Sunday, April 20, 2014

Much Ado About Monday {No. 56}

 
 
We're so glad that you stopped by to party with us this week!
 
 
How did you celebrate the holiday? We had our neighbors over for dinner and an egg hunt, which the kids just loved! Earlier this weekend we headed out in search of bluebonnets! We found a beautiful field and actually managed to get a few decent shots of the kids. (It is HARD to get pictures of toddlers actually smiling AND looking at the camera, y'all!) There was also a bit of egg dyeing, shopping and visiting with the Easter bunny, too. Let's just say we had a very busy weekend. The best part that my Mom was in town visiting as well, so the kids got to spend a lot of time her. :)
 

It was also another busy week here on the blog! Jill shared her beautiful DIY Hoop Art for our monthly contributor post over at From G2B. She also gave us a look at the adorable Easter Applique Dresses that she made her girls, while Jamie shared a fun Easter Bunny craft project that the whole family would love to make together!


We also had  a record number of partiers last week for Much Ado About Monday! Thank you all SOO MUCH for stopping by each week and sharing your creations with us. We're so grateful that you choose to share your ideas here at Huckleberry Love. :)
 
Now, onto this week's features!
 
 
Emily's Pick: Peep Popping Easter Cupcakes via Jodie Fitz
Jill's Pick: Lemon and Honey Tart with Salted Shortbread Crust via Simply Suzanne's
Lydia's Pick: House Number Sign via The Happy Scraps
Jamie's Pick: Burlap Bunny Easter Treat Bags via Put a Bird On It


And, the most popular post from last week's party was this delicious Amish Egg Bake shared by Grandparents Plus!

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Friday, April 18, 2014

DIY Hoop Art {Contributor Post}

I’ve been having so much fun putting my littlest one’s big-girl room together. We bought an antique bedroom set, and while my husband is busy refinishing it, I've been working on her room décor. One of my friends posted this super cute idea, to hang embroidery hoops with coordinating fabrics above the bed.  It was a perfect match to the vintage feel of Miss Emeline’s room, so I went in search of coordinating fabrics and various sized embroidery hoops.



Head on over to From G2B to see how I created this beautiful DIY Hoop Art!


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Thursday, April 17, 2014

Easter Basket Bunnies {from Garden Gloves}






























As Lydia said last week, when she shared her Easter Bunny Project Round-Up, Easter just wouldn't be Easter without cute, cuddly bunnies. Well, that just so happens to be how my mom feels about Easter and Spring; bunnies are her thing. You could basically say she is a bunny hoarder collector. ;-)

My mom also happens to be a bit of the crafty type {the old apple doesn't fall too far from the tree I guess} so when I was about 9, she got this fabulous idea to make a basket with little bunnies made out of gardening gloves. I remember we did the project together and it was by far the most fun I'd ever had getting crafty {who knows, maybe that was the pivotal moment that set me on my crafting journey}.

Here is our original creation!

Anyways, when she was planning to come down here to visit last month for my newest littles' arrival we got talking about that bunny project we had done so many years before. That was the moment that we decided that we needed to re-create 'the basket' with my girls.

I was at Hobby Lobby that same afternoon dragging my very pregnant behind through the aisles looking for the treasures I would need for my basket. And now, because this project is sooo fun to do, I want to share it and how you can make your very own with you all :)

Can't Get Started Without:

~gardening gloves
~a basket {I used a pink wicker one}
~fiber fill
~googly eyes
~pink and cream felt
~black and pink sewing pins
~moss or faux grass
~glue gun and glue sticks
~miscellaneous decorative embellishments
I USED:
~curly craft hair
~mini craft hats
~mini birds nests
~mini plastic eggs
~silk flowers
~wire


This project is great because although there are a few 'must have' items, there is also a lot of room for creative license by adding any embellishments that suit your fancy.

I started by stuffing my gloves. Stuff each finger and the top third of the hand part but don't stuff the thumb.It is really important to make sure that the gloves are stuffed really full, especially where the fingers meet the rest of the glove. This is to make sure that each finger stays standing straight up and doesn't fall over. We don't want any floppy bunnies. ;)


Because you didn't stuff your thumb, just glue it down and out of the way.


Next, I had to decide which bunnies I wanted to have hats. It is important to place the hats first so you know how far down you want the eyes to be. If your bunny is going to have hair though, then you'll need to do that before the hat.

Take your craft hair and cut it to whatever length you want your bunny to have. For my bunny I cut the hair about 2 1/2" long.


Once I had all of my hair cut. I pinched it in the middle and glued it to the top of the finger.


I then glued on a craft hat.


Next came the eyes. I found some really cute 'girl'ones that had little eyelashes on them.


Glue those babies on and get ready to add those cute little bunny cheeks.


To make the bunny cheeks, we just rolled bits of fiber fill into little balls.


Glue two of these just below your bunnies eyes.


Next, add your bunnies nose by gluing your sewing pin in between each cheek.


The last thing your bunny needs is ears.

We made our ears by first drawing out a template  for the outer and inner portion of the ears. We traced out each outer ear portion onto the cream felt and did the same with the inner ear portion onto the pink felt. We then glued the inner ear onto the outer ear.


Once your ears are completed, glue them onto the back of your bunnies head (for bunnies with hats, glue the ears onto the outside of the hat).


Continue to create the rest of your bunnies on each finger of both gloves. Each can be as different as you want. For one of my bunnies, I chose to add some wire glasses.

To make these glasses I used a pliers and pen to shape two circles with a little bit of extra wire on each end.

They look so cute on this little Grandpa Bunny don't they?
Once each of my bunnies was finished I realized that they were a little too close together so,


I took an elastic band and tied it just under where my glove was stuffed to. This helped to spread out the fingers and gave each bunny the space it needed.


Once my bunnies were 100% finished, it was time to put them into the basket.


Fill your basket almost all of the way full with moss.


Dig out two little holes where you want your bunnies to sit and place your bunnies in each one. Add some more moss in between each bunny to make them all look like they are individuals.


This is an optional step, but I added some additional, more natural looking moss on top to give the grass some depth.


At this point, the girls were able to step in a really help out. We used all of our additional embellishments to decorate our basket. The girls were really excited because I basically gave them free reign and let them put whatever they wanted anywhere in the basket.

We started by making a nest filled with eggs.


The girls liked the nest so much that they wanted to put eggs all over the basket!

Our last step was to add our silk flowers. I just cut off individual flowers from a bouquet that I had gotten. I let the girls decide which flowers I should cut and where each flower should be placed.


They had so much fun!


And then we went outside to pose with the great new Easter decoration we made together.


This project is such a special one to me. It was so fun to recreate the basket I made with my mom almost 20 years ago with my little girls. I really hope they enjoyed making this basket with me as much as I enjoyed making it with my mom. :)


I hope you like this 'Easter Basket Bunnies' project as much as I do! What embellishments would you add to your basket? I would love to see pictures of any 'Easter Basket Bunnies' you create. :)

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Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Easter Appliqué Dress

Can you believe it? Easter is on Sunday! Hasn't this spring has been a whirlwind? or is it just me?  Well, I have been super busy, between furniture projects with my husband, finishing up Emmie's big girl room, midterm grading, and lots of sewing projects! But now I'm feeling super accomplished, with these sweet dresses hot off the press.




I love sewing, and while I enjoyed making these super cute dresses, they required a lot of breaks for me. One evening I would work on them a lot, and the next few days they would be neglected. Can you say holy applique?!? I finally sat down and finished them last week. Anyways, I am so so happy with the results! They turned out beautifully, and the girls' smiles made it all worthwhile!


My friend actually told me about this sweet pattern on Etsy. It's by Mack and Lily Patterns, a really cute shop focused on easy-to-make patterns that are great starting points to creating your own designs. As you can see, it turned out to be just that! I ended up combining a simplicity pattern (that I had on hand) with the Mack and Lily skirt, to make a dress.

The tutorial on fluffy ruffles was awesome, as well as the tips on applique. I'm saving the info on the ruffler foot, which I hope to purchase in the very near future! (Yes, I'm still basting and gathering, am I the only one left?) The pattern was very clear and well written, so I have a feeling that using it as a tutorial for the ruffler will be a breeze. And just for the super cute and whimsical ideas in this skirt, the pattern was well worth it. I mean, an easter basket as a pocket? So adorable!


I loved it as a skirt, but knowing how my girl's aren't fond of tucked in shirts, and one- pieces are just a bit easier with potty trianing, I went the dress route for miss Emmie. And I'm so glad I did! I actually turned one into a swing top for Ella. Although she was bummed about not having a dress, she is now very excited to wear it with matching ruffle pants to her school easter party. I'm praying for no stains!!!


My favorite part of the whole get-up is the cute little bunny peeking out of the grass in the back of the skirt! Emmie just loves the little bunny. Let's see if she still feels that way after meeting the Easter Bunny on Saturday! I wish I could find the photo from last year-- classic! :-)
Emmie's looking for Peter Cottontail in the garden :-)
I can't wait to get some photos of the girl's at Nanna and Poppa's easter egg hunt and brunch! The carrot hair bows that Jamie and I made will be perfect for the occasion! Now, all that's left, is some late night Easter Bunny shopping... 
What does the Easter bunny fill your little one's baskets with?



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Sunday, April 13, 2014

Much Ado About Monday {No. 55}

Welcome back to another Much Ado About Monday party! We're so glad to have you. :)
 
It's been a busy weekend here at our house. My in-laws are visiting from Ohio, so the boys have been having a wonderful time playing with their Nana and Papa! It's also nice because it gives my husband and I a much needed break. :)
 
We also had a busy, Easter-themed week here at Huckleberry Love. Lydia rounded up 20 cute bunny projects and we all pitched in to create a few colorful, Easter printables that our readers can print off to display in their homes for the upcoming holiday!


Last week's party was full of inspiration! There were so many fun and creative Easter ideas, as well as a great mix of DIY projects and recipes. We had a hard time choosing our favorites, but here they are!


Emily's Pick: Spring Inspired Sugar Cookies via Simply Suzanne's
Jill's Pick: Burlap Easter Bunny Canvas via The Life of a Craft Crazed Mom
Lydia's Pick: The Little Ugly Cabinet via Woods of Bell Trees
Jamie's Pick: DIY Washi Tape Thread Spool Carrots via Crafts by Courtney

And, our most popular link from last week's party was No Mess Toddler Art Activity via Craving Some Creativity. Apparently we're not the only ones who are looking for fun activities to do with our kiddos that aren't crazy messy!


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