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Make a Flirty Summer Button Necklace!! {tutorial}

30 May

I am so excited for Summer! 
Hopefully the warm weather will come to Utah sometime soon.
{It has been snowing here this week.}
In the meantime, I made a few Summer necklaces. 
Here’s the first:


Flirty Button Necklace

I love the white and turquoise color scheme. 
It seems so beachy to me!!
If you want to make one here’s what I did:

Supplies:
Cotton Fabric (I used a Dollar Store Flour Sack}
A couple other fabric scraps
Felt
Buttons
Covered Button Kit
Hot Glue Gun
Ribbon
Scrapbook Brads
Here’s what I did:

  • I cut out a felt bib form — about 5 inches wide by 3 inches high.


  • Then I made a couple fabric flowers. Nancy from My Blonde Ambitions has a great tutorial on how to make these.

  • Once I made the fabric flowers. I laid the flowers, buttons and brads on the felt template until I liked the way it looked. Then I glued the flowers, buttons and brads on the felt.

  • The last thing I did was glue two pieces of ribbon onto the back of the felt half circle.

Super easy!
And I love the flirty look of the necklace. 
Perfect for Summer

And, if you want more great necklace ideas, head over to Ucreate for more fantastic button necklaces and Becca from Blue Cricket Designs just made a really cute Button Necklace too.  

xoxox
PS Coming up this week:
A Summertime Activity Idea tomorrow
A Great Guest Tutorial
A Fab Giveaway
A Fun Party Idea 
And more!!!

Make a Flirty Summer Button Necklace!! {tutorial}

30 May

I am so excited for Summer! 
Hopefully the warm weather will come to Utah sometime soon.
{It has been snowing here this week.}
In the meantime, I made a few Summer necklaces. 
Here’s the first:


Flirty Button Necklace

I love the white and turquoise color scheme. 
It seems so beachy to me!!
If you want to make one here’s what I did:

Supplies:
Cotton Fabric (I used a Dollar Store Flour Sack}
A couple other fabric scraps
Felt
Buttons
Covered Button Kit
Hot Glue Gun
Ribbon
Scrapbook Brads
Here’s what I did:

  • I cut out a felt bib form — about 5 inches wide by 3 inches high.


  • Then I made a couple fabric flowers. Nancy from My Blonde Ambitions has a great tutorial on how to make these.

  • Once I made the fabric flowers. I laid the flowers, buttons and brads on the felt template until I liked the way it looked. Then I glued the flowers, buttons and brads on the felt.

  • The last thing I did was glue two pieces of ribbon onto the back of the felt half circle.

Super easy!
And I love the flirty look of the necklace. 
Perfect for Summer

And, if you want more great necklace ideas, head over to Ucreate for more fantastic button necklaces and Becca from Blue Cricket Designs just made a really cute Button Necklace too.  

xoxox
PS Coming up this week:
A Summertime Activity Idea tomorrow
A Great Guest Tutorial
A Fab Giveaway
A Fun Party Idea 
And more!!!

Guest Post — make a Nautical, Anthro-inspired Necklace!! {tutorial}

20 Apr


 Hi, I’m Nina from Momma
Go Round
, and I’m SO excited to be here today with Jen!
 

Momma Go Round



Since day one of my blogging adventure I’ve looked up to Jen, so it’s a real
honor to be on TT&J!

Momma Go Round is
all about the miracles, milestones, and meltdowns of
motherhood.
I love to figure out my style in my series Real
Momma, Real Style
, share crazy tales of life with a 2 year old, my
weight loss journey, recipes, things I love, and of course crafts!
Today I would like to share with you my latest Anthropologie
knock off inspired necklace!
Pleated Bead Necklace

Fabric – Large Round Beads – Scissors – Thread – Needle

Cut a strip down the length of your fabric that is twice as
wide as your beads. My beads were about 1/2 inch in diameter, so I cut
my strip 1 inch thick.
Iron your strip in
half.

Leaving a few
inches at the end, fold strip into two pleats and stitch through.
(My fabric was 42 inches, so I needed
to leave a tail to attach another strip to tie off the necklace. If
you are lucky enough to have a fabric from a longer bolt, you may want
to leave more of a tail for tie off)

Feed bead onto needle and stitch through.
Add two more
pleats to the other end of the bead and stitch through. Then stitch
back through both sets of pleats and the bead.
Continue until you have desired number of beads. If you got
lucky and have long enough fabric, you could stop here by simply tying
off the ends. I was not so fortunate, so I had to add some
on.
I simply knotted on additional strips of fabric to the tails
of the beaded strip.
I LOVE my new Anthro necklace without the Anthro price tag!
Perfect for dressing up a “getting stuff done today” outfit
🙂
Thank you so much
for having me today Jen!
Nina — that necklace is awesome!
I LOVE nautical stripes for Spring. So cute!!
Nina has so much fun going on at her blog.
Not only does she craft: 
But Nina is also so cute and she has great fashion tips and advice
to help REAL women wear trendy, stylish clothes in flattering ways!
Momma Go Round
 
And she has a link party on Mondays called Real Momma, Real Style where Nina shows off a fashion idea and YOU can link up something to help other women feel good about themselves.
 {Nina showed how real women can wear leggings in this post. Love it!!}
Be sure to stop by Momma Go Round and say hi to Nina 🙂 
xoxo
PS — Have you checked out Jamielyn’s fun Spring Into Silhouette Party?? 
It’s a Blog Hop, with Guest Tutorials and Giveaways!!  
Such a fun party!!

Guest Post — make a Nautical, Anthro-inspired Necklace!! {tutorial}

20 Apr


 Hi, I’m Nina from Momma
Go Round
, and I’m SO excited to be here today with Jen!
 

Momma Go Round



Since day one of my blogging adventure I’ve looked up to Jen, so it’s a real
honor to be on TT&J!

Momma Go Round is
all about the miracles, milestones, and meltdowns of
motherhood.
I love to figure out my style in my series Real
Momma, Real Style
, share crazy tales of life with a 2 year old, my
weight loss journey, recipes, things I love, and of course crafts!
Today I would like to share with you my latest Anthropologie
knock off inspired necklace!
Pleated Bead Necklace

Fabric – Large Round Beads – Scissors – Thread – Needle

Cut a strip down the length of your fabric that is twice as
wide as your beads. My beads were about 1/2 inch in diameter, so I cut
my strip 1 inch thick.
Iron your strip in
half.

Leaving a few
inches at the end, fold strip into two pleats and stitch through.
(My fabric was 42 inches, so I needed
to leave a tail to attach another strip to tie off the necklace. If
you are lucky enough to have a fabric from a longer bolt, you may want
to leave more of a tail for tie off)

Feed bead onto needle and stitch through.
Add two more
pleats to the other end of the bead and stitch through. Then stitch
back through both sets of pleats and the bead.
Continue until you have desired number of beads. If you got
lucky and have long enough fabric, you could stop here by simply tying
off the ends. I was not so fortunate, so I had to add some
on.
I simply knotted on additional strips of fabric to the tails
of the beaded strip.
I LOVE my new Anthro necklace without the Anthro price tag!
Perfect for dressing up a “getting stuff done today” outfit
🙂
Thank you so much
for having me today Jen!
Nina — that necklace is awesome!
I LOVE nautical stripes for Spring. So cute!!
Nina has so much fun going on at her blog.
Not only does she craft: 
But Nina is also so cute and she has great fashion tips and advice
to help REAL women wear trendy, stylish clothes in flattering ways!
Momma Go Round
 
And she has a link party on Mondays called Real Momma, Real Style where Nina shows off a fashion idea and YOU can link up something to help other women feel good about themselves.
 {Nina showed how real women can wear leggings in this post. Love it!!}
Be sure to stop by Momma Go Round and say hi to Nina 🙂 
xoxo
PS — Have you checked out Jamielyn’s fun Spring Into Silhouette Party?? 
It’s a Blog Hop, with Guest Tutorials and Giveaways!!  
Such a fun party!!

Guest Project — Anthropologie-inspired Bib Necklace!!

14 Dec

I think I’ll spare you all the mushy details about the admiration, respect and general happy feelings I have towards Jen and the fabulous TT&J blog.  She is basically pure awesome {but you all know that}, so I’ll skip to the real reason I am here today…

To teach you how to make this super duper, crazy easy, Anthropologie inspired, lace and pearl bib necklace.



And this is me, Little Miss Momma {aka Ashley}, wearing said necklace and taking photos of myself through the bathroom mirror {I kinda do that a lot}.


I have a little blog where I like to write about my life lessons as a Momma-in-training {with some occasional crafting during nap time}.

And now, lets make a necklace together:

Here’s what you need:

Beige felt {about a square foot}

Pretty Trimming/Lace

Necklace chain {mine is 24 inches, but 18 works well too}

Pearls or other embellishments

Glue gun

First, cut out three felt circles in the size you want your lace flowers.

Cut one circle larger than the others–this will be the middle flower.

Apply a circle of hot glue around the border of one of the felt circles.

Apply the edge of the lace to the the glue.

Continue this process until you have glued down the lace spiraled all the way to the center. Cut the extra lace and glue down the end.

Glue down your pearl embellishments into the center of your flowers.

Now, lay out the flowers on top of the felt in the shape of your necklace.

Glue down the middle flower first.


Next, we get the chain ready.

Here is the chain I ended up using {not the same as the one in the supplies picture}.

Cut the necklace in half.

Apply hot glue to the back of the flower and lay about 3/4 inch of the chain in the glue.

Repeat the same step with the other chain piece.

Now turn over the flowers and glue them into place on either side of the center flower. Lastly, trim the remaining felt from around the flowers.

And that’s it!

Here is another necklace I made using a similar tutorial {click here}.



Happy Crafting!

xoxo,

-ashley

Thanks Ashley!!!

Do you know Little Miss Momma?? If not — you are really missing out! Ashley is one of my favorite bloggers ever! There are so many reasons I think she’s awesome — she’s funny, she’s sincere, she’s adorable and she’s honest. Plus she’s so talented!!

 Are these Glamour Gloves the cutest gift idea ever, or what?

This arrangement is such a simple and beautiful idea!

This Funky Push Pin Board is another great homemade gift idea!

And, I loved her “Secrets Series. So honest and powerful.

You will love her blog!!! 

PRETTY IN PINK--White flower ring with PINK filigree band

 {oh, did I mention that she has a beautiful etsy shop? 
I MAY have an obsession with her rings, just saying…}

And, I am so excited to be blogging over at Ashley’s beautiful blog today. I am sharing the Whimsical Felt Trees I made for my family room mantle. Come over and say hi! 

Have a great day! 

xoxo

 And have you checked out the Groopdealz today??? It’s Brittany’s Ruffle Rings — for $4!!!! Make a wonderful stocking stuffer, teacher gift or gift for a friend!!  


PS — Thanks everyone who has linked up their Homemade Gift Ideas for the Holly Bloggy Christmas Party!! Almost 400 ideas have been linked up so far!! And, don’t forget to check out today’s CRAFT linky party over at Craft Envy, along with more giveaways!!

Guest Project — Anthropologie-inspired Bib Necklace!!

14 Dec

I think I’ll spare you all the mushy details about the admiration, respect and general happy feelings I have towards Jen and the fabulous TT&J blog.  She is basically pure awesome {but you all know that}, so I’ll skip to the real reason I am here today…

To teach you how to make this super duper, crazy easy, Anthropologie inspired, lace and pearl bib necklace.



And this is me, Little Miss Momma {aka Ashley}, wearing said necklace and taking photos of myself through the bathroom mirror {I kinda do that a lot}.


I have a little blog where I like to write about my life lessons as a Momma-in-training {with some occasional crafting during nap time}.

And now, lets make a necklace together:

Here’s what you need:

Beige felt {about a square foot}

Pretty Trimming/Lace

Necklace chain {mine is 24 inches, but 18 works well too}

Pearls or other embellishments

Glue gun

First, cut out three felt circles in the size you want your lace flowers.

Cut one circle larger than the others–this will be the middle flower.

Apply a circle of hot glue around the border of one of the felt circles.

Apply the edge of the lace to the the glue.

Continue this process until you have glued down the lace spiraled all the way to the center. Cut the extra lace and glue down the end.

Glue down your pearl embellishments into the center of your flowers.

Now, lay out the flowers on top of the felt in the shape of your necklace.

Glue down the middle flower first.


Next, we get the chain ready.

Here is the chain I ended up using {not the same as the one in the supplies picture}.

Cut the necklace in half.

Apply hot glue to the back of the flower and lay about 3/4 inch of the chain in the glue.

Repeat the same step with the other chain piece.

Now turn over the flowers and glue them into place on either side of the center flower. Lastly, trim the remaining felt from around the flowers.

And that’s it!

Here is another necklace I made using a similar tutorial {click here}.



Happy Crafting!

xoxo,

-ashley

Thanks Ashley!!!

Do you know Little Miss Momma?? If not — you are really missing out! Ashley is one of my favorite bloggers ever! There are so many reasons I think she’s awesome — she’s funny, she’s sincere, she’s adorable and she’s honest. Plus she’s so talented!!

 Are these Glamour Gloves the cutest gift idea ever, or what?

This arrangement is such a simple and beautiful idea!

This Funky Push Pin Board is another great homemade gift idea!

And, I loved her “Secrets Series. So honest and powerful.

You will love her blog!!! 

PRETTY IN PINK--White flower ring with PINK filigree band

 {oh, did I mention that she has a beautiful etsy shop? 
I MAY have an obsession with her rings, just saying…}

And, I am so excited to be blogging over at Ashley’s beautiful blog today. I am sharing the Whimsical Felt Trees I made for my family room mantle. Come over and say hi! 

Have a great day! 

xoxo

 And have you checked out the Groopdealz today??? It’s Brittany’s Ruffle Rings — for $4!!!! Make a wonderful stocking stuffer, teacher gift or gift for a friend!!  


PS — Thanks everyone who has linked up their Homemade Gift Ideas for the Holly Bloggy Christmas Party!! Almost 400 ideas have been linked up so far!! And, don’t forget to check out today’s CRAFT linky party over at Craft Envy, along with more giveaways!!

Guest Project — Make a $70 J. Crew-inspired necklace for $10

27 Aug
Jcrew Knock off Necklace
Tutorial
Ok lets get started…. 
Here is the $70 (ouch) original necklace
Now here is how to make one for only $10
SUPPLIES:
Chains (I chose gold because I wear it a lot but silver would look awesome too)
*please note all the chain was originally purchased at JOANNS on a 40% jewelery clearance – there will be left over chain from this project*
Ribbon (i used 24 inches total)
2 metal  hooks
One clasp
metal pliers (for opening the links)
THE HOW TO:
Start cutting all your chain to desired length…make each on a bit longer than the next so they layered.
Then using one of your metal “hooks / connectors” loop each chain onto it.
Pinch it shut and repeat on the other side of the chain
I cut my 24 inch ribbon in half…
tie each 12 inch piece onto your metal loops
*a bow would be really cute too – or you could sew your ends shut*
 Make sure you burn the ends of the ribbon so they don’t fray
add your final clasp to make taking it on and off easy
*please note if you are making it long enough to go over your head you can skip the part about cutting your ribbon and just tie it in one piece with NO clasp or connector*
Pretty easy huh?
if you wanted to add some **BLING** to it you could add a cute button or pin on the top side of one of the chains
These necklaces would make great gifts for Christmas or make them in all different kinds of metal for you!
HAPPY CRAFTING!!!
I would love for you to come by and visit me. I have weekly tutorials, giveaways, recipes, photo tips and more!!
Thanks so much for having me guest post today Jen! 
I hope you all enjoyed my tutorial!
if you make one…let me know.I love to see your creations using my tutorials!

Brittany – you are just too cute!! 
Seriously – this girl can whip up projects like nobody’s business!! She is so creative! 
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You guys have probably seen Brittany’s Amazing Laundry Room Sign all over blogland lately – love it!
https://importtestsite.files.wordpress.com/2010/08/img_3020.jpg?w=300
She made these beautiful Anthro-Inspired knobs -so pretty!!
Of course I love this sign – and hers with the bird is so fun! You can download these over at her place!
BREAKFAST AT TIFFANY'S - tiffany blue - spring collection - designer favorite ((Rosette bib statment necklace))
Brittany also has a wonderful etsy shop where she sells beautiful items like this Breakfast at Tiffany’s Necklace swoon! 
Be sure to check out {Love Stitched} – you will be glad you did!
XOXO
PS — The Weekend Wrap Up Party starts tonight at 7 PM {MST} — although I have been starting it a tad early… Come join up so I can feature YOUR ideas!

Guest Project — Make a $70 J. Crew-inspired necklace for $10

27 Aug
Jcrew Knock off Necklace
Tutorial
Ok lets get started…. 
Here is the $70 (ouch) original necklace
Now here is how to make one for only $10
SUPPLIES:
Chains (I chose gold because I wear it a lot but silver would look awesome too)
*please note all the chain was originally purchased at JOANNS on a 40% jewelery clearance – there will be left over chain from this project*
Ribbon (i used 24 inches total)
2 metal  hooks
One clasp
metal pliers (for opening the links)
THE HOW TO:
Start cutting all your chain to desired length…make each on a bit longer than the next so they layered.
Then using one of your metal “hooks / connectors” loop each chain onto it.
Pinch it shut and repeat on the other side of the chain
I cut my 24 inch ribbon in half…
tie each 12 inch piece onto your metal loops
*a bow would be really cute too – or you could sew your ends shut*
 Make sure you burn the ends of the ribbon so they don’t fray
add your final clasp to make taking it on and off easy
*please note if you are making it long enough to go over your head you can skip the part about cutting your ribbon and just tie it in one piece with NO clasp or connector*
Pretty easy huh?
if you wanted to add some **BLING** to it you could add a cute button or pin on the top side of one of the chains
These necklaces would make great gifts for Christmas or make them in all different kinds of metal for you!
HAPPY CRAFTING!!!
I would love for you to come by and visit me. I have weekly tutorials, giveaways, recipes, photo tips and more!!
Thanks so much for having me guest post today Jen! 
I hope you all enjoyed my tutorial!
if you make one…let me know.I love to see your creations using my tutorials!

Brittany – you are just too cute!! 
Seriously – this girl can whip up projects like nobody’s business!! She is so creative! 
https://importtestsite.files.wordpress.com/2010/08/img_57421.jpg?w=228
You guys have probably seen Brittany’s Amazing Laundry Room Sign all over blogland lately – love it!
https://importtestsite.files.wordpress.com/2010/08/img_30201.jpg?w=300
She made these beautiful Anthro-Inspired knobs -so pretty!!
Of course I love this sign – and hers with the bird is so fun! You can download these over at her place!
BREAKFAST AT TIFFANY'S - tiffany blue - spring collection - designer favorite ((Rosette bib statment necklace))
Brittany also has a wonderful etsy shop where she sells beautiful items like this Breakfast at Tiffany’s Necklace swoon! 
Be sure to check out {Love Stitched} – you will be glad you did!
XOXO
PS — The Weekend Wrap Up Party starts tonight at 7 PM {MST} — although I have been starting it a tad early… Come join up so I can feature YOUR ideas!

20- Minute Tied Double Flower Necklace

29 Jun
I needed something to liven up a plain t-shirt the other day. So I got out my fabric scraps and went to work.
20-Minute Tied Double Flower Necklace

 Materials:
Fabric Scraps (5 or 6 patterns)
Sewing Machine (or hot glue gun if you don’t have a machine)
2 Button Covers (or old buttons can be used if you don’t have button covers)
Glue Gun
Felt
Here’s What You Do:
  1. Cut a long strip of material approximately 26 inches in length by 2 inches in width. 
  2. Fold the fabric in half (it helps if you can iron it) and then sew a seam about 1/4 of an inch away from the edges all the way down the length of material. Now tie the two edges together, forming a large circle.
  3. Take the other scraps of fabric and cut little strips of material about 1 inch in width by 4 inches in length. You will need about 20 pieces of material (approximately).
  4. Tie a knot in the necklace about every inch, alternating patterns of fabric until you have gone around the entire necklace. The knot in the original necklace will blend right in to the other knots.
  5. Now you make the flowers. Cut 4 strips of fabric in different patterns — 12 inches in length by 2 inches in width
  6. Use you sewing machine to put a seam down the center of each piece of material, using your widest width setting — your material will automatically bunch up.{ If you don’t have a machine, you can use your hot glue gun to make the flowers in the next step.}
  7. Make two two-inch circles out of felt or other material. Now run a bead of hot glue around the outside of the felt circle. Attach one of the ruffled strips to the hot flue. Make sure the edge of the material hangs over the felt so it can’t be seen. Do the same thing with the second fabric strip, laying it in the center of the felt circle. Cut off any excess material. {If you are using a glue gun, ruffle the material as you hot glue it to the felt as you go around the circle. Do this with both pieces of material. Do this to both flowers.}
  8. Do this to the second flower — following the same steps. 
  9. Use a small piece of material and cover your button covers. If you don’t have button covers, you can use old buttons or scrapbooking brads or flowers.
  10. Now use Gorilla Glue to attach the fabric flowers to the necklace.
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    XOXO

    Anthro-inspired Nautical Necklace

    23 Feb
     Here’s my $5 version of Anthropologie’s Curls & Coils Necklace.
    As soon as I saw this necklace, I was working out how to make it. I love the nautical, rough texture combined with the sparkle!
    At first I was looking for cotton rope, but upon further inspection I discovered that it is actually made out of cotton upholstery cording. 

    I hand-stitched the cording together, forming loops.

    At the ends I was at a loss of how to finish off the necklace. Of course there are professional beading ends that you can buy made specifically for this type of project. But I didn’t have them in my stash of bead-making supplies.

     
     

     So I improvised, I wrapped the cut ends in a piece of scotch tape. Then I took metal wire and started about 1/2 inch from the end, I wrapped the wire tightly around the cording until I reached the end of the piece. Then I threaded the end of the wire through a metal beading cone (found at the craft store). I put some Gorilla Glue in the inside of the cone and pushed the end of the cord into the cone and let it dry. After it was dry, I made a loop with the wire and attached a jump ring to the loop. Then I took the other end of the wire and wrapped it around the base to secure the loop. I did this on each end of the necklace, making loops on both ends. On one side of the necklace I attached a lobster claw to the jump ring. On the other end I attached a 2 inch piece of find chain with 3 jump rings attached. That way the necklace is adjustable depending on the length I want to wear it. 

     On one side of the necklace I attached gold, rhinestone buttons that I found at Joanne Fabrics. I hand-sewed them on to the loops. 

    I wore it yesterday!!
    I’m linking up to Kimba’s DIY Day

    and Today’s Creative Blog

    and Reinvented’s

    Have A Happy Day!

    XOXO