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Fall Kids Craft: Leaf Sun Catchers

Fall Leaf SunCatcher Kids #Craft |

I recently shared a family play date we had when my nephews Blake and Logan. Besides enjoying some good old fashion fun with all our toys (aren’t the best toys the ones you don’t own and get to play with at someone else’s house?) and some yummy snacks provided by Happy Family, but I also made sure we’d have some crafty time when we made leaf sun catchers.


  • Contact Paper (bought a big roll of it at Walmart in the home section)
  • Ripped up pieces of Tissue Paper (AC Moore 50% coupon my friends!)
  • Scissors
  • Painter’s Tape
  • Construction Paper

Fall Leaf SunCatcher Kids #Craft |

To prepare, I cut two of the same size pieces of contact paper per child. Peel away the adhesive cover to one piece and use painter’s tape to stick it to the wall, sticky side out. Save the matching piece for later. Next, cut out leaf outlines from construction paper and add to the sticky panels.

Fall Leaf SunCatcher Kids #Craft |

The kids took the tissue paper pieces and stuck them to the paper any which way they pleased.  They started to make a game out of it, applying them as fast as they could to all the sticky parts.

Fall Leaf SunCatcher Kids #Craft |

Once they were thoroughly covered, we stuck the other piece of contact paper to the sheet to sandwich our tissue paper creations inside. With one rough cut and a little exposed area of contact paper later, we stuck them up on the sliding glass doors to let the sun shine through.

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Handmade With Love XIII

As a crafter, I know how long it takes to make some handmade gifts. Items I receive need more than the few minutes of love I can give it, so I’m happy to post these Handmade with Love posts that showcase great handmade cards or gifts I have received.

Handmade Plush Stuffed Animal from The Woven Soul Etsy Shop |

Check out this super adorable little plush animal from my friend’s etsy shop, The Woven Soul. You may have noticed her icon on my sidebar these past few months as she’s a current blog sponsor showcasing some super cute sewn and knit products for adults and kids alike.

She gifted Brielle this little kitty plushie, which is just her size! I opened the box and said “give her a hug” and this is what she did. She’s been carrying her kitty around ever since! I highly recommend checking out the shop to pick up a little plushie for someone you know!


Handmade 1st birthday cards |

A birthday can’t go by in this house without some sort of handmade creations being received! This year she received the above two handmade cards from her Gwenma and Liz, both Handmade with Love regulars. Looks like my creative energy is rubbing off on my mom (sorta haha)!

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DIY Halloween Couples Costume: Bun in the Oven Pregnancy Reveal {Guest Post}

Stop right there. Before you jump to conclusions – NO this post is not an announcement by me!  You may remember my bestie Allie showing off her Handmade Owl Costume and Pacman themed couples costumes in previous years. Today, I’m happy to report that she’s back with another guest post featuring the costumes she and her husband wore last year when announcing their pregnancy to their neighbors’ at the annual Halloween party! Check out how she made this adorable “announcement” costume, which she is now reading about with her almost six month old! :)

DIY Pregnancy Reveal Halloween Costumes Costume: Bun in the oven |

We’ve got a BUN in the OVEN!

I was all prepared to do a step-by-step write-up of this year’s couples Halloween costume announcing to our friends/neighbors that we are expecting, but the costume steps were a little too independent to find that necessary.  Instead, I’ll show off the finished product for inspiration and below I will provide my tips/thoughts on the various components:

DIY Pregnancy Reveal Halloween Costumes Costume: Bun in the oven |

The oven: I initially expected to put myself in a big box again for this costume, but I learned my lesson from my pacman costume last year, and decided to find a smaller and more manageable option.

  • For the oven I recycled the top of box that ships a ream of paper.
  • I used a hole punch on the top and bottom of the left and right sides of the oven to run string through so the oven could hang from me.
  • The box top had writing on it so I covered it up with recycled 11×17″ paper.
  • Tip: You may want to use 2 of the paper wrappers so you can cover the inside of the oven as well – at least the edge where people will see (lesson learned from pacman)
  • Tip: Use double sided tape to attach the wrapper to the large “front” of the box/front of the oven in a few spots (think about where your oven cut out will be and plan to tape around that). Later you will cut open the oven door and there’s nothing to hold the paper down so a little extra stick is helpful to add now, instead of trying to squeeze some tape in later.

DIY Pregnancy Reveal Halloween Costumes Costume: Bun in the oven |

The oven door:

  • Use a straight edge to define where you will make the cuts for the door.
  • I used an old scrapbooking page protector as the clear oven window.
  • Tip: Consider making your pencil marks on the inside of the box so you don’t have to erase the lines after you cut!
  • Leave enough space at the top of the box for the oven/stove top knobs.
  • When cutting out the oven window, leave enough of an oven door edge to not compromise the strength of the box when you cut the outer edge and the window. Mine isn’t that big, but I wouldn’t really recommend going any thinner.
  • Take your time when cutting, don’t rush it or you may pull the paper.
  • Use a brand new blade to make the cuts. Doing this cuts through the box really nicely. If you don’t cut all the way through the first time, flip the box and the cut other side.

DIY Pregnancy Reveal Halloween Costumes Costume: Bun in the oven |

The knobs: Oops, my stove top knobs are all ON!  I hoped to fix this before the party, but didn’t! What I did for the knobs:

  • I used a circle cutter to cut the 5 circles, a hole punch of black paper for the off/high marks and just a sharpie for the in between temperature lines.
  • For the oven I spontaneously decided to put our due date 4-14(degrees), and since I’m close to half way the knob is pointing in the middle (that one was on purpose!)
  • I used some 3D super large foam dots to get the knobs to stick out, but you could also use pieces of form core.
  • The knobs themselves are double layered (the dark gray and black layers) to provide more depth.

DIY Pregnancy Reveal Halloween Costumes Costume: Bun in the oven |

The bun: I wasn’t really sure what to do with this… I could stick something on my shirt to look like a bun or I had some stale hot dog buns and I could use one of those. I opted for the hot dog bun (cinnamon bun could work as well).  To be able to show off the bun through the window I constructed a little shelf out of cardboard inside in the oven. I added a layer of aluminum foil to the top of the shelf.  I used a little double sided tape to hold the hot dog down and secured it further with some clear craft fishing line through the cut part of the bun and taped down on the side.  It held up through the party.

DIY Pregnancy Reveal Halloween Costumes Costume: Bun in the oven |

The result: Even though the party I attended doesn’t pick a favorite costume, we were definitely voted as having the best costume this year!

It was really fun to walk through each room of the party and pause as each new group of guests took a second to digest the ‘bun in the oven’ concept. Some got it right away and squealed with delight, others would give a questioning “does that mean what I think it means?” look and others were a little slower. Overall it brought a lot of smiles to everyone’s face and our friends are still talking about it months later!

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Gender Neutral Modern Animal Nursery: DIY Felt Animal Mobile {Guest Post}

Recently SOTD contributor Allie shared her Gender Neutral Modern Animal Nursery with us, showcasing her awesome home decorating and DIY skills. Today she’s back to share more details on that super adorable DIY Felt Animal Mobile she made for her son’s room!

Handmade Animal Mobile for Gender Neutral Modern Animal #Nursery | spotofteadesigns.comSupplies:

  • 2 Embroidery Hoops (I chose two different sizes)
  • Yarn
  • Decorative Ribbon
  • Craft Fishing Line
  • Felt (tip: I bought a big package of felt from the craft store when really, I only needed about one piece of 8.5” x 11” felt per color for the whole thing.)
  • Stuffing
  • Popsicle Stick (used for helping to stuff the animal shape)
  • Scissors
  • Needle and Thread
  • Optional: additional decorative accessories like buttons or sequins

How to make a felt mobile: Yes, you can do this!

  • Print silhouettes of animals then cut them out to use as templates. For each animal body, fold a piece of felt in half, trace and cut out the shape. This will give you two pieces which are mirrored shapes of one another for the front and back. Repeat to make cloud shapes. Tip: A little double sided tape may help keep the templates on the felt as you trace.
  • Cut out the accent pieces needed for each animal. Example: giraffe spots, elephant ears, owl eyes etc

Handmade Animal Mobile for Gender Neutral Modern Animal #Nursery |

  • Sew on the animal accents to one half of the animal body shape. Tip: Pay attention on how you attach shapes, like the elephant’s ears. Mine are flipped up which looks more than flying than flipped down which is how they are traditionally shown.
  • Tip: besides felt, you can use other materials you already have on hand. For example, the owl above uses sequins left over from another project as the centers of his eyes. (NOTE: This mobile was meant to be looked at but not touched by little children!)
  • Sew the back piece of felt onto each animal, leaving the knotted end of thread inside the two pieces and a small hole for stuffing.
  • Stuff each of the animals. Tip: use the end of scissors or a popsicle stick to encourage the stuffing in to small areas.
  • Sew the small hole shut.

Handmade Animal Mobile for Gender Neutral Modern Animal #Nursery |

  • Wrap two embroidery hoops with yarn. Hang one below the other using decorative ribbon to attach. (I have also seen other options using crossed wooden dowels, or a single embroidery hoop)
  • Hang the stuffed animals, clouds and single layer dot shapes on pieces of craft fishing line.

Gender Neutral Modern Animal #Nursery |

This was a fun and easy, yet time consuming, craft. When you’re at the point in the pregnancy where relaxing is a priority, this is a great project to tackle. I spent a few minutes each night for a few weeks working on different parts of the mobile and now it hangs in my son’s room!

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Use Your Stash Challenge: Dinosaur Stickers

Handmade Birthday Cards: Dinosaurs talking about cupcakes |

No matter what language anyone speaks, cupcakes serve as a universal language for holidays and celebrations, don’t you think? I recently put them to good use with some paper scraps and dinosaur stickers on some much needed male birthday cards. Why dinosaur stickers? Well because they can be so gosh darn cute. I mean look at these guys:

Handmade Birthday Cards: Dinosaurs talking about cupcakes |

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Handmade Birthday Cards: Dinosaurs talking about cupcakes |

I paired these cute stickers with this fun two part mini cupcake punch and my beloved caption bubble punch.

Handmade Birthday Cards: Dinosaurs talking about cupcakes |

Remember when tearing paper was all the rage? Consider this my #TBT as I’m rocking a little rough ground for these cute dinos!

Handmade Birthday Cards: Dinosaurs talking about cupcakes |

Just a few minutes later (honestly at least thirty since more time was spent trying to match the colors on these dinosaurs from my stash of cardstock than actually adhering this together) I had myself two birthday cards that are very male friendly!

Supplies: Punches: EK Tools | Stickers: Jolee’s Boutique | Patterned Paper: K&Company

Let’s see your stash challenges using your dinosaur stickers! I’m looking for some projects for a “Reader’s Feature” so if you do put one together, get in touch!

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Gender Neutral Modern Animal Nursery: THE FULL REVEAL {GUEST POST}

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I’m SO excited to share this adorable nursery lovingly created by my bestie and her hubby, SOTD contributors Allie & Tim. As always, Allie not only put her awesome home decorating skills of mixing and matching patterns and colors to good use, but also added plenty of fun DIY touches – like my personal favorite, a handmade mobile! Take it away, Allie!

Gender Neutral Modern Animal #Nursery |

Once we knew the gender of our little bundle of joy, the next task was to pick the nursery theme. I had a few criteria:

  • The first was based on my husband and his family’s love of sports. I envision years of baseball, soccer, football and golf in our house and on the clothes our little one will be wearing, so why start now? No sports, please.
  • Second, I wanted something gender neutral so we could have a greater possibility of using it again.
  • Third, I wanted to include my love of travel and animals.

Gender Neutral Modern Animal #Nursery. Crib fits under slanted ceiling wall |

I spent way too long browsing online and eventually settled for the Circo Jungle Stack Collection as my inspiration for the room. It has fun animals, bright colors, graphic patterns and even an owl to tie back to my bridal shower!

Most of the furniture we already had or was gifted, except of course the crib. Since we had a slanted ceiling in our nursery, I was happy we found a crib that finally fit!

Gender Neutral Modern Animal #Nursery: DIY Animal silhouette wall art |

I, of course, spent lots of time on Pinterest. After finding a pin leading to this silhouette picture of a giraffe, I was off to Google silhouette images of animals. I found images of an elephant, giraffe and lion which I printed out and used as a template. I chose paper with graphic prints that matched the nursery colors and added them to the embossed polka dot papers. These colorful handmade creations hang above the changing table.

Handmade Animal Mobile for Gender Neutral Modern Animal #Nursery |

I had considered buying a mobile, but after seeing a really cute felt mobile sold on an Etsy shop for $180 I instantly thought, “I can make that!” So off I went to DIY a felt mobile.

Gender Neutral Modern Animal #Nursery |

Maybe this wasn’t needed, but I love pom-poms! Their colors and texture make such an impact, and after having them at my bridal shower and using them for Tara’s bridal shower I really wanted to incorporate them in the nursery. They now hang in the other corner of the room, as seen above.

Gender Neutral Modern Animal #Nursery: Animal Bookends | spotofteadesigns.comThese colorful animal bookends are a great way to add decoration and color to the room, while staying with the theme! His current favorite book? Head, Shoulders, Knees and Toes…

Handmade Animal Mobile for Gender Neutral Modern Animal #Nursery |

We splurged and purchased the Pinnacle Reclina-Glider Swivel Recliner for the nursery. I wanted to recline if I had to spend the night in the chair with the baby. The gliding motion is supposed to be more ‘natural’ than rocking (plus it won’t make me nauseous.) Bonus: it can be used for watching tv after its use in the nursery!

I also finally had the perfect place to hang the owl painting Tara had made me years prior. She told me many times she would paint over it for me, but I knew it would find a special place in my nursery one day.

Additional Resources:

Crib: Europ​a Baby Pali​sades Conv​ertib​le Crib

Glider Chair: Pinnacle Reclina-Glider Swivel Recliner

Rug: Maple​s Fret​work Area Rug purchased at Targ​et

Animal Bookends: Yellow Cute Giraff Nonskid Bookends

Animal lamp – This lamp was given to my brother from our Aunt. It fits great with our theme.

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Pinwheel Centerpieces: Pool Noodle Hack

Pinwheel first birthday party: DIY Pinwheel Centerpieces with Pool Noodle as foam center. #birthdayparty |

For Brielle’s birthday party invitations, I whipped up a few pinwheels using patterned papers within my color palette using this technique.

First Birthday Party Invitation Photoshoot: pinwheels |

I attached them to paper straws and took Brielle to a local park for a little photoshoot. I was able to capture a few cute photos that we used for her invite but also some not so fun ones. Exhibit A:

First Birthday Party Invitation Photoshoot: pinwheels |

Still a cute photo of an inquisitive little girl, but one who obviously did not appreciate mommy’s hard work and is breaking the pinwheel handle in this photo. I still wanted to use the pinwheels for something for the party, missy!

Centerpiece Pool Noodle Hack: Cut up a pool noodle instead of buying expensive floral foam |

After a trip to Target, I picked up these adorable polka dot and stripe mini tins in the dollar spot. I decided to turn the pinwheels into mini centerpieces to decorate the party. But I was looking for the not so expensive approach. Instead of buying expensive floral foam to help my pinwheel stand upright, I came up with a better, more affordable solution: a pool noodle!

Centerpiece Pool Noodle Hack: Cut up a pool noodle instead of buying expensive floral foam | spotofteadesigns.comDerek cut up the pool noodle to fit in each tin and then I poked a hole to insert my paper straw pinwheels right inside. It was a perfect fit!

Pinwheel first birthday party: DIY Pinwheel centerpieces with pool noodle foam as center #birthdayparty |

After adding some rocks to the bottom for weight, I hot glued some crinkle paper (from my Happy Child Nutritional Shake package) as filler to hide my pool noodle hack. Voila! My mini centerpieces were done! And for a really affordable price, I might add.

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Scrapbooking: Brielle’s Baby Book Part VII Months 8 and 9

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Brielle's #Baby #Scrapbook: see individual layouts that fill up her book |

Here are a few more pages from Brielle’s Baby Scrapbook:

Scrapbooked Baby Book: Month 8 |

Month 8: No real reason to go all duckie on this page except the colors worked with most of the photos. This month was spent babyproofing the house and it was a good thing too since the I had myself an early walker only a few weeks later!

Scrapbooked Baby Book: Month 8 |

On the first day of the month (after our photoshoot of course) I used our Boppy Shopping Cart Cover to put Brielle in the front of the cart for the first time… and she LOVED it! She’s been happily sitting up there every since! She also started to indulge in her first finger foods and was a crawling speed demon when we opened the fridge or dishwasher!

Supplies: Patterned Paper: Martha Stewart Crafts | Stickers: Jolee’s Boutique

Scrapbooked Baby Book: Month 9 featuring Amy Butler paper |

Month 9 began the latest popular hairstyle: ponytails! We seriously can ‘t go anywhere without someone commenting on how cute they are. Well, because they are!

Scrapbooked Baby Book: Month 9 featuring Amy Butler paper |

I titled this page “Here comes trouble” since she was getting into everything! Testing all the babyproofed items and finding new nooks and crannies for us to secure. She loved to grab the remote, cell phone or anything that wasn’t hers and was a BIG fan of her VTech – Sit-to-Stand Learning Walker. I was happy to get yet another doily in her book with this Amy Butler paper I’ve been hoarding for so long!

Supplies: Patterned Paper: Amy Butler | Letters: Heidi Swapp, EK Success Bookworks | Punch: Martha Stewart Crafts | Label Sticker: Martha Stewart Crafts

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