a photo of Emmet every week in 2017
These last few weeks spent just me and this little boy (and Moose and Dave sometimes) have been pretty magical! Most days we just hang out at home in our comfy clothes and play with all of the toys that Emmet has gathered over the past year. But sometimes, we go out. We put on our best stripes and head downtown for some delicious ice cream and shopping (yes the shopping is also delicious). This past weekend we even traveled to Kansas City for a girls weekend with friends and Emmet got in a lot quality time with his nana and papa. It was so much fun to get away for the weekend and even get in some me time. Because even though we love being at home together just the two of us all day, sometimes it is nice to go out with your friends.
We're all about felt these days and the different ways to use it for nursery & children's decor! I made these felt flowers to go on our felt leaf garland, but they can be used for so many other things too! I love them because they are completely customizable. I'm sharing a DIY for a basic felt flower and four variations below. You can cut your pieces into different shapes and sizes though so that they work for you! In the next few weeks I'll share how to make headbands, wreaths, and garlands with them, but for now here is how to make the flowers themselves!
Step One: Cut out six petals. Mine were approximately 1x1.5 inches, but the sizing can be adjusted for how large or small you'd like your flowers to be.
Step Two: Cut out a 2 x 6 inch rectangle for the center of your flower
Step Three: Make your flower center. Fold your 2x6 rectangle in half and hold in place. Cut along the folded edge 1/2 inches in and approximately 1/4 inch apart.
Step Four: Roll up your flower center, keeping it folded in half, squirting hot glue as you go to hold it in place.
Step Five: Glue on your Petals. Squirt a line of hot glue along the bottom edge of each petal and carefully press and hold it onto the bottom of your flower center. Glue on one side first then on the other to keep it symmetrical. Rotate as you go so that the flower looks even when finished.
What will you use your felt flowers for?
(more variations below, click "Read More")
a photo of Emmet every week in 2017
This past weekend we took Emmet to his first ever Symphony in the flint hills! It has become one of our favorite things to do each summer. I went with Dave and his family the first year that we were dating. I had just met his parents the week before and we went out and spent the day with them out among the prairie grasses and flowers. I fell in love with the whole event, the instruments, the art, the views, and the music. We've gone on and off now for eight years, only missing the years when we had a conflict or when it just didn't work out. We didn't go last year because we didn't think it would be a good idea to take a one month old out in the heat, but at one year old Emmet did perfect! We laid out a blanket in the back of the crowd and Emmet ran around and played with his cousins and ate his goldfish for hours. It was a little hot, but holding him and singing home on the range at the end was the perfect way we could spend our weekend.
I've got two new cards in the shop for Father's Day and for Weddings. Our father's day card features a watercolor and ink stump with an axe that says #1 in dad. It is blank on the inside so that you have lots of space to tell your dad how much you love him and share some of your favorite memories of him, order by TOMORROW to make sure it gets there in time!
Our wedding card is a watercolor and ink car with cans hanging off of the back and a sign that says just married! It's the cutest card to send best wishes in to your newly wed friends/family, plus it is the perfect size for a gift card or two! This one will be available year round.
ALSO! Don't forget to get a floral bouquet print while they are still on super sale! Inventory is getting low and a lot of them won't be restocked!
what cards do you want to see?
This past weekend I hosted a fabric design workshop at Liv & Work in Wichita, Kansas. I met Liv through her Haute and Handmade Markets last November, and quickly became a really good friend of mine! She is so sweet and genuine and an incredible maker. Her adorable little shop is located on Douglas in Downtown Wichita and is one of the more cuter shops I've ever been to. Its a southwestern, boho dream full of her own designs as well as a few other makers & designers.
Our designers drew & painted a design on paper, before I showed them how to scan and edit their photos into a fabric design using photoshop. We practiced using a couple of different tools and picked out fabrics & background colors, before placing an order through Spoonflower, an amazing site full of fabric designs for purchase and the ability to have your own fabric designs printed. Below is a few of the designs that our students came up with! I was so impressed with the drawings they created and I can't wait to see how their fabrics turn out!