Sunday, January 31, 2010

10 Days of Valentine - Day 2: Adorable Valentine's Day Card / Treat Idea

Aren't these just the cutest Valentine's?  And don't the clothes pins and M&M's just make them adorable?  I found this idea on Brown Paper Packages.

For step by step instructions on how to complete these Valentine's Day cards (which would be appropriate to give to adults or children), click HERE!

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Enjoy and Happy Valentine's Day!

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Saturday, January 30, 2010

10 Days of Valentine - Day 1: Free Valentine's Day Printables

Today is the official start to my 10 Days of Valentine! Starting today, for the next 10 days, I will post, every day, a Valentine's Day related post. Some of these will be free downloadable/printable, some will be recipes or Valentine's Day card / gift ideas, there will be a variety of posts, but they are all sure to be a lot of fun and to get us all in the spirit of Valentine's Day!

Being on bed rest means that I don't get to do nearly as many crafts / activities as I would like to. But I am having a lot of fun finding activities I would do if I could!

Also, soon I will be posting a tutorial about the Valentine's day cards we will be making for my daughter to give to her friends!  They are so cute I can't wait!

But until then...enjoy these REALLY cute, REALLY fun and REALLY FREE Valentine's Day printables I found for day 1 of the 10 Days of Valentine!

Look at this super cute Bag Toppers and Tags I found at Living Locurto!

They are a FREE printable / downloadable!  You can download them HERE!

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Enjoy and Happy Valentine's Day!

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Friday, January 29, 2010

10 Days of Valentine

Beginning tomorrow, January 30th, I will be starting my 10 Days of Valentine!

Please join me for the next 10 days as I will be posting, every day, a Valentine's Day related post! Some of these will include free printables / downloadables, recipes, gift ideas etc. 

It is sure to be a lot of fun and it should help all of us to get into the Valentine's Day spirit!

And, if you have Valentine's Day Ideas that you would like to share, please email me at:

To get us started, look at these fun ideas!

Valentine’s Day fortune cookies! The ones shown here can be customized for any occasion from the fortune to the color at Beau-Coup.

But how easy would these be to make for the DIY-er?
  • Buy a bag of fortune cookies
  • Melt dipping chocolate in any color you like (I think pink and red would be fun for Valentine’s Day!)
  • Dip the fortune cookies half way in the chocolate!
  • While the chocolate is still drying, you could place a conversation heart or a red hot heart on there to create the ultimate in Valentine’s Day good fortune!

I found this super cute idea at Hello, Good Gravy!  It is a printable Valentine's Day Treat Box.  You download the design here, cut and assemble for a truly unique Valentine and treat package all in one! 

(And, I love how it looks like a french fry box!) 

Original idea, printable and photo found here.

Hope to see you soon for the 10 Days of Valentine!

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Thursday, January 28, 2010

Paper doll FREE Printables!

I found these CUTE paperdoll printables at How About Orange!  Aren't they SO cute!

I thought this would be a fun activity for a little girl in your life!

You can access these printables here!


Wednesday, January 27, 2010

Postmarked with Love (from Loveland!)

I found this great idea at Love, Actually which is a great blog with many wonderful ideas!

I just found this idea there and wanted to post it ASAP so that you would have time to use it!

Basically, you write your sweetheart a Valentine (or your children or whomever), put it in a pre-stamped already addressed envelope. Place that into another envelope and mail it to the postmaster in Loveland, CO! (See here for further details!)  (There are other cities that offer this service as well!)

They will put this pretty postmark / stamp onto your envelope and put it back in the mail to be delivered to the end receiver!  How cute is this?  And it only costs an extra envelope and an extra stamp!

What a cute idea!

Be sure to stay tuned, my 10 Days of Valentine are coming up soon!!

Link Parties I am Participating in!

Here are a few link parties I am participating in today!  Head on over there to join in the fun!

The Girl Creative

Get your craft on Thurs.


Make it Yours @ My Backyard Eden


Show and Tell at Blue Cricket Design

Beyond The Picket Fence

Thrifty Thursday at Bloggeritaville

The Shabby Chic Cottage


Tuesday, January 26, 2010

DIY Car Seat Cover

When I had my daughter, 3 years ago, and wanted to cover her car seat so she could sleep or so that no one would disturb her, I would throw a blanket over the handle bars and call it done. She was covered so it worked but you still had to put your arm underneath the blanket if you wanted to carry the car seat which was a bit inconvenient and still let light in. And heaven forbid a strong wind come along and that blanket was half way down the street before you knew it!

Apparently, in the last 3 years, some wonderful person came up with an idea to remedy this!

I started noticing a few of them around town and just thought they were the greatest thing ever! And with number 2 on the way, I decided I pretty much needed to have one.  I assumed that I could find and buy one off of an Etsy shop somewhere if I wanted to, but it looked so easy to make I thought that surely I could find a way to make this myself!

(Enter my husband’s raised eyebrows here.) Ok, so I can do floral design, interior design, even manage some crafts, but sewing is not my forte. Let’s just say I have had a few mishaps with sewing during our marriage. Ha ha ha! However, I am proud to say I can sew a straight line so I figured I could do this project on my own for sure…if only I could find instructions somewhere…

I found a great tutorial here and, also, fell in love with the fabric that she had done it in! My instructions below are an adaptation of the tutorial I found. For more information or to see all her detailed photos, go here.

Unfortunately, where I live there are very few fabric stores and needless to say, most of the fabrics are uninspiring. However, my mom lives close to lots of great fabric stores….so she was able to find the exact fabric for me that the tutorial had used! I was so excited!

I still had great plans to make this. My mom was coming out to visit for Christmas and was going to bring the fabric for me so I could do the project. And as it turns out, I ended up in the hospital for several days and then was put on strict bed rest starting a week and a half before they came out. Just my luck.

So this project ended up being a joint me/mom project...with me mostly being a supportive peanut gallery and  with my mom doing most of the work. Thanks mom!

But I am just SURE I could have done it on my own if circumstances were different! It really is THAT easy!

So here we go! How to make a fabulous car seat cover!

You will need:

• 1 yard each of two coordinating or same fabrics (this is for the main part of the cover and the underneath side of it). HOWEVER, if you choose a directional print like I did, you will need more fabric so that the “animals” in my case, are facing the right way and not to the side. I used the animal print for the front and a brown with turquoise dot print for the underneath side.
• 6” width of another coordinating fabric that will end up being the turquoise with brown dot fabric on the handles/straps that you see in my photos.
• 2.5” width of another fabric (this is the brown with turquoise dot fabric you see on the handles)
• Sewing machine
• Thread
• Fabric scissors
• Iron

The How To:

1. Cut the main fabrics to approximately 37”w x 45”l (this allows for ½” seam) where “l” is your total length from front to back and “w” is your total width from left to right across the carrier. However, I suggest measuring your car seat carrier. If I had followed the original directions to the letter, my cover would have been a bit short for my carrier. So use your carrier as a guide.

2. Round the corners.

3. Place the two fabrics, right sides together and sew them with about a ½” seam, leaving a little space for turning.

4. Notch the corners, iron the seams open and turn so right sides are out.

5. Iron the whole thing.

6. Edge stitch around the entire blanket.

7. Cut each of the remaining fabrics for the handles in half so you have two 6” x 22” pieces and two 2.5” x 44” pieces.

8. Using the 6” wide pieces, with right sides out, fold both edges in to meet the middle. Iron.

9. Do the same with the 2.5” wide pieces.

10. Lay the narrow strip on to the wider strap so all unfinished edges are facing each other. Do for both straps.

11. Sew both the narrow and the wide strips together.

12. Tuck the ends in and edge stitch both ends of each strap together.

13. Sew the straps on the blanket.
  • Again, measure your particular carrier, but on mine, we sewed the straps 19” down from the back side edge of the blanket. And used 5” clear spacing between the two straps. 
  • Each strap was sewn in a square shape onto the blanket that was about equal to the width of the narrow strip.

Tie those handles/straps on to your car seat carrier and voila! Wonderful, miraculous car seat cover that won’t blow away in the wind and will allows you to keep baby covered even while carrying it!

I just can’t wait to use this!

This tutorial participated in the following awesome link parties:

Keeping it Simple
A Soft Place to Land
Today’s Creative Blog
A Silly Little Sparrow
My Frugal Family
Tip Junkie
Someday Crafts
Beyond the Picket Fence
The Shabby Chic Cottage
Tales from Bloggeritaville
Fireflies and Jellybeans
Skip to My Lou

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Monday, January 25, 2010

Best Baby Ideas Link Party!

Check out the current GIVEAWAY here
(Hint, posting to this link party earns you 1 entry in the giveaway!)

Welcome to my first ever Link Party!

I invite everyone to enter my Best Baby Ideas Link Party below and submit your best baby ideas/crafts/DIY etc. to this party!

The rules are as follows:

1.  Post about a unique baby idea/craft/DIY/decorating or other on your blog or website.  All submissions must be from your blog or site, not someone elses.
2.  Enter the Party by clicking on the link below.
3.  Be sure to enter the URL to the specific webpage where your blog post is, not to your blog/website home page.
4.  Grab my buttom and post it in a post on your website/blog today to tell everyone that you are participating in this link party.  Invite your followers to join the party too!

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5.  Come back next week when I will choose several ideas to feature!  Yours could be one of them!  If I feature your idea, be sure to grab my "I've been featured at..." button!

Friday, January 22, 2010

First Ever GIVEAWAY!

Thank you for joining me for Simply Designing's first ever GIVEAWAY!

Two winners will be chosen at random for this giveaway!

The first winner will receive:
  • (1) flannel burp cloth already made, new, and ready to be used (as shown in the image below, one side has a cute cow jumping over the moon pattern and the other side is a blue and white stripe) and
  • (1) paper burp cloth template!  (Ok.  I'll be honest, the template is neither pretty nor fancy (nor perfect) but it is better then having to measure and cut it out yourself!)


The second winner will receive:
  • (1) paper burp cloth template so you can get started making your own burp cloths right away!

Here are the rules:

1.  Post a comment for every item that you do below.  Be sure to post your comments on this blog post for entry in this contest! 
2.  Each comment counts as 1 entry. 
3.  Include all pertinent information in your comment including what you have done to earn that entry.
4.  This giveaway will run until January 29th, 11:59pm PST at which point 2 winners will be chosen at random using
5.  Check back here February 1st to see if you have won!  Winners will be posted in a blog post and they will have 3 days to claim their prize by contacting me here with their shipping information.  If the winners do not contact me in that time frame, they will forfeit their prize, and another winner will be chosen. 

Earn your entries:
  • 1 entry for leaving a comment right here on the giveaway page!  So easy to enter!
  • 1 entry by visiting this blog post here, and reading my Burp Cloth Tutorial.  After you have read the tutorial, post a comment on the burp cloth tutorial page.  Then return to this giveaway page and post one comment below indicating that you posted on the burp cloth tutorial page.  (Does that make sense?)
  • 2 entries by becoming a Follower.  (See the sidebar and click "follow" to earn these entries.)  Submit two comments on this post, both indicating that you became a follower.
  • 2 entries by adding Simply Designing's button to your blog or webpage.  Add our button and then submit two comments on this post that include your URL where you added our button to your page.
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  • 1 entry by joining us January 25th for a "Best Baby Ideas" link party and submitting your link in the party.  Return to this giveaway post and post one comment indicating that you joined the party and which idea/link is yours.
  • 1 entry for listing your favorite baby product in the "Best Baby Products List" below.  List your idem and again, return to this post and post one comment saying what number your product is on the product list.
Remember to post a separate comment for each entry you earn.  If you do all of the above things, you can earn 8 entries!

*If you haven't checked out my burp cloth tutorial, read all about how you can make simple (but the best ever) burp cloths on your own here!*

*Remember, you must be 18 years or older to enter this contest
and it is open to residents of the United States only.*

Best Baby Products Party

BABYBJÖRN Baby Carrier Original - City BlackBoudreaux's Butt Paste

As I have a baby on the way, and my little girl is 3, I have noticed that there are a lot of new products out there for babies since my 3 year old was a baby!  And regardless of the new products out there, there are just so many options, but it is often impossible to tell which is the best product!

So, I invite everyone to participate in my Best Baby Products Party!

Please add your favorite baby product to our list below.  You know, that one product that you can't live without and absolutely love, complete with all the details (name, brand, scent etc.) so we can all go out to the store and find exactly what you say is the best of the best!  (I have shown you a few of my favorites in the above images to start you off.)

This party only lasts until January 29th, 11pm CST so be sure to add your ideas soon.

AND, be sure to check out Simply Designing's first ever GIVEAWAY posting later today!  Entering this Baby Product Party will earn you 1 extra entry into the giveaway!

Feel free to add my button to your blog/website!

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And, I will be checking out all your recommendations and posting the ideas I find most interesting in a subsequent post.