Archive | February, 2013

ruffled tablecloth {sort-of tutorial}

The one element I knew I wanted for Audrey’s party was a white ruffled tablecloth.

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Perhaps you have seen them elsewhere and there are many good tutorials for how to make one {I referenced this one}.

Here’s the deal about this sort-of tutorial: I took photos of the each step in the process and then made a terrible mistake and deleted them from my camera. Boo. I was actually really annoyed at myself because there were a lot of good photos on there of family stuff, another project and our not-so-little puppy holding still {rare}. Double boo.

So, I don’t have an actual step-by-step tutorial with photos to share, but I’ll walk you through each step in words and a few diagrams.

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Here’s what you’ll need:

:: fabric – I used two long rectangular tablecloths {$17 each on sale at target}
:: sewing machine, thread, scissors
:: patience

{a note on the fabric: you could use any type of lightweight fabric – muslin, cotton, linen – and save on the cost. I went with premade tablecloths because they were right in front of me at target and I liked that they are stain-resistant which means my finished product might hold up better than if I went with muslin}.

STEP ONE: map out your needed dimensions for the base of your tablecloth {depends on the size of table you’ll be covering with the tablecloth}

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Your tablecloth length will depend on how long you want it to be {makes sense, right?}. If you want yours to be floor length, measure from tabletop to floor. I made mine short so the kids could still slip their legs under during lunch.

STEP TWO: measure ruffle dimensions

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In general, you’ll need 1.5 to 2 times your length in fabric to make a full ruffle.

You will need to cut ruffle strips to cover all four sides of your table. If you have long enough fabric, you can cut continuous strips to wrap around the entire table.

STEP THREE: cut out all pieces.

STEP FOUR: sew all four side panels together to form a long rectangle. This will be the base to sew your ruffles on to. sew-lengths-together

STEP FIVE: hem each ruffle strip. I planned on doing this step, but then decided that would take too long, so I skipped it. Hence the million frayed threads.

STEP SIX: start ruffling. This is the tedious part. Set your machine to the longest stitch and run a straight stitch all the way along the top of each ruffle strip. Do not back stitch. Gently pull one of the threads to gather the fabric, being careful to not break the thread.

STEP SEVEN: sew ruffles onto side panel, starting with the lowest ruffle and working up. Be sure to overlap the ruffles to hide the raw edges.

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STEP EIGHT: sew the long panel {with ruffles on it} onto the top piece. Put right sides together and do your best to sew along the top ruffle seam so that the raw edges are covered. I made my tablecloth with an overlap opening where the ends of the panel cross. Goodness, I’m not sure that makes any sense. In other words, the long panel wraps all the way around the table with about a six inch overlap and raw edges. You don’t even notice it.

Now trim your threads and you’re done!

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Hopefully this sort-of tutorial is helpful. I know photos always help so feel free to ask any questions in the comments and I’ll give my best instructions.

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paper crowns {tutorial}

A party hat is always a festive touch for a child’s birthday party. For Audrey’s fancy/crown/girly party, I made these paper crowns for the guests to wear. They were so simple to make and very cute on the little ones.

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Here’s what you’ll need:

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:: crown template {download below} printed on metallic gold paper
:: scissors
:: thin elastic {found by the yard in the fabric store}
:: hot glue gun
:: glue dots, glitter, silk flower to embellish

STEP ONE: cut crown from template

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STEP TWO: if you’d like to embellish with glitter dots, randomly place glue dots on the front of the crown

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STEP THREE: sprinkle fine glitter over dots

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STEP FOUR: shake off excess glitter

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STEP FIVE: cut elastic to size {approximately 13 inches} and hot glue to back of crown

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STEP SIX: add a silk flower with hot glue {if desired}

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Just a few simple steps and you get a darling paper crown.

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Fun for birthday girls … diy-party-crown-with-flower

… and brothers, alike.

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Please feel free to download the crown template below.

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If you make these for a party, be sure to send me photos!

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win a shopping spree at one of my favorite stores

Do you have a favorite store where you could spend hours just looking, picking up, touching everything? I do. It’s paper source. I love their paper and envelopes. I love their gift wrap. They have great calendars and journals and so many fun craft kits and gift ideas. It’s like a grown-up toy store. If you’ve never been into a store, I bet you would like it. Good news: they have a great online shop too.

Even better news … I’m giving away a $200 gift card.

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This is just a small sampling of some of my favorites for spring.

If you’d like a chance to win, click below:

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a fancy party {audrey turns three}

Our little darling turned three last week and we threw her a fancy party.

{the invites as seen here}

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The theme was a mix of fancy/glitter/crowns/gold/silver/girly/ruffles/polkadots.
How’s that for a concise theme?

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The table was set with a ruffled tablecloth {made painstakingly by me}, place setting paper placemats {from here}, silver vessels filled with inexpensive carnations, and a homemade cake on my favorite beaded silver cake plate. It turned out fancy and pretty without being over-the-top.

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We served tea sandwiches, fruit, sparkly lemonade and the cutest sugar cookies in the shape of a crown for dessert.

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The birthday girl had the best time at her little party. I think she felt pretty special.

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and we loved celebrating our sweet Audrey.

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Want to see what happened after the guests left?

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Atlas felt left out and decided to help himself to the cake. Bad puppy.

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Coming up this week … a few tutorials for projects seen at the party.

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glitter + colorful stripes {jdc monthly}

By the time March comes around, even I {the self-professed neutral-lover} long for color.

Bright, cheerful color to prepare for spring. It’s actually quite fitting since St. Patrick’s day {with it’s pot-o’-gold-at-the-end-of-the-rainbow-tradition} falls right in the middle of the month. I took inspiration from the tale to create the March collection for JDC | Monthly.

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What is JDC | Monthly? Well, I’m so glad you asked!

JDC | Monthly is a membership where each month you receive printable paper goods to keep your organized in a stylish way.  You’ll receive calendars, chore charts, menus, shopping lists and more. Each month I create an exclusive art print just for JDC | Monthly members which are perfect for adding a little seasonal charm to your home. And, we do a simple diy project that goes with the ‘theme’ of the month.

Sounds fun, yes? Here’s what a few ladies are saying:

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Here’s a little peek at the newest designs:

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monthly calendar / note to self / chore charts / daily menu / weekly calendar / scripture cards / shopping list / note cards / dinner schedule / grocery list / house duties / art print

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The project this month is so, so easy, but makes even the most basic envelope feel so fancy.

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I’m completely in to glitter right now, so you’ll be seeing lots more of it in the days to come.

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JDC | Monthly is an incredible value at $9.99 per month and your first month is free.

You are welcome to give it a try. If it’s not the right fit, you can cancel at any time.

Plus, all JDC | Monthly members receive 50% off all printables in the shop.

Click the button below to sign up:

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When you sign up you will be directed to the current month’s link immediately. Billing is done on a 30 day cycle {so if you join on the 15th, you will be billed the following month on the 15th}. On the 22nd of each month, you will receive an email with the link to download the collection of pdfs, as well as the project tutorial.

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Please let me know if you have any questions – or suggestions – or comments. We strive to make JDC | Monthly not only pretty and valuable but also functional. I’m always open to new ideas to make it even better!

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