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I’m a diy, penny pinchin’, first time home owner, wife to my amazing helper of a husband, one sweet little type 1 diabetic daughter and one smart creative little boy(or should I say young man!). There isn’t a thing I won’t buy if I think I can make it myself. So I hope you enjoy my attempt to save a little money and share my attempts to make our house a home.

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Tuesday, May 22, 2012

Yay! It's finally here!

Sew with Rachel
Learn To Sew Class 1

Learn to Sew teaches everything you need to know to get you started sewing and confident with your abilities! Students will learn machine basics, practice various stitches and complete an envelope throw pillow cover. We'll discuss sewing tools and fabrics. *Students will provide their own machines accompanied by their manuals (If you have one). Machines MUST be in good working order. *I have 2 machines available first come first serve via registration.
 Learn to Sew: Students will learn sewing machine basics, including bobbin winding, threading the machine, and how to operate the machine.Basic sewing tools will be discussed as well practicing a few basic stitches Each student will complete an envelope throw pillow by the end of class.

**Materials purchased for class use at Hancock Fabric are eligible for a 10% discount! **
**Only for classes held at Hancock Fabrics**

·        3/4 yard of 45” wide fabric Cotton or home dec (pre-washed preferred)
·        Scrap fabric (for practicing stitches)
·        Matching all-purpose thread
·        16” x 16” OR 18x18 pillow form
·        Empty bobbin
·        Universal machine needle

2 1/2 Hour Session $35.00
 to Register/Questions Please Contact Rachel @
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Friday, May 18, 2012

Will, Jimmy and Jake

I don't claim to be a photographer and I barely know the bare minimums to get my camera of auto mode. What I do know is how fast children grow and how great it is to have pictures (good ones) to look back on. So every time I get out my camera I try my hardest to make sure memories are being caught. Enjoy my latest manual mode photo shoot of baby Will and his brothers. Jake the oldest is autistic and from what his mom says never looks at the camera but a little game of peek a boo changed that right up for me :) Thanks again Shanna for letting the boys partake in my amateur photography practice!



Shanna (not prepared for pictures;)

I think he was fascinated with my camera

Shanna's amazing bay window!

love me some arm rolls

sweet little tongue

Hat crocheted by yours truly - pattern available free on this blog!

wonder what he's thinking?!

Friday, May 11, 2012

Layered Felt Flower Clippie DIY


4.99 @ Cricut.com

Sizzix Big kick or Big Shot or Cuttle bug
Cuttle Bug Flowers die #1 (currently 4.99 @ cricut.com!)
Felt wool or Eco-felt 
Thread and Needle 
Hot Glue 
Hair Clip

 (I didn't not plan to post this or I would have taken at least a couple more pics ;)

This is one of the easiest felt flower hair doo dads I have made in a while. In fact I made about a dozen yesterday most of them in my 4 year old assistant choices of colors ;)  I have seen them on etsy a lot and thought "how simple and cute" Plus you can layer all sorts of colors to match outfits. I made one I like to call raspberry orange creamsicle, hot pink, orange, cream and light pink layered up. I think so far that's my favorite one :)

FIVE easy steps and a little creativity and your on your way to a small business plan ;) ok that is if you can market and part with some of these cute little things! Or pry them from the grips of your fashion forward four year old!

1: Cut one of each size from the cuttle big die out of your color choice of felt 
(ie: cream and YES these tiny dies will cut felt, that is really all I use my Sizzix for I DON'T SCRAP BOOK :O)
2: Stack them nicely together place button on top and sew button on with a few stitches 
(make sure to start from the bottom so you loose threads aren't on top of the flower)
3: Cut two little leaves and place as shown on the bottom with a little hot glue
4: attach to hair clip, barrette, headband etc...
5: Cut one more smaller circle scallop to finish the bottom of the clip so you can't see the leaves glued on or the glue adhering the flower to the hair clip (optional but very professional ;) 

Enjoy....its hard to stop dreaming up all the fun color combo's for summer! TIP: Make 2 and put them on a cute set of piggies!

Monday, May 7, 2012

DIY EASY Garden Box

2 complete garden box's and up-cycled retaining wall to fire pit all my handy work!

Little lady ready to worship some diy'n
This was stupid easy and all I had requested for mother's day but lucky me it was so easy it was done a week early just in time for nice weather (be for warned also request that your strapping husband fills them for you...I can barely move my arms after all the filling and emptying of the wheel barrow!) Does that mean I still get a gift for mothers day??

(Lowe's disclaimer - we attempted to go to home depot but all the employees were the least happy least helpful group of people I have ever encountered plus they didn't have the cuts of wood we needed, so we tried to give them a chance but I honestly almost always go to Lowes so I am comfortable making my rounds there)

Supplies: (for one box 4 foot by 5 foot and 16 inches tall)
2"x 8'x 10 foot

2"x 8"x 8 foot
(heaven forbid I don't know the proper wood lingo, thanks to the Mr. This should read correctly for you!)
(2x4 if you don't just have one laying around like us hoarders)
Weed stopper
Screws or BIG nails

Did I mention 2 of these bad boy's only cost about 40 BUCKS!

Here's the best part :D Have Lowes cut both boards in half, all the hard work is done and now they are easy to load in the back of the car. We always fight over strapping lumber to the top of the car and I always think he is going to chop is fingers off when cutting large boards so extra bonus less arguing through out the process :O 

Now here is the tricky part: We had pieces of 2x4 laying around to brace the corners and the front middles, if you don't NO biggie get one 2x4 from Lowes and if you bat your lashes hard enough they will cut it in to 12 inch section for you as well.

Assembly : Make your top then the bottom by screwing the sides to the front and backs with a drill, don't have one?! Well maybe BIG nails will work :D galvanized so they won't rust.

Stack them together and attach the pieces of 2x4 in the corners and on the front middle and back to secure!

**I opted to staple weed stopper onto the bottom and trimmed away excess***

Done! Now fill - warning this takes a lot of dirt and time! Each was about 5 or 6 loads in the worlds largest wheel barrow :( I am one tired but happy mama today!

Another FROG! Our back yard is a frog retreat ;) I have been moving them to a secure location where I am fairly certain they are being eaten by the neighbor's cats...oops!

Off to collect goodies for said DIY Garden Box's! HAPPY SPRING!

Friday, May 4, 2012

Call Me Rehab Rachel

"Given enough spray paint I could change the world" not sure who owns that quote but it's totally me. Especially now that I have discovered Zinzer in a can. I am pretty sure anything could be painted with that stuff....

Following this post soonly is going to be a gallery of allll the things I have "Rehabbed" with a little love a lot of sanding and primer ;) Hoping it will inspire people to see the beauty in the ugly things. ( list of items, FREE dresser, Free wing back chair, Gold Huge plastic mirror, coffee table, Desk and more!)

My recent Rehab was the worlds UGLIEST table.

 I am always looking for furniture (when I need it, because lord knows I have too much) that has character since we live in a newer house lacking character. I have been severely struggling with ideas for the bonus room aka my sewing (class)room and had a few good friends swing by to get me out of my rut all three confirmed put a table in the middle so I ventured on to craigs list for a few days looking for a table I liked and was in my teeny price range....then I spotted it, a 70's solid wood, laminate top, covered in years of food grime and lacquer for the mere price of 25 bucks. What made me want this hideous table?! It has GREAT legs ;) I am a total leg girl when it comes to furniture! I made the purchase for 20 bucks and my husband could not believe he was having to lug it home but I was confident it had great potential and was the perfect size for the awkward room.

I sanded for a day, primed for a day, and painted for an afternoon and I LOVE it (all for the cost of the table I owned primer and paint!:) Proof is in the pudding folks. Re-use, Reduce, Re-Cycle making the world a better place for my little ones in more ways then one! So before you toss something out put some lipstick on that pig and see what you think of it :)