Written on February 11, 2014 at 5:00 am , by Joni Lay
Just this past week, we celebrated my baby’s first birthday with a little valentine party. It was really fun getting crafty with the decor, and one of my favorite details was the little cupid arrows. I’ve seen quite a few floating about this valentine season, but here is a super simple DIY and a couple of ideas on how to display them.
All you need are some wooden dowels or striped straws, duck tape (I used silver!), feathers, and felt, plus scissors and a hot glue gun. Cut out small squares of felt, cut out hearts two at a time (so they match) and hot glue them to the dowels or straws. Choose about 5 feathers and affix them to each dowel or straw with a strip of duck tape wrapped around the dowel a few times.
To display them, I found a couple of branches in the backyard and spray painted them gold and attached the arrows with pink ribbon and added in some mini paper fans and a gold garland. It makes for a pretty wall display above a dining table or in a kids’ bedroom (just hang it out of reach of little hands)!
For Brigette’s party, I hung the branches from the ceiling for a dreamy tablescape (our basement has exposed beams and pipes).
Happy Valentine’s Day! ~Joni, Lay Baby Lay
Written on December 17, 2013 at 2:38 pm , by Joni Lay
Have you seen that beautiful “cheers banner” that has been floating around Pinterest? Apparently it’s no longer available, but I thought it was worth a shot to re-create it because it’s just so lovely, and it would be a great addition to any room or any party, regardless of the season. It’s also a great way to use some of that cardboard that is inevitably laying around this time of year!
Here is a list of the items you will need:(1) Cardboard; (2) Yarn or String; (3) Marker; (4) Gold Contact Paper (I used gold vinyl, but contact paper will be similar); (5) Washi Tape; (6) Heavy Duty Shears or Utility Knife; (7) Acrylic Paint; (8) Paintbrush; (9) Gold Fringe Garland (I used some shredded mylar, because the store was out of the garland, but the garland would be much easier to work with!)
Here is what you need to do:It would also be really sweet with your baby’s name on it, and strung up on the wall in a nursery! It’s a festive update to the name bunting, don’t you think? Or perhaps for a birthday party? We’ll be using it for a little family New Year’s celebration.
Hope you enjoy! ~Joni, Lay Baby Lay
Written on February 21, 2013 at 3:09 am , by Chelsey Andrews
Say hello to my Paint Chip Pillow. Hi. I love paint chips. I used to just wander through the paint chip section and read all the random and odd paint color names (I know, weird). This love for paint chips has inspired me to create the Paint Chip Pillow. I made 5 different paint chip printouts for you to enjoy! This is a two-sided pillow, so you can have a different paint chip color on each side.
- Two pieces of 14 by 21 inch white fabric
- HP Iron On Transfer paper
- A bag of stuffing
- Cut out two 14 by 21 inch rectangles of white fabric.
- Print out a test sheet (on plain ‘ol paper) of your choice of paint chip colors: Blue one and two, Red one and two, Purple one and two, Yellow one and two, Green one and two. If it all looks good, print out your paint chip colors on your iron on transfer paper (p.s. the wording is backwards on the printout, that’s so it will iron on normal when transferred to the fabric).
- Let the printed out transfer dry for a few minutes. Turn on your iron to the highest setting, make sure the steam is off. Set up a spot to iron on your paint chip. Lay down some fabric (to protect the surface you’re ironing on) onto a flat/hard surface, not your ironing board since it’s not hard enough.
- Trim your paint chip transfer printouts. Leave an 1/8 inch trim around the pictures. When it’s all trimmed up, get your paint chips centered and set up to iron.
- Follow the iron on directions for the transfer paper. Let cool for 5 minutes.
- Peel back the paper.
- With the right sides of the fabric facing each other, sew the rectangles together (leaving a 1 inch seam allowance around the entire seam. Don’t forget to leave an opening to flip the fabric right side out.
- Stuff the pillow.
- Stitch the opening.
- Done. Enjoy!
I hope you enjoy your paint chip pillow! If you love this, please feel free to share!
- Chelsey, The Paper Mama
Written on January 10, 2013 at 3:30 am , by Chelsey Andrews
Hello and a Happy New Year to all of you. I’m in full clean up and organize mode over here. Finishing up projects I have put off and making my home more comfy. First project of the year: the Hidden Alarm Panel. Yeah, that ugly thing I see each and EVERY time I walk into my home. While my husband really doesn’t ever notice it (as he told me), I always do. A few months ago I found a great idea to cover up this eyesore. I found it on the blog, The Third Boob. I’ve done things a bit differently than they did. My canvas print backing was made of cardboard, and their backing was made of wood. I used Command Strips to attach the hinges to mine, since the screws probably would hold too well (so if your canvas has a wood backing, use the screws instead of the strips).
- Two small flat hinges
- A canvas print
- Optional: Velcro to hold the open side down.
- Using the command strips, attach the hinges to the canvas (following the Command Strip instructions).
- Place another Command Strip on the wall side of each hinge.
- Adhere the hinges to the wall. This can be a bit tricky getting things level, maybe a second set of hands would help?
- Optional: Since our canvas is right at the entrance, it kept swinging open when we opened our door. To fix this issue I added another set of Command strips to the backing of some light velcro. I placed it on the back of the canvas and on the wall. Problem solved!
- Chelsey, The Paper Mama
A little side note: even though I’d love to cover my ugly thermostat, this would not be a good thing to do. The thermostat needs to read the temperature in the room, and can’t do that if covered.
Written on December 5, 2012 at 1:38 pm , by Joni Lay
Somehow, I always seem to have lots of cardboard boxes piling up, so any way I can find to put them to better use is a winner. Here is a simple little DIY for a garland made of cardboard letters glammed up with glitter. (I found the glitter ball filler at Michael’s and stockings are from Yes, Please. Studio.). Merry Merry!
Written on September 6, 2012 at 3:59 am , by Chelsey Andrews
Running a business from home can be, well, a little crazy. Especially with a kiddo running around. I finally got tired of losing my lists, pens, pencils, and anything else I seem to need everyday. SO, this brings me to the Fridge Work Station. I don’t actually sit next to my fridge and work, but I now know where all my office supplies are. Using a bunch of old empty tins, we are officially organized. Plus, we now have a chalkboard to leave to-do’s or love notes.
I know technology is supposed to negate the need for paper notes, but you just can’t beat the classic pen and paper. Having all necessary info right out there. It’s hard to miss. I tried all those handy apps to help keep me organized, but those haven’t been as helpful as I had hoped.
It’s a quick project, here’s how I created it:
- Super strong magnets (I suggest purchasing these at a home supply store)
- Strong permanent glue
- Empty tins (I used 4)
- Small chalkboard
- Optional: A small vintage wooden box + wire to wrap around it
- Using the glue to adhere the magnets to the back of your tins and chalkboard. Wait 24 hours (to let the glue dry). And, that’s it!
- If you find a vintage wooden box, and don’t want to glue magnets directly to the box: wrap and tie wires around the end. Glue the magnets to the wire (instead of the box).
- If you want, print out the freebie lists I provided.
- Enjoy your organization.
- Chelsey, The Paper Mama