Fourth of July Home Dec/ Beach Pillow

Hi Everyone!!

I am so excited to share with you our first tutorial VIDEO for you guys to follow along with. Soon, you will be able to purchase everything needed for these videos in a simple kit, but until then, ill be linking up everything that we used.

We started with this AMAZING pillow, I personally can’t wait to throw it on my towel at the beach and snuggle up and tan with it! But you can definitely use it as a home dec/lounge chair pillow as well!

pillow.jpgHere is what you will need to complete this project:

Pillow form We are using a 20″x 20″

Silver City Stripe Fabric We used 1yrd of this

Pompoms We used 6.5 yards

We also highly recommend these fabrics for this pillow:

Serape Stripe & Sunbrella Astoria Stripe

In this video we will walk you through all the steps to creating this gem! We hope you enjoy the beach vibes music and cannot wait to see what you create!!!

We want to see your final product!!! Tag us on Instagram or Facebook and hashtag #MLEVINECREATION for a chance to win some goodies!!

Felt…

I have been coming across so many great felt projects online. I just wanted to share a few of them with you. Also,  since we have felt on sale all week ,I thought it might entice you to buy some. Wink, wink!

This site called Craftsy has lots of great felt ideas. Form cute felt houses to tree garland, and lots in-between. 

Family Circle has an easy stocking template. Something like this would be great to update the mantle, but also an easy craft for all the kids to make at your next holiday party. You could Pre-cut out the stocking and they can decorate it. Now that is a party favor I would like to go home with. mI love the untraditional color selection. I am so into turquoise, greens, and reds right now.

Of course we can’t forget Martha. When in need of a craft she is always there to lend a helping hand. I have to say sometimes they get a bit complicated for me, but here are a few that are darling and may not take up your entire day.

      

     

      

      

The felt bag is one that I am really drawn to. I use recyclable totes all the time. Again this would make a great gift. If you had extra time maybe adding the recipients initials would be a nice touch.

Here is the video for the tree wine covers. These really make an ordinary hostess gift much more personal.

Of course, since I have little ones, I love the monster mittens and the Tooth Bear. They are so cute & would make you the hit among all the moms! I think my five year old may have to get the tooth bear this year. So vintage looking!

All the above crafts can be found at Marthastewart.com. They all have directions and pictures to help you make some great felt crafts this winter.

I don’t want to leave out Hanukkah, so here are a few crafts that are fun.

 

The 8 nights of Hanukkah Countdown Calendar is from Land of Nod. I love this idea. Kids love anything that counts down and contains some sort of goodie! Again, while this one is great, it would be a nice tradition to make one with your kids.

I love every year when we pull the holiday boxes out, which we have lots, since we celebrate both Hanukkah and Christmas, and my kids, my husband, and myself, gravitate to items that have special meaning to each of us.  It may be the menorah I painted when my husband and I were dating, or the box that my mom put my most special gift in each year, or the ornaments that they made in school when they were little. Whatever it is we always enjoy a few moments talking about those special people or those special times.  They always want to hear the stories behind these personal treasures. I love that. That is really what the holidays are about. Spending time together, cherishing each other, and remember family who can’t be with you anymore.

Hopefully one of these crafts will help you make a special memory with your family this year.

What I’ve learned

Yesterday at 12:30pm the store mannequins were naked! What I’ve learned since I entered the retail world is that on October 31st, anytime after 12pm, Christmas is coming, and it’s coming NOW! This is always a bit sad to me, but it is the way it is. I was at Home Depot last week and Halloween was long gone. Reindeer’s were lite up and Santa was ready for the roof.  My 5 year old was so confused. She said, “Isn’t Thanksgiving soon? Why is the store decorated for Christmas?” As a parent I hate that we rush through the year. I want to enjoy each season and holiday, but as a worker in the retail world you’re always months ahead. We buy Christmas fabrics 6 months in advance, if not more. We’re talking about Spring before we even see Winter. It’s just the way it is. So yesterday when I saw the mannequins in booty shorts and bras I knew it was time for some holiday sparkle. So no surprise that this morning I was greeted with sparkle galore!

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I love the little metallic dress. The mix of gun metal, gold, and black. Very chic! The nod to the 40’s is also very classic and fun. The coat and the off the shoulder knit shirt is great for a night out, if only we would get some cooler weather. After being in NY I was all set to keep my winter gear out, but instead I put them back in the drawer. We’re so lucky to have such amazing weather, but I am ready to snuggle up in a faux fur vest or jacket.

Sew and Tell – Holiday Projects

Love this idea for any holiday, not only Halloween. Thanks!

Christa Quilts

Are you looking for a couple of quick and easy ideas for the holidays? Well thanks to a couple of my blog readers I have just thing to inspire you!

I know that Halloween is just a few days away, but my friend Stacy whipped up a couple of “Spooktacular” strippy skirts for her girls using just one Monster Bash Jelly Roll. She got them done in record time, too!

Jelly Roll Skirts

Aren’t they just adorable? (And the girls are cute, too!!) Stacy found a pattern for her skirts over at the Moda Bakeshop. She’s planning on making a Christmas version next. I think she should also make one for herself and they should all go caroling together this winter!!

Monster Bash Halloween Skirt

Moving onto Christmas projects, Wendy S. took my Baby Bricks quilt and scaled down the design so it was suitable for a set of holiday placemats.

She cut her bricks…

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The holidays are coming…

Yesterday as I was walking from my main office to the internet office, as I must do 20 times per day, and I realized our ML elves have been very busy. As the holidays approach, they have been putting up new sample projects to get our customers inspired. I just wanted to share some of these projects with you . They range from super simple (I’m talking a great skein of yarn, some big needles and some cellophane) to ones that the more experienced sewers out there might like.

If you’re looking for an easy gift idea, here are a few that I really love….

We have many beautiful skeins of yarn that (with 1 skein) you can make a beautiful scarf. The directions are included. Just add a large pair of needles (check the pattern to see what size is called for) and a pretty basket and your set. Great and super easy gift for the holidays.

We carry so many great books as well. If they love to knit, add a knitting one:  

If they like to crafts, try a fun felt book:

And I could go on and on.  What about filling a basket with fabric? Here are just a few of our pre-cut cotton bundles that make great gifts for your friends who like to quilt:

Lastly here is one of our cute sewing baskets. Have fun filling it with various items from our notion department.

Okay now for those of you who want to make something for those special someone in your life here are a few options…

I will start with the easy ones and work my way my up to the more advanced sewer…

We have so many fun polar fleece panels, from kids characters to sporting teams. These can simply be cut and used as blankets, especially for the kids, or you can finish the edges off.

Beautiful faux that can easily be made into a great throw. Perfect for you & you honey to cuddle under.

Want your own grown up throw? Try lining this amazing, super soft faux fur.  I’m sure your honey would love to snuggle up under one of these.

Love to quilt? Look at this amazing flip flop quilt….Who wouldn’t love to get that!

I also really like this cute holiday flannel blanket:

Two other great holiday gifts, very pretty & completely usable are table runners and pot holders. While they may sound old fashion with all the amazing choices in fabrics at the store they won’t be dated. You can make them as cool as your imagination lets you. Here are a few holiday ones our busy elfs just finished…

Thanksgiving table runner

Pot holders and an adorable place mat

Okay just when I thought your tour was done I saw a few more goodies…

Love these Ugg-like baby booties. If you have any extra yarn around these would make up so quick and what a perfect gift for anyone with a little one.

If you crochet here are 2 great little purses that all your friends would love to get.

Okay so that is it from the Apparel store. I will be checking out the Home Decor store in the coming days. I hope our elves are hard at  work over there as well!