jess

Follow Jessica Fediw’s board OshKosh Back to School on Pinterest.

Fall Trends for Kids with OshKosh B'gosh | happy together

I parterned with OshKosh B’gosh for this post and received compensation for doing so. All opinions are my own. Thank you for supporting businesses that support Happy Together.

 

Add Some Glitter to Your Hat

Add Glitter Words to Hat | happy together
This is my second project for this months Cricut Design Space Star challenge.  Our team chose to go with fashion and picked “pop of color” for the theme. I have noticed that hats have become very popular lately and while I don’t really wear this style, I still think it’s cute and I knew it would look good on my girls. So I decided to find one I could glitter up a bit. And how else should I do that but with some glitter iron on vinyl cut into a word or phrase. Two trends in one project!

Add Glitter Words to Hat | happy together
This was a really quick project and you can take this idea in so many directions. I used my Cricut Explore™ to get the “hello darling” cutout. I searched a lot of what they had and felt this fit the best for my girls hat. It is actually a graphic with a wreath around it. To get rid of the extra drawing part, I hit the contour button in the box where you see graphics you have on your project page. Then I chose the parts I didn’t want and clicked off to the side to exit. I sized it to fit this kids hat and made sure to choose the “mirror image” option before cutting. A tip on cutting glitter vinyl: I have found this vinyl a little harder to cut than regular vinyl. I put it a notch or two past the iron on vinyl choice to make sure it cuts through. You will also need to use a tool to help get out the little tiny pieces.

Add Glitter Words to Hat | happy together
Add Glitter Words to Hat | happy together
I cut the words apart so I could iron on one at a time. That made it easier since it’s a bit more difficult to iron onto a curved hat.

Add Glitter Words to Hat | happy together
Add Glitter Words to Hat | happy together
I like how the glitter adds a little specialness to the hat. I really want to try to find a hat with floral on the front to do another one. Let me know if you see one somewhere, okay? :)

-Jess

 

Check out what my teammates made too!

Cricut Design Space Star Team 8 | happy together sew woodsy / brassy apple / maddycakes muse / michelle edgemont / kori clark / our thrifty ideas / no. 2 pencil / cloudy day gray / artsy-fartsy mama

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.