2015 MY YEAR OF DIY!

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This kind of weather inspires me a lot!

The afternoon sky was an eerie shade of grey as I walked out of the house on the first Tuesday of 2016. The clouds were ready to weep over San Diego as I drove to a nearby Starbucks to organize my brain of thoughts–some creative and some of mundane tasks. Then there were those flashback of memories of 2015 that began to pour in my mind like the rain that flooded the streets. Everyone’s cell phones around me alerted an emergency flash flood-including my own- and we all took a moment to silence the obnoxious beeping. The man sitting on the table next to me announced how he had never seen such a thing before; neither have I. The rain started as small droplets and quickly grown 3 times in size. A river of water filled up the street and the gutters could not keep up. The sidewalk was under a foot-or-so of water. I kept looking out of the window to see if I could see my car and the man next to me said, “Doesn’t look like you’ll be able to go anywhere for awhile.” Fine with me. My husband took the kids to the museum and I had planned to spend some time in the coffee shop for a few hours. I love the rain and the stormy skies because it inspires me creatively. We haven’t had much of a winter in the past couple years and January was already making up for it all.

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It’s hard to believe that it is January of 2016. If I could share of all the memorable events that happened in 2015, it would be a breath full. It would take me forever to write a blog entry that summarized this past year because not only am I a scatter brain, I’m also not a quick writer and my own self~critic. Sometimes I’ll write a draft, read it over, and then delete it. So instead of a writing some inspiration blog post of my intentions for this year, I decided to compile a list of all the links to tutorials I used in 2015. It turned out to be a DIY year for me!

I’m slowly learning how to document my projects and am realizing that it takes a great deal of patience since it lengthens the entire process of production. I’d say that majority of the crafts I do are pretty self~explanatory or it was inspired by another tutorial [follow the link to see the step-by-step]. Below, I have listed all of the DIY projects I did- my husband helped with the home & decor- in 2015 and will update this list with patterns and my own tutorials when I get a chance!

Without further ado…

Sewing:
DIY Baby Bloomers by See Kate Sew
DIY Bassinet Lining [sorry, no tutorial, but I’ll try to find one]
DIY Baby Bibs by Purl Soho
DIY Jessica Brown Rag Doll by Jess Brown

Knitwear & Crochet:
DIY Baby Bonnet by CrochetLatte
DIY Knitted Bon Hiver Baby Beanie [pattern coming soon]
DIY Knitted Aire-Sur-La-Lys Scarf [pattern coming soon]
DIY Crochet “Hexagon Market Bag” by Lion’s Brand [register to access FREE pattern]
DIY Knitted Baby Booties [More Last~Minute Knitted Gifts by Joelle Hoverson]

Jewelry:
DIY Friendship Necklaces & Bracelets [tutorial coming soon]

Stationary:
DIY Baby Shower Water Color Invitations [coming soon]
DIY LAST MINUTE Christmas Cards [coming soon, never fails for any occasion]
DIY Our “30” Birthday Piñata

Home & Decor:
DIY Coat Rack [coming soon]
DIY Hanging Jewelry Rack [coming soon]
DIY refurbish furniture [coming soon…how to Craigslist if you’ve never done it]

Homeschool:
@creations_académie [Follow our homeschooling journey]

Crafts:
DIY Loom by Honestly WTF
DIY Better than salt dough ornaments
DIY refurbish old ornaments [coming soon]
DIY pinecones and acorn ornaments [coming soon]
DIY Tissue Paper Roses by Lia Griffith
DIY Christmas Stockings [coming soon]
DIY Paper Garlands [coming soon]

I have also compiled a list of my DAILY READS that can be found in the menu list to the left and will also add my library of my favorite books that I have used over the years!

xx
Jena

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The Kissing Hand for Evie Raccoon

“Chester Racoon stood at the edge of the forest and cried. ‘I don’t want to go to school,’ he told his mother. ‘I want to stay home with you. I want to play with my friends. And play with my toys. And read my books. And swing on my swing. Please may I stay home with you?'”
~ The Kissing Hand by Audrey Penn

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October 29, 2014 PART I

It was three days before Halloween and I thought I was let off the hook from making a costume for Evie because, I repeat, it was THREE DAYS before Halloween and she had a dozen other costumes hanging in her closet. I was 4 months pregnant and ultimately too tired to do anything that required my focus. But just as I was confirming with her what she wanted to be for Halloween, she grabbed a book off of her shelf titled The Kissing Hand by Audrey Penn. She was a bit obsessed with this story for the entire month, asking everyone to read it to her repeatedly. It is about a young raccoon named Chester, who is a bit nervous about going to school. Mrs. Raccoon kisses his center palm and tells him that “whenever you feel lonely and need a little loving from home, just press your hand to your cheek and think, ‘Mommy loves you. Mommy loves you.’

While every little girl in the world wanted to be Princess Elsa, Evie [5 years old] wanted to be Chester Raccoon. She read the book over and over again and thought that it was the cutest story of a raccoon and his mother. I must have asked her a dozen times, “Are you sure you want to be a raccoon?” She was absolutely unwavering about the idea.

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PART II

Evie wanted her entire body to be covered in fur, but I told her that we should just make a fur coat that she could add to her fall/winter wardrobe. We went to the fabric store to find grey faux fur, and I worked on her costume over the course of 2 days…

PART IV

PART III

PART V | Fashion Valley Mall Trick o' Treating

PART V | Fashion Valley Mall Trick-or-Treating in the daytime

Trick o'Treating with her best friend, Graham

Evening Trick-or-Treating with her best friend, Graham

Raccoon DIY Costume

Raccoon-Costume-6-2014SUPPLIES FOR COAT:
Grey Faux Fur [1 1/2-2 Yards]
Black Thread

SUPPLIES FOR EARS & TAIL:
Grey Faux Fur
Black Fabric
Black Thread
Headband
Safety Pin [to pin tail on coat]
Polyester Stuffing

I don’t have any photos of the process, but it’s simple if you know how to duplicate a pattern. I started with a basic pattern–tracing the front, back, and sleeves–using a coat she already owned. We used one of her black headbands and sewed ears onto it. The tail was stuffed with polyester stuffing and the selvage side of the fabric was incorporated to look like stripes. There wasn’t quite enough fabric [approx. 1 yard] so the tail and sleeves were a little short. Had I bought more fabric, I would have made her tail longer and spray painted thick black stripes. To complete the outfit, she rummaged through her drawers and found a plain light grey shirt, black leggings, and a dark grey tulle skirt [Zara Girls].

TheKissingHandPresently, 10 days before Halloween, I asked her what she wanted to be. One would think she would be influenced into being a Disney Princess after seeing other little girls walking around in their costumes throughout the month of October–but Evie blurted out to our neighbor last week that she wanted to be a… mammal from the weasel family. Predictably, our neighbor’s eyes bulged out of her sockets and her nose and upper lip scrunched up on one side as she muttered under her breath, “A whaaaaat?” I presumed she was expecting to hear that she was going to be a pretty and dainty something

…But Evie has another original idea–unwavering in her decision, again. She’s also hoping that I would agree to dress Emaline up as the same thing.

xx
Jena