<![CDATA[oh lovely existence - Everyday Existing]]>Mon, 11 Jan 2016 22:40:23 -0800Weebly<![CDATA[Back to Basics]]>Sat, 09 Jan 2016 05:35:31 GMThttp://www.ohlovelyexistence.com/everyday-existing/back-to-basics]]><![CDATA[DIY - Bandana Bib]]>Tue, 23 Jun 2015 19:37:11 GMThttp://www.ohlovelyexistence.com/everyday-existing/diy-bandana-bibBandana bibs are currently all the rage in infant fashion meets functionality. Honestly, I keep seeing them pop up on sewing blogs as easy projects to try, as well as for sale at the handmade sales I like to go to. I figured I would give one of these a whirl to see how it turned out before I committed to making more... And I've got to say, I like how it turned out and I will definitely be making a few more for my Mr. Bump. H e doesn't seem to ever stop drooling and there's no sign of any teeth. His sisters didn't get any until they were both over a year so I expect much the same from him. In the meantime he's drowning in drool over here and we clearly needed a stylish solution. I think bandana bibs fit the bill just fine. Instead of a button, snap, or velcro, I really liked the tutorial I find that opts to sew a button hole to gently pull one end of the bib through the other instead. Check out Leafy Treetop's Blog for the full tutorial if you'd like to sew one too.

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<![CDATA[DIY -Tag Blanket]]>Sat, 13 Jun 2015 19:05:56 GMThttp://www.ohlovelyexistence.com/everyday-existing/diy-tag-blanket
Inspired by a friend's daughter who was making some of these for people she knows, I decided a tag blanket would be a great lovey/toy for Mr. Bump. It took me ages to choose fabric online (nothing in my local store was inspiring me but the selection to be found online is a little overwhelming!) but I am really happy with my choices. The vehicle fabric is 100% cotton and the chevron fabric is super soft minky. Some of the ribbon I already had on hand and others I picked up at my local craft store. I decided to make my blanket 18" x 18:" though you can definitely play around with the size.

Minus the fact that I initially sewed two sides of the blanket and then saw that my tension was out of whack, so I then had to seam rip it all and start again, this project was relatively quick. I visited Project Nursery and Happy Hour Projects for a basic understanding of how I could go about creating my own tag blanket. They both have tutorials that you can follow along with step by step if you need it. Now I'm wondering who else I can make one of these for.
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<![CDATA[DIY - Upcycled Tire Planter]]>Sat, 06 Jun 2015 00:56:35 GMThttp://www.ohlovelyexistence.com/everyday-existing/diy-upcycled-tire-planter
We had a few old tires sitting around our yard that we weren't sure what to do with. I remembered seeing a few planters online made of them and decided they would be a nice addition to our yard. They are situated near our fire pit and are planted with mosquito repelling plants... citronella, marigolds, and catnip (I would not plant anything in these that you were intending on eating unless you used some sort of food safe liner). We used Krylon spray paint and applied only one layer to each tire. Just a note about colour selection though, we just stopped in at our nearest Canadian Tire to get the spray paint and they only had the dark blue (I had wanted a lighter blue to match the shade of one of my patio lanterns) but when I was recently at Michael's craft store, I saw that their selection of Krylon spray paint was very big! Next time I'm looking for a specific colour, I'll be headed there. Overall, a quick project (longest part is waiting for the paint to dry), a neat way to use up old tires that are no longer safe for the road, and an interesting addition to any yard.
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<![CDATA[DIY - Curtains]]>Mon, 22 Dec 2014 22:56:24 GMThttp://www.ohlovelyexistence.com/everyday-existing/diy-curtainsSo, I finally sewed curtains for Mr. Bump's room just two days ago. We are ready and eagerly awaiting his arrival. I used this super easy tutorial so that I would kind of know what I was doing. I think they turned out quite well for my first go at curtains, though it's possible (probable) they are a little crooked. The right photo is a close up of the great fabric I found to use for them. Isn't it fab!?
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<![CDATA[DIY Cloth Napkins & Napkin Holders]]>Thu, 04 Dec 2014 18:06:22 GMThttp://www.ohlovelyexistence.com/everyday-existing/diy-cloth-napkins-napkin-holders
With all this nesting going on and preparing for our new baby, I decided that we really should have some reusable cloth napkins. My two daughters and I found some beautiful inspiring fabric we all agreed on and I set to sewing them.

Keeping in mind I haven't sewn anything since I was probably about 13 years old, I decided to follow a tutorial I found online which looked easy and straight forward.

After my sewing handiwork, I decided that we should have some napkin holders. They are simply made out of toilet paper rolls, scrapbook cardstock, ribbon, buttons, and scrapbooking/crafting flowers.

Voila - grown up napkins and holders to impress company with.
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<![CDATA[DIY - Ikea CD Shelf Turned Superhero Display Shelf]]>Wed, 03 Dec 2014 03:03:27 GMThttp://www.ohlovelyexistence.com/everyday-existing/diy-ikea-cd-shelf-turned-superhero-display-shelfPicture
I purchased this old Ikea CD shelf (to the left) about 13 or 14 years ago now. I had 3 of them and I used to keep all my CDs in them on the wall. As my collection expanded my shelving got upgraded mostly because Ikea stopped selling these. I knew in the back of my mind that one day they would make a great display shelf but I didn't know when I was going to use them and these actually made it through a couple of house moves with us despite not having a use at the time.

Fast forward many years later when they came out with the DC Universe Pop Heroes. My daughter really likes these guys and although collectibles, she actually took them out of the box to play with them. As she got a few and then a few more I started thinking about a way to keep them together but out of the way and organized. I like things to have a place. So I dug out the old wooden CD shelf that had been sitting in the garage for ages.

With some old DC comic books (don't worry, they were already falling apart) and some modge podge, I transformed the basic shelf into something really very cool. My daughter loves her display of Pop Heroes and I was pretty impressed with my handy work too.

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<![CDATA[Mr. Bump's Room - Sneak Peek]]>Tue, 02 Dec 2014 04:29:15 GMThttp://www.ohlovelyexistence.com/everyday-existing/mon-dec-1-2014
With just under four weeks to go we have worked hard to get our new addition's room ready so that we aren't struggling to finish it up after he comes. I think the only major thing I really have left to do is sew curtains for him, though after I take stock, I might realize I have a couple other things to do.. Here is a tiny sneak peek of our Mr. Bump's bedroom.

A simple pine dresser from Ikea that we switched out the hardware on. I painted the drawer faces using 2 shades of blue that we already had and then we just chose a 3rd shade in between and bought a small tester jar of it to do the small surface area. The lamp was a $5 clearance lamp from Target. The walls were already blue in this room and I painted green hills onto the bottom half. The construction truck wall sticker you see is a set from Cherry Creek Decals and ordered off of Amazon. I'm really happy with them!
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